ICYMI Tumblr fans, the October 25th issue of The New Republic is out, with pieces by Nicholas Lemann on the inscrutable Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein on law, economics, and psychology in consumer markets, Helen Vendler on the poems of Dante, and Jonathan Chait on the future of conservatism. Check it out and subscribe http://bit.ly/R9TWOZ
How important are the vices of off-duty Secret Service agents?
“Surely the unspoken rule till now has been that traveling Secret Service agents may go to prostitutes provided they receive, um, secret service. Try as I may to be shocked or angered by this variation on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” I cannot. A gay person employed by the government should not be forced to hide his or her sexual orientation. But neither should a john employed by the government be encouraged to over-share with his or her superiors. They’d rather not know. I’d rather not know. Unless of course it gets in the way of getting in the way of an assassin’s bullet.”
- Timothy Noah, Secret Service Sex: The TV Show
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“Uncovering the Cover Story” will feature The New Republic’s Rachel Morris, Eliza Gray, Alec MacGillis, Timothy Noah and Editor Richard Just.
Want some #longreads to check out beforehand? Here’s a reading list:
• Eliza Gray, Assistant Editor: “The Collector.”
• Alec MacGillis, Senior Editor: “The Guy Who Fires You: What voters really think about Romney’s wealth.” and “Temperamental Journey: The peculiar anger of Mitt Romney.”
• Timothy Noah, Senior Editor and TRB columnist: “The Mobility Myth: Why everyone overestimates American equality of opportunity.”
Join us on February 29th at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC for this event!
Coming Wednesday, Feb. 29!
Washington, D.C., 7 p.m., Free