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  • 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....
  • Blanco orders investigation of top aide, SU board chief (accused of sexual harrassment)

    11/29/2006 5:51:11 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 5 replies · 413+ views
    KATC.com ^ | 11/29/06
    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Wednesday that she will not remove one of her top aides from his job or ask him to abandon his post as head of Southern University's governing board while he is being investigated for sexual harassment complaints. The Governor's Office hired an independent attorney, Mark Falcon, to look into the complaints from unidentified Southern University System employees against Johnny Anderson. But Blanco said her office has received "a verbal accusation with no evidence that I'm aware of" and she wouldn't make changes in Anderson's role until further investigation. "This is very treacherous,...
  • Coalition forces capture Abu al-Masri aide; Iraqi police ordered to retrain

    10/05/2006 4:39:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 625+ views
    BAGHDAD — Coalition forces captured and detained the driver of Abu al-Masri, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, during a raid Sept. 28 in here. In other developments, the Ministry of Interior issued a no-notice recall of an Iraqi police brigade, which will be pulled out of service and given corrective retraining. “Based on information from a recently detained al-Qaida in Iraq member, coalition forces on September 28th detained a former driver and personal assistant of Abu al-Masri along with 31 others during a series of raids that were conducted in the Baghdad area specifically targeting al-Qaida in Iraq targets,”...
  • Ethics Committee OKs lobby firm payout to appropriations aide

    09/21/2006 1:17:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 198+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/21/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON The House ethics committee has approved a $2 million payout from a lobbying firm to a top Appropriations Committee staffer. The lobbying firm's ties to Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., are under federal investigation. Jeff Shockey got $1.96 million in severance payments when he left Washington-based Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton, & White early last year to become deputy staff director of the Appropriations Committee. The payments have been criticized by government watchdog groups because Copeland, Lowery, which specializes in helping clients that want federal funding for projects, frequently lobbies the Appropriations Committee. "It appears that the terms of your...
  • CA: Pay cut spared departing Lewis aide from 'cooling off' time

    07/28/2006 9:07:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 351+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/28/06 | Claire Vitucci and Duane W. Gang
    The pay of a former staffer of Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis was cut less than a year before she took a job with a Washington lobbying firm, enabling her to avoid a rule prohibiting high-ranking congressional staff members from lobbying their old bosses or committees for one year, House records show. Letitia White worked as an assistant to Lewis, R-Redlands, on the House Appropriations Committee before leaving to take a job as lobbyist in 2003 with the firm then known as Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & Shockey. Congressional staff members who earn 75 percent of a House member's salary are...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) hires crisis-seasoned PR aide ('crisis communications consultant')

    07/07/2006 4:40:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 473+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/07/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson hires crisis-seasoned PR aideCongressman target in corruption probe Friday, July 07, 2006 By Bruce Alpert Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., points to a map as he talks with Congressman William Jefferson at a presentation during a briefing on the levee system in Southern Louisiana in New Orleans, Thursday, July 6, 2006. The briefing covered the state of current levee reconstruction and what actions need to be implemented in the future to ensure South Louisiana residents are safe from the flooding associated with hurricanes. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, the target of a high-profile public corruption probe,...
  • A Bush aide's blunt words(Al Gore is a "mad dog" known to "foam at the mouth")

    06/14/2006 6:42:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies · 2,461+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 06/13/06 | Peter Baker
    A Bush aide's blunt words New adviser pulled no punches in his magazine pieces By Peter Baker Updated: 5:39 a.m. ET June 13, 2006 WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton is a "virtuoso deceiver" and Hillary Rodham Clinton a "true chameleon" guilty of "self-serving behavior, comparative radicalism, and dubious personal morality." Al Gore is a "mad dog" known to "foam at the mouth." John McCain is given to "showboating." And Jacques Chirac, Nelson Mandela, Gerhard Schroeder and Kofi Annan are all "feckless fools." Says who? President Bush's new chief domestic policy adviser. While most White House aides carefully trim their public commentary,...
  • 6-Year-Old Fla. Girl Charged With Felony For Kicking Teacher's Aide

