Archive for May 14th, 2013

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May
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Night Owl Chat – Ode to Two Terms

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Chat on, night owls

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May
13

night owl chat – ode to joy

Probably the greatest musical expression of unbridled joy is the “Ode to Joy”, the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It’s been a hell of a couple of weeks, so some versions of the Ode to take you soaring and lift your spirits.

Flash Mob “Ode to Joy”

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14
May
13

Chat away – Obama’s fault edition

Chat away!

14
May
13

The Day Jonathan Karl Ran Out Of Juice

Now we know whose ‘statements’ weren’t true.

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Jake Tapper: CNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs from how sources characterized it to two different media organizations.

The actual e-mail from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House was primarily concerned with the State Department’s desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department.

…. Whoever provided those accounts seemingly invented the notion that Rhodes wanted the concerns of the State Department specifically addressed. While Nuland, particularly, had expressed a desire to remove mentions of specific terrorist groups and CIA warnings about the increasingly dangerous assignment, Rhodes put no emphasis at all in his e-mail on the State Department’s concerns.

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Media Matters: ABC News is now claiming that its Benghazi “exclusive” was based on summaries of emails between administration aides, not the emails themselves – an assertion belied by their earlier reports.

CNN’s Jake Tapper reported on May 14 that he had obtained an email sent by White House aide Ben Rhodes that “differs from how sources inaccurately quoted and paraphrased it in previous accounts to different media organizations,” including ABC’s Karl….

…. ABC News has responded by claiming their original reporting was based on summaries of the emails, not the emails themselves …. But ABC News and Karl himself have repeatedly suggested he had obtained the actual emails, not summaries of emails from Rhodes and others in the administration.

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May
13

‘Soft on Terrorism?!’

While giving the State of the Union address to the nation, on the night of Jan.24th 2012

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President Obama could be overheard telling Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta “Good Job”

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As he walked down the aisle of the U.S. House chamber on Tuesday night, after shaking hands and slapping backs, President Obama stopped and pointed at Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

“Good job tonight,” Obama told his Defense secretary. “Good job tonight.”

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At the time nobody knew what the President was referring to, until……

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May
13

The Republican Party Is A Joke

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May
13

Coming Up

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12:30: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

White House live

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1:30: Press Briefing by Attorney General Eric Holder

C-Span

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Prepare for witch-huntery

14
May
13

Rise and Shine

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Today:

The President has no public events scheduled

12:30: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

1:0: Attorney General Eric Holder briefs the press

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Steve Benen: …. based on preliminary accounts, the Justice Department didn’t eavesdrop on journalists’ phone calls, but rather, obtained logs showing incoming and outgoing calls, as well as the duration of those phone calls.

And why was the Justice Department doing this? In part because congressional Republicans demanded a full-scale leak investigation and DOJ officials took the request very seriously….

A year ago last week, the AP reported on a foiled terrorist plot that the Obama administration had successfully prevented. White House critics were outraged, accusing the administration of boasting about its counter-terrorism victory for campaign purposes, including leaking classified information…..

…. As of last night, as the story drew serious questions from the left and right, the GOP was left in the awkward position of arguing that it wanted the Justice Department to do everything possible to root out national security leaks, except what the Justice Department ended up doing to root out national security leaks…..

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ThinkProgress: ….. Last year, the Associated Press reported that an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula plot had been foiled, thanks to a timely intervention on the part of the United States…. Why that drew the attention of the Justice Department, however, is that the CIA was the one who foiled the plot, which the AP report made clear….

…. by reporting the CIA’s involvement in foiling the plot, they put AQAP on notice that the CIA had a window into their activities. The AP’s reporting also led to other stories involving an operative in place within AQAP, and details of the operations he was involved in. That operative, it was feared, would be exposed and targeted by AQAP as retribution for siding with the United States…..

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You know the way everyone chuckled yesterday at Darrell Issa saying on Fox that “an act of terror is different to a terrorist attack”? Well – and I’m not making this up – Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post has given President Obama four Pinocchios for saying he described what happened in Benghazi as an act of terrorism, because Kessler agrees with Issa – calling something an act of terror is completely different to calling it a terrorist attack.

The best line in Kessler’s gobsmacking piece is this:

“During the campaign, the president could just get away with claiming he said “act of terror,” since he did use those words…”.

If you’re repeating something that is true, you’re getting away with it?

Oh boy.

PS As Media Matters reminds us (and see video on top):

On September 13, 2001, former President George W. Bush described the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as an “act of terror”.

But, you know, that was different.

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May
13

Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder

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