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  • Who Paid Hillary How Much For Those Speeches? Here’s The List

    03/21/2016 6:32:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    We thought you’d like to know. If you’re wondering who paid Hillary Clinton, and how much they paid her from 2013-2015, to give speeches, we’ve got the list for you right here. Come one, come all, see who has Hillary Clinton in their back pocket.
  • Why I Changed My Mind and Joined the #NeverTrump Movement

    03/02/2016 2:01:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 150 replies
    National Review ^ | March 02, 2016 | DAVID FRENCH
    Why I Changed My Mind and Joined the #NeverTrump Movement DAVID FRENCH March 2, 2016 Let me begin by saying that I was wrong. Weeks ago I said on a number of radio interviews that while I opposed Trump in the primary, I’d back him if he won the GOP nomination. I hadn’t yet seen — or had been unwilling to believe — the full extent of his contempt for the truth, his fondness for far-left conspiracy theories, and his sheer malice. When I saw Trump in full, my decision was easy: Never Trump. I have spent my entire adult...
  • Investigation: Wounded Warrior Charity Only Spends 60 Percent Of Funds On Vets

    01/27/2016 3:37:53 PM PST · by mazda77 · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/27/16 | Jonah Bennet
    The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity organization dedicated to helping injured former military members, only spends about 60 percent of its donation funds helping veterans. An investigation by CBS News discovered that the Wounded Warrior Project has a dismal record when compared to other similar charities, though the group managed to pull in $300 million just in 2014. The organization apparently raised more than $1 billion since 2003. “Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, but what the public doesn’t see is how they spend their money,” Army Staff Sgt. Erick Millette told CBS News. Millette worked with...
  • Senator Ted Cruz listens to Iowa farmers, supports Renewable Fuel Standard (Ethanol) through 2022

    01/06/2016 11:23:15 AM PST · by springwater13 · 291 replies
    SIOUX CENTER - During a bus tour stop in Sioux Center, Iowa last night, Senator Ted Cruz expressed support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through 2022. Responding to a question from an ethanol investor from Iowa about whether he would allow the landmark energy program to continue through its current expiration in 2022, Sen. Cruz responded by expressing support for the RFS through 2022. Senator Cruz also expressed passionate support for breaking through the so-called "blendwall." That "blendwall" makes it illegal for ethanol to expand its market penetration, and I intend to eliminate the EPA blendwall to get rid...
  • FEC Commissioner: Harry Reid Wants Use of 'Slush Fund' to Help Him Retire

    01/05/2016 9:10:54 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants the Federal Election Commission to create an exemption that would allow him to spend $600,000 in unspent campaign and PAC funds on personal matters as he retires from office, the Washington Examiner reports. FEC Commissioner Lee E. Goodman labeled the funds an "administrative slush fund" as the extraordinary request was made, the Examiner reports. The Nevada Democrat wants to use the funds "to close out his offices and aid his shift to becoming a former public official still intent on influencing the nation's agenda," the Examiner's Paul Bedard reports. Read Latest Breaking News from...
  • CRUZ WHY IS YOUR FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR A CFR MEMBER?

    01/05/2016 10:58:48 AM PST · by jpsb · 215 replies
    The Marshall Report ^ | jan 5, 2016 | Dianne Marshall
    We've all heard him say it at least once. Ted Cruz calls the Council on Foreign Relations a "Pernicious Nest of Snakes". He has excused his wife Heidi from her FIVE YEARS of serving on the Council on Foreign Relations as a Junior stint, joining after the Bush years to only try to put a conservative viewpoint into that pernicious nest! Well, Ted, why didn't she quit when she realized her assigned project wasn't going to be a conservative constitution based one? Why did she stay and help to create the manual to destroy America's structure from within to achieve...
  • Illegal gambling den and brothel in SF Mission evades shutdown despite police presence

