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Take a look at the website of the brand new Washington Independent, which offers terrific original political reporting and analysis. Good pieces recently posted include Spencer Ackerman’s story on CIA interrogators; a piece by Eartha Melzer (at the Independent’s sister site in Michigan) on the curious resume of Barrett H. Moore, CEO of a private military contractor with business in Iraq; and an op-ed on the failure of intelligence oversight by former CIA official Milt Bearden.
The site’s editorial director is Jefferson Morley, formerly of the Washington Post. Jeff is one of the shrewdest political observers I know. He was talking about immigration politics long before it was on anyone’s radar screen. Soon after Barack Obama declared that he would run for president Jeff predicted that his political enemies would seek to tar him as a closet Muslim, an idea I thought ridiculous. Live and learn.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Minimum number of cows whose skins are used each year for Major League baseballs:
Sleeping deer and grazing cows generally align their bodies along the earth’s north–south magnetic axis.
A study found that the goods whose costs are most frequently searched online in South Africa are cows, and, in the United States, where a two-headed cow was born, the most common items are patents.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”