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Douglas Schoen & Americans Elect in Media Tango: No Relationship Talk, It’s just a Dance

On December 31 2010, Douglas Schoen wrote a prediction about 2011′s “biggest political surprise” in a piece published by the Washington Post:

The biggest political surprise of 2011 will be the emergence of a potentially serious third-party candidate for president in 2012. There is simply too much dissatisfaction with Washington and with our political system [...]

WaPo: 4,058 Little Brothers are Watching You

Dana Priest and William Arkin publish an expose in this morning’s Washington Post that collects together hundreds of previously released documents and combines them with new interviews and documentation to summarize the state of government surveillance in America. They document the existence of 4,058 agencies of federal, state and local government connected together through fusion [...]

Is Tea Party a PR Astroturf machine or a smattering of inactive Grassroots groups? The answer is Yes.

After a dogged and systematic effort to contact and characterize every Tea Party group in the nation, the Washington Post publishes an exposé this morning. Its findings:

The characterization of the Tea Party brand as a creation of political public relations professionals is accurate. If you look at the largest groups making the greatest impact, [...]

Useful New Resource on Surveillance Society: Top Secret America

Yesterday morning, a team of Washington Post journalists unveiled a major new resource called Top Secret America: A Hidden World, Growing Beyond Control. A series of connected web pages identify and connected various government agencies and private companies that are engaged in erecting a new classified surveillance structure in the United States.

The amount of [...]

J. Edgar Hoover Is Back: FBI Lying About Terrorists to Spy on Journalists

The Washington Post buried the most explosive aspect of its revelation that thousands of times, the FBI lied about the existence of a terrorist plot in order to collect Americans’ phone call records without the warrant required by the supreme law of the land, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. All that is explosive [...]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: “Could Have Been Clogged Arteries”

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the [...]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: "Could Have Been Clogged Arteries"

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the [...]

U.S. Intelligence Official: Torture Practices Lasted Nearly Seven Years

The comment is tucked away in a Washington Post article, and it’s nominally a meta-comment, a criticism of a critic of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” aka EITs, aka drowning people, freezing them and slamming them into walls, aka the federal crime known as torture. But carefully this anonymous intelligence official’s denigration of FBI Agent Ali Soufan. [...]

George Will: Stop Wearing Jeans, Put on a Tux and Get Off My Lawn!

Read George Will’s latest column if you have a high tolerance for extended Country Club indignation at the habits of the great unwashed. For those of us feeling a low level of tolerance, here’s just an abstract of the world according to George Will:

* People over the age of 18 who play video games [...]

Nine Practical Tips for Inauguration Day in Washington DC

It looks as though attendance will be through the roof for the Presidential Inauguration of 1-20-2009 itself and for the Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC that follows. Some will be there to cheerfully rally for constitutional rights, others will be there to cheer a hero, and yes, a few others will be [...]

Call McCain To Demand Palin Talk To Reporters

If Sarah Palin isn’t ready to talk intelligently to reporters, then how will she ever speak intelligently with the leaders of foreign countries? [...]