.@anneapplebaum has done more to educate the English-speaking world about the mass crimes of the Soviet Union than any other writer of her generation. Not since Robert Conquest has there been a more important contribution, and unlike Conquest, who couldn’t write, Anne can.
Her book “Gulag” remains the single most important single volume of its kind. Here’s a story about Anne, John McCain and the book party for “Gulag” back when Poland still represented proudly democratic values.
McCain knew how important @anneapplebaum’s work was. It remains so today.

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24 Nov
Ok, folks: You ready for the real answers?
"Nightmover" is, indeed, a book about Aldrich Ames
So far, the public is 1/1.
A "Black Box Warning" is, as the public voted, a stringent FDA warning.

Public score so far: 2/2
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24 Nov
Whenever I speak about Section 230, I always use the chat site Omegle as the prototype of a site that should not be immune for third-party posted content. I am so glad *someone*--the redoubtable @cagoldberglaw--is finally testing whether 230 really protects Omegle.
I have my doubts that this suit will survive a motion to dismiss under current law. But if you can read it without seething rage, and an overpowering sense that it *should* survive such a motion, I would love to hear a coherent argument that what Omegle...
does deserves blanket immunity from liability. drive.google.com/file/d/1xVR72R…
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23 Nov
In honor of @HawleyMO, a poll.

The title “Nightmover” refers to:
The title “Black Box Warning” refers to:
The title “Mr. Mosquito” refers to:
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21 Nov
Herein a thread of absolutely no importance whatsoever but that may amuse you.

It concerns supply chains, dog shirts, @inlieuoffunshow and correspondence with probably-bewildered customer service representatives.

It does not concern the fate of democracy.
Last month, I was texting with @eve_gaumond (whom you should follow) about an order of dog shirts I was planning from
Clothing Monster.

Dog shirts, my trademark clothing item on @inlieuoffunshow, have their detractors, and to keep @shaneharris, @petestrzok, @page88 and the…
…other haters on their toes, I try to keep a stream of new dog shirts coming on the show—a stream of ever-escalating offensiveness to the anti-dog-shirt aesthetic.

I was bouncing dog shirt ideas off of @eve_gaumond (who is a young AI scholar you should follow). We both…
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14 Nov
Good question. Answer: No.
We did not publish it.
We made sure it was in appropriate hands. (It is a matter of public record that I gave it to Jim Comey after he already had it.)
And we published a VERY cautious piece on @lawfareblog about it when it became public.
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12 Nov
Bannon indictment!
Get yer Bannon indictment here!
I have only had a chance to scan the indictment quickly, but on first glance, it appears to me carefully crafted to deal with the issues that @jshaub and I flagged in our article yesterday.
Specifically, note that the indictment does not take issue with any previous DOJ position with respect to the scope of executive privilege.
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