Welcome to the Politicus Pulse. Here are the links you need to see to get your day started off right. Consider this a cup of coffee for your mind.
Partners (The New Yorker)
Will Clarence and Virginia Thomas succeed in killing Obama’s health-care plan?
Jack Layton’s Last Letter to Canadians (CBC)
Layton passed away Monday. This is his goodbye to Canadians.
The Accomplice (Vanity Fair)
Tripoli has fallen, and Saif al-Islam Qaddafi —son of Muammar, and long regarded as his heir— is now in custody(ed note .. there are differing accounts as to whether that’s true). He was subjected to an arrest warrant months ago by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. As NATO bombs fell on Libya, the distinguished international lawyer Philippe Sands sat down with those who know Saif Qaddafi best—a London professor, his Libyan mentor, and the prosecutor who may decide his fate. Saif Qaddafi may claim that he was merely an intermediary, or a force for moderation, or perhaps even a victim. But whatever the claims, according to the prosecutor, he was deeply complicit in his father’s crackdown this year.
Rick Perry’s GOP Shock Treatment (New York Magazine)
Five ways the Texas governor’s entrance is jolting the Republican race.
10 Faux Progressive Companies … With Some Dirty Secrets (AlterNet)
Many of these companies have earned credibility among progressives, despite having a poor track record with the environment, sexism, union busting, monopolizing, and more.
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley