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America's new president will put an end to Obama's flight from reality. The Benghazi talking points. The furor over the Benghazi talking points continues. Republicans still see them as the main event in a campaign to embarrass President Obama . The president, for his part, calls them a "sideshow. " Finally, on Wednesday, the White House released more than 100 pages of internal emails that showed, in excruciating detail, exactly how the talking points were edited — and the emails, at least to our reading, supported the president's characterization.

Prepared by intelligence officials and revised in interagency discussions, the now-famous talking points were the basis for U.N. Detroit becomes the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Debt estimated to be as much as $20 billionUnion and pensions board refused to agree to last-chance survival plan City has been borrowing money to pay employees By Jessica Jerreat Published: 20:49 GMT, 18 July 2013 | Updated: 13:14 GMT, 19 July 2013 Detroit has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, after its state-appointed emergency manager filed for Chapter 9 protection.

Detroit becomes the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy

Obama promises disappear from transparency website. July 26 (UPI) -- President Obama's 2008 transition team website Change.gov has been publicly accessible for years, until June 8 when Obama's campaign promises and agenda were taken down.

Obama promises disappear from transparency website

Change.gov has linked to the White House website ever since the Obama administration took control of it, but until recently, users could continue to click through materials and agenda points, including his vision for reform. Now, a splash page simply directs to the White House. June 8, coincidentally, was two days after Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency documents revealing widespread data collection. Snowden fled the country and sought asylum as a whistleblower, but the Obama administration has charged him with theft and espionage, and Congress is moving to approve sanctions against countries that offer asylum.

The Benghazi Incident

Obama battles to contain THREE growing 'scandals': White House evades fury over Benghazi cover-up, IRS targeting tea party groups and DOJ spying on reporters' phone calls. During Rose Garden press conference, Obama refuses to apologize for secretly seizing AP phone records, shifts blame to Congress for Benghazi security lapses, and dodges question about White House IRS knowledge. As budget fights loom, Congress examines 'tens of billions of dollars' in annual Washington waste. By David Martosko, U.s.

As budget fights loom, Congress examines 'tens of billions of dollars' in annual Washington waste

Political Editor Published: 20:52 GMT, 9 April 2013 | Updated: 19:22 GMT, 31 December 2013 Republicans and Democrats found rare agreement during a House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee hearing that the federal government wastes too much money - at least $95 billion in lost savings last year alone, according to a new report - but wouldn't agree on how to change things. An annual report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found hundreds of billions of dollars in Washington waste, fraud and abuse overall, and said the government is too slow in acting to consolidate or eliminate duplicate programs that taxpayers shouldn't be funding. They include a total of 697 programs in at least 23 separate agencies supporting just one Obama administration initiative: energy sustainability and renewable energy. Fifteen separate agencies have a total of 76 programs that prevent or treat drug abuse in America, costing more than $4.5 billion in 2012.

Obama 2014 budget analysis: Numbers based on imagined spending cuts and a middle-class tax hike. White House promises $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction, although similar previous claims have been debunkedNew method of measuring cost-of-living increases will lower benefit payouts and push middle-class earners into higher tax bracketsSpeaker Boehner's spokesperson: 'Any deficit reduction will come exclusively from tax hikes'Administration's formula depends on cost savings from Obamacare, which may be more costly to implement than previously thought By David Martosko, U.s.

Obama 2014 budget analysis: Numbers based on imagined spending cuts and a middle-class tax hike

Political Editor Published: 10:11 GMT, 10 April 2013 | Updated: 19:22 GMT, 31 December 2013 The Obama administration released an outline of its fiscal 2014 budget today promising that the president's budget 'reduces the deficit and puts the Nation on a sound fiscal course.' Nnecticut killings: it's the shooter, not the guns. Here is an edited version of my column from Monday's Irish Daily Mail: Last Friday 20-year old Adam Lanza murdered his mother then murdered 26 women and children at a school in Connecticut and then killed himself.

nnecticut killings: it's the shooter, not the guns

The first question that ought to come to mind is: what sort of person does that? Was he insane, criminal, or morally void? What sort of person starts with the murder of his mother and then just doesn’t stop killing? Citizens United: Massive political campaign donations during the Roman Republic are a cautionary tale for the corrupt influence of money in politics today. Images via Wikimedia Commons.

Citizens United: Massive political campaign donations during the Roman Republic are a cautionary tale for the corrupt influence of money in politics today

Two years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which allowed unlimited corporate and union money into American politics, there is one line that continues to echo: “The appearance of influence or access … will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.” That line lasts because it’s a testable prediction. It’s not a question of precedent or constitutional interpretation, but of public opinion—and as such, we all feel competent to judge it. Loss of faith, the Supreme Court allowed, is itself an argument against our increasingly unregulated campaign spending regime.

Of course, democratic faith is a slippery concept. Does massive campaign spending move us closer to the worst case? Rather than letting the Citizens United experiment in confidence play out over the next several elections, we can find evidence now, by looking to political history.

The Petraeus Affair

The 'Fiscal Cliff' America is over. This is an edited version of my column in Monday's Irish Daily Mail -- Since Barack Obama’s re-election last week, my email account has turned into something like a counselling helpline for distressed Americans.

America is over

Check the inbox: ‘My mood has been bleak since Tuesday. All the conservatives are trying to rally each other, with various rationales. I will continue to fight, but with the spirit of a kamikaze pilot, not because of active hope.’ American companies must shun China¿s top two technology firms as they are a security threat, warns House Intelligence Committee. Republican candidate Mitt Romney among those wanting to get tough on Chinese businessesReport urges U.S. companies to avoid ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies LtdPanel concerned after cyber-attacks traced to China By Associated Press Published: 11:58 GMT, 8 October 2012 | Updated: 06:50 GMT, 9 October 2012 American companies should avoid doing business with China's two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee is warning in a report to be published on Monday.

American companies must shun China¿s top two technology firms as they are a security threat, warns House Intelligence Committee

The panel says U.S. regulators should block mergers and acquisitions in the country by Huawei Technologies Ltd and ZTE Corp, among the world's leading suppliers of telecommunications gear and mobile phones. Reflecting U.S. concern over cyber-attacks traced to China, the report also recommends that U.S. government computer systems not include any components from the two firms because that could pose an espionage risk. The Magnitude of the Mess We're In. ‘The Queen of Versailles’ almost makes you feel sorry for the 1%. Almost. A Pyrrhic victory at the Supreme Court as Obamacare becomes Obamatax. By Toby Harnden PUBLISHED: 07:51 GMT, 29 June 2012 | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 29 June 2012 Barack Obama was the clear winner in the Supreme Court’s dramatic five to four decision over the Orwellian-named Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare on both Right and Left.

A Pyrrhic victory at the Supreme Court as Obamacare becomes Obamatax

The bottom line is that Obama looked like he was about to have the signature legislative achievement of his term struck down as unconstitutional. That didn’t happen and the reform on which he spent virtually all his political capital remains law. Faulty tests blamed for California nuclear plant leak. In hours, caustic vapors wreaked quiet ruin on biggest U.S. refinery.