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  • McCain Invites Fundraisers to London

    03/15/2008 6:12:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 17 replies · 879+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 14, 2008 | Matthew Mosk
    Sen. John McCain and his staff have been adamant for days that his upcoming overseas trip to Britain, France and Israel is not political. /snip ...Apparently, though, there will still be room for fundraising. McCain's campaign has sent out an invitation for a March 20 luncheon at Spencer House -- the neo-classical home built for an ancestor of Diana, the late Princess of Wales -- "by kind permission of Lord Rothschild OM GBE and the Hon. Nathaniel Rothschild." The price to attend is $1000 to $2,300. And the dress code for the event? "Lounge suits" -- British for business...
  • The Race to Save Lehman Brothers ("Too Big to Fail")

    10/21/2009 12:31:38 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 3 replies · 566+ views
    CNBC / NYTimes ^ | October 20, 2009 | Andrew Ross Sorkin
    In the summer of 2008, two months before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Richard S. Fuld Jr., the firm's chairman, was continuing his desperate efforts to find a lifeline. They had begun in March, shortly after the demise of Bear Stearns, when Mr. Fuld called the legendary investor Warren E. Buffett seeking a capital infusion, to no avail. Lehman had raised money elsewhere, but that didn't help for long, and its condition again was worsening.Adapted from "Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — And Themselves." The book, being published Tuesday by...
  • Latest Helen Thomas screed: "Hats Off To Admiral Fallon--Perception Is He Was Pushed Out"

    03/20/2008 6:30:21 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 35 replies · 629+ views
    TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 19 Mar 08 | FR's favorite sassy, spunky newsbabe, Helen Thomas
    A salute is due Adm. William Fallon, who tried to prevent a wider war with Iran. After serving one year as commander of U.S. Central Command, Fallon has resigned, saying he was quitting because his differences with official U.S. policy had become a “distraction.” But there is a widespread perception that he was pushed out by the neo-conservatives among President George W. Bush’s aides, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, because of Fallon’s reluctance to go along with the administration’s hawkish moves toward Iran. Cheney, who took five consecutive draft deferments to stay out of the Vietnam war, does not mind...
  • Army General Martin Dempsey to Become Central Command Chief

    03/28/2008 5:16:10 AM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 1,023+ views
    fox ^ | March 28, 2008 | AP
    WASHINGTON — One of the Army's most Iraq-savvy generals is taking charge, at least temporarily, of arguably the most important command in the U.S. military, with responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a ceremony Friday at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey is to assume command of U.S. Central Command from Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, who announced unexpectedly on March 11 that he was quitting. Fallon cited press reports that he was at odds with President Bush over Iran policy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has denied that Fallon was out of step...
  • Fresh Clues of Iranian Nuclear Intrigue

    01/16/2009 8:44:24 AM PST · by mojito · 8 replies · 646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/16/2008 | Glenn R. Simpson and Jay Solomon
    U.S. security and law-enforcement officials say they have fresh evidence of recent efforts by Iran to evade sanctions and acquire metals from China used in high-tech weaponry, including long-range nuclear missiles. Iran's efforts are detailed in a series of recent emails and letters between Iranian companies and foreign suppliers seen by The Wall Street Journal. Business records show one Iranian company, ABAN Commercial & Industrial Ltd., has contracted through an intermediary for more than 30,000 kilograms (about 66,000 pounds) of tungsten copper -- which can be used in missile guidance systems -- from Advanced Technology & Materials Co. Ltd. of...
  • Democrats find accord on war bill

    03/26/2007 10:01:37 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Mar. 23, 2007 | Jonathan Weisman
    "..To many in the anti-Iraq war movement, the liberal opposition to the bill was as maddening as it was mystifying. ?You really have two options here: One is that you can vote for a change of course here and say we?re going to find a way out of Iraq, or, two, you can vote against it and hand George Bush a victory,? said Jon Soltz, an Iraq war veteran and co-founder of the anti-Iraq war VoteVets.org . ?It doesn?t make sense to me. George Bush got us into the war. They have challenged him on everything. Why would they give...
  • Former Terror Detainee Recalls Captivity (on 60 Minutes, of course)

