Adam Serwer

NYT Responds To Torture Study.

Michael Calderone talks to The New York Times about that torture study, pretty much vindicating what I wrote yesterday:

In Semi-Defense Of Godwin's Law.

Kevin Drum and Glenn Greenwald both say it's time to repeal Godwin's Law. Drum calls it "an endlessly tiresome way of feigning moral indignation," and Greenwald says, "The very notion that a major 20th Century event like German aggression is off-limits in political discussions is both arbitrary and anti-intellectual in the extreme." Greenwald writes:

Gates Redux.

I want to take a brief moment to go back to that independent panel review that concluded both Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley missed opportunities to ratchet down the tension before Gates was arrested.

AQ Magazine.

Spencer Ackerman writes about al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's latest venture, which is apparently a print magazine:

Cucinelli And Equal Protection.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has been engaging one culture-war issue after another since he came into office, says he doesn't think the 14th Amendment grants equal protection to gays and lesbians, arguing that "frankly, the category of sexual orientation would never have been contemplated by the people who wrote and voted for and passed the 14th Amendment.”

Igor Volksy explains that there's something called "precedent" involved here:

CENTCOM Red Team Contemplates "Materially Supporting Terrorism."

Spencer Ackerman and Gregg Carlstrom both have interesting thoughts on this Mark Perry piece, which includes a "Red Team" group of intelligence officers in CENTCOM engaging in a strategic exercise in which they make pretty clear distinctions between groups like Hamas and Hezbollah on the one hand, and al-Qaeda on the other:


Wonder Woman gets a new uniform.

Need to overturn a legal precedent? Sprinkle some Brown on it.

The Last Airbender is going to suck.

The Haqqanis and al-Qaeda.

Tom Periello wants to be re-elected.

About Those Minority Witnesses.

My old colleague at the Columbia School of Journalism, Adam Weinstein, has a great piece up at Mother Jones looking at the military witnesses the GOP has called to the Kagan hearings. A taste:

In Which I Describe, But Do Not Knock, The Hustle.

Yesterday I went on The Ed Show, which is being guest hosted this week by The Nation's Chris Hayes (who is doing a really incredible job) opposite the terribly smart Reihan Salam of National Review, discussing financial reform and Social Security. I'm assuming at some point this week they'll call Tim Fernholz on to discuss felony voter disenfranchisement and enhanced interrogation techniques.

Back To Gates.

An independent review panel put together by the Cambridge police to examine the incident last year in which Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested at his own home for disorderly conduct by Sgt. James Crowley is complete:

The situation at Gates' home quickly escalated when it shouldn't have, according to the review put together by a 12-member panel assembled in September. No one on the panel had direct ties to the Cambridge Police Department.

Kagan: A Liberal By Another Name.


The conventional wisdom is that the Elena Kagan hearings are a bit of a snoozefest. People complain that the process is useless because nominees refuse to disclose how they might rule on particular cases. In fact, in terms of divining Kagan's legal philosophy, the hearings have been quite instructive. Kagan has been rather forthcoming about her legal philosophy, and it's one people should recognize, because it's similar to the political philosophy claimed by the president.


Spencer Ackerman, reporting from the Danger Room, says Gen. David Petraeus is having a hard time convincing Republicans he's OK with a 2011 Afghanistan drawdown date.

Russ Feingold is WRONG on the internet FinReg.

The Walking Dead TV show will not preempt The Walking Dead comic book.

Breitbart's Journolist Reward.

Andrew Breitbart has offered a hundred grand for the entire Journolist archives, the now-defunct off-the-record e-mail list of center-left-leaning policy wonks and journalists that led to Dave Weigel leaving The Washington Post. The only person who could likely fulfill that request is Ezra Klein -- since the archive has been deleted, all that's left is what people haven't removed from their inboxes, and even then, that's premised on the possibility that Ezra never deleted anything. Anyone else would only be able to offer the e-mails they were sent after they joined.