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  • MSNBC's Chuck Todd grills Hillary Clinton over brutal State Department report

    05/26/2016 6:57:08 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/26/16 | Natasha Bertrand
    MSNBC's Chuck Todd grilled Hillary Clinton over the scathing inspector general's report released on Wednesday that determined she "did not comply" with State Department rules in using a personal email address to conduct government business. The report "seemed to contradict many of the things you've said about the emails," Todd said, before asking Clinton if she accepts everything the report said as fact. Clinton argued that the report made clear that personal email use was allowed under State Department rules, though she acknowledged she realized people have "concerns." Snip... The existence of at least three previously undisclosed email correspondences between...
  • EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappears from radar during Paris-Cairo flight

    05/18/2016 8:11:51 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 31 replies
    BNONews ^ | 5/18/16
    EgyptAir Flight MS804 has disappeared from radar during a flight from Paris to the Egyptian capital of Cairo, the airline says. At least 69 people were on board. (more) EgyptAir said in a brief statement that Flight 804, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, left Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on late Wednesday evening and was due to arrive at Cairo International Airport on early Thursday morning. Its fate is unknown.
  • Feds won't pursue contempt charges against Lerner for not testifying before House

    04/02/2015 8:41:55 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/1/15
    The Justice Department has declined to pursue contempt of Congress charges against Lois Lerner for refusing to testify about her role at the IRS in the targeting of conservative groups. The department announced the decision in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner, whose Republican-controlled chamber made the request to prosecute, after holding Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify at committee hearings. "Once again, the Obama administration has tried to sweep IRS targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs under the rug,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told Lerner asserted her Fifth Amendment privilege, which allows people to...
  • End of the lead bullet? Regulations, bans force switch to 'green' ammo

    12/18/2013 12:43:22 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 84 replies ^ | 12/18/13 | Perry Chiaramonte/
    When the last bullet-producing lead smelter closes its doors on Dec. 31, it will mark a major victory for those who say lead-based ammunition pollutes the environment, but others warn 'green' bullets will cost more, drive up copper prices and do little to help conservation The bid to ban lead bullets, seen by some as harmful to the environment, started slowly more than a decade ago. But with two dozen states, including California, banning bullets made of the soft, heavy metal, the lead bullet's epitaph was already being written when the federal government finished it off. First, the military announced...
  • Military retirees: You betrayed us, Congress

    12/12/2013 11:24:42 AM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 182 replies ^ | 12/13/13 | Jennifer Liberto
    <p>Military retirees are outraged that Congress will start voting Thursday on a budget deal that trims military pensions, calling the move "an egregious breach of faith."</p> <p>The Military Coalition, some 27 military groups, wrote to leaders in Congress and President Obama late Wednesday about their "strong objection" and "grave concern" over the budget deal.</p>
  • Just Wow... CBS News breaks story, WH blames Republicans

    11/01/2013 12:59:08 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 26 replies, ^ | 11/1/13 | CBS News/MSNBC
    On Drudge this morning CBS News reported a breaking story of 6 enrollees the first day of ObamaCare signups. CBS sites it's sources as the govt. itself. Now NBC reports the White House blames the report on "Republicans"...
  • Air Force general in charge of nuclear weapons removed for lack of trust

    10/11/2013 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 70 replies
    msnbc ^ | 10/11/13
    <p>The top general in charge of the U.S. Air Force's entire arsenal of nuclear weapons has been relieved of his command due to loss of trust, defense officials told NBC News.</p> <p>The officials would not say what led to the firing of Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, but said it had nothing to do with his command of the nuclear stockpile or any form of sexual impropriety.</p>
  • White House, Congress agree on something: Back-pay for federal workers

    10/04/2013 1:44:56 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 28 replies ^ | 10/4/13 | FoxNews
    At last, the White House and Congress have agreed on something. For the first time since mad-dash negotiations over the budget on Monday, the White House announced Friday that it would support a House spending bill -- this one, to provide back-pay for furloughed federal workers. "Federal workers keep the nation safe and secure and provide vital services that support the economic security of American families," the White House said in a statement. "The administration appreciates that the Congress is acting promptly to move this bipartisan legislation and looks forward to the bill's swift passage." The only other House bill...
  • WWII Vet Assaulted In N. Spokane Dies; Suspect Photos Released

    08/22/2013 4:54:19 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 33 replies ^ | 8-22-13
    Spokane Police release surveillance photos of persons of interest in the homicide of an 88 year old man, occurring in N. Spokane last night. Anyone with information about either of the suspects is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233. On 08-21-13 around 8:15pm Spokane Police responded to Eagles Lodge, 6410 N Lidgerwood on a call of an assault. When officers responded they located a 88 year-old man in his car with serious injuries to his head. He was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
  • Air Force nuclear missile unit fails key security test, in latest setback

    08/13/2013 1:32:02 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 41 replies ^ | 8/13/13
    An Air Force unit responsible for dozens of nuclear missiles failed a recent safety and security inspection -- a setback that comes just months after the Air Force temporarily sidelined 17 officers in connection with a prior inspection flop. The latest failure was recorded by the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. According to Air Force Global Strike Command, the unit received an "unsatisfactory" rating during the inspection in early August after personnel made "tactical-level errors" during an exercise. "This failure resulted in the entire inspection being graded 'unsatisfactory,'" a statement from Global Strike Command said. Commander...
  • Reports: Retired general target of leaks probe

    06/28/2013 11:56:02 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 10 replies
    <p>The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran's nuclear facilities, according to media reports.</p> <p>Retired Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright has been told he is a target of the probe, NBC News and The Washington Post reported Thursday. A "target" is someone a prosecutor or grand jury has substantial evidence linking to a crime and who is likely to be charged.</p>
  • House Committee Schedule in Next Two Weeks

    05/19/2013 7:53:53 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 19 replies ^ | 5/19/13 | Vanity
    House of Representatives Committees through June 9th - no hearings on Scandals
  • LIVE THREAD: AG Holders Testimony before House Committee– May 15, 2013 (1:00 pm EDT)

    05/15/2013 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 700 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 5/15/13
    LIVE THREAD: WH Press Briefing – May 15, 2013 (1 pm EDT) Link Here:
  • Obama calls Benghazi controversy a 'sideshow'

    05/13/2013 9:34:01 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 91 replies ^ | 5/13/13
    <p>President Obama delivered a defiant defense Monday of his administration's response to the Benghazi terror attack, calling the revived controversy over the matter a "sideshow."</p> <p>The president addressed the issue during a press conference alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is visiting Washington. Obama denied any suggestion that there was a cover-up, questioning recent reports that showed a State Department official trying to water down the administration's initial story-line on what happened the night of Sept. 11.</p>
  • Assad Confirmed Dead, Iran Attempts To Control Syria Army (?)

    By Israel News Agency Staff Jerusalem, Israel --- March 24, 2013 … Russian media sources have confirmed that Syria President Bashar Assad was shot by an Iranian bodyguard Saturday night. "The lone assassination pumped several bullets at point blank range into Assad," said the source. "Assad was rushed to Al-Shami Hospital in Damascus in critical condition. He died on the operating table from heart failure resulting from massive blood loss." An Israeli security analyst believes the report to be accurate. "In the last 24 hours have we seen Assad? Any photographs or video? No. Nor will we see any as...
  • Polygamist leader's end-of-world prophecy has citizens worried

    11/16/2012 5:32:17 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 76 replies ^ | 11/16/12 | John Hollenhorst
    COLORADO CITY — There are new indications of turmoil after an end-of-the-world prophecy from polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. Some say people are scared in the Utah-Arizona border town of Hildale/Colorado City. Reportedly, Jeffs is predicting the end-of-the-world sometime before New Year's Day. He's made similar predictions before. But, this time it's in a worrisome climate as his followers have been repeatedly warned and threatened to prove their righteousness. Many residents of Hildale & Colorado City were shocked to find three of the most prominent businesses suddenly closed- the only grocery store, the hardware store, and even a Radio Shack. Imprisoned...
  • CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya

    11/01/2012 9:51:25 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 60 replies ^ | 11-1-12
    When the bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base after the Sept. 11 attack, they were greeted by the president, the vice president and the secretaries of state and defense. Conspicuously absent was CIA Director David Petraeus. Officials close to Mr. Petraeus say he stayed away in an effort to conceal the agency's role in collecting intelligence and providing security in Benghazi. Two of the four men who died that day, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were former Navy SEAL commandos who were publicly identified as State Department...
  • Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon

    10/30/2012 7:33:26 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 40 replies ^ | 10/30/12
    Search for justice for victims of Benghazi terror attack - Video of update from Bret Baier's program today with new information - drones unarmed, video captures....
  • Storm Prompts Shifts in Voting Procedures

    10/30/2012 6:56:50 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 16 replies ^ | 10/30/12 | Bendavid and Crittenden
    Elections officials across the Northeast scrambled Tuesday to figure out how to proceed with voting next week given widespread flooding, damaged roads and power outages. With Election Day one week away, New York officials said they might have to change some polling sites. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy postponed a voter-registration deadline to Thursday from Tuesday. Maryland officials were considering the use of paper ballots if some of the state's electronic voting machines are unusable. But many state leaders said it was tough to make decisions about polling places and hours until the extent of the damage becomes clearer. "My concern...
  • 14 rescued, 2 missing from HMS Bounty off North Carolina coast

    10/29/2012 7:55:32 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 19 replies ^ | 10/29/12
    Two crewmembers remain missing from the replica tall ship HMS Bounty after the vessel got caught in Hurricane Sandy and sank off the North Carolina coast, officials told U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Michael Patterson said 14 people were rescued from life rafts roughly 90 miles offshore by two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters at about 6:30 a.m. Monday and were taken to Air Station Elizabeth City. The rescue occurred during 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas, Coast Guard officials said. Snip... The ship, which had been taking on water and was without propulsion, is a replica of the one made famous...
  • Intelligence Shows No Planning for Benghazi Consulate Attack (Barf)

    10/20/2012 6:15:15 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 26 replies ^ | 10/20/12 | Luis Martinez
    The latest intelligence assessment of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi indicates there was little if any pre-planning for it and that it was in part an opportunistic response to the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack, which has become a political hot potato in the presidential campaign with questions over when the Obama administration called the attack an act of terrorism. “Right now, there isn’t any intelligence that the attackers pre-planned their assault days or weeks in advance,” said a U.S. intelligence official....
  • More suspicious voter forms found in Florida

    09/29/2012 9:12:17 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 24 replies ^ | 9/29/12
    MIAMI — The number of Florida counties reporting suspicious voter registration forms connected to Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm hired by the state Republican Party to sign up new voters, has grown to 10, officials said, as local election supervisors continue to search their forms for questionable signatures, addresses or other identifiers.
  • Homeowner Jailed for Hosting Bible Study

    07/10/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 105 replies ^ | 7/10/12 | Todd Starnes
    A Phoenix man who violated city zoning laws by hosting a Bible study in the privacy of his home has started serving a 60-day jail sentence for his crimes. Michael Salman was found guilty in the City of Phoenix Court of 67 code violations. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail along with three years of probation and a $12,180 fine. A spokesperson for the city attorney confirmed that Salman reported to a county jail Monday afternoon. Members of Salman’s Bible study group posted video of their teacher as he self-reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It was...
  • Executive Order: Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions

    07/07/2012 9:28:51 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 261 replies
    White House Press Release ^ | 7/6/12 | White House
    For Immediate Release July 06, 2012 Executive Order -- Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ASSIGNMENT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTIONS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and...
  • Obama Administration Blocks Law Requiring Texas Residents to Show Photo ID Before Voting

    03/12/2012 9:04:52 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 142 replies ^ | 3-12-12
    The Justice Department is objecting to a new photo ID law in Texas for voters, saying the state has failed to demonstrate that the the law is not discriminatory by design against Hispanic voters. The department's head of the civil rights division, Tom Perez, wrote a a six-page letter to Texas' director of elections saying that Texas has not "sustained its burden" under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to show that the new law will not have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. About 11 percent of Hispanic voters reportedly lack state-issued identification. Perez wrote that while the...
  • Josh Powell dies in home explosion (along with the bodies of two children)

    02/05/2012 2:12:25 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 33 replies ^ | 2/5/12
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Sunday afternoon, an explosion occurred at the home of Josh Powell. Brother-in-law, Kirk Graves, confirms that Powell was killed in the explosion. King 5 TV in Seattle reports that Powell had visitation with his two sons -- who live with their grandparents Chuck and Judy Cox -- at the time of the explosion. According to the report, the caseworker, who was outside at the time, smelled gas just before the explosion. Firefighters recovered two bodies that appear to be children. More details will be released as made available.
  • Poll: Nine-point bounce for Obama after bin Laden news (Barf)

    05/03/2011 1:33:16 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 16 replies
    msnbc ^ | 5/3/11 | Carrie Dann
    Less than 48 hours after President Barack Obama announced the death of the man who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, one new poll shows the president’s approval rating has jumped up by nine points, with Americans’ opinions of his handling of terrorism reaching the highest point during Obama’s presidency. The overnight poll, conducted by The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center, found that 56 percent of respondents approve of Obama’s performance as president, up nine points from similar polls last month. That boost includes a substantial bump of 10 points among independents. The poll, conducted Monday night, offers a first...
  • Police Probe Videotaped Beating Posted Online Incident Happened At Rosedale McDonald's Restaurant

    04/22/2011 2:24:48 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 51 replies · 3+ views
    BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. -- Baltimore County police are currently investigating a beating at a McDonald's restaurant in Rosedale that was recorded and posted online. The video was shot Monday evening and posted Thursday at The disturbing video shows two black women beating up a white woman inside the McDonald's restaurant in the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue. Baltimore County police said officers were called to the restaurant around 8 p.m. Monday after getting reports of a fight. Officers said they found a 22-year-old woman who appeared to be having a seizure. Witnesses told police that the woman had been...
  • Video of beating in a Baltimore County McDonald's goes viral

    04/22/2011 1:28:00 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 103 replies · 1+ views
    A video of a vicious beating at a Baltimore County McDonald's restaurant went viral Friday, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on various websites and prompting the fast food giant to issue a statement condemning the incident. The video was apparently first posted to YouTube, then taken down by administrators who said it violated the site's policies. But it sprung back up on various sites and was ultimately linked from the popular Drudge Report, which gave it top billing for much of the day. By mid-afternoon, the video had received 450,000 views on one site alone. The specific location of...
  • Did former Huntsman staffer help leak letters praising Obama, Clinton?

    04/19/2011 7:13:52 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 2 replies ^ | 4/19/11 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — There's a new twist in the Washington guessing game about who leaked would-be White House contender Jon Huntsman Jr.'s letters praising President Barack Obama and the Clintons. A Republican insider said Lisa Roskelley, the former Utah governor's spokeswoman while he was in office, was spotted at the state archives a few weeks ago going through Huntsman's personal, handwritten correspondence. "There are plenty of people out there trying to discredit Jon Huntsman right now. I'm not one of them." -Lisa Roskelley, Huntsman's former spokeswoman Roskelley, accompanied by an unidentified helper, was listed as the executive of R-PAC,...
  • Father of The 5 Browns faces sex abuse charges

    02/15/2011 5:35:05 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 9 replies
    deseret news ^ | 2/15/2011 | Steve Fidel
    ALPINE — The father of The 5 Browns performing group faces felony child sex abuse charges that were filed several days before he and his wife were critically injured in a spectacular car crash Monday evening. Keith Scott Brown, 55, was charged in 4th District Court on Feb. 10 with one count of sodomy on a child, a first degree felony, and two counts of sex abuse of a child, a second degree felony. Police have been working on the case for several months, and that the resulting charges are part of a plea agreement Brown was expected to plead...
  • North Korea reportedly OKs nuclear inspectors

    12/19/2010 9:03:26 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 6 replies ^ | 12-19-10 | Sarah Turner
    North Korea has reportedly agreed to let United Nations nuclear inspectors back into the country. The deal has been made as part of an attempt to ease tensions on the Korean peninsular, according to the reports...
  • Nancy Pelosi scrambles to thwart rebellion

    11/15/2010 5:37:00 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 9 replies ^ | 11-15-10 | JONATHAN ALLEN
    Nancy Pelosi is getting the first test of her might under the new Democratic reality as she scrambles to extinguish a rebellion against her power to appoint lieutenants to top party posts. Realizing they don’t have the votes to knock the defeated speaker from the top perch in party leadership, moderate Blue Dog Democrats have set their sights a little lower, targeting liberal Pelosi enforcers George Miller (D-Calif.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), all of whom hold influential jobs because Pelosi has installed them. Pelosi has already faced down challenges to her authority from a diverse set of...
  • Pelosi: ‘We Didn’t Lose Because of Me’

    11/12/2010 1:28:29 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 39 replies ^ | 11-12-11 | Patrick Oconner
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has the “overwhelming support” of fellow Democrats in her bid to become minority leader in the next Congress, and says she’s not to blame for the Democrats’ mid-term debacle. Getty Images Nancy Pelosi“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.” Instead, the California Democrat attributes the loss of at least 60 seats to high unemployment and “$100 million of outside, unidentified funding.” “Any party that cannot turn (9.5% unemployment) into political gains should hang up...
  • Rate board denies struggling USPS request for rate increase, higher fees fought by industry

    09/30/2010 8:33:51 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 70 replies ^ | 9/30/10 | Natasha T. Metzler
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The independent panel that oversees the U.S. Postal Service has denied the agency's request to increase the cost of mailing a letter by 2 cents - to 46 cents. The Postal Regulatory Commission announced its decision rejecting the requested price hike at a news conference Thursday. In July, the Postal Service proposed raising first-class postage from 44 cents to 46 cents as part of a strategy for dealing with a worsening financial crisis. The Postal Service lost $3.8 billion last year, and the agency has been seeking other rate increases as well, including higher fees for periodicals,...
  • Goldman Sachs Goes Republican Pro-GOP Tide seen as Anti-Wall Street

    09/14/2010 10:15:40 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 14 replies ^ | 9/14/10 | Ray Sanchez
    If you needed a reminder that Wall Street and Washington make the strangest of bedfellows, new research shows that Goldman Sachs donated more money to Republicans than Democrats for the first time in decades. The latest data from the Washington D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics shows that Goldman has doled out roughly $914,000 to Republican candidates compared to about $776,000 to Democrats in this year's election cycle. "I think that Wall Street and other large donors have become not too much unlike the electorate at large – sort of willing to change," said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of the Cook...
  • Breaking News: 2 Yemenis Held in Dutch Terror Probe Freed Without Charge

    09/01/2010 9:39:05 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 20 replies ^ | 9/1/10
    Headline only...
  • Glenn Beck's Rally Panned by Civil Rights Leaders, Kicks Off Tea Party Rallies

    08/21/2010 4:14:13 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 52 replies ^ | 8/20/10 | HUMA KHAN
    Forty-seven years after Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a different type of rally will be convening there. And it is already causing national uproar. The controversial Fox News host's comments against some churches provokes anger.Conservative commentator Glenn Beck's plans to host a "Restoring Honor" rally on Aug. 28 to "celebrate America" has brought objections from some civil rights leaders, who say picking the anniversary of King's speech is a deliberate way to distort King's message. Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network -- which...
  • Woman injured at Mehserle verdict gathering as protesters stop bus, police mass

    07/08/2010 7:01:44 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 12 replies
    Oakland Local ^ | 7/8/10 | Eric Arnold
    A woman was struck by a police vehicle reversing during a protest near Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland, near an intersection where about 200 demonstrators had gathered and forced an AC transit bus to turn around. The woman was injured at 5:40 p.m., according to witnesses. After being struck, she lay on the ground, writhing in pain. A woman attended to her while police stood by, trying to keep the crowd back. A man who described himself as a friend of the injured woman said 30 minutes after the incident that an ambulance was on the way. “I know...
  • Custard Manager Asks Biden to Lower Taxes: Joe Ignores Him - Eats his Free Ice Cream |

    06/26/2010 6:17:56 PM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 22 replies
    What a jerk. Joe Biden was in Greenfield, Wisconsin for a fundraiser for Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI). He and his entourage stop by Kopp's Custard Stand. Biden donns a two-corner hat, gets behind the counter and does something unuseful. We see him with a cone of yummy-looking frozen custard. He loses the hat and tries to pay. The smiling Manager tells him the custard is comp'd, then asks Biden to "lower taxes." Biden doesn't even look the guy's way. He completely ignores him and walks away. Arrogant, rude, brutish and uncalled for behavior.
  • High Court Sides With Skilling, Black

    06/24/2010 8:46:34 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 16 replies ^ | 6/24/2010 | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court found fault Thursday with the federal government's high-profile convictions of Enron's Jeffrey Skilling and former media mogul Conrad Black, rejecting the government's use of a key white-collar crime law on which part of the prosecutions were based. Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in April 2006. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday found fault with the federal government's convictions of Enron's Jeffrey Skilling and former media mogul Conrad Black. The justices sent the cases back to two different lower courts to determine whether portions of Messrs. Skilling and Black's convictions should be thrown out. In ruling for...
  • Goldman charged with fraud over Paulson CDO trade (Shares drop 10% after SEC files lawsuit)

    04/16/2010 8:49:07 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 81 replies · 1,900+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Goldman Sachs & Co. and one of its vice presidents for defrauding investors by misstating and omitting key facts about a financial product related to subprime mortgages. The SEC alleged in a lawsuit that Goldman structured and marketed a collateralized debt obligation that hinged on the performance of subprime residential mortgage-backed securities. However, it failed to disclose the role that a major hedge fund, Paulson & Co., played in the portfolio selection process as well as the fact that the hedge fund had taken a short position against...
  • Mom, newborn triplets found dead on floor Police believe no one knew she was pregnant

    02/03/2010 8:51:49 AM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 21 replies · 1,286+ views
    MSNBC.COM ^ | 2/3/10
    SHELTON, Conn. - A Connecticut woman and her newborn triplets have been found dead at home after she gave birth there. The Connecticut Post newspaper reported the woman's mother found her and the three baby boys on the floor when she returned Tuesday afternoon to the home in Shelton. Frances Hope told The Associated Press she didn't know whether her 26-year-old daughter was aware she was pregnant. Police said it appears no one in the family knew about the woman's pregnancy. Emergency medical workers who were called to the home found the woman unresponsive. Officials wouldn't reveal her name. They...
  • ‘Substantial’ casualties ...Haiti Presidential palace, parliament, national cathedral destroyed

    01/12/2010 6:25:04 PM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 60 replies · 3,954+ views ^ | 1/12/09
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A powerful earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing the presidential palace and raising fears of substantial casualties in what the country’s U.S. ambassador called “a major disaster.” President René Garcia Préval was reported to be safe, but Radio Metropole of Port-au-Prince, the capital, quoted a government official as saying there were “certainly dozens of deaths.” A reporter for the Reuters news agency in Port-au-Prince said he saw dozens of dead and injured people in the rubble, which blocked streets in the city. Numerous public buildings were destroyed along with the palace, including the...
  • Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones $26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq

    12/17/2009 7:36:14 AM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 526+ views ^ | 12/17/09 | SIOBHAN GORMAN, YOCHI J. DREAZEN and AUGUST COLE
    WASHINGTON -- Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations. Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber -- available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet -- to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter. U.S. officials...
  • Obama Pitches Jobs Program, Points Finger at GOP for Economic Mess (Stay calm!)

    12/08/2009 10:51:55 AM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 22 replies · 733+ views ^ | 12/8/09
    President Obama used his speech rolling out a stimulus-style jobs program Tuesday to point the finger at Republicans for allegedly facilitating the economic crisis and then foisting it off on his administration to solve. While praising his own team for pioneering "ambitious" financial reform and "sweeping" economic recovery initiatives, the president took some pointed shots at Republicans who are now blasting the latest package as a spend-crazy "stimulus two" that will drill deeper into the deficit.
  • Philippines political violence leaves 21 dead

    11/23/2009 9:50:48 AM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 6 replies · 356+ views ^ | 11/23/09
    Twenty-one politicians and journalists who were abducted in the southern Philippines have been found dead. The group was seized on the island of Mindanao by armed men as they tried to file nomination papers for a candidate in local elections next year. More members of the group are missing, feared dead. Elections in the Philippines are often marred by violence, particularly in the south, where clashes connected to local rivalries and insurgencies erupt. SNIP.... Mr Mangudadatu was reportedly planning to challenge local clan leader Datu Andal Ampatuan for the governor's office in the mainly Muslim province.
  • Fort Hood shooter is conscious and talking at Army hospital

    11/09/2009 10:52:55 AM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 25 replies · 1,178+ views
    MSNBC.COM ^ | 11/9/09
    FORT HOOD, Texas - A radical American imam on Yemen's most wanted militant list who had contact with two 9/11 hijackers on Monday praised alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as a hero on his personal Web site. The posting on the Web site for Anwar al Awlaki, who was a spiritual leader at two mosques where three 9/11 hijackers worshipped, said American Muslims who condemned the attacks on the Texas military base last week are hypocrites who have committed treason against their religion. Awlaki said the only way a Muslim can justify serving in the U.S. military...
  • Alleged Gunman Paralyzed

    11/06/2009 7:33:15 AM PST · by Sleeping Freeper · 145 replies · 4,036+ views ^ | 11/6/09 |
    Witnesses to Thursday's massacre at Fort Hood said alleged shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan appeared calm and shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire at a crowd of young soldiers, pausing only to reload before he was taken down by a female officer who is being hailed as a hero. SNIP... The massacre ended when Hasan was shot several times by a civilian security guard. Hasan survived the shootout, but ABC News has learned that he has been left paralyzed by his injuries. SNIP.... Cone said wounded first responder Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who exchanged gunfire with Hasan and managed to shoot...
  • Game Show First: Gays on 'The Newlywed Game' 'Star Trek' Star and Partner as First Gay Couple

    10/13/2009 8:25:08 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 69 replies · 2,428+ views ^ | 10/13/09 | SARAH SARGENTI
    Old show, new era: the first gay couple will compete on "The Newlywed Game" today on the Game Show Network. Actor George Takei and his partner Brad Altman talk about the landmark episode.George Takei -- who played Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek" -- and his partner, Brad Altman, will be the first gay contestants on the show that has been on and off TV since its primetime premiere on ABC in 1967. The game show, currently hosted by singer Carnie Wilson, has newly married couples compete against each other in a series of question rounds to determine how well the...