Life offers you plenty of opportunities to laugh at yourself. Or at least my life does. One of those times began with a trip to workshop of Mario Talarico, the legendary Neapolitan umbrella-maker. The workshop seems a Hobbit hole - a magical jungle of umbrella sticks of exotic wood, gnarled tools and tables worn down by decades of use.
This autumn has been the season of the Mega Hearing. First with the grilling of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and then with the marathon Benghazi session that finished last Thursday, we’ve seen two instances of Congress summoning powerful women to a chair and keeping them there for almost unthinkable stretches of time.