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  • Lois Lerner targeted sitting US GOP Senator over mistaken invitation

    06/25/2014 2:30:32 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 25 2014 | The Right Scoop
    This is how partisan and corrupt Lois Lerner is: Here is more from Rep. , chairman of Ways and Means committee: Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes a sitting United States Senator. According to emails reviewed by the Committee under its Section 6103 authority, which allows the Committee to review confidential taxpayer information, Lois Lerner sought to have Senator (R-IA) referred for IRS examination. “We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS...
  • Carr calls on Senator Alexander to Co-Sponsor the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

    11/08/2013 11:35:53 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    Joe Carr for Senate ^ | November 8, 2013 | Joe Carr
    Nashville, TN – Today, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation currently has 33 cosponsors – but Senator Alexander is not one of them. Conservative Senate candidate Joe Carr called on Senator Alexander to change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. “I’m strongly pro-life and believe it’s imperative the Senate pass this important piece of legislation. When Senator Graham announced his co-sponsors and Senator Alexander’s name was missing, I was disappointed. I am hoping Senator Alexander will change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. This legislation is too...
  • Terry McAuliffe on GreenTech investigation: I don’t know anything, I was just in charge

    08/18/2013 9:23:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    It seems that the Republican camp’s hits on Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and his oversight of GreenTech Automotive, currently under an SEC investigation, are at least hitting the target to some degree. Earlier this week, the Washington Post editors posed a rather uncomfortable question or two for the Democrat, who resigned as the barely-productive company’s chairman just last December and remains the largest shareholder.In answer, McAuliffe wrote a piece for Friday afternoon — ahem — that took some rather interesting positions on his fiduciary responsibilities as the erstwhile leader of the company. For instance: You might think that the...
  • GOP signals it will oppose nominees to key court

    07/24/2013 1:56:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT | Henry C. Jackson
    Just a week after the Senate hashed out a compromise for approving seven of President Barack Obama’s nominees to run government departments, agencies and boards, Republicans on Wednesday signaled their opposition to Obama’s plan for filling vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday from law professor and former senior Justice Department official Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, one of three Obama nominees to the D.C. circuit, often viewed as the second most influential court in the country after the Supreme Court. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the...
  • Interesting Date on Letter about Huma Abedin sent by U.S. Senator to John Kerry

    06/15/2013 8:22:28 AM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 20 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/15/13 | Walid Shoebat
    Huma Abedin skipped town in the same month that the Heat was on last year and a U.S. Senator may be on to her (if so, his way of letting her know is absolutely brilliant). The date of a letter sent by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), to Secretary of State John Kerry about Huma Abedin, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, matches the date on a letter sent by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other congressmen to the State Department’s Deputy Inspector General from one year earlier, about Abedin’s irrefutable familial...
  • Grassley: Baucus Retiring Because He’s ‘Fed Up’ With Obamacare

    05/12/2013 2:11:15 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/10/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Democratic senator Max Baucus is retiring because he is “fed up” with the Affordable Care Act, according to his Republican colleague Chuck Grassley. Speaking at Friday night’s Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, Grassley told the audience the Montana senator is leaving office ”because he’s so fed up with the possibility of the implementation of Obamacare being a train wreck.” Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, played a key role in writing the 2010 law. Grassley said that dissatisfaction with the health-care bill exists across party lines, describing a “bipartisan coalition in Washington” that considers the implementation of the...
  • Democrats prepare tax-cut bills in case nation goes over 'fiscal cliff'

    12/30/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Leading Democrats are putting together fallback proposals if Washington fails to reach a deal on the “fiscal cliff” that would allow the party to cast itself as seeking to cut taxes. “Of course, I’ve got a backup plan in the event that we don’t succeed here,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday. “I’m sure the White House has one too.” Tax rates are set to expire on most households in January if Congress does not act to extend some of the rates, something some Democrats have long seen as giving their party an advantage....
  • On the Way to Fast and Furious Accountability: Round One

    08/02/2012 3:35:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Katie Pavich
    Yesterday Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Charles Grassley issued a 211-page report and more than 2,000 documents, pinning much of the blame for Operation Fast and Furious on five ATF supervisors. This is the first in a series of three reports expected to be released. An initial look at the report and the documents reminds us of a few things and also brings us new information. First, it was just over a month ago when Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting cabinet member in history to be...
  • Taking Down Fast and Furious: It Wasn't Botched

    04/16/2012 5:14:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Erika Johnson
    "Botched." That is the word the mainstream media too often associates with the federal gunwalking scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious—but in her new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up, investigative reporter Katie Pavlich fearlessly chronicles exactly why the only thing "botched" about the ill-fated operation was the Obama administration's shoddy attempt to cover their tracks. Having shared office space with Katie for well over a year now, I've witnessed her ferocious commitment to this story since before Fast and Furious was even a thought in the national consciousness. I wasn't always quite...
  • Iowa GOP Sen. Grassley Calls Pres. Obama 'Stupid'

    04/07/2012 10:14:13 AM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Twitter ^ | Satudat, April 7, 2012 | Sen. Charles Grassley
    Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law 50+ Retweets 6 Favorites 11:51 AM - 7 Apr 12 via Twitter for iPhone
  • Former Obama lawyer admits deceiving Congress

    12/10/2011 7:09:07 AM PST · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    Remember the Gerald Walpin affair? Republican Sen. Charles Grassley does. Walpin was the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the organization that runs the AmeriCorps service program. In June 2009, Walpin received a call from Norman Eisen, who was then the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. Eisen told Walpin he had an hour to either resign or be fired. Eisen's call appeared to violate the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which is designed to protect inspectors general from political interference. The Act requires the president to give Congress 30 days'...
  • Holder: Lying is a State of Mind- So is Impeachment

    12/11/2011 12:54:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    In case you missed it, Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) had the following exchange with Eric Holder last week during the Judiciary Committees grilling of the Attorney General over the Fast & Furious gun running scandal.   Numerous Justice Department officials have been implicated in lying about the Fast & Furious scandal, including the Attorney General himself.  And, yet, the AG explains to Sensenbrenner that nobody lied because "lying" is dependent on one's "state of mind."   Had only generations of kids thought to try that defense with their mothers!  "Honest, mom, I didn't lie, because I wasn't in a lying state of...
  • Grassley: Justice Dept. balking at making witnesses available [Fast & Furious]

    11/10/2011 1:42:46 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 10, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has refused to make available 11 of 12 department witnesses called by the panel for transcribed interviews in the ongoing investigation of the botched Fast and Furious weapons operation. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said that despite the department’s promises of good-faith cooperation in the probe, only one witness has been provided so far — former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Arizona, who resigned in August two weeks after he ended his testimony about Fast and Furious before a House committee, during which he took responsibility for mistakes....
  • More Fallout Expected Over Botched Gun Sting

    09/01/2011 10:06:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 31, 2011 | Chris Strohm
    The botched sting operation known as Operation Fast And Furious has claimed the careers of at least three Justice Department officials, with Republican lawmakers expecting even more fallout to come. The operation, run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives field office in Phoenix, allowed guns to knowingly fall into the hands of violent criminals in Mexico. A congressional investigation into the operation led by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Senate Judiciary ranking member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is examining how high up within the administration the program was known about and authorized....
  • Grassley Says Only ‘2 or 3’ Republicans Are Qualified for White House(plays classcard)

    03/26/2011 7:46:12 AM PDT · by unseen1 · 104 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/25/2011 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, offered a blunt, no-nonsense assessment of the potential Republican field of candidates for president. He said only two or three of them would be qualified to hold the highest office in the land. And then he refused to say which ones they were. In an interview with KJAN radio in Iowa, Mr. Grassley said that although it was too early for him to pick a favorite, he would focus on which candidate could emerge from the state’s caucus in a position to carry on a full-blown campaign. “It wouldn’t do me much good to...
  • Senator Ron Wyden Has Hopefully Killed the Internet Censorship Bill

    11/21/2010 5:15:07 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 52 replies
    geekosystem.com ^ | Nov 21 2010 | Susana Polo
    The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act passed unanimously through the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday, but fortunately didn’t get much further. Oregonian Senator Ron Wyden exercised his power to place a hold on pending legislation to stop the bill from traveling to the senate floor, saying that Deploying this statute to combat online copyright infringement seems almost like using a bunker-busting cluster bomb, when what you need is a precision-guided missile. His hold will prevent the bill passing out of committee this year; proponents of the bill will have to wait until the next time Congress convenes, and then...
  • Sarah Palin : Grassley & King Campaigns Confirm Jonathan Martin is Full of Crap

    10/21/2010 12:09:23 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 5 replies
    Governor Palin 4 President ^ | Shane Vander Hart
    Eric Woolson, spokesperson for Senator Chuck Grassley’s campaign, for the record said, that the anonymous source “does not represent the Senator’s views.” So evidently Senator Grassley was not displeased with any interaction they had with the Palin camp. Then regarding what Martin said about Congressman Steve King’s campaign: “Similarly, the Iowa GOP was in discussions with Palin’s camp leading up to her appearance at its fundraiser to have her do a rally in the state’s conservative northwest corner. Rep. Steve King, who represents the area, got involved, and Palin indicated she was open to it. But she never gave the...
  • Tax credit stalled again (Senate Dems killing "green jobs")

    09/22/2010 4:39:13 PM PDT · by bigbob · 3 replies
    Biodiesel Magazine ^ | 9/17/2010 | Luke Geiver
    The biodiesel tax credit will have to wait once again. Congress passed the small business bill shortly after returning from recess, but it did not include the extension as it previously had. Before the August recess, an earlier version of the bill contained the biodiesel tax extension proposed by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and was also approved by both the Democrats and the Republicans, but in a move to keep the bill alive, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., stripped all amendments attached to the bill. Upon return from recess, Reid issued a procedure known as an “amendment tree,” which prevents an...
  • Obama use of foe's tax records reviewed--Speeches assailed Koch Industries

    10/05/2010 6:24:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2010 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal inspector general is looking into whether the Obama administration used confidential taxpayer information in an effort to attack a political opponent, Koch Industries.The review was revealed Tuesday by Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, two weeks after he and a handful of other top Senate Republicans called for the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax issues to look into the matter, saying either administration officials had illegal access to taxpayer information or were inappropriately speculating in public about the company's tax status.Charles and David Koch, brothers who control the Kansas-based company, are libertarians who have used some...
  • Senate passes financial regulation bill

    05/20/2010 6:41:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 93 replies · 2,937+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 5/21/2010 | Brady Dennis
    The Senate approved new far-reaching financial rules on Thursday aimed at preventing the risky behavior and regulatory failures that brought the economy to the brink of collapse two years ago and cost millions of Americans their jobs and savings. The bill passed by a vote of 59 to 39, with four Republicans joining a majority of Democrats in supporting it. The 1,500-page measure, shepherded through the Senate by Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the banking committee, seeks to reshape both Washington and Wall Street. (snip) They successfully courted Republican Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine,...
  • DOJ: Department Of Jihad?

    02/24/2010 4:26:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 595+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser. We may now have a clue as...
  • Al Qaeda Lawyers In The Department Of Justice

    02/23/2010 6:43:37 AM PST · by CaroleL · 2 replies · 218+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 02/23/10 | CaroleL
    How do you fast track your chances to work for the Department of Justice? Defend terrorists. After months of stalling, Attorney General Eric Holder has finally (sort of) admitted that at least nine of President Obama's appointees have either represented or advocated for Guantanamo detainees But Mr. Holder is still refusing to name any of the now DOJ lawyers who worked on behalf of terrorists except for two who were already known.
  • Fox Anchors Debunk Lefty Claim Network’s an 'Organ' of GOP in Grilling Grassley, Schock for Earmarks

    12/12/2009 8:26:00 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 12 replies · 1,054+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 12, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    One of the favorite talking points that often comes from Fox News detractors is the claim that the News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) cable news is somehow an organ of the Republican Party. It's a claim that former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn made, along with countless other accusations from prominent Democrats. However, these Democrats would be doing themselves and their audiences a favor to take notice of two Fox News anchors, "Your World" host Neil Cavuto and the weekend edition of "America's News HQ" co-host, Gregg Jarrett. The two recently challenged two Republican members of Congress, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa,...
  • Walpin Is Cleared

    11/24/2009 5:54:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies · 3,315+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Oversight: After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly. Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back? On June 10, Gerald Walpin was fired with one hour's notice as the watchdog of AmeriCorps in violation of a federal law requiring Congress to be given a heads-up 30 days in advance. He then fell victim to a campaign of character assassination. When pressed for a reason for the sudden and improper dismissal of a federal watchdog, the White House responded with a letter to Sens....
  • Partisan split likely in key Senate health care vote

    10/12/2009 11:52:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies · 939+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 10/12/2009 | David Lightman, McClatchy
    President Barack Obama's effort to overhaul the nation's health care system is expected to clear its last committee hurdle Tuesday -- but almost certainly without the strong bipartisan endorsement he and some moderate Republicans have sought. The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on a plan to would require nearly all Americans to get coverage, while barring insurers from denying people policies because of pre-existing conditions and imposing excise taxes on insurers' most expensive plans. The committee is the last of five congressional panels considering the measure. Once Finance is done, Senate leaders and the White House will merge...
  • Grassley: ACORN Uses Tax-Exempt Entities to Funnel Money to Itself

    09/25/2009 6:14:23 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 23 replies · 1,784+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 9/25/2009 | Connie Hair
    ACORN is using a tangled web of tax-exempt organizations to funnel tax money to itself according to a detailed review released last night by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.Some or all of them may be nothing more than shell companies used to pass money from the government directly through to ACORN and its affiliates. “This analysis regarding the vast number of charitable organizations that ACORN set up to funnel money to itself raises questions about whether ACORN used the entities to advance the charitable mission of helping poor people get housing, or whether...
  • 2010 Iowa Senate: Grassley 56%, Krause 30%

    09/24/2009 6:50:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies · 1,435+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 09/24/2009
    Longtime Republican Senator Charles Grassley has a nearly two-to-one lead over his likeliest Democratic challenger Bob Krause in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of Iowa voters. Grassley leads Krause 56% to 30%. Seven percent (7%) favor some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. Grassley who is expected to seek a sixth term in the Senate next year captured 70% of the vote in November 2004. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, he is a member of the so-called “Gang of Six” who thus far have been unsuccessful in coming up with a...
  • Rep. Peter [typo at source: should be Steve] King Credits Sen. Charles Grassley for Blocking ObamaCa

    09/18/2009 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies · 239+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 18, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of GOP Rep. Peter King of Iowa thanking Iowa GOP Senator Charles Grassley for being, what he called, "the single most important key factor that allowed for the debate in health care to be extended through the month of August and past Labor Day to get us to this point in September where we are." Grassley is one of the "Gang of 6" in the Senate that were negotiating to find a bi-partisan plan on Health Care. King credits Grassley for prolonging negotiations, rather than staying away or agreeing to something with President Obama being unable to...
  • GRASSLEY WARNS OF HYPERINFLATION RIVALING THE 1980'S

    08/25/2009 6:33:14 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 14 replies · 488+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | August 25, 2009 | The Capitalist
    The economy could spiral into hyperinflation not seen since the early 1980s if the Federal Reserve does not tighten its monetary policy soon, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned Tuesday.
  • NY Dem Eric Massa Says Sen. Charles Grassley's Comments Were an "Act of Treason" - Video

    08/19/2009 4:47:20 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 21 replies · 725+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of New York Democrat Rep. Eric Massa talking to Leftist activists at the Netroots Nation Meeting last weekend where he said that Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley had committed an "act of treason" by what he said last week regarding ObamaCare. He appears to be referring to Grassley's pointed remarks that ObamaCare, if adopted, could lead to politicians and bureaucrats injecting themselves into "end of life" decisions that families have to make. Massa also said in conversation to activists at the same meeting that he was prepared to vote for ObamaCare "against the interests of his own district"...
  • Arlen Specter Tries to Call Charles Grassley to Complain About Grassley's ObamaCare Remarks - Video

    08/15/2009 3:28:10 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 619+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 15, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter trying to call GOP Sen. Charles Grassley to object to comments Grassley recently made about Obama's Government Health Care Plan, and the fact he does not want politicians or bureaucrats deciding "Grandma has lived too long." Specter attempted the call, but did not get hold of Grassley. At the end of the video he said about Grassley, "He can run, but he can't hide." The liberal blog Firedoglake filmed Specter as he attempted to make the call from the Netroots (Nutroots) Convention. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Grassley Tells Town Hall "End of Life" Should Begin with Jesus Christ - Not Politicians - Video

    08/13/2009 12:32:25 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 13, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Sen. Charles Grassley yesterday at a Town Hall Meeting in Iowa where he said that if a person wants to think about "end of life", number one, Jesus Christ is the place to start." The crowd erupted into applause. He went on to say that if you are talking only about the physical life, as opposed to Eternal Life, "it ought to be done within the family, and considered a religious and ethical issue, and not something that politicians deal with." Once again, the crowd just erupted with applause and approval! Grassley was sparring with a...
  • Dems Start To Push Back Hard To Prevent A 'Waterloo'

    07/22/2009 6:30:59 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 59 replies · 2,697+ views
    National Journal ^ | 7/22/2009 | National Journal
    A telling episode recounted by Senate Finance ranking member Charles Grassley reveals the Obama administration might be more worried than they are letting on that a Republican senator's comparison of the healthcare overhaul to Waterloo might be dangerously close to the truth. Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama's bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes. "Let's just lay everything on the table," Grassley said. "A Democrat congressman last week...
  • Senators Propose Legislation to Help Small Charities Get Management Help - S. Admt. to HR1388

    03/25/2009 9:51:39 AM PDT · by joygrace · 12 replies · 641+ views
    www.philanthropy.com ^ | March 24, 2009 | Suzanne Perry
    The Senate Finance Committee’s top two members — Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Charles E. Grassley — teamed up today to introduce legislation that would provide money to help small and medium-sized charities get training and management assistance. The legislation, introduced as an amendment to a national-service bill now being debated by the Senate, would provide $25-million over five years to a “Nonprofit Capacity Building Program” within the Corporation for National and Community Service. The amendment would “strengthen small charities around our country, especially where resources are scarce,” Senator Baucus of Montana, who chairs the finance committee, told his colleagues...
  • N.Y. Times Probed in NSA Leak Case

    02/07/2006 8:45:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 2,208+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 7, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez revealed Monday that the Justice Department is still investigating the leak of national security secrets to the New York Times concerning the NSA’s controversial terrorist surveillance program. The possibility of criminal charges looms for the suspected leakers, as Gonzalez vowed to file charges if warranted by the findings of the investigation. Gonzalez offered the information in response to questioning by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was there testifying on the constitutionality of the NSA terrorist surveillance program that tracks communications to and from the United States. "The department,” Gonzalez said, "has...
  • Access to Memos Is Affirmed

    02/22/2005 10:13:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 369+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2005 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    The Justice Department has backed away from a court battle over its authority to classify and restrict the discussion of information it has already released, handing a local advocacy group a victory by granting it explicit permission to publish letters written by two senators that contain the contested information. The case was considered a potential test of limits to the government's power to restrict access to information in the public domain on national security grounds. Former attorney general John D. Ashcroft had strongly defended the practice in this case by likening it to putting "spilt milk" back in a jar...
  • Barrett Report

    12/13/2005 4:06:32 PM PST · by lancer · 33 replies · 2,638+ views
    email | 12/13/05 | Evans-Novak Political Report
    Democrats have their own scandal brewing at the moment, but they are doing much better in covering it up than their Republican counterparts. At issue is the report by David Barrett, the last remaining U.S. independent counsel. Over ten years, Barrett has spent $21 million on the investigation of former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, who lied to FBI investigators about hush money paid to an ex-mistress. The reason the report and the investigation have taken so long is that allies to Cisneros and the legal team of former President Bill Clinton at the powerhouse Washington law firm of Williams and...
  • FBI Would Have Ignored Able Danger Warnings

    08/18/2005 1:31:40 PM PDT · by Cool Chick · 18 replies · 1,205+ views
    DebbieSchlussel.com ^ | August 18, 2005 | Debbie Schlussel
    Many people have e-mailed asking for my opinion on the emerging Operation Able Danger story--in which army intelligence personnel were barred from notifying the FBI about Mohammed Atta. While I agree that the Pentagon lawyers who stopped the Able Danger operatives from notifying the FBI are culpable, and their behavior is an outrage, my take is different from most conservative commentators. I really don't think the FBI would have acted on the information. Instead, today, we'd be sweeping under the rug yet more ineptitude by the, unfortunately, "lead agency" in the War on Terror. Let's look at what the FBI...
  • Bush Warns of Repercussions Over Social Security Inaction

    06/08/2005 10:02:59 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 234+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES.COM ^ | JUNE 9, 2005 | RICHARD W. STEVENSON and ROBIN TONER
    Faced with intense opposition to his ideas from Democrats, unease among many Republicans and skepticism from the public, Mr. Bush used a speech here to press doggedly on with his call for the creation of private investment accounts within the retirement system and cuts in the benefits now promised to middle- and upper-income workers. "Now is the time for Congress to come to the table and get something done," Mr. Bush said. In his remarks, to a conference of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Mr. Bush laid out a clear if risky strategy for prevailing on the issue. He said...
  • Art Small Stands for Iowa

    10/06/2004 10:27:31 PM PDT · by grassboots.org · 9 replies · 499+ views
    Arthur A. Small, Jr., is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa. As challenger to the incumbent Senator Charles Grassley, he stands poised to take back Iowa for everyday Iowans--the very people who have been most ignored by his opponent's policies. Central campaign themes include fiscal responsibility, tax fairness, and the creation of opportunities for ordinary people. Art believes that there is such a thing as "society", and that government can and in some circumstances should play an affirmative role in creating opportunities for the less privileged in the legitimate pursuit of social justice. In personal style, anti-slick is...
  • Justice Punted (Sleeper cell convictions in jeopardy - US Atty to Blame?)

    12/21/2003 4:38:49 AM PST · by jocon307 · 18 replies · 229+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 12/21/03 | Debbie Schlussel
    <p>December 21, 2003 -- A U.S. Attorney is endangering the nation's only jury conviction of terrorists since 9/11. Tuesday, three men convicted in the first post-9/11 terror trial were supposed to be sentenced. Instead, these members of Detroit's "sleeper cell" may go free. Their defense attorneys are getting help from an unlikely source - U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins, the Justice Department's top official in Detroit, who is leading the way to overturn these convictions.</p>
  • Winds of war stirring U.S. Senate races - Candidates have difficulty gauging Iraq affect on election

    09/28/2002 4:20:28 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 7 replies · 369+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 28, 2002 | By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News
    Winds of war stirring U.S. Senate races Candidates have difficulty gauging how Iraq will affect election 09/28/2002 By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News INDIANOLA, Iowa As 2,000 of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's best Democratic friends swayed to the beat of a country band and munched on Iowa beef, the prospect of war with Saddam Hussein seemed as far away as Iraq itself. Certainly Mr. Harkin hopes so. Hosting his annual steak fry at a farm country fairground, the Democrat seeking his fourth Senate term said voters know that both parties will do whatever they can to protect...