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  • Al Sharpton Gets Testy With Lesley Stahl When Asked About FBI Role In 2011

    — President Barack Obama is coming to New York City Friday to address the Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network. The visit comes days after revelations surfaced that Sharpton worked with the FBI. The topic also came up in a 2011 ’60 Minutes’ interview with Lesley Stahl weeks before the debut of “Politics Nation.” “I was never told I was an informant with a number,” Sharpton said Tuesday. “In my own mind, I was not an informant. I was cooperating with an investigation.
  • Probe Uncovers More Reid 'Slush Fund' Payments to Granddaughter

    03/28/2014 4:07:07 AM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 27, 2014 | Drew Mackenzie
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is at the center of a growing political controversy after it was revealed Thursday that more payments from his campaign funds had been made to his granddaughter than previously reported. The Nevada Democrat promised earlier this week to reimburse $16,787 his campaign gave to Ryan Elisabeth Reid in 2013 for what was described as payments for “holiday gifts.” Those payments were reportedly made to purchase items from Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who has her own line of jewelry. Reid defended the payments, saying they complied with Federal Election Commission standards that allow the purchase of goods...
  • Harry Reid's Dubious Ethics: Generous Grandpa Edition

    03/28/2014 5:06:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Carol Platt Liebau
    It isn't news to anyone that Harry Reid's ethics are, to put it mildly, dubious. The stench of corruption seems to cling to him a lot like the cloud of dirt that surrounded Peanuts' Pigpen. Now, he's been caught giving $17,000 in campaign cash to his granddaughter, supposedly for "holiday gifts." What's interesting is that the person listed as receiving all this campaign cash was recorded as "Ryan Elisabeth." The real name? "Ryan Elisabeth Reid." And when contacted by a journalist, Reid's office, not surprisingly, continued with the "Ryan Elisabeth" facade, and tried to pass Reid's 23-year-old granddaughter off as...
  • Reid says his granddaughter is being harassed [“negative attention on the internet”...]

    03/27/2014 11:16:39 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 81 replies
    <p>“As a grandparent, I say enough is enough,” Reid said in a statement.</p> <p>The unusual emotional plea came just as the amount of money Reid will repay his campaign doubled to more than $31,000 after additional payments to the jewelry company were found in Federal Election Commission filings from 2012.</p>
  • Obama is going down! (vanity...but just barely)

    11/19/2013 5:23:45 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 81 replies
    I made this statement to my 93 year old mother who watches Fox News all day and she retorts...no way. He's black (according to Rev Al)...he is protected by threat of civil/race war. This is the Democrat Party ace in the hole. But on the other hand...if he were ever vulnerable--now is the time.This will be a fine needle to thread...he has lied and denied any knowledge.If he didn't know, he is incompetent. If he did know, he is a crookMost likely, he is an incompetent crook.My hope and prayer...his beneficiaries will abandon him...and he will crash and burn.What does...
  • Bill Clinton to campaign with McAuliffe Wednesday in Roanoke

    10/24/2013 1:06:35 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies
    Former President Bill Clinton will stop in Roanoke next week to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Clinton and McAuliffe will appear at Charter Hall in the Roanoke City Market Building at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from McAuliffe’s campaign. The Roanoke stop has been added to a multi-day, statewide McAuliffe campaign swing with the former president. Their itinerary includes a Monday campaign stop at Virginia Tech. Tickets for the Roanoke event are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Democratic Party’s office at 813 Franklin Road.
  • Something has gone awry in market: Cramer

    10/23/2013 5:01:52 PM PDT · by Steve40K · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jim Cramer
    <p>There's a trend underway in the market and Cramer doesn't like it.</p> <p>Although the Dow Jones and S&P only closed modestly lower, it's what moved the market that concerns Cramer.</p> <p>"Cyclicals, especially the oils were laid to waste on Wednesday, while consumer product stocks roared higher," Cramer noted.</p>
  • I-Team: Caramadre client list [McAuliffe's investment fraud]

