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  • Republican senators seek to cut funding to czars

    06/22/2011 7:37:13 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2011 | Michael Mayday
    Four Republican senators seek to cut off money to czars in the Obama administration and force current and future czars to undergo a Senate confirmation. The senators, David Vitter of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have introduced the amendment in the Nominations Process Reform Bill. Heller said the amendment, which defines czar as the “head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” excluding the National Security Advisor, could return some accountability to the current administration’s...
  • Report describes gun agents' 'state of panic' (Gun Walker)

    06/15/2011 11:28:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | Kim Murphy
    Federal gun agents, concerned about weapons sales to Mexican drug suspects, begged to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a congressional report on a controversial investigation. Federal gun agents in Arizona -- convinced that "someone was going to die" when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers -- made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional report on the controversial law enforcement probe. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators that there was "a state of panic" that the guns...
  • Justice Department Accused of ‘Reckless Technique’

    06/15/2011 11:07:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | GINGER THOMPSON
    WASHINGTON — In a report issued Tuesday by two powerful Republicans in Congress, the Justice Department was accused of conducting an operation that allowed nearly 1,000 guns to flow illegally into Mexico, including two that were eventually found at the scene of the murder of an American Border Patrol agent. The report, by Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Representative Darrell Issa of California, said the 2009 operation in Arizona by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, called Fast and Furious, was intended to shift the focus of enforcement efforts toward criminal organizations south of the border...
  • Obama's DOJ leads Mexican and American citizens to slaughter

    06/11/2011 4:37:36 PM PDT · by GilGil · 9 replies ^ | 06/11/.11 | Gil Guignat
    This is an article about the abuse of Phoenix, and of Arizona by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ). Arizona is accustomed to being trashed by the Obama administration being peppered by lawsuit after lawsuit. What has changed is that Obama’s DOJ has now crossed the line and is getting hundreds if not thousands of people, many Americans, killed in the process. Notice in the attached video that Attorney General Holder is now engaged in a cover-up when it has now been proven that the DOJ was very aware of this botched project that is getting so many people killed.
  • Gunwalker rumors.

    06/04/2011 5:13:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 2 June, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    There is a rumor floating around in ATF agent circles that Billy Hoover has approached Senator Grassley for whistleblower status. At the moment, it is an unsubstantiated rumor. If true it could be significant, for it means that Billy beat Melson to the roll. Good for Hoover, bad for Melson and everybody else above him in DOJ and White House. A top-level HQ guy like Hoover will have virtually all the beans. Speaking of beans. There is another rumor -- which I have a greater tendency to believe since I've heard from two sources now -- floating around DC that...
  • Top Justice Nominees Could Be Held Up Over Grassley Concerns on 'Gunrunner'

    05/26/2011 8:33:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/25/11 | Judson Berger
    Top Justice Nominees Could Be Held Up Over Grassley Concerns on 'Gunrunner'By Judson Berger Published May 25, 2011 | A Republican senator looking for answers on a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry is warning the Justice Department that nominees for top positions could be in jeopardy if the administration doesn't start cooperating. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has threatened to block Justice nominations until he gets answers. A Grassley aide told on Wednesday that three Justice nominees recently sent to the floor could be the first to get caught up in the dispute....
  • Obama on border today; can he explain Holder’s ‘Gunrunner’ discrepancy?

    05/10/2011 6:59:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 May, 2011 | Dave Workman
    While President Obama is down on the border today talking about immigration reform, will anyone ask about a serious discrepancy in Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before Congress last week, during which he claimed to have not known about the Project Gunrunner controversy until a few weeks ago. During an interview with Chicago’s WLS-AM’s Don Wade and Roma Friday, Sen. Charles Grassley revealed that he personally handed copies of letters sent on Jan. 27 and a Jan. 31 to Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson, detailing the senator’s concerns about the gun sting, operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms...
  • WHISTLEBLOWERS -- (Senate - April 14, 2011)(gunwalker)

    04/16/2011 7:18:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Congressional Record ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Senator Grassley
    Mr. GRASSLEY. Since January, I have been investigating allegations from whistleblowers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The allegations I have received are shocking, but sadly they appear to be true. Praise the Lord for the whistleblowers in this government because we don't know where the skeletons are buried, and they help us to do our constitutional role of oversight and the checks and balances of government. The ATF, which is supposed to stop criminals from trafficking guns to Mexican drug cartels, was actually making that trafficking of arms easier for them. That would be bad enough if...
  • ATF Reshuffles the Gunwalker Deck.

    04/16/2011 7:13:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 15 April,2011 | Brad Kozak
    Ah Spring. That time of year when a senior ATF agent’s thoughts turn to CYA. And so it is with little surprise that we report to you, gentle reader, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (and sometimes Really Big Fires) summoned all the head cheeses to D.C. for a circle-the-wagons confab earlier this week. We can now report that what spooked the ATF spooks was a report that the Phoenix office Special Assistant Agent in Charge, George Gillett, is cooperating with Senator Charles Grassley’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. Or the Gunwalker Project. Or whatever they’re calling...
  • BREAKING: Grassley has ‘damning’ Gunrunner documents – CBS News

    04/16/2011 6:05:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 88 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Devastating e-mail exchanges between a senior official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix, AZ and a cooperating gun shop operator have been revealed by Senator Charles Grassley in a letter sent late yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder. “In light of this new evidence,” Grassley tells Holder, “the Justice Department’s claim that the ATF never knowingly sanctioned or allowed the sale of assault weapons to straw purchasers is simply not credible.” Grassley's press release can be viewed here. CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson is reporting that the information contained in the e-mails is “damning.” The e-mail...
  • Will this Gillette cut a few throats at ATF?

    04/15/2011 12:03:14 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    COACH IS RIGHT ^ | APRIL 15TH, 2011 | Doug Book, staff writer
    Several months ago, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley began an investigation of Project Gunrunner, the disgraceful ATF practice of deliberately “walking” guns across the border and into the waiting hands of Mexican drug cartel members. The Senator was alerted by ATF whistle blowers, outraged and fed up after weapons traced to the Project had been found at the scene of the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. And how has Acting ATF Director, Kenneth Melson (Obama stooge and vehement gun-grabber) answered Senator Grassley’s requests for information about Gunrunner? He has informed agents that they “are...
  • U.S. urged dealer to continue gun sales despite concerns, inquiry finds

    04/15/2011 9:03:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 15, 2011 | Kim Murphy
    The Arizona gun dealer repeatedly raised red flags about weapons ending up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels as part of Project Gunrunner, but his concerns were brushed aside, congressional investigators say. The investigation into a federal operation that allowed Mexican drug cartels to acquire U.S. weapons escalated Thursday with new revelations that an Arizona gun dealer repeatedly expressed fears that his guns were falling into the "hands of the bad guys" but was encouraged by federal agents to continue the sales. A series of emails released by congressional investigators showed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...
  • ATF knew risks in border operation.

    04/14/2011 10:13:16 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    ATF instructed Arizona gun dealer to engage in ‘suspicious sales’ despite concerns... Chuck Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said emails between ATF officials and a federal firearms licensee in Arizona obtained by his staff show that the dealer took his concerns directly to the agency and later met with the U.S. attorney’s office to discuss the matter, but was told to continue the sales. One email, Mr. Grassley said, was sent six months before two AK-47s sold by the dealer were found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry’s killing.
  • Grassley Questions Whether ATF Tried to Thwart Gunrunning Probe

    04/12/2011 6:04:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies ^ | April 11, 2011 | NA
    A top Senate Republican is trying to find out whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intentionally blocked its employees from cooperating with his inquiry into a gunrunning sting which authorities suspect may be connected to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the bureau Friday complaining about the contents of an ATF email he obtained. The email, he said, contained guidance regarding his investigation telling employees they "are in no way obligated" to respond to Congress' questions and urging employees to...
  • Justice Department opposes digital privacy reforms (as does Sen Grassley)

    04/09/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 5 replies
    CNET ^ | April 6 | Declan McCullagh
    The U.S. Justice Department today offered what amounts to a frontal attack on proposals to amend federal law to better protect Americans' privacy. James Baker, the associate deputy attorney general, warned that rewriting a 1986 privacy law to grant cloud computing users more privacy protections and to require court approval before tracking Americans' cell phones would hinder police investigations. This appears the first time that the Justice Department has publicly responded to a set of digital privacy proposals unveiled last year by a coalition of businesses and advocacy groups including AT&T, Google, Microsoft, eBay, the American Civil Liberties Union, and...
  • ATF street agents excoriate Gillett(gunwalker)

    04/09/2011 5:58:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    SipseyStreetIrregulars ^ | 8 April, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    ATF street agents excoriate Gillett. "He is no whistleblower";"The silver lining in this that (Melson, are about to be served up by an insider" ATF agent Jumper, a moderator on, reacts to the Grassley letter and declares: "George Gillett is no Whistleblower." Whistleblowers are people who know of corruption or criminal acts and for moral and ethical reasons risk their careers and reputations to report that to higher authorities. George Gillett has used his power to destroy Whistleblowers. John Dodson and Darrin Gil are Whistleblowers. Gillett is what is known in the world of criminal investigations as a...
  • Grassley Warns of Bailed-out Banks’ Repaying Bail-outs With Government Funds

    03/31/2011 7:04:16 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Chuck Grassley Senate site ^ | 03/29/2011 | Chuck Grassley
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Treasury secretary for assurances that banks bailed out with government funds will not be allowed to use another government program to pay back their bailouts. “The reports that banks from New York to Nashville are using federal dollars from the so-called Small Business Lending Fund to increase profits and ‘pay back’ TARP make this look like another TARP-style money shuffle,” Grassley said. “Replacing one form of government subsidy with another wasn’t a repayment when GM did it and it still isn’t. The Treasury Department has an obligation to put the brakes on...
  • Project Gunrunner: Obama’s Stimulus-Funded Border Nightmare

    03/30/2011 10:25:10 PM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    Michelle ^ | March 30, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    I’ve been tied up on other things, but have been following the Project Gunrunner scandal closely — and delve into the basics in my syndicated column today. To its credit, CBS News gave this deadly Obama culture of corruption nightmare mainstream coverage last month. But it’s been brewing on the blogs of gun rights advocates David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh and the website, where the story originated, for months prior. Codrea’s journalists’ guide to Project Gunrunner here. Here’s Vanderboegh’s blog with massive Gunrunner links and background document caches, including this one of all official correspondence on the Gunrunner scandal...
  • DHS officials to testify on FOIA process

    03/27/2011 6:45:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    The Republican chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will get his first crack this week at publicly grilling Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials about the agency’s FOIA process. Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) has doggedly sought to find out whether DHS allows political appointees to play a role in prioritizing or censoring information it is required to release under the agency’s Freedom of information Act (FOIA) guidelines. When Issa took over control of the committee in January, his first major request for documents was for DHS to turn over thousands of copies of records and emails...
  • Grassley Says Only ‘2 or 3’ Republicans Are Qualified for White House(plays classcard)

    03/26/2011 7:46:12 AM PDT · by unseen1 · 104 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/25/2011 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, offered a blunt, no-nonsense assessment of the potential Republican field of candidates for president. He said only two or three of them would be qualified to hold the highest office in the land. And then he refused to say which ones they were. In an interview with KJAN radio in Iowa, Mr. Grassley said that although it was too early for him to pick a favorite, he would focus on which candidate could emerge from the state’s caucus in a position to carry on a full-blown campaign. “It wouldn’t do me much good to...
  • Grassley asks for independent investigation of ATF

    03/11/2011 4:56:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 March, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanded Tuesday that an independent watchdog be used to investigate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives decision to let hundreds of guns fall into the hands of straw buyers for suspected Mexican weapons traffickers in hopes of making a bigger criminal case,” Rick Solomon of the Center for Public integrity reports. Grassley’s press release states: Senator Chuck Grassley today said that he did not have confidence that the Justice Department Inspector General’s office could produce a report that the public would view as frank and unbiased in...
  • Grassley: ‘Congress needs to get to the bottom of this’(gunwalker)

    03/05/2011 4:37:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 March, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Project Gunrunner” scandal exploded with yesterday’s follow-up report on the CBS Evening News by Sharyl Atkisson, coincidentally – or perhaps not – on the same day ATF announced a major gun and drug bust in Portland, OR and Southwest Washington. The CBS “Gunrunner” story, which focused on the ATF’s Phoenix office’s alleged mishandling of an operation dubbed “Fast and Furious,” and news coverage of the Northwest arrests came just hours after Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley sent a 31-page letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the...
  • A Little Media Advice for the ATF(gunwalker)

