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  • Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks

    12/16/2016 12:43:25 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 101 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 15 December 2016 | BBC
    "We need to take action and we will," he told US radio station NPR. Russia stands accused by the US of hacking the emails of the Democratic Party and a key Hillary Clinton aide, which the Kremlin strongly denies. Republican president-elect Donald Trump has also dismissed the claim as "ridiculous" and politically motivated.
  • A Clinton Campaign Aide’s Typo Allowed Hackers To Access John Podesta’s Email Account

    12/13/2016 7:12:10 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 90 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 13, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    A Clinton campaign aide says that a typo in a March 19 email sent to John Podesta is to blame for opening the campaign chairman’s Gmail account up to Russian cyber hackers. The IT aide, Charles Delavan, tells The New York Times that his error — typing the word “legitimate” instead of “illegitimate” to describe a hacker’s email — continues to haunt him. “This is a legitimate email,” Delavan wrote to Clinton campaign aide Sara Latham after she forwarded him an spear phishing email designed to look like official correspondence from Google. “John needs to change his password immediately,” Delavan...
  • House panel holds Clinton IT aide in contempt

    09/22/2016 9:34:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/22/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Members of the House Oversight Committee voted Thursday to hold Hillary Clinton's former IT aide in contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena for documents and testimony. Bryan Pagliano, the aide who set up Clinton's private email server, failed to appear before the committee on Sept. 13 and declined to provide a copy of the immunity agreement given to him by the Justice Department during the year-long FBI investigation of Clinton's email network. "Subpoenas are not optional," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the Oversight Committee, at a hearing Thursday to consider Pagliano's fate. Pagliano worked...
  • Bill Clinton Paid To Install Hillary’s Private Server With Taxpayer Money

    09/01/2016 8:09:16 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1 Sep 2016
    Former president Bill Clinton used taxpayer funds from cash provided to him as an ex-president to pay for employees to set up the family’s private email server, according to a new report from Politico. Clinton drew money from the General Services account to pay part of his aide Justin Cooper’s salary — the same person who helped set up a private email server in Clinton’s home. It goes deeper. Clinton used taxpayer funds to boost the salaries of ten different Clinton loyalists, despite his growing wealth from delivering paid speeches. The funds were also used to purchase equipment for the...
  • Former Trump Aide: Khan's Son Would Be Alive If Trump Were President

    08/01/2016 3:39:58 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1,2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Donald Trump's former campaign manager on Monday said that Khizr Khan's son, Capt. Humayun Khan, would still be alive today if Trump had been president. Corey Lewandowski noted Trump's long-standing opposition to the War in Iraq, where Humayun Khan was killed by a suicide bomber in 2004.
  • Clinton aide on email leaks: 'I don't think they're done'

    07/26/2016 8:28:50 AM PDT · by ncfool · 125 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26th, 2016 | Peter Schroeder
    PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton's campaign is bracing for the possibility of more damaging emails being leaked to the public as the presidential campaign enters its home stretch. Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Hillary for America, said it’s possible that more emails will be released at a time designed to inflict maximum political pain to Democrats. “The WikiLeaks leak was obviously designed to hurt our convention,” she told reporters. “I don’t think they’re done. That’s how they operate. “We can’t know, but it’s part of the reason that we wanted people to understand our belief that the Russians are behind this,”...
  • China indicts former president's top aide

    05/13/2016 5:41:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/16 | AP
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top aide to ex-President Hu Jintao on charges of taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, state media reported Friday, in the latest high-profile blow in President Xi Jinping's sweeping crackdown on corruption. State broadcaster CCTV said prosecutors in the northern port city of Tianjin have filed the charges against Ling Jihua, who once served as head of the Communist Party's General Office, a position comparable to the U.S. president's chief of staff. Ling was placed under investigation in late 2014 and was formally arrested in July 2015.
  • Hillary and the mystery of the vanishing woman who decided which of her emails...

