There’s a lot of talk on Twitter and right-wing media about Republicans being the “party of Lincoln” and the heroes of the Civil War. Yale professor and Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight explains why that’s ridiculous—

Lincoln Would Not Recognize His Own Party by David W. Blight He would see the Republicans as the antithesis of everything he fought for. By David W. Blight Dr. Blight, a professor of history at Yale, is the author of “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” Opinion: NY Times; July 23, 2019 Lincoln Would Not Recognize…

Barr deep dive brought from landing page to actual post

Been hearing about all those old AG Barr scandals? Sneak into the archives here. Attorney General William Barr is acting exactly as he should have been expected to act. Reading the archives one could be forgiven for wondering if they’ve accidentally wandered into the mouth of that Black Hole The titles are hyperlinks to the…

How NOT to redact a document, brought to you by the attorneys for former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort (video tutorial)

Obviously, these cases are all National Security cases and throughout certain things have been redacted if they pertain to a part of the investigation which is still ongoing. You might think by now that Manafort’s attorneys would have figured out how to redact a court filing, or that, considering the considerable jeopardy facing their client, they might at least consult Google on the subject.
But you would be wrong.

Syria update III: Mattis Resigns, Sky Falls

“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.”
—Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Harvard’s Bipartisan Congressional Orientation Under Fire For Being Too Corporate

Harvard’s Bipartisan Congressional Orientation Under Fire For Being Too Corporate Instead of just sitting quietly, some of the new progressive members protested, calling out the confab’s corporate viewpoints. The reaction from new members like Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) preview the less deferential approach they’ll take to being members of Congress. Harvard’s orientation was done…