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Just Deserts - WSJ

wsj.com — "It won't be hard for military lawyers to argue that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl violated military regulations when he slipped out of a remote outpost in Afghanistan in 2009 and became a Taliban prisoner for five years," the New York Times editorializes.

A Howling Success

wsj.com — Barack Obama once cited Yemen as his administration's great counterterrorism success story. Give him a break, you might say-that was more than six months ago. Surely he's changed his view to take account of evolving circumstances, such as the country's takeover by what are invariably called "Iranian-backed Houthi militants."

Where’s the Bait?

wsj.com — "Ted Cruz, one of the loudest critics of Obamacare, will soon be using it for health insurance coverage," the Des Moines Register reported last night. The junior senator from Texas has been on wife Heidi's employer plan, but she is taking a leave of absence to work on his presidential campaign.

Like Lincoln and Kennedy

Off Balance - WSJ

wsj.com — The public editor of the New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, this morning issued a mea culpa. It needs more culpa. "In the heat of a very hot news moment last summer, I criticized a Times story about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.," she writes.

Article " The Healers Acolyte " Commentary Magazine

commentarymagazine.com — Believer: My Forty Years in Politics By David AxelrodPenguin Press, 528 pages The memoir of David Axelrod, the political consultant who helped elect Barack Obama and then served as a key political aide during the president's first term, starts unpromisingly.

Gravity Check - WSJ

wsj.com — Back in January 2014, the New York Times magazine ran a cover story called "Planet Hillary." Oddly, the article itself, by Hillary Clinton beat reporter Amy Chozick, never mentioned the word "planet" and barely hinted at the astronomical metaphor; Chozick likened to Mrs.

A Nation of Howards

wsj.com — "Good evening, would you care for something to talk about?" a waiter asks a middle-aged couple in the 1983 film "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life." As he hands them menus, he adds: "Our special today is minorities" (which he pronounces "MY-NAH-ritees").

Annoy the Media, Vote Likud

wsj.com — You've just got to love the grudging way Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times reported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election yesterday: "After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday's elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process."

Contempt of Court

wsj.com — Remember when Barack Obama was president-elect and his enthusiasts made him out to be Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Reagan all rolled into one? Well, the good old days are back, in a manner of speaking, thanks to William Baude, a law professor at the University of Chicago.
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Mar 27, 2015

@dmataconis Inclined to agree with the broader point, but I think that's a No True Scotsman.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @HerbKeinon: As Saudis bomb Yemen, wonder if NYT will give daily infographic of dead civilians, as did in Gaza. Wonder if it will rely on Houthi figures.

Mar 25, 2015

RT @StocktonFirst: @DaytonPubPolicy Is the current governor of California the son of the 1970s Jerry Brown and the grandson of Pat Brown?

Mar 25, 2015

“Well, I mean there’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?”--@AriMelber LOL mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-apolo…

Mar 25, 2015

RT @JSchanzer: Someone needs to tell the Saudis to stop bombing our bright spot in the war on terror.

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