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Achenblog: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Obama Needs My Advice

[I just noticed that we're coming up on the 1,500th Achenblog item. Probably I should make sure it's a good one. But I think part of what makes any blog feel casual and fun is not just the use...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 30, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (320)
 
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The Return of Shame

Obama may be Mr. Cool most of the time, but he had steam coming out of his ears today when he talked about Wall Street. Here are a couple of excerpts of remarks he made after conferring with his...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 29, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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The Obama Stimulus

On March 8, 1933, the fifth day of his presidency, FDR paid a visit to 92-year-old Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who had known a battle or two in his life, including Ball's Bluff, the first serious engagement of the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 29, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Who Speaks for Failure?

[Yesterday I stopped by the Slate offices, which are really nice, indeed palatial when compared to the A-blog's sad little cubicle in the Post newsroom. Michael Newman has a view of Connecticut Avenue, and TWO WINDOWS. But Jack Shafer...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 28, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
 
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John Updike

There was a time when a novelist could bestride the American cultural landscape. You could get on the cover of Time magazine. Reporters sought your opinion on politics, culture, sports, anything. Your short stories appeared in Esquire and Playboy....

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 27, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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Ultra-Megapixel Inauguration Photo

I posted some linky bits this morning to the Political Browser. The ultra-super-duper megapixel photo of the inauguration is a great way to waste time (though not as good as playing in the snow). Cheney looks like he's auditioning...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 27, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Washington's Creation Myth

In his Post Outlook piece this week, Joel Kotkin repeats the conventional wisdom about the founding of the nation's capital: Washington has always occupied a unique and somewhat incongruous niche among U.S. cities. It came into being not because...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 26, 2009; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
 
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