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  • Washington to Give Unions More Power to Tell Corporations What to Do

    05/01/2010 11:28:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 442+ views
    canada free press ^ | 5/1/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Senator Chris Dodd (D, Conn.) wants to give unions more power in the boardrooms of our nation’s businesses. In essence, Dodd wants to force corporate boards under the thumb of unions by federal fiat. Carefully hidden in Dodd’s new regulations are provisions that give new powers to board members, powers aimed at giving unions more say in the operations of businesses from the inside through investments of pension funds.
  • Federal criminal probe into Goldman (mortgage) trading: report (WSJ.com says so, SEC - No comment)

    04/29/2010 6:21:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 252+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/29/10 | Martinne Geller
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal probe into whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) or its employees committed securities fraud in connection with its mortgage trading, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the office of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney said she could "neither confirm nor deny" any Goldman investigation. Goldman was not available to comment.
  • SEC porn scandal takes heat off Congress

    04/28/2010 1:29:17 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies · 400+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | April 27, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
    As I write, our nation is still buzzing about the news flash that finally delivered the truth about why our economy melted down without word one from our crack government regulators. You know what I'm talking about. Yes, it's the great SEC porn scandal. Last week, a new memo surfaced from the Securities and Exchange Commission's inspector general stating it had investigated dozens of agency staffers, including supervisors, for surfing the Web for dirty pictures with their government computers and during work hours. The investigations dated back at least to 2008 and targeted some employees with truly heroic habits —...
  • More bailouts: Dodd's bill allows them

    04/27/2010 10:47:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 294+ views
    Union Leader ^ | Apr. 27, 2010
    Obama and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd have claimed repeatedly that federal bailouts of big banks will not be allowed by Dodd's financial reform bill. President Obama said that suggestions the bill would continue bailouts are "not factually accurate." Yes, they are. The Dodd bill creates a roughly $50 billion Orderly Resolution Fund with assessments on large financial institutions. It would provide a government-financed alternative to bankruptcy. Even if the firm is dissolved, that is a bailout. The firm's debts are paid by taxpayers. But, you say, it's not a tax-funded bailout. Hold on. The bill also allows the...
  • Wall Street didn't cause crash of '08

    04/26/2010 2:43:07 PM PDT · by ATX 1985 · 13 replies · 853+ views
    CNN ^ | 04-26-10 | David Frum
    Financial reform? Not exactly. The bill before Congress does nothing to address the fundamental background causes of the crash of 2008. Wall Street may have been the instrument of the crash. But the crash was made elsewhere: in Washington's failed policies for middle-class families -- and in China's distorted rush for economic growth. The story is not a simple one. But I hope you will pay attention to the details. If you don't, you may find that the pocket that has been picked is your own. As you've heard, the crash begins with the huge excess load of debt built...
  • Senators near agreement on financial regulation

    04/25/2010 4:24:16 PM PDT · by mlocher · 12 replies · 515+ views
    Reuters via Fidelity.com ^ | April 25, 2010 | Donna Smith
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senators negotiating financial regulatory reform legislation said on Sunday they were close to a bipartisan agreement, as the White House said fraud charges against Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs highlighted the need for reform. Democratic Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd and Senator Richard Shelby, the panel's top Republican, told NBC's "Meet the Press" they were talking through the weekend to try to reach agreement on a bill aimed at preventing future taxpayer bailouts of financial firms. "We're getting there, we're close, we've got more work to do," Dodd said. "I hope can get the votes tomorrow...
  • Bull On Wall Street

    04/22/2010 5:26:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulation: President Obama went to New York City Thursday to make clear his displeasure with what he called Wall Street's "failure of responsibility." But that's the very thing government is guilty of.
  • Massive government corruption hidden by focus on Goldman-Sachs

    04/21/2010 9:33:47 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 14 replies · 500+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/21/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    As the country's attention is directed to the Goldman-Sachs scandal, a much greater story lurks beneath the surface involving massive government corruption that makes Wall Street firms pale in comparison. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak). Sen. Chris Dodd, D-CT. The current government of the United States of America under the leadership of Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress is the single most corrupt entity in the nation, worse than all of the private sector scandals combined. One would be hard-pressed to find an era of U.S history when government was any more corrupt than it is at present. The manner in which...
  • Dem Congessman: Dodd bill 'contains permanent, unlimited bailout authority'

    04/19/2010 3:39:42 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 15 replies · 582+ views
    politico ^ | Monday April19, 2010 | David Mark
    Brad Sherman's (D) - represents California’s San Fernando Valley, and has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997. Congressman Sherman is serving his seventh term in Congress. Are Democrats or Republicans hurt more by ties to Goldman Sachs? How can Democrats get out ahead of the Goldman Sachs story politically? We can say, “No taxpayer money to Wall Street firms, their creditors and the counterparts.” Then we go to the voters and tell them there’s no money for Wall Street, but regulation instead. If you can’t run on that slogan, you’ve got a problem. But there are serious...
  • Goldman Sachs: Summary (Goldman Gave Dems 75% Of Its Campaign Donations In The 2008 Election Cycle

    04/19/2010 7:43:29 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies · 641+ views
    OpenSecrets.org ^ | 3/21/2010 | Staff
    Goldman Sachs, one of Wall Street's most prestigious investment banks was also among the many banks in 2008 and 2009 to receive billions of dollars in taxpayer money to help it stay afloat... The firm tends to give most of its money to Democrats... Cycle 2008 Total: $5,934,089. Democrats: $4,463,788 (75%). Republicans: $1,459,961 (25%) Total contributions 1990-2010: Democrats 64%, Republicans 35%.
  • Dodd Unveils Finance Bill Taking Aim at Big Banks

    03/15/2010 3:17:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies · 1,101+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 15, 2010 | Corey Boles
    WASHINGTON—Senate legislation aimed at overhauling regulation of finance would cost large banks billions of dollars, prevent them from taking certain risks and create a new regulatory infrastructure to oversee their activities. The draft bill introduced Monday by Senate Banking Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut is tougher on financial companies than was expected just a few weeks ago. Mr. Dodd's bill would allow the Fed to examine any bank-holding company with more than $50 billion in assets, and large financial companies that aren't banks could be lassoed into the Fed's supervisory orbit. One of the most controversial aspects of the...
  • Senate Republicans Blast Regulatory-Overhaul Bill

    04/13/2010 4:43:15 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 1 replies · 343+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 13, 2010 | Victoria McGrane
    WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans on Tuesday sought to paint a Democratic financial-regulation bill as an endless bailout package and accused Democrats of pushing the proposal in a partisan direction. Fresh from a two-week recess, top Republicans came out swinging at the package, which could come up for debate in the full Senate later this month. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said in a Senate floor speech that his party couldn't support Democratic legislation aimed at overhauling financial-sector regulation, because it "institutionalizes" future taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street firms. Mr. McConnell said the legislation would give the Federal Reserve "enhanced emergency...
  • Steve Forbes: A Grotesquerie [ObamaCare, The Markets and Socialism]

    04/03/2010 4:54:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,527+ views
    Forbes ^ | April 3, 2010 | Steve Forbes
    With an ice-cold disdain for public opinion and an obsession worthy of Lenin, President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed ObamaCare through the House by unprecedented parliamentary trickery, bribery and deceit. The President has thereby poisoned the national political well. But the health care fight has just begun. Substantive constitutional court challenges are coming. Congressional elections are around the corner, and there's a growing opposition that wants to undo what Obama has just done. The President will discover that, ultimately, the American people's tenacity will overwhelm his--and he will be a failed President. But the cost of his public-be-damned attitude...
  • Sen. Dodd calls Pence attack ‘pathetic’

    03/25/2010 8:25:16 PM PDT · by onyx · 28 replies · 902+ views
    THE HILL ^ | 03/25/10 08:24 PM ET | By J. Taylor Rushing -
    Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) fired back at House Republicans who questioned his ethics this week, calling the GOP officials who crafted a critical press release “pathetic.” The House GOP Conference, headed by Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), issued a policy paper on its website Tuesday that referred to Dodd as a “Friend of Angelo.” That is a reference to a special VIP program established by former Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo, who has been charged with civil fraud and insider trading by federal investigators. The policy paper, titled, “Taxpayers should not trust the ‘Friend of Angelo,’” details what Republicans views as flaws...
  • Dodd: ‘Every American’ Has ‘Right’ To Health Care

    03/23/2010 6:25:04 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 152 replies · 1,857+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Life, liberty and the . . . “right” to health care? Chris Dodd has proclaimed that “every American” has the “right” to health care. He said so on tonight’s Countdown, while reminiscing about Ted Kennedy. If health care is a “right,” what about food, shelter and clothing? Are they all legally enforceable rights? Where do these “rights” derive from? What country are we living in? Is it one that the Founders would recognize? Here was Dodd, getting misty about Ted with guest host Lawrence O’Donnell, and describing a “right” some of us didn’t realize existed . . . View video...
  • Ann Coulter: SUBPRIME MORTGAGE CRISIS HITS WHOREHOUSES ("No one likes a showy hooker")

    03/03/2010 3:22:28 PM PST · by Syncro · 26 replies · 1,308+ views
    Ann Coulter.Com ^ | March 3, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    SUBPRIME MORTGAGE CRISIS HITS WHOREHOUSESMarch 3, 2010 It looks like Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is on track to win another endorsement from ACORN! This week, Hynes announced that "no criminality has been found" after his investigation of the videotapes made by investigative journalists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, which show ACORN employees counseling the pair on getting a mortgage for a house of prostitution. (They got a choice of government loans: Phat Fannie Mae, Prince Freddie Mac or Barney Fresh Daddy Frank ... aka "Sir Fix-A-Lot.") I'm just glad to know that Hynes conducted a thorough "investigation" first. Who...
  • Finally the Truth about the Housing Collapse

    02/17/2010 6:34:00 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 37 replies · 873+ views
    From SeaTto Shining Sea ^ | 2/17/10 | Purple Mountains
    First we all learn the truth about Man-made Global Warming; now comes the truth about the housing bubble and its collapse: We are hearing lots of jokes about the Obamaites continuing to blame Bush for all the ills of America here in the year 2010. What has been swept under the rug, though, is the real blame for the economic meltdown of 2008 – the policies and the corruption of liberal Democrats who first imposed the Community Reinvestment Act that was the proximate cause of the housing bubble, and then the actions of Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Barack Obama...
  • The Fat Cats in DC

    02/16/2010 6:10:13 AM PST · by OneVike · 4 replies · 327+ views
    Enterprise Record Post Scripts ^ | 2/16/10 | Tina Grazier
    [THE LINK WORKS ON THIS ONE] When President Obama was asked last week about the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and the $9 million bonus for Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein he responded by saying, Hmmm...that doesn't jibe with what he said last December on 60 Minutes: "I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street." And it doesn't jibe with the message delivered to banks by Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, in January of 2009: "People...
  • New senator's brother encouraged to run here (Scott Brown's CT brother to run for US Senate?)

    01/27/2010 10:53:28 AM PST · by Uncledave · 45 replies · 1,184+ views
    BY ANDREW LARSON REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WOLCOTT — It happened in Massachusetts. Could it happen here? In light of last week's election of Scott P. Brown, a little-known Republican state senator, to fill the U.S. Senate seat held for decades by the late Edward Kennedy, that's a question GOP leaders and political hopefuls in Connecticut want to answer in the affirmative. No one has pondered the question as deeply as Brown's younger brother, Wolcott resident Bruce W. Browne, 43. Browne, who declined to say why he spells his last name differently, may try to follow his brother's lead. Last Tuesday, Republicans and...
  • Dodd Warns Obamacare is Hanging By a Thread (Anybody Got A Scissor?)

    01/11/2010 11:33:45 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 886+ views
    The Lid/CNBC ^ | 1/11/10 | The Lid
    Chris Dodd ever the dutiful democrat is working hard to push through Obamacare despite his retirement announcement. Of course this legislation is diametrically opposed to the best interests of his home state, as Connecticut is home to many insurance companies. Dodd's health care plans may be a death knell to a major industry in his home state further alienating voters from the Senator. Dodd was on CNBC today and gave some answers that reveal why he was in trouble in the polls before he "was retired" Health care reform is "hanging on by a thread," and one or two votes...
  • Health Care Overhaul Bill Is 'Hanging by a Thread': Dodd

    01/11/2010 9:37:15 AM PST · by MissesBush · 44 replies · 3,828+ views
    CNBC ^ | 01/11/10
    Health care reform is "hanging on by a thread," and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd told CNBC Monday. "Everyone feels, I guess, to some degree who have been for this, that they would have liked something different, and that's not uncommon when you're considering an issue of this magnitude," Dodd said. Some progressives, for example, are disappointed that the Senate bill, unlike the House version, does not include a public option, he said. Senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are two people who voted for...
  • Racist or Not, Harry Reid in HUGE Trouble

    01/09/2010 6:22:49 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 20 replies · 1,254+ views
    Senate Majority leader Harry Reid apologized today for, private conversation during the campaign, in which Reid, while attempting to speak favorably of Obama, reportedly said the nation was ready for a black President, especially one who is “light-skinned” and has “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments,” Reid stated, before highlighting his support for Obama, efforts to integrate the Strip and promote diversity in the Senate. The President Instantly accepted Reid's Apology....
  • Race on for Dodd's Senate seat

    01/07/2010 11:58:27 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies · 794+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 7, 2010 | Paul Hughes
    The retirement of U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd adds another jolt of excitement to the already electrifying 2010 election campaign in Connecticut A politically wounded Dodd announced Wednesday he is dropping his bid for a record-breaking sixth term in the Senate. "This is my moment to step aside," Dodd said, standing outside his East Haddam home on a bluff overlooking a partly frozen Connecticut River. The departure of Dodd, 65, cleared the way for Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to pursue his long-held dream of becoming a U.S. senator. Blumenthal declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination a couple of hours...
  • Washington Post : Sen. Dodd announces retirement with dignity -- and honesty

    01/06/2010 9:05:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 1,218+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | 01/06/2010 | Dana Milbank
    Sen. Christopher Dodd's retirement announcement on Wednesday had that rarest of traits in modern politics: a note of honesty. "There's nothing more pathetic, in my view, than a politician who announces they're only leaving public life to spend more time with their family," the Democrat said as he stood outside his Connecticut house. His 4-year-old daughter, in her mother's arms, reached out to touch his shoulder during the brief speech, and his 8-year-old daughter stood on his other side as he admitted that "these young ladies are not the reason for my decision." Everybody knew the real reason: The old...
  • The Democrats' Sinking Ship

    01/06/2010 4:41:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 2,691+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 6, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Election 2010: The back-to-back Senate retirements of Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd may be just the beginning. The people have seen the future of health care reform and found it doesn't work. Apres moi, le deluge. We don't know what the Mayan calendar says about 2010, but it's starting to look like the end of the world for Democratic electoral prospects. Americans who watched in shock as government tried to step between them and their doctors, may have the last laugh. The tea party isn't over until the angry mob votes. As rage grew over the attempt to nationalize one-sixth...
  • Sens. Dodd, Dorgan won't seek re-election

    01/06/2010 10:48:23 AM PST · by Justaham · 10 replies · 685+ views
    WASHINGTON - With the 2010 election year barely under way, two senators and one governor — all Democrats — ditched plans to run for re-election in the latest signs of trouble for President Barack Obama's party. Taken together, the decisions by Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota as well as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter caused another bout of heartburn for Democrats as they struggle to defend themselves in a sour political environment for incumbents, particularly the party in charge.
  • .Democrats Take Hit as Dodd Leaves

    01/06/2010 1:02:15 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 24 replies · 978+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-06-10 | PETER WALLSTEN and NAFTALI BENDAVID
    WASHINGTON -- The retirements of two top Democratic senators underscore what many in the party had already conceded: The prognosis for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections is looking bad. In brief remarks Wednesday outside his home in East Haddam, Conn., Sen. Christopher Dodd confirmed he wouldn't seek re-election for a sixth term, bowing to political realities which see him trailing potential Republican opponents in a fall campaign. Mr. Dodd said his decision wasn't based on any predictions about the November elections, although the senator also acknowledged he is in "the toughest political shape" of his career. Mr. Dodd's decision...
  • The Obama Purges Begin

    01/06/2010 10:44:30 AM PST · by jazminerose · 18 replies · 1,071+ views
    joytiz.com ^ | 1/6/10 | Joy Tiz
    The demands of complete subjugation to the democrat party and its leader have proven to be too much for several key democrat hacks. Two senators and one governor have abandoned plans to run for re-election in November. Most notable is the contemptible and entirely corrupt undeserving beneficiary of dynasty politics, Chris “Countrywide” Dodd, architect of much of America’s financial crisis. The felonious Dodd is waxing lyrical about his personal woes, including the death of his Waitress Sandwich partner, Ted Kennedy. The more plausible explanation for Dodd’s abrupt decision is that he became yet another casualty of the Chicago Way. Dodd’s...
  • VIDEO: When Glenn Beck DESTROYED Richard Blumenthal Conn. Senator Heir-Apparent

    01/06/2010 9:59:43 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 1,619+ views
    The Lid/You Tube ^ | 1/6/10 | The Lid
    Chris Dodd has made official today, a year from now there will be a new Senator in Connecticut. Richard Blumenthal presently Connecticut Attorney General, has all but been anointed as Dodd's successor. Some of you who live outside the Nutmeg State may be wondering where you had heard Blumenthal's name before. That's because on May 30th of 2009, he appeared on the Glenn Beck show, where the Attorney General was ripped for not having the least bit of concern for the law when he went after AIG bonuses(see video below). "Look, you know what you have done, know what you...
  • Grave concern about Democrats retiring or dropping out of election races

    01/06/2010 5:47:38 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 61 replies · 2,120+ views
    self | 1/6/10 | NewJerseyJoe
    My first reaction to the recent wave of Democrat politicians either retiring or announcing they won't run for reelection -- Chris Dodd being the latest -- was one of joy. "Here's the 'thinning of the herd' that we expected!" Upon further reflection -- and seeing how eager Nancy Pelosi was to sacrifice the "blue dogs" in order to pass her Deathcare bill -- I'm wondering if this is not a grand scheme by the Democrats ... to throw under the bus (with promises of future payoffs, of course) any Democrats considered too "damaged" to re-elect -- and replace them with...
  • Chris Dodd to step aside (RETIRE)

    01/06/2010 2:26:09 AM PST · by woofie · 28 replies · 1,148+ views
    Drudge, WP ^ | 1/6/10
    Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans. Dodd's retirement comes after months of speculation about his political future, and amid faltering polling numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term. It also comes less than 24 hours after Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)
  • Conn. Sen. Chris Dodd expected to announce retirement, sources say

    01/05/2010 9:05:33 PM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 216 replies · 7,324+ views
    Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), a leading Democrat whose political star fell along with the nation's economy, is expected to announce Wednesday that he has decided against running for reelection this November, according to sources briefed on the decision. Dodd, in his fifth term, chairs the Senate Banking Committee. His retirement would be the second such announcement by a Senate Democrat in 24 hours; North Dakota's Byron Dorgan said Tuesday that he would not run this fall.
  • Chris Dodd to step aside

    01/05/2010 9:10:39 PM PST · by bd476 · 79 replies · 2,784+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Posted at 11:41 PM ET, 01/ 5/2010 | Chris Cilliza
    Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans. Dodd's retirement comes after months of speculation about his political future, and amid faltering polling numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term. It also comes less than 24 hours after Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced he would not seek re-election. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is widely expected to step into the void...
  • Chris Dodd Set to Retire Tomorrow

    01/05/2010 9:46:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,619+ views
    mydd.com ^ | 1/5/10 | Jonathan Singer
    Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans. [...] State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is widely expected to step into the void filled by Dodd and, at least at first blush, should drastically increase Democrats' chances of holding the seat.
  • Scandal-Plagued Democrat Senator Chris Dodd Retires at Lowest Point in Career

