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  • James Taranto Outs Himself (Again)

    05/22/2007 4:46:44 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 11 replies · 662+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | May 21, 2007 | The Stiletto
    In a classic example of misleading by omission, editor James Taranto’s bio states, "He attended California State University, Northridge." In a commentary about Marilee Jones, who had lied to her bosses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology about her educational credentials for 28 years, Taranto belatedly fills in the blanks: I left high school after my sophomore year; and although I spent several years in college, I never bothered to graduate. Noting that "[b]y all accounts Marilee Jones did an excellent job," Taranto brushes aside the central issue in her dismissal - "[o]stensibly Ms. Jones was forced out because she...
  • Toll road foe a powerful force

    05/20/2007 3:00:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 881+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | May 19, 2007 | Patrick Driscoll
    In many ways, Terri Hall was on a collision course with Texas toll road policies long before she and her family loaded up their van and drove from California to the Hill Country three years ago. A lifetime of volunteering, a hunger for staying on top of politics, and strong religious and moral convictions helped hone Hall's activist instincts. Her brains, drive, superb speaking skills, engaging personality and wholesome good looks — noted by friends and enemies alike — make Hall especially effective. They help explain why this 37-year-old mother of six is a leading force in a populist assault...
  • HER (Pelosi's) $AN FRAN (Pork) TREAT

    05/08/2007 7:02:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies · 966+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 8, 2007 | Geoff Earle
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used her clout to get lawmakers to back a San Francisco redevelopment project near her multimillion-dollar rental properties, disclosure documents reveal. Pelosi got House members to authorize $25 million to improve the Embarcadero port area, clearing the way for cruise-ship-dock development and other improvements to aid the neighborhood's comeback. [Snip] "The appearance is obviously not good, and she needs to be forthcoming about how this impacts her financial interest," Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) told The Post. [Snip] Pelosi is the ninth richest member of the House, according to last year's disclosure reports, with stocks and real-estate...
  • Conflict-of-Interest Inquiry May Be Reopening at NIH

    03/31/2007 9:49:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 283+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 31, 2007 | Rick Weiss
    Federal investigators are reviewing the activities of 103 scientists who may have had improper links to pharmaceutical companies while they were employed at the National Institutes of Health, apparently resurrecting a conflict-of-interest inquiry that many in the agency thought was closed. In a letter sent to several members of Congress on March 23 and made public yesterday, Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, said his office is looking into the cases "to determine whether investigation is warranted." Levinson also wrote that his office is reviewing whether NIH is adequately monitoring potential conflicts of...
  • Guest editor program discontinued at Los Angeles Times

    03/27/2007 9:26:44 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 242+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | March 27, 2007 | AP
    LOS ANGELES- The Los Angeles Times has decided to scrap a guest editor program in which prominent outsiders would have occasionally planned the Sunday opinion and editorial section, the paper reported Tuesday. Publisher David D. Hiller said the program, whose debut section was killed last week over the selection of the first editor, had become a distraction... Hiller spiked last week's section after revelations that the guest editor, Hollywood producer Brian Grazer, had a business relationship that might have suggested he had received favored treatment in landing the assignment. Grazer was represented by publicist Kelly Mullens, who dated Times Editorial...
  • Diane Feinstein resigns [from Senate subcommittee]

    03/22/2007 6:54:27 AM PDT · by zendari · 67 replies · 3,278+ views
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein. As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects,...
  • NJ Governor Corzine Reveals More Gifts to His Ex-girlfriend (President of the CWA Union)

    03/04/2007 4:03:16 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 20 replies · 875+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | March 4, 2007 | DEBORAH HOWLETT
    Gov. Jon Corzine has acknowledged for the first time that, while a candidate for governor in 2005, he gave state workers union leader Carla Katz, his former girlfriend, substantial gifts beyond what he previously disclosed. The gifts were made to avoid "ongoing financial connections" after their serious, two-year relationship ended in the summer of 2004, Corzine told The Star-Ledger. Corzine previously said that he forgave a $470,000 mortgage on Katz's home in Hunterdon County, but he had not spoken publicly of other gifts. In an interview Friday he refused to provide the amounts or any other details, but indicated they...
  • Reid: It's A GOP Smear Campaign

    10/18/2006 7:54:06 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 67 replies · 1,786+ views
    Nuke's news and views ^ | 10-18-06 | nuke gingrich
    Harry Reid says: “I believe in ensuring all facts come to light.” However, two years after $1.1 million was paid directly to Reid for the sale of land which he no longer personally owned, he announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress… to more fully account for the Las Vegas land deal, which was reported last week in a story by the AP. [After initially refusing to discuss the matter - Reid reportedly hung up on the AP reporter when asked about it - he has since offered to amend his financial disclosures link] Reid labeled the AP...
  • Sandy Berger's Company (Stonebridge International) - Lee Hamilton on Board of Directors (Vanity)

    09/10/2006 11:54:36 AM PDT · by khnyny · 33 replies · 1,351+ views
    Lee Hamilton (co-chair) of the 911 Commission is on the Board of Directors of Sandy Berger's company - Stonebridge International. I saw another freeper post this and thought it warranted its own vanity thread.
  • Michael J. Gerson, Former Top Bush Aide, Joins Council on Foreign Relations

    08/24/2006 8:30:03 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 17 replies · 442+ views
    U.S Newswire ^ | Aug 15, 2006 | Lisa Shields
    Michael J. Gerson, President George W. Bush's longtime speechwriter and adviser, joined the Council on Foreign Relations as senior fellow on July 31. He will author a book on the future of conservatism, and speak and write on issues such as global health and development, religion and foreign policy, and the democracy agenda. "I am thrilled to welcome Mike to the Council," said President Richard N. Haass. "It is not just that he is one of the country's great writers, which he most certainly is. It is also that he is one of this country's most important thinkers-someone in a...
  • Courting Chaos

    05/17/2006 6:47:50 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 15 replies · 485+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 17, 2006 | Kris W. Kobach
      Courting Chaos: Senate Proposal Undermines Immigration Lawby Kris W. Kobach WebMemo #1083 May 17, 2006 |   | Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has rolled out a massive amnesty for more than 11 million illegal aliens. Rewarding aliens who have violated federal law is bad enough. However, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) does much more than that. Buried deep inside the bill—beginning at page 540—are provisions that would radically alter our immigration courts, making them far less likely to enforce and implement the law faithfully. Not surprisingly, these items have not caught the attention of...
  • Court name game aims to bust pot case

    03/10/2006 1:18:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 326+ views
    LANCASTER - The local deputy alternate public defender has requested all judges serving the Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse be disqualified from the case of a man charged with marijuana possession with the intent to sell, because of the supervisor's involvement in the courthouse and use of his office's money to support a task force responsible for his client's arrest. The defense attorney, Walter Katz, described his motion as a unique one "that could have far-reaching consequences" in the Los Angeles County legal community. In effect, because Antonovich's name is on the courthouse, and because his office provided funds...

    03/03/2006 7:07:54 PM PST · by Mia T · 214 replies · 8,442+ views
    O'Reilly Factor | 3.03.06 | Mia T
    DICK MORRIS: CLINTON IS A PAID AGENT OF THE CROWN PRINCE OF DUBAI by Mia T, 03.03.06   A CALL TO IMPEACH CLINTON IN ABSENTIA by Mia T, 11.17.05         id you see it? More to the point, did the American press? bill clinton made page one of Al Jazeera today. A schizophrenic mix of schadenfreude and agitprop, it was the story of an impeached ex-president of America trashing America--to standing Os--in the Arab state of Dubai--in the middle of a war zone--only several hundred miles from the American troops. And, to rub it in, the...
  • CA: Conflict of interest found for UC provost - Despite violations (got paid leave/offer of new job)

