Tuesday Night Reads

2 Jun
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Lots going on, so here’ s more to read:

Dick Durbin knew all along that Blagojevich was selling off the seat.
Moe Lane, RedState

In other words, Senator Dick Durbin has had since November some very significant corroborating evidence that Governor Rod Blagojevich really was corruptly auctioning off a Senate seat.  This is information that would have been very helpful when it came to the timing of Blagojevich’s impeachment, seating Burris, and/or fixing the entire problem with a special election.  And yet, Durbin did or said nothing.
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Dresden: Next Stop on Apology Tour?

One fact that Krauthammer noted was news to me, although it apparently has been reported for a while: on his upcoming trip to Europe, President Obama will visit Buchenwald and travel from there to Dresden. Krauthammer thought the pairing showed unspeakably bad judgment, as everyone in Germany, and most in Europe, will see an implication of parity between the concentration camp and the city that was fire-bombed by the Allies. He said this would occur even if Obama doesn’t mention the fire-bombing when he speaks in Dresden.
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Maybe now the NRSC knows why I won’t take their calls.  But I doubt it…

“Premature” To Endorse (Big John Cornyn)

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) told a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that it “would be premature” to endorse former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) in the state’s Republican primary.
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Chinese censors cut off Twitter, Hotmail and Flickr
Times Online

Two days before the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, China’s censors moved today to limit the access of the country’s increasingly tech-savvy population to vast swathes of the internet.
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How Sotomayor Misspoke
What Sotomayor meant to say — if only she hadn’t misspoken.

Rich Lowry, National Review

A few innocuous slips of the tongue made it seem that Sotomayor endorsed a racial essentialism when she really meant to associate herself with race neutrality and impartiality. If only she had chosen a few words more prudently, the entire unfortunate misunderstanding would have been avoided. It could happen to anyone, even in a 4,000-word lecture from a prepared text that is subsequently turned into a law-review article. Poor Sonia!
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Minnesota 101
There is not much good to say about Franken, but he did not steal the election.
Scott Johnson, National Review

Until the conclusion of the recount, Coleman acted a bit like an NFL team sitting on a two-point lead in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. He could have been much more aggressive in protecting his position in the days after November 5. And to vary the analogy, the attorneys who publicly led Coleman’s team through the recount (local lawyers Fritz Knaak and Tony Trimble) appeared like Pop Warner players going up against an NFL team. When Coleman filed the election contest challenging the result of the recount, he brought in a new lawyer — the respected local criminal-defense attorney Joe Friedberg — to represent him in the election-contest trial. This has not proved a winning formula.
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