U.S. Drone Policy Under Scrutiny

Feb 7, 2013, 10:17 pm EDT
U.S. Drone Policy Under Scrutiny

With pressure mounting on the Obama administration regarding its drone policy — in particular, its policy on targeted killings with drones — the president and his supporters have been trying to fight back against criticism.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama released to the Senate and House intelligence committees the Justice Department memos that authorized the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki in Yemen in 2011. Awlaki worked with Al Qaeda as a recruiter and spokesman, and was previously from New Mexico.

What prompted the release was complaints by senators prepping for Central Intelligence Agency director nominee John Brennan’s confirmation hearing in the Senate today. For months, they had been demanding information on the Awlaki killing, as well as information on other aspects of the drone strike program spearheaded by the CIA. Read 

Timothy Geithner’s New Job Isn’t on Wall Street

Feb 7, 2013, 10:51 am EDT

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a senior fellow.

Geithner served as a senior fellow at the CFR more than a decade ago prior to joining the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was later president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before being tapped to head Treasury by President Obama in 2009, the Los Angeles Times notes.

During his time at Treasury, Geithner oversaw hundreds of billions of dollars in federal bailouts to Wall Street banks. Read 

Christie Slams Doc Over Weight Concerns

Feb 6, 2013, 9:50 pm EDT
Christie Slams Doc Over Weight Concerns

If you’re trying to get on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s good side, don’t talk about his weight.

That was the lesson learned by former White House doctor Connie Mariano after she said Christie could die in office if he didn’t drop some pounds.

After Mariano’s comments on CNN, Christie fired back today. Read 

Fox Fires Commentator Dick Morris

Feb 6, 2013, 9:30 am EDT

Controversial political commentator Dick Morris will no longer be appearing on News Corp’s (NASDAQ:NWS) Fox News.

The network announced that it would not be renewing his contract, reports the Associated Press. Morris hasn’t appeared often on the network following last November’s election. He was a staunch supporter of Republican candidate Mitt Romney and predicted — until the end — a landslide victory for Romney.

Morris — who was once a senior political adviser to Democratic President Bill Clinton until a sex scandal brought him down — has also come under criticism for his website. On it, he accepted advertising from candidates about whom he opined on Fox News. Read 

Obama Asks Congress For Short-Term Budget Deal

Feb 5, 2013, 8:20 pm EDT
Obama Asks Congress For Short-Term Budget Deal

President Barack Obama put pressure on Congress today to pass a short-term budget deal to avoid automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take place on March 1.

In a short statement released today in the White House briefing room, Obama said, “Let’s keep on chipping away at this problem together, as Democrats and Republicans, to give our workers and our businesses the support that they need to thrive in the weeks and months ahead.”

The president’s plan involves both spending cuts and tax increases, although it did not specify what the cuts or increases might be, how much the deal would be for, or how long it would last. Obama’s goal is to avoid sequestration, which would implement across the board spending cuts on March 1, save for Social Security and Medicaid. Read 

McCain Takes Heat for ‘Racist’ Tweet

Feb 5, 2013, 11:08 am EDT
McCain Takes Heat for ‘Racist’ Tweet

A joke about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, tweeted by Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, drew quick criticism from U.S. Representative Justin Amash. a fellow Republican.

The Arizona senator sent out a tweet noting that the Iranian president has expressed a desire to be his nation’s first man in space. “Wasn’t he there last week?” McCain added, referencing Iran’s recent claims — disputed by many experts — to have launched a monkey into orbit and safely returned it to Earth, NBCNews notes.

Amash, who represents Michigan, issued his own tweet, chiding McCain for making “racist jokes.” In response, McCain tweeted “can’t everyone take a joke?” Read 

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