    03/05/2011 4:27:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4 March, 2011 | Brad Kozak
    While I write about guns here on TTAG, my main gig is as a marketing guy. As such, I have a little different perspective on a lot of news stories. I often-times see scandal-type stories through the prism of press releases, spin doctoring, and manufactured consent. And lemme tell ya, there’s two ways you can react when the excrement hits the rotating cooling device. The right way, and the wrong way. Care to guess which way the ATF chose? Here’s the deal. When it’s SHTF time, you have a choice. You can circle the wagons, call all hands on deck,...
  • ATF begins spin in wake of devastating press reports

    03/04/2011 4:50:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 March, 2011 | David Codrea
    Now that CBS News has delivered its second definitive report on the scope of "Project Gunwalker"* and Senator Grassley has expressed his determination to not allow the Department of Justice to stonewall his investigations, the damage control at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have begun in earnest. From one of the behind-the-scenes confidential sources advising Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars and this correspondent, someone who has been instrumental in bringing this story to light from long before major media became involved: This just hit minutes ago. Panic and chaos are taking place at ATF headquarters in...
  • Senator Grassley's latest letter to Holder & Melson. 5 Pages and 10 Attachments (gunwalker)

    03/04/2011 4:23:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 3 March, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    March 3, 2011 Via Electronic Transmission The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 Kenneth E. Melson, Acting Director Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives 99 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20226 Dear Attorney General Holder and Acting Director Melson: It is has been over a month since I first contacted Acting Director Melson about serious whistleblower allegations related to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) operation called “Fast and Furious”—part of the broader “Project Gunrunner” initiative. Several agents alleged that ATF leadership encouraged...
  • Deportation raises questions for Grassley gun investigation(gunwalker)

    02/19/2011 4:45:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 February, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Three illegal aliens will not face charges in connection with the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry,” KOLD CBS News 13 reports, citing a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix: "Based upon an extensive investigation conducted to date, there is no evidence tying these three individuals to the shooting of Border Patrol (BP) Agent Brian Terry. The goal of the ongoing FBI-lead Joint Investigation into that shooting is to achieve justice for BP Agent Terry, and bring criminal charges against those responsible for this murder. We continue to devote significant resources and manpower to this investigation....
  • A Grassley staffer's quote guaranteed to make the urine trickle down Eric Holder's leg.

    02/18/2011 10:05:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 17 February, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    Remember this post from Monday, where Waldo advised us of the ATF SAC memo that reported: SAC Andrew Traver confirmation process was moving forward. Expected to get a Hearing date within the next two weeks at which time SAC Traver will attend numerous briefings on the Hill and at DOJ and ATF will begin the process of getting SAC Traver prepared for the confirmation process. The Chicago Tribune ran a story today on the Chicago Gang's fair-haired boy who they would like to see head of ATF -- Andrew Traver. The story, titled "Gun lobby stands firm in opposing Obama's...
  • Grassley to Holder: ATF refused to answer specific questions in briefing(gunwalker)

    02/18/2011 3:55:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 February, 2011 | david codrea
    Senator Charles Grassley has released a letter written today to Attorney General Eric Holder. Referencing a Feb. 10 briefing given to him and his staff by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireams and Explosives (ATF), Grassley made a troubling observation that points to Bureau stonewalling of his request for complete information. "[T]he briefers focused on general issues related to challenges in successfully prosecuting gun trafficking cases. They refused to answer specific questions about the facts and circumstances that led me to request the briefing," Grassley complained. This is the briefing referred to in today's earlier Gun Rights Examiner post for...
  • Mark on the Final Day With Representative Marino of PA (Muchas Gracias)(gunwalker)

    02/11/2011 5:47:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | February, 2011 | Mark Roote
    Hey all, Today was day 3 in DC for me, and I had two scheduled appointments. The two major issues I wanted to discuss at both meetings were healthcare and "Project Gunwalker". The first appt was with one of the legislative assistants (Brett Doyle) for Senator Pat Toomey. Nothing special to note out of this meeting. He took notes and seemed interested, but he's just an assistant, so I don't know how far that meeting will go. The second meeting was with Congressman Tom Marino (see attached pic, look at my right hip, you can see my empty 'dropped and...
  • Sen. Grassley: Time For ATF To Come Clean

