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Source: www.huffingtonpost.com – Thursday, April 11, 2013
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a question Thursday about rapper Jay-Z's lyrics implying that the White House cleared his trip to Cuba. "It's a song," Carney said during his daily briefing. "The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip." A reporter quoted lyrics from Jay-Z's new song, "Open Letter," in order to see if the administration was involved in the celebrity's controversial trip to Cuba. "Boy from the hood but got White House clearance," quoted the reporter. "Obama said chill you're going to get me impeached." Carney laughed off the implication that the White House had anything to do with the rapper's vacation. "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," Carney joked. "Because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel as you know, and the White House has nothing to do with it." Jay-Z and wife Beyonce have came under fire when photos emerged of their trip to Cuba, with some GOP lawmakers raising questions over why they were allowed to visit the embargoed country. The Treasury Department confirmed Wednesday that the couple had permission to visit the country. "It is our understanding that the travelers in question travelled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group," the department wrote in a letter obtained by the Miami Herald . Watch a clip of Jay Carney responding to the lyrics above
Source: www.nytimes.com – Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Source: www.thegatewaypundit.com – Sunday, August 26, 2012
Mitt Romney was asked again today about the Akin rape comments. “Democrats are using the Akin flap to discredit GOP.” The AP reported: Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney says it is sad that President Barack Obama’s campaign is stooping to the low level of trying to link Rep. Todd Akin’s statements about abortion to the entire GOP.
Source: www.suntimes.com – Thursday, August 16, 2012
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney on Thursday said he has paid a tax rate of at least 13 percent on his income taxes for the last 10 years — and said “fascination” with his taxes was “small-minded compared to the big issues that we face.” If Romney thought his dismissive comments would make the matter of disclosure go away, he’s wrong. Campaigning in South Carolina, Romney said, “I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces — 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, 1 out of 6 Americans in poverty — the fascination with …
Source: www.huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mitt Romney said Wednesday he finds the whole controversy over tax returns — a huge source of grief for his campaign — somewhat entertaining. "It's kind of amusing," Romney told Columbus, Ohio, CBS affiliate WBNS. "I'm releasing two years of records as well as all that's legally required and, for that matter, I'm doing the same thing John McCain did when he ran for president four years ago, which is releasing two years of returns, and we'll see what time has to say about this." Romney has maintained that he won't release more tax returns than what he has already — his full return from 2010 and an estimated return from 2011 — despite calls from even Republicans that he disclose more to the public to end the debate.
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Source: tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com – Thursday, December 08, 2011
Oops! Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wasn’t sheepish Wednesday when his official Twitter account re-tweeted a message critical of his political opponents. The tweet, translated, read : It has become clear that if a person writes the expression ‘party of swindlers and thieves’ in their blog then they are a stupid sheep getting f****d in the mouth The Kremlin blames a rogue staffer for the blunder, The Wall Street Journal reports . "Overnight, an inappropriate retweet of one item appeared in the Twitter acount of Dmitry Medvedev," the Kremlin said in a statement. "The results of an investigation showed that at the time of a planned password change, an employee responsible for technical maintenance of the account committed unauthorized interference in the @MedvedevRussia feed. The guilty will be punished." Hmm… If we learned anything over the summer (read: Weiner, Anthony), it’s that blaming an errant internet post on hackers or rogue staffers rarely ends well. But perhaps it’s a small comfort to know that no matter who were are, no matter our position of power, we can still use the internet in pretty dumb ways. As the Journal and others report, the tweet appears to mock a Kremlin whistleblower, Alexei Navalny. The WSJ reports : The retweet from the account of tech-savvy Medvedev poked fun at a slogan used by Kremlin whistleblower Alexei Navalny, who called the ruling United Russia the "party of crooks and thieves." The orig