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From Think Progress and The Guardian: The allegedly serious rightwing writer Daniel Pipes is seriously upset that new Miss USA is first Muslim in that role, seeing terrible trend in beauty contests as a form of "affirmative action." And he’s not alone on the right. Meanwhile, Markos of Daily Kos tweets: Conservatives are angry she "won’t end up as a Fox News anchorwoman."
Rachel Maddow’s commencement speech at Smith yesterday, with video.
Supreme Court rules some sex offenders can be kept in federal prisons indefinitely, beyond end of sentences.
Important NYT story today: Major study again finds British soldiers who faced combat in Iraq and Afghan exhibit far fewer PTSD and heavy drinking later. Likely reasons? They include: fewer of them serve brutal multiple tours — and they get lifetime health benefits, not the five years many in U.S. get from V.A. See quote at end for real kicker.
Interesting: Peter Beinert’s New York Review of Books piece on American Jews and Israel, (which we linked to earlier below), as it turns out, was meant for NYT Magazine but….read on.
The always provocative Charles P. Pierce in Esquire on BP: "I’m willing not to insist on leg irons when we haul these fools away."
Tiny paper that just won Pulitzer gets creamed by readers for reporting that a local high school baseball player urinated on the field during the National Anthem….Simon Johnson in review of Michael Lewis book asserts that the economic meltdown very much like the Vietnam catastrophe–brought to us by "the best and the brightest."
Andy Borowitz tweets that he only has 90 seconds every week on the new Jon Meacham PBS show on Frdiay nights–so he wants to know who Ken Burns slept with there.
Very useful roundup of major stories on Afghanistan and Pakistan in several newspapers…Obama signs bill, inspired by Daniel Pearl, to promote press freedoms abroad–but restricts press access to event.