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May 14, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
President Obama was asked about the metastasizing Benghazi scandal in a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday. Referring to the Americans who died in Benghazi, the president said, "We dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus. " He added that "the whole issue of talking points, throughout this process, frankly, has been a sideshow.… There's no there there. " He's half right. The talking points drafted by the State Department, the CIA and the White House and given to congressional Republicans and, most famously, to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are not the center of this story.
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April 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton, the long-time political agitator and TV personality famous for his willingness to take on law enforcement and the establishment, admitted Tuesday he had worked with the FBI years ago but insisted he was not a "rat. " "I was not and am not a rat," said Sharpton, who held a news conference at the headquarters of his National Action Network to respond to a report Monday on the Smoking Gun.  "I'm a cat," he added. "I chase rats. " The Smoking Gun said Sharpton was known to the FBI as CI-7, or confidential informant 7, and informed on mob figures in New York for several years, starting in the mid-1980s.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1991
I wonder why the tobacco industry hasn't picked up on the wonderfully convoluted logic used by the gun-nut lobby: Cigarettes don't cause cancer, smokers do. JAMES R. GALLAGHER Huntington Beach
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Julia is apparently having trouble with her mortgage lender because she wants to know how long such companies have to maintain phone records. I'm guessing that she's hoping there's a smoking gun in one of her past conversations with a bank rep. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Federal law requires that big banks keep customers' checking and savings records for a minimum of five years. Mortgage records can vary from state to state, but it looks like most require that such files be kept for at least three years.
NEWS
September 4, 1985 | United Press International
An internal investigation of E.F. Hutton & Co. has implicated about a dozen mid-level and branch office managers in the brokerage firm's multimillion-dollar check-kiting scheme, a company spokesman said today. Results of the internal audit, conducted by former Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell at Hutton's request, will be released Thursday in Washington.
NEWS
August 7, 1986 | RONALD J. OSTROW and DAVID SAVAGE, Times Staff Writers
Legal memoranda that Chief Justice-designate William H. Rehnquist wrote 15 years ago as a key Justice Department official about mass arrests, wiretapping and Army surveillance of civilians contain no "smoking gun" that would prevent him from winning Senate confirmation, Sen. Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R-Md.) said Wednesday. But Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.
NEWS
July 21, 1990
The Richard M. Nixon Library and Birthplace is offering visitors a chance to hear a heavily edited version of a White House recording widely known as the "smoking gun" tape involving President Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman. In the conversation, Nixon approves a plan to have the CIA tell the FBI to drop its Watergate investigation. Large portions of the tape where the plan is discussed have been deleted, with a narration linking the remaining segments.
NEWS
December 10, 1986 | United Press International
Using a Watergate-era term, President Reagan said Tuesday that he was warned by Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III that the clandestine transfer of Iranian arms profits to Nicaraguan rebels was a "smoking gun," a Republican governor said. Reagan said Meese used the words "smoking gun" on Nov. 24 when he first informed the President about the funneling of money to the contras, New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors this week produced the "smoking gun" in their case against Anthony Gene Tetro, whom they describe as one of the nation's most prolific art forgers: an audio tape in which a man identified as Tetro repeatedly refers to copying the works of other artists. "I did a Chagall," Tetro is heard to remark on the tape, played in Los Angeles Municipal Court. Later he answered "Yeah," when asked if he had other fake Chagalls "in the works."
NEWS
September 8, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Senate Judiciary Committee asked U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas to fill out its standard questionnaire, it got more than it bargained for--16,000 pages in all. Thomas supplied the panel with hundreds of speeches, newspaper articles, court opinions and documents from his years as a federal official during the Ronald Reagan Administration. For weeks, Senate staffers have been wading through the thick file, uncovering tidbits about Thomas, the man.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Jennifer McCarthy, a former wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, was arrested in a bizarre assault case in Santa Fe, N.M., last week. She was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and released on $5,000 bail. According to arrest records , McCarthy and her current boyfriend, whose name has been redacted, were arguing about space aliens Saturday morning. The boyfriend alleges that McCarthy went into her bedroom alone and came out wearing lingerie, with "a silver hand gun in her vagina.
OPINION
May 14, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
President Obama was asked about the metastasizing Benghazi scandal in a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday. Referring to the Americans who died in Benghazi, the president said, "We dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus. " He added that "the whole issue of talking points, throughout this process, frankly, has been a sideshow.… There's no there there. " He's half right. The talking points drafted by the State Department, the CIA and the White House and given to congressional Republicans and, most famously, to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are not the center of this story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2011 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
As Bell's newly elected council members considered slashing city services and laying off workers, the man accused of stealing millions of dollars from the working-class community ? leaving it in financial disarray ? was ordered to stand trial. Former City Administrator Robert Rizzo showed little emotion Thursday as he was reprimanded by Judge Henry J. Hall for leading officials in one of L.A. County's poorest cities in a "massive ongoing conspiracy to enrich themselves. " Hall ordered Rizzo, his onetime assistant Angela Spaccia, recently recalled Mayor Oscar Hernandez and former Councilman Luis Artiga to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 24 to face charges of misappropriation of public funds, making unauthorized loans, conflict of interest and falsification of public records.
WORLD
January 4, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley
President Obama's leading counter-terrorism advisor said Sunday that human error, not turf battles among federal intelligence officials, allowed an Al Qaeda-trained operative to carry out an attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound passenger plane on Christmas Day. Deputy national security advisor John Brennan, in appearances on several morning television news programs, also said there was "no smoking gun" of intelligence gathered by American officials that...
OPINION
January 8, 2009 | James Q. Wilson, James Q. Wilson teaches at Pepperdine University and is the author of "Thinking About Crime," the coauthor of "Crime and Human Nature" and the co-editor of "Crime: Public Policies for Crime Control."
Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department reported that in 2008, for the sixth consecutive year, crime fell in the city. At a time when the economy was reeling and unemployment was rising, serious crime dropped about 2.5% over the previous year. I wish we fully understood why.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2008 | Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
CHICAGO -- Tobacco promotions and depictions of smoking in movies cause teenagers to start smoking, according to a sweeping report on tobacco in the media released Thursday. The report by the National Cancer Institute found that the tobacco industry spent more than $13 billion on smoking-related advertising and promotion in 2005. These efforts boosted overall tobacco use, contradicting industry claims that they are intended to build brand loyalty. "This is the first government report to present definitive conclusions that, No. 1, tobacco advertising and promotion are causally related to increased tobacco use in the population," said Dr. Ronald Davis, senior scientific editor of the report and past president of the American Medical Assn.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
A strain of the salmonella bacteria that sickened more than 1,300 people has been found in a serrano pepper and a sample of irrigation water at a farm in Mexico, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. They called the discovery a "breakthrough" but cautioned that tomatoes may still be a culprit in the nearly four-month outbreak that has alarmed consumers and cost the domestic produce industry hundreds of millions of dollars. "We have a smoking gun, it appears," said Dr. Lonnie J.
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