What we read while the ducks got their revenge…
- A federal judge ruled that the NSA’s collection of phone records probably violates the Fourth Amendment, going so far as saying that there was not a single incident in which the program stopped an actual terrorist attack. The ruling came just days after 60 Minutes aired a flawed and much-maligned piece defending the NSA from any criticism. The Obama Administration’s own report also came out with 46 recommended reforms to reign in the surveillance state.
- The debate about the NSA programs would be impossible, of course, if not for Edward Snowden’s disclosures, which ought to be considered in his appeal for amnesty. Snowden wrote an open letter to the people of Brazil, looking for asylum.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education has a super fun interactive table on executive compensation at private universities.
- A report from the front lines of the lopsided War on Christmas.
- Jonah Keri on the baseball Hall of Fame.
- America’s prison population is still exploding, and the Supreme Court just took a swipe at the right to remain silent. Meanwhile, a former prosecutor got himself arrested to look at the criminal justice from the inside and a Black Friday protester explains her reasons.
- Whatever happened to Ronald Reagan’s favorite “welfare queen”?