|—||the always sharp and ever dogged Craig Whitlock from his latest deep dive into military misconduct “Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces” - The Washington Post|
Over at FP, Shane Harris details the findings of an unreleased Justice Department report about U.S. DEA special agents in Colombia who “solicited sex from prostitutes on numerous occasions, arranged for encounters using their government-issued cell phones, and brought women back to their government-furnished apartments, putting themselves at risk for blackmail or coercion and jeopardizing national security information.”
(for the full story, see Transvestites, ‘Erotic Massages,’ and Metadata: DEA’s Colombia Scandal Deepens)
In 2004, Wal-Mart de Mexico built a supermarket within a mile of the pyramids of Teotihuacán, an important cultural landmark in Mexico. How did they do it? By paying a $52,000 bribe! For the rest, check out an important and well-reported piece in yesterday’s New York Times: "How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico"
A poster general for American decline, David Petraeus will be a footnote to history, a man out for himself who simply went a bridge or a book too far. George W. and crew were the real thing: genuine mad visionaries who simply mistook their dreams and fantasies for reality.
But wasn’t it fun while it lasted? Wasn’t it a blast to occupy Washington, be treated as a demi-god, go to Pirate-themed parties in Tampa with a 28-motorcycle police escort, and direct your own biography… even if it did end as Fifty Shades of Khaki?
Don’t miss Andy Kroll’s new piece at MoJo, where he writes:
"GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, the wonky Wisconsinite who has proposed privatizing Medicare and cutting other entitlement programs, was left red-faced a few weeks ago when he was spotted sharing two $350 bottles of wine at a posh French restaurant in Washington, DC. His drinking buddies: a hedge fund manager and a University of Chicago economist.”
Read it (and weep) at: Activists Bash Paul Ryan’s $350 Pinot Splurge with Faux Wine Tasting | Mother Jones)
Writing about the Guardian’s brilliant work on the News Corp scandal, the Columbia Journalism Review's Dean Starkman writes: “It’s a testament to investigative reporting—expensive, time-consuming, risky, stressful—at newspapers. If you think investigations aren’t under pressure at institutional news organizations, you’ve probably been caught on the news hamster wheel yourself.”
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