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23 May 2006 @ 01:16 pm
"The right has long sought to portray Karl Rove as a genius; and the paranoid left has been only too happy to go along. My own view is that he's always been a dreadful political strategist. We don't have to wait for a GOP bloodbath this fall to see it."
-Andrew Sullivan

Extremism is not part of Islamic law.

Ouch. So if the war is going so well, why is the Voice of America in Bagdhad bureau still closed?

BAGnewsNotes on the new Iraqi government.

'How to lose the House in two years.'

* Amnesty International: "War outsourcing is creating the corporate equivalent of Guantanamo Bay — a virtual rules-free zone in which perpetrators are not likely to be held accountable for breaking the law."
* "There is no point to this amendment except to say to members of our currently large Spanish-speaking population that they will be legally and formally disrespected.."
* Dana Milbank on the Jefferson scandal.
* The author of al-Qaeda's strategy.
* New Orleans judge stands up for those imprisoned without justice.
* Despite temporary fixes, No Child Left Behind remains problematic.
* Crime-solving, mind-detecting robot. (Courtesy rstevens.)
* Charlie Gibson to anchor ABC News.
* I heard it on NPR: a musical conversation with T Bone Burnett.

Tom Shales on Stephen King's Desperation.

I heard it on NPR: Leonard Cohen's 'Book of Longing'
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PMMJ: MTV Newscheetahmaster on May 23rd, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Worth seeing?
PMMJ: MTV Newscheetahmaster on May 23rd, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
"So here's my suggestion: It's time for Bush to invite dissenters not just into the room, but onto the stage with him."
-Dan Froomkin
Jenexamorata on May 23rd, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
I love you, Tom Shales.

I'll still probably watch Desperation at some point, but the fact that it's on against the season finale of House means I sure ain't watchin' it tonight.
curious_jpcurious_jp on May 24th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe not news, but now dissent over the NSA issue can be expressed with a nifty TMBG Ringtone.