Person of the year
This afternoon, Time magazine held its annual lunch and panel for it’s prestigious person of the year issue. We went in with our money on Occupy Wall Street, but most of our other journo diners seemed to take it as a given that the honor would be bestowed on Steve Jobs.
It was an impressive panel led by Time‘s Rich Stengel: NBC’s Brian Williams, Anita Hill, Jesse Eisenberg, Mario Batali, Seth Meyers, and Grover Norquist, president of the advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform.
In the fall of 1991, the political right was gunning for Arlen Specter. Four years earlier, he’d infuriated them by lending a critical assist to the successful campaign to kill Robert Bork’s Supreme Court nomination and he’d done little in the intervening time to make peace with them. Now, with Specter facing reelection Read More
Back in 1992, there was no senator that Democrats—particularly female Democrats—were more eager to beat than Arlen Specter, who the previous fall had listened to Anita Hill's claims of sexual harassment and responded by accusing Hill of "flat-out perjury."
And they almost did beat him—with a candidate named Lynn Yeakel, a previously unknown fund-raiser Read More
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative , by David Brock. Crown, 336 pages, $25.95.
I’m afraid you really are going to have to read this book just to see what you think of it. “This is a terrible book,” David Brock begins. “It is about lies told and reputations ruined. It is Read More
Let me introduce myself. I’m from Virginia, and I’m over 50, ergo, no bimbo. And being from the state of George Washington’s cherry tree, I’m no liar, either. Just listen to my quiet, halting voice and take one look at my limpid eyes, my prominent cheekbones, reduced hair and restrained makeup (no lipstick, even; these Read More