The Spectacle Blog

Snow Out

By on 5.30.06 | 9:05AM

At long, long last, John Snow is resigning as Treasury Secretary, the AP reports. Goldman Sachs chairman Henry J. Paulson, Jr. is the expected replacement. Two questions: 1- Will the press refer to him as the Goldman Sachs "chair," an inanimate object? 2- Will the Bush administration begin undermining him within a year?

McCain’s Boxing Tickets

By on 5.30.06 | 7:58AM

The Washington Post and Drudge report this morning that Harry Reid accepted free boxing tickets from the Nevada Boxing Commission while a related bill was pending in the Senate. Say what you will (and what I will) about John McCain, but at least he insisted on paying the full price of his ticket.

There’s More Than One Way to Arm a Nuke

By on 5.29.06 | 2:33PM

Today's New York Times reports that "Iran appears to have slowed its drive to produce nuclear fuel, according to European diplomats who have reviewed reports from inspectors inside the country." The article indicates that, either for diplomatic or technical reasons, Iran's uranium enrichment program at Natanz seems to have stalled. But uranium enrichment is not the beginning and end of Iran's "drive to produce nuclear fuel."

In addition to uranium enrichment, Iran is also on the route toward producing weapons-grade plutonium. This brief (.pdf) from the Institute for Science and International Security shows, with satellite imagery, that construction is continuing steadily on a heavy water reactor in Arak. If it stays on schedule, this reactor could be fully operational by 2009. From the brief:

Indonesian Quake

By on 5.27.06 | 7:57PM

Having been to Yogyakarta, I'm not at all surprised to see death tolls climbing rapidly. The city is surrounded by a massive sprawl of flimsy-looking shanties, and the earthquake made thousands of people's homes collapse on them while they slept. If you're feeling charitable, the Red Cross is aiding the relief effort.

A silver lining: The amazing Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the word, is unharmed. But some of the shrines at the Hindu Prambanan temple have been damaged.

Sessions on the Immigration Bill

By on 5.27.06 | 8:44AM

As promised on the Hugh Hewitt Show last night, here's the link to the great speech by Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama on the massive problems with the immigration bill. If that doesn't convince you to start yelling at your senators, nothing will.

And as to Sessions, as they say in my old neighborhood, 'dis guy is da real thing. Is it too early to think about Allen and Sessions as a twofer in '08? Not in my book, it's not.

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