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Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Agent Insists He Wasn't First To Leak Info On Foiled Bomb Plot As He Heads To Jail

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former top FBI official was sentenced to over three years in prison on Thursday for disclosing national security information about a f...

Filibuster Reform Reminds Us That the Real Scandal Hurting the Country Right Now Isn't in the Executive Branch

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in the Senate are abusing the filibuster to keep jobs -- in both the executive and judicial branches -- unfilled while sitting idly by and letting economic growth take a hit in the name of ideology.

Martha Stewart Served Time for Perjury; Should the Same Standard Be Applied to Our Elected Officials and Appointees?

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

Many believe that Martha Stewart went to prison due to insider trading. To the contrary, Martha went to jail for committing the felony acts of perjury...

Palin Gets Confused

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's Twitter never fails to disappoint. She sent a curious tweet Friday taking up the issue of the Internal Revenue Ser...

Truth and Justice: The American Way?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

If he weren't president today, Professor Obama would be up in arms over the actions of President Obama and his administration. In fact, he was up in arms over similar things involving the administration of President Bush.

Michael Calderone

White House Reporters Unlikely To Walk Out Over Press Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.22.2013 | Media

NEW YORK –- The White House press corps is up in arms over the Obama administration’s aggressive tactics in investigating leaks, from secretly sei...

Jason Linkins

Half Of America Wants To Impeach Obama, According To Impeachable Polling Outfit

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

Big news this week from WorldNetDaily, America's pre-eminent source of far-right fringe theories and weird scams: about half of America would like to ...

Time for Tough Love

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

I never contemplated or considered the possibility that the Department of Justice under President Obama would initiate an action that would blatantly violate and desecrate the principles enshrined in the First Amendment.

Real Outrage Is That Surveillance of AP Reporters' Calls Was Probably Legal

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Media
Peter Scheer

The government's actions likely have already succeeded in deterring government officials from confiding in journalists about national security matters. And that, of course, is the administration's real objective.

Obama and Nixon: A Historical Perspective

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Those who bother to read these historical snippets will find many important departures and only tenuous parallels between the Obama Administration's IRS affair and Richard Nixon's Watergate-era IRS scandal.

Zach Carter

McConnell Defends White House On AP Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday appeared to defend the Obama administration's controversial leak investigation ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw the kickoff of Second Term Scandal Season, though the first entrants fall on very different parts of the manufactured scandal vs. real scandal continuum. On the deeply-contrived end is Benghazi -- with supposedly damning White House emails having been altered by GOP leakers. On the actually scandalous end is the administration's snooping through the AP's phone records, which the New York Times called "an effort to frighten off whistle-blowers." The incident points out the hypocrisy of a White House that praises whistleblowers in the abstract, but then goes after them -- aggressively and often. "Speaking truth to power is now a criminal act," says whistleblower and former NSA executive Thomas Drake, who the DOJ charged under the WW I-era Espionage Act. It's President Obama's war against whistleblowers that is the true scandal.

Michael Calderone

Press Scandal Raises Huge Questions For The Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.19.2013 | Media

NEW YORK –- In 1971, Max Frankel, then-Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, described how journalists and government officials routinely w...

Romney Hurls Criticism Over Scandals: 'I'm Not A Fan Of The President'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney appeared on "The Tonight Show" Friday, where he discussed a number of scandals unfolding in Washing...

Matt Sledge

Has Obama Ever Praised A Whistleblower?

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- In more than four years of office, President Barack Obama has frequently praised the idea of whistleblowing. He even signed the Whistleblo...

Why the Justice Department May Be Right

Christopher H. Schroeder | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Christopher H. Schroeder

Critics of the Justice Dept.'s subpoena of AP telephone records have shamelessly mischaracterized the Dept.'s actions and the purposes for them. Any interference with the free press merits close scrutiny, but that scrutiny needs to consider just what the Dept. actually has done and why.

Why The Underwear-Bomber Leak Infuriated The Obama Administration

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2013 | Media

(Jack Shafer is a Reuters columnist but his opinions are his own.) By Jack Shafer May 17 (Reuters) - Journalists gasp a...

Second Term Hell: Obama's Dante Days in Bush-Obama America

David Dent | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
David Dent

Every U.S. president should visit a Blackjack table in Atlantic City sometime in the first term. It should happen just as they are in the middle of those Dreams From Your Ego, which promise bright new hopes if they can only win that second term.

The AP 'Scandal': The Straight Scoop

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU, a strong proponent of press freedom and a staunch believer in both a robust First Amendment and a vibrant Fourth Amendment. But I also care about rational public discourse, and the furious condemnation of the Department of Justice in this situation is way over the top.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill In Response To AP Phone Records Seizure

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

Four members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation on Thursday that would prevent agencies from obtaining phone records from American...

Don't Forget: Leakers of Classified Information Are Criminals

David Schanzer | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
David Schanzer

The media claims an unfettered right to communicate with "confidential sources" in the government who are providing them with classified information. The media calls them whistle blowers. But there is another word for these individuals -- criminals.

Obama Going Bulworth?

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama has spoken privately of "going Bulworth," a reference to the 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a ...

Matt Sledge

Why No Big Wireless Carriers Protect Journalist Phone Records

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Verizon Wireless turned over personal cellphone records for Associated Press journalists without giving them a chance to challenge subpoen...

Ryan J. Reilly

Holder Says Subpoenaing Hundreds Of Journalist Phone Records May Be Okay

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he may be comfortable with subpoenaing the phone recor...

Michael Calderone

Will Justice Department Target The New York Times?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.15.2013 | Media

NEW YORK –- When Attorney General Eric Holder took reporters' questions Tuesday afternoon, several asked about the Justice Department’s sweeping ...