Not a Single Think Tank Policy Blogger-Entrepreneur



The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today its roster of 2008 Fellows, each of whom receives $500,000 — no strings attached. Here is the roster. They have some cool folks — a diverse crowd, all sorts of backgrounds and ages. But not a single think tank policy blogger-entrepreneur. Not one.

Philippe Sands on “The Torture Team”



Live video by Ustream My favorite British barrister, Philippe Sands, will stream here at The Washington Note live at 2:30 pm EST today (7:30 pm UK time tonight). He is appearing at the funky journalists club where I hang out in London, The Frontline Club, which was first introduced to me by journalist Yosri Fouda….

I Voted “No” on Palin Experience



Now after reading “Dead Treaty Walking,” I see that the START Agreement with the Russians is nearing expiration with nothing to succeed it other than bluster. I also see an American economy in meltdown mode and wars against Iran and others that many supporters of Sarah Palin are eager to nudge forward.

Guest Post by Richard Vague: Should We Bail Out Large Corporations?



Richard Vague was co-founder and former CEO of First USA Bank and former CEO of Juniper Financial. He also publishes Delancey Place. Richard Vague recently spoke at the New America Foundation on the connection between the Iraq War, high oil prices, and what was happening to the US. economically. Here is a shorter clip.

Treasury Secretary as Absolute Monarch?



A loyal TWN reader highlighted this part of the Bush administration’s bail-out proposal to Congress: Sec. 8. Review. Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.