From the daily archives: Thursday, January 4, 2007

Hey Urban – listen to Donovan!

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In today’s Dispatch:

Florida football coach Urban Meyer counts Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan among his good friends, so it?s no surprise that Donovan is telling the Gators how to best defend Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.

“I send everybody at him. I?m in attack mode, safety blitzes, corner blitzes, everything,” Donovan said.

Oh please please please please do this. Smith will scorch Florida for 400 yards passing if they do.

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In today’s Wall Street Journal, President Bush urged Congress not to “play politics as usual”.

If the Congress chooses to pass bills that are simply political statements, they will have chosen stalemate. If a different approach is taken, the next two years can be fruitful ones for our nation.

How ironic, then, that the biggest examples of partisan politics in the 109th Congress were pushed by Bush.

Despite limited public support, Bush urged Congress to move on a constitutional ban on gay marriage every year. Despite limited public support, Bush supported (and in fact urged Senators to keep trying […]

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Take that, wingnuts!

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Score one for Keith Ellison.

Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, found himself under attack last month when he announced he’d take his oath of office on the Koran — especially from Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode, who called it a threat to American values.

Yet the holy book at tomorrow’s ceremony has an unassailably all-American provenance. We’ve learned that the new congressman — in a savvy bit of political symbolism — will hold the personal copy once owned by Thomas Jefferson.

It gets better:

Goode, who represents Jefferson’s birthplace of Albemarle County, had no comment yesterday.


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The disappearance of Padilla

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Some of the evidence that has resulted in American citizen Jose Padilla being detained as an enemy combatant for years has come forth – and it’s just a paltry seven phone calls.

Tens of thousands of conversations were recorded. Some 230 phone calls form the core of the government?s case, including 21 that make reference to Mr. Padilla, prosecutors said. But Mr. Padilla?s voice is heard on only seven calls. And on those seven, which The Times obtained from a participant in the case, Mr. Padilla does not discuss violent plots.

He’s gone from the “dirty bomber” to a […]

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