- Vice President Cheney says that if the president does it during wartime, "as a general proposition," it's legal. And of course, we're currently in a "war on terror" defined broadly enough to ensure it'll go on in perpetuity.
- A cool $1.6 billion of federal bailout money thus far has gone to pay the salaries, bonuses, and perks for the executives who put the banks in the position of begging for a bailout in the first place.
- Schadenfreude: The Oregon prosecutor who made national headlines last year by charging two seventh-grade boys with felony sex abuse for swatting the behinds of their female classmates now faces assault charges of her own. She allegedly punched her husband in the face.
- In Afghanistan: "As U.S. coalition tries to stamp out opium, farmers turning to pot."
- Passenger Twitters this weekend's scary plane crash in Denver. Best tweet: "You have your wits scared out of you, drag your butt out of a flaming ball of wreckage and you can't even get a vodka-tonic. Boo"
- American Express cuts customer's credit line because, "Other customers who have used their card at establishments where you recently shopped have a poor repayment history with American Express."
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
"Anyone, regardless of age, accused of such disgraceful actions will be charged accordingly."
The Justice Department says Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas were killed in an operation based on a fraudulent warrant triggered by a false report to police.
You might want to think twice about putting that new gun on your credit card.
The senator from Massachusetts thinks more Americans should join the military. Why?