"A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law. [Senator Pat] Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies—including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission—to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant." —Maybe we're all better off without the Senate protecting our Internet privacy. UPDATE: Tech industry people get angry, Leahy kills the warrantless part, for now.
Jeff Greene, the mega-rich housing market bust profiteer and friend of Heidi Fleiss and Mike Tyson… may actually become a Senator, as this delightful Washington Post profile reveals, because voters are crazy. He saved campaign money by buying his own eight-seater Gulfstream, for the bargain basement price of $23 million. On the plus side, he really hates Ron Howard, so he can't be all bad.
George McGovern, the longtime U.S. senator from South Dakota and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, has died at the ripe old age of 90. He was admitted for hospice care early last week and by Wednesday was "unresponsive," according to a family statement. McGovern served in the Senate from 1963 to 1981, from the year of John F. Kennedy's assassination to the inauguration of Ronald Reagan—throw in the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, race riots, Kent State, the Iranian hostage crisis and Watergate to make the most tumultuous decades of the American Century.
By the 1990s, Richard Nixon had reinvented himself as an "elder statesman" and George McGovern's kind [...]
Do you not understand the Senate Financial Regulation Overhaul bill that passed yesterday? Have you been struggling to make sense of it in this morning's papers and blogs? We come with good tidings: don't bother! We now enter the long, boring process of reconciliation of the passed Senate bill with the House bill, that passed some six months ago now. There's a rather dull chart that highlights some of the major differences between the two, but you know what? You don't even have to worry about that. The mutated offspring that will emerge all bloody and feet-first will probably be a totally different kettle of fish. (… Sorry [...]
Oh my God, someone read the 2300-page financial regulatory bill, and provides some highlights! Which is good, because it passed the Senate, 60 to 38. (Yes, that's three Republicans, one Democrat naysayer, one non-voter and one dead Senator.) What's in it? I have made my peace with the fact that I will never know. Will you? Let me know!
This seems to me a strange account of what we saw yesterday at the Goldman Sachs hearings, particularly to run in the Times' Business section, the readers of which, presumably, have some familiarity with the fact that 1. yes, there were hearings and 2. they were weird hearings! And it seems so odd that they keep calling the testifying Goldman staff "officials," though I suppose it's technically accurate. (They are department heads in a corporation.) The Times wrote: "Steering away from financial jargon, the senators tried to put a human face on the questioning. Senator John Ensign, Republican of Nevada, declared that more transparency was needed 'so we don't [...]