Year: 2006

Faith-based funding gone awry

FAITH-BASED FUNDING GONE AWRY….The idea that the Bush administration would use tax dollars to pay religious leaders to advance its agenda is, alas, not new. Throughout Bush’s first two years in office, for example, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives routinely distributed grants to ministries that, coincidentally, Republicans were trying to curry… Read more »

John Ashcroft: Weak on Terrorism?

JOHN ASHCROFT: WEAK ON TERRORISM?….Look, if even John Ashcroft had qualms about the NSA’s secret domestic spying program, as Newsweek reports today, I think it’s safe to say that something is seriously wrong here. After all, we now know that the FISA court was unhappy about the NSA program; Congress was unwilling to pass a… Read more »

Still missing the point

STILL MISSING THE POINT….It’s been 12 days since the president has had to deal with questions about his warrantless-search program, a respite Bush has no doubt enjoyed. But today, after visiting with some injured troops, the president took a few questions from reporters. Guess what they wanted to talk about. “It’s seems logical to me… Read more »

TV blogging

TV BLOGGING….A few years ago, I was among at least 12 people who were deeply disappointed by the cancellation of Matt Groening’s Futurama, yanked mercilessly from the air after just five entertaining seasons. If you were one of the 12, however, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s talk of a comeback. After better-than-expected DVD… Read more »

Resistance at Justice on warrantless searches

RESISTANCE AT JUSTICE ON WARRANTLESS SEARCHES….After the Bush administration’s warrantless-search program came to light, one of the early talking points used to defend the program’s legality emphasized Justice Department support. As Condoleezza Rice explained on Meet the Press, the initiative “has been reviewed not just by the White House counsel but by the lawyers of… Read more »

Blair Hitch Project

Con Coughlin’s American Ally: Tony Blair and the War on Terror is a useful guide to the way Great Britain has conducted its foreign policy since “New Labour” swept into power in 1997. A hawkish, conservative British journalist, Coughlin has written a brisk summary of the international crises of the Blair years. Unfortunately, Coughlin seems… Read more »

Our Man in Pakistan

This critique is not by itself a novel one. But Haqqani, a former Pakistani diplomat and government advisor who is now a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, takes our understanding of the issue onto a whole new level by demonstrating that Musharraf, along with his predecessors among Pakistan’s military coup-meisters, have… Read more »

Earnest, Young, & Owing

For this reason, popular literature on law school can usually be divided into two groups: the painful memoir and the indignant expos. Scott Turow’s classic One L–which succeeded in scaring two generations of incoming law students witless, and to which Litowitz alludes in his subtitle–is the former, as is Broken Contract, by Richard Kahlenberg. In… Read more »

The Rise & Fall of Imperial Democracies


But in Yala, a small city in the deep south of Thailand, the situation is far different. As the sun sets around 6:30 in the evening, shopkeepers frantically draw metal gates over the front of their stores. Traffic exits the center city, and people hurry home as quickly as they can, rarely walking alone. When… Read more »

The End of Hunting?


Inside, the scene resembled the cantina from Star Wars in one way: It was a strategic place to gather information and try to seal a deal. Men sat around folding tables swapping stories about the birds they bagged last year, but also grousing about the difficulty of finding land where they could hunt. Iowa is… Read more »