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A few random snippets on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Oxford:

Whatever the legal issues, Cheney is not coming out of the Libby trial in a very good light. However, it no longer matters politically.

With Blair’s increasing troubles with the cash-for-honours scandal the parallels between Chretien/Martin and Blair/Brown become increasingly eerie.

Krauthammer’s latest is a low for me. This line particularly grates: “We midwifed their freedom. They chose civil war.”

Why has Rice been so quiet lately? The Times argues that with Rumsfeld gone, she is the next to get the blame. Is she also though a victim of this admin’s animosity towards the State Dept? Surely she knew better than anyone that this was the case?

Magazines increasingly drive mainstream political blogging. A venture capitalist friend tells me that ads are not the future of professional blogging. Maybe so, but one model that is clearly emerging is the magazine hosted hub. Sullivan’s move first to Time and now to the Atlantic is a prime example. The magic combination seems to be a couple of full time big name bloggers, a few staff journalists with stand alone blogs, and a group blog with approximately 10 regular contributors. The NRO, The New Republic and Macleans in Canada are all good examples of this model. As a big Atlantic fan, I look forward to seeing where they go with their new online push. With Fallows writing regular posts, and Sullivan moving tomorrow, look for an Atlantic group blog in the near future).

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