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Obama’s $$$$$$

This, from the Obama campaign:

Chicago, IL- The Obama for America campaign today announced that it will report raising at least $25 million from more than 100,000 people in the first quarter of 2007, with at least $23.5 million eligible to be spent in the Democratic primary.

“This overwhelming response, in only a few short weeks,

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Business Bozos

I don’t often agree with Harold Meyerson on trade matters, but he’s dead right here. I’ve always believed that the growing Chinese middle class would demand, and eventually receive, basic human rights–the rule of law, a strong social safety net and, yes, the right to organize. That American businesses are lobbying against a modest …

Gang of 499

Ask not for whom The Note tolls, it tolls for thee:

Meanwhile, right after Halperin announced his resignation as director of ABC’s political unit and handed over stewardship of The Note, it went on hiatus, with a stripped-down “Mini-Note” taking its place online. “The Note is undergoing some changes,” read the vague ABC notice posted

The Bottom of Kerry’s Ticket

Kerry-McCain 2004. Old news, yes? But wait! Conservatives are atwitter with how now, since it turns out it was McCain who approached Kerry, McCain’s campaign is all but over. Yes, it shows poor judgment (on McCain’s part), but after Swift Vets, flip-flopping, “nuance” and whatnot, now is the time Republicans choose to take Kerry’s word? …

McCain Agonistes

The old line on McCain (i.e., 4-6 weeks ago) was that he was uncomfortable in the role of frontrunner and establishment candidate but was doing whatever it took to win the nomination. Well, he doesn’t have to worry about being the frontrunner anymore — or, for that matter, the choice of the establishment. What the Arizona senator’s weak

What Would Jesus Do?

Everyone’s favorite opera buff, the National Review’s John Derbyshire, demonstrates the kind of support for our troops that the right likes to get so charged up about:

Once again, it’s me and Ralph Peters on the same wavelength, deploring the cowardice of the British sailors and marines kidnapped by Iran. When it happened, I said I

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Today’s Iraq Roundup

Crooked Talk Express: I’m just boggled by McCain’s recent behavior. I mean, you might disagree with him on an issue, but he’s usually been honorable and intellectually honest about his position. No longer. This is the sort of flagrant, Bushian baloney-slicing that he ran against in 2000. Is it his faltering campaign? Is it age? It’s sad …

Money, Followed

I think I’m just about living up to the edicts of Conventional Wisdom here: for me, the headlines out of the first quarter filings are “Obama” and “Romney.” McCain’s not out of it — though I’m sure the campaign wishes it were not just me saying so — and Clinton’s take is less impressive than Drudge would have you believe (“AMERICA …

Re: Bush Agonistes

Like Jay, I was struck by the sense of remorse — and responsibility — that permeated Dowd’s interview, as well as by its apparently spontaneous nature. (A PR person I know asked after she heard the news: “Does he have a book coming out?” He doesn’t.)

But what looks like genuine regret to some can be spun as irrational emotionalism by …

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This is fabulous news from the Supreme Court. Let’s hope it lifts some of the remaining diffidence in DC regarding actual solutions–as in, carbon taxes or cap-and-trade programs, or a bit of both.

Bush Agonistes

It’s bad enough when other elected members of your party go out of their way to criticize you and distance themselves from you, as many GOP lawmakers have done to President Bush recently in the still-unfolding US Attorneys scandal. They, after all, have to worry about their House and Senate seats. But your problems are of a higher order …

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Chris Matthews Show Kerfuffle

Lots of speculation in the ether about my disagreement with Andrea Mitchell over what David Petraeus told the Republican Caucus about the surge. She claimed that Petraeus told Republican Senators the surge would show results by September. I said that couldn’t possibly be true…and was about to say more, but stopped when I realized that …

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