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  • The Associated Press is ruining its brand

    07/29/2014 2:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet. The series of terrible tweets from the AP began on July 22 when the organization rushed to promote a breaking story regarding the American intelligence community’s formal assessment of the parties involved in the July 17 attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. BREAKING: US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found.— The Associated Press (@AP)...
  • UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

    07/11/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 10:17 AM EDT | John Heilprin
    Israels air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians, the U.N.s top human rights official said Friday. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly rocket-launching sites, and the Gaza militants, who have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel, must abide by international law. [] Pillay says shes seen for herself in Gaza how traumatic the airstrikes and rocket attacks are for civilians, particularly children. Her office says civilians bear the brunt of the conflict...
  • Obama camp angry, embarrassed over 2009 Nobel Prize: official

    05/15/2014 2:54:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Obama camp angry, embarrassed over 2009 Nobel Prize: official The Associated Press Posted: May 15, 2014 5:24 PM ET Last Updated: May 15, 2014 5:24 PM ET A senior Norwegian diplomat says his country's former ambassador to the United States was given a verbal lashing by Barack Obama's chief of staff when the president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Morten Wetland said Thursday the ambassador, Wegger Stroemmen, was approached by Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago's mayor, who accused Norway of "fawning" to the newly elected U.S. leader. Wetland, the Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations at the time,...
  • Wyoming is 1st state to reject science standards (standing up against AGW hoax)

    05/08/2014 3:24:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2014 3:11 PM EDT | Bob Moen
    Wyoming is the first state to reject adopting new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups. The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards need more review after questions were raised about how the standards address man-made global warming. Wyoming is the nations leading coal producing state.
  • House panel backs Pentagon on sex assault cases

    05/07/2014 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2014 10:48 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The Pentagon posted a narrow win Wednesday as a House panel endorsed leaving the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders. In an emotionally charged debate, the House Armed Services Committee rejected a measure that would have stripped the long-standing authority to decide whether to pursue a case, especially those related to sexual assault, and hand the job to seasoned military lawyers. The vote was 34-28.
  • Declassified documents show Nixon warned of global warning 30 years ago

    05/07/2014 11:40:19 AM PDT · by stirrinthepuddin · 44 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | Saturday, July 3, 2010, 4:00 AM | AP
    Just heard Rush talk about this so I went and looked it up! YORBA LINDA, Calif. Documents released Friday by the Nixon Presidential Library show members of President Richard Nixon's inner circle discussing the possibilities of global warming more than 30 years ago. Adviser Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the administration, urged the administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the public's attention. There is widespread agreement that carbon dioxide content will rise 25 percent by 2000, Moynihan wrote in a...
  • Wisconsin voter ID law struck down by federal judge

    04/29/2014 12:42:54 PM PDT · by dila813 · 62 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | April 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM | The Associated Press
    MILWAUKEE A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law Tuesday, saying a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren't as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.
  • Palin: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst unlike any other

    04/27/2014 4:59:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst would bring Iowa's values to Washington, D.C., and is unlike any lawmaker the city has seen. Palin was one of many women in politics to attend the "Heels On, Gloves Off!" rally Sunday to support Ernst, a Republican state senator. Others who attended the rally included Nebraska U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The event was put on by ShePAC...
  • Abbas: Unity gov't will recognize Israel

    09/21/2006 7:13:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 603+ views
    HoustonChronicle.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | NA
    The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that the planned national unity government will recognize Israel. The Hamas-led Palestinian government that won elections in January has refused to recognize Israel, end violence, and honor past agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which Abbas heads. Abbas told the assembly's annual ministerial meeting that he has recently sought to establish a government of national unity "that is consistent with international and Arab legitimacy and that responds to the demands of the key parties promoting Mideast peace _ recognition, ending violence and...
  • Chrysler Vans Sitting Idle As Oil Boom Robs Rail Capacity

    04/24/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 30 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 4/24/2014 | Derek Kreindler
    Several hundred Chrysler minivans are stuck indefinitely on a piece of prime Detroit real estate, unable to be transported across America. The reason? The fossil fuel boom in Canada and the United States is hogging much of the available rail capacity needed to transport the vans. Citing a report by the Associated Press, the Windsor Star reports that railway capacity which is normally transport new vehicles is being eaten up by deliveries of oil from both the Alberta Oil Sands and the Bakken shale formation in the United States. According to the AP, just 9,500 railway carloads of...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sen. McCaskill's Husband's Businesses Benefitted From $20 Million in Stimulus Funds

