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  • Robert Gibbs and the Sestak Stonewall

    03/13/2010 5:25:30 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 30 replies · 2,208+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2010 | Byron York
    At Friday's White House briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked, for the fifth time in less than three weeks, about Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak's charge that the White House offered Sestak a high-ranking job if Sestak would drop his challenge to Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. And for the fifth time, Gibbs refused to answer the question of whether the White House offered a bribe to protect the fortunes of a key political ally.
  • Hush money plagues Garn says he gave woman $150,000

    03/12/2010 5:17:37 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 61 replies · 1,285+ views
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 03/11/2010 | Dan Weist
    Hush money plagues Garn / Representative says he gave woman $150,000 after 1985 nude incident in hot tub Statement from Representative Kevin Garn - Delivered from the floor of the House on March 11, 2010 SALT LAKE CITY -- A top leader in the Utah House of Representatives, Rep. Kevin Garn, 55, admits he paid a woman to keep quiet about an incident in a hot tub 25 years ago. Garn, a prominent Layton businessman, said Thursday he paid a former Cedar City woman $150,000 eight years ago and that the deal included a confidentiality agreement. "This came up eight...
  • Former union president charged with violating labor law (Chicago)

    03/08/2010 2:19:15 PM PST · by STARWISE · 30 replies · 85+ views
    A former president of a Chicago union local was charged today with violating federal labor law by demanding livestock feeders for his Maryland farm from a company that employed union workers. Bill Dugan, who retired in 2008 as president of Operating Engineers Local 150 amid allegations he misused union resources, was charged with a single misdemeanor count, federal prosecutors in Chicago said. Prosecutors said Dugan, 76, who has a buffalo farm in Maryland, demanded concrete "buffalo feeders" valued at more than $900 in 2005. *snip* "For 45 years, Mr. Dugan was committed to advancing the interests of working, middle-class families...
  • Pelosi Statement on Chairman Charles Rangel

    03/03/2010 8:05:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 894+ views
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 03/03/2010 Pelosi Statement on Chairman Charles Rangel Washington, D.C - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this morning on Chairman Charles B. Rangel: "Chairman Charlie Rangel has informed me of his request for a leave of absence from his duties and responsibilities as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means. I will honor his request. "I commend Chairman Rangel for his decades of leadership on jobs, health care, and the most significant economic issues of the day."
  • Charlie Rangel News Conference Live Thread 9:00AM

    03/03/2010 5:52:33 AM PST · by JRochelle · 73 replies · 4,079+ views ^ | 3/3/2010 | Staff
    Rangle is holding a news conference in 15 minutes. Will he throw in the towel? No link yet.
  • FINALLY! Rangel Takes a Leave of Absence

    03/03/2010 7:00:28 AM PST · by bloodmeridian · 17 replies · 441+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 3/3/2010 | Snarky Basterd
    U.S. Representative Charles Rangel announced today that he sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for a leave of absence from his post as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Rangel, a Democrat from New York, declined to give details as to what prompted his decision to relinquish leadership of the panel, which also has jurisdiction over Social Security, trade and Medicare. Rangel was admonished for breaking House rules on accepting gifts.
  • White House Avoiding Sestak's Charge He Was Offered Bribe Not to Run Against Specter

    03/02/2010 7:21:22 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 807+ views
    The Lid/CNS NEWS ^ | 3/2/2010 | The Lid
    Last Week Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak made an astounding prediction. The White House offered a plum job in the administration if he would only drop his primary battle against now Democrat, former Republican, former Democrat, Arlen Specter. Both Fox News and the Philadelphia Enquirer spoke to unnamed White House officials, who insisted on “anonymity,” but had denied the congressman’s claim. Sestak, meanwhile, has repeatedly stood by his assertion that the administration offered him a job in exchange for not running against Specter. Yesterday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked the question out in the Instead of answering the...
  • Did Obama Offer Sestak A Bribe?

