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So what did Sen. Allen mean by calling that kid a 'Macaca'? A blogger does some research.

Sen. George Allen (R-VA) singles out Indian-American Webb volunteer S.R. Sidarth at a campaign event, calls him "Macaca" and 'welcomes' him to America. "Lets give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia," said Allen.

Bush fixin' to support Lieberman? More shortly.

In this morning's press briefing, Tony Snow said President Bush would not endorse Alan Schlesinger (R-CT) the Republican nominee in the race.

Update: Here's a transcript of the exchange.

Karma update: Latest poll from the Florida senate race. Nelson 60%, Harris 25%.

So while the president was off on a fool's errand in Iraq, he was out to lunch on this liquid explosives issue, though everyone seemed to know about it. Good job.

My predilection is to note the Lieberman-Kerrey bond on Social Security phase-out. Kerrey's a diehard private accounts man. Lieberman flirts with it. But one good friend points out that the real bond, probably very much in play here, is Iraq. Both were big on the Chalabi Iraq liberation front back in the 1990s and they were the chief Democratic co-sponsors of the Iraq Liberation Act.

Interesting background info on an apparent falling out between Olmert and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who seems to have wanted to move to the diplomatic track much earlier and opposed the IDF bombing of Hizbullah HQ in the Dahiya neighborhood in Beirut.