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June 4th, 2014

Forging a Secret Legacy

    Edward Snowden is trying to set the record straight about what exactly he was doing before he blew the whistle on widespread government snooping.

    Back when he made headlines by sharing his revelations and opting to stay stuck in Russia rather than serving time in a U.S. prison, most journalists described the 29-year-old computer jock as some kind of geeky peon engaged in government contracting work. He says he was higher up the national security food chain.

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Give killers coverage, not a soapbox

    Who deserves more attention in news coverage of mass killings: the victims or the killers? The question has risen with new heat after the rampage in Isla Vista, California, which resulted in six murders and 13 injuries.

    After Elliot Rodger's mass shooting in that town near Santa Barbara, many families of victims and law enforcement officials have urged journalists and public officials to avoid using the gunmen's names and photos in public.

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Let's Give Mississippi Less

    When was the last time the nation turned its attention to Mississippi?

    "Normally, we just get coverage for natural disasters," said Joseph Parker, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Good news, Mississippi! This is your week. On Tuesday, the state had the most dramatic election of this primary season, and we are all looking your way. Actually, we are fascinated to know exactly what you had in mind.

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On presidential firings

    President Obama's firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, transparently dressed up as a resignation under congressional pressure, seemed somehow out of character for a chief executive known for patience and dislike of wielding the knife.

    The retired Army general and Vietnam combat veteran had matched Obama's own style of cautious deliberation in coping with the VA scandal that left thousands of patients waiting interminable months for medical treatment, some even dying while they waited.

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Therapy Benefits Us All

    In 2008, I went to therapy. By then, I’d needed it for a long time. I had a terribly difficult, incurable condition — one I’d had for 28 years without treatment.

    My condition? Being human.

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There's a Kind of Hush

    Few people have fought as courageously for human rights as Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize-winning democracy advocate who stood up to the generals here in Myanmar.

    Suu Kyi should be one of the heroes of modern times. Instead, as her country imposes on the Rohingya Muslim minority an apartheid that would have made white supremacists in South Africa blush, she bites her tongue.

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Voting for Judges

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Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

    Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit.

    The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to help pay for their groceries. And that made it tough for the company’s top brass to meet their bonus targets.

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What about Alan Gross?

    The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban detainees raises the question: What about Alan Gross, the State Department subcontractor who has languished nearly as long in a Cuban jail?

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What Greenwald Gets Wrong

    Earth to Glenn Greenwald: If you write a book slamming the New York Times, it's naive to expect favorable treatment in the New York Times Book Review. Been there, done that. Twice, as a matter of fact.

    On the first go-around, the NYTBR reviewer -- a Times alumnus -- described mine as a "nasty" book for hinting that name-brand journalists don't always deal off the top of the deck. No inaccuracies cited, only nastiness.

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