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Weekend Roundup

Quickly, now, some highlights from the weekend:

• I try very, very hard not to watch the Sunday shows anymore, so if you really, really need a fix, check this thread.

• More revelations are dribbling out about concessions in the derivatives legislation that cleared a House committee this week.

• Russ Feingold has always placed himself in the tradition of Wisconsin deficit hawks, and over the weekend he signaled an intention to introduce a deficit reduction bill, though no details have emerged. Doing this in the midst of continued unemployment and recession fallout seems ill-timed.

• This looks at first glance like a pretty hollow, uninspired policy for the Administration with respect to Sudan and Darfur. The full announcement will occur on Monday.

• I’ve always thought that, if conservatives actually wanted to govern, they could find common ground with the President on some aspects of his education policy, which is as reality-challenged as the previous Administration’s. The drive toward teacher evaluations based on testing and charter schools, lacking all evidence supporting it, is really striking.

• Even Bobby Jindal is calling for the Louisiana judge who refused to marry an interracial couple to resign.

• More on Pakistan’s incursion into the South Waziristan area from the New York Times.

• Glenn Greenwald has the story about a British high court demanding the release of a document detailing the brutal torture of former Guantanamo detainee Binyan Mohamed when he was rendered to other countries. This is particularly notable because the US government allegedly threatened Britain to cut off intelligence sharing on future terrorism operations if they revealed the truth about Mohamed’s torture. The White House condemned the decision and the British government will appeal.

• A spectacular article from McClatchy about how Moody’s, one of the credit rating agencies, systematically punished anyone who questioned their shaky ratings of unreliable financial products, and promoted anyone who toed the company line.

• Drawing attention to climate change, the government of the Maldive Islands, the lowest-lying nation on Earth, held a cabinet session underwater. Now that they’ve shown underwater living to be possible, I’m sure James Inhofe will tell them to quit their bellyaching about the boiling planet.

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