FRED THOMPSON HAS NO PRINCIPLES. Note the plural. He does, judging by his website have one principle -- federalism. It's the only thing listed in his "principles" page and it's mainly a long, pedantic essay that answers the question "so what is this federalism thing anyway?" There's almost no discussion of the issues except for, bizarrely, immigration which is a federal issue if there ever was one:
The recent immigration bill was a case in point. That bill failed, and it failed for good reason. The federal government simply had no credibility on the issue.
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN ICKY. The strange case of self-described "pedophile" Jack McClellan has, inevitably, reached its next logical step. McClellan, who has not been accused of actually engaging in any illegal activity with children, has understandably freaked out parents across southern California by declaring his sexual interest in young children and posting photos of them online. So far, so very very creepy.
A GRAND UNIFIED THEORY OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. The new Atlanticpiece on Karl Rove by Joshua Green has been rightly hailed as a brilliant piece of reporting. It's a great article, not just because it reveals Rove's role, but because it provides a highly plausible theory that explains much of the Bush presidency.
CHINA SHOWS OFF ITS FINANCIAL GUNS. China is softly sending a clear message to Congress not to get tough on exchange rates, and carrying a $1.33 trillion stick -- the total amount of currency reserves held it holds in dollars (equal to some 44 percent of US national debt). Chinese leaders have hinted that a provocation from the US could trigger a sell-off of these reserves which would in turn have disastrous consequences for an already shaky US economy: