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National Review Online, by Michael Walsh

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 10/10/2012 10:40:02 PM

I’ll likely have more to say on this down the road, but it seems to me that the Obama administration has made a huge unforced error in trying to lay off blame for the Benghazi fiasco on the intelligence community. Because, wherever the buck stops when we get to end of this debacle, it’s not going to be in Langley, Va. (the CIA), Fort Meade, Md, (the National Security Agency), or any of the other centers of the American IC. It’s not even going to be shouldered by the State Department’s intel service, the Bureau

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/10/2012 10:46:10 PM     (No. 8924497)

And these are the people who are formulating our strategic policy ???

They can't even think two moves ahead.

Or do they know something we don't know ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: montanabound, 10/10/2012 11:04:58 PM     (No. 8924517)

Where is Gen Petraeus?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NY Betsy Rose, 10/10/2012 11:16:02 PM     (No. 8924543)

The CIA etc not going to take this lying down. They're better at what they do than The Occupant. Tsk tsk O.. that's one bus that backs up.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Davids918, 10/10/2012 11:18:25 PM     (No. 8924547)

OBAMINATION

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/10/2012 11:44:06 PM     (No. 8924573)

The Obama regime admits Obama has lied for 4 weeks to coverup the deadly security failures in Benghazi and all the while the little con-man in California, who Obama blamed initially, is still in jail.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/11/2012 2:20:14 AM     (No. 8924747)

How deep over their heads are Obama, Alexrod and Jarrett? (The idea of blaming spontaneous demonstrators is vintage "Astroturf" Axelrod.) First, Stevens was a career diplomat, which makes him one of the Intelligence communities own people. The State Department grapevine has to be full of employee concerns about where else the security may be too lax.

Second, this isn't Chicago where the government belongs in Democrat hands in perpetuity. No career DC bureaucrat is going to lie under oath to a Republican control committee, especially not when it's possible they all may be reporting to a Republican boss in 100 days.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Butch, 10/11/2012 2:52:44 AM     (No. 8924756)

#6 Right you are.

This bunch is too clever by half, they're crooks, and they're burning all their bridges. A big smackdown is coming, and soon. That Mitt Romney is surging makes it all the worse for Obama & Co.; as the likelihood of a new Republican president increases, support for Obama evaporates.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 10/11/2012 7:20:34 AM     (No. 8924932)

My money is on General Petraeus hosting the mother of all October surprises.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: planetgeo, 10/11/2012 7:25:15 AM     (No. 8924940)

There are still plenty of competent, patriotic Americans laboring among the apparatchiks and political appointees in our intelligence agencies. It was only a matter of time before they managed to find a way to dribble the truth out.

My concern is about what the incredibly inept and seemingly unconcerned Republicans in Congress are going to do about it. They can't seem to ever do any investigation right. It's like watching a kitten attempt to kill its first mouse. A lot of mewing and batting around, but no blood.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: walcb, 10/11/2012 7:40:54 AM     (No. 8924978)

I heard a new pass the buck yesterday--Congress aka the House (controlled by the Republicans) cut spending on embassy security, so it is the House Republican's fault. This is an excuse the MSM can wrap their brains around and run with.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 10/11/2012 7:45:49 AM     (No. 8924994)

Administrations come and go. Life-long, entrenched civil service agency employees are forever, and if you've got two brain cells firing at the same time, you don't cross them.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/11/2012 7:49:30 AM     (No. 8925002)

Wow! just Wow. This will be on someone's stack of stuff today.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Douglas DC, 10/11/2012 8:08:02 AM     (No. 8925050)

If anyone has dealt with the Spooks, as the
article said; "They play hard and dirty"..
This is going to be done by the 15th..


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Reply 14 - Posted by: enuf8, 10/11/2012 8:12:53 AM     (No. 8925062)

#10-- Cummings TRIED to pout the blame for not funding enough on the Pubs, but that was debunked rapidly by finally gettinh answers from the Under Secty Kennedy and his underling. They both said funding was not the problem-----just their decisions.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: LZK, 10/11/2012 8:13:06 AM     (No. 8925063)

Brings to mind the wonderful saying coined by the military man during the Katrina rescue. "You can't fix stupid".

LZK

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/11/2012 8:14:40 AM     (No. 8925065)

Ain't going to work#10, Piglosi tried to get that meme going last week and it really never caught on. As Dr. K said last night, the extra security requested cost less than a GAO conference. Secondly, the State Dept. is doubling down on 'there was the proper security in place' and besides nobody believes that the Republicans are at fault because they are not in control. Three or four more days and the Regime will be crippled by this.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: nevernaught, 10/11/2012 8:26:39 AM     (No. 8925096)

My theory is that TSA, the Social Security Administration and possibly Public Television bought all the bullets in the land and the intelligence agencies are now using Bows and arrows and BB guns. I wonder how many shells Holder has sent to the Drug Cartels. Now I know what the slogan 'An Army of One' means.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Quaestio, 10/11/2012 8:32:48 AM     (No. 8925112)

I told my family this three weeks ago. I was more hoping I'd be correct, especially after that unbelievable statement about how Obama is the 'most sophisticated consumer of intelligence. Ick, I feel sick all over again. I've been wondering about Petraeus as well, and when the administration will ask him to cover for them. I hope he's waiting like a coiled serpent.

Oh, and watch the speech by Lara Logan. She basically calls the administration a bunch of liars and calls them out for not responding to an attack on our soil!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Phil_hk, 10/11/2012 8:32:49 AM     (No. 8925113)

I think the Obamanation of Desolation panicked when this happened. I also think they thought it would go away If they could pin the blame on something else.

As has been said many times before. It isn't the crime it is the coverup. If Jelly-jar had simply come on TV and said "We misread the situation, it got a diplomat killed. I cannot undo what has been done but this is how we will try to keep it from happening again" He would have looked like a leader and come out of this stronger. I am so glad he didn't do that


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Reply 20 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/11/2012 9:03:22 AM     (No. 8925204)

For me the most telling quote in the article:

Alienating spookdom, however, is a new order of magnitude stupid. Because spooks fight back — hard and dirty. Bob Woodward and Jake Tapper are only phone calls away. And CIA Director David Petraeus is just one press conference shy of bringing down the whole house of cards.

Yes, The Wun is stoopid, and we're just finding out how stupid he is. It boggles the mind.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/11/2012 9:06:54 AM     (No. 8925209)

You don't actually expect a politician to accept blame do you? Of course it was the intelligence community. It always is. Maybe this time they won't fall on their swords. I think their dislike of Obama is visceral.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Maybeth, 10/11/2012 9:07:23 AM     (No. 8925211)

There's that word 'spook' again.
Oh my.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: veritas, 10/11/2012 9:08:56 AM     (No. 8925212)

So, the Obama insider cabal is hanging-out-to-dry a bunch of people who do what for a living [at least in part]? Things involving disappearances, suppressed firearms, certain chemistries that "don't enhance quality of life," shall we say, and similar advanced skills of "limited transferablility to legal private employment"?

Oh -- and the delicious Schadenfreude of the timing! Barack Hussein Obama. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.

Popcorn!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Elvira, 10/11/2012 9:38:19 AM     (No. 8925286)

Yes, it's all falling apart. No, you don't screw the people sworn to uphold the constitution - and take that oath seriously - and to protect this nation.

There may be some new stars on the wall at Langely, but by God it sickens me to my soul how these men died!

A blunder? Really?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 10/11/2012 9:41:24 AM     (No. 8925292)

How come I envision a room the size of the Superdome filled with the leftwing obama butt-kissing so-called 'journalists,' all gathered together to piece together a monumental lie to cover for this most inept gang of ignorant, lying, anti-Americans to ever stink up Washington D.C.?

Bidens comments on these murders should be eye-bulging tonight.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: 6angels, 10/11/2012 9:42:41 AM     (No. 8925295)

spooks: it's a good thing
Obama is going to need more than dim-witted lesbians & Chicago thugs to hold up against spooks.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Felixcat, 10/11/2012 10:06:25 AM     (No. 8925364)

Re: #6 - "Stevens was a career diplomat, which makes him one of the Intelligence communities own people."

I wouldn't go so far as to say Stevens was one of their own. The career FSOs at State owerwhelmingly tend to be very liberal; view their role in the world-at-large as being the benign, intelligent face of America as opposed to those ignorant American tourists who don't know how to use a bidet*. These same FSOs tend to view the intel types as focusing on details like threats that take away from the big picture of sipping mint tea with the locals.

* It use to be that in the older sections of the main State Dept Building, the bathrooms still had bidets in them.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 10/11/2012 10:17:50 AM     (No. 8925421)

I'm with #12...just "wow"! That was candid, curt and blunt, and Mr. Walsh speaks the truth.

