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Compare and Contrast: Obama's Reaction to the Deaths of King Abdullah and Hugo Chávez — Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela four times from 1998 through 2012 and was admired and supported by a large majority of that country's citizens, largely due to his policies that helped the poor. King Abdullah was the dictator and tyrant who ran one of the most repressive regimes on the planet.

Cameron's attack on George Galloway reflects the west's self-delusions — On Wednesday afternoon in the British Parliament, near the end of question time for British Prime Minister David Cameron, a short though incredibly revealing exchange occurred between Cameron and Respect Party MP George Galloway. Whatever one's preexisting views might be of either of these two polarizing figures is entirely irrelevant to the points and facts raised here about this incident.

The casual, corrupting use of anonymity for political officials — (updated below) For an administration flamboyantly vowing new levels of transparency, the Obama White House continuously relies upon one of the most un-transparent political weapons: namely, disseminating to the public - typically through sympathetic journalists - purely pro-administration assertions while hiding behind a journalistically baseless grant of anonymity.

Latest FBI Claim of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny and Skepticism — The Justice Department on Wednesday issued a press release trumpeting its latest success in disrupting a domestic terrorism plot, announcing that "the Joint Terrorism Task Force has arrested a Cincinnati-area man for a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials."

France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West's "Free Speech" Celebration — The arrest, so soon after the epic Paris free speech march, underscores the selectivity and fraud of this week's "free speech" parade. It also shows why those who want to criminalize the ideas they like are at least as dangerous and tyrannical as the ideas they targeted.

The cyber-intelligence complex and its useful idiots — It's a fine thing to see mainstream American media outlets finally sparing some of their attention toward the cyber-industrial complex - that unprecedented conglomeration of state, military and corporate interests that together exercise growing power over the flow of information.

Dianne Feinstein, Strong Advocate of Leak Prosecutions, Demands Immunity for David Petraeus — Greenwald writes: "Long-standing mavens of DC political power literally believe that they and their class-comrades are too noble, important and elevated to be subjected to the rule of law to which they subject everyone else. They barely even disguise it any more." Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Dianne Feinstein, Strong Advocate of Leak Prosecutions, Demands Immunity For David Petraeus — If it wasn't already clear that the US government was unhappy with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden-and the feds want him extradited, President Obama denounced him-it is now. Today, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and her House counterpart, Mike Rogers (R-MI), both emphasized there would be no mercy coming from Washington.

In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons — Defending free speech and free press rights, which typically means defending the right to disseminate the very ideas society finds most repellent, has been one of my principal passions for the last 20 years: previously as a lawyer and now as a journalist.

Conservatives, Democrats and the convenience of denouncing free speech — Updated below] Nothing tests one's intellectual honesty and ability to apply principles consistently more than free speech controversies. It is exceedingly easy to invoke free speech values in defense of political views you like. It is exceedingly difficult to invoke them in defense of views you loathe.
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Jan 27, 2015

@JAMyerson @chrislhayes It's one of the most genuinely exciting political things to happen in so long

Jan 27, 2015

Syriza likely Finance Minister: "We're going to destroy the basis" of the "Greek oligarchy system"… -via @chrislhayes

Jan 27, 2015

@cain_rob Because sitting around in the west attacking Islam is so easy, so that's what you do. Attacking Judaism, however...

Jan 27, 2015

@cain_rob LOL. So many of you self-proclaimed anti-religion warriors are such cowards. "Prioritize" indeed.

Jan 27, 2015

@cain_rob Are you interested in wiping Judaism from the face of the earth, too?

Jan 27, 2015

So many journalists' complaints about online attacks amounts to: I now have to hear unfair criticisms from all these nobodies!

Jan 27, 2015

RT @billmon1: .@adamjohnsonNYC @jonathanchait I read that as: "We can't even reprint 'The Bell Curve' now without some Twitter yahoo getting in our face!"

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