Political potpourri

In politics, TIME Magazine wonders, "Can Anyone Stop Hillary?" "The Clinton machine is MEAN," deduced Don Champion at CBS New York. "'Clinton has not decided whether to run for prez because to do so would only slow her down,'" Time journalist Dan Hirschhorn quoted from the piece. But Politico's Glenn Thrush plucked a line from the first paragraph he didn't enjoy: "Love the 'recent barrage' line dismissing deep dive reporting into HRC '16. Guess @maggiepolitico is a barrage."

Meanwhile, the cover photo caused just as big a stir as the actual article. "Hillary will crush you with her sensible heels," MSBNC's Irin Carmon surmised. But Jezebel's Erin Gloria Ryan suggested, "If they were truly sensible they'd be wedges." Kelly Cohen at Washington Examiner was even less impressed: "barf. kitten heels."

From Hunter Walker at Talking Points Memo, we learn that in college, Chris Christie was overjoyed when a bridge was kept open, thereby preventing traffic problems at his graduation. "Jeez. Christie really grew into his teeth, huh?" was the only reaction from NYT's Andrew Goldman. "You know the scandal is passing when this sort of stuff starts circulating," declared Lachlan Markay at the Washington Free Beacon.

At The New York Times, Peter Baker produces an absorbing read on Obama’s path from critic to defender of spying. "Can we ever believe a presidential candidate's words on national security state?" wondered columnist Walter Shapiro, before adding, "Obama example strong case for 'no.'" "With great power comes .... great desire not to curtail that power," GlobalPost's Jason Overdorf observed. "NYT finds steel in PresObama's spine, [but] critics wud say he's captured by NatSec Industrial Complex as presidents are," posited Evan Perez with CNN.

Last but not least, The Washington Post's Greg Miller offers the scoop that lawmakers seek to stymie a plan that would shift control of the drone campaign from the CIA to the military. "Buried in classified annex of $1.1 trillion spending bill -- Congress moves to block drone shift from CIA to DOD," Miller further divulged on Twitter. "Congress tried to keep something very important from public until @gregpmiller found out," WaPo colleague Adam Goldman crowed.

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