    12/11/2015 6:19:00 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2015 | Joe Rivano Barros
    An illegal gambling den and brothel in the Mission District that has been the site of a shooting and multiple calls to the police in the past few months is seemingly immune from closure despite frequent raids from law enforcement.
  • Former Chicago schools chief steered contracts 'to get Ł2.3M of public money in kickbacks'

    10/10/2015 2:52:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    "......The indictment alleges that Byrd-Bennett expected to receive kickbacks worth ten per cent of the value of the no-bid contracts, or about $2.3million. It's unclear how much money was set aside for her, though the indictment says two trust accounts tied to her relatives - identified only as Relatives A and B - were set up to help hide the money. The relatives were revealed by sources as Byrd-Bennett's twin grandsons, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The money was set aside for college funds, emails included in the indictment suggest. The company's owners, Gary Soloman and Thomas Vranas, are accused...
  • China seeks return of 2 wanted officials (huddle with Hussein)

    09/26/2015 5:42:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/25/15 | Bill Gertz
    One of China’s key objectives for this week’s meeting between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is the return of two Chinese men in the United States who may have access to some of Beijing’s innermost secrets. According to U.S. officials, the Chinese president is expected to ask Mr. Obama to facilitate the return to China of businessmen Ling Wancheng and Guo Wengui, both of whom are wanted by Chinese authorities on corruption charges. Mr. Ling is the younger brother of Ling Jihua, who was director of the Communist Party’s General Office under Mr. Xi’s predecessor, Communist Party chief...
  • Senators Who Took Money from Iran [1 Timothy 6]

    09/02/2015 11:30:06 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/1/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Senator Markey has announced his support for the Iran deal that will let the terrorist regime inspect its own Parchin nuclear weapons research site, conduct uranium enrichment, build advanced centrifuges, buy ballistic missiles, fund terrorism and have a near zero breakout time to a nuclear bomb. There was no surprise there. Markey had topped the list of candidates supported by the Iran Lobby. And the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) had maxed out its contributions to his campaign. After more fake suspense, Al Franken, another IAPAC backed politician who also benefited from Iran Lobby money, came out for the...
  • State ethics board examining Martin O'Malley's purchase of mansion furniture

    08/29/2015 6:01:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/29/15 | Doug Donovan
    n assistant attorney general asked Friday for a state ethics commission ruling on whether former Gov. Martin O'Malley's purchase of furniture from the governor's mansion violated rules regarding state-owned property.When O'Malley and his family moved out of the mansion in January, they left with most of its taxpayer-purchased furnishings — 54 items that he bought at steep discounts because every piece had been declared "junk" by his administration.O'Malley and his wife, Baltimore District Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley, paid $9,638 for armoires, beds, chairs, desks, lamps, mirrors, ottomans, tables and other items that originally cost taxpayers $62,000, according to documents obtained...
  • Former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo facing new federal charges

    08/10/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 8/10/15 | Neki Mohan
    Former Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo appeared in court Monday to face new federal fraud charges. According to court records filed Friday, Santeramo, 67, was indicted on two mail fraud charges and is accused of misappropriating more than $35,000 from the Broward school district's accountability program from 2006 to 2011. The program was set up to provide training and teachers programs.
  • How Congress Occupied Wall Street

    07/07/2015 4:08:50 PM PDT · by Bratch · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 18, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Mark Twain famously wrote, "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." Peter Schweizer's new book, "Throw Them All Out," reveals this permanent political class in all its arrogant glory. (Full disclosure: Mr. Schweizer is employed by my political action committee as a foreign-policy adviser.) Mr. Schweizer answers the questions so many of us have asked. I addressed this in a speech in Iowa last Labor Day weekend. How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires? How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the...
  • Scalia Hides Hint that Kennedy was PAID for the 5th Vote in footnote?

