The Family Research Council, founded by James Dobson, has announced its plans for a “three-day ‘Values Voter Summit’ this fall, complete with a presidential straw poll.” People For the American Way staff dropped in on last year’s “Values Voters Summit” where they learned, among other things, that the
Here’s a piece on Rove’s departure that I wrote for the print issue that comes out tomorrow.
• This is not the Iraq report you’re looking for. [WP]
•Liveblogging the illegal wiretapping case: “Plaintiffs acknowledge that the room is central to their case and that they don’t know what is going on in that room. Something else could be going on in that room. Just to pick one, it could be FISA court surveillance in that room.” …
Iraqslogger is reporting a new government coalition of Shi’ites and Kurds. But no Sadrists or Sunnis. Presumably the new government will be meeting in Baghdad, a city largely controlled by Sadrists. Sounds like a recipe for more civil war to me.
In which the Republican field is assessed, post straw poll.
Josh Marshall on today’s Washington Post report about the utter futility of trying to limit the testimony of Petraeus and Crocker:
Perhaps I’m missing something. But doesn’t this sound like the anxiety is a little more pronounced on the White House side since they’re the ones trying to bag on the report that has been the building focus
Fairly hilarious “interview” of Karl Rove by Rush Limbaugh yesterday. In it, Rove described his essential strategy in presidential campaigns:
The fallback position in politics is if you don’t know what you want to be about, and if you don’t know what your vision is, go at somebody else.
Oh, wait. He wasn’t talking about the Bush …
There are now reports that he’ll call for “troop cuts.” The standing troop rotation schedule has us reducing the force from 20 to 15 combat brigades by next August. My guess is he won’t go any deeper than where we’re already going.
Congress won’t be back in town for a few weeks, but I’m excited about some of the legislation that awaits their return. One of the least covered but most crucial bills would help restore popular faith in the fundamental building block of our democracy – elections.
If Congress doesn’t act, around 41 million Americans in 13 states …
Is the NYT tampering with Wikipedia too?
I have to say, if true, these edits suggest that the Times staffers are much funnier (and more immature) than you’d ever guess by looking at the paper itself. Condoleezza Rice trained to become a “concert penis“? That’s Gutfeld territory, people. (Maybe they meant Mr. Penis…)
I had an immediate gut reaction to this post, from the National Review’s Corner, regarding Lindsey Graham being spotting in Iraq armed with a Beretta:
The Hermes Solution [Lisa Schiffren]
When I was a reporter in a war zone where all civilians carried guns — i.e. Afghanistan in the 1980s — reporters were strongly advised not to,
A reminder: The Jumble is a list of the shiny news-like objects that have caught my eye. Please feel free to crow about your finds in the comments.
• Unstoppable force meets immovable object? “On Wednesday, secret documents that purportedly chronicle parts of the governments’ secret warrantless spying on Americans’ communications will …
The LA Times has this speculation about what Petraeus is going to say next month. The administration officials quoted in the piece say the general will ask for a restructuring of the force, moving troops from Anbar into Baghdad, but not reducing troop levels. I think this may be a smokescreen: I suspect that with trumpets and whistles …