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  • Michelle O hosts college-bound illegals at White House

    07/20/2015 10:39:58 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 50 replies ^ | July 20, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – First lady Michelle Obama is flying 150 students and their chaperones to Washington D.C. to dote on their college acceptance, including undocumented students enrolling this year through her husband’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Amairany Bautista, an undocumented student who graduated from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, will be among those trekking to the White House July 23 for the special event for students who have overcome odds to attend college, The News Tribune reports. “On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced a way to apply for a two-year work permit that gave me some...
  • Michelle Obama UK visit: 'When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself' [Chrislam]

    06/16/2015 10:59:36 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Mirror ^ | 6/16/2015 | Mikey Smith
    Michelle Obama compared her struggle to succeed as a young black woman in America to the experience of British Muslim girls during a visit to in inner-city girls school in London. The First Lady, who is visiting the UK for two days, and met with Prince Harry this morning, struggled to hold back tears as she gave an emotional speech to Mulberry School for Girls in London's Tower Hamlets. She'll meet with Prime Minister David Cameron later today. She said: "Girls like you inspire me and impress me every single day. "When I look out at all these young women,...
  • Michelle Obama speaks of emotional toll of being first black first lady

    05/10/2015 6:03:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 9, 2015 | Elise Viebeck
    Michelle Obama gave a candid view Saturday of the challenges and emotional toll of being the country’s first black first lady. Obama, speaking to graduates at Tuskegee University in Alabama, described insensitive media questions and derogatory remarks from political pundits that she said have kept her up at night. “You might remember the on-stage celebratory fist bump between me and my husband after a primary win that was referred to as a ‘terrorist fist jab,’ ” she said.
  • Michelle Obama: White House garden 'semi-open to the public,' can be seen through the fence

    05/07/2013 10:03:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/7/13 | Vince Coglianese
    Michelle Obama told an audience attending her book signing Tuesday that the White House garden is still “semi-open to the public” because visitors can see it through the fence. She was promoting her book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” released in May 2012. “[M]y goal in this book is to share the story of the creation of the garden,” Michelle Obama said during the Tuesday morning signing at Washington’s Politics and Prose Bookstore, “because while it is semi-open to the public — because if you visit the White House along the...
  • Michelle Obama woos gays, military families in campaign video

    06/04/2012 5:32:11 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/04/2012
    First lady Michelle Obama increasingly is being used by the campaign to boost the president’s support among African-American women, military families and gays. Her campaign priorities are showcased in a June 3 post on the campaign website which features the first lady warning supporters about the steps needed to register, lauding gays, lesbians and military families. -SNIP- The first lady’s tone in the video is a sharp change from her widely panned remarks in 2008. In Feb. 2008, she declared that “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope...
  • Michelle Obama to Serve as…Grand Marshal of NASCAR 400?

    11/12/2011 11:37:28 AM PST · by Baynative · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/11/11 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Billed as part of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Joining Forces” initiative for military families — and perhaps as a way to woo average American voters — Mrs. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will serve as Grand Marshals of the November 20 season-ending NASCAR Ford 400.
  • McDonald’s Trims Its Happy Meal ("Would you like apples with that?")

    07/26/2011 6:41:21 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 63 replies
    ny times ^ | 7/26/2011 | Stephanie Strom
    Bowing to pressure from health advocates and parents, McDonald’s is putting the Happy Meal on a diet. The company announced Tuesday that it would more than halve the amount of French fries and add fruit to its popular children’s meal in an effort to reduce the overall calorie count by 20 percent. But McDonald’s appeasement only went so far. A toy will still come with each Happy Meal despite criticism that the trinkets, often with tie-ins to movies like “Toy Story,” foster a powerful connection between children and the often calorie-laden meals. While Happy Meals account for less than 10...
  • Michelle Obama to African youths: Yes, you can (at US taxpayer's expense)

    06/22/2011 7:14:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    msnbc ^ | 6/22/2011 | nbc
    First Lady Michelle Obama urged young Africans on Wednesday to fight for women's rights and battle the stigma of AIDS, using her husband's "yes, we can" campaign slogan to motivate youth across the continent. Obama is on her second solo trip abroad as first lady to promote issues such as education, health and wellness. But her speech to a group of young women and men at Regina Mundi Church, which played a role in South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, touched on much harder topics: race, discrimination, democracy, and development. Obama, who is traveling with her mother and two daughters, drew on...
  • Pew Poll: Obama Struggling With White Voters