    02/11/2011 5:38:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10 February, 2011 | T.L. Davis
    Agent Brian Terry should have been an accident quietly disposed of in the silence of the Arizona desert. Everything was easily explained away, a CBP patrol came across a nefarious band of characters in the desert, a firefight erupted that left Agent Terry fatally injured. It could have been easy. The only trouble with the cover story was that the weapons held by the suspects were supposedly being tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) often referred to simply as the ATF. How assault weapons sold with full knowledge of the ATF wound up in...
  • 666: Sen. Grassley exposes BATFE's Mark of the Beast

    02/11/2011 5:33:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    St Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 February, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    It should surprise no one that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), and that agency's parent bureaucracy, the Department of Justice, are hoping to wriggle out from under the dark cloud (hurricane?) of scandal that is "Project Gunwalker." Indeed, the denials and stonewalling are well underway, as has been discussed by National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea and Sipsey Street Irregulars' Mike Vanderboegh (who adds more here) Late last night, we found that Senator (and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member) Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is not about to be stopped from getting to the bottom of this sordid...
  • ATF Whistleblowers to Senator Grassley: "Welcome to the party, pal!"

    02/11/2011 5:26:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 10 February, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    After the DOJ stonewall letter the other day, ATF agent "Jumper," posting on, wrote this: Senator Grassley is getting a taste of what it is like trying to seek truth and justice from DOJ and ATF. Lets pretend that you are not one of the most powerful members of the Senate. Lets pretend that you are not holding the purse strings to the agency you are inquiring about. Lets pretend that you are a lowly ATF Agent who has been subjected to retaliation, whistleblower reprisals and a hostile work environment. Lets pretend that you are trying to accomplish the...
  • What Grassley's Endorsement Means to the 2012 Iowa Caucus

    02/10/2011 3:47:16 PM PST · by bigred08 · 7 replies ^ | 2/10/2011 | Kevin Hall
    Unlike the 2008 race, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says he will endorse a candidate in the 2012 presidential primary. Earlier this week, Grassley told Roll Call that he will pick the candidate that he believes will make the best president, but who also has the resources to win beyond the Iowa Caucus. This is an endorsement that could carry some weight and candidates will be jockeying to win the favor of Iowa’s longtime senator. Since Grassley remained neutral in 2008, the most prized endorsement among Iowa’s Republican politicians came from Congressman Steve King. Very late in the race, he lent...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Grassley to Holder: Terry family deserves answers(gunwalker)

    02/10/2011 3:38:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 February, 2011 | David Codrea
    Senator Charles Grassley has written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dated February 9 concerning “serious allegations from ATF whistleblowers.” Per Grassley: ATF agents told my staff that the agency allowed the sale of assault rifles to known and suspected straw purchasers for an illegal trafficking ring near the southwest border. Authorities allegedly recovered two of those weapons at the scene of a firefight near the southwest border on December 14, 2010. Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry lost his life in that firefight and may have been killed with one of those two rifles. I have obtained...
  • Looks like Grassley's office ain't buying the stonewall on the Project Gunwalker Scandal.

    02/10/2011 3:39:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 9 February, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    An updated AP story: "DOJ denies border shootout claim." Grassley spokeswoman Beth Pellett Levine said the Justice Department denied one aspect of allegations presented by whistleblowers and promised to give the senator a briefing. "However, the briefing has still not occurred, and documents provided with the allegations are not consistent with that denial," she said. "There are many specific questions that need to be answered in full by the Justice Department as soon as possible." Meanwhile, our sources within ATF confidently stood by the whistleblowers' narrative and uniformly scoffed -- some profanely and obscenely -- at the DOJ letter's fig...
  • Senator Grassley pushes BATFE on Project Gunwalker

    02/02/2011 7:15:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2011 | Sean McClanahan
    Some of you may have heard about the brewing scandal called “Project Gunwalker.” In a nutshell, BATFE is being accused of walking guns – mostly AR-15s and AK-47s – across the border into Mexico from the Phoenix area. Making matters worse, it is reported that one of these weapons was used to kill Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry on December 15, 2010. This is a scandal that has been brewing since September of last year. The problem is, though, none of the major mainstream media outlets seem to have the backbone to pick up the story and run with it....
  • Selective Seattle coverage: Bloomy gun show sting v. alleged ATF 'negligence'

    02/01/2011 5:34:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2010 | Dave Workman
    A powerful United States Senator is squaring off against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over serious allegations that an agency sting operation might be linked to the slaying of a Customs and Border Protection agent – an assertion that might raise a question about an unconnected ATF investigation and the 2009 murder of a Seattle police officer; more about that in a moment – yet to read Seattle newspapers, one gets the impression that the only gun news lately involves another rogue gun show “sting” operation by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “investigators” in Arizona. Tuesday’s Seattle...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Grassley Writes Melson on Project Gunwalker

    02/01/2011 4:00:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2011 | David Codrea
    Cites allegations, reminds of legal protection for whistleblowers Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars has posted copies of two letters from Sen. Charles Grassley to Acting Director Ken Melson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Per Vanderboegh: A Sipsey Street Exclusive: Senator Grassley is on the Project Gunwalker scandal case -- big time. These came in over the electronic transom this morning. To all you lurking "news media" types -- if this ain't enough to get you covering this scandal, I don't know what will. The first letter, dated Jan. 27, expresses "serious concerns" about Project Gunrunner,...
  • Grassley and Branstad Leads Are Big! Iowa Having a Political Change of Heart?

    09/29/2010 8:38:30 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 6 replies
    AssociatedContent/Yahoo ^ | Sept. 29th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Republican candidates seem to be surging in Iowa this election cycle. Why? Spending the state into a red pit has not helped. When Iowans received their tax notices, a collective rumble could be heard. Home owners are feeling the pinch of higher taxes while Culver and the democrats come up with more ways to spend money.
  • Lawmakers seek investigation of Amtrak executives

    09/23/2010 11:48:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 23, 2010 | Jim McElhatton
    Three senior Republican lawmakers are calling for an investigation on whether to fire a pair of top Amtrak executives in the wake of a report accusing the rail service of getting rid of its inspector general after he uncovered waste and abuse in the top reaches of the company. In a letter Thursday to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the lawmakers accuse Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper and General Counsel Eleanor Acheson of "unlawfully" interfering with the independence of the taxpayer-funded company's inspector general, who is charged with rooting out corruption and mismanagement. The letter cites a report released earlier...
  • Grassley Calls on Conlins to Refund Taxpayers $1.28 Million they Received in Federal Stimulus

    09/15/2010 12:14:19 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 19 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | September 15, 2010 | The Iowa Republican
    Ever since the passage of the Democrats failed stimulus package that saddled Americans with almost a trillion dollars in new debt, there have been widespread reports of abuse. From a ‘tunnel to nowhere’ to international ant research, projects across the country have wasted untold amounts of taxpayer dollars – and now we can see it happening right here in Iowa. Yesterday, Iowa House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen asked the State Auditor’s office to review the circumstances surrounding a real estate company owned by Roxanne and James Conlin receiving more than $1 million in federal stimulus money to purchase an apartment...
  • In anti-incumbent year, Grassley looks strong

    07/19/2010 7:43:17 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Hawk Eye ^ | 7/19/2010 | Mike Glover
    Longtime senator benefits from expected Republican-trending year. If there's an anti-incumbent mood in the nation, someone forgot to tell Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley. First elected to public office 52 years ago and sent to Washington in 1976, the Republican remains a favorite for winning his sixth Senate term despite strong competition from Democrat Roxanne Conlin. Republican incumbents elsewhere have lost primary elections, but typically they have been ousted by candidates viewed as more conservative. Grassley didn't face opposition in the GOP primary, and polls indicate he's maintaining a lead over Conlin, a Des Moines lawyer. Democrats said they remain optimistic...
  • Senate Passes Massive Financial Regulation Bill

    05/21/2010 9:15:26 AM PDT · by day21221 · 21 replies · 776+ views ^ | 05/21/10 | Associated Press
    Senate Passes Massive Financial Regulation Bill In its broad sweep, the massive bill would touch Wall Street CEOs and first-time homebuyers, high-flying traders and small town lenders. WASHINGTON -- Prodded by national anger at Wall Street, the Senate on Thursday passed the most far-reaching restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. In its broad sweep, the massive bill would touch Wall Street CEOs and first-time homebuyers, high-flying traders and small town lenders. The 59-39 vote represents an important achievement for President Barack Obama, and comes just two months after his health care overhaul became law. The bill must now...
  • 2010 Iowa Senate Poll Show Tightening Between Grassley and Conlin

