Opening Act: Jew in a Box

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April 4 2013 8:16 AM

Opening Act: Jew in a Box

A visitor to the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany chats with a journalist participating in the exhibition, "The Whole Truth - Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Jews..." on April 4, 2013.

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Jamie Kirchick is a Jew in a box, answering questions from Germans. I don't know why you'd still need to read the story after that description, but there it is.

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

I'm not sure why, but it looks like quizzing Ronald Reagan's children about their opinions of gay marriage is a thing we're doing now.

Fred Dicker answers one of the questions that bugged me about the New York mayoral campaign scheme: Given that voters wouldn't have elected Malcolm Smith anyway, what did he have to gain?

[A]s a mayoral candidate, Smith would have gained access to the huge cash kitty that is the city’s publicly financed elections system — from which he could have dispensed millions of taxpayer dollars to favored political consultants, lawyers and pollsters, all too ready to express their “thanks.”

I feel stupid for wondering.

Schuyler Kropf tracks the movements of Mark Sanford's innamorata turned fiancee, who just dipped in and out of the state at a moment of maximum visibility.

Dana Milbank does a fine job describing the NRA's farcical press conference. It's true: There are visits by heads of state that come with less of a security presence than an NRA presser.

And Sarah Kliff reports on cancer clinics cutting back services because of sequestration. Not that anyone else notices.

Correction, April 4, 2013: This post originally misspelled Schuyler Kropf's first name.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



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