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Dispatches from Seth Gitell

on politics from Boston to Beirut (and of course... food)

Last Build Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 23:29:52 +0000 Says Goodbyegitell

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 21:09:53 +0000

I write today with the bittersweet news that I am suspending my primary writing outlet for more than two years, This website served as an eclectic collection of musings and reporting, on subjects ranging from the 2008 presidential campaign to Middle East politics, great deli to Chinese food. In the world of blogging such […]

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The Neighborhood Ballgitell

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 01:52:37 +0000

I’m really enjoying The Neighborhood Ball. Within the first fifty minutes, America was treated to dueling divas. As much as I like Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” Beyonce got the best of her with her sublime performance of “At Last.” President Obama brandished his community organizing credentials when he talked about building neighborhoods across the country. As […]

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Yes-We-CakegitellYes We Cake

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 19:48:32 +0000

The Fabulous Dana’s culinary contribution to today’s festivities. Read more at YesWeCake.

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A Day to Make History: A Look At Prior Inaugural Addressesgitell

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 13:13:23 +0000

Given the magnitude of today’s inauguration, there are extremely high expectations for President-Elect Obama’s speech. With the historic nature of his own candidacy, the drastic dislike for President Bush, the economic crisis, the inauguration is drawing the biggest crowds in the Mall anyone has seen in at least a generation — far bigger than anti-war […]

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Waiting for the StimulusgitellDisplaced Okies

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 18:15:05 +0000

As George W. Bush takes the stage for one last time tonight — finally! — a cry threatens to overtake him and even the new president who is the object of so much hope and anticipation. The stimulus. In offices and conference rooms, in anxious dens converted to workspace and breakfast halls, you hear it. […]

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Bush’s FarewellgitellAnatomy of a Failed Presidency

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:09:00 +0000

    President Bush gave his exit interview with the press. I was struck by the extent to which Bush agreed to many of the critiques of his critics. On the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, on his Mission Accomplished photo op, on his handling of Hurricane Katrina, Bush admitted mistakes. […]

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Bush Packs the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Councilgitell

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 04:56:17 +0000

In a rush of appointments prior to leaving office, President Bush is naming key supporters to a number of presidential commissions. Today Bush left his stamp on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial, which I wrote about a few weeks back. Here is the list of appointments:   Elliot Abrams, of Virginia, for a five-year term beginning […]

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Anderson Cooper and the Gaza Wargitell

Tue, 30 Dec 2008 16:54:32 +0000

Given all the criticism that takes place of the media whenever conflict flares in the Middle East, I have to single Anderson Cooper out for praise. In the midst of his tough questioning of all of his guests, Cooper demonstrated a sense of the context of it. Here’s Cooper: “To give you a better idea […]

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Christmas Means Chinese Foodgitell

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 18:15:47 +0000

When I was growing up back in Hull, there was no bigger treat than a late-night Chinese feast. I’d rip open the white carton containers and grab spare ribs and chicken wings straight out of the hot foil bags adorned with dragons as a fierce wind blew off the ocean and made the windows shake. […]

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More Caroline Kennedy: Supports Jerusalem as Israel’s Capitalgitell

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 20:07:17 +0000

I just left a memorial luncheon for the great David Nyhan, presided over by Ed Jesser and Marty Nolan. The Kennedy Room in Doyle’s was abuzz with talk of Caroline Kennedy’s quasi-candidacy. Seasoned political hand Jim King recounted his efforts on behalf of Ted Kennedy back in 1961! While I soaked up the political color […]

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