    04/08/2011 7:20:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | April 7, 2011 | 5:11 PM | By Ronald Brownstein
    The latest Pew Research Center national poll released today underscores how slender a beachhead President Obama has established among whites more than two years into his presidency. In his 2008 election, Obama ran well only among two groups of whites -- young people and white women with at least a four year college education, two groups that are generally receptive to government activism. In the 2010 GOP landslide, those groups stuck with Democrats relatively more loyally than the rest of the white electorate, but the party's support tumbled even among them. Figures provided to National Journal by Pew from the...
  • Michelle Obama to Hold Another ‘Listen Only’ Press Briefing

    03/02/2011 2:56:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 1+ views
    cns ^ | 3/2/11 | Matt Cover
    ( - First Lady Michelle Obama will hold another “listen-only” conference call with reporters this afternoon, continuing a pattern of holding events for the media where access is sharply limited. When public figures in Washington, D.C., hold telephone briefings for the press—which are designed to attract press coverage for some item the briefer is seeking to promote--they routinely allow reporters listening to the briefing to ask at least a few questions. The First Lady appears to be establishing a new routine, where she speaks and--from beginning to end--reporters mutely listen.
  • Obama lights the National Christmas Tree, says 'Merry Christmas' three times

    12/09/2010 7:00:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/9/10 | Andrew Malcolm
    President Obama's words at lighting of National Christmas Tree, as provided by the White House -THE PRESIDENT: Merry Christmas, everybody!AUDIENCE: Merry Christmas! THE PRESIDENT: Happy holidays. We are just thrilled to have all of you here. Thank you, Secretary Salazar, for the kind introduction and for all that you’re doing to protect our national parks and our public lands for the future generations. I also want to recognize Neil Mulholland and everyone at the National Park Foundation and at the National Park Service who helped put this event together.
  • Michelle Obama Blame Whites for Black's Failure at NAACP Speech in Kansas City, Missouri (7-12-10)

    11/29/2010 3:48:05 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 73 replies · 1+ views
    Video at link.
  • First lady asks restaurants to serve healthy foods [Eva Peron would be jealous]

    09/13/2010 9:46:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 13, 2010 | Mary Clare Jalonick
    First lady Michelle Obama is challenging the nation's restaurants to add more healthy options to menus, label those items more prominently and market nutritious foods to kids. Speaking at the National Restaurant Association Monday, Mrs. Obama pleaded with restaurants small and large to take a little butter or cream out of their dishes, use low fat milk and provide apple slices or carrots as a default side dish on the kids' menu.
  • Michelle Obama Announces National Day of Service, Sept. 11

    09/10/2010 8:19:50 AM PDT · by DBrow · 105 replies
    The White House (email) ^ | 9-10-10 | Michelle Obama
    Good morning, Nine years ago, nearly three thousand Americans lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Like many Americans, I was shocked and horrified by the attacks on our country. But I was also inspired by the heroism and selflessness of so many of my fellow Americans in the wake of this tragedy. From the brave men and women of Flight 93 who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of others, to the first responders who rushed without hesitation to help those in need, to the young men and women who chose to join our Armed Forces following...
  • Caption Michelle

    07/12/2010 7:42:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | July 12, 2010
  • Feds appeal sentence of powerful ex-Pa. Sen. Fumo

    07/08/2010 8:06:44 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 1+ views
    hosted ^ | Jul 8 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- U.S. prosecutors took the rare step Thursday to appeal the sentence handed down to long-powerful state Sen. Vincent Fumo in a sprawling corruption case. Fumo is serving a 4 1/2-year sentence for defrauding the state Senate, a museum and a nonprofit of millions.....
  • Michelle Obama Speaks To Camp Pendleton Troops [Challenges Americans To Support Military Families]

    06/13/2010 6:02:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies · 1,007+ views
    AP Report ^ | June 13, 2010 | Julie Watson
    Michelle Obama Speaks To Camp Pendleton Troops By JULIE WATSON CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – First lady Michelle Obama is challenging Americans to come up with ways to show support for U.S. troops and their families. Obama spoke Sunday to about 3,500 service members and their families at Camp Pendleton, which has lost five Marines in the war in Afghanistan in the past week. Obama says Camp Pendleton and its neighboring Southern California communities are a model for the nation in terms of showing support for the military. She says communities can do things such as offer free museum passes, discounts...
  • Michelle Obama's foray into food politics sparks industry debate over future of agribusiness

