A mild case of Vietnam nostalgia.

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
March 18 2007 7:58 AM

Vietnam Blues

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One anarchist-heavy group of protestors attempted to reach the Pentagon wall only to be kept back by riot police. They then held a vote and decided to retreat peaceably.

The WP profiles Robert Levy, the Cato Institute fellow who successfully got the Washington, D.C., handgun ban struck down in court. Levy doesn't have to live in an armed D.C., but the WP staff does. Read the piece if you want to see how a newspaper expresses (bitter) emotions.

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The NYT also explains what the heck ever happened to the Litvinenko affair. The Russians are now investigating claims that Litvinenko tried to poison the others with radioactive material: "Sorting out the truth may ultimately be impossible."

Hugo Chavez is trying to make Venezuela's currency, the Bolivar, strong again by knocking off a few decimals and renaming it the "Bolivar fuerte."

In another sign that Sen. John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" trip is seducing reporters, the WP now paints McCain's stand on Iraq as a form of stubborn nobility. "I know it's trite but I'd rather lose a campaign than lose a war," WP quotes.

Anyone who's been on the JetBlue e-mail list over the past few months knows airlines can be sort of cute when they're sorry. Well, the NYT fronts news that such airline apologies are becoming an institution. Then the paper somehow wanders into a story about life and love, getting a little too cute in the process.

The NYT style section has a piece on the "killer app" meant to revolutionize the 2008 election: MySpace. The social-networking site has a new channel for candidates who want to mobilize the site's politically untapped teenyboppers and indie rockers. Technologies like "digital yard signs" will allow campaign messages to "spread virally." In what sounds like a reverse of the MySpace status quo, "the kids are inviting the adults to the party." Ten presidential hopefuls are already on MySpace, including a congressman named "Ron Paul."

Barron YoungSmith is the former online editor of the New Republic.