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  • Overpass Project in Kolkata ‘Made Our Lives Hell’ for Years Before Collapse

    04/16/2016 6:58:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 3, 2016 | ELLEN BARRY and HARI KUMAR
    KOLKATA, India — When Sonali Mehrotra realized that a hulking overpass would come within arm’s length of her third-floor balcony, she took refuge in black humor, telling relatives to look at the bright side: Instead of lugging suitcases up the stairs when they came to visit, they could toss them into a bedroom as they drove in from the airport. Anyway, work on the overpass occurred so sporadically — generally, when elections were coming — that a project originally promised in 18 months was unfinished after seven years. At this rate, she joked, the project might not be completed in...
  • 4 reasons Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump

    02/26/2016 7:28:44 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 26,2016 | Chris Cillizza
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump's presidential candidacy on Friday in Texas, a stunning development sure to add to the growing sense of inevitability around Trump's bid for the Republican nomination. The only question anyone was asking in the wake of the endorsement was "why"? Or, more accurately, "WHY??!?" After all, Christie had savaged Trump as unelectable just a few weeks ago. So, why the abrupt about-face?
  • US education official apologizes for poor judgment, behavior

    02/02/2016 12:17:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2016 3:14 AM EST | Tami Abdollah
    A senior Education Department official is apologizing for what he acknowledged was poor judgment and "unacceptable" behavior related to working on his side businesses with subordinates, failing to pay taxes on his profits and awarding a government contract to a friend's company. The department's chief information officer, Danny Harris, who's set to testify before a congressional hearing scheduled Tuesday, received counseling but was not expected to receive any further punishment. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges related to his acknowledged failure to report income from his side business to the Internal Revenue Service. ...
  • Hillary Clinton's Culture Of Corruption May Doom Candidacy

    03/27/2015 10:15:07 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | March 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    candal: Hillary's emails may be only the tip of an iceberg that could include Clinton Foundation donations to shield Boko Haram from being designated a terrorist group and her brother's involvement in a Haitian gold mine. We doubt Team Hillary was thrilled or her critics surprised Tuesday when the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security named Mrs. Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, in a report about a firm that allegedly received preferential treatment from the Obama administration. The firm, Gulf Coast Funds Management, with Tony Rodham listed as its chief executive, allegedly benefited from what the report says was...
  • Hillary Clinton intervened to benefit son-in-law while at State

    12/09/2015 7:51:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/09/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Another e-mail from the Hillary Clinton secret server may have the Democratic front-runner in hot water -- and this one's not even classified. The Associated Press reported last night that then-Secretary of State Clinton intervened to benefit her son-in-law’s business prospects. Marc Mezvinsky was asked by an investor to get help setting up contacts at the State Department, and Hillary ordered her deputy to work on it: As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton intervened in a request forwarded by her son-in-law on behalf of a deep-sea mining firm to meet with Another e-mail from the Hillary Clinton secret server may...
  • Reid helped steer tax dollars to well-connected green energy operators

    03/09/2015 12:10:41 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/09/2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid helped steer billions of federal tax dollars to companies supporting a green energy group run by two of his former staff members and a current campaign operative.The Nevada Democrat pushed for millions of dollars in grants and billions more in federal loan guarantees for corporations that donated to the Clean Energy Project, a nonprofit founded by a pair of former staffers with close ties to both Reid and to a major Democratic PAC associated with the senator, Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon reported.One such company, California-based Fulcrum Bioenergy, received a hefty federal grant...
  • As Dynasty’s Son, Jeb Bush Used His Connections Freely

    02/15/2015 6:23:57 AM PST · by Theoria · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | STEVE EDER and MICHAEL BARBARO
    The stream of requests to the White House from Jeb Bush, a young but well-connected Republican leader in South Florida, ranged from the weighty and urgent to the parochial and mundane. In 1985, he sent an emotional letter pressing his father, Vice President George Bush, to investigate the detention of Cuban children in Texas, asking, “Shouldn’t there be some compassion?” (The vice president’s reply: “Heartbreaking.”) In 1989, after his father became president, Mr. Bush offered his recommendation for the next Supreme Court opening. (“Your suggestion will be given thoughtful consideration,” a senior aide responded.) In 1990, Mr. Bush lobbied the...
  • Oregon governor faces ethics allegations, calls to resign

