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  • What the Costumes Reveal (Foreclosure Mill Throws Homeless Theme Party)

    10/30/2011 8:12:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | Joe Nocera
    On Friday, the law firm of Steven J. Baum threw a Halloween party. The firm, which is located near Buffalo, is what is commonly referred to as a “foreclosure mill” firm, meaning it represents banks and mortgage servicers as they attempt to foreclose on homeowners and evict them from their homes. Steven J. Baum is, in fact, the largest such firm in New York; it represents virtually all the giant mortgage lenders, including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. The party is the firm’s big annual bash. Employees wear Halloween costumes to the office, where they party...
  • D.C. ethics board: Laws on behavior of government officials ‘not sufficient’

    10/30/2011 7:45:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/26/11 | Tim Craig
    D.C. ethics board: Laws on behavior of government officials ‘not sufficient’By Tim Craig, Published: October 26 The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics said Wednesday that local laws governing the behavior of government officials “are not sufficient,” but D.C. Council members remain split over how to reform the system. With D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) pledging that an ethics bills will pass this year, more than 30 people testified at a hearing Wednesday, offering suggestions for enacting more oversight over the city’s elected leaders. Until now, the authority for policing local elected officials has largely rested with three-member...
  • Is The Media Finally Ready To Do Its Job?

    10/28/2011 9:17:49 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 4 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/28/11 | CaroleL
    The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama has found a way around his pledge to not accept money from lobbyists. While not officially registered with the Senate as lobbyists, at least 15 Obama bundlers (supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others) are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies and have raised over five million dollars for the president's re-election campaign so far. This is really three stories in one. One, the president seems to have violated at least the spirit a campaign promise. Two, the president has...
  • Rangel wants wealth redistribution, says rich didn't sacrifice for war

    10/26/2011 9:39:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Wednesday called for the redistribution of America's riches and hammered the wealthy for benefitting from a war effort fought by the poor and middle class. Citing statistics that show 1 percent of Americans now own 42 percent of the nation's wealth, the lawmaker representing Harlem said: "There is something wrong with that formula." Rangel offered no specific remedy for adjusting those figures during his comments on the House floor, but argued further that the wealthiest one percent have the added benefit of not needing to get involved in military service. "Why is it that we...
  • EDITORIAL: Politicians in glass houses

    10/06/2011 9:52:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2011 | Editorial
    Democratic ethics attack on Clarence Thomas backfiresHouse Democrats thought they had caught Supreme CourtJustice Clarence Thomas pulling a fast one. Last month, a group of 20 congressmen blasted the conservative jurist for making a simple mistake on his ethics disclosure forms. Summoning the highest possible level of feigned outrage, the members signed a letter demanding an investigation involving “possible criminal or civil legal sanctions.” They’re going to regret their hyperbole. Justice Thomas‘ lapse came to light in January when he filed an amendment to his annual financial disclosure forms noting that he had failed to mention his wife’s employment at...
  • Liberalism is a Disorder - Antisocial personality traits

    09/30/2011 10:48:58 AM PDT · by GraceG · 10 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | 9/30/2011 | Columbia Business School
    Antisocial personality traits predict utilitarian responses to moral dilemmas A study conducted by Daniel Bartels, Columbia Business School, Marketing, and David Pizarro, Cornell University, Psychology found that people who endorse actions consistent with an ethic of utilitarianism—the view that what is the morally right thing to do is whatever produces the best overall consequences—tend to possess psychopathic and Machiavellian personality traits.
  • Obama: 'I Don't Think Ethics' Was My Favorite Subject

    09/29/2011 5:15:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 2+ views
    Obama: 'I Don't Think Ethics' Was My Favorite Subject By Terence P. Jeffrey September 29, 2011 (CNSNews.com) - 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...
  • Crony Socialism: Obama Gives $737 Million to Solar Firm Linked to the Pelosi Clan

