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Russell Johnson, The Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' Dies at 89, Agent Confirms

Source: The Wrap

@BreakingNews: Russell Johnson, the Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' dies at 89, agent confirms - @TheWrap http://t.co/GZNUDmGkkf

Russell Johnson, the Professor on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dead at 89

TV | By Josh Dickey on January 16, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

Russell Johnson, who played the professor on “Gilligan’s Island,” died Thursday morning, his agent told TheWrap. He was 89.

Johnson died at his home in Washington state of natural causes, his agent, Michael Eisenstadt said.

Born in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, Johnson graduated from a private boarding school for orphaned children before joining the Air Force, flying dozens of combat missions in World War II – including one that turned him into a real-life castaway in the Philippines in 1945. Johnson’s B-25 bomber was shot down by heavy flak; he broke both his ankles during the mission, and received the Purple Heart.

Johnson’s acting career started nearly a decade later, with early roles in westerns and sci-fi movies and TV shows, including “It Came From Outer Space,” “This Island Earth” and “Attack of the Crab Monsters.” His TV career was robust through the late 1950s and early ‘60s, including as a regular on “Black Saddle” and two episodes of “The Twilight Zone.”

But he’ll be best remembered as Roy Hinkley – “The Professor” – on “Gilligan’s Island.” Johnson’s unwavering, straight-man treatment of the character brought brains and gravitas to the otherwise silliness of Sherwood Schwartz’s creation; it also afforded the otherwise hapless castaways a badly-needed hero, whose fix-it-with-whatever’s-around approach would give way to more modern characters like Richard Dean Anderson’s “MacGyver” and spurned spy Michael Westen on “Burn Notice.”

Read more: http://www.thewrap.com/russell-johnson-professor-gilligans-island-dead-89/

"Aides Said Obama Was Surprised to Learn After Snowden Leaks Just How Far the Surveillance Had Gone"

@EdFelten: "aides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by (Snowden) just how far the surveillance had gone" http://t.co/LEXrQZHoTa


Obama’s Path From Critic to Overseer of Spying

January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”

More than six years later, the onetime constitutional lawyer is now the commander in chief presiding over a surveillance state that some of his own advisers think has once again gotten out of control. On Friday, he will give another speech, this time at the Justice Department defending government spying even as he adjusts it to address a wave of public concern over civil liberties.

The journey between those two speeches reflects the transition from the backbench of the United States Senate to the chair behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. Like other presidents before him, the idealistic candidate skeptical of government power found that the tricky trade-offs of national security issues look different to the person charged with using that power to ensure public safety.

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At the same time, aides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone. “Things seem to have grown at the N.S.A.,” Mr. Plouffe said, citing specifically the tapping of foreign leaders’ telephones. “I think it was disturbing to most people, and I think he found it disturbing.”


Rachel Maddow Takes Chris Christie Scandal to Washington Post w/ Op/Ed on Local Reporting


Democracy needs dogged local journalism

By Rachel Maddow, Published: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 8:55 PM ET

If you type “Shawn Boburg” into your Web browser address bar, a strange thing happens. Boburg is a reporter for The Record newspaper, in Bergen County, N.J. But ShawnBoburg.com sends visitors to The Record’s rival, Newark’s Star-Ledger.

The man who bought the rights to Boburg’s online name — and who presumably engineered the nasty little redirect — is David Wildstein, who last week became the country’s most high-profile political appointee. After his high school classmate Chris Christie was elected governor of New Jersey in 2009, Wildstein was appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for a highly paid position that, conveniently, had no job description.

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Christie’s spokesman forwarded to Wildstein an e-mail exchange with a Star-Ledger reporter who was inquiring about the scandal, calling the reporter an “(expletive)ing mutt.” After a request for comment came in from a member of the Star-Ledger editorial board, the governor’s spokesman erupted to Wildstein, “(expletive) him and the S-L.”

While the Christie appointees at the Port Authority asserted “no response” over and over to reporters’ requests for information, the governor publicly belittled journalists who had the temerity to ask him about the scandal. “I worked the cones, actually,” Christie scoffed in December, referring to the purported traffic study. “Unbeknownst to everybody, I was actually the guy out there. . . . You really are not serious with that question.”

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The first reporting on the scandal was by the local traffic columnist in The Record, John Cichowski. The week of the traffic tie-ups, Cichowski was already calling bullpucky on the Port Authority line that some sort of “study” was to blame. He pointed to political retribution as a more likely explanation. A steady stream of local reporting followed until, ultimately, Shawn Boburg’s scoop last Wednesday in The Record: the governor’s deputy chief of staff e-mailing Wildstein, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.


New Jersey Voters Believe Christie in Dark on Bridge Scandal: Poll

Source: Reuters

New Jersey voters believe Christie in dark on bridge scandal: poll

Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:13am EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey voters do not blame Governor Chris Christie for an epic September traffic jam on one of the world's busiest bridges, but think the scandal will hurt his chances as a 2016 presidential contender, a poll released on Wednesday found.

The prominent U.S. Republican's repeated apologies for the four-day tie-up has softened his image with voters who recently reelected him to a second term, earning him one of the lowest "bully" scores recorded in a poll by Quinnipiac University.

