When Bob Woodward, one of Washington’s most distinguished journalists, accuses the White House of rewriting history, even liberals should take note. And when the White House responds by threatening him, you’d think the story would become a national scandal. (Snip) Woodward’s complaint is not only that the White House is trying to place sole responsibility for coming up with the idea of the automatic cuts on Republicans, but also that it has now demanded that Republicans accept tax hikes as a part of any deal, which was explicitly rejected when the deal was cut.
Thank you Bob Woodward for always and forever linking Nixon with O. The current corruption and lawlessness in this administration is far more serious and threatening to our Republic than anything Nixon did.
I bet that the current enemies list looks like a volume of War and Peace.
The right wing media exposes Obama´s lies and misrepresentations on a daily basis and no one notices.Up pops Bob Woodward who´s a very well respected journalist,exposing Obama on another lie and he gets threats and recrimination from the rest of the worthless media.
Another one of Obama big campaign lies was the creation of 3-4 million green jobs.If you put caulking around a window sill,it´s considered a green job but he´s also redefined everyday jobs as green ones to keep his stupid promises.
There was $5 billion set aside in the stimulus for weatherproofing homes but the work had to be done my union goons and they couldn´t figure out what the prevailing wage was for such a job,so the work didn´t get done and who knows where he money wound up at.
The only cure is for the president to admit his misstatements and hold accountable those who would flaunt their power to keep the truth from emerging.
Yes, that´s right: those who would "flaunt their power to keep the truth from emerging" begins with Obama himself. He sends out the order to cover up the truth and Democrats obey, along with the MSM trolls.
The drip, drip, drip can only continue if the media get back to some semblace of integrity and honor and begin to actually do some investigating on their own instead of swallowing the worms the White House doles out.
Maybe this has been said elsewhere but . . . Sperling did not, I repeat, did not, threaten Woodward. He said, in effect, more in sorrow than in anger, you´ll regret this because you have crossed a line, and you will not have the access from this point on you are used to having.
That is not a threat or a warning: it isa way of saying, you are going to pay for going off the reservation. A threat would be, "If you do the following, or continue to do the follwing, this or that will happen.
Maybe Bob Woodward can set up a shelter for abused journalists.
Re: #9 - whether Wodward was or was not threatened, the fact remains that the most "open and transparent administration ever" would even think about limiting access to certain journalists becaue they didn´t like what he printed or said is pretty pathetic and hypocritical.
To clarify: a threat is a warning that action will be taken or may be taken.
I read Sperling´s ´´you´ll regret this´´ as notification that Woodward will, not may, but will pay a price for going off the reservation.
I think the White House is pleased that people are talking about whether Sperling threatened Woodward and would rather they not entertain the possibility that Sperling was actually saying, ´´You´re dead to us now,´´ which is far worse than a threat.
#9, with all due respect, do you really have a clue how subtle threats are made or enforced. ...So, the Mafia Don kisses you on the mouth and you think that´s a good thing, he really loves you! Really, when you wake up with bullets in you a week later, does he ´not love´ you now? Get a clue, no one makes threats that can be called actual threats, they couch them in subtle terms...it´s up to you to figure it out.
I think what #9 was saying is that a threat is intended to influence *future* behavior, while what Sperling actually said was more "you stepped over the line and now you are dead to us all, in and outside the White House." And I think he´s right. In any event, it played out perfectly for Obama -- the entire MSM ridicules and ostracizes Woodward, Woodward is on the defensive, and the rest of the press corps is warned -- threatened, if you will -- that the Woodward treatment awaits anyone who strays off the party line.
