Coffee was made for editing. Or maybe it’s the other way around. (at Strange Matter Coffee Co.)

Coffee was made for editing. Or maybe it’s the other way around. (at Strange Matter Coffee Co.)

  • Gayle: What should we do?
  • Ryan: Well, we can sit around and talk about our feelings.
  • Dylan: Okay! I feel good!



can you even sue the president like what if you tried to sue obama and you just got a letter back saying “no” and he came to your house and did the worm

why is it i don’t find text posts like this strange anymore

Actually (he says, pedantically pushing imaginary glasses up the bridge of his nose), it depends.

Clinton v. Jones was a landmark Supreme Court case that established sitting presidents do not have immunity from civil litigation for acts committed prior to taking office, or for acts unrelated to being President of the United States.

The case was a sexual harassment lawsuit between Bill Clinton (surprise, surprise) and a former Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones. Ms. Jones said that, while he was Governor of Arkansas in 1991, the future president crudely propositioned her. The case worked its way through the courts, with a U.S. District Court judge (who was taught law by Bill Clinton, incidentally) ruling that the suit had to be postponed until the end of Clinton’s term in office, an appellate court ruling that no, the lawsuit could proceed, and the Supreme Court finally ruling unanimously that presidents are not immune to civil lawsuits.

Incidentally, Clinton v. Jones and the big mess around that directly led to the Lewinsky scandal and President Clinton’s impeachment.

In general, though, you can’t sue the President of the United States for action taken while in office. Nixon v. Fitzgerald was a Supreme Court case in the 1980s that found presidents are immune from civil liability for acts committed in office directly relating to being President of the United States. (The court was careful to mention presidents are not immune from criminal lawsuits for actions taken while in office. Remember, Richard Nixon was one of the defendants.)

Of course, things like that have not stopped John Boehner and the House of Representatives from voting to sue President Obama for what they claim is a breach of executive powers. (I gave a rundown of this here.)

So, in summary: sort of. You can sue the president for actions taken before office, but not for actions taken during office, unless its a criminal complaint.

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I couldn’t not post this

I realize I am preaching to the choir on this one, but:

It absolutely offends my values, as an American, as a Christian, and as a human that these hypocrites dare to label themselves “pro-life” and then wage political war on the poor. These are the people that look down on those who disagree with them as morally suspect, as lesser, as people who practice a kind of evil by proxy by being pro-choice.

I am sick and tired of ceding the moral high ground to these monsters. I am sick of listening to dough faced old men with complexions the color of cat puke explain, in the same breath, that they are against access to contraceptives, that they are in favor of restricting access to abortions, that they want to pay for billion dollar tax cuts to businesses and the wealthy by cutting food stamps, cutting tax credits for the elderly or the poor, cutting money for education, whatever, whatever, but they are oh so Christian.

The God these men (and a few women, but they are almost universally men) claim to worship so ardently said, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” He also said, “
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

These stingy, small-minded calluses on the Earth are not practicing what they preach, and I am sick, sick, sick of political discourse in the United States just assuming that’s the case.

This is also why I say anyone who tells you “I’m fiscally conservative but socially liberal” is categorically full of shit. You cannot divorce social policy from economic policy. It is not possible.

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Those revelations sparked fresh fury in media circles, where retracting a story is viewed as a serious blow to one’s journalistic credibility—and to do so without notifying readers is a cardinal sin. Retracting four thousand posts without telling anyone is simply unheard of. To many in the industry, it smacks of a disregard for journalism’s basic tenets of accountability. That apparent disregard is especially galling when it comes from an upstart that is raking in VC rounds and gobbling up top journalists from established outlets that are struggling to survive.

That’s Will Oremus, Slate’s Senior Tech Writer, on the discovery that over 4,000 BuzzFeed posts mysteriously disappeared this year.

Founder/CEO Jonah Peretti confirmed that this was true, as BuzzFeed embarked on a project to take down sub-par posts earlier this year. His caveat, however, was that this was no breach of journalistic integrity as BuzzFeed began as a tech company, not a media company.

Point is, they employ journalists, produce an increasing amount of original reporting and long-form journalism, and they’re not the only media company to have tech roots or projects. And when that’s the case, it’s not a good idea to delete content from one part of your site without comprising the integrity of the other, unless you find a way to be very transparent about it.

Related: BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti Goes Long (on Medium with Felix Salmon).

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And therein lies one of my major problems with Buzzfeed: they want people to treat them as a semi-reputable news source, but when they get held accountable as such, they’re all “No, no, we’re not serious.”  It’s the same shit Jezebel does in the name of feminism, and I’m fucking sick of it.

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It’s the same way that Jon Stewart has the tendency to retreat into the bubble of “I’m a comedian, guys,” when he gets lobbed with the occasional criticism. I mean, I get it — Jon Stewart didn’t ask to be America’s most trusted newsman, BuzzFeed didn’t intend to become a reputable news source, but eventually you have to accept the fact that you are a news source — especially for the people that rely on you for news — and accept the rules of the game.

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