Does Novak Have to Squeal?

Eugene Volokh addresses a question I have been wondering about: can Robert Novak be legally compelled to reveal his source? Eugene thinks (tentatively) yes, as the First Amendment claim that journalists sometimes make is not always upheld (Hey, I knew that: I saw Absence of Malice. Everything I needed to know about the law I […]

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Final Showcase Results

The final results are confirmed: King of Fool’s post Caucasian Club has won the Showcase, and the Blogger Alliance has defeated the Axis of Naughty for the third week running. Alliance voting statistics were as follows: Blogger Alliance: 32 of 75 = 42.7 % participation Axis of Naughty: 9 of 24 = 37.5 % participation […]

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Front Line Voices

If you have not done so already, you most certainly must check out Front Line Voices, a new site by Frank and friends. From the mission statement: It has increasingly been the complaint of many troops that the picture that the media is painting of the progress in the War on Terror is far from […]

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Preliminary Showcase Results

Folks – Preliminary Showcase results are ready for this week, with King of Fool’s post Caucasian Club strongly in the lead, and the Blogger Alliance squeaking ahead of the Axis of Naughty. I say ‘preliminary’, because, given that there were some concerns last week that votes did not get counted, I’m going to delay the […]

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Leaking for Fun, Profit, and Jail Time

Kevin Drum draws our attention to the Washington Post’s scoop this morning that lends further credence to the claim that Bush administration officials deliberately leaked the identity of former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson’s wife — an undercover CIA officer. From the Post: At CIA Director George J. Tenet’s request, the Justice Department is looking […]

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Slate’s Weisberg: Rounding as an Editorial Art Form

Slate’s Jacob Weisberg was on the Slate/NPR radio program Day to Day this morning, discussing President Bush’s appearance at the U.N. One particular statement caught me by surprise: (transcript is, as usual, my own from repeated listening of the NPR RealAudio, the relevant section begins at about 4 minutes in): Weisberg: We’re taking casualties in […]

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Objectivtity Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Slate’s Press Box columnist, Jack Shafer, took a break from beating up on Judith Miller to chide Matt Miller for a proposal in his new book, The Two Percent Solution. (No relation between the Miller’s, far as I know: what is it with Shafer and that name, anyway?) Matt Miller, the able and patient host […]

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Editor, Edit Thyself

The big names are making hash of the Sacramento Bee’s mind-bendingly-stupid decision to submit their widely respected house blogger Daniel Weintraub to editing of his blog. Kaus fears “a smothering blanket of bureaucratic timidity”; Glenn notes that the incident combines “unthinking political correctness, corporate-mandated dullness, and complete cluelessness, all in one event” and Welch observes […]

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Ilyka Damen Wins; Blogger Alliance Retains Sponsorship

Congratulations to Ilyka Damen, who has won this week’s New Weblog Showcase with the post A Happy Epiphany. In other news, the dread Blogger Alliance has retained the sponsorship of the Showcase for another week, turning out 21 of their 65 members (32.3 %) versus the Axis of Naughty‘s 5 of 24 members (20.8 %). […]

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Give me Cappuccino (extra foam, half-caff, nonfat) , or give me…

Sometimes, folks with wealth redistribution schemes abandon all pretense of there being any connection between those paying the tax and those receiving the benefits, which at least makes them honest thieves. Take, for example, the bright bulbs up in Seattle who have decided that folks with a taste for espresso should pay for other people’s […]

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Blogger Alliance Triumphs

In a come-from-behind victory, the Blogger Alliance has won victory in the first weekly contest to sponsor the New Weblog Showcase by having the highest percentage of its members cast votes for Showcase participants. Final results were as follows: Blogger Alliance: 30 of 76 = 39.5 % participationAxis of Naughty: 8 of 24 = 33.3 […]

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Virtue Pure Wins Victory Pure

Congratulations to Virtue Pure for winning this week’s New Weblog Showcase with the post On Roleplaying. Full results are as follows: Virtue Pure: On Roleplaying ( 31 links) Pardon My English: Who Needs Citizenship? ( 26 links) Snooze Button Dreams: Why oh why do I have to love women? ( 15 links) brainstorming: Mayberry R.F.D. […]

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Call for Alliance Updates

I will be working today on the code to tally votes cast by Blog Alliance and Axis of Naughty members to see who wins the Blog Showcase sponsorship contest. If either alliance’s membership list has changed, now is the time to let me know. It will be a great help if you have additions to: […]

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Welcome Newcomers!

Welcome, Lucianne.com visitors! Combined with the Instalanche Glenn unleashed yesterday, TTLB is getting a mighty blast of traffic, and I suspect many of you may be newcomers to my little part of the Blogosphere. So, a quick guide: – The post you are probably looking for is here: Inside the Mind of NPR. Or just […]

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Inside the mind of NPR

I like NPR. I don’t agree with their slant of coverage much of the time, particularly regarding the war. But I listen, simply because there just ain’t any alternative if you want continuous radio news coverage. But even I was taken somewhat aback by an interview I heard yesterday. In a bout of self-examination (or […]

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A day to remember

I had meant to do a more significant post today, but other responsibilities intervened. In brief, then: this is not the anniversary of a “tragedy”. It is the anniversary of an attack; planned and carried out by men who conciously and deliberately inflicted the death and suffering of that day on the citizens of our […]

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Blogger Alliance Rises to the Challenge

It looks like the Blog Alliance is in the game for the competition to sponsor the New Weblog Showcase. This is excellent news — and all the more reason for new bloggers to sign on for the Showcase this week. To the Axis and Naughty and Blogger Alliance members, I am going to slightly change […]

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Kate on Lucy Van Arafat

Just when you thought we’d run out of Mideast analogies, Kate delivers a fine one: Arafat: The Lucy Van Pelt of the Middle East? Update:Actually, it originated at Silent Running.

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Amish Angst?

Lair at Amish Tech Support is making ambiguous noises about possible changes over at his comfortably padded cell. The End of Amish Tech Support? Whether you agree, disagree, or simply ignore him in disgust, you must admit that the Blogosphere wouldn’t be the same without Amish goodness. (And badness.) He’s a borderline-Touretts semi-sociopath, but he’s […]

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