Posted: May 7, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Bill Clinton, Clinton, Hillary Clinton, London School of Economics, Monica Lewinsky, Rand Paul, Ruth Marcus, Vanity Fair, Washington Post
For The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus writes:
…Lewinsky, who alone among the protagonists in the national soap opera saw her life irreparably shattered. Bill and Hillary made millions on the speaking circuit. Lewinsky, she writes for the June issue of Vanity Fair, “turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.”
Despite a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics, Lewinsky has never really held a steady job…
Still, 16 years after the scandal broke, she is recognized nearly every day. Now 40, she has never married. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 22, 2014 Filed under: Politics, U.S. News, War Room, White House | Tags: Benghazi, Chris Christie, Facebook, Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Sebelius, New Jersey, Ruth Marcus, Twitter, Washington Post
“I think of a Conservative, and I take away reason, and accountability”
Ruth Marcus writes: In the narrative of every political scandal comes the accountability moment. New facts slow to a trickle, and the next, insistent demand becomes: Who is being held accountable? This is often a dumb question, asked for lack of a more fruitful topic and fueled by partisans more interested in point-scoring than in problem-fixing.The better question is: What is the goal of accountability? A showy, timed-for-the-evening-news firing to demonstrate action and quiet the baying hounds? Or a change in personnel that will help clean up the mess at hand or send a cautionary message to deter future messes?
Consider the recent mess-o-rama. The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate report that deemed the attack in Benghazi, Libya, preventable and raised questions about accountability, or lack thereof. The mounting problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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