August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, that epochal moment in the civil-rights movement. President Obama plans to give a speech next Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial, along with former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
It's been a busy week for those on the NSA beat. First, the partner of Glenn Greenwald—the Guardian reporter who's worked closely with whistleblower Edward Snowden—was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport. ...
... after which The Guardian had to destroy the hard drives that stored the rest of the leaked data, or surrender it to the U.K. government.
Eight years ago, during a star-studded telethon to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West looked into the camera and said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." It was a little unfair—nothing in Bush's public life suggested any animus toward black people, and you could make a stronger case that it was poor people Bush didn't care about; the ones in New Orleans just happened to be black. We couldn't help thinking of that today after learning about the latest controversial statement from Maine's buffoonish Tea Party governor, Paul LePage.