The White House does not want any transparency advocates, journalists or concerned citizens to think a White House office’s decision to delete its Freedom of Information Act regulations signals any particular shift by the administration. President Barack Obama’s administration will still be the “most transparent administration in history.” USA Today reported on March 16 that [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 18, 2015 1:00 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday March 3, 2015 10:02 am|
That sound you hear? That’s Republicans dancing a merry jig, and Benghazi investigators sharpening their subpoenas, because 2016 just got a lot more interesting with the revelation that as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton conducted all official business using a personal email account on her own web domain. Here’s what happened, and why it matters. [...]
|By: Isaiah 88 Wednesday November 19, 2014 8:00 pm|
The current president knows damn well that the “conservative” agenda is repulsive, that it is malevolent, that it is fascist to the core. That brutal reality cannot be concealed no matter how many times it is portrayed as “free market capitalism” on Fox News, no matter how many times it is glorified as “liberty” on rightwing hate radio, no matter how many times the corporate media tries to sanitize it.
The “midterm elections” are over, and we’ve seen once again that Democrats are incapable of telling the truth about any of this, they are complicit in it, and their token and temporary resistance to the relentless “conservative” assault on democracy has no meaning or value whatsoever.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday October 17, 2014 10:06 am|
“The time has come to act,” said President Obama today after previously asserting robustly that it was previously not the time to act. “And so, I have ordered airstrikes commencing immediately on ebola. We won’t stop until we have degraded, some other d-word I forgot and ultimately destroyed ebola.”
|By: James Robenalt Saturday August 30, 2014 1:59 pm|
I have been fortunate to get to know John Dean over the last number of years. We travel the country presenting seminars, mostly for lawyers, on the lessons and legacy of Watergate. [The Legacy of Watergate @ www.watergatecle.com]. Our particular focus is on John’s role as inhouse lawyer for the White House. What are a lawyer’s professional ethical duties when confronted with organizational fraud or crime? Watergate, we teach, changed legal ethics for the good – it is one of Watergate’s few remaining positive legacies. Most lawyers in most states are required every year or two to take an ethics course because of Watergate.
During our travels, I talked with John about his massive undertaking to transcribe and understand the Nixon tapes with regard to Watergate. How did this crisis ruin a presidency? What critical mistakes were made? Could the situation have been salvaged?
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 21, 2014 2:55 pm|
D.C. is a sub-tropical swamp but in an act of collective insanity the entire male professional class insists on pretending it has the climate of northern Scotland. That is why I’m glad to hear the traditional business suit has suffered at least a minor setback in Washington D.C. professional culture. In an attempt to recruit more people, the White House is telling technology workers they won’t need to wear formal business clothes.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 5, 2014 1:15 pm|
United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and foreign countries, according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday July 11, 2014 3:50 pm|
The CIA attacks on the Senate, designed to impede, alter or influence the outcome of a report on torture, coupled with a lack of concern from the White House and the Department of Justice, as well as apparently by the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee itself, are another example of our new world, a Post-Constitutional America where the old rules of an aging republic no longer apply.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 27, 2014 8:55 am|
While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters.
|By: Tom Weis Sunday April 20, 2014 4:00 pm|
First Nations people started the Keystone XL fight in the U.S. by waking up the world to the survival threats posed by Canada’s poisonous tar sands mining. Indigenous leaders now vow to end the Keystone XL fight by vanquishing, once and for all, the northern leg of TransCanada’s “black venom” tar sands pipeline.