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  • Government overpaid $14 billion in unemployment benefits

    07/09/2012 5:48:16 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | June 9,2012 | Annalyn Censky
    Don't spend that unemployment check too fast. The government might ask you to pay it back. Overpayments are a rampant problem in the unemployment insurance system. The federal government and states overpaid an estimated $14 billion in benefits in fiscal 2011, or roughly 11% of all the jobless benefits paid out, according to reports from the U.S. Labor Department. Of the states, Indiana was the worst offender, making more improper payments than it did correct ones. Now, the U.S. Department of Labor and the states are in the midst of a massive effort to try to recoup some of their...
  • NAACP head: Voter ID fight akin to 60s battles

    07/09/2012 11:46:39 AM PDT · by South40 · 68 replies
    AP ^ | 7/9/2012 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HOUSTON (AP) — The head of the NAACP says the group's fight against conservative-backed voter ID laws that have been passed in several states is akin to the great civil rights battles of the 1960s. Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told delegates at the group's annual convention on Monday in Houston that these are Selma and Montgomery times.
  • Feds: IRS clerk stole her landlord’s identity

    07/09/2012 3:37:23 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 25 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/9/12 | Sam Wood
    A former IRS employee who allegedly used her position to steal her landlord's identity faces up to 46 years in prison and a fine of $1.2 million following her indictment on charges of identity theft. Domeen Flowers, 48, was hired as a mail room clerk in 2007 at the Internal Revenue Service's offices in Philadelphia. In June 2009, the Kensington woman used IRS computers to get information that allowed her to apply for credit cards under her landlord's name, prosecutors said. When she attempted to use one of the cards to pay a $1000 gas bill, the company put a...
  • Soros Promotes UN Control Over Gun Ownership

    07/09/2012 3:20:11 AM PDT · by yoe · 64 replies
    New American ^ | July 7, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    George Soros is financing the fight to give the United Nations control of your guns. Through his (Media Matters) Soros is dumping pro-UN gun control propaganda into the mainstream media to coincide with the (United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty) being held in New York July 2–27. In a blog post (published July 3) Timothy Johnson of Media Matters describes the notion that the United Nations would ever try to take away the right of Americans to keep and bear arms “laughable.” Johnson goes on to promote the passage of the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as a...
  • Fraud: CNN Airs False Accusation That Romney Broke Tax Laws

    07/09/2012 10:25:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/9/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    CNN went into full anti-Romney attack mode this morning, with a false report about an anti-Koch brothers protest at a fundraiser for Mitt Romney and endless discussion of Romney’s personal finances, in keeping with the Obama campaign’s current message. The worst moment came when CNN aired a charge by Nicholas Shaxson, the pro-Occupy, “offshore” British writer for Vanity Fair, that Romney had possibly broken tax laws. Shaxson’s article was the basis for a coordinated Obama campaign-mainstream media hit on Romney last week that CNN continues to pursue, long after theVanity Fair article has become old news--and timed, no doubt, to...
  • Where Mormonism meets Scientology

    07/06/2012 2:12:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/6/2012 | Damian Thompson
    We can take it for granted that Tom Cruise – whose divorce proceedings are already such a catastrophe for Scientology – will never talk in public about Xenu. The existence of this intergalactic emperor, who flourished c 75,000,000 BC, was top secret until the Church’s enemies took to the internet. Advice to journalists: if you ask Cruise about Xenu, the doors of Hollywood (where the Church wields immense influence) will slam in your face. On the other hand, it’s safe to ask any Scientologist about Kolob. This is the star, or possibly planet, that is closest to the throne of...
  • Thousands of 2012 votes may be blocked (barf alert)

    07/09/2012 4:56:15 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-9-12 | AP/mike baker
    When Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana's primary in May, they didn't realize that state law required them to bring government photo IDs such as a driver's license or passport. The husband and wife, both approaching 90 years old, had to use a temporary ballot that would be verified later, even though they knew the people working the polling site that day. Unaware that Indiana law obligated them to follow up with the county election board, the Weidenbeners ultimately had their votes rejected -- news to them until informed recently by an Associated Press reporter. Edward Weidenbener,...
  • Vote 2012: What to expect if the voter ID amendment is passed

