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  • Huma Abedin Granted Access To Hillary Based On Clinton Global Initiative Donor Status

    10/26/2016 9:49:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 26, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    Newly released emails show that Hillary Clinton’s top State Department adviser, Huma Abedin, granted access to the then-secretary of state during overseas diplomatic visits based upon Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) donor status. A Dec. 4, 2012 email obtained by Citizens United and shared exclusively with The Daily Caller shows that Paul McElearney, CGI’s head of member development, emailed Abedin asking if he could meet with Hillary Clinton during her trip to Ireland two days later. Abedin said that she could accommodate McElearney, and he then asked if several other people, including two CGI sponsors, could also meet Clinton. McElearney forwarded...
  • Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes [Ron Calderon]

    10/21/2016 9:11:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 2016 3:58 AM EDT | Brian Melley
    Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his actions and has presented a “whimsical and revisionist view of his conduct” in an effort to serve no time behind bars for graft that lined his own pockets and helped put his children through college. Federal prosecutors asked for a 5-year prison term in a blistering brief that mocked...
  • NYT Best-Selling Author Exposes Hillary’s Pay-to-Play Scandal

    10/05/2016 10:33:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2016 | Aryssa Damron
    It isn’t cheap to get on Hillary Clinton’s good side, but if you’ve got enough money to make a million-dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation, you are set. Say goodbye to federal regulations or bureaucratic red tape. Make a donation, get on Hillary’s good side, and you are in. This is pay-to-play, and it goes against every ethics standard in the book. No wonder Hillary Clinton lives by it. In his new book, Guilty as Sin, Ed Klein exposes Hillary’s pay-to-play scandals and how she turned the Clinton Foundation into a subsidiary of the State Department. It didn’t take too...
  • Newly released e-mails prove: Hillary turned the State Department into a pay-for-play racket

    08/10/2016 10:23:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/16 | Robert Laurie
    Graft. Corruption. In other words, Clinton stuff. While the media are hyperventilating about “Second Amendment people” - pretending to believe Donald Trump meant something they know he didn’t mean, so you will be upset - newly released e-mails prove beyond any doubt that Hillary used her position as Secretary of State as an influence-for-money operation, with Mrs. Carlos Danger as her primary cash pimpette. The New York Post is most on top of it this morning: Hillary Clinton put the State Department up for sale, with top aides pulling strings and doing favors for fat-cat donors to the Clinton Foundation...
  • Bernie Sanders Buys Third House – A Mere $600k “Summer Vacation House”…

    08/09/2016 3:05:44 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 45 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 9, 2016 | Sundance
    Keeping up with his ‘man of the people image‘ Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has purchased this third house, a $600,000 lakefront vacation chalet in Champlain Islands. bernie and hillary Part of the traditional campaign negotiations between various camps is the willingness of the endorsed candidate to absorb the campaign debt of the endorser. The tighter the race, the more value is assigned to it. Subsequently, it shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise to see Sanders financially benefiting from his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. How else does a Senator afford three homes on a congressional salary. Senator Sanders owns one house...
  • Canadian Pacific Files Appeal To Protect Yard From Tollway Project

    07/15/2016 7:12:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    journal-topics ^ | 14 July 2016 | TOM ROBB
    Canadian Pacific Railroad filed an appeal Tuesday with the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals seeking an injunction to stop Illinois Route 390, also known as the Elgin O’Hare West Access (EOWA) project, from taking land in the Bensenville Rail Yard it operates in Bensenville and Franklin Park... The case sought a permanent injunction to stop the tollway from using eminent domain to take the land and make way for parts of the new tollway. The case was dismissed in March.
  • New Mexico reports fourth Hantavirus death (Six cases, four deaths)

    07/01/2016 3:00:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 30, 2016 | ABQJournal News Staff
    Health officials have reported a fourth New Mexico death from Hantavirus this year, making 2016 among the deadliest since the viral illness first appeared here in 1993. A 20-year-old Torrance County woman has died of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome – the state’s sixth reported case this year, the New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday. “The messaging is, (Hantavirus) is still here and you still have to take precautions,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the department’s public health veterinarian. Hantavirus infection is transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus....
  • Tim Kaine accepted clothes, vacation as gifts

    06/30/2016 8:46:45 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 15 replies
    POLITICO ^ | June 30, 2016 | Issac Arnsdorf
    Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine took advantage of the state’s lax gift laws to receive an $18,000 Caribbean vacation, $5,500 in clothes and a trip to watch George Mason University play in the NCAA basketball Final Four during his years as lieutenant governor and governor, according to disclosures he filed. Now a leading contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Kaine reported more than $160,000 in gifts from 2001 to 2009, mostly for travel to and from political events and conferences, according to disclosures compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. The givers included political supporters, a drug company that soon...
  • Rebellious Democrats disrupt House, stage protest over guns

    06/22/2016 2:56:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2016 5:08 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Rebellious Democrats shut down the House’s legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures before lawmakers’ weeklong break. Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess while cutting off cameras that showed the protest. But in an unprecedented step, C-SPAN used live video feeds from one lawmaker’s Periscope account and another’s Facebook page to transmit words and images from the House. Nearly 100 Democrats led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis demanded a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by some suspected...
  • RADICAL JIHADIS Assault Restaurant Patrons in Philly, Screaming: “We Belong to ISIS!” (VIDEO)

    06/22/2016 3:23:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 57 replies
    the gateway pundt ^ | 6/22/16 | Jim Hoft
    On June 11th at 4 AM five assailants were captured on security camera assaulting restaurant patrons outside Geno’s Steaks. The jihadis beat the restaurant patrons screaming, “Don’t mess with us, we belong to ISIS!” The Philadelphia police released this report: "On June 11, 2016 at approximately 4:15 am, five (05) unknown males were captured on surveillance video outside 1219 South 9th Street assaulting the victims. After the assault the suspects fled in two (02) vehicles, a dark colored pickup truck and a SUV and fled in an unknown direction. Both vehicles had New Jersey license plates. Victim #1 was struck...
  • D.C. Circuit: CAIR Must Stand Trial for Massive Fraud

    06/22/2016 3:35:03 PM PDT · by Maceman · 17 replies
    American Freedom Law Center ^ | 6-21-16 | Unknown
    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today unanimously reversed a trial court’s ruling dismissing a fraud case brought against the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The result of the appellate court’s ruling is that CAIR National, operating out of the District of Columbia, must stand trial and allow a jury to hear all of the evidence of the massive fraud and attempted cover up carried out by CAIR and perpetrated against hundreds of CAIR fraud victims. In January of last year, Judge Paul Friedman, the federal judge presiding over a five-year old lawsuit alleging...
  • Congratulations, Chelsea!(awesome book deal)

    05/27/2016 7:28:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 70 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Penguin Random House, a Clinton Foundation donor, announced its book deal with Chelsea Clinton last week. The book is being published by Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. (snip) Chelsea’s book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, is intended to educate young readers on themes such as climate change, gender equality, and non-communicable diseases. “In It’s Your World, I try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people,” said Clinton. “I also explore some of the solutions to those challenges and share stories of...
  • 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
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  • 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>