    09/28/2011 2:26:47 PM PDT · by opentalk · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 28, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    It’s as if Solyndra never happened. The Obama Administration is giving $737 million to a Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. PCG is an investment partner with SolarReserve. Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law happens to be the number two man at PCG.Team Obama is spending $737 million to create 45 permanent jobs. The Hill reported, via Free Republic: The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized a $737 million loan guarantee for a Nevada solar project. The decision comes several weeks after a California-based solar manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration in 2009 filed...
  • Saudi Arabia’s ‘ethical’ oil issue leaves the left in the lurch

    09/22/2011 1:29:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 8 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | Sep 21, 2011 | Tasha Kheiriddin
    A non-profit group has managed to enrage an entire kingdom, put an army of lawyers to work, and make the front page of newspapers across Canada. All thanks to a television ad which states facts, and posits a choice between one product produced “ethically” and the other “unethically”. The ethical product is Canadian oil sands crude, while the unethical stuff flows from the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. As the ad points out, Saudi doesn’t allow women to drive, leave their homes without a male guardian present, and values their court testimony at half that of a man. As a...
  • Second ethics complaint to be filed against Wasserman Schultz over DNC ad

    09/21/2011 10:10:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/21/11 | Amanda Carey
    The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) will submit a new ethics complaint against Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, The Daily Caller has learned. The complaint, which will be filed on Thursday with the Office of Congressional Ethics, takes issue with DNC ads that appear to violate House rules. Thursday’s complaint will be the second the RNLA has leveled at Wasserman Schultz. (Snip) The letter that will be sent Thursday doubles down on the original complaint, targeting newly-released Spanish-language ads in Tampa, Denver, Miami and Las Vegas. The ads proclaim in Spanish: “In the face of
  • Why Young Americans Can't Think Morally

    09/20/2011 9:08:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 131 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American young people. Below are some excerpts from Brooks' summary of the study of Americans aged 18 to 23. (It was led by "the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith.") "Smith and company asked about the young people's moral lives, and the results are depressing … "When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn't answer the question or described problems that are not moral...
  • Laws to Catch Up With Science

    09/19/2011 7:13:33 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9/19/2011 | Diane Dimond
    Many years ago, I was assigned to cover a story about a certain sperm donor, a newly graduated doctor in Kansas who had donated on such a frequent and regular basis that he was suspected of being the biological father to 500 children. You read that right, 500 children! My research led me to learn that professors and medical mentors had often urged their male med school residents to donate sperm as a way to: a) Put a little money in their pockets and b) Help propagate future generations of intelligent children. The belief was that if the sperm came...
  • Schwartz: Don’t endorse religious programs

    09/17/2011 9:52:13 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 17, 2011 | Staff
    Air Force leaders discovered Christian-based themes in the ethics course for nuclear officers. Top officer has issued a stern reminder to leaders about religion… Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz (to), leaders at all levels… review of all ethics and character development training.
  • They're after Sheriff Joe again!!!

    09/13/2011 3:48:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    .Failed criminal investigations of politicians and judges by America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff were put under a microscope in a disciplinary hearing launched Monday ....
  • Rep. Issa hit with ethics allegations (from some liberal advocacy group)

    09/13/2011 4:49:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/13/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Rep. Issa hit with ethics allegationsBy Alexander Bolton - 09/13/11 05:00 AM ET A liberal advocacy group is filing an ethics complaint against Rep. Darrell Issa, alleging that the California Republican has repeatedly used his public office for personal gain. The group, American Family Voices, is planning to file the complaint with the House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) on Tuesday. The five-page complaint, which was obtained by The Hill, accuses Issa of using his position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to add to his multimillion-dollar fortune. An Issa spokesman on Monday said the allegations...
  • Vanity-RE: Rules- NYS Mayors and 'gifts' (or free stuff)

    09/04/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 2 replies
    9/4/11 | nobody special
    FRiends, I'm looking for references to what kinds of gifts or freebies a mayor in NYS may recieve. Digging thru legal pages, .Gov pages, but can't find I'm looking for. Some friends having trouble with their Mayor , drinking at different bars every day, not paying. Thank you for any help in this.
  • The Usurper in Chief and Kingfish Liar Again Misleads Public

