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Who ever said Helen Thomas was liberal? She thinks Bush is the

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and want all our State of the Union reactions, scroll down and down and down.

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I Take It All Back



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The E.U. is deadly serious. From the Times (London): Farmers throughout the country have 90 days to put a toy in every pigsty or face up to three months in jail.”

Web Briefing: April 17, 2014

No Gimmicks



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A reader points out: The president didn’t do the usual pointing to people in the First Lady’s box. He had some significant messages in that box (like the Uganda doctor), but he did it with more nuance than we’re used to. Seems like a mark of seriousness.

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U.N. Irrelevance Files



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This is actually perfect. I fully support: Iraq to chair disarmament conference. Iraq chairs human-rights commission, the year we are allowed back in…time to just leave the U.N. behind. They made their choice.

Women Learn Nothing From Sports



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Feminists have clearly learned nothing from sports. Sportsmanship anyone? With a Title IX commission anything but stacked against them, they are crying foul, complaining the commission was somehow set up to oppose them. Truth is, they do have a voice there (female players, coaches, and activists, among others), and their arguments aired, are losing. Fairness, for once, is winning. Fact is, they don’t want fairness, they want preferences, so any reform in the interpretation of the law is unacceptable as far as they are concerned. Expect much more on Title IX in coming days, as the commission meets in Washington to mark up and vote on a draft of their report to the education secretary.

“Unacceptable”



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The New York Times on Miguel Estrada, who is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Cmte tomorrow. And guess what? It’s almost all about abortion.

Hilarious



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Now they’ve really got me pegged. In this

Susan Sarandon...



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…reminds me of the best thing John McCain did recently: that SNL skit aimed at Barbra Streisand: If you won’t try to do politics, I won’t sing.

Soundbite-Less



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Peggy Noonan makes a good point (just now on Fox): We always talk about great lines, great phrases in a speech like this. Not a whole lot of those. Strong sections, as has been notes in The Corner, sure. Strong speech. But all of the good stuff was just part of his clean, clear speech, not obvious pull outs.

In Other News



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About an hour ago, Fox had a reporter in Baghdad reporting on Iraqis reaction to what they know of the U.N. Blix report. Shockingly, the women on the street interviewed supported Saddam Hussein and showed contempt for the U.S. president. Makes you wonder how much money news organs waste on such hard-hitting on-the-scene reporting.

Omigosh



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Kathy Griffin, the comedian, who recently entertained troops in Afghanistan, and who hated the speech last night, says that “despite what the president said last night, the women in Afghanistan are absolutely still in burkas.” It’s all official now, then: The war is a failure. Thanks, Kathy, for clearing that up.


She was acually on Fox to talk about Celebrity Mole, on ABC Wednesday nights, but she didn’t come without cue cards to emphasize words she wanted to teach the president to pronounce (nuclear, pennisula).

David Frum



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Last year he worked on the speech, this year he analyzes. Check out his diary, where he has his take up.

Thanks



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To everyone who hung with us during and after the SOTU. More in a few hours.

Sleep



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After the State of the Union speech, President Bush left the Capitol at 10:21 p.m. and arrived at the White House at 10:28 p.m. How much do you want to bet he was asleep before Leno? Way too smart to watch Hardball. I wish I were.

The Other Guys



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TAPPED has a hard-hitting post on the newspaper The Hill. Instapundit’s been down since 3:00. Andrew Sullivan: radio silent. TNR: Nada. But NRO is there for real-time commentary. FYI. Now, I’m off to sleep.

The Democrats



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As I listen to the fairly shrill responses from the Democrats, it seems to me that the Dems are in a really bad place. Because they are out of power, they have no obligation to lead. Because so many Democrats are running for president, there’s a powerful gravitational pull to the left. Many diehard Democratic primary voters are devoutly anti-war and hate Bush with a passion that transcends their dislike for Saddam Hussein (I mean this purely on an emotional level, not an intellectual one). In short, the Democrats are unconstrained by any responsibility to govern and motivated to appease constituencies well outside of the mainstream. That’s a perfect recipe for minority party status.

16 Percent



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That’s how much of Locke’s speech was spent on “global challenges.” Add in his paragraph about homeland security, and you get to 24 percent.

Goo-Goo Gary



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Oh brother, was Gary Locke’s speech pitiful, or what? It’s hard to follow the President of the United States giving a State of the Union address in a time of war, but jeez, that was horrible. They should’ve sent Teddy the K. out; he would at least have had some passion.

Ted Kennedy



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Almost seemed to be in a state of panic while talking to Tom Brokaw, insisting that a lot has changed since three months ago when the Congress voted to authorize the president to use force if necessary. I will grant Kennedy that North Korea’s flare up is a new development, but the rest of his examples were nonsense. Al Quaeda is still active, he said. Nothing new there. Osama Bin Laden may be alive, he insisted. Well, Osama may have been alive three months ago. And, he noted there are inspectors in Iraq now. That’s true. But that’s irrelevent since the UN resolution says that Iraq is in breach and must prove otherwise. Well, Iraq was in breach three months ago and it still is — and that’s the point; Iraq is still in breach. Hence he failed his last chance.

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