Ben Protess & Jessica Silver-Greenberg of the New York Times: "Credit Suisse has done what no other bank of its size and significance has done in over two decades: plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing. In a sign that banking giants are no longer immune from criminal charges, despite concerns that financial institutions have grown so large and interconnected that they are too big to jail, federal prosecutors demanded that Credit Suisse's parent company plead guilty to helping thousands of American account holders hide their wealth."
Lena Sun of the Washington Post: "Three years after the CIA used an immunization survey as a cover in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, the White House has promised that the Central Intelligence Agency will never again use a vaccination campaign in its operations, an official said Monday.Responding to a letter from the deans of 12 U.S. public health schools, Lisa Monaco, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, informed them last week that the CIA will no longer conduct such campaigns, White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said."
Keith Bradsher of the New York Times: "The Chinese government responded furiously [to a U.S. DOJ indictment] on Tuesday, calling in the newly installed American ambassador, Max Baucus, to protest the release of the indictment, which was accompanied by F.B.I. 'wanted' posters of Chinese soldiers in uniform. The Chinese foreign ministry and defense ministry vehemently denied any wrongdoing while accusing the United States of engaging in extensive intelligence gathering of its own."
Maya Rhodan of Time: "Civil rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis said Monday he would not support President Obama's controversial choice for district judge in his state. In a statement issued Monday, Lewis said he opposed the nomination to the federal bench of Michael Boggs, who as a state lawmaker voted to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and to keep the Confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag. His record, said Lewis, is 'in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career.' ... The Congressional Black Caucus opposes his confirmation, as does Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Lewis, however, had been expected to support the President's nomination."
In a Fox "News" opinion piece, hilarious for its braggadocio & run-on cliches ("elite salons of Washington," "Obamacrats," "the country that won two world wars and put a man on the moon," etc.) Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) asserts that "... based on my decades of experience, the idea that ObamaCare cannot be repealed defies both logic and real world justification...."
Beyond the Beltway
Jessica Glenza of the Guardian: "A small-town New England police commissioner, who came under fire after he was heard using the N-word to describe Barack Obama, has resigned. Robert Copeland, 82, of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, became the subject of a town meeting and dedicated Facebook page after he was heard describing the US president as a 'fucking nigger' at a local restaurant in March.Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who owns a home in the area, called Copeland's remarks a 'vile epithet' that have, 'no place in our community,' the Boston Herald reported. 'He should apologize and resign,' Romney said." Thanks to James S. for the link. ...
... CW: Copeland should have consulted Mitt's 2012 running mate, who could have told him the proper term is "urban" person or "inner city" man. Or Mitt's opponent Rick Santorum, who would advise the more descriptive term "blah person." Mitt himself would have cast a larger net & wrapped Obama into the 47 percent.
Jeff Mapes of the Oregonian: "Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who ruled that the prohibition violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. Jubilant couples who anticipated a favorable decision from the judge began the rush to officially wed at locations around the state. McShane ordered that his ruling take immediate effect.... Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson, two of the plaintiffs in the case, were the first couple to marry in Multnomah County following the ruling.... Unlike in the other states -- Idaho, Utah, Michigan, Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas -- there was no one with the immediate standing to appeal the decision."
These people, that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless this is stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. -- Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant (R), illuminating a previously-undisclosed effect of the Common Core curriculum
Perhaps Geiger & Nelson [see Oregonian story above] were Common-Cored into their 'lifestyle.' Also, I'm wondering how homosexual they are. A little homosexual? Or super-duper homosexual? Are they as homosexual as they can possibly be? -- Constant Weader
Brady McCombs of the AP: "A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages that took place in the state before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay. If the rulings stands after a 21-day hold the judge placed on it, the state would be required to lift its freeze on benefits requested by gay couples."
Annals of Journalism, Ctd.
Punch & Jilly. Apparently immune to irony, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., has chosen Vanity Fair as the venue to defend his vanity talk about how awful the press has been in reporting his firing of Jill Abramson. ...
... Jonathan Chait: "The Jill Abramson story completely reversed this weekend." ...
... CW: Contributor MAG makes the point, via NPR's Ira Glass, that "maybe we all shouldn't care" about Abramson's firing. Personally, I'm not a fan of Abramson's, partly because she more-or-less fired me from my nonpaying "job" as op-ed page commenter. But when a media outlet is your main source for news, it's helpful to know the biases that enter into management decisions on what passes for news. While some publishers take a hands-off approach even to the opinion pages, Pinch makes the hiring & firing decisions there -- which explains the mediocrity of most of the columnists. That he sucks as a manager explains why the Times is still playing catch-up on it digital edition. And his low opinion of "teenagers and the unemployed" partly explains why the paper went to all-subscription. If you can't afford the Times online, you aren't good enough to read it. That mindset -- "all the news that's fit for my sort of people to read" -- should inform your reading. Yes, you can get a great deal from the Times if you read it in Ira Glass-style ignorance, but you won't know what you're missing, & you won't be alert to the underpainting that may shade the story. P.S. Thanks to Jessica Glenza of the Guardian for "fucking nigger."
Chris Good of ABC News: "Today is the big one, the Super Tuesday of the primary season, with six states holding primaries across the country, including Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon,and Pennsylvania." ...
... Cameron Joseph of the Hill: "The GOP establishment is poised for a good Tuesday evening as it faces its biggest primary night yet. With six states set to vote, business-friendly Republicans are expected to defeat conservative challengers in primaries in Kentucky, Georgia, Idaho and Oregon, giving national GOP favorites a slew of victories over social and fiscal hard-liners." ...
... Alex Altman of Time: "Money talks in elections. And the GOP's grandees are spending lots of it. A massive fundraising push is the biggest factor in the early success of the Establishment's primary campaign, which aims to prop up vulnerable incumbents and defeat volatile insurgents who might jeopardize the party's chances in November."
Alexandra Jaffe of the Hill: "Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) legal team apparently held onto information concerning a man's taping of the senator's bedridden wife for as many as two weeks before turning it over to the police." ...
... Therese Apel of the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger: "A representative of the Madison Police Department said there are other individuals in the case that they'd like to talk to 'who might have been part of a conspiracy.' At this point, police won't comment further, citing the ongoing investigation."
Could Be the Worst Campaign Video of the Year. BUT Ed Kilgore loves it: "... my new favorite GOP congressional candidate anywhere. His name is Brian Slowinski, and he's running to succeed Rep. Paul Broun [R-Ga.] with a campaign message totally in the spirit of the incumbent. Gaze in awe at this video":
The Washington Post has live updates of today's primary election results.
New York Times: "Arthur Gelb, who by sheer force of personality was a dominant figure at The New York Times for decades, lifting its metropolitan and arts coverage to new heights and helping to shape the paper in its modern era, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90."
BBC News: "The Thai military has imposed martial law amid a political crisis "to preserve law and order", but says the surprise move is not a coup. In response, the acting prime minister urged the army to act 'under the constitution' and 'with no violence'. Soldiers have taken over TV and radio stations, and blocked off roads in the capital, Bangkok."
ABC News: "Oscar Pistorius will begin his court-ordered observation at a state mental institution on May 26, with psychiatric evaluation lasting a month, the judge in his murder trial announced today."