    06/26/2015 10:33:49 AM PDT · by xzins · 111 replies
    vanity | 25 Jun 15 | Xzins
    From Scalia's dissent on court conducting a putsch to overthrow the country: "22 If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,” I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie....
  • Florida Cop Hit With Felony After Being Caught on Camera Stealing Gas

    05/19/2015 5:02:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 116 replies
    MIAMI — Miami-Dade Police Employee Officer Emil Lugo has been charged with felony fraud for stealing the county fuel. He hs allegedly been stealing the gas for months. He was arrested after undercover cameras caught him in the act. (Video below) A statement released by the State Attorney’s Office reads in part, “This investigation arose from concerns that Sergeant Lugo was improperly using his Miami-Dade County access during the period from January 2015 through March 2015. Not only was Sergeant Lugo fueling his vehicle at a fuel station rarely used by police officers, (the 7900 SW 107 Avenue site was...
  • Police Towing Hundreds of Cars Now For Obama Fundraser

    05/04/2015 2:18:02 PM PDT · by Diogenez · 107 replies
    Eyewitness account ^ | 5/4/2015 | Diogenez
    Police are in the process of towing hundreds of cars in the West Village section of New York to clear the way for an Obama fundraiser at the townhouse of "Sex & the City" star, Sarah Jessica Parker. Anna Wintour of The Devil Wears Parda hatefulness will host. Expected guests: Justin Timberlake, Harvey Weinstein, Tommy Hilfiger. Several blocks west of Greenwich Ave. to the river are being cleared of cars and lined with metal barricades. Hundreds of "special detail" police are to run interferencefor the $40,000 per plate event. Cost to taxpayers - an estimated $2.5 to $3 Million.
  • The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada

    05/04/2015 5:09:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/3/15 | Tom Hamburger, etc.
    Bill Clinton was planning a charity trip to Latin America and needed a big plane. For Frank Giustra, who had never met the former president, this was an opportunity. The Canadian mining magnate and onetime Hollywood studio owner stepped up to let the former president borrow his luxurious passenger jet. There was just one condition: Giustra would come along for the ride. That 2005 trip was the start of an intense, mutually beneficial friendship — one that has helped propel the Clinton Foundation into a global giant and established Giustra’s reputation as an international philanthropist while helping him build connections...
  • The Chamber of Commies (Saturbray)

    03/21/2015 7:10:25 AM PDT · by bray · 9 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 3/21/15 | bray
    Isaiah 23:17 [Full Chapter] At the end of seventy years, the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitution and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. One of my friends said he decided not to pay his taxes to the gummit this year. Rather, he gave it to a Mexican who was mowing a lawn and said he was just skipping the middle man. He asked, what is the point of contributing his hard earned money to a broken political system when it is going to end up...
  • Rumors swirl around sale of Waimanalo estate [Obama buying Hawaii estate?]

    03/20/2015 2:38:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 39 replies
    KITV ^ | March 19, 2010 | Paul Drews
    WAIMANALO, Hawaii —A well-known Waimanalo home has been sold, but the big question is who is the buyer? The talk around town points to President Barack Obama, and there is a connection between the president and the buyer of this multi-million dollar estate. Waimanalo is known for its friendly atmosphere and beautiful Windward Oahu beaches. "We enjoy this. I don't know if it will be the same. If it's the same, it's all good," said Waimanalo resident Uncle Nawai. The sale of the Waimanalo property named Pahonu has people talking about potential changes to their community. "It started a couple...
  • John Kitzhaber must resign: Editorial (The Oregonian)

    02/05/2015 8:06:35 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 2/4/15 | The Oregonian Editorial Board
    "I'm not going to consider resigning," said Gov. John Kitzhaber at a disastrous press conference held Friday following revelations about the apparently borderless world of public policy and private gain in which he and fiancée Cylvia Hayes exist. "I was elected by the people of this state to do a job, and I intend to do it." No doubt, the governor does intend to do the job Oregonians gave him, which, simply put, is to pursue the interests of his constituents. That intention, however, is no match for an ugly reality of his own making, whose sordid elements keep surfacing...
  • Top VA Official Conspired With Her Married Boyfriend To Thwart Investigations

