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Edward Snowden Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian

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Thanks to Edward Snowden, the Washington Post and the Guardian are Pulitzer Prize winners.

David Gregory Asks If Glenn Greenwald Should Be Prosecuted

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Does David Gregory consider Glenn Greenwald to be a reporter deserving of protection, or “just a blogger” who may be a potential criminal?

Rep. Peter King (R., New York) Wants Journalists Prosecuted As Spies

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One Congressman thinks it would be a good idea to treat journalists as criminals.

Edward Snowden, Leaker Of NSA Data Mining Stories, Steps Forward

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Meet Edward Snowden, the 29 year old CIA/NSA contractor who has confessed to leaking the details of the NSA’s data mining projects.

Trust vs. Outsourcing Judgment

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Modern life requires us to put a high degree of trust in those to whom we delegate responsibility

Solitary Confinement as Torture

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WikiLeaker Bradley Manning has been held “under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture” for seven months and counting.

Obama Wins Executive Secrecy Case

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The Obama administration has persuaded the nation’s most liberal appellate court that the executive branch’s right to secrecy trumps the rights of people claiming they were tortured by the United States Government.

WikiLeaks and the Damage Done

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Critics of WikiLeaks have no affirmative proof that the release of tens of thousands of classified documents has gotten anyone killed. The truth is that we’ll likely never know.

Why Won’t Pentagon Help WikiLeaks?

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Glenn Greenwald asks, “Why won’t the Pentagon help WikiLeaks redact documents?” For the same reason we don’t negotiate with terrorists.

Waterboarding and ‘Torture’ in the American Media

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Did the American media cover up torture by the Bush Administration?

Marriage and Divorce

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Glenn Greenwald points to the news of Rush Limbaugh’s fourth marriage this weekend, as well as the fact that Newt Gingrich is on his third marriage, to argue that conservatives who oppose gay marriage and say that they are doing so to defend Traditional Marriage are dishonest. They don’t really advocate the law’s recognition of […]

Presidential Humor

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Saturday night’s annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has provoked the standard commentaries about the insipidness/banality/sinisterness of the event, what with the press sucking up to the president and the highlighting of the thin line between politics and celebrity.   And then there’s the required assessments of the president’s talents as a stand-up comedian. The most common […]

Elena Kagan Lesbian Rumor Smear Neither Smear Nor Rumor

Elena Kagan Supreme Court?

UPDATE: See Elena Kagan Not Gay After All? A week ago, Ben Domenech wrote a blog post about ten candidates rumored to be on the short list of nominees for replacing John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.  He asserted that Elena Kagan, Obama’s Solicitor General who is reputedly at the top of said list, […]

American Soldiers Kill Unarmed Reuters Reporters in Iraq (Video)

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A disturbing video which seems to show American soldiers shooting unarmed civilians just for fun is making the rounds. CSM’s Dan Murphy has the backstory: A video released on the Internet Monday by WikiLeaks, a small nonprofit dedicated to publishing classified information from the US and other governments, appears to show the killing of two […]

Reconciliation and the Public Option

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Democratic leaders have claimed that they would have had a government run health insurance alternative (the so-called “Public Option”) if only those mean Republicans weren’t there to filibuster. But Glenn Greenwald believes this was a sham. But all those claims were put to the test — all those bluffs were called — once the White […]

Defining Anti-Semitism Down

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TNR’s Leon Wieseltier has leveled some ugly charges against Andrew Sullivan that are sufficiently absurd and baseless — and well refuted elsewhere — that I haven’t bothered to jump in.  But I do very much want to highlight Glenn Greenwald on this larger point: It was once the case, not all that long ago, that […]

Obama Orders Americans Killed

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American special operators and intel types are teaming up with Yemeni forces to kill bad guys there, Dana Priest reports.  But Glenn Greenwald is most interested in the third paragraph: As part of the operations, Obama approved a Dec. 24 strike against a compound where a U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, was thought to be meeting […]

Cheering for the Laundry

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It seems that some liberal bloggers who used to complain about the Bush administration are being intellectually honest and also complaining when the Obama administration does the same thing.  BooMan, for one, doesn’t like it. What brought people together into progressive blogging communities and networks was related to policy (the invasion of Iraq, torture, illegal […]

Phil Carter Quits Administration

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Phil Carter, well known to longtime denizens of the blogosphere as the former proprietor of Intel Dump, has suddenly resigned as deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy. The NYT buries this news on A20: The Defense Department official in charge of closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has resigned after only […]

Does Foreign Policy Community Love War?

