Jason Zengerle
Senior Editor

The Good Dookie
September 22, 2009

My Duke hatred generally knows no bounds, but I'm now willing to grant Reggie Love an exemption (via the HuffPo).

Sometimes the Good Guys Do Win
September 22, 2009

Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter for Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger newsppaper, is the recipient of one of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius grants." If you're not familiar with Mitchell or his work, this 2005 American Journalism Review article about him is a good place to start. Long story short, if it weren't for Mithcell--and his articles that eventually led to the trials and convictions of four Klansmen for their crimes against civil rights workers back in the 1960s--the world would be a less just place.

Mike Ross, Real Estate Maven
September 22, 2009

A good ProPublica investigative article on Blue Dog Democrat Mike Ross's business dealings with a pharmacy chain: Ross sold the real estate in Prescott, Ark., to USA Drug for $420,000 -- an eye-popping number for real estate in the tiny train and lumber town about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock. "You can buy half the town for $420,000," said Adam Guthrie, chairman of the county Board of Equalization and the only licensed real estate appraiser in Prescott. But the $420,000 was just the beginning of what Ross and his pharmacist wife, Holly, made from the sale of Holly's Health Mart.

Just In Case David Paterson Didn't Get the Message
September 21, 2009

Robert Gibbs didn't do anything to suggest those reports that Obama wants Paterson out of the New York gubernatorial race are untrue. From today's gaggle aboard Air Force One, as Obama traveled up to New York for a speech (and a very awkward grip-and-greet with the Empire State governor): Q    On a different topic, did the President order word to Governor Paterson that he does not want him to seek reelection? MR.

The Rank and File vs. the Generals?
September 21, 2009

Mike's already raised the prospect of a looming battle between Obama and the generals over Afghanistan. But here's a potentially interesting wrinkle, from Dante Chinni who runs the Christian Science Monitor's Patchwork Nation project: On Sept. 1, retired Army Col.

Stay Classy, Hyatt!
September 17, 2009

From the Boston Globe: When the housekeepers at the three Hyatt hotels in the Boston area were asked to train some new workers, they said they were told the trainees would be filling in during vacations. On Aug. 31, staffers learned the full story: None of them would be making the beds and cleaning the showers any longer. All of them were losing their jobs.

The Smartest Thing I've Read Today
September 16, 2009

Comes from the NYT's Mike Hale: The extended reaction to Mr. West’s deed certainly had something to do with a continuing national conversation about rudeness, whether to presidents, line judges or irritatingly successful country singers.

W's Unlikely Ally in Smack Talk
September 16, 2009

Yglesias, commenting on the Bush quotes in Matt Lattimer's GQ article, writes: I thought it was funny that George W. Bush referred to Barack Obama as “this cat” since that’s slang people haven’t used for decades. He really needs to better acquaint himself with the wit and wisdom of one Rasheed Wallace, who's been waging a brave battle to keep "cat" in the contemporary slang canon. (My favorite Rasheed usage--complaining, as usual, about the refs: "A lot of them cats are felonious, man.")

Jimmy Carter to the Rescue
September 16, 2009

Not. "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American," Carter told NBC News. "I live in the South, and I've seen the South come a long way, and I've seen the rest of the country that shares the South's attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans." Carter's contention already CW among a certain segment of Americans (e.g. this Maureen Dowd column).

The Most Intriguing (and Probably Hopeless) Massachusetts Senate Candidate
September 15, 2009

A couple of significant developments in the race for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. Steve Lynch, last seen getting booed off the stage at a Labor Day health-care rally, has decided not to run. Meanwhile, Alan Khazei, the founder of City Year, is getting closer and closer to announcing that he will run. In a field of candidates that's notable at this point mostly for who's not in it, Khazei is a welcome addition.