    09/30/2014 3:45:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-30-14 | Tristyn Bloom
    A recent investigation has uncovered a shocking tale of corruption and adultery at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Susan Taylor, a longtime federal employee and Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at the Veterans Health Administration since 2010, not only used her position to award government contracts to a former business partner, and worked with said company to hide the thousands and thousands of dollars it was making off the government, but conspired with her married boyfriend — who also had close personal ties to the company — to thwart investigations into her misconduct. The salacious story began in 1994, when Taylor...
  • Vote for Buddy: Because there’s still a few bucks left to steal

    09/14/2014 11:10:20 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/14/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    There is a long standing argument about which state is the most corrupt. Is it New Jersey or New York? Is it Louisiana or Illinois? Maybe any one of these Democrat controlled states could take the crown, but it would be hard to overlook little Rhode Island. To use a boxing phrase, “pound for pound” Rhode Island might be the most corrupt of all. Last January 1st marked the seventy ninth anniversary of what is known as “Rhode Island’s Bloodless Revolution.” In this totally lawless power grab, carried out on January 1st 1935, the Democrats decided that they could not...
  • The McDonnells and Our Increasingly Insane Political Class

    08/06/2014 3:53:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 8-6-14 | Jim Geraghty
    Link only. Click for an interesting story.
  • How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches

    06/27/2014 9:43:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/26/14 | Philip Rucker, Tom Hamburger and Alexander Becker
    Over seven frenetic days, Bill Clinton addressed corporate executives....His pay: $1.4 million....Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world....the majority of his speaking income, $56.3 million, came from foreign speeches, many of them in China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Post review found....The financial industry has been Clinton’s most frequent sponsor....Hillary Clinton has followed her husband and a roster of recent presidents and secretaries of state in this profitable line of work...executives familiar with the engagements said her standard fee is $200,000 and up, and that she has been in higher demand than...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • Montreal mayor looks to NYC for anti-graft advice

    04/15/2014 10:01:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 11:43 PM EDT | Alexandra Olson
    Montreal’s mayor sought to convince Manhattan business leaders Tuesday that his administration is moving past the corruption scandals that brought down his two predecessors and have become the “elephant in the room” when trying to lure investment to Canada’s second-largest city. At a luncheon speech to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Denis Coderre said he is looking to New York City for inspiration. He highlighted the creation of Montreal’s Inspector General’s office, which has sweeping powers to investigate municipal contracts. The new agency is inspired partly by New York City’s Department of Investigations, created in 1873 in response to...
  • U.S. Senator Reid, son combine for China firm's desert plant

    04/12/2014 8:56:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 31 August 20?? | Marcus Stern
    U.S. Senator Harry Reid recognized nine years ago that connections between his official duties and the lobbying activities of his relatives could lead to ethical questions. In 2003, the Nevada Democrat publicly banned relatives from lobbying him or his staff after newspaper reports showed that Nevada industries and institutions routinely turned to Reid's sons or son-in-law for representation. Now, questions surrounding family ties are flaring again in Nevada around the Senate majority leader. He and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm...
  • (Chicago) Mayor's Friend Could Benefit from Hotel Built With Taxpayers' Money

    04/11/2014 10:00:10 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | April 8, 2014 | Ben Jorvarsky and David Sirota
    On March 5 the City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to spend $55 million in property taxes on a new Marriott hotel—part of his ambitious development plan that also features a basketball arena for DePaul University. The vote followed a decision by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to award Marriott the coveted contract to run the new hotel. Following the vote, the mayor and his aides crowned themselves wizards of economic development. "The hotel will generate new taxes and jobs while supporting the area's planned revitalization," said the city's planning commissioner. [W]hat the mayor and his aides didn't...
  • (Congressman) Rush (D-IL): I've Been Cooperative With the Inquiry