    10/09/2013 12:44:30 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 8 replies
    WJAR ^ | 09 Oct 2013 | Jim Taricani
    CRANSTON, R.I. - Terence McAuliffe, the former chairman of the national Democratic Party, was one of hundreds of people who invested in variable annuities that used terminally ill patients as the annuitants. McAuliffe and others became owners of the investment instruments through Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre. Caramadre pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of terminally ill patients and using that information to falsely apply for annuities and bonds with death puts. Prosecutors said Caramadre cost insurance companies between $37 million and $48 million from the scheme. Caramadre, with the help of a partner, would use personal information from terminally...
  • Marc Rich dies at 78 in Switzerland

    06/26/2013 4:45:55 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 45 replies
    Fox News, AP ^ | June 26, 2013 | Fox News, AP
    Marc Rich, the trader known as the "King of Commodities" who was pardoned in 2001 by President Bill Clinton just hours before he left office, has died in Switzerland. He was 78. Rich's Israel-based spokesman Avner Azulay says Rich died Wednesday and will be buried in Israel on Thursday. Rich fled the United States to Switzerland in 1983 after being indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury on more than 50 counts of fraud, racketeering, trading with Iran during the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis and evading more than $48 million in income taxes Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/06/26/financier-marc-rich-who-fled-to-switzerland-in-183-and-was-pardoned-by-clinton/#ixzz2XK1P5Jvd
  • Harry Reid says GOP needs to purge itself of Tea Party

    05/28/2013 2:52:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 86 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 28, 2013 | Anjeanette Damon
    CARSON CITY — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid today renewed his threat to go after filibuster rules that have hindered President Barack Obama’s cabinet appointments, but don’t expect him to back eliminating the filibuster when it comes to legislation. Despite having watched Republicans scuttle gun control legislation by invoking the 60-vote filibuster rule and routinely complaining of GOP “obstruction,” Reid said he has no intention of seeking its elimination entirely. “I said when I left for recess that I was going to work with Republicans to try to get something done and I am going to do that,” Reid said for...
  • Nostradamus Prediction Proves Prophetic in Foretelling Visionary Obama/Nixon Morphing Gif

    This recent passage plus the morphing gif was discovered in a recently found book claimed to be written by Nostradamus. Leaders of different eras of a future global empire More Dissimilar yet the same, More Similar Than Different. One speaks, stands from the left, black as the evening sky. His counterpart speaks from the right, The color of snow, cold as ice, brilliant, bright, white. Both speak with a the tongue of the serpent, Who could hardly speak any differently,yet strangely their actions, motives make them perfect dopplegangers in their entwined fates.
  • Watergate-era Judiciary chief of staff: Hillary Clinton fired for lies, unethical behavior

    04/25/2013 3:21:12 PM PDT · by Fred · 24 replies
    Cain TV ^ | 042513 | DAN CALABRESE
    've decided to reprint a piece of work I did nearly five years ago, because it seems very relevant today given Hillary Clinton's performance in the Benghazi hearings. Back in 2008 when she was running for president, I interviewed two erstwhile staff members of the House Judiciary Committee who were involved with the Watergate investigation when Hillary was a low-level staffer there. I interviewed one Democrat staffer and one Republican staffer, and wrote two pieces based on what they told me about Hillary's conduct at the time. I published these pieces back in 2008 for North Star Writers Group, the...
  • Ex-Florida GOP leader Jim Greer pleads guilty to grand theft

    02/11/2013 10:04:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Ousted Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer has decided to plead guilty to theft and money laundering before his trial could begin Monday. As part of a plea deal, Greer admitted guilt on four counts of grand theft and a count of third-degree money laundering. A fraud charge was dropped by the state. Greer, 50, of Oviedo, will be released on his own recognizance until sentencing on March 27. He could face 35 years in prison.
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein's filthy hands

    01/26/2013 12:14:55 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 23 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | Andrea Shea King
    Today a special investigation by The Daily Caller reveals that a State Department contract specialist participated in awarding more than 43 federal contracts worth $52 million in taxpayer-funds to Sterling Royale Group, a company owned and operated by her husband and daughter. If you think THAT’s something, may I remind you of this story that apparently was scrubbed from the MetroActive website where it first appeared, and was deemed by World Net Daily as one of the Top Ten Most Ignored Stories of 2007.
  • Cramer's TheStreet.com Charged With Accounting Fraud

