Unintended Consequences

The last week in June began with President George W. Bush delivering a rare prime-time televised speech to reassure an increasingly skeptical nation that the ongoing U.S. occupation of Iraq is succeeding, and ended with the unexpected announcement of the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor from the Supreme Court. Finding a successor to O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the High Court, promises to be a brutal partisan battle, one...

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