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Why the hell isn't there a "Share on Google+" button on the new Google Reader? +1 is fine, but that doesn't share with my circles.
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So, I had some thoughts on this:

What a weird column. News-wise, everything at WaPo is subservient to federal news.

And considering that WaPo has focus-grouped its own possible paywall, what's to be gained by jabbing at the NYT paywall?

I really don't get Pexton taking a shot at NYT by calling it the "national newspaper for the liberal, cultured elite." That's just sniping.

Comparing WaPo to Bloomberg is silly. Bloomberg has only ever existed to serve the Bloomberg Terminal subscribers.

And WaPo would be Politico if Len Downie had had any vision. Politico's journalism is subsidized by its advertisers just like WaPo. The only difference is that Politico has a better class of advertisers. How come Pexton isn't pointing a finger at The Hill & Roll Call? Aren't they just lesser versions of Politico, but aimed at the same general audience of "fat cats and power elites."

Another Q: How come NYT can can engage in all the same sorts of non-journalism ventures WaPo does yet manage to improve journalistically?

Pexton: WaPo must be "hard-hitting, scrappy and questioning" & "skeptical of all political figures & parties." If that means calling out both sides' bullshit, then great. If it means doubling down on being "balanced" b/c you're afraid of being called biased — that's just more of the same "bloodless" coverage.

Where WaPo's federal coverage is most lacking is on the analytical side. There's Ezra & no one else. Way too much horse race coverage. For the last few years, the biggest stories have been at the intersection of business & fed policy, a place where WaPo is terminally ill.

Pexton says liberals & conservative write him asking that WaPo chase stories & be skeptical. Just wait & see what they say when WaPo takes down one of their guys. #readersaredumb

Can someone dig up Deborah Howell and stick her corpse in front of a keyboard? It would do a better job than Pexton.
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Parks & Recreation meets Game of Thrones. Inspired.
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The night before the Battle of Fort Stevens, Gen. Robert E. Lee and I trolled the seafood buffet in a crowded restaurant.

His dark-blue Ford F-150 XLT Triton V8 in the parking lot had his name emblazoned across two quarter-panels and the rear, and his Virginia license plate read "GenR Lee," but nobody inside seemed to recognize him, nor did they particularly notice Gen. Jubal Early or Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg, who were with us.

It was a Friday evening. A tour bus was parked outside and all attention was focused on the food, even though we were hip-deep in Confederate generals.

They were dressed in civvies yet given away by their luxuriant facial hair. But this being all-you-can-eat heaven, no one noticed any of the three, not even Phil Carpenter of Chincoteague, an island son with an eerie resemblance to Robert E. Lee.

There are many Robert E. Lees in the re-enactment world, and the resemblance varies.

"I am the same height, same eye color, same hair color," Carpenter said. "I am just about 100 pounds overweight. I need to lose that. And I will."

Not if you keep frequenting seafood buffets, General.
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Fascinating developing story about a "marriage of convenience" between an elderly woman and a much younger man — who claimed to be a sheikh and in the Iraqi military — that ended in what looks like murder. Hopefully, a lot more details come out about their relationship. This story is begging for a longform magazine piece.

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/viola-drath-slain-georgetown-woman-had-sought-protection-from-husband-documents-show/2011/08/15/gIQAEb16HJ_story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/viola-draths-husband-muth-charged-with-second-degree-murder-in-her-killing/2011/08/16/gIQAJn3HKJ_story.html?hpid=z2

The couple hosted frequent parties in their home and across Washington, bringing together the city’s elite, including U.S. government officials, generals, foreign diplomats and media powerhouses. Muth told them that he is a general in the Iraqi army with inside access to leaders across the globe. Muth also would sometimes walk around his neighborhood in a military uniform, carrying a swagger stick.

But the Iraqi government says he isn’t a member of its military. It is one of several claims detectives are investigating as they try to piece together Drath’s slaying, police said.

Muth has no official connection to the Iraqi government or its military, according to the Iraqi Embassy in Washington. His wife’s slaying and the police investigation have exposed Muth as someone who used his wife’s legitimate accomplishments and relationships to build a life of his own that was at least partially based on dubious credentials.

Interviews with numerous Washington officials and journalists have revealed that Muth built an impressive e-mail list over the past two decades that reached the highest levels of government. Ambassadors and defense attaches attended dinners in the basement of his home under the guise of official Iraqi events. Journalists were lured with promises of hobnobbing with high-ranking members of the Iraqi military.

