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Voice of Doubt Won't Go Away

But Scalia said his personal views on social issues have no bearing on his courtroom decisions.

No, he didn't quite say that "sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged." What he said was: "I even accept, for the sake of argument, for example, that sexual orgies . . . "

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It was one of those "assuming arguendo" things that lawyers like to indulge in.

The Crimson, after reviewing the Kennedy School of Government's transcript, said it would issue a correction on Monday. The reporter didn't have a tape recorder, probably thinking back to a Scalia speech awhile back in Mississippi at which two reporters' tapes were confiscated.

"There had been a miscommunication on whether we could have a recorder," Crimson Managing Editor Elisabeth S. Theodore said. (Scalia's policy allows print reporters to use tape recorders to check accuracy.)

Speaking of the high court, let's have a belated Happy Birthday greeting to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who turned 80 on Friday.

Follow the Foreign Policy Money

The foreign policy fault lines these days don't go along political party lines, but rather on the more esoteric divide between the "realists," folks who tend to want to deal with the world on its own terms, and the more starry-eyed neocons, who believe foremost in the need to push change in the world by having democracy bloom and so on.

Nowhere is that divide more obvious than on the contributions list of the venerable Council on Foreign Relations, the quintessential foreign policy establishment club, populated by both Democrats and Republicans. This is not a "change-the-world" hotbed.

So among GOP members, those who contributed beyond simple dues, we find former president Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, former secretaries of state Henry A. Kissinger and George P. Shultz, former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft and former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman.

Non-giving members include Vice President Cheney, new CIA chief Porter J. Goss and predecessor George J. Tenet, our Pentagon favorites Paul D. Wolfowitz and Douglas J. Feith, and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and her deputy Stephen J. Hadley. President Bush, White House aide Karl Rove and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld also passed.


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