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Virginia AG Recount

By on 11.14.05 | 2:56PM

No surprises here, but it appears as though the recount in the Virginia attorney general race between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds will proceed. I cannot find a news story to link to just yet, but the State Board of Elections has McDonnell up by 446 votes.

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Yes, Yes, Georgette!

By on 11.14.05 | 2:39PM

Mark Humbert's latest on Democrats' increasing strength in N.Y. state is worth reading.

Was somewhat (pleasantly) surprised to see Republican moneybag Georgette Mosbacher's comments on the NY State GOP:

"Our New York party leaders have tried to be everything to everybody, and what's now happened to us is that we've become nothing to everyone."

Correct. Perhaps Georgette and others can now begin to remedy this by sending their money to the good guys in N.Y. politics.

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Alito on the Vanguard Matter

By on 11.14.05 | 1:58PM

Via RedState, Judge Alito has responded (pdf) to Sen. Arlen Specter's request for additional information on Alito's relationship with Vanguard with respect to Monga v. Ottenberg. He defends himself well, since federal law and judicial ethics have long held that judges need not recuse themselves from cases in which the potential conflict of interest is limited to holding shares of a mutual fund.

In today's edition, the Wall Street Journal editorial page dismantled this desperate ethics charge with its customary clarity.

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Are Men Necessary?

By on 11.14.05 | 1:09PM

Perhaps not, at least at the New York Times. Editor and Publisher has a fascinating report from which emanates the strong odor of a coming coup at the Times.

The report, which appears to be based on both research and leaks from the Times editors, says that Judith Miller wasn't the only person at the Times tied too closely to the Bush administration. Times Executive Editor Bill Keller is painted as too close to the Times' ultimate boogey man, former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. Here's the money quote:

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Schroeder’s Anemic Germany

By on 11.14.05 | 1:05PM

Gerhard took leave of the SPD today. His assessment of his tenure caught my eye:

Speaking to an SPD congress in the southwestern town of Karlsruhe, Schroeder said Germany had become a more likeable and liveable place in the past seven years -- even though his center-left party had often made governing tortuous.

"We've made Germany a country that is more modern, more open to the world and more just," Schroeder told the 500 delegates, who rewarded him with a 10-minute standing ovation. "It's been a good seven years for our country and our party."

Speaking of seven years, German unemployment is at a seven-year high of 11.7 percent.

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Re: Agenda

By on 11.14.05 | 12:10PM

Prowler's point about Rockefeller's private venture into pre-war diplomacy is one we need to keep firmly in mind in the coming months. On FNC yesterday, Rockefeller said:

"I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11."

Now think about what was going on in January 2002: (1) we were still trying to get the UN Blixiecrats to do their job in inspecting Iraq, and were doing what little we could to get Iraq to cooperate; (2) we were performing intensive intelligence gathering and analysis to determine whether Saddam's WMD programs were ongoing; (3) we were dealing with Britain and the Axis of Cheese to try to get the UN set up to deal with this; and (4) President Bush was talking to the same arab heads of state that Rockefeller visited, asking for their help.

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Re: Class of the Irish

By on 11.14.05 | 12:06PM

Dave: I'm glad the new Notre Dame behaved itself during and after the Navy game. But there's one thing that bothers me about Notre Dame playing Navy -- the talent gap. Did anyone for a moment think there Navy stood any chance of winning? While other teams play serious league schedules, ND pads its independent schedule with games against easy prey. I'm all for sportsmanship, but in this case it was risk-free. If next year I see the ND and USC bands getting along, I'll know there's something to this display of genuine sportsmanship, South Bend style.

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New Schonborn Article on Evolution

By on 11.14.05 | 11:45AM

Get ready for the January First Things. Fr. Neuhaus writes at the journal's blog that Christoph Cardinal Schonborn will answer Stephen Barr's October article defending evolution.

Also, don't miss another installment on the intelligent design controversy by Dan Peterson in the December/January TAS.

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The Class of Irish and Navy Football

By on 11.14.05 | 11:37AM

Though a Notre Dame football fan from my younger days of donning a Ron Powlus jersey and pestering my family with my game day enthusiasm, I had never attended a game until this weekend. Saturday's contest between the Irish and Navy's Midshipmen exceeded all my expectations.

While enjoyable, the game itself wasn't the real treat. Navy's run offense was a fine display of a well-executed wishbone. They capitalized on their strengths of precision and speed and reliably pick up three or four yards each play with the sweep option.

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Priest in Trouble

By on 11.14.05 | 11:21AM

Speaking of Howard Kurtz, his column today confirms what Mark Corallo laid out here last Tuesday -- Dana Priest could find herself in legal hot water for her reporting on the CIA's "black sites."

Typically, Kurtz, Priest & Co. try to ignore the gravamen of the matter by playing up criticism from the left for the Post's not having revealed more in its report. Evidently the paper thinks it deserves a Pulitzer for not revealing the names of the countries hosting the alleged sites -- information that became easily obtainable once Priest provided all the necessary clues.

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