Newsweek’ s story about the Koran in the toilet roused the elemental passions of primitive believers: Americans who think our actions (usually mistaken) control the world.
To these fundamentalists, the Pentagon bestrides the narrow world like a colossus, except when it’s looking up the long legs of the media. What Donald Rumsfeld and Michael Isikoff Read More
Never mind the welts, the burns, the bloody little gashes. To photographer Barbara Nitke, there are perhaps few images more romantic than the expression on two lovers’ faces after a good session with the whips and chains.
“The delight that you see!” she gushed on a recent Friday afternoon. “Those are often my favorite shots Read More
from: Karl Rove
To: POTUS, The White House Brain Trust, the R.N.C.
cc: Sean Hannity
Re: Convention update
Well, folks, let’s be honest. I won’t try to spin you here:
The Democrats pulled it off in Boston. Their convention worked like a charm:
They moved to the center; they quieted the lunatic left; Read More
Although the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States won’t be completed until this summer, its interim reports and public hearings have already revealed why the White House feared an independent investigation. The portrait of the Bush administration that is emerging in testimony and documents is unflattering, to say Read More
Dorothy Rabinowitz, the sexy, five-foot-tall Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member, hosted a dinner party recently at a downtown restaurant and, for a good 20 minutes, she smiled as her guests denounced Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Finally, she let it rip.
“I revere John Ashcroft,” she said.
There was a lengthy Read More
America can now sleep easier knowing that John Ashcroft is hot on Lynne Stewart’s trail. Having failed last year to prosecute Ms. Stewart, the Attorney General has now brought new charges and, if he gets his way, Ms. Stewart will face five to 15 years in jail. Just who is this dangerous woman, and why Read More
After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, by Steven Brill. Simon & Schuster, 723 pages, $29.95.
“You lawyers are my angels,” proclaims one of the key figures midway through Steven Brill’s After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era . Sal Iacono, the man who makes the statement, is thanking his pro bono attorney Read More
There may come a time to boot Robert Mueller III as F.B.I. director, if Congressional and other investigations eventually prove that his removal is warranted. For now, he is in the difficult position of both defending and reforming an agency left in exceptionally poor condition by Louis Freeh, the former director whose amazing immunity from Read More
Only those with a valid claim to geezerhood are old enough to remember a pre-Miranda-warning America. That was nearly 40 years ago, when men were men and cops were brutes. That was back in the era when the police administered what was then called “the third degree” often enough that everybody knew it was slang Read More
John Ashcroft comes before Congress on Dec. 6 to explain the legal strategies of the administration in the terror war. He will not have an easy time. He has been attacked by a range of critics from Senator Patrick Leahy to Representative Bob Barr for secretly detaining terror-related suspects since Sept. 11, and for asking Read More