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Achenblog: June 12, 2005 - June 18, 2005

Gene Miller

    Gene Miller, one of the great newsmen of America, died today. Crafty fellow that he was, he wrote his own obit in The Miami Herald. I hope everyone reads it. It's vintage Miller.      "Gene Edward Miller,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 17, 2005; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Greatest American Idol

     You may have seen Gene's column about this new TV show that will select "the Greatest American." It's basically "American Idol," with historically significant people rather than amateur singers. The public gets to decide, in the same way...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 16, 2005; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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A Brief History of the Spitball

    [Special note: Hal, the dot.com mastermind who secretly wants to take over the blog, has set up a "new account" for me at TypePad and suddenly the words are HUGE on my screen, and no doubt the grammar...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 15, 2005; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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What if Michael Jackson Had Been Black?

The big question surrounding the Michael Jackson verdict is: Would he have been acquitted if he was black? Answer: Not a chance. We still have two justice systems in this country. If you think a jury that had not...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 13, 2005; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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Solving Our Iraq Problem

Loyal reader Kane asked this morning: "Is Iraq just too hot for you to handle? I would really like to hear your thoughts there. Ok, how about just Syria, Iran, or NK?" Here was my answer: Mr. Kane, as...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 13, 2005; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Friendships in Washington, etc.

Gene's column is very funny and so I'll let him carry the load this morning on the blog: "My campaign to become a beloved National Treasure has hit a small snag, in that most people seem to hate me....

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 13, 2005; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Fright and Flight

Last Sunday's Rough Draft: When you travel in America today you get scrutinized as a possible terrorist. This is despite the fact that you are not a terrorist, don't know any terrorists and wouldn't even know what to do if...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 13, 2005; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Desperate NBA Fans

As Mike Wise points out in his column today, the NBA Finals have been as much fun as a poke in the eye. The Spurs appear to be poised for a sweep, which would be merciful for all involved,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 13, 2005; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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