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Archives for August, 2007

This just in: even the devil incarnate has had enough. From Reuters: WASHINGTON – Karl Rove, a political adviser to U.S. President George W. Bush and a lightning rod for anger among Democrats, will leave the White House at the end of this month, Rove told the Wall Street Journal. “I just think it’s time,”…

Last week, I attended a seminar at the Oxford Internet Institute presented by J. Ignacio Criado and entitled “Political Blogging in Campaign and Political Communication: Political Leadership 2.0?” (see my announcement and the event’s abstract here). My impressions are mixed, particularly in relation to the relevance of the seminar and the methods and conclusions of…

Global Warming Denialism at Its Best

August 9, 2007, will go down in history as a great day for global warming denialism. On Wednesday, the 8th, well-known global warming denialist Steve McIntyre published a post on his blog about NASA finding a flaw in some of its temperature data that led to a minor reordering of the list of the hottest…

Geez, Congressman Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) sure is a busy guy. Since I mentioned his fundraising scam for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)–the “Congressional Order of Merit”–last month, myriad new reports of Cole’s activities have emerged. For proof, just check out the comments on the earlier post. If that’s not enough, though, there’s plenty more…

This one is for my readers in Oxford. The Oxford Internet Institute is hosting what could be a semi-relevant and interesting talk this Wednesday at noon. Here are the details: Title: Political Blogging in Campaign and Political Communication: Campaigning for Political Leadership 2.0? Speaker: J. Ignacio Criado (OII Visiting Fellow) When: Wednesday 8 August 2007…

After the House passed its expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program on Wednesday, the Senate passed its version late Thursday. Although the House version passed along party lines, against strong Republican opposition, the Senate version enjoyed more bipartisan support, passing 68-31 (although all 31 “no” votes came from Republicans, with no Democrats voting against…

House Passes CHIP Expansion

Here’s some good news from Congress, where the House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 3162, the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007. This is the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP or SCHIP) that I’ve been blogging about recently. For more information on CHIP check out these previous entries. CHIP…