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Why are we talking about bankster bonuses, instead of criminal prosecutions?

That's a question that answers itself, isn't it? Yves:

Who were these people who wrecked AIG and other companies? How did it come about? And was the nature of their actions such that they should be permanently barred from the securities and banking industries?

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Citi spends $10 million of your bailout money on a new office for Vikram Bandit -- with "soft seating" and blast-proof windows!


Citigroup Inc. plans to spend about $10 million on new offices for Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit and his lieutenants, after the U.S. government injected $45 billion of cash into the bank.

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A saner approach to marijuana policy


Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday outlined a shift in the enforcement of federal drug laws, saying the administration would effectively end the Bush administration’s frequent raids on distributors of medical marijuana.

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Evil, Even More Than We Thought

We thought we had an idea of how evil the Bush regime was. We thought the "you've covered your ass" line from the Slacker in Chief and the WMD hysteria from Colin Powell and the "go to war with the Army you have" smart-off from Rumsfeld showed us what kind of cretinous monsters with which we had to contend.

We were wrong. Read below the fold...

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A Market Solution to the AIG Bonus 'Problem'


Macro Man has a great suggestion of how this should be (or have been) handled.

"So to put things right, he has a compromise, market-based solution. Don't seize the bonuses via a one-off excise tax. Instead, pay them in the amounts contractually-mandated, and use normal tax treatment. But pay them in stock, and allocate shares on the basis of the average AIG share price in 2008: $27.57.

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Billion vs. Trillion is not like 100 vs. 1000

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A buffet of WORMs

The home page offers an assortment of administration spin on Big Give unaccountability:

The buck stops here, there, everywhere, and nowhere — whichever you'd prefer.

And as of this snapshot, Dodd has lobbed the ball back into Obama's court, where Glenn, Jane, and others say it belongs. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of Pass the Buck! Read below the fold...

AIG's business culture, and the mysterious Reddit insider

RL calls, so I have to go, but I the Courant article about AIG's office in Fairfield, CT is interesting.*

Also, via Yyves, we've got this Reddit post from a putative AIG employee, describing the atmosphere. I'm skeptical: Read below the fold...

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Connect the Dots

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." -- Joseph Goebbels

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High school news staff submit stories at Politico for a day.


Oh, actually, I guess I'm somehow wrong on that. Their regular staff put out these couple paragraphs of gossipy spin and the headline is sure to be sensational.

Dodd facing fresh political firestorm

Well yes he is, if you're unable to read. The mismatch between the storyline and the full quote in paragraph 6 is purely due to the writer fantasizing that he's gotten, ulp, a scoop! Stop the presses!

At my high school, there was a quote from a member of the student council to the effect that he was voting without consulting his constituents! Egad! Not mentioned in the story is that that's his role as student representative. Oh, right.

Today, we have this from Politico: Read below the fold...

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Hey, Ellen Tauscher; don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!

If the door breaks, nobody out here can afford to get it fixed.

Hillary Clinton has picked BFF Ellen Tauscher to be the new Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, and Tauscher’s Fellow Traveler Barack Obama has agreed. Read below the fold...

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Don't they know we live in a totalitarian state?

I saw this news article about troops "policing" in Alabama. didn't these folk get the memo that posse comitatus is dead? The Military Comissions Act is now in force.

“On March 10, after a report of an apparent mass murder in Samson, Ala., 22 military police soldiers from Fort Rucker, Ala., along with the provost marshal, were sent to the city of Samson,” Harvey Perritt, spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va., told on Monday. Link

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About former AIG Financial "Services" chief Joe Cassano

Some nice work from TPM on Joe Cassano, chief weasel, but Josh missed a data point.

Who do you think Joe Cassano wanted to be President?

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Letting the czar know

Interesting article on Obama reading letters from citizens. A tiny fraction, of course, but much, much better than nothing.

So, write him a letter on single payer. All you've got to lose is a 42-cent stamp. Read below the fold...

Pressure works


President Obama today abandoned a proposal to bill veterans' private insurance companies for treatment of combat-related injuries after the measure prompted an outcry from veterans service organizations and members of Congress.

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