Not enough relevant officials were aware of the size and depth of an unprecedented surveillance program started under President George W. Bush, let alone signed off on it, a team of federal inspectors general found.
The new General Motors arose on Friday as lawyers finished an all-night paperwork session transferring the bulk of the automaker's assets to a company controlled by the U.S. government.
Once the world's largest and most powerful automaker, new GM is now cleansed of massive debt and burdensome contracts that would have sunk it without federal loans.
But the new GM also emerges amidst the worst sales slump in a quarter-century.
Chalk one up for fairness.
That's the upshot of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision for New Haven firemen who found themselves deprived of rightful promotions simply because they were white and because their fellow black firefighters threatened to sue the city because they failed to qualify.
Vice President Joe Biden has said the administration did not realize how bad the economy was when it urged passage of a stimulus bill that's failed in its mission. But what it missed is something else. The administration did not realize how deeply the economy would sink because of the holes it was drilling in its hull.
How ironic it is that of the 195 countries in the world, North Korea is still thoroughly vexing us more than half a century after we fought a war there.
Over our July Fourth celebrations, it was another missile launch aimed at unsettling us. Now the ploy seems to be hacking into our computers. Will this annoying, irresponsible behavior ever stop?
Probably not for a long time.
Is a nuke-free world realistic?
President Obama emerged from his two-day summit in Moscow heralding a "reset" of U.S.-Russian relations, with nuclear disarmament at the top of the agenda.
He signed a series of agreements with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev committing to a year-end deal that would cut both countries' nuclear stockpiles.
Obama has repeatedly said that reducing the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world would both ease tensions between Russia and the United States and also set a good example for other nations.
Google "Mark Sanford" and "hypocrite" and prepare to sort through some 53,000 results, many from liberal websites reveling in the story of yet another family-values Republican yielding to temptations of the flesh.
But liberal glee at such scandal will be short-lived if the left continues to misjudge conservatives' reaction to their fallen heroes.
Message to GOP: On Sotomayor, give it up.
With Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings set to begin next week, Republicans are still peering under every pillow in Washington, seeking desperately to uncover controversial issues she has supported and stands she has taken to use against her during those hearings. Most of the media attention on Sotomayor's record has been on her decision in a civil rights case the Supreme Court recently overturned.
Because so many in the media will never understand that it's all about country when it's all about Sarah Palin, I want to commend the outgoing Alaska governor in the warmest terms.
Certainly, she gave us all a start there when she announced her resignation last week at a backyard news conference, perhaps to a distinguished group of garden gnomes. (A very maverick thing to do).
How we would miss her if she left the national stage! Why, we would have to put a wig on Newt Gingrich to have any hope of hearing anything so stylishly goofy.
Investigators were able to smuggle bomb-making materials past security at 10 federal buildings, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
Once GAO investigators got the materials in the buildings, the report said, they constructed explosive devices and carried them around inside. For security reasons, the GAO report did not give the location of the buildings.
Security at these buildings and a total of about 9,000 federal buildings around the country is provided by the Federal Protective Service, a target of the probe.