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Illegal(s’) I.D.s

Illegal(s’) I.D.s
By November 10, 2007

From CNN: “Facing growing pressure from his own party, Gov. Eliot Spitzer indicated he had not ruled out rescinding a heavily criticized plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, according to published reports.”  The plan calls for different types … Read More

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Norman Mailer’s Dead

Norman Mailer’s Dead
By November 10, 2007

If someone bothered to check this, I'm sure he'd find that there's a larger body of literature dedicated to Norman Mailer than there is by Norman Mailer. Charles McGrath's obituary quotes Gore Vidal on how Mailer's ridiculousness only added to … Read More

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Democracy, Cynicism, Cronyism in Pakistan

Democracy, Cynicism, Cronyism in Pakistan
By November 9, 2007

Proving my credentials as a cabalist, a few days ago I predicted that Benazir Bhutto would be detained. I figured that Musharraf needed to stop Botox Bhutto from leading a massive protest in Rawalpindi, sister city to the capital, Islamabad. … Read More

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New-Fang-led Technology

New-Fang-led Technology
By November 9, 2007

Check out the Vanity Fair slide show. Izzy wants to include the waxing sequence as collateral content for our "hairy men" lead story. I'll let her go ahead and do that. 

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Appadurai on Boozin’

Appadurai on Boozin’
By November 9, 2007

So does this mean that on those nights when you get really plowed, you're also getting really political?  Appadurai is one of the most compelling thinkers on globalization today.  I'll leave aside for the moment the question of whether or … Read More

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Bernard Lewis and The Spectre of Comparisons

Bernard Lewis and The Spectre of Comparisons
By November 9, 2007

Bernard Lewis enjoys a status unparalleled by most historians and it's one that puts him in a unique position of power and influence. Dick Cheney has made no secret of the esteem in which he holds Lewis, and one can … Read More

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Joe Lieberman’s “Insipid” Internationalism?

Joe Lieberman’s “Insipid” Internationalism?
By November 9, 2007

Taking Joe Lieberman to task for some unfounded swipes at Democrats in the Financial Times, Matt Yglesias complains that Lieberman's interpretation of the history of liberal internationalism "is really insipid." Now look, I'm not trying to pick on anyone, and … Read More

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You’re No Baroness, Hillary

You’re No Baroness, Hillary
By November 9, 2007

A small confession: Like Andrew Sullivan, I have an abiding affection for tough Catholic conservative women because they remind me of my mother. Peggy Noonan is one, and so far as Hillary's gendered crybaby routine is concerned, I think the … Read More

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