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Howard the Chair

If the anecdotal evidence I've been collecting from Democratic National Committee (DNC) delegates over the last couple of weeks proves to be any sort of indicator, Howard Dean is poised to become the next party chairman. Lest the guy who represents (as the conservative Club for Growth put it in a memorable advertisement) the “latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show” class of the Democratic Party put the panic of permanent Republican majority in you, I say: Don't fear the doctor.

Dossier: Loose Nukes

Russia's estimated stockpile includes 18,000 assembled nuclear warheads at some 150 to 210 sites … Additionally, it retains an estimated 603 metric tons of highly enriched uranium (HEU) and 170 metric tons of separated plutonium … A working nuclear bomb requires at least 16 kilograms of uranium or 4 kilograms of plutonium … Only 3 percent of Russia's total nuclear material stockpile is subject to U.S.

Devil in the Details

Ethics DeLayed

House Republicans finally have an ethics committee they can call their own.

The relationship between the GOP caucus and the committee has been strained ever since the panel handed down three admonishments to Majority Leader Tom DeLay last fall for various improprieties and ethical lapses. Perplexed and alarmed that the committee, under the chairmanship of conservative Republican Joel Hefley of Colorado, had somehow gotten the impression that it had the right to extend ethics rebukes to Republicans, the leadership set out to fix this heinous system of functioning accountability and oversight.

In Other News

There's always too much news to fit into a 24-hour day -- especially when the national media is focused on the crucial election-year topics of windsurfing and “values” voters. But under the radar were all sorts of unanswered questions and unnoticed stories. Here are four of the most interesting.

The Sound of Silence

Where was the Democratic Party when the Republicans had their convention?

Dossier: Red-State Values

In red states in 2001, there were 572,000 divorces … Blue states recorded 340,000 … In the same year, 11 red states had higher rates of divorce than any blue state … In each of the red states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Mexico, 46.3 percent of all births were to unwed mothers … In blue states, on average, that percentage was 31.7 … Delaware has the highest rate of births to teenage mothers among all blue states, yet 17 red states have a higher rate … Of those red states, 15 have at least twice the rate as that of Massachusetts … There were more than 100 teen pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 in 5 red states in 2002 … None of the blue states had rates that high … The rate of teen births declined in 46 states from 1988 to 2000 … It climbe