The bipartisan "super committee" tasked with finding a way out of the U.S. debt crisis has been established, but what can we expect? On Thursday, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi named the final three members to the 12-person panel, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. They will have until November 3 to recommend a plan to cut $1.5 trillion from the deficit over 10 years. We speak with Robert Borosage, founder and president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future. Borosage says the committee’s authority is unique in Congress, with "powers [that] are quite extraordinary."
A court vacated support for terrorism charges but upheld a conspiracy conviction for a Guantánamo prisoner, providing a modicum of hope for some former prisoners' appeals.
There is no doubt that Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway, will again be attacked for speaking out against Israel, backed unstintingly by the US since 1967, and before.