Mike's Blog Round Up

Conservative heads continue to explode over the rescheduled GOP CNN/YouTube debate. One conservative's predictable solution to managing the direct participation of American voters? Let right-wing bloggers choose the questions.

Meanwhile, the 2008 GOP presidential field offers Americans a unified theory of Islamic terrorism which dangerously conflates all enemies, real or imagined. Of course, Romney, Giuliani, Huckabee et al are merely plagiarizing from the master.

In Iraq, Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki is at loggerheads with General Petraeus for arming Sunni militants backed by Saudi Arabia, now the proposed recipient of a massive new U.S. arms package. And that was just Sunday.

Back in DC, data mining may be at the center of Alberto Gonzales' latest prevarications over illegal NSA domestic surveillance. While the National Review debates itself over his controlling legal authority, Fox News can't find any takers to defend Gonzo.

An evangelical civil war has broken out over creating a Palestinian state and fast-tracking the End of Days. And while Joe Lieberman compares Pastor John Hagee to Moses, Robert Novak dreams of an afterlife without bloggers.

And as a shaky Wall Street seeks to rebound from last week's disaster, Brad Delong and Mark Thoma offer David Brooks an economics lesson.

Guest blogging the Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your links, recommendations, comments and angst to mbr AT perrspectives DOT com.


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