    12/18/2012 2:06:11 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2012 | Tyler Durden
    wonder if CNBC will finally cancel the ludicrous Jim "truth" Cramer campaign once this news breaks. We doubt it - ... SEC Charges Financial Media Company and Executives Involved in Accounting Fraud. Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a digital financial media company and three executives for their roles in an accounting fraud that artificially inflated company revenues and misstated operating income to investors. ... The SEC alleges that TheStreet Inc., which operates the website TheStreet.com, filed false financial reports throughout 2008 by reporting revenue from fraudulent transactions at a subsidiary it had...
  • NRA's Keene: Americans Approve of Guns More Than Ever

    10/05/2012 10:42:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 Oct 2012 | Henry J. Reske and John Bachman
    The greatest accomplishment of supporters of the Second Amendment is the belief that “guns are cool,” National Rifle Association President David Keene tells Newsmax.TV. Keene, speaking to Newsmax at CPAC Colorado, said that Americans oppose gun laws and it’s not just the work of the NRA or of the Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends to individual Americans. “The greatest accomplishment of the believers of the Second Amendment today over a decade ago or more is that guns are cool,” he said. “That wasn’t the case before.” He noted that after a recent breakfast...
  • Jon Corzine Might Launch His Own Hedge Fund (perp wants to rebuild his image)

    08/19/2012 12:40:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Investor Place ^ | 8/17/12 | Christopher Freeburn
    Jon Corzine Might Launch His Own Hedge FundHe is unlikely to face criminal charges over the failure of MF Global By Christopher Freeburn, InvestorPlace Writer Aug 17, 2012, 9:28 am EDT With reports circulating that federal regulators will not seek criminal charges in the collapse of brokerage MF Global, the firm’s former head, Jon Corzine is considering a new career option. The one-time Governor of New Jersey and former head of Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), is mulling the idea of starting his own hedge fund, according to the New York Times. **SNIP** However, sources close to the former...
  • Dear Harry Reid: You May Shut Up and Slink Away Now (and Take That Hag Pelosi With You).

    08/07/2012 11:41:09 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 16 replies
    Hey Harry. Here's the info you say he will never produce.
  • Reid Land Deal Under Scrutiny (story from 2006 - is Reid, rather than Romney, the tax cheat?)

    08/05/2012 12:14:44 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    washpost ^ | orig 2006 | Birnbaum
    Harry M. Reid of Nevada, the Senate's top Democrat, said yesterday that he was in discussions with the chamber's ethics committee to determine whether he should amend his financial disclosure forms to include details of a real estate transaction that allowed him to collect $1.1 million. The Associated Press reported that Reid gained a windfall from that sale of land in 2004 even though he had not personally owned the property for the previous three years. Reid also did not divulge the 2001 transfer of the land to a company he co-owned with a friend, a transaction that would normally...
  • Former (DC) Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

    06/08/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 4 replies
    Dept Of Justice ^ | June 08, 2012 | U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia
    WASHINGTON—Kwame R. Brown, the former Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, pled guilty today to a federal charge of bank fraud and a second criminal charge involving a violation of the District of Columbia’s campaign finance laws. The guilty pleas were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; Ronald T. Hosko, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division; and Rick A. Raven, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Brown, 41, pled guilty to the bank fraud charge in the U.S. District...
  • Losing Nicaragua-- The Sandinistas are slowly crushing democracy.

    11/24/2009 8:21:15 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 19 replies · 800+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/24/2009 | Jaime Daremblum
    With U.S. policymakers distracted by the situation in Honduras, Nicaragua continues to move toward authoritarianism. On October 19, a Nicaraguan Supreme Court panel overturned a constitutional provision limiting presidents to two non-consecutive terms in office. The ruling will allow incumbent Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega--the Sandinista party leader, former Soviet client, vociferous critic of the United States, and current Hugo Chávez acolyte--to run for another term in 2011. If there were any doubts that Nicaraguan democracy is slowly being extinguished, this latest development should remove them. The Nicaraguan Supreme Court is composed of 16 members. Thanks to a political deal made...
  • John Glenn Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of His Historic Flight

