The group blog of The New Republic
July 29, 2013
According to his Twitter profile, Francis Pedraza, founder of Everest, seeks to lead his team "towards our vision of unlocking human potential." It's an interesting goal to consider in light of what Pedraza said last week. As Valleywag's Sam Biddle spotted, Pedraza praised the founders of Snapchat (a disappearing-text service) for apparently doing some of their beta testing on homeless people.
Having learned over the last few years that one must try to ride out, for sanity's sake, the all-consuming stimulus-reponse cycles fostered by 24-hour media, I gave myself an entire weekend to suppress, set aside, and generally forget about the Anthony Weiner pubic selfies that dominated the news last week.
There is much to be said about the interview Reza Aslan did Friday on Fox News’ online show “Spirited Debate.” Aslan, a Muslim writer who converted from Christianity (to which he had converted from Islam) who holds a doctorate in sociology of religions, just published a popular book about Jesus. Fox News, which like U.S.
July 28, 2013
THE END OF BIG LAW
Dear Lawyer: It's Not You, It's Your Profession
Defenders of Big Law sound a lot like the defenders of the real estate bubble in the the mid-2000s. Look how well that ended!
'Face the Nation' host Bob Schieffer, in a desperate attempt to prove to Americans that he is over 140 years old, went on a long, unintentionally hilarious rant about Anthony Weiner on Sunday. For starters, Schieffer explained, the Weiner situation "is not funny. It is sickening." It is also, he said, "important" because of the bully pulpit that comes with the job Weiner is running for. "Someone with Anthony Weiner's problems has no business there and should leave the race," Schieffer thundered.
July 26, 2013
When Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will try to restore the Justice Department’s authority to review voting laws in Texas, the move was cheered by Democrats—and especially minority voters—who feared disenfranchisement after the Supreme Court struck down a central component of the Voting Rights Act.
Pro-tip: When you win a big court case giving you the go-ahead to suppress voter turnout for your political opponents, don’t gloat about it.
The political press is abuzz over what sure looks like one of the first clashes of the Republican Party's 2016 primary season. At a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo., New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a characteristically unsubtle shot at libertarian Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's noisy opposition to elements of the post-9/11 national security state: