-must-read article by Colbert I. King
"Right-wing religious zealots, working in partnership with the secularists who have advised President Bush, are a threat to the most fundamental of American principles. The founders of our nation welcomed and planned for spirited debate over public policies, including the role of the judiciary. But as sons of the Enlightenment, they looked to found a republic in which the outcome of those debates would turn on reason and evidence, not on disputed religious dogma. They planned wisely for principles that are now under wide assault."
NYTimes editorial praises Connecticut's debate over gay rights. Also, Robert Scheer on the Finkelstein Phenomenon.
The Denver Three are starting to garner more media attention.
"Citing irreconcilable differences with how the Federal Bureau of Investigation has operated in a post-Sept. 11 world, city officials in Portland, Ore., said yesterday that they planned to pull their police officers out of an F.B.I.-run antiterrorism task force."
* Security contractors continue their shady roles in Iraq.
* News analysis of the the media coverage of the new Pope.
* Maureen Dowd on the similarities between Cheney and Ratzinger.
* Administration issues new guidelines, possibly designed to intimidate abortion doctors.
* New scientific breakthroughs in forced hibernation.
* TV shows on the verge of cancellation.
Ted Rall on ordinary people following the Minutemen's example.
"Which came first, a person so bad we had to invent the inimical devices to restrain him, or an object so repellent we had to invent a person inhuman enough to fill it out?"
"Somehow, though, that doesn't seem to make it easier to accept that Cookie Monster is now tossing salads on the Sesame Workshop Web site."