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Blogging Blair

OK, today is the big day. We’ve already had three hours of Tony Blair this morning, but they’re only letting the public in to either a morning or an afternoon session for […]

More Chilcot

The Chilcot Iraq Inquiry leads up to interviewing Tony Blair onFriday. Before we get there, we’re gong to find out whether the Foreign Office thought the war was illegal.


Martha Coakley blew a 31 point lead to lose in the Massachusetts senate race by running one of he worst campaigns in modern memory. More to the point, Democrats just didn’t come out to vote. What should Obama do now?

Stout Denial!

This forthcoming week we expect some more outright lying to go on in the Chilcot inquiry into the leadup of UK participation in the Iraq invasion. But the Dutch inquiry report, which found no basis in international law for the invasion, may change the game a bit.

Haiti Relief

Haiti is so obviously beyond words that I’m not going to bother to even try. If you want to support relief efforts, may I suggest Paul Farmer’s outfit, Partners in Health, who […]

Tony Judt, Hero

Tony Judt has been a leading historian of, and thinker about, the post-war world for a number of decades. On any number of grounds, he is one of the positive contributors to the world. He also has amytrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease, and he is degenerating rapidly. And he has a new goal–convincing the young that government is not the enemy.

One big happy family: is Ailes in trouble at FOX?

Roger Ailes is one of the most important people in the United States, by virtue of his re-creation of the concept of television news, morphing from something that vaguely resembled news into something that is indistinguishable from right-wing propaganda. But not everyone in the Murdoch family is happy with Mr Ailes.