    12/22/2005 9:55:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 231+ views ^ | 12/22/05 | Tanya Schevitz, Todd Wallack
    The University of California's former No. 2 official, who resigned under a cloud last month, violated conflict-of-interest rules by helping to create a management job for a friend with whom she owned rental property, a UC investigation concluded Wednesday. In addition, UC investigators found that a subordinate for the former official, ex-Provost M.R.C. Greenwood, had improperly helped create an internship for Greenwood's son, though they couldn't find evidence he had done so at Greenwood's direction. The subordinate, university Vice President Winston Doby, 65, remains on administrative leave while UC auditors look into two other hires in which he was involved....
  • Report: Corzine invested $7M with casino operator

    08/07/2005 10:47:41 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 44 replies · 863+ views
    Newsday ^ | August 5, 2005 | AP Wire
    TRENTON, N.J. -- Just over a month before he jumped into the governor's race, U.S. Sen. Jon S. Corzine sank $7 million into a firm owned and controlled by one of the state's casino operators. The investment with Icahn Partners LP, a hedge fund headed by Carl Icahn, earned Corzine up to $100,000 by the end of last year, according to the Democrat's Senate financial disclosure statement. Corzine in a published report Friday conceded that if he defeats Republican Doug Forrester in November, the investment could run afoul of a state law that largely restricts governors from holding financial interests...
  • Alito's Sock Drawer (WSJ Editorial - They Always Nail the Issue)

    11/13/2005 10:21:38 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 15 replies · 1,075+ views
    Alito's Sock Drawer If you can't beat him on philosophy, try ethics. Monday, November 14, 2005 12:01 a.m. EST Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito must be sailing toward Senate confirmation. We say this because his opponents--who know they can't beat him on credentials or judicial philosophy--are now rolling out the "ethics" machinery. The eight Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote last week to the chief judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals demanding more information about Judge Alito's participation in a 2002 case called Monga v. Ottenberg. On Thursday, Chairman Arlen Specter urged the nominee to give a...
  • Ethics complaint against governor dropped without investigation

    10/28/2005 6:11:37 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 8 replies · 299+ views
    AP State Wire ^ | October 28, 2005 | TOM CHORNEAU
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's political watchdog agency has closed an ethics complaint into Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's magazine consulting contract without conducting any investigation into whether the agreement violated conflict of interest laws, according to documents released Friday. The Fair Political Practices Commission concluded that there is no provision in state law that allows the agency to sanction a statewide elected official - such as the governor or the Attorney General - for conflict of interest. Therefore, they reasoned, the agency had no reason to carry out a probe into the question, documents obtained by The Associated Press under the...
  • Strategic reserves -- no strategy

    09/01/2005 12:29:37 AM PDT · by Brian Allen · 2 replies · 190+ views ^ | Wednesday September 1 2005 | Alan Reynolds
    Hurricane Katrina slashed U.S. oil production by 1.4 million barrels a day -- the global equivalent of suddenly losing two-thirds of all oil produced by Iraq or Kuwait. "President George W. Bush has responded quickly to Hurricane Katrina," said a Bloomberg report, "suggesting that Hurricane Ivan last year taught him a lesson about opening up the reserve." Energy Secretary Bodman announced he had "approved a request for a loan of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve" and "continues to review other requests as they come in.'' That announcement should have been made by the president at least a week before...
  • Before and After, Supplements in the Picture - Schwarzenegger stays connected (Ethics issues arise)

    07/23/2005 11:41:13 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 578+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 23, 2005 | Robert Salladay and Dan Morain
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ended his $8-million contract with a muscle magazine publisher last week. But his deep emotional, political and business ties to bodybuilding — and to the supplement industry that feeds it — won't be so easily severed. Since becoming governor, Schwarzenegger has remained closely involved with the bodybuilding world and with the supplement companies whose products promise such things as ripped muscles, "thermonuclear" energy and better sex. According to documents and interviews with industry leaders, Schwarzenegger has continued to give the industry advice. He has participated in private meetings about government regulations. The governor also received...
  • CA: Governor's muscle magazines packed with ads for supplements

