The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan's court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner's Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner's hard drive. read more
White House press secretaries try their best to avoid answering questions without looking evasive. The Obama administration, despite pledges to be more open, is no different.
Just Google the words "Robert Gibbs Dodges Question" and you will get a host of different YouTube moments. Jay Carney was so deft at not offering answers that Yahoo started calculating all his different forms of avoidance. The site stopped collecting them when it had 9,486 examples in 13 categories.
The latest occupant of the press secretary post, Josh Earnest, is different in one major regard. While he, too, is an expert at the art of evasion, he has perfected just a single method to dodge questions. Since he took over the job in June, Earnest has settled on a simple alternative to the "no comment" -- the "I'm not in a position" to talk about it. read more
A tip o' the hat to TAOWARRIOR for this week's Big Question.
A multi-tiered question this week. Should victimless crimes be prosecutable? That is, should there be an onus on prosecutors to prove that you have harmed a person or persons as a result of your "crime"? If so, what would be the effects on our current legal system?
A television news crew in Washington, D.C., doing a story on "sketchy" neighborhoods had its ban burglarized. The WUSA9 journalists parked a van in Petworth in northwest D.C. while conducting interviews. "When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that the most of the crew's gear had been stolen. Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti," the station reports.
President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
By 42-32 percent, voters say their opinions of Obama make them more likely to vote this fall for a Republican than for a Democrat. And for the first time this election cycle, more people said they'd vote for a Republican than a Democrat for Congress, by 43 percent to 38 percent. read more