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When Lynn Darling moved to Vermont about six years ago, she thought she’d stay there for the rest of her life. Her daughter had gone off to college, and as a widow, Ms. Darling found herself rudderless. Vermont was a new beginning, a fresh start.
But as she pointed out on Tuesday night at a book party on the Upper East Side celebrating the release of her new memoir, Out of the Woods, which recounts her several years of soul-searching among the evergreens, Ms. Darling found out that she wasn’t the “self-contained anchor” she had imagined herself to be. She missed New York, her friends, her roots—and she moved back last year.
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Journalists who protest the government in Ukraine are getting brutally attacked, including prominent Ukrainian journalist Tetyana Chornovol, who required hospital treatment after a Dec. 25 beating. These photos are graphic. (Kyiv Post)
Scotland Yard, Britain’s largest police force, is pursuing an unspecified criminal investigation involving intelligence leaks to the Guardian. The investigation was apparently launched in response to the much-publicized detention of David Miranda—Glenn Greenwald’s partner—at Heathrow Airport. (The Washington Post)
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There’s a storm a-brewin’ in the media world in response to Richard Cohen’s most recent Washington Post column, wherein a lot of inexcusable bigotry occurs in a very short span of words.
Jeff Bezos gave his first interview since deciding to buy The Washington Post to, naturally, The Washington Post. The Amazon founder ”says he doesn’t have all the answers for what’s ailing the newspaper industry or for the financially challenged news organization he is preparing to buy. But he says he’s eager to start asking questions and conducting experiments in the quest for a new ‘golden era’ at The Post.” (The Washington Post)
Politico’s Mike Allen is the most followed journalist among members of Congress, both Republican and Democrat. ( Read More
More critical analysis of Donald Trump, from across the political spectrum.
NYPIRG notes Trump gave money to lots of NY Democrats, including Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, Kathleen Rice, etc. Overall, “$395,391.66 of this money has gone to Democrats, compared to $172,150 to Republicans,” the group notes.
The Club for Growth continues Read More
Doubts are raised about the story of the Ground Zero police officer who died on the day his son attended the State of the Union speech with Hillary Clinton.
Richard Cohen said Hillary should have questioned the administration better before her vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq.
Mike Read More
The AJC’s report on “Only Self-Hating Jews Don’t Like Israel”—it’s actually called “‘Progressive’ Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism”—is officially an embarrassment. I say officially because the report’s theme that it is “illegitimate” for Jews to question the nature of the founding of Israel, that such inquiries represent a “betrayal” of Israel, based on “tangled Read More
So pundits can’t seem to take their eyes off of Ed Klein’s Hillary book, even as they dismiss it as a work of trashy fiction.
The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen tries a sarcastic take on Klein’s real motivations for writing the book.
“Klein set out to expose the right wing for Read More
Richard Cohen, a Washington Post columnist stationed in New York, has been booted upstairs from the paper’s 12th-floor offices to a kind of Coventry 10 floors above in the same building. This was done after The Post ‘s management had determined that Mr. Cohen, a 57-year-old, tepidly conventional liberal, had committed “inappropriate behavior” on, to, Read More