So Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr now says he didn't know his office was issuing subpoenas to three Seattle Times reporters until after the fact. Carr said he did not reveal that detail earlier because he generally tries to take the heat for decisions his office makes. "Generally" apparently means until he looks dumb as a result of such a decision. Because until he outed the lawyer responsible for the misguided attempt to circumvent a state law shielding reporter sources, Carr had been defending the subpoenas. The other funny thing about this whole affair is how the resolution is being portrayed by Carr as a "deal" between his office and The Seattle Times: The city agrees to withdraw the subpoenas, and the Times agrees not to sue to quash them. That's a deal? That's not a deal. It's complete surrender.