July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve B. Todd Jones as director of the ATF, but questions about his management style coupled with opposition by the powerful gun lobby could endanger his chances to clear the full Senate next week. Those obstacles surfaced during committee debate. The panel approved him on a strict party-line vote of 10 to 8, and the panel's leading Republican, Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, said two ongoing investigations into Jones' tenure as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota needed further review before he should be considered competent to run the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - B. Todd Jones, the acting director of the ATF who took over the agency in its meltdown with the Fast and Furious scandal, ran into immediate opposition Tuesday as he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration as permanent director. Republicans sought to block or delay the appointment until an internal investigation can be completed of Jones' performance as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota. Indeed, since Jones was nominated late last year to head the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, his chances of success have been difficult to gauge.
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who took over the agency in its meltdown with the Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal, ran into opposition Tuesday when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration as permanent director. Disturbed by allegations that B. Todd Jones had mismanaged his other current role as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, Republicans said they hoped to block or delay his appointment until an internal investigation into his leadership of that office could be completed.
July 19, 2012 |
The ATF's acting director has warned agents they risk "consequences" if they complain to anyone outside their chain of command -- which some Capitol Hill lawmakers interpret as an effort to stifle whistle-blowers. In a video posted July 9, B. Todd Jones warns that agents and other employees should take complaints to their direct supervisors, not voice them outside the bureau. "Choices and consequences means simply that if you make poor choices, that if you don't abide by the rules, that if you don't respect the chain of command ... there will be consequences," said Jones, who was appointed to run the embattled agency after the Fast and Furious gun scandal, which was brought to light by whistle-blowers.
October 22, 2006 |
Jeff Weaver returns to Detroit, where he pitched most of four seasons before being traded to the New York Yankees, then the Dodgers, and, well, it goes on from there. In need of pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals gave up a marginal prospect to get him from the Angels. Weaver pitched reasonably well down the stretch and very well in the first two rounds of the playoffs, putting him back on the mound tonight at Comerica Park for Game 2.
September 24, 2006 |
A month ago, a veteran National League executive held a copy of the day's American League standings. He poked a finger at the top of the Central Division. "Can a manager make that much of a difference?" he asked. Working on a half-a-game lead and about three hours of sleep Thursday morning, Jim Leyland has most of a slice of lemon cake in his mouth, a cooling cup of coffee at his right elbow and a Marlboro on the way.