Adam Serwer

You Hear What They Said About You?

So today Politico published a piece about how the White House is really disdainful of liberal bloggers for not celebrating the administration's successes or being understanding enough about the political circumstances that led to their losses. The piece quotes exactly one "top Obama adviser" anonymously who supports this claim.

The Consequences Of Liberal Silence On Domestic Radicalization.

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Yesterday I attended an event on domestic radicalization at the Center for American Progress which was co-hosted by the National Security Network that featured administration officials, a leader from a Muslim organization, a former NYPD commissioner and LAPD chief, and an academic who has studied domestic radicalization. It was the first such event I'd attended put on by a liberal organization.


Race is a really bad way to identify candidates who will look out for your interests.

Tea Partiers find a way to justify the NAACP's resolution condemning them for racism.

Conservatives accidentally make the case for stimulus.

The top 10 countries with the highest incarceration rates. Guess who's on top?

Violent Crime Up Under Sheriff Arpaio.

Via Elise Foley comes another myth-busting graph from the pro-immigration group America's Voice Online, which shows that crime has gone up drastically in Maricopa County while dropping in the rest of Arizona despite (because of?) the draconian anti-immigrant policies of its conservative celebrity sheriff, Joe Arpaio:

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque Crowd Gets Even More Transparent.

There have been some vague attempts to justify landmarking the building slated for the construction of the Islamic Center near Ground Zero on the grounds that the building itself was hit by debris from 9/11, but an ad Ben Smith reports was rejected by NBC and CBS doesn't even try to pretend that they aren't opposing it because of religion:

"On September 11, they declared war against us," says the narrator. "And to celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at Ground Zero."


More Identity Politics In Tennessee's 9th.

In yet another episode involving Barack Obama's (a) deep-seated hatred for white people (b) liberal racism, the president has declared his support for Rep. Steve Cohen, the congressman from Tennessee's predominantly black 9th Congressional District who trounced former Harold Ford aide Nikki Tinker's race-baiting campaign two years ago.

Building While Muslim.

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Alex Pareene on the conservative hysteria over the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero, which has now become a gubernatorial campaign issue:


The Department of Justice charges New Orleans police officers in connection with the Danziger Bridge shooting.

The 2010 elections in one graph.

Dana Goldstein on the coming birth-control battle.

Odaini Transferred Home To Yemen.

Here's an odd confluence of events: On the same day that a D.C. District Court ruling makes it easier for the government to hold suspected terror detainees indefinitely, the Department of Defense announces the transfer of Mohammed Odaini back to Yemen:

On May 26, 2010, a U.S. District Court ordered the release of Mohammed Odaini from custody at Guantanamo Bay. As a result, the Department of Defense has transferred him to his native country. In accordance with Congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer Odaini at least 15 days before his transfer.

Balko On Mehserle.

Radley Balko writes a sober-minded column on the fate of Johannes Mehserle:

Indefinite Detention Just Got A Whole Lot Easier.

Lyle Denniston reports:

The D.C. Circuit Court, in a broad hint to the Justice Department to adopt a new strategy in detainee cases, suggested strongly on Tuesday that federal judges are now demanding too much evidence from the government to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and elsewhere. Although the three-judge panel said it was not deciding the issue finally, it said that detention might be legal if the government has only “some evidence” to support captivity. Even a “preponderance of the evidence” standard may be too strict, it indicated.

Omar Khadr Boycotts His Own Military Commission.

Last week, Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, a Canadian national who is being prosecuted by military commission for crimes he is alleged to have committed as a teenager, fired his lawyers. Yesterday, now-unbanned Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg reports that Khadr also rejected a plea deal in which he would serve five more years at Gitmo and the rest in Canada, while the judge ultimately refused to allow Khadr to represent himself:

Judge Napolitano On Bush And Cheney.

Andrew Napolitano is one of those genuinely idiosyncratic Fox News personalities. Last year, he wrote an op-ed in the LA Times denouncing the whole "War on Terrorism" framework and calling for terror suspects to be tried in civilian courts. Yesterday, in a conversation with Ralph Nader, he said George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should have been indicted:

A Clarification on the NBPP Case.

So, I just wanted to clear something up: I wrote my post yesterday about the Justice Department's decision not to pursue criminal charges against the NBPP during the Bush administration because I had seen conservatives arguing that it was made by the Obama administration. It wasn't.