John Sexton

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Report: Obama Admin Failed to Inform Congress Because of Taliban Threat

During a briefing with Senators Wednesday the White House offered a new excuse for failing to notify them 30 days prior to the prisoner swap as required by law. The AP reports the Taliban threatened to kill Bowe Bergdahl if word of the deal leaked ahead of time. Jun 5, 2014 10:42 AM PT

How Dare Republicans Interrupt White House Grandstanding with Inconvenient Facts

There's a breaking news story today which is set to completely change our understanding of the Bergdahl prisoner exchange. From Buzzfeed "A former Bush Administration official hired, then resigned, as Mitt Romney’s foreign policy spokesman played a key role in publicizing critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the released prisoner of war." Jun 3, 2014 10:45 AM PT

Where the Piketty vs. Financial Times Debate Finally Landed

The debate between French economist Thomas Piketty and the Financial Times continued to play out last week, though it was overshadowed by VA news and the resignation of two administration figures. Here's what you may have missed. Jun 2, 2014 3:20 PM PT

VA Knew of Wait Time Related Deaths in 2013

Nothing about the current VA scandal is new. Not the wait times, not the abuse of scheduling procedures, not even the deaths of veterans waiting for appointments. All of this has been previously reported as far back as 2001 in the case of scheduling issues and early 2013 in the case of deaths resulting from long wait times. May 29, 2014 12:13 PM PT

VA Supporters Should Stop Citing Dubious VA Wait Time Data

It wouldn't make much sense to cite Enron's annual reports after word broke that the books were being cooked. Similarly, it doesn't make much sense to cite VA wait times when the veracity of that data is (and has been) highly suspect. May 28, 2014 4:34 PM PT

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik Gets It Wrong

As I write this more than 131k people have shared Adam Gopnik's story directly blaming the Santa Barbara murders on the NRA. Gopnik gives himself leeway to cast blame in this direct way because the father of one of the victims did so. May 27, 2014 10:36 AM PT

Thomas Piketty: Critique of His Work Is 'Just Ridiculous'

In his statement to Bloomberg Sunday he appeared more combative saying there was "no mistake or error" in his work. He did finally respond to one of the serious charges--that he had misused data on wealth in the UK--saying the data the Financial Times relied on in its criticism was "very low quality." May 26, 2014 6:52 PM PT

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