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8:30 PM ET, January 12, 2013


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Lessig Blog, v2:
Prosecutor as bully  —  (Some will say this is not the time.  I disagree.  This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.)  —  Since his arrest in January, 2011, I have known more about the events that began this spiral than I have wanted to know.  Aaron consulted me as a friend and lawyer.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIP, Aaron Swartz  —  To the extent possible under law, Cory Doctorow has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to “RIP, Aaron Swartz.”  —  Update: Go read Lessig: “He was brilliant, and funny.  A kid genius.  A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think?
Anne Cai / MIT's Student Newspaper:
Aaron Swartz commits suicide  —  Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech.  Swartz was 26.  —  “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” …
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Online activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide, relative says  —  Los Angeles (CNN) — Aaron Swartz, an Internet savant who at a young age shaped the online era by co-developing RSS and Reddit and later became a digital activist, has committed suicide, a relative told CNN Saturday.  —  He was 26 years old.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Aaron Swartz, Precocious Programmer and Internet Activist, Dies at 26  —  Aaron Swartz, a wizardly programmer who as a teenager helped to develop a computer code that provided a format for delivering regularly changing Web content and in later life became an unwavering crusader …
Aaron Swartz, Online Activist and Reddit Cofounder, Dead at 26  —  When he was all of 14, Aaron Swartz co-authored the first specification of RSS, the code now ubiquitous across the internet that allows for the syndication of content.  —  He went on to lead a storied life of innovation …
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Remembering Aaron Swartz
Discussion: Mark Bernstein and Lessig Blog, v2
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Treasury: We won't mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling  —  The Treasury Department will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling.  If they did, the Federal Reserve would not accept it.  —  That's the bottom line of the statement that Anthony Coley …
Chris Hayes /
The magic coin  —  Odds are by now you've heard at least something about the “Trillion Dollar Coin” idea that, thanks in part to Up regulars Joe Weisenthal and Josh Barro, has managed to catapult from the margins of the internet to the center of Beltway conversation.
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Video: Arabs Gang Up on Hareidim in Jerusalem  —  1930s Berlin or Jerusalem, 2013?  Arabs kick and humiliate Jews, videotape themselves doing it.  —  A disturbing video began circulating on Facebook Saturday evening.  It shows a group of about 20 Arabs ganging up on two helpless Hareidi Jews …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
State Suspends Permit Of Man In Gun Control Rage Video  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has suspended the handgun carry permit of a local man who threatened to “start killing people” to protect his Second Amendment right.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Philanderers Stay Faithful to Their ‘Infidelity Phones’  —  Cads Attracted to How Outdated Device Hides Calls, Texts; Juggling Three Girlfriends  —  TOKYO—Over the past few years, as many people rushed to trade in their old phones for smartphones, Japan's philanderers have remained faithful …
Discussion: The Raw Story
James Joyner / The Atlantic Online:
No Longer the ‘Party of Eisenhower and Reagan’  —  Republican opposition to defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel reveals just how far the party's thinking has drifted on foreign policy.  —  Jason Reed/Reuters  —  With exit polls showing that the country trusted him more to conduct U.S. foreign policy …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Major report warns climate change could raise temperatures by 10 degrees  —  The third National Climate Assessment, released Friday, said there's “unambiguous evidence” that earth is warming, and that climate change over the past 50 years is driven primarily by human activity, especially from burning fossil fuels.
The White House:
Expanding the Climate Change Conversation
Discussion: Guardian
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Matt Spetalnick / Reuters:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Eli Yokley / Missouri News Horizon:
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Laura Poitras / New York Times:
‘Death of a Prisoner’  —  When President Obama pledged to close …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Lawfare
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The anti-Americanism of Jackie Chan
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
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Frank Luntz / Washington Post:
Why Republicans should watch their language
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
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