It's not Blackmail, It's Entertainment
November 11, 2009

The NYT has a short piece today that gives us yet another reminder of why it's so much fun to tell lawyer jokes.

TNR on Bernard Kerik
October 21, 2009

Bernard Kerik, former New York City Policy Commissioner, Interim Interior Minister of Iraq, and nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, will now be serving time in a Westchester County prison. Already facing charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, Kerik was sent upstate after the judge reviewing his case revoked his bail for leaking private information about the upcoming case to the public.

BREAKING: Obama's Darfur Policy Supports the ICC, Elevates Counter-Terrorism
October 19, 2009

A few things stand out upon a first reading of Obama's official Sudan policy announcement, TNR's copy of which is pasted below. One is the stark language it uses regarding President Omar Al Bashir's indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Left Behind
October 14, 2009

NYALA, Darfur -- When Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March, he responded by expelling 13 international aid agencies from Darfur and disbanding three other domestic relief groups. Khartoum claims the organizations were sharing information with the ICC, which both the groups and the court deny. With the void left by the ousted organizations, the United Nations has instituted emergency measures to help provide food, water, and other vital aid.

Worth Reading
September 11, 2009

The man behind AIG's implosion, Joseph Cassano, may face charges. Why have wages for college grads been falling?  The recession may have ended but official word may not arrive until 2010. Does the Fed have too much influence over the economics profession? The Economist: No smoking gun on oil speculation. Securitization is alive and kicking.

August 26, 2009

In today's New York Observer, Felix Gillette has a thorough postmortem on "The Wanted," the short-lived and controversial NBC News show I wrote about earlier this month, in my piece about the case of Leopold Munyakazi, a former Goucher College professor accused of participating in the Rwandan genocide.

National Review Vs. Andy Mccarthy, Ctd.
August 18, 2009

It's not exactly William F. Buckley taking on the Birchers, but the clearer heads over at National Review have been making tentative, intermittent efforts to disassociate conservatism from its craziest adherents. The problem, of course, is that some of those adherents work for National Review.

Will Doctors Be An Impediment To Reform?
August 17, 2009

Some progressive doctor friends have asked me to take Ezra Klein outside and knock him around a bit for a chat comment the other day. When asked in a chat session "why is it that so many doctors are opposed to Obama's plan?" Ezra attracted my friends' gentle wrath with the response: I haven't seen any good polling of doctors. But in part, it's a simple function of being worried that they'll make less in profits. One reason health care is very expensive is that doctors are extremely highly-compensated.

Who Leaked Robert Wexler's Social Security Number?
July 31, 2009

Annie Lowrey is an assistant editor at Foreign Policy.  Around July 10, just before Barack Obama's landmark trip to Accra, Ghana, a man from that country allegedly calling himself "Henry Paulson" phoned the office of Congressman Robert Wexler, a Democrat of Florida. He let the office know that he had the congressman and his wife's Social Security numbers and wanted $30,000 wired to a branch of Barclay's bank in Accra--or else, he'd put the numbers on the internet for criminals to use.