Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is leaving Washington after more than four decades, including as a congressman, federal budget director, White House chief of staff and CIA director who oversaw the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. (Feb. 8)
Jack: About every 4 years, a handful of sharp wits call for shortening the campaigning phase. Wonder when the rest of us will smarten up. Ah, but wait a minute. Could it be that we have 18 months of blather, rather than 3 or 4, could it be that MONEY is at the root of this? Lets see: Candidate Soandso raised 47 gazillion in campaign financing last month.... Money that is spent where? Um, TV ads. Got it. OK, Katie Couric, back to you. Go forth and develop this, get the scoop on Oliver Knox, et al.