Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain report that our NSA has begun to advise Saudi Arabia's Ministry of the Interior (or MOI) on "internal security," although MOI is about as notorious a group of oppressors as you can imagine among the world's governmental agencies. Of course we're only helping them hone their spying skills so that we can "locate and track individuals of mutual interest within Saudi Arabia." There's no way that could go wrong.
The New York Times editorial board endorses legalization of marijuana, because it's "far less dangerous than alcohol" and because our draconian opposition to it ruins lives (and more likely black folks' lives than not). The Times doesn't say anything surprising, and they're actually behind the people on this matter, but I presume their aim is to bring elites on board, few of whom even remember why their forebears made Reefer Madness in the first place.
The CIA apparently intercepted an email from one of its officials to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) -- an email alleging that the CIA Inspector General didn't investigate a whistleblower retaliation claim as thoroughly as he should have done-- after which said Inspector General went to the email author's boss. Messing with Dianne Feinstein and her staff is one thing, but I wouldn't mess with Charles Grassley if I were the CIA -- unless they think he's going to retire or get primaried out by a knuckle-dragger in 2016.
Surprise, surprise, just about the only way to defend the Sam Brownback tax-cuts-for-the-rich-service-cuts-for-everyone-else "experiment" in Kansas is to just make stuff up. No, I'm not talking about wrenching actual facts out of their proper context -- Heritage Foundation "Chief Economist" Stephen Moore told the world that "low-tax" Florida actually gained "hundreds of thousands of jobs over "the last five years," when it actually lost nearly half a million jobs, and added over 500,000 jobs to Texas's job gains over those years while turning New York's modest job gains into "job losses." Maybe he's too used to a world where you can say anything you like and just have one of your cronies call whoever challenges you a terrorist.
Alasks Gov. Sean Parnell (R) petitions our federal government for help buying a million cases of canned salmon. I certainly don't oppose to the idea of our government buying surplus food and donating it to food banks, but why do I get the feeling that the teabaggers who now run Alaska's Republican Party would call this Big Gummint socialism if anyone else did it?