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By on 2.9.06 | 1:41PM

Sen. Harry Reid is a liar, or at least extremely unsure of what he believes in. We'll go with the former.

Sen. Harry Reid, said this morning that he doubted the Judiciary Committee should have had jurisdiction over the asbestor bill that is currently taking up the Senate's attention. "I think there should have been a joint referral to the … Environment and Public Works Committee," he said. "I haven't spoken to the chairman of that committee, Senator Inhofe. I've been chairman on two separate occasions, of that committee. I'll bet Senator Inhofe is wondering why his committee hasn't had something to do with it."

But wait, what was he thinking when the asbestos fight was ongoing 18 months ago? In April 2004: "The only way I will ever feel comfortable about legislation dealing with asbestos is if it goes through the channels it is supposed to go through: the Judiciary Committee. … In short, the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over this legislation, and this is from where the legislation should come that we deal with on the floor … It has to come out of the Judiciary Committee." (Congressional Record, 4/20/04)

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Benedict’s Door Prizes

By on 2.9.06 | 11:24AM

The pope exchanged gifts with First Lady Laura Bush today: he received a silver bowl with the presidential seal, but Laura and daughter Barbara received rosaries from Benedict. Handing rosaries to Protestants is like handing a Tim LaHaye book to a Catholic: "Um, thanks!" Hilarious. Hopefully he gave them instructions.

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Believing in God Doesn’t Make You Smart

By on 2.9.06 | 10:57AM

Iain Murray dismantles the evangelicals' silly jump onto the global warming bandwagon. They've botched the science altogether, Murray writes, from the existence of warming and its alleged human cause to the doomsday effects.

This time, they've bought the politically correct conventional wisdom hook, line, and sinker. Someone send them a copy of Michael Crichton's book. It's disappointing to see someone of Timothy George's stature and intelligence lending his name to such a document.

Other than him and Rick Warren (of Christian self-help fame... there, I said it, send angry emails to amspecblog -at- spectator.org), I don't recognize a soul on this list. Contrary to the New York Times touting "leaders" joining the global warming fight, the big names declined to sign.

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Re: CPAC

By on 2.9.06 | 10:24AM

...and stop by Blogger's Row to say hi to me!

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Re: CPAC 33

By on 2.9.06 | 9:43AM

Be sure to stop by the American Spectator's booth today and say hi. We'll be there through Saturday.

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CPAC 33 — Wheels Up!

By on 2.9.06 | 9:25AM

Congratulations to David Keene, Stacie Rumenap and the good folks at the American Conservative Union Foundation on the opening of the 33rd Annual Conservative Political Action Conference just moments ago at the Omni Shoreham here in D.C. George Will is delivering the opening address as I write, and of course everyone is looking forward to what will be a barn burner of a debate at 12:30 when Bob Barr and Viet Dinh square off in a debate over civil liberties...RET is moderating. Cheney speaks tonight, tomorrow and Saturday's lineups are chock full of awesomeness. The whole thing wraps up on Saturday at 5 p.m./> with a closing address by Newt Gingrich. See the full schedule here and if you are anywhere near D.C., for heaven's sake-get yourself over to the Omni!

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Chafee by His Lonesome?

By on 2.9.06 | 7:20AM

Novak is now handicapping the Rhode Island Senate race in favor of Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey over incumbent Lincoln Chafee. Tim Chapman asks if Chafee will go independent.

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Bush’s ‘Rebuke’

By on 2.8.06 | 10:00PM

Pretty tame stuff from the leader of the war on terror in his first public comments on the nearly week-old cartoon furor. (In keeping with a career-long habit of being slow out of the blocks.) The cartoon situation, the president said, "requires a lot of discussion and a lot of sensitive thought." If we get any more sensitive, we'll all be dead.

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WMD Search Continues 2006

By on 2.8.06 | 8:54PM

Speaking to two critical players in the search for Iraq WMD and the mystery of the Iraq Survey Group's inability to find the weapons and systems in 2003-2004. The facts on the ground do not support the political rhetoric that there was no WMD. The facts on the ground support that Saddam Hussein and his ministers and their allies in more than one European state conspired to deny and deceive the UN, the U.S., and the post-war search teams. The facts on the ground support that there is a library of evidence to be identified, translated, and explained by ops, scholars, pols, and historians. Case in point this day is Nasariyah, summer 2003, where an American agent, with Arabic, met and developed Iraqi sources who led him to most-suspect sites. The sites are underground caves, then flooded, having thick concrete walls. The Iraqis said that the sites had been built and sealed over during six months in the middle of 2002. This anecdote suits exactly the untold story. This suits anyone who understands that the last laugh will be for those who find the biologicals, the chemicals, and the nuclear weapons plans that remain the threat until it is destroyed.

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