John Mecklin is the editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Miller-McCune (now Pacific Standard). Over the preceding 15 years, he was also: the editor of High Country News, the consulting executive editor for the launch of Key West, and the top editor for award-winning newsweeklies in San Francisco and Phoenix. In an earlier incarnation, he was an investigative reporter at the Houston Post and covered the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
A call on the professorial classes to help check abuses of governmental power. And to start confronting the Alberto Gonzaleses of the world — before they wreak havoc.
Certainly, there are trials and tribulations to the academic career, particularly during the end-of-semester hell many professors are now suffering. But there are perks, too, including the "ten benefits that emanate from the promotion to full professor" enumerated by Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. (Tip of the hat to the Atlantic's Megan McArdle.)
Did the Clinton campaign really use a disgraced right-wing magazine from the '90s to go after Obama?