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Gossip Roundup: Telegenic No More

Names & Faces: William Buckley Jr. leaving The National Review. [WP]


Under the Dome: Buckley Jr.: "If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we'd be in, I would have opposed this war.". . . British government brings Rep. Gilchrest and Hill staffers to London to increase environmental protection. . . Wall St. has mixed views of Teresa. . . Mother Jones announces Diddly Awards. . . Inauguration planning underway, lead by Lott. . . Sen. Roberts on Armed Services Committee to Wolfowitz: "This really dates me, but in the 1940s, there was a song that my dad and mom enjoyed..." To Armitage: "Let’s use the Butch Cassidy-Sundance Kid question." [The Hill]

Inside Politics: Hillary to donors: "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that [tax cut] short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." [WT]

Rush & Molloy: New book turns characters on Bush. [NYDN]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Bremer seeks fat book deal. . . Chris Heinz: "I think I'm the only person who hasn't hooked up because of the campaign. Because I'm deathly afraid to... Campaigns are very young, but I only meet people for one or two nights at a time, max, unless I'm here in New York or in L.A. That's not a good model for me. I've never been that guy. I wish! Or I used to wish. Anyhow, I don't wish now." [NYDN]

Page Six: CJR compares descriptions of Kerry in 2000 to today; "handsome" and "telegenic" no more. . . Carly Simon, James Taylor reunite for Kerry. [NYP and NYP]

Liz Smith: Charley Reese, conservative columnist, switches says Bush is an "empty suit who is manipulated by the people in his administration... Bush has the most dangerously simplistic view of the world of any president in my memory." On Kerry: "It would be fun to have a president who plays hockey, windsurfs, rides motorcycles, plays the guitar, writes poetry and speaks French. It would be good to have a man in the White House who has killed people face-to-face. Killing has a sobering effect on a man and dispels all illusions about war.". . . Plus Liz Smith's advice for Monica. [NYP]

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What did we say this morning? Something about how "They want a war with Iran," and "Please do not listen to news reports about Trump telling his people to cool their jets with the Iran talk, because they want a war with Iran, and all they are looking for is their trigger"?

News came out early this morning that Iran shot down a US drone in the Strait of Hormuz, outside Iranian waters. Let's see what our president and his war-bonering GOP shitmouths in Congress have had to say about that:

Great. Just great. So what's happening now?

Awesome. Just splendid. Trump is having a cuddle party today with John Bolton (who's had a hard-on to bomb Iran since the Bush administration); Mike Pompeo (who's been making the rounds lying and saying Iran and al Qaeda are best friends, thus implying that it's very legal and very cool for Trump to strike Iran without congressional authorization, based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Congress voted for five days after 9/11); and Patrick Shanahan, the outgoing acting Defense secretary, who will make way for another acting Defense secretary, because who needs real Defense secretaries? (The new guy, Mark Esper, is part of the meeting too.) And as Senator Schatz points out above, Trump is emotionally unstable and doesn't know dick about foreign policy, so it's just great that he's having an emergency meeting with these unhinged hawks about this right now.

Tell us what this all means, unhinged hawk Lindsey Graham!

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