June 30, 2002
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California Gov. Gray "Mussolini" Davis: Once power is given, it can be very difficult to reclaim -- and that's something that the California legislature is learning now. Today's Sacramento Bee reports that the California legislature, dominated by Democrats, is grumbling about Davis' continued energy-related "state of emergency." Even though the Democratic governor insists that the […]

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June 30, 2002
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Introduction to politics: Today's Washington Post has an editorial today on the pork-laden farm bill passed earlier this month. The Post takes Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle ($-S.D.) to task for doing what all politicians do best -- lying. The release came from Sen. Tim Johnson, Mr. Daschle's fellow South Dakota Democrat, and it quoted […]

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June 27, 2002
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Surprise! The New York Times' Paul Krugman provides an excellent and concise primer on the different methods certain unsavory corporations have used to inflate their profits. [Odds that the previous statement has given Jeff Hauser a heart attack: 2 to 1. The rest of you will be reading on.] Wall Street is in serious trouble, […]

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June 27, 2002
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Former Rep. John Kasich was sitting in for Bill O'Reilly on Fox News tonight and I was amazed to hear him utter the old saw: "I know you can't legislate morality, but we sure could use some more of it on Wall Street." While the latter phrase is certainly correct, the former is an old, […]

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June 26, 2002
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The Ninth Circuit strikes again: The loony Ninth, based in San Francisco, has ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional endorsement of religion and cannot be recited in public schools. Actually, if its so unconstitutional, it probably shouldn't be recited in Congress or before the Supreme Court. Look for this to be overturned by […]

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June 26, 2002
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Also in the Middle East The Palestinian Authority announced earlier this week that it had put the founder of Hamas under house arrest. The Palestinian Authority has placed the founder and spiritual mentor of the Islamic militant group Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, under house arrest in Gaza City, a Palestinian security official says. The move […]

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June 26, 2002
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Got this in my e-mail tonight: FROM THE DESK OF PRINCE TUNJI MOHAMMED FAX NUMBER: 234 9 2720164 DEAR SIR, WE ARE SENDING THIS LETTER TO YOU BASED ON INFORMATION GATHERED FROM THE FOREIGN TRADE OFFICE OF THE NIGERIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. WE BELIEVE THAT YOU WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO HELP […]

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June 25, 2002
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Are you qualified for a copyediting job at the Washington Post? Thanks to National Review Online's "The Corner" for pointing out this little faux pas from the Post. U.S. District Judge Dennis W. Shedd, 49, has the support of the White House and both senators from his home state as well as other prominent members […]

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June 25, 2002
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Well, it was a nice few days off. Got really busy with real life. But come Tuesday, we get Paul Krugman's latest analysis of the current political climate. As we have come to suspect, it is partisan to the point of being littered with falsehoods, half-truths and unfair coloring of the events. The particulars: [Y]ou […]

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June 20, 2002
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Too dumb to die: The Supreme Court ruled today that mentally retarded people cannot be executed for murder. Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, said that because mentally retarded individuals don't have the mental faculties to be deterred from committing murder by the death penalty -- that the states don't have a valid […]

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🧵Please indulge me more on this topic: Yesterday's Bloomberg article misrepresenting Thune's comments on entitlement reform is part of a broader issue:
Most media coverage of Social Security, Medicare & unsustainable debt has long been narrative-driven and, yes, dishonest. (1/)

More broken accountability at the International Fact-Checking Network (@factchecknet) and the @Poynter Institute.

The IFCN allows people to register complaints about the its stable of "verified" signatories to its code of principles. @Google and @YouTube $hould pay attention.
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