    02/24/2012 3:00:10 AM PST · by Makana · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2012 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – John Glenn fever has taken hold of Cape Canaveral once again. Three days before the 50th anniversary of his historic flight, the first American to orbit the Earth addressed employees at Kennedy Space Center. The NASA auditorium was packed Friday with hundreds of workers, many of whom stood along the walls to see the space legend. The 90-year-old Glenn was joined on stage by Scott Carpenter, 86, the only other survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. Glenn recalled how he and his fellow Mercury astronauts traveled to Cape Canaveral to watch a missile blast off....
  • Jon Corzine to tell House panel he doesn’t know where customers’ money went

    12/08/2011 5:54:33 AM PST · by crosshairs · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/8/11 | David S. Hilzenrath
    Jon S. Corzine, the former U.S. senator and New Jersey governor who presided over the collapse of the commodities brokerage MF Global, says he cannot explain what happened to “many hundreds of millions of dollars” that the firm was holding for customers. In testimony prepared for delivery to Congress on Thursday, Corzine says he was “stunned” to learn shortly before the firm sought bankruptcy protection at the end of October that MF Global could not account for the money. “I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date,” the former...
  • Rep. Barney Frank won't seek re-election

    11/28/2011 7:01:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 236 replies
    Rep. Barney Frank won't seek re-election Posted by CNN Wire Staff (CNN) - Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012........
  • The 2012 Standard: Holding President Obama Accountable

    11/22/2011 4:45:35 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | Reince Priebus
    President Obama did voters a favor. During the 2008 campaign and early in his administration, he laid out the standards by which he should be judged. He made it perfectly clear under what conditions he would deserve re-election. And by his own standard he doesn’t deserve a second term. In February 2009, when employment was at 8.2 percent, he declared, “If I don’t get this done in three years, then this is going to be a one term proposition.” Unemployment has yet to return to February 2009 levels, much less fall lower. Based on that standard alone, this should indeed...
  • Corzine lobbied feds to ease regs (months before stunning collapse of MF Global)

    11/03/2011 9:55:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/03/11 | MARK DECAMBRE and KAJA WHITEHOUSE
    Corzine lobbied feds to ease regsBy MARK DECAMBRE and KAJA WHITEHOUSE Last Updated: 11:42 PM, November 3, 2011 Months before the stunning collapse of MF Global, the embattled brokerage firm mounted a full-court press to compel regulators to allow it to tap customer funds to invest in the kind of dicey sovereign debt that led to its demise. The lobbying effort was in response to new rules that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, run by chairman Gary Gensler, was planning to impose on broker-dealers, restricting them from making investments with client money in sovereign debt securities. Broker-dealers are allowed to...
  • Charlie Rangel Is Back Living the High Life

    10/30/2011 5:44:43 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/30/2011 | Mychal Massie
    Censure by the House hasn't cramped his style one bit. The last time I wrote about Charlie Rangel (D-NY), he was standing in the bowels of Congress shedding tears as Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) read House Resolution 1737, which resolved he be censured. Censure was his penalty for cheating the U.S. tax code which, as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee — and prior to that, as the ranking minority member — he had helped write. From the wailing and gnashing of teeth taking place that day, one would have thought that Rangel was actually receiving a penalty commensurate with...
  • Pelosi filing shows financial disclosure loophole

    10/12/2011 3:14:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/12/11 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A real estate investment by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's husband went undisclosed for years and has opened a window into a loophole that allows House members to avoid specifying some of their financial assets. In 2010 and 2011, Pelosi voluntarily reported the Sacramento, Calif., land investment as an asset of her multimillionaire husband, Paul. She had not reported the investment for about 10 years previously because it was held by an S corporation her husband had set up, said Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for the California congresswoman. Under House financial disclosure rules, lawmakers are not obligated...
  • Pelosi's Disclosure Belated in Husband's Land Deal

    10/10/2011 9:40:15 PM PDT · by CWSNTEXAS · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-10-2011 | Chuck Neubauer
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s husband, a real estate developer and investment banker, stands to make millions of dollars in a previously undisclosed residential real estate project in California as a partner with the father of a woman Mrs. Pelosi helped become ambassador to Hungary, records show.
  • Top TV pitchman Don Lapre 'commits suicide' in prison just two days before $52m fraud trial

    10/03/2011 10:12:14 AM PDT · by TSgt · 57 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5:05 PM on 3rd October 2011 | Mark Duell
    A renowned TV pitchman who allegedly defrauded at least 220,000 people of nearly $52million is believed to have committed suicide in jail. Don Lapre, 47, of Phoenix, Arizona, was charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses. The father-of-two was found dead in his prison cell in Florence, Arizona, on Sunday - just two days before his trial was due to begin on Tuesday.
  • Obama: 'I Don't Think Ethics' Was My Favorite Subject

    09/30/2011 3:45:03 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies · 1+ views
    News Busters ^ | 9/29/2011 | Terence P Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama told an audience of high school students in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that he was “not always the very best student” and that ethics “would not have made it on the list” of his favorite subjects. “I was not always the very best student that I could be when I was in high school, and certainly not when I was in middle school,” Obama said, speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. “I did not love every class I took. I wasn’t always paying attention the way I should have,” Obama said. “I remember when I was...
  • Passing Jobs Bill That's Anti-Jobs Can't Be Serious

    09/19/2011 3:59:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 19, 2011 | RALPH R. REILAND
    'Pass this bill now," President Obama is repeatedly demanding, regarding his new American Jobs Act. There's nothing new in the legislation, just more government spending, more transfer of money from "the rich" to Obama's political allies, more spending for infrastructure enhancement so we all won't allegedly be buried by collapsing schools and bridges. And the "rush" tactics are the same. As with ObamaCare, there's a proclaimed "crisis," followed by demands to pass legislation "now," even if no one's adequately analyzed the bill, even if no one's read it, even if the legislation will only make things worse, and even if...
  • Feinstein Swindled

    09/19/2011 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 19, 2011 | Peter Hannaford
    Some 200 California Democrat clients have fallen victim to a Madoff in their midst. Could it turn the state light blue? It's said that word-of-mouth advertising is the best kind. It certainly worked for Ms. Kinde Durkee for more than 12 years. It would still be working if she hadn't helped herself to some of her clients' bank accounts once too often. Durkee's nearly 200 clients weren't stores and small factories. They were California Democratic office holders, candidates, and committees. For all those years she was the go-to person to be treasurer for any Democrat's campaign accounts. Campaign treasurers serve...
  • Morning Examiner: Obama WH drowning in scandal

    09/15/2011 11:26:27 AM PDT · by opentalk · 73 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2011 | Conn Carroll
    Drip. Drip. Drip. Whether it is Solyndra, Obamacare, or Fast and Furious, President Obama’s push for his “American Jobs Act” has been drowned out this week by the failure of his past policies. Every night it seems there is a new angle on the Energy Department’s failed loan to the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. Not only was there a headline-grabbing hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday (at which Obama officials tried to blame Bush) , but the Treasury Department separately announced that their Inspector General (IG) would join the FBI and Energy Department IG in their...
  • Judge Nealon admits 'lapse of ethical judgment'

    08/18/2011 6:49:54 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 9 replies
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 8/18/2011 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    Lackawanna County Judge Terrence R. Nealon admitted Wednesday to committing "a lapse of ethical judgment" seven years ago by privately advising local Democrats on how to oppose a county voting plan in a case over which he was asked to rule. Judge Nealon, a lifelong Democrat, admitted his lapse after being shown a copy of an email he sent to prominent Democrats on how to oppose the plan. The email was obtained from a confidential source by The Times-Tribune, and the judge confirmed he wrote it. Read Judge Terrence R. Nealon's email HERE (.pdf) Judge Nealon had been a contender...
  • Obama names businessman Bryson to Commerce post

    05/31/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT · by sunmars · 33 replies
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will nominate businessman John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, a White House official said Tuesday. Bryson's appointment brings another private sector player into an administration that has been making a concerted effort to improve its relationship with the business community.
  • Judge orders convicted felon Matos to give up Philly ward leader post

    04/24/2011 3:45:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    philly.com ^ | 22 Apr 2011 | Marcia Gelbart and Troy Graham
    A Pennsylvania federal judge thinks being a Philadelphia ward leader is ripe with so much temptation for wrongdoing that she has prohibited convicted felon Carlos Matos from being one - less than a month before several heated contests in the May 17 primary elections. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody ordered Matos to give up his leadership of Norris Square Park's 19th Ward, an unpaid and publicly unelected position he has held since last June, following his release from prison. Beginning in 2007, Matos served three years and was fined $50,000 for bribing three Atlantic City councilmen whom...
  • Obama '12 launch likely next week (ILLEGAL NAME FRAUD ALERT)

