The week in D.C. politics got off to a cracking good start Monday. But while Mayor Gray and his D.C. Council counterparts were protesting Congress' spending bill, which imposes a couple of harsh measures on the city, another story came to light. A draft report by the council showed that beyond Chairman Kwame Brown's picky taste in SUVs, the city's brass as a whole has been flouting laws concerning government-issued gas-guzzlers for years. Mike DeBonis reports on the story that many at the Wilson Building won't be talking about today.
The Civil War began 150 years ago today. Strangely enough, though, there is no particular standard for how the history of one of the bloodiest wars in this country's past is taught in schools. Depending on your class or your teacher, you could be learning completely different things about secession and steamships. Or, if you were in one Norfolk classroom, you may have been part of a mock slave auction. Seriously. The Post's Nick Anderson reports on the difficulties in educating kids about the Civil War, which comes down to the fact that many people can't agree on what actually happened. And of course, a quiz!
If Rob Pegoraro doesn't need an e-reader, neither do I. The 17-year veteran tech writer at The Post, who's in fact stepping down to
unplug get his life back, in a sense, mainly has ethical issues with the way publishers are doling out content for their own devices. The Faster Forward columnist explains why he will not be giving any of his money to e-book dealers as long as they continue to be sticklers with digital rights-management restrictions.
As a writer, I deal with editors a lot. As an editor, I deal with writers a lot. The back-and-forth that comes with getting the printed word out to the public is what makes many of us in the industry tick, but sometimes that balance isn't so easy to achieve —particularly when the person writing is literally a despotic homicidal maniac. Foreign Policy's Suzanne Merkelson chronicles the literary works of some of the world's most brutal rulers, reinforcing the point that everyone needs an editor.
Growing up, lacrosse is the one sport I wish I got to play more of. Say what you want about the culture surrounding the game and its regional provinciality, the actual sport is one of the most fun and skillful games out there. Ask Jim Brown. But the high overhead of equipment and the socioeconomic makeup of those who control the sport kept it unpopular in the African-American community, for the most part, for years. Now, lax has found its way to D.C. public schools. The Post's Alan Goldenbach reports.
• Somebody really needs to tell Mitt Romney that his campaign logo looks almost exactly like the famed Aquafresh tricolor they've been using for years. I don't understand how a guy who wants to run the country doesn't have anyone to tell him that's probably not a good look.
• Remember that air traffic controller in Nashville who intentionally took a nap in the tower while seven planes landed a while back? Yeah, turns out he's really crazy. Allegedly.