    02/06/2015 9:53:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2015 8:55 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    Oregon’s governor is struggling to deal with allegations that his fiancée used his position to land clients for her environmental consulting business, claims that have drawn an ethics investigation and the scrutiny of the state’s attorney general. Although his role in arranging the deals isn’t clear, the scandal has posed a threat to the decades-long political career of four-term Democrat John Kitzhaber, Oregon’s longest-serving governor. […] A series of newspaper reports since October have chronicled Cylvia Hayes’ work for organizations with an interest in Oregon public policy. During the same period, she worked as an unpaid adviser in the governor’s...
  • Why Joe Biden's Kid is Better Than You

    10/22/2014 1:18:48 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 8 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 22, 2014 | MIchelle Malkin
    Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way. The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as...
  • Malkin: The Hunter Biden Chronicles

    10/21/2014 6:06:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 22, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. Where are the Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousers and enemies of elitist privilege when you need them? Straining their neck muscles to look the other way. The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as...
  • AP Exclusive: California gives no-bid health pacts

    10/12/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2014 10:40 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety of services, ranging from public relations to paying for ergonomic adjustments to work stations, according to an Associated Press review of contracting records obtained through the state Public Records Act. Several of those contracts worth a total of $4.2 million went to a consulting firm, The Tori Group, whose...

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Politico: Reid's Favors to Family Dragging Him Down

    04/08/2014 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 8, 2014 | By Dew MacKenzie
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has found himself slowly sinking into the political quicksand as he faces close public scrutiny over potentially enriching family members through his powerful position as a Democratic leader. The Nevada senator has recently become embroiled in the embarrassing controversy surrounding the $31,268 that his campaign paid to his granddaughter Ryan Elisabeth Reid for the purchase of gift items from her jewelry line, according to Politico. But his weakness for pulling strings to help family members was first exposed by the Los Angeles Times a decade ago when a Nevada land bill proposed by Reid appeared...
  • Obama using food-stamp cash to fund Michelle’s ‘Let’s Move’

    11/11/2013 12:08:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    PatriotNet Daily ^ | 11/11/13 | Andrea Peyser
    <p>As you dig into your Butterball with all the trimmings this Thanksgiving, remember that millions of famished schoolkids around America may be forced to forgo classic turkey — and chow down instead on vegan black-bean patties and organic locavore quinoa salad.</p>
  • 'Women for Weiner' hosts event

    06/19/2013 1:44:55 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    'Women for Weiner' hosts event By: Maggie Haberman June 19, 2013 03:53 PM EDT Meet the Women for Weiner. The former congressman, who apologized for the lewd picture scandal that ended his House career before launching a bid last month for New York City mayor, is holding a fundraiser hosted by “Women for Anthony” next week at the Manhattan home of an education activist and philanthropist. The host committee is led by his wife, Huma Abedin, and includes her sister, Heba; Rory Tahari, wife of designer Elie Tahari; and Cheryl Saban, the wife of California-based mega-donor Haim Saban, who funded...
  • Is Nepotism Still an Issue in the Church?

    05/30/2013 10:56:08 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | May 30, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: In the medieval and renaissance periods, the Church had many problems with nepotism. We hear nothing about this issue any more, but I’m wondering whether this is still a potential problem, at least in theory. Are there canons which prevent ecclesiastical officials from legally giving powerful church positions to their relatives? Or do bishops and cardinals avoid this unilaterally, without the need for actual laws? —Thierry
  • Does Obama Care More About Benghazi Families, or Himself?

