• Cirque du Washington: “This Town” author Mark Leibovich on what’s wrong with D.C.

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    If you had any dying embers of respect left for official Washington, author Mark Leibovich smothers them in his new book about all that’s wrong with “This Town.”

    Leibovich casts some of Washington’s biggest stars, as well as its lesser-known insiders, as characters in his book, telling Top Line he wanted to “hold a mirror to a culture that is essentially in a gilded age.” The hard times of the last few years have barely dented the excesses of politicians, lobbyists, and the journalists who cover them.

    “While people don't like Washington fundamentally, I don't think they have a full cinemagraphic appreciation for like the carnival that's broken out here in recent years, and that's what I tried to do,” says Leibovich, who is also the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine.

    Borrowing a phrase from Sen. Tom Coburn, R – Okla., Leibovich says “the permanent feudal class of Washington,” comprising elected officials, former elected officials, lobbyists, and the

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  • Making ‘Homeland’: Creators of hit TV show on their responsibility to reality in fictional storyline

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    The creators of the hit Showtime series "Homeland" say they feel a responsibility to deal fairly with the controversial real-world issues that are weaved into the show’s fictionalized storyline.

    “We do absolutely search our consciences as a group, as a group of writers,” co-creator Howard Gordon told On The Radar.

    “Ultimately we have to gut check ourselves and sort of say…‘Are we being incendiary for the sake of being incendiary? Are we being provocateurs in a random kind of way?" Gordon said.

    The television series follows the story of bi-polar CIA Agent Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, as she tracks a Marine Sergeant who she suspects turned to terrorist ideology after being held captive by a terrorist group for many years.

    Co-creator Alex Gansa said the show's writers spend a great deal of time discussing ongoing policy debates and the news of the day as part of their creative process.

    “We also tend to be real wonks about this kind of stuff,” Gansa said. “We

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  • Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer surprised New York City residents and the rest of the country this week when he announced that he plans to run for New York City Comptroller this fall. Spitzer’s decision marks the second return to the political stage from a former New York politician who resigned their post amid a scandal. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is currently running for Mayor of New York City. On the other side of the aisle, former VP candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin told Fox News she's considering running for senate in 2014. She of course stepped down mid-term when she was governor. Many of you had questions about these comeback attempts for Spitzer and Weiner, as well as the likelihood that Palin would indeed run for senate in Alaska.

    Zefyros tweeted: Why do voters accept those politicians back into the arena?

    Fausto Lozada asked: Do they believe that with today's 24/7 news, social media people tend to "forget" how they first left?

    Hilaire Mouaffo wrote in on

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