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Washington Post’s Milbank slams Obama for opposing ‘Redskins’ slur during shutdown

On CBS’s Face the Nation this morning, the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank upbraided the president for commenting on the name of the “Redskins” during a government shutdown. “I think it’s a fine point the president should not be making the middle of a crisis,” he said. PBS’s Gwen Ifill pointed…

Washington paralysis sends dollar to 8-month low

Washington’s budget paralysis and worries it will lock up talks on increasing the US debt ceiling sent the dollar to an eight-month low against the euro Wednesday. The second day of a government shutdown, because Democrats and Republicans have not agreed a budget for the fiscal year that began October…

‘Deep Throat’ underground garage of Watergate fame could be destroyed for real estate project

The famous garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward learned about the Watergate scandal from the informant “Deep Throat” may be razed to make way for a real estate project. US developer Monday Properties plans to demolish two 1965 buildings, one of which includes the garage, in the Rosslyn neighborhood…

In Washington ‘The game becomes more important than those for whom government should exist to help’

O Little Town of Washington (via Moyers & Company) In the wake of all the talk surrounding Mark Leibovich’s controversial book about Washington, This Town, I was asked how that city has changed since I first lived there nearly 45 years ago. The question makes me feel a little like…

World War II veteran beaten to death by teens in Spokane, Washington

One teenager has been arrested and authorities are seeking another in connection with the beating death of an 88-year-old veteran of World War II. According to CNN, Delbert Belton was robbed, beaten and left for dead earlier this week by two teens outside the local lodge in Spokane, WA where…

New NSA leak documents show how the US is bugging its European allies

By Ewen MacAskill in Rio de Janeiro and Julian Borger US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. One document lists 38 embassies and missions, describing…

Just Change The Damn Football Team’s Name Already

Alex Pareene at Salon has a remarkable article up today about the Washington R*dsk*ns hiring Frank Luntz to try to convince people that the obnoxious racial slur that is the team’s name should not be recognized for what it is. The article makes an excellent case for bothering to consult history…

Lawsuit: Police accused woman of making up rape claim about serial rapist

A woman in Lynnwood, Washington has sued several police and city officials after she was accused of lying about being raped, according to Courthouse News Service. The man she accused of raping her, Marc Patrick O’Leary, was later sentenced to more than 300 years in prison in 2011. In 2008,…

NSA spying allegations mean U.S. could provide ‘virtually unlimited’ info on citizens to allies

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) – Revelations of a huge, secret U.S. Internet spying program have raised awkward questions for allies, forced to explain whether they let Washington spy on their citizens or benefited from snooping that would be illegal at home. U.S. officials have confirmed the existence of the…

Tennessee couple accused of sticking 5-year-old daughter in oven

A Tennessee man who is a registered sex offender and his girlfriend were accused of aggravated child abuse and neglect against their three children, including charges they disciplined their 5-year-old daughter by stuffing her in an unlit oven. WBIR-TV reported on Saturday that 34-year-old Lavelldo Washington and 23-year-old Corneisha Wilkerson…

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