Politics is scary

This week’s Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover about the Obamacare website is pretty spectacular. As such, @SladeHV tweeted a photo of it to say: “Take a bow, @BW: Another A+ cover.” Samantha Murphy at Mashable said, “.@BW nails it this week.” Seth Fiegerman also at Mashable wrote, “The new @BW cover is perfect.” Colleague Megan Hess added, “I was waiting for this to load.”

At the Washington Post, Barton Gellman writes that NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say. Katharine Grayson from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal wrote, “Latest Washington Post story on NSA one of the few times I've seen a caption be the best part of a story.” Ahmed Shihab-Eldin from Huffington Post Live tweeted: “The #NSA celebrated getting around Google's ostensibly secure data links with a smiley face.” Scarin Tumulty at the Washington Post added: “MUSCULAR. PRISM. Most fun job at NSA must be guy who comes up with code names.”

Mother Jones reports that Paul Ryan's Democratic Opponent Is Alien Conspiracy Theorist, 9/11 Truther. Nick Baumann there explained, “Cong. candidate's film: 9/11 was false flag designed to distract from truth about extraterrestrials.” Colleague Molly Redden added, “Sooo... Paul Ryan's Dem. challenger thinks 9/11 was a false flag operation and he directed a documentary on aliens.” Dave Weigel from Slate wrote, “Yeah, so Democrats better nominate Zerban instead.”

Also from Mother Jones, a video courtesy of David Corn in which Ted Cruz's Dad Calls the U.S. a "Christian Nation," and Says Obama Should Go "Back to Kenya". Corn also said, “More from Ted Cruz's dad: Obama ‘seeks to destroy all concept of God.’ And: ‘Social justice is a cancer.’” Scott Bixby from Bloomberg Businessweek tweeted: “Ted Cruz, call your dad.” Adam Serwer at MSNBC pointed out, “(1) We are not our parents. (2) Rafael Cruz says racist things.”

In other wacky political updates, there’s news about Rob Ford asking a photographer to stay off of his driveway, then shouting and shoving when they didn’t move. Freelancer Micheline Maynard called it, “Mayor Ford greets reporters.” Cathal Kelly at the Toronto Star saw the bright side: “He finally understands the streetcar experience.”

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