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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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Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
No Comment — March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm
On CIA secrecy, torture, and war-making powers
Average number of sitcom laughs an American hears during a prime-time season:
Nielsen Media Research (N.Y.C.)/Jim Drake, Night Court (Tarzana, Calif.)/Harper's research
Czech and German deer still do not cross the Iron Curtain.
British economists correlated the happiness of a country’s population with its genetic resemblance to Danes.
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