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  • Elections office says Dem canvassers offering to collect, turn it ballots [Colorado]

    10/25/2016 4:37:37 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 21 replies
    KJCT 8 Grand Junction ^ | Updated: Tue 11:36 AM, Oct 25, 2016 | Makenzie O'Keefe
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- The Mesa County Elections Office said they received reports a canvasser for the Democratic party was offering to pick up ballots and turn them in for voters. The elections office said that while this is legal, it is a really bad idea – voters should never give their ballot to a stranger. Elections officials recommended that voters turn their ballots in themselves or have a trusted loved one do it. Local Democratic officials confirmed they do help voters turn ballots in. Local Republicans, however, said they drive people to the ballot drop-off locations, but never...
  • Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills Got Partial Immunity in Email Investigation

    09/23/2016 2:01:23 PM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 9/23/2016 | Halimah Abdullah
    The Justice Department has granted Cheryl Mills, a former chief of staff for Hillary Clinton, a limited immunity deal in the FBI's investigation into the use of the former secretary of state's private email server, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee said on Friday. Chafffetz told the Associated Press that Mills allowed the FBI to access her laptop in the agency's now-closed investigation into Clinton's use of the private email server on the condition that findings couldn't be used against her. Two other staffers, John Bentel, then-director of the State Department's Office of Information Resources Management, and Clinton aide...
  • Rep. Chaffetz serves subpoena to FBI witness for all Clinton email documents during hearing

    09/13/2016 9:07:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 9/13/2016 | Rick Moran
    In a highly unusual move, Rep. Jason Chaffetz served a subpoena to an FBI official for all documents the bureau has gathered during the course of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server in the middle of a committee hearing. The nearly unprecedented action reflects a growing frustration by the Oversight Committee with the FBI over what they see as a lack of cooperation in investigating the decision made by Director Comey in not indicting Clinton.
  • State Department Finds No Evidence Clinton, or Top Aides, Completed Mandatory Ethics Training

    08/19/2016 9:18:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 8/19/2016 | John Hayward
    The State Department was unable to find any records showing that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton completed ethics training courses, as required by federal law. Furthermore, no documentation was found for a bevy of top Clinton aides, including names familiar from the Clinton email scandal, such as Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan, Dennis Cheng, Anne Marie Slaughter, Phillippe Reines, Caitlin Klevorick, and Kris Bladerston. The lack of ethics documentation was revealed by the Republican National Committee, which had to squeeze the admission out of the State Department with a lawsuit, after the department failed to comply with a Freedom...
  • Member Of Congress: “It’s Easy To Manipulate A Nation Of Naive Sheep”

    05/16/2016 3:38:08 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 23 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | May 16, 2016 | Staff Writers
    Member Of Congress: “It’s Easy To Manipulate A Nation Of Naive Sheep” You may not believe the incredible things that one member of Congress is saying about the corruption of our political system and the gullibility of the American people. In a brand new book entitled "The Confessions of Congressman X", one anonymous member of the U.S. House of Representatives confesses that he hardly ever reads the bills that he votes on, that his main job is to get reelected, and that it is "far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant...
  • Obama Admin Admits Benghazi Committee Went The 'Extra Mile' to Forward Investigation

    05/08/2016 5:23:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 5/6/2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    The House Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was pleasantly surprised by the Obama administration on Thursday. After months of accusing the committee of hampering progress in the investigation for political reasons, the State Department has finally admitted it deserves the blame for the delayed findings. The State Department’s review unit into documents uncovered by the Benghazi committee was supposed to be functional by June 2015, but the agency failed to make that target. State Department spokesman Mark Toner noted that Gowdy did his part, even helping to secure funds for the department to obtain the relevant records. In...
  • How Hillary keeps herself and Bill out of prison

    03/29/2016 5:02:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 3/28/2016 | Mychal Massie
    There is little argument Hillary Clinton is singularly adept at “delivering results” that keep her and her husband out of prison. There are those today who view her running for president as another exercise to “deliver results.” As long as she is running for president the chances of her being held accountable for her treasonous handling of top secret information vis-a-vis her emails and email server are remote. Yes, Hillary Clinton knows how to “deliver results,” but sadly, they are results that protect her and her serial molester husband while doing massive injustice to the nation she has pledged to...
  • As First Lady, Hillary Did Not Have Security Clearance But Received Classified Information

    02/03/2016 8:45:35 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 2/3/2016 | Chuck Ross
    When Hillary Clinton was first lady, she did not have a security clearance, but she was "often provided" classified information, she told her longtime friend and ABC News host George Stephanopoulos in a long-forgotten Dec. 30, 2007 interview rediscovered by The Daily Caller. It was just weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses and Clinton was out touting her foreign policy experience, both as a senator from New York and as first lady. She wanted to be seen as the strong and experienced choice in contrast to upstart Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois.
  • Report: FBI Now Investigating Hillary’s State Department For Corruption(Skerred yet hilly?)

    01/11/2016 10:30:30 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 1/11/2016 | Chuck Ross
    The FBI is investigating whether Hillary Clinton's State Department improperly directed contracts to Clinton Foundation donors, in possible violation of public corruption laws, Fox News is reporting. Three sources confirmed the previously-unknown investigation angle to Fox reporters Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne. "The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one law enforcement source told Fox. Examples abound of Clinton's State Department opening doors for Clinton Foundation donors, as well as to the then-secretary of state's friends and political allies.
  • Trouble in Dem-land as unions freeze cash contributions

    06/05/2015 9:36:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 6/5/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The AFL-CIO, along with some public sector unions, announced a campaign finance freeze in March. Unions hoped the threat of withholding contributions would scare Democratic lawmakers out of supporting President Barack Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track,” to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade agreement labor groups say would hurt manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
  • Stop It, Liberals: Bush Didn’t Lie About Iraq Having WMDs

    05/19/2015 6:51:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 5/19/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Liberals, please stop it with the Iraq war lies. There is plenty of criticism that can be leveled against George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, but he didn’t deliberately mislead the country about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD). With the new cool question for 2016 Republican contenders being “knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq,” the debate about pre-Iraq war intelligence has once again come to the forefront. Predictably, some liberals have used the occasion to again trot out the wholly dishonest spin that the Bush administration concocted evidence and pressured the...
  • 10 Notorious Tax Cheats (Charlie Rangel & Al Sharpton not mentioned)

    04/11/2015 2:26:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/11/15
    Forbes' picks for 10 most infamous U.S. tax cheats are a diverse lot, ranging from Chicago mob boss Al Capone, who made his mark with violence and vice in the 1920s, to Ty Warner, who became a billionaire hawking Beanie Babies in the 1990s. There’s “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley, who (according to a former maid’s testimony) boasted that “only the little people pay taxes,’’ and self-styled “Queen of IRS Tax Fraud’’ Rashia Wilson, who filed for millions in phony refunds using stolen IDs, then boasted on Facebook that “if you think that indicting me will be easy, it won’t....
  • Fast and Furious Cover-up Rewarded in Appointment of New ATF Director

    03/24/2015 7:56:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 3/24/2015 | Mary C. Michel
    For those of us who do not live in the memory hole that shields this administration from any accountability, here are some relevant facts about Acting Director Brandon and his involvement in the Fast and Furious cover-up. According to outgoing Director Jones's sworn testimony of April 2, 2014 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Mr. Brandon was the person who determined disciplinary punishments for all of the ATF personnel involved in Fast and Furious. Brandon was "the ultimate decision maker." Director Jones confirmed that Thomas Brandon did not fire a single person for participation in Fast and Furious.
  • R U 4 Real (Vanity)

    03/07/2015 12:45:05 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 9 replies ^ | 3/7/2015 | Dallas59
    Will the government ever publish graphs, charts, info on where the money they get for Obammy Care is going?
  • Hanging offense in high places

    02/05/2015 6:20:18 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 2/5/2015 | Erik Rush
    Between the Soviet-style propaganda purveyed by President Obama and the White House, the undeniable evidence of their collusion with Islamists, and the ever-widening body of government officials and lawmakers of both parties who have demonstrated that they intend to ignore this treason, our nation is faced with a crisis of unprecedented proportion. Early this week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte called for the Obama administration to declare war against radical Islam. “[Y]ou have to define your enemy,” Ayotte said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The administration should spend less time on political correctness and more time on a strategy.” As we’ve seen groups...
  • SOTU coverage only obscures Obama's treason

