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  • Andrew Romanoff Stays Under the Radar (Another bribe to leave the race???)

    05/27/2010 1:39:06 PM PDT · by marstegreg · 4 replies · 496+ views
    Politico ^ | December 9, 2009 | Alex Isenstadt
    When word circulated that former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was planning a primary campaign against Sen. Michael Bennet, Democrats were worried — so much so that Romanoff reportedly got a call from the White House exploring whether he wanted a job in the administration instead.
  • Sestak-gate: White House Offered Romanoff Job Too

    05/26/2010 5:47:13 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 23 replies · 1,057+ views
    Newsmax ^ | May 26, 2010 | Jim Meyers
    Allegations that the White House offered Joe Sestak a job in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate race echo an earlier report of a job offer to candidate Andrew Romanoff in Colorado. On September 27, 2009 the Denver Post reported that the Obama administration offered Senate candidate Romanoff a position if he canceled plans to run for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. The paper said the job offer, which specified particular jobs, was reportedly delivered by Jim Messina, Obama’s deputy chief of staff. One position cited by the Post was a job at USAID, the...
  • Fergie Gets Back To New York as Friends Say She Wants To Leave The UK For Good

    05/26/2010 9:48:37 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 36 replies · 1,026+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:25 PM on 26th May 2010 | David Gardner
    The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson told a New York crowd today of her 'pride' in her life as she fights to save her reputation over the 'cash-for-access' scandal. Sarah Ferguson brushed off her personal crisis as she spoke as she hosted a breakfast for booksellers and librarians at the Book Expo America event in Manhattan. 'I think it is a real treat for me to be here today and I can't thank you enough for listening,' the tired-looking duchess told the supportive crowd. The former wife of Prince Andrew was exposed at the weekend after being filmed accepting a...
  • Sestak, Blago and the White House...Bribes and Job Offers...

    05/25/2010 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 10 replies · 433+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | March 25, 2010 | Neoavatara
    Rod Blagojevich apparently asked the Obama Administration for a job in lieu of letting Obama have his pick of candidates to replace him as Illinois Senator. Joe Sestak was asked by someone in the White House (Rahm Emanuel?) to take the Secretary of the Navy job in lieu of allowing Obama have his pick of candidates for the Pennsylvania Senate see...i.e. Arlen Specter. One man is up for criminal conviction...the other is working in the White House.
  • Todd: Obama Offering Sestak Job No Different Than Cheney Offering Campaign Backing To Pawlenty

    05/25/2010 6:35:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 811+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    UPDATE: See video clip after the break of an earlier interview in which Scarborough unequivocally puts it to Sestak that he had been offered the Secretary of the Navy position, and Sestak seems to confirm it. so much so that after playing the clip, today's guest Jeffrey Sachs, an ardent Obama fan, has to laughingly admit that, yes, Sestak had been offered the Navy job. ---------------- Does Chuck Todd understand the difference between offering, in return for a candidate's agreement to drop out of a race, a big federal job with its salary and perks, versus offering to support someone's...
  • An Uncomfortable Robert Gibbs Refuses to Answer Questions on Sestak Job Offer - Video

    05/20/2010 6:26:45 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 703+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 20, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refusing to answer a question as to whether Rep. Joe Sestak was offered a job by the Obama Administration in order to get him to drop his run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania against Sen. Arlen Specter. Gibbs hemed and hawed, but would not really give an answer.
  • To Russia, with Love

    05/11/2010 1:15:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published April 01, 2010 by | Alice Winters
    Given Russia's reputation for excessive bureaucracy, it's only right that a company would exist to help businesspeople to set up, find the right translators, and also provide the right legal guidance to navigate the Byzantine direction of Russia's business bureaucracy. Center of Economic Planning consists of a professional team of skilled translators, auditors and IT specialists who will also not just help foreign businesses, but also help native Russians build their businesses.
  • Government Attorney in L.A. Is Convicted of Taking Bribes from llegal Immigrants [$177k In Safe]

    04/21/2010 8:59:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 473+ views
    LATimes ^ | April 21st 2010 | Anna Gorman
    Government Attorney in L.A. Is Convicted of Taking Bribes from llegal Immigrants Constantine Kallas, assistant chief counsel with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, accepted bribes of as much as $20,000 in exchange for helping get benefits for illegal immigrants. Anna Gorman April 21, 2010 A government attorney who posed as an immigration judge and accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from illegal immigrants was convicted Tuesday in Los Angeles of federal corruption charges, the U.S. attorney's office said. A U.S. District Court jury found Constantine Peter Kallas, assistant chief counsel at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office...
  • Tax Tip: IRS states that Bribes Must Be Counted as Income

    04/10/2010 10:22:50 PM PDT · by bsf2009 · 28 replies · 737+ views
    IRS Publication 525 Contents Cat. No. 15047D ^ | 2009 | Internal Revenue Service
    See page 31: "Bribes. If you receive a bribe, include it in your income." How long has this been in the IRS code?
  • Cost of Bribes More Than Doubles in ’09

    03/26/2010 8:04:21 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 2 replies · 158+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 3-20-10 | By Alex Anishyuk
    The average cost of a bribe more than doubled last year, the Interior Ministry's economic safety department said Thursday, although experts say the figures may be on the low side. The cost of an average bribe last year reached more than 23,000 rubles ($780), up from 9,000 rubles in 2008, the department said in a statement posted on its web site. The ministry registered 7,856 cases of bribery involving state agencies in 2009, an increase of 10.2 percent from the year before. Of those cases, a total of 2,351 people were prosecuted for corruption last year, a rise of 14.9...

    03/21/2010 5:40:27 PM PDT · by bronxville · 52 replies · 2,693+ views
    Congressman Bart Stupak ^ | March 19, 2010 | Michelle Begnoche
    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) announced three airports in northern Michigan have received grants totaling $726,409 for airport maintenance and improvements. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration. “This federal funding will help these airports better provide critical services to communities in northern Michigan,” Stupak said. “I am pleased the FAA has made this investment in our local airports and the individuals and businesses they serve.” Alpena County Regional Airport received a grant of $85,500 to acquire friction measuring equipment, specifically a decelermeter and tow vehicle, to replace equipment that has...
  • Bribing the health care Dem stragglers with promise of Presidential EO power

    03/21/2010 11:38:37 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies · 335+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-20-10 | Mataharley
    It's almost a laugh, watching desperate Dems scratch, claw and make sundry last minute back room deals to push O'health care over the top today. I say a laugh because the reality is this.... as of this AM, the verbal media reporting (that's a caveat emptor all on it's own...) is that Pelosi is likely to bypass using a Resolution for a rule change, and having the House Dems vote to accept the Senate version of HR 3590, passed Dec 24th. Following that, they vote on a reconciliation bill. However that reconciliation bill has to also be accepted by the...
  • DEAL WATCH: Boyd a “Yes” Vote on Gov’t Healthcare Takeover After His Forest Bill Passes House

    03/20/2010 10:53:11 AM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies · 522+ views
    NRCC ^ | March 20, 2010 | NRCC
    Was this Yet Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama’s Bill Down the American People’s Throats? With a vote on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare expected tomorrow, Rep. Alan Boyd (D-FL) finally got off the fence and announced yesterday that he would vote “yes” for the bill. Boyd’s announcement came just days after one of his pet bills passed the House. Boyd is the sponsor of a bill, the Florida National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2009 (H.R. 3954). The bill languished in committee after being introduced in October 2009. Suddenly, though, it received a vote Thursday in the...
  • Joe Sestak Just Confirmed White House Offered Him a Job

    03/20/2010 7:34:56 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 45 replies · 1,624+ views ^ | 03/20/2010 | freeamerica
    Did anyone just hear Sestak confirm that the white house offered him a job to step down last summer on Cavuto? Did he just admit to a federal crime?
  • More Deals In: Health Care Bill Gives Special Treatment (The bribes still coming in)

    03/20/2010 6:01:53 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 50 replies · 1,048+ views
    fox news ^ | 3/19/2010 | ap
    Bye bye, Cornhusker Kickback. Hello, special treatment for Tennessee and North Dakota. Democrats unveiling revisions Thursday to their health care overhaul bill decided to kill the extra $100 million in Medicaid funds for Nebraska that has become a symbol of backdoor deal making. But the 153 pages of changes to the massive health care package include extra money for hospitals in Tennessee that serve large numbers of low-income patients. And though the bill would revamp the nation's student loan system to make the government the only lender, one bank — the state-owned Bank of North Dakota — would be allowed...
  • Code Red Moves Cardoza and Costa to "Yes" votes on Gov't Healthcare Takeover After Water Deal

    03/18/2010 5:25:42 AM PDT · by marstegreg · 14 replies · 542+ views
    Is This Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama’s Bill Down the American People’s Throats? As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two supposedly “undecided” California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be “yes” votes. The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs. The region has recently been starved for water and as a result unemployment has soared. Not surprisingly, Cardoza and Costa had...
  • The Slaughter Solution: The Metamorphosis of The American Republic Into Government By Fiat

    03/14/2010 1:34:49 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 70 replies · 1,933+ views
    NewsReal ^ | MARCH 14 | LIZ BLAINE
    A very dangerous act is being attempted by the Left to secure their rule over the American people and transform the legislative process from a Constitutional Republic to a government by fiat. Today on Fox News Sunday, Democratic leader Rep. Chris Van Hollen admitted Democrats intend to use the unconstitutional “Slaughter Rule” as a solution to ram nationalized health care through Congress without majority vote and in defiance to the will of the American people. The Slaughter rule would declare that the House of Representatives “deems” the Senate health care bill “passed” by the House. House members would have to...
  • Two MC Say That If Administration Offered Sestak Job to Drop Senate Race It Could Be a Crime

    03/13/2010 5:01:37 AM PST · by IbJensen · 37 replies · 1,159+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3/12/2010 | Fred Lucas
    Washington ( – Two members of Congress said this week that someone in the White House may have committed a crime if they offered Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) an administration job in exchange for him not running in Pennsylvania’s Democratic senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter, an allegation that Sestak said was true. Meanwhile, despite several media inquiries over the last few weeks and the comgressmens’ statments, the White House continues to withhold comment on the matter. Sestak’s opponent in the primary, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government...
  • Issa raises questions on Sestak allegations

    03/10/2010 2:17:27 PM PST · by maggief · 13 replies · 503+ views
    Politico ^ | March 10, 2010 | JAKE SHERMAN
    The top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee says the Obama administration may have broken the law by offering Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) a job in order to persuade him not to mount a primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak has said that the administration offered him a high-ranking government job if he’d stay out of the race. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has been asked repeatedly about the accusation in recent weeks but so far has neither confirmed nor denied that a job was offered. But in a letter to White House general Counsel...
  • Monica Conyers, wife of Detroit congressman, faces sentence for bribery scheme in sludge deal

    03/10/2010 8:00:24 AM PST · by cajuncow · 27 replies · 980+ views
    cox news ^ | 3-10-10 | Associated Press
    DETROIT (Associated Press) -- The most prominent person caught in an corruption investigation in Detroit is returning to court to be sentenced in a bribery scheme involving a city sludge contract. Ex-councilwoman Monica Conyers pleaded guilty last summer to conspiracy and admitted taking cash in exchange for supporting a Houston company, Synagro Technologies. The contract passed by one vote in 2007.
  • Final 'reform' push: twisting arms

    03/10/2010 3:15:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 1 replies · 260+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 10, 2010 | MICHAEL TANNER
    President Obama's attempts to ram health- care reform through an increasingly reluctant Congress are starting to resemble a really eventful episode of "The Sopranos." Whether or not you believe former Rep. Eric Massa's bizarre accusations of locker-room confrontations and conspiracies to drive him from office, there is no doubt that the Obama administration and its congressional allies are willing to use every trick in the book to get this bill passed. They've already bought votes with pork and special deals -- the "Louisiana purchase" ($300 million to bolster that state's Medicaid program, which swayed Sen. Mary Landrieu); the "Cornhusker kickback"...
  • Conyers bribery scandal sentencing

    03/08/2010 5:30:14 PM PST · by paltz · 7 replies · 87+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 3/8/10 | David Mastio
    Democratic congressman John Conyers' wife, Monica, former president of the Detroit city council, is set to be sentenced on Wednesday. There are reports the prosecutors are asking for four years or more in the slam. This is just the spectacle Democrats need as even The New York Times covers Democrats' growing ethics problems in New York and Washington on the front page.
  • You may be an ethics violator if ...

    03/02/2010 8:42:23 AM PST · by SloopJohnB · 7 replies · 659+ views
    Much that is wrong with Congress was well illustrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's inability to answer a straightforward question about the ethical lapses of one of her most powerful members. Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News asked Pelosi on Sunday whether House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel should have known it was a violation of ethics rules to accept Caribbean trips paid for by special interests.Here's the exchange:
  • 3 in Dallas City Hall case sentenced in a 'betrayal of our city' (18, 9 and 14 years in the slammer)

    02/27/2010 12:44:52 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 13 replies · 690+ views
    Dallas News ^ | 2/27/2010 | JASON TRAHAN and DIANE JENNINGS
    Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison for leading a massive shakedown scheme that a federal judge called a "betrayal of our city." U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn also sentenced his wife, Sheila Farrington Hill, 46, to nine years for her role laundering the hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and extortion payments from developers for her 58-year-old husband. Hill's former plan commission appointee, D'Angelo Lee, 44, received 14 years.
  • Obama Tried Bribing Arlen Specter’s Opponent

    02/21/2010 10:40:48 AM PST · by opentalk · 25 replies · 1,626+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 02/19/2010 | Judcial watch
    In a major political scandal orchestrated by the Obama Administration, a popular Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania has revealed that the White House tried bribing him to drop out of the upcoming U.S. Senate race. Congressman Joe Sestak said in a television news show that the White House offered him a top federal job in an effort to keep him from challenging Senator Arlen Specter in the state’s Democratic primary. A five-term incumbent, Specter switched from Republican to Democrat last spring after giving Obama the critical vote for his disastrous and fraud-infested $787 billion stimulus program. The president clearly wants to...
  • Trial Lawyers Contribute, Shareholder Suits Follow

    02/03/2010 8:44:48 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies · 371+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/03/10 | MARK MAREMONT, TOM MCGINTY And NATHAN KOPPEL
    It is legal for lawyers, like anyone else, to give campaign money to politicians. But questions arise when the politicians are local officials with influence over the selection of legal counsel for shareholder lawsuits filed by public pension funds, a role that can be lucrative. A Wall Street Journal analysis documented the extent of campaign giving by plaintiffs' law firms specializing in shareholder litigation. It found that 25 leading firms, their lawyers and family members contributed a total of more than $21 million in the past decade to state-level candidates and party funds, as well as to national-party groups that...
  • Rahm Emanuel Contradicts Obama’s Clean Hands Claim on “Cornhusker” Kickback

    01/29/2010 2:57:47 PM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies · 520+ views
    Romanticpoet's Weblog ^ | Romanticpoet's Weblog
    Big is reporting: Video by Real Clear Politics Hours before his embattled boss gave his first State of the Union address, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel contradicted President Barack Obama’s claim made just two days before that he had nothing to do with the much maligned deal to get the vote of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) for the Senate’s healthcare bill just before Christmas. Speaking to ABC News’ World News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview on Monday, Obama denied being involved in what has come to be known as the “Cornhusker Kickback” SAWYER: A...
  • Fifteen states may sue over healthcare reform

    01/13/2010 9:41:04 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 23 replies · 1,545+ views
    Yahoo News (Reuters) ^ | January 13, 2010 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than a dozen U.S. state attorneys general visited Washington on Wednesday threatening to sue the U.S. government if the so-called "Cornhusker Kickback," a special subsidy offered to Nebraska, is included in pen1ding healthcare reform legislation. The subsidy, which was included in the Senate version of the bill, is "capricious and arbitrary treatment of Nebraska," said South Carolina's Republican Attorney General Henry McMaster, who has organized a group of 15 attorneys to pursue a lawsuit. The group includes two Democrats, one from Oklahoma and one from American Samoa. Many states are outraged by the caveat, which would...
  • 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.
  • Nelson's office asked AGs to 'call off the dogs' on health probe

    01/02/2010 11:35:06 AM PST · by mdittmar · 78 replies · 3,547+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/02/10 | Tony Romm
    "Call off the dogs" is the message Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) sent a coalition of Republican attorneys general examining the constitutionality of the Senate's healthcare bill, according to media reports. That request, made by Nelson's chief of staff to South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster on Thursday, arrives just days after 13 states' top prosecutors signaled they would examine the legality of the bill's Medicaid provisions, which in part won Democrats Nelson's vote. At issue is a condition in the bill's Medicaid rules that would essentially cover all of Nebraska's new program participants. The deal, referred to by many...
  • Saudi, Norway Governments Give Big to Bill Clinton

    01/02/2010 10:43:16 AM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies · 630+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 1/2/10 | Robert Wenzel
    It costs big time money to get close to the power elite. Foreign countries including Saudi Arabia and Norway gave millions of dollars to former President Bill Clinton's charity as Hillary Rodham Clinton served her first year as President Barack Obama's secretary of state. A donor list released on New Year's Day by the William J. Clinton Foundation shows that Saudi Arabia and Norway each donated somewhere between $10 million to $25 million to the former-president Bill Clinton's charity. Among those who gave over one million dollars: Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi, Ethiopia's richest person. Al Amoudi's father is Yemeni and...
  • Raiding the Treasury: Democrats' year of giveaways

    12/28/2009 3:44:37 AM PST · by Scanian · 2 replies · 495+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 28, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    The Democrats are right. Sleazy bribes and pork pay offs didn't start with their health-care-takeover bill. They've been doling out taxpayer-funded goodies for votes all year. Harry Reid's latest Cash for Cloture deals are the culmination of Washington's 2009 shopping spree at our expense. Go back to January and February. The multitrillion-dollar stimulus bill was the mother of all legislative Christmas trees. The ruling party used the downturn to redistribute wealth from struggling Americans to favored congressional districts, phantom districts and special interests from golf-cart makers to fly-by-night beauty salons.
  • The Definition of an Honest Politician

    12/24/2009 4:35:55 AM PST · by Aracelis · 4 replies · 429+ views
    My Grandfather | December 24, 2009 | Me
    My Grandfather was a lawyer in Chicago during Capone's time, and later served as a judge. Grandpa was also a lifelong Republican, back when being one really meant something. Every once in a while, he would tell a story or offer a poignant anecdote from those lawless days.One afternoon while he was reading the newspaper he remarked that here were only two kinds of politicians in Chicago - honest and dishonest. When asked what the difference was, Grandpa replied that an honest politician was one who stayed "bought". Party affiliations did not matter.
  • 10 Red States Now Questioning Nelson Deal

    12/23/2009 12:13:54 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 152 replies · 7,860+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2009 | Katharine Q. Seeleye
    At least 10 states are now raising questions about the legality of the deal that Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat, cut for his home state of Nebraska during the health care negotiations. Under the agreement, which is on the verge of being approved Thursday by the Senate, Nebraska is permanently exempt from paying for its expansion of Medicaid, shoving that cost onto taxpayers in every other state. Mr. Nelson was able to exercise such leverage because in exchange, he was providing the magical 60th vote that Democrats needed to advance their health care bill. The deal has enraged other Senators,...
  • Court battle begins over Nelson Medicare goody in Obamacare

    12/23/2009 3:52:51 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1,672+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    Ben Nelson's taking a lot of heat for accepting the Reid bribe of a free pass on Medicaid to sign on to the Reid health care fiasco. Even the state's biggest newspaper is poking fun at him and one of my correspondents indicates he'd not be surprised if the Senator chooses not to be the ex-Senator from Nebraska by voting against the bill when it comes to a final vote after conference. In the meantime, seven states' attorneys, lead by South Carolina are considering bringing suit if the Nebraska provision is in the final bill: "The top prosecutors in seven...
  • Pork greased reform's passage (It wasn't just pork, it was bribery, plain and simple!)

    12/22/2009 3:47:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 734+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/22/2009 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The multimillion-dollar deals cut with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and others to win the 60 votes needed for the historic health care reform bill gave President Barack Obama the margin he needed to fulfill a central campaign promise — but may also have upped the ante for future presidential horse trading. With the bill hanging in the balance, Nelson won a provision exempting his state from paying the usual share of costs for new Medicaid patients. The deal critics have dubbed the Cornhusker Kickback is expected to cost the federal government $100 million over 10 years. Before a close vote...
  • Louisiana Purchase And Omaha Stakes (Nelson Sells Out)

    12/21/2009 6:24:17 PM PST · by raptor22 · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Politics: Sen. Mary Landrieu was the new "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up his state's future Medicaid tab. Maybe we should just put Senate votes up on eBay. Nelson, the 60th vote in the middle-of-the-night Senate party line vote on health care reform, will go down in American political history as the inventor of the permanent earmark. His seemingly principled stand against including federal funding for abortion evaporated like the morning dew as he decided to take what was behind door No. 1. The deal for Nelson includes special Medicaid funding for Nebraska, along...
  • Cash for Cloture: Harry Reid’s Vote Buying Cost Taxpayers $1.2 Billion

    12/21/2009 9:16:29 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies · 519+ views
    gateway pundit ^ | December 21, 2009 | Jim Hoft
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any uglier we get the cash for cloture tally… The CBO reported that Harry Reid spent $1.2 billion to buy off democrats for the Obamacare vote last night. They got their nationalized health care bill and it only cost you $1.2 billion for their vote! The Hill reported, via Sweetness and Light: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) informed lawmakers on Sunday night that the section of the manager’s amendment to the Senate’s health bill would cost $1.2 billion over 10 years. Nelson managed to win a share of the section of the manager’s...
  • Harry buys the votes

    12/21/2009 3:16:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 935+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 21, 2009 | Editorial
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to have nailed down what he needs to deliver to President Obama the mother of all Christmas presents: health-care "reform" in our time. Details are dribbling out, but one thing seems clear enough: When one is unrestrained by principle, the possibilities in politics are boundless. For example, one need not hold strong views on abortion to be repulsed by Reid's purchase of Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson's soul for a mess of pottage. Nelson had opposed Reid's bill on the grounds that it was soft on abortion, but that went by the boards as he...
  • Did Reid Make a $100 Million Bribe or a Billion Dollar Bribe? (update)

    12/20/2009 6:16:12 PM PST · by jessduntno · 18 replies · 1,419+ views
    Multiple | Today | JessDuntno
    Republicans poring over the bill Democrats released Saturday found this on page 328: “(a) APPROPRIATION.—There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services. Such facility shall be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States that contains a State’s sole public academic medical...
  • Senatorial Bribery - A Very Troublesome Precedent

    12/20/2009 3:26:32 PM PST · by Desperado67 · 33 replies · 1,419+ views ^ | 12/20/09 | Rob Binsrick
    Back on November 21st, Senator Mary Landrieu provided the 60th vote for the Senate Democrats to cut off a GOP filibuster and start the debate on a healthcare reform bill. In exchange for that vote, the Democratic leadership offered her a $300 million ‘bribe’ in the form of additional Medicaid benefits for her home state of Louisiana and for other states ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Now a month later Senator Ben Nelson has announced that he will provide the 60th vote to cut off debate on the healthcare reform bill. In exchange for his vote, the Democratic leadership offered him...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Nelson Aide: Offutt Claim False (Also Denies Obama "Bribe") (Update at #8)

    12/15/2009 5:11:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies · 5,076+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | Joseph Morton
    As the Senate health care debate enters crunch time, the pressure from all sides continued to grow today, with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., right in the middle. His spokesman quickly dismissed a report by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin that Nelson was even being threatened with “closure of an air force base,” presumably Offutt Air Force Base, which is south of Omaha and home of U.S. Strategic Command. Malkin also said Nelson has been promised a “bribe bigger than Sen. Landrieu's.” That's a reference to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat and one of the last holdouts on the vote to...
  • Report Says Fate of Senate Health Care Bill Down to One Vote - Sen. Ben Nelson - Video 12/17/09

    12/17/2009 6:36:44 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 24 replies · 851+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 17, 2009 | Brian
    Here is a video report from CBS News this morning which says that the fate of the Senate Health Care Bill is now down to one vote - Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska. According to sources, Democrats are "negotiating furiously" with Nelson to get his vote. Democrats want a vote on the Bill before Christmas, which would mean they have to file for a final vote on the bill by this Saturday - December 19. . . . (VIDEO)
  • A Race to Win One More Vote for Health Bill

    12/17/2009 7:56:30 PM PST · by malkee · 21 replies · 958+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/17/09 | JEFF ZELENY and ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate Democratic leaders seem willing to give Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, just about anything he wants to win his support of major health care legislation. Anything, that is, but the item at the top of Mr. Nelson’s wish-list: air-tight restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions. The bid to win Mr. Nelson’s support has become a race against the clock. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has developed plans for a series of votes beginning at 1 a.m. Monday and round-the-clock Senate sessions intended to meet his deadline of completing the...
  • Health Care Rumor Gains Traction With Right

    12/18/2009 5:14:53 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 1,031+ views
    DNCBS ^ | December 17th | Brian Montopoli
    On Tuesday, the Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb, citing an unnamed Senate aide, wrote that "the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn't fall into line." Translation: Goldfarb is reporting that, according to his source, the Obama administration is suggesting to Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska (left), who has been hesitant to support the Senate health care bill due to his concerns over abortion, that it will close the base if Nelson doesn't back the bill. It was, the source said, a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and...
  • 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.