Sunday, August 9, 2009

Celebrating Big Wins This Week in Politics and a Moment of Calm

In the news this week Americans celebrated Bill Clinton’s successful mission to North Korea that resulted in the safe return of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Well, most Americans celebrated the rescue of the two young women. The Huffington Post used the occasion to publish a misleading headline that stirred up the wrath of thousands of their readers in defense of Bill and Hillary, and Hillary got a good laugh out of John Bolton’s reaction (watch video).

As is my daily habit, even on Sunday, I’ve scanned the usual online news sources and noticed that after the onslaught of criticism this week for Huffpo’s tabloid-style journalism, Arianna briefly referred to Bill as a “superstar envoy” in her Sunday Roundup.

We’ve also celebrated the swearing in of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week. Wyatt Andrews at CBS News reports that Sotomayor, despite her reputation as a workaholic judge, has a fun side:

Melissa Murray clerked for two Federal judges, including Sotomayor - and when both judges came to Melissa's wedding, Sotomayor challenged the other judge to a dance off.

"She's incredibly funny," said Murray. "I think people enjoyed seeing that, seeing two federal judges dual it out on the dance floor."

Given the adversarial nature of politics, we all need a break from time to time, and I’ll soon be heading out to church this morning. I leave you with an invitation to enjoy a beautiful 10-minute meditation by Tara Brach at titled A Moment of Calm.

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