    08/25/2011 11:34:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | August 24, 2011 | Jerry McConnell
    An inquirer asks, ‘How do you know Obama is lying?’ to which I replied, ‘When his lips are moving.’ OK, that’s a bad old joke; but strangely, it fits so well with that foreign operator who plays with our money out of our White House. The problem today is to even remotely know when he is telling the truth. I don’t think even he knows when that rare occurrence happens. His entire existence is based on lies, misconceptions and outright deception. He has spent millions of dollars, perhaps even government funds, otherwise known as our tax dollars, to deceive the...
  • Watchdogs Agree: Waters Case Shows Ethics Process is Broken

    08/10/2011 2:51:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 10, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post writes today that the House Ethics Committee is planning to spend $500,000 for an investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and the Committee's own staff.Last month, the Committee announced the hiring of Billy Martin to review the actions of the Committee's staff that were cited as a reason to push the Waters trial beyond last November's elections. Martin would then proceed to investigate the Waters matter if he determines that the staff's previous conduct was not sufficiently prejudicial to dismiss the case, as she has requested.As Leonnig reports: Ethics watchdogs from both ends...
  • Probers eye Meeks rap over 40G 'loan'

    08/06/2011 10:27:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 6, 2011 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON -- A House ethics probe of Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks is focusing on possible criminal charges for his failure to report a $40,000 payment from a businessman that investigators say appears to have been an illegal gift -- and not a loan, as he has claimed. The bipartisan Ethics Committee yesterday announced it would investigate Meeks over the $40,000 he was given by businessman Ed Ahmad in 2007, and it released an investigator's report that blasted Meeks for being uncooperative with the probe. The investigation will try to determine whether Meeks "failed to disclose a payment he received in...
  • Meeks' Crony Ahmad Busted by FBI

    07/25/2011 12:56:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 25, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    On Friday, the FBI arrested Ed Ahmad, the Guyanese businessman who made an unsecured $40,000 loan to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) that Meeks failed to publicly disclose as required. Ahmad was charged with mortgage fraud in connection to a wide-ranging scheme that involved faking income for applicants and the use of straw buyers. He was reportedly released on $2.5 million bail.According to one report, "Ahmad had already boarded Delta 383 at JFK International to head to Guyana when Federal agents boarded the aircraft, handcuffed him and removed him from the aircraft." As first reported in the New York Daily News,...
  • Pelosi makes formal request for ethics inquiry of Rep. Wu

    07/25/2011 9:57:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally requested that the House Ethics Committee investigate Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) on Monday. "Recent press reports and statements attributed to our colleague, Representative David Wu, indicate that he may have engaged in inappropriate activities," Pelosi wrote in a letter to the chairman and ranking member on the committee. "An investigation by the Ethics Committee to determine if the Rules of the House of Representatives have been violated is warranted." Pelosi's letter comes after Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said they would call for an investigation in response to...
  • Vanity: How many does it take?

    07/24/2011 1:32:02 PM PDT · by Mercury OKC · 27 replies
    A really old book | 7/24/11 | Mercury OKC
    Quoted from Wilford I. King, cited in John R. Richardson, Christian Economics (Houston, TX: Thomas Press, 1966), p. 31, cited in David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, Unabridged Edition, p. 707. Suppose that, in an isolated valley, there are three men, each working for himself on his own farm. One is very diligent, and when winter arrives, has accumulated a large enough store of foodstuffs, and has on hand ample feed for his horses, cows and poultry. The others, having taken life easy during the summer, find that long before spring they are short on provisions. If, then, they combine...
  • Report: Democrat Rep. David Wu admits sexual encounter with donor’s young daughter

    07/23/2011 4:21:02 AM PDT · by blueyon · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 7/23/2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Wu-hoo! Hey, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Nancy Pelosi, I’m over here! When last I wrote about the bizarre behavior of Democrat Rep. David Wu of Oregon, it was February of this year. I said he needed a Democrat leadership intervention after he freaked out his staff, posed in the above costume obtained by Willamette Week, and engaged in other inexplicable antics. As I noted, Wu’s behavior has caused Capitol Hill concern dating back to 2003. But none of the swamp-draining Democrat leaders bothered to do anything about it. And Wu went on a national media tour asserting he can continue to...
  • Government Ethics Conference At Lavish Golf Resort

