Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Why I'm Skipping the Presidential Press Conference

Hi there from my not secret and not at all glamorous retreat from the world of politics.

No, I'm haven't jetted off to an idyllic mountain retreat but I am on a retreat of sorts right here in my own home.

So tonight I'm skipping the President's press conference. I'm also taking a pass on writing one of those "first 100 days" or "grade The President" posts..

I'll just read the speech transcript and a few of my favorite bloggers' recaps tomorrow.

As for me, I'm going to catch up on my reading and continue to wonder how much it will mean if the US economy recovers if its soul is lost over torture and spying.

Talk to you soon.

Until then here are a few posts that you might find interesting:

Obama Stands Nuremberg on Its Head
by Mike Farrell for TruthDig

Enough With This "100 Days" Nonsense
by Stanley Kutler for TruthDig

How Bad Does It Have to Get Before We Get It
by Deb Della Plana for

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bill Moyers' Interview with Bill Black on How They Got Away With It

It's a rare occasion when PBS posts a full length clip from a broadcast. I'm extremely grateful that this is one of those occasions.

" The financial industry brought the economy to its knees, but how did they get away with it? With the nation wondering how to hold the bankers accountable, Bill Moyers sits down with Bill Black, the former senior regulator who cracked down on banks during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.

Black offers his analysis of what went wrong and his critique of the bailout. This show aired April 3, 2009. Bill Moyers Journal airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). "

For more:

Elizabeth Warren Introduces COP's April Report

In this video Prof. Elizabeth Warren introduces the April report of the Congressional Oversight Panel: Assessing Treasury's Strategy: Six Months of TARP.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

After the G20: What Was Achieved?

Thanks Danny for this excellent recap and sampling of global opinion about the G20 Summit.

Quite honestly, after watching hours of Congressional testimony on the AIG bailout, the mismanagement of the TARP funds and the failing Us auto industry I am beginning to doubt that anyone in Washington is objective enough to address the crisis in the banking industry.

Your book Plunder has been added to my "must read" list and I can't wait to see the film. I'm sure that I will recommend it as highly as I do "In Debt We Trust".
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