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  • Political intelligence firms set up investor meetings at White House

    05/27/2013 1:58:49 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2013 | By TOM HAMBURGER
    Wall Street investors hungry for advance information on upcoming federal health-care decisions repeatedly held private discussions with Obama administration officials, including a top White House adviser helping to implement the Affordable Care Act. The private conversations show that the increasingly urgent race to acquire“political intelligence” goes beyond the communications with congressional staffers that have become the focus of heightened scrutiny in recent weeks. White House records show that Elizabeth Fowler, then a top ­health-policy adviser to President Obama, met with executives from half a dozen investment firms in 2011 and 2012. Among them was Kris Jenner, a stock picker with...
  • Ruemmler met one-on-one with Treasury lawyer long before April

    05/22/2013 10:12:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/22/13 | Charles C. Johnson
    Although White House Chief Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler claims to have learned about the IRS audit scandal only last month, she had three unprecedented one-on-one meetings last year with the Treasury Department’s chief lawyer, who has known about the inspector general’s investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative nonprofits since at least June 2012. The Treasury lawyer in turn has a long history of extreme left-wing agitation. Christopher J. Meade, Treasury Chief Counsel, met with Ruemmler on September 27th, December 11th, and December 13th, 2012, according to White House Visitor Records requests. The two had never met one-on-one prior...
  • Huawei linked to plan to sell restricted equipment to Iran

    12/31/2012 3:49:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    CNET ^ | December 30, 2012 7:34 PM PST | Steven Musil
    Already considered a potential threat to U.S. national security, Huawei is again finding itself under scrutiny, linked to an offer to sell embargoed computer equipment to Iran. A major partner of the Chinese telecommunications gear maker offered to provide €1.3 million ($1.7 million) of Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. However, Huawei says neither it nor Hong Kong-based Skycom, its privately owned partner, provided the equipment to Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran, known as MCI. …
  • Bombshell: Govt Official Says Hillary Spearheaded Benghazi Review, Not Independent Board

    05/21/2013 4:58:37 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 77 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | May 21, 2013 | Tim Brown
    One of the four State Department employees, who was recently disciplined by their former boss Hillary Clinton, has broken his silence concerning Benghazi and has leveled some very big charges at the former Secretary of State. He is now indicating that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff were the ones that led the review of the Benghazi attacks, not an independent board. The Daily Beast reports, Raymond Maxwell was placed on forced “administrative leave” after the State Department’s own internal investigation, conducted by an Administrative Review Board (ARB) led by former State Department official Tom Pickering....
  • Carney: The ARB’s Benghazi report was “rigorous and unsparing”

    05/06/2013 8:03:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6:01 pm on May 6, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Allahpundit already covered the Syria-related aspects of Monday’s White House press briefing, but here’s another key bit that could prove mighty tricky for the Obama administration as the week progresses. Sounds like they’re sticking to their guns on the Accountability Review Board report from last December, to which they’ve ever since been referring questions; and although late last week the State Department’s IG office reported that they’re conducting an investigation into just how thoroughly definitive that report really was, Carney insisted that review was “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front ( Syria) emerge as rebranded single entity

    04/10/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 9, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Image that accompanied Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's audiotape announcing the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The flag was originally al Qaeda in Iraq's banner, but has been adopted by other al Qaeda affiliated and associated groups. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces all previous brands used by al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, including the...
  • No Venezuelan Spring: 4500 Cuban Military on Venezuelan Soil: $10B Annual US Subsidy at Stake

    01/08/2013 5:53:27 PM PST · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 1-8-13 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Miami Herald is reporting Hugo Chávez early demise was recognized long before the rest of the world was privvy to the details of a late diagnosed and lethal cancer. With the help of Cuban brothers Fidel and Raúl, and Chávez' hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan presidential election was moved from December 2012 to October 2012, two months that the report says were crucial. In October Chávez could still stand before his supporters to applaud his re-election, but there was no certainty that he could do so in December. He returned to Cuba for a fourth round of cancer treatments in early...
  • How Hugo Chavez brought Afghanistan to South America (Violence rises 6 mths after gun ban)