    10/25/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 25, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    An analysis of public records by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has found more than $20 million in federal stimulus funds benefitting real estate projects financially tied to Joseph Shepard, husband of Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Earlier this month, the Associated Press published an analysis , stating, "businesses affiliated with the husband of Senator Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office..." The NLPC analysis released today showed more than $20 million in financial benefits from the federal stimulus law to real estate projects associated...
  • California rep sued over DUI death, questions raised about ties to driver [suspended license]

    04/24/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 24-April-2014 | FoxNewws.com
    California Rep. Lois Capps is being sued by the family of a young woman who was killed in a drunk-driving accident by one of her staffers, amid allegations her office initially tried to help the aide -- before abruptly cutting him off when the victim was taken off life support. Raymond Victor Morua III, an Iraq war veteran, was employed as a district representative for the Democratic congresswoman when he struck 27-year-old Mallory Rae Dies in a crosswalk on Dec. 6. Morua pleaded guilty on April 15 to hitting Dies with his Dodge Caliber and fleeing the scene after attending...
  • Judge Tosses Muslim Spying Suit Against NYPD...

    04/24/2014 8:21:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | Dan Froomkin
    A federal judge in Newark has thrown out a lawsuit against the New York Police Department for spying on New Jersey Muslims, saying if anyone was at fault, it was the Associated Press for telling people about it. In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini simultaneously demonstrated the willingness of the judiciary to give law enforcement alarming latitude in the name of fighting terror, greenlighted the targeting of Muslims based solely on their religious beliefs, and blamed the media for upsetting people by telling them what their government was doing. The NYPDs clandestine spying on daily...
  • Deal Reached On Calming Ukraine Tensions

    04/17/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    AP/Time ^ | 4/17/14 | John Heilprin and Lara Jakes
    (GENEVA) Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists during the protests to be turned back over to authorities. It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of committing capital crimes. Monitors with the Organization of Security...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPAs determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agencys reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, are amply supported by EPAs findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure, said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    04/15/2014 1:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 3:56 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists only hope.There is tremendous anger among core constituencies of the president and...
  • Judge: Christie ex-aides can withhold documents

    04/09/2014 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 9, 2014 4:35 PM EDT | David Porter and Angela Delli Santi
    Two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday. Former Christie loyalists Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien had been fighting subpoenas calling for them to turn over documents regarding the plot to create traffic jams in Fort Lee to retaliate against the towns Democratic mayor. The legislative panel asked for the courts help in getting the two to comply with the subpoenas. Calling the decision one involving complicated and untested jurisdictional issues, Judge Mary Jacobson expressed reservations...
  • A New Democratic Poll Is Warning Of Midterm Disaster For Democrats [biased headline]

    04/08/2014 11:19:13 AM PDT · by grundle · 33 replies
    yahoo.com/Business Insider/Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A New Democratic Poll Is Warning Of Midterm Disaster For Democrats
  • Feds Look For Child Porn On Lawmakers Computers

    03/23/2014 8:56:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    WBBM/AP ^ | 3/23/2014
    Federal agents were searching for child pornography when they seized computers from former state Rep. Keith Farnhams home and offices this month, according to a search warrant released to The Associated Press on Saturday. The search warrant released by the Illinois House shows authorities were seeking any evidence of the possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography and documents in any format and medium concerning minors visually depicted while engaged in sexually explicit conduct from computers in Farnhams Elgin home and office as well as his Springfield office. They also sought other computer equipment and cellphones, information about anyone contacted...
  • Longtime Hollywood reporter Bob Thomas dead at 92

    03/14/2014 10:24:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    AP via the Houston Chronicle ^ | March 14, 2014 | John Rogers
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP's bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas, a last link to Hollywood's studio age who retired in 2010, died of age-related illnesses at his longtime Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn...
  • NJs Christie keeps low profile as Dems attack

    02/22/2014 10:00:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 12:20 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas
    Moving cautiously to repair his image, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a low profile this weekend as the nations governors gather in Washington. Republican officials have been eager to change the subject as Democrats link Christies troubles to vulnerable GOP governors in a challenging election season. The usually outspoken Christie is scheduled to attend just one public event over the three-day annual meeting. He avoided a media-sponsored forum on Friday, wasnt granting interviews, wont attend a White House dinner and was skipping a news conference hosted by the Republican Governors Association, an organization he heads.
  • U.S. Secretly Shipping Weapons to Syria

