-May 13, 2013-
3:00 -- BREAKING NEWS: A Philadelphia jury convicts abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of First Dgree Murder. Plus, the latest on the Asheville water lawsuit.
4:00 -- The Mayor of Asheville says she never got a written $57 million proposal from the Metropolitan Sewerage District. Except she actually did.
5:00 -- The IRS is trouble for targeting Tea Party groups starting back in 2010.
-May 14, 2013-
3:00 -- Buncombe County Commissioners really, really, really care about what you think about their proposal to give $18 million to an un-named business. But they say we'll be happy!
4:00 -- WLOS has a story on how the Buncombe County School district has a history of not getting the required permits for work.
5:00 -- More on the WLOS story. Plus, Scott Hamilton, President & CEO of AdvantageWest, joins us to talk about a bill in the NC Senate that would strip the organization of $1 million in state funding.
-May 15, 2013-
3:00 -- Dr. Terry Stoops joins us to talk about a Henderson County classroom exam that used a partisan editorial to teach English to 4th graders. Plus, dissention at AB Tech over the new building.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress drop by to chat about the latest edition on news stands today.
5:00 -- Jane Bilello, Chairman of the Asheville Tea Party, joins us to talk about how her group may have been targeted by the IRS in a national campaign of intimidation.
-May 16, 2013-
3:00 -- Scandalamnia! IRS, Benghazi, and the AP phone records - has President Obama stopped the political bleeding?
4:00 -- More Scandalmania.
4:30 -- NC State Treasurer Janet Cowell drops by the studio to chat about unclaimed property you might have, plus will the City of Asheville see a downgrade of its bond rating if the water system gets merged into MSD?
5:00 -- Scandalmania! Plus trivia.
-May 17, 2013-
3:00 -- As Pete predicted it took a year for John Edwards to kick off his "comeback" tour. Plus, Jeff Greiner, Gerald Kummerlow and Simone Seitz join us to about an upcoming Zipline event to raise money for a local autism agency. Details are here.
4:00 -- Protesters rally for education. Pete suggests stop crying about funding until schools quit wasting money, like the "sweet" deal given to outgoing Asheville City Schools Superintendent Allen Johnson. Then, more on the Buncombe Co. Schools permit scandal.
5:00 -- More on the permits story. Plus, Susan Myrick from Civitas joins us to talk about the latest in a series of investigative reports looking at the incestuous relationship between the Board of Elections and the leftwing group Democracy NC.
-May 6, 2013-
3:00 -- Whistleblowers are coming forward to testify about what happened during the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi last year. A Congressional hearing is set for Wednesday.
4:00 -- The Benghazi update continues
5:00 -- The Asheville City Council meets tomorrow to decide whether to sue the State of North Carolina over the water system merger.
-May 7, 2013-
3:00 -- The US Senate passes a new tax on internet sales. Is this fair?
4:00 -- Pete takes more calls on the internet sales tax issue. Plus, Pete gives up during the trivia contest.
5:00 -- The NC House passes a new gun law. Plus, your brain can make you age faster!
-May 8, 2013-
3:00 -- Live coverage of the Benghazi hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
4:00 -- The folks from Mountain Xpress drop by to chat about the latest edition on news stands today. Plus, the water system lawsuit.
5:00 -- More on water and Benghazi.
-May 9, 2013-
3:00 -- NC Rep. Nathan Ramsey (R-Dist. 115) joins us to talk about the merger of the Asheville water system.
4:00 -- Kevin King, the Managing Editor of the Asheville & Hendersonville Tribunes, joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands today.
5:00 -- Strawmen arguments and the water lawsuit. Plus, TRIVIA!
-May 10, 2013-
3:00 -- Buncombe County School Board member Lisa Baldwin and local parent Robert Malt are in studio to discuss contamination concerns at the proposed S.T.E.M. high school. Board Chairman Bob Rhinehart calls in, too.
4:00 -- Ground contamination discussion continues with School Board Member Amy Churchill.
5:00 -- Asheville City Council holds a "news conference" about the lawsuit being filed over the forced merger of the water system. There was not a lot of news, nor was it really a conference.
This report from ABC News is pretty damaging.
State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland raised specific objections to this paragraph drafted by the CIA in its earlier versions of the talking points:
“The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. These noted that, since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has previously surveilled the U.S. facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.”
In an email to officials at the White House and the intelligence agencies, State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland took issue with including that information because it “could be abused by members [of Congress] to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that either? Concerned …”
The paragraph was entirely deleted.
That's what I'd call "politicizing" -- the decision to delete assessments of the threats based on the potential political ramifications.
The former White House national security spokesman, Tommy Vietor, tweeted today: "The Benghazi [talking points] were written at the request of the House intel committee Rs so they could go on TV. Cong forced admin to do them now attack."
So, in other words, the GOP is to blame for the completely BS talking points because ... well ... the GOP asked for them. This really is getting to be absurd. I rather doubt Congress asked for false talking points.
And while progressives, liberals, and Democrats in the national media seem to think the handling of Benghazi is irrelevant, Democratic leaders might be uneasy ignoring the matter.
Back in October, before the Vice Presidential debate, Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter was asked about the Benghazi affair. She accused the GOP of politicizing the tragedy.
Sometimes it's the simple things in life...