    01/22/2015 8:05:46 AM PST · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 1/22/2015 | Erik Rush
    I will spare my readers yet another frustrating analysis of President Obama’s State of the Union address this week, in that enumerating his dubious intentions and the brazen lies he tells are things I express here quite regularly. Other than his defiant tone serving to give the lie to his conciliatory rhetoric prior to the November midterm election rout, I believe that the primary value of this address was its potential for having demonstrated to a few million more Americans that this is the most diabolical individual to ever occupy the White House.
  • New Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz Subpoenas Holder Over Operation Fast and Furious

    01/07/2015 5:44:58 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 1/7/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Chaffetz follows in the footsteps of former Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, who pursued a number of Obama administration scandals from 2010-2014.
  • Valerie Plame proves she is a big phony

    12/23/2014 6:48:01 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 12/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Valerie Plame was the poster girl for Bush and Cheney-haters? A desk jockey at the CIA with some flowing blonde hair claim to glamour (in terms of image exploitation, a Wendy Davis-like figure), Plame was supposedly endangered when her name was supposedly leaked by someone in the Bush administration, supposedly in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s criticism of Iraq War policy.
  • Barack and Michelle playing the race card in People Magazine

    12/17/2014 7:38:55 AM PST · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 12/17/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Having learned nothing from its in-the-tank-for-Democrats Hillary Clinton cover debacle, People Magazine is helping out President and Mrs. Obama in their efforts to play the racial victimization card with an interview bemoaning racial profiling, accompanied by a photo that shows a lot of work on making them look like an appealing couple.
  • Obama finally told the truth!

    12/16/2014 5:51:08 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 12/16/2014 | Mychal Massie
    Racism exudes from the very pores of the Obamas, and he comprised his inner-most circle with people just as racially bigoted as himself. I reference Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder for starters. There are those who argue Obama has exacerbated racial problems in the United States. I disagree. I say Obama has created problems where none existed, and with the deftness of an evil alchemist, he fomented a zeitgeist of unbridled black antipathy toward whites.
  • Benghazi BOMBSHELL

    12/11/2014 8:29:30 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 12/11/2014 | Patrick Howley
    Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew the Obama White House’s Benghazi talking points BEFORE the White House even sent them around to administration officials. Hillary Clinton used the administration’s exact talking point blaming the attack on a YouTube video before Obama’s White House speechwriter Ben Rhodes drafted it to prepare Susan Rice for Sunday morning talk shows days later. As Rhodes prepares to leave the White House before he can be called to testify in front of Rep. Trey Gowdy’s select committee on the attack, a new timeline emerges that puts the video in Secretary Clinton’s hands.
  • Bombshell revelation blows lid off IRS scandal

    12/10/2014 6:57:24 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 12/10/2014 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has struck again, discovering Lois Lerner, former IRS tax-exempt division chief, had discussed possible criminal prosecution of conservative groups with Justice Department officials two years before what the agency had conceded. Lerner met with Department of Justice officials in October 2010, just before the November midterm elections. Amid the rise of the tea-party groups targeted by Lerner, Republicans in the 2010 elections gained the most seats in the House since 1948.
  • How much did you pay Jonathan Gruber to lie to you? Millions. The money is piling up.

    11/18/2014 8:03:35 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 11/17/2014 | Robert Laurie
    If you’ve been paying attention to the story about the myriad Jonathan Gruber videos, you’ve probably heard the sum of $400,000.00 bandied about. That’s how much the Department of Health and Human Services paid him to trick the CBO, lie to the American people, and help pass a bill that was reliant on “the stupidity of the American voter.” Since HHS has no real money of its own, that’s actually how much you, the taxpayer, paid him to con you. Unfortunately, it’s also just the beginning. In fact, $400K is only a drop in the Gruber ObamaCare money vault. So,...
  • Alberto Gonzales: Obama Doesn't Have 'Authority to Amend, Repeal, Suspend the Law'

    11/17/2014 8:39:13 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 11/17/2014 | Susan Jones
    "I start with the Constitution, where Article II, Section 3, requires that the president take care that the laws are faithfully executed," former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Sunday. "From my perspective, I don't think the president has the authority to amend, repeal or suspend the law or fail to refuse a law based solely on policy." Gonzales, who served in the George W. Bush administration, was speaking to CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley.
  • Non-Citizens Are Voting

