John Dickerson should be fired. He is a piece of @*&!. He is a fraud and he should be fired.Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager, Keith Nahigian • Running through the spin room after last night’s debate, claiming bias against his candidate, who got relatively few questions last night. John Dickerson (CBS News’ political director and a chief political correspondent for Slate) accidentally sent an e-mail to the campaign last night, intended for CBS News staffers, that said this: “Okay let’s keep it loose though since she’s not going to get many questions and she’s nearly off the charts in the hopes that we can get someone else.” Think Bachmann got a fair shake last night?
At the end of the process, if there is a deal, it’s likely that Democrats will trade even more cuts for the removal of the Planned Parenthood rider. That rider only cuts $300 million —Democrats could cut five to ten times as much.Overall awesome guy Dave Weigel • Suggesting that protecting womens’ rights might mean another $1.5 to $3 billion in additional budget cuts. Dude’s chillin’ in the White House now.
jeffmiller asks: What are your favorite (non-Tumblr) websites for news. (Or rather, what news websites do you read on a daily basis?)
» We say: Outside of our staple news sites (Reuters, CNN, the NYT and such), my personal favorite site is Mediaite, which I think strikes the perfect balance between news and commentary, and I can guarantee to generally have its finger on the pulse. (The aftertaste is also a little better than Politico, generally.) I also like a lot of The Atlantic’s stable, including The Atlantic Wire, which is a bit of an unsung hero among news commentary sites. I also greatly adore Hacker News, where you can usually find something generally awesome going on, be it a cool startup or interesting technical debate, and have been a faithful reader of Pitchfork, Slashdot and Fark since the late ’90s. Gawker Media’s stuff is staple food for me, and I’ve been a huge fan of Dave Weigel especially since he moved over to Slate. As for news outlets that never get their fair shake, the Christian Science Monitor always has stuff well-suited to SFB articles. And there’s a lot to like about The Awl. (It’s our Office Hours! Ask us stuff!)
She’s become the issue. She’ll never be an effective negotiator with diplomats who refuse to forgive her exuberances, and even foreign diplomats who do forgive her will still regard her as the symbol of an overreaching United States. Diplomacy is about face, and the only way for other nations to save face will be to give them Clinton’s scalp.Slate’s Jack Shafer • Arguing that the Wikileaks report on the diplomatic cables may be enough to do her in as Secretary of State. Why? Because, according to Wikileaks documents, she ordered her diplomats to spy on the people they were talking to. Even if she did nothing illegal, it’s going to be tough for other countries to trust someone they think is spying on them. If it does kill her career as Secretary of State, though, we don’t think it kills her political career. She’s too good to go away that quickly. source (via • follow)