Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Donald Trump Gets Mt. McKinley Wrong (Big Surprise)

From our To Know Trump desk Donald Trump, who is his own political reality show, has proven to be the most unreliable source since Charles Kinbote in Vladimir Nabokov’s Rubik’s novel Pale Fire. Exhibit Umpteen: This 1990 Vanity Fair profile by Marie Brenner (tip … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (R.I.P. Ritchie Valens Edition)

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured this House Call piece with Dion DiMucci (of Dion and the Belmonts) in its Mansion section. ‘The Wanderer’ Finds His Voice A teen hit-maker remembers his Bronx home and its connection to a fatal 1959 plane … Continue reading

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Carly to NYT: Drop Dead

It all started when the New York Times’s Mr. Dealbook, Andrew Ross Sorkin, wrote this knee-buckling takedown last week of Carly Fiorina’s tenure at Hewlett-Packard. Representative sample: [I]t is curious to those of us who have reported on her business career that there … Continue reading

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Is Forest Whitaker Twice As Good As Al Pacino?

The hardworking staff noted with interest this item in yesterday’s New York Times Arts, Briefly column. Forest Whitaker Will Make Broadway Debut Forest Whitaker, the Academy Award winning film star, will make his Broadway debut next spring in a revival … Continue reading

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Presidential Candidates: Want Free Ads? It’s a Snap(chat)!

The news media love to label things, and presidential elections are no exception. So 2000 was the Hanging Chad Election, 2004 was the Internet Election, 2008 was the Facebook Election, and 2012 was the Twitter Election (with this dissent). But the … Continue reading

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The New ‘New Republic’ Has No Advertising

In the wake of the revolution/evolution at The New Republic last year, the hardworking staff has noted the Potemkin quality of the magazine, which is to say no advertising. But in its current issue, the new New Republic has hit rock bottom. It … Continue reading

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Claire McCaskill’s Fabulous Scott Brownout

New York magazine’s Marin Cogan has a corker of a piece in The Cut today (tip o’ the pixel to Politico’s Morning Score). Drinking Beer and Watching Baseball With Senator Claire McCaskill — the Most Candid Woman in the U.S. Senate “WHAT??? … Continue reading

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Evaluating E-Cigarettes Is a Drag

Splendid readers! The hardlysmoking staff could use your help in sorting this headscratcher out. Over the past several days we’ve encountered two radically different reports on the relative merits/hazards of electronic cigarettes, and we can’t quite figure out which one is right. Or if both … Continue reading

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Starbucks Is Not Just a Coffee Shop

You think the Seattle-based coffee chain is just a place to plant yourself, open your MacBook Air, and drink some overpriced Charbucks Latte? No. Starbucks is not just another outpost in Laptopistan. Starbucks is . . . a lifestyle brand. A … Continue reading

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First White House Transgender Hire Is From Brookline

The nation’s much-heralded transgender moment has finally ascended to America’s Big House. From the Washington Blaze: In first, White House hires openly trans staffer The White House for the first time has hired an openly transgender person as a member of … Continue reading

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