Around the town
Long Island Congressman Pete King, not known for being bashful on national security issues, is calling for “all-out” political warfare to prevent NSA leaker Edward Snowden from being granted clemency.
“The president has the right to give pardons–to give clemency; the Justice Department can do that,” Mr. King said in a Fox News interview yesterday. “But to me there should be an all-out political and legislative war over this.”
Lawyers for David Michael Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, are challenging the legality of Mr. Miranda’s nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport on his way back to Brazil in August.
At the time, officials seized Mr. Miranda’s computer, phone, and memory sticks containing around 58,000 encrypted Snowden-related files. His lawyers are arguing that his rights were violated, but British officials say Mr. Miranda’s materials could “aid terrorism and put lives at risk.” Nothing new here, folks! (The New York Times)
ROUND 'EM UP
Raging against libertarian-minded presidential hopefuls is normally the territory of Long Island Congressman Pete King, but this morning, Staten Island’s Michael Grimm stepped up to the plate, labeling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s comments regarding Hurricane Sandy aid “disgraceful” and “simply moronic.”
Politics as usual
- The Tim Gunn/Taylor Momsen feud is a modern-day allegory of all that is useful and benevolent in the universe vs. all that is vapid and destructive.
- This is visual. Just look at it and appreciate the fact that it lends new meaning to “tea party.”
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Thomas Kubica, a paid intern working for Senate candidate Rand Paul, has been caught “concern trolling” no less than the Daily Kos, the 800-ton gorilla of progressive blogs. Concern trolls are Internet forum users who post messages or comments that appear to support one point of view when in fact they support Read More
GQ published a piece online yesterday about Rand Paul’s time at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mr. Paul, a GOP candidate running for the Senate in Kentucky, was involved in a secret society called the NoZe Brotherhood. Jason Zengerle, the author of the piece, spoke with one woman who said that Mr. Paul Read More
Rand Paul, Tea Party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding “overexposure.” Senior Republican Party operatives, worried by the Kentucky Senate nominee’s all-too-revealing remarks after his primary victory, have urged him not to grant any interviews for a while. So he flip-flopped on his criticism of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, flaked out Read More
Rielle Hunter kisses and tells… Jay McInerney.
Soho can’t be bothered with “suscpicious packages.”
Liza Minelli, four-time divorcee, covers “Single Ladies.”
A New Yorker cartoonist is on view at a Columbia gallery.
Marc Jacobs gets naked.
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