Adrianne Jeffries at The Verge: More than 55 companies worked on Healthcare.gov and its state counterparts. It’s difficult to tell exactly who worked on what, but the contractors that worked on technical aspects of the site are Beltway regulars. Noticeably missing from the list are companies with a reputation for excellence in technology. Without a […]
Category Archives: Politics
When I saw this headline, I thought “Oh, cool, McCain thinks the NSA has over-stepped its bounds” and was excited. Then I read this: The senator for Arizona, a former Republican presidential candidate, said [head of the NSA Keith] Alexander should be held accountable for the leaks of thousands of documents by the whistleblower Edward […]
Timothy Egan: Sarah Palin finally got her death panels — a direct blow from the Republican House. In shutting down the government, leaving 800,000 people without a paycheck and draining the economy of $300 million a day, the Party of Madness also took away last-chance cancer trials for children at the National Institutes of Health. […]
Jonathan Weisman: House Republicans muscled through a stopgap bill Friday that would fund the government only if all spending for President Obama’s health care law is eliminated. Senate Democrats and President Obama quickly made it clear they had no intention of going along, putting the government on a course toward a shutdown unless one side […]
Amazing. via @viticci
Dana Liebelson: Last month, a federal court granted Chevron access to nine years of email metadata — which includes names, time stamps, and detailed location data and login info, but not content —belonging to activists, lawyers, and journalists who criticized the company for drilling in Ecuador and leaving behind a trail of toxic sludge and […]
Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times: It is now 10 years since the Darfur genocide began, and we in the news media have mostly tired of the issue. It’s no longer news that the Sudanese government is slaughtering its people. Yet our silence empowers Sudan’s leaders to pick up where they left off in […]
Roni Caryn Rabin and Reed Abelson: State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop […]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to CNN: Edward Snowden is one of us. Bradley Manning is one of us. They are young, technically minded people from the generation that Barack Obama betrayed. They are the generation that grew up on the Internet, and were shaped by it. Assange has put in to words something I’ve been […]
Wayne Hale, 32-year NASA veteran and Space Shuttle Flight Director: For all our limitations, America is a very rich country. There are many things which America needs to do for the present moment: provide for a strong military to protect us in a dangerous world, educate our children, care for our elderly and infirm, revitalize […]
In the hearing (which was mostly about taxes), Sen. John McCain asked: What I really wanted to ask was, why the hell I have to keep updating the apps on my iPhone all the time, and why you don’t fix that? Hm.
You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Gabrielle Giffords in The New York Times, on the failed law to expand gun background checks: Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I […]
..and he may kill us all. But hey, it could be worse: this maniac could be launching nuclear weapons from one of those stupid new thin iMacs.