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Jon Stewart’s Operation “Fast and Furious” Comedic Primer

As Jon Stewart retires from The Daily Show, it’s worth revisiting his sardonic commentaries that explain in simple terms the absurdity of the government’s ill-fated Fast and Furious operation. (Disclosure: he borrows liberally from my CBS News reports). WATCH: Jon Stewart on the Wisdom of Fast and Furious In this episode, Jon Stewart plays The Substitution […]

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Belatedly Released and Revealing Fast & Furious Docs

The Department of Justice improperly withheld public documents related to Fast and Furious after the first Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for them several years ago. The agency was recently forced to produce some of the materials to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed a FOI lawsuit to obtain the information. (To date, […]

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Election Eve “Fast & Furious” Document Dump by Justice Dept.

It could be the ultimate Washington “document dump.” Instead of turning over a heap of potentially damaging documents to Congress on the usual Friday afternoon as government agencies tend to do in the hope of attracting as little media attention as possible, the Justice Department turned over a massive set of documents on election eve. […]

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Justice Dept. List of Withheld Fast & Furious Docs is 1,323 Pages Long

List shows documents on wide-ranging subject matter being withheld. Emails between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife Sharon Malone, and his mother, are withheld under executive privilege. Also withheld are emails between Obama administration spokesmen regarding news articles. For the first time, the Department of Justice has provided a detailed description of 15,662 Fast […]

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Justice Dept. Must Release Fast and Furious Doc Log in One Month

Calling the government’s arguments for “even more time…unconvincing,” a federal court has ordered the Justice Department to turn over a list of withheld Fast and Furious documents by Oct. 22. Attorney General Eric Holder had sought a delay until the day before the midterm elections. Separately, Obama administration officials revealed that Holder intends to announce […]

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Federal Hearing on DOJ “Fast and Furious” Withheld Docs

A hearing has been set for tomorrow, July 8, in federal court regarding the attempt by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to lift the indefinite stay regarding its longstanding Freedom of Information lawsuit in Fast and Furious. Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department for failure to provide public documents that the Obama Administration also is […]

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Fast and Furious Docs Still Withheld Under Executive Privilege

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is asking the court to lift the “temporary” delay it granted the Justice Department allowing it to withhold Fast and Furious records. Nearly two years ago, on June 20, 2012, President Obama asserted executive privilege to keep secret a set of documents that Congress subpoenaed concerning the controversial gun walking case. […]

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