Wiretap: Ignoring Putinism takes olympic-level training

We know what we have to put aside while we watch the Winter Olympics. As George Packer notes in the New Yorker, that would include the threat of terrorism, the anti-gay propaganda, the human rights violations. But, Packer writes: “These make me uneasy, too, but for sheer moral horror nothing can compare with Putin’s role in perpetuating a war that has killed well over a hundred thousand people and displaced more than nine million, with no end in sight.”

As we watch Putin enjoy his Olympics, Packer writes that we can’t look way from the horror he allows in Syria. Via the New Yorker.

Why Senate Democrats keep making Republicans vote against unemployment benefits. (Because they can.) Via the Atlantic.

Obama is pushing back an Obamacare mandate again. (Because he can.) Via the Washington Post.

Glenn Greenwald introduces The Intercept (yes, that’s what it’s called). It’s the next place to be in journalism. Maybe.

Republicans want to add a change to military pensions to the debt deal. Even if it hurts Paul Ryan’s feelings. Via National Journal.

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