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5 December 2007 19:56

I agree with Garance that there’s lots of interest in Bill Keller’s Hugo Young lecture. And like her I was struck by this passage: The New York Times has six… Continue reading

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Romney’s Faith-Based Problem

5 December 2007 19:18

What should Mitt Romney say in his impossible-to-live-up-to-the-hype speech in Texas tomorrow? Noah Millman puts some fine words into the governor’s mouth here: “This is the place.” That’s what Brigham… Continue reading

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Happy Repeal Day

5 December 2007 17:16

December 5th, 1933, American becomes a better country as the 18th Amendment to the Constitution is repealed and the Prohibition era ends. Now, about that War on Drugs…?

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Yanks: Iran Nixes Nukes

3 December 2007 20:18

If true, this is the best news to come out of Washington in a long, long time. Turns out the Iranians may not be nuts after all. Who knew? The… Continue reading

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First they came for Winnie the Pooh, and I said nothing…

3 December 2007 19:37

The Blasphemy of Paddington Bear: here UPDATE: I forgot to ask – is Paddington Bear known at all, let alone famous, in the United States? If not then you’ve all… Continue reading

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How the Elector of Saxony Created Osama bin Laden. Or Something.

3 December 2007 17:20

So it’s all-Corner all the time here today. Next up is the never-knowingly-undersold Mark Steyn: The Islamic "reformation" is, in a sense, the opposite of Christianity’s. The Saudis have used… Continue reading

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Death by Moron

3 December 2007 16:27

While I’m at it, here’s more deranged idiocy from The Corner. A fellow named Peter Wehner, who until March 2007 apparently served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director… Continue reading

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Because the current war just isn’t big enough…

3 December 2007 15:49

National Review Online’s Andy McCarthy believes that the premise that: "we are all quite aware that the Muslims we take seriously are the formers and reformers’" — is mistaken.  We,… Continue reading

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Mitt’s Mormon Moment

3 December 2007 7:04

Daniel Larison explains why Mitt Romney’s speech on "religious liberty" on Thursday is going to be a tricky balancing act: His speech will have to go something like this: “My… Continue reading

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It’s a funny old world…

3 December 2007 6:07

"News" you expected from Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s party has won a landslide election victory, official results show. With more than 80% of ballots counted, his United Russia had… Continue reading

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Kicking a Man When He’s Brown

1 December 2007 17:46

I used to think that the feebleness of the scandals that occasionally brought down a minister or two in Edinburgh was matched only by the embarrassment one felt watching the… Continue reading

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Fail, Fail and Fail Again. So Why Bother Changing?

1 December 2007 11:01

If you only read one article this weekend, might I suggest you make it Ben Wallace-Wells long and brilliant Rolling Stone piece on the multiple – if well-intentioned – idiocies… Continue reading

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The Highway of Holiness Runs Through San Antonio (Who Knew?)

1 December 2007 2:00

Verily, it’s useful to be reminded that the United States of America is a very different kind of country. A foreigner – or a New Yorker – could spend a… Continue reading

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Obama’s Dangerous Love of Apple Pie

30 November 2007 17:56

Yesterday the Washington Post published a page 1 story headlined: Foes Use Obama’s Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him I don’t think this was necessarily a reprehensible piece, even… Continue reading

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The frog in Sarko’s bread-and-milk

30 November 2007 16:51

The always-excellent Arthur Goldhammer on Nicolas Sarkozy’s latest appearance: Sarkozy had another one of his marathon chats with les tribunes du peuple, or what passes for such in the media… Continue reading

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A Cook’s Bookshelf

30 November 2007 5:06

Megan offers her annual Christmas cooking recommendations. Kit here; manuals here. As usual, there’s lots of good stuff. But permit me to offer some supplementary ideas on the matter of… Continue reading

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Too late for an old dog…

28 November 2007 23:58

An interesting but worthless column from Jackie Ashley. "It won’t be easy for Gordon Brown to dig himself out of the hole he has fallen into in recent weeks. But… Continue reading

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Pizza Wars Continued…

27 November 2007 8:36

Yeah, so Megan can’t find New York style pizza in Washington. Well, I can’t find Scottish pizza here either. I forgot to ask earlier if any readers know of anywhere… Continue reading

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Flying in China and Japan

27 November 2007 8:10

James Fallows has a splendid snapshot (ha!) of the differences between Japan and China: With usual caveats against sweeping generalization, what this made me think was: Japan is all about… Continue reading

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England in Sri Lanka; Pakistan in India

27 November 2007 2:50

Cricket Housekeeping: 1. Since this post making the case that Shane Warne is, indisputably, a greater cricketer than Muttiah Muralitharan it’s only fair to note that Murali had the chance… Continue reading

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What is the Chief End of Man, anyway?

26 November 2007 23:26

Kieran Healy wants to know how Newsweek can think a line can be fine and blurry: Growing Up Giuliani: Rudy Giuliani was raised to understand that fine, blurry line between… Continue reading

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First they take Canberra, then they take…?

26 November 2007 22:56

Melanie Philips, I’m afraid, continues to show signs of becoming Britain’s answer to David Horowitz. Her latest salvo culminates in this absurdity: Annapolis is America’s Munich — and Israel is… Continue reading

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In Search of the Perfect Pie

26 November 2007 21:11

As any newcomer to DC must, Megan McArdle bemoans the relative lack of decent pizza in Washington: To a lifelong New Yorker, there is no other sort of pizza than… Continue reading

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Does Mark Halperin Have What It Takes?

26 November 2007 17:17

Mercy me. Mark Halperin makes a lateish run for Most Incriminating Column of the Year with this entry, published in today’s New York Times in which he laments how terrible… Continue reading

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Bush, Ahmadinejad and The Economist

26 November 2007 4:54

This is the sort of thing that reminds me why I enjoy The Economist‘s under-appreciated sense of humour: George Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are both deeply religious, referring frequently to… Continue reading

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