The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates. (more)
Jon Stewart compares and contrasts Barack Obama's version of the presidential seal to the real deal in this "Daily Show" clip and takes aim at the presumptive Democratic candidate for his declaration that he won't be drawing on public financing for the home stretch of his bid for office after previously suggesting otherwise.
Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal's bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal's solar system is back in working order. Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.
We have become political hypochondriacs. We seem eager to declare that "the system" has come down with some dread disease, to proclaim that an ideological "center" blessed by the heavens no longer exists, and woe unto us. An imperfect immigration bill is pulled from the Senate floor and you'd think the Capitol dome had caved in.