Mark SanfordThe story is becoming painfully routine: powerful, charismatic, widely-admired politician and family man admits marital infidelity and is pilloried by the press and by his colleagues. From Gary Hart and Bill Clinton to John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, and now, South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, tomcatting American politicians never seem to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors.

French RevolutionThe Socialist Party of Great Britain is celebrating the reissuing of Peter Taaffe’s book, The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789 -1815. “Its republication by Socialist Publications, in time for the 220th anniversary of this great event in July 2009, is extremely timely,” says the party’s website.

Obama news conferencePresident Barack Obama praised the efforts of the Federal Reserve Bank during his press conference June 23, telling reporters, “I think that the Fed probably performed better than most other regulators prior to the crisis taking place,” adding that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “has performed very well.”

If anyone ever wanted proof of columnist Joe Sobran’s dictum that “war is just one more big government program,” they need look no further than the supplemental appropriations H.R. 2346 conference report awaiting President Obama’s signature.

Sonia SotomayorThe judicial rulings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are “marked by diligence, depth and unflashy competence,” the New York Times reported.

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