Archive: April 08, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Cross Country: Imus, Iraq

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Imus: The Detroit Free Press says firing Don Imus made "little sense": "Everyone had a right to be offended by what Imus said; but his right to offend should have carried as much weight in a society that values attaining truth...

By Rob Anderson | April 13, 2007; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Hot Topics: Vonnegut, Wolfowitz and Stem Cells

USA Today notes that for many "burgeoning young intellectuals," author Kurt Vonnegut, who died yesterday, represented the "artist and commentator they wished they could be." In the NYT, Verlyn Klinkenborg calls Vonnegut "the indispensable footnote to everything everyone is trying to teach you, the footnote that pulls the rug out from under the established truths being so firmly avowed in the body of the text."

By Rob Anderson | April 13, 2007; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today's Columns: The White House's Declining Fortunes

WaPo columnist David Ignatius argues that the White House has lost its ability to shape domestic and international events: Bush's "almost daily comments on the war underscore just how much he has ransomed his presidency and the nation's security to the unlikely prospect of success in Iraq," Ignatius writes. "And the monomania about Iraq distracts Bush and his advisers from other big issues that need attention."

By Rob Anderson | April 13, 2007; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today's Editorials: What the Iraqi Parliament Explosion Says About the "Surge"

The LAT notes that an explosion inside the Iraqi parliament complex yesterday has been "seen as an iconic reflection of the larger failure to secure Baghdad," but argues that "this and other bad news almost surely won't sidetrack" President Bush's "surge" plan for Iraq.

By Rob Anderson | April 13, 2007; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cross Country: More on Imus, Duke

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Imus: The Chicago Tribune, noting that we now know what the women of the Rutgers University basketball team are not -- namely "nappy-headed hos," as Don Imus put it -- seeks to define who the players are. One example: "Essence Carson...

By Rob Anderson | April 12, 2007; 6:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: Spotlight on McCain

Two writers, NYT columnist David Brooks and Senator Joseph Biden, offer differing opinions on Senator John McCain's support of the Iraq war today. Brooks predicts that McCain's "embrace of Iraq may not hurt him as much as now appears": "In 10 months, this election won't be about the surge, it will be about the hydra-headed crisis roiling the Middle East. The candidate who is the most substantive, most mature and most consistent will begin to look more attractive and more necessary."

By Rob Anderson | April 12, 2007; 6:18 AM ET | Comments (10)

Today's Columns: Cheney "Lies" Again

In the LAT, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) bashes Vice President Dick Cheney for "lying" about a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein on Rush Limbaugh's radio program last week: "While the vice president doesn't say directly that there was a tie between the two," Levin writes, "his clear purpose is to blur the line between Al Qaeda -- the perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks -- and the Iraqi dictator in order to justify the war in Iraq."

By Rob Anderson | April 12, 2007; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (4)

Today's Editorials: The "Surge" Isn't Working

The NYT argues that two months into the president's "surge" plan for Iraq, "the gains Mr. Bush is banking on have not materialized," and adds that there "is no possible triumph and very little hope left."

By Rob Anderson | April 12, 2007; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (3)

Cross Country: Should Mothers Be Soldiers? Should Iraq Institute a Draft?

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kathleen Parker argues that female soldiers who are mothers shouldn't be allowed to fight in war zones. "Why the West has seen it necessary to diminish motherhood so that women can pretend to be men remains a...

By Rob Anderson | April 11, 2007; 7:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topic: Defending, Attacking Don Imus

The opinions page slice-and-dice of Don Imus continues today with a few tepid defenses of the morning radio host. In the LAT, Constance Rice argues that there's no reason to pull Imus's show off the air, because "firing Imus for racist riffs would be like firing Liberace for flamboyance. It's what he does."

By Rob Anderson | April 11, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (47)

Today's Columns: Where is Fred Fielding?

In the WaPo, Ruth Marcus wonders why White House Counsel Fred Fielding, who made his name as an adept, behind-the-scenes Washington player during the Nixon and Reagan administrations, isn't working harder to negotiate a deal over the U.S. attorney firings scandal: "Fielding's approach has so far," Marcus argues, seemed "more Harriet Miers than Clark Clifford, more Alberto Gonzales than, well, Fred Fielding."

By Rob Anderson | April 11, 2007; 6:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: McCain's Finest Hour?

The WSJ commends presidential candidate John McCain for his steadfast support of the war in Iraq, even as the public has turned against it. The editors argue that McCain's "newfound unpopularity coincides with his finest political hour."

By Rob Anderson | April 11, 2007; 6:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: Imus and Hip Hop; Obama's Cash

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Imus: In the Detroit Free Press, Rochelle Riley calls for Don Imus to be kicked off the air: "Imus didn't do anything new last week. He just went too far. If we ignore it, as we've ignored the rising tide of...

By Rob Anderson | April 10, 2007; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today's Hot Topics: The Imus Fallout, Immigration and 2008

The controversy surrounding morning radio talk show host Don Imus spills over to the opinions pages today, leaving the shock jock even more battered and bruised. WaPo columnist Eugene Robinson wonders what possessed morning radio show host Don Imus to "think 'nappy-headed hos' was an amusing way to describe the Rutgers University women's basketball team." "The simple answer would be -- all together now -- racism," he writes.

By Rob Anderson | April 10, 2007; 6:42 AM ET | Comments (47)

Today's Columns: A Defense of the United Nations on Iraq

In the NYT, Robert Wright defends the United Nations for its handling of the run-up to the Iraq war: In the "real world," he writes, "the question isn't whether an institution is perfect, but how it compares with other institutions. And in the case of the Iraq war, the U.N. did much better than some institutions, notably the U.S. government."

By Rob Anderson | April 10, 2007; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Today's Editorials: Should Recess Appointments Be Constitutional?

The LAT bashes the president for making recess appointments for three controversial figures while Congress was on vacation last week, arguing that in "the 21st century, recess appointments violate the spirit if not the letter of the Constitution's separation of powers."

By Rob Anderson | April 10, 2007; 6:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: The 2008 Money Race; John Edwards and Benjamin Harrison

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: The Washington Times declares that Barack Obama "clearly won the first round of the 'money primary'" in the Democrats' 2008 presidential race "despite the fact it was Mrs. Clinton who officially broke the pre-election-year first-quarter fund-raising record" ... in the...

By Rob Anderson | April 9, 2007; 7:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

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

Retching up the pressure on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the Bush administration today, the NYT argues that Congress should add two new corruption cases to those it is investigating as part of the U.S. attorney firings scandal to determine "whether partisan politics played a role" and "whether they were coordinated with anyone at the Justice Department or the White House."

By Rob Anderson | April 9, 2007; 6:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Columns: Why the Candidates' Positions on Iraq Don't Matter

In the LAT, Andrew Bacevich explains why it's pointless to ask the 2008 presidential candidates what they plan to do in Iraq if elected: "The truth is that next to nothing can be done to salvage Iraq. It no longer lies within the capacity of the United States to determine the outcome of events there."

By Rob Anderson | April 9, 2007; 6:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Discounted Contraceptives for College Students

The NYT urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reinstate rules that allow college students to receive extreme discounts on contraceptives.

By Rob Anderson | April 9, 2007; 6:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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