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Might Wolfowitz's Personal Affairs Cost Him His Job?

Wolfowitz is being critiqued for having affairs, while married, twice: formerly with someone who was his subordinate, and now (if confirmed to the World Bank) to someone who will be his employee.

Well, I guess if they can have their blowhards, we can have ours

"Progressive" radio Air America has signed on Jerry Springer. Well, I guess one way to respond to O'Reilly is with blowhards of our own.

But one might have hoped for better. How about bringing Mario Cuomo back to the air? Tavis Smiley's departure from NPR still smarts; even though he is a middle-of-the-roader, he brought fresh perspectives to the air.

Michael Kinsley on Girl Writers

Kinsley responds to the demands that he, as opinion page editor of the LA Times, seek women columnists.

Newspaper opinion sections also want diversity of political views. In recent years that, frankly, has led to reverse discrimination in favor of conservatives. And an unpleasant reality is that each type of diversity is at war with the others. If pressure for more women succeeds — as it will — there will be fewer black voices, fewer Latinos, and so on.

GM Corn Released for Human Food, But Government Silent

Watch what you eat--it might be genetically modified, and the Bush Administration doesn't care if you know: "In mid-December, Syngenta told the EPA, the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) about the mistake, [Syngenta spokeswoman Sarah] Hull said."

The EPA, however, kept silent, increasingly sure that the release did not pose a health hazard.

The Price for Wolfowitz

The Europeans and the Japanese and the developing world should at least obtain a price for permitting Wolfowitz to take the world's top poverty-reduction post. They should require the Bush Administration to pledge publicly to increasing overseas developmental assistance to 0.7 percent of our nation's gross domestic product (GDP). And this figure should explicitly not include military assistance.


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