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Glenn Greenwald revisits an old debate, arguing that “Our war-loving Foreign Policy Community hasn’t gone anywhere.” Building off of Marc Lynch‘s blog post yesterday pointing out that General McCrystal’s strategic review calling for more troops in Afghanistan was written by “a dozen smart (mostly) think-tankers,” Greenwald writes,”What would a group of people like that ever […]

Jenna Bush and the Meritocracy

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Adam Serwer is incensed because he has “a lot of friends who spent a great deal of money, and went into a lot of debt, to learn how to be professional broadcast journalists” who are “now struggling to find work” and yet Jenna Bush Hager now has a job on Today despite having only a […]

American Royalty – Nepotism in Politics and Media

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Glenn Greenwald laments the rise of “American royalty.” They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it.  They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. […]

Ideological Wind Tunnels

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Glenn Greenwald rebuts those who think his strident attacks on Presidents Bush and Obama for abusing their power make his blog “an ideological wind tunnel” and that he is “oblivious to the practical considerations policymakers must contend with.” By the design of the Founders, most American political issues are driven by the vicissitudes of political realities, […]

Obama Trying to Block AIG Bonuses

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Responding to understandable public outrage, President Obama is vowing to figure out a way to get back the money AIG paid to the people who ran the company into the ground. President Barack Obama declared Monday that insurance giant American International Group is in financial straits because of “recklessness and greed” and said he intends […]

Outraged or Just on the Other Side?

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Jules Crittenden is shocked that lefty firebrands Jane Hamsher and Glenn Greenwald have continued ranting and raving about injustice now that their guy is in charge over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. One possible explanation for this is that, rather than having simply been partisan hacks fomenting faux outrage at the Bush Administration, they’re intellectually honest […]

Obama Invokes State Secrets Privilege

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Meet the new boss — same as the old boss: In a closely watched case involving rendition and torture, a lawyer for the Obama administration seemed to surprise a panel of federal appeals judges on Monday by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets originally developed by the Bush administration. In the case, […]

Bush’s Flight Suit

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Glenn Greenwald notes that Joe Klein has changed his mind in the last five-and-a-half years about President Bush’s now infamous flight suit gambit. Now:  “The flight-suit image is one of the two defining moments of the Bush failure.” Then: “[T]hat was probably the coolest presidential image since Bill Pullman played the jet fighter pilot in […]

Will Blogs Kill Political Magazines?

Andrew Sullivan, who was editor-in-chief of The New Republic when he was 12 and now works at The Atlantic, notes that the websites of conservative opinion magazines National Review and The Weekly Standard get no more traffic than the top conservative blogs. So the competition for the opinion-reader is intense. And the financial edge of […]

Taking Separation of Powers Seriously

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Glenn Greenwald, reacting to reports that Barack Obama has told Harry Reid that Joe Lieberman should not be stripped of his committee chairmanship and thus making it very difficult for him to do so, has written a long and passionate plea for a return to vigorous separation of powers with strong institutional jealousies. [W]hatever the […]

Documents Link Ivins to Anthrax Attacks

Bruce Ivins Anthrax Scientist

Documents released today by the government offer some strong circumstantial evidence linking Army scientist Bruce Ivins to the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people. Army scientist Bruce Ivins had sole custody of highly purified anthrax spores with “certain genetic mutations identical” to the poison that killed five people and rattled the nation in 2001, […]

Enforcing Civility in Blog Comments

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Alan Jacobs: “Nothing could better justify Ross’s decision to start moderating comments on his blog than the comments on the announcement itself.” For those who don’t click links, Ross Douthat has announced that, “From now on, one of the Atlantic‘s crack interns will be going through the comment threads at the end of every business […]

Goldfarb and McCain

Yesterday’s announcement that Weekly Standard blogger Michael Goldfarb is taking a leave of absence “to serve as deputy communications director of the McCain campaign” has been greeted with surprising interest from bloggers across the political spectrum. Just sampling those in my RSS reader: Radley Balko points out that “Goldfarb has written (falsely, by any reasonable […]

Racist Morons

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Tim F. offers the “Deep thought of the day” that “any honest discussion of race will inevitably reveal that some people are honestly racist morons.” The corollary, of course, is that there will be widespread disagreement on whose these people are. For every Glenn Greenwald reader who thinks the description aptly fits Glenn Reynolds, there […]

Obama’s Speech: Poisoning the Well

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One of the major strains of reaction to Barack Obama’s “More Perfect Union” speech is that those who are not persuaded by it are therefore racist or at least unreasoning fools. Poisoning the well in this manner may be an effective rhetorical device but it undercuts the very message of the speech, which is that […]

John McCain ‘Honored’ To Receive Endorsement From Bigot

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Yesterday, John McCain announced that he was “honored” to receive the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee, a Texas-based preacher who can probably be most charitably described as “pro-Apocalypse”. McCain lavished praise on him for being “pro-Israel”, but as Sarah Posner (via Matthew Yglesias) points out, what he actually stands for is the destruction of Israel […]

Judge Orders Kucinich Included in Nevada Debate (UPDATED)

