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DOJ: Holder Did Nothing Wrong and We Promise He Won't Do It Again

DOJ representatives continue to insist that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the actions of Attorney General Eric Holder in characterizing reporters as "potential criminals" and "flight risks" in order to obtain subpoenas for extensive phone record and email surveillance. But, according to the Washington Post's account of the briefing, Holder described all of the ways that he intends to behave differently in the future: May 31, 2013 8:10 AM PT

Morning Joe: GOP Loses Elections Because They Don't Listen To Me

"This is very important for my Republican brethren You don’t have to listen to me. God knows you haven’t — and you’ve lost election after election after election. You want to keep losing, you go ahead and do that if you’re comfortable with it. Apparently you are." May 31, 2013 5:52 AM PT

Brokaw: Obama Scandals Not As Bad As Abu Ghraib

Brokaw seems to be employing a tactic common among has-been journalists these days. They seem to be afraid that any story seen as "bigger" than the stories they covered in their day somehow diminishes their life work, and therefore any suggestion to this effect must be smacked down immediately. May 31, 2013 4:30 AM PT

New York Times Admits Soft Coverage of Weiner

In what is tantamount to an admission of the abandonment of journalistic impartiality, the New York Times Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan submitted an analysis of the paper's coverage of the resurrection of Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's career. May 30, 2013 5:56 AM PT

Holder Says 'Jump' Politico Asks 'How High?'

Further cementing the perception that Politico is little more than an extension of the White House communications department, Editor-in-Chief John Harris announced he will be more than happy to attend a controversial off-the-record briefing by the Department of Justice to address the current controversy over policy regarding the secret seizure of reporters' phone records. May 30, 2013 4:32 AM PT

AP CEO: 'Thousands And Thousands' of Phone Records Seized

The government obtained "thousands and thousands" of phone records of Associated Press staffers according to CEO Gary Pruitt. Pruitt held a town hall meeting with AP staff and revealed that the phone records obtained by the DOJ included incoming and outgoing calls for the news organizations. May 30, 2013 4:17 AM PT

MSNBC's Chris Hayes Leads Net To 4th Place Humiliation

The most significant problem: Their newest primetime experiment "All In with Chris Hayes" which delivered the network's lowest 8PM ratings since the Bush Administration. It's true. The last time MSNBC had ratings this low at 8PM, Nancy Pelosi had yet to become the Speaker of the House and Vice President Dick Cheney had just had a hunting mishap. May 29, 2013 4:50 PM PT

AP Won't Attend Holder's Off-Record Briefing

"We believe the meeting should be on the record and we have said that to the Attorney General’s office. If it is on the record, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll will attend. If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," AP spokesperson Erin Madigan said in a statement sent to POLITICO. "We would expect AP attorneys to be included in any planned meetings between the Attorney General’s office and media lawyers on the legal specifics." May 29, 2013 4:26 PM PT

Steele Weighing Bid For Maryland Statehouse

"I'm looking at it. We'll see what the numbers tell us and how the whole thing lays out... We're supposed to be doing something a little later on in the Summer... I love my state and I think the potential in Maryland is huge. And you just, I look at the last eight years, I look at the tax increases, I look at some of the things they've done to drive jobs away and opportunity out the door and you just say 'can you contribute something?' So we'll weigh it and we'll see." May 29, 2013 9:46 AM PT

Judiciary Chair Demands Holder Explain Testimony 'At Odds' With Fox News Subpoena

The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee raised the stakes in the ongoing stare-down with Attorney General Eric Holder over his involvement with controversial investigations of reporters over the past several years. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)along with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) sent a letter to Holder today regarding the apparent discrepancy between his sworn testimony before the committee earlier this month and the Department of Justice’s decision to obtain a search warrant for the emails of James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News. May 29, 2013 8:40 AM PT

Jersey Shore Photo-Op Distracts Media From FEMA Failure In Staten Island

"The President was on Staten Island back in the beginning of November and he made a couple of promises to some homeowners and I know some of the homeowners personally, and they are still out of their homes and haven't received any help at all. People are pretty upset with the president on Staten Island, that's for sure." May 29, 2013 7:52 AM PT

Larry King Joins Putin's Propaganda Network

King must still feel burned by CNN for escorting him out the door and replacing him with perennial ratings loser Piers Morgan, but does he really want the coda to his career to be a show on a network that is really nothing more than a propaganda organ for Vladimir Putin's government? May 29, 2013 5:28 AM PT

Report: Holder Went Judge Shopping To Obtain Fox News Subpoena

The New Yorker: "The new documents show that two judges separately declared that the Justice Department was required to notify Rosen of the search warrant, even if the notification came after a delay. Otherwise: “The subscriber therefore will never know, by being provided a copy of the warrant, for example, that the government secured a warrant and searched the contents of her e-mail account,” Judge John M. Facciola wrote in an opinion rejecting the Obama Administration’s argument." May 28, 2013 9:11 AM PT

Holder Attempts Damage Control Using Anonymous Leaks

Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder is in full damage control mode. In an attempt to re-shape his image with the press after the highly damaging revelations that he personally signed-off on secret subpoena requests for James Rosen and Fox News over anonymous leaks, The Daily Beast reports that he's really really sorry about what he did and he's now going to make sure neither he nor any other out-of-control AG will ever do it again. We know all of this because The Daily Beast was the recipient of, get ready for it: Anonymous leaks! May 28, 2013 8:31 AM PT

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