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Benjamin Netanyahu

Report Blasts Israel’s Netanyahu For Lavish Personal Spending

A scathing report from the state comptroller is shaking up Israel’s elections.

February 17, 2015
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber resigns

In Oregon, A ‘Bizarre And Unprecedented’ Week Of Political Drama

Inside one of the strangest political scandals in memory.

February 16, 2015
John Kitzhaber

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Resigns Amid Ethics Investigations

John Kitzhaber is stepping down as Oregon governor.

February 13, 2015
John Kitzhaber

Drama Builds As Oregon Governor Is Urged To Resign

What on Earth is going on with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber?

February 13, 2015
Photo: NBC News anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at 2014 Stand Up For Heroes at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City (AFP/Andrew H. Walker)

Why I’m Pulling For Brian Williams

Connie Schultz explains why journalists want Williams’ career to survive.

February 11, 2015
New York capitol

New York’s Heastie Set To Lead Assembly As First Black Speaker

Meet the man who will likely replace Sheldon Silver as New York Assembly speaker.

January 30, 2015
David Petraeus

Talk Of Petraeus Indictment Raises Legal Questions For His Ex-Paramour

David Petraeus’ former paramour may be in legal trouble, too.

January 13, 2015
Chris Christie CPAC

New Jersey’s GOP Lawmakers Blast Bridgegate Committee

Republicans are rallying to Chris Christie’s defense.

December 9, 2014
George Washington Bridge

Friend Offered Advice To Port Authority Executive As Bridge Scandal Raged

By Shawn Boburg, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Two days after an email surfaced in January linking the George Washington Bridge lane closures to a deputy chief of staff in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office — and with questions swirling about who else was involved — a top Port Authority executive who […]

September 9, 2014
Veterans

VA Audit Tracks Mental Health Care

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Andrew Danecki, a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, suffers from sleep apnea that left him nodding off on the sofa and behind the wheel of his car. He said he waited eight months to get a sleep study performed at the Durham VA […]

June 18, 2014
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WATCH: Joe Conason Discusses Bergdahl Controversy On MSNBC’s ‘The Reid Report’

National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason discussed the controversy surrounding the swap of five Taliban officials for American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s The Reid Report with host Joy Reid. Video of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC.com:

June 5, 2014
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Panel In Bridge Scandal Focuses On Christie’s Chief Of Staff

By Melissa Hayes, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) TRENTON, N.J.– The legislative panel investigating the Port Authority is turning its attention to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s chief of staff, one of two men tasked with questioning employees in the governor’s office about their involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closures. It was Kevin O’Dowd who […]

June 5, 2014
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Christie Aide Details Workings Of Office At Heart Of Bridge Scandal

By Melissa Hayes and John Reitmeyer, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) TRENTON, N.J. — An aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie detailed the inner workings of the political outreach office at the heart of the George Washington Bridge scandal, telling lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday about a supervisor who seemed to take orders rather than […]

May 7, 2014
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Bridge Scandal Panel Looks To Get Insider’s View Of Christie Office

By Melissa Hayes, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) TRENTON, N.J. — A former aide in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office is scheduled to appear before lawmakers Tuesday at the first in the latest series of hearings as the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures continues. Christina Renna is expected to answer questions about her […]

May 6, 2014
New York Times

Jayson Blair And All The Lies Not Fit To Print

Why did you do it? The movie opens with that question. In response, Jayson Blair makes a joke. “This one again,” he mutters, rolling his eyes in mock consternation at the predictability of it. But predictable as it is and as long as he’s had to ponder it, Blair still ends up punting. “I don’t […]

May 5, 2014
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MH370 Relatives Reject Malaysian Conclusions On Plane

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Relatives of flight MH370 passengers have denounced the Malaysian government’s suggestion that it would soon look into issuing death certificates for those on board despite no proof yet of what happened to the plane. The statement, issued in response to a weekend briefing that Malaysian officials gave to families in Kuala […]

April 22, 2014
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Pleas Close A Chapter In Bell Corruption Scandal

By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—The long-running Bell corruption scandal drew toward an end Wednesday when five former council members pleaded no contest to criminal charges and agreed to pay restitution to the small, cash-strapped city that could approach $1 million. The pleas end the prosecution of seven officials accused of […]

April 10, 2014
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IRS Chief, House Panel Clash Over Scandal-Related Documents

By Lalita Clozel, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The head of the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it would take years to turn over all the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee in its investigation of the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative groups. During a confrontational hearing, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen […]

March 27, 2014
Kevin Spacey

Netflix Drama ‘House Of Cards’ Returns En Masse

Washington (AFP) – What better way to spend Valentine’s Day but to binge out on the machinations of the most duplicitous Washington power couple ever to grace the small screen? “House of Cards” returns Friday to Netflix, the Internet streaming video service that threw away the Hollywood playbook a year ago when it sent out […]

February 12, 2014
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Poll: Christie’s Popularity Slips, Big Majority Doubts Governor Is Being Honest

In a major warning sign to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), a new USA Today/Pew Research Center poll shows the Republican’s popularity slipping – even outside the tri-state area. The embattled governor is currently facing questions over his possible involvement in or knowledge of lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September and his use – or […]

January 21, 2014
Hoboken Superstorm Sandy

WATCH: New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Denies Holding Sandy Aid Hostage

New Jersey lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno (R) unequivocally denied allegations that she threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy relief aid from the city of Hoboken unless its mayor approved a real estate project, in a Monday morning statement to the press. Dawn Zimmer (D), the mayor of Hoboken, alleged over the weekend that embattled governor Chris Christie’s […]

January 20, 2014
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Hollande Vows To Deal With Affair Fallout In Private

Paris (AFP) – French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to deal with the fallout from his affair with an actress in private, defiantly batting away questions over the future of Valerie Treirweiler. Looking stiff and stressed at a packed press conference, the Socialist leader admitted the couple were going through “painful moments” and indicated that […]

January 14, 2014

Solyndra’s Bankruptcy: Another Watergate — Or Another Whitewater?

When the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives last year, they vowed to launch dozens, perhaps hundreds, of shocking investigations of the Obama administration. So far their Congressional probing powers haven’t produced much in the way of shock, let alone awe. In the failure of Solyndra — a solar energy company subsidized with […]

September 15, 2011

Brooks is Out: Top Murdoch Lieutenant Resigns

LONDON (AP) — Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s loyal lieutenant, resigned Friday as chief executive of his embattled British newspapers, becoming the biggest casualty so far in the phone hacking scandal at a now-defunct Sunday tabloid. Murdoch had defended the 43-year-old Brooks in the face of demands from British politicians that she step down, and had […]

July 15, 2011
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Report: FBI Is Investigating Murdoch

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims, a law enforcement official said Thursday. The official spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. […]

July 14, 2011