John Sexton

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How the White House Reined In Criticism of President Obama at Think Progress

When bloggers at Think Progress became too critical of President Obama's Afghanistan war policy their bosses at the Center for American Progress heard about it from the White House. Shortly thereafter, Think Progress writers were "berated" by supervisors for "creating daylight" between CAP and the White House. Mar 10, 2014 9:38 AM PT

CPAC Audience: Legalize It!

There are things you expect to see at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and there are things you don't. One of the things you probably don't is an audience cheering and applauding arguments for legalizing pot and bemoaning the war on drugs. Mar 7, 2014 8:47 AM PT

Benghazi Panel to Boehner: Time for a Bipartisan Commission

The National Security Action Conference hosted by Breitbart News across the street from CPAC featured a panel on the Benghazi scandal Thursday. There was a consistent message at the panel: We haven't heard the complete truth about what happened in Benghazi and it's time for Speaker Boehner to authorize a bipartisan commission to investigate. Mar 6, 2014 10:58 AM PT

Flashback: Lois Lerner Said IRS Was Under Pressure to 'Fix' Problem of Political Money

Lois Lerner appeared briefly before Rep. Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee Wednesday morning and once again asserted her 5th amendment right not to answer questions. But back in October 2010 Lerner did speak to a group of at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and came as close as she ever has to admitting a possible motive for the IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) groups. Mar 5, 2014 10:12 AM PT

Video: Russian Special Forces in Face Off with Ukrainian Navy (Updated)

Russian Special Forces faced off with members of the Ukrainian Navy today at a base located in the city of Sevastopol. According to a report, the Russians entered a Ukrainian Navy training base to collect weapons. When they tried to leave the Ukrainians surrounded their Armored Personnel Carrier and refused to move. Mar 2, 2014 12:38 PM PT

Good Grief! Obama Plays Charlie Brown to Putin's Lucy Once Again

Remember the Peanuts cartoon where Lucy promises to hold the football for Charlie Brown then pulls it away at the last moment? Something similar happened between the U.S. and Russia this week. From the Russian soldiers now stationed in Crimea you can probably guess which side is flat on it's back and which side is holding the ball. Feb 28, 2014 10:42 PM PT

Images of Today's Protests in Venezuela

President Maduro attempted to dampen protests his week by extending the Carnival holiday to include Thursday and Friday. But thousands of protesters went into the streets anyway. What follows are some images that appeared on Twitter today: Feb 27, 2014 3:26 PM PT

Video: Venezuelan Police Officer Beats Woman Protester with Metal Helmet

A video posted to You Tube yesterday shows the kind of violence against protesters that is becoming more common in Venezuela. A member of a riot police squad in Valencia first sits on the chest of a young woman, trapping her hands, then removes her own helmet to beat the young woman in the face with it. Feb 26, 2014 11:42 AM PT

Venezuela's Real Inflation Rate May Be Much Higher Than 56 Percent

One of the major factors driving protests in Venezuela is the high rate of inflation which means the purchasing power of the Bolivar has dropped substantially. Currently inflation is 3-4 percent per month, which works out to an annual rate of 56 percent. That's the highest rate in South America, but Prof. Steve Hanke of Johns Hopkins and the Cato Institute thinks the real rate may be considerably higher. Feb 26, 2014 10:20 AM PT

Obamacare Enrolls 4 Million (with an asterisk)

Four million people have now enrolled in private health plans under Obamacare according to President Obama. There is still an asterisk on that number as it includes hundreds of thousands of people who insurers report did not pay a premium by January deadlines. Feb 25, 2014 4:48 PM PT

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