Afternoon Reading List 08.15.13.

HuffPost‘s contingency plans? NYT had some trouble with their website yesterday. In fact, the entire website was down for several hours. As The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher reports, NYT staff editor Juliet Lapidos took the opportunity to take a jab HuffPost, tweeting “How is the Huffington Post handling the NYT outage? Do they have contingency plans?” This struck a nerve in HuffPost’s Sam Stein, who fired back with a tweet of his own. The exchange eventually devolved into an ordeal among TNR’s Marc Tracy and HuffPost’s Michael Calderone. Lapidos eventually apologized by tweeting “Did not mean to wound. It was just a dumb joke.” Stein immediately forgave her, writing that it’s all “water under the bridge.”

Why you should read it: Just seeing Stein’s childlike retort makes reading this worth it.

The world without NYT Also spawned by NYT’s online troubles was a hilariously satirical piece by WaPo’s Alexandra Petri. Following the lede of “OH MY GOD, THEY’VE DONE IT, THEY’VE ACTUALLY DONE IT,” Petri writes that “chaos erupted in the streets.” Petri also describes NYT digital subscribers who didn’t know what Paul Krugman was thinking and wondered if skinny jeans were still in style. They “became baffled and disoriented when they were allowed to read the entire paper without a notice popping up in the lower corner of the screen to tell them they had reached their article limits.” The piece closes with a desperate plea to read WaPo, which “is a lovely paper, with lots of award-winning video content, available in print in online editions!”

Why you should read it: Petri does an excellent job satirizing NYT culture. Also there’s a picture of a groundhog.

Kevin Spacey gets things done — “House of Cards” is a fictional show, and lead actor Kevin Spacey said it’s obviously fictional because it’s “a Congress that gets s— done.” As Politico’s James Arkin reports, Spacey, who plays House Majority Whip Frank Underwood, told Steven Colbert on “The Colbert Report” that “actually, in our first season, we passed an education bill.” Spacey also said it’s been interesting to see response from real lawmakers, such as House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. According to Spacey, his character isn’t based on either, but is actually reminiscent of  Richard III of England.

Why you should read it: As you eagerly await the second season of “House of Cards,” here’s at least something to tide you over.