October 16, 2013

Is Anonymous's Rape Vigilantism a Public Good?
4:39 PM

It only took a few hours of Anonymous's "OpMaryville Twitterstorm" Tuesday for the action to elicit a response: Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and House Speaker Tim Jones called for state Attorney General Chris Koster to reopen the case of

Threatening Not to Raise the Debt Ceiling Is a National Security Issue, Too
2:07 PM

If a body other than the Congress of the United States were actively contemplating a step that would, by the accounts of virtually all economists, tank the U.S.

We're About to Default, and the House Is Debating Traffic Cones

On Capitol Hill, senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are frantically working to negotiate a deal before the government shutdown becomes a government default. A few blocks away, in the Rayburn House Office Building, a small group of U.S.

The Government Thinks It's Legal to Access Your Emails. This Theory Explains Why.
8:37 AM

Ladar Levison, owner of the now-defunct encrypted email site Lavabit, made headlines back in August when he shut the service down to avoid “becom[ing] complicit in crimes against the American people.” But the Lavabit saga is far from over.

What Happens to the National Debt Clock If the U.S. Defaults?
8:29 AM

Update: The Durst Organization emailed Wednesday afternoon, saying, contrary to what he told me Tuesday evening, “Just learned it won't freeze, it will slow.

October 15, 2013

The Republicans May Lose, But So Will You
11:37 PM

Americans who want jobs or mortgages will suffer because John Boehner didn't have the guts to stiff the Tea Party

John Boehner's Shutdown Endgame: "The Final Spasm of a Corpse"
10:43 PM

On Monday I wrote that the shutdown/default-threat/Republican extortion plot was essentially over—it was just a matter of Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, hammering out the final details of a deal whose contours were coming

The EPA Case Could Determine the Fate of Obama's Ambitious Climate Plan

This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will consider manufacturing industry trade groups and Republican-held state governments' case to repeal some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations.

Republicans Have Officially Reached the Nadir of Their Shutdown Debacle
5:13 PM

Regardless of what happens Tuesday night on the Hill, the true dark-comedic nadir of the Big Beltway Brouhaha of 2013 was reached at 2:51 on Tuesday afternoon.

Take the World War II Memorial—Please!
When the government reopens, shut this stuff down
5:05 PM

If architecture is, as Goethe put it, frozen music, then which classical opus is suspended within the granite semicircle of Washington’s National World War II memorial?