    01/06/2010 2:40:21 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 85 replies · 3,689+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | Jan. 6, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Scandal-Plagued Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut retires at the lowest point in an overly long, 35-year, political career. The son of a career politician (his father occupied one of Connecticut's senate seats for 12 years), Dodd has seen his already overly long, Senate career deteriorate among many scandal-plagued issues in the last few years, thus leading to some of the worst poll numbers of his career and a near-impossible matchup against his potential, Republican challenger for his seat. Though Democrats gave Dodd a big role as one of the primary advocates of the ill-fated healthcare "reform" pushed by Obama—how they...
  • BREAKING REPORT: Senator Chris Dodd to Announce Retirement

    01/05/2010 9:38:39 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 660+ views
    The Lid/Washington Post ^ | 1/6/10 | The Lid
    Chris Dodd has has a pretty bad 18 months, with each passing day Dodd's hold on the Senate seat he has held for almost 30 years grows more tenuous. As the Chair of the Senate Banking committee he deserves a share of of the blame for the economic mess we are in now, on top of that, are the recent scandals in which he has been involved. September of 2008 saw the disclosure that the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Received TWO VIP Loans from Sub-Prime Lender Countrywide Inc. The Loans were at favorable interest rates. Senator Dodd claimed...
  • Man Who Burglarized Dodd's Office Dies Of Injury Sustained In Prison

    01/02/2010 5:51:05 AM PST · by Daffynition · 34 replies · 1,686+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | December 31, 2009 | DAVID OWENS
    <p>NEWTOWN - A Hartford man serving a 30-month prison sentence for burglarizing U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd's Hartford office died Thursday at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.</p> <p>Gilbert Soto, 50, had been taken to the UConn Health Center after being found suffering from a head injury in the shower area of the medical wing of the Garner Correctional Center in Newtown. Police initially said his death was suspicious, but a preliminary investigation by state police detectives has determined that may not be the case.</p>
  • Newcomer Stirs Up Connecticut Senate Race

    01/01/2010 3:21:22 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 26 replies · 1,542+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 12/30/09 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    She is a political novice seeking to unseat one of the most powerful Democrats in the United States Senate. But Linda McMahon does possess one big weapon: a vast personal fortune that she is already wielding to shake up the race. Ms. McMahon has been saturating residents with television advertisements, pouring money into the campaigns of local elected officials and building a campaign organization that dwarfs its rivals.
  • Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency

    12/29/2009 6:43:19 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 20 replies · 744+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/29/2009 | Washington Examiner
    Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of a constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way. Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants -- a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically "for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems." The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and...
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009

    12/29/2009 6:23:48 AM PST · by mike48 · 15 replies · 1,051+ views
    www.judicialwatch.org ^ | December 28, 2009 | Judicial Watch
    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him. In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat. In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency

    12/29/2009 6:05:39 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 11 replies · 750+ views
    Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one Senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way. Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants -- a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically "for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems." The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen....
  • Dodd cut aviation security funding in July

    12/29/2009 5:58:28 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 20 replies · 805+ views
    Mark Hemingway has a long memory for budgeting amendments, which he proves at the Washington Examiner. With focus returned to airport security, Mark reminds us of how Chris Dodd paid off a political constituency by getting a little pork to the firefighters union that supported his bid for the presidency in 2007-8, which got $10 million in “firefighter assistance grants” from FEMA’s budget. All Dodd had to do was to get $4.5 million from another source — which turned out to be the TSA’s explosives detection systems:
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009

    12/28/2009 11:50:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 3,114+ views
    judicialwatch.org ^ | December 28, 2009 | Judicial Watch
    Washington, DCJudicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.”  The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT):  This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.  In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat.  In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • Sen. Dodd, D-Conn., slashed aviation security funding for pet constituency (BUSTED!!!!)

    12/28/2009 12:05:54 PM PST · by pissant · 25 replies · 1,199+ views
    Wash Examiner ^ | 12/28/09 | Mark Hemingway
    Now that our attention is focused on airline security measures thanks to the failed airline attack on Christmas Day, it's worth mentioning that one Senator took money away from aviation security to line the pockets of constituency that supported his presidential campaign in a big way. Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants -- a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically "for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems." The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen....
  • Dodd heckled at Bradley

    12/26/2009 2:27:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies · 1,772+ views
    WTNH ^ | Dec 24,2009 | Annie Rourke
    Sen. Chris Dodd (D) returned home to Connecticut this afternoon following a historic vote this morning in the Senate that will reform health care. Dodd is facing a tough re-election bid and at least one man at Bradley International Airport let him know just how tough it will be."You're not gonna get re-elected," the man said. "Nice. Merry Christmas," Dodd responded.But is Dodd concerned that this vote will hurt his chances at winning in 2010?"Oh, I don't know, I find it somewhat amusing that people, every move you make has some sort of political calculation," he said.And he stands by...
  • UConn could get big boost from Dodd amendment (That 100 Million Mystery Money)

    12/23/2009 6:45:32 PM PST · by raybbr · 3 replies · 366+ views
    The Day.com ^ | 12/23/2009 | Judy Benson
    Late in the negotiations for the Senate version of the health care reform bill, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd worked to add a provision that could help the University of Connecticut partially fund the new hospital it has been seeking to replace the antiquated John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. Dodd, chairman of the Banking Committee and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, is facing stiff competition for re-election in November. He introduced the amendment to the main bill, designed to increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance and enact other reforms, that...
  • Lib Reporter Connolly: White House Gave Sen. Dodd Sweetheart Deal To Help Him Win Re-Election

    12/22/2009 9:02:58 AM PST · by Justaham · 11 replies · 449+ views
    gatewaypundit.firstthings.com ^ | 12-22-09 | Jim Hoft
    Liberal reporter Ceci Connolly admitted to Greta Van Susteren tonight that Senator Dodd received a $100 million sweetheart deal from the White House in the Obamacare bill to help him with his re-election. It’s nice to know that our taxpayer dollars are helping to support this corruptocrat’s reelection, huh?
  • Dodd got a health care reform goodie too

    12/22/2009 2:51:46 AM PST · by Scanian · 2 replies · 283+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 21, 2009 | Rick Moran
    Senator Christopher Dodd, facing an uphill battle for his senate seat next year, received a little Christmas present from Harry Reid in the health care reform "manager's amendment:" a $100 million plum for a hospital. The AP reports that the $100 million will be used for "a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services." It must be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States "that contains a State's sole public academic medical and dental school." Would it surprise you to learn that Connecticut has only one...
  • (CT Repub Senate Candidate) Simmons' Curious Affinity For Carter (yes, Jimmuh Cahtah)

    12/21/2009 7:50:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies · 599+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 12/21/2009 | Kevin Rennie
    You can follow Richard Nixon's prescription on how to win a Republican nomination for high office. You can even heap praise on Jimmy Carter. You cannot, however, do both. Nixon, the disgraced 37th president, reduced his formula for victory to this: Run to the right to get nominated, then dash to the middle to get elected. Many Republican candidates find it still works. Former Congressman Rob Simmons, the front-runner in the 2010 contest for the U.S. Senate seat held by beleaguered Democratic incumbent Christopher Dodd, won three terms in the House of Representatives as a moderate Republican. Ambitious Republicans, even...
  • Louisiana Purchase And Omaha Stakes (Nelson Sells Out)

    12/21/2009 6:24:17 PM PST · by raptor22 · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Politics: Sen. Mary Landrieu was the new "Louisiana Purchase." Sen. Ben Nelson got the federal government to pick up his state's future Medicaid tab. Maybe we should just put Senate votes up on eBay. Nelson, the 60th vote in the middle-of-the-night Senate party line vote on health care reform, will go down in American political history as the inventor of the permanent earmark. His seemingly principled stand against including federal funding for abortion evaporated like the morning dew as he decided to take what was behind door No. 1. The deal for Nelson includes special Medicaid funding for Nebraska, along...