English/Nat It seems the Monica Lewinsky scandal is set to drag on and on. The latest person involved in all the intrigue, New York literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, wrapped up her testimony before a grand jury in Maryland on Thursday after about two-and-a-half hours. Goldberg says she blames herself for getting Linda Tripp into trouble. Lucianne Goldberg and her son, Jonah, arrived in Maryland on Thursday to testify before a Howard County grand jury. The panel is investigating whether Linda Tripp violated state wiretap laws by secretly recording conversations with Monica Lewinsky. Lucianne Goldberg said that she had checked with a friend, who told her it was legal under federal law to tape someone without asking their permission. Goldberg says she passed that information along to Tripp. SOUNDBITE: (English) "On the second tape I tell her that I checked it out and it was legal and that somebody should go to the internet and get the federal law, I didn't about state, silly me. Totally, totally, I take all the blame." SUPER CAPTION: Lucianne Goldberg, literary agent Goldberg says she testified for about an hour-and-a-half before the grand jurors, whom she described as "very sweet". She said their questions revolved around when Tripp learned about the state wiretap law. In order for prosecutors to convict someone of violating the Maryland law, they have to prove the defendant was aware of the law. Goldberg said she was trying to help Tripp, her long-time friend, get out of trouble. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Well because the slime machine got out early and often and she had to go underground often to keep evidence from being unpolluted from Judge Starr and they slimed her big time. I've been trying my best but we're just one man and one woman against the machine and it's very hard to fight a very powerful propaganda machine." SUPER CAPTION: Lucianne Goldberg, literary agent Tripp, who lives in Columbia, has told a federal grand jury that she knew she violated state law by recording telephone conversations with Lewinsky, a former co-worker. But her testimony was made under a grant of immunity from Independent Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, meaning the statement can't be used against her in the Maryland investigation. Goldberg has said that Tripp asked her in September 1997 if recording her calls with Lewinsky would be appropriate and said she incorrectly told her friend that it was legal. Goldberg's son said he also talked to the panel for about a half-hour. He attended a meeting last year in his Washington apartment with his mother, Tripp and a Newsweek reporter when the tapes were discussed. SOUNDBITE: (English) "What did they ask me? They asked me what was the nature of my conversations with Linda Tripp. They asked me what was the nature of the conversations with my mother were. They asked me when I knew about the tapes and what I thought of them and, that's more or less it." SUPER CAPTION: Jonah Goldberg, Lucianne's son Goldberg said she turned over four tapes - two with conversations between herself and Tripp. The tapes detail the former White House intern's affair with President Clinton. Goldberg said the tapes were made before Tripp learned in November that taping phone conversations without the other person's consent was against the law. Ignorance is an excuse for violating the Maryland wiretap law. The maximum penalty for breaking the law is five years in prison and a 10,000 dollar (U-S) fine. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/98eed816e2417b7285c290a9ece06298 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
Lori Ziganto discusses Femogynism, a term she coined to mock the non-feminism of the modern feminist, with Lars Larson on May 12th, 2010, 8:20pm est. Lori Ziganto blogs at Snark and Boobs, iOwnTheWorld, RedState, Newsreal and RightWingNews.
We had a problem this week. Simon Shtickey went a little funny on the air. iOwnTheWorld.com Creative conservative minds producing political satire. Helen Thomas (born August 4, 1920) is an American author and former news service reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau chief. She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national affairs and the White House. She covered every President of the United States from the last years of the Eisenhower administration until the second year of the Obama administration. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents' Association, and the first female member of the Gridiron Club. She has written six books; her latest, with co-author Craig Crawford, is Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do (2009). Thomas, who is of Lebanese Rûm/Melkite descent, retired on June 7, 2010, following comments she made about Israel, Jews and the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Thomas retired following negative reaction to comments she had made about Israel, Jews, and Palestine during a brief interview with Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com. Nesenoff was on the White House grounds for an American Jewish Heritage Celebration Day, and he questioned Thomas as she was leaving the White House via the North Lawn driveway: Nesenoff: Any comments on Israel? We're asking everybody today, any comments on Israel? Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Nesenoff: Ooh. Any better comments on Israel? Thomas: Hahaha. Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land. It's not German, it's not Poland... Nesenoff: So where should they go, what should they do? Thomas: They can go home. Nesenoff: Where's the home? Thomas: Poland, Germany... Nesenoff: So you're saying the Jews go back to Poland and Germany? Thomas: And America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries? See? Nesenoff: Are you familiar with the history of that region? Thomas: Very much. I'm of Arab background. Nesenoff: I see. Do you speak Arabic? Thomas: Very little. We were too busy Americanizing our parents... All the best to you. —May 27, 2010, RabbiLive.com
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An all-star comedy cast brings laughs from start to finish when a casino tycoon gives six money-crazed contestants the chance to win $2 million in a race from Las Vegas to New Mexico. Who will win this dash for the cash is anybody's guess, but one thing is for sure - it's going to be a hilarious ride.