    01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 29, 2014
    Though its been well documented that opposition forces in Syria are mostly run by Islamic terroristsmainly Al QaedaCongress has secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as moderate Syrian rebel factions. The problem with this is that there are no moderate rebel forces in Syria, according to a number of reputable news reports, both domestic and international. In fact, the New York Times published a piece last spring that confirms Islamist rebelsincluding the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned forceare running the show in Syria. The Islamist character of the opposition reflects...
  • AP's San Fran Pro-Life March Coverage Outshines Much Larger DC March

    01/28/2014 7:14:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 28, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    I paused a bit before putting this post up because the last thing an AP reporter needs is some guy on the right telling him he did a good job. I suspect that it's not a resume enhancer. That said, there are two reasons not to to ignore Terence Chea's coverage of the Saturday's Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. The first is how it contrasts with Brett Zongker's dismissive and incomplete coverage of the far larger DC March for Life the previous Wednesday. For starters, Chea appropriately described the San Francisco march as "massive"; Zongker's story covering...
  • LatAm summit in Cuba focus on poverty, inequality

    01/26/2014 4:49:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2014 5:48 PM EST | Andrea Rodriguez
    Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean began arriving in Cuba on Sunday for a summit of a fledgling regional bloc that was conceived as a force for integration and a counterbalance to their most powerful neighbor, the United States. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC for its initials in Spanish, was formed in 2011 and comprises every nation in the Western Hemisphere except the U.S. and Canada. By Sunday, Presidents Cristina Fernandez of Argentina, Evo Morales of Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and several foreign ministers were already in Havana for the meeting. []...
  • Supremes Let Little Sisters Have Their Way During Appeal;

    01/25/2014 1:41:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 24, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph order in Little Sisters of the Poor et al v. Sebeluis et al. It told the Sisters that for the case to continue with no enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, they need only to inform the government in writing "that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services." That's easy, because that's what they are, and that's their position. As a result, the government has been "enjoined from enforcing against the applicants the challenged provisions of the...
  • As Feds Say to Stop Using Paper Obamacare Apps, AP Again 'Forgets' That HealthCare.gov Is Not Secure

    12/07/2013 8:30:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | December 8. 2013 | Tom Blumer
    So it's come to this. During the past week, the Associated Press reported today, "Federal health officials," meaning "the Obama administration," began "urging" (i.e., "telling") counselors and navigators around the country to stop using paper applications for Obamacare coverage, "because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time." It seems that either Team Obama or AP (my money is on AP) doesn't mind risking criticism for waiting to let this news out until a weather- and sports-dominated Saturday. It's apparently okay to keep those who don't know any better, i.e., those who went to the trouble of printing...
  • Obama administration says Dont believe what youve heard from the following news sources

    10/27/2013 6:00:10 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    wordpress ^ | October 27, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama administration says “Don’t believe what you’ve heard” from the following news sources On October 25, 2013, regarding the various criticisms of Obamacare, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said:“Don’t believe what you’ve heard.”In other words, the Obama administration says we shouldn’t believe the Washington Post, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, Politico, the Wall St. Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, the BBC, Huffington Post, the Nation, Mother Jones, or New Republic.
  • AP Sources: 476,000 Obamacare Applications Filed (Obama admin promotes AP article it set up)

    10/19/2013 5:04:44 PM PDT · by kristinn
    AP via ABC News ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | Julie Pace
    Administration officials say about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, the most detailed measure yet of the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama's signature legislation. However, the officials continue to refuse to say how many people have actually enrolled in the insurance markets. Without enrollment figures, it's unclear whether the program is on track to reach the 7 million people projecting by the Congressional Budget Office to gain coverage during the six-month sign-up period. Obama's advisers say the president has been frustrated by the flawed rollout. During one of his daily health care briefings...
  • Oh, and By the Way, Obamas Approval Rating Down to 37

    10/09/2013 10:27:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/9/13 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Talk about burying the lede. Seven paragraphs into a report it headlines Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown, which purports to show how lopsidedly an angry public has come down against Republicans over the so-called shutdown of the government, the Associated Press grudginly drops this little detail: Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. In fact, the spin notwithstanding, the poll is full of bad news for the administration.
  • Assemblies of God Leader Denies That Speaking in Tongues Is in Decline in Pentecostal Churches

    09/04/2013 7:43:03 AM PDT · by Center2Right · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 3, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The head of one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in North America has denied a news report that the practice of speaking in tongues has been declining among Pentecostal churches. Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, told The Christian Post that a recent Associated Press story on the decline of speaking in tongues was "totally inaccurate." "The practice of speaking in tongues is very integral to who we are. It was one of the generating factors 99 years ago in our being formed and it's still the encouragement for every believer to speak in tongues,"...
  • US evokes ghost of Hitler as PR campaign against Assad goes crazy

