Washington Post Articles

CNN, Washington Post Peddle Gitmo Snitch's Story

Jihadist Moazzam Begg, the Gitmo snitch
8:01 AM, Dec 17, 2014

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg is back in the news this week. On Sunday, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed Begg to get his perspective on the recently released report, written by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, concerning the CIA’s controversial interrogation program. Zakaria teased Begg’s segment at the beginning of his show, saying, “Moazzam Begg wants an apology. He was held in U.S. prisons and says he was abused and witnessed torture. What is his response to the report?

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Report: Obama Immigration Announcement Thursday, Vegas Rally Friday

11:19 AM, Nov 19, 2014

The Washington Post reports that President Obama will announce his executive order on immigration Thursday, with an accompanying rally in Las Vegas taking place Friday. Here's more from the Post:

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The Obamacare Debate Heats Up in Virginia

5:30 AM, Oct 19, 2014

In the wake of their passage of Obamacare, the Democrats have repeatedly claimed two things: Republicans don’t have an alternative, and in any case the health care debate is over. But a Washington Post editorial published Saturday makes it clear that neither of these claims is true.

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Landrieu's Had D.C. Residences Since 1997

10:04 AM, Sep 04, 2014

Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is already in the electoral battle of her life this November. Her national party is far out of step with Louisiana voters on health care, abortion, and energy issues, and the national mood is continuing to shift against the Democrats. And the leader of that party, President Obama, is deeply unpopular in the Bayou State.

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A Headline That Raises Concerns

Sep 01, 2014

Sometimes it’s the little things that draw your attention. The other morning (August 20), for example, The Scrapbook noticed a subordinate headline for the main story on the front page of the Washington Post, about the racial confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri: “County prosecutor’s past raises concerns.” 

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Inflation and Stagnation: A Political Opportunity?

2:20 PM, Aug 28, 2014

At the Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham demonstrates through one chart "why it feels like the recession never ended."

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Shut Up, They Explained

Jun 23, 2014

Two weeks ago, George Will wrote a column about how progressives have exaggerated the prevalence of rape on college campuses. The column was not well received by some or even, as a great many of the histrionic responses would indicate, well understood. Last week a press release landed in The Scrapbook’s inbox, headlined: “87,000 Call on The Washington Post to Address Sexism, Fire George Will.” A group called UltraViolet was touting the success of an online petition they’d whipped up over the controversy. From the release: 

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Washington’s Blockheads

The perpetual adulation of Herblock.
Feb 10, 2014

Herblock: The Black & the White, a documentary about the editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, had its cable premiere on HBO last week, and we can expect repeated showings for many weeks to come, creating a low-buzz Herblockfest interspersed dizzily among re-airings of Girls

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Hillary? Really? Continued

1:51 PM, Jan 20, 2014

In this week's issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, the boss writes that nothing about Hillary Clinton's candidacy, nomination, or election to the presidency in 2016 is inevitable. Here's an excerpt:

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Snowden and the NSA: Reality vs. Fantasy

2:14 PM, Jan 06, 2014

Robert Samuelon writes in the Washington Post about the "sensationalism" over Edward Snowden's leaks of details of the National Security Agency data mining:

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Sentences We Didn’t Finish

Dec 09, 2013

"If today’s extremist rhetoric sounds familiar, that’s because it is eerily, poignantly similar to the vitriol aimed squarely at John F. Kennedy during his presidency. And just like today, Texans were leading what some of them saw as a moral crusade. To find the very roots of the paranoid right of 2013, just go back to downtown Dallas in 1963, back to the months before the Kennedy assassination. It was where and when a deeply angry .  .  .” (Bill Minutaglio, Washington Post, November 21).

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Hey, What About Value Drain at the Post?

10:19 AM, Nov 14, 2013

Politico argues that, with the recent departure of some high-profile reporters and editors, "The New York Times is suffering a brain drain."

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Anatomy of a Train Wreck

9:01 AM, Nov 03, 2013

The Washington Post has done a thorough job of reporting on the creation of Obamacare. It is a tale of how political hubris prevailed over prudence, as summed up in a single quotation:

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Virginia Poll: McAuliffe 51, Cuccinelli 39

7:33 AM, Oct 29, 2013

With a week to go before election day, Virginia voters favor Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor over Republican Ken Cuccinelli by more than 10 points, according to a new poll from the Washington Post. The survey found that 51 percent of likely voters support McAuliffe and just 39 percent support Cuccinelli. In addition, Libertarian party candidate Robert Sarvis pulls in 8 percent support.

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WaPo Publishes Obama's Letter to Federal Employees, But Edits it for Tone

2:07 PM, Oct 02, 2013

The Washington Post today printed President Obama's letter to all federal employees, which was sent yesterday. The printed version appears on B4 of the paper's Metro section, "The Federal Worker" page, and is titled, "President gives shutdown notice while praising public servants."

