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Ready for Bed?

By on 1.31.06 | 8:39PM

Bush is running over the applause lines, speeding up. Slow, pal. Sleep in tomorrow.

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New Starting Five Rogues

By on 1.31.06 | 8:36PM

POTUS names the names:

Syria, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Iran.

To my memory, this is the first time Burma and Zimbabwe have been demoted to North Korea status. Mugabe swallows and smiles.

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Sam’s Catching On

By on 1.31.06 | 8:35PM

I'm enjoying watching Justice Alito tonight: before the speech, he was a little awestruck, looking around the chamber. At the last applause line, he wasn't sure if he should clap or not. So he meekly looked to his right, saw other justices clapping, and decided it's a good idea.

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Call for Comity

By on 1.31.06 | 8:29PM

"I will do my part." That he began with this signals just how poisonous the "tone" is in Washington. Nasty.

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Energy Policy

By on 1.31.06 | 8:27PM

John: The embargoed parts of the speech ain't all that juicy. Except for the energy initiative, that is.

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Not an Arrest

By on 1.31.06 | 8:25PM

Major Garrett of Fox News: Reports Sheehan was detained, not arrested.

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The Act

By on 1.31.06 | 8:24PM

Isn't there something a little unseemly about the way reporters talk before a speech when they've obviously read an embargoed advance copy? The president "will need to address energy." Oh, will he, now? I wonder whether that'll pop up in the speech! Why not just read the unembargoed excerpts and provide context, instead of playing games?

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