Just like the original September 11th when our guts said Osama bin Laden, our guts knew organized terrorism was to blame despite the trumped up demonizing of the maker of an obscure video.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/11/2012 10:33:20 AM     (No. 8925477)

Romney needs to clean house in January. That includes Patreaus and FBI Director Robert Mueller. Fire the Joint Chief`s of Staff and bring in new blood while he`s at it.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: fed-up, 10/11/2012 10:34:28 AM     (No. 8925485)

Am I the only one who thinks the liar in chief isnt even smart enough to come up with the video lie? This has Axelrod and Jarret's slimy fingerprints all over it. And of course the best response would have been to say.. "we cant comment until all the facts are known". We are used to that crap. Would have saved him, but of course, he is the smartest person in the world, so his ego wouldnt let him admit it. Why say "I dont know", when a lie usually works with the free phone masses.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: RancherJack, 10/11/2012 10:43:35 AM     (No. 8925511)

Ya'll are wrong.

They're not crooks and incompetents.

You need to start thinking bone-deep evil

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Reply 32 - Posted by: PChristopher, 10/11/2012 11:01:19 AM     (No. 8925577)

Because spooks fight back — hard and dirty.

I've know one or two in my life and I wouldn't want them mad at me. They have a level of nasty that most Chicago politicians can't really grasp and should be very afraid of. They also know where every birth certificate is buried.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 10/11/2012 11:01:38 AM     (No. 8925578)

Gen. Pray-tell-us, we are waiting to hear from you. Your people have been charged by the regime how do you plead? Say ye soul or soulless? The silence is deafening.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/11/2012 11:15:36 AM     (No. 8925631)

#28 First, Stevens was the specific target of the attack. Why? Consider that after Khaddafi supposed swore off terror during the Bush administration Stevens' job had been to meet regularly with him and his family. Then when the policy changed he is said to have used all that information to help remove Khaddafi. That all suggests to me lots and lots of contact with the intelligence side.

Also, who do you think first taught spookdom how to play death by 10,000 leaks? The State Department has long been the most rogue agency in the federal government.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/11/2012 11:19:39 AM     (No. 8925648)

Petraeus has been strangely silent throughout all of this. Yesterday in Issa's terrific House Oversight Committee hearing, "intelligence' was blamed over and over again by the State Department's Kennedy (who reports directly to Hillary) for what Susan Rice said on television on September 16 - the video did it. And went on to say that with the intelligence he had, he'd have had to say the same thing. Five days AFTER the Benghazi massacre.

I have never been as impressed with Petraeus as everyone else has. So now we'll have a chance to see what he is really made of.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: fed-up, 10/11/2012 11:20:26 AM     (No. 8925652)

For those asking about Gen Petraeus, dont be too sure he will not defend the One. As hard as that might be to imagine, Rep Peter King has been on FNC this morning revealing that Petreus was standing by the video comment in a hearing. There are too many defying logic here.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 10/11/2012 11:25:25 AM     (No. 8925669)

Re #10. one of the Dems at the House Oversight Committee tried to float that funding thing at the hearing yesterday. It was thoroughly hammered, and finally cleared away by the report on the $$$$ spent last spring on the "greening" of the U. S. Embassy in Vienna, described by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) here:

Libya security cut while Vienna
embassy gained Chevy Volts
http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=706222

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/11/2012 11:40:15 AM     (No. 8925717)

I'm betting that Patraeus and his family have been threatened into silence. It's the Chicago way.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/11/2012 11:55:31 AM     (No. 8925765)

Petraeus can put his career on the line going mano a mano with his boss, or he can wait 30 days and let the people fire their employee. He’s wisely choosing the latter.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: leviteprez, 10/11/2012 11:57:07 AM     (No. 8925774)

the reason they are all lying and dancing... is.. that this compound was a spook house.... **like the muslims didnt know that***

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Marzon, 10/11/2012 1:27:47 PM     (No. 8925985)

We should not forget that by sticking to the "its all the fault of the video" excuse for so long, dozens of our outposts, from embassies to burger joints, and those of are allies around the world suffered mob attacks which resulted in the deaths of several dozen people. Although some were muslims rioters, many were not. Obama and his lying minions have the blood of these people on their hands as well.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 10/11/2012 1:46:01 PM     (No. 8926044)

This scene could have been taken entact from several books written by Helen mcInnes. We can hope the solution also follows the plots to the finish.
The intelligence real players have to craft a very careful step by step take down without exposing tneir hand.Helen was well versed in such manovers then wrote them as fiction starting about 1942.
General P is military not inteligence so don't expect the coup if it happens to be his instrument.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: GO3, 10/11/2012 2:26:06 PM     (No. 8926135)

