On Morning Joe Wednesday, former Obama Senior Strategist David Axelrod essentially pleaded ignorance on behalf of his former boss when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asked him what he would tell his University of Chicago politics class about the recent IRS scandal. "Part of being president is, there is so much beneath you that you can't know, because the government is so vast."
Conservative groups seeking information from the Environmental Protection Agency have been routinely hindered by fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from green groups were waived, according to requests reviewed by the Conservative Enterprise Institute.
The Justice Department obtained two months of phone records for Associated Press reporters and editors, AP reported Monday. AP President Gary Pruitt called it a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into the work of a news organization. The records listed outgoing calls from work and personal phone numbers of individual reports as well as AP office numbers at three offices and an AP phone in the U.S. Capitol. The government has not said why the records were sought, but the U.S. attorney in Washington D.C. is investigating who leaked information to AP for a May 2012 story about a foiled terror plot. read more
George Jones, a singer who defined an era of country music, died Friday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after entering the hospital eight days earlier with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81. Born in Saratoga, Texas, Jones played his guitar at age 10 for tips on the streets of Beaumont. "Why Baby Why" in 1955 was his first of 168 songs to hit the charts during his career. Among his biggest songs were "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Tennessee Whiskey" and "If Drinkin Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)." read more