Fully 50 percent of respondents polled believed Christie's statement he did not know that a top aide, who he has since fired, called for the closure of three lanes on the George Washington Bridge possibly as political payback to the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee.

Just 41 percent of the 1,207 voters polled January 10-13, after the release of e-mails tying the aide to the scandal dubbed "Bridgegate" by local media, did not believe Christie's assertions that he did not know his staff had been involved.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA0E10W20140115

WikiLeaks Release: Administration Seen as Retreating on Environment in Talks on Pacific Trade

Source: WikiLeaks / New York Times

@wikileaks: RELEASE: WikiLeaks releases long sought Trans-Pacific Partnership (#TPP) #Environment draft http://t.co/iWw0yotOcv

Press release: Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

Today, 15 January 2014, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report. The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 per cent of global GDP and one-third of world trade. The Environment Chapter has long been sought by journalists and environmental groups. The released text dates from the Chief Negotiators' summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.

The Environment Chapter covers what the Parties propose to be their positions on: environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity and fishing stocks; and trade and investment in 'environmental' goods and services. It also outlines how to resolve enviromental disputes arising out of the treaty's subsequent implementation. The draft Consolidated Text was prepared by the Chairs of the Environment Working Group, at the request of TPP Ministers at the Brunei round of the negotiations.

When compared against other TPP chapters, the Environment Chapter is noteworthy for its absence of mandated clauses or meaningful enforcement measures. The dispute settlement mechanisms it creates are cooperative instead of binding; there are no required penalties and no proposed criminal sanctions.. With the exception of fisheries, trade in 'environmental' goods and the disputed inclusion of other multilateral agreements, the Chapter appears to function as a public relations exercise.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' publisher, stated: "Today's WikiLeaks release shows that the public sweetner in the TPP is just media sugar water. The fabled TPP environmental chapter turns out to be a toothless public relations exercise with no enforcement mechanism."

The Chairs' Report of the Environment Working Group also shows that there are still significant areas of contention in the Working Group. The report claims that the draft Consolidated Text displays much compromise between the Parties already, but more is needed to reach a final text. The main areas of contention listed include the role of this agreement with respect to multilateral environmental agreements and the dispute resolution process.

Read more: http://wikileaks.org/tpp-enviro/pressrelease.html


Administration Is Seen as Retreating on Environment in Talks on Pacific Trade

January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal that is a pillar of President Obama’s strategic shift to Asia, according to documents obtained by WikiLeaks, environmentalists and people close to the contentious trade talks.

The negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would be one of the world’s biggest trade agreements, have exposed deep rifts over environmental policy between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. As it stands now, the documents, viewed by The New York Times, show that the disputes could undo key global environmental protections.

The environmental chapter of the trade deal has been among the most highly disputed elements of negotiations in the pact. Participants in the talks, which have dragged on for three years, had hoped to complete the deal by the end of 2013.

Environmentalists said that the draft appears to signal that the United States will retreat on a variety of environmental protections — including legally binding pollution control requirements and logging regulations and a ban on harvesting sharks’ fins — to advance a trade deal that is a top priority for Mr. Obama.


Breaking: Oklahoma Ban on Gay Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional

Source: Tulsa World

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Oklahoma ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional


U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

The ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in Oklahoma.

Read more: http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-ban-on-gay-marriage-ruled-unconstitutional/article/3923784

FBI Doesn't Plan to File Criminal Charges Over IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups

Source: Wall Street Journal

Breaking: FBI doesn't plan to file criminal charges over the IRS's targeting of conservative groups. on.wsj.com/1eEjOjY
6:10pm - 13 Jan 14

Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe

FBI Investigation Involves Heightened Scrutiny of Conservative Groups

By Devlin Barrett
Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe

The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't plan to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service's heightened scrutiny of conservative groups, a move that likely will only intensify debate over the politically charged scandal.

Read more: http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303819704579318983271821584

Bin Laden Photos Won’t Be Released as Supreme Court Spurns Appeal

Source: Bloomberg

Bin Laden Photos Won’t Be Released as Supreme Court Spurns Appeal

By Greg Stohr
January 13, 2014 9:35 AM EST

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to order the release of photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse and burial at sea, leaving intact the CIA’s classification of those images as top-secret.

The justices today turned away an appeal by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that filed a Freedom of Information Act suit seeking release of the 2011 photos. A lower court ruled that the classification of the images was proper.

The Obama administration and Central Intelligence Agency said release of the photos would damage national security by inflaming tensions overseas and leading to retaliatory attacks against Americans.

The lawsuit involved 52 images of bin Laden after he was killed during a raid by U.S. special operations forces on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. President Barack Obama said in 2011 that the photos were “very graphic.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-13/bin-laden-photos-won-t-be-released-as-court-spurns-appeal.html

TOM TOMORROW: Reefer Madness

Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/13/1268716/-Comic-Reefer-madness

Breaking: Supreme Court Won't Revive Arizona's 20-Week Abortion Ban

Source: Associated Press

Jan. 13, 2014 9:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected Arizona's bid to put in place its ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The justices on Monday declined to reconsider a lower court ruling that the law violates a woman's constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.

"Viability" of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the ban into law in April 2012. Nine other states have enacted similar bans starting at 20 weeks or even earlier.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/court-wont-revive-arizonas-20-week-abortion-ban
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