    03/28/2008 11:43:59 AM PDT · by RDTF · 27 replies · 943+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | March 28, 2008 | not specified
    (CBS) A German resident held by the U.S. for almost five years tells 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley that Americans tortured him in many ways - including hanging him from the ceiling for five days early in his captivity when he was in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even after determining he was not a terrorist, Murat Kurnaz says the torture continued. Kurnaz tells his story for the first time on American television this Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Kurnaz, an ethnic Turk born and raised in Germany, went to Pakistan in late 2001 at age 19 to study Islam and...
  • SNEAK PEEK: Obama: Beach Bound? ( Not with his ailing Grandmother )

    03/22/2008 1:55:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies · 1,710+ views
    ABC news ^ | March 21, 2008 | TEDDY DAVIS and TALAL AL-KHATIB
    '08er Skips Easter at Wright's Church. Barack Obama was able to take the focus off of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Friday by picking up the endorsement of (a bearded) Bill Richardson. Obama's allies are hoping the focus will stay off of Wright this Easter Sunday when the Democratic frontrunner skips services at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and heads on vacation. Per ABC News' Sunlen Miller, sources familiar with Obama's plans say the Illinois Democrat is expected to go on a tropical vacation with the most likely bet appearing to be St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin...
  • State employee pleads guilty to passport snooping (Obama)

    09/22/2008 8:25:53 PM PDT · by red flanker · 44 replies · 984+ views
    Zdnet News ^ | September 22, 2008 | Richard Koman
    Former State Dept. employee Lawrence C. Yontz, 48, pled guilty before a U.S. magistrate to illegally accessing hundreds of passport files, including those of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. He didn’t access Sarah Palin’s passport file, presumably because she obtained a passport for the first time last year. According to the Justice Dept.: In pleading guilty, Yontz admitted that between February 2005 and March 2008, he logged onto the PIERS database and viewed the passport applications of approximately 200 celebrities, athletes, actors, politicians and their immediate families, musicians, game show contestants, members of the media corps, prominent business...
  • Russian Arms Dealer Accused of Breaking U.N. Embargoes Arrested in Thailand

    03/06/2008 6:28:37 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 10 replies · 281+ views
    Fox News/AP ^ | 3/6/08
    BANGKOK, Thailand — A Russian arms dealer accused of breaking U.N. arms embargoes by supplying weapons to African war zones was arrested Thursday in Bangkok, Thai police said. Viktor Bout was arrested in the heart of the capital city on a warrant issued by a Thai court, said Police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan, head of the Crime Suppression Bureau. The warrant stemmed from an earlier one issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he said. A U.S. Embassy spokesman "congratulated" Thai police for the arrest but could not provide details about the role U.S. officials played in it. Details of...
  • US Seeks Weapons Suspect's Extradition

    03/07/2008 7:42:45 AM PST · by khnyny · 12 replies · 284+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 7, 2008 | Michael Casey
    BANGKOK, Thailand - The U.S. is seeking the extradition of a suspected Russian arms dealer dubbed the "Merchant of Death," but for now he will remain in Thailand, where authorities are investigating if he used the country as a base to negotiate a weapons deal with terrorists, officials said Friday. Viktor Bout, a 41-year-old whose dealings reportedly inspired a 2005 movie about the illicit arms trade, is accused of running weapons to al-Qaida, the Taliban and parties involved in bloody conflicts across Africa. He was arrested at a Bangkok hotel after a four-month sting operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement...
  • CIA Director John Brennan Appears On Fox News Sunday – And Missing Historical Puzzle Pieces

    03/22/2015 6:08:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 3/22/15 | sundance
    Sorry to go so deep on a weekend, but seeing Brennan broadcast in a 22 minute interview is enough to blow the blood pressure cuff: I have never been more certain of something, yet simultaneously never able to prove it, as I am about two events. The first is that Jack Lew and the White House in 2010/2011 coordinated the DOJ attack, with Eric Holder, against political opposition using the IRS. The second event is that journalist Michael Hastings was killed by the dispatch of CIA Director John Brennan. Director John Brennan spent almost his entire formative career inside the CIA and...
  • The Iranian Web of Influence in the United States

    04/02/2008 9:46:09 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 2 replies · 73+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 2 April 2008 | Hassan Daioleslam
    The Iranian Web of Influence in the United States   By Hassan Daioleslam FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, April 02, 2008 On March 21, 2008, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced its decision to penalize three Iranian-connected companies as "they knowingly exported three U.S. origin aircraft to Iran in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and are preparing to re-export three additional U.S. origin aircraft to Iran in further violation of the EAR."1The principal firm among these is Balli Group PLC based in London. Iranian brothers Vahid and Hassan Alaghband own the company. Balli owns...
  • U.S. Navy Strikes Inside Somalia

