Good evening! Big event coming up in a few hours for many of us as the sun and moon put on quite the show.
❖ Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident whose attempts to leave China since April “threatened to cause a diplomatic breach”, finally arrived in the US on Saturday. He was allowed to leave, but not as a matter of asylum; rather, he will be attending law school in the US on a fellowship.
❖Remember all those subpoenas for James Risen ? One in 2008 after his State Of War book was published. The second in 2010 after the 2008 one had expired, and a third one in 2011. The government wants to force Risen to testify in its trial of Jeffrey Sterling, ex-CIA agent who allegedly leaked classified information to Risen about US plans against Iran. At issue is reporter’s privilege, which the DOJ insists doesn’t exist. The three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday morning engaged the DOJ lawyer in some rather spirited discussion of the case and the meaning of he term ‘reporter’s privilege’
❖Turns out the Center to Protect Patients’ Rights (CPPR) is a shadowy group which gave $44 million to other tax-exempt organizations. CPPR has major connections, including with: the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights, which is opposed to health care reform; DCI group which represents the tobacco industry; Americans for Limited Government; Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform; and on and on. Reading is believing and this is quite a read. And there’s now more and yet more– “All Roads Lead to Koch” .
❖The Jamie Dimon saga is picking up steam. Seems the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is now going to scrutinize JPMorgan Chase due