April 20th, 2006

Scorpion

my new favorite columnist

"The Metaphor Alert sounded at the White House at about 9:45 a.m. Minutes earlier, press secretary Scott McClellan had announced his resignation on the South Lawn and hopped aboard Marine One for a trip to Andrews Air Force Base with President Bush. The helicopter doors closed, the rotors began to spin, and then stopped a minute later. The doors re-opened and the president exited with a shrug. He just can't gain altitude these days."
-Dana Milbank
Scorpion

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Analysis: an administration in survival mode. Also, how McClellan reflected Bush's problems with the press. Plus more media notes from Howard Kurtz on the shakeup, and Dick Polman on McClellan's other mission.

Aid workers forced to abandon Darfur.

War costs are skyrocketing, and the Senate is set to investigate.

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Being bad: "...public humiliation has lost its barb."

"...The performance of the Knicks has been beyond imagination. The team has the highest payroll in the National Basketball Association ($125 million) but nonetheless will finish the year at the very bottom of the Eastern Conference. Its payroll is so rich that four players sitting out the Charlotte game the other night ... had contracts worth $53 million. That is one expensive bench."
-Richard Cohen