Bush Support at 37%

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We have two years and nine months left with our current President, and his administration is again wobbly. Thus far, he seems to be falling in the polls because of his own actions and their consequences — not because of points the opposition has scored. The President rallied somewhat between the period of the Scooter Libby indictment and the day of his State of the Union address, the morning of which conservative Samuel Alito was sworn in as Associate Justice…

<em>TWN</em> Travel Update

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My schedule will not be my own, but wanted to give some updates on cities I will be in in case it is “easy” for bloggers and/or TWN readers to enjoy a cappuccino and politics chat. Here goes: March 8 New York (afternoon only) March 9 Haifa March 10 Haifa/Sea of Galilee/Northern Israel March 11 Golan Heights/Jerusalem March 12 Jerusalem March 13 Jerusalem March 14 Jericho/Ramallah March 15 New York March 16 Tulsa March 17 Return to Washington, DC I’ll…

DeLay Win Tonight Not Bad News

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Tom DeLay has beaten three primary challengers tonight in Texas elections — and this is actually good news for Democrats who want to run against DC’s structural corruption. Frankly, I think it’s good news for Republican moderates who want to run against the DeLay faction as well. They need a punching bag and foil — and Tom DeLay has just given them that. — Steve Clemons

BUSHLANDIA: America Through the Prism of Foreign Carnivals

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(photo credit: Skip Kaltenheuser) A phenomenal photographer, gifted writer and loyal TWN reader, Skip Kaltenheuser, sent me this guest blog-ed (the blog side of an op-ed) today. I am printing it in full below — and let’s just say that we are very glad to have beat out the New York Times and Washington Post. — Steve Clemons LETTER FROM PORTUGAL: A CARNIVAL VIEW OF AMERICA by Skip Kaltenheuser Last week’s focus on whether Bacchus’s glass at Mardi Gras was…

Bolton Doesn’t Deserve Moral High Ground on Human Rights Council Debate

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Just posted this over at Bolton Watch in response to Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Lee Feinstein’s call for a jousting match between our positions on Bolton and the UN Human Rights Council. Someday I need to explicate for various Bolton-watchers like my colleagues and friends Ivo Daalder and Lee Feinstein the Japanese distinction between tatemae (“surface” or “appearance”) and honne (“reality”). I’m concerned with Bolton’s honne while I think that they are distracted by our UN Ambassador’s tatemae….

Cheney ‘Out and About’ Can be a Real Bitch: Voters Should Blame Clay Shaw and Peter Roskam

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Air Force Two flew into Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport late this morning and just shut the ENTIRE airport down. Nothing could leave. Nothing could land. I was there, one of those stuck while our imperial and imperious Vice President and his team, shut down an entire airport. Don’t we have enough military bases that Cheney can leave the private sector runways alone? Cheney was stumping for Republican Congressman Clay Shaw who represents parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida’s…

High Fear Globalization: Miami & the Dubai Ports World Deal

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The Dubai Ports World controversy has unfortunately demonstrated that the only bipartisanship out there right now is in matters of fear. Many leaders in both parties have condemned the deal that would turn over operations and management of several major U.S. ports, including the one in Miami — which I am viewing from a spot about 30 stories high overlooking the port. DP World CEO Mohammed Sharaf has suggested that Americans need to become more educated about the global character…

Russia is Back and That Can Be Good

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There are numerous legitimate concerns about Russia’s slip back towards authoritarian-style governance, but at the same time, Russia turns out to be an increasingly important global player. On Iran, Russia has been diplomatically creative and courageous in the deals it has offered to relieve stress in a brewing Iran-U.S./Europe stand-off on Iran’s nuclear pretensions. While there is no deal yet, Russia gets points for dealing directly with Iran — something America has managed to do with North Korea bilaterally and…

Picture of the Week: Little Brother is Watching

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A loyal reader sent me this picture taken by his friend of Boston Mayor Tom Menino. First of all, the guns pointing at the Mayor are scary enough, but over his right shoulder, check out the billboard depicting President Bush’s eyes with the line “Little Brother is Watching”. It turns out that the billboard is linked to its own site — and is essentially pushing a word-of-mouth campaign for citizen vigilance about protection of American civil liberties. Thanks to DJ…