    05/31/2006 10:41:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 782+ views
    Local6.com ^ | May 31, 2006 | Staff
    NAPLES, Fla. -- A 6-year-old special education student who kicked a Naples teacher's aide and spent several hous in juvenile jail is facing felony battery charges. Her mother, however, wants to know why the case has gone so far. Takovia Allen suffers from behavioral problems and attends a special class at Lely Elementary in Naples. According to an arrest report, on May 2, a teacher was trying to line up students to go to music class. Takovia refused to go and kicked the teacher's aide in the ankle. After a discussion among school officials and two law enforcement officials called...
  • Aide says U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (Democrat-La.) cooked up scheme

    05/27/2006 6:49:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 1,717+ views
    NOLA ^ | 5/27/06 | Bill Walsh
    Aide says Jefferson cooked up schemeAssistant sentenced to 8 years in prison Saturday, May 27, 2006 By Bill Walsh Washington bureau ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- A former aide to U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, said Friday that it was the congressman's idea to solicit bribes to promote a telecommunications deal in West Africa that began as a legitimate business venture. "I've gone over it 10 million times in my head," Brett Pfeffer, 37, said at his sentencing in U.S. District Court. "I don't know why I didn't look him in the eye and say 'No.' " **SNIP** According to court...
  • E-Mails Cited in Lobbyist, Bush Aide Ties

    04/14/2006 8:23:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 827+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/06 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - A batch of 278 e-mails between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a Bush administration official show a highly inappropriate relationship where gifts and business interests mixed freely and frequently, federal prosecutors said Friday. The prosecutors hope to use the e-mails in the criminal case against David Safavian, who is accused of lying and obstruction of justice in connection with investigations of an Abramoff-sponsored golf outing to Scotland in August 2002. The e-mails show that Abramoff and Safavian, then chief of staff at the General Services Administration, were in frequent contact, played golf often and traded workplace gossip. Abramoff showered...
  • CA: Audit finds questionable spending by Schwarzenegger aide (Education Secretary Alan Bersin)

    04/01/2006 12:40:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 403+ views
    Auditors found questionable spending by state Education Secretary Alan Bersin when he was superintendent of schools in San Diego. The audit, conducted for the San Diego Unified School District by a law firm, Loeb & Loeb, looked at Bersin's handling of more than $630,000 in tax-deductible donations made by individuals and corporations to an education innovation fund. The audit said Bersin spent the money as he wanted, often reimbursing himself for personal and business expenses. There were also undocumented reimbursements and possible double-billings, auditors said. School district officials have forwarded the audit to the state attorney general, Fair Political Practices...
  • Aide Recounts Milosevic's Last Words

    03/11/2006 8:28:04 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 40 replies · 1,332+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 3 11 06 | KATARINA KRATOVAC,
    BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - A Socialist Party aide of Slobodan Milosevic said Saturday that the ex-president was defiant just before his death. "He told me, 'Don't you worry: They will not destroy me or break me; I shall defeat them all,'" said Milorad Vucelic of the Socialist Party, recounting a phone conversation with Milosevic late Friday. "But it was obvious he was very ill." Milosevic, who was found dead Saturday in his cell at the Netherlands-based war crimes court near The Hague, was daily in contact with Socialist party officials in Belgrade as he carried out his own defense before the...
  • Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., 'perplexed' by aide's guilty plea; says he did no wrong

    01/15/2006 8:59:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1,538+ views
    NC Times ^ | 1/13/06 | CHEVEL JOHNSON
    Jefferson 'perplexed' by aide's guilty plea; says he did no wrong By: CHEVEL JOHNSON - Associated Press Last modified Friday, January 13, 2006 10:32 PM PST Louisiana Congressman, William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, left, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, appear before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development meeting in New Orleans Friday afternoon Jan. 13, 2006. The subcommittee came to New Orleans to discussing the housing problems caused by Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) NEW ORLEANS -- Two days after his former aide's guilty plea implicated him in a bribery case, Rep. William Jefferson said Friday he...
  • Lawmaker sought cut of Nigerian deal: aide (D-William Jefferson)

    01/12/2006 8:31:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 536+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/06 | Andy Sullivan
    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) sought a cut of a Nigerian telecommunications venture in return for his help setting it up, a former aide said on Wednesday as he pleaded guilty to bribery charges. In return for lobbying Nigerian officials and arranging a loan through the U.S. Import-Export Bank, Jefferson demanded an ownership stake in a venture by two U.S. companies to provide high-speed Internet and cable television to Nigeria, former aide Brett Pfeffer said. "The congressman told me he would require 5 to 7 percent of ownership of the company," Pfeffer...