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  • (Wuerl:) Lifting Limits on Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Politics over Science and Ethics

    03/10/2009 5:14:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 408+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/10/2009 | Donald Wuerl
    Lifting Limits on Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Politics over Science and Ethics March 09, 2009 In a column to be published in the March 12 Catholic Standard newspaper, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl called the decision by President Barack Obama to void restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research “disheartening.” He went on to explain the Church’s support for ethical scientific research, such as adult stem cell research, noting its success over the past decades in addressing disease and illness. The column follows. Lifting Limits on Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Politics over Science and Ethics The announcement that...
  • Obama grants two more lobbyist waivers (hires a La Raza lobbyist)

    03/10/2009 7:32:05 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 11 replies · 1,098+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2009 | Ian Swanson
    President Obama has issued waivers allowing two appointees who were formally registered lobbyists to work for his administration. The waivers ensure the two appointees can work for the administration under his executive order on ethics, which was intended to reform the revolving door between K Street and the government. The waivers were provided for Jocelyn Frye, director of policy and projects in the Office of the First Lady, and Cecilia Munoz, director of intergovernmental affairs in the executive office of the president. The two waivers were announced on the White House blog Tuesday evening, which said the exceptions were granted...
  • President Barack Obama Deceives Media, Public on Opposition to Human Cloning

    03/10/2009 3:33:05 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 618+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 10, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obama Deceives Media, Public on Opposition to Human Cloning by Steven Editor March 10, 2009 Email RSSPrint Washington, DC ( -- While most media reports were focused on President Barack Obama's decision to roll back protections limiting taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research, little attention was paid to Obama's ingenuous method of supposedly opposing human cloning.During his speech in the East Room of the White House, Obama told supporters and the media that human cloning is "dangerous, profoundly wrong."Obama said he would never open the door to using human cloning for reproductive purposes. However, he...
  • Obama White House Discloses Two More Lobbyist Waivers Granted

    03/10/2009 6:18:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 3,077+ views
    ABC ^ | 3/10/2009 | Jake Tapper
    The White House Tuesday evening disclosed that almost three weeks ago the Obama administration granted ethics wavers for two additional officials who had previously worked as lobbyists. On February 20 the administration signed waivers for Jocelyn Frye, former general counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Cecilia Muńoz, the former senior vice president for the National Council of La Raza, allowing them to work on issues for which they lobbied. These two are in addition to deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn, a former Raytheon lobbyist whose waiver was granted two days after President Obama announced on...
  • Jindal Disagrees With Obama on Stem Cells

    03/10/2009 6:26:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 588+ views
    WXVT ^ | March 9, 2009
    Gov. Bobby Jindal says he disagrees with President Obama on stem cell research. The president Monday cleared the way for increases in federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, arguing in the interests of scientific and medical advances. Obama lifted funding restrictions on the research imposed by former President George W. Bush. Jindal told reporters he saw it as an issue akin to abortion. He said he supported the Bush administration's restrictions, which blocked some funding because embryos are destroyed to create the cell lines.
  • Congressman Labels Obama 'Abortion President' Ahead of Stem Cell Reversal

    03/06/2009 9:28:25 PM PST · by pissant · 13 replies · 739+ views
    Fox ^ | 3/6/09 | staff
    One of the most outspoken abortion opponents in Congress labeled President Obama the "abortion president" on Friday in response to news that Obama intended to sign an executive order Monday lifting restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., accused Obama of launching two attacks on pro-life measures. In addition to lifting President Bush's stem cell restrictions, Obama intends to lift regulations from the Bush administration that allow health care providers and institutions to refuse to participate in abortions on grounds of conscience. Smith labeled Obama's stem cell policy an expansion of "human embryo experimentation."...
  • Sen. Warner calls for discussion of end-of-life treatment

    03/07/2009 5:54:40 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies · 735+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | March 6, 2009 | Dale Eisman
    Sen. Warner calls for discussion of end-of-life treatment WASHINGTON Two months into his term, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has marched into the policy thicket that is health-care reform, urging a national discussion on the touchy question of how best to treat terminally ill people.In a speech to hospital executives this week, Warner called for intensified efforts to educate individuals and families in advance about end-of-life care. With better information, many people would forgo expensive and almost-always-futile treatment for patients near death, he said.Such measures account for more than one-fourth of Medicare payments and 10 to 12 percent of all health...
  • Obama will fund more losing embryonic stem cell research (New Yellow Brick Award to the President)

    03/07/2009 3:23:29 PM PST · by hocndoc · 17 replies · 730+ views ^ | March 7, 2009 | Beverly Nuckols, MD (hocndoc)
    Just days after we hear about functioning induced Pluripotent stem cells from adult skin cells, cells that can produce dopamine, the proteins missing in Parkinson's disease, we read that President Obama is going to overturn the limits on funding for embryonic stem cell research. Despite the fact that these cells match the patient because they come from the patient, that they will be cheaper, more accessible and we believe have less risk of causing cancer, this Monday morning, the 9th of March, 2009, the White House plans a quiet ceremony to sign the Executive Order. Follow the Yellow Brick Road,...
  • New Health Czar Challenges Obama's Ethics Reforms

    03/03/2009 2:24:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 835+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3.3.09 | Philip Klein
    Nancy-Ann Min DeParle, who President Obama appointed as director of the White House Office of Health Care Reform on Monday, took home at least $2.4 million in 2006 and 2007 from serving on the corporate boards of health-care companies whose businesses she would be in a position to affect in her new position. Since leaving the Clinton administration in 2001, DeParle has made a fortune by serving on 10 boards in the health-care industry in addition to her lucrative career as a managing director at private equity firm CCMP Capital and a senior adviser at JP Morgan Partners. Her journey...
  • Ron Kirk is latest Cabinet pick hit by tax woes; he owes $9.975

    03/02/2009 2:29:10 PM PST · by BGHater · 28 replies · 815+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 02 Mar 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Add former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the list of Obama Cabinet picks with tax problems. The Senate Finance Committee says he underpaid by $9,975 in the last three years. Senate aides uncovered the shortfall during weeks of vetting, and Kirk – the administration’s designated point person on trade -- has promised to pay the Internal Revenue Service in full. The problems: Kirk deducted too much for season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks and too much for tax preparation fees, and failed to report as income speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, Austin College. The full political...
  • Murtha PMA Lobbying scandal: Dems vote not to investigate

    03/01/2009 12:28:06 PM PST · by AndrewWalden · 7 replies · 658+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | 2-26-09 | National Republican Campaign Committee
    Washington– Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) today continued to back-track on his empty promises to clean up corruption in Congress when he voted to kill a resolution introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would “investigate the relationship between earmark requests already made by Members and the source and timing of past contributions.” The resolution came after a series of reports in the media indicated there was a vast network of corrupt Democratic lawmakers engaging in pay-to-play schemes on behalf of the PMA Group. As indicated in the resolution, the Washington Post reported on February 14, 2009 that they “examined contributions...
  • Obama's Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem

    02/28/2009 5:11:25 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 24 replies · 1,233+ views
    Gawker ^ | Feb 27 2009 | Owen Thomas
    White House general counsel Gregory Craig has seized control of Obama's vetting process after a series of nominees with unpaid taxes. But his wife's business may also have avoided taxes. Who vets the vetter? Derry Noyes, Craig's wife, runs Noyes Graphics, a design business, out of the couple's home in northwest Washington. Between Craig's work and hers, they've been on Washington's A-list for a decade. PBS's American Stamps aired a profile of her two days ago. She designs specialty postage for the U.S. Postal Service, including a number of notable stamps. One recent series celebrating the work of famous architect...

    02/25/2009 8:58:02 PM PST · by Tigen · 8 replies · 889+ views
    THE WHITE HOUSE ^ | 1-21-09 | current government
    The ethics section is currently being revised to reflect President Obama's Executive Order concerning Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel, issued on January 21, 2009. Please check back soon.
  • The Chinagate/Buddhist temple cash skeletons in Gary Locke’s closet (Next Commerce Secretary?)

    02/24/2009 9:20:26 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 9 replies · 609+ views
    Michelle ^ | 2-24-09 | Michelle Malkin
    The Chinagate/Buddhist temple cash skeletons in Gary Locke’s closet By Michelle Malkin  •  February 24, 2009 09:53 AM Is it possible for Barack Obama to pick a Commerce Secretary nominee who’ll actually make it past first base? Bill Richardson withdrew in the midst of a pay-for-play scandal. Judd Gregg withdrew in the midst of a humiliating power play over the Census and porkulus bill.Now, former Democrat Gov. Gary Locke — a lawyer for international firm Davis, Wright, and Tremaine who specializes in China — is rumored to be the next nominee for the post. The MSM is pulling for him. WaPo...
  • Spending bill stuffed with earmarks

    02/24/2009 10:57:22 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies · 895+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Feb 24, 2009 | David R. Sands and Christina Bellantoni
    President Obama on Monday vowed to reel in wasteful Washington spending and blasted deceptive "accounting tricks" used by the Bush administration to fund the Iraq war even as House Democrats released a $410 billion stopgap spending bill studded with thousands of pork-barrel projects. The 1,000-plus-page spending bill provides a fat target for deficit hawks. It includes hundreds of pages of earmarks - pet spending projects inserted by lawmakers, ranging from $185,000 for coral reef research and preservation in Maui County, Hawaii, to $55,000 in meteorological equipment for Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., to $9.9 million for science enhancement at...
  • CNBC's Rick Santelli Ponders "Veiled Threat" Against Him After "Chicago Tea Party"

    02/24/2009 12:51:41 PM PST · by wrrock · 61 replies · 4,535+ views ^ | 02/24/2009 | wrrock
    Santelli did not like the remarks by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and even pondered if it was a ‘Veiled Threat’ by making a bizarre reference to "not knowing where Mr. Santelli lives, or in what house he lives." Listen here...
  • David Ogden and the New Pornographers: Why the Senate Should Reject His Nomination

    02/15/2009 12:53:33 AM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies · 1,107+ views
    The Public Discourse ^ | February 12, 2009 | Matthew Schmitz
    published by:Public Discourse: Ethics, Law and the Common Good view article in original form David Ogden and the New Pornographers: Why the Senate Should Reject His Nominationby Matthew Schmitz February 12, 2009 David Ogden has impressive legal credentials, but his long career as a pornography-industry attorney casts doubt on his ability to enforce laws meant to protect children. David Ogden graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, and worked in the Justice Department under President Bill Clinton. He brings to his Senate confirmation hearings a long résumé that shows him to be an effective and...
  • The Corruption and Chaos of the Obama Administration

    02/22/2009 7:42:26 AM PST · by big black dog · 5 replies · 465+ views
    Somehow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been able to keep a straight face while decrying the “culture of corruption” among Republicans. In retrospect, the nature of the infractions on which she based the accusation seem almost quaint in comparison to the unfathomable abuses of federal monies and power now occurring under a Democrat controlled Congress and Executive Branch. For starters, she was forced to misapply the term to what were, in reality, only scandals, such as the sordid e-mails and text messages of Congressman Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to congressional pages, or the amorous toe-tapping, apparently intended to incite interest...
  • Barack Obama under fire for picking a crony fundraiser as his ambassador to Britain

    02/21/2009 9:10:53 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 34 replies · 1,594+ views
    Daily Telegraph(UK) ^ | 21 Feb 2009 | Tim Shipman
    Barack Obama has been embroiled in a cronyism row after reports that he intends to make Louis Susman, one of his biggest fundraisers, the new US ambassador in London. The selection of Louis Susman, a lawyer and banker from the president's hometown of Chicago, rather than an experienced diplomat, raises new questions about Mr Obama's commitment to the special relationship with Britain. American commentators denounced the selection of a rich friend to the plumb post, regarded as one of the most prestigious in the president's gift, as worthy of a "banana republic". They said it was proof that Mr Obama...
  • President's Nominee for Trade Rep, a Lobbyist in 2008...

    02/21/2009 3:34:47 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 4 replies · 376+ views
    abcnews ^ | 02/21/09 | Jake Tapper
    President's Nominee for Trade Rep, a Lobbyist in 2008, to Take Advantage of Loophole in Anti-Lobbyist Regs On first blush, Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas and President Obama's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, could seem as though he has an enormous impediment standing in his way to the Cabinet: President Obama's high standards against lobbyists in his Cabinet. As recently as last year, Kirk was a lobbyist for investment bank Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., and President Obama has said no one can work in his administration on issues they lobbied on in the previous two years.
  • [President] Obama Appointee in Classified Info Scandal (John Deutch)

    02/20/2009 9:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 2,577+ views
    Newsmax ^ | February 19, 2009 | Ronald Kessler
    The appointment of John Deutch to an advisory panel on spy satellites violates President Obama’s pledge to hold everyone in his administration to the highest ethical standards. Deutch, who headed the CIA from May 1995 to December 1996, agreed in writing in January 2001 to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents. Just after that, President Clinton pardoned him and 175 others as Clinton was leaving office. Deutch’s infraction was thus more serious than Tim Geithner’s or Tom Daschle’s failure to pay income taxes. “Deutch essentially walked away from what is one of...
  • Rahm Emanuel Ethics Abuses Pile Up

    02/19/2009 8:02:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 912+ views
    email | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 9:16 PM | Allegedly Dick "Toe-sucker" Morris & Eileen McGann
    News broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent-free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro, D-Conn. — and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel's previously undisclosed ethics problems. One issue is the work Emanuel tossed the way of De Lauro's husband. But the bigger one goes back to Emanuel's days on the board of now-bankrupt mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last five years for free in the tony Capitol Hill townhouse...
  • Analysis: Democrats self-destructing over ethics

    02/19/2009 4:57:48 PM PST · by bergmeid · 14 replies · 806+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 19, 2009 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and the new Congress are quickly handing over to Republicans the same "culture of corruption" issue that Democrats used so effectively against the GOP before coming to power.
  • Analysis: Democrats self-destructing over ethics (Chicago Change)

    02/19/2009 8:06:39 AM PST · by utahson · 22 replies · 664+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2-19-08 | LARRY MARGASAK
    The Obama administration and the new Congress are quickly handing over to Republicans the same "culture of corruption" issue that Democrats used so effectively against the GOP before coming to power. The political mess for the Democratic Party, however, isn't Burris' conduct alone; it's the pattern that has developed so quickly over the past few months.
  • Democrats Self-destructing over ethics

    02/19/2009 2:45:47 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies · 866+ views ^ | February 19, 2009 | Larry Margasack
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration and the new Congress are quickly handing over to Republicans the same "culture of corruption" issue that Democrats used so effectively against the GOP before coming to power. Freshman Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., is only the latest embarrassment. Senate Democrats accepted Burris because they believed what he told them: He was clean. Burris now admits he tried to raise money for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who authorities say sought to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. "The story seems to be changing day by day," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday. The...
  • Does Anyone In Obama's Administration Pay Taxes?

    02/18/2009 5:28:45 PM PST · by Grim · 11 replies · 773+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 2/18/2009 | Carl Denninger
    Now Rahm Emanuel is accused? "NEWS broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) - and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel's previously undisclosed ethics problems. ..... Emanuel never declared the substantial gift of free rent on any of his financial-disclosure forms. He and De Lauro claim that it was just allowable "hospitality" between colleagues. Hospitality - for five years? Some experts suggest that it was also taxable income: Over...
  • [Pres. Obama and Company] Ethics may be to much to ask (Mild Barf Alert)

    02/18/2009 7:06:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 496+ views
    The East Texas Weekly Review ^ | February 18, 2009 | Donald Kaul
    Give Barack Obama credit. Barely a month on the job and already he’s increased tax revenues by hundreds of thousands of dollars. He nominated Timothy (Tiny Tim) Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury and Geithner immediately discovered he’d forgotten to pay $48,000 in back taxes. So he paid them. Then he chose Tom Daschle as his Secretary of Health and Human Services and Daschle quickly coughed up $140 K in back taxes. Too late. He had to withdraw his candidacy; just after the president’s candidate for chief government performance officer withdrew hers because of tax problems. She paid up...
  • Senate clears ex-lobbyist as Pentagon No. 2

    02/11/2009 7:07:09 PM PST · by jessduntno · 1 replies · 194+ views
    reuters ^ | Today | Wolf
    Senate clears ex-lobbyist as Pentagon No. 2 Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:06pm EST Email | Print | Share| Reprints | Single Page[-] Text [+] By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved William Lynn, a former Raytheon Co lobbyist, to be deputy secretary of defense after he received a special White House waiver from strict new rules meant to close a "revolving door" between government and big business. Lynn, the Pentagon's chief financial officer from November 1997 to January 2001 under former President Bill Clinton, was confirmed by a vote of 93 to 4 on Wednesday. Raytheon is...
  • Senate confirms former lobbyist as Pentagon No. 2 [William Lynn]

    02/11/2009 3:23:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 439+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-11
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to confirm William Lynn as deputy defense secretary, endorsing President Barack Obama's decision to waive ethics regulations by putting a former defense lobbyist in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Charles Grassley of Iowa expressed reservations before the Senate voted 93-4 to approve the nomination. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was disappointed Obama would backtrack on his promise to keep lobbyists out of the federal government. On his first day in office, Obama issued an executive...
  • So Much For Magical Obama Mystery Tour

    02/07/2009 10:46:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,289+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 6, 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    "A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe." —President Obama, Feb. 4Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill. And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position. Followed by a Treasury secretary who allegedly couldn't understand the...
  • When Is a Lobbyist Not a Lobbyist? When he’s up for a job in the Obama administration.

    02/07/2009 10:18:25 AM PST · by fiodora · 2 replies · 330+ views
    National Review ^ | February 6, 2009 4:00 AM | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In Chicago, Barack Obama’s M.O. was to talk the talk of a reformer and walk the walk of an old-school machine politician. When he got called on it, he did what machine politicians do: He waxed eloquent about his commitment to transparency even as he stonewalled, obfuscated, and lied. That is how convicted fraudster Tony Rezko was transformed, before our very eyes, from a guy Obama barely knew to a contributor who may have helped Obama’s political campaigns, then to a bundler who’d actually raised more than $250,000 (some five times the amount claimed in Obama’s initial admission), to a...
  • Likely Justice Department nominee faces ethics hurdle

    02/06/2009 8:41:53 PM PST · by Justaham · 2 replies · 283+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2-5-09 | Tom Hamburger and Josh Meyer
    The leading candidate to head the Justice Department office that oversees legal policy and judicial nominations recently has been a lobbyist for several business clients, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and would require a waiver from the Obama administration's recently imposed ethics rules. FOR THE RECORD: An article reporting that Mark Gitenstein is the lead candidate to head the Justice Department office that oversees legal policy and judicial nominations said his nomination would require a waiver from the Obama administration's ethics rules. The article should say it may require a waiver; as the article later states, a Justice Department...
  • All the President's Tax Cheats

    02/04/2009 4:27:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,091+ views ^ | February 4, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    You never get a second chance to make a first post-inaugural impression. Less than three weeks into his first 100 days, Barack Obama has left an indelible mark on his nascent presidency: the mark of incompetence and hubris. Despite the administration's much-touted wealth of bright minds and high bars, the transition has been a complete disaster. n a double whammy on Tuesday, tax troubles and ethical clouds forced the withdrawal of not one but two high-profile Obama nominees. These come on the heels of former Commerce Secretary-nominee Bill Richardson's withdrawal due to a pay-for-play probe in New Mexico and Treasury...
  • Time for TimGeithner to step down, too

    02/03/2009 7:06:44 PM PST · by Restore America · 64 replies · 1,742+ views
    CNBC ^ | 2/03/2009 | Larry Kudlow
    Now that Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for health secretary because of his failure to pay taxes, and Nancy Killefer, who was appointed chief performance officer and deputy OMB director, has also withdrawn because of non-payment of taxes, it is time for Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner to do exactly the same. Geithner never answered the question put to him by senators Kyl and Bunning: Would he have paid his back taxes if he were not nominated to run the Treasury? His issue has never been resolved. He will never have the full trust of the country. Consider this: Daschle...
  • Surely This Isn't What Obama Meant When He Vowed Change

    02/03/2009 6:33:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies · 906+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | February 3, 2009
    Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Surely this isn't what Obama meant when he vowed change By Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — These first days aren't going the way that President Barack Obama hoped when he promised to change the way Washington operates. He remains popular, with broad support from the American people, but the taint of politics as usual is challenging the aura of something new. Three of his top nominees have been caught with tax problems, two them departing abruptly Tuesday. Two more were former lobbyists named to high positions despite Obama's ban on lobbyists in...
  • CNN interview: Obama says Daschle "made a mistake" on his taxes

    02/03/2009 4:38:03 PM PST · by boughtwithaprice · 35 replies · 1,111+ views
    ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks very much for sitting down with us today. Explain what happened today, Tom Daschle, you've let one of the most important domestic issues, which is health care, get caught up in what looks to many Americans like politics as usual. BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, I think what happened was that Tom made an assessment that having made a mistake on his taxes that he took responsibility for, and indicated was a mistake, made the assessment that he was going to be too much of a distraction in trying to lead what...
  • Video: Puff Daschle Dropped Out Because Of New York Times Editorial!

    02/03/2009 3:16:26 PM PST · by careyb · 13 replies · 1,185+ views
    Lardball ^ | 2/3/09 | Andrea Mitchell
  • The list of lobbyists in the Obama administration

    02/03/2009 11:05:27 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 707+ views ^ | Feb. 3, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The Times of India claimed that Barack Obama had appointed seventeen lobbyists to high government positions in the first 14 days of his administration. Politico provided a list of twelve of these last week, a handy reference with which we can start building our lists of “exceptions” to the Obama Administration Ethics Policy: Here are former lobbyists Obama has tapped for top jobs: Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last...
  • Obama's promise of ethics reform faces early test

    02/03/2009 11:12:26 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 8 replies · 444+ views
    IHT ^ | Feb. 3, 2009 | Peter Baker
    During almost two years on the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to slay the demons of Washington, bar lobbyists from his administration and usher in what he would later call in his Inaugural Address a "new era of responsibility." What he did not talk much about were the asterisks. The exceptions that went unmentioned now include a pair of cabinet nominees who did not pay all of their taxes. Then there is the lobbyist for a military contractor who is now slated to become the No. 2 official in the Pentagon. And there are the others brought into government from...
  • Obama redefines "no lobbyists in the White House"

    02/03/2009 11:31:22 AM PST · by pabianice · 11 replies · 1,293+ views
    Fox News Live | 2/3/09 | Vanity
    Robert "Pinata" Gibbs was beaten like an old rug again today at the latest Obama presser. I am actually beginning to feel sorry for this rumpled sad sack who continues to bring a nerf bat to a gun fight. Among today's gems was a new explanation of how Obama could already have seventeen lobbyists working for his administration (revealed by Indian and British newspapers since American papers won't) after looking America in the eye during the campaign and giving us his solemn pledge that no lobbyist's feet would ever touch the floor in his White House. If I understood Gibbs,...
  • Tom Daschle: Another Ethics Casualty for Obama

    02/03/2009 11:45:09 AM PST · by AJKauf · 30 replies · 1,115+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 3 | Jennifer Rubin
    How quickly they fall. Tom Daschle, who just yesterday had the full backing of President Barack Obama, has announced he is withdrawing his name from consideration as Health and Humans Services secretary. For both Daschle and Obama, it has been a rough ride, calling into question the latter’s judgment and skill as a chief executive. President Barack Obama rode into Washington on a veritable cloud of goodwill and sky-high expectations. The mainstream media had swooned over his transition with some justification. They had swooned over his inaugural speech with far less. But hopes, even among conservatives, were high for a...
  • Obama spokesman defends ethics standards

    02/03/2009 12:35:51 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 42 replies · 956+ views
    breitbart ^ | February 3, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite the tax problems faced by high-level nominees, and the exceptions made to the no-lobbyists pledge, President Barack Obama's spokesman is defending the administration's ethical standards. Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday, "The bar that we set is the highest that any administration in the country has ever set."
  • O'S ETHICS 'EXCEPTIONS' (Change? None that seems to matter)

    02/03/2009 4:26:51 AM PST · by Liz · 9 replies · 539+ views
    NY POST ^ | 2/3/09 | EDITORIAL
    Does the Dems' party platform require their top dogs to have tax problems? Tom Daschle failed to pay more than $120,000 in taxes ....and raked in a staggering $5.2 million from the health-care industry which he'd delinquencies of Treasury Secy Timothy Geithner and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rangel make you wonder whether these guys have any shame at all.
  • Obama's Cabinet Of Corruption (Do Democrats EVER Pay Taxes?)

    02/03/2009 3:33:01 AM PST · by suspects · 32 replies · 1,776+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 3, 2009 | Michael Graham
    First Tim Geithner. Now Tom Daschle? Who’s Obama’s next cabinet pick - Wesley Snipes? Dianne Wilkerson? Not to upset the loyal O-Bots out there, but the last guy from Chicago to have this much income tax trouble was Al Capone. And at last report, he still had an outside shot at getting Commerce secretary. President Obama pledged to change Washington, and he has. Before Obama, tax cheats used to lose jobs. Conservative academic Victor Davis Hanson calls the choice of Daschle the “Rezkozation” of the Obama administration. Tony Rezko, you may recall, was the bagman who bankrolled part of Obama’s...
  • Cabinet of the corrupt

    02/03/2009 12:56:57 AM PST · by xtinct · 24 replies · 1,147+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/3/09 | Michael Graham
    First Tim Geithner. Now Tom Daschle? Who’s Obama’s next cabinet pick - Wesley Snipes? Dianne Wilkerson? Not to upset the loyal O-Bots out there, but the last guy from Chicago to have this much income tax trouble was Al Capone. And at last report, he still had an outside shot at getting Commerce secretary. President Obama pledged to change Washington, and he has. Before Obama, tax cheats used to lose jobs. Conservative academic Victor Davis Hanson calls the choice of Daschle the “Rezkozation” of the Obama administration. Tony Rezko, you may recall, was the bagman who bankrolled part of Obama’s...
  • FDA approves first human embryonic stem cell safety trial (3 days after Pres. Bush left)

    02/02/2009 7:07:22 PM PST · by STARWISE · 328 replies · 7,182+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 1-23-09 | Jordan Lite
    Federal regulators have green-lighted the first trial of an embryonic stem-cell treatment in humans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead for Geron Corporation to start a phase I safety trial of its therapy GRNOPC1 for spinal cord injuries, the Menlo Park, Calif.–based company announced today. It first sought permission for the trial four years ago and spent much of the last year trying to satisfy the FDA’s concerns about it. "This marks the beginning of what is potentially a new chapter in medical therapeutics—one that reaches beyond pills to a new level of healing: the restoration...
  • Tom Daschle: symbol of Barack Obama’s hypocrisy

    02/02/2009 3:01:17 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 1,031+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Feb 2, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    It looks like Tom Daschle will become the next Health and Human Services Secretary even though he failed to pay a massive chunk of his taxes. Many Americans might have been in danger of ending up in jail if they made similar "unintentional" errors to the tune of $128,000 but the White House clearly considers the appointment a done deal. Before the tax issue reared its head, we'd learned that Daschle would get a plush ground-floor West Wing office and he'd posed, grinning, for Vanity Fair as part of "the Cabinet" of President Barack Obama. The small matter of a...
  • PROMISES, PROMISES: No lobbyists at WH, except ...

    02/02/2009 4:42:50 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 14 replies · 669+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 02-02-09 6:20 pm | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON – Barack Obama promised a "clean break from business as usual" in Washington. It hasn't quite worked out that way. From the start, he made exceptions to his no-lobbyist rule. And now, embarrassing details about Cabinet-nominee Tom Daschle's tax problems and big paychecks from special interest groups are raising new questions about the reach and sweep of the new president's promised reforms. Maybe he shouldn't have promised so much, some open-government advocates say. They're willing to cut him some slack — for now
  • McCain drops objection to Lynn appointment

    02/02/2009 12:45:35 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 762+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-02
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is dropping his objection to the appointment of a former Raytheon lobbyist to the No. 2 job at the Pentagon. A McCain spokeswoman confirmed Monday by e-mail that the senator will allow the nomination to proceed after having received additional information from William Lynn, who is President Barack Obama's choice for deputy defense secretary.
  • Daschle earned $220,000 from health care industry ( Ethics)

    02/01/2009 5:44:32 PM PST · by shielagolden · 11 replies · 652+ views
    hostednews/ap/ ^ | 2/01/09 | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL
    Daschle earned $220,000 from health care industryTom Daschle collected nearly a quarter of a million dollars in fees in the last two years speaking to leaders of the industry President Barack Obama wants him to reform as the administration's health secretary. That was just a portion of the more than $5.2 million the former South Dakota senator earned as he advised insurers and hospitals and worked in other industries — real estate, energy and telecommunications among them, according to a financial statement filed with the Office of Government Ethics. Daschle's finances are drawing additional scrutiny because he failed to pay...