On the heels of a flawed report about Benghazi, “60 Minutes” is now being sharply criticized for a flimsy story about the NSA.
Forget the nonsense about firing people in order to send a message. These problems are deeper than a couple people falling down on the job. These errors take place when some or all of the following are missing — commitment, passion, ethics, resources and oversight.
Effortlessly, he once walked.
Elegantly, he once moved.
Ramrod, he once stood.
The old woman thinks.
Alone, but together, they remain.
…Angela Merkel mean for Germany and the world?
Deutsche Welle takes a look at what the priorities might be.
The biggest challenge is likely to be the energy transition. The policy was a spectacular political about-face that followed the Fukushima disaster, when Merkel decided that Germany would abandon nuclear power by 2020. Renewable energy from wind, sun and water were supposed to take its place, but the project has got stuck. SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel has added energy policy to his new brief as economics minister – while that has potential, says political consultant Michael Spreng, it’s also risky.
“It’s certainly a Herculean task that Gabriel has taken on,” he said. Many questions still need to be answered: How can gas and electricity remain affordable? What will be the role of environmentally unfriendly coal power in the future? How can the electricity grid be expanded quickly enough so that it gets the electricity to where it’s needed?
…he’s been given the boot.
The Wichita Eagle has the story.
Kraemer, an on-air reporter and fill-in anchor at KSN since 2008, could be heard at the end of KSN’s Saturday-night newscast muttering to his co-anchors, “Let’s get the (expletive) out of here.” The show had come to an end, the cameras had already cut away from the anchors, who had signed off, and the end-of-broadcast music had played.
On Monday morning, Kraemer said, he was let go from the station – a decision he said he completely understood.
“I’m embarrassed,” he said. “I did something extraordinarily unprofessional. It’s something that’s drilled into you from the minute you start in this business to always consider the microphones hot.”
By Monday afternoon, Kraemer said, the story off his slipup had gone viral – an experience he describes as “surreal.”
The U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia will include lesbians. McClatchy examines why that is a clear political statement.
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday.
The delegation will also include tennis legend Billie Jean King, who in 2000 became the first openly lesbian coach of an Olympic team — a choice that sure to be read as a direct rebuke to Russia, whose recent anti-propaganda laws are widely viewed as anti-gay.
The full line up comes as a bit of a snub to the Russians — Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden led the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Though Napolitano was a member of the Cabinet, she’s now president of the University of California. The U.S. isn’t the only country delivering a slight: Top French officials including President Francois Hollande won’t be attending the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.