Okay a few quick

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Okay, a few quick points to run down. This piece at ABCNews.com has a helpful run-down of the various political and faction leaders in and around the new Afghan government.

This article from the New York Times makes it look like I’m pretty much definitely going to have to pay out on that bet with my friend from the Washington Post over whether John Walker is going to end up doing time.

I’ve gotten a lot of folks suggesting that I post the list of news and commentary links that I work from on my computer desktop each day. I use it as my homepage, and a number of my friends now do as well. Of course, it’d only be useful as your homepage if you’re interested in the selections of domestic and foreign news and commentary sites it contains. In any case, you be the judge.

Good December 19th post by Marshall Wittman on new GOP Chairman Marc Racicot (I wish Marshall had links to specific posts like TPM, but alas …). Racicot is insisting on remaining a corporate lobbyist while serving as GOP party chair. One might be forgiven for snarkily commenting that, in practice, shilling for the GOP and “energy, agricultural and recording industry interests” probably doesn’t amount to such a conflict after all. But Marshall’s got a good point. If Racicot gives a damn about the Republican party, he’ll take Marshall’s advice and make a choice between the job and the bucks. Of course, as a Dem, I just assume he keeps the job and brings on a few more clients. At the top of my list would be the Asbestos Council, Association of PCB Manufacturers, or maybe the Saccharine Institute.

Finally, am I the only one who wonders why there’s a dorky, goofballian singing segment at the end of Larry King Live ever since September 11th? I mean, isn’t it bad enough we have to endure terrorism?

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