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Secret recordings of Rupert Murdoch and Sun staff: "We will hit back."

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Rupie was caught on tape, and Gawker has video and more details here:

ExaroNews a British investigative web site, has just published the full transcript of a secretly recorded meeting between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the staff of The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by News Corp., in which Murdoch admitted that he was aware for decades that journalists from his newspapers had been bribing both police and public officials. [...]

The Sun staffers were irate over Murdoch's decision to supply mass internal communications to the police "that had betrayed confidential sources, some of whom were public officials who received no payment for information," reports ExaroNews.

This little chat happened in a boardroom at The Sun's headquarters in East London. Here's a snippet (bolding is Gawker's):

Murdoch acknowledges that illegal newsgathering practices were a long-standing part of the culture (emphasis added):

"I guarantee you that [medical support] will continue. And I will do everything in my power to give you total support, even if you’re convicted and get six months or whatever. I think it’s just outrageous, but—and I don’t know of anybody, or anything, that did anything that wasn’t being done across Fleet Street and wasn’t the culture. And we’re being picked on. I think that it was the old right-wing establishment, [Lord] Puttnam, or worse, the left-wing get-even crowd of Gordon Brown. There was a sort of—we got caught with dirty hands, I guess, with the News of the World, and everybody piled in. It was a get-even time for things that were done with The Sun over the last 40 years, 38 years, whatever it is."

Aww, poor wittle tings. They were being "picked on."

Watch and read more here.

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Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor: "I think there are many who think of judges as politicians in robes."

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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke at the Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel on history, ethics and law. In that speech, she expressed her opposition to the election of judges, saying the following, per the Chicago Tribune:

“I think there are many who think of judges as politicians in robes. In many states, that’s what they are.”

No way! Whatever could have put that crazy idea into her head? Of course that wasn't what GW Bush had in mind at all, right, when he and the GOP packed the courts with conservative judges; yet Republicans now refuse to so much as consider President Obama's judicial nominees.

O'Connor prefers to think of judges as, you know, impartial and independent, fair and unbiased. How novel.

Instead, she said, people "seem to think judges should be a reflex of the popular will" and that judges "need to avoid sitting on cases if even a whiff of bias can be detected."

Are you listening, Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito?

More at the link.

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Can Michele pray this away? FEC fines Bachmann $8,000 for 2010 campaign finance violations

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Paddy celebrated this way: NOOOO!!! Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won’t run for re-election in 2014. And by "celebrated" I mean mourned the loss of one of the easiest comedic targets in political history.

No worries, Paddy, because we can keep pointing and laughing for awhile longer. Check out this Roll Call report:

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) campaign committee has signed a conciliation agreement with the Federal Election Commission calling for a $8,000 civil penalty for campaign finance violations in her 2010 Congressional campaign.

Her campaign failed to disclose $208,502 in receipts and $206,499 in disbursements.

Memory Lane:

You can see the entire agreement here.

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"The politicians should be embarrassed — but to be embarrassed, one first has to have a conscience."

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Today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Apple execs grilled over tax strategy," Business, May 22

I don't know whether it's funny or hypocritical for politicians to grill Apple executives on business ethics. After all, these are the people who, for years, have regularly taken bribes disguised as campaign contributions and generally enriched themselves at the public trough, all with impunity.

The politicians should be embarrassed — but to be embarrassed, one first has to have a conscience.

Joe Martin

Long Beach

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"I'm not into politics," said partisan Justice Thomas; black president would be "approved by elites, media."

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When I saw this article at First Read, I had to make sure it wasn't a reprint of a piece from The Onion. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says he's "not into politics." Could've fooled me. He's married to Virginia, founder-of-a-tea-party group-turned-lobbyist who bragged about all the influence she had (who also left a rather strange voice mail for Anita Hill), and who lobbied against health care reform.

This is the same justice who Herman Cain said “is one of my models.”

So fine, Thomas-- who ruled in favor of Citizens United-- claims he isn't literally "into" politics, but he also isn't exactly unbiased, objective, or even-handed, let alone nonpartisan:

As Mark Karlin at BuzzFlash pointed out, "Thomas... didn’t even report large financial payments that benefited him and his wife, as he ruled on cases that involved the sources of the personal funds."

And of course, there was the Clarence Thomas gifting scandal:

There have been alarming reports of justices – most notably Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito – attending political events and using their position to fundraise for organizations.

