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Brad Sherman on Citi: "We got ripped off to the tune of $78 billion, but by God we made them come before the cameras!"

Great to see our newly empowered and energized Democratic Congress exercising its oversight powers!

In which Bruce Dixon confesses to being prematurely correct

Well, to be fair, I'm doing the confessing on his behalf. Not bad, for 2003. And now, just as then, the question remains:

Obama's campaign to date leaves a question hanging, heavily. Responsible to whom?

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Bloomberg analyst: "Single payer may be the strongest solution to insure every American at a lower cost."

Who knew? John Wasik writes:

No Reason to Demonize U.S. Single-Payer Health: John F. Wasik

It’s time to stop kicking sand in the face of single-payer health care. It may be the strongest solution around to insure every American at a lower cost.

After decades of industry campaigns against this model -- dubbed by its critics as “socialized” medicine -- it’s important to stop whining and evaluate the many economic benefits. Health care is a fundamental human right.

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Truthiness takes a hit

Words, or lack thereof, matter. The US no longer holds 'enemy combatants.' Turns out our enemies are human. Who knew? It's good news that the Justice Dept. under new leadership can see that. This is a great way to end the week.

In a break from Bush administration policy, the US will no longer hold terror suspects as "enemy combatants", the Justice Department has announced. Detainees will instead be held according to legal standards set by the international laws of war.

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Bernie Sanders is God

It's a full moon...

Periodically, when the site... No, that's not what I mean. If u cn rd ths you're fine, but if you could read this, I'd be telling you to clear your cache and cookies, too. Sorry for the server issues.

Anyhow, light posting from me today, though not for that reason, just RL. Read below the fold...

You might want to think twice about working in a Beltway Starbucks

IT World:

Researchers say they've discovered new ways to read what you're typing by aiming special wireless or laser equipment at the keyboard or by simply plugging into a nearby electrical socket.

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Wells Fargo and HSBC, bailout recipients, sued for racist loan policies by NAACP

AP:

The NAACP is accusing Wells Fargo and HSBC of forcing blacks into subprime mortgages while whites with identical qualifications got lower rates.

Class-action lawsuits will be filed against the banks Friday in federal court in Los Angeles, Austin Tighe, co-lead counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told The Associated Press.

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Arms sales

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From the "Title Nine" activewear catalog, about the bearer of the world's most famous bare arms:

She does all of us post-Title IXer's proud, but Michelle Obama is not singular, just the most visible of a whole generation of fit, powerful, post-Title IX women. When we celebrate her, we are, in fact, celebrating our own strength, our own true selves. And, ...

We've only just begun.

Michelle Obama does represent a healthy symbolic shift in people's perceptions of a First Lady (as a certain Mr. Clinton would have, as well). And if someone can make a buck on athletic-grrrl power in this economy, more power to them. Read below the fold...

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Full, uncensored Jon Stewart takedown of Jim Cramer

Check out "Related Videos" at end for parts 2 and 3.

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Am I The Only One Who Missed This??

Might want to see it, if you haven't already. Avedon:.

"Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring' [...] After 9/11, I haven't written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven't been called on it yet. That does happen." I couldn't help wondering if Hersh is going to be allowed to live to finish his book.

The story says they reported directly to Cheney's office during the Bush years. Read below the fold...

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Getting Under Their Skin

Earlier in the week, I linked to a site where a guy has archived many of his Alabama college saving fund documents, some going back to the 90s. The site is a parody of the actual Alabama PACT site, and uses modified versions of their graphics. Today the owner added a disclaimer to the top of the page and a pdf of a cease and desist letter from a state Treasury Department attorney. You can view a non-pdf copy here.

I knew we were probably going to see something good from the meeting when I popped in at Left in Alabama for a second today and saw this. Read below the fold...

Look! Over there! Bernie Madoff!

The World's Greatest Newspaper (not) gets into the act. Je repete:

$50 billion is a negligible sum in the financial crisis. Focusing on Madoff is lazy and distracting journalism, pure and simple. Where's the two trillion, Timmy? Read below the fold...

We gave Citi bailout billions so they could spend them on screwing the unions?

Yeah. So?

So, will Obama make sure that every dollar is well spent for banksters and Citi, just like he (rightly) did for the cities and states?

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Or perhaps Obama thinks that bailed out banks ought to be using taxpayer money on ant-union drives? Read below the fold...

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