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March 26, 2007

Let's see. First Charles Krauthammer, and now David Broder gets the urge to downplay the attorney-purge scandal (which still needs a snappy nickname, no?):

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More mommy guilt -- according to a new study, children who spend more than a year in day care are more likely to develop behavior problems. Well. Sort of. If you read past the alarming first graf in the Times story, you discover that "the effect was slight, and well within the normal range for healthy children."

Geez. So, parents, don't worry! You can go back to feeling guilty about your other shortcomings.

--Keelin McDonell

The Politico's Ben Smith makes the interesting observation that Steve Jobs, who hasn't contributed to a presidential candidate since Bill Bradley, may be a tacit Obama booster:

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Larry Small resigned on Saturday as head of the Smithsonian, without, as the Post notes, a severance package. Happy retirement!

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In this month's Vanity Fair, Helen Thomas answers the magazine's "Proust Questionnaire" feature (no link available). "Who are your heroes in real life?" the magazine asks. First on her list: Ramsey Clark.

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Remember when North Korea was test-launching those missiles last summer? Yeah, turns out our missile defense system was on the fritz at the same time.

--Keelin McDonell

Eve Fairbanks discovers Tom DeLay's secret plan takeover the conservative grassroots; Bradford Plumer explains how Microsoft Vista could destroy the planet; Parag Khanna and Khalil Matar see that Muslim governments that reconcile with Islamists have more success than those

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March 25, 2007

The Frankfurt airport is a dreary place, so I decided to spend my layover here by taking the train into the center of the city. Reading through a stack of European papers I was surprised at the column space given to the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the EU's founding document.

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Thrilling Baghdad International Airport duty free shop raffle!

--Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley looks deep into Hillary Clinton's past and discovers that maybe her Iraq war vote in 2003 wasn't just a political calculation (he also recommends some essential reading about Hillary's hawkishness); Eric Rauchway wonders whether historians can help shed light o

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