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Rob Reiner and The Los Angeles Times Part 3.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Just finished a long interview with Los Angeles Times’ reporter Dan Morain, who produced the Monday story on the California commission headed by Reiner’s massive $230 in spending on ad campaigns, including a $23 million dollar, pro-universal preschool campaign that ran in late 2005 and early 2006, just as Reiner was collecting the almost 600,000 signatures he needed to put a big tax hike on the ballot in June.

Mr. Morain was game to come on the program, but is fundamentally uninterested in crucial aspects of the story, as well as ignorant of basic facts. Morain believed, for instance, that Reiner was secure in his office for two terms totalling eight years. In fact, Reiner is a hold-over appointee, subject to replacement by Arnold any day Arnold wants him gone (which should be yesterday given reiner’s advocacy for Prop 82).

Morain also seemed clueless on basic accounting matters and on the interest level the public would have in the details. His tone will be difficult to capture in the transcript to be posted at Radioblogger.com later, but the audio will be up as well.

You be the judge of whether the Los Angeles Times is pursuing Reiner the way it went Ahab on Arnold during the recall, that it pursued Chuck Quakenbush, or the roasting it gave the Caesar Chavez family cahrities in recent months.

Mustn’t upset the Hollywood left, I guess, and mustn’t dig too deep when the results might cripple another tax hike in the offing.

Post Number 1 and Post Number 2 provide more background.

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The Baroness Cox of Queensbury on Southern Sudan, Darfur, Uganda and Nigeria

Tuesday, February 21, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Baroness Cox has been leading the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust for decades, and travels continually to bring aid and hope to the worst hell holes on the globe. “You meet the most amazing people in the darkest places,” she told me today.

She joined me to day to discuss the grim realities of Darfur’s obngoing genocide –it hasn’t stopped, it has just dropped from Western agendas– the push by Islamists into southern Sudan, and the jihad underway in northern Nigeria. The transcript will be posted at Radioblogger.com.

If you would like to assist in the aid work, the American branch of the Baroness’ work, donations can be sent to “The American Fund for Charities,” at P.O. Box 1413, Ashburn, Virginia, 20146-1413.

And if you are media looking for a report on the despair and suffering in Africa as well as the push by militant Islamists into the south of Sudan and the jihad in northern Nigeria, track down the Baroness.

Frist: Port Veto Override Possible

Tuesday, February 21, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Majority Leader Frist just told my audience that an override of a presidential veto of legislation blocking the port deal was possible. Looks like a showdown, and it isn’t one the president can win.

I also spent a lot of time with the Senator on Brett Kavanaugh’s blocked nomination, and on the possibility of a constitutional option being deployed for judicial nominees who are the subject of “holds” or blue slips.

There’s also some talk about Lincoln Chafee obstructing ESA reform and a great deal of conversation about the threat posed by bird fu. The transcript of the interview will bee up later at Radioblogger.com.

Harvard’s Summers Calls It Quits.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

He could survive the Clinton Administration, but not Harvard’s Faculty. His letter of resignation begins:

President Lawrence H. Summers
February 21, 2006

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

I have notified the Harvard Corporation that I will resign as President of the University as of June 30, 2006. Working closely with all parts of the Harvard community, and especially with our remarkable students, has been one of the great joys of my professional life. However, I have reluctantly concluded that the rifts between me and segments of the Arts and Sciences faculty make it infeasible for me to advance the agenda of renewal that I see as crucial to Harvard’s future. I believe, therefore, that it is best for the University to have new leadership.

The letter continues on to review Summers’ initiatives and his hopes for the university, but he was beaten down by the faculty.

The search committee will be under enormous pressure to recruit a high profile woman or minority to replace the interim president –who once was the president– Derrick Bok. No matter who gets the nod there will always be the sense that Harvard’s elite drove off the sort of leader who could have helped the university build on its many poast successes in dramatic ways.

Expect a weak successor.

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