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Watch This Guy: Ben Mizer

theatlantic.com — Today, the Supreme Court did something very important: in a victory for the government, it refused to review a lower court's decision giving the executive branch sole authority to determine when Guantanamo detainees are released and whether they get to come in to the United States.

ISIS is never funny. Except when it is.

theweek.com — Why does the media have to drop its critical faculties anytime something makes more than a dozen people on social media angry? An inspired Saturday Night Live parody of the Toyota Super Bowl commercial, that ad where the father tenderly and tearfully says good bye to his college-bound daughter, became, by early Sunday, a controversy.

Why CPAC could shut down Homeland Security

theweek.com — The annual Conservative Political Action Conference has always been a haven for would-be presidential candidates seeking the sanction of some of the Republican Party's most powerful populists. But it's also been a forum for the right to vent their anger at the Republican leadership in the House and Senate.

Scott Walker's warped view of his own party

theweek.com — When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told a reporter that he did not know whether President Obama is a Christian, he revealed himself to have a pretty jaded view of his own party's base voters - that they they are populist resentment collectors who can only make sense of the Obama presidency by attributing its genesis to conspiracies and malevolence.

Hillary doesn't need the press the way the press needs Hillary

theweek.com — Until the Republicans decide on their nominee, Hillary Clinton's most dogged critics will be the detachment of top reporters covering her campaign. They include the indefatigable Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, Anne Gearan of The Washington Post, and an army of rapid scribes at Buzzfeed.

The perfectly logical reason for Obama's silence on Islamic terrorism

theweek.com — On MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell last night, The Atlantic's Graeme Wood succinctly summarized the nature and goals of the Islamic State, or ISIS: they're Islamic. They're eschatological. They want to fight against Crusaders and redeem the power and authority of Sunni Islam. Islam. Islamic. Islamist.

The perfectly logical reason for Obama's silence on Islamic terrorism

theweek.com — On MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell last night, The Atlantic's Graeme Wood succinctly summarized the nature and goals of the Islamic State, or ISIS: they're Islamic. They're eschatological. They want to fight against Crusaders and redeem the power and authority of Sunni Islam. Islam. Islamic. Islamist.

Here's how the FBI can help black communities

theweek.com — James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, gave a most remarkable speech yesterday about police and race in America. He acknowledged that the bureau, like other police agencies, often enforced a status quo that was "brutally unfair" to minorities. He noted the FBI's horrible and historically a-tonal harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The gaffe that wasn't

theweek.com — I've long been of two minds about press coverage of political gaffes. On the one hand, focusing on what Ron Brownstein calls "snowflake stories" - which tend to disappear as quickly as they appeared - deprives our audience of meatier, more relevant stories.

The Daily Show isn't as influential as you think

theweek.com — When a supreme talent like Jon Stewart announces he's giving up his chair at the end of year, it's hard not to think in superlatives. He was the guy who forced CNN to cancel Crossfire. His self-conscious irony fortified brand liberalism with gooey comedy goodness.
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Feb 26, 2015

If i had the balls, I'd make some joke about journalists who insist they've seen the dress in question before, but...

Feb 26, 2015

The dress is a distraction from the real issues, which are Rudy Giuliani, the Apple Watch, and next year's Oscars

Feb 26, 2015

Why would I want to darken a photograph of a dress that I would never wear?

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