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What We Can Learn From the Clinton Memos

Much of the revelations from the memos aren't exactly new, but some of the details can be fascinating, allowing us to look into the thoughts, nay, the very souls, of Team Clinton.

‘Times’ Names New Writer for Leaderless Lede

You might have noticed that the Lede — the Times' curiously nonspecific notes-on-the-news blog — has been dormant since the start of the month; its creator, Tom Zeller Jr., abandoned 43rd Street for the more mapperific precincts of National Geographic back in early March. But today the paper announced a new leader for the Lede: Mike Nizza, who's been the editor of the NYTimes.com homepage. In the just-out staff memo announcing the appointment, Jonathan Landman and Jim Roberts have lots of nice things to say about Mike. Which makes us realize perhaps we ought to start reading the thing. We do, after all, have a fondness for curiously nonspecific news-related blogs. The Landman-Roberts memo is after the jump.

Is the ‘Wall Street Journal’ Forsaking Canada?

A memo from Dow Jones Newswires — the breaking-news service that's a corporate sibling to the Wall Street Journal — crossed our in-box yesterday afternoon, and it had a very curious first sentence:
The Wall Street Journal's decision to exit Canada and eliminate four editorial positions has understandably raised questions with Newswires' staffers about our intentions in Canada.
The Journal's decision to exit Canada? The newspaper is retreating from our neighbor to the north? We know Ottawa isn't exactly a hotbed of market-moving business news, but, still, it seems a bit strange. Have conditions on the ground there gotten so difficult it's unsafe to ask reporters to stay? Has the paper's aggressive reporting on, say, ice-hockey fights so upset the government its reporters are no longer welcome? Or is the paper just bored? Well, none of the above. "The Journal is laying off its small number (four full-time, two part-time) of direct staffers in Canada," spokesman Robert Christie explained when we asked. "Instead, we will cover Canadian companies with the beat reporters in the U.S. who cover the relevant industries … We will cover Canadian international affairs, politics, and economics with a combination of DJ Newswires, which will retain twenty or so staffers in Canada, and Journal reporters in Chicago, New York, and Washington." Phew.