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  •  There is going to be massive backlash (31+ / 0-)

    Benghazi has no there there, as it turns out this was more of a CIA al Qaeda listening post than an embassy and Chris Stevens was there proactively arranging that the single area with the most intensive record of volunteering fro Al Qaeda operations was shut down by the Libyan Groups with whom we had achieved very cooperative relationships after assisting with their ouster of Qaddafi.

    The 501 C (4) proliferation of Tea Party Patriot conservative political groups seeking private non profit tax status encountered the 1954 tax code provision that tax exempt private non profits be exclusively concerned with social relief programs, charities, disaster relief, educational efforts or other things that benefited the community while prohibiting political activities on behalf of any particular candidate.

    The justice departments investigation of white house leaks that were viewed as costing American lives was called for by McCain.

    As you note the GOP groups are conspiring among themselves to obstruct the governments attempts to do anything which might actually benefit the American people, regulate environmental pollution, tax corporate CEO's at the same rate as their secretaries, grow the economy out of the Grand Bush Depression, end the foreign wars that are depleting our treasury, provide programs to reinvest in and recover our infrastructure, programs to reform healthcare and make it affordable, gun control, immigration, a raise to the minimum wage and protections for the elderly poor by protecting and expanding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:03:48 AM PDT

    •  Republicans just got the tables turned on them (19+ / 0-)

      ...on Benghazi. Big time.

      If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:46:37 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly (17+ / 0-)

        This is a perfect example of what Cook is advising Republicans to do.  Of course, being Republicans, they can't leak without lying and cheating.  And the MSM, being themselves, couldn't report their way out of a paper bag.  So while Cook's tactic sounds sensible in theory, it's Keystone Kops in practice.

        I wonder if Republican leakers will be given the same police-state treatment that whistleblowers in general have gotten from Holder's DOJ?  Maybe that's one way to get this administration to crack down on Republican malfeasances.  They sure don't seem eager to take on any other ones, from torture to IRS tax code undeserved favors.

        If you want to cut Social Security, you're not a real Democrat.

        by Dallasdoc on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:27:43 AM PDT

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        •  The thing that pops out for me in Cook's piece (6+ / 0-)

          is that he presumes that "sources" will automatically be unnamed.  "Sound theory" in one sense, but corrupt and dishonest.  He is taking an important, serious tool of journalism, reporter privilege, and abusing it.  He's not using it to protect anyone's safety or employment security.  He's using it to obscure political motives.

          Any decent news source at least has some written guidelines on the qualifying needs and limits of invoking reporter privilege.

          The NYT:

          Principles for Granting Anonymity

          The use of unidentified sources is reserved for situations in which the newspaper could not otherwise print information it considers reliable and newsworthy. When we use such sources, we accept an obligation not only to convince a reader of their reliability but also to convey what we can learn of their motivation – as much as we can supply to let a reader know whether the sources have a clear point of view on the issue under discussion.

          In routine interviewing – that is, most of the interviewing we do – anonymity must not be automatic or an assumed condition. In that kind of reporting, anonymity should not be offered to a source. Exceptions will occur in the reporting of highly sensitive stories, when it is we who have sought out a source who may face legal jeopardy or loss of livelihood for speaking with us. Similarly they will occur in approaches to authoritative officials in government who, as a matter of policy, do not speak for attribution. On those occasions, we may use an offer of anonymity as a wedge to make telephone contact, get an interview or learn a fact. In such a case, the reporter should press the source, after the conversation, to go on the record with the newsworthy information that has emerged.

          Cook is not just partisan here.  He is dishonest and without integrity.

          I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

          by Satya1 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:16:24 AM PDT

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        •  didn't the Heritage Foundation advise the same? (4+ / 0-)

          Telling GOPers to NOT govern, but instead spend all their time hyping manufactured scandals 24/7.

          Republicans are well aware that brainwashing works well with some Americans.

          "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

          by MartyM on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:09:51 AM PDT

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    •  This is so obviously a repeat of 1998 and 1998 (10+ / 0-)

      is not far enough in the past that people have forgotten the GOP witch hunt, that you're right, it is going to backfire on them. They are so bad at this - it's so obvious this is all fake scandals.

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