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White House to Release Memo About Drone Attacks on U.S. Citizens

The American public will soon get a look into the decision-making process that led to the Obama administration’s use of drones to target U.S. citizens suspected of conducting terrorist activities abroad.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE


Krugman
Wikimedia Commons / Prolineserver

Krugman on Bybee and the ‘Apparatchiks’

Clearly, Paul Krugman, pictured above, is no fan of federal Judge Jay Bybee, legislative enabler of the “enhanced interrogation technique” that’s become one shameful symbol of the past eight years: waterboarding. You know it’s not good when Newt Gingrich is held up as a paragon of a bygone, and preferable, brand of Republicanism.

Posted on Apr 27, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney

Cheney, Rove Struck by ‘Balzheimer’s Disease’

What has emboldened Dick Cheney and Karl Rove to so brazenly criticize the new administration? Has Cheney lost his trademark sneer since he left the White House? All this and more in this clip from Wednesday’s “Daily Show” episode.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Chris Greenberg

Secret Bush Memos Gave President Even More Power

President Bush’s memo fetish is well documented, but the Obama administration has just made public a series of memos that said the executive had extraordinary powers far beyond those traditionally considered legal. According to the crack legal minds of the Bush administration, the president could overrule the other branches of government.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE



DoD

PR Worries Stalled Release of Gitmo Inmates

A 2006 memo from the State Department to the U.S. Transportation Command suggested holding Guantanamo detainees after they had been cleared in order to avoid bad press. “Got it ... Thank you,” was the reply, and indeed, no prisoners flew out of Guantanamo for three months.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 READ MORE


Seat at the Table
change.gov

Team Obama’s New Transparency Tactic

If the secret policy wonk in you has always hankered to sit in on those exciting meetings that happen in elite circles of government, you’re in luck—members of the Obama transition team have found another way to use the Web with their new “Seat at the Table” initiative.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE



Composite: realclearpolitics.com / Flickr (marcn)

McCain’s Pollster Is Optimistic

Don’t count John McCain out just yet. His personal pollster recently told the campaign that “impressive strides over the last week of tracking” mean the race could “easily be too close to call by next Tuesday.” That sounds like obligatory fluff to some politicos, but NBC’s Chuck Todd sees it differently.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / aesop

McCain Camp Assails Book-Banning Report as a ‘Smear’

Team McCain has rejected the “vicious smear” that as mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin wanted to ban books from the local library, but the campaign’s 1,615-word memo on the subject indirectly supports the accusation. As Palin’s mayoral predecessor recalls, “She asked the library how she could go about banning books.” According to the Anchorage Daily News, she also fired the library director “without warning” for “not fully supporting her efforts to govern.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


elephant
Flickr / exfordy

Are Republicans Running Scared?

The GOP was already bracing for a tough political year, but losses in three special elections prompted Rep. Tom Davis to send a panicked note to Republican leaders: “The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006 when we lost thirty seats.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


John Yoo
Washington Post / Karen Ballard

Torture’s Poet Laureate

A recently declassified memo shines the spotlight once again on John “Take Them to the Point of Death” Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and once deputy legal counsel in the Justice Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Justice Investigates Itself Over Waterboarding Approval

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating memos and opinions rendered by the department that endorsed the practice of waterboarding, which many consider to be torture. The inquiry is unrelated to the FBI’s criminal investigation of the CIA, which destroyed video recordings of the waterboarding of suspects.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Crocker and Bush
White House photo / Eric Draper

Crocker Sounds Alarm on Iraqi Refugees

In a terse State Department memo, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker admonishes America’s acceptance of Iraqi refugees as critically slow. Crocker estimates that it would take the U.S. nearly two years to process and admit 10,000 refugees referred for resettlement to the U.S.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Rummy and Joyce
men.style.com/GQ

Rumsfeld Disowns the War

The former defense secretary graces the pages of October’s GQ (of all places) to make some bold assertions, claiming he was not a driving force behind the Iraq war and that he warned the president of many of the problems that have come to pass.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


Former DOJ Lawyer Blasts Bush Torture Policy

Wouldn’t it have been chillingly fascinating to watch White House bigwigs in action sometime around 2003, while they played fast and loose with executive power and international law? 

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
MichaelMoore.com

Damage Control Time for Blue Cross

A Blue Cross exec sent out a memo with talking points to help company employees handle the fallout resulting from filmmaker Michael Moore’s scathing take on the American healthcare system, “SiCKO”—and Moore got his hands on it. Oops!  (H/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Starbucks Feels the Strain of World Domination

In a memo distributed to top executives, Starbucks’ chairman warned that rapid expansion had unfortunately contributed to the “dilution” and “commoditization of the Starbucks experience.” Howard Schultz charmingly went on to lament specific examples of the company’s “cookie cutter” problem, but then concluded the letter in a manner one would expect from a Starbucks executive: “This must be eradicated.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
gothamgazette.com

Giuliani’s Campaign Strategy in the Wild

Likely presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s campaign has soured before it even began, after a strategic black book went missing. The document outlines the former New York mayor’s fund-raising plans, as well as his weaknesses, offering an edge to prospective opponents.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Rumsfeld
DoD / R.D. Ward

Rumsfeld Memo Calls for ‘Major Adjustment’

Another confidential memo has landed in the hands of The New York Times, this one written by Don Rumsfeld himself. The disgraced former defense secretary suggested major changes in Iraq strategy, including the possibility of troop withdrawals: “In my view it is time for a major adjustment.” Bush apparently agreed, firing Rumsfeld just two days later.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Hadley and Maliki
Left: mosnews.com / Right: turkishpress.com

White House Memo Critiques Iraqi PM

The New York Times has obtained a secret memo by National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley that offers a frank assessment of the Iraqi prime minister: “... The reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests [Nouri al-Maliki] is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2006 READ MORE


fox news memo
huffingtonpost.com

Fox News Memo Toes Party Line

The Huffington Post has obtained an internal memo from Fox News outlining the network’s strategy following the U.S. midterm election: “And let’s be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem-controlled congress.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


memo
Media Matters

Air America Blacklisted

An ABC Radio Networks internal memo lists almost 100 companies, including FedEx, McDonald’s and Microsoft, that refuse to have their ads run during Air America programming. (h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Memo Proves Condi Made False Statements to Press

A terrorism memo sent from Richard Clarke to Condoleezza Rice in 2001 directly contradicts what the secretary of state told reporters Monday. Raw Story has the details.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Private Boehner Memo on Iraq Surfaces

Think Progress got ahold of Majority Leader John Boehner?s confidential strategy memo for Thursday?s congressional debate on the Iraq war. Think Progress says the memo aims to “exploit,” “attack” and “create a false choice.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


Mark Danner
From MarkDanner.com

Mark Danner Waves the Smoking Gun

New Yorker staff writer and Berkeley professor Mark Danner has a new book exploring America’s scandalous indifference to the Downing Street Memo—the “smoking gun” that all but proves Bush was set on going to war in Iraq eight months before the actual invasion.

  • Read the Buzzflash interview

  • Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Bush Aide Advises Rattling Saber on Iran for Political Gain

    Josh Bolten, the president’s new chief of staff, has reportedly counseled Bush that talking tough on Iran will shore up his national security polling numbers.
    Update: Oh, yeah: Iran may pull out of the nonproliferation treaty.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Jack Jones walks through a heavily damaged Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 22.
    Eric Gay / AP

    Internal Documents on Katrina Prep Make Liar Out of Bush

    Bush said no one “anticipated the breach of the levees.” Well, actually, 48 hours before the storm hit, the Dept. of Homeland Security sent the White House a memo warning exactly of that. | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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