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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Pakistan’s diplo-intrigue is silver-screen ready and a metaphor in the national tree? (read-this roundup)

Start the armchair casting immediately. Our colleague Richard Leiby’s Style article today on the “weird diplomatic intrigue”surrounding Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States has all the makings of an excellent thriller (Ambassador Husain Haqqani is described as “suave.” Plus there are clandestine memos, a yacht on the French Riviera and a Bill Clinton cameo!).
The new National Christmas Tree replaces the former tree, which was felled during the windy February. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP)

In Washington, we are certain there is a metaphor somewhere in this passage from Washington Post columnist Robert Samuels about President Obama lighting the new national Christmas tree. But we’re just not sure what it is: “The old evergreen was toppled by 60-mph winds in February, Line said. Planted in the Jimmy Carter administration, it had grown to 42 feet.”

And, per our colleagues at the Reliable Source, we’re shocked, simply shocked that a colleague of Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) prefers solving crosswords to listening to one of his speeches.

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