Josh Marshall

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WASHINGTON (AP) — FAA lifts ban on US flights to Israel.

"A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, his lawyers said, in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S." Details here.

As much as it's treated as sick or a joke, firing squad really would be a vastly more humane form of execution than the one we now have.

I've taken on a whole new interest today, as you can see, in the subterranean 'zombie phone line' ecosystem. So I was fascinated to get this email from TPM Reader JK ...

I work for a small CLEC in [state redacted] and we deal with this type of thing commonly. When you port a number from one carrier to another, it is automatically cancelled from the losing carrier. However, if there are any lines on an account that are not ported, then unless the customer explicitly cancels the lines with the old carrier, they will continue to a) be available and in service even if they are unused, and b) fully billable.

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I mentioned earlier that we had this bizarre and Kafka-esque billing issue that came up with Verizon today. And lest you think this is just your run of the mill billing dispute - we're not a Verizon customer. Which puts their claim that we suddenly owe them money in kind of a funny light. Here's the post I did earlier. But I'm back on this because I think we've gotten down to what the actual story is and it's so bizarre I wanted to share it with you.

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