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  • China: The Danger From Within

    08/19/2014 4:01:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | August 16, 2014
    The government anti-corruption campaign has prosecuted more high-ranking thieves recently, and a lot more lower-ranking officials as well. This campaign has been going on longer, and taking down more people than any previous effort. The government also insists that this campaign will not, as in the past, simply diminish and fade away as past anti-corruption efforts have. This worries a lot of Chinese, even though most admit that the corruption is the greatest threat the current communist government faces. The potential problem is the growing risk that corrupt businessmen and officials who fear prosecution will get organized and fight back....
  • Wow: Guess WHO is funding the group behind the indictment of Rick Perry…

    08/19/2014 6:03:57 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 8/18/2014 | David Rufful
    Liberal billionaire George Soros gave $500,000 to Texans for Public Justice, one of the groups behind Rick Perry’s indictment charges. Rick Perry was indicted by a Texas grand jury for vetoing funding for the state’s public integrity unit, unless the lead prosecutor resigned following her drunk driving arrest. Since the news of Perry’s indictment charge broke on Aug. 15, none of the network morning or evening news broadcasts have mentioned the Soros connection, or mentioned Texans for Public Justice at all. Naturally, this piece of information is going completely unreported by the mainstream media. When it comes to funding, liberals...
  • Ebola crisis: Liberia confirms West Point patients missing

    08/18/2014 12:11:08 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | Aug 19, 20014
    Following earlier denials, Liberia has admitted that 17 suspected Ebola patients are "missing" after a health centre in the capital was looted. The government had sought to reassure people, saying all the patients had been moved to another health facility. But Information Minister Lewis Brown told the BBC that 17 inmates had gone "back into their communities".
  • Democrats Corrupt Indictment Of Rick Perry

    08/18/2014 5:34:02 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 4 replies
    Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power. This is, unfortunately, the headline most Americans will see. They won’t bother to look into the matter any further. Their reaction will be along the lines of “yet another politician has abused his power.” Usually this reaction is accurate. However, each case has to be looked at on its own. In the case of Perry, there isn’t an iota of evidence that he abused his power. In fact, if we look at the facts it becomes clear that he exercised his lawful power under the Texas Constitution. That information...
  • Who Stood Against Perry?

    08/18/2014 5:30:18 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 14 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 8/17/2014 | Michael Quinn Sullivan
    AUSTIN, Texas -- In light of the malicious prosecution of Governor Rick Perry, Republican lawmakers are rushing to jump on the bandwagon opposing the Democrats politically motivated action. But several House Republicans loyal to liberal House Speaker, Joe Straus, bear responsibility for setting the stage leading to the indictments.
  • Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg’s Drinking Problem and Abuse of Power, By the Staggering Numbers

    08/17/2014 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 155 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | August 16, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    The indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, is part of a power struggle that originates with a serious crime, albeit not one committed by Gov. Perry. That crime, as everyone knows by now, is drunk driving, and it was committed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. When Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Democrat, was arrested and charged with drunk driving on April 12, 2013, her blood alcohol level measured .23. That is just shy of three times the legal limit in Texas, which is .08. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage...
  • Time’s Up for Lois Lerner and the IRS

    08/14/2014 8:38:47 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 18 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 08/13/2014 | Sidney Powell
    On July 10, D.C. federal judge Emmet Sullivan gave the IRS thirty days to provide him sworn declarations in the Freedom of Information Act suit filed by Judicial Watch, seeking much of the same information the IRS has effectively kept from Congress. After an “extraordinary” hearing, Judge Sullivan ordered the IRS to tell him under oath exactly what happened to Lois Lerner’s hard drive. He demanded sworn declarations specifying what the agency had done to recover the thousands of emails missing. Time’s up. The IRS filed its “declarations” yesterday. As an attorney who has read the filings and who has...
  • Video of Ferguson police gassing news crew and dismantling their equipment

    08/14/2014 8:21:51 AM PDT · by slumber1 · 19 replies
    boingboing ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Rob Beschizza
    A news crew, clearly no threat or impediment to the cops, films from a verge in Ferguson, Missouri. A pop and a cloud of white smoke marks the arrival of a tear gas canister at their feet, and the newscrew is forced to flee. Moments later, police pull up in an armored van and hurriedly try to break down the film equipment--until they notice that another crew is still filming them from across the street.
  • Comcast Spends $110k On Award Dinner For FCC Commissioner

    08/12/2014 7:14:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Consumerist ^ | 12 August 2014 | Kate Cox
    Full title: Comcast Spends $110k On Award Dinner For FCC Commissioner, Doesn’t See Why Anyone Thinks That’s A Problem Comcast really wants to buy Time Warner Cable. Really really. And they have no shortage of ways, both subtle and obvious, to try to push the odds farther in their favor. Targeted philanthropy and sponsorships are definitely a part of that, and Comcast is usually happy to take the credit. So while spending six figures to sponsor an event honoring a sitting FCC commissioner who gets to make decisions about things like media mergers might seem a little out of bounds...
  • Comcast and Time Warner fund event for regulator while seeking merger approval [Cronyism!]

    08/13/2014 9:09:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/13/14 | Josh Hicks
    Comcast and Time Warner Cable are spending more than $130,000 on a dinner to honor one of the federal regulators who will rule on their controversial merger plan, according to records of the companies’ contributions. The fundraising event for the Walter Kaitz Foundation will honor Federal Communications Commission panel member Mignon Clyburn as an advocate for diversity.
  • Obama Administration Loosens Ban on Lobbyists in Government

    08/13/2014 3:16:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 8/12/14 | Julie H Davis
    The Obama administration on Tuesday rolled back part of its ban on lobbyists serving in government, narrowing one of the president’s signature policies in the face of a legal challenge. Under a new rule, registered lobbyists whom Mr. Obama had previously barred from serving on government advisory boards may now participate if they are representing companies or groups and not acting on their own behalf.
  • Blame for blighted properties in Monessen reaches across globe

    08/12/2014 7:17:52 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 12 August 2014 | Richard Gazarik
    Mayor Lou Mavrakis drove slowly through Monessen, block by block, pointing out one vacant, blighted building after another in the city of 7,700 along the Monongahela River. “That belongs to me,” he said, pointing to a house with a collapsing roof that has become the responsibility of the city and the mayor. Tax records show the building is one of 264 structures and lots in the city that have been abandoned by their owners. More than 26 percent of the city's 734 blighted properties are owned by people from 24 states and five foreign countries, beyond the legal reach of...
  • 50 Things Barack Obama Has Done Wrong

    08/09/2014 5:15:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Why would anyone dislike Barack Obama? Could it be because of what he’s done in the White House? As you get a refresher on the national nightmare that has been Barack Obama’s presidency, keep in mind that the biggest difficulty in compiling it was limiting it to just 50 examples of corruption, dishonesty, and incompetence. 1) Because of Obama’s policies since he became President, 11,472,000 Americans have left the work force. 2) “Fewer Americans are at work today than in April 2000, even though the population since then has grown by 31 million.” — Mortimer Zuckerman 3) The number of...
  • Criminalizing Americans for Government Profit

    08/08/2014 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 17 replies
    Casey Research ^ | August 8, 2014 | Doug French
    Forget protecting and serving; we’re all potential bad guys in the eyes of the law that looks to jail us, fine us, and seize our property for profit. Retired LAPD Deputy Chief of Police Stephen Downing told FoxNews Latino, “The federal government has turned policing into policing for profit.” Cops are tracking down cash, rather than crime. Downing told Fox that departments now direct police assets to generate cash, instead of investigating murders and rapes. And there are plenty of abstruse laws to trip up even the most careful citizen. The American Bar Association task force reported that the body...
  • The McDonnells and Our Increasingly Insane Political Class

    08/06/2014 3:53:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 8-6-14 | Jim Geraghty
    Link only. Click for an interesting story.
  • Sarah Palin blasts Jesse Ventura: You’re a jackass

    08/05/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 30 replies
    RARE ^ | Aug 5, 2014 | Douglas Barclay
    On Friday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin recorded a video for her new website to talk about her brief encounters with slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Last week, another former governor, Minnesota’s Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million from Kyle’s widow in a defamation suit against Chris Kyle’s estate. This did sit well with Gov. Palin. Palin called Ventura a “jackass” and questioned how a former Navy SEAL like himself would go after a widow and the legacy of an “American hero.” ‘”You turn around and sue, expecting $2 million from a military widow and her fatherless children? Yeah, like that...
  • Eric Holder Gets Confused - Mistakes Himself for Obama

    08/05/2014 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    An open disdain for the nature of our Constitutional republic must be a requisite to work in the leadership roles of the Obama Administration. In a recent interview, the nation’s chief extortionist officer (Eric Holder) explained that he’s proud to be considered an “activist” attorney general. In fact, he even suggested that being an “activist” was necessary for his job at the Department of Justice:"If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label.” What if I want to call him something else? He went on: "Any attorney general who is not an activist...
  • Trey Gowdy’s brilliant questioning makes absolute fool of law professor in IRS hearing

    08/01/2014 6:55:52 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 8/1/2014 | Tom Tillison
    At his best Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made short work of a Democrat-friendly law professor testifying before Congress, even offering him some “free litigation advice.” The former prosecutor turned congressman was surgical in his questioning of Professor Charles Tiefer, who was brought before the House Judiciary Committee as an expert witness by Democrats — Tiefer has a history of being of service to the Democratic Party, according to The Blaze. “Professor Tiefer, would you seat a juror who referred to your client as an obscene body part?” Gowdy asked in his opening question.
  • Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record

    07/30/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 29, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June. ... Back in June 1984, the seasonally adjusted price index for electricity was 103.9—less than half what it was in June 2014. Electricity prices have not always risen in the United States. The BLS has published an annual electricity price index dating back to 1913. It shows that from that year through 1947, the price of electricity in the United States generally trended down, with the index dropping...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'A lot of people die out here' and 'all this blood...is on Obama's hands'...

    08/01/2014 10:24:52 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 8/1/2014 | David Martosko
    Dead bodies of illegal immigrants are turning up in south Texas as Central Americans pour across the U.S.-Mexico border, and a veterinarian who ranches cattle 70 miles from ground zero has the photos to prove it. Dr. Mike 'Doc' Vickers of Brooks County, Texas showed some of the grisly images to MailOnline, all of them far too grotesque to publish unedited. One picture shows a corpse propped up against a tree near his ranch in Brooks County, his eyes missing and dried blood cascading down his shirtless body. 'This guy, obviously, had to lay down up against that tree, and...
  • South Africa extradites German priest on sex abuse charges

    08/01/2014 9:20:54 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    InterAksyon.com ^ | 7/31/2014 | Agence France-Presse
    JOHANNESBURG - A German Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse of children in his native country and in South Africa has been extradited to Germany, police said Wednesday. Georg Kerkhoff, who is in his 50s, was put on a plane to Germany on Tuesday night, South African police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told AFP. "We took him to the airport and handed him over to the German police. He will face trial in Germany," he said.
  • Mich. (Illegal) couple charged with murder after dogs fatally maul jogger

    08/01/2014 8:51:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 1, 2014
    A couple whose two dogs mauled a jogger on a rural Michigan road have been charged with murder, reports CBS Detroit....In addition to the murder charges, federal authorities said Quagliata and Lucaj are Albanians living in the U.S. illegally. A report in the Detroit Free Press stated they were facing imminent deportation at the time of the attack. It is unclear if their citizenship status will affect their trial.Authorities said it was the third attack by the dogs in the past two years. The couple was apparently breeding dogs at their property, officials said.
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Colorado state Sen. Steve King charged with 3 felonies

    07/31/2014 7:09:10 AM PDT · by dware · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07.31.2014 | AP
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Republican state Sen. Steve King is facing three felony charges alleging he falsified time cards and defrauded two former employers out of thousands of dollars.
  • Obamacare's Prognosis Worsens

    07/30/2014 4:13:54 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    A while back, I suggested in this space that Obamacare might go the way of McCain-Feingold. That campaign finance “reform” law was not, you will recall, killed by a single lawsuit or act of Congress. Indeed, the general consensus at the end of 2003 was that McCain-Feingold was in perfect health. Less than seven years later it was, for all intents and purposes, dead. It had succumbed to a long series of attacks by determined opponents who were convinced that it was unconstitutional. Much the same thing is obviously happening to PPACA. Congress has already been compelled to repeal a...
  • False claims may allow illegal immigrants to stay in the US

