"I didn't realize what all was in it."
— Rep. Robert T. Matsui (D-Calif.), referring to the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, in the February 18 New York Times. Matsui, now chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, voted for the law last year.
"I am only in favor of war with Iraq if the entire affair takes place between the morning of February 21st and the evening of Sunday March 2nd. This is because The Daily Show will be on hiatus during this period, and, historically, massive loss of life has proven not conducive to producing a comedy news program." r
— Ben Karlin, co-executive producer of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, in Slate on February 19
Can't afford a celebrity-style fact-finding mission to Iraq? Then visit http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/, a weblog written by a Baghdad resident writing under the nom de plume "Salam Pax." Filled with on-the-ground observations and dark humor, it is a fascinating commentary on the world's hottest hot spot. A recent entry reads: "I have so little control over my life these days let alone understanding where the world is heading to. I hope we all be spared any unnecessary grief…Saddam has a new photo taken with his sons on the 4th of this month. Notice the friendly looking pistol in [his son's] Uday's belt. A perfect family photo."