Tuesday, May 31, 2011
An allegedly phony tweet sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-NY) Twitter account featuring a lewd picture is drawing increasing interest as the lawmaker refuses to answer reporters' questions on the incident.
TPM caught up with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) after his vote on a debt limit increase to see if he would clear up some of the remaining issues that media outlets have raised since a photo of an unidentified man's crotch was publicly sent to a college student and then quickly deleted on his Twitter account. On Tuesday, he testily evaded questions from news outlets like CNN on the topic and conservative news site The Daily Caller has repeatedly pressed the congressman for a yes or no answer on whether the picture in question is of Weiner.
"Look here's the decision I made and you can disagree with it," he told TPM when asked for a clear answer on whether it was him in the photo, "that after two and a half days of statements that answer these questions that I'm not going to keep drilling into further details and further details, even one ... even the easy questions, even the obvious questions, even the ones I've answered before."
Weiner went on: "Because I don't believe in the idea you believe in that this will end. I have four separate emails from a New York Post reporter saying if you just answer this one question it will be over. You know people may not believe me, they believe Breitbart, whatever it is. I'm going to do the work I got to do and somewhere I've got to say I'm done talking about it. I'm going to decide what I'm going to talk about for the next several days and it's not going to be this."
A reporter interrupted to ask him if he had exchanged messages with a stripper on Twitter who mentioned on her feed in March that she had been in contact with Weiner online.
"See what I mean?" he said.
He did depart from his blanket rule on comments once, however. TPM asked Weiner if he could clarify why he followed the woman that received the lewd photo, which he would not discuss with CNN. His Twitter feed tracks a relatively light number of people, many of whom are politicians, public figures, and news outlets. He said that he followed some fans who used the hashtag #WeinerYes on the site as well -- we did a quick search that shows he tweeted a #WeinerYes post looking for new accounts to follow as recently as May 13.
"Now I violated my own rule," he said. As long as he was talking again, TPM again asked for a blanket denial that he had anything to do with the incident, which he again refused. "Take a look at my statements over the weekend, you're not being fair to me," he said.
Meanwhile, the newfound attention is doing wonders for his popularity on Twitter.
"I passed Michele Bachmann in Twitter followers," he bragged. "Finally did it."
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: There are plenty of lingering questions surrounding the lewd photo posted on New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account Friday night, like who’s the man in boxer briefs? How’d he get on Weiner’s feed? And, if the tweet was a “hack” job, as the congressman says, why not enlist law enforcement to track down the assailant?
Weiner seemed to suggest today he doesn’t think those questions need to be answered publicly any time soon.
“I’m not going to talk about this anymore,” he told reporters when asked about the incident this afternoon.
“If I was giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone stood up and heckled in the back I wouldn’t spend three days talking to him. I’m going to get back to the conversation I care about,” he said.
Weiner referred the scrum of questioners to statements put out by his office over the past few days. A spokesman for Weiner said Monday that the congressman has hired an attorney to explore “civil or criminal actions” in response to the incident, which he called a “prank.”
Pressed by one reporter on why he does not appear more concerned about an alleged violation of cyber security against a member of Congress, Weiner brushed the question aside.
“I’m going to return to the things I care about," he said. "I’ve participated in the story a couple of days now. Given comments on it. This is a distraction and I’m not going to let it distract me.”
Monday, May 30, 2011
"Basketball Wives" has officially returned for its third season, firmly entrenching itself as television's most guilty pleasure. But then again, is it really a guilty pleasure if we unashamedly love this weekly trainwreck? A wreck that features verbal jabs, angry threats, and cat fights, all taking place within the backdrop of lavish condos and expensive dinner rendezvous?
"Basketball Wives" began with Jennifer Williams showing Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie O'Neal what life is like as a single woman. Jen stated that her her ex-husband, Eric Williams, told her she had to move out as he was selling their condo. With her tears now behind her, Jennifer tells viewers she feels like a "new person right now."
That brings us to Royce Reed, who apparently also is single. Her relationship with Dwayne, last seen in season two, didn't end well. Royce and Dwayne simply didn't "mesh," and Royce referred to the brotha as "safe."
In a private meeting with Tami Roman, Royce tries to encourage Tami to meet Suzie. For the moment, Royce's request falls on deaf ears, as Tami's head is still stuck on the season two finale.
Via Twitter, Tami tells Royce she heard Evelyn is cooking up a plan to make shirts related to her "Non-motha-f---- factor, b---!" comment. It's a wonder Evelyn hasn't turned that memorable phrase into a dot com already.
