Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The president, always the last to know - Washington Post

This IRS scandal is, as expected, getting most interesting.

People are asking questions about who knew what when '� a variant of Sen. Howard Baker's famous question at the Watergate hearings 40 years ago: 'What did the president know, and when did he know it?'

'I first learned about it,' President Obama said of the IRS story on May 13, 'from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.' That would be May 10.

Which means, except for the acting deputy assistant gardener, he was maybe the last person in the White House to hear about it.

In fact, it increasingly appears that just about everyone knew about the Treasury Department inspector general's report, which was released May 14, on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups for special scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.

But under the administration's 'Don't tell Dad' policy, no one bothered to tell Obama or give him even a general briefing before he read about the report in the hated media.

The first White House explanation had it that White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler was given a general heads-up in late April. Then we learned her office knew about it a week earlier. Ruemmler also knew the IG's findings.

She didn't tell Obama but did tell White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Then an unknown '� so far '� number of senior White House staff were also clued in. And none of them told Obama '� even, say, a few hours before the media reports.

Now we find that political appointees at the Treasury Department knew a year ago about the IG's investigation and that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's chief of staff, Mark Patterson, discussed the timing of the report with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Mark Childress.

But, under the 'Dad' policy, Lew was kept in the dark.

Even if Lew or Obama knew, they hardly would have said anything anyway about the IG report until it became public '� lest there be an accusation of interference.

The IG's heads-up could have given the White House time to put together a seamless, coherent response. Perhaps a few more months' notice would have helped?


In addition to knowing the laws of the land, Antonin Scalia apparently is familiar with the cardinal rule of comedy: Know your audience.

In a footnote in an opinion on a rather obscure case on Monday, the droll Supreme Court justice dropped a dry little aside that cracked up a tiny subsection of Washington '� telecom lawyers. Scalia affixed a footnote to a mention of 'CTIA '� The Wireless Association,' the name of the trade association that represents wireless companies.

'This is not a typographical error,' he clarified in the footnote. 'CTIA is presumably an (unpronounceable) acronym, but even the organization's website does not say what it stands for. That secret, known only to wireless-service-provider insiders, we will not disclose here.'

Scalia apparently was being cheeky about the branding of CTIA, which once was shorthand for the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, but now, following in the footsteps of institutions from the AARP to KFC, goes by its shortened moniker alone (alas, the CTIA didn't return our calls about Scalia's take on what's known in linguistic circles as an 'orphan initialism').

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Donte' Stallworth OK'd after hot-air balloon accident - NFL News

Donte' Stallworth is back in business.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that the veteran wide receiver has been cleared to resume football activities on the heels of his March hot-air balloon accident.

Stallworth and his girlfriend suffered burns when the balloon they were riding over Miami collided with power lines. Stallworth suffered no permanent damage, but the incident shook him.

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"In that moment, I thought my eyes would close and I'd never wake up again," Stallworth said in April.

Stallworth hopes to resume his career, but whether or not he'll draw interest from an NFL team is another story. At 32, he's played for six different clubs since 2006 and has just 84 catches over the past four seasons.

One logical landing spot might be with the New England Patriots, where Stallworth had a cup of coffee in 2012. The wideout signed with the Patriots in December and caught one pass for a 63-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans before being placed on injured reserve one day later with a high ankle sprain.

In short, it's been a weird few months for Stallworth.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Sometimes you can debate turning points in a game. This one was indisputable.

The Bruins went on the power play at 2:20 of overtime after Derek Dorsett interfered with Rich Peverley and, from there, the Rangers never had a chance.

The Bruins had six shots on the power play, plus Jaromir Jagr hit the crossbar, and Zdeno Chara's tip started a three-on-two break that culminated with Patrice Bergeron's cross-ice feed to the crease for Brad Marchand's winner at 15:40 of the extra period. That dropped Henrik Lundqvist's record in overtimes to 3-11, which really doesn't seem right.

'I thought it was pretty even going into the overtime,' coach John Tortorella said. 'But we got spanked in the overtime.'

Here's the game story from The Record and http://www.northjersey.com.sports.

