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Retiring Rep. Steve  LaTourette — the chain-smoking Louie C.K. of the House GOP — offers this sulfuric comparison of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi to his leader John Boehner. Oh yeah. Boehner is his best friend. Wapo: Boehner’s greatest strength is also his greatest weakness,” said Rep. Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio), one of Boehner’s closest allies […]

Falling for Kate Boo’s “Beautiful Forevers”

The greatest achievement of Kate Boo’s astoundingly well-reported and surprisingly lyrical tale of the Mumbai airport slum known as Annawadi lies is what appears, at first glance, to be its shattering weakness — naivete. Boo immortalizes her subjects and illuminates unswept corners of globalized poverty few Americans are well-informed enough to ignore. The people most […]


This is not a blog about politics, the White House, the media, what I had for dinner or who I had in high school (one list is a lot longer than the other), nor is it intended as a bulletin board for my innermost feelings or political opinions, though I don’t preclude writing about any […]