    05/06/2013 3:37:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 6, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    The Benghazi scandal is easy to understand, and that’s what makes it so dangerous for the White House. Simply, the Obama administration’s narrative — that al-Qaeda was on the run, that Hosni Mubarak had to go, and that the Arab Spring was a good thing — was proven false when four brave Americans were killed. Because the administration was a slave to their own narrative, rather than aggressively fighting al-Qaeda, rather than recognizing the $50 billion investment in Mubarak’s stability, and rather than realizing that the upheaval they sponsored in the Middle East empowered Muslim Brotherhood radicals, they lied repeatedly...
  • At Syracuse City Hall law office, every day is 'Take Our Daughters To Work Day'

    03/23/2013 7:13:58 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 3.23.2013 | By Tim Knauss
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – At most workplaces, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day comes once a year. But at the law department in Syracuse City Hall, every day is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The emphasis is on daughters. Of the seven city lawyers hired since Mayor Stephanie Miner took office in January 2010, all but one are daughters of city employees or prominent Democratic politicians with ties to Miner. In addition to those full-time lawyers, the city corporation counsel this month hired Meghan Ryan, the 26-year-old daughter of Miner’s chief of staff, Bill Ryan, to...
  • Another Joe Morelle To Enter Politics This Week (nepotism barf)

    01/02/2013 10:36:54 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 2 replies
    WHAM13 ^ | 1/3/13 | Sean Carrol
    Irondequoit, N.Y. --- Monroe County will soon be home to two lawmakers named “Joseph D. Morelle.” On Wednesday Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Morelle (also a New York State Assemblyman) will recommend that his son, Joe Morelle Jr., fill a vacant seat in the county legislature. The vacancy comes in the wake of Democrat Ted O’Brien’s election to the New York State Senate in November. O’Brien reportedly approached Morelle Jr., 24, about filling his seat immediately after the November election. His name was then presented to the Irondequoit Democratic Committee for a vote and he received unanimous support. Morelle...
  • Brown: Warren must reimburse taxpayers for welfare mailing

    08/10/2012 11:41:27 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/10/2012 | Hillary Chabot
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown demanded challenger Elizabeth Warren cough up nearly $300,000 to reimburse taxpayers for a push undertaken by her daughter’s liberal think tank to register welfare recipients to vote. ”It’s been disturbing for a lot of people to learn that the state’s welfare department undertook an unprecedented voter registration drive at the behest of Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and the organization she represents,” wrote Brown in a statement. “It is clear that this was done to aid Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign. Professor Warren has more than $13 million dollars in her campaign account, and if she wants to mail...
  • South Carolina Paper Whacks Gov. Nikki Haley Over 14-Year-Old Daughter's Gift-Shop Job

    07/28/2012 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | July 28, 2012 | Tim Graham
    South Carolina’s largest newspaper has a new anti-Republican scoop: “Gov. Nikki Haley’s 14-year-old daughter is working in the State House gift shop, raising questions about nepotism that the governor’s office declines to answer.” The daughter, Rena Haley, is working about 20 hours a week at $8 an hour. The newspaper called The State (based in Columbia, the state capital) is holding an online poll asking "Is it proper or improper for a governor's child to have a state job?" Three-fourths of respondents said "improper." The paper marched over to the Democrats so they could denounce Haley’s lack of ethics: The...
  • BFD: A Biden Fabulist Dud

    07/28/2012 3:49:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | July 28, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Vice President Joe Biden, America's textbook Beltway barnacle, still labors under the illusion that he is America's middle-class Everyman. And now, he's gone and dragged his adult children into the land of Democratic make-believe. This is a BFD: a Biden Fabulist Dud. As usual with White House class-warfare demagoguery, reality doesn't fit the wealth-bashing narrative. At the International Association of Fire Fighters 51st Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Biden stoked passive-aggressive resentment of the 1 percenters. "The wealthy," he sniveled. "God bless 'em," he snarked. "I wish my kids would become wealthy," he sighed before railing against tax relief for...
  • Was GM’s Nepotistic Ad Spending More Effective than Facebook?

