John F. Harris and Alexander Burns in Politico on the return of politicians with sex scandals Sex scandal-marred politicians will always eventually make their return to the forefront. With the return of Mark Sanford, Anthony Weiner, and now Eliot Spitzer, Harris and Burns play the role of Freud: "The instinct that leads many people obsessively to pursue public approval and power through winning elections is closely linked to the instinct that leads many of these same people (and let’s face it, they are all men) to sexual excess and disaster." And Harris has some expertise here, Ben Smith of Buzzfeed notes; he wrote a biography on Bill Clinton called "The Survival" (from scandal) while Jessica Reynolds of the Chicago Tribune tweets, "The instinct to win public approval & elections is closely linked with instinct for sexual escapades."
Coleen Rowley in The New York Times on questioning of FBI nominee James Comey The former FBI agent who testified before Congress about the agency's mishandling of information about 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui prior to the attack, has a question for Comey: "Will you maintain the F.B.I. ban on torture and coercing of statements and confessions?" Is Comey the person who famously resisted approving the Bush Administration's desire for warrantless spying, or is he the one who agreed to "most of the worst of the Bush administration’s legal abuses"? The "series of pointed and essential questions" (Fearless Media's Dan Froomkin) is an "excellent read" (The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill), and "I strongly urge people to read" (Daily Kos' Kenneth Bernstein).