If you needed further proof that, by God, Bill Clinton's charisma gets the job done, look no further than this afternoon's exciting news that the American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been pardoned and are hopefully soon to be released from their detainment in North Korea,  based on negotiations between Clinton and Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea. 

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I'm delighted that the journalists will be released, of course, and that this might signal a renewed dialogue opening between the US and North Korea. It will be so interesting to observe what happens next, and to hear from Ling and Lee themselves. It seems so strange, that a former president could just fly into North Korea and stir shit up---it's awesome and compelling and slightly weird. According to people who know better than I,only a non-diplomat could have swung this. I wonder what Hillary thinks? What do you think? -Devan via NYT, photo via KCNA/Reuters

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