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  1. Behind the News

    Where Is the Outrage as U.S. Refuses to Open Doors For Iraqi Refugees?

    December 19, 2006 05:23 PM

    On June 18, 2003, the New York Times ran a sentimental front-page article entitled "U.S. a Place of Miracles for Somali Refugees" on the plight of escaping a nation's civil war and finding faith and opportunity in America. Telling... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Pinochet Dies, But the Blogging Debate Continues

    December 12, 2006 04:58 PM

    On Sunday, the BBC reported the death of right-wing Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, an autocratic general who presided over a 17-year regime known for its free market reforms and brutal state repression. A fervent anti-communist and militarist, Pinochet's crushing... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Newsosaur Sparks News Desk Debate

    December 7, 2006 04:13 PM

    Amid the clamorous discussion over the dire future of daily newspapers, a new debate was opened this week by journalist/Silicon Valley CEO Alan D. Mutter, who wrote a blog post on Monday questioning the value of 24-hour online desks.... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    The Definition Delay

    December 1, 2006 03:31 PM

    In Sunday's New York Times, Edward Wong began an article about the state of Iraq by posing a popular question: "Is Iraq in a civil war?" In response, major news outlets have spent the week debating... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    As Iraq Study Group Meets, Bloggers Uniformly Cynical

    November 27, 2006 02:35 PM

    The New York Times reported this morning that the Iraq Study Group, led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, will meet today to discuss a diplomatic initiative calling for direct talks with Iran and Syria. While a growing number... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Pelosi Backs Murtha, Bloggers Give Punditry

    November 13, 2006 01:27 PM

    This morning, the Washington Post reported that incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will throw her support behind Representative John Murtha in the race for House majority leader. While current Minority Whip Steny Hoyer was previously seen as a... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Bloggers Chide Bush For Dissembling, Post For Deletion

    November 10, 2006 03:42 PM

    While many pundits have taken to discussing the foreign policy implications of a new secretary of defense, others have been far more interested in the political maneuverings leading to the replacement of Donald Rumsfeld with Robert Gates. This morning, Glenn... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    The Rummyosphere Responds

    November 9, 2006 02:48 PM

    Following a crushing defeat for Republicans on Tuesday, President Bush announced yesterday the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his replacement with former CIA director Robert Gates. For many, Rumsfeld's resignation amounts to a necessary step towards appeasing... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Times Publishes, Pentagon Investigates, Bloggers Debate

    November 2, 2006 02:30 PM

    According to an article this morning on, the Pentagon is investigating the leak of a classified slide on the Iraq war that appeared in yesterday's New York Times. The slide, which gives a color-coded depiction of the... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    Times Tries to Predict Future, Bloggers Disagree

    October 30, 2006 02:00 PM

    An article appearing in today's New York Times mulled over the identity of today's Democrats, noting that the prevalence of centrist candidates in the midterm elections might signal a rightward shift in the party. Throughout, the article alluded to... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Bloggers Consider Impact of Lost Soldiers

    October 27, 2006 01:23 PM

    The mudslinging of the current campaign season continued Thursday night in Virginia, where incumbent Republican Senator George Allen issued a press release to the Drudge Report condemning Democratic challenger Jim Webb for his tawdry fiction writing. According to the... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Amid Tennessee Hubbub, Bloggers March to Battle

    October 26, 2006 02:09 PM

    One of the more dirty campaign seasons in recent memory got a little muckier in recent days thanks to some controversial political ads revolving around the tight senatorial race in Tennessee between Republican candidate Bob Corker and the Democratic candidate,... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Bloggers on Tet, Iraq, and Snuffleupagus

    October 19, 2006 12:55 PM

    In an interview yesterday with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, President George W. Bush accepted a comparison between the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the current fighting in Iraq. After Stephanopoulos mentioned a Wednesday Thomas Friedman column equating the... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    GOP Diverts Funds, Liberal Bloggers Pounce

    October 16, 2006 02:10 PM

    The New York Times reports today that the Republican leadership has effectively given up on Ohio Senator Mike DeWine's reelection campaign, choosing to divert funds towards more hotly contested elections. According to the Times, the ostensible concession in Ohio... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Bloggers Ponder Future of Los Angeles Times Anew

    October 13, 2006 01:26 PM

    A story published on Thursday in the New York Times examined the Los Angeles Times' so-called "Manhattan Project," an internal effort to reform the paper and energize its flagging readership. The article reported that with new Publisher David Hiller... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Bloggers Dive Into Murky Details of Reid Land Sale

    October 12, 2006 02:18 PM

    On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported on some allegedly problematic real estate dealings by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. According to the AP's initial article and a later follow-up report, the Nevada Democrat collected $1.1 million in 2004... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Is the Foley Scandal Bringing the Blogosphere Together?

    October 5, 2006 01:40 PM

    To no one's surprise, the Foley scandal continues to dominate headlines today, as politicians, pundits, and media outlets rack up coverage and comments on the story. With the scandal damaging Republican congressional leaders before midterm elections, numerous conservatives have suggested... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Woodward Roils the Blogosphere

    October 2, 2006 02:00 PM

    This weekend saw the release of "State of Denial," Bob Woodward's latest book in an on-going portrait of the Bush Administration and the planning of the Iraq war. Accompanied by front-page coverage at the New York Times, an exclusive... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Another Poll For Bloggers to Mull

    September 28, 2006 01:46 PM

    A poll of 1,150 Iraqi adults published yesterday by presents a complex view of the occupation and insurgency. As reported on Wednesday by the Associated Press, the results of the poll show increasing animosity towards American... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Bloggers Dissect Meaning, Upshot of NIE

    September 27, 2006 01:15 PM

    On Tuesday, President Bush declassified a National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism, asserting that the document bolsters the administration's arguments concerning the war on terror. Earlier this week, a public leak of the document seemed to suggest a harsh rebuke of... Continue reading

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