Archive: March 25, 2007 - March 31, 2007

Cross Country: More on Iraq, U.S. Attorneys

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Iraq: The Chicago Tribune writes that Congress's deadlines for a U.S. pullout from Iraq only "only straitjacket American commanders on the ground," and argues that congressional leaders have a responsibility to pass a bill the president will not veto ... in...

By Rob Anderson | March 30, 2007; 7:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: Gonzales, Iran and 2008

Responding to former Justice Department official Kyle Sampson's congressional testimony yesterday, the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Wall Street Journal all weigh in on Alberto Gonzales and what the Times calls "the prosecutor purge."

By Rob Anderson | March 30, 2007; 6:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: Iraq v. Afghanistan, Democrats and Pork

WaPo: Charles Krauthammer assails the Democrats' insistence that the war in Iraq be scaled back so that the U.S. can focus on the war in Afghanistan: You "do not decide where to fight on the basis of history," he argues, but "on the basis of strategic realities."

By Rob Anderson | March 30, 2007; 6:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Congressional "Pay Go," NCAA Dropouts

WaPo ... hails congressional plans to restore "pay-go" spending as "an eminently responsible idea that should force Congress to make some tough but needed choices as it allocates cash over the coming months" ... labels the Maryland legislature's "legislative scholarship" program a "slush fund" because, under the program, "senators in Maryland are granted $552,000 each in state scholarship money" to bestow "as readily on the promising offspring of blue-collar constituents as on the dim-witted ones of rich friends and campaign donors."

By Rob Anderson | March 30, 2007; 6:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: McCain and Thompson in Iowa, Steve Forbes Endorses Giuliani

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen parses the latest Republican poll out of Iowa and says that reports of John McCain's "demise are greatly exaggerated" and Fred Thompson's rise are "on target" ... the NY Post notes that Steve Forbes's recent...

By Rob Anderson | March 29, 2007; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Hot Topics: Iraq, U.S. Attorneys and Iran

Today's Hot Topics: The NYT, arguing that victory "is no longer an option in Iraq," applauds Congress's approved timetables to pull soldiers out of Iraq and criticizes the president's hasty dismissal of the plan: "The only rational objective left is to responsibly organize America's inevitable exit. That is exactly what Mr. Bush is not doing and what the House and Senate bills try to do" ... the LAT calls Congress's pullout legislation a "purely political" move and argues that congressional leaders should wait to see if the president's "surge" plan works: "If the United States, through a last-ditch military effort combined with political initiatives, can quell the violence in Iraq and demonstrate progress, then a U.S. military presence for more than the congressionally approved year might be a good investment" ... USA Today encourages the president to veto the timetable plan, and then to "use Congress' threatened withdrawal to pressure the Iraqis into meeting the benchmarks that he has already set for beginning a pullout" ... Sen. Joseph Lieberman takes to the pages of USA Today to note that the surge is working: "Sectarian violence is down in Baghdad. The radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has fled. The Mahdi Army, which terrorized Baghdad last year, appears to be splintering."

By Rob Anderson | March 29, 2007; 6:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: Republicans' Chances in 2008

Today's Columns: In the WSJ, David Paul Kuhn says Democrats and the media have been too quick to write off the Republicans' chances for the 2008 election: "Today's speculation, similar to the prediction that Truman would be defeated, assumes that the current domestic political dynamic will persist. That seems unlikely."

By Rob Anderson | March 29, 2007; 6:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Oil for Food Redux?

Today's Editorials: The WSJ compares recent claims that a French oil company paid off Iranian officials to secure business with the Islamic Republic to the oil for food scandal, arguing that the allegations highlight the "all too typical" way "European firms cut deals with dictators while their own governments provide political cover."

By Rob Anderson | March 29, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

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By Theresa Newhard | March 28, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cross Country: With Vilsack Out, Edwards Moves Up in Iowa

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen notes that while Tom Vilsack's exit from the presidential race has helped Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama in Vilsack's home state of Iowa, John Edwards has been the biggest beneficiary: "In February,...

By Rob Anderson | March 27, 2007; 7:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: The U.S. Attorney Scandal Deepens

Today's Hot Topics: The NYT argues that the decision made by Monica Goodling, counsel to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and liaison to the White House, to invoke her Fifth Amendment right "takes the United States attorney scandal to a new level" because it "suggests that she, at least, believes crimes may have been committed."

By Rob Anderson | March 27, 2007; 6:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: What We Can Do in Iraq

Today's Columns: In the NYT, Rory Stewart argues that instead of focusing on what we should achieve in Iraq and Afghanistan, we should focus on what we can achieve in those countries: "We have no moral obligation to do what we cannot do," he reasons.

By Rob Anderson | March 27, 2007; 6:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Intervening in Darfur Without the U.N.

Today's Editorials: The WaPo argues that Western leaders should back up their rhetoric on Darfur and intervene there with or without U.N. support.

By Rob Anderson | March 27, 2007; 6:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: Giuliani, Obama

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jim Sleeper, a Yale University lecturer, makes his case against Rudy Giuliani: "His methods and motives suggest he couldn't carry his skills and experience to the White House without damaging this country" ... Chicago Sun-Times columnist...

By Rob Anderson | March 26, 2007; 7:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: The Housing Market, 2008

Today's Hot Topic: Is the U.S. economy heading for a recession? Lawrence Summers thinks it's possible. In the LAT, the former Treasury secretary looks at the faltering subprime housing market and argues that there are "now strong grounds for suggesting that the U.S. economy will slow significantly in 2007."

By Rob Anderson | March 26, 2007; 6:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: The Loneliest President

Today's Columns: In the WaPo, Robert Novak declares that in half a century he has "not seen a president so isolated from his own party in Congress" as President Bush is now, "not even Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment."

By Rob Anderson | March 26, 2007; 6:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Iran's "Act of War"

Today's Editorials: The WSJ calls Iran's seizure of 15 British sailors and marines last week an "act of war," but argues that there's no need to "resort to military options while diplomacy still has a chance to gain the sailors's release."

By Rob Anderson | March 26, 2007; 6:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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