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  • Democratic strategist erases Twitter account after remarks about McConnell's wife

    08/07/2014 10:15:25 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/4/2014
    WASHINGTON – A Democratic operative deleted her Twitter account Monday following a series of what some called racist remarks about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao. Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, is Asian. Kathy Groob, who describes herself as an “advocate for women in politics,” sent a series of tweets related to Chao at a political event Saturday. According to WKMS, Groob sent the tweets in response to comments McConnell made at the event, in which he referred to his wife as "the only Kentucky woman who served in a president’s cabinet." In...
  • Obamacare bombshell: IT official says needs payment feature

    11/19/2013 1:19:32 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | Dan Mangan
    A crucial system for making payments to insurers from the federal Obamacare marketplace,, has yet to be built, a senior government IT official admitted Tuesday. The official, Henry Chao, visibly stunned Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) when he said under questioning that a significant fraction of that online insurance marketplace has yet to be constructed. (Read more: Low-bamacare enrollment) Getty Images Henry Chao, deputy CIO and deputy director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of Information Services, testifies during a hearing before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "We still need...
  • Live Thread: Congress Receives Update on Rollout (Obamacare)

    11/13/2013 6:32:28 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 76 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | C-span
    Cmte. Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds another in a series of hearings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rollout of the government's healthcare website. The administration says the website will be fixed by the end of November.
  • ...25 Years in Prison...Smuggling Schemes...Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States

    05/11/2011 2:32:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    NOTE The following snippet is a quote: Southern California Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Convictions in Smuggling Schemes, Including Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States LOS ANGELES—A Southern California man was sentenced this morning to 25 years in federal prison after being convicted on a series of federal charges related to schemes to smuggle many items into the United States, including surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down aircraft. Yi Qing Chen, 49, of Rosemead, California, received the 300-month sentence from United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer. Last October, following a two-week trial, a...
  • 3 Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Highly Sensitive U.S. Technology to China

    08/05/2009 1:40:48 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 14 replies · 1,019+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | August 4, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Central District of California
    LOS ANGELES—In two separate cases, three men have been sentenced to federal prison for attempting to transport sensitive and advanced U.S. technology to the People's Republic of China (PRC). Two men were sentenced yesterday, and another man linked to one of the schemes was sentenced last week to five years in prison. William Chi-Wai Tsu, 61, a Beijing resident, was sentenced yesterday to 40 months imprisonment for his role in exporting high-tech integrated circuits with military applications to the PRC. In a separate case, Tah Wei Chao, 53, of Beijing, was sentenced yesterday to 20 months imprisonment after pleading guilty...
  • Obama Tries to Stop Union Disclosure: No more sunshine on how worker dues are spent

    05/10/2009 4:48:40 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies · 890+ views ^ | May 7, 2009 | Elaine Chao
    Fifty years ago, Congress passed the landmark Landrum-Griffin Act to protect rank-and-file union members from malfeasance by union leaders. Senate hearings had uncovered serious corruption and other unethical practices inside the labor movement, and a bipartisan coalition emerged to shine the light of disclosure on union practices.Nevertheless, Democrats in Congress and in the executive branch have often attempted to undercut that law's financial reporting and disclosure requirements. Prior to reforms adopted in the George W. Bush administration, for example, one union could get away with reporting a $62 million expenditure as nothing more than "contributions, gifts, and grants to local...
  • Editorial: Secretary Chao Should Block the Union Raid on Pension Funds

    01/05/2009 11:10:10 AM PST · by CampusKing · 4 replies · 716+ views
    ALG News ^ | January 5, 2009 | ALG
    "Earlier today, Americans for Limited Government announced that it had formally asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to launch an immediate investigation into a well-orchestrated plan by top union officials, environmentalists, and political interest groups to raid worker pension funds in order to push the green agenda."
  • Threat Matrix: September 2008

    09/03/2008 6:13:02 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 926 replies · 12,869+ views
    How The West Was Won The rapid and unexpected decline of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq was officially recognized this week, when Maj. Gen. John Kelly, commanding the Marine Expeditionary Force, turned operational control of Anbar Province over to the Iraqi army and police. Anbar, a vast expanse of desert the size of North Carolina, had been the stronghold of the Sunni insurgency. For years, foreign fighters loyal to al-Qaida had sneaked across Iraq's northwestern border with Syria, into Anbar and down a "rat line" of safe houses in Haditha, Ramadi and Hit. From Fallujah, the arch terrorist Zarqawi...
  • 2 Arrested With Infrared Cameras at LAX

    04/05/2008 2:11:52 PM PDT · by RDTF · 27 replies · 181+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April5, 2008 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men attempting to board a plane to China with nearly a dozen sensitive infrared cameras in their luggage were arrested on Saturday, a federal official said. Federal agents stopped the pair on the jetway as they were preparing to board the flight to Beijing. The men had been in the United States for about a week, said Rick Weir, assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office of the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security. Yong Guo Zhi, a Chinese national, and Tah Wei Chao, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were arrested...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos)1-29-2008

    01/29/2008 7:51:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 9,238+ views
    My apologies for being so late for the Dose. We had an emergency come upPresident Bush flew with Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to Baltimore MD this morning to discuss the Jericho Faith-Based and Community Initiative Program TranscriptAs promised last night, President Bush signed an executive order Protecting American Taxpayers from Government Spending on Wasteful Earmarks This evening President Bush met in the Cabinet room with Joint Chiefs and Combatant Commanders THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Secretary, thank you very much. Mr. Chairman, we're glad you're here. The Vice President and I welcome you all. One of the highlights of my year...
  • Let the sun shine on Big Labor

    08/31/2007 5:08:25 AM PDT · by Big Labor Hater · 5 replies · 368+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 31, 2007 | Washington Examiner Editorial
    When Congress comes back from its August recess in September, one of the quiet controversies lurking in the wings will move to center stage as Democrats resume their campaign to slash funding for the Office of Labor Management Standards in the Department of Labor. While this may sound like typical Washington insiders baseball, the function and operations of OLMS are anything but inconsequential — monitoring the financial disclosure compliance of labor unions. Because OLMS has been the Bush administration's chief tool for ramping up union financial accountability standards, it appeared in the Democrats' crosshairs even before their new majority in...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 9/2 - 9/3/06 (not the live thread)

    09/01/2006 3:44:27 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 47 replies · 1,759+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 9/1/06 | Network and Cable News
    Preview and Analysis of the Weekend Talk Shows for 9/2 and 9/3/06It's Labor Day weekend!  The press can now concentrate (without feeling silly) on the Fall elections.  Who cares if there's actual news that might affect the future of human existence, let alone the fortunes of the United States and all Americans?  They get to report on the horse race!Meet The Press starts off the Sunday shows in my area, so I'll talk about them first.  Lil' Timmah is back and he's got a signature MTP event - live debates.  He'll get to sit upright to ask questions of Casey...
  • U.S. Officials Outline Efforts To Curb Illegal Immigration

    10/18/2005 6:42:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies · 627+ views
    US State Department ^ | October 18,2005 | Scott Miller
    Homeland Security's Chertoff urges three-tiered approach to address problemWashington -- Illegal immigration is a severe and growing problem, and the United States is taking aggressive and innovative steps to address it, says U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. In October 18 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chertoff told lawmakers that ending illegal immigration requires tough law enforcement, as well as action to reduce the demand that draws illegal migrants into the country. U.S. officials believe a three-tier comprehensive approach to curbing illegal immigration is necessary, Chertoff added. This approach involves establishing better control of the border, a more...
  • Iraqi women becoming a powerful voice (by Elaine Chao)

    03/21/2004 6:31:27 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 1 replies · 161+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | March 21, 2004 | Elaine L. Chao
    Sometimes hope can be found in small gestures - particularly ideas or symbols that inspire others to believe that their dreams can become reality. That is what I saw earlier this year when I presented the Fatima Al-Zahra Center for Women's Rights and Democracy in Hilla, Iraq, with a photographic gallery of the eight women whom President Bush appointed to the U.S. Department of Labor, a first in America's history. The Iraqi women were astonished to learn that women composed half the top officials of a U.S. government agency. Perhaps it could happen in Iraq, they wondered out loud.
  • Labor Secretary Chao: U.N. a Threat to U.S.

    01/23/2004 3:03:07 PM PST · by chiller · 65 replies · 264+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/23/04 | Wes Vernon
    ARLINGTON, Va. – President Bush's labor secretary warned a gathering of conservatives that Americans must pay more attention to the United Nations and its related organizations, which she noted were chipping away at U.S. sovereignty and threatening freedoms. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, making her charges late Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, explained that powerful tax-exempt organizations were applying pressure through the U.N. to have the world body make decisions for Americans' lives without any input from U.S. citizens. These efforts are being made without the knowledge of most Americans, she pointed out. Chao cited a recent case where...
  • Chandler Says He Might Run to Succeed Fletcher in U.S. House

    11/08/2003 12:46:16 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 25 replies · 186+ views
    Lexington, KY, Herald-Leader ^ | 11-08-03 | Wolfe, Charles, AP
    Chandler cites GOP's money edge SAYS HE MIGHT RUN TO SUCCEED FLETCHER IN THE U.S. HOUSE By Charles Wolfe ASSOCIATED PRESS FRANKFORT - Ben Chandler said yesterday that his campaign for governor was overwhelmed by Republican money and handicapped by the Democratic Party's lack of a compelling message. In addition, President Bush's visit to Kentucky generated a bigger turnout in Republican strongholds and Gov.-elect Ernie Fletcher "didn't make any serious mistakes," Chandler said. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chandler also held out the possibility of running to succeed Fletcher in the U.S. House but not for the U.S....
  • U.S. Labor secretary announces $20.6M in aid for former Pillowtex workers

    08/16/2003 6:44:00 AM PDT · by Brian S · 22 replies · 226+ views
    Friday, August 15, 2003 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (08-15) 15:57 PDT KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) -- U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao offered $20.6 million in job training and health insurance assistance Friday to thousands of North Carolinians put out of a job by the bankruptcy of textile giant Pillowtex Corp. A grant of $13 million will be used for retraining, basic remedial education, job search help and other services. An additional $7.6 million will pay 65 percent of qualified health insurance premiums for workers, she said. Pillowtex, a sheet-and-towel maker, filed for bankruptcy July 30, shutting down its 16 plants and announcing the layoff...
  • Bushmen Face Economy Questions in Milwaukee

    07/30/2003 7:50:29 AM PDT · by ninenot · 1 replies · 219+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7/30/03 | John Schmid
    Washington's three top economic policy-makers, appearing together at an unscripted "town hall" meeting with factory hands and suppliers, discovered a cross-section of Midwestern public opinion that plainly was more concerned about low-wage Chinese competition, record trade deficits and the loss of manufacturing jobs than about the benefits of tax reductions. The exchange of views in the packed cafeteria was nearly as contradictory as the cultural clash between buttoned-down Washington official and Milwaukee's factory-floor chic of tattoos and sleeveless black "American Pride" T-shirts. Treasury Secretary John Snow, Commerce Secretary Don Evans and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao used the visit as a...
  • Labor Department Seeks Union Disclosure ('The Biggest Vote on Union Corruption in a Decade')

    07/23/2003 11:58:17 AM PDT · by bigsky · 3 replies · 205+ views
    Human Events ^ | July 23, 2003 | Benjamin Wetmore
    Facing the tidal wave of unions' political power and their reluctance to be held more accountable to their members, the Department of Labor is fighting to implement the first major reform of labor union disclosure requirements in 40 years. The reform would require specific disclosures to the Department of Labor of expenses greater than $2,000 from unions with receipts over $200,000. These public forms, known as LM2 forms, would give union members insight into the spending of their compulsory dues. But the increased disclosure could cost unions millions of dollars and much of their sweeping political influence. Though this rule...
  • Labor Unions Fail "Enron Test"

    06/18/2003 3:22:44 PM PDT · by webber · 5 replies · 350+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | David Keene, chairman
    Labor Unions Fail "Enron Test": By David Keene The scandals at Enron and Global Crossing shook Washington as well as the markets and the investor community because, in each instance, corporate executives and their cohorts in the reporting and accounting world figured out how to either avoid reporting what they were up to or to hoodwink everybody by filing incomplete or misleading reports with regulators and those who follow their activities. The result was a demand for increased corporate transparency and, eventually, the passage of legislation requiring thorough and understandable disclosure. That meant that those most likely to be hurt...
  • GOP Rallies for Ky. Gov. Candidate

    06/01/2003 10:18:49 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 205+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 6/1/03 | Joe Biesk
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Just blocks north of the state Capitol Saturday, Republican Ernie Fletcher gathered with other GOP candidates under a tent at party headquarters to rally support for the fall election. Despite winds and cloudy skies that threatened rain, Republican Party officials paraded out their ticket of statewide candidates from Agriculture Commissioner candidate Richie Farmer up to Fletcher. Indeed, candidates, including Fletcher, made note of their close proximity to the Capitol complex and pointed to it when vowing victory in November. "You can feel the wind blowing, and if you've noticed it's changed...," Fletcher told reporters before the rally....