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  • February 2, 2006

    Your New House Majority Leader

    Rep. John Boehner, the Congressman of K Street, Sallie Mae, big tobacco and Jack Abramoff.

    In other words, a fitting heir to Tom DeLay.

    Ari Berman

  • February 2, 2006

    Nothing Funny About These Cartoons

    Muslims across Europe have taken offense to the Dutch editorial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed; some countries have boycotted Danish goods and a few are up in arms--literally.

    Christine Smallwood

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  • February 2, 2006

    Buckley Hearts Osama

    From the first item of National Review's "The Week" section, 2/13/06:


    In Osama's latest tape, he touts an obscure left-wing American book and borrows lines from Michael Moore. We're beginning to think that when we find him, he'll be carrying a Nation tote bag.


    Yep, there's no accounting for taste. But when Private Jonah Goldberg enlists for combat and finally nabs Osama, inside that stylish tote bag he'll also find this inspirational quote by none other than National Review patriarch William F. Buckley: "Senator Kerry said, on Sept. 20 [2004], that knowing what we know now, we'd have done better not to have invaded [Iraq]. I think he's right."

    Ari Berman

  • January 31, 2006

    Coretta Scott King: Death Penalty Abolitionist

    Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who has died at the age of 78, should be remembered for many brave and selfless deeds. Chief among those deeds, to be sure, was her steady opposition to capital punishment. The widow of one of America's most famous murder victims gave voice across four decades to the most credible argument with regard to the death penalty.

    "As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder and assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses," she said. "An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder."

    John Nichols

  • January 30, 2006

    Nader v Gore At Sundance

    Check out the spirited dispatch about the last days of the Sundance Film Festival in today's New York Times.

    I think our electoral system might take a lesson from how the Festival handled two new documentaries on presidential elections. "An Unreasonable Man," about Ralph Nader, and "An Inconvenient Truth,"which features Al Gore "delivering an alarming presentation on global warming," were both entered. Fortunately, as the Times correspondent observes: "The Gore film was in a different category, so the Nader film, which was in competition, could not steal votes from it."

    Katrina vanden Heuvel