    04/10/2014 11:44:35 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said the Office of Congressional Ethics has a pending inquiry against him, triggered most likely by Chicago Sun-Times stories raising questions about spending from his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant, among other issues. Rush’s “Citizens for Rush” campaign fund has paid $5,000 to the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro for the OCE inquiry, Rush told me. “I’ve been cooperative,” Rush said. He said he wants the OCE to “affirm” that he has not violated any rules. “I have been just totally, totally cooperative, open and cooperative and I encouraged anybody they...
  • China Seizes An Insane $14.5 Billion Worth Of Assets From Family Of Former Security Official

    03/30/2014 11:52:43 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 3-30-2014 | Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard
    China Seizes An Insane $14.5 Billion Worth Of Assets From Family Of Former Security Official Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard, Reuters Mar. 30, 2014, 8:38 AM BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from family members and associates of retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of China's biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said. More than 300 of Zhou's relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources, who...
  • Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial present the former mayor as predator, or prey

    02/10/2014 9:14:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Mark Waller
    Closing arguments in the Ray Nagin corruption trial on Monday centered on whether the former New Orleans mayor was a predator focused on helping himself or prey for an assortment of shady operators. The prosecution portrayed Nagin as an opportunist who pursued businessmen under pressure to win city business, targeting them to line his own pockets. The defense characterized those contractors -- some of whom suffer from their own legal and financial problems -- as scheming to use Nagin without his knowledge, and now eager to testify to help their own situations. After the lawyers made their final pitches, the...
  • Harry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

    01/22/2014 3:39:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2014 | By David Sherfinsk
    A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber’s code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors. The complaint, filed with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by Cause of Action, is based in part on a Washington Times investigation last year. That investigation found that after pressure from Mr. Reid and his staff, the Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for the casino.... ...The American...
  • The cost of healing -- Hospice draining billions from Medicare

    12/27/2013 3:01:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-26-13 | Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating
    Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less. But over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer. The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50...
  • Taxpayers Have Spent $14K for Each Obamacare Enrollee So Far

    12/12/2013 1:58:58 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - The fiscal conservatives at Americans for Tax Reform have crunched the Obamacare numbers released by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and here's the bottom line. American taxpayers have paid $14,196 for each Obamacare enrollee so far. In her testimony to Congress Wednesday, Sebelius said taxpayers have spent $677 million on the flawed healthcare.gov website through the end of October.* On top of that, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has spent $4.5 billion to promote Obamacare at the state level. Sebelius told Congress that 364,682 people had "selected a plan" as of Nov. 30...
  • Michelle O's Princeton classmate is exec at company that built Obamacare website

    10/26/2013 10:15:19 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2013
    The Obama administration has been accused of cronyism after it was revealed the First Lady's Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company contracted to build the beleaguered Obamacare enrollment website. Toni Townes-Whitley is senior vice president at CGI Federal, the U.S. arm of a Canadian company, which won the no-bid contract for the problem-plagued website. Townes-Whitley, from the Princeton class of ’85, and Michelle Obama are members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, according to The Daily Caller.
  • Dems talking about delaying ObamaCare rollout... seditious, bomb-strapping treason?

    10/26/2013 10:26:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    10/26/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Haven't we heard the MSM and elected Democrats say these things on television...calling Republicans every vile name one can think of? Now 6-10 Senate Dems are seriously worried about the ObamaCare rollout. Will the MSM (be it MSNBC, CNN or whomever) chastise these Dems? Hmmm?
  • Company behind Obamacare website in charge of nearly $2 billion in Sandy relief

    10/26/2013 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/2013 | Allison Coyle
    CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy. In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. Additionally, they are asked to aid in the implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, an assistance program that had recently obtained $1.7 billion. Item five of the...
  • Congress to close down, fly Air Force planes to Florida for funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young

    10/22/2013 10:17:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week.</p> <p>Mr. Young was the senior Republican in the chamber, and the move to close down business is a mark of respect for him — though it also means that there will be no floor votes and that many committee meetings have been canceled, cutting short what was already a mostly empty week. The House’s hearing examining the health exchange rollout will continue as planned, however.</p>
  • US: Detroit ex-mayor should get 28 years in prison

    10/03/2013 2:14:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2013 5:05 PM EDT | Ed White
    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick should be sent to prison for at least 28 years for “astonishing” corruption that enriched him and his family while a desperate city slid toward financial collapse, prosecutors said Thursday. The 51-page filing came a week before Kilpatrick is to be sentenced in federal court for two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, fraud and tax offenses. The government presented a scathing summary of evidence from his months-long trial and said the corruption tops all recent cases prosecuted elsewhere in federal court. Detroit “desperately needed resolute leadership. Instead it got a mayor looking to cash in...
  • Washington, D.C.: The New Boomtown

    05/28/2013 10:24:15 AM PDT · by posterchild · 17 replies
    WSJ via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Fri May 24, 2013 | Lauren Schuker Blum
    Bidding wars are breaking out. Foreign buyers are moving in. A new wave of contemporary architecture is taking hold. And a growing class of tech executives is helping to fuel the boom. All this is happening in Washington, D.C., a town known for its relative affordability compared with cities such as New York and San Francisco, and for architecture about as exciting as its fashion sense. Today, home prices in Washington and its surrounding suburbs are rapidly rising to new levels. As other American cities have been buffeted by an uneven economy, Washington's property market has been buoyed two forces...
  • Former police Chief Harper indicted on five counts(Pittsburgh Affirmative Action Hire)

    03/22/2013 9:35:52 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 14 replies
    Tribune-Review (Suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:18 p.m. | Bobby Kerlik and Brian Bowling
    A federal grand jury Friday indicted ousted Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper for tax violations. Prosecutors charged Harper, 60, of Stanton Heights with four counts of “tax problems” and one count of conspiracy. He is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar appeared before the judge with the indictment and the grand jury foreman. The indictment comes two months after the Tribune-Review reported the grand jury's work and one month after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl forced Harper to resign his post. Harper led the department since 2006. The grand jury was investigating Harper's involvement...
  • Let the truth be known - Did Walmart pay to enter India? Probe the issue

    12/18/2012 9:42:48 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | December 12, 2012 | Editorial
    Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath has done well to assure the Opposition early Tuesday that the Government will inquire into the details of Walmart's lobbying activities in India. The retail giant’s recent disclosure to the US Senate that it has spent $25 million (about Rs125 crore) since 2008 to lobby for access to the Indian market, has raised uncomfortable questions on whether policy-makers in India were bribed by the American retail giant. Muddying the waters is the announcement by Bharti Walmart Pvt Ltd — the joint venture company of Walmart and Bharti Enterprises Ltd — last Friday that...
  • Obama's Illegal Immigrant Uncle Might Be Getting Special Treatment

    12/05/2012 9:06:54 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-5-2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    Obama's Illegal Immigrant Uncle Might Be Getting Special Treatment Alexander Abad-Santos The Atlantic WireDecember 5, 2012 AP - Onyango Obama in 2011 After being ordered to leave the United States 20 years ago, Onyango Obama, the Kenyan-born half-brother of President Obama's father, has been granted a new deportation hearing and now has a second chance to stay in the country. "Last week, the Board of ­Immigration Appeals granted Onyango Obama’s request to ­reopen his immigration case based in part on his contention that his prior lawyer was ­ineffective, according to a government official with direct knowledge of the case," reports...
  • Fattened Cats - Congress Grows Richer During The Great recession

    12/03/2012 10:36:41 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 5 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 12/3/2012 | Guy Smith
    Don’t worry about the so-called 1%.  They allegedly came by their wealth honestly. Congress on the other hand ... During the Great Recession, the wealth gap between congress and their constituents grew at a spritely pace. At the high end, congress’s cornucopia continued growing by 14% while you and your neighbors’ prosperity plummeted about 39%. On a good day it is damn difficult to like your average congress critter. Knowing that their holdings grew as the world economy imploded illuminates two well known facts: that being connected is profitable and that pitchforks remain viable corrective implements. Crony connectivity accounts for...
  • RFK Jr. and late wife didn't pay for many of renovations to make Westchester mansion eco-friendly

