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The Bores Who Run the World

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

You’d think politics would be like, say, classical music—that the more you know about it, the less interested you would be in the obvious stuff. Just as no real classical music maven ever seems to talk about Vivaldi or Beethoven or Tchaikovsky, it would seem that no real Washington insider would want to talk about big national races. But that’s [&hellip
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Gunplay If You Live in Washington, You …

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The legislation is not a work of art, either. Anything that involves computers and background checks–as this bill does for gun purchases–is an abuse waiting to happen. As computers grow more sophisticated, people find more sophisticated ways to use them–all of them always involving curtailment of liberties. Australia, actually, is the country that pioneered the antilibertarian use of databases. Even in [&hellip
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Base-balkans Base-balkans It being Opening Day this week, …

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Thinking of Pesky reminded me that one of the ridiculous aspects of the conflict so far has been the constant slurring of the Serbs (as a people) as a bunch of subhuman weirdos. Last week, on the night that our F-117 got shot down and shown on Serbian television, CNN found an absolute lunatic, a retired major general named [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Still, the advantage had to go to the Republicans. They wanted two things out of last week and they got them. First, an agreement that three more witnesses could be called. While the witnesses were only supposed to be able to testify on videotape, Republicans wangled it so they could excerpt the tape for use in their final arguments. So [&hellip
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The Stupes

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The Stupes Over the weekend, Republican impeachment manager Jim Rogan was asked whether he thought differences of opinion were possible on the Clinton business. “Yes,” Rogan replied, “reasonable minds can differ on this case as to whether the President should be removed from office. But reasonable minds can only differ if those reasonable minds come to the conclusion that enforcement [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

That’s why Republicans’ blocking of a censure substitute, which would have allowed Democratic senators to vilify the First Cad before sending him on his gallivanting way, is the strategic masterstroke of recent weeks. It shows the GOP is not nearly as tactically dimwitted as we’ve heretofore thought. And it locks Senate Dems into the foolhardy course of defending the President [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

But really, how can you root for the Democrats when it’s they who inflicted these things on us? Would anyone who listened to White House spokesman Joe Lockhart for more than five minutes be sincerely sorry to have the President ridden out of town on a rail? Lockhart attacked the House impeachment managers last week for seeking to influence the [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Maybe that’s the whole reason each new year sees these silly color inserts and tv specials and magazine double issues with mendacious titles like “1998: The Year That Changed Us All.” Maybe they perform the public service of killing news stories. Last year people across the country looked up from the seventh Sunday newspaper feature they’d read called “El Nino: [&hellip
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