Uber, one of Silicon Valley’s most malevolent creations, is getting some seriously bad PR after one of its executives claimed the company was interested in smearing journalists. The Uber executive, Emil Michael, apparently told Ben Smith of BuzzFeed in what he thought was an “off the record” meeting that he was interested in paying opposition researchers to destroy Uber’s critics in the media. Smith was invited to the event with Michael by journalist Michael Wolff who neglected to tell Smith it was an off the record meeting. Emil Michael even specified who he had a particular interest in destroying – Pando Daily Editor-in-Chief Sarah Lacy.
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 18, 2014 12:35 pm|
|By: DSWright Friday August 22, 2014 1:34 pm|
Though President Barack Obama once promised to “put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line” when labor unions were under threat, his former campaign and government staffers are eagerly joining union busting groups for fun and profit.
|By: DSWright Tuesday June 4, 2013 11:50 am|
What is the point of hoping if you can’t snatch some change? Or so seems to be the logic among the Obama supporters who went into government following the election. According to the Washington Post former aides in the Obama Administration are making some serious loot off their public service.
|By: DSWright Thursday April 18, 2013 11:27 am|
As President Obama quietly signed a bill to dump further disclosure requirements for congressional and senior executive branch staffers, his former staffers were looking to ring the cash register. Leveraging their access to the Obama Administration, these Corporate Democrats have found a way to triangulate some loot – buckraking.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 27, 2012 8:50 am|
Somehow, the Democratic majority spent two years putting a health care bill together and they somehow forgot to restrain the growth in health care programs, even though that was the main watchword of the entire policy debate, is that what I’m to believe here? In fact, the Affordable Care Act committed the federal government to $800 billion more spending on Medicaid through 2022, 99% of the total federal-state costs in expansion. I support that as the major driver of coverage expansion in the ACA, and it’s all paid for. But now we’re told it’s completely unsustainable and needs to be dealt with RIGHT NOW, the base be damned.
|By: fatster Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:15 am|
Fatsters rounds up news articles from around the globe, includin stories about drone srikes in Pakistan, bombing Red Cross, Spanish purges, Afghanistan, IDF s Gaza, Greek immigrants, Iceland banks, Standard Chartered Bank laundry, Italy vs Germany, Bain, LIBOR suits, David Plouffe, and more.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 10, 2012 2:50 pm|
Responding to a We the People petition, White House policy advisor David Plouffe said that the President would veto any effort to extend tax breaks for wealthy individuals, one of the more forceful promises made in the tax debate. This goes further than the President’s speech yesterday announcing his support for extending the Bush tax cuts only on the first $250,000 of income.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 17, 2012 12:30 pm|
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss recent leaks from the Obama administration; and according to Talking Points Memo, called for a new law that could be used to go after individuals who leak national security information. He specifically suggested that the law be setup to criminalize government officials who leak to the media.
“I think we need to change the law that’s applied here,” Lieberman stated. “The last person to be convicted of a crime for leaking to the media was more than 25 years ago. We’re still using a 1917 Espionage Act that requires some showing of intent and knowledge that the leak would harm the security of the United States.”
|By: Dave Weigel Saturday March 17, 2012 1:59 pm|
Welcome to a parallel universe. A casual onlooker might mistake it for our own. The same people run their Congress and their Democratic National Committee. The same election results toss out half the Republicans in 2006 and the rest in 2008. But in our universe, those events were recorded as the triumphs of smart folks like Rahm Emanuel and David Plouffe, winning despite the ruinous work of the DNC. In Herding Donkeys, Ari Berman reports from a place where Howard Dean deserves the credit.
|By: Scarecrow Sunday July 31, 2011 8:23 am|
There were no guests to represent the victims of this deal, and there will be tens of millions of them. CNN invited no one who could explain or argue what a terrible deal this would be for the nation. The nation’s economy, the elderly, the poor and the unrepresented are about to take a serious drubbing, but thank the gods both Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the President will willingly administer the beatings and continue them until morale improves.