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Slog | The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper • "I don't see why he doesn't have the courage of his convictions," Chief Justice John Roberts said this morning, referring to President Obama. This statement came early in today's oral arguments over the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as solely between one man and one woman. In fact, it came before the merits of the constitutional question were even discussed. It came during briefing and argument on the first of two procedural questions—whether the Obama Administration's enforce-but-not-defend policy regarding DOMA Section 3 left this case without the requisite features of an Article III case or controversy. Some of the justices, including Chief Justice Roberts, seemed particularly troubled by the Obama Administration's decision to enforce DOMA while refusing to defend the law's constitutionality in court.
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Last day at Salon Glenn Greenwald Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 9:30 PM UTC Politics The sham “terrorism expert” industry A highly ideological, jingoistic clique masquerades as objective scholars, all to justify US militarism Glenn Greenwald Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 9:29 PM UTC Politics
Kevin Drum Here's a little something to noodle on while I'm lounging in my easy chair trying to solve this week's Saturday Stumper crossword puzzle. First, you need to click here and go read a post by Matt Yglesias. I'll wait. You didn't read it, did you? Fine.
Bear with me, because this is a political media story. Fox Soccer, the only U.S. channel dedicated exclusively to broadcasting soccer matches from around the world, has announced that it will shut down and be replaced by a new youth entertainment network called FXX. Games from major tournaments, such as the UEFA Champions League, will be broadcast on a new, general sports channel called Fox Sports 1. To many Americans -- of the football/baseball/basketball persuasions -- this seems like an obvious and inconsequential decision. The nation's interest in the world's "beautiful game" is relatively low, which is why FSC wasn't bringing in ratings. Ben Smith: Political News and Analysis
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Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee — the Senate’s rabble-rousing GOP triumvirate – seek nothing less than to fundamentally transform the debate over gun control. As has been reported , they will likely filibuster when Harry Reid brings his gun-control legislation up for a vote. In doing so, according to sources, they hope to effect a dramatic shift in public opinion, akin to one that followed Paul’s 13-hour filibuster earlier this month over President Obama’s drone policy. Their approach is carefully orchestrated, and they are operating on the premise that taking a principled constitutional stand with a little dramatic flair will rally people to their cause. The Corner
Christopher Robert McMahon School of Languages, Literature and Communication, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia 4811 Hysterical Academies: Lacan's Theory of the Four Discourse
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Letter to Lord Chandos Hugo von Hofmannsthal The Letter of Lord Chandos THIS is the letter Philip, Lord Chandos, younger son of the Earl of Bath, wrote to Francis Bacon, later Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, apologizing for his complete abandonment of literary activity. IT IS kind of you, my esteemed friend, to condone my two years of silence and to write to me thus.
Howard A. Landman's translation of Rilke's "The Sonnets to Orphe by Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Howard A. Landman Orpheus was the legendary Greek demigod of music: the only one ever to be a priest of both Apollo and Dionysus.
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Bifo: The Obsession with Identity Fascism Potere Operaio presented itself explicitly, even provocatively, as a movement that had severed all links with the history of realised socialism. Just as decisively, it refused to identify with the tradition of anti-fascism. We have seen in the group’s political history, after the 1970 Florence Congress and the Leninist turn, the reinvigoration of the languages and methodologies of the Third International tradition, to the point that these suffocated the group’s originality. But it remains true nonetheless that the peculiar conception of the relation between working class autonomy, power and development elaborated by Potere Operaio in the first phase of its history was able to escape the historicist model of the realisation of socialism. Nor was its judgement on the socialist mode of production compatible with the Marxist-Leninist tradition.
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