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The Insurrectionist at the 'Revolution'

Yesterday, Dylan Scott wrote this report on why police unions are lashing out against critics with an intensity we've not seen in years and perhaps never seen. Unions support their members when they're under attack or targets of criticism, which police very much are today. But the intensity, I believe, points to a fear that the sharply reduced crime rate in the country today may not sustain the relative freedom from criticism police officers enjoyed for much of latter part of the 20th century.

But it's been jarring to see some of the most vitriolic, almost insurrectionary talk come from the head of the police union here in New York City. A few days ago, Pat Lynch, head of the city's largest police union called on officers to request that Mayor de Blasio not attend their funerals if they are killed in the line of duty.

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Hiring: DC Senior Editor

We're hiring an Senior Editor for our DC office. It's a fast-paced, exciting job that is at the center of our news coverage. If you're interested or if you know someone who might be, please see the full listing after the jump.

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Biggest Ever

The Sony hack appears to be the costliest in history. The embarrassment of Sony execs and the fact that the 'victim' is a movie, which may or may not have been a good one in the first place, may make it hard to take this incident seriously. But the idea of a foreign state - a hostile and vicious one at that - mounting a series of cyber attacks and terrorist threats to prevent the release of a movie in the US is deeply disturbing. Sony is just a company. And it was probably an easy decision in purely economic terms. But this shouldn't have been allowed to happen.


It's our favorite time of year -- the Golden Duke awards, when TPM honors the year's best purveyors of scandal, idiocy, and straight-up crazy. This is the eighth annual installment of the Golden Duke awards, named after Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the California Republican congressman who spent time in the clink after an unparalleled spree of flagrant sleaze and unbridled tawdriness.

You can check out last year's deserving winners here.

So without further ado, this year's categories are:

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Hostile Workplace

Rep. Blake "" Farenthold (R-TX) is getting sued for allegedly creating a hostile workplace for a former staffer. Who knew allegedly insinuating semen stains were on her skirt or communicating he had "wet dreams" about her might lead to this?

Cuba ... Finally

You've seen by now the huge news that the US and Cuba are finally moving toward normalizing relations after more than half a century of official estrangement, if that's not too nice a way of putting it. Dylan Scott has the latest from the White House, with details of the the major diplomatic initiative, which included a big assist from Pope Francis.