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Afternoon Reading List 09.06.13.

Secretary of Botox: Does Sec. of State John Kerry look different to you? Has he done something to his hair? Maybe it’s his weight… You know, it kind of looks like he maybe squeezed in a terrible botox job while trying deal with this whole Syria “thing.” The Reliable Source at WaPo thinks it’s totally a possibility. Pols tweak their looks all the time, and Kerry is no stranger to having work done. In the 1970′s, they write, he had surgery to fix a “malocclusion” in his bite that coincidentally made him more handsome.

Why you should read this article: Maybe you were thinking about getting some work done, and thought, “Hey, what’s the worst that could happen?” Well, the answer to your question is that if it goes wrong, your lowered self-image may affect your work performance and indirectly cause World War III (depending on your job).

Assad’s propaganda feed: The Atlantic‘s Meghan Garber has an interesting story out about Syrian President (Internationally Renowned D–khead) Bashar al-Assad and his propagandizing instagram feed.  That’s right, there’s a genocidal madman out there posting selfies while he shouts YOLO as he gases civilians and children.

Why you should read this article: All joking and whimsical satire aside, this story is worth a read.  It illustrates the power of the internet and its ability to equalize propaganda through the use of a comments section on a despot’s instagram feed. It’s definitely worth checking out, if only to see the bizarre things Assad posts next week from a hole in the ground.

Mouthy AP Reporter rips a harsh burn on the Prez…

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Al Jazeera’s Dinner Guest List is…

Al Jazeera will have a presence at tonight’s Radio and TV Congressional Dinner at the Convention Center.

“UPDATE: Humbled by an unplanned time in the spotlight thanks to its much discussed coverage of the Mideast, Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel Bureau Chief, Abderrahim Foukara and English language channel Bureau Chief Muhammad Cajee and its own Jeff Ballou who sits on the association’s executive committee will lead a team of staff and the following guests to the RTCA dinner tonight.”


Capt. John Kirby, Spokesman, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
George Little, Director, CIA office of public affairs
Michael Blake, Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
Karen Richardson, Associate Director for International Outreach, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
Famed civil rights attorney Robert Watkins, of Counsel Williams and Connolly
Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Integration
Shawn Turner, spokesman, National Security Council, The White House
Harry Jaffe, Washingtonian Magazine
PJ Crowley, Former State Department spokesman
Bob Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Vic Carter, Anchor, CBS Baltimore
Ben Chang, U.S. Department of State
Matt Lee, The Associated Press and dean of the State Department Press Corps
B Christopher Thigpen, CEO, Savannah Essentials

UPDATE: Al Jazeera adds…Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., Chris Hensman, The White House and Washingtonian‘s Jill Hudson. And with the longest title we’ve seen since the last time we wrote this phrase is…Cherreka Montgomery, Director of the Evaluation and Measurement Unit, Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Office of Policy, Planning and Resources U.S. Department of State.