Monthly Archives: February 2017

Josh Marshall: Extremely Dangerous Ground – TPM

We are on numerous fronts in an unprecedented and perilous situation. No government likes leaks. Sometimes leaks are illegal. This is something that can be addressed on its own. The key here is the substance of what we’re learning. It

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Stuff in Space – h/t @pbump

Stuff in Space is a realtime 3D map of objects in Earth orbit, visualized using WebGL. The website updates daily with orbit data from and uses the excellent satellite.js Javascript library to calculate satellite positions. From: Stuff in Space

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Michael Moreci: Starship Troopers: Paul Verhoeven’s Manic, Misunderstood Satire –

Satirizing war—condemning war—is easy. What’s not easy is extending the tragedy of war beyond the politicians, beyond the world leaders, beyond those higher-ups that are typically held responsible and laying some of that blame on our shoulders—us watching at home—as

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John Cassidy: Donald Trump Versus the World – The New Yorker

“By oath, intelligence officials’ first duty is to ‘defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,’ “ Evan McMullin, the former C.I.A. operative and Republican congressional aide, who ran for President last year as an

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Ross Douthat: Can This Presidency Be Saved? – The New York Times

Infrastructure. Tax cuts for workers and parents. A better tax code for business. Not a war with the judiciary. Tax cuts. Not CNN or Nordstrom’s perfidy. Jobs. Not Bannon’s theories about Islam or the crisis of the West. (And you

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Benjamin Wittes: Thoughts on a Strange Day—and a Very Strange Presidential Tweet – Lawfare

I’ve been thinking about this sequence of events all day—and it’s a disturbing one, albeit in an amusing and harmless context: The President saw a single line of an article on a television show. He tweeted that single line with

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Christie Aschwanden: We Asked 8,500 Internet Commenters Why They Do What They Do – FiveThirtyEight

Comments often serve as identity badges, said Joseph Reagle, the author of “Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web” and a professor of communication studies at Northeastern University. “You see this particularly on social

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@Scott_Gilmore: An iconic moment from the Trump era… – Twitter

“An iconic moment from the Trump era: Canadian Mounties, on a freezing winter day, helping a refugee family flee over the US border.” Passages de réfugiés au Québec du Moyen-Orient venant des USA: une jeune famille syrienne accueillie à

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@SteveBrodner: The Court of Donald I -Twitter

The Court of Donald I. LATimes today. — Steve Brodner (@stevebrodner) January 23, 2017 From: Steve Brodner on Twitter: “The Court of Donald I. LATimes today.”

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National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say – The Washington Post

The emerging details contradict public statements by incoming senior administration officials including Mike Pence, then the vice president-elect. They acknowledged only a handful of text messages and calls exchanged between Flynn and Kislyak late last year and denied that either

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