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Hitchens On Maureen Dowd’s Column Yesterday –“Drivel”– and Speaker Pelosi’s Lying About What She Knew About Waterboarding

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Here’s the transcript of yesterday’s conversation with Christopher Hitchens.

The podcast is here. Yesterday’s Dowd column blaming Dick Cheney for all future terrorist attacks in the U.S. no matter when or where they occur marks the most obvious case of end stage BDS I have ever seen, and the low point in the opinion section of the New York Times, until of course Dowd writes again. “Drivel” is exactly right, but Dowd’s anticipatory defense of President Obama’s innocence of any responsibility for a future terrorist attack is a signal that even the left knows the new president is dismantling the defenses brick by brick.

Columnist-to-the-world Mark Steyn leads off today’s program from Cleveland and we’ll go over Maureen’s descent into driveldom, followed by the second hour of my two-hour interview with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (the transcript of the first hour is here), and a replay of my interview with the Washington Post’s Jay Matthews about his very compelling book on the Knowledge Is Power Program –KIPP– Work Hard, Be Nice. I have been telling audiences across the country on the “100 Days of Obama Tour” that Jay’s book is one of the most important books of 2009 and the most important book on education reform in many years. It is also an inspiring read for anyone who cares about the possibility of resurrecting public education where it has failed most massively –in the urban core.

Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

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