Bush the Elder Swats Bush the Younger Good

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Kremlinology may be anachronistic, but observing and interpreting Bush-world has taken its place as one of my extra-curricular activities. I can hardly believe that George Bush 41 throttled his son so harshly in a speech he gave last night at the home of the German Ambassador to the U.S. on the ‘Day of German National Unity.’ OK — it may not sound like hard core throttling, but in the world of president to president nuance, this is about as rough…

Why Didn’t Hastert Know? And Why Didn’t He Want to Know It?

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Congressman Mark Foley once commented that he was dismayed and disheartened by the tainting of the Presidency by Bill Clinton’s “sexual addiction problem.” What comes around. . . I have not commented much on the blog about this growing scandal about who knew what when in the Mark Foley/Congressional page imbroglio. But Hastert needs to be pursued more vigorously by the press. He keeps stating that he “never read” the emails or instant message chains.

Too Early for a Tizzy on Bolton Recess Appointment

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A lot of pro-John Bolton pundits and followers as well as many in the network of people and institutions opposed to Bolton’s confirmation are in a tizzy about a small gossip item that ran on an on-line conservative weekly magazine, Human Events. The piece argues something that I posted a couple of weeks ago: the administration is considering an avant-garde type of second recess appointment for Bolton. The item reads: The Bolton Plan: If Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.-R.I.) continues thwarting…

Nasrallah’s Big Tent: Cause to Worry

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My colleague and friend Nir Rosen has been working his way through some of the more interesting sites and scenes in Lebanon — and trailing along with many Nasrallah groupies to get a fix on the Hezbollah leader’s rise and on the evolving shape of Lebanese politics and identity. Nir Rosen has just published this provocative and provocative essay, “Hizballah, Party of God.” I have to say that I find myself standing across the aisle on this one. While I…

Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner, Geese, and Ducks

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(photo credit: Matthew Winters) For all of the TWN supporters who have sent notes to help assuage the pain I am still in from some seriously deep dental work, thanks much. I’m in Chestertown, Maryland — trying to get over jaw shock. But this pic of Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner on the Chester River calms me a bit — though the local ducks and migrating Canada geese are not too pleased with Oakley’s efforts to catch them. . .to be…

North Korea Nuke Test Threat Connected to Ban Ki Moon

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North Korea has announced that it will conduct a nuclear test, and few doubt its resolve to do so. To some degree, the escalating temper-tantrum that North Korea is engaged in has to do with its irritation that the United States is not talking to the failed communist state. Kim Jong Il and his government seem willing to ratchet up the threat of regional conflict if it doesn’t get America back across the table. But this nuclear brinksmanship is also…

Verizon Launches a Policy Blog?

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This strikes me as an effort that could just as easily swing towards the brave — or the reckless. Verizon has launched a new policy blog called PoliBlog. In the first post, former Congressman and senior Verizon executive Tom Tauke states: Before I get hit with a blogswarm, I want you to know that we understand that the blogosphere is naturally dubious of a blog with a corporate pedigree. While this may seem a bit counterintuitive, PoliBlog is not intended…