In a sign that even a few bloggers are feeling a little fatigued from the Democratic presidential primary, a debate about porn on military bases is beginning to gain some traction.
Rep. Paul Broun's (R-Ga.) proposal to ban pornography on military bases has sparked a debate on conservative blogs. Andrew Stuttaford at The Corner sees a backlash against the ban, and hopes for Broun's sake that he doesn't have a military base in his district. The Mudville Gazette wonders whether Broun is making good use of taxpayer dollars, noting that the proposal's language would prohibit magazines like Maxim and FHM that don't reveal complete nudity. But Stuttaford's Corner colleague, Kathryn Jean Lopez, notes that he indeed has a base and that the idea for the ban stems from a complaint from a military wife.
Liberal blogs also look at Congress. mcjoan at Daily Kos urges Blue Dog Democrats not to cave into pressure from House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) to support the Senate intelligence bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecom companies. The blogger notes that the centrist Democrats are holding up well so far, even as Republicans try to turn it into an electoral issue.
Gore's endorsement of a Blue Dog is not being received well by the Netroots. Open Left's Matt Stoller argues against Gore's support for Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) over former state legislator Ed Fallon. Though Fallon backed Ralph Nader for president in 2000, Stoller worries more about Boswell's initial support for the Iraq war and for subsidies for oil companies.
Both conservatives and liberals are weighing in on Barack Obama's decision to give an interview to Fox News. RedState's Soren Dayton suggests that Obama's decision to chat with Chris Wallace shows that the Illinois senator is adjusting his campaign in an attempt to win more working-class votes. But Chris Bowers at Open Left writes Obama, who had joined other Democrats in shunning a Fox News presidential debate, shouldn't expect much support from the liberal blogosphere should the Fox interview go awry.
And finally, news from the Senate Thursday night is bringing some closure to one of the blogosphere's biggest stories. A Senate committee has admonished Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) for a phone call he made to a federal attorney in October 2006. The attorney, David Iglesias, later said that Domenici wanted to know if charges against Democrats, which could be helpful in that year's election, were forthcoming. Due largely to reporting by Josh Marshall's TalkingPointsMemo, the controversy led to a Senate inquiry into whether the Bush administration had been playing with politics in the dismissal of Iglesias and other U.S. attorneys.
Marshall, upon hearing of Domenici's rebuke, writes "Bad Senator! Bad Senator!"
FROM THE BLOGS:
Broun and The Military: Reactions - Andrew Stuttaford, The Corner
Army Chaplain on Porn - Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner
FISA Fight: Concern Trolling - mcjoan, Daily Kos
Al Gore Supports Bush Dog Boswell - Matt Stoller, Open Left
Bad Senator! Bad Senator! - Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo
Don Young Rises to Constitution's Defense - Paul Kiel, TPMMuckraker
Pelosi, Dean and Reid: Oh My! - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Obama Begins to Adjust; Goes on Fox - Soren Dayton, RedState
Obama To Go On Fox News - Chris Bowers, Open Left
Media Jump Ship From Obama To Clinton - T. Edsall, Huffington Post
Credit For Clinton Where Due - Matthew Yglesias
Polling Shows Tight Ind. Race, Even After Pa. - J. Singer, MyDD
A Conservative Vision For Health Care - The Foundry
Player of the Week: Don Cazayoux - Ben Pershing, Capitol Briefing
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Edwards Supporters Flocking To Obama - The Hill
Clyburn Denounces Clinton Campaign Tactics - Reuters
Senate Passes Bill Banning Genetic Discrimination - LA Times
McCain Offers Tax Policies He Once Opposed - Washington Post