Month: May 2009

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Anti-choice Terrorism

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On May 31, 2009
Horrible, horrible news, as the courageous Kansas abortion provider George Tiller was shot. Kansas, as I’m sure some of you know, was at the center of the epidemic of anti-choice terrorism, with at least tacit support from some prominent public officials. Congressional intervention in the mid-90s helped curtail this attempt to use violence to deny […]

Off to Florida…

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On May 31, 2009

I am about to leave for Florida, on my annual pilgrimage to the ETS AP Comparative Government scoring session. I don’t consider this a full vacation, and may still blog sporadically; posting wil

Happy Birthday to Us!

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On May 31, 2009

This blog went live five years ago today. I have updated our FAQ to reflect the changes since the last update of the FAQ. As always on these occasions, I’d like to thank the commenters, the lurk

From Colony to Superpwer Wrap Up

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On May 31, 2009
Erik has some concluding thoughts on our series on George Herring’s From Colony to Superpower. For my part, I enjoyed reading the book and commenting on it. Patterson is considering using From Colony to Superpower on next year’s Summer Reading List, although we’ll may start at the beginning of the twentieth century, rather than with […]

Question…

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On May 31, 2009

At this point, knowing that the North Koreans are facing hard limits on fissile material, wouldn’t it make sense just to dare them to conduct additional nuclear tests? Share

Chinese SSBNs

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On May 31, 2009

Check out this fabulously informative article on Chinese SSBNs. The PLAN is building between four and six Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile subs, which when complete will constitute a deterrent on t

The Least Worst Place

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On May 30, 2009
I just finished reading Karen Greenberg’s excellent The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days, a book that is (for obvious reasons) relevant to the hyperventilating spasms currently being mistaken for a “debate” about what to do with the crown jewel of Bush administration lawlessness. It takes a more narrow approach to questions of law, […]

Sotomayor and Abortion

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On May 29, 2009

I had a request in comments to discuss concerns some liberal critics have had about Sotomayor’s record on abortion (which the administration has tried to address.) Fortunately, Filipovic already

Only Some were Under 18

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On May 29, 2009
This is probably the best NYT correction ever: Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the number of girls younger than 18 who were allegedly invited to a villa by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy. Mr. Berlusconi is alleged to have invited about 40 women to the villa, but only some of them […]

Sugar Free Cookies?

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On May 29, 2009

Hardened Al Qaeda terrorist succumbs to cookie: Abu Jandal’s guards were so intimidated by him, they wore masks to hide their identities and begged visitors not to refer to them by name in his p

Empathy For Me…

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On May 29, 2009

Shorter Michael Gerson and Charles Krauthammer: “It’s outrageous that President Obama would suggest that empathy is a useful trait in a Supreme Court justice. And it’s outrageous tha

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