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As noted previously, after Minneapolis U.S. attorney Tom Heffelfinger was purged, Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling installed their good friend, 33-year old Rachel Paulose, in his place. Paulose’s intemperate conduct immediately produced a meltdown in the Minneapolis office, including the resignation of the four senior officers who ran the office. Paulose and her friends at main Justice set out to defend her by arguing that those who stepped down were spoilsports who had problems working with a young woman of color. The New York Times was suckered into this reporting in an embarrassing way. I deconstructed the egregious story that the Times ran here.
Yesterday the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the four senior AUSAs had sent a letter to Paulose questioning her public statements and demanding that she retract them. It appears that Paulose spoke with a Minneapolis gossip columnist about the matter and that “unnamed sources” at Justice had been deployed to support her account.
The letter of the four AUSAs is reproduced here.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer. His chosen topic was the eucalyptus tree and its role in California’s ecology and history. The address did not go well. Eucalyptus is not a native plant but a Victorian import from Australia. In the eyes of those gathered at the San Jose DoubleTree, it qualified as “invasive,” “exotic,” “alien” — all dirty words to this crowd, who were therefore convinced that the tree was dangerously combustible, unfriendly to birds, and excessively greedy in competing for water with honest native species.
In his speech, Farmer dutifully highlighted these ugly attributes, but also quoted a few more positive remarks made by others over the years. This was a reckless move. A reference to the tree as “indigenously Californian” elicited an abusive roar, as did an observation that without the aromatic import, the state would be like a “home without its mother.” Thereafter, the mild-mannered speaker was continually interrupted by boos, groans, and exasperated gasps. Only when he mentioned the longhorn beetle, a species imported (illegally) from Australia during the 1990s with the specific aim of killing the eucalyptus, did he earn a resounding cheer.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A tourism company in Australia announced a service that will allow users to take the “world’s biggest selfies,” and a Texas man accidentally killed himself while trying to pose for a selfie with a handgun.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”