::Puts Head in Hands, Shakes It Side to Side::

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• “And I think that men just by osmosis understand all of these things [like, war and stuff], and they’re things that I really have to work at.” [TP]

•”[W]hat’s happening here is far bigger than the particulars of Obama and Wright, it’s about cultural dissonance that was going to bubble up one way or another.” [TNR]

• “The falsehoods [were] largely part of an effort to disguise the obvious fact that the dismissals were the implementation of a political plan which had been formulated in the White House [and] to disguise…an elaborate scheme … to circumvent the process through which candidates are reviewed and confirmed by the Senate using a secret amendment to the USA PATRIOT Act.” [Harper’s]

• “[T]he panel’s Republicans insisted the visitors allow their lenders to discuss their financial histories publicly—in any forum, at any time.” [Washington Independent]

• “Well, the plan for a reconstruction was based on, as it turned out, false assumptions.” [Bremer on CNN]