Gerry Canavan

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Black Friday Links

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* Pepper spray and Tasers on Black Friday. Stay safe shoppers.

* Because the court didn’t explicitly instruct federal prosecutors that they were required to follow the law, they didn’t have to follow the law. Really, that’s what this says.

Criminal contempt charges against the prosecutors were not called for, Schuelke found, because Sullivan never explicitly demanded, in a court order, that the government comply with their legal and ethical obligations concerning the revelation of exculpatory evidence to those defending the Republican senator from Alaska in the political corruption case.

“Because the court accepted the prosecutors’ repeated assertions that they were complying with their obligations and proceeding in good faith, the court did not issue a clear and unequivocal order directing the attorneys to follow the law,” Sullivan wrote, explaining his rationale for not explicitly ordering the government to provide exculpatory evidence to the defense.

That’s insane. Via MeFi.

* Also at MeFi: The Karate Kid Rehearsal Movie.

* Area Man Has Far Greater Knowledge Of Marvel Universe Than Own Family Tree.

* Grant Morrison Bingo.

* The New Yorker had an interesting profile on Bitcoin recently. You can’t read that one unless you’re a subscriper, but here’s Wired’s.

* And the road to 270: How Obama can win.

Looking at this in this in terms of states, it means Democrats might be able to offset the loss of a state like Ohio that’s more dependent on the white working class vote by winning big out West, where the growing Hispanic population plays in their favor. Colorado looks to be a crucial player once again and Democrats are eyeing Arizona, which went for native son John McCain in 2008, as a potential pickup thanks to a backlash over its anti-immigration crackdown. And in Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, the Obama campaign thinks a less significant but growing Hispanic population will give them a boost as well. But even in the Rust Belt, Democrats get a demographic bump: the CAP study shows a higher concentration of college educated whites in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin versus 2008. If Obama can keep these voters from abandoning him, he can survive some erosion elsewhere.

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