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Last week many Americans discovered that their government is spying on them. We are not sure how many of them had a hunch such a thing was happening, though since 9/11, the signing of the Patriot Act, and various government snooping stories, we would guess the number to be very high. Many rightblog ... More >>
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul spoke at historically black Howard University last week, and it was a major event. No, he didn't seem to win any black votes for the GOP -- even his fans admit as much. But white people of the rightblogger variety were all over it, and that's what counts. Some ... More >>
It has become a safe assumption that otherwise liberal and open-minded New York politicians will make an exception for Israel. Case in point: 10 members of the New York City Council have declared that they support academic freedom, just not the freedom of public universities to host events that do n ... More >>
In years to come, rightbloggers will tell their grandchildren many stories of the glorious summer of twenty-twelve. They'll tell 'em how they warned America about the socialist menace of the Olympics. They'll tell 'em how, in the wake of the Aurora shooting, they defended assault weapons against Dem ... More >>
The American people have long been sick and tired of our occupation of Iraq, and on Friday President Obama called ally-ally-in-free. You'd think there'd be little cause for dissension; as Glenn Greenwald noted, the deadline was agreed to in the Bush era. But you know how it is with rightbloggers ... More >>
Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008, was officially labeled the Anthrax killer posthumously, accused of killing five people with contaminated letters and spooking all of the post-9/11 United States. Though much of the U.S. press, including the Washington Post and CNN, initially accepte ... More >>
Front and center in today's edition of the New York Times is an article entitled "In Dossier, Portrait of Push for Post-9/11 Attacks," a piece that uses this week's WikiLeaks document dump about detainees held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay to tell of terrorist plans never carried out ... More >>
U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, 23, who has been locked in solitary confinement for ten months, under conditions that some argue count as torture, has been hit with 22 military charges for his involvement in allegedly passing secret U.S. diplomatic cables to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks organizat ... More >>
Aaron Barr, a computer security expert for HBGary, spoke last week to the Financial Times, telling the paper that he had gathered incriminating information about the shadowy hacker group known as Anonymous, a general source of online chaos and most recently, diligent supporters of WikiLeaks. ... More >>
The House of Representatives failed on Tuesday night to extend three security measures in the post-9/11 Patriot Act, voting 277-148 to push the provisions through 2011, but failing to reach the required two-thirds majority, the Washington Post reports. For those doing math at home, that's sev ... More >>
Bradley Manning, the army private being held on suspicion of leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks, cannot be linked to the organization's embattled editor-in-chief Julian Assange, U.S. Army officials admitted to NBC News last night. This complicates the Department of Justice's path to prosec ... More >>
Keith Olbermann, the host of MSNBC's "Countdown" since 2003, resigned from the program suddenly last night. Olbermann announced on the air that he would be leaving the show immediately, his time slot to be filled by Lawrence O'Donnell. What happened?
Have you ever received a piece of mail with a tracking number and you know it's there but everyone keeps passing the buck off to someone else until someone finally says "Oh, it'll show up in a day or two!"? That just happened to me for the second time. I am going to Fucking. Kill. Someone. Pr ... More >>
The New York Times' Brian Stelter just Tweeted that Keith Olbermann will be replaced tonight on MSNBC by The Nation's Washington editor Chris Hayes, who has been a guest host on MSNBC previously. On that note, Chris Hayes should probably be suspended. UPDATED.
To many, the stabbing of a New York City taxi driver by a deranged passenger who first asked if the driver was a Muslim seemed like a culmination of weeks of irrational debate about the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque." Now, federal officials are calling a fire at an Islamic center in Tennessee ... More >>
Speculation continues to swirl surrounding the leaked listserv emails that led to the resignation of Dave Weigel, the Washington Post's blogger on the conservative beat. To recap: Weigel belonged to an exclusive group of political reporters and commentators, headed by fellow WaPo young Ezra K ... More >>
It was really easy to get excited about the young journalist Keith Wagner completely embarrassing a local Arizona politician in a YouTube video. Salon politics blogger Glenn Greenwald tweeted that Wagner "illustrates what 'journalism' is" and it's hard to disagree. The kid came prepared with ... More >>
Maybe the future of the press is phenomenal, based on this video clip, tweeted by Salon political blogger Glenn Greenwald, who wrote, "A high school student illustrates what 'journalism' is when interviewing an Arizona GOP State Senator over budget cuts." And that's understated. The reporter ... More >>
After his first year, Obama shows his true face
The Department of Justice will not go after medical marijuana users and suppliers who are following state laws which allow them to operate, according to new DOJ guidelines examined by the Washington Post. This would seem to reverse the policy of the previous Administration, which continued to send D ... More >>
"The last mass trials were a great success. There are going to be fewer but better Russians." -- Ninotchka. Once upon a time -- as we pointed out elsewhere -- rightbloggers disapproved of purist liberal Democrats who were trying to drive moderates like Joe Lieberman out of their Party. This hunt fo ... More >>
Salon's Glenn Greenwald let his true feelings about Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post's media critic, be known today in a blistering post that begins: "CNN and Washington Post "media critic" Howard Kurtz—who is a right-wing blogger disguised as a journalist—has been beating the same drum for we ... More >>
Flagging Bush seeks middle ground