John Cole perfectly encapsulates the fucking joke that is Congress with this. Christ. When I read stuff like that, it makes me dream of "Debt of Honor" scenarios.
Rahm Emanuel's brother doesn't trust him to pick the Democratic nominee.
JUDGEMENT = STRATEGY
Matt Yglesias makes a point about good policy and judgement in foresight leading to good politics and strategy in hindsight.
PRIVACY vs. SECURITY
The government would have you believe it's a zero-sum game. It's not.
PRESERVE THE CLIMATE OF FEAR
You might remember a classic Onion piece from when Bush took office, “Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over” [link]. Last month, they put out the perfect Op-Ed to bookend the Bush Era.
...Not so very long ago, we winced every time we saw someone with facial hair or a backpack. Average people were terrified of opening their mail for fear of getting a face full of anthrax. Those were perhaps our country's greatest days. Yet that once-phobic spirit that defined our times is drastically changing.
Today, people are making eye contact with strangers on the street. They are whistling on subway platforms, strolling down sidewalks, and generally behaving as if they do not feel they could be killed at any moment. [...] It breaks my heart to see the land I love fall into such a state of non-panic.
My God, what have we become?
There. 99% Obama-free.