    02/19/2010 8:24:20 AM PST · by CaroleL · 21 replies · 709+ views ^ | 02/19/10 | CaroleL
    On a Philadelphia news program yesterday, Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) said the Obama administration offered him a high-ranking federal job if he would drop his primary challenge to Senator Arlen Spcter (D-Pennsylvania). Mr. Sestak refused to elaborate and seemed chagrined after blurting out "yes" to program host Larry Kane's direct question. "Was it secretary of the Navy?" Mr. Kane asked the retired US Navy Rear Admiral. "No comment," Mr. Sestak said and then added he would never leave the Senate race for a deal.
  • Obama to tout housing help Friday in Las Vegas

    02/19/2010 6:31:47 AM PST · by Anita1 · 53 replies · 1,369+ views
    (Is this a Bribe - or What??) President Barack Obama is unveiling $1.5 billion in housing help, a boost timed to his appearance in the city with the worst foreclosure crisis in the nation. ~ Obama's move, detailed by aides in advance of his town hall here Friday, is the latest by a White House determined to show it is helping families rebound from a deep recession. The downturn is taking an election-year toll on Obama's party as voter frustration builds.
  • Lincoln pays $25,000 to be named one of the top school districts in Michigan

    02/04/2010 9:03:03 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies · 401+ views ^ | 2-4-08 | David Jesse
    The banner ad across the Lincoln school district’s website proudly proclaims it has been recognized as one of the best school districts in Michigan. The criteria for Lincoln and eight other districts being selected? A $25,000 check. Nine southeast Michigan school districts paid $25,000 each to a Detroit-area public relations firm to be “named,” a top school district. That firm, in turn, bought airtime on a Detroit-area television station to broadcast a feature on the state’s best schools. A website - - also features the nine schools. Mentioned nowhere on the videos or the website is the fact that...
  • ObamaCare's latest bribe

    01/15/2010 8:38:30 AM PST · by safetysign · 6 replies · 420+ views
    New York Post ^ | 01/15/2010 | Staff
    It took two days of wrangling behind closed White House doors under the demanding gaze of big-labor bosses, but President Obama won a major health-care victory yesterday. The same can't be said of America. The deal in a nutshell: a big, fat wet kiss for labor unions, which won exemption from a proposed 40 percent tax on on expansive private health-insurance plans until 2018. Meanwhile, those with generous plans that are not the product of collective-bargaining agreements get to pay beginning immediately. And to pay and pay and pay. The tax (along with deep cuts in Medicare funding) was meant...
  • Obama to Meet Union Leaders Over Their Opposition to Cadillac Tax (Obama lied to the unions)

    01/09/2010 1:46:04 PM PST · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 1,080+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2010 | Fox News
    President Obama plans to meet with union leaders Monday to discuss their opposition to a proposed tax on high-cost insurance plans, a tax that would pay for his health care overhaul plan, sources told Fox News. The meeting is expected to include leaders from the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union and other labor organizations. Union officials told The Associated Press that they view the meeting Monday as a chance to forcefully make their case that the tax is bad policy and bad politics. Unions contend that the tax would be passed along to workers.
  • Arkansas senator rips Nebraska health care deal (RAT Lincoln wants RAT Nelson bribe removed)

    01/06/2010 2:58:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 838+ views
    KSWO ^ | 1/06/10 | ANDREW DeMILLO
    Arkansas senator rips Nebraska health care dealUpdated: Jan 06, 2010 11:56 AM EST By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln said a political deal that benefits Nebraska and may have clinched a lawmaker's support for health care legislation should be removed from the bill. The Democratic senator from Arkansas on Tuesday said she was disappointed about a provision in the Senate's health care bill that will require the federal government to permanently pay the entire cost of Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, while only paying the costs of expansion in the other 49...
  • Panicked Nelson backtracks on Medicare bribe

    01/01/2010 2:16:32 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 40 replies · 2,421+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 1, 2010 | Bill Dupray
    Hmmm. He must have seen the polls. If this isn't a full retreat, I have never seen one. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reached out Thursday evening to South Carolina GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster, the leader of a group of 13 Republican state attorneys general who are threatening to file suit against the Senate health care bill, and urged him to forgo any legal action, POLITICO has learned. According to a copy of a memo sent by McMaster’s chief of staff to other GOP state attorneys general detailing the call, Nelson asked McMaster to “call off the dogs,” a reference...
  • Calif. Dems plan to address gov's Medicaid worries

    12/23/2009 10:22:07 PM PST · by BAW · 9 replies · 514+ views
    San DIego Union Tribune ^ | Dec 23, 2009 | KEVIN FREKING
    California's Democratic congressional leaders said Wednesday they hope to address concerns raised by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger about the cost of health insurance legislation moving through Congress. Schwarzenegger wrote members of the state's congressional delegation this week and asked them for more flexibility to deal with the state's financial woes instead of imposing new costs through an expansion of Medicaid. He estimated that the health care legislation being debated in Congress would cost the state an extra $3 billion to $4 billion annually. “This crushing new burden will be added to a safety net that is already shredding under billions of...
  • Interesting Provisions That Recently Appeared In Senate Health Bill

    12/20/2009 4:02:48 PM PST · by jessduntno · 31 replies · 1,233+ views
    Interesting Provisions That Recently Appeared In Senate Health Bill ? $100,000,000 For “Health Care Facility” “At A Public Research University In The United States That Contains A State’s Sole Public Academic Medical And Dental School.” NEBRASKA “As Part Of The Deal To Win Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson's Support, The Federal Government Will Fund Nebraska's New Medicaid Recipients.” (“Ben Nelson's Medicaid Deal,” Politico, 12/19/09) VERMONT “The Health Care Overhaul Taking Shape In Congress Includes A Provision Pushed By Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy To Increase The State’s Medicaid Payments By $250 Million Over Six Years. The Provision, Also Supported By Sen. Bernie...
  • The Chicago Way (W.H. Threatens Nelson with AFB Closure)

    12/16/2009 4:29:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies · 2,025+ views
    Investor's Business daily ^ | December 16, 2009 | IBD Editorial Staff
    Politics: If the Democrats' stitched-together Frankenstein monster of health care reform gets the 60 votes to get through the Senate, it will have been done through an assortment of bribes and brass knuckles. (snip) Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, has also been critical of the buy-in and public option, but he has an additional issue about whatever comes out of the Senate not involving public funding of abortion in any way. Michael Goldfarb on the Weekly Standard blog quotes a Senate aide as saying the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the...
  • Ben Nelson dispels Offutt AFB closing rumor - audio

    12/17/2009 9:11:53 AM PST · by pitviper68 · 14 replies · 1,856+ views
    Ben Nelson says that he knows who started the rumor, and that it may be embarrassing if/when that info comes out. Says, no one threatened him or offered him ANYTHING for his vote. He's says the abortion issue is not the only thing stopping him from supporting the Senate bill.
  • Health debate moves forward as clerks finish reading amendment

    12/19/2009 1:37:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 867+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2009 | Michael O'Brien
    The Senate clerk has finished reading the text of the manager's amendment to the chamber's healthcare bill. After roughly seven and a half hours of reading, the clerk concluded reading the 383-page manager's amendment to the bill, which was submitted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) earlier today. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) forced a reading of the amendment earlier today in a bid to string along the Senate healthcare debate. In the interim, Senate Democrats announced an agreement with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) to secure the necessary 60 votes to move forward with the bill. They also released...
  • Centrist senators say healthcare bill needs major changes

    11/22/2009 10:35:00 AM PST · by freespirited · 40 replies · 1,298+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/22/09 | Julian E. Barnes
    Only a day after Senate Democrats voted to move into a historic debate on overhauling the nation's healthcare system, key centrists made it clearthat the party is still a long way from delivering on its promise to provide near-universal insurance coverage and contain medical costs. Faced with the prospect of Republican filibusters, Democratic leaders must deliver the same kind of total unity they managed to achieve in Saturday's vote to begin debate: Every Democratic senator, plus two independents who caucus with them, supported the key procedural motion. But several of those senators spoke out today to say that they will...
  • Healthcare Bribes--Who ARE These People, Anyway?

    12/19/2009 11:22:40 AM PST · by Welshman007 · 8 replies · 538+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | 12/19/09 | Anthony G. Martin
    Now that we know that the Democratic leadership in Congress and the Obama Administration have bribed Senator Ben Nelson into supporting the government takeover of healthcare, the question arises, who ARE these people, anyway? Are they aliens from outer space? They certainly don't act like normal human beings who are fully aware of reality. Senator Ben Nelson, for example, will vote in favor of the mammoth, debt-busting monstrosity in spite of the fact that in the latest poll Nebraskans indicate by a 61% majority that they will vote against Nelson if he votes in favor of this bill.
  • White House using base-closure process to extort Nelson’s vote on ObamaCare?

    12/16/2009 4:35:53 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 56 replies · 3,300+ views ^ | 12/16/2009 | Staff
    How desperate has the White House become to get anything passed under the name of health-care reform? According to Michael Goldfarb’s source on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration has targeted the last remaining Democratic holdout, at least among moderates — and they’re willing to damage national security to extort his support. The White House has threatened Ben Nelson (D-NE) with the closure of Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska if he opposes Reid’s latest version, despite its status as the headquarters of US Strategic Command: According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska’s Offutt...
  • Source: Dems Threaten Nelson In Pursuit of 60 (Offutt Air Force Base )

    12/15/2009 1:26:11 PM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies · 1,812+ views ^ | Dec 15 2009 | Michael Goldfarb
    While the Democrats appease Senator Lieberman, they still have to worry about other recalcitrant Democrats including Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson. Though Lieberman has been out front in the fight against the public option and the Medicare buy-in, Nelson was critical of both. Now that those provisions appear to have been stripped from the bill, Lieberman may get on board, but Nelson's demand that taxpayer money not be used to fund abortion has still not been met. According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson...
  • Senator Ben Nelson’s ‘Thomas More’ Moment: A Matter of Life or Death for Children.

    12/18/2009 4:06:11 AM PST · by tcg · 16 replies · 1,700+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/18/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    His biography also emphasizes his capacity to effect compromise noting that he is “known as a consensus builder who has worked to forge compromise agreements”. However, this is a man who knows the truth that the child in the womb is one of us and that we must not allow any Health Care Reform package to pass - and then become law - which uses Federal tax Dollars to kill our innocent neighbors. There are some truths which are incapable of “compromise.” The first among them is the fundamental human right to life and the first freedom, the freedom to...
  • DeMint Says Ben Nelson will be "American Hero" if he Refuses Vote for Senate Health Bill - Video

    12/18/2009 2:12:16 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 390+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 18, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint saying he is prepared to delay a vote on the Senate Health Care Bill in any way possible. DeMint also said that Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson will be an "American hero" if he refuses to support this bill. DeMint said he did not know if Nelson could hold out against the pressure being brought upon him by the White House. DeMint said he will seek to slow the bill down so it can at least be read before it is voted on. . . . (VIDEO)
  • United Methodist Church Bashes Ben Nelson on Abortion Funding Refusal

    12/18/2009 4:22:59 PM PST · by julieee · 23 replies · 840+ views ^ | December 18, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    United Methodist Church Bashes Ben Nelson on Abortion Funding Refusal Washington, DC -- The United Methodist Church has never made a secret of its support for abortion as it regularly participates in a radical national pro-abortion religious group. With one of its members, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, holding up the health care bill over abortion funding, the church is on the attack.
  • Harry Reid scrambles as deadline looms [Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)..... “There’s no deal.”]

    12/18/2009 6:09:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 1,683+ views
    Reid scrambles as deadline looms By: Carrie Budoff Brown and Meredith Shiner December 18, 2009 06:54 PM EST Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid led a marathon negotiating session Friday with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) in a hectic bid to persuade the last holdout to sign onto the health care reform bill ahead of a key deadline Saturday morning. Nelson was huddling into the evening with Reid, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and a circle of top White House officials that included deputy chief of staff Jim Messina and senior adviser Pete Rouse. Nelson was seeking stronger language to prohibit federal financing...
  • Sen. Reid plays down Nelson Medicaid buy off

    12/19/2009 2:28:33 PM PST · by paltz · 55 replies · 2,380+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/19/09 | Kerry Picket
    The Washington Times reported last night Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) had told reporters no deal was agreed to after he emerged from a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democratic leaders. He went on to say health care talks were ongoing. What he failed to mention, through all of his rhetoric about his concern for pro-life language in the bill, was the huge Medicaid pay off to Nebraska being slipped into the health care bill. Essentially, the federal government will pay for Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients. The provision is worth about $45 million for the first...
  • BREAKING: Nelson To Vote For Healthcare In Exchange For Medicaid Payments To Nebraska

    12/19/2009 2:09:47 PM PST · by opentalk · 65 replies · 2,174+ views
    newsbusters ^ | December 19, 2009 | Noel Sheppard
    Not that this will come as any great shock, but Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the lone Democrat holdout against the current iteration of healthcare reform, announced Saturday he will vote for the bill. Also unsurprising: much like Mary "Louisiana Purchase" Landrieu (D-La.) before him, Nelson sold his vote and his very soul for some financial benefits to his state. As Politico reported moments ago: Sen. Mary Landrieu got the "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up most his state's future Medicaid tab -- forever. As part of the deal to win Nelson's support, the federal...
  • Should we send Sen. Nelson 30 pennies?

    12/19/2009 12:48:04 PM PST · by airedale · 37 replies · 953+ views
    Since he sold out the country perhaps we should send him 30 pennies. Now I know it should be 30 silver coins but we don't make them any more and he and his ilk not only sold out the country but devalued our currency. so 30 pennies seems appropriate.
  • SOLD: Sen. Nelson's Bribe (Posted for Documentation)

    12/19/2009 12:35:54 PM PST · by Syncro · 161 replies · 5,038+ views
    BigGovernment ^ | December 19, 2009 | Publius
    SOLD: Sen. Nelson’s Bribeby Publius We’ll be blunt. The ‘health care reform’ legislation under consideration in the Senate is the most corrupt piece of legislation in our nation’s history. Yes, we understand that is a strong statement and there have been other abominations throughout our nation’s life. But never before did corrupt legislation threaten to radically and forever change the live’s of every American.Exhibit A is the outright bribe extracted by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Corn Huckster State) from Sen. Harry Reid. As a result of Nelson’s performance in his role of Hamlet in the health care deliberations, we will...
  • Dems Offer Nelson up to $500 Billion, er Million in Earmarks to Vote Yes

    12/15/2009 10:30:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 66 replies · 3,381+ views
    Red State ^ | December 15, 2009 | Dan Perrin
    The White House and Democratic Leadership in the Senate has told Senator Nelson they will close every military base in Nebraska — a threat that is not credible, really — but they have also offered Senator Nelson between $300 million to $500 million in earmarks, according to key hill health care operatives. These hundreds of millions will be available for whatever he wants to spend them on in Nebraska. Given Senator Nelson’s hard core earmarking history as an appropriator, the word on the street is that this is the real carrot that could get Nelson to agree to some cover...
  • Referendum on Obama

    11/30/2009 4:52:35 PM PST · by Raquel · 226+ views
    Political Blog ^ | November 30, 2009 | Raquel Okyay
    It’s obvious by now healthcare reform is not reform at all. The latest votes cast in the Senate opens the door to “debate” on the bill, but will do little to change it. We know that Congress is up to its comfortable tricks stuffing pork in every piece of legislation it passes. The biggest obstacle Senate Majority Leader Reid faces is how much it will cost to bribe a few of his members to vote favorably in the end. He needs every single Senate Democrat plus two Independents. Will there be any holdouts among them? Probably not – government officials...
  • The $100 Million Health Care Vote? (Landrieu is a cheap date)

    11/19/2009 2:31:55 PM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies · 711+ views
    ABC News Blog ^ | November 19,2009 | Jonathan Karl
    What does it take to get a wavering senator to vote for health care reform? Here’s a case study. On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.” The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.” I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get...
  • For $20, kids can buy a better grade

    11/11/2009 7:16:25 AM PST · by carolinacrazy · 38 replies · 1,577+ views
    Newsobserver ^ | 11/11/2009 | Lynn Bonner
    Selling candy didn't raise much money last year, so a Goldsboro middle school is selling grades. A $20 donation to Rosewood Middle School will get a student 20 test points - 10 extra points on two tests of the student's choosing. That could raise a B to an A, or a failing grade to a D. Susie Shepherd, the principal, said a parent advisory council came up with the idea, and she endorsed it. She said the council was looking for a new way to raise money.
  • 7 on defense panel scrutinized (Shakedown scandal - good read because there is a hero in this.)

    11/01/2009 6:43:50 AM PST · by Enterprise · 15 replies · 847+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 30, 2009 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Nearly half the members of a powerful House subcommittee in control of Pentagon spending are under scrutiny by ethics investigators in Congress, who have trained their lens on the relationships between seven panel members and an influential lobbying firm founded by a former Capitol Hill aide.
  • Obama's Nobel prize came with little merit

    10/21/2009 8:51:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 637+ views
    The Purdue Exponent ^ | October 21, 2009 | Editorial Board
    President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, and we are having a difficult time figuring out why. The prize committee cited its decision on this: “For his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Really? We missed this. Obama seemed surprised by this announcement and said winning the prize was a “call to action.” The nominations for the prize took place in February, which was only a couple months after Obama’s inspirational and change-promising “Yes We Can” campaign. In fact, he is the first U.S. president to be awarded the prize in his first term. Obama...
  • A Decadent Nobel: A Prize For Soft Moralism.

    10/14/2009 6:29:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 499+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | October 14th 2009
    A Decadent Nobel A prize for soft moralism. By DANIEL HENNINGER So Donald Rumsfeld was right about Old Europe. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has taken it in the neck for awarding this year's Peace Prize to a nine-month old American presidency. There's been much mockery of pencil-necked Norwegian academics in faraway Oslo. This is unfair. The committee said it chose Barack Obama for his "vision of . . . a world without nuclear weapons" and for "meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting." I'd say that completes the argument over old and new Europe. This is a Nobel...
  • Obama calls for $250 payments to seniors

    10/14/2009 4:48:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 88 replies · 3,259+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to approve $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors to make up for no increase in Social Security next year. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce Thursday that there will be no cost of living increase next year. By law, increases are pegged to inflation, which has been negative this year.
  • A prize that’s also for us [Dear Leader's Nobel Prize] (If you don't hurl, you didn't read it)

    10/10/2009 3:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,024+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 10, 2009 | Derrick Z. Jackson
    MY FIRST three thoughts upon hearing that President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize were: ■ For what!?!? ■ So this is how low our image sunk under President Bush? ■ This is our Nobel! Even the most fervent Obama supporters have to scratch their heads. The Nobel Committee praised Obama’s “extraordinary efforts’’ on international diplomacy and cooperation, citing his nascent efforts to reduce nuclear weapons and America’s “more constructive role’’ on climate change. The committee said Obama had become “the world’s leading spokesman’’ for international policies the committee has sought to “stimulate’’ for 108 years. Talk about giving...
  • For his noble words, Obama deserves the prize (LA Times Pukeasaurus Alert!)

    10/10/2009 3:11:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies · 1,793+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/9/2009 | Tim Rutten
    ....In other words, the prize was conferred by experienced politicians who seem to know exactly what they were doing. Expressing its particular approval of Obama's "vision ... of a world without nuclear weapons," the committee wrote: "Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. ... Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. ... For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading...
  • Analysis: Did Obama win Nobel for not being Bush?

    10/10/2009 2:11:24 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 1,157+ views
    Analysis: Did Obama win Nobel for not being Bush? Posted: October 10th, 2009 12:15 PM ET From CNN Political Contributor Robin Oakley LONDON (CNN) — Did President Obama land a Nobel peace prize at such an early stage of his presidency simply because he's not George W. Bush? Diplomatic circles are certainly not dismissing such a notion and a "surprised and humbled" Obama has himself agreed that the award (for which nominations had to be submitted only two weeks after his inauguration) can hardly have been a recognition of anything he has yet accomplished. It is a prize for aspiration...
  • Thirty-Nine Individuals Charged with Conspiring to Bribe Chair of D.C. Taxicab Commission

    10/09/2009 11:46:04 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 374+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Thirty-Nine Individuals Charged with Conspiring to Bribe Chair of D.C. Taxicab Commission WASHINGTON—Yitbarek Syume, 51, of Silver Spring, Maryland, Berhane Leghese, 47, of Arlington, Virginia, and Amanuel Ghirmazion, 53, of Hyattsville, Maryland, were indicted on bribery charges on October 1, 2009, by a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, announced Acting United States Attorney Channing D. Phillips and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Joseph Persichini, Jr. The indictments, unsealed today, allege that Syume, Leghese, and Ghirmazion, conspired to bribe the Chairperson of the District of...
  • email from OFA/Obama...AMA sells out to Socialist Healthcare (MEGA BARF ALERT)

    09/30/2009 8:01:46 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies · 1,177+ views
    The cavalry is here -- and they're in white coats and scrubs: More than a half a million doctors and millions of nurses are joining forces to help pass real health reform. Americans listen to their nurses and doctors when it comes to health reform -- and for good reason. If we can help them amplify their voices, it'll be a huge boost to our campaign for change. So we're working on a new television ad featuring their voices explaining why doctors and nurses so strongly support President Obama's plan -- and asking Congress to pass it. We'll run the...
  • Personal injury lawyers bribe hospital employees for patient information to commit fraud

    09/24/2009 3:14:13 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 1 replies · 302+ views ^ | 23 September 2009 | Nicholas Rizzi
    Bronx hospital employees, lawyer charged in insurance fraud scam Employees of the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) received bribes to deliver confidential patient information to personal injury lawyers, city and state officials allege. Six HHC employees and a former HHC employee who worked at Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, and a private attorney, were arrested today on bribery charges in connection with the insurance scheme. According to the office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo -- who filed the charges -- the information was allegedly used to lure patients into receiving unnecessary treatment and then submitting over a million dollars in phony...
  • Trying to Keep Obama and Congress Accountable - Lawsuit probes into Freddie and Fannie payouts.

    08/22/2009 10:08:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 589+ views
    WND ^ | August 20, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    Obama in his three complete years in the Senate was the second largest recipient of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae campaign contributions, behind only Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the powerful chairman of the Senate banking committee.
  • Dodd, Conrad Cleared in Ethics Probe on Countrywide Loans (Friday pm news dump)

    08/07/2009 2:35:32 PM PDT · by khnyny · 28 replies · 1,694+ views
    Market Watch ^ | August 7, 2009
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Two key Democrat senators were cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee on Friday from year-long investigations about whether mortgages they obtained from Countrywide Financial Corp. violated the senate's rules on gifts. The bipartisan committee, which supported the decision unanimously, did scold the senior lawmakers, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., for not being more careful in their dealings. "While the committee finds no substantial credible evidence as required by committee rules that your Countrywide mortgage violated Senate ethics rules, the committee does believe that you should have exercised...
  • Dodd cleared from ethics probe on Countrywide loans

    08/07/2009 12:27:04 PM PDT · by FromLori · 63 replies · 2,737+ views
    n the middle of a difficult re-election campaign, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., on Friday was cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee from a year-long investigation about whether mortgages he obtained from Countrywide Financial Corp. violated the senate's rules on gifts. The committee, however, did scold the senior lawmaker for not being more careful in his dealings. "While the committee finds no substantial credible evidence as required by committee rules that your Countrywide mortgage violated Senate ethics rules, the committee does believe that you should have exercised more vigilance in your dealings with Countrywide in order to avoid...
  • “Cold Cash” Jefferson Found Guilty

    08/05/2009 6:00:05 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies · 1,093+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-05-09 | Curt
    Like we haven't been saying this for years: ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was found guilty of 11 of 16 corruption charges today by a federal jury. The jury of eight women and four men returned a guilty verdict following five days of deliberation. In the 16-count indictment, Jefferson was charged with soliciting bribes and other crimes for a series of schemes in which he helped American businesses broker deals in West African in exchange for payments or financial considerations to companies controlled by members of his family, including his brother Mose, his wife, Andrea, their five...
  • Florida businesswoman says she sought to bribe former Rep. William Jefferson RAT-La

    07/21/2009 5:26:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 401+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/21/09 | Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert
    Florida businesswoman says she sought to bribe former Rep. William Jeffersonby Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune Tuesday July 21, 2009, 2:24 PM ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- A Florida businesswoman who had lined up a deal to exploit untapped oil reserves off the coast of the African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe testified today in the corruption trial of former Rep. William Jefferson that she had agreed to give his brother Mose an oil lot potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for the congressman's help in untangling the knots that had tied up the deal....