28 Feb 2009

Newt Gingrich, Matt Bai, and the Revisionist History of Conservative “Ideas”

Newt Gingrich didn’t win a majority in the House because of the strength of his ideas, he won because of a dubious fundraising system and a cynical marketing plan–GOPAC.

27 Feb 2009

Whitehouse: Before We Can Repair the Harm, We Must Learn the Truth

Sheldon Whitehouse gives a barn-burner of a speech in support of Leahy’s truth commission proposal

26 Feb 2009

America Does Not Torture? Detainee Abuse Up since November Election

GW law Professor Jonathan Turley has been saying for a while now that President Obama would have only a short period of time to initiate investigations fo wars crimes before Obama himself became complicit. A lawyer for detainees alleges that torture and abuse has actually INCREASED since Obama was elected. This puts Obama in a box, he has to act or else share in Bush’s war crimes fate.

10 Feb 2009

TARP Whistleblowers Wanted

Neil Barofsky the Special IG for TARP (SIGTARP) has set up a hotline for whistleblowers who know of fraud waste or abuse in institutions receiving TARP funds.

If you have such information, you can report it by:

09 Feb 2009

Sliced his Genitals with a Scalpel? Waterboarding was the Least of it

Waterboarding is not the worst war crime we have committed at Gitmo. It’s not even the #2 worst thing we did.

I am sick over this.

06 Feb 2009

“I’m Not Trying to Say the Republican Party is the Taliban.”

OMG! Rep Pete Session takes a page out of the Taliban playbook. I’m not kidding.

04 Feb 2009

A Hand up, Instead of a Hand out

You know that old saw about “give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime”? This is the difference between so-called “compassionate conservatism” which seeks to make people dependent on faith based institutions vs. pragmatic compassion which helps people help themselves through education, health insurance, and child care.

Jim Holbert shows us how its done.

04 Feb 2009

Did Mike Chertoff Invent a New Industry for Himself?

Mike Chertoff has Mike Chertoff has been forced to sublease space from another law firm, the implication being that he, like Alberto Gonzales, is having toruble finding a job ina post post-Bush world.

Good news for Mike. The House has jsut passed a bill that will allow people on the Dept. of Homeland Seucirity’s “no fly” list to challenge their status on court.

Mike! Mike! Pay atttetion! There is a huge untapped market of new law clients for you there. Look!

23 Jan 2009

NY Senate: It’s Like a “Columbo” Episode

NY Gov David Paterson is assembling all the suspects, I mean contenders, for the open senate seat recently vacate by Hillary Clinton in Albany today. Like an episode of the old Columbo detective series, or a novel featuring Hercule Poirot, he will likely discuss his thought process about each one before finally revealing the murderer, er senator.

One of the funniest aspects to this whole thing is how many times Andrea Mitchell has gotten the same story wrong.

22 Jan 2009

Will Justice–or at Least Due Process–Come to Gitmo Detainees?

David Iglesias, the one of the US Attorney’s fired to actually trying to do his job in a fair non partisan manner has just been tapped by the Obama administration to prosecute Gitmo detainees. This is an inspired choice. Not just for the “up yours” message it sends to the loyal Bushies, but because his unique skill set positions him to handle all the permutations of prosecutions to come in these cases.