"From the Meaningless but Mildly Interesting Polling Department comes a Hotline/Diageo poll on how registered voters view potential 2008 match-ups: John McCain beats Hillary Clinton, 45 percent to 40 percent; McCain beats Barack Obama, 39-35 percent; and McCain beats John Edwards, 40-27 percent. But in a sign that Democratic progress may not stop with 2006 -- assuming the Democrats can find and field the right candidate -- a generic Democratic candidate beats a generic Republican candidate, 40-27."
"Abuses carried out under the CIA's secret programme of extraordinary rendition are to be investigated by one of the Senate's most powerful committees, it emerged today.
The new chairman of the Senate armed services committee, the Democratic senator Carl Levin, revealed that he was "not comfortable" with the rendition system and said it was making the US less secure.
The extra-judicial programme has seen untried criminal suspects rounded up by CIA operatives in more than a dozen countries and sent to third states for interrogation. Some captives have allegedly been snatched off the streets and suffered torture in detention.
Asked whether he would investigate the renditions programme, including the secret prisons and missing detainees, Mr Levin replied: "Yes. Yes, yes and yes.""
"Democrats will never win the Hate Olympics with these people, and those who continue to counsel we should even play obviously haven't turned on the TV in a week, because there's plenty of people out there who aren't looking for the candidate who can be as contrary as possible to the party to which he belongs, in defiance of all sense and in such a way that it harms his or her constituents. There's plenty of people in Kentucky, in Indiana, in Idaho, in Virginia, who are looking for Democrats who support equality, fundamental rights and equal protection under the law. There's plenty of Democratic voters in Montana, Nevada, Colorado for you to be friends with, so go talk to them instead, you'll spend a lot less time apologizing for your very existence.
(And not for nothing, but the people who already voted for you in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont are getting really fucking sick of being told you'd rather sit over there at the Asshole Table than hang out with the people who've supported you all along.)"
* mediamatters: CNN's Beck to first-ever Muslim congressman:
"[W]hat I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies' "
* is aravosis outing tommy thompson?
* this via rimone, "WHAT AN ONLINE HOST WANTS TO ACHIEVE"
rimone fails on most criteria - being the all-knowing authoritarian type (at least at her place). apparently she's started listening to leonard cohen for some reason... (perhaps her A3 collection got all worn out)