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Following up on this earlier post I should note that the sallow-eyed David Brooks can also be a witty and engaging writer. Today's column, which offers advice to high school seniors as they go through the process of applying for college, is a good example: You are being judged according to criteria that you would [Read More...]


National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will be allowed to testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the failure to prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an administration official said Tuesday. The official said the decision is conditioned on the Bush administration receiving assurances in writing from the commission that such a step does [Read More...]

Alistair Cooke (1908-2004)

Sad to read this morning of the death of Alistair Cooke (see this earlier post). Cooke's was a long and fascinating life. A keen observer of America, he reported on 12 presidents: … his favorite was Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also respected Lyndon B. Johnson ("An appalling man, but a great president"). His political outlook [Read More...]

David Brooks & Teenage Sophistication

Some years ago my then-flatmate Rich set out to open a cafe in his hometown of Wayne, Pa. This was good news for me, since roasters and growers began deluging our Ardmore apartment with samples of their goods. Rich had no money of his own, but he found a financial partner who appreciated his attention [Read More...]

Freewheeling and inattentive

In his column in The Hill, Josh Marshall examines the ongoing saga of the flying monkeys vs. Richard Clarke. Marshall sees a pattern with this and earlier stories of previous Bush administration counterterrorism experts such as Joe Wilson and Rand Beers. Marshall offers two theories to explain this pattern: The first possibility is that the [Read More...]

Walking the line

LOS ANGELES ( – "Walk the Line," the biopic of late country music legend Johnny Cash, is reportedly set to start filming in June. Joaquin Phoenix plays the "Man in Black" with Reese Witherspoon as his wife, June Carter Cash. James Mangold ("Identity," Girl, Interrupted") sits in the director's chair. The movie … chronicles the [Read More...]

Clarke’s book, online

My printer ran out of ink, so I'm stuck here in the house and can't hit the bookstore just up the road to buy Richard Clarke's book Against All Enemies. The reason I can't leave the house is because I ordered a sixpack of cartridges from the fine folks at Ink4Art and they ship UPS. [Read More...]

Pregnant non-denial denial

"Had my administration had any information that terrorists were going to attack New York City on September the 11th, we would have acted." – Pres. George W. Bush, March 23, 2004 So Mrs. Jones has long suspected that her husband has been unfaithful. Most recently, she's become convinced that he is having an affair with [Read More...]