October 04, 2013

Harry Reid's 13 Bluntest Quotes
1:13 PM

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drew flak—especially from the right—after ineloquently responding to a question from CNN's Dana Bash about kids with cancer. Here are 13 more examples of Reid's blunt, undisciplined tongue.

Would Abandoning the War Model of Counterterrorism Make a Difference from a Legal Perspective?
9:29 AM

There is no doubt that one of the most controversial and significant ideas of the post-9/11 period has been the claim that the U.S is in a state of armed conflict with al Qaeda.

Dear Congress, Forgoing Pay Doesn't Exonerate You

As the shutdown drags on—and almost one million furloughed federal workers sit at home without pay—public outrage has burned hot at the congressional lawmakers who will continue receiving their $174,000 annual salary no matter how long this lasts.

October 03, 2013

Quit Blaming Gerrymandering for the Shutdown
8:15 PM

You don't have to look far to find people diagnosing gerrymandering as the source of all of our nation’s woes, including (but surely not limited to) the shutdown.

In the Future, Only Rich People Can Afford to Keep Their Emails Secret
8:00 PM

When Edward Snowden communicated with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the journalists to whom he eventually leaked the NSA PRISM documents, he used an email provider called Lavabit.

11 Bargaining Chips That Obama Can Offer the GOP
4:56 PM

“We're not going to be disrespected," Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told The Washington Examiner. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."Out of the kindness of our hearts, some suggested things to get out of this:

Seven Silly Quotes About the Washington of Yore

Among its many unhappy effects, the shutdown has sparked an overwhelming number of rhapsodies for Washington's halcyon, bipartisan past.

The Republicans Are Starting to Reek of Desperation
11:29 AM

House Republican leaders are starting to look pretty desperate.

Bad Code: Should Software Makers Pay? (Part 1)
9:50 AM

The joke goes that only two industries refer to their customers as “users.” But here's the real punch line: Drug users and software users are about equally likely to recover damages for whatever harms those wares cause them.