    11/24/2015 8:48:37 AM PST · by Twotone · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 | Nikki Schwab
    Heather Samuelson was the Clinton aide who was tasked to go through the former secretary of state's emails and then, later on, was to take a job with the 2016 campaign.
  • Man shot in head before Brooklyn parade is reportedly Gov. Cuomo aide

    09/07/2015 8:49:51 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    A man reportedly identified as an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and critically injured after gunfire erupted in the pre-dawn hours on Monday before the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn, police said. The 43-year-old man was the "unintended target" of the shooting, which took place at 3:41 a.m. at 1680 Bedford Avenue, said a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department.
  • White House aide beaten and robbed in violent attack by two suspects who stole his issued Blackberry

    09/04/2015 3:02:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/03/15 | Regina F. Graham
    White House aide beaten and robbed in violent attack by two suspects who stole his government issued Blackberry cellphone A White House aide was beaten and robbed in a violent attack that occurred earlier this summer in Washington, D.C. The victim, who is a junior White House aide, was jumped by two suspects when he was walking near the Columbia Heights Metro Station on Irving Street, NW on July 14 around 11:30pm, WTTG reported. The aide was jumped from behind and punched in the face twice by his two assailants. The suspects went through the victim's pockets when he fell...
  • Grassley Probing Clinton Aide’s Dual Role at State, Clinton Foundation

    07/07/2015 6:05:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Beacib ^ | 7/7/15 | Alana Goodman
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) called on the State Department to turn over documents related to Hillary Clinton’s top aide Cheryl Mills’ special employment status at the agency in a letter to Secretary John Kerry on Monday. Grassley also demanded to know why the State Department omitted Mills from a list of “special government employees,” or “SGEs,” for 2009 that it turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee last year. The State Department told the Washington Free Beacon last month that Mills was an “SGE” in 2009, which freed her from some ethics rules restrictions and allowed...
  • Obama May Free Top Aide To 9/11 Mastermind From Gitmo

    04/24/2015 5:24:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Investor´s BusinessDaily ^ | 4/24/15 | Editorial
    Betrayal: Another Obama amnesty program is well underway — at Guantanamo, where three dangerous al-Qaida operatives have quietly been OK´d for release in three months. And now a close aide to the 9/11 mastermind is also on tap for release. After already freeing an al-Qaida bomb maker last month — over the objections of U.S. intelligence, which warned, "He would be capable of re-engaging as an explosives expert or trainer" — the parole board that Obama set up to clear out Gitmo is now poised to rubber-stamp for release a close associate of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Gitmo´s so-called Periodic Review
  • Top State Department aide listed as Clinton Foundation director

    04/01/2015 6:23:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox News ^ | 4/01/15 | Alana Goodman
    Hillary Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department was listed as a director at the Clinton Foundation in its corporate records for more than three years after joining the administration, highlighting concerns that Clinton's aides were too close to the foundation during her tenure. The "William J. Clinton Foundation Corporation" named Cheryl Mills as one its three directors when it applied for nonprofit corporate status in Florida in June 2009-five months after Mills began serving as Clinton's chief of staff and counsel at the State Department. The organization continued to list Mills as a director in its annual state...
  • De Blasio praises aide caught shacking up with Eliot Spitzer

    12/23/2013 4:06:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/23/13 | Beth DeFalco, Bob Fredericks
    Bill de Blasio is standing by his flack – for now at least. The mayor-elect on Monday praised his spokeswoman Lis Smith despite revelations in The Post that she is shacking up with her married former boss — disgraced-ex Gov. Eliot Spitzer. “I respect Lis as a professional but I also respect her right to privacy. So I’m not going to get any further into it,” de Blasio said during a news conference in Brooklyn to announce two new appointments to his administration.
  • Aide Says McCain '[edited] Hates Cruz'

    09/23/2013 10:29:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    TPM ^ | 9/23/13
    <p>A lengthy profile on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the October issue of GQ may compound his already-contentious relationship with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).</p> <p>In the piece by Jason Zengerle, an unnamed adviser to McCain explained the Arizona senator's aversion to Cruz.</p>
  • W.H. Aide: Reaching Out to Republicans a 'Joke,' Stunt for Media

