- Today's comic by Matt Bors is You know who else closed parks...:
- Twitter troll Jofi Joseph is out of a job:
The Daily Beast broke the news Tuesday night that Joseph was @natsecwonk, a "mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years." [...]Politico added that it is suspected he was also the person behind the Twitter account "'@DChobbyist' which included racier tweets about sexual encounters, escort services—and the inner workings of the State Department."
Politico followed with word that "Joseph, 40, was fired from his job on the NSC nuclear non-proliferation team a week ago after a months-long probe into a barrage of tweets that included caustic criticisms of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top NSC officials, especially Ben Rhodes—whom he accused of dodging questions about Benghazi."
- App grades companies on their political stance:
A new app called 2nd Vote is designed to allow conservative voters to see how companies score on five issues: gun rights, abortion, the environment, same-sex marriage and federal subsidies — though it’s even attracted some liberal fans. Giving each company a score from 1 to 10, the app rates everything from the airline industry to Internet businesses as actively liberal, passively liberal, passively conservative and actively conservative.
- Veteran White House stenographer's job may depend on Hillary. Peggy Suntum has been a stenographer for five presidents and seen a lot of history in the making close up. She's now 64:
You’ve thought about retiring?
If we have a female president, I might stick around. But I’m just thinking that might be a good time. But it scares me to think about getting out. It really does. Because I know I’ll be thinking in terms of what’s going on over there. How are they doing. What’s going on behind the scenes. That’s at least still a few years away. This is five, this might be the last one.
- Best Washington Post correction ever?
- Texas judge's ID almost keeps her from casting ballot:
A Texas district judge who has been voting for the past five decades was almost barred from the polls Tuesday, thanks to the state’s newly implemented, stricter voter ID law. The law kicked in on Tuesday as early voting in Texas’ November 5 election began.
As she told local channel Kiii News, 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts was flagged for possible voter fraud because her driver’s license lists her maiden name as her middle name, while her voter registration form has her real middle name. This was the first time she has ever had a problem voting in 49 years. “What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote,” she said.
- Confessions of a Drone Warrior—1,626 dead:
He was an experiment, really. One of the first recruits for a new kind of warfare in which men and machines merge. He flew multiple missions, but he never left his computer. He hunted top terrorists, saved lives, but always from afar. He stalked and killed countless people, but could not always tell you precisely what he was hitting. Meet the 21st-century American killing machine. who's still utterly, terrifyingly human.
- Despite Guardian's claims, Japanese youth apparently ARE having sex.
- Study asks what you would be doing if you weren't on line so much:
Most of us have heard our parents or grandparents complain that the digital age has corrupted the youth and taken them away from doing “better things.” Whether or not this is an accurate assessment, no one had ever really figured out how much our computer time cuts into other activities—at least not until now. New research from Scott Wallsten, an economist at the Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., attempts to show exactly what Americans are missing out on because they’re glued to their computer screens.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin recaps post-shutdown polling. Still disastrous for Republicans, and bringing control of the House into question. But Clive Crook hasn't heard the news yet, and Tea Party supporters refuse to hear it. A rare cookie for Ron Fournier, and the firings over the story-that-wasn't-about-Terry McAuliffe. The extraordinary derpitude of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC). We closely parse her terrible dodges on health care, but also note her shutdown derp & gun safety derp. A GunFAIL update, and NukeFAIL, too. Finally, we check in with GideonAB Sebelius & the healthcare.gov launch, and on Snowden.
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