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  • Reid says whistleblowers lobbing accusations at him are ‘a bunch of whiners’

    03/30/2015 2:28:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan
    "An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.” ........[Homeland Security Inspector General John] Roth said the special treatment was brought to his attention by more than 15 whistleblowers — an extraordinary number, in Mr. Roth’s judgment — who believed Mr. Mayorkas was caving to political pressure. “That so many individuals were willing to step forward and tell us what happened is evidence of deep resentment about Mr. Mayorkas‘ actions...
  • Yes, Romney Was the Problem

    11/29/2012 7:55:36 AM PST · by Resettozero · 178 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Steve Baldwin
    The GOP establishment and some conservative pundits, such as Ann Coulter, are in full defense mode, claiming that Romney is not responsible for losing to an incumbent responsible for perhaps the most damaging fiscal crises in our nation’s history. Don’t believe it. Romney IS responsible for wasting a billion dollars to carry out an issue-free campaign full of simple-minded platitudes. Indeed, Coulter is leading the charge with her recent column titled, Don’t Blame Romney. It’s sweet to watch Coulter defend her darling Romney, but let’s get real. The reality is that Romney was one of the worst GOP presidential candidates...
  • ObamaCare: Supreme Court may postpone ruling till 2016

    02/21/2012 11:55:07 PM PST · by STARWISE · 115 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | 2-21-12 | Dean Clancy
    This morning's newspapers report an ominous development in the ObamaCare litigation, now pending in the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court posted a seemingly minor but potentially portentous administrative change, which suggests it might postpone delivering a final ruling on the constitutionality of ObamaCare until the middle of 2016! Specifically, the high Court increased the time it will devote to hearing oral arguments on whether the health care mandate is a tax for purposes of something called the Tax Anti-Injunction Act (26 U.S.C. § 7421(a)). The historically lengthy oral arguments in the case, HHS v. Florida -- now expanded by 30...
  • Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’

    06/24/2011 9:42:39 AM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 72 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 6/23/2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Geithner’s explanation of the administration's small-business tax plan came in an exchange with first-term Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.). Ellmers, a nurse, decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 after she became active in the grass-roots opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform plan in 2009. “Overwhelmingly, the businesses back home and across the country continue to tell us that regulation, lack of access to capital, taxation, fear of taxation, and just the overwhelming uncertainties that our businesses face is keeping them from hiring,” Ellmers told Geithner. “They just simply cannot.” She then challenged Geithner on...
  • Steyn disappointed in GOP: ‘I think John Boehner has basically climbed into the Bob Dole suit’

    03/19/2011 8:46:24 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/19/11 | Jeff Poor
    One by one, conservatives are expressing their displeasure in the way Speaker of the House John Boehner is leading the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Conservative talker Mark Levin has expressed his frustration on a nightly basis in recent weeks.
  • Congress Has 43,457,362 Reasons to Help Goldman Sachs

    10/27/2009 10:37:53 AM PDT · by mgist · 6 replies · 342+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 26, 2008 | By AVNI PATEL and BRIAN ROSS
    Congress Has 43,457,362 Reasons to Help Goldman Sachs Embattled Firm and Its Employees Spread Millions Around Washington in Donations and Lobbying Expenses 95 Not all their money has gone for mansions and Ferraris. Employees of Goldman Sachs are listed as a top contributor to 55 separate members of Congress. (ABC News Photo Illustration) The embattled Goldman Sachs investment banking firm and its employees have spent more than $43 million dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions to cultivate friends and buy influence in Washington, D.C. since 1989, according to an ABC News analysis of campaign finance records compiled by the Center...
  • WSJ: Obama Breaks Pledge on Inauguration Donations

    01/09/2009 3:26:14 PM PST · by jessduntno · 11 replies · 858+ views
    newsmax ^ | today | Jim Meyers
    WSJ: Obama Breaks Pledge on Inauguration Donations Friday, January 9, 2009 12:14 PM By: Jim Meyers A full 90 percent of donations to fund Barack Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration have come from well-heeled fundraisers — including Wall Street executives whose companies have received federal bailout money. A total of 207 fundraisers have collected $24.8 million of the $27.3 million in donations disclosed by Obama through Thursday, according to an analysis by Public Citizen commissioned by The Wall Street Journal. Slightly more than 2,000 donors accounted for the $27.3 million raised, but 378 of those people each contributed the maximum $50,000...
  • Obama likely to escape campaign audit (What McCain was thinking ALERT)

    11/11/2008 9:26:49 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 85 replies · 1,371+ views
    Politco (via YAHOO) ^ | 11/11/08 11:14 AM EST | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to conduct a potentially embarrassing audit of how Barack Obama raised and spent his presidential campaign’s record-shattering windfall, despite allegations of questionable donations and accounting that had the McCain campaign crying foul. Adding insult to injury for Republicans: The FEC is obligated to complete a rigorous audit of McCain’s campaign coffers, which will take months, if not years, and cost McCain millions of dollars to defend.
  • Tribes give big to Gregoire, avoid sharing casino cash (WA)

    06/13/2008 8:31:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 172+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | June 12, 2008 | Chris McGann
    Governor says deal curbs the growth of Indian gamblingOLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is benefiting from more than $650,000 in campaign contributions from Indian tribes that hit the jackpot in 2005 when she killed a gambling compact potentially worth more than $140 million a year to the state. Unlike 22 other states that collect millions from revenue sharing agreements for tribal gambling, Washington gets no money from tribal casinos under the compact that Gregoire renegotiated with the Spokane Tribe. Gregoire backed away from the 2005 agreement that included revenue sharing in an attempt to keep gambling from expanding too quickly...
  • Look for the Union Label

    06/10/2008 6:32:10 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies · 69+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 10 june 08
    What do the farm bill, the cap-and-trade global warming bill, the clean water bill, the housing bailout bill, and the school construction bill all have in common? Not much, except that in each one and countless others the Democratic majority in Congress has inserted "prevailing-wage" requirements that amount to a super-minimum wage. We're speaking of Davis-Bacon, the 1931 law that originally applied to road building and other federal construction projects and set a floor on wages in part to price black and Mexican workers out of the work. Today, its main impact is to require de facto union wages. Many...
  • Big Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address (Caught!)

    08/27/2007 11:43:40 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 424 replies · 17,499+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/28/07 | BRODY MULLINS
    DALY CITY, Calif. -- One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport. Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show. That total ranks the...
  • Big Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address

    08/28/2007 6:41:38 AM PDT · by JohnLongIsland · 109 replies · 3,425+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 28, 2007 | BRODY MULLINS
    DALY CITY, Calif. -- One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport. Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show.
  • The Color Purple

    12/08/2006 11:25:57 AM PST · by Dumb_Ox · 9 replies · 652+ views
    National Review ^ | December 4, 2006 | John J. Miller
    "The Rocky Mtn News calculated that Dems raised $4 million for friendly 527s, compared with $2.9 mil raised by Republicans." [...] "Three millionaire liberals are working the state's electoral levers. "They're trying to buy the political structure of the state," says Governor Owens. "Everywhere we look, we see their money and their resources." The ringleader is Tim Gill, the founder of Quark, a software firm; over the last decade, he has donated tens of millions to gay and lesbian causes. His political activism dates back to 1992, when Colorado voters amended the state constitution to restrict certain gay-rights laws. "Nothing...
  • HOT SCOOP ON CHAVEZ BUDDY IN MASS:Chavez stirs Cape political waters

    09/22/2006 7:45:29 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 10 replies · 1,087+ views
    cape cod times ^ | September 22, 2006 | By DAVID SCHOETZ
    September 22, 2006 Chavez stirs Cape political waters By DAVID SCHOETZ STAFF WRITER Of the 435 members of Congress, the Cape's representative is known for having one of the closest relationships with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez - for better or worse. As critics took turns yesterday ripping Chavez for calling President George W. Bush ''the devil'' on the floor of the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass., a self-described friend of the outspoken leftist South American leader, joined the chorus. ''It was entirely unacceptable,'' Delahunt said. ''This would have been an opportunity to begin to repair the relationship...
  • Savage LIVE Thread Wed. May 3, 2006

    05/03/2006 3:01:38 PM PDT · by fishtank · 52 replies · 1,357+ views
    Gettin' ready!!!!
  • McCain: Bush Must Do More on Immigration

    02/21/2006 5:50:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 642+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush needs to do more to help push a temporary guest worker program through Congress, Republican Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), the author of a key immigration bill, said Tuesday. McCain, acknowledging that Bush has stepped up a campaign on behalf of the program, said the president has credibility on the issue because he was governor of Texas, the state with the largest border with Mexico. "Would I want him to do more? From my perspective, probably," McCain said in a conference call with reporters. McCain held the conference call in advance of town hall...
  • If Elected, Kerry Expected to Be Most Pro-Homosexual Prez Ever

    08/24/2004 8:08:01 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies · 656+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 24 Aug 04 | Bill Fancher & Mary Rettig
    If Elected, Kerry Expected to Be Most Pro-Homosexual Prez Ever By Bill Fancher and Mary Rettig August 23, 2004 (AgapePress) - A pro-family leader says homosexuals will be celebrating if Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry wins the White House. Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council says Kerry has promised the homosexual community that he will champion their cause -- a promise that was relayed to a homosexual rally in Boston, Massachusetts, after the recent Democratic National Convention. Schenck says members of the homosexual community "know who Senator Kerry is, regardless of what he says about his beliefs on marriage....
  • In stock market, US senators beat averages

    03/09/2004 2:06:10 AM PST · by sarcasm · 7 replies · 183+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 9, 2004 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    WASHINGTON - A report showing outsize portfolio gains for US senators is raising new questions about ethics and conflicts of interest for Capitol Hill power brokers. The study found that during the boom years of 1993-98, a majority of US Senators were trading stocks - and beating the market by 12 percentage points a year on average. By comparison, corporate insiders beat the market by 5 percent, and typical households underperformed by 1.4 percent.Financial experts interviewed for this story say the senators' collective achievement is a statistical stunner, too big to be a mere coincidence.That doesn't mean lawmakers were consciously...
  • Americans Must Free Themselves From A Two Party Death Grip

    09/03/2003 7:42:13 AM PDT · by StatesEnemy · 3 replies · 122+ views
    It's time to say it: the two major parties hold a death grip on the American people! Instead of representing the people, both parties are bought and paid for by special interest groups. Neither party pays any attention to the U.S. Constitution but are largely marching in lock-step toward bigger and bigger government. Both Republicans and Democrats eagerly sacrifice what's good for the country with what's good for the party. As they now exist, neither major party deserves the support of patriotic Americans. Furthermore, blind allegiance to the two major parties has created a "lesser of two evils" mindset that...