    03/12/2013 8:49:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/12/13 | Daniel Halper
    An anonymous White House aide says that the president reaching out to Republicans is a "joke," a waste of time, and stunt for the media. As Ron Fournier of National Journal reports: Obama’s sudden burst of public outreach coincides with a drop in his approval ratings, noted first by Democratic pollsters advising the White House last week and now surfacing in a spate of public polls. This raises the uncomfortable question: Is this schmooze-a-thon a legitimate act of humility and leadership or a cynical public display? I can’t answer that question because I don’t pretend to know Obama’s state of...
  • Former Joe Biden aide writes angry tell-all

    10/25/2012 3:08:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 10/25/12 | Jonathan Martin
    Adding another wild-card to the 2012 campaign’s final days, a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden has written a tell-all Washington memoir in which he lacerates the former Delaware senator as an “egomaniacal autocrat” who was “determined to manage his staff through fear.” The book is hardly an objective study of the vice president, however. Author Jeff Connaughton, a Biden Senate staffer turned lobbyist, is by his own admission deeply disillusioned with the capital and embittered about his experience with the man who inspired him to enter politics. Connaughton wrote “The Payoff,” which came out last month, in the...
  • Former Aide on Obama: 'Stunning that He’s in Politics, Because He Really Doesn’t Like People'

    10/16/2012 1:16:34 PM PDT · by RochesterNYconservative · 65 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 16, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Neera Tanden, a former aide to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, had this to say about the relationship of the two presidents: Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came. “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is...
  • Top Obama aide to Congressional Democrats: ‘Go on offense' on taxes

    06/29/2012 3:45:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 29, 2012 | by Oliver Knox
    A top advisor to President Barack Obama urged Congressional Democrats on Friday to "go on offense" against Republicans on the issue of taxes and argued that the Supreme Court ruling upholding the incumbent's signature health care law should be the "clear and final" word on the issue. In a memo made public by the White House, David Plouffe accused Republicans of "trying to misrepresent" Obama's record on taxes. "We welcome this debate on middle class taxes, and we urge you to seize this opportunity to go on offense to illustrate how the President and Democrats in Congress are standing up...
  • Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in 'Fast and Furious'

    03/29/2012 4:32:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    fox ^ | 3/29/12 | Ed Henry
    WASHINGTON – Two top Republican lawmakers investigating the Fast and Furious controversy are demanding the White House make a former aide available for testimony to see whether the scandal reached the upper echelons of the administration, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, fired off the letter Wednesday urging the White House to make available Kevin O'Reilly, a former National Security Council staffer who is currently stationed in Iraq for the State Department. The lawmakers are giving White House staffers the deadline of April 4 to respond, with Republican aides...
  • Former Aide: Ron Paul is 'Most Certainly Anti-Israel'

    12/26/2011 4:24:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/11 | Chana Yaar
    A former senior aide to GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has decided to "set the record straight" in a 'tell all' post on the Right Wing News blog -- and in the process, has confirmed that Paul wishes "the Israeli state did not exist at all." Eric Dondero served as former senior aide to Paul when he was a U.S. Congressman from 1997 to 2003, and worked closely with the candidate as an aide since 1988. "I've noticed in some media that my words have been twisted and used for an agenda from both sides," Dondero wrote, explaining from the...
  • (Hussein aide) Bill Daley vents frustration with Congressional Democrats, Republicans

    10/29/2011 1:01:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Bill Daley vents frustration with Congressional Democrats, RepublicansReuters 3:47 p.m. CDT, October 28, 2011 A top aide to President Barack Obama expressed frustration Friday with his fellow Democrats as well as Republican members of Congress for resisting the White House's domestic agenda. The comments by Obama's chief of staff William Daley, made in an interview with the Politico newspaper, could add to tension that has arisen between Obama and some congressional Democrats. “On the domestic side, both Democrats and Republicans have really made it very difficult for the president to be anything like a chief executive,” Daley told Politico. “This...
  • GOP aide tells Fox today's WH meeting was "most tense of the week."

