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Brain injury: Julie Mason’s top political stories

May 16, 2014

OMG, Karl Rove said what? The take-down artist formerly known as Bush’s brain was back in singular form this week, being sorry-not sorry he suggested Hillary Clinton may be suffering the lingering aftereffects of a 2012 concussion. The claim, debunked by many including former President Bill Clinton, set the tone for a strange week in politics in Washington, DC. Not that that’s a new thing. Phil Rucker of the Washington Post, one of a growing coterie of national political writers covering Hillary Clinton as if she’s running — and our rule in the Press Pool with Julie Mason is that Hillary is running until she says otherwise — joined the show to discuss Rove’s latest.

In other news, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald has a new book out, menacingly titled No Place to HideEmily Bazelon of Slate read the book, had several thoughts, and joined us on the air to talk it out. America can be moody, and this midterm election year is crankier than some but definitely as sulky as 2010 — and that is bad news for Democrats. Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal studied the polls and offered a snapshot of the nation’s current disposition. Can you believe it’s been nearly 40 years since Watergate? Actually it seems longer. Tom DeFrank of National Journal was among the journalists on the South Lawn of the White House the day President Nixon left office. DeFrank was on the show this week talking about more than 40 years in journalism. And Matt Viser of the Boston Globe usually covers the White House and national politics, but this week he came on the show to discuss a new trove of letters from Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest that are expected to sell for more than $1 million at auction. Join us every weekday from 3-6 pm ET on SiriusXM’s POTUS, Ch. 124, for the Press Pool with Julie Mason, and follow Julie on Twitter @juliemason