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Kobani, Kay Hagan, Ben Bradlee and Marty Baron

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First, here’s the transcript for my two hour interview with Matk Steyn from Monday’s show.  Thanks to Duane for posting it so quickly.

Next, read this key piece from the Wall Street Journal on the battle for Kobani by By Adam Entous,  Joe Parkinson and Julian E. Barnes. It is behind the paywall, but seriously folks, you have to read the WSJ so subscribe.

North Carolina Democratic Senator Kay Hagan who has come under heavy political fire for skipping key hearings/briefings on the ISIS threat, skipped a debate with GOP opponent Thom Tillis last night in the Tar Heel State.  Hagan is dogged not only by her strong support for the president and her absences from key national security duties, but increasingly by scandal involving her family’s receipt of stimulus funds and by her forwarding to the president for nomination to the federal bench the name of a judge presiding over a trial impacting her husband’s company.  Push the North Carolina race into the column of “at best tied but slipping away for Democrats.

Even Rachel Maddow slammed Hagan for skipping the debate.  When a Democratic sitting senator in a close fight loses Rachel Maddow….

And Ben Bradlee has the misfortune to die in a crazy news cycle, with the war against ISIS expanding, Ebola knocking at many doors, and the U.S. elections crescendoing.  His present successor-in-interest, Mary Baron, is more than up to the job which is significantly more difficult than in the days when the Post only had to beat the Times.  Baron and I used to cross swords a bit when we were both young and he was the Orange County Editor of the Los Angeles Times, but through his subsequent stints at the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe and now the Post he has managed to keep newspapering alive and even thriving in some respects.  His team’c coverage of Bradlee’s death is a great tribute to the man it honors and also the man overseeing it.

 

Follow the fighting for Kobani.  President Obama simply cannot let it fall before the elections, just as he cannot face the arrival of any more Ebola cases in the U.S. before November 4, or a bad night will be a disastrous one for him.  That’s good news for the Syrian Kyrds.  Their life or death battle happens to help the president’s political agenda –at least for two weeks.

 

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