Anne Patterson Out — Jeffrey Gedmin in as Deputy Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations

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TWN has just confirmed that Jeffrey Gedmin (see post below) will be named as John Bolton’s No. 2 at the United Nations and will carry the formal title of “Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations.” — Steve Clemons

Bolton-Loyalist Jeffrey Gedmin Joining America’s UN Mission

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President Bush stands by those loyal to him — as he did with John Bolton, who was precisely the wrong person to send as America’s Ambassador to the U.N. Now John Bolton is reportedly gathering a new group of staffers loyal specifically to him. News has just reached TWN that Aspen Institute Berlin Director Jeffrey Gedmin, who worked at the American Enterprise Institute with Bolton and who directed AEI’s New Atlantic Initiative, will be joining Bolton as one of his…

John Roberts the New Chief Justice

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Rehnquist has been succeeded. Time will tell if he helps to undo Roe v. Wade and Americans’ rights to privacy. My gut instinct suggest that he will prove to be a fairer and more decent judge than most progressives think. But that choice was what Democrats lost in the last election. While John Kerry was off debating who was and wasn’t a hero in yesteryear’s wars, he should have been saying: “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid.” The real battle is…

The Cost of Dreier Not Taking the Helm: Jim Pinkerton’s Two Cents

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Former Lee Atwater protege and Bush I senior staffer Jim Pinkerton had these insightful words on the cost of Dreier being shoved aside by Roy Blunt: “Blunt is a standard partisan, more of a DeLay Jr.,” said Jim Pinkerton, a former GOP White House aide who is now a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington. “Dreier would have been a little bit daring for them, a little too thoughtful, too independent. . .It’s not surprising they wouldn’t quite…

Body Armor Costs for Soldiers: Why Won’t the White House and Pentagon Stand by Deployed Soldiers?

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What do Bush and Rumsfeld think they are doing in failing to reimburse deployed military service men and women for body armor they bought to protect themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do they think that this is like public school in which teachers are (wrongly) expected to cover a lot of their own classroom expenses? According to a leading Democratic Senator, “Secretary Rumsfeld and the Department of Defense have repeatedly failed to comply with Section 351 of Public Law 108-375,…

Karen Hughes Trip: Smashing Success

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In an administration that prides itself on message control, that keeps potential dissenters out of policy discourse or even political events with its leaders, and punishes or rewards based on whether someone is “with them or against them,” Karen Hughes’ very public encounters with people who are angered by American behavior in the world couldn’t be more important. The Hughes trip is successful because of her public encounter with America’s sensible opposition — an opposition that wants to be our…

Nancy Pelosi: Don’t Make “Serious Dems” Choke Down Alcee Hastings at Helm of Intel Committee

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I can’t find very much in this RedState.org post that I don’t agree with. That’s a problem. Pelosi needs to reverse course right now on her anti-Jane Harman crusade. In case registering is a problem, here is a key slice: That’s right. Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge who is one of six federal judges ever impeached and removed from office, a man who couldn’t qualify for a security clearance based on his brushes with the law, will now be…

Tom DeLay: Hanging on His Own Words. . .

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A loyal, anonymous reader just sent me these two important Tom DeLay quotes — directed at then President Bill Clinton during his legal scuffles. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), quoted in the Washington Post, October 9, 1998: I believe that this nation sits at a crossroads. One direction points to the higher road of the rule of law. Sometimes hard, sometimes unpleasant, this path relies on truth, justice and the rigorous application of the principle that no man is above the law….

Nancy Pelosi: You are Undermining Dems on National Security in Moving Harman Off Intel Committee

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I learned — in great detail — about Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s intentions to unseat Representative Jane Harman as Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence on Saturday, the 17th of September but sat on the story, both because I wanted to dig a bit deeper and also because I was being crushed by some other deadlines. All that said, the story is out, and the Washington Post‘s Charles Babington has the best run down at the moment….