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In an address to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, decrying the “magnitude and the speed” of budgetary reductions and the further diminishing of Army end strength, General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the United States Army,…

I agree with basically everything J.P. Freire says about PajamasTV, but I want to deride the venture by praising other, better Rightosphere web video ventures. For example, reason.tv* does some of the stuff that PJTV does—talk shows, quick takes from…

by David Weigel | Jan 29, 2009

A problem with the Republican bet against the stimulus that Philip Klein and I haven’t really addressed is the issue that Rush Limbaugh spends most of his time railing against (when he’s not at the center of an Obama-driven controversy)—media…

I’m not as convinced as Doug at the disposibility of Joe Biden. First, it’s not right to say Biden was “chosen at the one moment when [Obama’s] candidacy seemed in danger.” Obama picked Biden right before the Democratic convention, when…

It comes from Tim Pawlenty, the Republican governor who has tacitly supported Coleman throughout his protracted recount battle with Al Franken. He thinks it’s unlikely he’ll have to do it, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty is looking into the possibility of…

by David Weigel | Dec 17, 2008

The liberal-leaning bloggers at Swing State Project are doing us all a service by crunching the numbers for the presidential race from every congressional district. Remember that great factoid from 2004—George W. Bush carried 255 of the 435 congressional districts?…

The press release of the day from everyone’s favorite break-into-congressional-hearings-and-scream-to-end-the-war group: In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush at a Baghdad press conference Sunday, peace activists will gather outside the White House with…

Jeffrey, the silver lining for Obama is in the excerpt that Phil grabbed—in his final, crooked effort to use Obama’s Senate seat as either a safety net or a cash cow, Blagojevich considered the president-elect an obstacle, not an ally….

I agree with Jim, and I’d go a bit further—this is the latest example of Barack Obama playing the long game and ignoring the conventional wisdom du jour. Cast your mind back to May, after Obama won North Carolina and…

by David Weigel | Jun 13, 2008

Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America By Rick Perlstein (Scribner, 896 pages, $37.50) Seven years ago, William Ayers, the Weather Underground bomber-turned-leftish education scholar, published a memoir of his criminal career and embarked upon one…

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