    05/21/2010 4:16:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 327+ views
    l.a. times ^ | 5/21/10 | Johanna Neuman
    This week, a coalition of food and beverage manufacturers -- including Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft Foods and PepsiCo -- signed up for First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity within a generation. Pledging to cut portion sizes and trim calories in current products and introduce new, more healthful options, they estimate they can slash 1 trillion calories by the end of 2012 and 1.5 trillion calories by the end of 2015. "This is precisely the kind of real private-sector commitment that we need," the first lady said at a news conference at the Eisenhower Executive...
  • Michelle Obama Urges GW Grads to "Surf Foreign News Sources" to Gain a Global Perspective - Video

    05/16/2010 1:35:17 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 25 replies · 814+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 16, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Michelle Obama speaking at the George Washington University Commencement where she told the graduates "Yes you can" change the world. She told the graduating class "it is in our best interests to look beyond our immediate self-interest, and look out for one another globally." Michelle O told the graduates: "So many of today's challenges are borderless, from the economy to terrorism to climate change and that solving those problems demands cooperating with others. And more than any other generation, yours is fully convinced that you're uniquely equipped to solve those challenges. You believe you can change...
  • University of Wyoming Cancels Bill Ayers visit

    03/30/2010 11:51:46 AM PDT · by Si vis pacem · 95 replies · 4,111+ views
    University Web Site ^ | March 30, 2010 | University of Wyoming News Release
    News Release Statement on Cancellation of Professor William Ayers's Visit to UW March 30, 2010 -- The director of the Social Justice Research Center at the University of Wyoming cancelled the scheduled appearance of Professor William Ayers. The director announced his decision to the UW administration late Monday evening and noted there are no plans to host Professor Ayers in the future. In his communication to the administration, the director apologized to the university community for any harm that may have come to it and cited personal and professional reasons, including safety concerns, for the cancellation. In response, Tom Buchanan,...
  • FLOTUS to grocers: 'Step it up'

    03/16/2010 7:03:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 73 replies · 1,202+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON
    First lady Michelle Obama had tough words for grocery manufacturers Tuesday, telling them to “step it up” in their efforts to provide healthier foods to children and curb obesity. At a conference at Washington’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Obama talked about her own efforts on the childhood obesity front, explaining that her goal was to “finally make this national public health threat a national priority.” “I’m here today to urge all of you to move faster and to go farther, because the truth is we don’t have a moment to waste,” she said in a 20-minute address. “So, we need you...
  • First Lady to Governors: Address Child Obesity [''Let's Act. Let's Move"]

    02/20/2010 11:16:13 AM PST · by Steelfish · 66 replies · 989+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 20, 2010
    First Lady to Governors: Address Child Obesity THE ASSOCIATED PRESS February 20, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama appealed to governors on Saturday for help in reducing child obesity and said they had a moral and financial imperative to act. She praised states for their steps already and assured state leaders that the federal government had no interest in taking over their efforts. ''Let's stop wringing our hands and talking about it and citing statistics,'' she told governors at their winter meeting. ''Let's act. Let's move. Let's give our kids the future they deserve.'' The first lady found...
  • Michelle Obama’s Tips for Being Happy, Healthy

    10/05/2009 11:36:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 73 replies · 2,569+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Mon., Oct . 5, 2009
    First lady discusses her fitness routine, secrets for self-confidence and moreThe First Lady's number one health rule: Give yourself permission to be happy. Here she shares the eating habits, fitness routine, and secrets for inner confidence that she hopes to pass on to her daughters and the nation. An exclusive interview with Prevention Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello. Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention: My first question actually comes from my own mother. She wanted to know, have you always followed a healthy lifestyle, or did you have an "aha" moment? Story continues below ↓ advertisement | your ad here First Lady...
  • No place for titans : Behind bars, Fumo to go from king to serf ( Democrat )

    08/30/2009 7:50:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 1,632+ views
    INQUIRER ^ | August 30, 2009 | Jeff Gammage
    Take it from those who have been there: Prison life is hard on people who need to be in control. Especially politicians accustomed to giving orders, cutting deals, spending millions - and getting their way. Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is due to report to federal prison tomorrow, assigned to serve his 55-month sentence at a low-security institution in Ashland, Ky. His attorneys have fought that, wanting Fumo placed closer to family in Philadelphia. What's definite, experts say, is that prisons specialize in turning people like Fumo from kings to peasants. In free society, his dominion included four homes,...
  • Activist files federal complaint against Fumo judge

