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Statements of clergymen like Jeremiah Wright aren't 'controversial' and 'incendiary;' they're wicked and ignorant.
March 25, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Retired labor leader looks at run for office in shadow of Big Ben; With deadline looming, races taking shape; Brooks, Byrne headline GOP double feature; District 7 pow-wows set; Dem organization to kick off Campaign 2008.
Best of the Web: Obama and Israel; damning with faint praise; it's a euphemistic world.
At Table: The Captain's Table. The lunch menu is very large, offering a vast array of food choices ranging from spaghetti to seafood.
Southern-fried Hillary: Laugh or cry, it's come to this.
March 24, 2008
At Table: Jerusalem Cafe. If my charming and inimitable friend, Nick Coumanis, had been with me, he most likely would have ventured to the kitchen and, in full animation ..."
March 23, 2008
Which occupational background best lends itself to effective service on the Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County?
March 21, 2008
At Table: The Bluegill. The Bluegill is quite unpretentious, a feature that appeals to me.
March 20, 2008
Everybody down South loves them some good 'Q, right? At Table later today.
Steve Flowers: State legislators grapple with financial problems, bruises linger in Senate.
Eye-opening military statistics over the past 30 years compiled by the Congressional Research Service.
Obama's race speech: Was it too little, too late? Why the brilliant speech may not help him. Pundits swoon, Joe and Cindy Six-Packsneer.
New York Times vs. Sullivan libel case decided 44 years ago today.
Employee of the Month: In tough job market, level of dedication must rise. Update in Fun & Games.
March 9, 2008
Loss of tanker contract no laughing matter in Wichita. 'Outraged' U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts and U.S. Rep. Tom Tiahrt say tanker choice "terrible" -- "There is broad agreement from our Democrat and Republican colleagues that the Air Force made a terrible choice." But Boeing's Made-In-America argument may not fly. For one thing, why bid the job in the first place if the only acceptable outcome was a Boeing win?
Who should putative Republican presidential nominee John McCain pick as his vice presidential running mate? Our intrepid correspondents weigh in Monday.
The Political Round-Up: Mayberry to run for license commissioner; Benchmarks; Democrats slate kick off; Dems a 3-2 presidential favorite?; Gill nets drifting in legislative waters; Veteran labor leader mulls political race; Eyes on Ickes; Bourne again; Student seeks seat on school board; Al Stokes' glass jaw.
Scott Horton, Don Siegelman's champion at Harper's magazine, on 'A Brain-Dead Press.'
Airbus CEO rejects controversy over tanker contract; process already
Kansas congressman Todd Tiahrt outraged by tanker contract, seeks with national survey to foment groundswell of opposition to decision.
Northrop Grumman addresses inaccuracies surrounding U.S. Air Force KC-45A decision.
Seattle columnist not on board with Boeing, finds outrage over loss of tanker contract ironic in a Parisian way.
March 6, 2008
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today spoke on the Northrop Grumman/EADS tanker contract at a hearing of the subcommittee to discuss the fiscal year 2009 budget for the Department of Commerce.
Riley introduces legislation to extend ban on 'double dipping' throughout state government.
Touch & Go: 'Hamburg? I thought you said Frankfurt.'
March 2, 2008
Seattle sounds off on Boeing's loss to Northrop Grumman/EADS in $40 billion contract to build U.S. military refueling tanker aircraft.
Alabama Democrats call for probe into Siegelman case.
March 1, 2008
Local officials celebrate the announcement of the EADS-Airbus/Northrop Grumman win over Boeing for a $40 billion contract to build military refueling aircraft at Brookley Field in Mobile. (courtesy of Airwind in Mobile)
"This isn't an upset; It's an earthquake." -- from the New York Times.
"The Air Force decision is a blow to Boeing's prestige. The deal ultimately could be worth $100 billion." -- Los Angeles Times.
"Jobs a non-factor. Northrop superior in four of five major categories, tied in fifth." -- Defense News.
Rick Santorum: The Elephant in the Room -- Barack Obama, a harsh ideologue hidden by a feel-good image.