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  • House Dem predicts losses over O-Care ("it's going to hit the fan")

    04/18/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/18/14 | Elise Viebeck
    A House Democrat who voted against ObamaCare said the law is likely to sweep Republicans into office in November. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) had dire predictions for his party during a radio interview on Thursday. "We will lose seats in the House," Lynch told Boston Herald Radio. "I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from more experienced poll sets down there." He continued, "And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that's a possibility ... primarily because of healthcare." The comments pit Lynch against party chiefs like Rep. Nancy Pelosi...
  • More Than 200 (illegal) Immigrants Arrested at Texas Camp

    04/18/2014 4:30:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 4/18/14
    **SNIP** They were found in an undeveloped patch of scrub near an abandoned tennis club in McAllen. They were camped under tents and huts camouflaged with mesquite branches and cacti. Some told authorities they had been there sleeping on pieces of cardboard with little food or water for at least a week. It was unclear whether any of those arrested Thursday afternoon were guides suspected of guarding the immigrants, Border Patrol spokesman Danny Tirado told The McAllen Monitor. A short time later, Border Patrol arrested 132 immigrants found in two buildings on a property in Alton, about 8 miles west...
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant says mayor’s minimum wage panel is ‘deadlocked’

    04/18/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Connelly
    Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage advisory committee is “deadlocked,” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Friday, with the socialist officeholder pledging she will now work to “build a strong coalition in the streets.” Sawant and two other left-leaning City Council members sit on the panel, which is co-chaired by business leader Howard S. Wright III, CEO of Seattle Hospitality Group, and Service Employees Union leader David Rolf, the city’s most able labor leader. The statement by Sawant comes amids increasing indications that Seattle voters will have the final say on on the minimum wage issue. And, like Washington voters...
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • Report: Users of White Power Website Have Committed Nearly 100 Murders

    04/17/2014 2:36:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 64 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/17/14 | Lisa Riordan Seville
    Registered users of the Internet’s largest white supremacist forum – dubbed “a magnet for the deadly and deranged” -- have carried out nearly 100 murders in the past five years, a group that tracks “hate groups” reported Thursday. The report by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center found users of Stormfront.org, which advocates “white power,” have been disproportionately responsible for some of the most deadly hate crimes and mass killings since the site’s founding in 1995. “Stormfront is the murder capital of the racist Internet,” said Heidi Beirich, report author and Intelligence Project director. “It has been a magnet for...
  • PHILLIPS: What did Harry Reid know and when did he know it? (Bundy Ranch)

    04/16/2014 2:47:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/14/14 | Judson Phillips
    **SNIP** The current head of the Bureau of Land Management is Neil Kornze, who was hand-picked by Harry Reid. Until 2011, Kornze was on Harry Reid’s Senate staff. All of this raises a fascinating, if circumstantial, case. It is a case that merits investigation. There are many questions that need to be asked. Such as, who ordered the initial raid? Why did Clark County sell land to ENN at far below its fair value? Who ordered the BLM show of force? Why did the BLM impose a no-fly zone over the Bundy Ranch so the media could not get video...
  • HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell entangled in MetLife lawsuit - Signature is on ‘misstatements’

    04/16/2014 2:38:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/15/14 | Jim McElhatton
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s nominee to lead the country’s health care overhaul, remains entangled in a lawsuit brought by shareholders of MetLife accusing her of misleading investors as a director of one of the country’s biggest insurance companies. The federal lawsuit, filed in New York, says the company used a Social Security death index to stop making payments when beneficiaries died, but the company wasn’t as diligent about using the database to track deaths of its policyholders, which triggers payouts, the lawsuit said. Last year, a judge refused to toss a federal lawsuit against the company, including claims against...
  • SIMMONS: Food police are leaving your school kids unfed

    04/15/2014 2:05:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/14/14 | Deborah Simmons
    **SNIP** So instead of serving foods they do like, including french fries, some school authorities participating in the taxpayer-funded National School Lunch Program have decided to make smart choices on their own — and that No. 1 choice is to opt out of the program. One Illinois superintendent, of the Monticello School District, recently lamented to The News-Gazette that “The guidelines require us to serve items like three orange vegetables a week. Can you name three orange vegetables?” said Vic Zimmerman. “Squash, sweet potatoes, they wouldn’t eat them. Kids like carrots but not three times a week. You’ve got to...
  • Russia Tests Multi-Warhead ICBM

    04/15/2014 1:30:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/14/14 | Bill Gertz
    Russia’s military carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday amid growing tensions with the United States over the crisis in Ukraine. The SS-27 Mod 2 road-mobile ICBM was launched around 2:40 a.m. EST from Russia’s Plesetsk launch facility, located about 500 miles north of Moscow. “The main purpose of the launch is to validate the reliability of a batch of this class of missiles made at the Votkinsk Plant,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov told state-run Interfax-AVN. An unspecified number of simulated nuclear warheads landed at an impact range on the Kura test...
  • Cardio link eyed in race deaths at Rock ’n’ Roll half marathon (Two die in Raleigh)

    04/14/2014 2:47:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    News Observer ^ | 4/13/14 | Martha Quillin
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Two runners who died Sunday morning as participants in the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon may fit the profile of the most common fatalities in such events, according to a Duke sports medicine specialist: men in their 30s with pre-existing, undiagnosed cardio abnormalities. Saying the runners’ families wanted privacy, race organizers did not release the names of the men who died or give any indication of their causes of death. “We regret to confirm that two participants passed away at today’s half-marathon,” said Dr. P.Z. Pearce, the event’s medical director. “We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses,...
  • Sebelius: Health Care Launch 'Terribly Flawed'

    04/13/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/13/14
    Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the administration's own predictions that the new health care law's online sign-up system would be ready by Oct. 1 were "just flat out wrong." Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview airing Sunday the health care website's launch was "terribly flawed and terribly difficult." She says that eight-week period was her low point of her tenure. Sebelius last week announced her resignation. She says she wanted to give President Barack Obama enough time to bring in a new health chief.
  • (Exempt) Harry Reid blocks Republican request to pass bill cracking down on rapists

    04/12/2014 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/11/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled a Friday session that won't have any votes, rejecting Republican and Democratic requests that he allow a vote on a bill that would allow rape kits to be processed more quickly. “Debbie Smith is an extraordinary woman and an effective advocate," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. "She's personally asked me, John Cornyn and others to pass this critically important legislation that bears her name, and it's deeply disappointing that the majority leader is blocking it from reaching the president's desk. I will fight to get this done for...
  • (Exempt) Obama at (snitch) Sharpton Event: Voter ID Supporters Are 'the Real Frauds'

    04/12/2014 4:12:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/12/14 | Tony Lee
    Speaking at Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention on Friday in New York City, President Barack Obama revealed that he believes voter fraud does not exist, everyone who wants to should be able to vote, even if they cannot provide identifying documentation, and Republicans are plotting to take the franchise away from minorities. Obama, who hails from a city known for the Daley Machine and its "vote early and vote often" slogan, ripped Republicans for trying to preserve the integrity of the ballot by reducing voter fraud and requiring voter IDs. He made the accusation that there is a "well-organized...
  • More defendants could be charged in (Democrat) Leland Yee case, feds say

    04/10/2014 6:27:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Federal authorities said today that they are likely within the next three months to announce additional charges and new defendants in the criminal case that involves Sen. Leland Yee and more than two dozen others accused of various crimes including running guns, selling drugs and arranging murder-for-hire. "While investigation by the Grand Jury is necessarily secret... it makes good sense to generally notify the Court and opposing counsel that additional charges and, potentially, additional defendants are inevitable," prosecutors wrote in a court filing today. Authorities continue to investigate possible racketeering and criminal violations and hope to return additional indictments in...
  • At (snitch) Sharpton Convention, Fans Dismiss ‘Rat’ Charges

    04/10/2014 1:51:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Observer ^ | 4/09/14 | Darren Sands
    The National Action Network’s annual National Convention kicked off this morning at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on the heels of a report by The Smoking Gun on Rev. Al Sharpton’s alleged role as an FBI informant. The New York Post and Daily News both responded with front page headlines yesterday that called Mr. Sharpton, the president and founder of the civil rights organization, a “snitch” and a “rat.” For some of the attending civil rights activists, many of whom had traveled from across the country for the week-long convention, the treatment was another reminder of the uphill...
  • Toyota recalls 6.5 MILLION cars because airbags may fail, steering columns might break

    04/09/2014 2:20:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/09/14
    Toyota is recalling more than 6.5milllion cars -including 35,000 in the UK - after it discovered a number of faults. The car manufacturer found in some models airbags can deactivate, seats may move and steering columns could break, the company said today. The models involved are the RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and the Urban Cruiser.
  • (RAT) Lawmaker Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges

    04/08/2014 4:43:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 4/08/14
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Yee entered his pleas in federal court to one count of conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and illegally import firearms; one count of conspiring to defraud citizens of honest services; and six counts of engaging in a scheme to defraud citizens of honest services. The San Francisco Democrat is accused of conspiring...
  • U.S. has not determined legal authority to delay Obamacare mandate

    04/08/2014 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/08/14 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration has not determined whether it has legal authority to delay Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, told U.S. lawmakers the administration sees no reason for delay given that the law allows for exemptions and provides financial assistance for those unable to afford health coverage on their own. He said the provision also underpins reforms that protect sick people from discriminatory market practices. "If we don't believe that...
  • Eric Holder refers Congress to Treasury for legal basis of Obamacare delays (Pelosi knew)

    04/08/2014 3:29:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/08/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder told a House panel that lawmakers interested in knowing the legal basis for President Obama's delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate should look to the Treasury Department for answers. "The Treasury Department had looked at it and determined that there was a legal basis [for the mandate delay]," Holder told Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. "I think I would refer you to that document," he also said when asked for Justice Department analysis. Holder said that the Justice Department generally does not disclose the legal analyses provided to the...
  • NBC leans forward toward union-busting, NLRB says

    04/08/2014 3:20:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/08/14 | Sean Higgins
    National Labor Relations Board members ruled Monday that NBC Universal, the parent company of the namesake TV network and the cable news channel MSNBC, was illegally refusing to deal with its employees' union, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. It ordered the company to "cease and desist" avoiding the union. "[T]he Respondent has been failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith with the exclusive collective-bargaining representative of its unit employees and has engaged in unfair labor practices," ruled a three-member NLRB majority. The announcement is ironic given that MSNBC has remade itself as a liberal...
  • Obama backs down on cuts to Medicare (House floor protest by RATS)

    04/08/2014 2:54:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    PressTV ^ | 4/08/14
    The Obama administration on Monday canceled planned cuts to Medicare Advantage amid a drumbeat of election-year opposition from Democrats. The cuts would have reduced the benefits that seniors receive from insurance plans in the program, which offers an alternative to traditional Medicare. The reversal came as a relief to many Democrats, who feared the cuts would create a backlash among seniors in the midterm elections. “In many parts of the country, including New York, Medicare Advantage works very well. They’ve shouldered their share already and this proposed cut would have been disproportionate, hurting seniors who would lose doctors or pay...
  • (Former San Diego RAT Mayor) Bob Filner finishes house arrest, still on probation

    04/07/2014 5:21:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    10 News ^ | 4/07/14
    SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner today was free to leave his downtown residential building for the first time in three months, having completed 90 days of house arrest. The period of home confinement, which included GPS monitoring, was the result of the 71-year-old's guilty pleas last fall to false imprisonment and battery, stemming from allegations of sexual harassment by three women. The improprieties led the former Democratic congressman to leave office last Aug. 30. Though no longer on house arrest, Filner remains on three years probation.
  • California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers, including Leland Yee

    04/07/2014 4:54:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 4/07/14
    The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases. The Senate removed pictures, video clips and legislative archives over the weekend involving Democratic Sens. Rod Wright of Los Angeles, Ron Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco. All that remains on the websites is information about their Senate districts. The three men have lost the rights and privileges of a senator, which include having a Senate-maintained website, said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
  • Harry Reid Took Money from Koch Lobbyist

    04/07/2014 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/07/14 | Andrew Stiles
    Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to the list of Senate Democrats who have benefitted from Koch money. In fact, he might as well pay one of his grandchildren to stitch Koch insignias onto his suit to denote their sponsorship: According to campaign finance records, former Koch Industries lobbyist Robert P. Hall III donated $500 to Reid’s campaign in 2003. Hall worked for Koch Industries from 1998 to 2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He was previously a lobbyist for INVISTA, the Koch Industries subsidiary that Democrats are targeting in their latest campaign to “other” the...
  • For Dems, a problem with seniors

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who...
  • Nearly 100 arrested in California spring break street brawl

    04/06/2014 3:06:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/06/14
    About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into an out-of-control street brawl, authorities said. The violence broke out in the densely populated beachside community of Isla Vista around 9:30 p.m. Saturday during the annual spring break party known as Deltopia, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said things escalated after a University of California, Santa Barbara police officer was hit in the face with a backpack filled with large bottles of alcohol.
  • (Tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel didn’t pay rent on Harlem office but state bailed him out

    04/06/2014 3:01:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/06/14 | Michael Gartland
    New York City’s longest-serving congressman won’t pay his rent. State taxpayers were stiffed out of at least $87,000 when Rep. Charles Rangel stopped paying for the district office he rents in Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, records ­obtained by The Post show. His staffers’ excuse? They lost the lease, according to state Office of General Services correspondence. “I finally heard back from Congressman Rangel’s office and it seems we haven’t gotten the signed lease back because they lost it!” OGS real-estate specialist Sydney Allen wrote in a July 30, 2013, e-mail to a colleague that was ­obtained...
  • Democrats say White House won’t delay Obamacare employer mandate again (penalty “integral”)

    04/06/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/06/14 | Adam Edelman
    Democrats fought back Sunday against claims from a former Obama aide that the White House might delay Obamacare’s employer mandate. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi called the mandate, which requires businesses with between 50 and 100 employees to provide health insurance for workers or face a penalty, “integral.” “Of all the things I want to say about the Affordable Care Act, Robert Gibbs' opinion, I don't know who his clients are or what his perspective is, but we are celebrating the fact that we have over 7 million who have signed up,” the California Democrat said on CNN’s “State...
  • Dozens of TVs reported missing from uptown arena after DNC

    04/06/2014 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    WBTV ^ | 4/02/14 | Pamela Escobar
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Democratic National Convention has been over for 18 months, but it's still fresh in the mind of one company who filed a police report saying it can't find $75,000 worth of equipment. LG Electronics spoke with WBTV and explained why it decided to tell police now. The DNC ended in September 2012. LG electronics based in New Jersey had hundreds and hundreds of displays for delegates and convention participants. "A number of the products were sold on site and after the event. But the majority were returned to our warehouse they came back safe and...
  • Reid Contributor Hopes to Toss Remaining Campaign Finance Limits (Whittemore to get prison)

    04/06/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/04/14 | Niels Lesniewski
    A man convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would like to make a nightmare of one of the Nevada Democrat’s top lieutenants come true — by eliminating all campaign contribution limits. **SNIP** In a bit of irony perhaps, the same day that the Supreme Court issued the decision in the McCutcheon case, attorneys for Nevada developer and lobbyist Harvey Whittemore filed an appellate brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of the Appeals, seeking to overturn a federal conviction on illegal campaign contributions. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that Wednesday was the deadline for Whittemore’s filing....
  • US Steel idles Indiana mill due to lack of ore (& climate change)

    04/05/2014 6:27:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/05/14
    GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off its access to vital iron ore and other raw materials. The company said in a letter to its customers that it has idled the Gary Works complex's blast furnaces and steelmaking operations "due to unforeseen and unprecedented ice conditions on the Great Lakes" after the Midwest's frigid winter, The Times of Munster reported (http://bit.ly/QMW0D4 ). "These severe ice conditions have not occurred on the Great Lakes for more than three decades," the letter states. Treacherous ice...
  • How should Democrats deal with Obamacare in 2014?

    04/05/2014 3:34:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/05/14 | Jacqueline Alemany
    For Senate Democrats running this year in Republican-leaning states, their struggle with how to deal with Obamacare's unpopularity left them biting their nails a bit harder after President Obama announced Tuesday that the health care law hit its 7 million enrollment goal. While the White House continues touting the benefits of the law, polls consistently show more Americans disapprove of Obamacare -- a disconnect that's not helping as Democrats try to fire up voters in their effort to fend off a potential Republican takeover of the Senate. But at a time when the economy is overwhelmingly viewed as the most...
  • Why did (California RAT) state Sen. Leland Yee escape terrorism charges?

    04/05/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/04/14 | Matthias Gafni
    Shocking enough are the allegations that a long-perceived unassuming state senator tried brokering an international arms deal with military-style rifles and rocket launchers, but Leland Yee may have narrowly escaped an even more ominous label: supporter of terrorism. Yee, whose arrest after an FBI undercover sting shook the California political world last week, would likely have been charged with aiding terrorists if not for a bureaucratic label missing from the militant Filipino group that he is accused of sourcing for an international arms deal, counterterrorism experts told this newspaper. His ties to the group, whose leader has said he personally...
  • Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that...
  • Ca. Sen. Leland Yee codefendant granted bail, but not freed (RAT Keith Jackson)

    04/03/2014 5:09:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 4/03/14 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal magistrate granted bail Thursday for Keith Jackson, state Sen. Leland Yee's former fundraiser and codefendant on political corruption charges, but delayed his release to allow the prosecution to appeal. Jackson, former president of the San Francisco Board of Education, was one of 26 defendants charged last week with conspiring to commit crimes in exchange for payoffs from undercover FBI agents. He faces some of the most serious charges, including gun trafficking, drug dealing and arranging a purported murder for hire. But at a hearing Thursday morning, U.S. Magistrate Nathanael Cousins said he was convinced that...
  • Worried about Senate, (exempt) Obama calls 2014 his last campaign

    04/03/2014 2:58:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/14 | Jeff Mason
    CHICAGO - On a politically focused trip aimed at revving up his base and raising cash, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged supporters to help Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate and declared this year to be his last campaign. Buoyed by good news over his signature healthcare program, Obama touted proposals to raise the minimum wage and spur job creation that have little chance of passage in Congress during a rally with students in Michigan. Later at a fundraiser in Chicago he underscored Democratic worries about their political vulnerabilities in the Senate and House of Representatives in November...
  • FBI Searches (RAT) Sen. Leland Yee's Legislative Office Near Capitol

    04/02/2014 1:57:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/01/14 | DON THOMPSON
    FBI agents on Tuesday searched a legislative office belonging to state Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who was arrested and charged last week as part of a wider federal investigation into criminal activity in San Francisco's Chinatown. The small office is on the fifth floor of the Legislative Office Building across the street from the state Capitol, said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Senate officials discovered that the office was assigned to Yee and informed the FBI, which obtained a warrant allowing the search. Agents had searched Yee's main office in the...
  • (RAT) State Sen. Yee arms trafficking, corruption case "entrapment" suggested

    04/01/2014 2:31:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Times Herald Online ^ | 4/01/14 | Josh Richman, Aaron Kinney
    SAN FRANCISCO -- State Sen. Leland Yee, accused of trafficking in illegal weapons and fraud, could have been pushed into brokering an arms deal, his attorney said Monday. It was only toward the end of a three-year investigation that federal undercover agents pushed hard for Yee to set up an arms deal, said Yee's attorney, Paul DeMeester, after a morning federal court hearing to discuss which of Yee's assets will be used to guarantee his $500,000 bond. "Entrapment is always a defense you can consider, but we have to look at all the evidence," DeMeester said after the brief hearing....
  • Wayne State University offers college course on Detroit bankruptcy

    03/30/2014 3:40:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    M Live ^ | 3/30/14 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Wayne State administrators are using Detroit's financial calamity to teach. A new course, "Detroit: Metropolis in Transition," will be offered by the the Department of Urban Studies and Planning beginning this summer. **SNIP** The lecture will cover Detroit's history up to present day and "issues such as the city's frustrated attempts at regionalism and its persistence as the largest metro are in the United States without a comprehensive, rail-based public transit system."
  • (RAT) Leland Yee’s campaign debt at root of criminal behavior, authorities allege

    03/30/2014 2:26:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | 3/30/14 | Jim Miller
    In more than a decade of campaigns for the California Legislature, San Francisco mayor and secretary of state, state Sen. Leland Yee raised in excess of $5 million. Yet it was a campaign debt only a fraction of that amount that federal officials allege pulled the veteran politician into a sprawling sting operation. The 137-page FBI affidavit against Yee and more than 20 other defendants says the San Francisco Democrat’s focus on retiring a $70,000 campaign debt from his unsuccessful 2011 mayor’s race and raising money for his 2014 candidacy for secretary of state led him to accept bribes in...
  • Why Patrick Cannon sting took so long (RAT mayor of Charlotte bribed before election)

    03/30/2014 9:03:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 3/27/14 | Michael Gordon
    As the corruption investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon went back underground Thursday, a nagging question hung over his embarrassed city: Couldn’t this have been known before he was elected mayor in November? According to an affidavit released this week, the FBI became aware of possible illegal activity of then-City Council member Cannon as early as August 2010. By the time Cannon was sworn in as the city’s top elected leader, undercover agents posing as real estate developers had flown him and his wife to Las Vegas and paid him almost $30,000 in bribes, prosecutors say.
  • Democrat’s Fundraising Email on Climate Change Shows Why Congress Has Deplorable Approval Rating

    03/30/2014 7:06:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 3/28/14 | Jack Shareburg
    Fundraising emails frequently offer an amusing glimpse into the thinking and strategy of a political party. Remember earlier this month when Democrat senators took to the floor for an overnight session about “climate change”? The very concerned senators warned of grave consequences of human activity, painted pictures of global catastrophe, and chided critics and “deniers” of “settled science.” And then proposed exactly zero words of legislation in a chamber they control. **SNIP** Now comes a fundraising email from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA): We must rise to the challenge, but too many people are standing in our way.
  • Shumlin: 'Don't Quit' On Single Payer Before Work Begins (Vermont RATS are nervous)

    03/30/2014 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    VPR ^ | 3/27/14 | Bob Kinzel
    **SNIP** A number of Democrats are reluctant to commit to a single payer plan before there’s a comprehensive review of the $2 billion financing system that will be needed to pay for it. Some Democratic lawmakers worry that moving to a single payer health care system in several years could be a political liability. They also want to know the details of the benefit package that will be part of a single payer program. When Senate President John Campbell raised concerns about the financing plan earlier this week, he said out loud what a number of Democrats are saying privately...
  • Daly City Dentist Accused Of Arms Trafficking In Scandal Involving (RAT) Leland Yee

    03/30/2014 4:02:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 3/29/14 | Andria Borba
    DALY CITY (KPIX 5) — A Daly City dentist was among the 26 people indicted in a corruption scandal involving State Sen. Leland Yee. Dr. Wilson Lim is accused of setting up an arms deal that involved militants in the Philippines. **SNIP** Lim allegedly asked for a list of weapons the agent wanted, and said they would come from the Philippine military in Mindinao through his nephew. Lim also allegedly claimed he could hook the agent up with leadership from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a group well known to Lim’s Filipino patients.
  • Winning $15 in Seattle – A Socialist Strategy

    03/29/2014 9:12:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Socialist Alternative ^ | 3/27/14 | Patrick Ayers
    “Onto the ballot – into the streets.” That’s the headline for the next big moment for 15 Now – a conference on April 26 to kick-off a mass campaign in Seattle to collect 50,000 signatures for a robust $15 minimum wage ballot initiative. Whether or not 15 Now will file those signatures in June, triggering a popular vote on November 4, depends on whether the City Council passes a real $15 minimum wage ordinance and will be decided by a democratic 15 Now conference in June. The credible threat of a winnable ballot initiative is the best tool – under...
  • Mainstream Media Runs Away from Democratic Chinatown Gangster/Gun-Controller Story

    03/29/2014 9:02:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/28/14 | Alec Torres
    Leland Yee should be making national headlines. A Democratic state senator from San Francisco, a statewide candidate until this week, and a rising member of Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein’s Democratic political machine, was arrested on Wednesday by the Justice Department for wire fraud, corruption, and his alleged involvement in illegal gun deal between Chinatown gangsters and Islamist militants. **SNIP** Yet four of the most prominent news outlets in America — CNN, USA Today, Politico and the Chicago Sun-Times — made no mention of the Leland Yee scandal within two days of the story breaking. When Politico finally ran a...
  • Linking California (Democratic) Sen. Yee's voting record to major donations

    03/29/2014 8:39:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 3/29/14 | John Coté
    As state Sen. Leland Yee aggressively campaigned in the 2011 San Francisco mayor's race, he blasted interim Mayor Ed Lee as beholden to City Hall power brokers with "selfish interests" and vowed to "throw them out" if elected. At the same time, Yee was allegedly soliciting $10,000 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a real estate developer who had already illegally funneled $11,000 to Yee's campaign, telling the agent to "cover your tracks," and boasting that "there's tremendous opportunity in local levels ... because whoever's gonna be the mayor controls everything." **SNIP** Instead, it's of a man driven by...
  • Louisiana's Landrieu Seeks Energy Boost in Re-Election Campaign (DRILL, exempt Mary, DRILL!)

    03/29/2014 8:12:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/28/14 | Amy Harder, Alicia Mundy
    **SNIP** She supports construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project that many Democrats oppose because of its potential climate impact. Ms. Landrieu is also pushing revenue-sharing legislation that directs more money generated from offshore energy production to coastal states like hers. Oil and natural gas fill the veins of Louisiana's economy and culture. Second only to Texas in natural-gas production and refining capacity, the state is home to the Henry Hub, a place where more than a dozen major pipelines come together and that serves as the official delivery location for futures contracts on the New York Mercantile...
  • California State Sen. Leland Yee charged with promising guns, missiles from Muslim group...

    03/27/2014 2:58:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/26/14 | Adam Edelman, Michael Sorrentino
    A California state senator has been arrested for promising shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles from a Muslim separatist group to an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign donations, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. In San Francisco, FBI agents have charged California State Sen. Leland Yee with conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud. The allegations were outlined in an FBI affidavit against Yee and 25 others. The allegations against Yee include a number of favors he requested in exchange for campaign donations, as well as performing "official acts" in exchange for donations to get himself out of a...
  • Michigan Supreme Court bans Detroit Judge Wade McCree Jr. from bench until 2021

    03/26/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    M Live ^ | 3/26/14 | Gus Burns
    DETROIT, MI -- Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade H. McCree is barred from presiding over a courtroom until January of 2021. The Michigan Supreme Court enacted a recommendation that the judge, suspended without pay since Feb. 3, 2013, be suspended from holding a judgeship for six years from Jan. 1,2015, should he be re-elected in this year's election. The 57-year-old must also pay $11,645.17 in costs, according to the Supreme Court opinion issued Wednesday.