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Find Iraq in Breach Again...



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Worth Many Looks



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I don’t often advertise blog sites, simply because there are so very many. But NRO friend and frequent contributor Ross Douthat has one with Policy Review-er Steve Menashi, and it is worth reading. I look forward to telling people next week when Ross is rich and famous–which he will be, mark my words–that he was an NR intern once. Here it is.

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Special Ops Already At Work in Iraq



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Web Briefing: November 28, 2014

“Weapons of Mass Obstruction”



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Sen. Hatch very proud of that one.

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What Is Going Through The K-Lo Mind



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Not that you asked. But then you never do. And Jonah’s not here to make this a magical mystical kingdom, so I will blather. So, what I am thinking: Hatch does this, at midnight, without caffeine. That’s amazing.

Bummer



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C-SPAN II, which carries the Senate, now goes off from my cable system around 5 or so, since our carrier switch the lineup earlier this month!

Gonzales For The Defense



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White House counsel Albert Gonzales has penned a devastating response to Senators Daschle’s and Leahy’s explanation for their obstruction of the Estrada nomination. The White House has not posted the letter on the web as of yet. Fortunately, Howard Bashman has here.
(Word has it a PDF version should be linked here sometime on Thursday.)

The Moseley-Braun Bid



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Call me a cynic, but I see the Moseley-Braun presidential bid as nothing more than a scarely transparent effort to drain support from Al Sharpton so as to dilute his impact on the nominating process.

Subway Attack?



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A New York reader suggests this explanation for why people were so grim on the subways today. Seems that a NYC newstalk radio station ran with an item this morning saying that a member of the House Intelligence Committee told her daughter, who lives in NYC, to stay out of the subways. When asked about it, the Congresswoman, Jane Harmon, didn’t deny warning her daughter, but said it wasn’t based on intelligence information (follow the link to the reader’s blog for more information). A friend of mine heard the same radio broadcast too.

Pardon me, but the Congresswoman’s explanation is hard to believe, given her position on the Intelligence Committee. Anyway, if the authorities have serious reason to believe there’s going to be an imminent attack on the city’s subways, then they should tell us, and let us plebes make our own minds up about whether or not to use the trains. Me, I’m going to keep using them (like six million other New Yorkers, I’ve got no choice), but not during rush hour, if I can help it.

No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Moonlighting



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For those NRO fans wondering what I do in my quote-spare time-unquote, catch
this little nugget in the New York Observer (scroll down to second story)

From The House Liberal



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My wife’s advice on buying duct tape: Put it over the mouths of the people urging us to buy duct tape.
(Jeanne is a liberal Democrat, but a tough one.)

Another Reason to Chill



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Maybe people are just taking long President’s Day weekends, thus the fewer people on the subway–that will certainly be an easy explanation tomorrow if crowds are thinner than usual?

By The Way...



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Does anybody still think it’s a bad idea to build a missile defense system? The limited version the Bush administration is planning has the North Korean threat specifically in mind.

Kim’s Missiles



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The North Korean missile threat is old news. Check out this National Intelligence Estimate on ballistic missiles from December 2001: “The multiple-stage Taepo Dong-2—capable of reaching parts of the United States with a nuclear weapon-sized payload—may be ready for flight-testing. The North probably also is working on improvements to its current design. The Taepo Dong-2 in a two-stage ballistic missile configuration could deliver a several-hundred-kg payload up to 10,000 km—sufficient to strike Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of the continental United States. If the North uses a third stage similar to the one used on the Taepo Dong-1 in 1998 in a ballistic missile configuration, then the Taepo Dong-2 could deliver a several-hundred-kg payload up to 15,000 km—sufficient to strike all of North America. A Taepo Dong-2 flight test probably would be conducted as an SLV with a third stage to place a small payload into the same orbit the North Koreans tried to achieve in 1998.”

La Raza On Estrada



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The National Council of La Raza is troubled by the increasingly strident
tone of the debate over Miguel Estrada’s nomination to the U.S. Court of
Appeals. While NCLR remains neutral on the nomination itself, we urge the
two sides on this issue not to engage in name-calling and accusatory
language but to focus on the substantive issues and merits of this
nomination. In particular, since the Latino community is clearly divided on
the Estrada nomination, we find the accusation that one side or another is
“anti-Latino” to be particularly divisive and inappropriate.”

Re: 51st and Lex



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A reader from Washington, DC, writes:

“I sympathize with your experience. The train to work this morning was only 3/4 full, very strange for Wednesday morning rush hour. A lot of gallows humor in the building, too. Talk like I hope it’s chem (it’s really windy today) or bio (cold, too) and not radiological. Speculation about potential blast sites and the length of time for a Stinger to acquire and home to target. Not your usual shop talk.”

I’m wondering if Americans elsewhere are equally anxious as those of us who live in cities targeted on 9/11. I know from various contacts in small towns in the heartland that people there are really worried for their own safety. I can’t figure this out.

Osama Audio



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Why does everyone assume that the alleged new Osama message is actually from him? If His Lowness is still among us, let’s go to the videotape.

Al Qaeda and Iraq could still be in bed, of course, since the tape is meant to express bin Ladenite orthodoxy.

Subway Report



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My wife took the subway to Grand Central and back (from Union Square). She noted many cops in Grand Central, but no conspicuous unease among her fellow passengers.


My hunch is that we project on to crowds our own attitudes. Jeanne is not tougher than Rod, but I bet she (and I) watch less television, since we watch none. Turn off the box. It is the raving of a demented oracle. We were in greater peil on 9/10.

Adam Clymer Ticks Off Feminists--Big-Time



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