Muth would don official-looking Iraqi uniforms, signed his e-mails with the title of staff brigadier general and frequently contacted the media — including several Post reporters and editors — claiming inside information about the Iraq war. Some of his invitations, obtained by The Post, included the official Iraqi seal and matched typical Washington military protocol and jargon.

When he spoke to one Post reporter by telephone, he would start conversations by saying “Brigadier General Muth here” and sign off with: “We didn’t talk. Good day.”

Please let it be Woodward.
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A selection of comments:

FWIW, I have the MLB Extra Innings package and get to see/listen to all the MLB teams announcers and Carp and FP are firmly in the top quartile of announcers. Sure, Carp misspeaks sometimes, but recovers well. Keeps a good pace, too. Always insightful. FP brings good energy to the booth, too. Better than someone negative like Keith Hernandez, blech.rnkorby

Let me be brief: Re-sign Bob Carpenter! He's outstanding - deep baseball knowledge, an engaging way of describing a game, seasoned with humor, and a nice balance of being for the home team without being a homer.seamhead28

Everything us fans love and hold dear to our hearts the Nats seem to take from us. They masochistically rip it from us and spit on it afterwards. Then they sit back and laugh while we come back for more because we believe in baseball for this town.
RIP:
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Nats ownership probably didn't like Carpenter's not-so-veiled (but well-deserved)criticism of Werth -- particularly his excessive strike outs with runners in scoring position. While FP would try to explain/defend Werth's horrible at bats, Carpenter called it like it is. Anyway, we know how they reacted to Dibble's criticism of Strasburg; I'm thinking this may be more of the same.feelanau1

This is a the best the broadcast has been since the team moved to DC. I'd hate to see it broken up.JohninMpls

Bob has been a great play by play guy. Not sure how you could improve upon him. He's a homer without being in the tank. He has a feel for the game.genericrepub

Honestly don't care either way, unless the next person stinks. But I've come to appreciate Carp's not-so-veiled criticisms as plays occur, and appreciate his knowledge of mechanics and strategy.joemktg1

FP is a gem.periculum

Seriously? Carpenter is excellent.wassavi
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Two dozen sailors and a handful of officers have come to McClure Field on a Tuesday to play softball. Some have their shirts off on this steamy summer day as they toss the ball a few times to warm up before the first pitch.

McClure is a lot of field for such an informal game. It seats 3,500 and is the second-oldest brick baseball stadium in the country. Games have been played here for almost a century. Years ago, the Navy put up a series of markers to tell its history, but these days few stop to read them.

The one near the entrance on the first base side has been bleached by the sun.

"During World War II all Americans pitched in for victory. Several major league baseball players enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to Norfolk for training."

And then you see the names.

Phil Rizzuto. Pee Wee Reese. Bob Feller. Dom DiMaggio.

In September 1943, the best baseball on Earth was being played on this field, because almost all of the day's star players had enlisted.

Naval Station Norfolk had two of the best military teams going, the Naval Training Station Bluejackets and the Naval Air Station Airmen. Both teams routinely defeated major league squads in exhibition games - War Bond exhibitions as they were called back then - and each had a future Hall of Famer.

The station commander had fallen in love with the game, and he had an idea: Pit the two teams against each other in a best-of-seven series.

Part 1 of an 8-part series.

Part 2: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/navy-series-game-1-behind-casey-airmen-cruise-win
Part 3: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/navy-world-series-game-2-scooter-earns-his-nickname
Part 4: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/navy-series-game-3-start-monster-career-game
Part 5: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/navy-series-game-4-walker-helps-airmen-draw-even
Part 6: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/navy-series-game-5-glimpse-fleeting-star
Part 7: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/navy-world-series-game-6-pee-wee-comes-big
Part 8: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/navy-world-series-game-7-when-needed-most-hutch-was-clutch
Sidebars: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/virginia-beach-man-had-dugout-view-history http://hamptonroads.com/2011/07/better-timing-he-could-have-crashed-party
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But Broglio said there was indeed a reason and that the Cubs have never known what he believes motivated the Cardinals to trade him besides the opportunity to get Brock.

"They got a heckuva ballplayer; they gave up damaged goods," Broglio said. "I think that they knew I had a bad arm."

Broglio said he was already over a problem he had experienced two years before, when he had cortisone shots every other start for a troublesome shoulder, but he had hurt his elbow late in '63 and was still suffering as he struggled to a 3-5 record at the time of the trade. He said he received regular treatment for the elbow from the Cardinals' trainer and occasional cortisone shots, too.

"I think the Cardinals knew a lot -- a lot more than what I knew of the injury," Broglio said. "So that's why I think they decided that they send the bad arm problem, get rid of him."
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