    10/28/2012 3:50:02 PM PDT · by Baynative · 38 replies
    NYTimes ^ | Oct 28, 2012 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    For the Kennedys, it was easy being green. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his late wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, didn’t pay a penny for the high-end kitchen appliances, dual-flush toilets, solid brass and zinc faucets, hardwood flooring and hypoallergenic rugs when they created their eco-friendly Westchester mansion. Even the bamboo hangers and the cleaning products were free — a $1.3 million bonanza of swag. Now five months after Mary Richardson Kennedy’s suicide at the sprawling estate in Bedford, her husband is set to make a windfall.
  • Financier Eased Obama Aide's Path From Government

    09/18/2012 3:14:02 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Ruby Cramer
    President Obama's former traveling assistant got financial assistance on his departure from government from a New York financier who is a top Obama fundraiser. Reggie Love, Obama's former "body man" and a former Duke basketball star who the President has referred to as his "little brother" left the White House last November, and is on track to receive his MBA this December from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. In the meantime, Love has received money, three sources told BuzzFeed, from Orin Kramer, the managing partner of Boston Provident and a leading Democratic fundraiser who has raised more...
  • Wasserman Schultz’s Luxury Cars and Growing Net Worth Raise Questions [pics of her cars]

    09/11/2012 11:49:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 9/11/12 | Javier Manjarres
    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has famously stated that she is a “middle class American,” and it was this very claim that prompted many of her critics to openly question whether or not it was a realistic assessment of her personal income and assets.... ...reviews of Wasserman Schultz’ congressional financial disclosures revealed a not widely known fact that she owns a second home in New Hampshire and is also not required to disclose her husband’s salary... So when you get down to it, Wasserman Schultz’s claim that “I am a middle class’ American” argument really has no credibility, especially now that...
  • Agencies bill more than $1M for public meetings

    08/18/2012 11:36:07 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 3 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/16/2012 | Anon
    Two Silicon Valley agencies are being accused of bilking California taxpayers by submitting more than $1 million in state reimbursements for preparing public meeting agendas. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley Water District ranked first and second out of more than 600 agencies statewide for reimbursements bills for complying with state open meetings laws. Santa Clara County billed $1.1 million last year for preparing agendas for 402 public meetings; the water district asked for $384,395 for 42 meetings. Nearby Alameda County billed just $71,816 for 450 meetings. The Silicon Valley Taxpayers...
  • County hopes public opinion of firefighters improves before tax vote

    03/23/2012 4:46:46 PM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 3/23/2012 | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    Clark County and its firefighters union have frequently clashed in recent years. They’ve fought over firefighters’ compensation packages, which averaged $189,000 in fiscal year 2010; alleged abuse of sick leave, which some county officials said was used to boost overtime and retirement pay; and whether firefighters should be allowed to do charitable work while on the clock. The last round of contract negotiations between the two sides broke down and an independent arbitrator had to sort things out. The biggest fight yet for both sides, however — one that county administrators are starting to prepare for — will likely make...
  • Haiti: Where did the money go?

    01/12/2012 4:40:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Global Post ^ | 1-12-12 | Donovan Webster
    The world pledged some $12 billion after the earthquake. Two years later, little has been used to actually rebuild PORT-AU-PRINCE — To see where the enormous sums of humanitarian aid directed to Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake in 2010 went, a good place to start is the ocean harbor. That’s where the island’s shore meets the rest of the world. And the best place for that is here at the seaport in the nation’s capital: Port-au-Prince, near the earthquake’s epicenter. There, at this moment, a gigantic “supermaritime” cargo ship called the Sarine is off-loading more than five metric tons of...