    09/02/2013 6:17:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 9/3/2013
    The amount of surprise that has greeted President Obamas decision to get congressional consent to wage war in Syria underscores the problem with US foreign policy, not to mention our mainstream media machine. Americans somehow think it is standard operating procedure for the Commander-in-Chief to bypass a quaint little place called Congress (Population 535) along the road to war. Perhaps this way of thinking is due to the general atmosphere of fear and loathing now gripping the crotch of the Heartland like a TSA officer. Or maybe its just that weve come to believe the president has the right to...
  • Politico: Tea Party Challenge to GOP Senators an 'Expensive Headache'

    08/31/2013 3:26:32 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/31/13 | Matthew Boyle
    In his Saturday Playbook email, Politicos Mike Allen defended GOP establishment Senators like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander and others facing Tea Party challengers as up against nothing more than an expensive headache they will defeat. Allen, a denizen of D.C. political establishment, highlighted two news stories to make his point: One from the New York Times, and the other from the Associated Press. The New York Times Jennifer Steinhauser reported with Jonathan Weisman on the front page of the Gray Lady on Saturday that [d]espite their careful efforts, some of the best-known and most influential Republicans...
  • Associated Press Refuses to Comment on Demand for Concealed Weapon Permit Lists

    07/28/2013 5:26:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Media Trackers Montana ^ | July 26, 2013 | Ron Catlett
    The Associated Press (AP) is refusing to comment on why it requested that the Montana Department of Justice (MDOJ) give it a list of the names and personal information of every concealed weapons permit (CWP) holder in the state... Montanas Republican Attorney General Tim Fox had denied requests by the AP and a Boston media outfit called MuckRock News for all information pertaining to the states CWP holders. Fox cited concerns that the width and breadth of the requests violated CWP holders reasonable expectation of privacy guaranteed by the Montana Constitution... AP reporter Matt Gouras formally requested the information on...
  • MT Attorney General denies AP request for conceal carry information

    07/26/2013 11:46:06 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 23 replies
    8KPAX.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | MTN News Helena
    HELENA - The Associated Press isn't giving reasons for requesting the personal information of all conceal carry permit holders in Montana. On March 18, 2013, the AP requested a comprehensive list of information from the office of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (R). "Everything from their date of birth to their driver's license to their address, every piece of information without limitation," Fox explained in an interview with MTN News. The request came just five days after the Montana Legislature passed a bill which makes all this information confidential. The bill was signed by Governor Steve Bullock (D) ten days...
  • Caroline Kennedy nominated as ambassador to Japan

    07/24/2013 1:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 4:42 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler and Bradley Klapper
    President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country. Kennedy, an attorney and bestselling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House where her father served until his assassination 50 years ago. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie. Kennedy, 55, doesnt have any obvious ties to Japan, a...
  • Court: Passport law on Jerusalem unconstitutional

    07/23/2013 2:11:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2013 3:21 PM EDT | Frederic J. Frommer
    A federal appeals court Tuesday declared unconstitutional a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passports, the latest ruling in a case that stretches back a decade. The case was brought by parents of an American boy named Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in a Jerusalem hospital soon after the law was passed. The parents wanted to list Israel as his birthplace, but the U.S. has refused to recognize any nation's sovereignty over Jerusalem since Israels creation in 1948so the boys U.S. passport only says Jerusalem as his birthplace. The Bush...
  • US seizure of journalist records called 'chilling'

    06/19/2013 7:19:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies
    AFP ^ | June 19, 2013 | AFP
    The US government's secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a "chilling effect" on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP's top executive said Wednesday. "Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us," AP president and chief executive Gary Pruitt said in a speech to the National Press Club. "In some cases, government employees we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone. Others are reluctant to meet in person ... This chilling effect on newsgathering is not just limited to AP. "Journalists from other news organizations...
  • Julian Assange: Media failure to defend me and Manning led to AP, Rosen abuses

    06/04/2013 11:30:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange feels vindicated at the moment that his source, Bradley Manning, goes on trial for handing over hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive material. The US government eschewed a plea bargain (and Manning’s guilty plea to lesser charges) in order to try Manning for “aiding the enemy.” The prosecution made its opening argument yesterday: In an hour-long opening statement for the prosecution on Monday, Captain Joe Morrow told the court martial that the US army private had been motivated by a craving for “notoriety” that had led him to disregard his extensive training and to...
  • Obama administration may have a fourth big scandal

    06/04/2013 11:03:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 104 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 4, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The Associated Press has uncovered what may become a vast new scandal for the Obama administration: the possibly widespread use of covert email accounts by political appointees, enabling evasion of sunshine laws designed to protect the public. Jack Gillium of AP reports: Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery:...
  • Brokaw: 'Its Tough to See How' Holder Keeps His Job (Wanna bet Obama's gonna keep him?)

