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June 5, 2013
17:08 // 1 year ago
May 24, 2013
Basically, Republicans are attacking Obama where he is least vulnerable and at a time when they have minimal credibility. It isn’t working. By trying to turn everything into a scandal rather than saying Obama’s policies are wrongheaded—and rather than fixing their own image problems with minority, female, younger, and moderate voters—Republicans are focusing on attacking a guy whose name will never again appear on a ballot.
Polling guru and political analyst Charlie Cook, explaining why Republicans’ attacks on President Obama may ultimately fall flat. Despite the media feeding frenzy over the three concurrent scandals to hit the Obama White House, the President’s approval rating has hardly suffered at all: In general, it’s hovered around 51%, with one poll even showing an uptick since April. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll showed the Republican Party with the highest negative ratings—59%—that either party has received in more than 20 years. “Americans may not be ecstatic about President Obama and his policies,” Cook writes, “but compared with the Republicans, they think Obama doesn’t look so bad.” source
17:30 // 1 year ago
May 17, 2013

Poll: Benghazi mainly riles up Republicans, may not be a winning issue for wider electorate

  • 41% of Republicans surveyed think Benghazi is the biggest scandal in US history
  • 39%of the aforementioned Republicans do not know what country Benghazi is in source

In the same poll: Voters trust Hillary Clinton on Benghazi more than congressional Republicans by a 10 point margin; a net +18 percent of respondents would rather congress focus on immigration reform than Benghazi; and voters were split 45/45 on whether Benghazi is more or less of a scandal than Watergate (although that broke down mostly on partisan lines).

18:15 // 1 year ago
May 16, 2013
10:37 // 1 year ago
August 20, 2012
9:15 // 2 years ago
May 28, 2012
National Weather Service fiscal scandal evokes thunderstorm of cheap weather references by SFB staff
Looks like Tropical Storm Beryl isn’t the only storm brewin’: The National Weather Service just had its director step down after a hailstorm of criticism following an improperly forecasted allocation of bonuses to contractors. We’re sure that while those workers had mostly sunny days, taxpayers have a lower level of barometric pressure these days for misappropriated funds — especially $43 million worth, which is high whether you’re looking in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Recently, the storm trackers — er, auditors — showed up. As a result, Jack Hayes felt the humidity rising in his position and got out after the heat got too hot to bear. (Editor’s note: Sorry. We couldn’t help ourselves.)

National Weather Service fiscal scandal evokes thunderstorm of cheap weather references by SFB staff

Looks like Tropical Storm Beryl isn’t the only storm brewin’: The National Weather Service just had its director step down after a hailstorm of criticism following an improperly forecasted allocation of bonuses to contractors. We’re sure that while those workers had mostly sunny days, taxpayers have a lower level of barometric pressure these days for misappropriated funds — especially $43 million worth, which is high whether you’re looking in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Recently, the storm trackers — er, auditors — showed up. As a result, Jack Hayes felt the humidity rising in his position and got out after the heat got too hot to bear. (Editor’s note: Sorry. We couldn’t help ourselves.)

2:14 // 2 years ago
April 23, 2012
Recap: Wal-Mart executives accused of major cover-up
A case which could damage a huge company’s rep: New allegations of a massive bribery and cover-up, orchestrated by Wal-Mart International to protect Wal-Mart de Mexico executives, surfaced in the New York Times over the weekend. Former executive Sergio Cicero Zapata spent more than 15 hours with Times reporters, detailing his role, and the role of others in the alleged crimes. Worst of all, according to Cicero, former CEO Eduardo Castro-Wright didn’t just know about the payments; he endorsed them. Here’s what happened after that:
Sergio Leaves Wal-Mart De Mexico After being passed over for a promotion, Sergio left the company in 2004. In September 2005, he contacted senior Wal-Mart lawyer Maritza Munich to discuss his knowledge of crimes he claimed were authorized by senior-level management.
Frantic investigations begin Munich hires Juan Francisco Torres-Landa to debrief Cicero, who reports that the allegations seem genuine. Munich notifies Wal-Mart International, and recommends a full investigation of Wal-Mart de Mexico’s senior management team.  source
"There is reasonable suspicion" of violated laws
reaction Wal-Mart then hired the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher to conduct an internal probe, but the company ignored their recommendation of a full investigation — instead choosing to let corporate investigations director Joseph Lewis take over.
results Unhappy with Lewis’ “law enforcement approach” to the case, management re-wrote investigation procedures. Supervision of the matter was given to top executives (then under investigation) who closed the case, citing a lack of evidence.
fallout After years of cover-ups, Wal-Mart International now finds itself in the midst of a huge PR scandal. The company has obtained new legal counsel, but has not announced plans to release any executives named. source
The company’s feeling it from investors
5% decline in the company’s stock on Monday, after the report source
» So what’s next? As of this posting, neither the U.S. Department of Justice or its Mexican counterpart have announced that they’ll be launching investigations of Wal-Mart. If either country does decide to pursue an investigation, analysts and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act experts estimate that the governments’ legal fees could end up much higher than Wal-Mart stands to lose in penalties. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available. (Photo by Code Poet)
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A case which could damage a huge company’s rep: New allegations of a massive bribery and cover-up, orchestrated by Wal-Mart International to protect Wal-Mart de Mexico executives, surfaced in the New York Times over the weekend. Former executive Sergio Cicero Zapata spent more than 15 hours with Times reporters, detailing his role, and the role of others in the alleged crimes. Worst of all, according to Cicero, former CEO Eduardo Castro-Wright didn’t just know about the payments; he endorsed them. Here’s what happened after that:

  • Sergio Leaves Wal-Mart De Mexico After being passed over for a promotion, Sergio left the company in 2004. In September 2005, he contacted senior Wal-Mart lawyer Maritza Munich to discuss his knowledge of crimes he claimed were authorized by senior-level management.
  • Frantic investigations begin Munich hires Juan Francisco Torres-Landa to debrief Cicero, who reports that the allegations seem genuine. Munich notifies Wal-Mart International, and recommends a full investigation of Wal-Mart de Mexico’s senior management team.  source

"There is reasonable suspicion" of violated laws

  • reaction Wal-Mart then hired the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher to conduct an internal probe, but the company ignored their recommendation of a full investigation — instead choosing to let corporate investigations director Joseph Lewis take over.
  • results Unhappy with Lewis’ “law enforcement approach” to the case, management re-wrote investigation procedures. Supervision of the matter was given to top executives (then under investigation) who closed the case, citing a lack of evidence.
  • fallout After years of cover-ups, Wal-Mart International now finds itself in the midst of a huge PR scandal. The company has obtained new legal counsel, but has not announced plans to release any executives named. source

The company’s feeling it from investors

  • 5% decline in the company’s stock on Monday, after the report source

» So what’s next? As of this posting, neither the U.S. Department of Justice or its Mexican counterpart have announced that they’ll be launching investigations of Wal-Mart. If either country does decide to pursue an investigation, analysts and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act experts estimate that the governments’ legal fees could end up much higher than Wal-Mart stands to lose in penalties. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available. (Photo by Code Poet)

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20:55 // 2 years ago
April 19, 2012
I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?
Just-retired Secret Service agent David Randall Chaney • Joking on his Facebook page about … wait for it … Sarah Palin, who he was protecting during the 2008 campaign. He left that comment on a photo that shows him keeping watch over the vice presidential candidate. Not exactly a good look for a guy who was forced to retire as a result of a scandal allegedly involving prostitutes in Colombia.
19:49 // 2 years ago
November 7, 2011
Damn, today is a banner day for scandal-laden news. (We’re in disbelief that “BREAKING: Woman: Cain reached under skirt for her genitals, pulled her head toward his crotch”  is a news alert.) Here’s the Cain accuser, who is suggesting far more than sexual harassment. Here’s the Conrad Murray story.

Damn, today is a banner day for scandal-laden news. (We’re in disbelief that “BREAKING: Woman: Cain reached under skirt for her genitals, pulled her head toward his crotch”  is a news alert.) Here’s the Cain accuser, who is suggesting far more than sexual harassment. Here’s the Conrad Murray story.

14:15 // 2 years ago
November 6, 2011
Ron Paul wins another straw poll; Herman Cain right behind: Despite a scandal that chewed up much press energy this week, Herman Cain was only two points behind Ron Paul in a Republican straw poll in Illinois. But Paul still kicked his butt. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Ron Paul wins another straw poll; Herman Cain right behind: Despite a scandal that chewed up much press energy this week, Herman Cain was only two points behind Ron Paul in a Republican straw poll in Illinois. But Paul still kicked his butt. source

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9:29 // 2 years ago