Archive: May 06, 2007 - May 12, 2007

Editorialist Housekeeping: New Time, Same Place

In an effort to greatly enhance the health, well-being and social lives of those who write and edit The Editorialist, the washingtonpost.com has decided to move the blog's daily deadline forward a few hours. Starting Monday, May 14, the blog's morning posts will be published around 9 a.m. instead of...

By Rob Anderson | May 11, 2007; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cross Country: More on Iraq

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Iraq: The 11 House Republicans who visited the White House this week to "yell at President Bush about Iraq" weren't expressing deep principles, they expressed fear that "the war in Iraq is going to cost them their jobs in November 2008,"...

By Rob Anderson | May 11, 2007; 7:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: Abortion and the GOP, Blair's Next Move

The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer analyze how the abortion debate has and will continue to shape the 2008 presidential campaign, while the Los Angeles Times suggests a new job for Tony Blair once he steps down as Britain's prime minister.

By Rob Anderson | May 11, 2007; 6:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Columns: Richard Perle v. George Tenet

In the Washington Post, Richard Perle defends himself from criticism leveled against him in former CIA Director George Tenet's new book, and argues that "the greatest intelligence failure of the past two decades was the CIA's failure to understand and sound an alarm at the rise of jihadist fundamentalism."

By Rob Anderson | May 11, 2007; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Editorials: Bush, and the Reality in Iraq

The New York Times argues that President Bush is unwilling to acknowledge the reality about his troop surge in Iraq: Three months into the "troop escalation, there is no real security in Baghdad and no measurable progress toward reconciliation, while American public support for this folly has all but run out."

By Rob Anderson | May 11, 2007; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

Hamas's "Mickey Mouse Clone"

An editorial in the Los Angles Times today criticizes a Hamas-sponsored television station for creating a Mickey Mouse-like character that encourages Middle Eastern children to "liberate the Muslim countries invaded by murders." While the Mickey look-alike, Farfur, is no longer hosting the show, "Tomorrow's Pioneers," the Palestinian Media Watch has...

By Rob Anderson | May 10, 2007; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Cross Country: The Kansas Tornado and Iraq

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: The San Francisco Chronicle criticizes the Bush administration for insisting in the wake of the Kansas tornado that the war in Iraq doesn't divert National Guard resources away from natural disasters here at home. "The Bush administration has tried to insulate...

By Rob Anderson | May 10, 2007; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (3)

Today's Hot Topics: Farewell, Tony Blair

With British Prime Minister Tony Blair expected to announce his resignation today, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angles Times and New York Times evaluate Blair's legacy and wonder how his likely successor, Gordon Brown, will fare in office.

By Rob Anderson | May 10, 2007; 6:17 AM ET | Comments (5)

Today's Columns: Our "Russian Roulette" Primary Schedule

Washington Post columnist David Broder argues that the decision made by many states to move up the dates of their 2008 presidential primaries "has produced something so contrary to the national interest that it cries out for action."

By Rob Anderson | May 10, 2007; 6:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Editorials: Another U.S. Attorney Firing Scandal

The New York Times argues that the appointment of Bradley Schlozman, a "controversial elections lawyer," to replace a United States attorney in Missouri represents another suspicious case in the U.S. attorney firings scandal. "From the facts available, it looks like a main reason for installing Mr. Schlozman was to help Republicans win a pivotal Missouri Senate race," the editors write

By Rob Anderson | May 10, 2007; 5:52 AM ET | Comments (7)

Cross Country: The End of Tony Blair

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Blair: The New York Sun describes some of the challenges Britain, and the United States, will face after Prime Minister Tony Blair's pending retirement. For example: Despite "his brilliance as an advocate of Western civilization -- a skill that we hope...

By Rob Anderson | May 9, 2007; 7:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topic: Restoring Habeas Corpus

The Washington Post and the New York Times both urge congressional Democrats to use this week's review of the defense authorization bill to propose legislation restoring habeas corpus rights to foreign detainees.

By Rob Anderson | May 9, 2007; 6:24 AM ET | Comments (26)

Today's Columns: Turkey, Lebanaon and Syria

Ayaan Hirsi Ali analyzes the failure of Turkish democracy in the Wall Street Journal; Thomas Friedman urges Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to resign in the New York Times; and David Ignatius explains the importance of Vice President Dick Cheney's trip to Saudi Arabia this week in the Washington Post.

By Rob Anderson | May 9, 2007; 6:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today's Editorials: The Downside of Ethanol

USA Today argues that U.S. farmers' decision to plant "corn in place of other crops to cash in on the ethanol craze" will cost the average American because it will cause the price other crops to increase.

By Rob Anderson | May 9, 2007; 5:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cross Country: More on 2008, Iran

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: 2008: The New Hampshire Union Leader criticizes Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards for admitting that if he is elected, he would attempt to pass an "undefined, open-ended tax hike on the wealthy and a capital gains tax hike" ... Dan Gilgoff...

By Rob Anderson | May 8, 2007; 7:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topics: A New Push for Oil Drilling on U.S. Soil

Both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post endorse Interior Department plans to open up millions of U.S. acres for oil drilling and exploration.

By Rob Anderson | May 8, 2007; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (5)

Today's Columns: Stopping The Next 9/11

In the New York Times, Clark Kent Ervin, a former inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, argues that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil is likely, and recommends 13 steps the United States could take to decrease its vulnerability to attack.

By Rob Anderson | May 8, 2007; 6:13 AM ET | Comments (8)

Today's Editorials: The End of Real ID?

The Wall Street Journal notes that many state legislatures are rejecting Congress's plan to mandate federally approved drivers licenses, or Real IDs, based on costs and privacy concerns.

By Rob Anderson | May 8, 2007; 5:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cross Country: Sarkozy, an American in Paris?

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation: Under the headline "American in Paris," the New York Sun writes that France elected none other than George W. Bush to the French presidency yesterday. The "accession of Nicolas Sarkozy can only be good for America and those who are appearing...

By Rob Anderson | May 7, 2007; 7:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Today's Hot Topic: President Sarkozy

The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post columnist Jim Hoagland analyze Nicolas Sarkozy's win in the French presidential election yesterday.

By Rob Anderson | May 7, 2007; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (12)

Today's Columns: Fred Thompson Disappoints Novak; Hillary Worries Kristof

Washington Post columnist Robert Novak reports from Fred Thompson's "first speech since his unexpected presidential boom" that the politician-commentator-actor needs preparation if he decides to run for president, while New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof explains why, come 2008, he doesn't want another Clinton in the White House.

By Rob Anderson | May 7, 2007; 6:09 AM ET | Comments (3)

Today's Editorials: Enabling Failure in Iraq, Reforming FISA

The New York Times accuses President Bush of enabling the persistent failures of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. "Each time Baghdad fails a test," the editors write, "Mr. Bush lowers his requirements and postpones his target dates -- the kind of destructive denial Mr. Bush called, in another context, the soft bigotry of low expectations"

By Rob Anderson | May 7, 2007; 5:53 AM ET | Comments (9)

 

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