Tuesday Night Open Thread

The teenage Somalia pirate gets hit with new charges. Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio loses his bid for a new trial. A profile of David Raskind, the federal prosecutor likely to try the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial.

American Idol begins tonight with the results of the tryouts in Boston. The new season of "24" starts Sunday.

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Conan: (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 11:38:34 PM EST
    "We'll see you tomorrow. . .I think"

    Obama's preferences on health insurance (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by MO Blue on Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 08:03:35 AM EST
    legislation. Seems both are aimed at reducing actual health care.

    Obama in recent days has spelled out his preferences on two measures aimed at curbing health care costs. He has told lawmakers he wants at least a pared-down tax on high-cost insurance plans, which is opposed by labor and House Democrats, and favors a commission with power to order cuts to Medicare spending in some circumstances. link

    Horrific early video from Port-au-Prince (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 10:03:22 PM EST
    More people are going to die as a result of this quake. Many more.

    new thread up on Haiti (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 11:09:05 PM EST
    Obama requests additional $33 b for (none / 0) (#2)
    by MO Blue on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 11:02:49 PM EST
    never ending war effort.

    The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned.

    The administration also plans to tell Congress next month that its central military objectives for the next four years will include winning the current wars while preventing new ones and that its core missions will include both counterinsurgency and counter terrorism operations. link

    Four more years of these wars? (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 11:41:36 PM EST

    Can someone explain to me... (none / 0) (#6)
    by mcl on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 11:53:53 PM EST
    ...How it's legal to try a defendant who has been savagely and repeatedly tortured, some 168 times, to get a confession to the crimes for which he is to be tried?

    KSM was waterboarded 168 times, wasn't he?  Am I missing something here?

    How is it legal to try this man?

    183 times (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by shoephone on Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 01:51:29 AM EST
    But who's counting?

    Of coure it's legal (none / 0) (#9)
    by jbindc on Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 07:17:00 AM EST
    The question is if the evidence gained will be allowed to be presented.  I could be wrong, as I haven't followed it closely, but I think the government has evidence other than what KSM said (or what was found as a result of his confessions).

    Coakley (none / 0) (#8)
    by jbindc on Wed Jan 13, 2010 at 07:14:59 AM EST
    Better hope this doesn't get too much traction before Tuesday, else she be the first recipient of the Janet Napolitano Award for cluelessness.

    Washington (CNN) - Democrat Martha Coakley dodged a pointed question Tuesday about her claim during a Massachusetts Senate debate the night before that terrorists are no longer in Afghanistan.

    During Monday's debate with Republican Scott Brown, Coakley questioned why the United States still has troops in Afghanistan. She claimed that the al Qaeda terrorists who were originally targeted by American military action have migrated elsewhere, rendering the mission moot. "They're gone," she said. "They're not there anymore. They're in, apparently Yemen, they're in Pakistan."

    A reporter asked Coakley about that claim after a Capitol Hill fundraiser on Tuesday. "Do you stand by that remark?" he asked.

    Coakely, standing before a small cluster of reporters and cameras, listened to the question, then quickly looked in a different direction.

    "I'm sorry," she said. "Did anybody else have a question?"