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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
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”