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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 15, 2014

A US Marine carries a round back to his gun in Hawaii for a fire mission. (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla)

Unredacted Court Docs Reveal Yahoo's Name and Other Top-Secret Stuff

Yahoo has just released 1,500 pages of previously classified documents relating to its legal challenge to the government's warrantless wiretapping program. Yahoo lost the case in 2008 and was ordered to cooperate with National Security Agency or face a $250,000 fine for every day that it withheld its customers' data. Show More Summary

The Great State Of California Will Not Be Split Into Six Mediocre States

One day a lemming will fly. That day is not today: Backers of a much-publicized initiative to split California into six separate states failed to collect enough valid signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot. the...Show More Summary

See for Yourself Just How Damn Complicated the Middle East Has Become

David McCandless/The Information Is Beautiful Project Behold, the Middle East! If we could just understand what all the strong countries, the falling-apart countries, the unrecognized-countries, the "non-state actors", and the outside...Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Teenager Simulates Oral Sex With Jesus Statue, Faces Two Years in Prison

Teenagers are prone to dumb, tasteless pranks, but one Pennsylvania 14-year-old is facing prison time for his latest stunt. The teen from Everett, Pa., hopped on top of a statue of a kneeling Jesus—in front of an organization called "Love in the Name of Christ"—and simulated oral sex with the statue's face. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 12, 2014

Nathan Mitchell, an aviation machinist airman of the US Navy, performs maintenance on a helicopter. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Oscar Albert Moreno Jr.)

News Organizations Battle Pennsylvania Over Secret Source of Its Execution Drugs

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and four news organizations filed an emergency legal motion on Thursday, demanding that Pennsylvania reveal the source of its execution drugs. Later this month, the state is scheduled to put 57-year-old Hubert Michael to death for the 1993 rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 11, 2014

The 2014 Tripler Fisher House 8k Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll on Ford Island memorializes more than 7,000 US service members who died since the September 11th attacks on this day in 2001. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan)

The New York Times Just Issued the Best Correction You'll Read All Week

On Tuesday, the New York Times ran the following correction on a story about Dick Cheney telling House Republicans to "embrace a strong military and reject a rising isolationism in his party": Correction: September 9, 2014 An earlier version of a summary with this article misstated the former title of Dick Cheney. Show More Summary

Does the Web Seem Way Slow Today? It May Be Soon If You Don't Get in the FCC's Face

No, the internet isn't actually broken today. Those spinning wheels of death you may have seen Netflix, Tumblr, Reddit, Mozilla, and hundreds of other sites are part Internet Slowdown Day, an effort to show what might happen if the internet actually did get broken by the bureaucrats at the Federal Communication Commission. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 10, 2014

US Marines perform a diving exit during pre-deployment training. (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)

Pentagon and Other Agencies Slammed for Police Militarization at Senate Hearing

In a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers slammed officials from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice for their handling of federal programs that help provide military grade vehicles, equipment, and weapons to local police departments across the country. Show More Summary

Ebola Is Getting So Bad That Even House Republicans Will Back New Funds to Fight It

Despite some worries last week that spending-averse Republicans might not support additional funding to fight Ebola, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chair of the House appropriations committee, said late Monday that House GOPers will back...Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 9, 2014

A US Navy sailor plots the ship's movement on a position chart in Japan. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Raul Moreno Jr.)

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

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