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Nice to know everyones

Nice to know everyone's got their priorities in order.

According to this morning's Post, in response to an "increasingly high-profile Virginia gun rights group whose members have taken to wearing firearms on their hips in public places to make their case", the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has agreed to ease the "overly restrictive rules" about bringing firearms to National and Dulles Airport.

Fly on the wall

Fly on the wall envy ...

On Tuesday—the same day after Bremer’s critical remarks were made public by The Washington Post—he received no fewer than three calls from top White House officials asking for an explanation, NEWSWEEK has learned. National-security adviser Condoleezza Rice, chief of staff Andrew Card and Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby all spoke to Bremer to make sure his comments were being reported accurately. One Bush official said Libby called from the road because Cheney was about to go into a debate with Democratic nominee John Edwards in Ohio, and it was obvious he would be asked about the Bremer remarks. Rice, he said, called for a similar reason—she was doing television interviews.


Read the rest here.

Fred Kaplan on how

Fred Kaplan on how the White House conned the cable networks into live broadcasting one of his stump speeches -- and what it means.

In Newsweek Isikoff and

In Newsweek, Isikoff and Hosenball run down the litany of Vice President Cheney's misstatements, falsehoods and efforts to rewrite history from Tuesday night's debate.

In a quarter century-plus of quadrennial presidential debates, has any candidate uttered even half as many falsehoods, fibs and lies as Cheney did Tuesday night?

Don't even think of it in partisan terms. Just on the merits. Can anyone think of any of them who even comes close?

As we noted at

As we noted at great length back in 2002, former South Dakota congressman John Thune (R-SD) has spent the last few years trying to use bogus charges of voter fraud to get back into elective office.

Now it seems that one of Thune's campaign volunteers -- Thune's nephew -- may be guilty of the real thing.

Wanna pick a swing

Wanna pick a swing state to go to on election day to help get out the vote?

Click here to find out how.

Well at least one

Well, at least one columnist -- Lloyd Grove -- had the guts to touch Josh Green's Karl Rove expose.

But then Lloyd has already left DC. So I guess he isn't petrified by the fear of payback and lost access that has quelled the pens of other reporters.

Viva Lloyd!

Late Update: I stand corrected! Lloyd wasn't the only one with the, shall we say, requisite equipment, to take note of Karl Rove's bad acts. The Anniston Star, a paper from Alabama, where many of the shenanigans noted in the article took place, also spoke out in an editorial that ran in yesterday's paper.

Who would have guessed

Who would have guessed that Charlie <$NoAd$>Duelfer would have served up the key talking points for John Kerry in Friday night's debate.

This from the AP ...

Contrary to prewar statements by President Bush and top administration officials, Saddam did not have chemical and biological stockpiles when the war began and his nuclear capabilities were deteriorating, not advancing, according to the report by Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group. (emphasis added)

and this from a longer AP piece running on CNN ...

Duelfer found that Saddam, hoping to end U.N. sanctions, gradually began ending prohibited weapons programs starting in 1991. But as Iraq started receiving money through the U.N. oil-for-food program in the late 1990s, and as enforcement of the sanctions weakened, Saddam was able to take steps to rebuild his military, such as acquiring parts for missile systems.

However, the erosion of sanctions stopped after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Duelfer found, preventing Saddam from pursuing weapons of mass destruction.

Duelfer's team found no written plans by Saddam's regime to pursue banned weapons if U.N. sanctions were lifted. Instead, the inspectors based their findings that Saddam hoped to reconstitute his programs on interviews with Saddam after his capture, as well as talks with other top Iraqi officials.

So, no weapons. No clear plans for future weapons. No advances in nuclear program. In fact, a clear deterioration in the nuclear program. Plus, 9/11 sealed up the eroding sanctions.