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Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, December 2, 2011

12/02/11 09:47AM

MITT VS. NEWT  BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTMy own view is that Republicans would have been better served by the candidacies of Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan or Chris Christie. Unfortunately, none is running. You play the hand you’re dealt. This is a weak Republican field with two significantly flawed front-runners contesting an immensely important election. ... Every conservative has thus to ask himself two questions: Who is more likely to prevent that second term? read more

Rolling Stone's Will Hermes on Jeff Mangum, his 2011 faves

12/01/11 01:50PM

 After his interview on today's show, I had the chance to talk with author and Rolling Stone senior critic Will Hermes. Hermes graciously answered some questions I had about a recent essay he'd written on the enigmatic (and until recently, semi-reclusive) singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum and Mangum's legacy as a musician.Hermes also kindly shared with me some of his favorite records for 2011.Give it a watch if you have a second.ThanksP.S. Please excuse the interruption at the midpoint of the interview. Seems as if someone badly needed to return the green room's TV remote to its proper place. read more