In Kenya, the answer is no one at all
It’s hard to drag an elephant into a room. But once there, it’s surprisingly easy to ignore. Such was the case during Kenya’s presidential campaign, which concluded this week. After a series of galling technical mishaps, the latest vote count delivered the presidency to deputy prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate, William Ruto. READ MORE >>
Barack Obama: The StoryBy David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, 641 pp., $32.50) READ MORE >>
The 2012 campaign isn’t the first to be marked by rumors and distortions. But it’s already setting new land-speed records for the time it takes a tossed-off comment or flat-out falsehood to develop into a “fact” accepted by half the political world. The “report” that Obama would be traveling to Paris to hold a European fundraiser on the Fourth of July was just the latest example of partisan lying. READ MORE >>
"Some people had to go to some real shit holes to escape him."
Updated at 3:03 p.m. When U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration resigned his position early this morning, he said in an emailed statement, “differences with Washington regarding my leadership style and certain priorities lead me to believe that it's now time to leave." READ MORE >>
The Prague Cemetery By Umberto Eco (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 445 pp., $27) READ MORE >>