    07/22/2011 11:32:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 22, 2011
    While President Obama pushes to increase taxes for Americans, his Office of Government Ethics is planning a taxpayer-funded “conference” at a famously luxurious golf and spa resort in Florida. Uncle Sam will fly hundreds of federal employees—charged with fostering high ethical standards in government—from Washington D.C. to the world-renowned Orlando resort, which is famous for its lush, perfectly landscaped grounds, a 7,000-yard championship golf course and a lagoon-like setting with six tropical pools, waterfalls. a water slide and whirlpools. The OGE is encouraging all employees with “ethics-related duties” to attend the September event, which has been crowned “Organizational Integrity: A...
  • Maxine Waters probe: House Ethics Committee hires outside counsel

    07/20/2011 6:19:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/20/11 | Richard Simon
    The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday announced the hiring of an outside counsel to review the case against Rep. Maxine Waters and misconduct allegations against the committee staffers involved in investigating the veteran Los Angeles congresswoman. The panel voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Washington attorney Billy Martin. "Serious allegations have been made about the committee's own conduct in this matter,'' the panel's Republican chairman Jo Bonner of Alabama and top Democrat, Linda Sanchez of California, said in a statement. "The committee has not taken these allegations lightly.'' Martin's hiring comes days after the disclosure of internal committee documents by...
  • Ethics panel outsources Waters case

    07/20/2011 11:52:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20, 2011 | John Bresnahan
    Stung by allegations of misconduct within the panel, the House Ethics Committee has hired an outside counsel to take over the case against Rep. Maxine Waters.Billy Martin, a partner at the law firm Dorsey and Whitney, has been hired by the committee to “review, advise and assist the Committee in completing the matter of Representative Maxine Waters,” announced Reps. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member on Ethics, in a statement released on Wednesday.Martin has also been charged with looking into whether the Ethics Committee handled the Waters case properly. POLITICO reported earlier this week...
  • State Dept. contract officer steers $52 million to secret husband, daughter

    07/20/2011 9:41:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 19, 2011 | Mathew Boyle
    A special investigation by The Daily Caller has discovered that a State Department contract specialist participated in awarding more than $52 million in taxpayer-funded contracts to a company owned and operated by her husband and daughter. Kathleen McGrade helped their company, Sterling Royale Group, win 43 federally funded contracts over the last few years.McGrade acted as the Contracting Officer (CO) for awards to Sterling Royale Group. McGrade’s husband, Brian Collinsworth, serves as the company’s Vice President. McGrade’s daughter, J.L. (Jennifer) Herring, is its president and CEO.When TheDC first reached Collinsworth for comment, he denied being married to McGrade. “She is...
  • Feds: Harvard fellow hacked millions of papers

    07/19/2011 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:33 PM EDT | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University fellow who was studying ethics was charged with hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computer network to steal nearly 5 million academic articles. Aaron Swartz, 24, of Cambridge, was accused of stealing the documents from JSTOR, a popular research subscription service that offers digitized copies of more than 1,000 academic journals and documents, some dating back to the 17th century. In an indictment released Tuesday, prosecutors say Swartz stole 4.8 million articles between September 2010 and January after breaking into a computer wiring closet on MIT's campus. Swartz, then a student at the...
  • Maxine Waters calls for case to be dismissed

    07/19/2011 9:05:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    Maxine Waters calls for case to be dismissed By: John Bresnahan July 18, 2011 05:23 PM EDT Rep. Maxine Waters is calling for the House Ethics Committee to dismiss the long-running case against her, claiming she can’t get fair treatment from the secretive panel in the wake of allegations that staffers improperly shared information in an investigation into her finances. Waters (D-Calif.), who is threatening to bring her fight to the House floor, was reacting to a POLITICO story Monday that included internal emails, memos and documents from inside the Ethics Committee that revealed bitter internal disputes on the panel...
  • DNC attacks RNC’s call for Obama ad investigation: ‘Disgraceful, desperate and ...

