Friday night fights

1. Bolton versus Kerry. Ian has video. You know you’re a dork when a snarky partisan exchange about the merits of bilateral negotiations gets your blood up. Well, mine’s up. This is fun, too:

Bolton’s wife, Gretchen, followed her husband’s lead by emanating disrespect for her husband’s critics. Sitting just behind him, she wore sunglasses for much of the hearing, in an apparent response to the room’s lighting. When Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts began to speak, she started doodling a large “X” on a piece of paper, while muffling scornful chuckles that appeared to emphasize her opinion of the one-time presidential candidate.

Alan Dershowitz says he’s the right man at the right time.

2. DOJ versus leakers. Russ Tice, the former NSA analyst who helped expose the warrantless wiretapping program, has been subpoenaed and will be on the hot seat before a federal grand jury on August 2 as part of the government’s leak investigation. Tice has admitted to being one of Risen’s and Lichtblau’s sources for the big Times expose in December 2005. Never, he says, has his dissent felt more crushed.

3. DOD versus WMD skepticism. Captain Ed showcases the latest memo rescued from the Iraqi intel document dump, this one with the subject line “we have information about the location of Mass Destruction Weapons.” I don’t want to spoil it, but truck convoys, payoffs, and Syria all figure prominently. Fascinating reading, although I think I’m beyond the point of being convinced. Like Colbert with his faulty gaydar, I’ve been burned too many times.

4. Olbermann versus credibility. Another post in the mold of Patterico on Greenwald that destroys its target not by breaking new ground but by burying him under the weight of ground that’s already been broken. Chock full of linky goodness.

5. The Minutemen versus moonbats — and Reuters — at Ground Zero. Jim Gilchrist and company held a rally at the Trade Center site on Wednesday to kick off his book tour. Protesters initially confined themselves to waving signs about the “MinuteKlan,” but when Gilchrist started taking questions from the press, they broke through the barricades and started shoving people — including Gilchrist’s wife.

Reuters reporter Michelle Nichols naturally blamed the whole thing on the Minutemen:

Members of the Minuteman Project, which patrols the U.S.-Mexican border for illegal immigrants, pushed and shoved members of an immigrant rights group that showed up at the event.

Gilchrist wouldn’t let her get away with it, though, and complained for the next two days. And what do you know — this afternoon the offending paragraph was corrected.

Now if only someone would correct the guy who’s quoted as being appalled at the suggestion of a link between 9/11 and illegal immigration.