- - Thursday, March 9, 2017

Just try reading Ed Klein’s piece without thinking of Jesse Pinkman and Walter White: “What Is Huma Abedin Up To — And Why Should We Care?

When Abedin informed Hillary of her desire to seek a career in fashion, Hillary vetoed the idea.
Hillary told Abedin that she was utterly serious about running again for the White House. She intends to fight for control of the Democratic Party apparatus and ultimately launch a “listening tour” as a prelude to another try for the presidency.
Hillary blamed many members of her campaign staff for her defeat to Donald Trump, but she never blamed Abedin. She reportedly told Abedin that she was “irreplaceable,” and she backed up her words of praise by giving Abedin a substantial raise on the staff of the Clinton Foundation.
Since then, Abedin has spent much of her time at Hillary’s homes in Chappaqua and Washington, D.C.
“Huma and Hillary are inseparable again, joined at the hip,” says a source close to the Clintons. “Huma’s presence at Hillary’s side is proof positive that Hillary means to run again.”

Kate Shellnutt, writing for Christianity Today, responds to the news this week that Family Christian Stores announced they are closing all their stores.

The discussion over Family Christian’s doctrinal guidelines and reputation gets at the tensions Christian retailers face. Stores must balance competing factors like business and ministry; popularity and significance; variety and orthodoxy; and reader discernment and industry expertise. If shoppers continue to see unique value in their mission and function, there’s a greater chance they’ll stick around longer.

Harvard Law classmates of Neil Gorsuch are on board: “Why We Support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court

Here’s a rare bird sighting. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi arguing for a restrained keyboard. “Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media

Hypothesize for a moment that the “scandal” here is real, but in a limited sense: Trump’s surrogates have not colluded with Russians, but have had “contacts,” and recognize their political liability, and lie about them. Investigators then leak the true details of these contacts, leaving the wild speculations to the media and the Internet. Trump is enough of a pig and a menace that it’s easy to imagine doing this and not feeling terribly sorry that your leaks have been over-interpreted.
If that’s the case, there are big dangers for the press. If we engage in Times-style gilding of every lily the leakers throw our way, and in doing so build up a fever of expectations for a bombshell reveal, but there turns out to be no conspiracy – Trump will be pre-inoculated against all criticism for the foreseeable future.
The press has to cover this subject. But it can’t do it with glibness and excitement, laughing along to SNL routines, before it knows for sure what it’s dealing with. Reporters should be scared to their marrow by this story. This is a high-wire act and it is a very long way down. We might want to leave the jokes and the nicknames be, until we get to the other side – wherever that is.

Finally, in a case similar to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, “Wyoming Court decides to censure, not remove anti-gay marriage judge.

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