Opening Act: Jew in a Box

A visitor to the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany chats with a journalist participating in the exhibition, “The Whole Truth - Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Jews…” on April 4, 2013.

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Jamie Kirchick is a Jew in a box, answering questions from Germans. I don’t know why you’d still need to read the story after that description, but there it is.

I’m not sure why, but it looks like quizzing Ronald Reagan’s children about their opinions of gay marriage is a thing we’re doing now.

Fred Dicker answers one of the questions that bugged me about the New York mayoral campaign scheme: Given that voters wouldn’t have elected Malcolm Smith anyway, what did he have to gain?

[A]s a mayoral candidate, Smith would have gained access to the huge cash kitty that is the city’s publicly financed elections system — from which he could have dispensed millions of taxpayer dollars to favored political consultants, lawyers and pollsters, all too ready to express their “thanks.”

I feel stupid for wondering.

Schuyler Kropf tracks the movements of Mark Sanford’s innamorata turned fiancee, who just dipped in and out of the state at a moment of maximum visibility.

Dana Milbank does a fine job describing the NRA’s farcical press conference. It’s true: There are visits by heads of state that come with less of a security presence than an NRA presser.

And Sarah Kliff reports on cancer clinics cutting back services because of sequestration. Not that anyone else notices.

Correction, April 4, 2013: This post originally misspelled Schuyler Kropf’s first name.