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  • Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix

    06/29/2016 12:58:03 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 58 replies
    ABC 15-Arizona ^ | 9:50 AM, Jun 29, 2016 | Christopher Sign
    PHOENIX - Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email and hours before the public release of the Benghazi report, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton. The private meeting took place on the west side of Sky Harbor International Airport on board a parked private plane. Former President Clinton was visiting the Phoenix area and arrived to Sky Harbor Monday evening to depart. Clinton was notified Lynch would be arriving at the airport soon and waited for her arrival. Lynch was arriving in Phoenix for a planned visit as part of her...
  • Political conflicts of interest galore go uncovered in witch hunt against Trump.

    05/31/2016 9:14:25 AM PDT · by GilGil · 14 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/31/2016 | Michael Vadon
    Who is the “California federal judge” who not only granted “class certification” to the lawsuit against Trump — but then assigned the two law firms now involved with the case? That would be Gonzalo Curiel. Who is he? Trump has gotten flak for referring to Curiel’s Mexican heritage (he was born in Indiana). Yet right here the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association is making a point of honoring Curiel for “his leadership and support to the community and to our Association!” — exclamation point theirs. The “community” in question is not the San Diego community of all ethnic groups,...
  • Obama Admin Deletes Conflict Of Interest Disclosures For Top Bureaucrats

    05/26/2016 10:22:20 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Conflict of interest disclosure reports filed by top federal officials were removed from public view by the Obama administration in recent months, a move that government transparency and accountability advocates condemn as a major setback. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) reports are the primary tool that watchdog journalists, political activists and interested voters can use to guard against presidential appointees using their positions to enrich themselves or others.
  • Possible Conflict at Heart of Clinton Foundation

    05/22/2016 9:55:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 84 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 22, 2016 | ALBERT R. HUNT
    The Clinton Foundation, which has done a number of good works over the past 15 years, would appear to present an inherent conflict of interest should Mrs. Clinton become president, and possibly does even now with her as a candidate. Mrs. Clinton has suggested that if she is elected, the foundation — which collects contributions from wealthy interests, including foreign governments — would continue basically as is. “If Bill seeks to raise large sums of money from donors who also have an interest in U.S. policy, the public will rightly question whether the grants affected United States foreign policy,” said...
  • Rookie judge to preside over Benghazi trial

    07/13/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    wa po ^ | July 7, 2014 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    Casey Cooper is new to the bench, but he’s well-connected . Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted — but well-connected — U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years ... Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles, Marimow notes. His wife, Amy Jeffress, worked at the Justice Department as a national security adviser to the...
  • Hillary Clinton's Greatest Fear from FBI Probe Isn't About Email

    04/11/2016 2:56:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 4/11/16 | David Zeiler
    When the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concludes its investigation of the Hillary Clinton private email server, the worst damage is not likely to come from the former secretary of state having classified information stored on a private server. Earlier this year the FBI probe expanded into possible violations of public corruption laws resulting from her role as secretary of state and her association with the Clinton Foundation."The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts, and whether regular processes were followed," an intelligence source told FOX News.The concern is that Clinton,...
  • TV Pundits Praise Hillary Clinton On Air, Fail to Disclose Financial Ties to Her Campaign

    02/27/2016 3:20:58 AM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | february 25, 2016 | lee fang
    Tune into television coverage of the presidential campaign and undoubtedly you will hear from various pundits described as “former campaign strategists” and “political contributors” explaining the latest developments of the race. But in many cases, these pundits — though introduced as neutral experts on campaigns or party politics — in fact have financial ties to the candidates they praise on the air. Several consultants who work at firms retained by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her affiliated Super PACs appear regularly on the major television networks, frequently touting Clinton. A review of pundits on the major networks and cable news also found one prominent pundit who often praised Jeb...
  • Ten Thousand Demand Chris Matthews’ Suspension, MSNBC Silent

    02/13/2016 1:48:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    A MoveOn.org petition demanding that MSNBC suspend "Hardball" host Chris Matthews has garnered just under 10,000 signatures, even as the network has refused to address what Huffington Post called a "clear conflict of interest." The petition began in response to outrage over Matthews' "constant shilling for Hillary Clinton." The number of petition signees has almost tripled in size since The Daily Caller reported that Hillary Clinton's biggest donors are bankrolling the congressional campaign of Matthews' wife, Kathleen. One woman who signed the petition said was "crying thinking 'my' media source is so biased." Another petitioner called Matthews' behavior an "egregious"...
  • Bill Sammon, Brooke Sammon and Marco Rubio

    02/05/2016 6:52:35 AM PST · by WellyP · 12 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 28, 2016 | Jack Davis
    Bill Sammon is a Fox News Vice President and in charge of the Fox News ... His daughter, Brooke Sammon, is Marco Rubio's Press Secretary. “...his daughter works for the Rubio campaign, he’s one of the executives on Fox that writes the debate questions so maybe he has his own ulterior motives..."
  • US education official apologizes for poor judgment, behavior

    02/02/2016 12:17:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2016 3:14 AM EST | Tami Abdollah
    A senior Education Department official is apologizing for what he acknowledged was poor judgment and "unacceptable" behavior related to working on his side businesses with subordinates, failing to pay taxes on his profits and awarding a government contract to a friend's company. The department's chief information officer, Danny Harris, who's set to testify before a congressional hearing scheduled Tuesday, received counseling but was not expected to receive any further punishment. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges related to his acknowledged failure to report income from his side business to the Internal Revenue Service. ...
  • Planned Parenthood Board Member Works in Office of D.A. Who Is Prosecuting Pro-Life Investigator

    01/27/2016 4:23:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Christian News ^ | 1/27/16 | Heather Clark
    **SNIP** There have also been concerns following the discovery that a prosecutor in the Harris County district attorney's Division of Criminal Family Law also serves as a director on the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. According to reports, Lauren Reeder told District Attorney Devon Anderson earlier this year about her work with the abortion giant in order to be "transparent." However, she also said that she didn't see a conflict of interest in the situation. "I don't think there's any conflict in my dual roles in two separate organizations," Reeder told reporters.
  • Mark Levin saya he is being threatened by a campaign

    01/21/2016 3:35:24 PM PST · by alpo · 173 replies
    Mark Levin Show
    Mark Levin opened his radio show with the disclosure a political campaign was attempt to intimidate him by disclosing his fiancee's son works in Ted Cruz's DC office. He said he is going to find out and identify who it is. He doesn't believe it is the Trump group.
  • Mark Levin's fiancee's son works for Ted Cruz.

    01/21/2016 3:36:03 PM PST · by Enduro Guy · 252 replies
    So... I heard straight from the great one's mouth. Mark Levin's fiancee's son works for Ted Cruz.
  • Hillary aide paid by private firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State (Huma)

    09/29/2015 5:29:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2015 | John Solomon & Kelly Riddell
    Ethics experts question arrangement, see conflicts of interestWhile still working at the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton confidant Huma Abedin was paid by the private consulting firm Teneo Holdings to help stage a star-studded reception that included her boss’ husband, Bill Clinton, along with George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as speakers just days after the Benghazi tragedy, The Washington Times has learned. Ms. Abedin’s work on the Sept. 20, 2012 event at the glamorous Essex House in New York City helped entertain potential Teneo clients, wowing them with access to three former world leaders on...
  • Giuliani: Hillary Clinton Should Be Under Investigation For Five Different Crimes

    07/29/2015 10:52:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Media-ite ^ | 7-29-15 | Alex Griswold
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said that if he was still a U.S. Attorney, he’d have former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton under investigation for five different crimes. “I believe she should be under investigation by the United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York for obstruction of justice, for destroying government property,” he said on CNN’s New Day. “I think its clear that she had a conflict of interest, her husband getting hundreds of millions of dollars, she’s making decisions about companies and about corporations that he’s getting money from. I think they filed a joint...
  • Baltimore prosecutor’s swift action, link to victim’s lawyer raise questions

    05/02/2015 4:53:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 02, 2015
    The Maryland prosecutor who brought charges Friday against six Baltimore police officers within hours of receiving a medical examiner’s report on the death of Freddie Gray is facing accusations that her swift action was over zealous and perhaps politically motivated. The Baltimore police union leader, Gene Ryan, made the most clear-cut accusations, after he raised concerns about Marilyn Mosby being married to City Councilman Nick Mosby. “It is clear that your husband’s political future will be impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation,” Ryan, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, wrote Mosby after her...
  • Clarice Feldman: The Clintons' Little Tin Box

    04/26/2015 10:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    ~snip~ And here’s what we learned went into the Clinton Foundation’s “Little Tin Box” 1.) Millions from a Russian named Pinchuk,who trades with Iran:Victor Pinchuk is a businessman active in Ukraine who owns the EastOne Group investing company and the Interpipe Group, Ukraine's biggest pipe manufacturer. He is the second richest man in Ukraine and is heavily involved in politics as a former member of parliament who is also married to the daughter of a former Ukrainian president. He is also the largest individual donor to the Clinton Foundation. And not just the Foundation, but also the spinoff Clinton Global...
  • Congressman admits relationship with airline lobbyist

    04/16/2015 3:16:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2015 6:01 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    The chairman of the House committee that handles aviation legislation has acknowledged he has a private, personal relationship with an airline industry lobbyist. Rep. Bill Shuster is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Pennsylvania Republican acknowledged his relationship with Shelley Rubino in a statement Thursday but said she doesn’t lobby him. Rubino works for Airlines for America, a trade association for major U.S. airlines. …
  • Sex, romance would be a conflict of interest under NC General Assembly proposal

    03/18/2015 7:47:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | 03/17/2015 | Colin Campbell
    One month after the State Ethics Commission ruled that sex between lobbyists and government officials doesn’t constitute a gift, a bipartisan group of N.C. House members filed legislation Tuesday to make it clear that sexual and romantic relationships are indeed a conflict of interest. House Bill 252 would require legislators and other government officials to recuse themselves if they’re in a “current dating relationship or current sexual relationship” with a lobbyist who stands to benefit from the issue at hand. While the legislation doesn’t offer a definition of a “current sexual relationship,” it does provide one for a “current dating...
  • Schabas to quit UNHRC Gaza probe over Israeli bias claims

    02/02/2015 7:09:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/03/2015 04:51 | (Reuters, Tovah Lazaroff)
    Canadian legal expert William Schabas said on Monday he would resign his post as head of a UN Human Rights Council inquiry into the 2014 Gaza war, after Israel charged that he had worked as a consultant for the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2012. In a letter on the matter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, Schabas said he would step down immediately to prevent the issue from overshadowing the preparation of the report, which is due to be published in March. Schabas’ departure highlights the sensitivity of the UN investigation just weeks after prosecutors at the International...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 BigGovernment.com 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 BigGovernment.com, 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...