    10/30/2014 8:21:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 76 replies ^ | 10/30/2014 | John Fund
    Could non-citizen voting be a problem in next week’s elections, and perhaps even swing some very close elections? A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent in the 2010 midterms. Given that 80 percent of non-citizens lean Democratic, they cite Al Franken ’s 312-vote win in the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race as one likely tipped by non-citizen voting. As a senator, Franken cast the 60th vote needed to make Obamacare law.
  • La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide On Where People Can Vote Without An ID

    10/29/2014 9:01:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 10/29/2014 | Patrick Howley
    The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID. “Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.” So...
  • Will midterm election be fair? Don't bet on it

    10/27/2014 6:39:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 10/27/2014 | Lord Monckton
    Voter fraud probably gave Mr. Obama the victory in 2012. It may well prove to be crucial in deciding the tight race to capture the Senate in 2014. As many as one in six of the millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. are registered to vote, and surveys of this group have shown that nearly all of those who do vote will vote “Democrat.” Why do the illegals vote this way? The answer lies in a simple metric that has driven the “Democrat” campaign for a decade, and which the frighteningly unpolitical GOP has never bothered to understand.
  • This 4th-Grade Teacher Could Go To Prison For Allegedly Coughing To Help Kids Cheat

    10/06/2014 8:53:45 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Erin Fuchs
    Erin FuchsOctober 6, 2014Angela Williamson An unusual racketeering trial in Atlanta began last week against a dozen ex-educators, including a fired 4th-grade teacher previously found innocent by a disciplinary tribunal. That teacher, Angela Williamson, was one of 35 Atlanta Public Schools (APS) employees indicted last year in a massive cheating case that accused them of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to boost standardized test scores to get higher bonuses. The cheating ring allegedly went all the way up to now-disgraced ex-APS superintendent Beverly Hall, and state investigators used wiretaps to gather crucial evidence in the case. Williamson's lawyer, Gerald Griggs,...
  • 5 Indicators the Economy Is Still Stagnating

    10/04/2014 6:56:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 10/3/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    The media celebrated Friday as the Department of Labor announced a “surge of hiring” – 248,000 new jobs added in September. The unemployment rate has now dropped to 5.9 percent. The Labor Department also revised upward the jobs numbers from July and August, adding 69,000 jobs; that puts the last three months of job growth at 671,000. The Associated Press, among others, speculates that the Federal Reserve may now talk about raising interest rates. But all is not well in the real economy. Here are five indicators that despite the rosy picture being painted of the Obama economy, things still...
  • Yet More IRS Employees Busted for Stealing Taxpayers' Identities

    10/01/2014 12:19:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 29, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    It's hard to keep up with the privacy-threatening shenanigans at the Internal Revenue Service, but let's give it a try. Just days after revealing that the tax agency's failure to follow its own rules put the private data of 1.4 million people at risk, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration publicized the sentencing of Tax Examining Technician Missy Sledge for aggravated identity theft and mail fraud, and IRS employee Monica Hernandez for making and subscribing a false income tax return, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the Inspector General's Office, "as part of her official IRS duties,...
  • Judge: DOJ Must Produce List of Fast & Furious Docs by Oct. 22

    09/26/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 9/26/2014 | Susan Jones
    Two days before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, a federal court ordered the Justice Department to produce, by October 22, a detailed list of Fast and Furious documents sought by a conservative watchdog group.
  • In Reid's Senate, 4-Day Workweeks Rule

    09/19/2014 10:16:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 9/19/2014 | Melanie Batley
    The Senate adjourned Thursday for an extended break until November, having so far avoided this year to work a full week at a time. According to The Hill, threats by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convene a two-week session in September and force lawmakers to work weekends have come to naught. Senators have not worked a single Friday in 2014, and both parties were keen to leave town Thursday until Nov. 12.
  • Is Obama winning his game?

    09/19/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 9/19/2014 | Dr. Laurie Roth
    Lies, chaos and distraction are his transformation strategies One of Obama’s favorite games is ‘shift the word and meaning’ game. It reflects his deepest beliefs that lies, chaos and distraction are transformation strategies that an emerging ‘star dictator’ needs. The game goes like this: Always lie to the masses, insert cheat cards throughout the deck without the players knowing and redefine what is really going on right in front of your ‘stupid’ opponent’s eyes. When the few who don’t accept or believe your trick, rise up in the first round of the game…you know nothing, deny everything, then throw your...
  • Something is rotten in America

