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Political Weekend

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on May 25, 2008

Just a reminder for those who do enjoy the political linkage, check out the Slate Political Gabfest and KCRW’s Left, Right and Center podcasts. Both are excellent. For the British politics, try the BBC’s Weekly Political Review.

UK

Gordon Brown is being put under pressure appoint a viable successor as deputy.

Allegedly, ‘Blair-ite’ left-wing figures are plotting and have approached someone to consider taking the job.

The leading candidate at the moment is Miliband.

What about Alan Johnson though?

John Rentoul says only Labour can really be blamed for this.

It should also be noted this week that our government rejected restrictions on IVF (which really pissed off The Daily Mail and therefore must be good) which would have discriminated against lesbian and gay couples seeking adoption and we voted to keep the current upper abortion limit at 24 weeks.

US

One must-read this week, George Packer’s excellent piece from The New Yorker on the fall of conservatism in America.

He’s been getting a few responses since publishing the essay.

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Politics for the Weekend

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on May 18, 2008

Gordon Brown is backing embryo research, calling it an ‘inherently moral endeavour’.

He’s also dropping hints of aid packages for Burma.

All this amid new rows in the lead up to bi-elections.

Cameron is taking some real strides forward against Brown.

Writing for The Times, Michael Portillo urges Cameron to stand back and just allow Gordon to self-destruct.

Could anyone really last amid this press storm though?

What exactly can the Tories offer us then?

The UK’s abortion debate is starting to reach boiling point.

Obama gave two great interviews this week; to Marty Peretz at The New Republic and to Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic.

Republicans are now fearing an Obama nomination.

Senator George McGovern has switched to Obama.

He’s picking up endorsement and delegates at a decent clip now. Here’s one and here’s another. Apparently the endorsement of John Edwards doesn’t matter so much.

This all follows an emboldening win for Democrats in Mississippi.

As Democrats are reborn, the Republicans are wilting.

Do they really grasp the implications of their last defeat?

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I Was Made For Linking You

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on March 6, 2008
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The ’24’ prequel will explain all.

The AV Club talks to author Carl Wilson.

It also digs Human Giant.

Check out the stills from Watchmen. The Comedian is looking good.

What is the punishment for death? (Thanks Tom)

Another loved Warp release today. This time Clark.

A selection of art, doom and glitch luminaries are contributing to the Table of the Elements single series.

HUDGEWATCH! It’s been a while. She making a movie.

The Flaming Lips are playing Lovebox.

What’s with all the lack of decisions, Democrats?

Janet Malcolm discusses the Gossip Girl world.

Sasha Frere-Jones has some love for Sigur Ros.

Howard Dean is proposing a redoing of the primaries in Florida and Michigan.

So Obama still won more delegates in Texas? Explain, Wall Street Journal.

Chuck Klosterman contributes a piece on road movies to The Believer.

And that wonderful magazine also has a conversation between Werner Herzog and Errol Morris.

News on the new Death Cab.

The blog on Cracked isn’t too chuffed with these upcoming adaptations.

Slurm on sale!

Here’s a profile of the lovely Zooey Deschanel and M Ward collaboration, She & Him.

Behind the scenes on Sex and the City.

John McCain must be loving all the Democratic procrastination.

Here’s a piece by Jeff Tweedy for The NY Times on migraines.

New trailer for Wanted.

Pennsylvania is a should-win for Hillary.

Joe Klein says the pressure is all on Obama now.

Ken Starr tactics? Handbags me thinks?