    07/13/2011 4:23:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    toddstarnes.com ^ | todd starnes
    GOP aide tells Fox today's WH meeting was "most tense of the week." - Cantor says it "ended abruptly with POTUS walking out." Reported on Twitter a few minutes ago.
  • Top Obama health aide cashes out after health 'reform'

    05/29/2011 8:33:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 5/29/11 | Timothy P. Carney
    An Obama appointee who played a central role in crafting the 2010 health care bill has cashed out to a well-connected lobbying firm, where her first clients are two of the bill's beneficiaries: abortion provider Planned Parenthood and a hospital chain. Liz Engel was deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services. Today she is a managing director at the Glover Park Group in the health and wellness practice. Her story further highlights the coziness of this administration with the abortion industry, and also undermines President Obama's portrayal of the health care bill as a...
  • Pawlenty Aide Held at Gunpoint in Iowa

    04/08/2011 10:16:38 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 8 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | April 8th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    The homeowners were awakened by their daughter, 15, who said the dog was barking and someone was trying to get in the house. While the wife called 9-1-1, the husband got his gun from the safe and approached Foster. Foster promptly threw up on the family's porch. The husband held Foster at gunpoint until the police arrived.
  • Union Bosses to Obama Aide: "This is a Defining Moment"

    03/06/2011 6:28:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 3/6/11 | Trevor Loudon
    rom the Communist Party USA's Peoples World "AFL-CIO leaders have told a top aide to Democratic President Barack Obama that the current fight in states over workers' rights is "a defining moment" Obama must use to discuss the future of the country and of workers. Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger delivered that message to Obama senior advisor David Plouffe during a March 1 "working lunch" at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Washington. Over sandwiches, potato chips, soda and coffee, toted into the council's meeting room, the union leaders told Plouffe that insistent demands by Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and...
  • Obama’s Top Aide a Tough, Decisive Negotiator

    01/08/2011 9:43:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/8/11 | Sheryl Gay Stolber
    WASHINGTON — Nobody got fired — at least, not outright — when William M. Daley arrived in Nashville in the summer of 2000 to impose order on Al Gore’s foundering presidential campaign. Aides were bickering, the candidate seemed demoralized and strategy sessions had deteriorated into what Chris Lehane, a Gore adviser, called a “salon-like atmosphere” of endless talk and no decisions. In marched Mr. Daley as campaign chairman, with his crisp suits and management style to match, fresh from Washington, where he had stepped down as commerce secretary to President Bill Clinton. Suddenly, strategy sessions topped out at 30 minutes
  • Obama and his trusted aide to make their Indian debut

    11/02/2010 2:36:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    CNN-IBN [India] ^ | 11/2/10 | Priyanka Gupta
    New Delhi: President Obama's visit to India next week will be his first appearance in the Indian Parliament and he'll be making his debut with his most trusted friend Mr Teleprompter. November 8th 2010, central hall of Parliament, more than 780 members of our Parliament will see what they have never seen before. US President Barack Obama's old and trusted pal, Mr Teleprompter. Mr TP is always by his side through thick and through thin. It makes him angry, it makes him laugh, even massage his neck and he gets very upset if it ever takes a break.
  • Obama Taps Guy Who Thinks His Tax Credit Won't Work To Be His Top Economic Aide (Austan Goolsbee)

    09/10/2010 3:55:45 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 9-10-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Obama Taps Guy Who Thinks His Tax Credit Won't Work To Be His Top Economic Aide Joe Weisenthal Sep. 10, 2010, 4:27 AM Not a huge surprise: Obama is hiring Austan Goolsbee to replace outgoing top economic aide Christina Romer. Goolsbee's been in the administration for awhile, and is frequently on TV, so this is a logical choice. Just this week, though, folks discovered an old paper of Goolsbee's in which he slams the type of business tax breaks that Obama proposed this week. Hopefully the first TV interview he does will see him asked about that.[snip]
  • Estranged aide to John Edwards reaches movie deal

    07/16/2010 8:12:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/16/10 | MIKE BAKER
    Estranged aide to John Edwards reaches movie dealBy MIKE BAKER 9:18 a.m., Friday, July 16, 2010 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An insider's account of John Edwards' affair and the lengths he went to hide his mistress will be developed into a movie, a former aide to the two-time presidential candidate said Thursday. Andrew Young said that he has reached a deal with writer and producer Aaron Sorkin. He declined to discuss the terms of the agreement, but Sorkin confirmed he had acquired the rights to Young's book, "The Politician." "This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with...
  • Rod Blagojevich's former aide: President Obama knew (Blago just wanted a 'good gig')

