And now, for the other news…

What Washington Did While the War Was on TV. “While Humvees sped toward Baghdad, the machinery of the federal government plodded along at home, churning out laws, executive orders and court decisions that passed relatively unnoticed by a public fixated on the war.

It might come as news that Congress, in creating a national kidnapping alert system, altered how federal criminal sentences are handed down. Or that the House voted anew for Arctic oil drilling. The Supreme Court issued an important decision on liability limits; the Environmental Protection Agency made a decision environmentalists liked. And nine Democratic presidential candidates held their first cattle call.” By Carl Hulse, in the New York Times: NYT HomePage

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