    07/18/2011 5:54:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/18/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The Democratic National Committee jabbed at the Republican National Committee Monday for calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether President Obama had used the White House to record a political advertisement. The RNC requested an investigation after reports surfaced that Obama may have used government property to film a political advertisement. The spot is an indirect request by the president for people to contribute $5 or more for the chance of “Dinner with Barack and Joe [Biden].” “This is a disgraceful, desperate and politically-motivated attempt at getting headlines by a Republican Party awash in special interest cash which is...
  • CREW Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell Dismissed by Delaware U.S. Attorney

    07/16/2011 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 9 replies
    ChristinePAC ^ | 07/16/2011
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2011 CREW Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell Dismissed by Delaware U.S. Attorney "I write to inform you that [the U.S. Attorney's Office] has closed its review and does not intend to pursue criminal charges...." - Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney (July 15, 2011) "The justice system should not be used as a political weapon, and we're going to keep fighting back." - Christine O'Donnell via Twitter (July 15, 2011) WILMINGTON, DE - The United States Attorney for Delaware, Charles Oberly, III, late yesterday notified attorneys for Christine O'Donnell and Friends of Christine O'Donnell...
  • Ethics panel reauthorizes Massa probe

    07/15/2011 4:31:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 15, 2011 | Alicia M. Cohn & Emily Goodin
    The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it had voted to reauthorize an investigation into the fallout from allegations former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) sexually harassed a male staffer. The committee voted Thursday to reauthorize an investigative subcommittee, which it had originally convened last Congress.Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) will serve as chairman of the subcommittee and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) will serve as ranking member, according to a statement. Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) will also serve on the investigative panel. All four served on the original investigative panel. Massa announced his resignation on March 8, 2010, during...
  • California's Special Election, Paul Ryan's Wine Pal and More in Capital Eye Opener: July 12

    07/12/2011 2:30:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Open Secrets.org ^ | July 12, 2011 | Michael Beckel
    FINE WINE, BEST ENJOYED AMONG FRIENDS AND DONORS?: Cliff Asness, the founding and managing partner of hedge fund AQR Capital, and Rutgers University professor Susan Feinberg may have irreconcilable differences about two $350 bottles of wine at Washington D.C.'s Bistro Bis, but they once found common ground in the campaign of President Barack Obama. Cliff Asness, and his wife Laurel, each gave Obama $2,300 during his 2008 campaign, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. Feinberg, too, was a 2008 Obama campaign donor, giving $1,700 in support of his presidential bid. Obama was just the second federal-level candidate...
  • What Would Christian Lopez Do?

    07/10/2011 11:57:33 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 3 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/10/11 | CaroleL
    Two current news stories have a lot of people thinking about that age old question involving ethics and integrity: "What would you do?" The first is the less technical than you'd think hacking scandal that brought down the British tabloid News of the World. The second is the amazingly classy choice made by a New York Yankees fan at yesterday's game.
  • House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Gregory Meeks

    07/05/2011 10:44:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 5, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced that it would "extend" a previously unacknowledged review of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY).In January 2010, we exposed Meeks involvement in a charity called New Direction Local Development Corporation that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received it, among other questionable dealings. In March 2010, we asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Meeks for paying $830,000 for a newly built home in 2006 that was worth more than $1.2 million. Click here to download a 26-page pdf of the Complaint.Media coverage of these controversies reportedly prompted an FBI investigation of...
  • House Ethics Review (John Lewis, D-GA)

    07/02/2011 8:00:02 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 5 replies
    AJC Blog ^ | 1 July 2011 | Jamie Dupree
    The U.S. House Ethics Committee is investigating the chief of staff to Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, reportedly over financial disclosures made by veteran aide Michael Collins. Collins was named earlier in the day by the ethics panel, but initial press reports from Capitol Hill had not established what lawmaker he worked for. The ethics review was confirmed to me late Friday night by Rep. Lewis' Press Secretary Brenda Jones. "I spoke with Michael and he said this is regarding his financial disclosures," Jones said in an email. "He is cooperating fully with the committee and is taking steps...
  • Watchdog: We Were Right About Maxine Waters' Trial Delay

