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The Clintons “Journey”



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Is it me, or was this interview also Bill Clinton legacy redemption? He did great things, is a great man, with a great heart, constantly under attack, with a little weakness. But who can hate him for that, given all the pluses, and all America owes him?

No Apologies...



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…and there is still the right-wing attack machine against the Clintons.

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The Morning She Learned The Shocking Truth About Bill & Monica



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“The worst moment that I can ever imagine anyone going through.” The worst moment…anyone?! She represents the state of New York and…the worst moment…anyone?! Have an imagination. Talk to some constituents.

Web Briefing: April 18, 2014

Hailing Hill On The View



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Top Ten Surprises in The Hillary Interview



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Hillary With Ms. Walters



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You know, when she runs (I’m not sold it won’t be in 2004), they can use this Barbara Walters interview as the convention movie that introduces her.

Strange But True



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Spin City meets the West Wing. Check out the early minutes of The Arrival.

Who knew?


Ambrosia?



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Yesterday’s comment about Dr Pepper has generated the usual angry response from the carbonated prune juice crowd. Theologically speaking, this guy makes an interesting point, however:

“Let me get this straight- in Heaven, you are fed a pate made from tortured and diseased goose liver with brass instruments blaring in your ear, but in Hell you get to sip the sweet, sweet nectar created by an earnest young man and named for the father of the woman he loved?

In my “humble” opinion, you’ve got things backwards.”

These, by the way, are strangely good. I admit it. Thanks to the reader who sent them.


Bloomberg’s Folly (Ctd)



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Here’s a fine piece from the New York Times on one man’s response to Nurse Bloomberg’s economically destructive, scientifically illiterate and culturally philistine assault on smoking in bars.

It concludes as follows:

“On a recent Thursday night, I was at a nightclub near the Holland Tunnel for the opening-night party for a documentary film. A lone smoker lighted up the underground lounge with the strike of a single match. A group of strangers seated across from him broke into applause, soon followed by the flicker of lighters and the orange glow of burning cigarettes. By the end of the evening, the place was lit up like Christmas in May.”

Excellent.

The good news? Smoke-easies are springing up.


Railway to Heaven?



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Foodies may hope for celestial pate de foie gras, but railfans/trainspotters will regret that London’s Brookwood Necropolis Railway is no longer available to take them to the pearly gates.

Economic Suicide Watch



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Preparations to scrap the pound seem set to advance further.

Not Kansas Yet



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And then there’s this review from J.R. Taylor in the New York Press.


“[The] Vulgaras also appear with their usual fine display of lesbian S&M and bloodletting, cleverly distracting the audience from their music. Still, they’ll just be a Genitotorturers knock-off as long as everyone on stage is still alive at the end of their shows. Where’s the vision nowadays?”

Ouch?


Move Over Vogue



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Worst Than Watergate



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Actually, read Kagan after you read John Dean on WMDs.

St Petersburg



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Russia’s long conflict in Chechnya has always been marked by a high degree of disinformation on all sides, but it looks as if St Petersburg might have escaped a tragedy.

The Wmd Conspiracy



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Robert Kagan is worth reading:


There is something surreal about the charges flying that President Bush lied when he claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Yesterday The Post continued the barrage, reporting that Defense Intelligence Agency analysts claimed last September merely that Iraq “probably” possessed “chemical agent in chemical munitions” and “probably” possessed “bulk chemical stockpiles, primarily containing precursors, but that also could consist of some mustard agent and VX,” a deadly nerve agent.

This kind of “discrepancy” qualifies as front-page news these days. Why? Not because the Bush administration may have — repeat, may have — exaggerated the extent of knowledge about what Hussein had in his WMD arsenal. No, the critics’ real aim is to prove that, as a New York Times reporter recently put it, “the failure so far to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq may mean that there never were any in the first place.”

The absurdity of this charge is mind-boggling. Yes, neither the CIA nor the U.N. inspectors have ever known exactly how many weapons Hussein had or how many he was building. But that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and the ability to produce more? That has never been in doubt.


Liberia



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Charles Taylor, Liberia’s notorious warlord, may well be on his way out. Good riddance.

What will Jesse Jackson and Pat Robertson have to say about it, I wonder?


Nro Can Get You Fired?



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That may have been the case for James D. Miller. Be careful who you write for if you’re not tenured, profs.

Theirs!



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The treasures of Nimrud, supposedly looted from the Iraqi National Museum, have been found in a Central Bank vault.

The Antiquity Debate



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Speaking of “MINE!”: Here’s a story in the New York Times about archaeologists upset with a man who has salvaged an ancient Chinese shipwreck. He’s now auctioning thousands of pieces of pottery, and will rake in millions doing it. Archaelogists are complaining: “These [artifacts] have to be conserved and that takes a lot of time and expense.” There’s an assumption that old relics would be in much better hands if only professional academics were allowed to control them. Not so. Check out article from the Toronto Star about how the University of Toronto recently threw out 280 boxes of Indian artifacts. Now they’re in a Michigan landfill. Isn’t it clear that sometimes the private antiquities market is sometimes the best option for artifacts?

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