Ethan Bronner, et al., of the New York Times: "The emerging details of [leak] cases show just how wide a net the Obama administration has cast in its investigations into disclosures of government secrets, querying hundreds of officials across the federal government and even some of their foreign counterparts."
Maureen Dowd doesn't let down Robert Gibbs, who complained last week that she always writes the same column. Today's column: "... Obama is trying to escape the shadow of the Bush presidency just as W. is trying to escape the shadow of the Bush presidency." Dowd tours Dubya's library and observes, "You could fill an entire other library with what’s not in W.’s."
Everybody's favorite whiney professor, Jonathan Turley, in a Washington Post op-ed: "Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch, an administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency.... The vast majority of 'laws' governing the United States are not passed by Congress but are issued as regulations, crafted largely by thousands of unnamed, unreachable bureaucrats." Turley suggests Republicans are right to block Richard Cordray's confirmation because he's to head up yet another agency with too much power.
Phil Stewart of Reuters: "Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called sexual assault a 'scourge' on Saturday as he addressed graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where a sergeant stands accused of videotaping female cadets in the showers."
Laura Bassett of the Huffington Post: "An all-male panel of House lawmakers considered a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy across the United States, without exceptions for rape, incest or health of the mother."
If enough people were praying He would've intervened, you could pray, Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms. -- Pat Robertson, on the Oklahoma tornado
... if your community is ravaged by a natural disaster, it's your fault. That [Robertson] chose not to blame the tornado on gay people is, however, a sign of progress. -- Steve Benen
The Lord Does Not Want You to Have Health Insurance. I think before [President Obama's] second term is over, we're going to see a miracle before our eyes; Ibelieve God is going to answer our prayers and we'll be freed from the yoke of Obamacare. -- Michele Bachmann (also via Benen)
Benen also points to this exchange between theologian Wolf Blitzer & a tornado survivor. God bless that woman!
The Good News for Atheists! Citing scripture, Pope Francis says atheists can be redeemed through good works. CW: For what it's worth, I think Francis's interpretation of the passage in Mark is correct. It's an argument I've made before. It's only the Gospel of John -- naturally a favorite of fervent Christians -- that claims belief in Jesus is the only path to salvation.
At Least One GOP Governor Is Serious about Expanding Medicaid. Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic: "Gov. Jan Brewer sent five bills to the scrap heap Thursday in a pointed gesture intended to prod lawmakers into a deal on the budget and her plan to expand Medicaid. The five vetoes, follow-through on Brewer’s promise to block legislation until her top priorities move forward, capped a tense day that saw some lawmakers receive threats over their support for the plan to provide health care for more of the state’s poor."
Fort Myers News-Press: "Former GOP Reps. Connie Mack IV of Florida and Mary Bono Mack of California are divorcing, only months after losing congressional races." CW: So much for those traditional family values that caused CoMo to contract an advanced state of hyper-homophobia.