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.
We haven't heard a lot from Joe Biden lately. Though he's undoubtedly influential within the White House, the public would be forgiven for not knowing just what kind of vice-president he's been. Given that his predecessor practically created his own sinister shadow government, that may be a blessing. But with whatever time he has on his hands, Biden has apparently been thinking a lot about whether he wants to take one more crack at the big office in 2016. At least that's what a bunch of anonymous "allies," "loyalists," and "people familiar with his thinking" told The Wall Street Journal.
The Kentucky town of Vicco, population 334, was little known before this February, when it did something you might not have expected from a tiny town in the heart of Appalachia. While there were a few news reports about the event in question, it wasn't until Wednesday evening, whenThe Colbert Report aired a segment on Vicco and its mayor, Johnny Cummings, that the whole country heard about it.
Republicans got some bad news today when hot political commodity, Willie Robertson, said he was too busy to run for the House seat that will be vacated when Louisiana Representative Rodney Alexander leaves to join Governor Bobby Jindal's cabinet. What's that? You have no idea who Willie Robertson is? Then you must be a liberal Northeastern elitist, because Willie Robertson is one of the stars of Duck Dynasty, the reality TV show/bestselling book generator/all-around cultural juggernaut that has stolen America's heart. Robertson, with his good humor, air of relative competence, and American flag bandana always firmly wrapped around his head, sounded like just the man to help Republicans … well, help them do whatever it is they do in Washington these days.