A $5 million lawsuit over former President Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine Peace Not a Apartheid” was dropped Thursday, today’s New York Times tells us:
When the suit was filed in February, Simon & Schuster immediately condemned it, calling it frivolous, without merit and a “chilling attack on free speech.”
On Thursday, after the suit was dropped, Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Simon & Schuster, said in a statement: “In the face of a powerful argument for the rights of free speech for authors and publishers, the plaintiffs wisely withdrew their action. We hope that they will consider this the end of the matter.
Mr. Rothberg said there had been no financial settlement between the parties.
The suit was filed by David I. Schoen, a lawyer in Montgomery, Ala. He said the book contained inaccuracies that the publisher refused to correct. Some reviews of the book, which was published in 2007, said that Mr. Carter had included misrepresentations of the history of the conflict in the Middle East.
Foreign policy dominated last night’s first debate of the GOP presidential candidates – an interesting experience, considering that two of the five on state were libertarians suspicious of all efforts to use U.S. troops abroad.
The pizza guy from McDonough wasn’t one of them. From Politico.com:
Herman Cain diverged from the pack of presidential hopefuls Thursday night when he questioned how President Barack Obama handled the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
Calling Obama a “very weak and timid” president, Cain told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Obama had dithered on Afghanistan, and that the same sort of delay might have threatened the mission that killed the 9/11 mastermind.
“He sat on the [Afghanistan] surge decision for months,” Cain said. “We don’t know how many men and women might have been killed while he was waiting. We don’t know how much it jeopardized this latest mission to get bin Laden because he waited 16 hours to make the decision. When you’ve got a mission that is that precise, down to every little detail, a president that procrastinates puts people’s lives in jeopardy.”
While Obama’s GOP rivals haven’t shied from taking shots at his foreign policy, Cain’s comments made him the first to fire off such a pointed critique of how Obama orchestrated the mission itself.
His remarks were particularly striking considering that, just moments earlier while sharing a stage with four likely rivals during the first Republican debate, he declined to offer up a strategy for the war in Afghanistan, saying he doesn’t have enough information to provide specifics.
The New York Times focused on former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s awkward apology for at one time supporting a cap-and-trade policy:
”[I]n a response that was clearly carefully prepared, Mr. Pawlenty looked right at the camera after the radio ad played, apologized to the American people, and said he had made a “mistake.”
“I’ve said I was wrong. It was a mistake, and I’m sorry,” Mr. Pawlenty told the Fox television audience, presumably filled with potential Republican primary voters. “You’re going to have a few clunkers in your record, and we all do, and that’s one of mine. I just admit it. I don’t try to duck it, bob it, weave it, try to explain it away. I’m just telling you, I made a mistake.”
The wife of failed Democratic gubernatorial hopeful David Poythress is taking the helm of the Georgia chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Associated Press reports.
Elizabeth Poythress was elected by the group’s leaders at a recent meeting in Carrollton, Ga.
Poythress wants the league to make political civility a part of its agenda. She said the group will play an important role monitoring reapportionment, in which lawmakers later this year will redraw congressional and legislative district lines.
Today’s AJC Politifact Georgia takes a look at a claim by MARTA Board Chairman Jim Durrett, who recently said that “riding MARTA has been becoming more and more safe over the years.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider