Tuesday 5/20/2014 Open Thread

I didn’t see a notice about Brent being away, but in the interest of comment management here’s a new open thread for today.

Open Thread – 10/26/2013

Worth a note:

“Federal Prosecutors, in a Policy Shift, Cite Warrantless Wiretaps as Evidence
Published: October 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department for the first time has notified a criminal defendant that evidence being used against him came from a warrantless wiretap, a move that is expected to set up a Supreme Court test of whether such eavesdropping is constitutional. ”


Open Thread – 4/16/2013

Open Thread since MR is MIA.

Katrina vanden Heuvel has a good piece on whistleblowers.


I found the linked piece with the original My Lai articles interesting as well.


FY2013 CR & 02/21/2013 Open Thread

New NYT piece with some good info on the next stage of the budget fight, the continuing resolution to fund the government through the rest of FY2013 (i.e. through September 30, 2013).

“Taking steps to avoid a full government shutdown at the end of March, the House Appropriations Committee as soon as next week will introduce legislation to keep the government financed through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, but do nothing to stop the pending cuts.”

“The Senate next week will consider competing Democratic and Republican proposals to stop the automatic cuts. The Democratic plan would institute a 30 percent minimum tax rate on incomes over $1 million, cut farm subsidies, and institute military cuts delayed until most United States troops have returned from Afghanistan. Neither plan is expected to win the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster

Instead, attention will shift to the next deadline, March 27, when financing for the government runs out.

The House bill would maintain financing at presequester levels, $1.043 trillion, with detailed spending instructions for defense programs devised to give the Pentagon more flexibility. But a provision in the spending bill will say that all levels are subject to automatic cuts to be meted out by the White House Budget Office.”


If the House is really going to let the baseline be set at pre-sequester levels for the CR, this could constitute a cave for the Republicans. I.e. the sequester was actually in effect for about 1 month tops and now spending is going to be held flat at the old levels.

Update: Good piece by Karl Rove on the various options. I agree with his proposal:

“My own recommendation is that House Republicans should pass a continuing resolution next week to fund the government for the balance of the fiscal year at the lower level dictated by the sequester—with language granting the executive branch the flexibility to move funds from less vital activities to more important ones.”


President’s Day Open Thread – 02/18/2013

Open thread for links, etc.

New York considers passing a law making previous employment condition a basis for a discrimination lawsuit when an applicant is denied a job. What could go wrong?




Washington Post Ignore Button

This may be of interest here:

Ignore a commenter

A number of our commenters have asked us to install an ignore button, which would allow a reader to ignore comments from another particular reader (you can’t ignore comments from badged Washington Post staffers). You can now do this directly from a comment thread. Hover over a reader’s comment and you’ll see the text “ignore user” in the bottom right corner of the comment. Click that and ALL comments from that reader will disappear from that (and any other) thread you read.”


Last Call for Twinkies

“Hostess Brands Says It Will Liquidate”

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