    08/04/2009 11:46:42 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 304+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 8/4/09 | Angela Couloumbis
    Harrisburg political activist Gene Stilp filed a federal judicial code of conduct complaint yesterday against U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter, alleging that the judge's comments during the sentencing of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo "undermined the public confidence in the independence and integrity of the court." Last month, Buckwalter sentenced Fumo to 55 months in prison after federal prosecutors urged the judge to impose a term of more than 15 years. Fumo was convicted of charges that he illegally extracted $4 million in benefits, defrauding the Senate by getting workers to do his personal and political work on...
  • Rendell: I’d appeal Fumo sentence, too (feels sentence is too tough)

    07/16/2009 5:48:41 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 330+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/15/09 | Max Stendahl
    Gov. Rendell said today that even if former State Senator Vincent J. Fumo had received only a year in prison, it would have been a sufficient warning to any potentially corrupt politician. He also said that as a former prosecutor, he would want to appeal the Fumo's 55-month sentence, calling it inconsistent with sentences in other recent public corruption cases. The governor spoke a day after Fumo received a prison term that federal prosecutors said was far too short and didn't send "a strong enough message." "If I were a public official, one year would be enough to deter me,"...
  • Bad Judgment Cuts Fumo Break

    07/16/2009 4:05:11 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 9 replies · 405+ views
    We get it even if the judge doesn’t. The people comprehend the severe nature of the public corruption that put former super State Sen. Vince Fumo in federal court in Philadelphia yesterday for sentencing. Although a jury unanimously found Fumo guilty of 137 felony counts, U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter sentenced the ruthless politician to only 55 months in prison. Probation officials decided in a pre-sentence report that Fumo could have served 27 years behind bars. The judge reduced that possibility to 12 years then sentenced him to four years and seven months. Hardened cons often say they could...
  • Plenty of drama at Fumo’s sentencing

    07/16/2009 4:02:55 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 463+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 7/16/09 | Jeff Gammage
    PHILADELPHIA – He walked into the courtroom pushing the wheelchair of a political ally. He held his weeping 19-year-old daughter after she begged the judge not to send him away for too long. And he left, eight hours later, as a man headed for prison, though not for nearly as long as many had expected. The sentencing of former state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo turned into courtroom drama Tuesday, a teary production sustained by hope, exasperation, anxiety, and disappointment. "I’ve made mistakes in my life," Fumo told the judge, his voice small and broken. "I’ve lived with this torment, day...
  • Prosecutors May Appeal Fumo's Sentence

    07/15/2009 12:19:14 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 379+ views ^ | 7/15/2009
    PHILADELPHIA - After months of collecting evidence against former state Sen. Vince Fumo and a 22-week trial, prosecutors wanted a sentence of more than 15 years. Fumo's side wanted something shorter than 11 to 14 years. And the judge gave him less than five years on Tuesday. So, how are the prosecutors feeling about the 55-month sentence? Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Pease and Robert A. Zauzmer joined "Good Day" to talk about the fallout from the case Wednesday morning. "I think we're both disappointed in the result. We argued for more than 15 years. We felt that was an appropriate...
  • This is What "empathy" Really Looks Like in America

    07/15/2009 10:21:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,001+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009
    Vince Fumo knew all the right people -- and they were there for him when he needed them. Born 66 years ago into a successful South Philly family that owned a savings-and-loan association (back when they were associated with George Bailey and not with Charles Keating), Fumo built on that and chose a life in politics -- and with his MENSA-level IQ, he not only read up on Machiavelli but acted it out in his own wonderful life when he earned his Machiavellian-inspired nickname, the Prince of Darkness. If you are reading this and you are not a Philadelphian, it...
  • Fumo Gets 55 Months

    07/14/2009 3:33:56 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 11 replies · 317+ views
    It didn't do that much good. Buckwalter gave Fumo --who was ranking the Democrat on the state Senate Appropriations Committee until his indictment in February 2007-- 55 months today for his conviction on 137 federal corruption charges.
  • Fumo (D) sentenced to 55 months in prison (GUIDELINE=10 to 12 years!)

    07/14/2009 5:49:45 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies · 465+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 7/14/2009 | Staff
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- - A federal judge has sentenced former Pennsylvania Sen. Vince Fumo to 55 months in prison for corruption. Federal prosecutors say the wealthy Fumo stole not because he needed money but because "he was drunk with power." They had sought a sentence of more than 15 years. Fumo, his voice breaking, told the judge he loved his job and never intended to steal from the senate. U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter reduced Fumo's sentence based on his public service. The guideline range had been about 10 to 12 years.
  • Former Pa. senator gets 55 months for corruption

    07/14/2009 4:35:12 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 8 replies · 412+ views
    AP via Comcast News ^ | July 14,2009 | MARYCLAIRE DALE, AP
    PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has sentenced former Pennsylvania Sen. Vince Fumo to 55 months in prison for corruption convictions. Federal prosecutors say the wealthy Fumo stole not because he needed money but because "he was drunk with power." They had sought a sentence of more than 15 years...A jury this year found the long-powerful Philadelphia Democrat misused millions in state and nonprofit assets. Fumo survived two earlier indictments in his 30-year political career.
  • Michelle Obama: Government alone can't rebuild

    06/16/2009 12:21:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 1,342+ views
    First lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that struggling communities shouldn't look to government alone for help. Obama told a luncheon of Washington-area service and philanthropy groups that member work is key to making a difference in their neighborhoods and schools. She said leaders should take advantage of a recently signed public service law to engage new volunteers and put them to work. "Washington can only do so much," Obama said. "Communities are built and rebuilt by regular people." She said the national service law would funnel thousands of volunteers to such nonprofit groups. She warned groups to be ready for...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: BUILDING THE CASE (How the feds got Fumo)

    03/23/2009 3:27:27 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 525+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 3/22/09 | Emilie Lounsberry and Craig R. McCoy
    It was early in the investigation, but already the FBI was getting on Vince Fumo's nerves. In a typically blunt e-mail, he wrote to a top aide in 2004 that a delicate part of his anatomy had just been "busted by my 2 friendly female FBI agents." Then he cursed them. His aide replied: "I do not like those people. Long live the realm of Fumo-world! :-)" Now former State Sen. Fumo stands convicted of scores of counts of corruption in a $4 million fraud, his aide has lost his job, and Fumo-world is a smoking ruin. Relentlessly civil, but...
  • Democrat Vincent Fumo (D) Convicted of 137 Counts of Corruption

    03/16/2009 2:51:37 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 24 replies · 915+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | March 16, 2009 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA -- Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted today of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and allowed him to live a lavish lifestyle. The 65-year-old former state senator was found guilty of all 137 counts against him, which also included obstruction of justice for destroying e-mail evidence. The jury deliberated about the Philadelphia Democrat's fate for about six days after a five-month trial. Prosecutors are expected to seek a sentence of more than 10 years under federal...
  • Gov. Rendell subpoenaed in Fumo trial

    02/02/2009 12:53:27 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 19 replies · 2,675+ views ^ | 2/2/09 | CHARLES THOMPSON
    Gov. Ed Rendell will appear in federal court next Monday as a defense witness in the corruption trial of former Sen. Vince Fumo, D-Philadelphia. Chuck Ardo, Rendell's press secretary, said that Rendell had been served with a subpoena earlier today at his Philadelphia office. "The governor isn't sure what relevant information he may have, but he will honor the subpoena and answer any questions that are asked," Ardo said. Fumo is charged with misusing more than $1 million in state resources and another $1 million from the Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, a south Philadelphia charity he allegedly controlled, for...
  • Ex-Fumo girlfriend tells of 'other people's money'(Dems redistributing the wealth)

    11/18/2008 1:38:59 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies · 1,452+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/18/2008 | Craig R. McCoy
    An ex-girlfriend of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo took jurors yesterday on a detailed guided tour of his high-flying and coddled lifestyle, his rages and romantic messages, and his resolve to make others pay for his pleasures. ---snip-- She told jurors that Fumo reveled in the perks of being a powerful politician. "It made him feel good," she said.
  • Once-powerful Pa. senator faces long fraud trial ( Democrat )

    09/07/2008 7:31:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 141+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 7, 2008 | MARYCLAIRE DALE,
    prosecutors say freewheeling Philadelphia Democrat Vincent Fumo used little of his own money as he took yachting vacations with friends, spent lavishly on a 33-room city brownstone and hired operatives to spy on ex-wives and political foes. Fumo faces trial Monday in federal court on charges alleging he used $3.5 million in what he called "OPM" — other people's money — to keep his political machine well oiled and fund a lifestyle that included three vacation homes and heated sidewalks outside his mansion. The trial is expected to last a full three months, after a week of jury selection.
  • The man who might have replaced Fumo says Farnese has a ‘hard act to follow’