Judge Orders Kucinich Included in Nevada Debate

Dennis Kucinich sued to force NBC to include him in MSNBC’s Nevada debates and Senior Clark County District Court Judge Charles Thompson has issued an injunction ordering that he be included. NBC promises to appeal. On the merits, I don’t see how Kucinich has a case. The basis on which a state judge could issue […]

Republicans Love Barack Obama – For Now

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George Will closes a subpar (by his standards, at least) column on the silly populism of Mike Huckabee and John Edwards with this praise for Barack Obama: Barack Obama, who might be mercifully closing the Clinton parenthesis in presidential history, is refreshingly cerebral amid this recrudescence of the paranoid style in American politics. He is […]

Peggy Noonan on John Edwards’ Hair Poofing

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Peggy Noonan sizes up the presidential field for “Reasonable Person” qualities and passes all of the major candidates except Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. Her reasoning on Clinton is, frankly, unreasonable: Because she’s polarizing, she wouldn’t be able to rally the nation in a crisis. By that standard, of course, the current president isn’t “reasonable,” […]

Demonizing Ahmadinejad

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University of Michigan Middle East scholar Juan Cole argues that the demonization of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is misguided and part of a right wing propaganda campaign to agitate for another war. Critics have also cited his statements about the Holocaust or his hopes that the Israeli state will collapse. He has been depicted as […]

Civility, Hypocrisy, and the Rules of Political Debate

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Glenn Greenwald argues that many of those now condemning MoveOn.org and/or demanding that Democrats condemn MoveOn.org for suggesting General David Petraeus would “betray us” are hypocrites, since many have used inflammatory rhetoric themselves. He’s surely right in many particulars. Those on the Ann Coulter wing of the Right, who routinely throw around words like “traitors” […]

Larry Craig and Right Wing Hypocrisy

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Several bloggers on the left see hypocrisy on the response by right wing bloggers to the Larry Craig lewd conduct story. Glenn Greenwald wonders why those were so outraged when Mike Rogers floated rumors outing closeted gay Republicans are now so vehement in insisting that Craig should resign. While I don’t doubt that there has […]

Progressive Revolution to Purify Democratic Party

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Matt Stoler is leading the charge for the Netroots to root out the “Bush Dogs” from the Democratic Party, purging it of the impure traitors who do not buy into every jot and tittle of the Progressive Agenda. We’ve been working to identify the group of conservative Democrats in the House who are holding back […]

Jose Padilla Convicted on Terrorist Charges

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Jose Padilla has finally been found guilty of major terrorism charges. Jose Padilla was convicted of federal terrorism support charges Thursday after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration’s zeal to stop homegrown terror. Padilla, a U.S. citizen from Chicago, was once […]

Glenn Greenwald Gets Results

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As noted here, Glenn Greenwald recently raised a red flag about General David Petraeus giving an “exclusive” interview to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and asked to have the general appear on Alan Colmes’ liberal show, on which he’s a contributor, to demonstrate that the war is a national endeavor, not a partisan one. He […]

Glenn Greenwald Demands Equal Time

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Glenn Greenwald wrote General David Petraeus’ press spokesman seeking to get an interview to balance out the one he recently gave to the “highly partisan, pro-war Republican talk show host and blogger Hugh Hewitt” and received a less than enthusiastic response. Presumably, that’s what he expected. It’s hardly surprising, really, that a man attempting to […]

Democrats and the Wimp Factor

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Glenn Greenwald updates his post in response to my earlier post. He agrees that Democrats are willing to play aggressive politics but says he was actually making a much narrower post. When I said that conservatives are far more eager than liberals “to exploit these sorts of themes,” I am referring to the gender-based personality […]

Liberals Just Too Darn Nice to Play Politics

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Glenn Greenwald chides The Politico for continually featuring a “vapid, petty, and inane” stories like John Edwards’ expensive haircut and Mitt Romney’s makeup consulting on its front page. He’s right, I think, as far as it goes. These stories are amusing and make sense from a business standpoint, but they’re hardly cutting edge journalism or […]

Worried About the Government and Your Library Records?

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How about the government keeping tabs on the prescriptions you are taking? President Bush signed into law a bill to create electronic monitoring programs to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs in all 50 states. The new law creates a grant program for states to create databases and enhance existing ones in hopes of ending […]

Bad Apples and the Barrel

Glenn Greenwald argues that cherry picking outrageous comments at liberal blogs (in this particular case, hundreds that expressed dismay that yesterday’s suicide bomber was unsuccessful in murdering Vice President Cheney) and claiming they represent mainstream liberal thought is intellectually dishonest. Further, he notes that many who are outraged at the comments of anonymous commenters seem […]

Assassinating Iranian Nuclear Scientists

Glenn Greenwald, who as of today is blogging for Salon, has a rather shocking post up entitled, “Extremist Bush supporter calls for murder of scientists.” I figured some whacked out global warming foe had gone over the edge. It turns out the culprit is none other than “University of Tennessee Law Professor and right-wing blogger […]

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