Daily Archives: January 31, 2010

This from Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

clipped from politicalwire.com

Goldman CEO to Take $100 Million Bonus

Goldman Sachs “could be about to pay its chief executive a bumper bonus of up to $100 million in defiance of moves by President Obama to take action against such payouts,” the Times of London reports.

The world’s richest bank “is becoming the focus of an increasingly acrimonious political and financial showdown” over the payment of bonuses.

Last week, Obama described bonuses paid out by some banks as “the height of irresponsibility” and “shameful.”

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Have these bankers learned NOTHING?!

NY Times Editorial: It Happened in Our Backyard

clipped from www.nytimes.com

We sympathized with the concerns about security and inconvenience raised by the Justice Department’s plan to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described 9/11 mastermind, at a federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan, a short walk from ground zero.

But caving in to political pressure and agreeing to move the trial, as The Times reported the Obama administration has decided to do, was the wrong move. New York was the right place for this trial. This is where the attack occurred, and New Yorkers should have been proud to see justice done here. The United States District Court in Manhattan has a long, successful record of trying terrorists, including the ones responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
President George W. Bush’s decision to hold prisoners outside the law and then attempt to try them in rigged military courts was legally wrong, and hugely damaging to American values and this country’s global image.
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There’s more to be read in this editorial HERE.

And just in case you are wondering, I agree with the Times’ editors.

Will the Talking Heads screw up this week’s accomplishments?

I can’t say I’ve been looking forward to the Sunday morning talking heads shows… they, actually, scare me a little. This week, with both the State of the Union speech and the Q&A session with Republican congressmen, Obama did a major reach-out for working together and some of the comments by the Republicans involved seemed to indicate that things might soften up a bit.

As has happened in the past, the talk shows can come on and blow any cooperation that may have started to partisan bits, both to promote the points of view of their panels and to keep the “news” a seeming attraction for TV viewers.

When I get to the end of them (and listen to them rebroadcast without commercials on C-Span Radio this afternoon) I wonder how I’ll be feeling? I hope I still have the positive feeling I start this morning with.