- The French ruling party are all but conceding the treaty vote concerning the future of the EU. This changes things, big time. Where will the federated Europe go from here? As the Times of London story details, it will be up to Tony Blair and a British term as the six-month president to salvage what functions of the union that can be done without the constitution. It seems that then entire continental system (not in the Napoleonic sense, you understand) will have to be re-evaluated. This commentator seems to think that a re-vote would yield a better result. I think that, given the current feelings in France, this may backfire and send the union more into doubt.
- The Washington Post reports that there are instances of Qu'ran abuse at Gitmo since the arrival of detainees. The chance of the now-infamous Newsweek story of last week actually being true may be increasing as the weeks go on. Sometimes these blockbusters need time to percolate before the truth begins to emerge. Don't worry, Michael Isakoff, you may get your sources yet. Amnesty International is also, understandibly, taking aim at the Gitmo situation. Will this do any good? Who knows, but more light is always better than less.
- If this is true, this is one of my favorite things: politicos called into account on the spot for the untrue and dangerous things that they say. Also, good to see that Helen Thomas is still alive and kicking...Scott McClelland's butt in this case. This story did come from Matt Drudge, but it is amusing nonetheless.
- Also from The Washington Post, this story out of Italy raises some interesting questions of religious toleration and sensitivity and their relation to free speech. Should there be a line?
Now, talk amongst yourselves (or yourself).