    07/08/2012 11:02:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-8-12 | Doug Belden
    Passage of the "voter ID" constitutional amendment this fall would establish that, starting next year, voters would have to show photo identification at the polls or cast a "provisional" ballot and return later with valid ID. But many of the details of how that would be implemented would be left up to the 2013 Legislature, which would have to pass a bill that Gov. Mark Dayton, an opponent of photo ID, could sign. Scott Newman, a Republican from Hutchinson who carried the photo ID bill in the Minnesota Senate, said that for purposes of implementing photo ID, it doesn't matter...
  • Second Obama cabinet official faces contempt of Congress charge

    07/07/2012 9:37:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Could a second Obama cabinet member be found in contempt of Congress? The possibility arose on Friday when House investigators escalated their efforts to make Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comply with a subpoena pertaining to the drilling moratorium that he imposed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. After the spill, Salazar had released a report recommending a moratorium — a report protested by the very group of experts that it cited, who said their opinions were misrepresented in order to justify the moratorium. “For more than three months, the [Interior] Department has flouted a duly authorized and issued Congressional subpoena...
  • UN calls for 'billionaires tax' to help world's poor

    07/06/2012 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/6/2012 | Tim Witcher
    The United Nations on Thursday called for a tax on billionaires to help raise more than $400 billion a year for poor countries. An annual lump sum payment by the super-rich is one of a host of measures including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, currency exchanges or financial transactions proposed in a UN report that accuses wealthy nations of breaking promises to step up aid for the less fortunate. The annual World Economic and Social Survey says it is critical to find new ways to help the world's poor as pledged cash fails to flow. The report estimates that...
  • The Rotten Heart of Finance

    07/06/2012 10:58:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    The Rconomst ^ | JUly 7 , 2012 | Staff
    THE most memorable incidents in earth-changing events are sometimes the most banal. In the rapidly spreading scandal of LIBOR (the London inter-bank offered rate) it is the very everydayness with which bank traders set about manipulating the most important figure in finance. They joked, or offered small favours. “Coffees will be coming your way,” promised one trader in exchange for a fiddled number. “Dude. I owe you big time!… I’m opening a bottle of Bollinger,” wrote another. One trader posted diary notes to himself so that he wouldn’t forget to fiddle the numbers the next week. “Ask for High 6M...
  • Man charged in $20,000 claim for fake dead cat

    07/06/2012 5:19:43 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies
    kirotv ^ | July 5, 2012
    A Tacoma man was charged after filing a $20,000 claim for a fictitious dead cat, using pet photos he lifted off the Internet, the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner said. “We’ve handled some pretty unusual fraud cases, but this is one of the stranger ones,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. Yevgeniy M. Samsonov, 29, has been charged with first-degree attempted theft and felony insurance fraud in Pierce County Superior Court. --snip-- Two and a half years later, Samsonov sought additional payment from PEMCO. He said that in addition to the vehicle damage and medical claim, his beloved cat...
  • Birther's Next Move

    07/06/2012 1:10:50 AM PDT · by matt1 · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | Jul 5, 2012 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Birthers not giving up: Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is preparing to reveal what his team claims is explosive new evidence that President Obama was not born in the United States. Arpaio, whose “Cold Case Posse” has already held one press conference on the supposed forgery of Obama’s birth certificate, plans to hold another media event on July 17th with the new details. “I can’t disclose to you what we’ve discovered, but it’s going to be a shocking revelation at our press conference,” Mike Zullo, head of the posse, told a Tea Party radio program, according to the birther...
  • Obama told to back off U.N. gun treaty

    07/05/2012 3:56:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 4/4/2012 | Jack Minor
    Over 100 members of Congress appear to share the concerns of a former Army general who has sounded the alarm over efforts by the Obama Administration to push through the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT. As WND reported, retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin earlier this year, in a video in which he claimed Obama was leading America down the path of a quiet, Marxist revolution, blasted the ATT, also known as the small arms treaty, saying it would regulate private gun ownership. “There has been a decree by the administration by the president and the secretary of state...
  • The Biggest Financial Scandal In History?