    06/25/2010 9:13:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 6/25/10 | Andy Barr
    The former chief of staff to Rod Blagojevich says he believes that Barack Obama knew of the then-Illinois governor's attempt to get a job in exchange for appointing a White House preferred person to Obama’s old senate seat. John Harris, Blagojevich’s former top aide, testified during the governor’s corruption hearings this week that three days after Obama’s election as president, Blagojevich felt assured he had a deal from the president that would place aide Valerie Jarrett in the Senate. He offered no proof of his claim. “The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of...
  • Top Rahm Aide Leaving White House for Bloomberg LP

    05/05/2010 2:31:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 246+ views
    abc ^ | 5/5/10 | jake tapper
    Sarah Feinberg, a top aide to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is leaving to join Bloomberg L.P., the company announced this morning. Feinberg, a special assistant to President Obama and a senior advisor to Emanuel, will be director of Bloomberg’s communication and business strategy efforts. Feinberg’s husband, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer, will remain in his position.
  • U.S. Consular Aide and Husband Killed in Mexico

    03/14/2010 8:31:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1,237+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/14/10 | MARC LACEY and GINGER THOMPSON
    LA UNIÓN, Mexico — Gunmen believed to be linked to drug traffickers shot a pregnant American consulate worker and her husband to death in the violence-racked border town of Ciudad Juárez over the weekend, leaving their baby wailing in the back seat of their car, the authorities said Sunday. The gunmen also killed the husband of another consular employee and wounded his two young children. The shootings took place minutes apart and appeared to be the first deadly attacks on American officials and their families by Mexico’s powerful drug organizations, provoking an angry reaction from the White House. They came...
  • Donald Trump Aide Accuses Scottish Councillor Of Racism

    10/03/2009 5:06:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies · 1,801+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 03rd 2009
    Donald Trump Aide Accuses Scottish Councillor Of Racism An aide to tycoon Donald Trump has accused Scottish councillor Sam Coull of making a racist remark after he was sent a letter mocking his New Jersey accent. Ian Johnston 03 Oct 2009 Mr Trump’s development director, George Sorial, said Mr Coull, a Peterhead councillor, had sent a letter on council-headed paper in which had written “Noo Joysee” instead of “New Jersey”. Mr Sorial, who was born in the UK, said he was “insulted personally” and claimed it was racist. The councillor also made the same jibe in an email sent to...
  • IRAN: Ahmadinejad aide says president only got ‘4 million’ votes

    08/13/2009 8:22:43 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies · 748+ views
    Iran Quest ^ | August 13, 2009 | By Iran Quest
    Iranian opposition figures living abroad have long insisted that the majority of those living in the country were opposed to the Islamic Republic. They’ve found an unlikely ally in a top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who made some curious statements to supporters. According to the hard-line Panjereh weekly, published by the former head of the hard-line Basiji Students Organization, Mashaei said Ahmadinejad received only 4 million votes from his supporters in the June 12 presidential election. In total, Ahmadinejad received about 24 million of the 40 million votes cast in the heavily disputed election.
  • Ex-Boxer aide gets five years for child porn

    05/01/2009 5:48:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,044+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/1/09 | Henry K. Lee
    ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- A former aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer was sentenced today to five years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. Jeff Rosato, 32, of Arlington, Va., who was remanded into custody after pleading guilty in January, must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said at a hearing in Alexandria, Va. "He lost everything he worked so hard to achieve up to this point in his life. Rosato is keenly aware of the consequences of his actions and the new choices he must make for himself and...
  • Former Boxer aide pleads guilty to child porn possession

    01/29/2009 2:05:37 PM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 37 replies · 1,173+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/09 | By Freeman Klopott
    On Thursday, Rosato, the collar of his red shirt peeking out above his blue sweater, admitted calmly to the crime. "Yes, your honor. I, simply put, received and possessed images of minors depicted in child pornography."
  • CA: Severance, new UC job for aide in pay scandal

