Here (via Wonkette) is Senator Carl Levin grilling Goldman Sachs about a "shitty business deal."

Despite the fact that it is satisfying to hear a Senator repeatedly say the word "shitty," these Goldman Sachs hearings have been disappointing. Slog tipper Raphael sent along an e-mail this morning that read:

I was just watching the Goldman hearings and they were uncannily similar to Julian Barnes' The Porcupine. It's a novel about a post-communist country trying to convict its former dictator and getting no traction because it has to play by the rules.

It hadn't occurred to me—it's been years since I read The Porcupine, in the middle of a huge Julian Barnes phase—but that's a really good call, Raphael. Barnes basically wrote these hearings 17 years ago.