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The Trial of John Yoo

I have just returned from a debate on presidential power at Chapman University Law School. In retrospect, the event should more properly have been called “The Trial of John Yoo.” And strikingly, it was Yoo who cast himself in the role of defendant. The debate was titled “Presidential Power and Success in Times of Crisis,”…

Troops React to President in Iraq

  Not too long ago, both Red County and Cheat Seeking Missiles ran YouTube footage comparing the appearance of President Obama and President Bush before the military, as though the thunderous applause W got from the Troops compared to the crickets President Obama got in a more somber appearance had something to do with support.…

Obama Appoints Gay Man Interim Ambassador to India

Peter Burleigh, a seasoned foreign service officer with deep expertise in South Asian affairs, will serve as America’s top diplomat in India until a permanent ambassador is named, according to reports in the Indian press. In a 2008 profile of Burleigh in the South Florida Blade, the former acting ambassador to the United Nations said…

Pew News IQ Quiz — What’s Your Score?

Take the Pew Research Center’s 12 question quiz to test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,003 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a recent national survey. No peeking! How did you do?

But Baby, Obama Wants Me to Drive a Fiat X1/9

Of all the cars that I’ve owned, my favorite was a yellow and black 1975 Fiat X1/9. Designed by Nuccio Bertone, the X1/9 was a two-seater, hardtop convertible with a mid 1489 cc. engine and a five-speed transmission. It was beautifully styled and it handled like a dream. It was tremendous fun driving this sleek…

Have we forgotten our TWO undeclared wars?

As we finish the last few days of the Bush presidency, our nation faces many problems. We are facing a global economic crisis. But I’ve noticed that it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen any coverage of our undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the media. So I thought it was time to…