Harman Retires; Opens Way for Code Pink Candidate?

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Well, I don't know if Marcy Winograd was actually the candidate for Code Pink, but if you read my interview with her from the last time she ran for Congress, you'll see she conforms both the Code Pink's politics and to its aesthetic.

But I get ahead of myself.  Jane Harman, the centrist Democratic congresswoman from California, is quitting Congress -- shortly after beating Winograd in the Democratic primary for a second time -- to take over the presidency of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Harman has had a good run in Congress, and her leaving opens the way for Winograd (Dave Weigel is checking whether Winograd is thinking of running in the special election; hard to imagine that she won't, but who knows?) which is not a good thing if you support President Obama's foreign policy and also think that Israel isn't the most evil country in the world.

This is a good thing, however, for the Wilson Center, of which Goldblog is a graduate. One of my favorite people in Washington, Lee Hamilton, has run it for many years, and Harman is a worthy successor. More to come.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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