Can Republicans win without Hispanic votes?

29 May 2009 23:59

This is one of the Big Questions. Nate Silver was one of the biggest winners in last year’s election and one is wary of suggesting that he’s got this question… Continue reading


Tory Cuts and British Defence Policy

29 May 2009 18:24

More riffing on Nelson! Fraser, that is. His Telegraph article and subsequent Coffee House post on future spending cuts argue that the Tories are, defensively, planning to leave the NHS… Continue reading


The BNP is a British Sinn Fein

29 May 2009 0:23

Fraser’s piece on the BNP is well worth your time. Parts of it were eerily familiar as I had the feeling that I’d been down this road before. That’s because… Continue reading


Lance Armstrong and the Giro: Part 2

28 May 2009 23:31

I’ll give Lance Armstrong’s fans this: they know how to count to seven. Beyond that, however, they’re rather like members of a cult who refuse to accept that there could… Continue reading


Department of Denial

28 May 2009 21:44

Responding to today’s Telegraph story which quotes Major-General Antonio Taguba as saying that the unreleased interrogation photos show "torture, abuse, rape and every indecency" White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had… Continue reading


Where the Sisters Have No Mercy and the Brothers No Christianity

28 May 2009 17:36

Carol Sarler may be correct to argue, as she does in this week’s edition of the magazine, that we have an unhealthy fascination with sex crimes that is both prurient… Continue reading


More Drug Law Madness

28 May 2009 14:14

It is the very ordinariness of this case that makes it worth mentioning. From this week’s edition of our local paper, the Southern Reporter: Unhappy with conventional treatments, Jean Sherlow… Continue reading


Tour de France: Prison Edition

27 May 2009 15:36

The Giro d’Italia isn’t the only cycling story around right now. Not by a long shot! Consider this: Close to 200 prisoners will cycle around France next month, watched by… Continue reading


Champions League Final

27 May 2009 13:56

Like any sensible person, I shall be supporting Barcelona this evening, even if that does also require one to endorse the insufferable Thierry Henry. Nonetheless, give me wee Lionel Messi… Continue reading


Cuba: The Last Refuge of Excuse-Making Scoundrels

27 May 2009 2:01

I suppose one ought not to be surprised that there remain some folk for whom the Cuban revolutionaries remain unblemished heroes. Equally, there is, alas, no great reason to be… Continue reading


Nancy Pelosi is, er, Pussy Galore?

26 May 2009 14:54

Has anyone at the Republican National Committee actually watched Goldfinger? Apparently not. My friend Garance Franke-Ruta picked up on a web video posted on Youtube by the RNC which compared… Continue reading


Obama’s Supreme Court

26 May 2009 14:24

I have no idea whether Sonia Sotomayor is qualified to sit on the United States Supreme Court. But, unlike Harriet Miers, she’s not obviously unqualified. Having been appointed to the… Continue reading


The Dangers of Brilliance

26 May 2009 14:08

Given the nature of his own work there was something delightfully, shall we say, mischievous about David Brooks’ review of Simon Schama’s (absurdly titled) The American Future: A History. The… Continue reading


The Telegraph’s Secret Agenda!

26 May 2009 11:57

Nadine Dorries is at the end of her tether: Does the DT [Daily Telegraph] have an agenda other than the desire to perform a public service? Why would they expose… Continue reading


Whitsun Break

23 May 2009 9:41

I’l be taking a break from blogging over the next week. Back at the beginning of June.


What’s the Best Sports City in the World?

23 May 2009 2:05

That’s the question Dan Drezner asks, riffing on this frankly dubious Toronto Star survey of North American cities. The Star bases its criteria upon winning percentage which is a rum,… Continue reading


Auto-tune the News: Pig Flu Special

23 May 2009 1:02

It’s hard to be certain of these things but, like Peter Suderman, I rather think that (video after the jump) this is the best edition of Auto-Tuning the News yet.… Continue reading


Headline of the Day

22 May 2009 23:36

This just in from the Lone Star State: Mayor quits job for gay illegal immigrant he loves Thank god he loves him. Me, I love Texas. Read the story too,… Continue reading


Diet Guantanamo!

22 May 2009 18:19

Watch this one run and run. First up is Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings: "If we have transparency and accountability, than you can leave Gitmo just like it is," he said.… Continue reading


Cheney vs Obama; Cheney vs The American Idea

22 May 2009 16:44

The theatre of yesterday’s speeches from Barack Obama and Dick Cheney was irresistible. And phoney. That is, this was a pretty strange "duel" given that the matter was decided long… Continue reading


Dick Cheney vs David Petraeus

21 May 2009 23:55

More on today’s Obama and Cheney speeches in due course, but first another bout: Dick Cheney vs David Petraeus. Cheney argued today that: If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or… Continue reading


Special Relationship Fretting: Ambassadorial Edition

21 May 2009 23:22

Time’s Swampland blog pokes some fun at Britons getting "in a tizzy" over the apparent news that Obama is, like his predecessor, going to reward one of his fund-raisers by… Continue reading

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Lance Armstrong and the Giro d’Italia

21 May 2009 15:34

Among the plethora of things I hold against Lance Armstrong is the way that his story – no matter how inspiring and heroic and extraordinary it has been – has… Continue reading


Talking to the Taliban

21 May 2009 13:00

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, Dexter Filkins reports in the NYT that talks have been taking place between the Taliban, the Afghan government and warlords such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Sirajuddin Haqqani… Continue reading

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Chipmunk Hunting

21 May 2009 12:08

Amidst the public riot over parliamentarians’ expenses, the story of Hazel Blears remains oddly fascinating. And story is the operative word, given that she appears to be the sole cabinet… Continue reading