LAURA BUSH OOZES CONFIDENCE IN PASTRY CHEF APPOINTMENT

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THADDEUS DUBOIS HAS BEEN NAMED WHITE HOUSE EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF. With only six weeks to go until the presidential election — and not many state dinners planned between now and then — and the Bush family on the road a lot — Dubois either really wants this credential on his resume or Laura Bush has the “confidence thing” mastered. Here’s an idea for the Kerry Campaign. Call Dubois, who must be preparing to move to Washington — and assure him…

BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SECRECY: SOME HEROES FIGHT THE DARKNESS

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“NO ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE MORE TO CONCEAL” the workings of government from the people — this from a new report just released from the minority staff of the House Government Reform Committee. In 1983, I worked as a staff assistant to Arnold Horelick at the RAND/UCLA Center for the Study of Soviet International Behavior, based at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. Horelick was one of those mesmerizing high priests of Soviet studies whose knowledge of the inner workings of the…

NEOCON CIVIL WAR: ACT III

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STAY TUNED. I JUST RECEIVED A COPY OF CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER’S blistering, as yet unreleased counter-attack against Francis Fukuyama for his article, “The Neoconservative Moment,” which appeared in the last issue of National Interest. I profiled the outbreak of this battle inside the neocon nest some time ago — and that piece triggered articles across the blogosphere and also in major media. I hope to have my own op-ed out in the next few days and will post it (and whatever…

PENTAGON UNDER-REPORTING IRAQ CASUALTIES

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THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PAKISTAN TODAY and reports that 17,000 U.S. soldiers are not listed on the Pentagon’s casualty list. This piece is based on Mark Benjamin‘s UPI article. Benjamin also brought the lariam/suicidal behavior by some U.S. Special Forces to light. Key points from Mark Benjamin’s article: — Nearly 17,000 service members medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan are absent from public Pentagon casualty reports — In addition to those evacuations, 32,684 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan now out…

FRAUD AND CORRUPTION: BUSH TEAM SCORES

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ALL MORNING, I HAVE BEEN SEETHING AS FOX & FRIENDS has crowed about the Killian memos, which CBS is apparently about to acknowledge as fraudulent. Bush’s team has been engaged in duplicity, obfuscation, the expansion of official secrecy to anti-democratic levels — and now the critics are undone by fraud on their side. This is not good. The targets are so easy, so evident — it seems to me — among Bush and his administration that contrived documents and memories…

HELP GET <em>KINSEY</em> RELEASED BEFORE THE ELECTION

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A FLOOD OF EMAILS HAS COME IN REGARDING BILL CONDON’S KINSEY film, which depicts the life and times of Indiana University sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and stars Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, John Lithgow, Peter Sarsgaard, and others. An enterprising reader of The Washington Note has reported that the email to write to to ask Fox Searchlight Productions to release Kinsey early is weekendread@foxsearchlight.com. A.O. Scott, the chief film critic of the New York Times, has published today a terrific, balanced…

REAGAN’S DEATH, FARENHEIT 9/11, EDWARDS, SWIFT BOATS

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CLEARLY, THIS PRESIDENTIAL RACE IS NOT SHAPING UP to be about alternative policy choices. It is a race driven by various exogenous shocks. Electoral-Vote.com does a nice job of plotting certain events against the likely electoral college performance of Bush and Kerry since May. Check out this website’s thoughtful discussion on polling as well and the other great resources scattered throughout the site. Reagan’s death, Farenheit 9/11, John Edwards’ selection as VP, the Democratic National Convention, the Swift Boat ads,…

<em>KINSEY</em>: SEX, POLITICS AND AMERICA’S RELIGIOUS STRAIGHTJACKET

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LIAM NEESON AND LAURA LINNEY STAR IN KINSEY, a new movie by Director Bill Condon, scheduled to be released November 12th. This film is powerful, political, and needs to be out in October. Fox Searchlight Productions, the independent film arm of Fox, is distributing the film — and the folks there are into thoughtful social and political commentary. I hosted a film screening for Bill Condon — Academy Award winning writer and director who wrote and directed Gods and Monsters…

BUSH-KERRY IN STATISTICAL DEAD HEAT

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The PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE AND THE PRESS ISSUED A SURVEY REPORT this evening titled “Kerry Support Rebounds, Race Again Even.” It seems that the controversy over Bush’s National Guard service has taken its toll. The report starts: Voter opinion in the presidential race has seesawed dramatically in the first two weeks of September. Following a successful nominating convention, George W. Bush broke open a deadlocked contest and jumped out to a big lead over John Kerry. However, polling…

CHUCK HAGEL FOR PRESIDENT? A SANE FOREIGN POLICY VOICE

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AFTER 9-11 AND UP TO THE TIME OF THE IRAQ INVASION, Senator Chuck Hagel was one of the very few voices of sanity in senior Republican circles. Although I don’t have his earlier statements on hand to hyperlink to this post (I’ll try and dig some up), I heard Chuck Hagel speak to a small group organized by Jack Janes and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies where Hagel outlined a set of crucial “questions” that the Bush administration…