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The Mumbai Parallels

Not the first such attack; probably not the last.
Nov 30, 2015

For those of us who were in Mumbai during the 2008 terrorist attacks there, the bulletins from Paris on Friday night evoked queasy déjà vu. With each shocking addition to the story—drive-by shootings at one crowded restaurant and then another, explosions reported at the other end of town, casualty estimates rising sharply, and then the first social media hints at hostages being calmly slaughtered—the feeling intensified. 

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Paris Letter

An immense spirit of solidarity.
Nov 30, 2015

In the confusion and horror of Paris in shock, the details stay with you. In the bleary early Saturday morning, behind the police barriers, a lone tour bus was still parked on Boulevard Voltaire in front of the Bataclan concert hall, where the Eagles of Death Metal gig had been bloodily interrupted by Daesh terrorists the night before.

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Enter Ryan, Exit Biden

Nov 02, 2015

‘Republicans in Turmoil!” “Chaos Confounds GOP Congressmen!!” “Catastrophic Conservative Crack-Up Imminent!!!” “Trump Likely GOP Nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

All nonsense.

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The Trudeau Restoration

Canada veers left.
Nov 02, 2015

Richard Nixon visited Canada just once during his presidency. He’s also been dead 20 years. But he was about the only person to correctly call last week’s Canadian election.

On April 13, 1972, at a state dinner in Ottawa, where he addressed Parliament and signed the Great Lakes Treaty, Nixon raised his glass to Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s 4-month-old son. “Tonight, we’ll dispense with the formalities. I’d like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau.”

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Strife of the Party

The GOP is ready to grumble
Nov 02, 2015

Republicans are in trouble. A significant bloc regards their congressional leaders—House speaker John Boehner, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and their underlings—as enemies. A quarter or more of grassroots Republicans think Donald Trump should be president. And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton has a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, making her tougher for any Republican to beat.

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Desperately Seeking Consensus

Where is the Republicans’ Goldilocks?
Sep 28, 2015

Judging by the number of House and Senate seats, governorships, and state legislative seats it holds, the Republican party is stronger than at any point since the 1920s. Yet, going by the presidential nomination battle alone, the party is a mess. There are too many candidates, a few of whom are distracting the public with their self-aggrandizing shenanigans, spurred on by ratings-hungry cable-news networks.

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The Art of the Donald

Why has Trump risen so far, so fast?
Sep 21, 2015

The Donald Trump candidacy has inspired a hundred writers to pen a thousand think pieces about the meaning of it all. Is Trump’s surge the sign of a new breed of populism? Is it the Tea Party reborn? Is it the reemergence of the old Ross Perot-Pat Buchanan strand of protectionism? Does it signal a right-wing nativism similar to what is bubbling up in Europe? 

Maybe what’s going on is simpler: The Trump surge is, primarily if not entirely, about Donald Trump. 

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The Annals of Corruption

Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy ranks way up there.
Aug 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton is a scandalous candidate for president of the United States. Most people acknowledge this, at least judging by her plummeting poll numbers. A raft of stories gives the distinct impression that she and her husband have been running an elaborate pay-to-play operation. Donations to the Clinton Foundation may have produced favorable State Department policies dealing with Russia-owned U.S. uranium deposits, Haitian relief efforts, and foreign banking interests.

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Jay Cost: Trump Has Supporters, But Does He Have Voters?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:50 PM, Aug 06, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost about Donald Trump's supporters.

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Maddow Complains: No One from NBC Will Come On My Show to Discuss Brian Williams

7:34 AM, Feb 11, 2015

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow complained on her TV show tonight that no one from NBC would come on her show to discuss the suspension of anchor Brian Williams:

"Again, breaking news tonight: NBC News announced tonight that Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams suspended, without pay, for sixth months," Maddow said.

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Brian Williams Suspended for Six Months

7:53 PM, Feb 10, 2015

NBC News has just sent out this statement stating that anchor Brian Williams has been suspended for six months:


We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News.

