Today on the Dish we continued to piece together the details of Gates-gate - a controversy that clearly dominated the news last week. Some of the more illuminating analysis came from Colin Powell, Andrew Napolitano, and Conor Friedersdorf, while Malkin was Malkin as usual. Also, thank God this cop is off the Boston beat.

We compiled some disturbing details of dwindling US civil liberties here, here, here, and here. We also saw how cannabis can make people do horrible things, such as break world swimming records and maintain beautiful, low-crime cities.

In health care news, these two charts show Obama faltering with the public, and Nate Silver explains why. Megan and Drum have some constructive thoughts on policy. 

And after a flurry of emails today over Obama's birth certificate, Andrew has a final word.

-- C.B.

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