    04/02/2011 9:42:13 PM PDT · by train · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2011 | Glenn Thrush & Mike Allen
    Barry (verified but he refuses to use) & Last Name (quite frankly unknow) plans to announce his reelection campaign early next week in an electronic message to grass-roots supporters, Democratic sources tell POLITICO. Obama launches with a recovering economy and a weak, fractured Republican field, but with chaos in the Middle East that adds unpredictability to an environment that points to likely reelection. Obama’s campaign, which could raise $1 billion or more, will be based in Chicago, just a few blocks from the headquarters of his historic 2008 race. The most likely day for the campaign to file registration papers...
  • Lautenberg: Republicans “don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution!”

    03/25/2011 5:25:37 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 25 Mar 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, it’s difficult to hear Senator Frank Lautenberg’s patronizing follow-up, because the right-to-life counterprotestors taping his remarks reacted vocally to the idea that an elected official would divide up Constitutional freedoms based on whether people “deserve” them or not. His allowance that he’d give those freedoms to Tea Partiers despite their political views might be even more offensive than his initial remark on Tuesday, as he addressed a Planned Parenthood demonstration: … The Republicans in Congress claim they’re concerned about the budget balance, but it’s a disguise! It’s not true! It’s a lie! That’s not what they want. They want...
  • McCaskill to reimburse government $88,000 for flights chartered from firm she co-owns

    03/09/2011 6:35:43 PM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 9, 2011 | T.W. Farnam
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Wednesday that she would reimburse the government $88,000 for flights chartered from a company she jointly owns with her husband. McCaskill's office said she had not profited from the flights and that she was returning the money out of concern for how the arrangement might appear. "Sen. McCaskill has been very careful flying on taxpayer dollars," said Maria Speiser, a spokeswoman for McCaskill. "She has only paid for the use of her plane as required by the Senate rules, and there has been no profit to her or her family. She's glad there's transparency -...
  • Hobbit director Peter Jackson hit by credit card fraud

    01/28/2011 12:37:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph UK ^ | January 28, 2011 | Paul Chapman in Wellington
    As the film director Peter Jackson recovers from emergency surgery, it has emerged that he is the victim of a US$190,000 (£120,000) credit card fraud. Sir Peter, a keen collector of military memorabilia, used his American Express card online to buy items from the Michigan Toy Soldier Company, which specialises in historical miniature models and figurines. Richard Berry, owner of the company, is now facing up to 18 months in jail after admitting fraudulently using the director's credit card information to shore up his struggling business, based in Royal Oak, Michigan. Berry's lawyer, David Steingold, told a US court: "He...
  • IRS Agent Accused of Stealing Tax Refunds (NY)

    12/17/2010 7:43:15 PM PST · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 2+ views
    NBCNewYork ^ | 12-18-10
    *snip* Fern Stephens, a revenue officer at the Internal Revenue Service, is being charged by the U.S. Attorney's office for stealing more than $160,000 in unclaimed tax funds from 12 taxpayers, according to federal court documents. *snip* Stephens also allegedly took advantage of her position in the IRS to put in fake tax refund requests and transfers in an IRS computer system so the money would go right back to her or relatives and friends.
  • Rangel in deeper with new ethics charge

    12/05/2010 5:42:55 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/05/10 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    The Federal Election Commission is investigating a complaint that Rep. Charles Rangel improperly used his National Leadership PAC to fund his legal defense on ethics charges for which he was censured Thursday, The Post has learned. * * * The center expects to file a second complaint this week contending that Rangel's PAC money included at least $195,000 in donations from lobbyists with business before the House Ways & Means Committee, of which he is a member.
  • Rangel Censured by House for Ethics Violations

    12/02/2010 4:13:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 76 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 02, 2010 | Chad Pergram/AP
    The House on Thursday formally censured Rep. Charlie Rangel for financial misconduct despite pleas from the New York Democratic lawmaker and some of his colleagues for a less punishing reprimand. The House voted to censure Rangel 333-79. Rangel, who became the 23rd House member to be censured, appeared at the front of the chamber while Speaker Nancy Pelosi read the resolution.
  • Full House Votes On (tax-cheat Charlie) Rangel Censure Today

