The Washington Post today confirmed what for weeks had been
rumored: That Boston Globe editor
Marty Baron would exit Morrissey Boulevard to take charge of the Washington
Post - a regional newspaper with a
national footprint which, for a variety of reasons, has lost much of its
The timing of the move is tinged with a touch of Hollywood. Washington operates on a
two-year cycle, just as Congress does. But the quadrennial warp and weft of the
presidential election is the rhythm that matters most. The appointment of a
forceful talent like Baron at this particular moment reassures the imperial
egos of the scribbling class that the stars are still in the heavens.
It's been over three years since credit markets started shaking with the early tremors of the subprime crisis, and two years since that spread into a marketwide collapse. Prosecutors, regulators, Congress and journalists have spent the year uncovering the financial shenanigans that brought the market to its knees.
Until now, BP hasn't officially updated its 5,000-barrels-a-day estimate of the flow of crude oil into the Gulf. As we've pointed out, the company has said it's too busy trying to stop the spill to measure it. Today, BP made some time to update the public about its effort to siphon up some of the oil that's spewing into the Gulf, announcing that it's now collecting about 5,000 barrels of oil a day through a smaller tube that was inserted into one of two leaks.
It seems like Democrats these days love few things more than accusing Senator McCain and his supporters
of being racists. Not necessarily cross-burning, hood sporting Bible belt bigots,
but rather the type of out-of-touch crackers who prefer not sharing golf
courses and neighborhoods with minorities.
So when the Wall
Street Journal printed yesterday that former Maryland Lieutenant Governor
Michael Steele – a black man – was playing Barack Obama in McCain’s preparatory
debates, lefty bloggers jumped on it like a Google-sponsored convention buffet.