Sen. Jeff Flake's Son Tweeted Racist and Homophobic Comments

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June 13 2013 8:44 AM

Opening Act: Young and Irresponsible

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Protesters shout slogans in support of former US spy Edward Snowden as they march to the US consulate in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013.

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The Snowden leak is going to panic Asian officials who prefer Gmail to their own government addresses.

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At a recent conference of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, for example, officials from 20 of 33 Asian countries represented included Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo addresses on their contact forms.
Of 18 Thai officials attending, only six gave only their official email address. This was despite all government officials being issued secure e-mail addresses.

John Stanton nails Jeff Flake's teen son for racist tweets—from January and February. Who dropped the dime on him? (Not that the dime wasn't worth dropping.)

I'm mighty sad to have missed this E.W. Jackson press conference.

During an unusual news conference Wednesday where he sought to clear the air about his past, E.W. Jackson spoke uninterrupted for more than 45 minutes detailing his personal history. He discussed everything from fights he got in during high school to his ultimately failed effort to establish a gospel radio station in Boston.

And when Media Matters finds a nut, it's worth cracking.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.