Reading in politics

  • Bush assures his constituency that Supreme Court nominee Miers shares his “strict constructionist views” (read: is a Scalia clone). More on this strict construction business soon. Until then, familiarize yourselves with Miers’ abortion stance, and make way for changes like, possibly, your very own official state church. (Scroll down to the Sunstein quote.) But hey, don’t worry, there’ll always be orgies.
  • Laila Lalami asks why poverty “has receded from the list of popular themes of the American novel” when the problem, as Katrina’s aftermath illustrates, is hardly under control. In fact, it’s growing.

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