State Department Quashed Investigations Into Sex Caper

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 6:23 pm

Long-time readers of my blog will remember the name Brett McGurk. Embarrassing emails he sent using a U.S. government computer system in Iraq surfaced in 2012, just as he was heading into confirmation hearings to become America’s ambassador to Baghdad. We now learn that the State Department’s efforts to investigate the incident were quashed, in part by some of the same people involved in State’s handling of the post-Benghazi fallout.

 

Newspaper Industry Takes Potentially Lethal Blow With Spinoffs

By: Monday August 11, 2014 8:54 am

We all knew this day would come. With the latest spinoff by Gannett of its extensive newspaper portfolio expected to be completed by the end of 2015, it now appears finance capital has written off the newspaper industry. On some level this was inevitable given the movement of advertising from print to the web, but [...]

Late Night: Nervous as a Whore in Church

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Not for nothing, the plutocracy is getting more than a little edgy these days, and this edginess is leading to some behavior that would be laughable if it weren’t, well, nothing to chuckle about. That is, if you happen to be a member of the 99%.

Unnamed Officials Tell Wall Street Journal They May Keep More Data Because of NSA Lawsuits

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 6:40 am

Unnamed United States government officials have apparently told the Wall Street Journal that the National Security Agency might have to expand its “collection” of Americans’ phone records because people are suing the government to stop what they consider to be intrusive and unconstitutional surveillance.

This idea being floated in a major national newspaper is the first that any lawyer involved in cases against the government have heard this wild argument. Is it some kind of ham-handed attempt to help the NSA retain control of the phone records?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dean Starkman, The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 1:59 pm

It’s pretty well known that the near-meltdown of the American financial system and economy in 2008 shocked virtually every Very Serious public player and prognosticator, from Alan Greenspan to Wall Street Journal reporters and editorialists and the Street’s own carnival barkers, like CNBC’s Jim Cramer. But why were they shocked?

MENA Mashup: Egypt, Russia, Syria, and, a Valentine’s Fray

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 1:08 pm

So while we have no viable options…

Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal Makes Dishonest Arguments Against Inequality

By: Friday January 3, 2014 5:01 pm

The news outlets catering to the market fundamentalists have begun to attack the idea that there even is inequality.

Federal Exchange Sign Up Off to a Very Slow Start

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 7:36 am

Many old policies will be cancelled by January 1st and some people will have no choice but to use the exchanges or be left without coverage. The administration has had an exceptionally long grace period to fix this problem, but time is quickly running out.

Older People Are the Ones Signing Up for Obamacare

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 11:26 am

Only an older, sicker and more expensive population have signed up during the first month the Affordable Care Act exchanges have been “open.”

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