It was revealed this week that the U.S. Justice Department (USDOJ) obtained more than two months of telephone records including outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters from Associated Press at offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Connecticut. The AP said the seizure also included records of the primary number for the [...]
U.S. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department (USDOJ) surreptitiously obtained more than two months worth of phone records from Associated Press offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Connecticut – the wire service announced this week.
The “massive and unprecedented intrusion” affected more than twenty telephone lines – and included work and personal numbers for reporters [...]
For a few minutes this afternoon, the entire nation (or at least anybody following Twitter) took a deep breath …
Why? Because the world’s largest news outlet – the Associated Press – tweeted that two explosions had taken place inside The White House and that U.S. President Barack Obama was injured.
Take a look …
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Poland’s national airline will not fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliners until October, citing “uncertainty” over the next generation airplane’s immediate future. That’s obviously a much longer window than analysts were anticipating.
“We want to carry our passangers in a forseeable and safe way,” a spokesman for the airline told the Associated Press.
The Dreamliner has been grounded [...]
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE REPORTER’S DEATH LEAVES A GAPING VOID
Veteran Associated Press reporter Jim Davenport died on New Year’s Eve – losing a two-year battle with cancer. He was 54 years old – and is survived by his wife and a teenage daughter.
Davenport went public with his diagnosis in September 2010 but continued to work [...]
TWO TIGERS MAKE COACHES’ FIRST TEAM … BUT DID THEY DESERVE IT?
There’s no question that Clemson University quarterback Tajh Boyd was the best player in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year – which is why we have no problem with him being named the 2012 ACC Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior completed 66.6 [...]
ONE DOWN, FOUR TO GO
University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is officially an All-American … but will he be the Gamecocks’ first unanimous first-team selection?
He sure as hell should be …
Clowney – who leads the NCAA in sacks and tackles for losses – was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) first team [...]
WIRE SERVICE MUFFS CALL IN S.C. HOUSE RACE
With “100 percent” of precincts reporting on election night, Democrat Joe McCulloch defeated Republican Kirkman Finlay in the race for S.C. House District 75 – according to the Associated Press.
In fact the AP gave McCulloch a 53-47 percent electoral edge in its final calculations – not to mention [...]
ADMISSION OF GUILT?
Although it’s given scant treatment in a lengthy Associated Press “love tap” on S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s big campaign finance scandal … there’s a recent revelation that could create real problems for the powerful “Republican in Name Only.”
According to AP reporter Seanna Adcox – who bent over backward to give the corrupt [...]
INITIAL ESTIMATE COULD CLIMB, THOUGH
The S.C. Commerce Department says that taxpayers shelled out $54,000 for S.C. Gov. Haley’s latest “economic development” trip – a weeklong jaunt to Tokyo, Japan earlier this month.
And it was money well spent, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt told The Associated Press.
Of course state estimates of travel costs have been way off [...]
Big spending “Republicans’ in the S.C. House of Representatives begin deliberations this week on the 2012-13 state budget – which we’re anticipating will clock in at roughly $23 billion (slightly north of what S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley proposed last month).
And while the mainstream media continues to perpetuate the myth that state lawmakers only appropriate around [...]
After backtracking on reform during her 2010 gubernatorial campaign, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has become pretty much a non-factor as it relates to education policy.
That’s too bad … our state needs a leader on this issue. Badly.
Having said that, Haley doesn’t deserve to be attacked (or praised) for cutting education funding.
According to the Associated Press, [...]