‘Street Pope,’ By Dan Rodricks In The Sun

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Dan Rodricks has a great column about Pope Francis, the “Street Pope,” in the Christmas Eve edition of The Baltimore Sun.

Chris and Kathleen Matthews Show Gets the Hook

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Three days experimentation with a Chris and Kathleen Matthews show was enough. The results are in. Thursday, Chris Matthews is flying solo as he wraps up a week filling in for Andrea Mitchell at 1 p.m. He’s smiling broadly and asking his patented long-winded questions. Still on is MSNBC’s plan to air the Chris Matthews Show exclusively at 7 p.m. That’s MSNBC and Chris Matthews opposite CNN and Erin Burnett, starting Monday.

Twenty Thirteen Theme

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Something’s different here. Work In Progress has been redesigned. We’ve switched to a new WordPress theme, “Twenty Thirteen,” which I think is a cutting-edge and readable design. Change is good for you.

Lives of the Rich, Famous & Stoopid

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“LIVES OF THE RICH, FAMOUS & STOOPID” — Tentative working title for my proposed reality TV show starring Gen. David Petraeus, biographer Paula Broadwell, and socialite Jill Kelley. Roles reserved for Gen. John Allen, Natalie Khawam, attorney Abbe Lowell, and crisis manager Judy Smith, if they can prove they qualify.

Hurricane Sandy, Note No. 1

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CALM BEFORE THE STORM — Hurricane Sandy might become disorganized into a big Tropical Storm by the time she hits Maryland. Or she might roll right over Baltimore as a Cat. 1 Hurricane. Or, if she stays over the Atlantic, Sandy could be Cat. 2 by the time she hits NYC. If she comes inland, hope she at least keeps moving! I don’t want her stopped by cold air from the north, dumping rain and possibly snow on my house for three straight days! — John