I hope Walsh is correct, but I'm skeptical. The IC is Beltway centric, and like State, the liberal bent runs deep. My observations are that the services intell folks mainly lean liberal. This is nothing new; it's just the way it is. So, it's always interesting to read articles like this, which predict people who largely support Obama will now miraculously turn on him. Not likely.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: dman, 10/11/2012 2:54:49 PM     (No. 8926208)

I'm guessing there are more than a few unhappy folks in the IC added to those in the military. In the long run, this could work out to be good for "our" side. www.oathkeepers.org

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/11/2012 3:45:41 PM     (No. 8926372)

#8, why do you trust Petraeus? He easily went to work for BO at the CIA. Have seen nothing that would make me think he is protecting our Republic through that agency. I want to believe he is still faithful to the Constitution. I really do.

Very few patriots in the true sense in the Dem/Left party.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: DebiAnn, 10/11/2012 4:33:38 PM     (No. 8926525)

You lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 10/11/2012 4:38:41 PM     (No. 8926530)

This is the same intelligence department that told George Bush that Iraq had WMD's?
Two months ago I asked where was the good general David P. ? He will surface again and I would say that BHO and HC should run for cover.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: TruthandJustice, 10/11/2012 4:46:04 PM     (No. 8926547)

Megan Kelly outted Petraeus as a LIAr today...he would not head Obama's CIA if not a globalist or a Communist.


Back story which ran in the UK was Steven was part of a wag the dog kidnapping that went very wrong. He wasn't to be killed...just kidnapped and Big Boy Barry was to negotiate him back before his debate.

Bad rumor? Truth? Who knows ...I do know most Americans think with Obama that is possible because theu DO NOT TRUST OBAMA ...a Muslim who wear a ring with the inscription " there is no god but Allah"

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 10/11/2012 4:55:08 PM     (No. 8926560)

At the risk of bringing down the whole force of the govt on my head (but I am only pointing out fact, and I am just a cog in the wheel of citizenship)---0 should do some studying about the end of Camelot, and just who had a hand it that event. Hopefully the very astute Ldotters here will read between my lines.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/11/2012 8:48:14 PM     (No. 8926962)

All Obie had to do was come clean after the killings and say his team screwed up and is responsible for the deaths of these fine people. Two weeks later, the news cycle would have long since ended, and we would be talking about something else. But, no, he had to take the Marxist way and cover up. Why? Receiving a pass from the msm for four years now emboldened the Obie Won.

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House Republicans have scheduled a vote next week to hold Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the Internal Revenue Service’s tea party targeting scandal, setting up a major battle over constitutional rights versus Congress‘ ability to oversee the government. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, the House’s top investigator, said Thursday that as a senior official at the center of the IRS targeting, Ms. Lerner will either talk or face penalties for refusing to help the committee get to the bottom of who orchestrated the targeting and what the motives were. “Ms. Lerner’s

Kerry’s folly, Chapter 3
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:10:14 PM     Post Reply
When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes — against all advice and holding no cards — Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power. The talks collapse in acrimony and confusion. Kerry’s response? A second Geneva conference that — surprise! — breaks up in acrimony and confusion. Then, even as Russian special forces are taking over Crimea, Kerry goes chasing after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov — first to Paris, then Rome, then London — offering a diplomatic “offramp.” Lavrov shrugs him off.

With Israeli-Palestinian peace
talks faltering, Kerry must
decide how to proceed
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:07:22 PM     Post Reply
When his aides get discouraged about the prospects for Middle East peace, Secretary of State John F. Kerry often bucks them up with a phrase: “Don’t be afraid to be caught trying.” But as his tireless efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian negotiations hit bottom Thursday, with Israel’s cancellation of prisoner releases that were considered crucial to keeping the talks alive, there are some around Kerry — including on his senior staff and inside the White House — who believe the time is approaching for him to say, “Enough.” Kerry risks being seen as trying too hard at the expense of a



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Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
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Attorney General Eric Holder exploded at Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House hearing Tuesday. In the midst of questions about the Justice Department’s failure to divulge documents about the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial, Gohmert made a side comment about how the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said. “You don’t want to go there, buddy! You

Revealed: Obama´s friend and
civil rights firebrand Rev. Al
Sharpton was a paid FBI informant
who wore wire to trap Genovese,
Gambino family wiseguys

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
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Rev. Al Shaprton, the controversial civil rights leader-turned-broadcaster, was a confidential FBi informant for years and helped the feds put members of the Genovese and Gambino organized crime families behind bars, it was revealed Monday in a sensational exposé. President Barack Obama will speak this week for the second time at the annual meeting of Sharpton´s National Action Network, raising questions about the group´s special treatment. Sharpton´s special relationship with the Justice Department may also explain why his NAN has been allowed to skirt responsibility for $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties it has owed the IRS since 2006

