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Archive: May, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 9:10 AM

Just kidding...I hope. But -- barring last-minute scheduling changes -- you should be able to hear me on WHYY's "Radio Times" at 11 a.m. today, along with the man who until now has been signing my paychecks, Philadelphia Media Holdings CEO and Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney, to talk about all things John Yoo.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 8:57 AM

On the night that word leaked that Justice David Souter was stepping down, I predicted that President Obama's pick would be federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx. I couldn't imagine why he would not pick her: An experienced appeals court judge, raised in a housing project (empathy alert!) but educated in the Ivy League, considered a moderate center-left judge, in line to become only the third female justice of the High Court, and the first Latina.

For once, I was right.

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POSTED: Monday, May 25, 2009, 2:30 PM


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POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 11:45 PM

Now, as promised, Part II of my reaction to today's "Torture with the Stars" showdown between President Barack Obama and Dick Cheney.

Although I could, I won't go into detail about the various misstatements, straw men and out-and-out lies contained in the ex-vice president's -- yes, the word is valid -- extraordinary speech to the American Enterprise Institute defending torture (torture must have something to do with "American Enterprise"...who knew?.) I would strongly urge everyone to read this article from the award-winning McClatchy News Service, which serves as a kind of "ur text" for demolishing Cheney. And truth be told, we've heard so much of this before -- even the false conflating of Iraq and al-Qaeda and waving the bloody shirt of 9/11 -- just never in this context.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 9:38 PM
Barack Obama called the prosecution of Guantanamo Bay detainees "the toughest single issue that we will face." (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


I guess if I wanted to get into the sequel of Eric Boehlert's "Bloggers on the Bus," I'd be a little more obsessive and sit in front of two TVs and blog and tweet and Facebook and whatever else what TV, Drudge, and everyone of that ilk is now calling "The Great Debate" (personally, I prefer "Torture With the Stars") between sitting president Barack Obama and recently discovered ex-Vice President Dick Cheney as it happened.

Now, I've had a half a day to digest this rather extraordinary -- if not exactly for the reasons that Charlie Gibson & Co. thought so -- day, and a couple things leap out. Enough that I'm going to take the unusal step of dividing this into two parts.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 11:13 AM

So while we wait with baited breath for John Yoo's next monthly pearl of wisdom, we still have Rick Santorum and his "Elephant in the Room" to deal with. I think his Inquirer column today, actually has a good starting point, which is what are we to make of the first Gallup Poll in recent times to show a majority of Americans are "pro-life"?

The margin over the next decade fluctuated within a 10-point spread, but Gallup never recorded a majority of Americans identifying themselves as pro-life - until now. This month's survey found the pro-life position favored, 51 percent to 42 percent.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 10:42 PM

Under a cloak of secrecy, some of the world's wealthiest people gathered in an unprecedented meeting early this month in New York City "to see how they can join together to do more," according to one attendee.

Invited by the world's two richest men Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, along with David Rockefeller, a Who's Who of American wealth and influence gathered around a long table in a window-lined private room overlooking the East River on May 5.

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