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AP Scandal Expands to Include Fox Journalists Targeted as Co-Conspirator

James Rosen, chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, is the latest victim in a scandal, which has the Obama Administration behind it. Federal investigators from the Justice Department in pursuing the case went much further than in the AP case. First, they obtained work email records from Rosen. Also, agents kept records of his visits to the State Department headquarters by tracking security-badge information. Furthermore, investigators seized two days of Rosen’s personal emails, in addition to two months of personal phone records. The new crackdown on Fox News holds striking similarities to a sweeping leaks investigation disclosed last week in which federal investigators obtained records over two months of more than 20 telephone lines assigned to the Associated Press. AP CEO Gary Pruitt said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that the AP records grab was not only unconstitutional but damaging to the operation of free press. He continued, “I really don’t know what their motive was, but I know what the message they are sending is— if you talk to the press we are going to go after you.” According to Pruitt, the message is clear. If you are a journalist, then the federal government is targeting you.

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What is unique about this particular case is how it was handled. The Justice Department secured a subpoena from a federal judge because according to the Justice Department the reporter had possibly engaged in ‘criminal conspiracy like behavior’. In the press, that behavior is termed investigative journalism. However, this simple spin on words has now opened a gate to where the Obama Administration’s Justice Department is preparing to treat news gathering activity as a crime. Because Rosen uncovered a story, he is now being considered as an aider, abettor and co-conspirator by the FBI.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment lawyer Charles Tobin said, “Search warrants like these have a severe chilling effect on the free flow of important information to the public. That’s a very dangerous road to go down.”

President Obama last week defended the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation involving the AP. There is no response yet from Fox News executives or the President on this latest development.

Rand Paul Begins Campaigning Against Hillary Clinton 2016

It seems that the democratic party is not alone in their speculations of Hillary Clinton mounting a 2016 presidential bid. Although Clinton has said time after time that she is not interested in running the polls strongly suggest that democrats want her and no one else. With the momentum focused on minorities it is not surprising that if Democrats want to maintain control of the White House they need Hillary to make it happen. Who could stop Hillary if she did decide to run? Considering that Obama has mastered the art of elections and online donations as well as the fact that Bill Clinton remains wildly popular Hillary will be a force not easily defeated. It has been said that if republicans wish to remain viable they must find a candidate who can bring together the tea party, the libertarian wing and the traditional conservative wing. Many believe that candidate to be Rand Paul.

Paul Meets With Tennessee Republican Assembly

Paul Meets With Tennessee Republican Assembly

Paul has already been on what many consider to be a campaign spree. He has won every presidential straw poll his name has been listed on. Furthermore, he has now made a major move by sending his lead strategist and chief of staff, Doug Stafford away from his Senate post in Washington D.C. to head up Paul’s national political operation. This is perhaps the clearest indication that Paul is planning a 2016 bid.Paul went one step further when he addressed a crowd of approximately 600 prominent Tennessee senators, representatives, donors and grassroots activists at the annual Tennessee Republican Assembly convention 2 weeks ago. Paul was received with thunderous applause and multiple standing ovations. Here Paul recalled his encounter with Clinton as the only member of the Senate to actively engage Clinton on Benghazi for ignoring requests for more security and not reading urgent cables. While other GOP Senators were singing Clinton praises- Paul told Clinton, “Ultimately, I think with your leaving, you accept culpability for the greatest tragedy since 9/11. Had I been President at the time and I found out you had not read the cables… I would have relieved you of your post.” “I think it’s inexcusable,” he added. As Paul finished his story the crowd again stood in applause. Paul continued to tell the crowd, “I think that should disqualify you from seeking any sort of higher office.” The crowd again roared and the audience was heard screaming, “Rand 2016”. Paul then took questions from the audience. Many questions were geared towards a Paul presidential bid. Paul responded, “Things seem to be falling in that direction, but I am not going to make a decision until after this year.” In this first moment of acknowledgment towards Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential bid it seems the 2016 race is starting to take form as one that would put Rand Paul against Hillary Clinton. Paul seems to recognize this and is drawing first blood.