My late and much-missed colleague Christopher Hitchens tended to call Bob Woodward a "stenographer" for the powerful. It's with that in mind that I shamefacedly quote a White House source, on background, who wants to clean up an unexpectedly sticky conflict with Woodward.
Of course no threat was intended. As Mr. Woodward noted, the email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation. The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation he made regarding the sequester because that observation was inaccurate, nothing more. And Mr. Woodward responded to this aide's email in a friendly manner.
The whole Woodward drama is a white whale that's pulling the entire 202 area code into its snaggle-toothed maw. Would anyone miss us? Probably not, but I'll have more to say on it later.
Ana Marie Cox wants conservatives to be funnier.
Bullies have been laughing at others' vulnerabilities since there was sand to kick in people's faces. But the perversity of this post-Ann Coulter generation is that they believe the world is run by nerdy liberal elitists, that their antics are a righteous rebellion instead of an attempt to assert the law of jungle.
It's 2013, and the government is still debunking blog posts by Sarah Palin. (She's been a "former governor of Alaska" longer than she was governor.)
Erik Wemple chides Buzzfeed.
The Ashley Judd disaster lurches on in Kentucky.
And if your brain is still functioning, try and fix that by reading about more pre-sequestration pre-spin sequestration spin.
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John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.