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Bazinet to Kiplinger’s

Ken Bazinet had been keeping the news close to the vest. Family. Inner-circle friends. That’s all.

But earlier in the week people knew something was up when he retired his blog, “The Baz File,” without so much as a word of explanation minus a cryptic goodbye note on Monday that spoke of an “Arab spring” and read, in part, “The blog may be retiring, but the fierce pursuit of freedom and democracy surely will not.” (See the full post after the jump…)

It was Yahoo! News’s Laura Rozen who broke the news on Twitter late Thursday, saying, “Congrats to @bazmaniandevil who has taken a job covering gov’t/politics with Kiplinger’s!”

Bazinet’s political reporting career has spanned the past two decades. For the past few months, he has been an on-air correspondent and political analyst with the Talk Radio News Service. Before that he was a White House Correspondent for 18 years, starting off with UPI and winding up at the New York Daily News.

Congratulations to Bazinet.

Retiring A Blog Born Out Of The Arab Spring

When this blog was launched it actually filled a void for a while. Few Washington-based bloggers were paying attention to the freedom uprisings on the Arab Street.

That has changed.

In the past few months the story moved to the front pages and the top of the newscasts. The phrase Arab Spring is standard today in the American lexicon.

The fall of Gadhafi, free elections in Tunisia and exciting new opportunities present a grand point in the experiment to step aside as an enlightened observer and pursue new challenges and responsibilities. The blog may be retiring, but the fierce pursuit of freedom and democracy surely will not.

Thank you all for your support.

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