    09/07/2014 6:25:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 9/7/2014 | David Lawrence
    Obama is rotten in America. He has caused the country to go from the class of Audrey Hepburn to the clumsiness of Anna Nicole Smith. He needs a triple-E bra to contain his ego. He was supposed to unite red and blue, white and black. Instead he has made divisiveness his specialty. There is no coordination between his speeches and their pragmatic realities. People rioted in Ferguson, Missouri over criminal Michael Brown’s death. Obama did not defuse the rampant hatred.
  • Billionaire Liberal Donor Shifts Midterm Election Strategy

    09/05/2014 6:50:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 9/4/2014 | kevin glass
    "Our strategy is to do direct voter contact," Steyer said in a recent interview. "Particularly in an off-year election, which depends more on turnout, actually having people going out and directly speaking with voters face to face is actually the thing that changes elections."
  • BREAKING UPDATE: 12+ Witnesses All Say Michael Brown Attacked Officer Before Being Shot

    08/19/2014 8:48:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies ^ | 8/19/2014 | Reagan Wilson
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers is reporting that the Ferguson Police Department has over 12 witnesses whose account of the Michael Brown shooting matches the description the officer allegedly gave. Byers has proven to be very accurate in her reporting throughout the last week in regards to the Ferguson situation.
  • Democratic presidents' body count

    08/12/2014 6:11:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 8/12/2014 | Mychal Massie
    Recently, as my friend and I were waiting in line at a farmers market in Pennsylvania, we chatted with a man also waiting in line. As we left, she and I discussed the appallingly short memory span of many today. She and I discussed how the gentleman in line with us had blamed President George W. Bush for Americans dying in combat, claiming, “Bush led those boys over there to die.” But, like many, he conveniently forgot the history of lives lost under Democratic presidents. A close friend escaped Castro’s Cuba with his family. Today he is a successful businessman....
  • The More People Are Exposed To Socialism, The Worse They Behave

    07/18/2014 3:21:50 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    BI - The Economist ^ | 7-18-2014 | The Economist
    July 18, 2014"UNDER capitalism", ran the old Soviet-era joke, "man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite." In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity. Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans' willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to EUR6 ($8). The...
  • La Raza Invades the Calendar

    07/16/2014 5:45:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 7/16/2014 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    In preparing next term's calendar for my classes, I use the At-A-Glance PM3-28 over-sized item. Sprinkled throughout the calendar are Christian, Jewish, and Muslim holidays, information about daylight savings, and the like. Apparently since at least 2012 (if not before) the calendar manufacturer saw fit to note The Day of the Race on Sunday October 12, 2014 as well as Revolution Day on November 17, 2014. Next to the name of the holiday there is an (M). Curious, I went to investigate these two holidays which I had never paid much attention to, only to learn that these two dates...
  • Your Monday Morning Doom & Gloom

    07/07/2014 7:37:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies ^ | 7/7/2014 | Stephen Green
    Here’s to hoping you enjoyed your long Independence Day weekend. I sure enjoyed mine, because it wasn’t until today that I looked past the touchy-feelgood headline numbers in the June jobs report. 288,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1%, the lowest it’s been since before the beginning of the Great Recession. Even the figures for April and May were unexpectedly revised upwards. Helping to keep that good mood humming along was the big increase in auto sales, which “shattered expectations [1].” Sales were so hot that even beleaguered GM, which in recent months has announced recalls for...
  • Scheme to bypass Electoral College quietly advances

    05/15/2014 5:59:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 5/15/2014 | Aaron Klein
    With little fanfare and nearly no national media attention, the National Popular Vote effort is now 61 percent of the way toward its goal of legally bypassing the Electoral College established in the U.S. Constitution. Last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote, or NPV, bill, making his state the 11th jurisdiction to enact the plan. With the passage of the bill, the interstate compact now has 61 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to put it into effect.
  • Yes, President Obama Should Forgo Air Travel to Prove He Is Serious About Climate Change

    05/09/2014 11:30:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 5/8/2014 | Andrew Stiles
    President Obama flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday to receive a human rights award from Steven Spielberg, just days after the White House officially revived its push for “urgent action” on climate change. Not to mention all the extra traffic congestion Obama’s visit caused, which resulted in even more carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere. Even in Los Angeles, not everyone can afford to shell out $69,900 for a Tesla ($62,400 after federal tax credit). In fairness to Obama, though, he wasn’t just receiving an award. On Thursday, he plans to attend a fundraiser at a billionaire’s beachfront mansion...
  • Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats

    05/05/2014 7:42:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Washington post ^ | 5/4/2014 | Matea Gold,
    A group of wealthy liberal donors who helped bankroll the Center for American Progress and other major advocacy groups on the left is developing a new big-money strategy that could boost state-level Democratic candidates and mobilize core party voters. The plan, being crafted in private by a group of about 100 donors that includes billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros and San Francisco venture capitalist Rob McKay, seeks to give Democrats a stronger hand in the redrawing of district lines for state legislatures and the U.S. House.
  • Livin’ Large on the Union Payroll

    03/14/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 3/13/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    ....Welcome to Doc’s Union Pub, an establishment owned and operated by the top brass of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, one of the most powerful construction unions in Philadelphia. The bar is reportedly named after John Dougherty — “Johnny Doc,” as he’s known locally — a high-paid union business agent with a reputation for using intimidation tactics to advance the goals of his union, political or otherwise.
  • IRS to Provide Congress with All Lerner Emails Since Targeting Began

    03/09/2014 8:20:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 3/8/2014 | Rick Moran
    One imagines that the reason the IRS has changed its tune and will now supply all the emails Congress requested eight months ago is that they’ve had the opportunity to go through them and have found nothing incriminating. But the value of of examining all of Lois Lerner’s emails during the months in question has to do with the two-track approach to the IRS investigation that Republicans have initiated. The first track is an examination of the targeting scandal and all the related issues associated with IRS actions. The second, and equally important, track, is getting to the bottom of...
  • Dem Sen. McCaskill calls for criminal charges for 'Obamaphone' cheats

    09/23/2013 5:19:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/13 | Brendan Sasso
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Monday called for criminal charges to be filed against people who defrauded a federal phone subsidy program. McCaskill sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, urging the agency to refer examples of fraud in its Lifeline program to the Justice Department for prosecution. "Knowingly providing false information to a government agency for profit must be investigated. If these companies are found in violation of federal law, I expect the DOJ will prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law," she wrote. She also urged the FCC to more aggressively use its own...
  • 15 Unethical And Illegal Ways That People Get Ahead In Life

    09/05/2013 10:13:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 3, 2013 | Max Nisen
    Hard work and smarts do get you ahead. But not everybody plays fair. People frequently bend or break the rules to their advantage and don't get caught. A recent Reddit thread asked for the best unethical life hacks people use to save money or get ahead. We've picked some of the most fascinating and devious examples. These hacks are uniformly unethical. Some veer into fraud. They should be regarded as informational and for entertainment purposes rather than as actual suggestions. You shouldn't do them. Via Reddit user the_girl: "Whenever I go to a big chain movie theater, I get my...
  • Does the IRS target tax cheats in red states?

    05/22/2013 3:07:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Birmingham News ^ | 5/22/13 | John Archibald
    We know about the IRS and the Tea Party. But is there politics in IRS prosecutions? Do IRS agents zero in on red states more than blue? Residents in Montgomery, in the red heart of a red state in the Middle District of Alabama, are 3½ times as likely to have tax cases referred to federal prosecutors than the average Joe in Anytown, USA, according to analysis of 2012 federal records gathered and maintained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in Syracuse, NY. In Mobile´s Southern District of Alabama, odds of an IRS referral are 2¾ what you´ll find
  • HHS Doles Out 2nd Round of $ Billion Dollar Innovation Awards, Savings Seen Yet From 1st Round???

    05/16/2013 4:45:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/15/2013 | Penny Starr
    (Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius) ( – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Wednesday the second round of about $1 billion in “Health Care Innovation Awards,” as part of the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. “We’re going to announce the latest steps we’re taking to spur innovation in our health care system by supporting some of the most promising ideas from around the country from lowering cost by improving the quality of care,” Sebelius said. “Bringing down health care cost is our top priority,” Sebelius said. But Richard Gilfillan, director of...
  • Obama Blames U.S., Repeats 90% Gun Lie In Mexico

    05/07/2013 7:50:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/7/2013 | IBD Editorial
    Guns To Mexico: Once again blaming his own country for Mexico's gun violence without mentioning Fast and Furious, the gun runner in chief pledges to find and jail gun smugglers. Perhaps he should start with his own administration.