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Getting Hot In Crawford Conservatives remain committed to Roberts; final verification will come at confirmation hearings. [WP]


Brownstein: "[Republican's] legislation that aims squarely at the priorities of conservatives and offers relatively few concessions to other perspectives. . . guarantees antagonism from Democrats and risks discontent among swing voters, who generally prefer the parties to moderate each other." [LAT]

Mother of soldier killed in Iraq creates conundrum for Bush as she captures the media's attention by camping outside of his Crawford ranch: "I plan on staying here the entire month of August or until he comes out to talk to me." [NYT, USAT]

Approval of Bush is not boosted by upbeat economic indicators; could be "a spillover of respondents' other worries, such as the war in Iraq and terrorism." [WSJ]

Roberts said in 2000 that nominees often "go their own way." [WP]

Bush stays busy in Crawford while aides take vacations; Nicolle Devenish is off to Greece for her wedding. [NYT]

Hillary tries to defy partisanship, for '06 and '08. [LAT]

Roberts fought to "limit the rights of criminal defendants." [WSJ]

Roberts' current views on privacy rights are unknown. [NYT]

Civil liberties panel established by Congress has never convened; critics blame underfunding and lack of commitment. [WP]

Mike Allen named White House correspondent for Time magazine after years at The Washington Post. Allen: "An editor at Time told me they aim for intellectual and literary seduction. I was hooked. This is very hard, because walking into The Washington Post newsroom is like stepping onto the grass at Fenway." [NYT]

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Cripes the News has been awful lately! And so Yr Editrix suggested we find some good, positive news. Especially after we pitched writing a Wonket about this Mother Jones story on how global warming may be killing the whales, even though Donald Trump knows their prince. (Reply: "Nope. FOR SURE NOT THAT.") And so, as a reminder that a gooder world is possible and apropos of nothing at all that definitely didn't set your Editrix off on Twitter, where she has been stewing and bitching most shrillfully about the 2016 election and the 2020 election and any terrible similarities thereof and thereupon and therefore and thereto, we present a collection of videos of Elizabeth Warren yelling at big banks and calling for them to be broken up and their criminal operators to go to jail. Puppies and kittens will only get you so far, after all.

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