Why Are You So Fearful, O Ye of Little Faith?

In the journalist Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden found a perfect match. I don’t mean to slight the contributions of Laura Poitras and Barton Gellman, the other two journalists who first dug into Snowden’s amazing and unprecedented trove of National Security Agency documents. Poitras was the one who realized Snowden was for real, and Gellman brought experience to the party. But Greenwald is the fighter—the one you want in your corner when the world comes after you. Snowden knew what he was in for, and he chose his cornerman well.


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The I Miss Monica Lewinsky Gabfest

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Senators Introduce a Bill to Fix How We Compensate Victims of Child Pornography. It’s a Good Start.

How much should people who download child pornography pay the victims who were abused to make the images? Those who collect child pornography drive the market for it, and their lurking presence can make victims fear that someone they meet at a party or on the job may have seen them being raped or molested. It’s a fear that makes the harm from the initial abuse ongoing, and that can be traumatic and excruciating, as two women who were victims, at the ages of 8 and 9, described to me.


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Two Americas

In the wake of Oklahoma’s horrifying mis-execution of Clayton Lockett, could the death penalty itself die off? It seems impossible, I know. Polls show support falling, but still at about 55 percent. And yet, that’s the death penalty in the abstract. On the ground, in many states, a different reality is playing out—one that demonstrates growing discomfort with capital punishment.  


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The Go Ahead, Search My OkCupid Profile Gabfest

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