The Color of His Presidency
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New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/8/2014 7:41:59 AM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher’s HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let’s-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way one does when saying something everybody knows but nobody wants to say, “was about a black president.” Both Maher and Kristol carry themselves with a weary cynicism that allows them to

Al Sharpton´s Secret Work
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Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/7/2014 2:00:17 PM     Post Reply
When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant. That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted

Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25
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Associated Press, by Sylvia Hui    Original Article
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LONDON - Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of concert organizer Bob Geldof who worked as a model, a television presenter and a fashion writer and filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics, has died at age 25. There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England. Her father said in a statement Monday: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain." "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," he said. "Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever."




Caught kissing staffer, Rep. Vance McAllister
asks for forgiveness

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CBSNews.com, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
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A married freshman Republican congressman who campaigned on his Christian, conservative values apologized Monday after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing him in a lengthy liplock with a staffer. In the Dec. 23 footage, obtained by a local newspaper, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. - who ahead of his election last fall ran multiple campaign ads trumpeting his faith and family - is seen kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds at his Monroe, La., district office. The Ouachita Citizen reports the woman is the congressman´s 33-year-old part-time scheduler, who is also married.

Millions of Americans aren´t working. Why?
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CNBC, by Allison Linn    Original Article
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Call it the million-worker mystery. A large chunk of American adults are no longer in the labor force. That has left economists divided over how many of them are voluntarily not working-or even looking for work-because they wanted to retire, go to school or take care of family members, versus how many have been forced out because they couldn´t find a job. (snip) Shierholz estimates that there are currently more than 5 million missing workers who are not included in the unemployment rate because they are neither working nor looking for work, but who might be if the job market

House Committee: Possible
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Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher    Original Article
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The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says investigators have uncovered evidence that a former Internal Revenue Service official may have committed crimes as part of the agency´s tea party controversy. Rep. Dave Camp set a committee vote for Wednesday on whether to refer Lois Lerner, who used to head the agency´s tax-exempt division, to the Justice Department "for possible criminal prosecution." Camp, R-Mich., did not specify which laws Lerner may have broken. Lerner´s lawyer, William W. Taylor III, has said she broke no laws. On Monday, Taylor emailed this response to Camp´s announcement: "One word: Ridiculous." Camp´s committee has been investigating

Democrats slam ´offensive´
Pelosi image on Breitbart site

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USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
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The Democratic National Committee is furious by a conservative website’s ad campaign that depicts Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi clad in a bikini in a provocative pose with her tongue sticking out. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Republicans to press Breitbart News to remove the artwork — one of several suggestive images on the website promoting the new California site. The image of Pelosi, beneath one of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s face photo-shopped onto a flexing body builder, includes the sub-head: “Because you can’t make this s— up.” “To say the least,

Handling of former IRS employee
Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe

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Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
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As the House prepares for several key votes on former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois G. Lerner and potential legal action, analysts say she and her attorney have mishandled their case by picking and choosing when they want to talk, and to whom they are willing to talk. Ms. Lerner faces a vote in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday that could begin the process of accusing her of contempt of Congress. The Ways and Means Committee announced that it will hold a vote Wednesday on whether to officially accuse Ms. Lerner of breaking the law by

Barbara Walters´ Final Scheduled
Television Appearance Announced

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ABC News, by Lesley Messer    Original Article
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Almost a year after she announced her plan to depart daily television, Barbara Walters is preparing to say farewell. Her last day co-hosting "The View," a program that she created, will be May 16, and ABC will air a two-hour special highlighting her life and career that night, from 9-11 p.m. ET. Walters will continue to executive produce "The View," and will be a lifelong member of ABC News, contributing as news warrants. "In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters," Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Walt Disney Company said. "She's a dear friend and colleague as well as

Team Boehner to Drudge: We didn´t ´
expand´ Obamacare, we repealed a piece

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Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/7/2014 12:31:34 PM     Post Reply
Hours after the Drudge Report suggested on Sunday that "Republicans expand[ed] Obamacare" in the headline for the site´s lead story, an "alert" from the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, countered that they had actually "chip[ped] away another piece" of the law. The recent change "eliminated a cap on deductibles for small group policies offered inside the law´s health care exchanges as well as outside," the Associated Press explained. "Successfully repealing this Obamacare provision is just one part of Republicans´ larger effort to repeal the full law and replace it with better solutions focused on lowering health care costs for families


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