Monday, March 9, 2015

Obama Sent Hill Private Email, Despite Denying He Knew About It

President Barack Obama exchanged emails with Hillary Clinton on her private, nongovernmental account while she was serving as secretary of state, the White House said Monday. But he did not know that she used a private system exclusively for government business, press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

 Obama “did, over the course of his first several years in office, trade emails with the secretary of state,” Earnest said. “I would not describe the number of emails as large, but they did have the occasion to email one another.”

Obama told CBS in an interview broadcast over the weekend that he found out that Clinton had set up and maintained a private system that she used for official business “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”

“The point that the president was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address — he did,” Earnest said. “But he was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up, or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act.”

That information, first disclosed by the New York Times, has raised questions about whether Clinton’s messages to other senior officials were secure and whether she used the arrangement to withhold messages that would normally be archived for potential future public release....More

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Brian Lyin' on Flyin' and on Katrina Baby

 The U.S. Army commander of the joint task force during Hurricane Katrina says Brian Williams’ story about seeing a dead body float by his New Orleans hotel room during the 2005 storm is “suspect.”

 Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré told CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday that the flooding around Williams’ hotel — the Ritz-Carlton — at the time the NBC News anchor said he saw the body float by would likely not have been high enough, as there was relatively little flooding in the French Quarter, the area where Williams was staying.

“It would be very suspect,” Honoré said. “But anything’s possible.”

Honoré said while it was possible Williams saw a dead body float by, it was unlikely because the water was “well below knee level around the Ritz-Carlton.”

The retired general also said if Williams did see a dead body, he should’ve reported it to authorities or tried to help the victim.

“If he was a newsman and saw a body floating by his hotel, why didn’t he go grab it? Why didn’t he get somebody and report it?” Honoré wondered. “Either report it — which you’re supposed to do — or as a human being go out and try to assist that person or get somebody.”

Williams also said his hotel was “overrun with gangs,” an assertion Honoré said was never corroborated.

Honoré’s comments come as stories Williams told on and off air are under intense scrutiny after the “NBC Nightly News” anchor admitted last week he embellished his experience in Iraq, where he said a helicopter he had been traveling in during a 2003 sandstorm came under fire....More 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Silver Rusts in Corruption Bust

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was charged on Thursday with five criminal counts stemming from a lengthy corruption investigation, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

 The political powerbroker, in the Assembly since 1977 and its most influential Democrat as speaker since 1994, was accused of fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and other charges in using his "power and influence" to obtain "millions" in bribes and kickbacks, the criminal complaint said. Source

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Peyton Chokes Again, Some Say Time to Go

 DENVER – The narratives about Peyton Manning failing in the playoffs yet again feel different this time.

 This wasn’t Manning, not as we’ve known him since he came into the NFL in 1998.

 Maybe Sunday’s 24-13 divisional-round loss to the Indianapolis Colts was it for Manning. After a game in which Manning struggled to throw the ball – that was a theme for most of the second half of the season – he couldn’t say if he would return for another season with the Denver Broncos.

 “Uh, yeah, I guess I just can’t give that simple answer,” Manning said. “I can’t say that. I could not say that.”

 This isn't how Manning wanted to go out, and it’s certainly not how the Broncos envisioned this postseason going.

 Manning said he wasn’t hurt. He said he suffered a thigh injury against San Diego on Dec. 14, but that’s the only injury he had and he felt good coming into Sunday’s game.

 Maybe he’s just a 38-year-old quarterback with multiple neck surgeries on his medical record. Time catches up with all athletes. As great as Manning has been, he won’t be an exception to that.

 The Broncos told us a while ago that Manning wasn’t the same quarterback he was a year ago. In the second half of the season the Broncos built their offense around running back C.J. Anderson. You don’t do that if Manning, who had arguably the greatest season for a quarterback in NFL history in 2013, was at his peak. They knew....More 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Screech UnSaved, Busted on Knife-Wielding Charges


 Police in the Lake Michigan-bordering city of Port Washington told the Associated Press they had responded to an 11.15pm call.

