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Josh Marshall

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America in good hands.

Pres. Bush: "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."

K Street beckons for Tom DeLay if prison opportunity falls through. That and other news of the day in today's Daily Muck.

Cunningham felon Mitchell Wade spends a quality moment at MZM headquarters with Reps. Virgil Goode (R-VA) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) back in better days in early 2003.



This is from a fundraiser Wade hosted for Goode at MZM's DC headquarters.

Unless I'm misreading his post, what the Council on Foreign Relations' Michael Levi is telling us is that the core problem in the Iran nuclear situation is Iran's objective need for nuclear weapons.

That's maybe a cheeky interpretation of what he's saying. But I think it gets to the nub of it. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Wait!

Stop the presses!

Time magazine wins the Ryan-Republican 'party affiliation that dare not speak its name' award, knocking the AP back into a distant second.

As we mentioned earlier, the AP really, really didn't seem to want to mention that George Ryan, the former Illinois governor convicted of corruption today, is a Republican. The AP waited until the very end of the article to note that Ryan is from the GOP.

Time never got around to mentioning it. But that alone didn't get them so clearly into the winner's circle.

While failing to mention the party affiliation of the guy who got indicted, they did manage to have this as the second sentence of the article ...

On Monday, former Governor George Ryan, 72, became the third of the state's last six governors to be convicted of political misdeeds, and the current administration of Democrat Rod Blagojevich is also being investigated.


It's almost a tour de force of party ID bamboozlement. Time, we salute you!

(ed.note: Special note of thanks to TPM Reader SS for the tip.)

I've been waiting for some time for someone to give us a good, quote-rich run-down on just how little reason there is to put any credence in the administration's claims that an attack on Iran is "fantasy" or "wild speculation." Greg Djerejian gives us a good run-down.

Okay, this demands some mention.

As you've probably already heard by now, former Gov. George Ryan of Illinois was convicted on all charges today in his long-running federal corruption case.

Ryan's been out of office since 2003; and he's become almost as well known for instituting a moratorium on the death penalty in his state as he is for these corruption charges. Some have even suggested that the former was a way to burnish a legacy tainted by the latter.

But in the piece out today from the AP (the source of most newspaper coverage of the story) you have to go all the way down to the bottom of the lengthy article to find out that Ryan is a Republican. And then it comes up only in reference to his declaring the moratorium.

The Times puts it in graf two; Bloomberg is graf three.

I'd say that's about right. It's a secondary aspect of the story, not the lede. But it's also not a tenth order factoid, which is the billing the AP gives it.

I wouldn't have mentioned this. But it seems like a habit with the AP. Dems get in trouble under their party ID; Republicans seem to do it all by their lonesome.

Needless to say, the data set of the latter is rather larger than the former. But that's another matter entirely.

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