HAWKS STICKING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND (OF IRAQ).Ezra reminds us of one of the more bizarre manifestations of pro-Bush's-war liberalism, Paul Berman's attempt to fit Islamic terrorism seamlessly into the WWII and/or Cold War models of conflict, as a fight waged against totalitarianism.
VOTE FRAUD FRAUD UPDATE. New evidence suggests that the failure of U.S. Attorneys to pursue bogus vote fraud changes was an even bigger factor in the DOJ's political purge than was previously known:
Nearly half the U.S. attorneys slated for removal by the administration last year were targets of Republican complaints that they were lax on voter fraud, including efforts by presidential adviser Karl Rove to encourage more prosecutions of election- law violations, according to new documents and interviews.
SUPPORTING REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IS THE NEW CONTRARIANISM.Christine Stansell's new article about Carhart II is very good. The puzzle it presents is how on earth it made it into the New Republic -- perhaps Jeffrey Rosen and Ben Wittes were away on a cruise (high contrarianism on the high seas!) or something. Anyway, it's a good analysis of the problems with the decision:
"A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM." A terrific article by Garrett Epps puts Karl Rove's pressuring of U.S. Attorneys to pursue bogus "vote fraud" cases into the larger (and highly consequential) context of the GOP's vote fraud fraud. Epps also draws our attention to the Supreme Court's endorsement of the GOP's myths in a little-noticed opinion from 2006: