CPAC picks Rand Paul for presidentPosted March 8, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Eddie Scarry
For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came out on top of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll.
Attendees at the event, held at the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, Md., picked Paul with 31 percent of the vote, nearly three times the votes that went to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who came in second.
Also notable: 62 percent of attendees said marijuana should be legalized for either medical or recreational purposes.
The poll is commissioned by the Washington Times.
Listen to how excited this deaf pug is to see his owner return homePosted March 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm by Oliver Darcy
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Dancing Louie Gohmert pretty positive Rick Perry is going to run for presidentPosted March 8, 2014 at 10:44 am by Eddie Scarry
One thing’s for sure. The Breitbart News people know how to throw a party.
Friday night at the “Breitbart Embassay” in Washington, D.C., the conservative outfit threw a speakeasy-themed party in light of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Likeminded media types and some others ate shrimp, drank and smoked freshly-rolled cigars while listening to the live big band playing in the living room.
In the kitchen, TheBlaze Blog spotted Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert chatting up some friends and fans. We asked if he was attending any of the CPAC speeches. He said no but that he caught some on TV, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Perry’s speech earlier in the day electrified the crowd and might have been the start of his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination (he lost his first one in 2012 to Mitt Romney). We asked Gohmert if he thought Perry was going to run.
“Do you think there’s any shot he won’t run?” Gohmert asked rhetorically, indicating a certainty that Perry will run.
A supporter of Gohmert who was overhearing our conversation then walked up to introduce himself. He said Perry’s new spectacles are as good a sign as any that he’ll run. “It’s probably to make him look smart after that debate,” the Gohmert fan said, referring to the 2012 GOP primary debate when Perry tried naming three federal government departments, but failed to recall the third he wanted (“oops”).
At that, Gohmert wanted to go off the record. So, we did.
Later, however, we saw him demonstrating some impressive swing dancing. (more…)
Daily leftoversPosted March 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm by Eddie Scarry
Patriotism gone wild at CPAC? [The Mirror]
Just three weeks left of Piers Morgan: report [Mediaite]
Is this Valerie Jarrett‘s boyfriend? [White House Dossier]
CPAC awards “blogger of the year.” [Hot Air]
“A kinder, gentler Fox…” [Inside Cable News]
Barbara Walters: Russia Today anchor who quit not “a hero.” [HuffPost Media]
More things you may have missed from CPAC…
Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants his mail delivered on time and on Saturdays.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: Republicans are on the same team.
Look whose face is on the hotel keys at CPACPosted March 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Eddie Scarry
As seen at the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, Md., where the annual Conservative Political Action Conference is being hosted:
Glenn Beck’s favorite photographer shares his secrets to taking great photosPosted March 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm by Erica Ritz
Glenn Beck’s favorite photographer, George Lange, appeared on The Today Show Friday to share some of his secrets to taking world-class photos.
According to the man who has photographed U.S. presidents and countless A-list celebrities, the secret is to capture the “wonderful moments in our lives,” not just the staged ones.
“One of the things that we talk about is, when you kiss someone, your eyes are closed and all of your other senses are working,” he explained. “You’re hearing. You’re touching. You’re smelling. And I try to do that with photographs.”
Lange said with modern-day technology, you can focus on the moment itself and forget about the technical issues that plagued amateur photographers in the past.
“We can take amazing pictures of all the devices we have,” he said, and not think twice about the shutter speed or anything else. (more…)
Anti-Zionism the product of a Soviet disinformation campaign? Controversial new book says soPosted March 7, 2014 at 2:51 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
This week Glenn Beck featured Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa and Professor Ronald Rychlak’s, “Disinformation” (extensively covered by Blaze Books), discussing with Professor Rychlak the numerous shocking and chilling “disinformation” operations that have been used with great effect to damage and disarm the Western world over the past century.
One such operation that the authors speak to in “Disinformation” is the effort to turn the Arab world and ultimately the Western world against Israel following its establishment in 1948.
A controversial new book out by recent Glenn Beck guest Caroline Glick, an American Israeli who is deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, and a former assistant foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu titled “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East” independently corroborates this claim in the following stunning passage:A key part of the Soviet Union’s Cold War strategy for fighting the West was to deny the United States and its allies the moral authority to lead the world in a struggle against Communism and tyranny. The Soviets recognized that by causing Western societies to doubt their morality and the justness of their cause, they would curtail the ability of Western leaders to confront Soviet aggression.To this end, the Soviets sought to co-opt the postwar anticolonialist movement and transform the aspiration of colonial possessions to achieve national self-determination into an anti-Western prejudice. The Soviets believed that by subverting third-world independence movements in this way, they could convince the West, including the United States, that it lacked the moral authority to lead the world in international affairs.Rejecting Israel’s right to exist, and castigating it as an imperialist, racist enclave was a key part of the Soviet strategy. Israel was an anti- colonialist state par excellence. The Zionists had fought against both the Ottoman and British empires to secure an independent Jewish state. On the other hand, the Palestinians sided with the Nazis and their goal of global conquest, and they created the pan-Islamic and pan-Arab com- mitment to destroying the only non-Islamic and non-Arab state in the Middle East.
The combination of Soviet anti-Semitism, Israeli anti-Communism, and admiration for the United States meant that Israel’s anticolonialist pedigree presented the Soviets with a serious problem. (more…)
Blindfold guess who: Republican governor snubs former GOP senator at CPAC?Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Eddie Scarry
It may have just been a mistake. Maybe not.
But at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday in National Harbord, Md., TheBlaze Blog saw what looked like a snub by one governor to a fellow Republican one-time senator.
As the governor wrapped up a radio interview outside the Gaylord hotel ballroom where CPAC speeches are given, he was mobbed by a group of fans and cameras. He shook a few hands and and posed for some photos but his handlers began ushering him along.
Meanwhile, the former senator, who was gearing up for his own radio hit, tried calling out several times to the governor, presumably to greet him and get a quick word in.
No luck for the senator. The governor never turned around and simply kept walking. Maybe he didn’t hear his name repeatedly called out over the bustling. Maybe not.
Hint: Both parties are former (and possibly future) presidential hopefuls.
Santorum unhappy with CPAC over gays?Posted March 7, 2014 at 11:52 am by Eddie Scarry
Unlike past years, 2014′s Conservative Political Action Conference has been all but absent of gay issues. No panels dedicated to same-sex marriage or the impact gays are having on American society.
There was even some hubbub ahead of the event about gay Republicans being newly welcomed to attend (if not sponsor as a group).
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) made a name for himself running for president in 2012 as a culture warrior defending traditional values, and opposing same-sex marriage.
He’s scheduled to speak at CPAC here in National Harbor, Md., and TheBlaze Blog ran into him as he was touring the convention area of the Gaylord hotel, greeting supporters.
We asked what he makes of the event’s supposed new tone on gay issues. He didn’t seem too thrilled.
“I don’t have any comments,” he said. “I just showed up. I have no idea what’s going on at CPAC. I’m gonna give my speech and I’m gonna leave.”
In and out.
Allen West largely ignored at CPAC after-partyPosted March 7, 2014 at 10:19 am by Eddie Scarry
You don’t hear too much about former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) since he lost reelection in 2012. Save the occasional Fox News appearance. Or controversy.
Since he came onto the national scene in 2010, however, he’s been a regular at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, hosted this year in National Harbor, Md. He’s here again this year and showed up at an after-party following the conclusion of the first day’s official events.
The party was mostly 20-something conservative bloggers. West, who attended the party in corduroy pants and a crosshatch jacket, had been invited to headline as a “special guest.”
It was a noisy crowd at the party, the attendees paying no attention to conservative commentator Mary Katherine Ham (who was emceeing the event) as she tried to announce the “Blogger of the Year” award. Then West was brought on stage to address the crowd.
“SHUT UP!” he yelled over the noise. “Or I’m going to make you come up here and do push-ups.”
No effect. West went largely ignored as he spoke, though several attendees had asked to shake hands and take photos with him both before and after his speech.
Sun Tzu explains Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy in 16 quotesPosted March 7, 2014 at 9:36 am by Benjamin Weingarten
The below reflect not only a potential framework for understanding Vladimir Putin’s moves, but the moves of America’s enemies in Asia and the Middle East more broadly. All emphasis is ours.
1. “Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” [Chapter I.19]
2. “Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.” [Chapter I.26]
3. “…In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.” [Chapter III.1]
4. “Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field. With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be complete. This is the method of attacking by stratagem.” [Chapter III.6-7]
5. “…If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” [Chapter III.18]
6. “Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.” [Chapter IV.15] (more…)
Daily leftoversPosted March 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm by Eddie Scarry
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal apologizes to Jimmy Carter. [Mediaite]
Speaking of whom, Donald Trump thinks Carter is dead. [BuzzFeed]
Standing ovation for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. [Hot Air]
CNN scrambling more things with its primetime lineup. [Inside Cable News]
And in case you missed it: from CPAC…
National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre rails against “media elites.”
The way Sen. Mitch McConnell took the stage…
Christine ‘I’m not a witch’ O’Donnell joins the Washington TimesPosted March 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Eddie Scarry
Forgive the headline of this post, which was tailored to benefit the people who may have forgotten who former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is.
O’Donnell is joining the Washington Times as a radio contributor and weekly columnist, according to a release.
“I’m honored to be joining the Washington Times team and to be a part of a vibrant, growing force in the media,” O’Donnell said. “My hope is to serve as a bridge between the ever changing confusing world of politics and the everyday American.”
O’Donnell famously ran for the U.S. Senate as a Tea Party Republican out of Delaware in 2010, ultimately losing the election.
The Times, which has never been in a financially ideal position since the paper was founded in 1982, is in the midst of an aggressive expansion of its talent. It recently announced that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and conservative radio talker Rusty Humphries would be joining as contributors as well.
This book predicted a new McCarthyism of the left…30 years agoPosted March 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
Recently Glenn Beck and Blaze Books extensively covered Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa and Professor Ronald Rychlak’s, “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism,” which discussed the numerous shocking and chilling “disinformation” operations that have been used with great effect to damage and disarm the Western world over the past century.
Before Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa–the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence officer to ever defect–there was another defector, a KGB intelligence officer named Anatoliy Golitsyn who fled the Soviet Union in the 1960s and sought to expose Communist strategic deception and subversion operations being perpetrated against the West, in order to defend the West against the Soviet Union and its Communist proxies worldwide.
Here’s what Golitsyn wrote in a passage titled “Convergence” in his 1984 book “New Lies for Old,” which seems to have eerily anticipated the recent efforts in politics, the media and academia to silence any dissent from the prevailing progressive orthodoxy [emphasis ours]:
Title: New Lies for Old
Author: Anatoliy Golitsyn
After successful use of the scissors strategy in the early stages of the final phase of policy to assist communist strategy in Europe and the Third World and over disarmament, a Sino-Soviet reconciliation could be expected. It is contemplated and implied by the long-range policy and by strategic disinformation on the split.
The Communist bloc, with its recent accretions in Africa and South-East Asia, is already strong. European-backed Soviet influence and American-backed Chinese influence could lead to new Third World acquisitions at an accelerating pace. Before long, the communist strategists might be persuaded that the balance had swung irreversibly in their favor. In that event they might very well decide on a Sino-Soviet “reconciliation.” The scissors strategy would give way to the strategy of “one clenched fist.” At that point the shift in the political and military balance would be plain for all to see. Convergence would not be between two equal parties, but would be on terms dictated by the communist bloc. The argument for accommodation with the overwhelming strength of communism would be virtually unanswerable. Pressures would build up for changes in the American political and economic system on the lines indicated in Sakharov’s treatise. Traditional conservatives would be isolated and driven toward extremism.They might become the victims of a new McCarthyism of the left. The Soviet dissidents who are now extolled as heroes of the resistance to Soviet communism would play an active part in arguing for convergence. Their present supporters would be confronted with a choice of forsaking their idols or acknowledging the legitimacy of the new Soviet regime.
Golitsyn writes of this scenario in context of his overarching conspiracy theory (more…)
Getting knocked around by Donald Trump’s peoplePosted March 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Eddie Scarry
Some advice: Don’t ever get stuck in the middle of Donald Trump‘s circle of handlers when they’re on the move.
While roaming around the Gaylord hotel, where the annual Conservative Political Action Conference is taking place, TheBlaze Blog spotted Trump in the lobby with a group of people who were taking a photo with him. The fans seemed charmed by Trump, who is speaking at the event in the afternoon.
Immediately after the photo, though, he started walking toward the ballroom at a brisk place, encircled by about eight different men and women dressed in suits.
Some how, we were unlucky enough to end up in the middle of the hurricane, getting pushed around in every direction by Trump’s handlers. They kept telling us to “move.”
We eventually made it ahead of the group to snap a photo. When Trump got close enough, we asked if he was looking forward to seeing McKay Coppins.
He looked at us for a couple second before giving a fake laugh like you might give to an annoying younger sibling. “Very cute,” Trump said. With one final shove from a handler, we parted ways.
We recounted the incident to Coppins, who is here at CPAC.
“We’ll always have Mar-a-Lago,” he said in response, referring to the Trump resort where Coppins did much of his reporting for the now-notorious profile.
Would you wear this $15 Washington Times shirt?Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Eddie Scarry
As seen at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference:
Conservative atheist group shows up at CPAC despite yanked sponsorshipPosted March 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm by Eddie Scarry
One of the more controversial moments heading into this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference was the inclusion of an atheist group as a sponsor before that sponsorship was revoked.
The group showed up anyway.
Outside the ballroom of the hotel, where major speeches are being delivered, stood David Silverman, president of American Atheists. He was passing out flyers, sporting a shirt with his organization’s name, decorated with a couple buttons.
Most CPAC attendees passed him by with a polite “no thank you” for the flyers. TheBlaze Blog stopped to ask why he showed up, despite essentially being told not to come.
Silverman, who was with a couple more members of his group, told us he did indeed feel unwelcome by CPAC organizers but that he has received a surprising amount of positive support from attendees. “We still wanted to spread the message,” he told us. That message, he said, is for conservatives to stop tying Christianity (“prayer in schools”) to other conservative principles (such as gun rights). He said doing that will broaden conservatism’s appeal.
“I thought I was walking into a hot bed of hate,” Silverman said. “But we’ve had people saying — even Christians — ‘thank you for being here.’”
He said he hopes that next year, CPAC organizers will be open to American Atheists as sponsors.
As our interview ended, a woman with a camera took a photo of Silverman. “Thanks for being here,” she said.
“See?” Silverman said to TheBlaze Blog. “That’s what we’re getting. She may not be an atheists but she appreciates us being here.”
Mark Levin won’t watch Chris Christie’s CPAC speechPosted March 6, 2014 at 11:26 am by Eddie Scarry
Continuing with TheBlaze Blog’s coverage of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference out in National Harbor, Md…
We spotted Conservative radio talker Mark Levin near the row of radio booths, talking with some fans, even hugging a few.
Heading into this year’s event, there were reports that it has taken on a more inclusive tone than in the past, inviting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to speak, after he was shut out in 2013 and even welcoming gay Republicans. We asked for Levin’s thoughts.
“I don’t think a hell of a lot of it, quite frankly,” Levin told us. “As for an inclusive tone, my attitude is this: We have to unite behind our principles and eventually unite behind a candidate, or we’re going to get another Northeastern liberal Republican and we’re gonna lose. We’re not there yet but we will get there because the country needs us.”
Asked if Christie qualified as a “Northeastern liberal Republican,” Levin simply said “yes.”
So, will Levin come into the hotel ballroom for Christie’s speech? (more…)
Chasing Ted CruzPosted March 6, 2014 at 10:49 am by Eddie Scarry
Want to get a word in with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz? Good luck.
Cruz was the first to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday in National Harbor, Md. After his speech, TheBlaze Blog spotted him outside the stage room engulfed by fans and reporters trying to snap photos or get a quick quote.
We did our best to get in there and it went like this:
TheBlaze Blog: “Senator! Hey, Senator! Senator!”
This happened as we watched Cruz chatting with some devoted followers, taking a selfie with them here and there.
Again: “Senator! Senator! Hey, Senator!”
Cruz’s handlers, a rough crew by necessity (both male and female), then began pushing everyone aside to move Cruz along. They said he was on his way to do a “media available,” meaning he would talk with reporters.
We gave it another shot as we walked along his side: “Senator! Senator!”
Fortunately, this time, we got his attention. (more…)
We’re here at CPAC 2014Posted March 6, 2014 at 9:41 am by Eddie Scarry
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off Thursday in National Harbor, Md., and TheBlaze Blog is here to cover it.
The event hosts high-profile Republican like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Other speakers include the likes of Donald Trump, CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich and more.
On the front page, we’ll have major stories from the event. Here on TheBlaze Blog, we’ll be floating around the convention area, seeing what’s out there and who we can run into. We’ll post about it here.
Keep checking back.
‘The Glenn Beck of Russia’?Posted March 6, 2014 at 7:00 am by Eddie Scarry
A story at The Daily Beast about Russian political commentator Dmitry Kiselyov describes him as a pro-Vladimir Putin, “homophobic, conspiracy-spouting propagandist.” Also, the headline on the story calls him “the Glenn Beck of Russia.”
It’s an odd comparison, considering Beck, who owns TheBlaze, is decidedly not pro-Putin and his reputation is, deservedly or not, the opposite of pro-government of any type. And, as it turns out, Beck has spoken out against Russia’s anti-gay policies and in the past has made remarks in favor of marriage equality.
So, what happened?
James Kirchick, who wrote the story, told TheBlaze Blog he (more…)
Five helicopters, 57 Secret Service agents? Obama’s trip to a posh golf club not many know aboutPosted March 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm by Mike Opelka
President Barack Obama’s plate is full of difficult situations, foreign and domestic. From the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea to the instability brewing in Venezuela and North Korea still lobbing missiles into the sea. And then there is the President’s ongoing battle against income inequality in America.
If there was only a place that where he could go to relax. A place that believes, “the busier life gets, the more we seek true tranquility, a place where the world’s clamor can be shut out and forgotten for a while.” Luckily, the president has found such a place.
President Obama (and we assume his family) is reportedly about to take another vacation. This time, the first family is expected to visit the Ocean Reef Club, a private, gated community that requires the sponsorship of a member in order to play golf on one of its three courses. Ocean Reef is a place Marc Caputo from the Miami Herald’s Blog also called, “about as far away from middle class as you can get in Key Largo.”
On Monday, disgruntled Ocean Reef members tipped TheBlaze to the this weekend’s high-profile trip. Their concerns were typical of most small towns that feel the overwhelming power of a presidential visit. However, in this instance, they were upset that the Obamas, their friends and a reported 57 Secret Service agents would paralyze traffic on the small island and exclude them from the golf courses during a “Spring Break weekend when many families count on relaxing together.”
The White House did not confirm the rumor, nor did they deny it. The response to our inquiry was simply, “No information has been released regarding Florida, but we are happy to add you to the distribution list if/when an advisory comes out.”
Calls to the office of the president of the Ocean Reef Club were met with a curt “no comment.” And then, within an hour of our inquiry, the following was sent to all members of the private club:
The Ocean Reef Club is expecting a distinguished visitor this weekend, March 7th – 9th that will require an advanced level of security. As with all VIP visits, there may be some minor disruptions including special flight plan rules, closures at the airport and short closures of some roadways. Most of these security measures will be temporary, and should not impact the normal operations of the Club. We appreciate your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience in advance.
