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Departures lounge: Julie Mason’s top political stories

May 30, 2014

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Fridays are almost never slow, easy days in politics. Friday is where they bury all the bad news, and Friday was the day President Obama ushered his embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki out the door.

It was also the day White House Press Secretary Jay Carney chose to announce his own departure from the administration.

Isaac Dovere of Politico joined Julie Mason in the Press Pool on SiriusXM’s POTUS, Ch. 124, to discuss events at the White House.

On Shinseki, Julie was joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood of the Huffington Post, who said the secretary’s experience as a military leader made a bad fit for leading a massive government bureaucracy.

President Obama this past week delivered what the White House billed as a major foreign policy address at West Point. But was it? Stephen Collinson of AFP heard something different.

Subcomandante Marcos, the compelling, confounding, vainglorious leader of the Zapatista movement in Mexico, was another noted departure this past week — he announced his retirement and also a name-change. Dudley Althaus of the Wall Street Journal has been covering Marcos for 20 years.

And Frank Rich of New York Magazine asked a question for the ages: Can conservatives be funny?

Join Julie and the gang weekdays from 3-6 p.m. ET for the Press Pool and follow her on Twitter @juliemason.