At today's Capitol Hill hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder at first wasn't sure who subpoenaed the AP's phone records, but later blamed his deputy attorney general:
"I'm trying to find out who authorized the subpoena," Rep. Sensenbrenner said. "You can't tell me if Deputy Attorney General Cole authorized the subpoena. Somebody had to authorize the subpoena because the code of federal regulations is pretty specific that this is supposed to go as close to the top as possible."
"No, what I'm saying is that I can't say as a matter of fact," said Holder. "I have to assume, I say I would probably 95%, 99% certain the deputy attorney general acting in my stead was the one who authorizes the subpoena."
A little bit later, Holder said, "Let me say this: I've been given a note we have confirmed that the deputy was the one who authorized the subpoena."
In February, North Korea conducted its third nuclear weapons test since 2006. The test, performed in defiance of scores of United Nations sanctions, outraged the international community. Within weeks, the U.N. had leveled more sanctions on the rogue regime, beefing up inspections of North Korean cargo, banning luxury exports to the impoverished nation’s appallingly self-indulgent ruling coterie, requiring countries to freeze all financial transactions that might somehow aid the North Korean nuclear program, and barring the transport of bulk cash into the country.
The White House today released letters from little kids pleading for gun control, just hours before President Obama is to release a comprehensive proposal to limit guns and ammunition. The letters were released to the Associated Press in what appears to be a coordinated effort to help shape the narrative the day of Obama's announcement.
Dean Singleton, chairman of the Associated Press board, introduced President Obama this afternoon at a speech to news editors in Washington. But Singleton didn’t just tell the audience the president was the next speaker—the supposed newsman offered lavish praise for the Democratic president.
Yesterday, the Associated Press dropped what's known in journalism parlance as a "thumbsucker" on the Norway shootings. It's a piece that's awfully heavy on analysis and short on the necessary facts to justify said thumbsucking.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Michael Meehan’s mugging of TWS reporter John McCormack is the assumption that apparently drove him to harass a journalist. At the two-question “press conference” Coakley held outside of the swank Capitol Hill restaurant that hosted her high-dollar fundraiser, McCormack asked the would-be senator about her claim that the terrorists had left Afghanistan. The video shows Coakley listening carefully, smiling and then moving on.