Links, 8/9/11

Our Dying Economy

Update: Reid just named his three picks for SuperCongress: Patty Murray, Max Baucus, and John Kerry. IMO, Kerry is actually a worse choice than Baucus (yeah, that’s me saying that), since Kerry was in favor of the 4T bargain but Baucus voted against the Catfood Commission recommendations. And frankly, we’re probably better off without Durbin, who was bad on these issues.

All those Republicans (and the President) calling on sucking up to the “job creators” to convince them to maybe, one day, create jobs, have Adam Smith’s version of capitalism all wrong.

Jared Bernstein makes an argument that every single Democrat should be making: our problem is not in Medicare, per se. It’s in health care costs (and Bush’s war and tax cuts). As Bernstein says, “An honest analysis of fiscal sustainability would point toward a larger, not smaller, role for publicly provided health coverage.”

A single mother of two from St. Louis rented a plane so she could fly by Wall Street with a banner reading, “Thanks For The Downgrade. You Should All Be Fired.”

H&R Block just agreed to modify $115 million worth of home mortgages in which it discriminated against black and Latino borrowers (presumably meaning it pushed people of color into subprime loans when they qualified for prime). This follows a similar, national settlement from Wells Fargo.

Justice and Injustice

Apparently, you can set out in your F250 after a party, saying, “let’s go fuck with some niggers,” find the first black man you see, beat him repeatedly, run him over with your full-size pickup and kill him, and not be charged with a hate crime. Or, if you weren’t driving the truck, charged with anything more than assault. (What I want to know is why no one at the motel stopped this before James Craig Anderson got killed.)

Back in 1994, Multiple Choice Mitt believed abortion should be safe and legal. Justin Elliott explains why: because when Mitt was 16, Mitt’s sister’s husband’s sister, Ann Keenan, died from an infection caused by an illegal abortion. She was 21 when she died in 1963. (h/t Susie)

The IRS was going to investigate whether a bunch of rich Republicans were evading gift tax laws by donating to 501(c)(4)s. But Republicans like Orrin Hatch and Dave Camp said “boo.” So the IRS backed off its investigation.”Boo!”

Our Dying Empire

The Council for Foreign Relations’ home journal confirms what we’ve heard elsewhere–al Qaeda is weaker than we’ve been led to believe. As it describes, al Qaeda didn’t even have the resources to wire Najibullah Zazi any money to buy hydrogen peroxide.

Carol Rosenberg and the Miami Herald have put together a list of everyone left at Gitmo.

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emptywheel RT @dnvolz: Here it is. The Supreme Court just submitted Rule 41 to Congress, which would expand FBI hacking authority: https://t.co/c2yi3T
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emptywheel @GeorgWebb For the primary probably. His negatives are off the charts, though. How much of that was his own doing? @realDonaldTrump
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emptywheel .@kurtopsahl Maybe he should have just titled it, "The Fourth Amendment: Heads I win, tails you lose"?
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emptywheel @kurtopsahl Right. Even just releasing correlations memo would change mosaic analysis tremendously. But Litt won't let that one out...
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emptywheel @GeorgWebb It didn't take him out tho. It may have damaged him for General, but I'm not sure that's where most damage came @realDonaldTrump
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emptywheel @kurtopsahl All while limiting himself to the stuff he himself has chosen to make public, which hides much of the impact. Nifty!
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emptywheel "When someone who controlled the FOIA disclosures writes a law review article on what got released," by Bob Litt https://t.co/YeeyAZE6of
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emptywheel @SuperiorWang Absolutely, but Bernie's fundraising has been unprecedented. @JC_Christian
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bmaz But you got in the room Scafe. So much admiration on this end. #FoundingScafes https://t.co/4iL252jyjm
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emptywheel Q: Would FB be obliged to delay reporting of WhatsApp requests 2 years? https://t.co/KmI0hHUhWB
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emptywheel FB FISA Content: 2013, 1H, 2H: 5000-5499 2014, 1H, 2H: 7000-7499 2015, 1H: 13500-13999 Bigger spike than Apple. https://t.co/OSHx19ApbW
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emptywheel @Matt_Cagle What percent of those were Turkey, though? @zeynep
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