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Thought we could use a tour through some news for today:

— If you haven't yet seen this, do go to Crooks and Liars and watch Paul Bremer squirm under questioning in Rep. Henry Waxman's oversight hearings on war profiteering.  What's $12 BILLION missing dollars between cronies, anyway?  (More live hearing coverage here.)

— Yet another reason that I love Digby.  Service job, anyone?

Holden at First Draft finds that the economics of Shrub tourism aren't so rosy these days.  Gee, wonder why?  I just can't imagine why people wouldn't want to make a pilgrimage to Crawford, TX, to buy cufflinks with George Bush's face on them to wear proudly to the next junior high girls' basketball spaghetti dinner fundraiser, can you?

Maha is doing a great series on the history of Rudy.  Well worth a read.  Taylor has more — do yourself a favor, and click thru on this one for sure.

TBogg continues to crack me up.

—  Larry Johnson has some thoughts on Walter Pincus, and the value of doing your job.

— And Mark Kleiman takes on the "right-to-cancer" movement.  Boo yah!

Prof. Juan Cole has the depressing round-up from Iraq this morning.  Not sure what else to say after reading this.  Except make some calls to Capitol Hill, would you?

Tom Schaller has an op-ed piece in the Baltimore Sun today on the dilemma facing African-American Democrats in the upcoming presidential primary.  Thought provoking stuff, and worth a read.  In the African-American community, 59% of the votes come from women — yet another reason that politicians ought to start contemplating the issues near and dear to those of us on the female side of things a lot more carefully.  (Not that they are so substantially different from the men's issues, frankly, but pretending that politics is run by a bunch of men smoking cigars in the back rooms and only by them is laughingly outdated.)

— Congrats to our own FiniFinito, who will be working on podcasts from YKos2!  Yay, Fini!  You can read more about this here and here.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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