Monthly Archives: March 2014

Coffee Shop Review: Society Fair (Arlington) and Cafe Aficionado

  I discovered a few things when I started hanging out in neighborhood coffee shops.* First, they’re full of weirdos (except me). Not just any weirdos, but the kinds of weirdos who look like they just emerged from the basement of their … Continue reading

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‘We’ll Make Them Bleed’

Ukraine’s humiliation continued this week. The crisis heated up ever so slightly after Russian forces (or Crimea’s ethnic Russian militias, depends who you ask) seized two Ukrainian naval bases in Crimea without firing a shot, and briefly detained the top Ukrainian … Continue reading

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Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: I Wish

We’re neck deep in March Madness and Truman is ecstatic, as you can see. Player of the year? Creighton’s Doug McDermott, whose jump shot and basketball savvy have observers whispering “Great White Hope” and “the next Larry Bird” every time … Continue reading

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Happy Snowy St. Patrick’s Day!

After a spring-like weekend, we in D.C. are being subjected to a third straight week with a snow day, grinding the already rusty cogs of government to a halt. Don’t worry, it wasn’t like anyone else was doing anything useful … Continue reading

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We’ll Dance, But We’re Done Leading

Aaron David Miller argues in Foreign Policy that you better get used to the U.S. taking a backseat in world affairs. Chief among the reasons he cites is the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have blunted … Continue reading

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Bob Thomas Dies: Longtime Hollywood Journalist Covered Oscars, RFK Shooting

In my first career, Bob Thomas occasionally popped into the AP’s busy Los Angeles bureau to check his mail (the snail kind, this was in the mid- to late-90s) and take care of business with the bosses. Bob always had … Continue reading

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Putin: Perfectly Rational, But No Genius

Today’s Politico has an interesting cover story that attempts to get inside the brain of Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his motivations for pushing military intervention in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. (What else am I going to call … Continue reading

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