    05/17/2010 2:46:31 PM PDT · by stillafreemind · 7 replies · 601+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 17th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    There has been much made of this poll. But one has to wonder what Charles Grassley did that made his numbers drop so drastically in two days. The well-known Rasmussen poll, done on 5/3 has Grassley leading Conlin 53% to 40 %. With no stories or scandals hitting the air ways or newspapers, it is hard to feature a loss of 4% in two days for Grassley.
  • Conservatives speak out (U of Iowa)

    04/25/2010 1:46:47 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies · 553+ views
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 4/23/2010 | Grace Savides
    After sending out an e-mail promoting Conservative Coming Out Week at the University of Iowa, Natalie Ginty said she received nasty e-mails calling her a Nazi-fascist and telling her she would burn in hell. Ginty, the chairwoman of the UI College Republicans, said she was hurt by the comments, but she didn’t let them deter her from voicing a perspective she said isn’t heard on campus frequently. “A lot of Republicans don’t speak up here,” she said, noting that many conservative students feel isolated in the predominately liberal Iowa City. Conservative Coming Out Week, which began Monday and goes through...
  • GM True Lies Redux: A Time to Boycott?

    04/23/2010 8:06:46 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 34 replies · 677+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 04-23-10 | Stoutcat
    ...I’m torn, here. GM is, at best, deliberately misleading the public; at worst, the company is outright lying to us. I want to suggest a boycott of GM cars (for those who would actually consider buying a GM car in the first place), but if nobody buys their cars, they’ll never pay back the TARP money. …Hell, they’ll never pay it back anyway. Go ahead and boycott ‘em!
  • Lawmaker Calls GM Payment Misleading

    04/23/2010 6:30:29 AM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 666+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/22/2010 | JOHN D. MCKINNON
    A top Republican senator said General Motors' announcement this week that it will repay its federal loans early is "nothing more than an elaborate TARP money shuffle." In a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said that the source of the funds for the $4.7 billion repayment is not GM earnings, but rather a Treasury escrow account. He chided GM and the White House for suggesting in recent statements that the money is from GM earnings. Mr. Grassley wrote that GM's early repayment of the federal loan is aimed at diverting attention from another uncomfortable...
  • GOP calls O's tax toxic VAT of acid

    04/08/2010 3:25:45 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 509+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 8, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE and JENNIFER FERMINO
    VAT chance! Republicans yesterday accused President Obama of plotting to slap a hefty new European-style "value added tax" on Americans after one of his top advisers raised the idea. "To make up for the largest levels of spending and deficits in modern history, the administration is laying the foundation for a large, misguided new tax, a first-time American VAT," fumed Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the top GOPer on the Senate Finance Committee. "If the president wants to add completely new layers of taxation, then he should take this issue before the American people when he runs for re-election." Paul Volcker,...
  • Drafters still immune to bill's ills

    03/24/2010 4:09:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 472+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 24, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- It turns out that President Obama and the congressional staffers who actually sat down and wrote the health-care bill might not have to contend with the complicated new health "exchanges" the new law is creating. "It's pretty unbelievable that the president and his closest advisers remain untouched by the reforms they pushed for the rest of the country," fumed Sen. Charles Grassley (R- Iowa). When health care was moving through the Senate, Grassley tried, unsuccessfully, to include an amendment to force all political appointees from the president on down to get their health care through the same exchanges...
  • Guess who's exempt?

    03/24/2010 2:09:30 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 33 replies · 1,466+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 24, 2010 | New York Post
    Good old Joe Biden, introducing Barack Obama at the health-care bill-signing lollapalooza in Washington yesterday, leaned over and whispered into the presidential ear (and a nearby open mike): "This is a big f---ing deal." Sure was -- though not personally to Veep Potty-Mouth, nor to the president. They're exempt, you see. Really. No worrying for them about the personal consequences of ObamaCare's overbearing regulation, worrisome coverage uncertainties and financial confusions. Same for members of the presidential Cabinet -- and all of their staff members. They and their families are exempt from the calamitous health-care "reform" plan they've hung on the...