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Entries by Mark Joseph from 07/2005

Sandra Day O'Connor & Rodney King

| Posted 07.01.2005 | Huffington Post

Instead of following a set of constitutional or ideological principles, be they right, left or center, O'Connor followed that ideology so brilliantly articulated by Rodney King shortly after the L.A. riots: "Can't we all just get along?" Merely playing the role of chief peacemaker between conservative and liberal camps in the Court only reinforced the age-old notion that women are supposed to play the role of peacemaker among powerful men, instead of leading.

Is Abortion Turning Blue States Red?

| Posted 07.12.2005 | Politics
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The Wall Street Journal weighed in last week with this piece. What else has to happen before Democrats throw this issue out the window and get back to winning elections? If I were Howard Dean I'd do more than have the party platform go neutral on this subject. I'd offer each Democratic couple that brings a child to term a check for $500.

Bush's Pick

| Posted 07.19.2005 | Politics
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I realize everybody thinks it's going to be Edith Brown Clement, but my money's on the other Edith -- Edith Jones. If I'm right, I'll explain later.


| Posted 07.21.2005 | Politics
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I was sure it was going to be Edith Jones not because of any leaks from Bushies, but because it seems to be written into this President's genetic code...

Roberts & Baquet

| Posted 07.23.2005 | Politics
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Reading stories in the L.A. Times on the paper's new editor Dean Baquet and Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, I noticed something about the coverage: The paper is telling me a lot more about Roberts than Baquet. Apparently it's newsworthy that Roberts' wife was president of the anti-abortion group Feminists For Life. But the reporter profiling the new editor gives me no such insights into Baquet's wife's activities. To what groups does she belong to? The ACLU? The Sierra Club? A pro-life group? You can tell a lot about a man by the groups his wife belongs to.