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A Note on Years of Living Dangerously

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about an ad campaign we're starting on Wednesday. Normally I don't do this. Actually as a matter of policy. But in this case there's a personal dimension which has inevitably informed how I've approached it. So I wanted to share some backstory, which oddly enough ties in to something like a year of reporting I did a decade ago on the Niger uranium forgeries.

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A Crabapple in Istanbul

I wanted to give you a quick heads-up on one of our upcoming longform Prime pieces. Artist and author Molly Crabapple is currently in Istanbul on assignment for TPM reporting a piece on Erdogan's Turkey, post-Gezi - talking with dissidents, free-speech and Internet activists, football clubers, Imams and more. (She recently wrote about her visit to the Guantanamo Bay prison facility for Vice. TPM's Catherine Thompson interviewed her about the piece here.) Prime Recep Tayyip Erdogan just won a convincing round of victories in local elections around Turkey, despite the increasingly polarized state of Turkish society. Turkey still has elections on schedule and even his staunchest opponents don't question Erdogan's recent victory was procedurally legitimate. But with his increasingly authoritarian style of governance, reaching his hand deep into the sinews of Turkish society, is Turkey still a democracy? And where is it headed? Stay turned for Crabapple's piece appearing soon at TPMPrime.

A Choice For D.C.'s Next Mayor

For those interested in D.C. politics and/or education reform, it's worth reading EPI's Elaine Weiss' column today on whether the next mayor (presumably Muriel Bowser) should keep Michelle Rhee's successor, Kaya Henderson, as chancellor of D.C. public schools. Whether or not you agree with Weiss' conclusions about the school system, it's a question worth considering.

Yup, Probably a Hate Crime

Local news video of the alleged perpetrator of that shooting in Kansas City screaming "Heil Hitler" while cuffed in the backseat of a police cruiser. Video after the jump ...

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Commenting Primer

Last night we began a limited beta test of the new comments system here at TPM. We surfaced a basic version of the new system for Prime members for a weekend of testing basic functionality. So we're clear: This does not mean or suggest that in the future article comments will be limited to subscribers. For technical reasons, this is the simplest subset of users we are able to filter for. Plus, the new system is based on the Discourse forum software package that already runs The Hive. So Prime subscribers already have some familiarity with the system. After the jump is a cheat sheet, giving a basic overview of the new system, the upgraded functionality and also answers a bunch of basic questions about how it will work.

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