Tuesday, March 02, 2004

DRAW YOUR WEAPONS: How depressing is it to have your party’s leader in the Senate be one of the eight Senators who voted in favor of liability protections for gun manufacturers? The Senate also renewed the Assault Weapons Ban for another 10 years and passed an amendment requiring more background checks on buyers at gun shows. Several Republicans, including John McCain and Craig--the author of the bill and a board member of the NRA--opposed the legislation in the very end. Good for them. For an amusing yet infuriated response to today's outcome, see the livid Pejman Yousefzadeh.

Meanwhile, make sure to read this week’s issue of Time magazine, which includes a cover story and an interview with Hamid Karzai. I haven't read the former but the interview I have--and his answer on the probability of meeting with former Taliban foreign minister Muttawakil is consistent with his previous statements. There's a reason I'm following this issue closely! Expect more commentary on the Time later in the week. In a somewhat related issue, read Nathan Hamm as well, especially since he's covering Sy Hersh's claim that American troops are now actively active inside Pakistan.


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