In an entertainingly tense press conference, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney repeatedly claimed that President Obama supports an "unfettered" freedom of the press that must be "balanced" by national security concerns. Ummm …
- The Obama administration, by the way, has prosecuted more leakers-to-the-press than any previous president.
- In his own press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder says he has recused himself from the probe into the AP mess. The usual unnamed DOJ official says the phone records were actually nabbed by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
- The White House also denies any early knowledge of inappropriate targeting of government critics by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS leadership itself denied any such knowledge, even though it definitely knew all.
- The influential Institute of Medicine says there no scientific basis for urging people to cut their salt intake in half.
- Brazil legalizes gay marriage and— Wait … It wasn't already?
- The The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit to .05 from the current .08. Good luck with that after-work drink.
- Don't get too invested in the idea of a future full of windmills and solar panels; the International Energy Agency says the United States has such vast shale oil reserves, that it will soon account for a third of new oil supplies and become a net oil exporter.
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