 Diamond told police he accidentally stabbed a man, who was not seriously injured, while two men were harassing his fiancee, according to the criminal complaint. His fiancee was also charged with disorderly conduct.

 Diamond appeared on Friday afternoon in Ozaukee County court. Bail was set at $10,000.

 In August, Diamond began playing a version of himself off-Broadway in a Saved by the Bell spoof called Bayside! The Musical!

 While promoting the show that month, he said his recent dalliances with fame were largely faked, including a controversial memoir about his experience on Saved by the Bell and the release of a sex tape he allegedly appeared in....More
Dustin Diamond, who starred as Screech Powers in the hit 1990s television show Saved by the Bell, was arrested in Wisconsin on Friday, over an alleged stabbing at a bar. He was charged with felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'Lost Cos'by Now in Trouble Over Molesting 15 yr Old

 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby was sued Tuesday by a Southern California woman who claims the comedian molested her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old.
Judy Huth's sexual battery lawsuit does not specify how much she is seeking from Cosby, who has in recent weeks faced renewed accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women for many years. 

Huth's lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, however, is the first time that a woman has claimed she was underage when she was abused, and it is the first lawsuit Cosby has faced claiming sexual abuse since 2005. 

Huth's lawsuit states that she and a 16-year-old friend first met Cosby at a Los Angeles-area film shoot and the comedian gave the girls drinks a week later at a tennis club.

The lawsuit states that Cosby took them to the Playboy Mansion after several drinks, and told the teenagers to lie and say they were 19 years old if asked. Her lawsuit states Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him with his hand. 

An email message sent to Cosby's attorney Martin Singer was not immediately returned. Singer has denied previous accusations or said the women raising the claims in interviews had been discredited. 

Singer's statement does not apply to a lawsuit brought in 2005 by Andrea Constand, who claimed Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. Constand, who worked for the women's basketball team at Temple University, and Cosby settled the case before trial....More

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Toys R Us Pulls Breaking Bad Dolls

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

 The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines.

 Toys R Us, which is based in Wayne, New Jersey, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed immediately from its website and shelves.

 "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical," Toys R Us said in a statement. The retailer had maintained that the figures were sold in limited quantities in the adult-action-figure area of its stores.

 The Fort Myers, Florida, mom, identified by news media as Susan Schrivjer, launched a petition on last week, demanding that Toys R Us immediately stop selling the dolls. The mom, who wrote the petition under the name Susan Myers, said that the dolls are a "dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."

 "While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters," she wrote.

 As of Tuesday, the petition had 8,000 signatures.

 On Monday, Bryan Cranston, the actor who played White, responded to the controversy, tweeting, "I'm so mad. I am burning my Florida mom action figure in protest."
The debate has also spurred die-hard adult figure collectors to rally behind Toys R US. Daniel Pickett, of Manhattan Beach, California, launched a petition on in favor of the toy seller keeping the dolls. So far, it has collected nearly 3,000 signatures....More

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reality Pair Cancelled -- Bruce & Kris Split

Another marriage the Kardashians couldn't keep up.

 Family matriarch Kris Jenner dispatched her lawyer to Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday to file for divorce from estranged husband Bruce Jenner.

 The petition comes nearly a year after they announced their separation.

 "We are living separately and we are much happier this way," they said in a joint statement last October. "But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority."

According to the filing, obtained by The Insider With Yahoo, Kris cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce. She requests joint custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Kylie. (Their other daughter, Kendall, is 18.) Kris also seeks to retain her jewelry and all assets from the date of separation, listed as June 1, 2013.

Bruce, 64, and Kris, 58, tied the knot in 1991, bringing together a big brood that included Kris's kids Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, and Rob, and Bruce's kids Brody, Brandon, Casey, and Burt.

This was the third marriage for the former Olympic gold medalist, who was previously wed to Linda Thompson (1981-84) and Christi Crownover (1972-81). Kris, meanwhile, was married to the late Robert Kardashian from 1978 until 1991.

Bruce and Kris's separate lives became a plot point on their E! series Keeping Up With the Kardashians, as Kris lorded over their Calabasas, California, mansion and Bruce shacked up in his Malibu "man cave."...More
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