Federal Report Faults Banks on Huge Bonuses (NYTimes)
A new report finds that bailed out financial firms rewarded their executives with over one and a half billion dollars in questionable bonuses in 2008.
Geithner: Warren 'Would Be A Very Strong Leader' of Consumer Bureau (TPM)
Perhaps fearing another ritual humiliation during his next visit to the Congressional Oversight Panel, Tim Geithner downplayed rumors that he has been trying to sink Warren's nomination to head the CFPB.
Five myths about unemployment (WaPo)
On unemployment insurance, conservatives have been following the axiom that if you don't have the facts on your side, you should go ahead and make up your own.
One in Ten Have No Job. More Have No Security. (TNR)
Jonathan Cohn highlights a new measure of economic security which reveals that our economy is in even worse shape than many of us realized.
Why businesses aren't hiring in two graphs (WaPo)
Ezra Klein notes that even the most right-wing group of business leaders is less concerned about taxes than about consistently disappointing sales figures.
Addicted to Bush (NYTimes)
George W. Bush left office as one of the least popular presidents in American history, but Paul Krugman argues that the current GOP agenda is just a collection of Bush policies with the serial numbers filed off.
The Effects of the Credit Card Act (NYTimes)
Credit card companies have cut back on some of their most egregious tricks and fees, but they're still finding new ways to hide the real cost of transactions from their customers.
Groups on the left and right line up against fiscal commission (The Hill)
The right doesn't want tax increases, the left doesn't want Social Security cuts, and no one except President Obama seems eager to hear the rest of the commission's suggestions.
Glitch in America Speaks Tabulation Artificially Inflated Support for Raising Retirement Age (FDL)
A "technical glitch" led the America Speaks organizers to report that 52 percent of participants supported raising the retirement age, whereas the real number was only 39 percent. Right-wing distortions in, right-wing distortions out.
Scammed: What Shirley Sherrod and Social Security Have in Common (Daily Kos)
Washington Democrats seem so afraid of Republicans these days that they rush to do their dirty work for them.
With a Whimper (NYTimes)
Presented with an opportunity to make real progress in the fight against climate change, the White House and Senate instead chose to throw up a white flag.
Accept more poison to get less carbon? Kill this crazy idea NOW (Grist)
Van Jones argues that weakening the EPA and choking the poor with sulfur isn't even close to a reasonable compromise on carbon emissions.
No To Oligarchy (The Nation)
Senator Bernie Sanders explains why reinstating the estate tax and ending subsidies to America's wealthiest families is the only responsible thing to do in an era of soaring deficits and economic hardship.
Immigration reform is within our grasp. Meanwhile, people die. (WaPo)
There is broad consensus and little action on immigration reform, but ignoring the human cost of our current policy doesn't make it any less real.
Pentagon Faces Intensifying Pressures to Trim Budget (NYTimes)
Robert Gates hopes to forestall any major cuts, but as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin to wind down, it's getting harder and harder to defend the Pentagon's ballooning budget demands.
President Obama Hurts Jamie Dimon's Feelings Yet Again (New York)
Dimon's no-show at the FinReg signing was just another episode in the messiest public break-up since Jon & Kate Plus 8.