    01/12/2013 7:16:41 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | January 12, 2013 | David Frum
    Thursday was inauguration day in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez — who has dominated Venezuelan politics one way or another for 14 years — was again sworn in as President. Only this time, the authoritarian populist could not take the oath in person. He departed for cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 10, 2012, and has not been seen in public since. This latest surgery is his fourth round of treatment in Cuba. Few expect Chavez to serve out this next six-year presidential term.
  • Obama: US troops sent to aid evacuation of diplomats in Central African Republic

    12/30/2012 7:17:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Kyle Balluck
    President Obama sent approximately 50 U.S. military personnel to Chad earlier this week to aid in the evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel and U.S. citizens from the neighboring Central African Republic. In a letter to congressional leaders on Saturday, Obama cited the “deteriorating security situation” in the Central African Republic and the threat to U.S. citizens. U.S. embassy personnel and several private U.S. citizens were evacuated from the Central African Republic capital of Bangui on Thursday. Obama said the “stand-by security force” was deployed for the sole purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property. Rebels in the Central African Republic...
  • Islamists’ Harsh Justice Is on the Rise in North Mali

    12/28/2012 8:13:01 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 27 2012 | ADAM NOSSITER
    BAMAKO, Mali — Moctar Touré was strapped to a chair, blindfolded, his right hand bound tight to the armrest with a rubber tube. A doctor came and administered a shot. Then Mr. Touré’s own brother wielded a knife, the kind used to slaughter sheep, and methodically carried out the sentence. “I myself cut off my brother’s hand,” said Aliou Touré, a police chief in the Islamist-held north of this divided nation. “We had no choice but to practice the justice of God.” Such amputations are designed to shock — residents are often summoned to watch — and even as the...
  • Iran to Citizens: Flee Isfahan

    01/02/2013 12:46:36 PM PST · by bayouranger · 55 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 02JAN12 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian officials tell citizens to vacate city located near nuke site Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported. However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material. Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny these reports, telling state-run media outlets...
  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • Republicans are 'not giving up' on Benghazi

    12/15/2012 5:20:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Republicans are 'not giving up' on BenghaziBy Julian Pecquet - 12/15/12 03:24 PM ET Republican lawmakers are vowing to keep pressing the administration on Benghazi despite Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid to become secretary of State. “We'll continue to seek answers,” a Republican Senate aide told The Hill. “We're not giving up on it.” Rice’s decision to step aside averted a contentious confirmation fight with Republican senators that might have pointed to an end to the political battle over the U.S. consulate attack. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had become the flash-point for criticism since describing...
  • Clinton won't testify on Benghazi due to illness

    12/16/2012 11:17:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 15, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't testify to Congress next week on Benghazi, after fainting and suffering a concussion Saturday and due to her ongoing stomach ailment. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office...
  • Fmr. Thatcher advisor Lord Monckton evicted from UN climate summit after challenging global warming

    12/06/2012 3:47:41 PM PST · by GVnana · 26 replies
    ClimateDepot ^ | 12/6/2012
    Fmr. Thatcher advisor Lord Monckton evicted from UN climate summit after challenging global warming -- 'Escorted from the hall and security officers stripped him of his UN credentials' Excerpt: UK's Lord Christopher Monckton, a climate skeptic, gets evicted After the news conference, and as diplomats gathered for the climate conference president's assessment of how close countries are to agreement, Monckton quietly slipped into the seat reserved for the delegation of Myanmar and clicked the button to speak. "In the 16 years we have been coming to these conferences, there has been no global warming," Monckton said as confused murmurs filled...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin

    08/28/2012 9:29:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 28, 2012
    Full title: Judicial Watch Obtains ‘4 to 5 inch Stack’ of ‘Overlooked’ CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Filmmakers Obama Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications: Obama White House ‘trying to have visibility into the UBL (Usama bin Laden) projects.’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense (DOD) regarding meetings and communications between government agencies and Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal in preparation for their film Zero Dark Thirty, which details the capture...