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Here is an interesting speech Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick delivered in New York on September 21 on China. Zoellick is not at all shy about advising China on how to conduct its affairs, internationally and domestically.

Polipundit.com blogger Lorie Byrd, a self-described cultural conservative, describes why she is inclined to support Rudolph Giuliani for president. I have argued tentatively that it is possible for Giuliani to win the Republican nomination. Byrd's column is evidence supporting this argument.

Michelle Malkin notes that for many Democrats, Bull Connor, who deployed police dogs and fire hoses against peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963, is the new Hitler. Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters notes that the Democratic National Committee is now attacking Connor. There's something deliciously ironic about this, since Connor was in fact a member of the Democratic National Committee in 1963. The idea has gotten around that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported primarily by Democrats and mostly opposed by Republicans. Not so. Most of the votes cast for the act and against ending the filibuster against it were cast by Democrats. A higher percentage of Republicans than of Democrats voted for the act in both the Senate and the House.

Of course, most southern senators and members of Congress in 1964 were Democrats, and most of the votes against the act came from those representing the South. And the act was supported by the Democratic president, Lyndon Johnson, and opposed by the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, Barry Goldwater. But the fact is that this was very much bipartisan legislation. Leading the fight for the Civil Rights Act were Republicans like Sen. Jacob Javits and Rep. William McCulloch as well as Democrats like Sen. Hubert Humphrey and Rep. Emanuel Celler. I make these points not to score any political points for or against either party today but just to help us get our history right.