    05/31/2012 1:48:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 29, 2012 | Mark Modica
    The Detroit Free Press reported on Friday that General Motors failed to initially disclose possible conflicts when it awarded a $600,000 contract to Mother New York, an ad agency with ties to GM's Chief Financial Officer, Dan Ammann. Ammann's wife, Pernilla Ammann, is a partner and Chief Operating Officer at the ad agency. In typical Government Motors' fashion, Ammann dubiously denies having had knowledge of the deal. Before looking at what the money purchased, let's look at the likelihood that Ammann really knew nothing. Honestly, is it likely that a CFO at a major corporation would not know that...
  • Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity

    03/27/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT · by Road Glide · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits. The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a...
  • The Single Most Important Factor In Getting A Job (Yes, the 'N' word is a factor too)

    03/12/2012 10:50:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/12/2012 | Vivian Giang
    In today's job market, you've got to do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door even if it means taking advantage of friends and family connections. Friends are the most common way to find new job referrals. Without connections to pass along your resume, "your chances of landing a job are supposedly nonexistent," Anthony Balderrama at tells CNN. if they got their job through nepotism. It turns out friends and family connections really is the most common way to get a job. Here are the results: Business Insider
  • Pelosi’s economic “experts” included her son’s boss and her business partner in 2010

    12/19/2011 9:18:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week, Nancy Pelosi insisted that extending unemployment benefits would, er, save or create 600,000 jobs, and insisted that experts in macroeconomics told her so. Who are the economic experts that advise Pelosi? According to Roll Call, Pelosi hauled a few of them up to Capitol Hill to support her economic policy, but didn’t disclose her relationship with at least one of them: In May 2010, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to a podium in the Capitol to introduce a half-dozen economic experts she had convened for a meeting on how to jump-start the economy. The group had met for several...

    12/15/2011 5:19:55 PM PST · by presidio9 · 89 replies · 2+ views
    National Enquirer ^ | December 15, 2011
    Hiring news rookie CHELSEA CLINTON for NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” has created an ugly behind-the-scenes backlash, insiders say. The former first daughter is the focus of “intense jealousy” among the show’s female cor­respondents, including news veterans Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Kate Snow and Mer­edith Vieira, sources say. While the women are honored to work alongside anchorman Williams, legendary “Nightline” host Ted Koppel, former CBS newsman Harry Smith and NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas, “the daggers are out for Chelsea,” an insider told The ENQUIRER. “Chelsea has been hired as a ‘special correspon­dent’ with no TV news experience whatsoever,...
  • Patrick Kennedy pushing Joe Kennedy for Congress

    01/13/2011 2:02:40 PM PST · by La Lydia · 24 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 13, 2011 | Hillary Chabot
    A member of the Kennedy clan is backing former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy in a potential race for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in the wake of Vicki Kennedy’s declaration that she has no intention of running. “I think Joe is immensely capable and talented,” just-retired U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told the Herald in an interview this week. “He would certainly be a great candidate, and I’d be thrilled to support him.” The Tuesday announcement by Vicki Kennedy...created a vacuum on the left side of the ballot and turned up the heat on other heavyweight challengers such as Gov. Deval Patrick....
  • High-speed rail will move America forward

    10/07/2010 6:09:53 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 129 replies
    Milwaukee Biz Blog ^ | Thursday, October 07, 2010 | Ray LaHood
    With his vigorous support for high-speed rail, President Obama is thinking about a better future. And so is the Department of Transportation. We're moving America forward for all Americans.The bottom line is that high-speed rail will deliver a more efficient downtown-to-downtown mobility; it will spur economic development; it will bring manufacturing jobs to the US; and it will move us to a cleaner, greener way of getting around.In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out even more grants to help write the next chapter in American innovation.We're talking about nothing short of transforming transportation much the same way the interstate...
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson: 'I broke no rules' in scholarship flap

    09/28/2010 5:18:46 PM PDT · by Free in Texas · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 07:13 AM CDT on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. / The Dallas Morning News
    Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson said Monday that she should have been more diligent in overseeing the allocation of scholarship money that ultimately went to her relatives and the children of an aide. But she refused to apologize or acknowledge that she did anything wrong.
  • If Murkowski Cheated On Bar Exam, Why Not Cheat In An Election?