CNN´s Jake Tapper peeked over the transom of that dark room into which the MSM has swept the Benghazigate scandal, but that peek was just a small blessing for which we should just give small thanks. (Snip) The real piece of significant new news in Tapper´s report was that the CIA has been conducting an unprecedented number of polygraph examinations of agents and operatives with knwledge of the events in Benghazi, in what appears to be an attempt to intimidate and silence those agents and operatives. The most important unanswered questions that remain are:
The first talking humanoid robot, Kirobo, has taken off from a Japanese space centre for the International Space Station. (Snip) The robot, which has a wide range of physical motion, will also play a role in some missions, relaying messages from the control room to the astronaut. Sending the android to space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods. Back on Earth, twin robot Mirata will be on the lookout for any problems encountered by its electronic counterpart.
Dallas - Prosecutors may argue on Tuesday that Major Nidal Hasan researched radical Islam topics and terms such as "jihad" on the Internet before carrying out the worst non-combat attack in history on a U.S. military base, killing 13 unarmed soldiers in 2009, military officials said. After nearly four years of legal delays, prosecutors will lay out their case (Snip) Hasan was shot and critically wounded to end the massacre. He is confined to a wheel chair. He admitted at an earlier court hearing that his actions were taken to protect Muslims and the Taliban in Afghanistan from U.S. assaults.
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Washington - The National Security Agency’s dominant role as the nation’s spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say. Agencies working to curb drug trafficking, cyberattacks, money laundering, counterfeiting and even copyright infringement complain that their attempts to exploit the security agency’s vast resources have often been turned down because their own investigations are not considered a high enough priority, current and former government
Liz Cheney might have challenged Enzi for his “go along, to get along” personality in the Senate, but the three-term senator is joining the effort to defund Obamacare promoted by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Enzi gave a speech against Obamacare on the Senate floor on Thursday and signed the Senate letter circulated by supporters of the bill. “U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will not support a continuing resolution that funds further implementation or enforcement of Obamacare,” Enzi explained in a statement highlighting his support of
A New York woman accused of fraudulently collecting $480,000 from a fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims was arraigned in a Boston municipal court, Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley’s office said in a statement. (Snip) Gause collected nearly half a million dollars from The One Fund Boston after claiming that she had suffered a traumatic brain injury in the Boston Marathon bombing. She filed a detailed and notarized claim that included purported medical records from Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center. But after receiving a tip that Gause may not have been in Boston during the
Johannesburg, South Africa - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country for 33 years, was reelected president in an election declared a "farce" by rival Morgan Tsvangirai. Zimbabwe´s electoral commission announced Saturday that Mugabe, 89, had received 61% of the vote, compared with 34% for Tsvangirai, the current prime minister and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party, or MDC. (Snip) The European Union on Saturday raised doubts about the polling. "The EU is concerned about alleged irregularities and reports of incomplete participation,
We´ve all grown used to a Congress locked in bitter warfare between two parties, producing gridlock on federal spending and other pressing issues. (Snip) Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as Obama´s chief partner in trying to negotiate bipartisan deals, praised the idea as "a good start." Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate Republican leader, denounced it as a trick to boost government spending. Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a leader of the up-and-coming tea party faction, said Republicans should stop talking about any deals and threaten to shut down the
New York - The New York Times Co has agreed to sell The Boston Globe to the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team for $70 million in cash, a small fraction of what the Times paid for the newspaper 20 years ago. Under the transaction announced Saturday, Red Sox owner John W. Henry got the Boston Globe for less than a tenth of what the New York Times paid when it bought the newspaper for $1.1 billion in 1993. The sale also includes the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, which the New York times bought for about $300 million in 2000, as well as related digital properties of both
Washington - The United States intercepted electronic communications this week among senior operatives of Al Qaeda, in which the terrorists discussed attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa, American officials said Friday. (Snip) The bulletin to travelers and expatriates, issued by the State Department, came less than a day after the department announced that it was closing nearly two dozen American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa, including facilities in Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Britain said Friday that it would close its
Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests. US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war. The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place. The study is published in Science. (Snip) Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
I think she’s one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world,” confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word “good” has many uses: “For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot but not necessarily a good man.” So it is,
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.