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The Iraq We Haven't Seen

A smiling child is part of the new ad campaign that Kurdistan hopes will bring tourists to the region.
A smiling child is part of the new ad campaign that Kurdistan hopes will bring tourists to the region. (Penumbra Films Via Kurdistan Development Corp.)

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Of course there are other duties, such as handling press advance, working out logistics for the traveling press, helping to prepare briefing papers and so on.

The job has been filled by Jamie Hennigan , a dedicated and super-competent reelection campaign aide.

Hennigan will need courage as well. For example: "Sir, the Canton Repository reports you told Larry King on June 1, 2005, that the Iraqi insurgency was in its 'last throes.' The actual date is May 30. Should I demand a correction?"

Science of Laughter

A forum yesterday at the Brookings Institution was held by the Hamilton Project -- former president Bill Clinton's economic brain trust that aims to provide "new ideas" to Democrats for the coming campaigns. On the dais were former Treasury Department heavies Roger Altman and Robert Rubin and former Harvard president Larry Summers .

During the question period, a woman had a wonky query about anti-dumping sanctions that no one wanted to answer, our colleague Steven Pearlstein reported. She pushed a bit, saying she really wanted to hear from "Dr. Summers," who has a reputation for speaking his mind.

Everybody laughed, including Summers, who said: "I've learned from painful experience that there are risks a prudent man doesn't take."

At which point Rubin, without missing a beat, corrected: "Prudent person ."

Brought the house down.

The CIA Makes It Official

As expected, veteran CIA officer Stephen Kappes , who quit in 2004 during the brief and contentious reign of director Porter Goss , was officially named the agency's new deputy director yesterday. Morale will improve.


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