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Classification and the Clinton E-mails

Jul 27, 2015

Here's @marcambinder's tweeted explanation of the IGs' Clinton email concerns sfy.co/p0lG1 via @pbump

How to prevent more mass killings

theweek.com — There are two factors common to mass shootings in the United States, and a "vector," as the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg says, that links the two. One is easy access to firearms capable of killing lots of people quickly. The second is the perpetrator's having a history with mental illness.

Donald Trump did get one thing right about John McCain

theweek.com — Donald Trump, I've figured out, is actually right about John McCain. This is what happened last weekend at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa: Trump: "He's not a war hero." Frank Luntz, interjecting: "He IS a war hero." Trump, chewing on his words, speaking quickly, with annoyance: "He is a war hero because he was captured.

Exclusive: In His Second Term, Obama Will Pivot to the Drug War

gq.com — According to ongoing discussions with Obama aides and associates, if the president wins a second term, he plans to tackle another American war that has so far been successful only in perpetuating more misery: the four decades of The Drug War. Don't expect miracles. There is very little the president can do by himself.

Donald Trump is better at social media than any other 2016 candidate

theweek.com — A friend challenged me the other day to write something nice about Donald Trump. Easy to do, actually. Donald Trump understands social media better than any other presidential candidate. He uses it more effectively than any other presidential candidate. Why? His id matches the id of the fora he chooses.

How 2016 Republicans are proving their impotence on gay marriage

theweek.com — Even in the wake of a tremendous shift in public opinion and legal rights for same-sex marriage, I wager that most Americans would still probably accept a presidential candidate who opposes same-sex marriage. After all, for all but one election in our history, we've done just that.

America's evolution on gay rights is astonishing. And for so many of us, it's personal.

theweek.com — When I was a boy, but more so when I was a teenager, I suffered in silence. Suffering is not a word I choose easily. But the depth of self-rejection, the unyielding pessimism about ever experiencing romantic love and finding social acceptance, the shame of isolation, the threat of exile - all that was very real.

Behind the Largest Cyber Breach in History and How to (Maybe) Stop the Next One

ryot.org — The near-complete compromise of nearly 18 million federal government records will go down as the worst cyber breach in history, at least until the next one. Government officials and industry consultants are "flabbergasted," in the words of one I spoke with on Monday, that Chinese intelligence operatives were able to suck out so much data without their presence being detected, especially after OPM's leaders promised immediate fixes following previous high-profile breaches.

The surprisingly uncomplicated racist history of the Confederate flag

theweek.com — In the wake of a horrific mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a young white man with an apparent history of racism is accused of killing nine black people during Bible study at a church, many are calling for the removal of the Confederate flag on statehouse grounds in South Carolina's capital.
Jun 22, 2015

When politicians fly the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia, it's state-sanctioned racism. Here's why: theweek.com/articles/56200…

Jun 22, 2015

RT @marcambinder: When politicians fly the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia, it's state-sanctioned racism. Here's why: theweek.com/articles/56200…

Jun 22, 2015

RT @marcambinder: When politicians fly the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia, it's state-sanctioned racism. Here's why: theweek.com/articles/56200…

Jun 22, 2015

The surprisingly uncomplicated racist history of the Confederate flag, by @marcambinder: theweek.com/articles/56200…

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Carly Fiorina must prove she's more than a Hillary basher. And she's running out of time.

theweek.com — For months, the most trenchant criticisms of Hillary Clinton have come from an outlier Republican presidential candidate: Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Her January swipe at the Democrat - "Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something.
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Jul 29, 2015

@JohnBerman actually, it's suspended from your door, isn't it, technically?

Jul 29, 2015

When? And How? “@BBCBreaking: Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, Afghan government sources say, but the militant group has not commented"

Jul 29, 2015

RT @MSharif1990: An Afghan govt source has confirmed to @dailyetilaatroz that Pakistan has informed #Afghan govt that Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead.

Jul 28, 2015

The flights also ferry workers to Tonopah Test Range and to Edwards AFB. They're operated by EG&G.

Jul 28, 2015

This jet is headed to KXTA, aka the dry lake bed on Groom Lake, aka Area 51. pic.twitter.com/huTbFc7tr6

Jul 28, 2015

RT @jaketapper: Convicteds spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole and will be released on November 21, his lawyer announced Tuesday.

Jul 28, 2015

Hopefully future administrations will follow this lead. Small but important step towards responsive government. twitter.com/goldman44/stat…

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