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Another day, another adulterous liaison involving a Republican congressional leader who lodged at the fundamentalist frat house on C Street that passes for tax purposes as a “church.” This time it’s former Mississippi Congressman Chip Pickering, whose exploits were highlighted in an alienation of affections suit filed by his former wife in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday. Pickering, the son of former federal judge Charles Pickering, Sr., was widely expected to succeed Trent Lott in the senate before his social activities in Washington got in the way. Harper’s contributing editor Jeff Sharlet discussed the story with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night:
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Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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