A Nice Note to End the Week On

They say if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. We’re especially needy in that department so we have one and a half: In addition to the wholly-owned Cox-Lehmann subsidiary known as Hank, we long-term dog-sit Wheatley, the enormous Golden Retriever with a heart big enough for two families, while his mom works out a commuting

Obama Conference Call 3/7/08: A Note, UPDATED WITH AUDIO

I listened to this one while driving, so please excuse the absence of notes and the failure to ask a question. In any case, the most outstanding feature of this call, by my lights, was how the reporter (Margaret Talev, McClatchy) introduced her question with, “I’m sorry, this is about policy.” Sigh. It’s not her fault, it’s just what

Clinton Conference Call, 3/7/08: Questions?

It’s not with the press team, but with a few surrogates:

Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL), Joe Sestak (PA) and Gregory Meeks (NY) hold a conference call to discuss the state of the race TODAY at 10:15 a.m. EST.

You’ve had some excellent suggestions for questions so far, please feel free to offer some more in

Re: The Do-Over

As I pointed out in my story, linked below, one idea in Florida is to hold the primary by mail, which is a system similar to what they use in Oregon. That would cost somewhere between $5 million and $10 million, which only a fraction of what it would take to mount a traditional primary. It would also allow the party to deal with some …

More Math: The DNC Credential Committee, Michigan and Florida

Ambinder has a post looking at the grim odds Hillary has in getting the delegates from the Michigan and Florida 1.0 primaries. Dean appoints 25 members, and 161 members of the credential committee — the body that will decide whether to seat those delegates — are appointed proportionally. He runs the math:

Let’s say that ALL 25 of

The Lord of War Arrested

Victor Bout, one of the world’s most famous and wanted arms traffickers, was arrested Thursday in Thailand. The guy has been tied to efforts to fuel blood-soaked wars in Angola and Liberia, Afghanistan and Columbia, and many others. He has long been blacklisted by the United States Treasury Department and signaled out by the United …

Polling the Age of Hope

So much ink is spilled interpreting the race and sex dynamics of the Democratic Party: Hillary Clinton often wins women, Barack Obama inevitably wins blacks. Identity politics lives on. But my former boss, Salon.com’s Walter Shapiro, points to another demographic trend that came into striking relief in the Ohio exit polls: The age

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