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Politico. Formerly Reuters, Slate, SFWeekly, Washington City Paper, Inquiry. Email list: t.co/qS6GJKmn8c RSS: t.co/gIrIllsnpY

Facebook’s New Frenemies

politico.com — When I get around to writing the history of the Web, I will send my archived email through a sieve to capture the correspondence from 1996 and 1997 that documents the precise time the river of money that irrigated the early Internet was reversed.

The Case for Covering Biden

politico.com — The perfect marker that the press doesn't take Joe Biden seriously as a potential presidential candidate came earlier this month when he addressed members of the firefighters union, comparing labor's foes to " blackshirts," "intent on breaking" unions.

Do You Tell a Friend His Daughter Is Sexually Active?

nytimes.com — A man told me he was approached by his best friend's daughter, a minor, who confided that she and her boyfriend had become sexually active. She wanted his opinion on birth control. The man says he would want to know if it were his daughter, but to tell the parents would violate the girl's trust.

The Clintons’ Tricky Way With Words

politico.com — The press scrutinizes every utterance from the House of Clinton, parsing the couple’s words for new or hidden meanings-and for good reason. The two have a devious way with words. Bill Clinton, whose verbal cunning dwarfs that of almost anyone on the public stage, cemented his trickster reputation in 1998 when he claimed he did “not...

Excited for Jeb and Hillary? Just Wait for Chelsea v. George P.

politico.com — The inevitability of another Bush vs. Clinton presidential campaign has dispirited many in the campaign press corps. For obvious reasons, the boys and girls on the bus prefer new candidates to old, more candidates to fewer, and a long campaign to a short one.

Team Clinton Will Beat the Press-Again

politico.com — The second-guessing of Hillary Clinton’s email hygiene while secretary of state has produced hundreds of news stories and a slew of compelling questions. Why, for instance, did Clinton insist on using a private email account for official business when State Department policy and the law dictate an official email account?

Tomorrow’s Weather: More Hillary Storms

politico.com — The Clintons have ridden out much worse news storms than the new one whipped up over Hillary Clinton’s emails: Whitewater. Monica Lewinsky. Vince Foster. The secretive health task force. Juanita Broaddrick. The Marc Rich pardon. Gennifer Flowers. Travelgate. Benghazi. Web Hubbell. Waco. Paula Jones. Bill Clinton’s impeachment. But the email-squall...

Can I Hide My Beliefs During Jury Selection?

nytimes.com — I live in a Midwestern state that has the death penalty. I am scheduled to be a juror for the first time in March, and I'm afraid I will face a difficult ethical choice if I am selected for a capital case.

Can I Stay Out of an Estate Dispute?

nytimes.com — In order to decrease his net worth before beginning divorce proceedings, my brother invested $600,000 in an apartment in my father's name. Years later, he had our mother co-sign a business loan. When the business failed, my mother was sued for $3 million she didn't have.

Bill O'Reilly claims that he rarely uses the phrase "shut up."

slate.com — In August 2003, I ran up a ridiculous Nexis bill documenting how much Bill O'Reilly of The O'Reilly Factor loves the phrase "shut up." A couple of weeks after my column on that topic appeared, he denied having read the article to New York magazine-"I don't read Slate! ... Why would...
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Mar 27, 2015

"Journalism itself is the most sacred cow in journalism's barn." --Murray Kempton bit.ly/1BtgFuZ

Mar 26, 2015

RT @rupertmurdoch: Thanks for 2 mentions, Ed Miliband. Only met once for all of 2 minutes when you embarrassed me with over the top flattery.

Mar 26, 2015

Who will rid the UK of this parasite? MT @robevansgdn Cameron concedes defeat over publication of Charles's letters bit.ly/1CScyxW

Mar 26, 2015

Don't forget Washington County bit.ly/1CSaQwM. MT @waldojaquith TX has the most counties DE fewest. DC has 0 bit.ly/1CSaOot

Mar 26, 2015

RT @EmanuelDerman: By what power does the number of people in admin compliance etc grow with the size of the organization/town/business?

Mar 26, 2015

RT @JamesFallows: Could the Germanwings crash have been prevented? Probably not theatlantic.com/international/… item by me

Mar 26, 2015

RT @ByronTau: The 13 words/phrases that a liberal group says are sexist when used by journalists to refer to Hillary Clinton. washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/…

Mar 26, 2015

The Secret Service figures their parties are better than the DEA's? RT @craigtimes: @jackshafer Checks and balances?

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