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Franken Retracts

Joking about journalists going to jail for protecting their sources? Plays great at Robert Novak's house, no doubt, and actually just about everywhere else these days. Except, say, at the 35th anniversary dinner of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. There, it's sort of like flushing a bucket of Korans down a star-spangled toilet:


Then [Al Franken] turned toward The New York Times table in the front of the room, where sat Judith Miller, best known these days for two things: her articles on weapons of mass destruction that didn't quite pan out and the possibility she will go to jail for not revealing sources in the Valerie Plame case. "Judy,"" Franken said, "maybe you can find some WMD in your cell."

Nice fear-up harsh, dude! Sensing danger in the crowd's stony silence, Franken nimbly retracted. "OK, I shouldn't have told that joke." But it was too late for apologies, and the evening quickly devolved into a riot of burning glances and self-righteous indignation.

Jokes and Worries as Reporters Committee Turns 35 [Editor & Publisher]

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There was a time, a few months ago, when everyone had written off Elizabeth Warren. Well, not me, because I am a fabulous genius, but lots of other people. The "very reasonable" talking heads on all the various news channels, the kind of people who used to say things like "Oh, we'd like universal health care too, but 'the people' will never go for it!" but who definitely did not actually want universal health care for any reason, and even the Trump campaign. Though, to be fair, the Trump campaign didn't think Trump had much of a chance of winning in 2016 either.

But now, as more and more people hear her speak, hear her plans, hear what she wants to do and how she wants to do it... Elizabeth Warren is rising up in the polls. She's a contender. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, she was closing in on Sanders for second place nationally, and in California and Nevada polls, she's in second place.

And now, according to a report from Politico, the Trump campaign is now scrambling and panicking and... stalking her?

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