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In case you missed it this weekend, Pope Francis made another dramatic break with tradition over the weekend, publicly confessing sin at a Vatican ceremony. You can watch the video here. Another part of Francis' aggressive de-regalization of the papacy.

After the most tumultuous and embattled year of his decade-long rein over Turkish politics, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP scored convincing wins in local elections across Turkey today. In line with the increasingly authoritarian character of his government, Erdogan pledged retribution against opponents he claims are trying to overthrow his government from within.

Both hilarious and amazing. At the Adelson audition this weekend in Vegas, Chris Christie used the utterly uncontroversial term "occupied territories" to basically argue that Israel should retain the territories for security reasons - not bad for appealing to hyper-Zionist maximalist right-wing Christians and their sprinkling of right-wing Jewish supporters. But he then had to personally apologize to Adelson for using the term.

Like I said, amazing and comical and ridiculous. Both Adelson's power and the need for any Republican to kow-tow to the most extreme variant of right-wing pro-Israel opinion that all the land west of the Jordan is part of the Israeli state proper.

Pope breaks with tradition, confesses sins in public. Watch.

I'm a little confused by this. Generally speaking when you throw someone under the bus and you want them to play along, you add as much padding to the process as possible. That doesn't appear to be the Chris Chrisitie way. The main fallperson turns out to be former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly. And the "report" prepared by Christie's lawyer not only places all the criminal liability on her (along with David Wildstein). It also goes out of its way to say that she is, to put it bluntly, emotionally unstable and loose.

The whole thing is vaguely reminiscent of David Brock's notorious line that Anita Hill was "a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty." (If that line is before your time, Brock long since recanted, repented and a bunch else.)

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As you can see, over there to the right we have what's labeled a "Sponsored Message" from PhRMA. As I mentioned yesterday, they're sponsoring a new section of IdeaLab we launched this week. In the ad industry and journalism there's been a lot discussion lately of what's variously called "sponsored content," "native advertising," "integrated advertising," etc. It all comes down to the same basic proposition: advertising that isn't just your normal picture boxes and videos but text - at length writing that makes arguments and arguments that in the nature of things advocate for the advertiser or organization who bought the ad. But buzzwords tend to confuse things. So let me explain exactly what we're doing.

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Coming off his multiple felony indictments for campaign finance fraud involved involving both his estranged wife and then mistress, disgraced and defenestrated former Christian college President Dinesh D'souza has a new film coming out. And to promote it, he's come out with this 'parody' version that "Between Two Ferns" interview President Obama did a few weeks ago with Zach Galifianakis

I just got it in a PR email about (though I just realized we wrote it up at LiveWire yesterday) and it is clearly meant to be funny. But ... well, just watch ...

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Given the apocalyptically bad launch of the national health care exchange website, the sign up numbers have made a pretty remarkable come back. Today, the White House is saying they've hit 6 million private insurance sign ups to date. They're not exactly clear when that 6 million number is from. Is it from today? Yesterday? The end of last week? Let's assume, it's yesterday.

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This whole Krugman/Silver brouhaha broke out when I was on vacation. And I'm only beginning to catch up on the details. But TPM Reader SR has some interesting thoughts on trying to "disrupt" fields of inquiry which, unlike politics and formerly sports, already have a lot of highly numerate practitioners ...

Krugman and Silver are both notoriously a bit prickly—whether by nature or just because of all the idiotic hack pushback both of them have endured for years for the unpardonable sin of being right again and again when the Cohens and the Noonans and the Scarboroughs of the world have been willfully wrong.

But when you see Silver trying to refute Krugman’s criticism that people on his new site have so far been using data as like a drunk uses a lamppost by conflating correlation with causation and, more generally by treating Krugman as if he was just another hack defending the NYT and his own blowsy, fact free turf, he rather conclusively establishes the truth of Krugman’s criticism.

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