You get the picture. Now here is what Clarence Thomas said during a forum at Duquesne University's law school in response to a moderator's question of whether he was surprised that there was a black president. Per First Read:

[H]e is not surprised there's a black president. But he knew that it would be one "approved by the elites, the media." "I guess I thought there would be black coaches, black heads of universities, maybe again, as I said, I'm naïve. But the thing I always knew it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites, the media, because anybody they didn't agree with they would take apart.... And that will happen with virtually-- you pick your person. Any black person, who says something that is not a prescribed things that they expect from a black person, it will be picked apart. You can pick anybody. Don't pick me. Pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it. There's a price to pay. So I always assumed it would be somebody the media had to agree with." [...]

Asked if he had any "common ground" with the left-of-center president, the conservative jurist, said, "You know that's hard to say. It's like, what common ground did I have with President Bush? 43? You know, I'm not into politics. I don't like politics. And I try not to-- I do my job. I have common ground with some of the appointees, say with Justice Ginsburg or with Justice Kagan, because we're doing the same thing, but as politics, I just don't do politics. I don't like politics."

Go that? He doesn't like politics.

To be crystal clear, he just doesn't do politics.

Did I mention he doesn't like politics?

He added:

"I just don't like politics... I mean, it is--, I'm just done. I don't like politics. I like history. I like things of substance. I don't understand politics. I don't understand scuba diving, you know? When I think of scuba diving, I think of drowning. So I'm not against it, it's just not-- I'm not going under water."

In case you missed it, he "hates politics." That might have gotten by you.

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VIDEO: Rev. Al Sharpton files lawsuit against Michigan Emergency Management system (aka financial martial law)

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MSNBC:

On Thursday, Michigan’s Public Act 36 comes into effect and Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr becomes Emergency Manager (EM), granting him an expansion of his authority over the city, including the ability to unilaterally override collective bargaining agreements. However, a group of activists which includes PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton is working to strip him of those powers entirely. Sharpton’s organization, the National Action Network, has filed a federal lawsuit contending that the Emergency Management system is unlawful.

King Ricky Snyder's response to protests over stomping all over democracy by undermining voters?

“The old law went away, but we put in a new law that really was responsive to the issues that came up during that process,. And if you look at it, I’m also the elected official. I was elected by the people of Michigan. So there is an elected official in charge of that process, and I think that’s critically important.... It's not about excluding people, it's about teamwork... solving problems together..."

Said the elected official who gets to remain in power as he pulls the plug on other elected officials' power.

Teamwork my ass.

We've covered this story often, including this from earlier this month: MI Dictator, er, Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Detroit, will appoint emergency manager to take over.

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The conspiracy widens: More than 800 potential new Rupert Murdoch phone hacking victims have now been identified

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Only a few days ago I posted that Rupert Murdoch was hit by 600 fresh claims of phone hacking.

Make that 800 and counting.

The Guardian has previously reported:

The revelations come at the worst possible time for David Cameron as he prepares to battle in parliament to protect the newspaper industry from what he fears is excessive state-backed regulation.

According to the BBC, the Sun apologized in the High Court for retrieving personal information on a stolen cell phone belonging to a Labour MP. Via Liberal Conspiracy, this tweet from their post titled, Why it’s significant the Sun admits hacking a Labour MP’s stolen phone:

Hi @rupertmurdoch Do you remember saying this on 26/4/12? “editors are all responsible for their papers. I certainly hold them..for that.”

— tom_watson (@tom_watson) March 18, 2013

I think [MP] Tom Watson is also thinking the same thing.

Here's the latest, via The Independent:

More than 800 potential new phone-hacking victims have been identified, the High Court will hear today, after a tabloid "supergrass" helped police secure fresh evidence.

Officers believe they have discovered evidence of a widespread but previously unknown conspiracy centred on the News of the World features desk, indicating that phone-hacking was deeply ingrained throughout Rupert Murdoch's tabloid empire.

The development threatens to reignite the debate surrounding press misconduct on the day that MPs vote on rival plans to implement the regulatory proposals of Lord Justice Leveson.

So far 2,500 people whose phones may have been hacked have been notified, and that number could rise "due to the scale of the additional conspiracy." New claims against News International are expected to pour in.

Information on how much money has already been paid out and to whom is here.

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