Wiretap: The American working man is not working; he’s surfing the Web

The vanishing male worker. Where he’s gone and what can be done about it. A New York Times/CBS/Kaiser family poll shows, according to a Times story, that many men “have decided that low-wage work will not improve their lives, in part because deep changes in American society have made it easier for them to live without working. These changes include the availability of federal disability benefits; the decline of marriage, which means fewer men provide for children; and the rise of the Internet, which has reduced the isolation of unemployment.”

Did Jack Bauer make us think that torture works? Via Matt Bai at Yahoo.

Nancy Pelosi may have lost on the spending bill vote. But she made her point. Via the Fix in the Washington Post.

How partisans have exploited race in the age of Obama. Via Norm Ornstein in the Atlantic.

In the aftermath of the Rolling Stone campus rape story, Tina Griego interviews Katie Hnida, who says that, even all these years later, there are people who still think she lied. Via the Washington Post.

Why some studies show campus rape is an epidemic and others show that campus rape is rare. Via Vox.

Mikhail Gorbachev blamed the United States for starting a “new Cold War” and says Putin shouldn’t back down. Via Time.

The real crisis in journalism, as seen by George Packer in the New Yorker.

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