American Prospect Executive Editor Michael Tomasky announced today that the Prospect has hired Joe Conason to serve in a new position as the magazine's Investigative Editor. Conason, the well-known investigative journalist, political columnist, and best-selling author, will oversee the Prospect's new emphasis on investigative reporting. He will assign, edit, and write articles, and he will join the magazine formally on January 24.
Beginning at 5:53 tonight, the TAP emergency summit conference on the foreign policy crisis, held last Tuesday and Wesndesay and featuring Wesley Clark, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Theodore Sorensen, and many more, will be rebroadcast. The speeches by Clark and Brzezinski are two of the most effective challenges to America's current foreign policy that we've heard.
The news that Rush Limbaugh will be spending the month trying to kick his OxyContin habit provides a tempting opportunity to kick a thug while he's down. Rush, after all, told his audience just eight years ago that "we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up."
Let's just agree up front that there's no augury or metaphor in it, but the fact remains that South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle spoke at length for the first time about his new book, which is due out in November, at something called the Deadwood Pavilion. Addressing an audience at his state's first-ever book fair, Daschle said he wrote the tome, titled Like No Other Time, because he had "a compelling story to tell," adding, somewhat cosmically, that "history is not written at a constant pace. It is sometimes accelerated."