Archive: March 18, 2007 - March 24, 2007

Cross Country: More on Edwards, Iraq

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Edwards: The Chicago Tribune applauds John and Elizabeth Edwards for holding "the most unpresidential news conference any presidential candidate has conducted" yesterday when the couple announced that Elizabeth's cancer has returned: "Mrs. Edwards, 57, was funny, resolute, determined, anything but uncomfortable....

By Rob Anderson | March 23, 2007; 7:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: Elizabeth Edwards, D.C. Voting Rights and U.S. Attorneys

Elizabeth Edwards: The WaPo praises Elizabeth Edwards for speaking openly about her cancer and for proving to Americans that "a recurrence of cancer does not mean that one must stop living one's life" ... the WSJ applauds the Edwards' decision to continue the former senator's bid for the White House...

By Rob Anderson | March 23, 2007; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Columns: Can Saudi Arabia Save the Middle East?

NYT: Thomas Friedman argues that Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has the "integrity and credibility" to hammer a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and urges Abdullah to forcefully reach out to both parties to "end this conflict once and for all" ... Stephen Clarke explains how the sex lives of...

By Rob Anderson | March 23, 2007; 6:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Democrats on Iraq, South Africa on Zimbabwe and Iran

Today's Editorials: The WaPo accuses Democrats of using pork spending to buy congressional support for their war appropriations bill, and urges Democrats who want to force a withdrawal in Iraq to vote against the measure.

By Rob Anderson | March 23, 2007; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cross Country: U.S. Attorneys, Al Gore and a Politician's Tombstone

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: The Seattle Times applauds Republican Congressman Dave Reichert for breaking with President Bush and calling for the reinstatement of John McKay, one of the fired U.S. attorneys ... in the Detroit Free Press, Ruben Navarrette argues that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales...

By Rob Anderson | March 22, 2007; 7:09 AM ET | Comments (3)

Today's Hot Topics: Attorneys, Iraq and Interest Rates

U.S. Attorneys: The WSJ argues that President Bush has an obligation to "protect the confidentiality of internal White House discussions," and calls Congress's subpoenas a Democratic attempt to create "an aura of 'cover-up' and 'illegality,' never mind the lack of any evidence" ... similarly, John Yoo argues in the WSJ...

By Rob Anderson | March 22, 2007; 6:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: Musharraf's End?

WaPo: Ahmed Rashid argues that protests in Pakistan over President Pervez Musharraf's decision to replace the chief justice of the country's Supreme Court have rendered the president a lame duck, and urges the United States to encourage Musharraf's exit ... Robert Novak questions whether or not Valarie Plame truly was...

By Rob Anderson | March 22, 2007; 6:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Stem Cell Research, Pay-Go

WaPo ... urges President Bush to rethink his opposition to stem cell research, especially in light of the fact that the Democratic Congress is expected to pass popular stem cell legislation this year. NYT ... urges the Senate to "resurrect the so-called pay-go rule," which "would require senators to pay...

By Rob Anderson | March 22, 2007; 6:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: Giuliani's Italian-Americaness, Romney's Biggest Challenger and Republicans' Divorces

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: Zev Chafets points out in the NY Post that lost in the hubbub over Hillary Clinton's gender and Barack Obama's race is that Rudy Giuliani is the first serious Italian-American candidate for president ... in the NY Sun, Ryan Sager...

By Rob Anderson | March 21, 2007; 7:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: David Iglesias, Engaging the Palestinians and "Bong Hits 4 Jesus"

Today's Hot Topic:Fired U.S. attorney David Iglesias takes to the pages of the NYT today to outline his position in the firing scandal, defend his record and offer an olive branch to the Bush administration: A "written retraction by the Justice Department setting the record straight regarding my performance would settle the issue for me."

By Rob Anderson | March 21, 2007; 6:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: Time to Split Up the FBI?

Today's Columns: In the LAT, John Yoo argues that the FBI has become "overgrown and unwieldy," and suggests that the organization be divided up: It makes "less and less sense for one agency" to be "grappling with Internet-savvy al-Qaeda terrorists while also dealing with drug trafficking, insider trading on Wall Street, copyright violations and industrial espionage."

By Rob Anderson | March 21, 2007; 6:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: The YouTube Primaries, DeLay's Memoir

Today's Editorials: YouTube: Predicting an onslaught of political attack ads during the 2008 race on the popular Internet site YouTube, the LAT argues that politicians should not respond to the ads by calling for regulation, but by creating response ads and posting them online.

By Rob Anderson | March 21, 2007; 6:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: Tom Ridge on John McCain, More on U.S. Attorneys

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Ridge, the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania governor, explains why he is supporting John McCain for president: "In my view, the times are calling John McCain forward. They are calling...

By Rob Anderson | March 20, 2007; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (3)

Today's Hot Topics: "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," Khalid Sheik Mohammed

Today's Hot Topic: Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case, in which an Alaska student was suspended from school after unfurling a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner as the Olympic torch passed by his school. The LAT urges the Supreme Court to uphold its 1969 decision that "children do not 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.'"

By Rob Anderson | March 20, 2007; 6:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: Have Democrats Betrayed Their Base?

Today's Columns: In the LAT, Johan Goldberg argues that by failing to stop the surge and being unwilling to take on global warming and gay rights, Democratic leaders have betrayed the voter base that helped propel them to victory in 2006.

By Rob Anderson | March 20, 2007; 6:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Bloomberg for President?

Today's Editorials:The WSJ explains how the sped-up 2008 primary process may favor wealthy, independent candidates and encourage New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to join the race.

By Rob Anderson | March 20, 2007; 6:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: The U.N. and Darfur; John Edwards and Marxism

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Darfur: The Boston Globe applauds a report prepared for the United Nations Human Rights Council for describing the genocide in Darfur without "jargon or obfuscation," but admits that the council "cannot be expected to act upon the grave truths reported by...

By Rob Anderson | March 19, 2007; 7:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

Today's Hot Topics: The Attorney Purge, Wal-Mart

Today's Hot Topic: Both the NYT and WaPo editorial pages look into the crystal ball today to predict the future of the U.S. attorneys firing scandal. In the NYT, Adam Cohen previews the types of charges that could be leveled against the Bush administration for its role in the firings, and the WaPo envisions the type of person the president and his advisors should be looking for if they are forced to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

By Rob Anderson | March 19, 2007; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today's Columns: George Bush = Ronald Reagan?

Today's Columns: In the NYT, Paul Krugman challenges the conventional wisdom that George W. Bush has perverted the conservative movement envisioned by Ronald Reagan, arguing that "Mr. Bush is what Mr. Reagan would have been given the opportunity."

By Rob Anderson | March 19, 2007; 6:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Iran, Health Care

Today's Editorials: The LAT applauds the planned economic sanctions against Iran that are currently awaiting approval by the United Nations. While they "won't bring Iran to its knees and cannot stop a determined nuclear weapons program," the editors argue, "they might help create a climate in which Iran's hard-line, pro-nuclear president can fail on his own."

By Rob Anderson | March 19, 2007; 6:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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