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Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations
The Guardian and the washingtonpost have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden.
The award, announced in New York on Monday, comes 10 months after the Guardian published the first report based on the leaks from Snowden, revealing the agency’s bulk collection of US citizens’ phone records. Full story
Maria Miller has resigned as culture secretary after telling David Cameron that her continued presence around the cabinet table would act as a distraction to the “vital work” of the government.
Hours before Cameron was expected to face a bumpy session in the House of Commons, Miller released a letter to the prime minister saying she would resign with immediate effect. Full story
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By Andy Khouri
In a posting to JH Williams III’s website late Wednesday night, the acclaimed artist and his Batwoman co-writer W. Haden Blackman announced that due to what they described as a preponderance of “eleventh-hour changes” to stories that had been planned a year or more in advance, they’re walking off the book. Among the grievances alleged by Williams and Blackman was publisher DC Comics’ refusal to allow principal characters Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) and her fiancé Maggie Sawyer to get married.
Asked to expand on the marriage note, Williams said the following via Twitter: “Not wanting to be inflammatory, only factual — We fought to get [Kate and Maggie] engaged, but were told emphatically no marriage can result.” He added, “But must clarify— [the decision] was never put to us as being anti-gay marriage.”
Do click through and read. It’s important to note that all parties involved point out that the decision was not anti-gay…but anti-marriage. And while that might be equally problematic, it’s a different issue. The problem editorial had with them getting married was not that they were gay, but that they were getting married at all.
Both Marvel and DC have displayed this attitude in recent times, with the dissolution of Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s marriage at Marvel, and Superman and the Flash no longer being married in the New 52 reboot.
If we’re going to have an intelligent discussion about this, it needs to be about the level of editorial “interference” that is acceptable and about the mainstream comics industry’s recent belief that a married character is, by definition, boring. The issue here is not one of DC being homophobic, and it’s also by no means an issue that is exclusive to DC.
Karen Berger Steps Down As Vertigo Executive Editor After Nearly 20 Years
By Andy Khouri
In what can be described as seismic news from DC Comics, the publisher confirmed Monday that next year Karen Berger will step down from her position as the Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of the mature readers Vertigo imprint. It’s a post she’s held for nearly 20 years, during which time she oversaw the publication of such enduringly popular series including The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean and a host of fantastic artists; 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso and Dave Johnson; Shade: The Changing Man by Peter Milligan and Chis Bachalo; Death: The High Cost of Living by Gaiman and Chris Bachalo; The Invisibles by Grant Morrison, Sean Phillips, Brian Bolland and others; Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra; Preacher by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon and Glenn Fabry; and Hellblazer, the long-running, recently cancelled occult saga that was home to a who’s who of international comic book talent, and which perhaps most exemplified the Vertigo aesthetic that proved inescapably vital and hugely influential for years.
There will doubtlessly be more to say about this news, but for now you can read the official press release on ComicsAlliance.
While Donald Trump had no problem demanding that Barack Obama reveal details about his passport and time at college on Wednesday, the billionaire business mogul proved rather less forthcoming when it came to a request for information about himself.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he would donate $5m to a charity of Obama’s choosing, if the president handed over his “college records and applications, and passport application and records”.
But when the Guardian contacted Trump’s office to ask for Trump’s college and passport records, it was accused of “trying to be funny” and the request was deemed to be “stupid”. Listen to what happened when Guardian US reporter Adam Gabbatt contacted his office.
Oh, someone link Jon Stewart to this, please!
I love that the conservative writer of this "Mitt Romney donated 1,000 times the amount Joe Biden did to charity" very casually ignores that Joe Biden has earned about $2 million over the past decade while Mitt Romney made more than $13 million last year ALONE.
You truly, achingly suck at spin.
Us fucking liberals.
Paul Ryan says 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy in 2011 under Obama, actually the number is 47,806
Trip Gabriel at The New York Times ”The Caucus” blog:
Mr. Ryan also cited bankruptcy numbers to make the point that failing businesses mean fewer jobs. “In 1980 under Jimmy Carter, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy,” he said. “Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy.”
But he appeared to conflate business bankruptcies and much more numerous personal bankruptcies. Of the 331,264 bankruptcies in 1980, only 43,694 were for businesses, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Of the 1,410,653 total bankruptcy filings last year, 47,806 were business bankruptcies, according to the institute. And, again, the numbers are falling. In 2009, there were 60,837 business bankruptcies. In July, the latest month with complete statistics, business bankruptcies were 22 percent lower than a year earlier, and personal bankruptcies were down 11 percent.
“But he appeared to conflate business bankruptcies and much more numerous personal bankruptcies.”
Paul Ryan didn’t “appear to conflate” anything. He deliberately lied, because that’s what he does, and until the goddamn media does its fucking job and calls his lies what they are — lies — he’ll keep doing it, without any consequences at all.