“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be.”
Remember how we were going to send up to 300 "advisers" to Iraq? That was sooo eleven days ago.
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As Alex Pappas noted earlier, Mark Mayfield, a Mississippi Tea Party leader who was allegedly involved in the scheme to photograph Sen. Thad Cochran's wife in a nursing home, is dead of an apparent suicide. This is tragic.
Every once in a while, someone writes the column that you wanted to write. Typically, this is annoying. But sometimes, they do it so much better than you would have, that all you can do is admire.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and it was utter desperation that forced Thad Cochran's campaign to employ an unorthodox run-off strategy.
There's an interesting wrinkle in today's Mississippi run-off. Fearing that Sen. Thad Cochan would bring in Democrats to vote for him, a conservative outside group supporting conservative Chris McDaniel has pledged to deploy poll watchers in Mississippi.
Conservatives are often accused of divisiveness, but it is interesting to see how many "loyal" Republicans can't handle a loss -- or even adversity. Instead of putting on a happy face and endorsing the Republican nominee, of late, it has been moderate Republicans who seem more likely to take their ball and go home when they lose.
You've probably heard about the latest dustup over the Free Beacon's use of files from the University of Arkansas library. Their reporting has already had a major impact (big enough to garner the push-back they are now receiving), and much will be written about the latest wrinkle(s) to the story.
Tom Doyle's new book, Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, opens with a portrait of a severely depressed Paul McCartney, mourning the breakup of the Beatles:
Over at Grantland, Bill Simmons argues that our reaction to Sunday's match against Portugal (which ended in a draw after America surrendered a last-minute goal) says something about our lack of passion for the game:
Comedian and host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver, offered some advice for comedians -- and journalists -- during a recent episode of NPR's Fresh Air.
My latest column for The Week was motivated by the realization that -- after ousting Rep. Eric Cantor -- conservatives failed to prevent Rep. Kevin McCarthy -- who is arguably to Cantor's left -- from assuming Cantor's post as majority leader.
On the heels of Marin Cogan's profile of Brian Schweitzer (which resulted in his later having to apologize for some of his comments), NBC News' Chuck Todd bashed the former Montana governor on his MSNBC show, The Daily Rundown.
Sen. Rand Paul has long been a voice for the Pro-Life cause, and if this is any hint, he will be talking about that today. This will play before his speech at Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference: WATCH:
In reading Kenneth P. Vogel new book, Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, one thing comes to mind: McCain-Feingold was an unmitigated disaster.
In his latest column, George Will poses this question to "Republican presidential aspirants":
The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins -- who wants the Washington Redskins to change their name on their own -- has a good column up on why the the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to cancel their trademark was a mistake.
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