Item: Judge defers to administration in case of CIA videotapes.
Item: Obama administration wants a dramatically modified reporters' shield law, one that orders judges to defer to the executive branch and one that doesn't protect journalists from "significant" breaches of national security. Oh, and the executive branch determines what "significant" means.
If there's a thread that runs through virtually every
controversial national security decision made by this administration,
it's a belief in the prerogative of the executive branch to exclusively
determine what constitutes a national security fact and, crucially, the
sole right to determine how to protect that fact, and to whom that fact
can be disclosed. To be fair, this broad assertion of executive power
is as much as consequence of 25 years worth of accumulated
jurisprudence as it is a result of Dick Cheney and John Yoo's pet
theories of the national security state. Read more here
The gap is slightly smaller than it was when Barack Obama was elected, and a lot smaller than it was when he was inaugurated.
Good news: you get to decide when you want your programming.
Bad news: your favorite show might come on at any moment within a three hour time period.
Item: The French government says that Roman Polanski is neither "above or beneath" the law.
This column is not above or beneath calling him an self-acknowledged child rapist, either.