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Brian Williams: I'm Taking 'Myself Off of My Daily Broadcast for the Next Several Days'

4:20 PM, Feb 07, 2015

Brian Williams is benching himself. The NBC newsreader made the announcement just now in a statement released by NBC.

"In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," reads Williams's statement.

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Williams Told Shot-Down-Helicopter Tall Tale to Letterman in 2013

11:02 PM, Feb 04, 2015

In 2013, NBC newsreader Brian Williams re-told the fake story of how his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. The story, which he passionately retells to David Letterman, begins about the 3 minute mark, with many details that we now know do not reflect reality:

Williams admitted today that indeed his helicopter was not shot down in Iraq. (He was in the follow-on chopper.)

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Brit Hume on Conversations With Bill Kristol

8:05 AM, Nov 24, 2014

The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol, featuring Brit Hume:

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CNN Flubs: 'Deadly Attack on Jerusalem Mosque'

8:24 AM, Nov 18, 2014

CNN got today's Jerusalem terror attack wrong: It happened in a synagogue, not a mosque, as the chyron indicated earlier this morning.

The chyron misstating the facts of the terror attack were displayed on screen as the mayor of Jerusalem condemned the attacks.

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The Rise of the Disrupters

Cable comes next.
11:00 PM, Oct 24, 2014

No longer do innovators style themselves “entrepreneurs.” Too French-effete sounding. Nor do these creators call themselves “capitalists.” Too likely to displease liberal friends who associate that label with exploitation of someone or other. Today’s innovator class prefers “disrupter.” Nothing effete about that word, which evokes visions of tough-guy actors such as Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  

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NBC Crew to Be Quarantined for 21 Days

After freelance crew member tests positive for Ebola.
7:48 PM, Oct 02, 2014

NBC News chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and her crew will be flown back to America from Africa to be quarantined, an NBC memo states. The drastic action comes after a freelance member of the NBC crew reporting on Ebola was in fact diagnosed with Ebola.

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Holder: 95%, 99% Certain Deputy AG Authorized Subpoena 'Acting in My Stead'

1:17 PM, May 15, 2013

At today's Capitol Hill hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder at first wasn't sure who subpoenaed the AP's phone records, but later blamed his deputy attorney general:

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CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'

"Our house is on fire."
11:09 AM, May 11, 2013

CBS anchor Scott Pelley said at a speech at Quinnipiac University that journalists "are getting big stories wrong, over and over again."

"Our house is on fire," said Pelley. The video of Pelley's speech is courtesy of

"These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added. "We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again."

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The Times & the IRS Story

It's not front page news, apparently.
10:03 AM, May 11, 2013

Not front page material in the Grey Lady's news judgment.  But good enough for page A-11.  With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted 

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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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The Political Conversation

12:41 PM, Oct 18, 2012

In today's headlines:

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Politico Investigates: 'Joe Biden: Sex Symbol?'

12:42 PM, Oct 02, 2012

Virginia-based trade publication Politico investigates whether Vice President Joe Biden is a sex symbol:

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Happy Hour Links

5:59 PM, Apr 04, 2012

Lee Smith: "Who Leaked Israeli Iran Plan? Some analysts say the White House leaked details of Israel’s alleged attack plan to discourage the Jewish state. Others call the idea ‘absurd.’"

John Ellis: "Where's Romney's Alternative?"

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Associated Press Chief Offers Lavish Praise for Obama

12:04 PM, Apr 03, 2012

Dean Singleton, chairman of the Associated Press board, introduced President Obama this afternoon at a speech to news editors in Washington. But Singleton didn’t just tell the audience the president was the next speaker—the supposed newsman offered lavish praise for the Democratic president.

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Welcome, Washington Free Beacon

3:51 AM, Feb 07, 2012

The Washington Free Beacon is now up and running. What is this new outfit? Matthew Continetti, editor in chief of the Free Beacon, explains:


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A Dictator by Any Other Name

Qaddafi’s name contains multitudes.
5:58 PM, Mar 06, 2011

If you've been reading the news on Libya lately, you've noticed that news organizations don't exactly agree on one essential aspect of their coverage.

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