China Is Hiding Its Counterfeit Electronics Parts

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 10:26 am

The Senate Armed Services Committee is trying to investigate how allegedly counterfeit parts get into the military supply chain. But China won’t give visas–or promise freedom of movement without minders–to its investigators. Two key US senators on Tuesday accused China of hampering a congressional probe into how counterfeit electronics end up in the US military [...]

Why Can’t DOJ Investigate as Well as the Hapless Senate?

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 5:25 am

There’s a lot to loathe about the current incarnation of the Senate, that elite club of millionaires where legislation goes to either get rewritten to serve corporate interests or killed. What does that say about DOJ, then, that the Senate is doing such a better job at investigating crimes? In just one month’s time the [...]

NYT Speculates on Departure of Goldman Sachs’ Blankfein, Doesn’t Mention Levin’s Referral

By: Monday April 18, 2011 6:51 am

The NYT has what I assume to be a bizarre form of beat sweetener on Goldman Sachs today. It spends most of 1,300 words speculating on who might replace CEO Lloyd Blankfein if he were to step down, exploring three possible candidates in depth. But here’s the explanation for why they think such speculation appropriate: [...]

When Militaries Conspire to Ignore the Will of the People

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 3:44 pm

The story of the day is from Michael Hastings, fresh off winning a Polk Award for his reporting on the insubordination of key members of Stanley McChrystal’s staff. In today’s story, he describes how Lieutenant General William Caldwell ordered a PsyOp unit to manipulate Senators–including John McCain, Carl Levin, Jack Reed, and Al Franken–to support [...]

Rattner, Wagoner, and How to Run a Car Company

By: Monday November 1, 2010 6:37 am

I’m going to have a few follow-up posts about Steven Rattner’s Overhaul generally and Saturday’s book salon on it. But for the moment, I wanted to add something to two excellent reviews of it by Malcom Gladwell and Felix Salmon. Together, they both distinguish between the product GM makes and the debt it had. Here’s [...]

Lloyd Blankfein’s AAA Bridge He Wants to Sell You

By: Saturday May 1, 2010 10:02 am

Perhaps the most stunning part of the Goldman Sachs hearing the other day came at the end of the hearing, after most of the press had left for dinner. Carl Levin challenged Lloyd Blankfein on something he had said to staffers. Blankfein claimed that he “never thought” of the fact that AAA ratings were important [...]

The “Detainees Subject to the Review”

By: Friday March 19, 2010 5:51 pm

MadDog linked to the letter that Dennis Blair and Eric Holder sent the Senate describing the process by which 6 agencies and a 100 staffers meticulously decided the ultimate fate of Gitmo detainees–who could be released or imprisoned elsewhere, who could be tried, and (presumably) who had to be held indefinitely. It might be a [...]

Carl Levin Takes Ownership of Corrupt Deal with PhRMA

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 6:56 am

In voting against the Dorgan amendment last night, Carl Levin excused flip-flopping on this important issue in the interest of supporting the corrupt deal the White House secretly made with PhRMA.

Why Can’t CIA Handle the Same Level of Oversight the Military Gets?

By: Tuesday August 4, 2009 7:54 am

Congress has managed to review all aspects of torture used in the military, with no untoward outcome. Yet CIA insists if the same happens for the torture used in the CIA, the sky will fall.

Breaking! Crazy Pete Hoekstra Wants to Refuse New Jobs for Michiganders

By: Sunday August 2, 2009 8:27 pm

Michiganders need jobs. Gitmo detainees need a new home. But Crazy Pete Hoekstra doesn’t want to bring Gitmo’s detainees to Michigan.

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