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Rep. Tom DeLay This

Rep. Tom DeLay: "This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another."

Like moth to a flame. He can't help himself.

And who is he threatening retribution and punishment against? The judge or Michael Schiavo?

Pomeroy is on the

Pomeroy is on the <$NoAd$> case ...

North Dakota's congressional delegation wants to get to the bottom of a list that barred more than 40 people from President Bush's speech last month in Fargo.

Rep. Earl Pomeroy said Wednesday his concern stems from a similar incident in Denver, where three people were removed from Bush's March 21 town hall meeting on Social Security.

Pomeroy said the Denver incident raises disturbing questions given what also happened in Fargo. He said he'll evaluate what must be done to launch an inquiry.

"We need to find out whether this was part of the official planning," he said.


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Since the beginning of

Since the beginning of this current round of the privatization debate -- now going back more than four months -- critics have made a simple and I think unassailable point: the privatizers' argument for the gains to be had from private accounts don't hold up because they use optimistic economic assumptions to forecast returns from private accounts but very pessimistic assumptions to predict the future of Social Security.

In other words, it's a bogus comparison. Whether our economic future is rosy or grim, we can only compare a future with private accounts to one with Social Security by using one common set of economic assumptions.

Suddenly now, this point is all the rage. A majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg say that private accounts won't do as well as the White House says if we're really heading into a 21st century of anemic growth. And the Times devotes a whole article to the point in tomorrow's paper.

There's nothing shocking or untoward about the sudden interest in this point. And the Times piece is pegged to a paper that is set to be presented tomorrow at Brookings. But I'm always struck by the lack of rhyme or reason to why a particular point or argument suddenly gains traction after a long period of inattention, even when the facts on the ground and the governing assumptions haven't changed a bit. It's no more true today than it was four months or two months ago.

The only difference is that the market for articles predicting the demise of privatization has become more bullish.

This Post article says

This Post article says conservative intellectuals are jumping off the phase-out bandwagon. This one says it's losing support among the young. This one says economists and economic strategists say the numbers don't add up. This one says retirees are giving the thumbs down to privatization.

If the phase-out crew didn't still have a lock on fidgety right-wingers with poor social skills, where would they be?

TPM Reader BG makes

TPM Reader BG makes a good point: "The president says 'If you've got an idea, I expect you to be at the table. We want to listen to good ideas.' How does this square with the forcible removal from the presidential gatherings of anyone exhibiting the merest hint of an appearance of possibly harboring independent thoughts?"

President Bush warns of

President Bush warns of political consequences for lawmakers who oppose his wildly unpopular privatization plan.

(ed.note: We ran this post in place of our update on TPM's hostile takeover of Viacom.)

A point of personal

A point of personal privilege ... As many of you know, my wife and I got married about a week and a half ago. And as those of you who've taken this step in life know, in addition to all the excitement and drama and feeling your life at your fingertips, there are also these mundane arrangements that have to be attended to -- a caterer, a photographer, getting everybody to the right place on time and making sure they get sent back to wherever it was they came from, and definitely in one piece and hopefully at a reasonable hour.

And then if all these people you hire or ask or beg to do this and that all come through, then you can concentrate on the joy and excitement and feeling your life at your very fingertips -- or rather sit back and let it all rush over you.

We had a small wedding - a few more than forty people in a private home. And we were lucky to have it all come off just as we'd planned, or rather, imagined it.

So I'd like to take a moment to recommend to you two people who made that possible -- our caterer and our photographer, both of whom came through for us in every way we could have hoped for. I'm not going to mention them by name - because that might be a mixed blessing. But if you or someone you know is looking for a recommendation for a wedding photographer, let me know and I'll put you in touch with someone whose work is second-to-none. And -- which is probably more likely -- if you have some event, large or small, that you need a caterer for in the greater New York region, drop me a line and I'll put you in touch with just the right person.

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