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  • Inequality in a Crony Capitalist World

    01/14/2014 3:50:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 14, 2014 | Samuel Gregg
    If popes and presidents have anything to do with it, 2014 looks set to be the “Year of Inequality.” Already the rehashing of old, old arguments has begun in earnest. Economists, for instance, are re-disputing the inequality statistics. Others are re-debating perennial philosophical questions such as what we mean by inequality and (depending on the meaning) whether it’s always a bad thing.You don’t, however, have to join most of the contemporary academy in worshiping at the altar of the prophet of modern liberal egalitarianism, the late John Rawls, to recognize that some seriously unjustifiable inequities do characterize virtually all modern...
  • Who is the most powerful man in ‘This Town’: Mike Allen or Matt Drudge?

    10/20/2013 6:59:28 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/20/2013 | Grae
    New York Times magazine correspondent and author of the explosive book “This Town” Mark Leibovich detailed intricate internal workings of Washington and compared two of the most powerful men in news and politics, Mike Allen and Matt Drudge, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller. Mike Allen’s morning ‘Playbook’ email has the power to shape the political discussion, he explained, because hundreds of decision makers in the political circuit read it every morning. “These hundreds of people are TV bookers, and reporters, and hill staffers of both parties, and White House staffers, and lobbyists and a lot of people...
  • ‘This Town’ is more than just a good dish

    07/06/2013 1:45:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    The nation’s capital is savoring a satisfying spasm of schadenfreude this holiday weekend... --snip-- “This Town” is really about how Obama and his team came to Washington with solemn vows to change it but then wound up joining the revolving-door culture. “With the rise of Obama,” the question became, “Could Washington really change?” Leibovich writes. “No more lobbyists in the White House, or ‘politics as usual,’ or tending to the needy oracles of Beltway groupthink.” He includes many self-right­eous quotes from Obama aides Dan Pfeiffer (“We did not do ‘cocktail party’ interviews”), David Plouffe (“If Politico and [Time magazine’s Mark]...
  • The White House pushed dirt on Darrell Issa, book says

    07/04/2013 9:12:00 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 23 replies
    Washington Post / Blogs ^ | July 3 2013 | Rachel Weiner
    In the summer of 2010, with Republicans poised to take over the House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in line to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about the congressman’s past, a new book says. (article continues at link)
  • Gales of Laughter…

    07/04/2013 7:40:58 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 25 replies
    Powerline ^ | 3 July 2013 | John Hinderaker
    …are the only possible response to this White House memo extolling the virtues of Obama consiglieri Valerie Jarrett. The memo contains talking points to be used by White House staffers who were instructed to praise Jarrett in advance of a New York Times profile that appeared in September 2012. It was leaked to Mark Leibovich and will appear in his forthcoming book, This Town. The memo is hilariously titled “The Magic of Valerie.”The magic of Valerie is her intellect and her heart. She is an incredibly kind, caring and thoughtful person with a unique ability to pinpoint the voiceless and...
  • White House Memo Shows Obama Administration’s Painful Efforts To Defend Valerie Jarrett

    07/03/2013 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 7/3/13 | Andrew Kaczynski
    A soon-to-be-released book by Mark Leibovich reveals in excruciating detail the White House’s efforts to defend longtime Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett in the run-up to a New York Times profile that ran in September 2012. Leibovich, himself a reporter for the New York Times, got ahold of a White House memo titled “The Magic of Valerie” that included 33 talking points circulated throughout the administration. Here are the talking points excerpted in Leibovich’s forthcoming book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital: The magic of Valerie is her intellect and her...
  • ‘This Town’: Who comes off worst in Mark Leibovich’s takedown of insider Washington?

    07/04/2013 6:18:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-4-13 | Reliable Sources
    Link only http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2013/07/03/this-town-who-comes-off-worse-in-mark-leibovichs-takedown-of-insider-washington/?hpid=z4
  • The White House pushed dirt on Darrell Issa, book says

    07/03/2013 7:17:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 3, 2013 | By Racheal Weiner
    In the summer of 2010, with Republicans poised to take over the House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in line to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about the congressman’s past, a new book says. New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich describes what he says were the anti-Issa efforts in “This Town,” a condemnation of Washington self-obsession and self-promotion, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Post. According to Leibovich, former Obama deputy press secretary Bill Burton and suggested the reporter look into Issa’s past....