Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 11:30 am

Defense of Jonathan Gruber by Jonathan Cohn in the New Republic

 

Undercover Supreme Court Police Deployed Outside Courthouse to Spy on Protests

By: Monday November 17, 2014 10:32 am

When J. Edgar Hoover was FBI director, he wanted agents to enhance people’s paranoia and make them feel like there was an agent behind every mailbox. His agents were particularly targeting dissent. Now, these days, the use of undercover agents in criminal investigations or general operations has grown to such a degree that a citizen may feel like there is a federal agent behind every action.

Government Has No ‘Agreement’ With Reporter James Risen, Still Plans to Subpoena for Testimony

By: Monday November 3, 2014 3:50 pm

The United States government has indicated that the Justice Department does not currently have an agreement with New York Times reporter James Risen for testimony in a leak prosecution against his alleged source, Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with multiple violations of the Espionage Act.

The Health Care Industry Is Always Innovating New Ways to Steal Your Money

By: Monday October 27, 2014 8:05 am

As soon as one specific problem is banned the industry quickly moves to find a slightly different new loophole to exploit. What is really needed is a broad solution, not a series of popular mallet whacks. There is no way our political system is set up to whack these problems as quickly as they are created.

From James Risen, a Powerful New Book About the “War on Terror”

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 6:04 pm

No single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price — the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive.

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses “Legal Process” to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 12:46 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought the subpoena and lost in July. Despite the fact that the government had defeated , the government withdrew the subpoena in April 2012.

New York Times Endorses All Three Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

By: Monday October 6, 2014 8:17 am

We will have to see if the New York Time has much impact on the West Coast but as a D.C. resident it is a refreshing counterpoint to the Washington Post’s error-filled and logically inconsistent editorial against the D.C. initiative.

Another Terrible Health Care Problem Which Could Be Easily Solved – But Won’t Be

By: Monday September 22, 2014 11:17 am

Here is a man who aggressively tried to shop around but the hospital, which has way more power and knowledge, was able to bring in a surprise out-of-network doctor while they guy was unconscious. Smart shopping around for health care would be hard enough given its complexity even if every provider was an angel. It is impossible when the system is actively trying to screw people.

Late Night: Hag to NYT: Drop Dead

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 8:00 pm

There are many reasons to loathe the New York Times: its columnists, its obsequious wealth porn, its egregious bias toward Israel, its “view from nowhere” political coverage, and on and on. But until it sends a reporter out to analyze your own home town, it can sometimes escape you that it is utterly incapable of getting ANYTHING right.

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