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Amazing L.A. Times story on the little-publicized isses surrounding our drone aircraft in war zones, including costly glitches, crashes. Money quote from manager of the program: ‘It was never designed to go to war when it did. We didn’t have the luxury of ironing out some of the problems."
Paui Krugman, in rare inside-NYT public spat, takes on DAvid Brooks’ latest weak column: "I have no idea what he’s talking about." … PLUS: My new piece here on when cowardly Brooks failed "the Palin test" when it really counted — during the 2008 campaign.
Mediaite: Women from "The Daily Show" respond to "sexism" charges from Jezebel.
Ruth Rosen at Alternet: Why women dominate the tea parties–make the "white Christian" movement seem less scary.
The great Hannah Allam — Middle East bureau chief for McClatchy (I put her on the cover of E&P six years ago) — is five months pregmant and still working in war zone. Just had a baby shower attended by other long-timers.
–TUESDAY ON THE LINKS
Rachel Maddow doing show from Kabul this week…. Steve Carell visits Colbert on Wednesday–hoping for a Steven vs. Stephen rematch?
New NY Magazine profile of David Brooks just posted, calling him both "irrelevant" and "essential." Well, they are half right. They also call him "the voice of reason." You get the picture. Writer Christopher Beam apparently born yesterday, or thereabouts. Best excerpt: One of his first political acts came "in third grade at the Grace Church School, when he scrawled ‘Julie Nixon is a Nazi’ on the board. He received a paddling as punishment."