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August 24, 2007
Emily Yoffe over at Slate chronicles a recent back-to-school shopping trip with her young daughter:
I held up a pair of beige polyester pants that looked reasonable to me.
"Mom, I'm 11!" she said. "I'm not Harriet Miers!"
August 23, 2007
Christine Stansell's excellent review of The Diana Chronicles put me in mind of another piece, written shortly after Diana's death. I was an editor at U.S. News at the time, and the late Marjorie Williams--in my estimation, easily the best Washington writer of her generation--wrote a short essay for us that captured, better than anything I've read before or since, Diana's symbolic importance and the mysterious resonance she held for so many American women.
As if Shinzo Abe didn't already have enough problems to deal with, now he's got this. In all seriousness, this is a good reminder that there's a reason why Japan's leaders are reluctant to come to grips with the country's role in World War II. They're subject to the same democratic pressures any other country's leaders are.
Barack Obama's appearance on "The Daily Show" last night wasn't bad, exactly, but it was hardly the home run it might have been. Though the crowd was obviously rooting for him, he didn't give them a lot to work with. His biggest applause lines were probably a rather tame joke about Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and an unintentionally backhanded compliment he tried to pay the GOP presidential contenders.
South Carolina lawyer Robert N. Rosen:
"I don't think anybody had any doubt that Mr. Brown might have fathered other children, let's just put it that way."
Read the whole amusing piece here.
In other news, I am leaving TNR after a wonderful year. Thanks to all the readers and commenters for making this such a lively and fun experience. I have really enjoyed posting on the blog.
Over at National Review yesterday, Ramesh Ponnuru--a conservative I respect and enjoy reading--criticized Jonathan Chait's column on Bill Kristol. In particular, Ramesh said, Jon has unfairly seized upon a particular passage in Kristol's recent editorial about liberals and the troops. It's the passage where Kristol wrote: