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  • Michael Bloomberg returning to lead Bloomberg LP

    09/03/2014 9:14:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2014 10:40 PM EDT
    Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg is returning to lead the financial data and news company he founded in 1981 but left to serve three terms in City Hall. The company, Bloomberg LP, said Wednesday that current CEO Daniel Doctoroff will step down at the end of the year. Doctoroff was a deputy mayor under Bloomberg. His departure makes way for Bloomberg to take back the helm of the company, of which he still owns more than 85 percent. …
  • State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m

    07/30/2014 6:01:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-30-14 | Luke Rosiak and Micah Morrison
    A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one. Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots...
  • Biden’s Son, Polish Ex-President Quietly Sign On To Ukrainian Gas Company

    05/14/2014 11:03:39 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 13, 2014 | Max Seddon
    Revelations that Hunter Biden and Aleksander Kwasniewski serve on the board of a company controlled by a Yanukovych ally raise serious conflict of interest questions for Western countries’ Ukraine policy. DONETSK, Ukraine — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son has joined the board of a gas company owned by an ally of Ukraine’s fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and a key European interlocutor with Kiev who was previously president of Poland. The move raises questions about a potential conflict of interest for Joe Biden, who was the White House’s main interlocutor with Yanukovych while the latter was president and has...
  • Complex rules make EU vulnerable to corruption, says report

    04/24/2014 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.04.14 @ 10:56 | Benjamin Fox
    Complacency and complex rules makes the EU’s own institutions vulnerable to corruption and conflicts of interest, a report by a leading transparency NGO has found. The 250-page “European Union Integrity System”, published by Transparency International on Thursday (24 April), is the first assessment looking at how ten EU institutions are dealing with internal corruption risks. “The EU institutions have done a lot to put their house in order; but strong foundations are being undermined by complex rules, complacency and a lack of follow up,” said Carl Dolan, director of Transparency International in Brussels. …
  • Inquiry checks Davis' work for toll group

    04/19/2014 9:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Associated Press
    AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ legal work for a taxpayer-funded tollway agency is part of a larger FBI-led investigation into the tollway group, according to a published report Friday. The Dallas Morning News used a freedom of information request to learn of the investigation, and then confirmed it with Elizabeth Winn, an assistant Travis County attorney. The FBI hasn’t responded to the newspaper’s request for comment. The investigation stems from a conflict of interest complaint filed in 2012 by former state Rep. Mark Shelton, a Republican who ran against Davis for her Fort Worth state senate seat. In...
  • Politico: No Conflict for MSNBC Host To Marry Exec. Dir. of Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move'

    09/28/2013 5:20:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    To imitate the inimitable James Taranto: HA HA HA HA. Politico has cleared MSNBC host Alex Wagner of any conflict of interest stemming from her impending marriage to Sam Kaas, the Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let’s Move!" initiative. According to Politico's Dylan Byers [emphasis added], "We won't call this a conflict of interest because who doesn't love a man who can cook, and really, the White House Chef and Let's Move! role is arguably rather apolitical. Many a White House chef has served multiple administrations from either side of the spectrum." Uh, yeah, but Kaas is a...
  • Federal Workers Got $155M in Tax Dollars to Work for Labor Unions

    07/30/2013 9:23:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 30, 2013 - 3:50 PM | Alissa Tabirian
    Federal employees were paid more than $155 million of taxpayer dollars in 2011 for spending more than 3.4 million hours of “official time” on labor union activities that fell outside their assigned government duties, according to a survey by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). “Voluntary membership in Federal sector unions results in considerable reliance by unions on the volunteer work of bargaining unit employees, rather than paid union business agents, to represent the union in representational matters such as collective bargaining and grievances,” the OPM stated. But these “volunteers” were doing their union work on government time. …
  • U.S. Attorney Investigating Fox News Donated to Obama

    05/22/2013 7:12:41 AM PDT · by Errant · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 May, 2003 | Larry O'Connor
    The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen - the man responsible for the aggressive surveillance and phone record scrutiny at Fox News - is also a big donor to the Obama Campaigns. At the time of his appointment, the Washington Post wrote a profile on Machen including this tidbit: Over the years, he has donated $4,350 to Obama's campaigns. He gave $250 to Obama's U.S. Senate campaign in 2003, a year before Obama, then an Illinois state senator, emerged on the nation's political radar, according to campaign finance records.
  • Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions

    12/21/2012 10:50:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions Daniel Halper December 21, 2012 12:59 PM John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms. Kerry's disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran. One of the companies Kerry is invested in is called Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (Petrobras), it's a Brazilian-based oil and gas corporation. Disclosure forms reveal that Kerry has between $150,000...
  • Is There a Fix in for the Vice Presidential Debate?

    10/10/2012 2:49:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/10/2012 | Bryan Preston
    Posted By Bryan Preston On October 10, 2012 @ 8:29 am In media,Politics | 52 Comments The Daily Caller has a disturbing story up today. The outline goes like this: The moderator of Thursday's vice presidential debate is Martha Raddatz of ABC News. She is the network's senior foreign correspondent, and she is the sole moderator of the veep debate, which will center on foreign policy.Raddatz has a connection with Barack Obama going all the way back to their days at Harvard. They worked on the Harvard Law Review together, and Obama attended her 1991 wedding. Fast forward to the...
  • ABC News scrambles to cover up Barack Obama’s attendance at VP debate moderator’s wedding

    10/09/2012 10:16:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 146 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/10/2012
    Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review. After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to liberal-leaning news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was...
  • AG Holder cleared in Justice gunwalking probe

    09/19/2012 3:18:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    AP/CBS News ^ | September 19, 2012 2:15 PM
    The Justice Department's inspector general cleared Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday of knowing about the gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious that allowed thousands of weapons to cross into Mexico. But Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that there were "serious failures" at both the Justice Department and its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives going back more than six years, CBS Radio News reporter Stephanie Lambidakis reports. Horowitz found that no one running the operations—not agents, nor prosecutors, nor managers—questioned the wisdom of letting guns vanish across the border with Mexico, where they ended up in the hands...
  • What's the Matter with Soledad O'Brien?

    03/14/2012 4:09:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 93 replies ^ | March 14, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's the Matter with Soledad O'Brien? CNN's Soledad O'Brien isn't used to criticism. In the world of media elites, she's a beloved figure and an award-winning news anchor. But last week, she revealed her true, decidedly non-neutral colors. And she's not happy about the hoi polloi questioning her hallowed journalistic objectivity. On Thursday, O'Brien interviewed Joel Pollak, editor-in-chief of the late Andrew Breitbart's online empire. Breitbart's released a 1991 video of Barack Obama (then a 30-year-old law student) at a Harvard rally embracing radical racialist Derrick Bell and his push for more aggressive race-based hiring at Harvard. Bell is...
  • Jerry Brown negotiates gambling deals as tribes fill campaign fund

    02/01/2012 10:12:31 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/1/12 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for his tax campaign from California Indian tribes at the same time many tribes are seeking to renegotiate lucrative gambling compacts with him. The Democratic governor, who proposes increasing the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners, is considered more accommodating of tribal interests than his predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his administration is in compact talks "on various levels" with 15 to 20 tribes, Brown's tribal negotiator, Jacob Appelsmith, said Tuesday. Any compacts Brown signs could significantly affect a gambling industry that generates more than $7...
  • Holder, Breuer connected to players in foreclosure fraud? (Did DOJ heads represent fraudsters?)

    01/20/2012 12:48:14 PM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JANUARY 20, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    For years, the Left has asked why the Obama administration hasn’t pursued prosecutions against lenders who arguably engaged in fraud when foreclosing on mortgages in the wake of the housing-bubble collapse.  It turns out that these lenders had friends in high places in the Department of Justice.  Reuters reports that both Attorney General Eric Holder and his lieutenant Lanny Breuer, who ran the DoJ’s criminal division, were partners in a law firm that worked on behalf of those very same firms (via JWF’s Just A Grunt): U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal...
  • Insight: Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks (More DC "Incestuous" Relations)

    01/20/2012 7:48:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2012 | Scot J. Paltrow
    .S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington's biggest white shoe law firms. Law professors and other federal ethics experts said that federal conflict of interest rules required Holder and Breuer to recuse themselves from any Justice Department decisions relating to law firm clients they personally had done work for.
  • Redistricting panel conflict of interest, media cover up

    12/10/2011 10:42:59 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 10 replies
    AgendaWise ^ | November 29, 2011 | Daniel Greer
    The Texas redistricting process has now been marred by a conflict of interest. Since the conflict favors liberals, the media has been as quiet as a mouse (the latest media dereliction of duty). Here’s how your Texas media isn’t serving you: The United States judicial code provides for the disqualification of a judge if his spouse or a person within the third degree of relationship to either individual is a party to the proceeding. Democrat legislators sued to have maps drafted during the session disqualified and redrawn by judges. Democrat Senator Leticia Van De Putte is the sister-in-law of one...
  • Judge Who Freed Sandusky Volunteered at 2nd Mile

    11/14/2011 6:54:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 40 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | 11/14/11 | David Chang
    New details have emerged on the judge who granted bail to former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was arrested on November 5 and charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period. Deadspin reports that upon his arraignment, prosecutors requested $500,000 bail for Sandusky. They also wanted him to wear a leg monitor. Judge Leslie Dutchcot freed Sandusky on $100,000 unsecured bail however, meaning he’ll only have to pay if he doesn’t show up for court. What’s truly interesting however is the information on Dutchcot’s biography on her former law firm’s website. Her profile...
  • Another New York Times Activist

    10/26/2011 11:34:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 24 Oct 2011 | Editorial
    Journalism: Is the New York Times a news organization or a front for left-wing activists? Reporter Natasha Lennard was filmed leading an Occupy Wall Street panel, offering radicals tips on keeping their identities secret. Openly. In a video that appeared on, Lennard, a Times freelance reporter who was arrested with 700 other leftists for shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge this month, revealed herself to be within the actual leadership of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. Along with four other "comrades," she addressed a roomful of people at a bookstore in Manhattan, officiously advising the fractious movement on how...
  • Gunwalker: Punch-Drunk Eric Holder Swings Back at Critics, Hits Self

    10/09/2011 9:13:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 8, 2011 | Bob Owens
    The evidence continues to cast strong doubts on the attorney general's truthfulness. Friday was just another day in a continuing series of bad days for the administration of President Barack Obama, as the furor surrounding the executive branch’s gun-walking scandal continues to escalate. The day began with a gritty montage-style video from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asking the question few in the media are willing to ask about the gun-walking program: Holder vs. White House: Who Is Responsible? Like a duffel bag stuffed with straw-purchased Draco pistols, the day quickly went “south” from there.The White House...
  • AARP won’t acknowledge financial interest in Medicare copay debate

    07/24/2011 10:48:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/24/11 | Matthew Boyle
    he AARP, formerly the The American Association of Retired Persons, sent U.S. senators a letter last week asking them to oppose any increases in Medicare copayments. But the self-described pro-senior group hasn’t acknowledged that it has a financial stake in the debate’s outcome. (Snip) The AARP collects 4.95 percent of every dollar United HealthCare takes in from AARP members’ Medigap plan premiums. Not allowing Medigap plans to cover seniors’ Medicare copayment costs is a disincentive for AARP members to continue purchasing the supplemental coverage. In its letter to Congress, the AARP made no mention of any financial stake it may
  • Judiciary Committee Launches Probe of Kagan’s Involvement in Obamacare

    07/06/2011 8:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/6/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The House Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation to probe the involvement that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had in “health care legislation or litigation” when she was serving as President Barack Obama’s solicitor general and was responsible for defending the administration’s position in federal court cases. The investigation will look at whether Kagan is required by law to recuse herself from judging cases challenging President Obama’s health-care law and whether her answers to questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation process were accurate.
  • Foreclosure-Probe Chief Asked Bank Lawyers for Money (Iowa Atty General)

    05/12/2011 10:14:48 AM PDT · by NJ_Tom · 7 replies
    Time Swampland ^ | May 9, 2011 | Massimo Calabresi
    A few weeks ago, the National Institute for Money in State Politics published a report showing a marked spike last fall in campaign contributions to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller by lawyers and law firms that represent big banks after Miller announced he was opening an investigation into the nationwide mishandling of foreclosures by Bank of America, Chase and others. On April 20, TIME reported that a lawyer and a consultant for Bank of America, which is in direct negotiations with Miller over its handling of foreclosures, gave a total of $15,000 to Miller’s campaign.
  • Jake Sinderbrand, son of (WI) Judge Maryann Sumi, poses a bit of a problem for his mother

    03/21/2011 12:01:16 PM PDT · by bigbob · 24 replies
    Freedom Eden ^ | 3-21-11 | Freedom Eden
    Jake Sinderbrand, son of Judge Maryann Sumi, poses a bit of a problem for his mother. Son of Sumi touts his work for the AFL-CIO and SEIU. He has developed his professional political experience serving as a lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and as data manager for the SEIU State Council through the 2008 election cycle.
  • CPUC Foundation to raise money from utilities

    01/26/2011 8:17:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/26/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The California Public Utilities Commission is running a bit short on cash, so it has blessed the creation of a foundation to solicit money from the very companies it is supposed to be keeping an eye on. The idea behind the CPUC Foundation is to have a pool of money to reward deserving staffers, host foreign guests and generally brush up the commission's image - in other words, to pay for activities not covered by agency coffers. Organizers plan to kick off the fundraising with a big dinner Thursday night coinciding with the commission's 100th anniversary. Companies buying $20,000 tables...
  • Mayor Bloomberg’s Office Spearheaded Drive for Ground Zero Mosque Approval According to Documents

    12/29/2010 8:12:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 29, 2010
    Complete title: Mayor Bloomberg’s Office Spearheaded Drive for Ground Zero Mosque Approval According to Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s office that show his office was instrumental in helping Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, his wife Daisy Khan and their partner Sharif el-Gamal obtain approval for a massive mosque and “community center” to be built in the shadow of Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to an open...
  • Time's up for Charlie

    07/30/2010 2:41:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 3+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 30, 2010 | Editorial
    The clock struck thirteen for Charlie Rangel yesterday. Listing 13 counts in its bill of par ticulars, the House Ethics Committee declared that there exists "substantial reason to believe that a violation of the code of official conduct, or of a law, rule, regulation or other standard of conduct," was committed by the dean of New York's congressional delegation. Let us note right up front that the findings represent an indictment -- not a conviction. For the moment, it seems Rangel will have every opportunity to make his case in public. But, at the end of the day, Rangel wasn't...
  • Kagan: Harvard Law's $476 million dean

    07/07/2010 11:57:26 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | July 7, 2010 | SHARON THEIMER
    One talent Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan displayed in her career climb could create unique ethics questions for her as a justice: the ability to persuade Harvard Law School alumni and other wealthy donors to give hundreds of millions of dollars, more than meeting a daunting fundraising goal that came with her job as dean. The $476 million total Kagan reached for the "Setting the Standard" campaign was a record not just for her university but for all law schools....Kagan's prolific fundraising sets her apart from the current Supreme Court justices. ... If Kagan is confirmed to the court as...
  • More Washington Post Hijinks? Reporter Cancels Book Party Appearance Hosted by Democrat Operative

    06/10/2010 9:26:05 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 5 replies · 536+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | June 10, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    It's probably safe to assume that a lot of reporters in the mainstream media lean to the left side of the ideological spectrum. And it was seen throughout the health care debate over the past year and a half - that somehow we need to raise the rhetoric beyond hyperbole like death panels, etc. One of those reporters was The Washington Post's health care reporter Ceci Connolly, who last summer appeared on MSNBC and made such a plea. And since then, she made other gestures to show she was in line with the Obama administration on this issue. Well, lo...
  • EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax

    06/04/2010 6:31:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 109 replies · 5,028+ views
    washington times ^ | 6/4/10 | editor
    Journalism can reinvent itself without government 'help' The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism, and that's a cause for concern. According to a May 28 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC's policy staff fears this new reality. "There are reasons for concern that experimentation may not produce a robust and sustainable business model for commercial...
  • Barack Obama's Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Connection (08, Obama's connection to the housing collapse)

    04/27/2010 4:14:55 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies · 1,289+ views
    fox news ^ | 9/16/2008 | John Gibson
    Lehman Brothers collapse is traced back to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two big mortgage banks that got a federal bailout a few weeks ago. Freddie and Fannie used huge lobbying budgets and political contributions to keep regulators off their backs. A group called the Center for Responsive Politics keeps track of which politicians get Fannie and Freddie political contributions. The top three U.S. senators getting big Fannie and Freddie political bucks were Democrats and No. 2 is Sen. Barack Obama. Now remember, he's only been in the Senate four years, but he still managed to grab the No....
  • Nameless Abettors

    03/01/2010 6:04:14 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 298+ views
    American Spectator ^ | March 1, 2010 | The Prowler
    One reason for the ongoing battle between Sen. Chuck Grassley and the Department of Justice over the identities of as many as 13 to 16 current Obama Administration political appointees who provided legal counsel to suspected or convicted terrorists and enemy combatants being held in detention, is not so much what these lawyers did before joining the administration. Rather, says a Department of Justice source, it stems from the administration's own attempts to identify any official paper or email trails of those DOJ attorneys that would reveal not just past but current efforts -- since their appointment, in other words...
  • Eric Holder’s Radical Left Attorney Claimed Mohammad Was Tortured; Pushed Throw Out Guilty Plea

    02/27/2010 7:04:49 AM PST · by opentalk · 21 replies · 677+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 23, 2010, | Jim Hoft
    Jennifer Daskal is a radical far left American lawyer who serves as senior counsel for Human Rights Watch, and focuses on issues of terrorism, criminal law and immigration. She is also currently a political hire at Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, which is seeking to prosecute terror suspects through the criminal justice system instead of through military tribunals. In 2008, Daskal claimed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was tortured and recommended that his guilty plea be thrown out of court. Now this radical is working for the Obama Administration. It figures.Human Rights Watch reported: ---Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others announced...
  • Better check under LaHood

    02/05/2010 3:38:42 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 605+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 05, 2010 | Editorial
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood put Toyota's stock price into free-fall Wednesday, telling a House committee that Americans with cars made by the Japanese auto company should stop driv ing them. LaHood was addressing an issue of some significance: Toyota's recall of some 2.3 million vehicles due to a faulty gas-pedal design. "My advice is, if anybody owns one of these vehicles, stop driving it," he said. But the company says the cars are safe to drive until repairs can be scheduled -- and LaHood swiftly backtracked. On its surface, LaHood's gaffe is just the latest instance of foot-in-mouth thoughtlessness for...
  • Holder hasn't revealed Justice Dept lawyers who defended Gitmo detainees

    01/23/2010 2:03:22 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies · 817+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/23/10 | Byron York
    You may remember that more than two months ago, amid the controversy over the Obama administration's decision to grant full American constitutional rights to, and hold a civilian trial for, accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Eric Holder about Justice Department lawyers who before joining the Obama/Holder team had represented Guantanamo detainees or worked for groups representing them. Grassley pointed to one high-ranking Obama Justice official who formerly represented Osama bin Laden's driver and another who works on detainee issues despite previous advocacy for detainees. "This prior representation, I think, creates a conflict...
  • Obama's Pick to Head Watch-List Review Shows Conflict of Interest, Ideological Problems

    01/01/2010 10:54:34 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 11 replies · 1,040+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | Jan. 1, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    There's a massive conflict of interest -- along with ideological problems -- in Barack Obama's questionable pick to head the review of the failing watch-list "system" that carelessly allowed terrorist Abdulmutallab to get on board the flight to Detroit to try and blow it up. The questionable pick is one John Brennan, and here are his two biggest flaws as they relate to his ability to be able to conduct a competent and ethical review of the watch-list "system."
  • (D-MT) Baucus nominated girlfriend for U.S. Attorney job (nothing to see here folks)

    12/05/2009 8:12:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies · 1,296+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/5/2009 | Manu Raju
    Max Baucus, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, recommended that the White House nominate his girlfriend as a U.S. attorney in Montana, his office announced late Friday night. Earlier this year, Baucus recommended that the White House consider Melodee Hanes and two other names for the U.S. attorney post – at the same time that the senator was carrying on a romantic relationship with Hanes, who had been his state director. Baucus was separated with his wife at the time when the two began their involvement, according to a source familiar with the situation, and now the two are...
  • Judge fines attorney $20,000, mocks eligibility challenge

    10/13/2009 12:26:51 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 73 replies · 3,235+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 13, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    A Georgia judge has blasted attorney Orly Taitz, who has handled a number of court challenges to President Barack Obama's eligibility under the constitutional demand the Oval Office be occupied only by a "natural born" citizen, fining her $20,000 for what he called "frivolous" court actions, and he then mocked the concern over Obama's background. "Although counsel's present concern is the location of the president's birth, it does not take much imagination to extend the theory to his birthday," wrote U.S. District Judge Clay Land in an order released today. "Perhaps, he looks 'too young' to be president, and he...
  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Refuses to Prosecute President Obama

    08/03/2009 6:14:28 PM PDT · by Danae · 11 replies · 896+ views ^ | 7/2/09 | Phil Berg
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; his Staff; and the United States Department of Justice to which he Over-Sees Violated the Code of Federal Regulations as well as Federal Criminal Laws Pertaining to their Conflict-of-Interest Berg’s Qui Tam Case [False Claims Act] against Barry Soetoro a/k/a Barack H. Obama and Berg has filed a Motion for Reconsideration (Washington, DC – 07/02/2009) - Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the first Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama's lack of Constitutional "qualifications/eligibility" to serve as President of the United States and his cases that are still pending in Federal Court,...
  • Pelosi AWOL as Mollohan Still Controls Budget of Those Investigating Him

    07/17/2009 9:34:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 355+ views
    NLPC ^ | July 16, 2009 | John Carlisle
    Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) has been under investigation for more than three years after NLPC exposed his cozy relationships with the recipients of earmarks that he sponsored. Yet, as chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, he has jurisdiction over the budget of the Justice Department, which includes the FBI, the very entity that is investigating him. Mollohan claims he recused himself in a January 2007 letter to the full Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) but he refuses to release the letter. Republicans say they have never seen it.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is AWOL on the issue, having said nothing since she...
  • Obama Orders Burger For NBC's Brian Williams

    05/29/2009 12:11:06 PM PDT · by politicalhub · 31 replies · 1,387+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 05/29/2009 |
    During a visit to a local Five Guys hamburger joint, President Obama ordered lunch for himself, some of his staff and NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams.
  • Labor of Love

    04/28/2009 5:36:42 PM PDT · by americanophile · 158+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 27, 2009 | Bret Baier
    Some reporters are questioning the White House commitment to transparency. The Washington Times reports the administration is giving up on transparency by the labor unions. The labor Department is allowing union officials to skirt conflict of interest reporting rules. It said bringing enforcement actions against union leaders who violate the law, "would not be a good use of resources."
  • Obama's Change is Same-Old, Same-Old

    01/19/2009 2:40:40 PM PST · by pharmamom · 4 replies · 285+ views
    The D.C. Examiner ^ | Monday, January 19, 2009 | Timothy P. Carney
    A telecommunications company has confirmed for this columnist that its vice president for policy—who is also an Obama donor and a former lobbyist—is advising Barack Obama’s transition team on telecom policy. Obama’s transition team, which has failed to disclose this executive’s involvement, happens to have proposed a significant change in telecom policy that will profit that very company, called Clearwire. ...snip... Salemme, a former telecom lobbyist who has given thousands to Obama, including $5,000 to Obama’s transition team, has helped Obama craft a policy that will benefit Salemme’s company. This is just the sort of arrangement that led to years...
  • Franking Privileges or Barney Blows It

    01/13/2009 3:56:44 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 19 replies · 927+ views
    Vanity ^ | 1-13-2009 | Dick Bachert
    Every time I catch sight of that flaming queen, Barney Frank (whom some have dubbed “The Banking Queen), lecturing some business or banking type from his perch in a House hearing room, I want to HURL! Let me see if I have this straight. And to borrow a line from a Jim Carey film “SOMEBODY stop me” if I get any part of it wrong: Barney and some of his cohorts (Dodd, Schumer, et al) FORCED banks to make mortgage loans to people who had no prospect of making the payments under threat of losing their bank charters; For a...
  • Bush special envoy in Iraqi debt controversy: report

    10/12/2004 5:35:28 PM PDT · by TexKat · 1 replies · 665+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/12/04
    LONDON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush's special envoy for Iraqi debt, James Baker, is simultaneously working for a commercial concern that is trying to recover money from Iraq, a British newspaper said. The Guardian said that Baker, a former US secretary of state, has a reported 180-million-dollar (150-million-euro) stake in the merchant bank and defence contractor the Carlyle Group. This consortium, it said, is secretly proposing to collect 27 billion dollars on behalf of Kuwait, one of Iraq's biggest creditors, by using high-level political influence. According to the Guardian, the Carlyle Group claims that Baker will not benefit...
  • High court to rule when judges must bow out

    11/14/2008 12:59:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 556+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/14/8 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
    The Supreme Court stepped into a sensitive dispute Friday over a state judge's decision to participate in a case that involved a key campaign supporter. The justices typically avoid cases about judicial ethics, but they agreed to review the actions of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice whose vote overturned a $50 million verdict against a company that is run by the most generous backer of his election. The high court's decision comes amid growing concern over the role of money in electing state judges. Don Blankenship, the chief executive of Massey Energy Co., spent more than $3 million to...
  • Ifill as Moderator: How did this happen??? (Vanity)

    10/01/2008 7:09:00 PM PDT · by wingsof liberty · 67 replies · 1,136+ views
    This is beyond belief. Its bad enough the moderator of tomorrow nights debate is an outspoken Obama supporter. But the fact that she has a pro-Obama book set to be released on inauguration day 2009 and thus has a vested interest in seeing Obama elected was the icing on the cake. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??? Or more importantly, why is the McCain campaign not up in arms about it? If the moderator was a known McCain supporter you can bet the Obama campaign would be crying foul, as would their MSM cronies. This is no different then a lawyer defending...
  • Bush scrambles to save $700B bailout plan

    09/26/2008 7:00:44 AM PDT · by wilco200 · 79 replies · 1,287+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/26/08 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee declared Friday that an agreement on legislation to relieve a spreading financial crisis depends on House Republicans "dropping this revolt" against President Bush. Rep. Barney Frank said leading Democrats on Capitol Hill were shocked by the level of divisiveness that surfaced at a White House meeting Thursday, not long after key congressional players of both parties declared they'd achieved the broad outlines of an agreement on a bill implementing the administration's proposed $700 billion bailout plan.
  • Moderation is her style (Gwen Ifill writing Obama book)

    09/11/2008 10:54:30 AM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 18 replies · 413+ views
    The Washington Post (via Providence Journal) ^ | September 10, 2008 | Howard Kurtz
    Ifill is working on a book called Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, focusing on the Democratic nominee and such up-and-coming black politicians as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
  • N.C. congressman Shuler, TVA swap land

    08/14/2008 7:42:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 195+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/14/8 | Josh Flory
    U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., on panel that oversees federal agency - TVA has approved a water-access deal for a development group whose investors include U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., who sits on a committee that exercises oversight of the federal utility. On June 3, TVA CEO Tom Kilgore approved a transaction that provides 145 feet of water-access rights along the shoreline of Watts Bar Reservoir in Roane County to an entity called The Cove at Blackberry Ridge LLC. In exchange, The Cove agreed to relinquish 150 feet of water-access rights in Rhea County and also provide approximately $15,000 for...