Have a Look at the Column City Paper's Owners Didn't Want You to Read

When Baltimore's City Paper was sold to the company that owns the Baltimore Sun earlier this year, the first casualty of its independence—before the sale even went through—was the February 26 column by City Paper stalwart and occasional Gawker and Kinja contributor Joe MacLeod. MacLeod's "Mr. Wrong" column, written in… » 12/16/14 12:33pm Tuesday 12:33pm

Supreme Court: It's OK for Cops to Guess Wrong About What the Law Is

A robust 8-1 majority of the Supreme Court ruled today that, contrary to folk belief, ignorance of the law is a perfectly good excuse—as long as it's a cop who's claiming ignorance. The case, Heien v. North Carolina, dealt with a car owner who ended up charged with cocaine trafficking after a police officer, who… » 12/15/14 3:40pm Monday 3:40pm

CIA Director John Brennan Bravely Holds Out Against Saying "Torture" 

Is the CIA physically capable of speaking the truth about its torture program? Not under conventional interrogation. About 20 minutes into CIA director John Brennan's somber-squirrel performance in his press conference yesterday, a reporter for the Associated Press asked him a pointed question: "Do you agree with… » 12/12/14 3:35pm 12/12/14 3:35pm

My Three-Year-Old Just Wrecked Star Wars for Me

My younger son and I have ongoing and endless discussions about Star Wars, the principal folktale in which he finds meaning. When his brother was around the same age, he demanded that I tell him and re-tell him the story of the Three Little Pigs. This one waits for a pause in the dinner conversation every day, then… » 12/09/14 5:30pm 12/09/14 5:30pm

Darren Wilson Finally Resigns from Ferguson P.D.

Darren Wilson has reportedly announced his resignation from the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, issuing a letter in which he writes that "my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow." » 11/29/14 6:43pm 11/29/14 6:43pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates has a post-Ferguson Thanksgiving proclamation for you: "Barack Obama is the president of a congenitally racist country, erected upon the plunder of life, liberty, labor, and land....Black people are the chastener of their own country. Their experience says to America, 'You wear the mask.'" » 11/26/14 1:12pm 11/26/14 1:12pm