“I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.” – President Obama WITH THE IRS scandal dogging the White House, due to the fetish like prophylactic protection penchant of White House aides, President Obama turned to counterterrorism and invoking Osama bin Laden, in a speech that [...]
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**UPDATED** THE IRS scandal keeps getting worse, with the IRS official Lois Lerner taking the fifth before Congress, but not before she changed the narrative, if only slightly. Reading a statement, Lois Lerner put into the congressional record “I have not done anything wrongd,” broke no laws and did not provide false testimony to Congress. [...]
A giant tornado, a mile wide or more, killed at least 91 people, 20 of them children, as it tore across parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs Monday afternoon, flattening homes, flinging cars through the air and crushing at least two schools. [...] Amy Elliott, the spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City medical examiner, said [...]
“The latest events show an expansion of this law enforcement technique,” said attorney Abbe Lowell, who is defending Kim on federal charges filed in 2010 that he disclosed national defense information. A trial is possible as soon as 2014. “Individual reporters or small time periods have turned into 20 [telephone] lines and months of records [...]
MAJOR GARRETT dropped a bomb on the Republicans on Thursday by actually reporting that they’d evidently altered an email they had leaked to make the Obama administration appear like they were covering for the State Department when they were not. Republicans accused Secretary Hillary Clinton of protecting herself from criticism over the Benghazi attack. Then [...]
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The government would not say why it sought the records. Officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about [...]
**UPDATED** “The I.R.S. has demonstrated the most disturbing, illegal and outrageous abuse of government power,” Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement. “This deliberate targeting and harassment of Tea Party groups reaches a new low in illegal government activity and overreach.” [New York Times] IS THERE anything more un-American [...]
**UPDATED** IT’S the obsessions of the week, the rewrites of the Benghazi talking points. It won’t keep another Benghazi style attack from happening again or keep our embassy personnel safer. It’s politics, just like when George W. Bush marketed his Iraq war campaign prior to the 2002 election. In a development that happened this afternoon, [...]
The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook Is this an impeachable offense? No. Will Hillary Clinton’s evident involvement in the revision of the administration’s line on Benghazi harm her presidential chances in 2016? No. Will this be of great political utility to Republicans? No. Will [...]
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “We met with Hillary Clinton. We did so before the report was finalized. … We believed and we still believe the decision making was made quite well below her level. It was reviewed below her level.” – Thomas Pickering THE REAL loser today [...]
IT’S happening everywhere in the media, anywhere you choose to read lately. Gosnell, Harpootlian, Mike Huckabee and Benghazi, all leading to the second term curse that’s lapping at the White House lawn. The media digging down to find an alternative narrative to balance just how whacky those right wing Republicans have gotten since Sarah Palin [...]
AH, yes, paternalism. America’s Father, Barack Obama, finally deciding to fight hard, but it’s to keep a perfectly safe medical product away from young teen girls. He thinks it will keep them from having sex or if they do it will force them to go to a parent or guardian if they get into trouble. [...]
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake and responding sporadically in writing to questions, authorities said. Investigators are asking about other cell members and other unexploded bombs, law enforcement sources told ABC News. [ABC News] IT DIDN’T take traveling to a foreign country for Dzhokar Tsarnaev to be radicalized, though there is evidence that [...]
Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info. — Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013 CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody. — Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013 IT’S OVER. Suspect 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is [...]
Perhaps helping explain Democrats’ problems, an AP-GfK poll this month showed that 49 percent of Americans support stricter gun laws. That was down from 58 percent who said so in January — a month after the December killings of 20 children and six aides at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school propelled gun violence into a [...]
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*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
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