Sara tells me that children young enough to be appropriate targets for the mouse character and the pastel colors normally aren’t capable of following segments this long or this sort of conceptual vocabulary, for whatever it’s worth.
New American Prospect website now live. Many Bothans died to bring you this superior method of displaying information. I believe the Atlantic will have a new page some day pretty soon, but these things are difficult to organize properly.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri is the Chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Last week, the IPCC released the third part of its assessment on climate change, reporting that successful action against global warming can be undertaken at a modest cost.
ThinkProgress interviewed Dr. Pachauri this morning, and sought his views on a variety of climate change issues, including what global warming’s impact is on national security, what advice he would give to a presidential candidate, and what immediate changes the U.S. needs to make.
Recently, the Washington Times reported, “Senior House Republicans are complaining about Democrats’ plans to divert ‘scarce’ intelligence funds to study global warming.” In our interview with Dr. Pachauri, he underscored the fact that climate change can pose a serious threat to our global security:
If the impact of climate change is going to make regions of violence poorer, then they really provide a level of fertility for inciting disaffection, resentment against the prosperous world. That’s an indirect effect that can create the conditions for terrorism. There is also domestic reasons. If higher-intensity hurricanes create a lot of damage, that does in some sense have security-implications as well. There is a whole range of factors. Water scarcity is another one. I’m not saying all this translates into direct threats to the U.S., but conflict anywhere has some implication for security in the U.S. As the most powerful and most prosperous nation on Earth, it is for the U.S. to take a global view of what strategically might minimize the possibility of threats to national security.
Other summarized highlights from the interview below: Read more
I don’t for a minute believe that the Detroit-Chicago margin is as big as it appeared to be during Game 1, but Detroit is still a somewhat better team playing at home against an inexperienced Bulls squad so I expect them to win, but anticipate Chicago will make it respectable. In the West, well, what can you say? Utah was so bad down the stretch and Golden State so good that John Hollinger, after doing a little specification-searching to correctly “predict” the first round results now thinks the Warriors will win.
But, of course, Utah looked fine playing against Houston. And this matchup seems terrible for Golden State. The Warriors have no answer for Carlos Boozer, and on the flipside Deron Williams has reasonable size against Baron Davis and Utah has the frontcourt depth to just keep smacking him around all series. Last but not least, I don’t see Jerry Sloan getting rattled.
The AP reports:
A special panel has found that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz broke bank rules in arranging a pay package and promotion for his girlfriend, a person familiar with the report said Monday.
Wolfowitz was presented with the findings by the special bank panel investigating his handling of the 2005 promotion and pay raise of bank employee Shaha Riza.
The report was not made public, but the person familiar with its findings confirmed that violations were cited but did not provide any details. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the report has not yet been released.
Today, Iraqi Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi, a top Sunni leader, threatened to pull out of the government and withdraw his 44-member bloc from the Iraqi parliament if long overdue constitutional changes aren’t made by May 15th.
Al-Hashimi complained about the lack of progress in Iraq’s political transition and specifically asked for guarantees that Iraq would not be split into Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish states.
This particular demand by the Sunni leader rejects ideas promoted by the likes of Council of Foreign Relations fellow Les Gelb and Brookings fellow Michael O’Hanlon, demonstrating that the so-called “soft partition” just won’t work in Iraq because it lacks support of a key group – Iraq’s Sunnis.
Instead, what is needed is a comprehensive plan for getting American troops out of Iraq’s civil war and working for a political settlement to Iraq’s conflict with intensified regional diplomacy, as detailed in the Center for American Progress’s Iraq plan, Strategic Redeployment.
UPDATE: Kevin Drum has more.
Included in the list of dignitaries invited to tonight’s state dinner in honor of Queen Elizabeth: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, host of The View, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; former Secretary of State Colin Powell; NFL Quarterback and Bush supporter Peyton Manning; NBC White House correspondent David Gregory; and Newsweek White House correspondent Richard Wolffe. Full list here.
New Republic editor in chief Martin Peretz says three things will change now that Sarkozy is President of France:
The third will be the initial experiment among the western powers in dethroning the cult of multiculturalism. Majorities have a right–even an obligation–to preserve their own ethics, norms, cultures and histories. They have a right to define the qualifications for membership in and even admission to their societies. This will be the struggle of the 21st century. And not just in France.
Obviously, Marty doesn’t like Arabs and Sarkozy’s given some indication that he feels the same way, but does he really think France of all places is in the grips of the “cult of multiculturalism”? France has probably the least multiculturalist, most assimilation-uber-alles policies of any democracy featuring a large immigrant population. The trouble in France is that their demands for integration . . . aren’t working, not that they aren’t being made. Indeed, Sarkozy has proposed that France adopt something like American-style affirmative action.
Last month, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) wrote letters to at least 24 government departments and agencies directing them to preserve e-mails received from or sent to non-governmental e-mail accounts (i.e. gwb43.com, georgewbush.com and rnchq.org) used by White House staffers.
The agencies pushed back on Waxman’s request:
Waxman’s Democratic staffers earlier sent out a letter demanding e-mails, but agencies reported back that the request was unclear.
The Examiner obtained a new memo sent to federal agencies from Waxman’s committee which provides “additional guidance” for conducting a wide search for e-mails involving White House political adviser Karl Rove and other political aides:
“The search should include any e-mails received or sent by any covered agency official after January 20, 2001 and before April 12, 2007,” says the two-page memo, a copy of which was obtained Monday by The Examiner. [...]
Its memo lists four types of “covered agency officials” – basically political appointees. It specifically mentions 15 people in whom the committee is particularly interested. They include Rove, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, and 13 other current and former White House aides.
“For each covered agency official, the search should include the official’s e-mail account, any archive of e-mail account including printed e-mails where appropriate, servers, and any backup tape or other backup media containing e-mails to or from the official,” the committee memo states.
Sen. Patrick Leahy has warned of further action if the lost messages are not found. “Those e-mails are there, they just don’t want to produce them. We’ll subpoena them if necessary.”
Number of senior Bush administration aides who have “either retired or resigned from important posts at the White House, Pentagon and State Department in the past six months.” NYU professor Paul Light notes, “You would expect to see vacancies arise as things wind down, but it’s about six months early for this kind of a mass exodus.”