Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler of emptywheel.net joins Nicole Sandler to discuss Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and how this has set in motion a constitutional crisis. And we had another mass shooting last night, this one in Thousand Oaks, California.
We're seeing too many good things end, and too many bad things linger. Today Nicole bids farewell to David Letterman's late night show after already losing Colbert and Jon Stewart's departure is imminent. But the Patriot Act seems to live on forever. And the Senate votes on moving Fast Track forward. Marcy Wheeler & Digby guest.
The long-awaited CIA Torture Report is to be released today. Nicole discusses it and its implications with Emptywheel.net's Marcy Wheeler in hour one, and Digby in the second hour.
As if we needed any more evidence that the world has, indeed, gone mad... Yesterday, ISIS released another video of one of their masked, cowardly, subhuman, heartless, soulless, thug terrorists beheading another American journalist, Steven Sotloff. Today's blog will be short, with just links to the people and stories I spoke with and about today, as I'm not feeling well and the news is making me even sicker... Dean Obeidallah was up first to discuss his latest for The Daily Beast, "It'll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS". (When you're done with that, definitely click over to read, "Stop the [...]
President Obama admitted the US tortured "some folks" following the 9-11 attacks. Obama has used the word "torture" before to describe the harsh interrogation tactics used at CIA-run secret prisons during the Bush administration. But his words at a White House news conference were notably more direct than previous statements. The comments reflect the line the president is preparing to walk as he gets ready for the release of a Senate committee report on the Bush-era rendition, detention and interrogation program. According to the president, torture is not OK - but lying about torture is acceptable, as long as you [...]
The picture above is the La Cienega Blvd exit of LA's 10 Freeway, which collapsed during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. It hit at 4:31am that Monday morning, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. On any other morning, I would have driven on that freeway and gotten off at that exit to go to work at KLOS where I produced The Mark and Brian Show. But I made a spur-of-the-moment-and very uncharacteristic decision the Friday afternoon before, and told my boss Carey Curelop (then PD of KLOS) that I was going to take Monday off. MLK Day wasn't a day off for [...]
Those words were just said by Secretary of State John Kerry during his opening statement before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's hearing on the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Syria. I guess that depends what his definition of "is" is. To me, firing multiple cruise missiles at another nation is, indeed, war. And as the members of Code Pink are demonstrating in the screen grab above, we'll all have blood on our hands too. As my mother always tried to impress upon me, "Two wrongs do not make a right." This morning, I spoke about yesterday's Senate [...]
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul filibusters the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. AP photo *** Today's ustream recording stopped after 38 minutes. So, if you like to watch instead of listen, click the read more link below to watch the YouTube recording*** Rand Paul droned on for almost 13 hours yesterday, creating great political theater and making heads explode - on both the left and the right! By criticizing the Obama administration's drone policy under the guise of a filibuster of the Brennan confirmation to head the CIA, Paul angered the Republicans who love the drones [...]
Nicole gives an update on the efforts to fix the filibuster. Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel.net) tells about yesterday's Hillary Clinton testimony on Benghazi, and Maysoon Zayid joins in for serious discussion and some laughs too
I actually backed Allen West on his right to a recount. This is, after all, FloriDUH, and we don't know how to count ballots here. If the situation were reversed, I would have demanded a recount on behalf of his opponent. So, after two judges denied his request, the St. Lucie County canvassing board decided a recount of all the early voting ballots was called for. And after the count, Patrick Murphy's lead increased by 200 votes. So, Mr. West, it's time for you to leave. Now... So much to talk about today.. we'll unwind the Petreaus scandal (is [...]