    03/05/2008 12:00:03 PM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 16 replies · 209+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 5, 2008 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    ...It wasn’t the first time American air or naval forces had attacked enemy positions in Somalia. It was the fourth such attack in 14 months on the lawless West African nation: a result of the increasing expansion of Islamic extremism onto the African continent. Conflicting reports have emerged regarding the operation. What is known is that the attacks were probably made with either surface or submarine-launched cruise missiles. The targeted house was in the town of Dhoobley (Dobley), a few miles from the Kenyan border. The targeted individuals were considered high value, and -- according to one of my sources...
  • Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe [Funded DNC, 0, and Hillary!]

    10/17/2009 8:11:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,516+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | October 17th 2009
    OCTOBER 17, 2009 Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe By EVAN PEREZ and MATTHEW ROSENBERG WASHINGTON—The hedge-fund billionaire charged as part of a vast insider-trading case surfaced in an earlier, separate probe into U.S. fundraising by a Sri Lankan terrorist group, people familiar with the probe said. As part of that investigation, federal agents said they uncovered documents showing that Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group, was among several wealthy Sri Lankans in the U.S. whose donations to a Maryland-based charity made their way to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, according to people familiar with the probe. Raj...
  • Assault of pro-life advocate leads to arrest of alleged serial rapist

    11/22/2012 2:26:12 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Everett Stadig recuperating in the hospital after being shoved and breaking his hip. Photo courtesy of Everett Stadig. Denver, Colo., Nov 21, 2012 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The arrest of a prominent Denver relator who allegedly assaulted a senior citizen collecting signatures for a pro-life petition has lead to new developments in three unsolved rape cases. “Were it not for Mr. Costello’s arrest at the grocery store in July, there would have been no new leads, and there would have been no charges filed in connection with these three unsolved sexual assaults,” Lynn Kimbrough of the Denver District...
  • WikiLeaks cables: Mervyn King plotted banks bailout by four cash-rich nations

    12/16/2010 2:14:56 PM PST · by FromLori · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/13/2010 | Jill Treanor
    The Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, was so concerned about the health of the world's banks in March 2008 that he plotted a secret bailout of the system using funds from cash-rich nations, according to a US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks. Six months before the world financial crisis reached its peak, forcing taxpayers to rescue collapsing financial institutions, King told US officials in London that the UK, US, Switzerland and Japan could jointly enable a multibillion-pound cash injection into global banks, overriding the "dysfunctional" G7 nations. The leak may allow King to claim that he – rather than...
  • Seized Laptop Shows Chavez-Rebel Ties

    03/05/2008 1:24:41 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 578+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A single laptop can reveal much, and so it is with the digital treasure chest that Colombian commandos found in the jungle quarters of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes. Files in the computer seized in Saturday's raid into Ecuador that claimed the lives of Reyes and 23 of his comrades offer an intimate portrait of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's desire to undermine Colombia's U.S.-allied government. If authentic, the documents show that sympathies Chavez first aired publicly in January grew out of a relationship that dates back more than a decade. But Chavez is not one of...
  • Obama: Dems are in trouble because Americans aren't thinking clearly

    10/17/2010 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Justaham · 105 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10-17-10 | Byron York
    At a Saturday-evening fundraiser held in the home of a wealthy Massachusetts hospital executive, President Obama suggested Democrats are having difficulties in midterm campaigning because Americans simply aren't thinking clearly. Seeking to explain his party's troubles, the president focused not on controversial legislation like national health care and the stimulus but on evolutionary psychology. "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama told the assembled Democrats,...
  • Mahdi Bray's Secret, Checkered Past

    03/26/2009 3:34:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 920+ views
    IPT News - An IPT Investigation ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "For all his public activity, Bray has rarely, if ever, discussed his life story in detail. His own MAS biography offers vague descriptions of his work as "a long time civil and human rights advocate." A charismatic African-American convert to Islam, Bray spent this entire decade working for Islamist organizations. Prior to joining MAS, Bray was political director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Those jobs have helped him build a growing public profile and given him access to politicians and policy makers. And that may explain his reluctance to discuss his life before political activism. The Investigative...