I’m writing for tomorrow, day 85, and enjoying the cool weather, while it lasts.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:17 (average 4:55). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Upworthy (Hat-Tip to Pat A from Care2): When you’ve got giant energy companies this scared, you must be doing something right. At 3:38, I snorted. Just sayin’. And at 4:43, he explains brilliantly what’s in it for you.
Kudos to the people of Boulder, CO, and down with the Koch sucking polluters!
From CREW: On August 23, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates handed CREW a major victory in CREW v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice (D.D.C.), in which CREW sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) for documents related to the now-closed investigation of former Senator John Ensign (R-NV). Sen. Ensign had publicly acknowledged he was the subject of a criminal investigation for efforts to cover up his affair with a former campaign staffer then married to his chief of staff. A special counsel hired by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics had issued a report finding the senator’s conduct appeared to violate numerous federal laws, and there was widespread media coverage of the scandal.
The ethics committee referred the case to DOJ for a further investigation, but the department declined to prosecute Sen. Ensign, instead prosecuting only the former chief of staff, Doug Hampton. DOJ refused to provide any records, claiming Sen. Ensign’s privacy interests trumped the public’s right to know. Ludicrously, DOJ claimed Sen. Ensign’s privacy interests were so great the agency needed to protect even the mere fact of the investigation, notwithstanding Sen. Ensign’s public comments about the criminal case and the significant media coverage.
Accepting CREW’s arguments, Judge Bates found Sen. Ensign’s privacy interests were outweighed by the substantial public interest in records that would shed light on the DOJ investigation and the decision not to bring charges against the senator. As the court explained, “CREW wants records showing what efforts DOJ took to investigate serious allegations of criminal conduct backed by ‘substantial credible evidence.’” Given Sen. Ensign’s status as “a high ranking and high profile elected official who resigned following accusations of significant public corruption,” the court concluded the substantial public interest outweighs Sen. Ensign’s privacy interests.
Kudos to CREW. Ensign was one of the pseudo-Christian C-Street Republicans who helped their Ugandan counterparts draft the law condemning gays to death.
From NY Times: In July, when news broke that President Obama might nominate Lawrence Summers to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, several Democratic senators wrote a letter to the president in praise of Janet Yellen, the current Fed vice chairwoman who many presumed would be the nominee. The letter didn’t mention Mr. Summers; rather, it recounted Ms. Yellen’s formidable qualifications and urged the president to nominate her. Perhaps it was too subtle.
Mr. Obama is expected to announce his nominee soon, and, by all accounts, Mr. Summers is still a contender. It is time for senators of both parties who appreciate the importance of this nomination to tell the president that Mr. Summers would be the wrong choice.
America would have been far better off for Obama to have kept the progressive economic team that advised him through the 2008 campaign and helped him win the White House, instead of adopting Hillary’s advisors, including Larry ‘Wrong Way’ Summers, one of the infamous Three Blind Mice. Tell him not to make that mistake again!