Cheney “Fears Being Tried as a War Criminal” – ABC News

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” is out Tuesday, and it’s full of criticism and attacks on his Bush administration colleagues — from describing Condoleezza Rice as “tearfully admitting” he was right on the war in Iraq to revealing private conversations with George W. Bush on the eve of the Iraq war.

He reserves much of his ire for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and now Powell and his longtime aide and chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, are attempting to set the record straight. In no uncertain terms. Cheney, Wilkerson told ABC News, “was president for all practical purposes for the first term of the Bush administration” and “fears being tried as a war criminal.”

In his memoir, Cheney claims Powell undermined President Bush. “It was as though he thought the proper way to express his views was by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government,” Cheney writes, adding that he encouraged Powell’s removal from the administration after the 2004 election, writing Powell’s resignation “was for the best.”

Powell himself called Cheney’s criticism “cheap shots” during an interview this past Sunday on CBS News’ Face the Nation.

via Former Powell Chief of Staff Col. Larry Wilkerson: Cheney "Fears Being Tried as a War Criminal" – ABC News.

Addicting Info – DNC Sends Thank You Note To Sarah Palin For Embarrassing Herself At Conservative Summit (VIDEO)

Saturday couldn’t have been more embarrassing for Sarah Palin, until the DNC sent her a thank you note.

After declaring a strong interest in running for president in 2016 on Thursday and again on Friday, she promptly took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit a day later and proceeded to demonstrate why she should never be allowed in the White House.

During an already rambling speech in which she called President Obama an “overgrown little boy,” the “quitta from Wasilla” went off the rails even further when her teleprompter froze. Yes, you heard that right. Palin used a teleprompter, something she always whines about when President Obama uses one, and she still couldn’t deliver a coherent speech. And unlike President Obama, she fell apart when it broke.

“The man can only ride you when your back is bent,” Palin awkwardly said as 13-year-old boys everywhere snickered.

As inequality soars, the nervous super rich are already planning their escapes | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian

With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people’s mind, the world’s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said.

via As inequality soars, the nervous super rich are already planning their escapes | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian.

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses – NYTimes.com

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down.

via Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses – NYTimes.com.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage – NBC News.com

A federal judge in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states that allow same-sex couples to marry to 37.

“There has been no evidence presented that these marriage laws have any effect on the choices of couples to have or raise children, whether they are same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples. In sum, the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama,” wrote Federal District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade.

via Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage – NBC News.com.

What is the GOP thinking? – The Washington Post

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over . . . abortion and rape.

via What is the GOP thinking? – The Washington Post.

Spread This Far and Wide – The Ted Cruz Speech He Did Not Want You To See

He’s so disingenuous.

via The Ted Cruz Speech He Did Not Want You To See.