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What a shock: Twenty-four hours after meeting with Obama, GOP promises to block just about any Democratic move in the Congress… Slate piece hits cruel GOP for move against unemployment benefits—with 15 million out of work.
NIck Kristof: Haiti, nearly a year after the quake, plus video.
New at Vanity Fair : famed team of Bartlett and Steele with " Deadly Medicine" investigation of overseas prescription drug trials.
NYT looks at possible legal moves against Assange—and tough road to make them stick… Very significant embrace: venerable Foreign Policy launches new WikiLeaked site… US mad Afghanistan suddenly signs cluster bomb ban—we still say we can use them. And Assange is the evil one?… And even more for those who claim "nothing new" in the leaks: How the UK sidestepped ban on holding nasty cluster bombs…
Much debate in trying to figure why Amazon caved. Check this, concluding that "the US government considers it appropriate to make inquiry into where and how politically sensitive material is being handled by US service providers. And we now know Amazon Web Services, apparently, will preemptively bow to that pressure and kick a paying customer off its wires without so much as a warrant or a court order."
A must-read at The New Yorker on WikiLeaks evolving, in good ways, by guy who interviewed Assange earlier:…
Jeremy Scahill tweets: " Shit. Amazon just canceled my order of 250,000 classified cables. Should have bought the Kindle version"… Plus this biggie: NYT says cables confirm what many of us charged at the time: Washington was misled on conflict with Russia by our Georgian friends—but quite willingly. Remember, "We Are All Georgians?" Perhaps could be changed to "Are We All Suckers?"