What we read while A-Rod asked Russia for temporary asylum…
- The fates of America’s two most prominent leakers, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, were cleared up last week. Manning was acquitted of “aiding the enemy” but convicted on other charges, meaning he now faces a possible sentence of 136 years in prison. Jeremy Scahill wondered why his trial was ignored by the media. Snowden, on the other hand, was finally granted temporary asylum in Russia and allowed to leave the Moscow airport. As people like Jeffrey Toobin continue to criticize Snowden’s actions, the details he’s revealed about the NSA’s incredibly invasive programs keep coming. Even members of Congress are only learning about them because of Snowden.
- George Saunders’ commencement address at Syracuse.
- Alex Rodriguez will either be joining the Yankees later today, or sometime in 2015, or possibly never again. The Biogenesis scandal seems to be completing A-Rod’s long fall from grace. No matter how ugly this gets or how many people point out MLB’s absurd abuse of power, nobody will ever miss a chance to kick Rodriguez around.
- Speaking of persecution of the rich, Michael Lewis on a revealing criminal case against a former Goldman Sachs employee.
- A great, detailed look at social media’s role in the Steubenville rape case.
- On the art of offensive comedy.