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21 April 2006 @ 02:11 pm
"George W. Bush, on the other hand, does not tolerate dissent, argument, bitter internal battles. He is the decider. He decides, and the White House carries through. He is loyal to his aides, who carry out his wishes. (It is unclear whether this is a loyalty born of emotional connection or one born of calculation: Do it my way and the tong protects you.) His loyalty means they will most likely not be fired or leaked against, no matter what heat they take from the outside. And so his aides move forward with the sharpness and edge of those who know their livelihoods and status are secure."
-Peggy Noonan

Dana Milbank on the indignities presented during the Chinese president's visit. Also, a news analysis of the problems of penetrating the silk curtain.

Frustration on the ground in the war on terrorism.

How a tax dispute is threatening a polygamist Fundamentalist Mormon town out west.

I heard it on NPR: are we facing a new Cold War with Russia?

Courtesy Mad Magazine

* The blame game over skyrocketing gas prices.
* And maybe the administration just doesn't care about the economy.
* The FDA issues another ruling in opposition to scientific findings, this one over marijuana.
* Contractors are cashing in on No Child Left Behind.
* How about underground rivers in the Antarctic?
* New military video game teaches soldiers foreign etiquette. (Courtesy Emerald.)
* Fametracker's fame audit of Suri Cruise. Speaking of which, what does "Suri" really mean, anyways?

Interesting challenges for Muslims in space. (Also courtesy Emerald.)

J.J. Abrams reportedly working on new Star Trek movie.