ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. As Dana notes below, the Supreme Court has upheld the federal "Partial Birth" Abortion Ban Act, which as I have argued in detail, was 1) inevitable with Alito's appointment to the Court, and 2) very bad. It was, I suppose, also inevitable that it would come down while I'm on the road, and I therefore haven't finished reading the decision yet.
THE ABSTINENCE-ONLY FRAUD. You may have heard the shocking news that state-funded moralizing adults telling teenagers not to have sex do not, in fact, prevent teenagers from having sex. Interestingly, several states -- not all of them liberal and coastal -- have started to turn down the abjectly useless federal funding they're being offered:
DIMENSIONS OF CORRUPTION. Obviously, Paul Wolfowitz's personal corruption is both bad in itself and undermines the anti-corruption principles he's purportedly trying to bring to the World Bank. As John Cassidy's recent profile informs us, however, there's another major example of his rather selective application of anti-corruption principles. First, there's his hiring of Bush administration cronies who weren't involved in the formal search process to crucial positions.
THE VOTER FRAUD FRAUD, PART II.Mattbeat me to it, but this is a terrific article in the New York Times about GOP attempts to cover up the fact that voter fraud is a problem of minimal significance, hence depriving them of their ex post facto rationale for suppressing minority votes. And, for the racist-and-classist-vote-suppression double header, they also suppressed a report about the actual effects of "anti vote-fraud" law: