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  • Obama Appointee Says Obama's Policies Have Stalled Economy

    08/21/2013 4:19:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/21/13 | Bill McMorris
    An Obama appointee and the CEO of Pacific Investment told a crowd at the National Press Club that Obama’s economic policies have fostered income inequality and that political squabbling is stalling economic recovery. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of Pacific Investment and chairman of the White House Global Development Council, blamed the administration’s reaction to the Great Recession for increasing income inequality. Rather than launching vast infrastructure projects to put people to work, the government has created a larger supply of money using quantitative easing (QE). The Federal Reserve has flooded America’s largest banks with billions of dollars via this process in...
  • Oops: Obama judicial appointee says we have right to keep arms, but not to bear them

    02/13/2012 1:19:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 64 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/12 | AWR Hawkins, Ph.D
    When Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), spoke at CPAC on February 10th, he predicted that if Barack Obama wins a second term it will usher in an all-out attack on the Second Amendment. In so many words, he said the same people who brought us Fast and Furious, “a criminal enterprise” for which there has yet to be prosecutions, will use four more years to gut constitutional protections on the right to keep and bear arms. And anyone who wonders what this assault on the Second Amendment might look like need look no further...
  • Obama appointee says GOP lawmakers are do-nothings (Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood)

    10/14/2011 10:06:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    SFgate.com ^ | 10/14/11 | Joan Lowy - ap
    The most prominent Republican in the Obama administration is accusing GOP House members of blocking efforts to resolve the nation's problems, partly because they don't want the president to be successful. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was asked at a transportation conference Friday why it was so difficult to get big infrastructure projects built right now. He responded that "some people don't want Obama to be successful."
  • Labor Official Resigns Amid Corruption Probe

    07/28/2011 12:03:32 PM PDT · by RightWingConspirator · 7 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 28, 2011 | Sam Hananel
    Raymond Jefferson, one of Obama's political appointees to the Department of Labor has resigned after an internal investigation found that he improperly steered federal contracts to friends and former colleagues.
  • Just Another Radical Obama Appointee (Cathy Davidson)

    01/03/2011 8:36:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    pajamas media ^ | 1/3/11 | Jay Schalin
    Just what we need — another new Obama appointee with a controversial past and radical inclinations. Several weeks ago, the president announced his intention to make three appointments to the National Council on the Humanities. One of them is Cathy Davidson, an English professor at Duke University. Davidson’s curriculum vitae includes some very impressive-sounding credentials: past president of the American Studies Association (ASA), past editor of the American Literature journal, and vice-provost of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke. But one thing she probably won’t voluntarily mention at her confirmation hearing is that she was a member of Duke University’s “Group of...
  • News Media Blackout of Firing of Racist Obama Agriculture Appointee

    07/19/2010 7:08:25 PM PDT · by kristinn · 166 replies
    Monday, July 19, 2010 | Kristinn
    As of 10:00 p.m. EDT, hours after Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack fired Shirley Sherrod for racism in her official duties after being exposed by BigGovernment.com there is a near total blackout by the mainstream news media on the scandal.Sherrod was appointed a year ago by Vilsack to be the Georgia director of Rural Development where she doled out millions of dollars in federal funds.Just days before her appointment, the Obama Justice Department settled a lawsuit by Sherrod and her husband claiming discrimination against their farm cooperative for a reported $13 million. A search of Google News and Google Blogs...
  • Susan Rice: Another Do-Little Obama Appointee

    02/01/2010 10:27:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 449+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 2/1/10 | Ralph Alter
    Like many of her cohorts in the Obama administration, U.N. Permanent Representative Susan Rice seems to spend more time gallivanting around the Washington, D.C. social scene than doing any actual productive work. A report from Richard Grennel, who served as official spokesman for the U.N. Ambassador during the entire eight years of George Bush's term in the White House, suggests that Dr. Rice spends more time channeling her inner Desiree Rogers than forcing direction at the U.N. Security Council.
  • First Transgender Presidential Appointee Fears Being Labeled 'Token'

    01/05/2010 3:34:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies · 1,731+ views
    abc ^ | 1/5/09 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Amanda Simpson Says It Was Her Merits, Not Gender Identity, That Got Her Commerce Job For Amanda Simpson, believed to be America's first openly transgender presidential appointee, the job she starts Tuesday in the U.S. Commerce Department is an honor and the culmination of a career dedicated to understanding military technology. But what gnaws at her, she says, is the fear of being labeled a token who was hired because of her sexual identity rather than on her merits.
  • "Somebody Who Would Abide by the Rule of Law"

    05/05/2009 7:16:41 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 2 replies · 376+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 5/5/2009 | Selkirk
    So much for "empathy." Now, the President is backtracking against his own criteria for selecting the replacement for Justice Souter. In a conversation with Sen. Orrin Hatch, reported by Politico, the President claimed that he did not intend to mean that his primary criterion for selecting a Supreme Court Justice would be a capacity for judicial activism.
  • Vivek Kundra

    03/12/2009 8:25:00 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 4 replies · 442+ views
    Politico ^ | March 12, 2009 | Ben Smith
    Federal agents this morning are searching the Judiciary Square office of Washington, D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer. The search is part of "an ongoing investigation," said a spokeswoman for the FBI's D.C. Field Office, Lindsay Gotwin, said. She declined to comment further. The outgoing Chief Technology Officer, Vivek Kundra, was appointed last week Chief Information Officer by the Obama administration. "We know the FBI is over there but that's all we know," said a staffer in the D.C. CTO's office, Mario Field. A White House spokesman had no immediate comment. A spokeswoman for Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Leslie Kershaw, said...
  • Obama dismisses Bush Pentagon appointees

    12/30/2008 6:33:51 PM PST · by BGHater · 93 replies · 3,517+ views
    The Hill ^ | 30 Dec 2008 | Sam Youngman
    Despite keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the Pentagon, President-elect Obama’s transition team informed 90 Bush appointees their services will not be needed after Inauguration Day. Scott Gration, a senior official on Obama’s transition team, called and emailed several of President Bush’s Pentagon appointees about 10 days ago to inform them they were being dismissed. Those calls and emails were followed up by an email from Jim O'Beirne, the special assistant to the secretary of defense for White House liaisons, who expressed exasperation that Gration informed the employees directly instead of letting O'Beirne's office know first. "With regard to the...
  • CA: Governor's appointee resigns amid "hate speech" accusation ("Hate" is the 'in' thing, I guess)

    08/16/2007 9:51:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,019+ views
    A low-level appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger resigned Thursday after the Democratic leader of the state Senate accused him of posting a picture on his blog that amounted to "hate speech." Sam Wakim, a member of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, had posted a picture of a fake California driver's license designed to depict an illegal-immigrant in a sombrero. The posting was made in 2005 during one of many attempts by legislative Democrats to have Schwarzenegger sign a bill to provide driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, called the blog posting...
  • Federal Grazing Rules Put on Hold

    06/08/2007 7:24:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 961+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/8/7 | REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press Writer
    Boise, Idaho (AP) -- A judge on Friday blocked new rules governing how ranchers use 160 million acres of federal land, saying a federal agency had given in to pressure from the livestock industry. The Bureau of Land Management violated the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in creating the rules, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled. The judge said the BLM's rule revisions would have loosened restrictions on grazing on public land nationwide, limited the amount of public comment the BLM had to consider and diluted the BLM's...
  • Schwarzenegger's PUC appointee under fire (qualifications and bankruptcy questioned)

    03/07/2007 9:00:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 248+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/7/07 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO — The governor's latest nominee for the board that regulates the multibillion-dollar energy and telecommunications industries has been in bankruptcy for more than four years, and faces questions about his qualifications and his commitment to consumer protection. Timothy A. Simon was one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top-level aides, screening applicants for positions in the administration, until the governor selected him Feb. 15 for a vacant seat on the powerful Public Utilities Commission. In December, while Simon was still working for Schwarzenegger, a judge ordered the state to deduct $1,795 per month from his monthly salary as part of a...
  • Cops grill man in grisly killing of ex-Rudy aide

    09/01/2006 4:09:40 AM PDT · by Liz · 13 replies · 776+ views
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Aug 30, 2006 | BARBARA ROSS and ALISON GENDAR
    Detectives last night nabbed a man who has been using the cell phone of Martín Barreto, the former Giuliani administration press aide found strangled in a Greenwich Village apartment last week, police sources said. Police stopped short of calling the unidentified man a suspect in the murder of Barreto, who was found naked on his bed Aug. 21. But they were questioning the man last night at the 6th Precinct and had not ruled him out as the killer. Sources said detectives were eager to check his DNA against evidence from the crime scene. Investigators believe Barreto, 48, a childhood...
  • Robert Bork 'Borks' Harriet Miers

    10/09/2005 12:44:21 PM PDT · by Constitution Restoration Act · 23 replies · 849+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 9:23 a.m. EDT
    Legendary conservative jurist Robert Bork is "borking" Bush Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, trashing her nomination as a complete and total "disaster." Asked by MSNBC's Tucker Carlson Friday night if he was impressed by Ms. Miers, Bork replied: "Not a bit. I think it's a disaster on every level." The Yale-trained judge said he didn't like the Texas attorney because she hadn't developed a "constitutional philosophy." "It's a little late to develop a constitutional philosophy or begin to work it out when you're on the court already," he told Carlson. "I'm afraid she's likely to be influenced by factors,...
  • Analysis: Roberts a Scalia/Thomas clone?

    09/18/2005 6:26:58 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 12 replies · 751+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | September 18, 2005 | Michael McGough
    WASHINGTON -- Long before John G. Roberts Jr. testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, liberal groups and some Democratic senators were suspicious of the chief justice nominee because of President Bush's high praise for the Supreme Court's two most conservative members, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. After Roberts' hearings, some liberal groups said they still worry that Roberts will follow in the judicial footsteps of Scalia and Thomas. "While Roberts wanted to give the impression he respected the right to privacy and the precedent of Roe v. Wade, his answers look dangerously similar to the responses Clarence...
  • Roberts: A smart, self-effacing 'Eagle Scout' - (friend: "Dems can't touch him!")

    07/20/2005 4:23:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 909+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | JULY 20, 2005 | A/P
    John G. Roberts pairs a youthful demeanor with a sharp, seasoned legal mind that has impressed Ivy League professors, government lawyers and U.S. presidents. Befitting his age of 50 and limited time on the appellate court, the book on his judicial decisions remains a work in progress. President Bush on Tuesday tapped Roberts to become the nation's 109th Supreme Court justice, introducing the Harvard honors graduate, former clerk to William Rehnquist and successful Washington attorney to the nation in prime time. "He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court and earned a reputation as one of the best legal...
  • Supreme Battle Looms Over Court Appointments - (leftist says conservative pick a "disaster!")

    07/06/2005 5:39:29 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 519+ views
    CHICAGO DEFENDER.COM ^ | JULY 6, 2005 | GEORGE E. CURRY
    The unexpected resignation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner creates a vacancy that, once filled, can radically shift the court to the right on social issues. And that can ultimately spell disaster for such issues as affirmative action, women’s rights, civil liberties, the death penalty and employees’ rights. O’Conner, the first Supreme Court appointment made by Ronald Reagan, was the court’s swing justice, with her vote helping constitute a 5-4 majority on many important issues. Court watchers had expected ailing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to retire after this session – and that’s still a possibility – but he...
  • Liberals gird for Supreme struggle - ("battle royal" gearing up; libs "determined!")

    07/03/2005 3:55:03 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 834+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | JULY 3, 2005 | CHARLES HURT
    A group of the most influential liberal court lobbyists gathered in a high-ceilinged room across the hall from the Senate chamber, within hours of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement announcement Friday. With grave expressions on their faces, the activists stood somberly behind a lectern and one-by-one delivered impassioned pleas that Justice O'Connor be replaced with a jurist who will protect their particular interests. "This is a watershed moment," said Ralph G. Neas, president of People for the American Way, noting that this fight will be even more momentous than the one for which they have been preparing for...
  • Judge in Schiavo case a Clinton appointee

    03/21/2005 6:09:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 2,084+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/21/05 | Vickie Chachere - AP
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has seen fallen preachers, a motorcycle gang leader and a crusading Cuban ballplayer in his courtroom before becoming the latest member of the bench to be drawn into the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case. Whittemore heard arguments Monday on whether to order Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted, hours after Congress rushed through a law to let the parents of the severely brain-damaged woman take their case to federal court. After the parents' attorneys arrived at the Tampa courthouse in middle of the night to file their lawsuit, Whittemore was chosen at random...
  • CA: Speaker renames appointee to activist CalPERS board

    12/13/2004 4:42:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 350+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 12/13/04 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez renamed veteran Southern California union leader Mike Quevedo Jr., to the California Public Employees Retirement System board Monday, signaling the Legislature's approval for CalPERS' growing activism on corporate governance issues. Nunez called Quevedo, a board member since February 1998, "without question, the best choice," and said the union official would "continue to protect the shareholders by pursuing more corporate accountability and more corporate responsibility." The move ends speculation that Nunez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, would replace Quevedo with Sean Harrigan, a veteran labor who led the board for...
  • S.J. judge praised in ascent to federal court [Bush appointee ascends to 9th Circuit!]

    09/19/2003 11:58:07 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 292+ views
    RecordNet.com ^ | 9/19/03 | Linda Hughes-Kirchubel
    SACRAMENTO -- More than 400 people gathered Thursday to watch former San Joaquin County jurist Connie Callahan ascend to the post of federal judge, less than eight months after she was nominated to the position. A host of San Joaquin County Superior Court judges, attorneys and court staffers joined Callahan's close friends and family Thursday as the diminutive legal star took her place on what is widely considered the most controversial court in the nation. "Connie Callahan will make her decisions based upon the law regardless of controversy or what the public opinion will be," said Morrison England, judge of...
  • CA: Davis plan on Latino appointee reversed

    04/18/2003 9:40:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 237+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/18/03 | Aurelio Rojas
    <p>Countering charges that retired U.S. Rep. Esteban Torres was treated like "a migrant worker," Gov. Gray Davis reversed himself and reappointed Torres to the state Transportation Commission, a spokesman said Thursday.</p> <p>The East Los Angeles Democrat said he was "incensed" when the governor's aides asked him to step down from the panel and become a trustee of the California State University system or a member of the State Board of Education.</p>
  • Davis appointee ousted after endorsing Simon

    07/04/2002 8:22:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 290+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/4/02 | Dion Nissenbaum
    <p>SACRAMENTO - Two weeks after switching sides and endorsing Republican Bill Simon for governor, a prominent law enforcement leader has been kicked off a statewide public safety commission by Gov. Gray Davis.</p> <p>The move marked the culmination of months of political maneuvering that included a vitriolic fax from the Democratic governor's chief campaign consultant.</p>