    08/26/2008 7:47:39 PM PDT · by Newsman100 · 3 replies · 82+ views ^ | August 25, 2008 | Dan Hirschhorn
    DENVER--For months, former Philadelphia City Controller Joe Vignola was planning to run as an independent for the 1st Senatorial District seat long held by retiring and indicted state Sen. Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia). But when Fumo dropped out of what became a tightly-contested April primary that was taken by young Center City lawyer Larry Farnese, Vignola, a lifelong Democrat, decided not to run because it would cause trouble for the party's nominee. With Democrats overwhelmingly outnumbering Republicans in the district, Republican Jack Morley is not expected to fare well in November. During a cocktail party here Monday evening for the state...
  • FBI Arrests 2 Pa. Senate Legislative Aides

    06/01/2006 9:46:30 AM PDT · by mondonico · 14 replies · 864+ views
    AP/Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 1, 2006 | MarieClaire Dale
    The FBI arrested two men who did computer work for a powerful state senator Wednesday on charges that they permanently deleted e-mails to thwart a federal investigation. Leonard P. Luchko and Mark Eister performed electronic "wipes" of computers at Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's Senate offices, his home at the New Jersey shore and at a nonprofit with deep ties to Fumo, authorities allege. "This was a deliberate, systematic and ultimately successful effort to interfere with a federal investigation," U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said. "We have to assume that valuable information is lost forever."
  • FBI Arrests 2 Pa. Senate Legislative Aides

    05/31/2006 1:17:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies · 2,035+ views
    AP ^ | 5/31/6 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    PHILADELPHIA -- The FBI arrested two men who did computer work for a powerful state senator Wednesday on charges that they permanently deleted e-mails to thwart a federal investigation. Leonard P. Luchko and Mark Eister performed electronic "wipes" of computers at Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's Senate offices, his home at the New Jersey shore and at a nonprofit with deep ties to Fumo, authorities allege. "This was a deliberate, systematic and ultimately successful effort to interfere with a federal investigation," U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan said. "We have to assume that valuable information is lost forever." The document does not name...
  • Fumo's flub has foes on attack (Philadelphia/PA Senator)

    02/25/2004 7:31:27 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 16 replies · 315+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Feb. 25, 2004 | Mario Cattabiani and Craig McCoy
    Fumo's flub has foes on attack James Tayoun Jr. wants the state senator's name off the primary ballot over a false signature.By Mario F. Cattabiani and Craig R. McCoyInquirer Staff Writers State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, a veteran of seven elections, somehow forgot to fill in "Item 7" on his nomination petition, required of all candidates.All the line required was that he state his polling place.Now, his political opponents are accusing the South Philadelphia Democrat of fraud in an election tangle that, potentially, could cost him his spot on the primary ballot.Yesterday, Fumo won a reprieve from a state judge....
  • PA Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) racks up $72,525 in dinner bills in 2 years!

    11/11/2003 6:48:29 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 31 replies · 663+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Nov. 9th, 2003 | John Grogan
    John Grogan | Dining in style, thanks to you allBy John GroganInquirer Columnist "Table for two, please," I said.The tuxedoed maitre d' led us past the wood-fired grill, the slabs of aged beef, and the iced tubs of imported Mediterranean fish to a linen-draped seating overlooking the Delaware River.We opened our menus."Wow!" my wife said."Pay no attention to the prices," I told her. "This meal is on the taxpayers of Pennsylvania."Or at least we could pretend. We were at La Veranda Ristorante, the unapologetically high-end eatery near Penn's Landing. It's where State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) managed to...
  • The Enemy at Their Back

    01/16/2003 10:51:48 AM PST · by Commander8 · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Review of The News ^ | January 19,2003 | William Norman Grigg
    An important but little-noticed Federal lawsuit is scheduled to go to court in February. Nearly six years four agents of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Narcotics Investigation(BNI) filed a civil rights complaint in the US DIstrict Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleged that "certain persons in the State Department and the CIA" had obstructed an investigation of the Dominican narcotics cartel, which controlledmuch of the trade in cocaine and heroin along the eastern seaboard. There is also evidence that the Dominican narcotics cartel may have indirectly financed the terrorist network that carried out the first World Trade...