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We’ll Take the Disposable Post

Sep 16, 2013

Readers will, we hope, forgive The Scrapbook for the undue pleasure we have taken in Washington Post stories about the impending sale of the Post to Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos. 

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Post to Obama: Don't Let National Defense Decay

11:46 AM, Aug 05, 2013

The Washington Post editorial board criticizes the Obama administration's dereliction of duty on defense spending:

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It’s Just Contradiction

Jul 22, 2013

In just a few years, Washington Post wunderkind Ezra Klein has made himself the go-to journalist whenever the NPR-totebag set wants to understand a complicated policy issue. In particular, he’s established himself as arguably the leading health care pundit, thanks to his tireless efforts blogging and reporting. Far too many reporters, young and old, are lazy, and to Klein’s credit he works hard. Of course, if your job were to come up with explanations for why Obamacare is working, you too would end up busier than a beaver in a lake of espresso. 

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Responding to the Washington Post on Benghazi

4:50 PM, May 17, 2013

The Washington Post editorial board is quite upset with “Republicans and conservative media obsessed” with the “phony” issue of the administration’s misleading public explanation of the nature of the attacks in Benghazi. In a lengthy editorial, the Post makes a haughtier and more condescending version of a complaint we’ve heard from others. So it’s worth a response.

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WaPost Seeks Blogger to Write 'at Least a Dozen Pieces' a Day

12:52 PM, Mar 20, 2013

The Washington Post seeks a blogger to write "at least a dozen pieces" a day, according to a memo obtained by Poynter. The blogger would be part of the Style section of the newspaper.

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The Customer is Always Wrong

Mar 18, 2013

The recent decision of the Washington Post to abolish its ombudsman has inspired a variety of responses among the chattering classes. Some have been cynical, some have been furious, and some have been anguished​—​although, to be truthful, we took a certain pleasure in Post publisher Katharine Weymouth’s announcement, which was clothed in the kind of corporatespeak​—​“The world has changed, and we at the Post must change with it”​—​intended to disguise economic decline as social progress. We fall somewhere between cynicism and indifference.

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Obama's 'Balanced Approach' Not Winning

And are sequester cuts that popular?
8:06 AM, Mar 13, 2013

Barack Obama is fond of saying that “the majority of Americans” agree with him on his “balanced approach” to deficit reduction—which these days seems to mean increasing tax revenues through rate hikes and big defense spending cuts with relatively insignificant cuts elsewhere. At the beginning of his second term, the president appeared to be moving forward with an agenda that assumed the previous election settled the question of which party Americans liked more on taxes and spending.

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Life Outside the Mainstream

Dec 24, 2012

Someday, when the shareholders of the Washington Post Company pause to ask themselves where it all went wrong, one of the exhibits that might be brought to their attention is a front-page essay in the December 12 Style section by Paul Farhi entitled “A Star They Could Not See: Mainstream media’s belated discovery of Jenni Rivera stirs some anger among Hispanic Americans.”

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Twitter: White House 'Similar' to WaPo, Andrew Sullivan, Paul Krugman, NBC, and Chris Cuomo

1:18 PM, Dec 05, 2012

According to Twitter, the official White House Twitter feed is similar to those belonging to the Washington Post, blogger Andrew Sullivan, liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, NBC, and Chris Cuomo (the brother of New York Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo).

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Papers Blast Obama Over Benghazi

1:01 PM, Nov 03, 2012

The lead editorials in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal today offer stinging critiques of the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi.

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Clinton vs. Petraeus—But Where's Obama?

11:05 PM, Nov 01, 2012

There's an interesting article on Benghazi in the Wall Street Journal, with some useful information, and lots of finger pointing and back-and-forth between the State Department and the CIA, and between Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus. Guess who's nowhere mentioned in the piece: The person who's supposed to be resolving such conflicts and running the executive branch—President Barack Obama.

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Obama Goes for a Modified Limited Hang Out

10:45 PM, Nov 01, 2012

Obama administration officials are feeling the pressure to answer some basic questions about their responsibility for what happened September 11 in Benghazi.

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Company Towns

3:43 PM, Oct 25, 2012

Newspapers endorse candidates with such solemnity that you'd think they believe their readers actually care and that elections might actually hang in the balance.  "Oh my God, did you see this, Helen?  The Times is endorsing Obama. I guess that changes everything."

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Netanyahu's 'Lousy Idea' Makes Front Pages

How we learned to stop worrying and love Bibi's bomb chart.
10:59 AM, Sep 28, 2012

During his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a drawing of a bomb to illustrate the threat of Iran's nuclear program. Several media types pooh-poohed Netanyahu's chart, including the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. "It is precisely because Iran's nuclear program is such a threat to Israel that turning to cartoon bombs to explain the issue is a lousy idea," Goldberg tweeted yesterday.

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