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Book Reveals Tension Between Atty. Gen. Holder, Axelrod and Emanuel

 
By Lynn Sweet
Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON--A new book about the Obama administration adds more to the story about tensions between Attorney General Eric Holder, David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel when he was White House chief of staff.

Valerie Jarrett once broke up a near-fight between Axelrod and Holder, the book reveals.

The book is “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency” by Daniel Klaidman, a former Newsweek managing editor now with Newsweek/DailyBeast.

Some other highlights, according to news reports about the book:

Emanuel was not pleased that Holder could go around him because he had his own channel of communication with Obama; they were social friends as were their wives.

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U.S. Drones Take Out #2 Guy in al Qaeda

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. drones continue to pick off targets in Pakistan.

CNN reports that a drone killed al Qaeda’s number 2 guy — Abu Yahya al-Libi.

CNN reported that the hit was one of the most significant hits since the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

“There is no one who even comes close in terms of replacing the expertise (al Qaeda) has just lost,” said the U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, according to CNN.

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Justice Department to Monitor Wisconsin Recall Election in Milwaukee

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department said it will monitor Milwaukee polling places during Tuesday’ recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

Justice Department personnel presence is supposed to protect voter rights  and make certain the city meets its responsibility to provide voter assistance in Spanish.

The emotionally-charged recall election was demanded in protest of Governor Walker’s budget cuts and elimination of public workers’ rights to collectively bargain. Up to a 100,000 protestors took to Wisconsin streets in February of 2011, according to CBS News.

Today’s election offers voters pro-union Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as an alternative. The results of the recall election are expected to become a bellwether for partisan fighting to come this election year, particularly in the presidential race.

Read more about the recall election at CBS News.

Driver Drags Secret Service Agent Across Meijer Parking Lot

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

If you’re a Secret Service agent, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

A Secret Service team was not shopping for chocolates at a Grand Rapids, Michigan Meijer Store recently, when things turned assorted. According to MLive, they were investigating identity theft, wire fraud and access-device fraud in West Michigan, when individuals identified on security tape showed up to do some shopping.

It’s probably fair to assume special agent Bruce Cain thought he was making a routine arrest when he followed one of the suspicious shoppers to her car, identifying himself as an agent and showing his badge. It turned out to be anything but when the suspect suddenly slammed on the gas and dragged Cain 50 feet before he let go of the car and let her escape, sustaining minor injuries.

The incident was recorded on store security cameras.

The suspect, Sharonique Shanelle Pointer, is named in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, recently unsealed after she was apprehended in Detroit. Pointer stands accused of aggravated assault on a federal officer.

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U.S. Attorney Who Prosecuted Blagojevich Heads for Private Sector

Gov. Blagojevich

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Reid J. Schar, lead prosecutor in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial in 2011, may have cinched the convictions that sent Blago to prison with the question:

“Mr. Blagojevich, you are a convicted liar, correct?”

Now Schar, 40, is taking his show on the road. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Schar is leaving the U.S. attorney’s office for the private sector after 13 years of service, not all of them so glamorous as nailing the former governor.

Schar becomes partner at the Chicago law firm Jenner & Block next month, focusing on white-collar criminal defense and investigations.

The Sun-Times points out that there is change afoot in the Chicago’s U.S. attorney’s office, signaled by Patrick Fitzgerald also recently announcing his departure after 10 years.

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Supreme Court Rules that Secret Service Agents Can’t Be Sued in Protestor Confrontation With Cheney

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The big guys and gals have weighed in on the matter and Secret Service has come out on top.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday unanimously in favor of two Secret Service agents, saying they can’t be sued, according to the New York Times.

The court ruled against a Colorado protestor, who was suing the agents for violating his free speech and arresting him in 2006 after he made critical remarks to Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Times wrote of the Supreme Court ruling, which reversed a Court of Appeals decision:

The Supreme Court reversed the decision, saying the Secret Service agents could not be sued. They were entitled, (Clarence) Thomas wrote, to the qualified immunity available to government officials when the legal principle said to bar their conduct was not “clearly established.” The court did not decide whether the First Amendment in fact allows retaliatory arrests in such circumstances.

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Agent Daphne Hearn Heads South to Take Charge of FBI’s San Diego Office

Daphne Hearn-FBI L.A.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Daphne Hearn is heading south — actually just a bit south — to head up the San Diego FBI office.

Hearn, who has served as special agent in charge of the administrative division in Los Angeles, succeeds Keith Slotter, who is retiring after 25 years.

Hearn, a Kansas City, Mo. native, began her FBI career in 1991. She started out in Buffalo and got involved in an organized crime investigation into an international illegal gambling operation with links to the mob in several cities, the FBI said.

In May 1998, she was went off to the Chicago division where she worked organized crime involving the town of Cicero, Ill.

The following year, she was elevated to the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, the FBI said.

From there she became an assistant inspector with the Office of Inspection at headquarters before heading off to Kansas City as a supervisory special agent.

In November 2005, she was named assistant section chief in the FBI’s International Operations Division. About two years later, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Investigative Services Branch at the Washington Field Office.

A year later, she was named special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

In 2009, she was assigned to her current post in Los Angeles.

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