H.L. Mencken once said that "Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods." That helps explain why so many politicians end up being so disappointing. It's much easier being effective as a pillager than as someone who wants to halt the auction. Will election 2012 be any different? As voting day approaches, Steven Greenhut explains why his sense of deep cynicism, born from years of reporting on government venality and stupidity, is colliding with his sense of civic duty.
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The Inspector General Report Is a Huge Blow to the FBI's Credibility. Why Is It Being Treated Like Vindication?
The government's surveillance of Carter Page might not have been improperly motivated, but it was still seriously flawed.
A Professor Tried to End a Flirty Email Exchange With a Young Woman. Then She Threatened to Blackmail Him.
When the grad student threatened to publicize their embarrassing correspondence, he reported her. But the university decided he was the villain.
No, but that's not stopping a litigious vegan from making his case.