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mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion.

“He had to go over there as an emer­gency re­in­force­ment be­cause the Post’s bureau in Bei­jing, in the words of one of my col­leagues there, ‘im­ploded.’ It turns out that staffing your bureau so that two of the most se­nior po­si­tions are both fe­males is not a great idea — par­tic­u­larly in a cul­ture where women are not well-re­spected any­way.”

“One of the two de­cided to ‘go off some­place and find her­self.’ The other be­came preg­nant and took ma­ter­nity leave, leav­ing no one in charge. So, Pom­fret was drafted into ser­vice and sent to Bei­jing un­til the bureau could be sta­bi­lized. Vir­tu­ally the en­tire ex­pat news ser­vice com­mu­nity in Bei­jing knows about this, which is more than slightly em­bar­rass­ing.”

“This is what hap­pens when you make your hir­ing de­ci­sions based on po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness rather than the re­al­i­ties of life on the ground in th­ese harder tar­gets for news or­ga­ni­za­tions,” the source con­cludes. ‘abor­tion rights sup­porter(s)/ad­vo­cate(s)’ and ‘abor­tion rights op­po­nent(s)’ or deriva­tions thereof (for ex­am­ple: ‘ad­vo­cates of abor­tion rights’). It is ac­cept­able to use the phrase ‘anti-abor­tion,’ but do not use the term ‘pro-abor­tion rights.’ ”

“Do not use ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ in copy ex­cept when used in the name of a group. Of course, when the terms are used in an [au­dio clip] they should re­main.”

— From an in-house memo to Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio em­ploy­ees from Manag­ing Ed­i­tor David Sweeney.

Rod Blago­je­vich is not go­ing to be framed or, uh, hung any time soon. The Illi­nois House has voted 85-23 to pro­hibit a por­trait of a gov­er­nor who is im­peached and re­moved from of­fice to be funded by the state. The leg­is­la­tion was aimed at Mr. Blago­je­vich, who was ar­rested and in­dicted on fed­eral cor­rup­tion charges. The mea­sure now moves to the Se­nate for more de­bate.

“Why does the state of Illi­nois pay for any por­traits?” asks state rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bill Mitchell, Forsyth Repub­li­can.

Still, ev­ery Illi­nois gov­er­nor has his por­trait hung in the Capi­tol, in­clud­ing Ge­orge Ryan, who is now in fed­eral prison. Mr. Blago­je­vich’s im­age could still make it if some­one coughs up the money. The price? Those re­gal oil por­traits run about $25,000.

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