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Daily Meme: Death by Metadata

Backed by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Edward Snowden confidant and NSA antagonist Glenn Greenwald launched his superblog The Intercept today with a bang: new revelations about the National Security Agency's (NSA) role in targeted drone strikes . The quick take? They're going after SIM cards instead of people , which has led to the killing of innocent civilians. Nice first move, but does The Intercept have staying power? Describing Greenwald as "a former trial lawyer who tends to treat policy disagreements as blood feuds and is never reluctant to question motives and fling rather personal insults," the Daily Beast 's Lloyd Grove asks whether Greenwald's disdain for establishment journalism will make it hard to attract new talent. Then there's an ethics problem: Is it kosher to withhold and strategically release NSA documents to spur a journalism venture? Leveraging information that way makes you ... an awful lot like the NSA itself, The Dish 's Andrew Sullivan observes ...

Daily Meme: A Slow GOP March Back to the Center

Lindsey Graham just doesn't get what's stopping his colleagues in the House from passing immigration reform. “When you ask primary voters in a poll would you support a pathway to citizenship where you have to learn English, pay a fine and go to the back of the line … it’s over 70 percent.” For a clue, look to last night's Super Bowl, where Coca Cola's multilingual rendition of "America the Beautiful" set off a "War of the Worlds"-like panic among conservatives about the desecration of our national anthem (for the record, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem). Yes, we have a racism problem , says one Southern GOP congressman who prefered to remain anonymous lest he be bombarded with "amnesty" hysterics. “If you go to town halls people say things like, ‘These people have different cultural customs than we do.’ And that’s code for race.” But Maybe some good R&R at House Republicans' three-day retreat on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay quelled Republican fears about an invasion...

Daily Meme: Music for Marriage Equality

Last night’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards featured Queen Latifah, deputized by Los Angeles County, performing 34 marriages that included both straight and gay couples as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” played. With its full-throated endorsement of same-sex marriage, the song became an anthem of the marriage-equality movement last year. The ratings rundown? 28.5 million viewers across the globe. The performance, however, didn’t include the chorus of right-wing outrage: “Sick!” blasted Fox & Friends contributor Todd Starnes. “This was not about marriage. This was about bashing God and the church.” “For one night, an awards show understood what it meant to appeal to the masses, wrote Breitbart 's Christian Toto. “The 2014 Grammy Awards fired off a culture war missile aimed at those who believe in a traditional definition of marriage.” “The world has gone gay-mad! And it is sickening!” said New Prospect Baptist Church minister Buster Wilson. Joined in his outrage was the Media...

Our Best Longreads of 2013

Flickr/Steve Schroeder The Weeklies Monica Potts From the outside, it is hard to know that people live in the Ramada Inn. The parking lot is always empty. The hotel sits facing a wide suburban boulevard called Kipling Street, just off Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The interchange where Kipling meets the freeway is packed mornings and evenings with daily commuters going to or coming from Denver and with skiers heading west into the Rockies. Hotels dot I-70 as it cuts through the 764-square-mile stretch of suburbia that runs from the city into the mountains, but at the intersection with Kipling is a cluster of seven budget-savers that travel websites warn tourists away from. The hotels advertise low prices—ranging from $36 to $89 a night—on neon signs next to gigantic flags that whip in the Front Range wind. Most offer even lower weekly or monthly rates. The Ramada is farther from the frontage road than the other hotels and is harder to notice, with its plain yellow stucco and...

Stories of Work in the Age of Anxiety

Young employees share their experiences as part of a special report on the decline of the American job.

The following stories are part of a Prospect special report, "Work in the Age of Anxiety." For Harold Meyerson's lead essay, "The 40-Year Slump," click here . I’m a very realistic kind of person. I enjoy what I do, and then from that I’ve been able to enjoy my life because I can support myself. I’m usually dental assisting. I go in with the dentist and do the operative care like fillings and root canals and bridgework and extractions. I start at 9 A.M. I work for two practices, three different offices. One office is in Mount Pleasant, one is in Greensburg, so either way it’s five miles. Youngwood is in the middle, which is a great thing because that saves gas money. I got a raise in the middle of the year so that made a difference. I don’t get paid vacation time or any kind of sick days or overtime. Certain weeks I work more hours than others. One week I could work 25 hours, the next week I could work up to 50 hours. As an 18-year-old who had no idea what they wanted to do with their...

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