WASHINGTON—Why is no one in the D.C. political class and media bubble talking about the Jeffrey Epstein affair? Well, it’s not true that they’re not talking about it at all; they’re just not (for the most part) talking about it honestly or asking the right questions. And the right questions are: Exactly how tight is the friendship between former President and potential future first gentleman Bill Clinton and Mr. Epstein, who owns a private island in Florida and is now accused of having sex with girls as young as 12 and procuring young girls for sex with other friends of his? What was Bill Clinton doing on the island with Mr. Epstein on multiple occasions and why did he fly overseas on Mr. Epstein’s plane at least 10 times?


By Henry Norr

I never expect much from the U.S. mainstream media, especially when it comes to the Middle East, but still I’ve been genuinely shocked by the sorry coverage of the conflict surrounding Iran’s nuclear program and Netanyahu’s recent speech to Congress.

As other critics have already pointed out, the biggest problem is not so much what the media have been reporting as what they leave out: not just critical perspectives, but also undisputed facts that are essential to understanding the situation. See, for example, “Somebody Needs to Tell The NY Times: Israel Has The Bomb,” by TimesWarp’s Barbara Erickson and “What Was Missing From Coverage of Netanyahu’s Speech” by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting’s Jim Naureckas.


By Ellen Brown

Wars over California’s limited water supply have been going on for at least a century. Water wars have been the subject of some vintage movies, including the 1958 hit The Big Country starring Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood’s 1985 Pale Rider, 1995’s Waterworld with Kevin Costner, and the 2005 film Batman Begins. Most acclaimed was the 1975 Academy Award winner Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, involving a plot between a corrupt Los Angeles politician and land speculators to fabricate the 1937 drought in order to force farmers to sell their land at low prices. The plot was rooted in historical fact, reflecting battles between Owens Valley farmers and Los Angeles urbanites over water rights.

Today the water wars continue on a larger scale with new players. It’s no longer just the farmers against the ranchers or the urbanites. It’s the people against the new “water barons” — Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, the Bush family, and their ilk — who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.


The Islamic State is getting outside help, with plane drops providing ammunition for the terrorist organization, according to an RT Arabic report. Iraqi government soldiers also say this is a recurring theme and the group is as strong as ever.

The battle for Iraq’s Anbar Province continues to rage, despite bombing campaigns from the US and their coalition allies. Notwithstanding a big offensive to try and win back territory lost to the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) last summer, local Iraqi government soldiers say the militant group is still a potent force.


By Pam Martens and Russ Martens

Wall Street Journal oil reporter, David Bird, set out from his New Jersey home for a brief walk on January 11, 2014 and disappeared without a trace. Last Wednesday, 14 months after his disappearance and the very same day David Bird’s family had launched a web site to urge the public to help them locate their beloved husband and father, Bird’s body was found in the Passaic River. It was conclusively identified through dental records.

A search had been underway for Bird since the evening of his disappearance. He had left his home on Long Hill Road in the Millington section of Long Hill Township, New Jersey to take a short walk. The circumstances were inconsistent with someone who intended to disappear: he was wearing a bright red jacket with yellow zippers; he was a recipient of a liver transplant and did not take the anti-rejection, prescription medicine that he was required to take daily to stay alive.


By Brad Friedman

A few weeks ago, our legal analyst Ernie Canning warned how the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending decision on whether or not to hear the ACLU’s challenge to the Wisconsin GOP Photo ID voting law might be the last chance before the 2016 Presidential elections to determine the Constitutionality of such laws.

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to grant cert in the WI challenge in the Frank v. Walker case. The decision is not a ruling on the merits of the case or the Constitutionality of the law. It simply means that, for now, there were not four votes on the Court to hear the ACLU’s challenge at this time.


Federal regulations in the Land of the Free REQUIRE banks to file ‘suspicious activity reports’ or SARs on their customers. And it’s not optional.
Banks have minimum quotas of SARs they need to fill out and submit to the federal government.
If they don’t file enough SARs, they can be fined. They can lose their banking charter. And yes, bank executives and directors can even be imprisoned for noncompliance.
This is the nature of the financial system in the Land of the Free.
And chances are, your banker has filled one out on you—they submitted 1.6 MILLION SARs in 2013 alone.
But now the Justice Department is saying that SARs aren’t enough.

The Week at WhoWhatWhy

On MondayWill a $30 Million Lawsuit Over FBI Killing of Witness Todashev Shed Light on Boston Bombing?
by Joanne Potter
Will a $30 million lawsuit being filed over the FBI killing of a Boston Bombing witness shed any more light on shooting riddled with questions, secrecy and official reversals? Joanne Potter looks at the case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s dead friend, Ibragim Todashev.

On TuesdayNo “Eureka” Moment in Boston Bombing Videos or Images
by Lara Turner
Grainy, dark, faded and inconclusive. That’s what most of the photographic and video evidence in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looks like. And since the defense has done little to question it, who’s going to? Lara Turner looks at the state of the prosecution’s proof.