    07/29/2014 4:39:07 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Why are tens of thousands of unaccompanied children traveling thousands of miles to the U.S.? Is it to avoid violence? Or is it for a chance to live in a much wealthier country? The answer will likely determine whether they can stay. ADVERTISEMENT Last week, Fox News’ Catherine Herridge cited a government report showing that 219 of 230 illegal immigrants who were interviewed said they came to the U.S. because they thought they could get a free pass to American citizenship. Another study, by the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged that many “are probably seeking economic opportunities in...
  • Shirtless Wade McCree May Be Heading To The Supreme Court ( Michigan )

    07/28/2014 12:28:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Above the law ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Joe Patrice
    Judge of the Millennium Wade McCree has a special place in the hearts of ATL’s writers. The former Wayne County circuit judge had a penchant for disrobing for shirtless selfies and sex in his chambers, and was consequently disrobed by the Michigan Supreme Court. On Monday, the Sixth Circuit correctly (if you mean “applying the law as it currently exists,” and “incorrectly” if you mean “adopting the better policy”) held that Judge McCree is immune from a civil suit brought by a man McCree slapped with a tether and high child support payments. The man’s complaint is that while Judge...
  • Illinois employers now banned from conducting background checks on interviewees

    07/28/2014 4:59:18 AM PDT · by blueyon · 28 replies
    IllinoisWatchdog.org ^ | 7/22/14 | Brady Cremeens
    CHICAGO – Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted. Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job. “Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said in a press release. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history. It will also...
  • What This Police Chief Did To A Tea Party Leader Is As Childish As It Is Illegal

    07/27/2014 11:18:55 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 7/27/14 | Mike Miller
    The feud between Campbell, Wisconsin, Police Chief Tim Kelemen and local Tea Party Leader Greg Luce began last fall, when Luce started organizing protests against Barack Obama on an interstate overpass. Kelemen objected to the protests, claiming they disrupted traffic. So, he did what any responsible police chief would do: he persuaded the town board to pass an ordinance banning signs on the bridge. Oh, and he also signed Luce up on homosexual dating, pornography and federal healthcare websites. Via Police One: Kelemen told investigators ...........
  • Megyn Kelly Chronicles IRS Lies and Flip-Flops the Press Refuses to Cover, Let Alone Feature

    07/27/2014 10:16:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    News Busters ^ | July 26, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    On Thursday, with PJ Media's J. Christian Adams as her guest, Fox News's Megyn Kelly recited a list of assertions (under oath, she reminded us) made by Internal Revenue Service officials which have later been shown to be lies or cause for agency flip-flops after "new" facts have been revealed. It's a significant list. By implication, it's an indictment of the vast majority of the establishment press, which has refused to give the IRS scandal the attention it deserves. Video and a transcript follow the jump. ... The establishment press has been almost completely uninterested in telling their readers, listeners,...
  • It is past time to impeach (Saturbray)

    07/26/2014 7:26:44 PM PDT · by bray · 73 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 7/26/14 | bray
    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV It is time to impeach this Marxist dictator, not for this generation, but for generations to come. It is time for America to send the message that this is still a country of laws even for the lawless. This is not a political message, it is a message that nobody is above the law and especially the most powerful person in the land. This is once again calling on the most democratic institution in the land, our House of Representatives...
  • Lemony Lerner's Series of Unfortunate Events [Humor]

    07/26/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · by FrogBurger · 5 replies
    Liberty ^ | 7/27/2014 | Fred Mora
    The media are abuzz with the IRS affair. As you may have heard, former IRS official Lois Lerner, in charge of tax exempt groups, directed harassment operations targeting conservative groups. She also recommended auditing Republican Senator Charles Grassley. Appearing in front of the House Oversight Committee (HOC) in May 2013 and again last March, she pled the Fifth and refused to answer any questions. Later, IRS commissioner John Koskinen announced that potentially damning emails that were subpoenaed by the committee had disappeared in a series of computer crashes affecting Lerner’s machine, as well as the machines of at least six...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-27 : Bigger than President Obama

