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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...