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What He’s Trying to Say

Posted by alanmirs on October 30, 2006

According to White House officials, Snow does play a bigger role than
previous press secretaries did in helping to design the day’s responses
to anticipated press inquiries. But Snow’s more obvious success has
been within the theatrical confines of the press room — in deflecting
damaging stories before they gain traction, in phrasing the president’s
position more eloquently and precisely than Bush himself is able to and
in imposing the White House’s line on the story of the day.

Watching Snow in that room when he is working fluently and well is
really something; the press secretary is gloriously glib. One Wednesday
in the middle of September, he rebuffed a grandstanding network
television reporter who had brought a big dictionary into the briefing
room, trying to force Snow to square the definition of “fascism,” with
its references to an ideology of the supremacy of a strong centralized
state and powerful bureaucracy, with the president’s claim that the
terrorists of Al Qaeda were “Islamofascists”; Al Qaeda, obviously, has
no bureaucrats at all. Snow replied that bin Laden had called for the
adoption of Sharia across the Muslim world and said he wanted to
re-establish the Islamic caliphate, stretching from
Spain to Asia. “It fits,” Snow said, not smiling, just plain and factual, “all of the descriptions you’ve had.”

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It’s Lonely At the Top

Posted by alanmirs on October 29, 2006

How the election became a referendum on an isolated President—and how it is
likely to reshape American politics

"Stay the course" is a time-honored rallying cry in politics. But it has
always been more a slogan than a strategy, meant to show the steadfastness of
the person who shouts it rather than what he actually intends to do. More
telling is when staying the course turns into "constantly changing tactics to
meet the situation on the ground." That is how President Bush is now
describing the battle plan in Iraq. It also pretty neatly sums up what his
presidency has come to as he reaches the eve of a midterm congressional
election that has turned into a referendum on Bush himself—and on a policy in
Iraq that has left him more isolated than at any other point in his

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Secret Service questions teen over Web threats

Posted by alanmirs on October 14, 2006

Upset by the war in Iraq, Julia Wilson vented her frustrations with President Bush last spring on her Web page on

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Women graduates challenge Iran

Posted by alanmirs on October 5, 2006

Women graduates challenge Iran
By Frances Harrison
BBC News, Tehran

Well over half of university students in Iran are now women. In the applied physics department of Azad University 70% of the graduates are women – a statistic which would make many universities in the West proud.

The number of women graduating from Iran’s universities is overtaking the number of men, promising a change in the job market and, with it, profound social change.

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