Goodbye Kim Jong-il and good riddance. The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is great news for Begonia breeders, who will have to come up with a dazzling new flower for Kim’s youngest son, the Swiss-educated Kim Jong-un, who is the country’s new Dear Leader.

Dad’s Kimjongilia was a brilliant red; Granddad’s Kimilsungia (named after North Korea’s first absolute ruler) a ravishing pink. So maybe this one will be a dazzling white. The world can’t wait to find out. — Paul Barry (read the full story here)

Keating marks 20 years, but where’s the party? For some it feels like just yesterday. For the true believers and a bon mot-starved press gallery, they probably wish it was yesterday. Today marks the 20th anniversary of Paul Keating’s prime ministership.

But unlike fellow Labor prime ministers Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, the Zegna-suited firebrand won’t be attending a party to celebrate his ascension to Lodge. — The Power Index (read the full story here)

ABC hosts guilty of bias — against Kevin Foley. Two high-rating ABC talkback hosts have been pinged for impartiality by the Australian Communications and Media Authority over a heated interview with former South Australian treasurer Kevin Foley.

Foley is now considering suing the presenters, Matthew Abraham and David Bevan, for defamation. He claims the April interview played a crucial role in his decision to quit cabinet and parliament. — The Power Index (read the full story here)

Turnbull says farewell to a beloved pooch. This time of year can send us all a little silly. And despite being considered one of our more intelligent politicians, Malcolm Turnbull’s no different. So when The Power Index stumbled upon a 1200 word eulogy written by Turnbull for his dog overnight, we thought nothing of it. Then we read it.

And it was kind of moving. So moving that the post has a good 70 supportive comments on it at the time of publishing. Last week’s post on Senator Stephen Conroy’s National Press Club address — succinctly titled, “Conroy –Vulgar, Sloppy and Fact-Free” — received just 22. — The Power Index (read the full story here)

From the vault: Robert French. The Chief Justice of the High Court only commands one out of seven votes, but don’t let that fool you: Robert French is a man who gets his own way.

Today we release our profile of The Power Index‘s No. 4 law enforcer, Robert French, from the vault. — Angela Priestley (read the full profile here)

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