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  3. Bill O’Reilly’s segment from last Wednesday — the one in which he asks Kirsten Powers and Kate Obenshain to expound on some mysterious quality that makes women somehow less qualified than men to be president — has to be the most awkward moment of television.

    I sympathize with the urge to respond to the clip with mockery. But sometimes a glimmer of truth can be found even in the tawdriest of settings — and it’s Powers who deserves credit for uttering it here. Wracking her brain for something to say in response to O’Reilly’s flippantly sexist provocation, Powers volunteers that a female president might be more easily goaded than a male president into military muscle-flexing as a way of demonstrating her toughness.

    I like this comment not only because it undercuts O’Reilly’s smarmy insinuation that a woman would be too weak to stand toe-t-toe with macho tough guys like Vladimir Putin. I also like it because it may well be true.



  5. Today’s podcast gives 3 reasons Rick Santorum has no chance of winning the presidency anytime soon.

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  6. "The politicians who spent two minutes saluting Remsburg seemed to evade responsibility for putting him there in the first place.

    Sure Remsburg could be a symbol of a nation that doesn’t quit. But he could also be a symbol of a nation that sometimes makes tragic mistakes as well.”

    — Taegan Goddard, in Should presidents use wounded soldiers as political props?



  8. Marc Ambinder highlights the 10 most important lines from the President’s State of the Union address…and what they really mean.

    "After five years of grit and determined effort, the U.S. is better positioned for the 21st century that any nation on earth."

    All the muck of the past five years has led to job growth and an improving economy, and I’m determined to be optimistic even if the country is as pessimistic as ever, because I’m not going to follow the media’s trapping narrative.

    The 10 most important lines of the SOTU explained


  9. Ideally, the symbolic nature of the presidency would be lessened and the passions of citizens more restrained. But we must deal in reality. Today, the symbolism of the presidency has never been greater, and the factionalism and passions that so concerned Founders like John Adams are unquestionably on the upswing. In an age in which the media can so easily fan the flames either of worship or ridicule, and when an ever larger segment of the population finds it natural to vent and publicize their every thought through Facebook and Twitter, we are moving steadily farther from sober and responsible control of public passion.

  10. Saul would prefer having an asset within Iran, someone the U.S. can “control” to force regime change — the only acceptable option in his mind. (Note to Homeland: The U.S. did something kind of similar 60 years ago. Didn’t work out so well!)


  12. On this day in 1969: As the Vietnam War raged, President Richard Nixon ordered the bombing of neighboring Cambodia for the first time. Nixon believed Cambodia was being used as a staging area for attacks on American forces; the bombings were kept secret for two months and continued through April 1970. A total of 3,630 sorties dropped 110,000 tons of ordnance.

    Here’s what else happened on this day in history


  13. On this day in 1868, the Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began. The House of Representatives had already impeached the president on 11 counts of trying to fire War Secretary Edwin Stanton and for violating post-war Reconstruction Acts. After a dramatic two-month Senate trial, Johnson was acquitted by a single vote. Bill Clinton is the only other president to have been impeached.

    Here’s what else happened on this day in history