    07/05/2012 2:00:45 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    TEC ^ | 7-5-2012 | Michael Snyder
    The Biggest Financial Scandal In History?Michael SnyderJuly 5, 2012 We always knew that the financial markets were rigged, but this is getting ridiculous. It is now being alleged that 20 major banks have been systematically fixing global interest rates for years. Barclays has already been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for manipulating Libor (the London Inter Bank Offered Rate). But Barclays says that a whole bunch of other banks were doing this too. This is shaping up to be the biggest financial scandal in history, and criminal investigations have been launched on both sides of the Atlantic. What those...
  • Obama's Social Security Number challenged

    07/05/2012 9:53:40 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 228 replies
    WND ^ | July 5, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    If Barack Obama has an immediate eligibility problem, it is more likely to derive from the Social Security Number he has been using for the last 25 years than from his birth certificate. Ohio private investigator Susan Daniels has seen to that. On Monday, July 2, she filed suit in Geauga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court demanding that Jon Husted, Ohio secretary of state, remove ObamaÂ’s name from the ballot until Obama can prove the validity of his Social Security Number. Daniels, who has vetted thousands of Social Security Numbers for numerous other clients, has done her homework. In her...
  • Austin IRS hit with audit for mismanagement and fraud, Illegals get large tax refund checks

    07/05/2012 7:49:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    KLBJ ^ | 07/05/2012
    The IRS is now the focus of a year-long audit, thanks to federal employees who are blowing the whistle. Howard Antelis is a tax examiner at the IRS's ITIN processing center in Austin, Texas. The large, unmarked building in south Austin is where the IRS decides whether to issue an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to the millions of illegal immigrants who apply for them. An ITIN allows undocumented workers to file tax returns and pay taxes, a legal requirement for those who earn income in the United States … even those who come to the country illegally. But 13 Investigates...

    07/04/2012 7:51:52 PM PDT · by ebysan · 122 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/4/2012 | Jack Cashill
    If Barack Obama has an immediate eligibility problem, it is more likely to derive from the Social Security Number he has been using for the last 25 years than from his birth certificate. Ohio private investigator Susan Daniels has seen to that. On Monday, July 2, she filed suit in Geauga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court demanding that Jon Husted, Ohio secretary of state, remove ObamaÂ’s name from the ballot until Obama can prove the validity of his Social Security Number. Daniels, who has vetted thousands of Social Security Numbers for numerous other clients, has done her homework. In her...
  • The Many Ways Banks Commit Criminal Fraud (Excellent reference alert)

    07/04/2012 6:13:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 3, 2012
    The Libor scandal seems to be waking people up to manipulation and fraud by the big banks. There are any other types of fraud they've engaged in as well ... Here is a partial list: Committing massive and pervasive fraud both when they initiated mortgage loans and when they foreclosed on them (and see this) Pledging the same mortgage multiple times to different buyers. See this, this, this, this and this Cheating homeowners - especially veterans - from laws meant to protect people from unfair foreclosure Engaging in mafia-style big-rigging fraud against local governments. See this, this and this Cooking...
  • Hudson County Ds kick off voter registration drive, citing 'voter suppression' efforts by GOP

    07/03/2012 3:17:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | July 3, 2012 | By Terrence T. McDonald
    Citing a nationwide “voter suppression” movement, and standing in front of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, a phalanx of Hudson County Democrats appeared in Jersey City today to kick-off the group’s summer voter-registration drive. HCDO Chair Mark Smith called this “an important time for Democrats,” adding that he wants the county’s Democratic turnout in November to reach 55 percent. Turnout now is in the mid-30s, Smith said. “It’s important to get our vote totals up,” said Smith, the Bayonne mayor. “Ocean County just dictated the last gubernatorial election … I want (Obama) to walk out of Hudson County with a...