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One sane Republican

Posted by Charles II on August 31, 2011

Via Barbara Morrill at DK, Think Progress links to a Financial Times interview of Chuck Hagel telling the truth.

“Does anyone not believe what’s happened here the last couple weeks in the market was not a complete, direct result of the lack of confidence that came out of that folly, that embarrassment?” he asked.

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Schadenfreude, Bill O’Reilly edition

Posted by Charles II on August 31, 2011

Keith had a good time with this story last night. Gawker:

Last summer, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly came to believe that his wife was romantically involved with another man. Not just any man, but a police detective in the Long Island community they call home. So O’Reilly did what any concerned husband would do: He pulled strings to get the police department’s internal affairs unit to investigate one of their own for messing with the wrong man’s lady.

“The order was to investigate this detective not for any misdeeds,” the source said, “but to see if they could get anything on him. Delargy also told him to tell the detective to back off.”

Delargy told Harasym that the investigation was highly sensitive for two reasons, the source said: 1) It was ordered directly by then-police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, and 2) O’Reilly was at the time considering making a major donation to the Nassau County Police Department Foundation, a private not-for-profit foundation Mulvey helped found in 2009 to raise money for construction of a planned $48 million police training facility at Nassau Community College.

The alleged adultery is, of course, no one’s business except the interested parties. The alleged bribery, intimidation, and misuse of official resources, on the other hand….

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Wilkerson: I’ll Testify Against Cheney If Someone “Pinochets” Him

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 31, 2011

President Obama, your move:

The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged Tuesday to testify against former Vice President Dick Cheney if he is ever tried for war crimes.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman that he would participate in a trial even if it meant personal repercussions.

“I, unfortunately — and I’ve admitted to this a number of times, publicly and privately — was the person who put together Colin Powell’s presentation at the United Nations Security Council on 5 February, 2003,” Wilkerson said. “It was probably the biggest mistake of my life. I regret it to this day. I regret not having resigned over it.”

Let’s see if it’s possible for the Obama administration to prosecute people who aren’t gay servicemembers.

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