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  • House Hacking Suspects’ Father Transferred Data To Pakistani Government, Ex-Partner Claims

    04/19/2018 7:39:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 4/19/18 | Luke Rosiak, Wajid Ali Syed
    FAISALABAD, Pakistan — The father of Imran Awan — an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made “unauthorized access” to House servers — transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the father’s ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged. Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.” Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when...
  • An Epic Power Struggle: Government Fights Tech Industry

    04/12/2018 5:23:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2018 | Scott Rasmussen
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill is merely the latest round in an ongoing power struggle between official Washington and the tech industry. It's a struggle that stems from a core reality identified years ago by Harvard's Nicco Mele. "The devices and connectivity so essential to modern life put unprecedented power in the hands of every individual." Empowering individuals is great for everyone except for those elite officials who used to wield more power over the rest of us. "Radical connectivity is toxic to traditional power structures." As Mele describes it, smartphones and other tech innovations have led...
  • Nearly 200 Dems Vote Against Bill to Protect Babies Who Survive Abortions

    01/19/2018 2:53:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Friday marks the 45th March for Life in Washington, D.C. Tens of thousands of pro-life activists have arrived in the nation's capital to defend the rights of unborn children. What better day to pass a piece of legislation that protects those precious lives. PASSED: The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. All life is worthy of our protection, and as representatives of the people, it is our responsibility to make sure our laws reflect that. pic.twitter.com/kQtuMg2Esm— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) January 19, 2018 The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act passed by a vote of 241-183. Many would agree that it's not only...
  • MYSTERY: Awan Brothers Court Date Disappears From Calendar After Being Postponed Twice

    12/28/2017 8:29:29 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 38 replies
    gatewaypundit ^ | December 28, 2017 | by Joshua Caplan
    Another day, another plot twist to the 'Awan Brothers,' story. Daily Caller reporter Luke Rosiak discovered Thursday that the Awan brothers' next court date, scheduled for January 8th, 2018, disappeared from the calendar. "Strange: The next #AwanBrothers court date was supposed to be January 8 (after being postponed twice) but it is not showing on the court's calendar as of now," tweeted Rosiak on Thursday. News of the disappearing court date comes amid a report suggesting Imran Awan ran a car dealership that may have fronted as an overseas money laundering operation. Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller reports: "On...
  • The Tipping Point

    12/15/2017 9:38:29 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Congressman Marsha Blackburn
    The time is now to make a change. Regardless of their career, women have had it with being diminished, condescended to, passed over, and belittled. They have had it with inappropriate touching, leering words, innuendos, and emotional or verbal abuse. Regardless if it’s the entertainment world, a school, a doctor’s office, a bank, or Capitol Hill, women have a right to expect behavioral decency in the workplace. Throughout my career, whether in the private or public sector, I have sought to encourage women in the workplace. An acceptance of seediness and vulgarity has seeped into our culture, and now it...
  • My Experience With the ‘Good Ol’ Boy’ Culture, and What I’m Doing About It Now

    12/12/2017 10:21:28 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Congressman Diane Black
    America is having a reckoning and it’s long overdue. I’m talking about the movement to hold sexual harassers accountable for their actions. This important movement is now shaking the halls of power in Congress and state capitols and I am determined to help lead it. I remember my first year in the Tennessee House of Representatives. It was 1998, and having spent my career as a nurse and an educator, I had a lot to learn about the legislative process. I immediately figured out that the state House had a “good ol' boy” culture - and learned about the inappropriate...
  • Blackburn: We're Going to Release Names of Congressmen Who Used 'Hush Fund'

    11/30/2017 10:05:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 111 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Americans were rightfully outraged when they learned that members of Congress had used taxpayer dollars to pay settlement claims to alleged victims of sexual harassment.They were even more outraged when they saw the numbers. The secret payouts for harassment claims, of which there have been more than 200, amounted to more than $17 million. There's no telling so far how much of that money went to silence sexual assault accusers.Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is seeking to release the names of lawmakers who used this "hush fund." She's a co-sponsor of the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, which would...
  • Kathleen Rice: Why Is Everyone in the Private Sector Held Accountable While DC Runs Wild?

    11/30/2017 9:50:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Democrat Kathleen Rice is as fed up with Washington D.C. as the rest of the country. During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper Wednesday night, Rice fumed about the double standard between the private sector and taxpayer funded politicians being protected on Capitol Hill. "It's that kind of response that leads everyday Americans to say, 'What is going on in Washington? Why is everyone in the private sector held accountable and yet when the same kind of behavior is exposed in Washington D.C., they circle the wagons and protect their own?'" Rice said. "I for one am not going to...
  • Congresswoman Walks Out of Dem Conference Meeting, Says Sexual Harassment Isn't Being Addressed

    11/29/2017 10:14:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2017 | Lauretta Brown
    Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) exhibited mounting frustration Wednesday with the inaction on Capitol Hill in light of the recent sexual allegations. She has called for the resignation of both Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and even walked out of the House Democrats’ morning conference meeting saying harassment wasn’t being addressed seriously. “I don’t have time for meetings that aren’t real,” she told reporters. Rep. Kathleen Rice leaves House Dem meeting early, saying harassment wasn’t being addressed seriously. “I don’t have time for meetings that aren’t real.” pic.twitter.com/hoB6lAmBqX— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 29, 2017 Rice asked House...
  • 'Nothing about it felt right': More than 50 people describe sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

    11/14/2017 8:48:29 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | November 14 2017 | MJ Lee, Sunlen Serfaty, Sara Ganim and Juana Summers
    Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices -- they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss -- it could cost you your career. These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda. There is also the "creep list" -- an informal roster...
  • Shocking But Not Surprising

    10/31/2017 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if they first agree to go through counseling and mediation, possibly lasting several months. If you think that's a double standard and outrageous, it gets worse. Should a settlement occur, and many don't for the same reason women are fearful of accusing bosses in every profession, the member doesn't...
  • Never A Dull Moment

    10/29/2017 5:39:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    Whether it’s writing or doing radio, one thing you could always count on was the occasional slow news day or week. A couple of times per year, usually in August or around the holidays, Congress would go on recess and everyone’s attention would shift to more personal matters, such as spending time with family. Since November 2016, that concept has gone the way of the Dodo. There’s barely been a day, let alone a week, where someone in politics or the media weren’t declaring the end of something – be it civility, the Republic, or anything in between. The moment...
  • Indivisible, Explained: What you need to know about this grassroots groundswell

    03/10/2017 1:05:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Campaigns and Elections ^ | 3/9/2017 | Melissa Ryan
    When the 115th Congress took its first recess, members went home to their districts and in some cases to speak directly to their constituents via town halls. During recess members made news for one of two reasons: either they held a town hall which was packed with angry constituents or they opted not to hold an in-district event and were shamed by their constituents as a result. Republican members who were targeted in particular complained bitterly about organized and so-called paid protesters. They were supported by the White House in their characterization. President Trump tweeted that the protests were “planned...
  • JAMES COMEY And Rogers Refuse To Show Up On Capitol Hill TODAY For Classified Hearing!

    03/28/2017 7:35:56 AM PDT · by davikkm · 65 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    Talk about angry…I am angry! I was going to cover the hearing today March 28, 2017 on Capitol Hill of the House Intelligence Committee classified hearing of FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Rogers. HOWEVER, they sent message they would not be available today. WOW, that is outrageous! They were to be questioned about the information Rep. (R-C) Devin Nunes has discovered concerning the revelation that the Trump Transition Team has been incidentally surveilled in November and December of 2016 and January of 2017. Names of US citizens were unmasked and widely disseminated throughout the network. The unmasking of...
  • Suspect in House Democrat IT Scandal ALSO Had Access to Leaked DNC Emails

    03/10/2017 5:13:09 PM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation reported in February that three brothers who managed office IT for government officials were relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking. Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives. One of the brothers has a criminal record. Bill Clinton with Imran Awan The three brothers funneled House data to an external server. Now this… Imran Awan possessed the password to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s ipad when DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks.
  • House Staffers In Security Probe Allegedly Kept Stepmom In ‘Captivity’ To Access Offshore Cash

    03/08/2017 10:22:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Days before U.S. Capitol Police told House members that three Pakistani brothers who ran their computer networks may have stolen congressional data, their stepmother called Fairfax County, Virginia police to say the Democratic staffers were keeping her from her husband’s deathbed. A relative described her situation as being held in captivity for months while the brothers schemed to take their father’s life insurance and other assets. The brothers — who as IT professionals for Congress could read House members’ emails — allegedly used wiretapping devices on their own stepmother and threatened to abduct loved ones in Pakistan if she didn’t...
  • Three Muslim IT Staffers Fired in Security Probe of House Intelligence Members

    02/06/2017 6:31:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including...
  • EXCLUSIVE: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised By Rogue IT Staff

    02/04/2017 12:58:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 291 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-4-17 | LUKE ROSIAK
    Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computer networks without permission. Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned. Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis.
  • 'Cops as pigs' painting permanently removed from Capitol

    01/17/2017 9:50:07 AM PST · by kevcol · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 17, 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    A controversial painting depicting police officers as pigs has been permanently removed from the Capitol complex. The office of Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., — a former sheriff who officially appealed to the Architect of the Capitol that the painting be removed — confirmed to the Washington Examiner that it was taken down for good on Tuesday. The painting, done by a black Missouri teenager, was one of hundreds of winners of the Congressional Art Competition. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., hung it in the tunnel leading from the Cannon building to the Capitol complex.
  • Justice Reform Is At An Historic Crossroad

    09/13/2016 9:10:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2016 | Bob Barr
    While professional athletes like second-string NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick engage in immature “protests” over some perceived peeve with our country’s criminal justice system, Republicans in Congress are diligently working to meaningfully improve America’s justice system.  Whether they succeed in their historic effort, however, remains up in the air and its future may very well be decided this week. Currently, three bills pending in the U.S. House – the Sentencing Reform Act, the Recidivism Risk Reduction Act, and the Criminal Code Improvement Act -- remain backed by bipartisan coalitions both inside and outside the government. As anyone who has maintained even...