Though McDonnell wiped his tears and said his " trust remains in the Lord " as he left the courthouse after his guilty verdict on 11 counts of corruption, his trust will likely also remain in the legal appeals process and his lawyer said as much. Catherine Thompson looks at the grounds on which the McDonnells are likely to appeal. Mainly, they seem to center on what constitutes an "official act" and how the jurors were asked to interpret that question. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/mcdonnell-appeal
Does it Pay To Be Cra?
The Economist notes that we can't take the testimonials of slaves who say slavery sucked at face value. Because, did they really speak for all slaves? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/no-really
Bravely Leading Us Into The 21st Century
After publishing a book review that disdained treating African American slaves as "victims," The Economist " apologises " and concedes that "slavery was an evil system." Postscript: I'm thinking there's one person especially who's really happy this morning that The Economist still doesn't use bylines. -jm http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-economist-slavery-book-review
No, Really ...
Is narcissism the independent candidate's major comparative advantage? From TPM Reader EF ... Josh, I think you're right that money was the main arbiter in deciding who would drop out of the Kansas Senate race, but I suspect that another factor was nearly as important, maybe even more important. Independent candidates tend to be more narcissistic than major party candidates. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/does-it-pay-to-be-cra