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  • How a Top Obama Crony Moved From Idaho To a $2 Million Washington Estate

    09/04/2015 9:56:31 PM PDT · by This_far · 8 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | Dec. 23 2014 | Ken Silverstein
    Long before Jim Messina became a trusted aide to President Barack Obama and one of the most powerful men in Washington, he was just a simple boy from Boise. Now, after working in politics for just over a decade, he lives in a lavish D.C. estate. How this happened is a classic Washington Cinderella story. Raised in Idaho by a single mother, Messina moved to Washington in 1995, in his mid-20s, to take a job as a legislative aide for Max Baucus, the conservative Democratic senator from Montana (now ambassador to China). Baucus supported George W. Bush-era personal and corporate...
  • U.S. to bolster Cuba broadcasts, aid to dissidents (to speed "transformation")

    08/08/2003 11:46:52 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 302+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Aug. 8, 2003 | William E. Gibson
    Washington · Otto Reich, President Bush's chief adviser on Latin America, said on Thursday that the administration will step up efforts to pressure the Fidel Castro regime, aid dissidents and hasten the political transformation of the island. "I know that President Bush is interested in doing more to accelerate the process of change in Cuba, and it's safe to say that in the next few weeks and months you will see some additional steps," Reich said. "It's been very difficult for this president to implement this policy for Cuba and the Western Hemisphere because up to this week he was...
  • Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own; Senator John Walsh of Montana...

    07/23/2014 1:08:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    Montana Democrat’s Thesis Presented Others’ Work as His Own Senator John Walsh of Montana Confronts Questions of Plagiarism Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man. On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says...
  • [Sen candidate] Walsh disputes Army report he used Natl Guard general’s post for private gain

    12/29/2013 2:38:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 28, 2013 | CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau 2
    HELENA — Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate John Walsh said Saturday that he disagrees with a 2010 report by the inspector general of the U.S. Army concluding that Walsh, then adjutant general of the Montana National Guard, had improperly used his position for private gain....
  • Baucus,Reid Warn Of Disaster To 50 Million Seniors,Six Million Children...

    09/20/2013 2:15:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont
    Baucus, Reid Warn Of Disaster To 50 Million Seniors, Six Million Children From House Continuing Resolution PlanWashington, DC – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today released a letter from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius detailing the disastrous effects the House of Representatives’ current Continuing Resolution plan, H.J. Res. 59, would have on millions of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the more than six million children who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.“The House of Representatives’ current plan would have severe, far-reaching, painful costs to America’s seniors, children and our...
  • WH Chief of Staff McDonough acting as fireman as Hill Dems sweat Obamacare rollout

    07/24/2013 9:00:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/24/13 | Rick Moran
    Does this remind anyone else of the scene in "Animal House" where Kevin Bacon tries to stop a stampede of terrified parade-goers by saying "All is well...all is well"? Politico: White House officials knew that selling Obamacare to the public would be difficult, but it wasn't until Sen. Max Baucus called the rollout a "huge train wreck coming down" that they realized they were losing a key constituency: congressional Democrats. So White House chief of staff Denis McDonough quietly added the job of Capitol Hill confidence builder to his portfolio. Armed with a PowerPoint presentation and a direct line to...
  • Obamacare? We were just leaving …

    06/13/2013 4:55:54 AM PDT · by upchuck · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, June 13, 2013 | ANNA PALMER and JAKE SHERMAN
    Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting... The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive... If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of...
  • The IRS Ten: The New Keating Five

    06/13/2013 6:09:47 AM PDT · by joygrace · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.13.2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    Nine senators, congressman follow pattern of S&L scandal: contributions and intervention. So here’s the formula. An independent agency of the U.S. government. United States Senators. A powerful campaign contributor to said United States Senators. A powerful campaign contributor who wants something from said independent agency. Add it all together and what you get is — The Keating Five. And the IRS Ten. Let’s start, by way of illustrating how the game worked, with The Keating Five.
  • The Obamacare Insurance Exchange Train Is Already Coming Off The Rails

    05/27/2013 8:11:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/27/2013 | Sally Pipes
    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) raised eyebrows across the country last month when he publicly fretted about an Obamacare “train wreck” as the Administration rushes to implement the many provisions of the law that take effect in 2014... --snip-- HHS is not just raiding the federal treasury to promote the exchanges. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is now shaking down corporations and nonprofits to bankroll the Administration’s efforts. She’s solicited donations on behalf of Enroll America, a group headed by former Obama staffers that seeks to aid in the rollout of Obamacare. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) postulated that Sebelius’s fundraising may be illegal...
  • Ten Leading Democrats Wrote IRS Demanding the Agency Crack Down on Conservative Groups

    05/23/2013 11:57:48 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/23/2013 | Jim Hoft
    Starting in the fall of 2010, ten leading Democrats - including Max Baucus, Chuck Schumer, and Al Franken - wrote the IRS demanding that the agency crack down on conservative groups. 500 conservative and Christian groups were illegally targeted by the Obama IRS starting in 2010. For twenty-seven months the Obama IRS refused to approve any Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status while at the same time the Obama IRS approved dozens of progressive applications. Now these same top Democrats are feigning outrage.
  • Rove: Democratic Senators Partly to Blame for IRS Scandal (Schumer, Baucus; ‘Look at these groups’)

    05/15/2013 4:44:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/15/13 | Dan Weil
    **SNIP** So IRS staffers simply "were doing what people on Capitol Hill wanted them to do," Rove said “In 2010, Max Baucus . . . wrote a letter to the director of the IRS saying, ‘Go investigate these kinds of groups.’ We had Chuck Schumer, who has been stirring this around for a number of years, by 2012 he goes out and gives a similar tough letter to the head of the IRS saying, ‘Look at these groups,’ and gets six others to sign the letter.” The Schumer letter spoke of "abuse of the tax code by political groups focused...
  • Baucus, now investigating IRS, urged IRS to target conservative groups in 2010

    05/13/2013 3:27:43 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 13 May 2013 | Patrick Howley
    Democratic Montana Senator Max Baucus is leading an investigation into why the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny despite the fact that Baucus once wrote a letter urging the IRS to do exactly that.
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Baucus to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014

    04/23/2013 6:55:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 111 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23rd | Paul Kane
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is retiring rather than seek re-election in 2014, according to two senior Democratic strategists familiar with his plans. First elected in 1978, Baucus has been the top Democrat on the powerful committee since 2001. The likely Democratic candidate to succeed him would be former governor Brian Schweitzer, sources said.
  • Pompeo to Baucus: If ObamaCare is a “train wreck,” you’ve got nobody to blame but yourself

    04/18/2013 7:35:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Just a friendly reminder from Republican Sen. Mike Pompeo to his esteemed colleague Sen. Max Baucus about exactly where all of this “train wreck” blame belongs: Dear Senator Baucus,I was stunned, and also saddened, to read of your complaint that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is doing an insufficient job informing the public about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. My shock wasn’t because I disagreed: You’re right to say this legislation has led to great uncertainty for hard-working Americans, small business owners, and families. No, I was shocked because you wrote...
  • Baucus warns of 'huge train wreck' enacting ObamaCare provisions [hypocrite helped create it]

    04/17/2013 11:12:34 AM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2013 | Sam Baker
    en. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday he fears a "train wreck" as the Obama administration implements its signature healthcare law. Baucus, the chairman of the powerful Finance Committee and a key architect of the healthcare law, said he fears people do not understand how the law will work. "I just see a huge train wreck coming down," Baucus told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Wednesday hearing. "You and I have discussed this many times, and I don't see any results yet." "Small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect," Baucus said. Citing anecdotal...
  • Pro-Gun Voters Put Heat On Democratic Senators

    03/11/2013 7:04:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org/ ^ | March 11, 2013 | Matt Gouras
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has been here before. Back during the Clinton era, the Democrat faced a choice: support an assault weapons ban urged by a president from his own party and risk angering constituents who cherish their gun rights, or buck his party. He chose the ban, and nearly lost his Senate seat.
  • Baucus: "The President's Part Of The Sequester; The WH Recommended It" (Video)

    02/21/2013 8:48:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | February 20, 2013 | NA
    "The President’s part of the sequester – the White House recommended it, frankly, back in August 2011, so now we’re feeling the effects of it..."
  • Democrats may stand in Obama's way on gun measures

    01/26/2013 12:26:39 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    DaIly News Miner ^ | Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:14 am
    WASHINGTON — As the Senate prepares to begin debating new gun control measures, some of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats are poised to frustrate his efforts to enact the most sweeping limits on weapons in decades. These Democrats from largely rural states with strong gun cultures view Obama's proposals warily and have not committed to supporting them. The lawmakers' concerns could stand in the way of strong legislation before a single Republican gets a chance to vote "no." There's a core group of Democratic senators, most but not all from the West, who represent states with a higher-than-average rate of...
  • Wall Street Is Biggest Donor to Deficit Panel Members

    08/17/2011 7:27:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 10 replies
    Who's been cozying up to the members of the new Congressional super committee? With the committee set to decide on a whopping $1.5 trillion in federal deficit reduction this fall, lobbyists and corporations are trying to figure out which industries are best connected to the 12 members of the new panel. You can bet that those connections will be pressed to the limit in coming months as companies and sectors scramble to ensure that federal spending they like and tax breaks they depend on aren't slated for elimination. As it looks at the new committee members, Wall Street may like...