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A long way to go and no way to get there

PencilPaper“I really think WMATA has a long way to go to improve its transparency and its communication in order to maintain public confidence.” - Montgomery County Council Member Tom Hucker (D-5)

In a nutshell, the ongoing problems with the local subway system continue to bedevil the managers at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and those managers have no one to blame for their problems but themselves.

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Enter the 47 Ronin

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That sound you heard is not the ice breaking, though the warming weather could be the sign of Hell to come.
No, the sound this week heard in the capital was that of the straw breaking the camel’s back.
In the last two weeks the Republican leaders in the House and Senate – a fine group of well-dressed aging white men and women who share millions in campaign contributions from the richest defense contractors – got together to undermine the President by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the congress and warn them what a horrible idea it was to make a deal with Iran.
Then in an even cheekier move, 47 Ronin from the senate spurred by a junior senator from the Middle Ages sent a letter to Iran which will be debated for as long as cow dung smells.

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Considering the House

PencilPaperThe Maryland House is considering a bill this session which would provide protection for journalists who work and live in the state but gather information from outside of the state and face incarceration for their actions should they attempt to protect confidential sources.

The move is based on a New York case where a young reporter faced being jailed in Colorado because of a confidential source though she worked and reported from New York City.

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No more whistleblowers

 

sterlingThe Obama administration took a step back into the dark ages this week when CIA whistle blower Jeffrey Sterling found himself convicted of nine criminal counts under the thick umbrella of the Espionage Act.

In a statement Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said the verdict was a “just and appropriate outcome . . . The disclosures placed lives at risk. . . and they constituted an egregious breach of the public trust by someone who had sworn to uphold it.”

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