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It seems to us: Pratfalls for Stephanopoulos and Bush, changes for Wegmans and ‘The Simpsons’

George Stephanopoulos has been a member of the news media long enough that he should have known better than to donate money to the Clinton Foundation, much less while reporting on the Clintons and their nonprofit organization. Politico first reported that he donated $75,000 in recent years.

Stephanopoulos is the chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC News, in addition to co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and host of “This Week,” its Sunday morning public affairs program.

Stephanopoulos apologized, but he must realize that his days serving as communications director and senior adviser for policy and strategy to former President Bill Clinton should have been squarely in the rearview mirror. That is, if he wanted to maintain any credibility as a journalist.

Pity poor Jeb Bush. The former Florida governor and expected presidential candidate couldn’t get out of his own way this week when reporters asked him – as they were bound to – whether he would have invaded Iraq, knowing what we know today. First he said yes – apparently misunderstanding the question to mean knowing what he knew before the invasion – then dodged the question before ultimately saying that, no, he wouldn’t.

The most startling thing about Bush’s missteps – which are not likely to have serious ramifications for his candidacy – is that he wasn’t prepared for the question, given that it was his older brother who authorized that invasion.

George W. Bush, by the way, still insists it was the right thing to do. It would be interesting to be a fly at the family’s Memorial Day picnic.

Folks in Brooklyn are about to test the theory of many Western New Yorkers that Wegmans is more a destination than just a supermarket.

The Rochester-based grocer is planning to open its first New York City store in Brooklyn. It will be built on the site of the former military base on the East River, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which will be converted into a $140 million industrial park.

News staff reporter Samantha Christmann wrote how news that the grocer is coming to town has lit up social media, from Facebook to Twitter, with one A Buffalogal in NYC tweeting, “They are going to have to build a shuttle line just for @Wegmans @MTA.”

Who knew grocery shopping was that exciting?

For 26 seasons, “The Simpsons” has been a staple of television, the longest-lasting series in the history of prime-time television. And it will continue into seasons 27 and 28, but the animated show will be without one of its original stars. Harry Shearer, who gave voice to Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns, has announced that he is leaving the show.

Yikes. Next thing you know, David Letterman will be announcing his retirement, too.

Oh, wait a minute …