Featured Articles — October 15, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

Solidarity With Iran — Ackbar Atri
Don’t believe it when people say Iran’s democracy activists don’t want U.S. help.

Mad Maps — John Fund
It’s time to draw the line on gerrymandering

Is the Tax Issue Back? — Michael Barone
British politics sometimes moves in tandem with American politics. Ronald Reagan’s administration was informed by the success of Margaret Thatcher’s governance, and vice versa.

Sabotage in Wartime — Thomas Sowell
With all the problems facing this country, both in Iraq and at home, why is Congress spending time trying to pass a resolution condemning the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago?

Why Al Gore Won’t Run — Rich Galen
Al Gore will not run for President in 2008. He will be coy about not running because, as Newt Gingrich has taught us over the past 10 months, being a potential candidate gets you Tim Russert asking you about health care on Meet the Press.

Rudy and Religion — Robert D. Novak
The most surprising recent national polling result was an answer given by Republicans who attend church weekly when Gallup asked their presidential preference. A plurality chose Rudy Giuliani, a Catholic who in 1999 said: “I don’t attend regularly, but I attend occasionally.” Their choice raises deep concern among prominent conservative Republicans who feel it would be a serious mistake for leaders of the religious right to scorn the former mayor of New York.

Ask the Iraqis — Lawrence Wright
Iraqis command their own destiny, has been a stated goal of the war. According to President Bush, American troops will leave whenever the Iraqis ask us to. “It’s their government’s choice,” he has said. “If they were to say, leave, we would leave.” But while the Iraqi government is divided and uncertain about the presence of occupying forces, the will of the Iraqi people has been clear from the beginning: they want the troops withdrawn.

Al-Qaeda In Iraq Reported Crippled — Thomas E. Riks and Karen DeYoung
The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.

The New Girl Order — Kay S. Hymowitz
The Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle is showing up in unexpected places, with unintended consequences.

Sound Investing and Peaceful Sleep — Ben Stein
ABOUT a week ago, I was swimming in my pool when I had serious difficulty breathing. “Uh-oh,” I said to myself, “now I am about to die.” My wife was upstairs reading, way out of earshot and, anyway, if I were about to have a lethal heart attack, I wouldn’t be able to scream.

Why the silence on Google’s censorship? — Examiner Editorial
There has been surprisingly little reaction to The Examiner’s revelation last week that Google censored four political ads critical of MoveOn.org. Nothing is so fundamental in a republican democracy as freedom of speech and thought, yet the reaction among folks who normally go ballistic over the slightest restraint on political speech is strangely mute.

Wall Street Requiem — Jesse Eisinger
The big investment banks, loaded with dangerous amounts of debt, are facing their own version of a subprime slump. Can they all survive?

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