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Kathleen Parker—newly named CNN co-host—writes today that Obama is the First Female President, and that”s why he is failing. "Obama may prove to be our first male president who pays a political price for acting too much like a woman." Although she notes he is "endowed."
Glenn Greenwald: Study finds that media called waterboarding "torture" for decades—until our side started doing it. And more on media "servitude"… Meanwhile, Joe Klein interrupts his vacation to attack Greenwald, for hitting his pal, Jeffrey Goldberg, and ends up suggesting Glenn is "a twisted, deluded soul." Of course, Klein has long been ripped by Glenn in his own right—and expect more of same later today.
Sen. Feingold on why he is not backing current form of FinReg bill.
Slate: Sordid sex on Emily DIckinson’s couch—while she was upstairs and knew all about it! Yes, it’s true.
My new piece here: "Who’ll Be the Last Soldier to ‘Die for a Mistake’ in Afghan?" And, yes, we know who it was in Vietnam.
Hurricane Alex may actually help the gulf oil situation, and probably won’t hurt it in any case.
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Full wrapup on the Kagan hearings at Talking Points Memo, with conclusion: "She sailed through," even though Sen. Jeff "Not In" Sessions basically called her a liar over and over. Fun revelation about Jews like her tending to spend Christmas Day in Chinese restaurants… She’ll join Roberts Court already super-activist, despite GOP denials.
Tweet of the Day from Stephen Colbert: "Why does looking at animals covered in oil make me sad, but looking at animals covered in oil and deep-fried make me hungry?" He also has more serious take on BP making light of disaster.