Also on TuesdayMEDIA FAIL: Abject Ignorance About Tsarnaev’s Black Muslim Flag
by Lara Turner
Imagine if someone looked at a Christian cross on the wall, and took it to be representative of the cross-burning Ku Klux Klan? That’s the logic some reporters are applying to the black Muslim flag found on Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s wall. They’re equating the flag, a common symbol of a Muslim’s faith, to a sign of affiliation with al Qaeda.

Also on TuesdayWhy Did One Boston-Area Cop Let Tsarnaev Escape?
by Joanne Potter
At the height of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one police officer came within a few feet of the suspect. And let him go. Not that you’d have learned this from testimony in the courtroom. Joanne Potter looks at the escape of a most wanted man.

Also on TuesdayWhy WhoWhatWhy’s Boston Marathon Bombing Coverage Is Important
by Klaus Marre
Traditional news outlets have all but abdicated their duty to ask the hard questions. Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen is a case in point – he’s on a first-name basis with the police involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture. Klaus Marre looks at what’s missing from the mainstream press at Tsarnaev’s trial.

On WednesdayOPINION: The Glaring Absence of Cameras in the Boston Bombing Trial
by Andrew Quemere
In a case that fully demonstrates the pervasiveness of surveillance cameras in America, the absence of cameras at one of the biggest trials of the year is glaring. Andrew Quemere examines how the federal courts have managed to stay happily anachronistic.

On ThursdayIn Tsarnaev Trial, Prosecutors Turn Hostile Toward Own Witness
by Joanne Potter
Prosecutors in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev turned hostile toward their own witness once it became clear her findings didn’t support their allegations of murder. Joanne Potter unpacks the strange reversal.

Also on ThursdaySurveillance and Oppression We Can Believe In
by DonkeyHotey and Dan Engelke
Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words. With evidence the Obama Administration is the most tight-lipped ever, here’s a picture to complete the story. DonkeyHotey and Dan Engelke show you the score.

Also on ThursdayBoston Marathon Bombing Trial: Live Updates and Unvarnished Analysis
by The WhoWhatWhy Team
The latest from the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the federal courthouse in Boston.

On FridayRadioWHO Ep. 7: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Everything But the Truth
by Jeff Schechtman
Criminal trials are often anything but a search for the truth. That’s certainly the case with the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tune in with RadioWHO host Jeff Schechtman for a conversation with WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter James Henry for some essential context about the trial and the evidence being presented.

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Sunday Round-up

After a few weeks of feckless flaccidity, the Sunday Shows had a particularly strong day. Here are the highlights:

Meet the Press led the way with an unusually balanced pair of interviews on the aftermath of Bibi Netanyahu’s big win. Chuck Todd pressed Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on Bibi’s Two-State flip-flop and rumors that the Ambassador is an impediment in the U.S.-Israeli relationship. He then questioned Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., on Hamas, the International Criminal Court and the difference between Israel’s right to exist, which the Palestinian Authority accepts, and Bibi’s new requirement that Palestinians accept it as a “Jewish State.”

Meet the Press also had the interview of the day—with California Governor Jerry Brown. The topic was climate change, California’s drought and the coming presidential campaign announcement by dyed-in-the-wool climate denier Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Gov. Brown said Cruz’s claim that the science is not clear on climate change makes him “absolutely unfit to be running for office.” It was the most entertaining and candidpolitical interview of the month.

On This Week with George StephanopoulosMartha Raddatz hosted a fascinating debate between two women trying to reform Islam. Former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an author and harsh critic of Islam, faced off against Manal Omar, a Muslim women’s advocate working for the United States Institute of Peace.

FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace grilled CIA Director John Brennan on location at the CIA’s “private museum.” Brennan responded to a host of issues including Putin, the Iran negotiations, the CIA “overhaul” and the controversy over the administration’s unwillingness to refer to ISIS as “Islamic extremists.”

On Face the Nationformer NFL Star Chris Borland talked to Bob Schieffer about his decision to retire due to fear of concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Finally, Mickey Kaus went on CNN’s Reliable Sources to talk about leaving the Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson refused to run a column critical of FOX News because it broke a “no trashing Fox” rule.

Oh yeah, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) went on CNN’s State of the Union … but no one really cares anymore.

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The New York Times went into damage control mode yesterday after Nick Bilton, a tech columnist and a rising star at the newspaper, suggested that precaution is the best approach to the use of cell phones and wearable electronics.

No sooner had Bilton’s column hit print than Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ Public Editor,chastised Bilton for his naive analysis. (It was posted on the Web a day earlier.) Sullivan targeted the lack of “sophisticated evaluation of serious research.” His biggest blunder, according to many readers, was quoting Dr. Joe Mercola, an Internet health entrepreneur. It’s worth mentioning that Mercola is no technophobe. He talked to Bilton on a cell phone using a Bluetooth headset.


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