    07/14/2005 7:10:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 500+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/14/05 | Beth Fouhy - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tucked deep in the August 2005 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine, past the photographs of men with chiseled muscles and stories such as "How I Built the World's Biggest Chest," is a glossy, two-page article proclaiming "It's Now Or Never!" The article details the bodybuilding industry's efforts to block state and federal regulations on nutritional supplements. It also proclaims the support of a powerful spokesman, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story describes how Schwarzenegger attended a private meeting with bodybuilding executives at the Arnold Classic in March to vow a united front in the battle...
  • CA: Filings show Schwarzenegger gets millions as fitness consultant

    07/14/2005 10:10:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 521+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/14/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is being paid $1 million a year for his role as a consultant to a company that publishes several fitness magazines, a deal critics say represents a serious conflict of interest for the former bodybuilding champion. The payments, revealed Wednesday in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, are from Schwarzenegger's consulting job with American Media Operations, a subsidiary of the company that publishes Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazines, among others. Critics say the contract is a conflict of interest because Schwarzenegger's pay comes from the magazines' advertising revenue and the magazines...
  • CA: Gov. to Be Paid $8 Million by Fitness Magazines

    07/14/2005 10:00:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 488+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/14/05 | Peter Nicholas and Robert Salladay
    SACRAMENTO — Two days before he was sworn into office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger accepted a consulting job paying an estimated $8 million over five years to "further the business objectives" of a national publisher of health and bodybuilding magazines. The contract pays Schwarzenegger 1% of the magazines' advertising revenue, much of which comes from makers of nutritional supplements. Last year, the governor vetoed legislation that would have imposed government regulations on the supplement industry. According to records filed Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Schwarzenegger entered into the agreement with a subsidiary of American Media Inc. on Nov. 15,...
  • Rep. Wu conflict of interest

    05/17/2005 12:30:40 PM PDT · by blues-train · 2 replies · 270+ views
    Oregonian ^ | May 13, 2005 | Jeff Manning
    Rep. Wu acts to aid Wiederhorn The Oregon congressman writes asking that an inmate, part of the Capital Consultants scandal, be kept in state for medical care Friday, May 13, 2005 JEFF MANNING U.S. Rep. David Wu has intervened in the case of imprisoned Portland executive Andrew Wiederhorn, urging the chief of the federal prison system to hold off on a plan to transfer Wiederhorn to a Minnesota prison hospital. Calling Wiederhorn his "friend and constituent," Wu, D-Ore., said in a May 10 letter to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons that Wiederhorn needs special treatment for diabetes and should be...
  • Army Radio Journalist Admits 'Conspiracy of Silence'

    05/13/2005 8:05:22 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14:07 May 13, '05 / 4 Iyar 5765
    Army Radio Journalist Admits 'Conspiracy of Silence' 14:07 May 13, '05 / 4 Iyar 5765 A leading Army Radio journalist has confessed that the media and political systems have turned a blind eye in allowing/encouraging the disengagement at the price of democracy. "I have failed. We have failed," wrote Kaveh Shafran, political affairs correspondent for Israel Army Radio (Galei Tzahal) in a recent article for the Israeli Institute for Democracy. "As a diplomatic correspondent, I was among those who in the past year were supposed to tell the public exactly what is the disengagement plan, why it was created, how...
  • Clinton Judge Blasts Hillary's Accuser

    05/11/2005 11:51:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 114 replies · 3,733+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/11/05 | Carl Limbacher
    U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz is blasting Sen. Hillary Clinton's key accuser, Peter Paul, whose allegations spurred the indictment of David Rosen, the finance chairman for Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign. In a trial that began Tuesday in Los Angeles with Judge Matz presiding, Rosen is charged with filing false reports to the Federal Election Commission in connection with an August 2000 Hollywood gala fund-raiser that Paul produced. While outlining instructions he intends to give the jury, Judge Matz, who was appointed by President Clinton, called Paul "a thoroughly discredited, corrupt individual." "He's a con artist. The fact that he...
  • U.N. Probes Official's Stint With Kerry [Kerry's 'international' backers]

    05/05/2005 5:54:01 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 23 replies · 889+ views
    New York Sun ^ | May 5, 2005 | BY BENNY AVNI
    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is investigating whether a senior official at one of its agencies, Justin Leites, violated U.N. rules and the organization's spirit of international neutrality by taking a paid leave of absence last year to work as a Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign official in his home state of Maine.
  • Division of Family Services Create Conflict of Interest.

    05/04/2005 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Missouri Voice · 416+ views
    Missouri Leadership ^ | May 2, 2005 | Missouri Leadership
    Greene County Division of Family Services Surreptitiously Invite Prosecutor and Defendant to same Meeting: Conflict of Interest Questioned. May 2, 2005 During a recent Family Services Team Meeting conducted by the Greene County Division of Family Services a serious conflict of interest was recorded. Sitting at the same table as the father in this open disclosure meeting was a Greene County Prosecutor. Jill Patterson, the prosecutor, recently leveled charges of child abuse against the Father for an incident that allegedly occurred in December of 2001. The Father has plead Not Guilty in the case which is currently working it's way...
  • Greer Got Donation From Mike Schiavo's Lawyer

    03/25/2005 9:16:25 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 83 replies · 2,660+ views ^ | Friday, March 25, 2005 10:57 p.m. EST
    Friday, March 25, 2005 10:57 p.m. EST Greer Got Donation From Mike Schiavo's Lawyer Reclaiming America, an organization backed by Rev. D. James Kennedy, reported that a serious conflict of interest may exist for the Fla. State Judge who is ruling on the Terri Schiavo case. The report from Reclaiming America follows: As if the circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo could not get any more suspicious, the Center for Reclaiming America has uncovered evidence that Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit Judge George W. Greer accepted a campaign contribution from the law firm of Michael Schiavo’s attorney only one day after "Terri’s Law” was...

    03/23/2005 8:15:17 PM PST · by Ohioan from Florida · 5,089 replies · 92,581+ views
    various ^ | 3/23/05 | many
    Day 5 going into Day 6 of no food or water for Terri. Affidavit of William Polk Cheshire, Jr., M.D., M.A., F.A.A.N., who Examined Terri Schiavo on 3/23/05: Florida DCF files petition for intervention:
  • Terri Schiavo's Parents Look to Florida Legislature to Save Their Daughter

    03/14/2005 12:10:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 776+ views ^ | March 14, 2005 | Steven Ertelt
    Tallahassee, FL ( -- Terri Schiavo's parents are running out of legal options. Last week, Judge George Greer overturned more than 10 motions designed to prevent their daughter from being starved to death. Now they're looking to the Florida legislature to save her. Bob and Mary Schindler, along with dozens of pro-life advocates, lobbied state lawmakers on Sunday to pass legislation that would protect Terri and other disabled people like her. The Florida legislature is considering a measure that would require courts and doctors to assume that disabled patients who are unable to make their own medical decisions would not...

    01/27/2005 11:31:20 PM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 674+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/28/05
    Paul Volcker was picked by U.N. Sec retary-General Kofi Annan to head an "independent" panel to investi gate the Oil-for-Food scandal ostensibly because of the former Federal Reserve chairman's international credibility. But credibility, like fame, can be fleeting — and Volcker's is fading fast. [snip] As Fox News Channel's Jonathan Hunt reported yesterday, Volcker is smack in the middle of the interlocking global corporations that appear to lie at the very heart of the scandal. Proceed slowly; it's complicated: [snip] * Volcker, along with a close friend named Paul Desmarais, Sr., sits on the advisory council of a Canadian...
  • Jennifer Loven and her "Objective" Reporting of Bush for the AP.

    09/25/2004 7:54:23 PM PDT · by timbuck2 · 38 replies · 1,597+ views
    AP Archives and LexisNexis ^ | 09/25/2004 | Whitman
    Here is a sampling of recent Loven quotes that have appeared on the AP Wire. HEADLINE: Bush claims Kerry and congressional liberals will hurt the economy BYLINE: By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer I like this juxtaposition to make Bush look bad. "Kerry has proposed paying for new initiatives by rolling back taxes only on the wealthiest Americans. Bush said, 'We're not going to let them tax anybody, because we're going to win in November.'" Why the use of the qualifier "only?" Obviously to make Kerry sound like a reasonable guy who reall yloves tax cuts as long as it...
  • SBC board member a big investor in MCI

    06/04/2004 9:42:41 AM PDT · by em2vn · 1 replies · 195+ views
    san francisco chronicle ^ | june 4 2004 | david lazarus
    <p>An SBC board member is also one of the largest investors in rival MCI -- a situation that Wall Street analysts and experts in business ethics say represents a clear conflict of interest.</p> <p>Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, 64, the richest man in Latin America and a major telecom investor, has sat on SBC's board since 1993. He served until last month as chairman of Telmex, Mexico's largest phone company, in which SBC holds an 8 percent stake.</p>
  • Hearing on Controversial Dem Memos Could Be Soon

    04/28/2004 6:10:35 AM PDT · by The Mayor · 35 replies · 212+ views
    CBNNews ^ | April 27, 2004 | David Brody Congressional Correspondent
    POLITICS Hearing on Controversial Dem Memos Could Be Soon By David Brody Congressional Correspondent April 27, 2004 The content of the memos detail how Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee seem to be taking marching orders from liberal special-interest groups, when it comes to derailing President Bush's judicial nominees. – CAPITOL HILL - Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee may find themselves on the hot seat soon, especially Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). CBN News has learned that there is a good chance the Senate will hold hearings on Democratic memos that reveal possible collusion and obstruction of justice between...
  • Gorelick allowed to draft report

    04/21/2004 10:17:22 PM PDT · by kattracks · 31 replies · 148+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/22/04 | Stephen Dinan and Charles Hurt
    <p>September 11 commission member Jamie S. Gorelick, who recused herself from questioning some Clinton administration officials last week, still can help draft parts of the board's final report on the "wall" between intelligence and law enforcement that she defended while in the Clinton Justice Department.</p>
  • Rush Limbaugh Predicts Gorelick Will Not Resign

    04/17/2004 12:02:31 PM PDT · by johnny7 · 35 replies · 158+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | April 17, 2004 | MND NEWSWIRE
    9/11 Commissioner Caught in Conflict of InterestSpeaking on his radio program Friday, talk show host Rush Limbaugh predicted 9/11 Commissioner and former Clinton Administration operative Jamie Gorelick would not resign her post despite the rising tide of criticism and questions over a potential conflict of interest."Gorelick won't resign because she has been ordered to protect Clinton, Reno and the Democrats," said Limbaugh.Gorelick's problems emerged on Tuesday when Attorney General John Ashcroft declassified a Justice Department memo (PDF) written by Gorelick in 1995 in her capacity as Deputy Attorney General under the Clinton Administration. The memo mandated a policy that would...
  • Jamie Gorelick Authored Conflict of Interest Booklet

    04/17/2004 7:09:58 AM PDT · by mass55th · 54 replies · 2,222+ views
    In 1989, Jamie Gorelick authored a 21 page booklet for The American Bar Association titled: "Conflicts of Interest in a Changing Legal Environment : Traps for the Unwary." Also in 1989, she co-authored "Destruction of Evidence" with Stephen Marzen and Lawrence Solum. Published in New York: Wiley Law Publications, Description: xxvii, 516 p. ; 27 cm. Series: Trial practice library.And again in 1989, she authored a 26 pages booklet for The American Bar Association titled: "Structuring the Internal Investigation When a Corporation is Faced With Parallel Civil, Criminal and Administrative Proceedings."In 1988, for The American Bar Association, she authored a...
  • **Richard Clarke Takes Position as ABC News Consultant**

    03/25/2004 8:47:38 PM PST · by Howlin · 357 replies · 667+ views
    ABC News | March 25, 2004
    I don't do this very often, so forgive me. I was watching the ABC program tonight on Donald Rumsfeld at 8 P.M. EST. Right in the middle of the show, here appears Richard Clarke, and down in the corner is the little ABC logo with the words ABC (SOMETHING) CONSULTANT. (Not sure what TYPE of consultant, but definitely CONSULTANT.
  • Imus vs. Stahl - Inside Politics (Calls her "gutless, lying weasel")

    03/25/2004 4:46:18 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 29 replies · 273+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/25/04 | Greg Pierce
    <p>Radio personality Don Imus called CBS' Lesley Stahl a "gutless, lying weasel" yesterday for abruptly canceling an interview during which Mr. Imus planned to hammer her about a conflict of interest, the New York Post reports.</p> <p>"I realize it's a little late in your life, honey, to start gettin' honest, but just say, 'I don't want to appear on the program ... because I heard what he said earlier this morning,' " Mr. Imus railed on his nationally syndicated radio program, which is also broadcast on cable-TV network MSNBC.</p>
  • CA: Senate won't check Perata (D-Oakland)

    03/13/2004 4:54:07 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 158+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Mar 13, 2004 | Andrew LaMar
    SACRAMENTO - A key Senate committee rejected a consumer group's call to investigate Sen. Don Perata and said the East Bay politician's financial dealings are "no cause for discipline." The bipartisan decision, sent in a letter dated Thursday to the group, gave Perata, D-Oakland, the vindication he sought after a newspaper reported he received about $100,000 in consulting fees that raised conflict-of-interest questions. The Senate Rules Committee concluded the matter did not meet 'the threshold" to spur a full inquiry. "A mere allegation that conduct 'looks bad' is not sufficient to trigger an ethics investigation," the committee's letter said. The...
  • Edwards gave loan to a federal judge-Conflict issue arose as senator’s spouse played role in case

    03/01/2004 5:02:28 PM PST · by pittsburgh gop guy · 28 replies · 273+ views
    The HILL ^ | March 2, 2004 | Geoff Earle
    Edwards gave loan to a federal judgeConflict issue arose as senator’s spouse played role in caseBy Geoff Earle In 1994, when Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) was still the biggest tort lawyer in North Carolina, he lent $30,000 to a federal bankruptcy judge who was then overseeing a case on which Edwards’s wife, Elizabeth, did much of the legal work. The judge, J. Rich Leonard, is a longtime friend of Edwards’s. Edwards, who won election to the Senate in 1998, did no business in Leonard’s courtroom. But in 1999, Leonard approved a $1 million contingency fee for Nicholls & Crampton,...
  • More judiciary memos await

    02/08/2004 11:54:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 29 replies · 219+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/09/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Republicans have "perhaps thousands" of internal Democratic judiciary memos like the 14 that caused a stir on Capitol Hill last fall, says a Republican staffer who resigned after an investigation into how the documents were obtained.</p> <p>"Only a small amount of [documents downloaded from Democratic computer servers] have been made public," said Manuel Miranda, former judicial-nominations counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. "The ones made public are the least indicting of the ones."</p>
  • Ex-U.S. Attorney General Ready To Defend Saddam

    12/15/2003 7:19:27 PM PST · by Senator Pardek · 331 replies · 965+ views ^ | Dec. 15 2003 | Mustafa Abdel-Halim
    CAIRO, December 15 ( – Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsy Clarke expressed readiness Sunday, December 14, to act as defense lawyer for ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, with western analysts suspecting the captured leader would be given fair trial. "Certainly, why not. I am ready to act in his defense," Clarke told shortly after the U.S. confirmed the detention of Saddam near Tikrit. Clarke, currently in Cairo to attend a two-day international anti-occupation conference, stressed that Saddam – however brutal – should be give a "fair, objective and impartial trial". "Saddam must be domestically prosecuted first and - if...
  • Revealed: how drug firms 'hoodwink' medical journals

