Reporter Kevin Gosztola details Bradley Manning's dramatic statement, admitting he's the WikiLeaker, but not a traitor; where's Rachel??.....As Rachel Maddow ignores major developments in this important court martial, we get the scoop from Gosztola on Manning's statement in this excerpt from our in-depth interview.
--we cite a strong editorial from the NY Times regarding the ruling this week that blocks any challenge to wiretapping, which is the main topic in our in-depth interview with Shahid Buttar of BORDC
--corporate tool Jack Lew is confirmed as Treasury Secretary
--after meeting with Congressional leaders, Obama says there is no deal now to soften the sequester budget cuts
--Obama administration files brief urging Supreme Court to overturn California's Prop 8, which cancelled marriage equality
--new report from State Department, released on Friday afternoon so you wouldn't notice, says no environmental harm expected from Keyston XL pipeline, greasing the route to approval
--power-hungry Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ignores voters, appoints emergency manager for Detroit, which is in pretty bad shape
--reacting to the oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act, Robert Parry offers history, context, calls the Supremes a "neoconfederate court"
--Benedict exits the Vatican in a white helicopter: was it an "ascension" or an "assumption"
--MC Hammer, aging rapper, tweets back at the fat cop who sent Hammer to jail after a traffic stop