'There was a two-on-one, I guess and I thought I made a bad decision,' Lundqvist said of the winner. 'I mean, it's a tough play but I could play it better. That was a tough overtime for us. We didn't really get going and they came out with a lot of energy and created a lot of chances. I thought we played a pretty good game. We did, but special teams were the difference (the Rangers were 0 for 3 on the power play, now 2 for 31 in the playoffs, while the Bruins, who came in 3 for 20 on the power play, were 1 for 4). The one at 1-0 and then, I mean, that's going to be the case these playoffs. I talked about it in the first round and we've got to get it done. We didn't.'

If you've clicked on the link to the game story, Lundqvist, while accepting the blame for giving up the winner, isn't necessarily ready to shoulder all the blame for his 3-11 OT record. 'Have I played bad in overtime? No. Can I score? No.'======================================================Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/AGrossRecordFollow the Record Sports Staff at twitter.com/TheRecordSports

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5 Things to Know This Morning - ABC News

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. More Tornadoes Expected for Midwest

The North Texas tornado that killed six and injured dozens could be the start of more to come.

2. Calif. Fuels $550M Powerball Jackpot

California has sold $83 million worth of Powerball tickets since April as one of 42 states offering the game with a jackpot of $550 million for Saturday's drawing.


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3. House Has Tentative Immigration Deal

The House bipartisan "Gang of Eight" has reached an agreement in principle on immigration overhaul, including major points such as a pathway to citizenship, border security, health care and guest workers.

4. Firefighters Battle Wildfire in Calif.

Firefighters in north Los Angeles are still battling the three-day wildfire that has blackened some 3,800 acres and spread to Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura counties.

5. Obama Focusing on Jobs in Md. Visit

President Obama flies to Baltimore today on a job creation visit, focusing on growing the middle class through jobs, skills and opportunity.

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Royals outfielder Dyson likely to go on the DL - Kansas City Star

OAKLAND, Calif. '� The Royals' outfield could be getting a new look as soon as Friday night.

Chris Carlson Jarrod Dyson walked off the field after injuring his ankle when he climbed the wall attempting to catch a Mike Trout homer on Wednesday.

All signs point to the Royals putting outfielder Jarrod Dyson on the disabled list because of an ankle injury he suffered Wednesday at Anaheim when he climbed the wall attempting to catch a Mike Trout home run.

The Royals are expected to recall outfielder David Lough from Class AAA Omaha to replace Dyson on the 25-man roster. Lough, who has a .340 average with 17 RBIs and a .393 OBP, was held out of Thursday's game in Omaha.

However, even if Lough is recalled, it's uncertain how the move will affect playing time for right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

Increased playing time in recent games for Dyson and Elliot Johnson stemmed primarily, Royals manager Ned Yost said, from a desire to ride a player's hot streak.

Yost dismissed the suggestion that he's instituted a platoon arrangement in the outfield or at second base.

'I could play Francoeur (on Friday) against a right-hander,' he said. 'Then it's not a platoon. I'm going day-to-day right now."

Dyson started five of the previous eight games and, in addition to the speed he added to the lineup, he provided eight extra-base hits in 42 plate appearances, as many as Francoeur has in 128.

'Everyone wants to jump on the Frenchy bandwagon,' Yost said. 'They want to say, 'OK, he's platooning.' I'm not going there. Dyson is swinging the bat well right now, so he's going to get more playing time."

Of course, that was before Dyson's injury.

Yost suggested it was a similar situation at second.

'It's like second base right now," he said. "Elliot Johnson has played the majority of time in the last week. Is he the everyday second baseman? No. I'm trying to ride a hot player. I go from day-to-day.'

The Royals view Johnson as their primary utility player, but he started eight of the last 14 games '� largely because second baseman Chris Getz is mired in a four-for-47 slump and batting .193. Johnson's response to the increased opportunity is 11 hits in his last 25 at-bats, which has his average up to .302.

'We're riding Elliot because he's swinging the bat well now,' Yost said. 'Getzie is scuffling a little bit, but that all changes (at some point). When Getzie gets hot, we'll ride him.'

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