Today's Columns: Poverty vs. Celebrity

WaPo: E.J. Dionne wonders: "Why is it that the poor -- and, for that matter, the struggling middle class, too -- disappear in the media, barricaded behind our fixation on celebrity, our titillation with personal sin and public shame, our fascination with every detail of every divorce and affair of every movie star, rock idol and sports phenom?".... Des Browne and David Miliband say British forces have not failed in Basra.... Michael Gerson hears "rumors of hope" about Iraq.... Charles Krauthammer continues his campaign for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's removal.

USA Today: Raul Reyes says Alberto Gonzales's story is "a genuine Latino tragedy." "The last time I checked," he writes, "the American dream did not include leaving national office in disgrace."

LAT: Rosa Brooks writes that "we long ago squandered any capacity to guarantee a happy ending for the Iraqis" and that we should withdraw.... Ian Buruma reminds President Bush that "the happy fact that Koreans, Filipinos, Indonesians and Taiwanese did eventually become free, or at least freer, is not so much to the credit of the U.S. as to the people who fought for their freedoms themselves".... Alonso Alegria talks about the unfortunate mix of "food, drink and politics," which "hasn't gone down well here in Peru."

Plus: Joel Stein reveals that not long ago, he was close to realizing a "lifelong dream," namely "owning a home urinal."

NYT: Joseph Hoar reminds readers that "It is shameful that more than four years into this war, Iraqis working at our embassy cannot count on the United States to protect them or to help them find a new home when their work with us has made it impossible to survive in their own country".... Paul Krugman says "the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina -- the mixture of neglect of those in need, obliviousness to their plight, and self-congratulation in the face of abject failure -- has become standard operating procedure. These days, it's Katrina all the time."

WSJ: Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton criticizes criticizes the current state of American diplomacy with North Korea.... Pete du Pont warns against a constitutional amendment regulating Iraq.... Nathaniel Popper wonders if "culturally specific public schools" cross a constitutional line.

By Nick Baumann |  August 31, 2007; 8:47 AM ET
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I simply want to thank the Washington Post for its numerous contributions to the elucidation of its subscribers. Today's mailings covered at least a half dozen articles, opinions and comments that struck a chord in this ancient liberal's conciousness.

Thank you and keep up the good work.

Posted by: Merrill C. Horine | August 31, 2007 05:57 PM

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