SEMANTICS….Hmmm. Those U.S. attorneys who were fired recently in part because of “performance related” issues? Turns out most of them got positive job evaluations.

Marisa Taylor of McClatchy asked a Justice Department official about this and was told the whole thing was just a matter of semantics. “Performance-related can mean many things,” the official said. I’ll bet.

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