Remember "freedom fries"? That's what Republicans renamed french fries after France refused to support the invasion of Iraq. This year, renaming fries might be the extent of food regulation that Congress is willing to support.
Rather than focus on the substance of the leaked diplomatic cables, American journalists tend to either frame the story as being about the "over-classification" of documents or the personal motivations and private life of Julian Assange.
No wonder the conventional wisdom in Washington holds, without evidence, that the United States is a "center-right" country. Those making that argument might not be real, informed commentators -- but they play them on TV.
A legendary nonviolent advocate dropped a "Green Jobs Now" banner down the hallway of the Hart Senate Office Building. He faces up to three years in prison. Let's put this bizarre situation in context.