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July 21, 2013 9:47 AM The War on Everything and other Sunday reads

By Samuel Knight

*The War on Everything continues.

Via the BBC, from earlier this morning:

US fighter jets dropped inert bombs on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s coast during a training exercise that went wrong, it has emerged.
The two planes jettisoned four bombs in more than 50m (165 ft) of water, away from coral, to minimise damage to the World Heritage Site, the US navy said.

*Patrick Leahy’s staff is making noise about a bill that would force cops to get a warrant before ordering internet companies to turn over emails and other private messages. Leahy’s staff told The Hill that the bill has filibuster-proof support.

Under current law, “police only need a subpoena, issued without a judge’s approval, to force Internet companies to turn over emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old.”

*Dean Baker and Paul Krugman are hammering away at the Washington Post for fear-mongering about municipal finances in the wake of the Detroit debacle. The pair have pointed out that the Post is using a Boston College study to mislead readers about state and local government employees’ unfunded pension liabilities to the tune of $2.8 trillion.

But I suppose $2.8 trillion isn’t a big deal to the Post. After all, it’s around what we’ll be spending looking for the phantom nukes in Iraq that the Post reported were real, and very scary and now has a hard time admitting never existed.

*Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s governing coalition has a majority in both chambers of parliament after today’s election.

Police made a grisly discovery in Cleveland - three bodies wrapped in plastic bags, 100 to 200 yards apart from each other. Law enforcement officials will be looking for more victims today.

A 35-year old registered sex offender has been arrested and is the leading suspect, but he hasn’t been charged yet.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.

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