    12/02/2010 12:03:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12/02/10
    Full House Votes On Rangel Censure TodayDecember 2, 2010 12:12 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The once powerful Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel lobbied colleagues against long odds Thursday in an effort to receive punishment milder than censure by the House for ethical misconduct. A half-dozen supporters spoke on Rangel’s behalf at a closed-door Democratic meeting hours before the House was to discipline the New York Democrat for financial and fundraising misconduct. But Rangel would need to overcome the 9-1 vote for censure from an ethics panel that has five members from each party. “I think it’s important for members on...
  • Rich Pol urges strapped donors to give - John Kerry: Deck my halls

    11/26/2010 2:18:05 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 26, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    Battle-weary Bay State Democrats are getting squeezed by U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry this Christmas, as the nation’s richest senator puts the arm on cash-strapped party donors to fill his campaign war chest — even though he’s not up for re-election for another four years. “I think people feel very tapped-out,” said Phil Johnston, former Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman, who is helping to organize Kerry’s Dec. 13 gala. Johnston, who said he is seeing steady ticket sales, still expects a full house. “It’s a measure of John Kerry’s strength among Democrats that this event should be hugely successful,” he said....
  • Obama’s Former Car Czar Caught in Scandal: What about the Vetting Process?

    11/18/2010 6:42:42 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Federal Review ^ | 11/18/10
    President Obama's original car czar has been sued for corruption in New York: Former Obama administration official Steven Rattner was sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Thursday for his role in a pay-to-play scheme involving New York's pension fund. Rattner, the former auto czar, agreed to pay $6.2 million and to a two-year ban from associating with any investment adviser or broker-dealer to settle the SEC allegations, the SEC said Thursday. Separately, Cuomo's office filed two lawsuits against Rattner, seeking at least $26 million and an immediate lifetime ban from...
  • Ground Zero imam's Union City building put into 'custodial receivership' - bedbugs, other issues

    11/14/2010 9:54:38 AM PST · by opentalk · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Jersey Journal ^ | November 13, 2010 | Jean-Pierre Mestanza
    The bedbug-infested building owned by the imam embroiled in controversy over his request to build a mosque near the World Trade Center site has been placed into temporary custodial receivership by Hudson County Judge Thomas Olivieri, who cited a lack of improvements as the reason for his decision. According to Tuesday's decision, the custodial receiver, Raymond Bulin, will be in charge of using the October rent money to eliminate bedbugs from four apartments, cap sewer lines in the basement and improve the fire escape ladder. The building, located at 2206 Central Ave., is owned by Feisal Abdul Rauf, who was...
  • Reid: "I Welcome Every Opportunity to Work with our Republican Colleagues"

    11/10/2010 9:17:13 AM PST · by rightistight · 28 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/10/10 | Aurelius
    After narrowly beating Republican challenger Sharron Angle and waking up to see a landslide of anti-Democratic voting last Tuesday, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared, "I welcome every opportunity to work with our Republican colleagues." The statement comes as a 180 to the formerly anti-Republican Senator, who famously compared the GOP to those who supported slavery. In a statement on his campaign website, Senator Reid explained how important it was to work together with Republicans, even though most of the legislation that the Senate has passed in the last two years have been down party lines: "The message that...
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority chief Carl Greene facing foreclosure (got $127M stimulus)

    08/13/2010 7:36:34 AM PDT · by Liz · 54 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Fri, Aug. 13, 2010 | Jennifer Lin , Inquirer Staff Writer
    The mortgage foreclosure crisis has claimed an unlikely victim: Carl R. Greene, executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). Wells Fargo Bank has foreclosed on Greene's $615,035 condominium in the upscale Naval Square development in the city's Schuylkill section. In a lawsuit filed July 27, Wells Fargo said the amount in dispute was $386,685.22. Greene, 53, runs the nation's fourth-largest public housing agency and is one of the highest-paid public officials in the city. His salary is $306,370, and last year he got a $44,188 bonus. Kirk Dorn, a spokesman for Greene, confirmed Thursday that the housing chief was...