Adam Serwer

Cain Hated "The Separation Of Church And State" Before He Loved It

Herman Cain has been unironically arguing that "[o]ur Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state," in support of discriminating against American Muslims, but Nick Sementelli points out that he wasn't always such a fan of the concept, at least not in 2006:

Master's Tools

Dan Savage defends the ill-advised nature of his mocking of Marcus Bachmann:

Home Is Where The Property Taxes Are Mad High

Matthew Yglesias on Pamela Johnson, who owns a storefront in D.C.'s Northeast H Street corridor and is upset about the streetcar being built:

Herman Cain's Islamophobic Bargaining

My latest at Greg's place is on Herman Cain's insistence that the First Amendment doesn't protect Muslims:

You Can't Talk About Race In D.C. Without Talking About Unemployment

The New York Times is the latest paper to take a look at Washington, D.C.'s internal divisions, but it stays in the shallow end of the pool:

Some of these poorer residents saw revitalization as code for efforts to drive them out, and the building of dog parks and bike and streetcar lanes as efforts by affluent whites to re-arrange spending priorities to suit themselves. That perception surfaced during the Democratic primary last year and was used — many say unfairly — as a criticism of Adrian M. Fenty, who was then the mayor.


CJR takes on the Daily Caller.

Reading the rebels in Western Libya.

Really? Plantation weddings?

Nonviolent resistance to occupation works.

Herman Cain Wants You To Know He Really Doesn't Like Muslims

Over at Greg's today I discuss how Herman Cain, in the grand tradition of Republican politicians jumping into local zoning disputes when Muslims are involved, has declared his opposition to a mosque in Murfreesboro Tennessee, saying the building was “an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion.”

The Butt Of The Joke

Alyssa Rosenberg responds to people mocking Marcus Bachmann's lisp and implying that he's gay:

One of the funnier inversions of this trope I’ve seen was in Friends With Money where everyone assumed Frances McDormand’s husband was gay even though he wasn’t. Turning stereotypes back on the people who hold them is almost universally funny than confirming them. Things like this won’t win the battle against Rep. Michele Bachmann as a viable national political figure and help delay victory in the larger war over gay rights.

EPIC Loses Body Scanner Case

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a lawsuit last July over the TSA's use of body scanners, arguing that they violated the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Not surprisingly, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed. In a decision released earlier today, they dismissed EPIC's constitutional arguments against the body scanners, while agreeing with a smaller complaint that TSA failed to to "initiate notice-and-comment rulemaking before announcing it would use AIT scanners for primary screening."

Marine Review Of Bradley Manning's Confinement

Yesterday Josh Gerstein reported the results of an internal review conducted on the conditions of alleged leaker Bradley Manning, whom critics said was being held at a brig at Quantico under austere, punitive conditions. Manning has since been moved to Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas.

There are two key revelations in the report, the first is that “On two occasions, August 6 2010 and 18 January 2011, a medical officer determined that suicide risk status was no longer warranted and the brig staff did not immediately take PFC Manning off the suicide risk status."

DoJ Still Defending DADT

The Department of Justice has appealed a federal court's decision to lift a stay allowing the military to continue implementing its Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. The court lifted the stay in part based on the government's own arguments for refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.


Racebending towards justice.

"America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don't remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time."

Best. Clarification. Evar.

From mancession to hecovery.


File this under hilarious press release of the day:

NEW YORK – In response to an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act request, the Defense Department disclosed to the ACLU a document that contains criteria for holding detainees at the Bagram detention center in Afghanistan. Now, the government contends the document is properly classified and is asking a federal court to order its return.

The ACLU says the document should never have been classified and should be made public under the Freedom of Information Act. It contains the criteria for labeling detainees an "enduring security threat," which results in prolonged and possibly indefinite detention.


I found this argument from Walter Russell Mead about what happens after the Drug War ends pretty amusing:

Any change in drug policy is likely to disappoint the Stoner Lobby; the decriminalization of drugs is almost certain to lead to tougher non-criminal sanctions against their use. Marijuana may well get a pass, but other drugs will not. If criminal sanctions disappear, drug tests are likely to proliferate. You won’t be able to work in health care or any of the professions if you test positive for most drugs; likely you won’t be able to enroll in many colleges, receive government benefits (including financial aid) or teach.