Thursday Morning Various
- The Clarion Ledger ran an AP report on the Supreme Court’s decision to take the pardons case. In at least one way it’s a traditional C/L report, though: There are comments by Matt Steffey (According to the report, Steffey thought this a positive development. Interestingly, Jim Hood says that he thought so, too, saying: ”This is a good development.”). CNN– which has had a truck in Oxford and is apparently running a story on Anderson Cooper’s show tonight– reports the development along with details about Ozment, the pardonee served with process while in Wyoming. Reuters has a report that doesn’t add much other than confusing county court and circuit court (hint to Reuters: ”trial court” would have worked).
- Mitt Romney, divider not a uniter: ”I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor.” Yep, Mitt Romney said that, yesterday morning to Soledad O’Brien. It was one of those moments that make one think that, as smart as Romney seems to be, his people ought not let him unscripted near a microphone. He went on to dig in further, I mean, to explain (and, no, I don’t think saying “the poor have a safety net,” or that he’d fix it if it tore made it all right. He said the poor are covered so he doesn’t worry about them). Gail Collins in a NY Times op ed has more.
- Did you ever have the impression that Boar’s Head meats and cheese just came out of nowhere, sort of mysteriously? And they weren’t really as good as they were supposed to be? Well, you aren’t alone, and Slate has a bit of the story.
- In 1865, Col. P.H. Anderson of Tennessee wrote one of his former slaves, asking him to return to work for him. He apparently got a pretty memorable reply that was run in contemporary newspapers. Hilarious and worth reading.
- Clive Stafford Smith, the lawyer who handled death penalty cases across the south for years and is now at Reprieve in the UK, where he’s represented Guantanamo inmates and others, has written a new book (probably not available in the US yet) about the death penalty, focusing on a Florida case of his own. Here’s an interview.
- Michael Hasting’s book The Operator (worked up from his time with Gen. Stanley McChrystal) is on my to-read-soon pile. Now his interview of Julian Assage is in my online cue. h/t Lee.