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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

What We Saw Before Being Kicked Out of the SWAT Convention

This weekend, my colleague Prashanth Kamalakanthan and I attended Urban Shield, a first-responder convention sponsored by over 100 corporations and the Department of Homeland Security. The five-day confab included a trade show where vendors display everything from armored trucks to sniper rifles to 3D printable drones. Show More Summary

This Judge Just Said Everything You Want to Say to the Anti-Gay Marriage Crowd, But Better

On Thursday, US district judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. This marks the 22nd time since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year that a federal court has found bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Show More Summary

Active Shooter Drills Don't Really Prepare People, But They Do Make Them Cry

In the wake of the nation's many recent mass shootings, and in the absence of any meaningful gun control that might stem them, employers and schools have started training their staff to respond should a madman with a gun turn up on their doorsteps. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 5, 2014

US Marines conduct live-fire training.(US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan)

This Smart Ad Skewers FedEx for Sponsoring That Washington Football Team With the Racist Name

With the NFL season set to kick off tonight, Native American advocacy groups have ramped up their campaign against the racist name of the Washington football team. Their latest target? One of the [Redacted]'s biggest corporate sponsors,...Show More Summary

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Convicted on Corruption Charges

A jury found former Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell guilty on 11 counts of corruption on Thursday, ending a bizarre trial that featured bad shrimp, a broken marriage, and non-FDA approved dietary supplements. McDonnell's wife,...Show More Summary

Fast-Food Workers Arrested In Fight For $15 Minimum Wage

On Thursday, nearly two years after fast-food employees first walked off the job in New York City, workers in dozens of cities around the country are staging a new round of strikes aimed at winning workers a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union. Show More Summary

Idaho Professor Accidentally Shoots Himself While Teaching Class

Allowing college students and faculty to carry guns on campus makes everybody safer, right? If you answered that the way the NRA does, then maybe consider what just happened at Idaho State University on Tuesday afternoon: Local newsShow More Summary

The Arab World's Version of the Ice Bucket Challenge: Burning ISIS Flags

On Saturday, three Lebanese young men in Beirut protested the Islamic State by burning the extremist group's flag, a black banner emblazoned with the Muslim tenet "there is no god but God and Muhammed is his prophet." The teens thenShow More Summary

Powerful Reporting From Steven Sotloff, the Journalist ISIS Claims to Have Executed

Steven Sotloff (center with black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line near in Misrata, Libya in 2011. A video released today appeared to confirm the worst fears for the fate of captured American journalist Steven Sotloff: a beheading at the hands of Islamic State extremists. Show More Summary

Suprise! Eric Cantor Lands $3.4 Million Job on Wall Street

After Rep. Eric Cantor lost his primary to a tea party challenger in June, he could have stayed on as a lame duck, collecting his salary and voting as a full member of Congress through January 2015. Instead, Cantor decided to step down from his job as the GOP's majority leader and resign his seat early. Show More Summary

Russia Is Going After McDonald’s. (Can We Give Them Jack in the Box?)

Russia's health inspection agency is scrutinizing more than 100 McDonald's locations and has forced the company to temporarily close multiple others in the country. The agency says McDonalds outlets are getting inspected because some...Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 29, 2014

US Marines exit the well deck of the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class RJ Stratchko)

This is What a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like

It has become quite hard for Vladimir Putin to deny that Russia's activities in Eastern Europe are benign. On Thursday, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, announced that "Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine." And at a State...Show More Summary

Ex-George Washington University President Responds to Controversy Over His Sexual Assault Remarks

A former university president came under fire this week for the advice he gave on how to combat sexual assault on college campuses. On Tuesday, George Washington University President Emeritus Stephen Trachtenberg appeared on NPR's Diane...Show More Summary

Don't Feel Bad for Tall People on Planes. They Probably Make More Money Than You.

Amid the raging, only-in-August debate over whether it is ever okay to recline your airplane seat, a good dose of schadenfreude has been directed at the vertically advantaged, as summed up by this tweet from one of my own bosses: Tall...Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 27, 2014

The Class of 2015 at West Point receive their class rings as they enter their final academic year. (US Army Photos by John Pellino/ USMA DPTMS VI)

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 26, 2014

US Marines conduct a Helicopter Support Team exercise. (US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco)

Charts: Kids Are Paying the Price for America’s Prison Binge

As students return to the classroom this fall, one large group of children will be more likely than their peers to suffer learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, behavioral problems, chronic school absence, and a host of other health concerns. Show More Summary

GOP Congressional Candidate Apologizes for Calling Female Senators "Undeserving Bimbos"

On Friday, we reported on Minnesota Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn's history of incendiary comments about women, American Indians, gays, people he suspected of being gay, and President Obama's family. Two days later,...Show More Summary

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