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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Boyer’

Morning Reading List 12.06.10

Three stories to put on your morning reading list:

*Slate‘s Jack Shafer explores his complex and sometimes heated relationship with Hotmail and Gmail. Please, Gmail, now that you have him where you want him, don’t try any funny mind games and don’t break his heart. (His story appeared in Sunday’s WaPo and on Slate.)

*NYT‘s Robert Pear writes on the famed comparison of laws and sausages. There’s a real sausage maker out there whose offended by the comparison. And the metaphors are aplenty. “The legislative meat grinder turns out many strange products,” writes Pear, who dots the story with “pork” and “sausage” and “laws” and so on.

* Peter Boyer tackles the subject of the new House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a piece dated Dec. 13. Headline: “House Rule: Will John Boehner control the Tea Party Congress?” As opposed to The Daily Show’s “orange” and other descriptions of  “bronze” and “spray-on skin” to name a few, Boyer calls Boehner’s skin tone “mahogany” and his voice a “smoky baritone.” (Smoking being the key point.) The family portion delves into far greater detail than most stories on Boehner, discussing his mother’s smoking until the end, even while on oxygen. And the “inevitable” nickname Boner? Confirmed. He had it in high school.

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A Timely Q to C St. Townhouse Roomies: ‘Is Anyone Here Having an Affair?’


For anyone with even a scant interest in the C St. Townhouse, where Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) lived while wrestling with an affair with his campaign aide’s wife, this is the story for you.

The New Yorker’s lengthy Oct. 13 piece by Peter Boyer is headlined, “Frat House for Jesus.”

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) scored the best quotations in the story. He says:

“My wife doesn’t live here in Washington, she lives at home, and she loves the fact that I’m surrounded by a group of men that know her,” Coburn says. “She knows that if I start wandering, Marty or Mike Doyle or Bart Stupak or Heath, they’re gonna say, ‘Hey, what’s the deal?’”

But the best graph in the whole piece may be the last when Coburn, who could easily take the role of Senior Roomie for his good behavior and status of Most Likely to Follow the Tenets of the Bible, has this fantastic line.

In the meantime, when Congress is in session the Tuesday-night gatherings continue, still attended by members who no longer live in the house. During the supper accountability session, according to Tom Coburn, “a question that’ll be asked about every four weeks is, Is anybody here having an affair?”