FDIC Under Scrutiny For Not Announcing Settlements

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 8:06 am

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has been complying with a “no press release” clause added to its settlements by banks that break the law. The clause is added to keep the regulator quiet on reputation damaging legal settlements. Typically settlements are announced by regulators in hopes of deterring would be law breakers but the [...]

Local News Anchor Challenges, Calls Out President on Kill List

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 10:18 am

FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather There are 15,000 media personnel in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention. Some of that includes photographers, but any way you slice it, you have a substantial number of journalists. Not one of them has the fortitude to pull off what Ben Swann of Fox 19 Cincinnati did in an interview with [...]

Romney Insists He “Never Paid Less Than 13 Percent” in Taxes

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 11:47 am

Mitt Romney showed a little leg on the question of his tax returns today, responding to reporters by saying that he has never paid less than 13% in taxes. I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces – 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of [...]

Romney Attacks Obama for National Security Leaks

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 8:55 am

At a speech today before the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attack the President for intelligence leaks designed to bolster the Administration’s foreign policy record. But instead of focusing on the leaks that show a clear double standard, or the leaks actually being investigated by the Justice Department, Romney will [...]

US House Plans to Sue Administration Over Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious Case

By: Monday July 2, 2012 7:35 am

House Speaker John Boehner indicated on Sunday that he would take the Administration to court over documents requested in the Oversight Committee investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal. The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents relating to [...]

Regardless of Fast and Furious Witch Hunt, Executive Privilege Claims Deserve Scrutiny

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 1:34 pm

UPDATE: Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee has just voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, on a party-line vote of 23 to 17. I’ve pretty much said what I want to say about the Fast and Furious situation and the looming vote holding Eric Holder in contempt by Darrell Issa. I think it’s [...]

House Oversight Committee Expected to Vote AG Holder in Contempt Today

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 6:59 am

When Operation Fast and Furious really broke last year, I was a bit surprised that Republicans didn’t make more of it. Here we have an operation – and at this point we have to ignore that it began under the Bush Administration, as the GOP has done – that directed gun dealers to sell weapons [...]

Before NYT Article, Administration Would Not Acknowledge Existence of Drone Program

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 11:42 am

Scarecrow has already gone on in this space about the New York Times’ big takeout today about the “kill list” – the President’s leadership in presiding over a list of suspected terrorists that the US then assassinates with Predator drone strikes. There’s a lot that can be said about this article, most of it from [...]

Democrats, ACLU Seek Disclosure on Patriot Act Interpretation, Drone Program

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:15 am

Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been waging a lonely battle to make public information about the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Patriot Act, which they claim violates civil liberties in as-yet undisclosed ways. They tried to force this into the public sphere on the Senate floor. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein promised hearings [...]

AP Breaks Administration Rules, Names Members of Background Conference Call

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:35 am

I wrote a little story on US enforcement actions against China yesterday that included the results of a conference call with senior Administration officials. I included one quote from it and attributed it to the ubiquitous “senior Administration official.” I actually got on the call late and didn’t really know who was speaking, anyway; I [...]

Aaron Swartz Indicted for Downloading Scholarly Journal Articles

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 10:16 am

I don’t have the pleasure of knowing Aaron Swartz, though I hear great things about him. So I was sad to see the government extend its war on secrecy by arresting Aaron yesterday and charging him with data theft. Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, has been indicted in Boston on charges [...]

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