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Obama, all but declaring V-T (Victory Over Terror) Day, hits reset button on national security with drone and Guantanamo speech
Amid heckling, Obama defends drone strikes, vows to close Guantanamo
Saying it's time "to fight terrorists without keeping America on a perpetual wartime footing," President Barack Obama invited Congress in a speech on Thursday to help him scale back the country's 12-year conflict against al-Qaida and its affiliates. "America is at a crossroads. We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else [...]Thu, 23 May 2013 16:20:22 -0400
Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin heckles Obama
President Barack Obama's planned counterterrorism speech was temporarily derailed several times on Thursday when activist Medea Benjamin shouted criticisms of the administration's use of drones and operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Benjamin, co-founder of peace activist group Code Pink, was seated in the audience at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where Obama [...]Thu, 23 May 2013 15:55:21 -0400
Anthony Weiner logo appears to feature Pittsburgh skyline
Anthony Weiner's nascent New York City mayoral campaign might have hit a slight snag. Azi Paybarah at Capital New York notes on Thursday that the skyline featured in a banner on Weiner's campaign site appears to picture the lovely city of Pittsburgh, not New York. Weiner announced his candidacy in a video posted to the [...]Thu, 23 May 2013 15:32:43 -0400
Anthony Weiner courts NYC voters: Its a second-chance city, man!
Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner made his first appearance on Thursday since declaring his candidacy, apologizing again for his bizarre, Internet-only infidelity scandal that forced him out of Congress nearly two years ago. "There may be people who will never vote for me, and I respect that," Weiner told the phalanx of reporters who surrounded him [...]Thu, 23 May 2013 11:02:26 -0400
IRS' Lois Lerner Takes Fifth, Shuns Congress
Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Services director of Exempt Organizations who is at the center of the controversy after the agency targeted conservative organizations for gratuitous scrutiny, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination today at a congressional hearing examining the scandal. Lerner quietly took...
IRS 'Blemish' Prompts Scorn From Senators
Douglas Shulman, the former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, said today he was dismayed and saddened that his agency had improperly targeting conservative groups, but declined to offer a direct apology and dismissed suggestions that he mislead Congress. The testimony from Shulman, who was...
Christie Stars in NJ Tourism Ads, Dems Cry Foul
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his family are starring in television commercials that are part of a publicly funded $25 million tourism campaign to encourage people to visit the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy, but Democrats say they are simply taxpayer-funded campaign ads. The...Mon, 20 May 2013 14:20:24 -0400
GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidate in Va. Compares Planned Parenthood to KKK
This weekend, Virginia Republicans found their candidate for lieutenant governor in E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake, Va. pastor who has compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and also suggested that black Americans are being enslaved by the Democratic Party. It is time to end...
Republicans Informed of IRS Investigation Last Year
Much has been made of the fact that senior Treasury Department officials were told about the investigation into the treatment of tea party groups in June 2012 months before last years the Presidential election. Republicans who requested the investigation were also told about it...