Mark Halperin’s sleazy new book (the one that snared Harry Reid and beats up on John and Elizabeth Edwards) is proof, writes Glenn Greenwald, that our media aspire to trash and gossip. This story, plus Nixon, Sinatra, Limbaugh, drugs and more after the jump.
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The Supremes’ Orthogonal Moment
Arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in the case of Briscoe v. Virginia, the University of Michigan law professor Richard Friedman gave the justices an unintentional vocabulary lesson.
Hiding Movies From Critics
I haven’t seen “Armored,” a new heist movie starring Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. And, before it was released, neither did professional movie critics.
Nixon’s ‘Seduction’ of Frank Sinatra
Gearing up for President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign, White House aides plotted the “seduction” of Frank Sinatra, who was viewed as a source of “massive financial resources.”
Rush Limbaugh for OxyContin?
A website featuring a phony Rush Limbaugh endorsement of OxyContin is the target of a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into the illegal online sale of prescription medication.