National Security, Punk Rock Get a New Home

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If you don’t know Spencer Ackerman, here’s a great chance to start. A vet of the New Republic, Talking Points Memo, and the Washington Independent, Ack recently found a new home anchoring Noah Shachtman’s and Wired‘s fantastic national security blog, Danger Room. Besides me, he’s the only semi-Semitic tattooed Black Flag-loving left-of-center defense reporter I can think of. And he’s the more talented one.

Since 2008, Ack’s also blogged odds and ends on Attackerman, a FireDogLake blog (full disclosure: I guest-blogged for him a bit last year). But owing to some hand-wringing over congressional media credentials, he’s reluctantly moved that blog to a new site. If you’re intrigued by such headlines as “The Rick James Approach to Security” and “Sink, Florida, Sink!” (and you should be), then check him out at his new place. The community of progressive security watchdogs is small; y’all might as well get to know each other a little better.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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