Sen. Strangemove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Obama

3 October 2007 4:49

Marc Ambinder says Obama’s foreign policy speech today demonstrates just how the campaign believes it is going to challenge the way Washington does these things. The headline announcement may beObama’s… Continue reading


Better a jaguar than a cougar…

2 October 2007 22:22

Grist and Outside magazines have been running a series of interviews with the Presidential candidates on environmental issues. So far they’ve done all the Democrats but just McCain and Mike… Continue reading


The shock is what is not considered shocking…

2 October 2007 14:11

A friend emails to ask for ideas he can pitch to an editor for a populist column designed to appeal to – and shock and outrage! – middle America. Ideally,… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown spins his web little too obviously

2 October 2007 13:50

David Cameron gives his crucial speech to the Tory party conference tomorrow – a speech that will go some way towards deciding whether he has a real shot at becoming… Continue reading

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Jeanne Campbell, RIP: Forget Not

2 October 2007 9:24

John F Kennedy, Nikita Kruschev, Fidel Castro, Lord Beaverbrook, Oswald Moseley, Claus von Bulow, Norman Mailer, J Paul Getty, Randolph Churchill, Henry Luce, Gore Vidal, the Beatles and Napoleon Bonaparte…… Continue reading


The Unbearable Melancholy of Ping Pong

2 October 2007 8:28

There’s a delightful piece by Howard Jacobsen in the latest edition of The New Republic in which the author mourns the sad decline of table tennis. I don’t know why… Continue reading


How do you solve a problem like… Liliana?

2 October 2007 3:00

Intro of the Day: A convent in Italy is being shut down after a fight between its last three remaining nuns. So badly did relations deteriorate between the sisters of… Continue reading


Hold the Front Page: Morals Uncorrupted by Sensible, Liberal Policy

2 October 2007 2:43

Credit where credit’s due, Labour’s attitude towards gambling has been vastly more sensible than one had any right to expect. The Economist reports: New laws which came into force in… Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement

1 October 2007 21:50

If you haven’t been tempted to use Amazon.com’s new MP3 download service may I point out that Clemens Krauss’s 1953 Ring Cycle is currently available for $13.98. That’s $13.98 for… Continue reading


Swedes 1 Turnips 0 (Again).

1 October 2007 21:35

It’s a question I’ve asked before, but it’s worth revisiting: if school choice is a nefarious right-wing plot to keep poor people poor and uneducated why is it that Sweden… Continue reading


Is Don Giovanni really the greatest?

1 October 2007 21:08

Just received an email from Washington National Opera touting their new production of Don Giovanni in which they claim that it’s "widely regarded as the greatest opera ever composed". Is… Continue reading


America, Hell Yeah…

1 October 2007 20:09

Like everyone else, I gotta love this Saturday Night Live response to Mahmoud "No gays in Iran" Ahmadinejad. Hat-tip: GFR


In search of a Golden Age…

28 September 2007 20:06

When I saw that The Atlantic had a feature on "The Greatest Sports Book Ever Written" in its October edition I thought, well, that’s nice but I daresay they really… Continue reading


If she had chosen to support the Washington Nationals she wouldn’t embarrass herself in this fashion…

27 September 2007 23:25

This is why people hate politicians. Just when you start thinking that it might not be terrible if Hillary Clinton becomes the next President of the United States you, hear… Continue reading


Department of Reaping What You Sow

27 September 2007 22:50

I hadn’t paid any attention to the women’s World Cup until the US manager Greg Ryan decided it was a sensible notion to switch goalkeepers before yesterday’s semi-final against Brazil,… Continue reading


So, Mr (or Mrs) Candidate…

27 September 2007 21:39

Radley Balko has some questions he’d like to ask the Presidential candidates. I particularly liked: Do you think an atheist could be president? Do you think an atheist should be?… Continue reading


Band of Five Brothers

26 September 2007 19:15

Tee hee. Slate skewers Mitt Romney. How can people vote for this phoney? (Sorry about the irritating ad prefacing the spot.)


Brown does a Biden

26 September 2007 18:20

Danny Finkelstein notices what I should have noticed. Curses. Anyway, the Hand of Shrum was all over the Great Clunking Fist’s speech to the Labour party conference: How could I… Continue reading


Gordon Brown’s Best of British

25 September 2007 21:45

Earlier this year I wrote a piece for TNR’s website suggesting that Gordon Brown’s Scottishness might become a problem for him. Well, with Labour riding high in the polls and… Continue reading


Calling a spade by its proper name

25 September 2007 20:35

James Fallows is right: it’s Burma, not Myanmar. The generals can call their country whatever they like; we’re under no obligation to follow their lead. Equally, it’s Bombay not Mumbai,… Continue reading


A local post for local people

25 September 2007 18:39

Ezra Klein looks at lifestyle amenities of the sort that bright young white folks like to have in their city and observes that Portland and Seattle score better on this… Continue reading


Fat Bastard Actually Accurate Characterisation of the Modern Scot

25 September 2007 17:41

Oh great. Who knows, perhaps this is even true. I blame Glaswegians. Obesity levels in Scotland are the second highest in the developed world behind the USA, new statistics have… Continue reading


A Facebook Agony Uncle Emerges…

25 September 2007 17:06

What’s the appropriate way to deal with a "Will you be my Facebook Friend?" request from someone you don’t know? How many damn friends should you have anyway? The estimable… Continue reading


Fred Thompson’s message to the world: your dead don’t count

25 September 2007 5:06

Many years ago now, I had occasion to change trains at Pisa en route to Perugia and it was there, I think, that I first became aware of the Ugly… Continue reading


Gore’s Imperative…

24 September 2007 21:57

Christopher Hitchens cranks up the Will Al Gore Run? motor for another outing: On Oct. 12, we shall hear again from Oslo, and I will be very surprised indeed if… Continue reading

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