    12/08/2003 9:10:37 AM PST · by trajanus_red · 10 replies · 202+ views
    The Observer ^ | Dec 7, 2004 | Antony Barnett
    Revealed: how drug firms 'hoodwink' medical journals Pharmaceutical giants hire ghostwriters to produce articles - then put doctors' names on them Antony Barnett, public affairs editor Sunday December 7, 2003 The Observer Hundreds of articles in medical journals claiming to be written by academics or doctors have been penned by ghostwriters in the pay of drug companies, an Observer inquiry reveals. The journals, bibles of the profession, have huge influence on which drugs doctors prescribe and the treatment hospitals provide. But The Observer has uncovered evidence that many articles written by so-called independent academics may have been penned by writers...
  • Report: Top National Health Officials Often Paid by Makers of Drugs They Monitor

    12/07/2003 10:57:48 AM PST · by Jean S · 4 replies · 142+ views
    AP ^ | 12/7/03 | The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some of the National Institute of Health's top officials have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees from drug companies whose products they were responsible for monitoring, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The newspaper, citing records it said it began gathering five years ago, reported that in some instances officials of the federal institute operated as consultants for companies whose drugs were linked to the deaths of patients taking part in NIH studies. Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein, who as deputy director and acting director of the agency since 1993 approved many of the...
  • Democrat Wooley's Absence in Forum Draws Fire in Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Race

    09/30/2003 6:13:07 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 240+ views
    Shreveport, LA, Times ^ | 09-30-03 |
    <p>BATON ROUGE - Insurance commissioner candidate Dan Kyle challenged media to "investigate" his claims that incumbent Commissioner Robert Wooley granted waivers to 87 convicted felons to be licensed insurance agents.</p> <p>The issue came up Monday as Kyle, a Republican, participated in a forum with four other candidates seeking to replace Wooley, a Democrat, in the Saturday primary.</p>
  • (Boston) Globe writer barred from covering Newton (another double-standard unmasked)

    08/13/2003 12:08:02 PM PDT · by pabianice · 10 replies · 235+ views
    Metrowest Daily News ^ | 8/13/03 | Andrews
    NEWTON, MA -- A Boston Globe Correspondent who has written hundreds of articles about Newton for the newspaper is no longer allowed to write about the city due to "an apparent conflict of interest" (think Jayson Blaire -- Ed.) Newton conservatives say they have been complaining for three years that writer Gail Spector's work for the Globe's West Weekly section has been biased. But the paper did not take action until last week when editors say they learned that Spector, a Newton Highlands resident and the mother of children attending Newton's Countryside Elementary School, has served on the Countryside School...
  • Potential conflicts of interest threaten image of CalPERS

    07/18/2002 10:38:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 254+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/18/02 | Mercury News Wire Services (AP)
    <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Directors of the nation's largest public employee pension fund -- responsible for minding the retirement nest eggs of 1.3 million people -- are involved in potential conflicts of interest that threaten to erode the fund's sterling image.</p>
  • Analysis: McCain and conflict at the FEC

    07/14/2002 8:22:09 AM PDT · by D.C. Media Hor · 4 replies · 225+ views
    Analysis: McCain and conflict at the FECBy Peter Roff, UPI National Political Analyst From the Washington Politics & Policy Desk - Published 7/12/2002 3:05 PM WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Changing the way money interacts with American politics is been a difficult and contentious proposition. That the House and Senate have passed --and the president has signed into law -- one plan for reform has not diminished the rancor. On June 22, the first of six rule-makings by the Federal Election Commission was adopted by a vote of 5 to 1. Self-identified reformers who have long advocated the McCain-Feingold approach...
  • Salt pond deal negotiators also worked for S.F. Airport (another Davis Scandal)

    06/07/2002 10:04:12 AM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 22 replies · 421+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Jun. 06, 2002 | Paul Rogers
    <p>A lawyer who played a key role in negotiating last week's $100 million sale of industrial South Bay salt ponds to the government for a wildlife refuge was publicly representing charitable foundations involved in the purchase -- and being paid by San Francisco International Airport at the same time.</p>