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Political Bookworm: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

March 21, 2010

1. Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight (Threshold Editions, $30). By Karl Rove 2. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (Harper, $27.99). By John Heilemann &...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  March 20, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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March 21, 2010

NONFICTION HARDOVER 1. COURAGE & CONSEQUENCE: MY LIFE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN THE FIGHT (Threshold Editions, $30). By Karl Rove (1) 2. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG (Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea HandlerA new batch of essays from the comedienne. (1)...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  March 20, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The least-accurate political memoirs ever written

Has Karl Rove played fast and loose with historical fact in his new memoirs “Courage and Consequence"? History will decide. But recollections invariably differ — perhaps never more so than in the political memoir. And Karl Rove’s isn’t the first...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 19, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Tags: least-accurate political memoirs;  
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Former CIA counter-terrorism officer explains how he ignited a controversy over waterboarding

John Kiriakou, a former CIA counter-terrorism officer, created a storm in 2007 when he confirmed the use of waterboarding – on terrorist detainee Abu Zubaydah. Kiriakou claimed that Zubaydah was waterboarded once for only 30 to 35 seconds before he...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 18, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: debate over waterboarding; cia agent claim of waterboarding  
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After 9/11, a young man has an urge to serve; a former correspondent assesses the costs of war

An Angel from Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines By Ryan A. Conklin (Caliber/Berkley, $24.95) April 6 Like many Americans moved to duty in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Ryan Conklin made the bold decision to...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  March 17, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Larry Flynt to write history of presidents' sex lives

Presidential hanky-panky is as old as the nation itself. But no one can bring it to life quite like Larry Flynt. Now the publisher of Hustler is teaming up with Columbia University lecturer David Eisenbach to write “One Nation Under...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 17, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Brace Yourself  | Tags: larry flynt and sex in the white house; presidential sexual behavior; private lives of presidents  
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A novel approach to health care

As the decades-long health care debate reaches a climax in Washington this week, Lionel Shriver has released a powerful novel that puts flesh on the issues. "So Much For That," reviewed today in the Style section, is an angry demonstration...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 17, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: health care reform and fiction; lionel shriver; so much for that;  
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Political Poet's Choice: "Here, in Silence" by Fleda Brown

I was just weary. Those mostly-baby faces day after day, nearly young enough to be my oldest grandchild. But after the great World War I poets, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brook, how could I write this again? What...

By Ron Charles  |  March 17, 2010; 4:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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U.S. takes issue with author's account of visit at embassy in Algiers

By Steven Levingston Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, March 16, 2010; C03 Michael Mewshaw did a dangerous and perhaps foolhardy thing for his 65th birthday: He embarked on a 4,000-mile overland journey through the terrorist-ridden lands of North Africa. But...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 16, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Health-care reform and abortion services: the damage is already done to future coverage

Of the many contentious issues in the health care reform battle, abortion provisions ignite some of the hottest sparks. Carole Joffe, professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco, has followed the...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 16, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: health care reform and abortion; abortion rights; abortion debate in health care bill  
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Michael Lewis, Rebecca Skloot hit comedy shows

The funny men, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, have authors of two serious and illuminating books scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Michael Lewis will join Stewart on The Daily Show on Monday to discuss “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 15, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In the contentious case of Obama v. Supreme Court: ruling will come in the court of public opinion

Political tiffs between the White House and the Supreme Court don’t often burst into the open. So when Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Barack Obama went at it last week, we wondered what it all meant for...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  March 15, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: obama vs. supreme court; supreme court and obama; supreme court fight with obama  
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