    11/27/2008 7:43:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 527+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/26/08 | Jim Doyle
    The University of California's governing Board of Regents, struggling last week to avert drastic state budget cuts and forestall tuition increases, approved a $100,202 severance package for Linda Williams, a close aide to former UC President Robert Dynes and a figure in the university's 2005 salary scandal. The severance is being paid to Williams several months after she left her job in the UC Office of the President in Oakland and took a higher-paying position on May 1 a few miles away at the UC Berkeley campus. Her payout was granted last Thursday - one day after the regents spent...
  • Obama top aide apologizes to Arabs

    11/13/2008 8:37:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 814+ views
    ap ^ | 11-13-08 | staff
    CHICAGO (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama's White House chief of staff apologized to the Arab-American community on Thursday for remarks his father made to an Israeli newspaper. Last week, Benjamin Emanuel talked about his son Rahm Emanuel's new job and told the Israeli daily Ma'ariv that "obviously he'll influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to be mopping floors at the White House
  • Aide to U.S. Senator Jim Webb found dead from apparent gunshot wound

    07/29/2008 4:58:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 174 replies · 2,077+ views
    roanoke.com ^ | 7-29-08 | Dan Casey
    Authorities in Botetourt County this morning discovered the body of a well-known Democratic operative and U.S. Senate aide along U.S. 220, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. The body of Frederick W. Hutchins Jr., 26, of Roanoke was found shortly after 7 a.m. along southbound U.S. 220 by a Botetourt County deputy who had stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the highway's shoulder, according to the sheriff's office. Hutchins was an aide to U.S. Senator Jim Webb, D-Va. Hutchins had been shot in the head, and a gun was found beneath his body, Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said. The...
  • A Conversation With A Congressional Aide About The State Of The GOP

    05/22/2008 10:26:38 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 20 replies · 100+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | 5/22/08 | John Hawkins
    John Hawkins: I agree that there is too much emphasis on it, but eventually it will be something counter-intuitive like that gets conservatives back on board. Random Anon Aide: I am more into sunset provisions, balanced budget and transparency. Conservatives have to figure out what is important. If they want a smaller government, taking out earmarks is not going to do it. We have to do much more. John Hawkins: Immigration is a key to it too. The GOP isn't getting conservatives back on board until they get right on illegal immigration. Random Anon Aide: Members are talking about immigration...
  • Bush aide resigns for alleged wrongdoing (alleged misuse of grant money from U.S. AID)

    03/28/2008 1:02:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,931+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/08 | Terence Hunt - ap
    WASHINGTON - An aide to President Bush has resigned because of an alleged misuse of grant money from U.S. Agency for International Development and his former employer, a Cuban democracy organization. Felipe Sixto was promoted on March 1 as a special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affair and stepped forward on March 20 to reveal his alleged wrongdoing and to resign, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said on Friday. The matter has been turned over to the Justice Department for investigation, Stanzel said. He said Bush was briefed on the case and felt that the approriate action was being...
  • Aide Helped Controversial Russian Meet McCain

    01/24/2008 8:08:30 PM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 242+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and John Solomon
    A top political adviser in Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign helped arrange an introduction in 2006 between McCain and a Russian billionaire whose suspected links to anti-democratic and organized-crime figures are so controversial that the U.S. government revoked his visa. Rick Davis, who is now McCain's campaign manager, helped set up the encounter between McCain and Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska in Switzerland during an international economic conference. At the time, Davis was working for a lobbying firm and seeking to do business with the billionaire. There is no evidence that McCain did anything for Deripaska after they met at...
  • Soldiers lend medical hand to Madhariyah residents

    09/12/2007 5:33:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
    Maj. Catherine Haverty, 3rd Civil Affairs Battalion, Detachment 1, a registered nurse, checks out a baby boy. The mother was concerned about a lump on the child's chest. Photo by Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. MADHARIYAH — Coalition troops took a break from combat operations recently to asses the medical needs of local residents near Patrol Base Whiskey 1. Artillerymen of 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and Paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provided medical care from an abandoned veterinary clinic in...
  • Top Aide to Sistani Fatally Stabbed in Najaf Iraqi Police Take Four Suspects Into Custody

