U.S. Targets RBS, J.P. Morgan Executives in Criminal Probes WSJ. Eight years on, and they’re taking a look…
Federal prosecutors are actively pursuing criminal cases against executives from Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. for allegedly selling flawed mortgage securities, people familiar with the probes said, as the clock ticks down for bringing cases from the 2008 financial crisis.
Where have all the workers gone? Brookings. Eight years on, and they’re taking a look…
Are Successful CEOs Just Lucky? HBR. What’s a nice CEO like you doing in a place like this?
We need incentives to save the climate Henry Paulson, FT. Nice little planet you have here. Shame if something happened to it…
Do Not Ask Western Leadership to Fix Anything Ian Welsh. Alternatively, everything is fixed.
The Cannibalized Company Reuters. The cult of stock buybacks.
Corporate contribution to savings glut Martin Wolf, FT
Pennsylvania judges propose record $50M fine against Uber AP (RS). Uber’s business model is to open markets by breaking the law, and that’s what their valuation depends on. $50 million is quite low.
And it’s a question worth asking: If a Paris-like attack happened here, what would the reaction be? Would it contain the unity and resolve we saw immediately after Sept. 11, 2001? Or would it look more like it does now?
Let’s hope not. The “unity and resolve” after 9/11 brought us security theatre, compliance culture, two lost wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the end of Constitutional government with Bush and Obama’s destruction of the Fourth Amendment.
All Paris Attackers Identified So Far Are European Nationals, According To Top EU Official Think Progress. So I’m not sure how we’re going to vet them. “But officer, I saw them putting mayonnaise on their Freedom Fries!”
The Vine Heard Round the World New York Magazine
Verification Junkie Josh Stearns. “A growing directory of apps, tools, sites and strategies for verifying, fact checking and assessing the validity of social media and user generated content.”
Putin transformed from outcast to problem solver at G20 FT. NC readers will not be surprised.
War against ISIS moves A-10 jet from cutting board to front lines McClatchy. The F-35 looked great on the PowerPoint slides…
After Paris, Syria’s peace process limps on The Economist
Decoding Daesh: Why is the new name for ISIS so hard to understand? Free Word. Classic post.
The GOP Race for Delegates: An Interactive Tool Real Clear Politics. Cool!
Ben Carson Is Struggling to Grasp Foreign Policy, Advisers Say NYT. One of Carson’s advisors, Duane R. Clarridge, throws him under the bus, on the record. Clarridge was a recipient of a Christmas Eve pardon from George H. W. Bush for his role in Iran-Contra. So Carson can sure pick ’em, though to be fair Clarridge is probably no worse than John Brennan.
Jeb Bush calls for restoration of NSA surveillance program The Hill. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Democrats: ‘We lack a clear message’ McClatchy. So untrue. The clear message is: “We’re Republicans-Lite™.” You’re welcome.
At Rally, Sanders Goes Off Script and Into Foreign Policy National Journal
As Changes Come to Myanmar, Train Upgrade Is Just the Ticket WSJ. The A-hed!
It stamps its pretty feet LRB. Goya exhibit in London’s National Gallery.
Retrotopia: A Visit to the Capitol The Archdruid Report