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Recent Readings for May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken May 9, 2019 Author’s note: One of the articles linked below involves a porn star; the article is not particularly explicit, but I wanted to give warning. Also, two of the articles below contain upsetting details about violent crimes. MEM Gosh, I haven’t done one of these in nearly two and […]

Recent Readings for Dec. 9, 2016

December 9, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Dec. 9, 2016 • “Trump has declined many intelligence briefings offered to him according to Senate aide.” Trump is meeting with plenty of potential political appointees and holding rallies as part of a “Thank you tour,” but he apparently doesn’t think intelligence should occupy very much of his time. Writes CBS News’s […]

Recent Readings for July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken July 8, 2016 I spent a great deal of Independence Day reading. Here’s a selection of worthwhile #longreads for you to enjoy! • “The Devil on Paradise Road.” Bruce Barcott tells the gripping story of a fatal shooting on New Year’s Day 2012 at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. After […]

Recent Readings for July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken July 1, 2016 • “The Love Song of Robert Bentley, Alabama’s Horndog Governor.” GQ political correspondent Jason Zengerle dives into one of the recent scandals that has rocked the Alabama political world: The extramarital affair between Gov. Robert Bentley, a kindly dermatologist and grandfather whom some nicknamed “the accidental governor,” and a […]

Recent Readings for Jan. 9, 2016

January 9, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Jan. 9, 2016 • “The Fall of King Coal.” In December, a federal jury convicted former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship of conspiracy to violate federal mine-safety laws, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year in prison. In “The Fall of King Coal,” which Mother Jones published in the fall as Massey’s trial […]

Recent Readings for Dec. 20, 2015

December 20, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Dec. 20, 2015 • “Devils, Deals and the DEA: Why Chapo Guzman was the biggest winner in the DEA’s longest running drug cartel case.” In 1992, the Drug Enforcement Agency decided to dismantle a Mexican drug-running organization known as the Arellano Félix Organization, or AFO. One supervisor estimated that the task could […]

Recent Readings for Nov. 19, 2015

November 19, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Nov. 19, 2015 • U.S. releases longtime British captive who was never formally charged with wrongdoing. A small step was taken last week to repair the depressing legacy of the invasion of Afghanistan, a war that I consider to have been completely necessary but handled in suboptimal fashion. Gabrielle Bluestone has the (mostly […]

Recent Readings for Oct. 22, 2015

October 22, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Oct. 22, 2015 • Being a fool for love turned this woman into a criminal. Brendan Koerner has a harrowing profile of Audrey Elrod, a Southern divorcée whose desire for affection helped her fall prey to an online racket run by Nigerian con artists. Unfortunately, while Elrod’s case may be unusual in the degree […]

Recent Readings for Sept. 29, 2015

September 29, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 29, 2015 • The next Supreme Court term. Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress has a useful primer on three cases that the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider in its next term, which starts on Monday. One of the cases could result in depriving public-sector unions of what are called agency fees or […]

Recent Readings for Sept. 17, 2015

September 17, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 17, 2015 Welcome to the first entry in Recent Readings, which I hope will become a more-or-less weekly series of postings here on the blog. The title should be self-explanatory. Let’s get to it, shall we? • History as foreshadowing in the Pacific Northwest. Ann Finkbeiner has some scary […]

Cheeps and Chirps for April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken April 26, 2016 Here are some recent odds and ends from my Twitter feed. I hope that “Cheeps and Chirps” will be a semi-regular feature on my blog. (Ideally, it’ll be more regular and less semi than “Recent Readings”…) • Check out this great hockey name! HOW COME NONE OF YOU TOLD ME […]

What the likely official (non)response to Carolina Rising’s dubious activity says about accountability in politics

October 22, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Oct. 22, 2015 I wanted to revisit Robert Maguire’s investigation into Carolina Rising, which I mentioned earlier today in Recent Readings. The group is ostensibly a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit, but Maguire, writing for the Center for Responsive Politics, raises questions about whether it engaged in illegal campaign activity. Most of the organization’s […]

Our dysfunctional democracy: The Bushies’ win-at-all-costs mentality helped kill American unity after 9/11

September 18, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 18, 2015 Author’s note: I started to write about this topic in my inaugural Recent Readings and then realized that I had way too much material to pack into just a paragraph or three. Hence, the following post. MEM  Heather Digby Parton, the indispensable Salon commentator, began her column on Tuesday by […]

‘Apollo 11’ vividly recreates man’s first voyage to another planet

March 29, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken March 29, 2019 Apollo 11, the new film directed and edited by Todd Douglas Miller, is a gripping documentary chronicling astronauts’ first landing on the moon. The picture proceeds in strict chronological order, beginning as the massive Saturn V rocket is slowly moved to its launch pad and ending once […]

My trip to the eye doctor (part 1)

June 26, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken June 26, 2015 On Thursday morning, I drove myself to my appointment at the eye doctor’s office. Like my recent trips to the dentist, this visit was long overdue. Not only had it been a few years since my last eye examination, it had been a number of months since my […]