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I’ve already said that I can understand why some Republicans are complaining about Gwen Ifill being the moderator for tonight’s debate, even though the charges about Ifill’s partisanship are wildly overblown. For those who think Ifill is a rabid Democrat and liberal, here she is on Washington Week back on May 2, 2003:
Picture perfect. Part Spider-Man, part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan. The president seizes the moment on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. We look at the images, the messages and the consequences of the president’s week. In another victory lap, Donald Rumsfeld goes to Afghanistan and Iraq and lays out his vision for a remade military.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated minimum number of North Koreans living in secret government gulags:
In Kenya, elephants were found to use a special rumble to warn one another of the presence of bees.
In Norfolk six black-tipped reef sharks, a bonnethead shark, a bowmouth guitar shark, six penguins, and a green sea turtle were evacuated from the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary because of flooding.
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Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution
“I will never know what goes on in your mind, or what that shield of a smile behind which we try to advance should tell us.”