What Washington is talking about this week.

What Washington is talking about.
Feb. 17 2007 6:26 AM

Zeitgeist Checklist: Zeitgeist Hearts You

What Washington is talking about this week.

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Spontaneity: Never a Good Idea
Obama. Sen. Barack Obama retracts his comment that the lives of more than 3,000 American soldiers have been "wasted." Sen. Joe Biden retracts his comment about Obama being "articulate."

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5. Last Week: 6 Weeks on List: 34 [UP ARROW]
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Safer Sects
Iraq. The Iraqi government announces a major security upgrade, including an earlier curfew in Baghdad. Insurgents caught outside after 8 p.m. will be grounded, with the possibility of water-boarding. Also, Iraq temporarily closes off its borders with Syria and Iran. Sounds like a job for some explosively formed penetrators.

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Splitting Hairs, Atoms
North Korea. Kim Jong-il tentatively agrees to close down his main nuclear reactor and readmit inspectors in exchange for oil—a deal that could take North Korea off a list of terrorist regimes and reduce the axis of evil to a mere partnership. Conservatives from Elliott Abrams to the National Review accuse Bush of putting too much faith in Dear Leader. Others start wearing "What Would Rumsfeld Do?" bracelets.

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7. Last Week: 7 Weeks on List: 15 [SAME]

Historic First: Bloggers Have Something To Resign From
2008. Al Franken announces he will run for U.S. Senate. Look for an upcoming SNL hosting gig, in which Franken does impressions of himself. After John Edwards refuses to fire two campaign bloggers for their controversial writings, they resign anyway.

Amanda Marcotte, whose blog comments were criticized as being anti-Catholic, blames the "right wing noise machine" for pushing her out but thanks it for giving her more opportunities to sleep till noon.

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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