John McCaslin

Congress sent a strong message to the United Nations on Wednesday that day-to-day operations of the Internet should be maintained in the United States.

Aiming to keep the Internet a "tax-free, global communications network governed by the principles of free speech," Internet Caucus co-chairmen Republican Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, and Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher, both of Virginia, introduced a resolution in advance of U.N. debate on Internet governance under way in Tunisia.

The Internet is coordinated by the Los Angeles-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a private-sector, nonprofit organization set up by the U.S. government in 1998. Numerous foreign governments see ICANN as an arm of Uncle Sam and want the Internet administered under a multilateral treaty.


That was probably laughter rising out of the Heritage Foundation at noon Friday when syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin was to read from her new book, "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild."

Unlike the so-called "girls gone wild," Malkin says liberals get their kicks by "slashing your tires, burning your lawns, heaving pies at Republican pundits, hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives, nursing nutty conspiracy theories, and pining publicly for the murder of President Bush."

Her book introduces the "top 10" unhinged leftists - media-types to politicians - including the Florida Democrat who tried to run down then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac, and the congressman who claimed the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was staged by Republican operatives to help Mr. Bush win re-election.


Relations between the United States and Syria have worsened over the past two years amid accusations that the Arab nation is a gateway for terrorism.

Now, Travel and Leisure magazine, of all nonpolitical publications, has stumbled upon a class of progressive Syrians who, thanks to one woman in particular, are embracing America's culture and freedoms.

Travel writer Lee Smith says that "lately the trendiest spot" in Damascus is the American Language Center, a small building next door to the U.S. Embassy and "the unofficial meeting place for the city's young and well-to-do."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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