    08/30/2010 9:26:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Riehl World View ^ | August 30, 2010
    In 1987, after presumably taking and failing the admittedly difficult Alaskan Bar Exam several times, Senator Lisa Murkowski seems to have begun a long-term close relationship with a bar exam preparation company later hit with an 11.9 million dollar copyright violation judgment for wrongly acquiring currently in use bar exam questions to provide to exam applicants for a fee. Documented by the public record below, some sources believe Murkowski was perhaps too caught up in the high-life at a heady restaurant, owned by husband Vern Martell in the 80s, to focus on passing the exam without cheating. I've heard reports...
  • Congresswoman steered CBC Foundation scholarships to relatives

    08/29/2010 10:10:23 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Congresswoman steered CBC Foundation scholarships to relatives By Gautham Nagesh - 08/29/10 12:29 PM ET Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) admitted to awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children in violation of rules set by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the funds. The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that the recipients were ineligible for the scholarships due to the CBC Foundation's anti-nepotism rules as well as a requirement they live in the district of the member that awarded them the scholarships. Each member of the Congressional Black Caucus is given...
  • Stupid Cupid

    04/30/2010 7:57:31 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies · 298+ views
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | April 30, 2010 | Daniel J. Kelley
    Far from being bigots and homophobes, some of us simply would prefer that our elected officials and celebrities simply refrain from parading their bedroom activities down Main Street. “The love that once dared not speak its name,“ to borrow a phrase from the editors of “The Nation Review,” has become “the love that will not sit down and shut up.” I would prefer that Mell attend to balancing the state budget rather than creating new entitlements and rights. Oddly enough, the loudmouthed activists and their legal advocates have predicated their argument that same sex marriages are lawful based upon the...
  • SEIU Member Sworn in at The Department of Labor

    10/13/2009 3:11:30 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 631+ views
    On Friday, October 9th, the Administration formally swore in a New Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at the Department of Labor. What’s News about that? The New Assitant Secretary is a Member of SEIU. According to an Article on the SEIU Blog, T. Michael Kerr, was sworn in as the New Assistant Secretary for the Administration and Management at the Department of Labor. Here is T. Michael Kerr’s Bio, according to the March White House Press Release announcing his nomination:
  • Sarkozy's son, 23, ignites uproar over job bid

    10/12/2009 10:07:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,121+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/12/09 | Angela Charlton - ap
    PARIS – President Nicolas Sarkozy's 23-year-old son is angling for a key job overseeing billions of euros in commerce at France's top business district — a job critics say he does not deserve. Jean Sarkozy's conservative backers insisted Monday that he's qualified to chair EPAD, the quasi-governmental agency that manages the La Defense financial district on the western outskirts of Paris. The sprawling complex of skyscrapers houses the headquarters of some of Europe's biggest companies, such as oil giant Total and bank Societe Generale. Sarkozy, a law school student at the Sorbonne, is the main candidate for the chairmanship. Socialist...
  • Ted Kennedy's wife good fit for Senate seat, say pols (PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!)

    08/31/2009 3:53:15 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 68 replies · 1,562+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/31/2009 | Michael Saul
    Vicki Kennedy should be considered as a potential interim replacement for her late husband in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said Sunday. "I think Vicki ought to be considered," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said on CNN's "State of the Union." "She's a very brilliant lawyer. She's a very solid individual," Hatch said of Sen. Edward Kennedy's widow. "She certainly made a difference in Ted's life, let me tell you. And I have nothing but great respect for her." Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), a close friend of Ted Kennedy, said he too would be supportive of...
  • Sen. Ted Kennedy Dies

    08/26/2009 6:40:47 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 93 replies · 2,897+ views
    The Capitolist ^ | 26/8/2009 | Patricia Murphy
    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, longtime Democratic senator and the patriarch of the Kennedy political family, has died after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. The Kennedy family released a statement early Wednesday morning saying, "Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this...
  • Son of Key Figure in N.Y. Senate Coup Gets Job in Chamber ($120K job for state senator's son)

