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Achenblog: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

What Does a President Do?

[My story in the Outlook section this weekend.] A simple and deceptively tricky question: What does a president do? If you had to put together the Help Wanted ad for the position of chief executive, what would you write?...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 26, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (334)
 
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Affluence and Irish Pubs

You surely saw the great story by Mary Jordan today from Ireland, which apparently is no longer the same place depicted in "Angela's Ashes." The Irish Miracle has not only caused a spike in affluence, it has shuttered at...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 25, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Happy Again

I like to think of myself as even-keeled. Not unflappable, mind you (before speaking in public I get very flapped), and not serene (because I'm always behind in my work, and in a mad rush, to the point that,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 23, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fang Shui

My new career: Nature photographer. I'm gonna get a huge camera and a gyroscopic deelybopper to keep things in focus when I'm choppering over the savannah and whatnot. Some ropes for the technical climbs. First I'll shop for the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 22, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Next Big Scandal

Someone who ought to be on the short list as a Veep pick for the Democrats is Claire McCaskill, and not because she's from the swing state of Missouri. She's been an auditor, and understands that the Pentagon is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 21, 2008; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
 
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