    06/02/2013 11:31:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 2, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    The ice seems to be cracking beneath Attorney General Eric Holder's feet. When asked by NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory Sunday if Holder is going to "stay in the job" given the leaks investigation scandal, former NBC Night News host Tom Brokaw replied, "Boy, I think its tough to see how he does" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Brokaw: 'Its Tough to See How' Holder Keeps His Job TOM BROKAW, FORMER NBC NIGHTLY NEWS ANCHOR: I talked over the weekend to a very, very senior ex-intelligence official from United States government, and he laughed. He said, "Look,...
  • Eric Holder's Long History Of Lying To Congress

    05/31/2013 4:25:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 31, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Before he lied to Congress while under oath about what he knew about targeting reporters, he lied about Fast and Furious. As early as the New Black Panthers case, Eric Holder had a problem with the truth. That the House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony on Department of Justice (DOJ) surveillance of reporters comes as no surprise. People have forgotten about the New Black Panther case, perhaps the most clear-cut case of voter suppression and intimidation ever. On Election Day 2008, New Black Panther Party members in...
  • Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks

    05/30/2013 6:59:59 AM PDT · by yoe · 46 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | May 29, 2013 | Carol Cratty
    Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble. The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. "If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," said Erin Madigan White, the AP's media relations manager. The New York Times is taking the same position. "It isn't appropriate for us to attend an off-the-record...
  • Bombshell: Ryan Lizza reports that DOJ fought to conceal warrant from James Rosen

    05/24/2013 1:01:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 92 replies
    Unreal. In an explosive new bombshell report, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza claims that the Obama administration deliberately kept Fox News reporter James Rosen in the dark about the warrant to search through his personal emails. Some new info in the leak case that targeted Fox's James Rosen coming shortly...— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 24, 2013
  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrators Cover BlownBut Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...
  • Some question whether AP leak on al-Qaeda plot put U.S. at risk [CIA: NO national security risk]

    05/17/2013 6:09:20 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/16/2013 | Carol D. Leonnig and Julie Tate
    For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day. The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday. AP balked and proceeded to...
  • Freep this poll -- Obama Scandal-o-meter: How bad is it getting for the White House?

    05/21/2013 2:07:44 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 25 replies
    Rare.US ^ | May 21, 2013 | Rare.US
    Nothing there? The hope is gone? Bring in Biden? Tell us what you think.
  • The Obama Objective: To Control The News

    05/21/2013 2:13:51 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 May 2013 | Editorial
    First Amendment: For awhile, it looked like the White House wanted just to control "the narrative." But its seizure of AP phone records and surveillance of Fox employees now show its real aim: to control the news. The Obama political team at the White House has always prided itself on its media savvy. After all, they got a candidate with an otherwise unsalable socialist past elected on a campaign that sold his personality, not his platform. They won saintly press coverage, with much blather, mostly from the Washington Post about how Obama was all about "storytelling" and selling a "narrative."...
  • AP CEO calls records seizure unconstitutional

    05/19/2013 2:11:21 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 79 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/13 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records "unconstitutional" and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department. Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans' information from all news outlets.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 May 2013

    05/19/2013 4:38:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 May 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 19th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Pfeiffer, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Rep. David Camp, R-Mich.; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Pfeiffer, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt.THIS WEEK (ABC): Pfeiffer; Sen. Robert Menendez, D- N.J.; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Pfeiffer, Sen. Rand...
  • President Ford, err, Biden?

    05/16/2013 1:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 16, 2013 | Bill Tatro
    I never thought that I would be saying this, but its time we started addressing Joe Biden as Mr. President. The U.S. Constitution stipulation of high crimes and misdemeanors is vast, but abuse of power and serious misconduct in office certainly fits this category. Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was impeached for challenging the Tenure of Office Act (1867) which prohibited the president from dismissing office holders without the Senates approval. Johnson tested this federal law by acting alone and firing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, thus his action was the basis for impeachment. However, the...