    07/21/2007 3:21:04 PM PDT · by bd476 · 14 replies · 969+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2007; 5:04 PM | Megan Greenwell
    BAGHDAD, July 21 -- A top aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani was stabbed to death in what Sistani's supporters believe was a warning to Iraq's senior Shiite cleric, authorities said Saturday. Abdullah Falaq was killed Friday in his office, which is adjacent to Sistani's home in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, about 100 miles south of Baghdad, according to an aide to the cleric. Sistani is considered one of the most influential Shiite leaders in Iraq, and Falaq was his chief adviser on matters of Islamic law. Police said they had taken four suspects into custody. An...
  • Angry Giuliani Aide Lashes Back

    05/15/2007 10:45:31 AM PDT · by jdm · 251 replies · 3,770+ views
    NY Times Blog ^ | May 15, 2007
    The other day on Fox News Sunday, Rudolph W. Giuliani blamed a former aide for the decision to put the city’s emergency command center at 7 World Trade Center, where it was destroyed on 9/11. Now the aide, Jerome M. Hauer, the former director of emergency management, has fired back, giving Lloyd Grove of New York magazine a February 1996 memo that shows he argued for a Brooklyn location. He says the mayor overruled him. Here is what Mr. Giuliani said on Fox: Jerry Hauer recommended that as the prime site and the site that would make the most sense....
  • Justice aide (for AG Gonzales) won't talk to House panel

    04/04/2007 3:59:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 842+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/07 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis - ap
    WASHINGTON - A senior Justice Department aide refused Wednesday to submit to a private interview with a House committee investigating the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. Her lawyers accused Democrats of behaving like the notorious Sen. Joseph McCarthy to intimidate her. Lawyers for Monica Goodling, who has said she would assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid appearing at congressional hearings, told the House Judiciary Committee she would neither testify publicly nor submit to private questioning about the firings. Goodling was senior counsel to embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and was the department's White House liaison before she...
  • Iraqi court sentences Saddam aide to die (for Dujail killings; Saddam Hussein's vice president)

    02/12/2007 2:03:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 362+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/07 | Sinan Salaheddin -ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi court on Monday raised the sentence against Saddam Hussein's vice president to death by hanging for the killings of Shiites in the town of Dujail. The decision had been expected after an appeals court ruled that Taha Yassin Ramadan's previous sentence of life in prison was too lenient. Ramadan is the fourth member of the ousted regime to face capital punishment for the killings of 148 Shiites after a 1982 attempt on Saddam's life in the mainly Shiite town of Dujail, north of Baghdad. Saddam, his half brother and former intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim, and...
  • US seizes Sadr aide in Iraq

    01/19/2007 8:19:26 AM PST · by jdm · 11 replies · 690+ views
    News.Com.Au ^ | Jan 19, 2007 | From correspondents in Iraq
    US and Iraqi troops seized an aide to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr today, confronting a movement that is a key element in the ruling coalition. The raid near Baghdad's Sadr City district came as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates flew in to the southern city of Basra to meet the US commander in Iraq, General George Casey. Dealing with Sadr and his Mehdi Army militia is a burning issue for the Americans and Sh'ite Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki as they prepare what many see as a last-ditch effort to rein in sectarian violence that is pushing Iraq into civil...
  • Official: ex-Reagan aide investigated - David Stockman

    12/12/2006 11:56:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,237+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/06 | Pat Milton - ap
    A former top budget official in the Reagan White House is a target of a criminal investigation into possible financial fraud at an auto parts company he headed before it collapsed into bankruptcy, a federal official told The Associated Press. David Stockman, who rose to prominence as budget director under President Reagan, is the former chairman and CEO of Michigan-based Collins & Aikman Corp. Federal investigators and prosecutors are preparing a case against Stockman and other corporate officers from Collins & Aikman and expect to soon present the findings to a grand jury in New York City, the official said....