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Torture As Reality Show
Can it get any weirder? Now MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is offering to pay $1,000 to charity for every second Fox News' Sean Hannity endures waterboarding, as Hannity suggested on an earlier show, to teach him "the searing truth" that "waterboarding, the symbol of the last administration, is torture...
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In Africa, A Great Need
Makuyuni primary school in Tanzania With the G20 agreement pretty much leaving Africa behind, the International Monetary Fund is facing pressure from an aid coalition led by Bob Geldof to set aside more proceeds of a planned sale of gold reserves to help Africa, suffering from the credit crunch...
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Haiti's Hard Hard Times
Patrick Farrell's powerful photos of Haiti after last year's hurricanes won him a Pulitzer Prize this week. For more go here
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All The News We Can Afford to Print, But Keep Those Bonuses Coming
At a time when the illustrious New York Times is demanding pay cuts for employees, including those at the Times-owned Boston Globe, their executives are getting big bonuses and fringe benefits, according to proxy statement numbers. Times CEO Janet Robinson got $5.58 million in 2008 and executive...
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So, Wait, We're Confused. Is That Good News?
Lacking any ideas whatsoever, it seems Republicans are having a hard time getting a handle on this opposition thing. That's why they've taken to calling President Obama a "fascist," explains Saul Anuzis, a former Michigan GOP chairman who recently joined forces with Newt Gingrich. "We’ve so...
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More From The Liars' Liar
Despite Dick Cheney's claim on Fox News that he "formally asked" the CIA to declassify memos showing how terrifically well torture works, a CIA source says no such request has been lodged. A Cheney spokesperson is refusing to clarify the claim. The former VP lie?! Gosh.
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Bailout Fraud: Not Entirely A Shocker, But Still
In the first major though unsurprising disclosure of corruption in the $750-billion bailout program, federal investigators say they have opened 20 criminal probes into possible fraud, insider trading and other crimes. Neil Barofsky, special inspector general overseeing the hastily assembled TARP...
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The End of Western Civilization, Such As It is
Given that sometimes you just have to either laugh or cry, we like the response of talkingpointsmemo.com to the idiotic tumult surrounding President Obama's – gasp! – handshake with Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. To see the awful truth of just how low Obama will go in the hand-shaking department...
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Republicans Less Popular Than Venezuela!
Also China and Russia. See the numbers here
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A Step Toward Justice
ThinkProgress is sending a petition to members of the House Judiciary Committee — where impeachment articles are drawn — urging them to act now to remove Judge Jay Bybee, author of the sickest torture memos, from public office. If you think Bybee "has neither the legal nor moral authority to sit in...
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