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That Doesn’t Sound Very WASPy…

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On September 30, 2009
Seriously? [Robert] Gates doesn’t travel much on the Beltway’s social circuit, instead spending off-hours with his wife and a small cadre of aides. He smokes cigars, drinks Belvedere martinis with a twist (the first President Bush weaned him from gin to vodka), and watches trashy movies—Transformers and Wolverine were recent favorites. George H.W. Bush drinks […]

Project Sapphire

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On September 30, 2009

The Washington Post had a nice article last week about Project Sapphire, the Clinton-era effort to spirit 600kg of enriched uranium out of Kazahkstan. If you haven’t read it, take a look; this h

Incredibly, Applebaum’s followup to her original contribution on the Polanski rape is even more clueless and offensive than the original: Of course, there were some very legitimate disagreements, including two excellent ones from my colleagues Gene Robinson and Richard Cohen, and I take some of their points. But to them, and to all who imagine […]

"The Left" Strikes Again!

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On September 30, 2009

Neo-neocon bring her mad yoosta-bee skillz to the Polanski issue: The reaction of no small number of pundits on the Left to the Polanski case is to recommend that we let bygones be bygones. Amusingly,

Au revoir, les enfants

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On September 30, 2009

This reads like a wingnut parody of degenerate France and degenerate Hollywood engaging in an orgy of amoral pomposity. (As a lawyer I confess ignorance regarding the principle of immunity from legal

Clutching at Straws

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On September 30, 2009
Gordo lays out his vision for the next Labour government. Most of it is the typical Labour shopping list (and the Tory critique that it hasn’t been costed out does ring true). I am intrigued by the long awaited constitutional / electoral system reform. Two suggestions stand out. First, he wants to adopt the recall […]

Blue Dog Votes

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On September 30, 2009

In addition to the fact that Blue Dogs who won’t allow up-and-down votes are pretty much entirely useless, it seems to me that Blue Dog votes on cloture provide a pretty good first approximation

One Last Thing

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On September 29, 2009

I will hopefully leave this subject for a while, but before I do, for those who haven’t seen Wanted and Desired I can’t recommend Lauren Bans’s post more strongly: Excepting the lawy

You forgot about Keyes!

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On September 29, 2009
Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve got two children currently being leveled by illness, or that I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in — I dunno, months? — but this paragraph keeps making me laugh today: Sarah Palin is done with her memoir, which will be titled “Going Rogue: An American Story”; Rick Santorum’s […]

Crime and punishment

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On September 29, 2009

Several commentators in the Polanski thread are apparently taking the view that if a particular exercise of criminal punishment is unlikely to deter crime or rehabilitate the offender, then punishing

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