- Benjamin Wittes on Due Process for Terrorists In The Washington Post, Wittes carefully reviews
the pros and cons of the two options currently available to presidents:
treat a terror suspect as a criminal and lose valuable interrogation
time, or treat the suspect as an enemy combatant, gaining intelligence
but raising issues about legality and ultimately "undermin[ing] the
eventually criminal prosecution of the suspects." Here's his take:
...what authorities really need is [not delayed Miranda rights
but] ... greater flexibility in the rules that govern the first several
days of these crisis cases--rules that give the executive some time and
room to maneuver before it has to make fateful decisions. This would
require congressional action and judicial tolerance.
- Ruth Marcus on Elena Kagan, Smart Women, and Their Problems with Men Kagan isn't gay, says
Marcus unequivocally, pointing to a Politico interview with Kagan's law
school roommate and Marcus's close friend. Kagan dated men but simply,
in the words of her roommate "didn't find the right person." In that,
argues Kagan, she's in the company of plenty of other single women who,
in their 40s and 50s, find options dwindling. If anything, Kagan's
situation brings attention to a particularly heterosexual problem: men
being "put off by women smarter than them."
Power is the
ultimate aphrodisiac, Henry Kissinger famously said, but its magical
properties seem to work best on the female sex. Walzer touched on this
in her comments to Politico, describing how, in law school, she and
Kagan would discuss ways to be smart and confident without intimidating
potential dates. "It's an ongoing challenge for very smart women--there
are not very many men who would choose women who are smarter than they
are," Walzer said.
- Mona Charen on the First Lady's Anti-Obesity Program In a
National Review column liberals could have a field day finding fault with, Charen points out
the oddness of what seems like counter-productivity: the federal
government both providing large quantities of food to the poor and then
trying to prevent them from eating it.
- Paul Davies on Alien Life and Earth Life "How can we test the idea that the
transition from nonlife to life is simple enough to happen repeatedly?"
scientist Paul Davies in The New York Times. "The most obvious and
straightforward way is to search for a second form of life on Earth."
He goes over what that involves, presenting a string of interesting
facts to readers as he does: "In standard life, the key amino acids are
always left-handed, and the sugars are right-handed. Scientists are not
sure why standard life has made this particular choice; nonliving
chemical mixtures tend to contain equal amounts of both left- and
- David Brooks on Looking
to Britain's New Leaders Right now most developed countries are faced
with the problem of trying "to reduce national deficits without choking
off a fragile recovery; to trim the welfare state and raise taxes while
still funding the things that lead to long-term growth," and to do so
in a politically feasible way. "Without any planning but by sheer good
Brooks, "the British may have stumbled into an arrangement that will be
a model for all the other countries in the same desperate straits." The "economically conservative, socially liberal" coalition David Cameron and Nick Clegg have wrought may just make the politically impossible possible.
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