• The next big policy fight: credit card fees and interest rates.

• The next big foreign policy story: North Korea to put two American reporters on trial.

• The soldier who didn't want to torture -- and killed herself.

• The interrogation strategy of "learned helplessness."

• Tracking citizens' cell phones without a warrant.

• The State of Michigan ponders the privatization of my alma mater.

• "Cash-Strapped Cities Try Private Guards Over Police"

• A vigorous defense of Twitter.

• A revival of interest in Orientalist art -- among Arabs.

• Illicit radio activity in Brazil.

• And finally, your Friday fun link. Note: By link I mean embedded video clip, and by fun I mean the creepiest thing you will see today.