Blue Dogs lose their bite, Albright’s new memoir, and a despot’s First Lady (read-this roundup)


With the primary defeat of Rep. Jason Altmire ( D- Pa.), Blue Dogs are losing their bite. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

Pale-blue dogs — The caucus of moderate Democrats, the Blue Dogs, have lost their bite. Our colleague Paul Kane explores why they’re on the endangered species list.

Shaken family tree — Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright’s new family memoir chronicles the Holocaust’s toll. Twenty-five members of her family were killed, reports our colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia. One fascinating detail from his story: In a storage room in her Georgetown home, Albright has a box labeled, “hoods from honorary degrees.”

Despot chic — Vogue’s glowing profile of Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad praising her designer shoes and dynamism has disappeared after (oopsie!) its online publication coincided with al-Assad’s husband’s slaughter of his opponents, reports our colleague Paul Farhi.

Yeah, but how about those Louboutins?

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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