Room 9 bulletin:
Popular City Hall reporter Stephanie Gaskell is quitting her job with the New York Post to go cover the war in Iraq as a freelancer, she told me.
Gaskell, who covered Guantanamo Bay for the AP around 2002, is leaving on Friday night — missing the Inner Circle show! — Read More
Both Iraqis and Americans alike were stunned by the audacity of Senator John McCain’s heavily publicized (and heavily armed) excursion through Baghdad’s Shorja market last weekend. There was the leading proponent of the war on Capitol Hill, setting out to confirm his recent claim that the escalation of U.S. forces is greatly improving conditions on Read More
Every dismal anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has come to resemble the last, at least for anyone who is still listening to George W. Bush. So redundant were the President’s March 19 remarks that they scarcely registered on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers. Each year at this time, he assures us Read More
The New York Times didn’t have to look far for one new Baghdad correspondent: He’s already in Baghdad.
Stephen Farrell, a Middle East correspondent for The Times of London, will be switching to the New York Times compound later this year.
“He’s a very seasoned war correspondent,” said New York Times deputy foreign editor Ethan Read More
Here’s Congressman Joe Crowley’s prepared statement on the House resolution opposing the troop increase in Iraq:
“Whether or not my colleagues want to refer to the president’s plan as a surge or escalation, I see it as a target on the backs of our armed forces.”
His full remarks are after the jump.
– Azi Read More
Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering, from his own screenplay, very expressively projects his own feelings about the tumultuous changes taking place in the King’s Cross section in North London, under the impetus of an ambitious urban-renewal project in an immigrant-swollen area rife with crime and vice. It is never made entirely clear what political position, Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the day that Hillary Clinton was scheduled to announce her much-anticipated findings from a trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, all the attention in Washington was focused on Barack Obama.
It started in the morning with a videotaped announcement on Mr. Obama’s Web site that he was forming an exploratory committee to run Read More
“There have been a number of occasions where we said, ‘This story’s bullshit,’” said Eason Jordan.
Mr. Jordan is familiar with the art of second-guessing. Two years ago, he resigned from his job as CNN’s chief news executive after right-wing bloggers pounced on remarks he’d made about the U.S. military allegedly targeting journalists in Iraq. Read More
Before the publication of the Iraq Study Group report, predictions abounded that the committee, chaired by James Baker III and Lee Hamilton, would offer little new and nothing radical. Bipartisan mush in soft covers seemed the most likely product of any Washington group whose first imperative was unanimity.
Yet the former Secretary of State, the Read More
So now that the Democrats have won control of Congress, what should they do about the war in Iraq?
“I never understand that question,” answered Charlie Rangel, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “You have a President that’s in deep shit. He got us into the war, and all the reasons Read More