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  • SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT...

    SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT THE PROSPECT . The Prospect is accepting applications for summer internships in our D.C. office. Any Tapped readers out there who are interested in (or who know someone who might be interested in) spending the summer working at the office, helping out with the magazine and the site, should definitely apply . The deadline for applications is March 15, so act fast. --The Editors
  • A MAN AFTER...

    A MAN AFTER HIS TIME. I think Badler 's belief that Vilsack dropped out because he couldn't fund up is only half the story. If Schwarzenegger could run, he'd have no problems fundraising. Romney, who is running, has no problem fundraising. Hell, even Huckabee 's pulling in some dough. So while it's of course true that candidates who can't fundraise can't survive, the question at hand is why experienced, moderate governors like Vilsack are proving so financially hapless. And on that question, the roster of candidates who've already dropped out is instructive. Mark Warner and Evan Bayh , two deeply credible, DLC-type moderates, exited early into the race, and not for lack of funds. Rather, they realized this wasn't a year that could support moderate technocrats. Democratic voters are looking for progressive vision and assertiveness, not small promises and managerial acumen. Vilsack, I'd bet, realized the same thing. Five years ago, if a candidate had broached Social Security price...
  • A DISTRACTOR STORY....

    A DISTRACTOR STORY. E.J. Dionne 's column this morning on the Hillary Clinton - Barack Obama - David Geffen throw-down over who dissed who to whom made me really wonder about where this campaign season is heading. The whole flap is completely uninteresting and will, in six months, be as long forgotten as the Edwards blogger controversy, which I've been amused to find has gone unnoted by many even inside Washington, where we political obsessives do not, contrary to popular myth, make up the whole town. I have almost nothing to add to the Geffen-gate commentary, except for a completely gratuitous story about hanging out at the pool of Geffen's beach house on Fire Island one afternoon 16 years ago. Based on the conversation that afternoon, where a friend with whom Geffen was flirting was trying to convince him to a) come out of the closet publicly and b) commit money to AIDS groups -- both of which Geffen ultimately did, becoming one of the nation's leading AIDS philanthropists and an...
  • VILSACK, RICHARDSON, AND MATT.

    VILSACK, RICHARDSON, AND MATT. I think Tom Vilsack 's departure from the race provides an answer to the question Matt posed in his column the other day: Why is a popular second term governor from a swing state, like Bill Richardson , not being taken seriously by the national media? As Matt points out, those are the guys who used to win elections, and Vilsack meets that definition as much as Richardson. Matt argues that the media now only treats celebrities as serious candidates. Well, Vilsack's failure to gain traction hardly disproves that thesis, but I think Matt's is only a partial explanation. The real reason is a related one: It costs a staggering amount of money to compete in presidential elections these days, and neither Vilsack nor Richardson has raised very much money. Indeed, the cw is that Vilsack dropped out in large part because he couldn't raise enough to compete. Of course, celebrity candidates have an infinitely easier time raising money, but if, say, Jon Corzine ran a...
  • MORE RAPE ALLEGATIONS IN IRAQ.

    MORE RAPE ALLEGATIONS IN IRAQ. Yet another woman has come forward with rape allegations against Iraqi security forces. Four soldiers allegedly raped the 50-year-old Sunni woman and attempted to rape her two daughters in Tal Afar. The fifth soldier, standing guard outside, came in and held his fellow soldiers at gunpoint to make them stop. The four soldiers have confessed. Rape is an ugly and increasingly better-documented part of war. And our continued military involvement in Iraq isn't going to protect these women. -- Kay Steiger
  • THE PRISON RAPE...

    THE PRISON RAPE PANELISTS. Further adventures in the crimes statistics search led to the discovery that a Review Panel on Prison Rape was empanelled on March 29, 2006 over at the Department of Justice, and that one of its three members is Steven McFarland , a faith-based bureaucrat at DoJ. In light of the prison rape blogging of recent weeks, that's probably something worth looking into. --Garance Franke-Ruta
  • GIANT SQUID!

    GIANT SQUID! Ok, so not really "giant," so much as "colossal." Some long-line fishermen hooked the hefty cephalopod in the Ross Sea near Antarctica. Just how big is this thing? Dr. Steve O'Shea , the squid-hunter made famous by this awesome New Yorker profile from 2004, said if calamari were made from the squid, the rings would be the size of tractor tires. So cool. Pharyngula's got more photos . -- Ann Friedman
  • TOMMENTUM! So...

    TOMMENTUM! So Tom Vilsack is apparently dropping out of the race, which is probably the best thing for all involved. This just isn't a year that favors centrist technocrats who want to price index Social Security. The immediate impact of his decision will be to make Iowa significantly more important than it would otherwise be, even if he were to lose it. The absence of an obvious hometown boy will eliminate excuses for losing the state, and so it'll remain nearly a must-win for all involved. My current guess is that Edwards can't survive a second place finish there, Clinton can't survive a third, and Kucinich needs to place at least eleventh. Obama remains such a wild card -- and New Hampshire likes wild cards -- that he's a bit trickier to handicap. --Ezra Klein .
  • POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: CAN FREE TRADE BE A FAIR DEAL?

    POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: CAN FREE TRADE BE A FAIR DEAL? It is in northern European countries, with their open trade and lavish welfare states. As Harold describes today , for the United States to achieve that same balance would take more than anyone in mainstream politics is proposing at the moment. --The Editors
  • INTERFERENCE.

    INTERFERENCE. Regarding the reports that the United States continues to actively discourage Israel from engaging with Syria, it's worth re-reading this Jo-Ann Mort piece from late July, "The Roadblock to Damascus." The roadblock in question was, of course, the United States. --Sam Rosenfeld

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