    07/26/2014 6:11:15 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 45 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-27 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 27, 2014 Newt Gingrich : Bigger than President Obama ===================================================== A Fox News poll this week reported that 58% of the American people felt the Obama Administration was incompetent. That sense of incompetence included 32% of Democrats, 67% of independents and 84% of Republicans. As president, having your political opponents believe you are incompetent is not a shock. Having two out of three independents find you are incompetent is a shock. Having one out of three of your partisan supporters consider you incompetent may mean it is time for the Obama team to panic. This survey on incompetence...
  • IRS Beltway Clown Show on Kelly File (Video)

    07/25/2014 10:47:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 25, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    I visited the Kelly File last night on Fox News with Megyn Kelly. The segment provides an excellent summary of the IRS flip flopping and lies. Here is the video from Fox News Insider:
  • Dallas Democrat John Wiley Price Arrested on Fraud Charges

    07/25/2014 10:47:13 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 25 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 25, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested today as a result of a 13-count indictment which claims the powerful Texas Democrat took $950,000 in bribes. Wiley's attorney, Billy Ravkind, confirmed that he was arrested early Friday morning and is in Federal custody. The indictment indicates Wiley received the bribes in the form of cash, cars and property and that he and his political operatives used the ill-gotten gains to commit tax and mail fraud. For the full indictment, please access the following link. The indictment charges that, among other things, Price and his accomplices used his office and stature...
  • Commissioner John Wiley Price arrested (Dallas)

    07/25/2014 8:13:01 AM PDT · by gop4lyf · 43 replies
    myFoxDFW ^ | Jul 25, 2014 | By: myfoxdfw.com Staff
    <p>DALLAS - Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested Friday morning and is in federal custody.</p> <p>The arrest for bribery, mail fraud and tax fraud comes after a lengthy federal investigation.</p> <p>Three years ago, the FBI served search warrants at Price’s home, his county office and at the homes and offices of others. They were looking for evidence of public corruption.</p>
  • Under Putin, Russia seeing an exodus of ‘ the most educated ... most entrepreneurial people’

    07/24/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 29 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Reuters ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    ... “They are people who have already made money and are now scared to lose it,” Paley said.... “I don’t share the opinion of 90 percent of the country: I feel like a foreigner here now so why not leave?” said Tatiana Konkova, a Russian literature teacher and singer, giving her last concert in Moscow this month.... The number of Russians emigrating in the last two years was some five times higher than in the two before Putin began a new six-year term in May 2012, official figures show.... Echoing the post-Soviet brain drain, sociologists say Russia is bleeding exactly...
  • How White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat

    07/24/2014 12:26:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 7/24/2014 | Ron Fournier
    Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes today about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers. Minder madness joins the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White House—and other big instititutions—are manipulating the press. It's that, but it's also something worse: It's evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it. Farhi writes, "Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between...
  • How Cuomo's anti-corruption Moreland Commission fell apart

    07/23/2014 8:58:05 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    © 2014 Syracuse Media Group All rights reserved ^ | July 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM | By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top staff thwarted efforts by an investigatory commission to uncover political corruption and expose campaign finance loopholes because the panel... got too close to the governor's own politics... Cuomo's top aide, Larry Schwartz, interfered with the commission's attempts to investigate campaign spending for a media company that the governor also used....the commission's executive director reported back to Schwartz while its staff grew increasingly suspicious and frustrated that the governor's office was meddling in the investigations. The commission developed a list of promising targets, including a lawmaker suspected of using campaign funds to...
  • Cuomo’s Office Hobbled N.Y. State Ethics Inquiries

    07/23/2014 3:18:51 AM PDT · by docbnj · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Susan Craig, Wm. Rashbaum, Thos. Kaplan
    An investigation has found that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s aides deeply compromised the panel’s work, objecting to any inquiries about groups tied to Mr. Cuomo.
  • Obama To Visit Seattle During Height Of Tuesday Evening Commute

    07/22/2014 5:47:21 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 49 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 22 July 2014
    After touching down around 3:15 p.m. at Boeing Field, Obama's first stop will be to a mansion in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood where 250 people will attend a fundraiser. From there, he'll head to former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal's Eastside home at Hunt's Point for a fundraiser there.
  • Now IRS Reports EVEN MORE Computer Crashes, Doesn’t Know If Emails Still Exist

    07/21/2014 10:09:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 07/21/2014 | Patrick Howley Political Reporter
    IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere. The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.
  • Whistleblower: IRS in cahoots with NSA

