The story of the day today has been the reaction to news that AIG has recently paid out $165 million in bonuses to its executives. Here's a look at the coverage that's appeared in our Political Hotsheet blog and other places across CBSNews.com.
"A growing number of Americans are opposed to providing government assistance to ailing financial institutions."
Can AIG Get The Bonus Money Back?
By CBS News Chief Legal Analyst and Legal Editor
"Think about it this way: the contract terms that AIG apparently executed in early 2008 with some of its executives, guaranteeing them $165 million in bonuses even in such dire corporate circumstances, are just another group of "toxic assets" we ought to attribute to the greedy idiots with the terrible judgment who brought the insurance giant to its knees."
Are We Taxpayers – Or Suckers?
By CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller
"When it comes to the millions in bonus payments to executives at AIG, even President Obama sounds like he thinks we've been suckered – although he doesn't use that word."
"President Obama today weighed in on the growing outrage over $165 million in recent bonuses paid to American International Group executives, saying he's asked Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to pursue "every single legal avenue" to block the payouts.
"This isn't just a matter of dollars and cents. It's about our fundamental values," Mr. Obama said at the beginning of a speech at the White House on lending to small business owners."
"New York state's attorney general joined the growing list of those angered by news of American International Group's bonuses, and wants to have details on his desk this afternoon about who is getting it rewarded."
"An official tells CBS News that the administration continues to negotiate with the insurance giant to bring any payments 'in line with our priorities.'"