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Kerrey in the Mire; Heywood Jablome, 41, Manhattan Real Estate Agent

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

All last week, SEAL Gerhard Klann’s allegations–that he participated in a 1969 massacre of civilians in the Mekong Delta led by ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey–were masticated in the press. Ninety percent of the supposedly peacenik-infested media joined Kerrey’s Senate colleagues in enjoining us to leave the guy alone. CBS’ 60 Minutes II special aired. Kerrey himself [&hellip
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Chinese Softcore Torture; Earth Day’s Clapp Clinic; Fly Trouble

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

A friend of mine has been trying to convince me to do an article on the propaganda put out by the Chinese government during the spy-plane hostage crisis. He suggests as Exhibit A the Xinhua news wire from a couple of Thursdays back, entitled "Prayers Go Out for Missing Wang"–a headline I haven’t seen since [&hellip
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Powellâeuro;”Right in the Kisser!; Oy, McVeigh

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

Last week Colin Powell dismissed as "Chinese propaganda" the claims that the U.S. had apologized for having its plane knocked out of the air and its airmen taken hostage. But of course we apologized, and Powell’s dismissal was propaganda of its own sort. Americans tend to associate "propaganda" with Soviet-style bullying, as when some jowly [&hellip
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All the TNT in China; Wang Wei Corrigan; Hostages to Fortune 500

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

Washington’s political class has long understood that the American public lacks the curiosity to discriminate between advertising and reality. In the wake of our Chinese contretemps it has become clear that this distinction has somehow been lost on the political class itself. "In a hostage crisis," CNN’s political analyst William Schneider cheerily explained last week, [&hellip
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Dowd’s McCain Bug; Kelly Girls; The Torch Comes into His Own

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

There are two things a traveling Washington journalist hears on any trip into the American hinterland, no matter what part of the country he’s visiting, no matter what class of person he’s dealing with. The first is the question, "Who do you think our next president’s going to be?" This never stops–Americans apparently never take [&hellip
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Dough Boys: The Parties Get Phony on Finance; The Public Loses Patience with the Drug War

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

If you spent the week following the Senate debate over the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, you’re the proverbial Better Man Than I. What’s annoying is that campaign-finance reform itself is a phony posture that no incumbent sincerely wants. The consolation is that the interminable amending process the bill has provoked gives us a window [&hellip
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Cheney Reaction: Gephardt Starts Talking Nonsense; Camelotta Baloney; Meatball-in-Chief

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

You know, it’s just a shame House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt isn’t running this country, since he alone has figured out why the markets are tanking. It’s not soaring energy costs, it’s not overeager speculation, it’s not inventories outrunning demand. No, it’s simply that the Bush administration has a bad attitude. They’re not chipper enough! [&hellip
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Has Byrd Really Mended His Ways After his KKK “Episode”?

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

Now in his eighth term in the Senate, Democrat Robert Byrd of West Virginia has for years been the custodian of that body’s most hallowed traditions: publicity-seeking, hypocrisy, and preening, self-serving, pretend-literary and (above all) interminable oratory. No one who has followed his career would have been terribly surprised by the mix of moral self-regard [&hellip
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Poll-Axed Dems; Goody-Goodies and Sex Maniacs

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

Tom Daschle and Dick Gephardt face the same crapshoot all congressional leaders do when a president of the other party comes to power. Congressmen who think the economy’s going to improve call for bipartisanship, in order to share credit with the president. Congressmen who think the economy’s in trouble get confrontational, to make sure the [&hellip
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