    07/21/2014 9:30:49 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 41 replies
    WND.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | Drew Zahn
    One of the architects of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping technology told a radio host today the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, has “direct access” to the NSA’s domestic spying data and was likely using it to target the tea party. NSA whistleblower William Binney was being interviewed on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s 970 AM The Answer when he disclosed the startling revelation. “For example,” Binney said in response to a question on how the NSA can use data and metadata to identify potential threats, “if you started to communicate with people involved in the tea party...
  • Tenured Partisans: The promise of employment for life has bred corruption in the civil service

    07/21/2014 7:33:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/21/2014 | Richard Samuelson
    Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups. Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded guilty to violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning at the office. Ms. Sands, who worked...
  • Lois Lerner's pension defunded and a whole lot more

    07/20/2014 7:05:46 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    The Rancher-Woodlands, Texas ^ | 7-20-2014 | Rick Manning - Opinion
    Lois Lerner's pension defunded and a whole lot more Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:15 pm | Updated: 1:29 am, Sun Jul 20, 2014.By Rick ManningLois Lerner was apparently patient zero of deadly computer viruses within the United States government as it has been learned that some of her former colleagues at the Federal Election Commission also mysteriously lost their computer hard drives. Of course, they had to be destroyed as well.The evidence must be pretty damning to have involved what appears pretty clearly to be an interdepartmental cover up. Two separate federal courts are now involved demanding an explanation from...
  • Obama millions to fund 'transparency' projects ... OVERSEAS

    07/20/2014 3:58:26 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    WND ^ | July 20, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Goal is 'greater accountability' ... for foreign nations' governments...[C]hanges to government transparency are in the works with a plan to spend up to $600 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money to launch programs to “foster greater accountability of institutions and leaders to citizens.” However, Obama’s plan won’t benefit the U.S. taxpayers, who will be on the hook for the changes. His plan is to help make foreign governments more accountabile to their citizens. The Democratic, Responsive, and Accountable GOverNance, or DRAGON, project is to develop strategies to encourage citizens “to participate actively in governance,” according to a “concept paper” that WND...
  • The Truth About Violence in Chicago

    07/20/2014 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Living in a city that had 82 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, Chicagoans could be forgiven for envying the residents of Indianapolis. Imagine living in a place where homicides have been reduced by more than half in the past two decades, where robberies are less common than they've been in nearly half a century, where car theft is at levels not seen since "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was still in production. Actually, that's where Chicagoans do live. I was only pretending to talk about Indianapolis. Those developments have all occurred right here. Right now, the city...
  • IRS Ship Sinking: First Deadline Friday

    07/17/2014 1:08:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Larry Provost
    The IRS is running but cannot hide due to citizens; citizens who obtained two important victories this week. Through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the watchdog group Judicial Watch has taken the government to federal court seeking answers to the IRS missing emails; emails that are important in determining the extent and guilt of the IRS targeting the political opinions of ordinary Americans. This past week, the US Federal District Court for the District of Columbia has mandated two important rulings taking effect on Friday July 18, and no later than August 11, forcing the “most transparent administration in...
  • Footage shows allegedly drunk Pawhuska official (Oklahoma)

    07/17/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 33 replies
    KRMG.com ^ | 7-16-14 | Angela Hong
    Footage shows allegedly drunk Pawhuska official By Angela Hong TULSA, Okla. — Footage obtained by FOX23 shows the Pawhuska city manager telling a police officer not to arrest a man suspected of drunk driving -- the man is also the city attorney. The footage has gone viral in the Osage County community and people there are upset. The Pawhauska police officer was wearing a body camera and it recorded the exchange he had with the city manager. The footages shows the manager telling the officer to let City Attorney Jesse Worten sober up instead of arresting him right away. On...
  • Police helmet camera captures fatal shooting of James Boyd

    07/17/2014 12:40:48 PM PDT · by DariusBane · 39 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 22 Mar 2014 | KRQE ABQ
    Albuquerque police’s new chief says the latest officer involved shooting that killed a homeless man in the foothills is justified. But new video police released Friday is raising a lot of questions about how it all played out. The release came Friday as APD’s first press conference since the shooting. http://krqe.com/2014/03/21/apd-officer-involved-shooting-was-justified/ Read more at