    08/12/2009 2:38:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 457+ views
    WSJ | AP ^ | 8/11/09
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- The son of a powerful state senator instrumental in this summer's Senate coup was given a newly created $120,000 job in the chamber in the latest political appointment during the governor's hiring freeze. Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada's son, Pedro G. Espada, holds the new job of Senate liaison between governments, Senate Democratic majority spokesman Austin Shafran confirmed Tuesday. The elder Mr. Espada, a Bronx Democrat, was one of the dissidents who created a June coup in the Senate when he joined a Republican-led coalition, taking the slim majority from his Democratic party in exchange for a...
  • Does Government R&D Policy Mainly Benefit Scientists and Engineers? ( corruption alert )

    05/26/2009 2:50:41 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 19 replies · 1,989+ views
    NBER ^ | August 14, 2000 | Austan Goolsbee
    Conventional wisdom holds that the social rate of return to R&D significantly exceeds the private rate of return and, therefore, R&D should be subsidized. In the U.S., the government has directly funded a large fraction of total R&D spending. This paper shows that there is a serious problem with such government efforts to increase inventive activity. The majority of R&D spending is actually just salary payments for R&D workers. Their labor supply, however, is quite inelastic so when the government funds R&D, a significant fraction of the increased spending goes directly into higher wages. Using CPS data on wages of...
  • LUKE RUSSERT MIA AT NBC NEWS (Gets Paid, Doesn't Work)

    05/11/2009 10:25:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,878+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 11, 2009
    SOME hardworking folks at NBC and MSNBC -- who work long hours for little pay -- are wondering, "Where in the world is Luke Russert?" One insider sniped, "He was hired last year to be the youth correspondent -- he got a great contract and was supposed to cover youth issues, blog and bring in young viewers, but he's been MIA for a while. It's like, 'Well, that's what you get for nepotism.' "
  • Is Murtha Spreading the Pork Around the Family?

    05/05/2009 7:03:56 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 274+ views
    Washington Post/The Lid ^ | 5/5/09 | The Lid
    Well, one good thing you can say about the king of pork, he is a family guy. Another way to look at it is, he continues to thumb his nose at the American people. Even though the FBI is investigating him and his relationship with the PMA group, the man who put the ear in earmark continues to move as much as the defense budget as possible to his district even when it unwarranted like the Airport, named after him who's total traffic is three flights a day. Along with the all that pork, there are accusations from contractors that...
  • Jackie Clegg Dodd making big bucks … since marrying Senator Dodd

    05/04/2009 4:15:12 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 8 replies · 631+ views
    RadioVice Online ^ | May 3, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    Making work pay … Washington DC style. My guess is this isn’t what Hope n Change was talking about. The Courant does the digging. Every day we see more and more why people will spend so much money for a job that pays so little. Today’s Hartford Courant reports that Dodd’s wife, Jackie Clegg has seen her income soar since marrying the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. No … nothing illegal here on its surface, and in fact that is the problem. As the Courant points out, appointing the spouses or relatives of high powered Congress people to corporate...
  • California jobs go to those with connections (politicos rewarding "their own", read on)

    03/27/2009 9:05:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 443+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/27/09 | Patrick McGreevy
    Unemployment in California may be at its highest since 1983, but there are jobs with the state Legislature for the well-connected. Yolie Flores Aguilar, a longtime friend and political ally of some powerful California Democrats, last year supplemented her income as vice president of the Los Angeles school board with more than $32,000 as a consultant assigned to a state Senate committee that, during her tenure, did not meet or release any reports. State Sen. Rod Wright (D-Inglewood) was paid at least $27,900 by the state Senate last year for miscellaneous tasks as he was campaigning for his current job....
  • Obama's illegal aunt seeks asylum