Ocean Reef has a long tradition in hosting many high level individuals, and all of those visits have added to our rich and unique history and to our reputation as the safest most secure private club in the world. Please help us continue this tradition by ensuring the privacy of this guest at all times.
TheBlaze contacted several businesses on the island and learned that the rumor mill in the community of around 10,000 people was already abuzz with the word that the Obamas were coming to visit. From the UPS store to the local deep sea fishing outlet, it was fairly well known that a “very important person — probably the president” was coming to town.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Sun Times reported that the Obamas are headed to Ocean Reef for a weekend of “gab and golf.” Michael Sneed’s political gossip column claimed that the family was renting “five houses on the uber-politically conservative compound.” Sneed also stated that the guests would be arriving in five helicopters. TheBlaze cannot confirm that five helicopters will be used to bring the Obamas and their guests to Ocean Reef, but a helicopter arrival is likely as Air Force One is too large for the local airport and will probably have to land at Homestead Air Force Base (about 30 miles from Key Largo).
Calls to the Ocean Reef Public Information Officer have not yet been returned.
Follow Mike Opelka on Twitter – @Stuntbrain
Why did ‘proud to be an American’ news anchor work at ‘Russia Today’ in the first place?Posted March 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm by Eddie Scarry
News anchor Liz Wahl made headlines Wednesday for a dramatic on-air resignation from the state-owned Russia Today (RT) cable news channel, saying she could no longer “be a part of a network that whitewashes the actions of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.” If whitewashing was the problem, why did she work there in the first place?
Anyone familiar with RT knows it’s owned by the Russian government. It’s generally understood to have a pro-Russia bias, and understandably so.
“I think I didn’t know exactly the extent of the propaganda that is this machine (RT),” Wahl said on CNN when asked by Piers Morgan why she had accepted a job there from the start. “I thought that the Cold War was over and maybe I didn’t realize that there would be this much of an infringement on the editoial– as much pressure. I guess I wasn’t expecting that.”
Wahl went on to say she “tried to make the most of the situation” and that she’s “done work that I’m not proud of doing.”
“I’ve been contemplating quitting for a long time,” she said.
RT released a statement on Whal’s resignation, calling it “nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.”
Abby Martin, another American anchor at RT, has also criticized Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. She has not resigned. An RT spokesperson said of her commentary that the channel’s journalists are “free to express their own opinions.”
Do your own homework: For The Record’s research for ‘Who’s Watching Washington?’Posted March 5, 2014 at 7:18 pm by Tom Orr
Hans von Spakovsky is on Twitter: @HvonSpakovsky
The full text of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Freedom of Information Act. The section outlining the 20-day timeframe in which the government must respond is in the right-hand column of page 3.
The photo of Lyndon Johnson used in the episode is not from the signing of the Freedom of Information Act. Johnson was somewhat reluctant to sign the bill, and somewhat ironically he signed the Freedom of Information Act in private. The photo in the episode shows LBJ signing a college financial aid bill in 1963.
The Bloomberg News article on 19 out of 20 Obama administration departments failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.
The statistic on the number of FOIA lawsuits filed by year comes from The FOIA Project. Select “all” for both the Organization and Suborganization columns to get the statistic cited in the show.
Judicial Watch took the Bush administration to the Supreme Court over a failure to disclose information about lobbyists working on a White House energy task force.
The statistic about the Department of Justice being involved in more than 1,000 FOIA lawsuits comes from (more…)
Daily leftoversPosted March 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Eddie Scarry
Did a 4-year-old use her dad as a connection to get into Michelle Obama‘s lap? [The Mirror]
CNN head: We’re not just about ratings. [TV Newser]
Newspaper picks worst headline possible for Oscars coverage. [HuffPost Media]
NY Times: President Obama “on the right track” with Ukraine. [NY Times]
Transparency at the White House, on background. [Politico]
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