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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Schwinn: "Gingrich's Fake Mea Culpa"

I..can't quite...remember...was she really 23 years my junior? Man, I ROCK!

Thanks to Schwinn for this great cross-post on Newtie - THANKS SCHWINN! LOVE YOUR BIKES! (the pre-china ones)

Gingrich admits to extramarital affair
By BEN EVANS, Associated Press Writer
Fri Mar 9, 3:48 PM ET

WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged he was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.

"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."

We already knew the details of this affair due to Gingrich's circus divorce trial in 1999, which was held in open court because he refused to settle with his second wife. As admitted in testimony, he was banging a paid aide 23 years his junior, sometimes on his Congressional desk, during the Clinton impeachment period. So why is he admitting to this now in front of Dobson? It means he wants to run for President and has to get this past the Christian Right gatekeepers. But look what he's forced to say in the process of defending the indefensible:

"The president of the United States got in trouble for committing a felony in front of a sitting federal judge," the former Georgia congressman said of Clinton's 1998 House impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. "I drew a line in my mind that said, 'Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed, and even though at a purely personal level I am not rendering judgment on another human being, as a leader of the government trying to uphold the rule of law, I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept ... perjury in your highest officials."

The fact that he would reiterate how intolerable "perjury in your highest officials" is within hours of the Libby verdict just shows how bad he wants into the GOP primary race. As his 2nd wife said in 1995, "I don't want him to be president and I don't think he should be."

- posted by Schwinn

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