    01/28/2009 7:08:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 67 replies · 2,163+ views
    WND ^ | January 28, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    President Barack Obama's illegal alien aunt has enlisted the help of an immigration lawyer to help her win asylum and stay in the United States. Margaret Wong and Associates is representing Zeituni Onyango, the 56-year-old Kenyan half-sister of Obama's deceased father, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Onyango and her lawyer are scheduled to attend an immigration hearing in Boston on April 1. "The judge will be looking at evidence that they may not have been aware of four years ago," Michael Rogers, spokesman for Wong, told the newspaper. "Wong is optimistic. We would have preferred to not conduct this case...
  • Our Sick Health Care System

    01/13/2009 8:54:11 PM PST · by PBRCat · 17 replies · 646+ views
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | January 13, 2009 | Don Rose
    On my way to another chapter in the oddball Odyssey of Burris and Blago—which could be outdated instantly—a friend sent the sad story of the University of Chicago Hospital. The hospital is about to trim $100 million or 7 percent of its budget by laying off hundreds of employees because of the economic downturn. Very sad. Who wants to see hundreds more unemployed in the Chicago area? But a bigger question comes to mind: The Tribune reports that the budget and job cuts—including 15 “senior executive” positions—will not affect medical care. If they don’t affect medical care, why the hell...
  • Elder Bush: Jeb Should Run for President

    01/04/2009 7:20:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies · 3,217+ views
    Newsmax / Reuters ^ | January 4, 2009
    Former President George H.W. Bush said on Sunday he'd like to see his second son, Jeb, become president of the United States some day. Interviewed on "Fox News Sunday," Bush said his second son, a former governor of Florida, had all the qualifications to serve in the White House. Jeb Bush, 55, has said he was considering running for a U.S. Senate seat representing Florida in 2010. The current incumbent, Republican Mel Martinez, has announced he is stepping down. "I'd like to see him run. I'd like to see him be president one day, or senator, whatever, yes I would,"...
  • As a Candidate, Kennedy is Forceful but Elusive

    12/27/2008 4:03:20 PM PST · by Jim Noble · 30 replies · 1,192+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 27, 2008 | Nicholas Confessore and David Halbfinger
    After weeks of criticism that she had not opened up to the public or the press, Ms. Kennedy has embarked on a series of interviews. But in an extensive sit-down discussion Saturday morning with The New York Times, she still seemed less like a candidate than an idea of one: forceful but vague, largely undefined and seemingly determined to remain that way.... . She provided only the broadest of rationales for her candidacy for the Senate, saying her experience as a mother, author and school fund-raiser, her commitment to public service and her deep political connections had prepared her for...
  • VIDEO: Blagojevich refuses to budge

    12/13/2008 1:58:48 PM PST · by XR7 · 33 replies · 1,823+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/13/08
    Blagojevich refuses to budge NBC Nightly News VIDEO:
  • The Tainting of the President-Elect

    12/10/2008 11:12:43 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 25 replies · 918+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | December 10, 2008 | Jeffrey Lord
    *SNIP* The notion that a newly elected president who is also a sitting U.S. Senator would have no "contact" whatsoever with the governor charged with appointing his Senate successor is a fantasy. *SNIP* By sheer accident, there is a current example of this kind of thing right alongside Obama himself -- Vice President-elect Joe Biden. Like Obama, Biden is a sitting Senator and must yield his seat. The Governor of Delaware, indeed, has already announced "her" choice to fill the Biden vacancy: none other than Biden's longtime Senate chief of staff Ted Kaufman. Does anyone seriously believe this appointment occurred...
  • Oakland City Council Moves To End Nepotism

    11/20/2008 4:35:56 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 3 replies · 365+ views
    KTVU ^ | November 19, 2008
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland City Council met Tuesday night and approved new reforms to end nepotism in city government, a move made in response to this past summer's scandal involving former City Administrator Deborah Edgerly. Oakland city leaders say they want the public to have confidence in City Hall, by eliminating the chance of government workers giving favors to friends and family members. The ordinance approved Tuesday night bans nepotism effective immediately. From now on, anyone who applies for a job with the city must disclose all personal relationships with city officials and employees. "Hopefully we'll begin to restore...