Gaga and Fry, Pat’s Take, Bill and Jon, Jack Layton Reviewed, Egypt’s Next Step

Having introduced some of our readers to Lady Gaga -- our generation's Elton John -- Stephen Fry introduces her to the readers of the Financial Times, and gives her a seriously passing grade.

Videos today on bin Laden's assassination, O'Reilly and Stewart debate poets at the White House, and articles on Jack Layton with my take on his economics, a very skeptical Rex Murphy on Jack's position on Quebec, and a long review of what faces Egypt now that its 'free'.

Stephen Fry interviews Lady Gaga for the Financial Times. (ed’s note – this is getting serious).

Financial Times – Lady Gaga Takes Tea with Stephen Fry
Please respect FT.com's ts&cs and copyright policy which allow you to: share links; copy content for It takes quite a bit to excite the staff of The Lanesborough Hotel, one of London’s more self-consciously luxurious five-star residences.

Related.

youtube – Lady Gaga Interview with Graham Norton

Quote worth quoting.

“Find out who you are and be it.”

Pat Codnell’s take on bin Laden’s assassination. Thanks to David from London for sending this in.

youtube – Justice from Obama

Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart go head-to-head.

O’Reilly Factor -- Part 1: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head Bill O’Reilly

 

O’Reilly Facto – Part II: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head Bill O’Reilly

We mentioned how impressive Stephen Harper’s run in politics has been. The Globe and Mail’s take on Jack Layton suggests that Canada is in the embrace of two master politicians.

Globe and Mail -- Layton stakes his biggest bet as Jack of Hearts
On the night after he led his party to the best election of its 50-year history, the new Leader of the Opposition walked into Toronto's Sony Centre to hear some soulful music.

Related.

Steve Paikin’s Blog – The Economist Who Ran for the NDP

Rex Murphy would like to know what Jack really thinks about the Quebec question.

National Post – Jack Layton’s Hidden Agenda for Quebec
The election is over, but the stale, lame rhetoric remains the same. Jack Layton, for instance, now is accusing Stephen Harper — it’s just like old times — of having a “hidden agenda” in changing the name of Canada’s “Indian Affairs” department to “Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.”

Where does Egypt go from here?

New York Times – Egypt’s Next Step
On a recent Wednesday morning, Zakaria Mohyeldin steered his father’s black Skoda sedan through a thick belt of Cairo traffic and drove northward into the sleepy farmland of the Nile Delta.

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