1. They have obviously taken the shooting of Michael Brown less seriously than the alleged robbery of cigarillos … That’s pretty disturbing.
     
  2. Vox, the new venture bringing together Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, and others, just launched its first trailer. Slick video.

    I go back and forth on how much credence I give to their vision of how people consume news. Context is important, but I’m not completely sure that the magical words “context” and “understandable” will transform the more complicated and dry news topics out there and how society at large treats and comes to understand them. Those things will help, sure, and Ezra did a tremendous job at that with Wonkblog. I understand his temptation to broaden that scope. But I don’t necessarily see the problem with some topics being less palatable to the average reader… My publication is based and its business model premised on specialized readers who care about wonkier legal and policy details, for instance. In any case, I’m curious to see how Vox tries and absolutely welcome a publication trying to assume that role. 

     
  3. A little more than 200 miles away, in America’s marbled capital, Mike Allen was sitting down to breakfast. I require food, he thought. I will ingest food and my body will convert it into energy so I can write POLITICO PLAYBOOK. PLAYBOOK is my must-read briefing on what’s driving the day in Washington. His phone went off. Another text from VandeHei. “IDEA: Deep dive on grand bargain. What do u think?” Allen processed the information as his body continued digesting. I am a famous journalist, he thought. My job is to write news.
    — An aside in this satiric piece, but this is how I’d like to imagine Mike Allen
     
  4. Congress is considering making a switch in the esoteric world of CableCARDs, a move which has inspired significant support from the cable industry and major opposition from TiVo. I reported the ins and outs of this weird House of Representatives battle with another Communications Daily reporter the other week. Super wonky, but read on if you dare. 

     
  5. Resentment simmers, at the fleets of Google buses that ferry workers to the company’s headquarters in Mountain View and back; the code jockeys who crowd elite coffeehouses, heads buried in their laptops; and the sleek black Uber cars that whisk hipsters from bar to bar. … For critics, such sights are symbols of a city in danger of losing its diversity — one that artists, families and middle-class workers can no longer afford.
    — 

    Backlash by the Bay

    The New York Times on the class frustrations in the Bay Area, with a mix of photos and anecdotes that dovetail nicely in the similar piece in The Weekly Standard. I also think of the long George Packer take from earlier this year, which appeared in The New Yorker and is from his latest book. 

     
  6. Last weekend’s diplomacy was a weird contrast to what’s been happening on the Showtime drama. On Homeland, the latest plot centers on the CIA trying to assassinate a top Iranian official as part of its own mission to achieve peace. 

     
  7. Transparency is a beautiful thing, Justice Department. 

    Transparency is a beautiful thing, Justice Department. 

     
  8. 2013 will forever be the year when the U.S. government decided the best way to declassify hundreds of pages of NSA surveillance documents was through Tumblr. 

    "Today I authorized the declassification and public release of additional documents relating to collection under Section 501, bringing the total to nearly 2000 pages of documents released to the public so far, including 20 orders and opinions of the Foreign Surveillance Court, 11 pleadings and other documents submitted to the Court, 24 documents provided to Congress, and 20 reports, training slides, and other internal documents describing the legal basis for the programs and how they operate," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wrote this evening. 

     
  9. Lots of declassified documents available here. How’s your night?

     
  10. For those interested in NSA surveillance

    The author of the Patriot Act is planning to introduce a highly anticipated and comprehensive surveillance overhaul bill tomorrow in Congress. Jim Sensenbrenner is taking point on this bill in the House, and Patrick Leahy will take point in the Senate. I reported on this Friday, and Comm Daily—in a rare move—has posted the piece online, if you’re curious.