This Is Your Brain on God

Pew has posted the transcript of the panel I attended on religion and the brain. Andy Newberg’s opening talk is fascinating, and David Brooks junkies can read a re-mixed version of his “Neural Buddhism” column from last week. There are also pictures! Very striking how many people are wearing pink. Politics is a large subtopic of …

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Against Accuracy, For Trivia

I’m mentioned in two columns today with similar themes: that people like me–the liberal elite media, we’re called–are playing into Obama’s hands by insisting on accuracy from John McCain (according to Bob Novak) and by hoping that, given the mess we’re in, this can be an election about big issues (Steven Stark).

Novak writes:

McCain’s

Kennedy’s Unfinished Agenda

Here’s a web story on Kennedy’s very full plate. In researching about brain tumors I came across some interesting, if not terribly relevant to Kennedy’s case, tidbits from the Senate Historian’s Office. There have been at least two other senators this century who also suffered from tumors, unfortunately both died in office.

The …

Underplayed Story of the Day

I wish the Washington Post had given more prominence to this A7 story of the efforts of career Justice Department officials to speak up against the torture of Guantanamo detainees. Among them:

Bruce C. Swartz, a criminal division deputy in charge of international issues, repeatedly questioned the effectiveness of harsh interrogation

Let The Games Begin…

The NYT’s Nagourney reports:

Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Friday is scheduled to meet with two Republican governors who have been prominently mentioned as potential running mates, according to Republicans familiar with Mr. McCain’s plan.

Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, and Bobby

The Bluegrass Vote

Commentator Mike M. got me thinking from his posts last week about Obama’s so-called white voter problem. Obama has won non-college educated white voters in other states, notably Wisconsin. And the campaign is always quick to point out he’s also won states like Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Maine. He clearly does have a problem, but …

The Downside of Doing the Right Thing

John McCain can be applauded for establishing a clear, public policy defining the conflict of interest rules for lobbyists and vendors who work in his campaign, even if it comes pretty late in the cycle. His campaign is right to say that the policy is, in some ways, a stricter one than what Obama has announced. In some ways, it is also …

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Hamilton Jordan

The first cover story I wrote for Rolling Stone Magazine, back before the dawn of time, was about Jimmy Carter’s top two, very young aides, Hamilton Jordan and Jody Powell–who posed as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the cover shot. It was the worst-selling Rolling Stone cover of the 1970s, but it launched what now can be …

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Jewish Appeasers

Israel acknowledges the widely assumed fact that it is negotiating with Syria indirectly, through Turkish intermediaries. The U.S. government tried to thwart these talks for years, but eased its opposition in recent months. Wonder what McCain thinks about this?

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