    06/29/2011 8:22:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 29, 2011 | Kristen Byrne
    Nancy Pelosi was quick to refer the Anthony Weiner scandal to the House Ethics Committee. Yet other more substantial matters, like the Maxine Waters trial, have languished for months.In 2008, Waters, D-Calif., arranged a meeting with the U.S. Department of Treasury and OneUnited Bank. OneUnited claimed it was in dire need of federal cash as a result of its failed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae investments. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) provided $12 million to the bank.Following OneUnited's bailout, regulators ordered the bank to hire a new independent board and raise its own capital. The struggling bank was...
  • Ethics group calls for FBI investigation into Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)

    06/29/2011 6:51:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    An ethics watchdog group is calling for the FBI to conduct a criminal investigation into Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.)Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced Tuesday that it has obtained internal e-mails from Richardson’s office that the group says shows the California Democrat forced her congressional staff to work on and contribute to her campaign. Richardson denies the allegations.“Internal emails regarding a fundraising event dubbed ‘Democratic Idol’ show Richardson Chief of Staff Shirley Cooks told employees they were required to attend the event, wearing staff shirts embroidered with the phrase ‘37th Congressional District,’” CREW said in a statement Tuesday....
  • 3 Main Bodies in Christianity Reach 'Historic' Agreement in Evangelism Ethics

    06/29/2011 7:38:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/29/2011 | Katherine T. Phan
    The three main bodies in Christianity, representing about 90 percent of Christians worldwide, released a "historic" agreement Monday on how Christians should conduct themselves when witnessing in a religiously diverse context. Leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Inter-religious Dialogue were in Geneva on Monday to launch the document entitled, "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct." The document, a result of five years of cooperation, provides a biblical mandate for evangelism and outlines a set of ethics on Christian conduct in missions. It is the first time...
  • Ethics watchdog calls for FBI to investigate Rep. Richardson (D-CA)

    06/28/2011 1:58:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2011 | Mike Lillis
    Allegations of ethics violations within the office of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) are worthy of a criminal investigation, a leading ethics watchdog group charged Tuesday. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the FBI to probe allegations that Richardson habitually threatened her congressional staff with their jobs if they didn't work on her campaign. “Rep. Richardson presented staffers with an odious choice: work on her campaign, or lose their jobs,” Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, said in a statement. CREW says it also has evidence – based on internal emails – that Richardson's staff was asked to do...
  • Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson could face jail time for ethics violations

    06/28/2011 11:06:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    daily caller ^ | 6/28/11 | Jonathan Strong
    New documents disclosed in a complaint from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) appear to show California Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson and her staff clearly violating congressional ethics rules and potentially federal law. The documents show Richardson using official taxpayer resources for political events, including fundraisers. “Rep. Richardson didn’t just violate House rules, she likely committed crimes,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director. In one instance, Richardson’s chief of staff, Shirley Cooks, told all of Richardson’s aides in an email from her official House account, “All staff are required to attend” a fundraiser held Sept....
  • Let's Not Forget Ethical Shortcomings of Auto Bailout

    06/28/2011 10:27:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | June 28, 2011 | Mark Modica
    The auto bailouts are now being touted by President Obama as a "success" even though the taxpayer is about to take at least a $10 billion hit when the government sells its remaining GM shares. There is, however, a missing dimension in this debate. It is the moral one. Prior to General Motors filing for bankruptcy in June of 2009, I was involved as a GM bondholder advocate for a group called the Mainstreet Bondholders. Attempts were made by my group to bring about fair negotiations for creditors of GM, attempts that were ignored by the Obama Administration's Auto Task...
  • Private donors to pay rent on Gov. Jerry Brown's Sacramento loft [ DNC Graft method Du jour]

    06/24/2011 5:31:34 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper,
    Through a nonprofit, private donors are expected to cover the $3,000-a-month rent, along with utilities and other expenses, on Gov. Jerry Brown's loft in Sacramento. Brown's office referred questions to George Kieffer, who is president of the nonprofit, known as the Governor's Residence Foundation. Kieffer said his group would release the names of donors and the amount they have contributed in January 2012. He said the group was raising money to pay Brown's rent, as well as his utility bills. "We're budgeting some additional money assuming that, from time to time, there'll be entertainment
  • Private donors to pay rent on Gov. Jerry Brown's Sacramento loft

