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READER BLOGS. One...

READER BLOGS. One cool thing about all the comments in recent days is that a lot of readers have been linking to their own blogs, which has introduced me to a whole array of new residents of the long tail. So if you're a reader who's got a blog, this thread is for you. I'm curious to know who you are and what kind of things you write on your home turf. Put up your url and show us where you live.

--Garance Franke-Ruta

PARTY OF HUH?...

PARTY OF HUH? This is a small thing, but a week ago, National Review writer Ramesh Ponnuru criticized me on The Corner for trusting Amazon.com's description that his forthcoming book, The Party of Death, was about the Democratic Party. According to Amazon, "The Party of Death is the first book to expose the real agenda of the liberal Democrats, and to ask what life might be like in a post-Roe v. Wade America.

BUSH READS...

BUSH READS TAPPED?
Earlier today I modestly proposed that President Bush cancel his Wednesday meeting with Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo. It seems the White House is considering doing just that.

--Mark Leon Goldberg

JUST POSTED ON...

JUST POSTED ON TAP: THE ANTI-JOE. No wonder Joe Lieberman seems testy these days -- the three-term senator faces his most serious primary challenge since taking office. Marie Cocco, in the latest issue of the Prospect, looks at the man who would be senator, Ned Lamont, and his potential path to victory.

HYPING THE THREAT....

HYPING THE THREAT. Yesterday, David Albright and Corey Hinderstein of the Institute for Science and International Security reported (PDF) that US officials sought to hype the Iranian nuclear threat following a closed International Atomic Energy Agency briefing to Security Council members.

TIMES AND POST...

TIMES AND POST PART WAYS ON BUSH'S PRIVATE SESSIONS. Did anyone else notice something intriguing about The Washington Post's article today -- flagged below by Garance -- about President Bush's private off-the-record sessions with reporters?

MCCAIN DRAIN. E.J....

MCCAIN DRAIN. E.J. Dionne hits the nail on the head today when he says that the positions that John McCain will need to take in order to win the Republican primary may very well lose him the support of the more moderate voters who've hailed him as a maverick, to his perhaps permanent electoral or reputational detriment:

it's a more dangerous strategy than it seems. McCain's central appeal, even to people who disagree with him, has always been his willingness to do the nonpolitical thing -- for example, to defend Kerry that day in 2004 simply because he thought the attacks on Kerry were wrong.

STEPHEN SPRUIELL LAPS...

STEPHEN SPRUIELL LAPS UP DEBORAH HOWELL'S LATEST SELF-CONTRADICTION. Incredibly, Stephen Spruiell is still trying -- and still failing -- to discredit the notion that Washingtonpost.com's hiring of Ben Domenech was a sop to the right. Now he says he emailed Deborah Howell and asked her to explain the discrepancy between two statements. First, her column of Dec.

AS THE IMMIGRATION...

AS THE IMMIGRATION BILL TURNS. First, the good news. Arlen Specter's Judiciary Committee came through with a bill closely approximating the McCain-Kennedy proposal:

With Republicans deeply divided, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to legalize the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants and ultimately to grant them citizenship, provided that they hold jobs, pass criminal background checks, learn English and pay fines and back taxes.

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