Royce then calls Evelyn a ho and jokes about gardening tools. She does a digging motion while singing "Ho, ho ho. Ho!”
We also get introduced to a new basketball wife (this cast is getting bigger than a rap entourage) named Meeka Claxton, the wife of Speedy Claxton. Meeka has no previous affiliation with any of the cast members from "Basketball Wives," so we see her meet Shaunie, Jennifer, Evelyn, and Royce face-to-face for the first time.
Speaking of firsts, Tami and Evelyn meet at a beach for the first time since the reunion show. No blows were thrown, but you can't say they came to a peaceful agreement, either. After Tami told Evelyn her feelings were hurt due to the way she approached her regarding the Kenny Anderson situation, Evelyn said she planned to donate a portion of the sales she makes off her trademarked T-shirts to Tami's charity.
Tami balked at the idea, and the two went their separate ways.
But they're confrontation didn't end there. Later, Tami enters "Dulce" and sees Evelyn behind the counter. Evelyn holds up a black t-shirt that says "You're a Non F'N Factor B!tch!"
"I can't understand how you could think this is cute," said Tami.
"Because I'm turning that whole negative situation into something positive."
Positive, Evelyn, or profitable?
"I offered you money from the proceeds," said Evelyn.
"I wouldn't take it because it comes from a negative place," snaps Tami.
The argument blows up from there when Tami hits Evelyn with a defamation lawsuit. Violent threats are then made on both sides (my money's on Tami), with Roman flipping the bird to Lozada as she walks out the store.
Cue the credits and week two preview.
Whew. It's only episode one, and I'm already spent.
What did you think of the season 3 premiere of "Basketball Wives?"
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Monday, May 2, 2011
After Uncertainty, a Moment of Triumph in the Situation Room: 'We've IDed Geronimo'
AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza
In this image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to diffuse the paper in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House
By MICHAEL SCHERER – Mon May 2, 6:15 pm ET
The people who gathered Sunday in the Situation Room know all about high-pressure situations. But this was something else. For 40 minutes, the President and his senior aides could do nothing but watch the video screens and listen to the operation and ensuing firefight on the other side of the world. At Barack Obama's orders, special operations teams were invading the airspace of a foreign country, targeting a compound with unknown occupants, and hoping to get out unscathed. The target was America's No. 1 enemy, Osama bin Laden. But no one knew for sure if he was even there.
The President sat stone-faced through much of the events. Several of his aides, however, were pacing. For long periods of time, nobody said a thing, as everyone waited for the next update. In the modern age, Presidents can experience their own military actions like a video game, except that they have no control over the events. They cannot, and would not, intervene to contact the commanders running the operation. So when word came that a helicopter had been grounded, a sign that the plan was already off course, the tension increased. (See pictures of Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideout.)
Minutes later, more word came over the transom. "We've IDed Geronimo," said a disembodied voice, using the agreed-upon code name for America's most wanted enemy, Osama bin Laden. Word then came that Geronimo had been killed. Only when the last helicopter lifted off some minutes later did the President know that his forces had sustained no casualties. (See pictures of people celebrating Osama bin Laden's death.)
The decision to attack had been made days earlier by the President. He gathered his senior intelligence, military and diplomatic team together in the Situation Room on Thursday afternoon to hear his options. There were already concerns about operational security. At that point, hundreds of people had already been read into the potential whereabouts of bin Laden. Any leak would have ruined the entire mission.
The intelligence professionals said they did not know for sure that bin Laden was in the compound. The case was good, but circumstantial. The likelihood, officials told the President, was between 50% and 80%. No slam dunk. Obama went around the table asking everyone to state their opinion. He quizzed his staff about worst case scenarios - the possibility of civilian casualties, a hostage situation, a diplomatic blow-up with Pakistan, a downed helicopter. He was presented with three options: Wait to gather more intelligence, attack with targeted bombs from the air, or go in on the ground with troops. The room was divided about 50-50, said a person in the room. John Brennan, the President's senior counter-terrorism adviser, supported a ground strike, as did the operational people, including Leon Panetta at the CIA. Others called for more time. In the end, about half of the senior aides supported a helicopter assault. The other half said either wait, or strike from above. (See TIME's al-Qaeda covers.)
Obama left the meeting without signaling his intent. He wanted to sleep on it. At about 8:00 a.m. on Friday, just before he boarded a helicopter that would take him to tour tornado damage in Alabama, Obama called his senior aides into the Diplomatic Room. He told them his decision: A helicopter assault. At that point, the operation was taken out of his hands. He was trusting the fate of his presidency to luck. He was putting his presidency in the hands of history.
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