    06/24/2011 2:36:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24, 2011 | Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper
    Through a nonprofit, private donors are expected to cover the $3,000-a-month rent, along with utilities and other expenses, on Gov. Jerry Brown's loft in Sacramento. Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Jerry Brown will look to a group of private donors — presently refusing to reveal their identities — to pay his rent at the luxury loft in downtown Sacramento where Brown and his wife live while in town. Donors are contributing to a nonprofit formed specifically to cover the costs of Brown's $3,000-a-month, 1,450-square-foot apartment. In the past, the practice of having private donors pay for the governor's residence has...
  • NASA Scientist Accused of Using Celeb Status Among Environmental Groups to Enrich Himself

    06/22/2011 5:09:41 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 22, 2011 | William Lajeunesse
    The NASA scientist who once claimed the Bush administration tried to "silence" his global warming claims is now accused of receiving more than $1.2 million from the very environmental organizations whose agenda he advocated. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. "Hansen's office appears to be somewhat of a rogue operation. It's clearly a taxpayer-funded global warming advocacy organization," said...
  • How libertarianism helps the poor

    06/09/2011 1:38:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/9/11 | Matt Zwolinski
    Everybody knows that libertarians are greedy capitalists who favor the maximization of profit above all else. “Taxation is theft!” they cry, but the exploitation of the working classes fails to elicit any similar moral outrage. Libertarians, everybody knows, care about the rich to the utter neglect of the poor and vulnerable. But everybody is wrong. The reason for the common misperception, of course, is that libertarians oppose many of the governmental policies that are commonly thought to benefit the poor and working classes. Libertarians oppose redistributive taxation, oppose the minimum wage, oppose workplace safety regulations, antitrust laws, and many other...
  • Obama economy good for some people

    06/15/2011 1:45:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/15/2011 | Ed Lasky
    While America as a whole slides toward unemployment and poverty, certain well-connected people are doing very nicely indeed. Consider Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul. Kevin Bogardus of The Hill reports:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.Pelosi was worth at least $35.2 million in the 2010 calendar year, according to a financial disclosure report released Wednesday. She reported a minimum of $43.4 million in assets and about $8.2 in liabilities.For 2009, Pelosi reported a minimum net worth...
  • Democrats Hold The Hypocrisy Banner High

    06/12/2011 4:12:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-12-11 | Skookum
    We must not forget the heroic words of Nancy Pelosi in 2006, when she vowed that if she became Speaker of The House that she would, "drain the swamp of corruption." It was a noble phrase that Americans were waiting to hear and Nancy surely paid a speech writer well for his effort. The phrase could have been a pledge to be honored, bringing bothb honor and integrity to a House that has been marred with corruption and scandal. Instead, it became another empty slogan of a campaign, to be forgotten amid wars and an increasingly vulnerable economy. Unfortunately,...
  • Mom to Freeze Own Eggs So Toddler Can Create Family

    06/10/2011 11:33:24 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 10, 2011 | David W Freeman
    Moms give birth to sons or daughters - pretty straightforward stuff. But when one English toddler grows up and starts a family, her child will be her own half-sibling. At least that's the plan. The toddler, two-year-old Mackenzie Stephens, was born without ovaries, so her 25-year-old mother, Penny Jarvis, intends to freeze her own eggs so that Mackenzie can use them someday to start her own family, the Daily Mail reported. Jarvis, of Sheffield, England, told the paper she was devastated when she learned that Mackenzie would be infertile - the result of Turner Syndrome, a female-only genetic disorder that...
  • Heart of the Matter - The State of the Media

    06/09/2011 6:49:37 PM PDT · by Wpin · 5 replies
    The Prairie Advocate ^ | June 01, 2011 | Thomas Kocal
    Most people rely on information provided by daily newspapers and television networks to be aware of current events and how those events might affect their lives. Unfortunately, many media sources have become so “politically correct” and fearful of losing advertising that they no longer serve the public, but their dwindling bottom lines. Many have heard that the Federal Reserve gave some media such as MSNBC “bail-out” money, thereby compromising their reporting. Their credibility is down the tubes. Other television is compromised with huge sums of advertising from mostly big pharma and other large multi-national companies like BP. Will they report...