• The missing 18 1/2 minutes: Presidential destruction of incriminating evidence

    This week in 1972, a conversation took place which would lead to the most famous incident of evidence destruction by a presidential administration. At 2:30 a.m. on June 17, 2012, five men were arrested while attempting to plant electronic surveillance devices in the Democra...

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  • The IRS claims that Lois Lerner’s e-mails were wiped out by a ‘computer crash’

    On Friday afternoon, the IRS apparently informed the House Ways and Means Committee that it cannot produce any e-mail correspondence from January 2009 to April 2011 between Lois Lerner and anyone outside the IRS – e.g., the White House, the Department of Justice, the FEC or D...

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  • The latest about Executive Power

    • All nine justices reject recess appointments in Noel Canning

      … The Supreme Court has issued yet another opinion unanimous in the judgment: Noel Canning v. NLRB.  All nine justices conclude that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were invalid.  Justice Breyer, writing for the Court, rests on the conclusion that the Senate’s pro forma sessions were valid and the Senate…

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    • Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. Movie review

      … Gore Vidal was one of the most important American public intellectuals from the late 1940s until the early 20th century. If you’re not familiar with him, then I highly recommend that you view the new biographical movie Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia, which is available as video on demand. The kind of person who reads the VC and other…

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