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  • December 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Is the lack of action here getting a little nutty?

    At least we know the Tigers are looking like a force.

    Gordon Edes, meanwhile, reports on the mixed feelings in the Sox braintrust:

    If the Sox do not trade for Johan Santana, an outcome last night as plausible as a deal going down, it may stem in part from some ambivalence on the part of club officials on whether they really want to do it.

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  • December 04, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Martin Van Buren Picture

    The venerable Providence Athenaeum will be the place to be tomorrow night. Phillipe + Jorge report:

    Regular Cool, Cool World readers may recall an item from a year ago in which your superior correspondents described a rather memorable night at the Providence Athenaeum, the landmark private library in the heart of Benefit Street.

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  • December 04, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Disclaimer: This is a gratuitous and admittedly cheesy post to make up for how I am on deadline with a story for this week and not posting much today.

    Let's face it, Monica has some game. Having seen her a few times on the McLaughlin Group, I am officially naming her my favorite Republican hottie of the moment (Ann Coultner is too revolting for words).

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  • December 04, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    I love baseball, and these pre-winter days are filled with my longing for the coming of pitchers and catchers. But sometimes the game just makes you shake your head. To wit:

    -- MLB turns the other way when steroids and home runs bring fans back, because, as we know, chicks love the long ball.

    -- Jim Rice gets dissed year after year in voting for the Hall of Fame.

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Breaking news from the New York Times:

    A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.

    The conclusions of the new assessment are likely to reshape the final year of the Bush administration, which has made halting Iran’s nuclear program a cornerstone of its foreign policy.

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    When yours truly mentioned new parts of the conservative/Republican bench in Rhode Island, I forgot to mention the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, although its rising profile -- chiefly through a frequent e-mail update -- has gotten previous attention in this space. Anyway, RISC has announced its new directors:

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Some of us recall how President Bush asked us to be consumers after 9/11. As she writes in the Phoenix, Mary Ann Sorrentino tried to take him up on it, with frustrating results:

    After 9/11, many of us went to New York City, responding to then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s plea to help Gotham by visiting and spending money. We toured Ground Zero, visited museums, ate at restaurants, and joined Manhattan’s determination to not let “terrorism” lock us in our homes.

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Dan Kennedy says Theo should just say "no" to trading Jacoby.

    Matt Jerzyk has a problem with A Lively Experiment.

    Scott Duhamel (still) digs Chinatown.

    Daily Doser David Segal has the skinny on a benefit tonight for the Fox Point Community Garden.

  • December 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of Iraq . . . Valerie Plame Wilson

    Brown Lecture Board Presents

    Valerie Plame Wilson

    Fair Game: My life as a Spy,

    My Betrayal by the White House

    Tuesday, December 4, 2007

    8 p.m. Salomon Center for Teaching 101

    Valerie Plame Wilson is a former CIA covert officer. In July 2003, her then-classified covert identity was leaked after her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C.

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Hillary Clinton's vote to authorize the war in Iraq has remained a bugaboo for a number of Democrats.

    Husband Bill Clinton didn't help things last week when he claimed to have been opposed to the war from the outset.

    That led to this interesting exchange yesterday, between Tim Russert and the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody, on Meet the Press:

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The conventional wisdom is taking hold that Obama and Huckabee are likely to win the Iowa caucus on January 3.

    While Hillary could bounce back with a win in New Hampshire, a couple of observers think that Obama would be a tougher challenge for the Republicans. Conservative Andrew Sullivan recently made the case in the Atlantic that Obama is the candidate best poised to move the US beyond the hyper-partisanship that has grown through the Clinton-Bush years:

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