This week was filled with talk of presidential pardons. Remember Marc Rich? He's baaaack -- with his pardon arising as a possible obstacle to Eric Holder's confirmation. Meanwhile, Bush has received 658 pardon applications in the last 13 months, including requests from Michael Milken, Marion Jones, and "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh. Conrad Black wants in on the pardon party; so does Scooter Libby (apparently the commutation just wasn't enough). Bush has been very tightfisted with pardons, granting fewer than any modern president. But speculation is rampant that he might be willing to preemptively pardon the main players on his "torture team," including Cheney, Rummy, Addington, and Yoo. And maybe himself, too? Finally, Sarah Palin pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey in Alaska but was oblivious to the fate of its doomed buddies (don't miss the video).
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