In the Arena

Sorting Out the Scandals

Putting Benghazi, the IRS’s Tea Party targeting and the Justice Department’s leak-hunting seizure of Associated Press phone records in the same basket is like comparing a mirage to a dishwasher to a diamond. There is no common thread.


The question is, how was this different from previous government attempts to track down inside sources who leaked secrets–as in the Valerie Plame/Scooter Libby fracas during the Bush Administration?

Real Diehl on Benghazi

The Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl is usually a reliable, and responsible, advocate for neocon-ish policies in the Middle East. His column today is a rebuke to those trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal.

Still More Benghazi

Seems to me that Andrew Sullivan has nailed the import of the latest email revelations. But there is one point to note for future reference.

The Mission Continues

I spent last weekend watching 73 recent veterans, most of them wounded, begin a 6-month public service fellowship, sponsored by The Mission Continues, the excellent program run by former Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar and Time 100 …

Benghazi Again

The Republicans, apparently with nothing better to do, are still chasing their tails over the tragic events in Benghazi on September 11.

Fresh Air

I’m exhilarated by the news that Jason Collins, who plays professional basketball for the Washington Wizards, has come out of the closet.

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