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Vera Drake

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On October 28, 2004

Mike Leigh is, without serious question, a major filmmaker. His method of improvising from complex characters to develop a then-fixed shooting script makes his movies feel like nobody else’s, he

Pop-ups and advertising

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On October 28, 2004

Henry at Crooked Timber notices some GOP 527 ads in strange places: One of my colleagues complained to me this morning that her AOL Instant Messenger software had been hijacked by political spam. As

What the hell is Bush doing?

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On October 28, 2004
Update: I didn’t mean to post this as a blank post. Here’s what I meant to include: Part 1: From MyDD, we learn of an interesting new segment of the Bush stump speech. Here’s a sample: Listen, before I want to say something, I’m traveling with a guest and a friend who represents thousands of people […]

Tracking Polls

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On October 28, 2004

I’m statistically literate enough to know that Matt Yglesias is certainly right about this. So why do I stop what I’m doing to check Rasmussen every morning at 9:00 AM?

Dear Rex Sox Fans,

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On October 27, 2004
Congratulations. Good luck with the daunting task of constructing a new fan-identity that doesn’t revolve around your status as an eternally cursed loser. It won’t be easy, but I know you can do it. Love, David

Dear Fox

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On October 27, 2004

Our esteemed commenter Leo raises many fine points, but I would like to note that your decision last night, during the eight inning of a World Series game–while the game was being played!–

Blogs of War

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On October 27, 2004
One of the big stories of this election will be the blogs. From the mobilization of the grassroots and tapping of fundraising sources to keeping key stories alive when the rest of the media ignores them, blogs have changed the texture of American politics. It turns out blogs are more powerful than we thought. In […]
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