1. Sweden school choice: The country’s disastrous experiment with Milton Friedman and vouchers. →

    Advocates for choice-based solutions should take a look at what’s happened to schools in Sweden, where parents and educators would be thrilled to trade their country’s steep drop in PISA scores over the past 10 years for America’s middling but consistent results. What’s caused the recent crisis in Swedish education? Researchers and policy analysts are increasingly pointing the finger at many of the choice-oriented reforms that are being championed as the way forward for American schools. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that adding more accountability and discipline to American schools would be a bad thing, it does hint at the many headaches that can come from trying to do so by aggressively introducing marketlike competition to education.

    The argument from the right will be that it wasn’t free market enough. That if there had been less government it would have worked.

    Clearly, this reform didn’t work in Sweden. Maybe there was some basic flaw in the implementation. Maybe its just a flawed idea.

  2. Libertarian Accidentally Shows Obamacare Success →

    While some of his points have validity, it’s fair to say that the broader narrative conveyed by his work, which certainly lies on the sophisticated end of the anti-Obamacare industry, has utterly failed to prepare his libertarian readers for the possibility that the hated health-care law will actually work more or less as intended.

    The better it works, the more likely they will start calling it Romenycare and insist that it works because of capitalism and markets, not government.

    That’s the way they square their cognitive bias with reality.

  3. Obama Signs Passive-Aggressive Executive Order →

    Telling Congress, “It’s O.K., I don’t mind doing everything myself,” President Obama prepared to sign a passive-aggressive executive order on Tuesday.

  4. The ACLU and the NSA's ex-director will debate spying on June 30th →

    On MSNBC.

  5. Chuck Todd And Ed Henry Caught Mocking McCain On Hot Mic →

    Did it cost McCain even a single Sunday show booking?

  6. Home-Grown, Right-Wing Terrorism: The Hate the GOP Refuses to See →

    right at the start of the Obama era, when then-Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a report (PDF) entitled: “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”? The report was truly prescient. It alerted us to the rise of right-wing extremism, such as from white supremacist groups, and warned that unchecked, it could lead to violence.

  7. ‎’Slut’ is attacking women for their right to say yes. ‘Friend Zone’ is attacking women for their right to say no.

    — And “bitch” is attacking women for their right to call you on it.  (via madgay)

    (Source: emilys-nostalgia)

  8. Five haredi men indicted for attacking gay black man in Brooklyn →

    he was walking through the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Williamsburg on his way home to a nearby neighborhood when more than 12 Hasidic men attacked him while shouting anti-gay slurs.

    If 12 members of a Muslim fundamentalist sect attacked a man this way, would it be covered differently? If the attacked man wasn’t gay, would it be covered differently?

  9. Snowden Is The Kind of Guy I Used to Recruit—in Russia →

    As a former director of operations for the CIA, I see Snowden in a very different light. My colleagues and I in the agency spent our careers looking for people like him—on the other side, that is. We worked hard to locate the kind of person who could be persuaded to give up his country’s secrets: narcissistic, often delusional under-achievers whom we could hope to turn into loose-lipped sources in our enemies’ camps and other hostile locations. We understood just how valuable it was to every aspect of our foreign policy to know the plans and intentions of our enemies; the best way to do this was to look for a source and exploit people like Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, ­ to target for this purpose.

    Not totally convinced. Not sure if Snowden even fits the description “narcissistic, often delusional under-achievers” very well. He seems to be pretty well thought out. And despite being a high school drop out, he seems not to fit the bumbling under-achievers mold.

  10. Republican: If a Woman Has Right to an Abortion, a Man Should Have Right to Force Himself on a Woman | Issue Hawk →

    If a woman has a right to choose what happens to a her body, then men get to choose what happens to her body? Ummm…I think he is missing something there.