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  • Former DEA chief says 3 other federal agencies knew about Operation Fast and Furious

    02/10/2012 12:43:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    foxnews ^ | 2/10/12 | William La Jeunesse
    While criticism surrounding Operation Fast and Furious has so far focused on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, three other federal agencies knew about the operation and some of their agents tried to stop it, according to the former chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Tucson. Tony Coulson, the DEA’s agent in charge of Southern Arizona during Fast and Furious, says many federal field agents knew the ATF was walking guns to Mexico, but supervisors told them to back off when they objected. “Clearly, we went too far,” Coulson said. “The question we had among rank and...
  • Bribery leave(s) indicted financial-crime suspects free from prosecution under Holder’s DOJ

    A U.S. Justice Department source has told The Daily Caller that at least two DOJ prosecutors accepted cash bribes from allegedly corrupt finance executives who were indicted under court seal within the past 13 months, but never arrested or prosecuted. (snip) The bribed officials, an attorney with knowledge of the investigation told TheDC, remain on the taxpayers’ payroll at the Justice Department without any accountability. The DOJ source said Holder does not want to admit public officials accepted bribes while under his leadership.
  • Romney tax returns detail funds not identified in ethics forms

    01/26/2012 2:31:30 PM PST · by transducer · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 26, 2012 | Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
    Some investments listed in Mitt and Ann Romney's 2010 tax returns – including a now-closed Swiss bank account and other funds located overseas – were not explicitly disclosed in the personal financial statement the GOP presidential hopeful filed in August as part of his White House bid. The Romney campaign described the discrepancies as "trivial" but acknowledged Thursday afternoon that they are undergoing an internal review of how the investments were reported and will make "some minor technical amendments" to Romney's financial disclosure that will not alter the overall picture of his finances.... Among the assets omitted is a Swiss...
  • Romney Failed to Disclose Swiss Bank Account Income

    01/26/2012 2:32:38 PM PST · by Raebie · 95 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/26/2012 | MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS
    Mitt Romney's campaign is amending the financial disclosure form he filed in 2011 to acknowledge that a Romney trust earned interest income from a Swiss bank account, a detail that had been missing from the report. "An amendment is being filed to address this minor discrepancy," a campaign official told ABC News in an email Thursday in response to questions about the apparent omission. "The inescapable fact is that by releasing over 600 pages of information regarding his finances, Mitt Romney is clearly coming down on the side of disclosure," said Andrea Saul, a campaign spokeswoman, in a subsequent statement....
  • Watch Obama's Eligibilit​y Case LIVE in Georgia THURSDAY

    01/26/2012 4:52:51 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 240 replies
    SUPERPAC ^ | Jan 26,2012 | swampsniper
    Livestream of the eligbility hearing today.
  • Obama attorney to boycott ‘birther’ hearing

    01/25/2012 5:31:56 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 54 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | January 25, 2012 | Martin Wisckol
    Scoffing at a judge’s call for Barack Obama to appear in court Thursday, Obama attorney Michael Jablonski says that not only will the president not be on hand but neither will Jablonski.
  • Indiana Democrats flee to avoid voting (AGAIN!)

    01/25/2012 2:32:36 PM PST · by EBH · 64 replies
    New York Times via Post Gazette ^ | First published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 am | Monica Davey
    With Republican-controlled Indiana on the verge of becoming a "right to work" state, Democrats in the state House on Tuesday took the only step they have left to prevent it, if only for a bit longer. They disappeared. Again. A final vote on the measure, which would bar union contracts from requiring nonunion members to pay fees for representation, had been expected Tuesday in the House, which Republicans dominate, 60-40. But with scores of union members and supporters filling the Statehouse halls in Indianapolis in protest, most Democrats refused to turn up for floor sessions -- not once, but twice...
  • People who destroy hard drives shouldn’t demand records from others (gotcha Mitt)

    01/23/2012 4:13:08 PM PST · by ak267 · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/23/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Why is he doing this? Is his campaign really that incompetent? Having successfully shut down scrutiny in the primaries (but not the general election) of his Bain record with unfounded cries of “Newt’s attacking capitalism and free markets,” Romney is back to what started it all, the demand that Newt give back the money he lawfully earned through consulting with Freddie Mac. As Morrissey notes, Newt’s campaign already has diffused another line of Romney’s Freddie Mac attack, quickly asking for the release of his consulting contract before the Florida primary. Romney will go on the offensive at tonight’s debate demanding...
  • President Obama To Ignore Georgia Subpoena And Head To Las Vegas Jan 26th.

    01/22/2012 8:28:39 PM PST · by Obama Exposer · 155 replies · 2+ views
    President Obama plans to head out on a 3 day trip arriving in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon and staying overnight well into Thursday. That afternoon he will leave for Denver and then Detroit. The president plans to promote his State of the Union address. With this action, President Obama intends to ignore a legal judicial subpoena from the state of Georgia requesting him, by name, to appear in court January 26th 2012 at 9am in Judge Michael Malihi's courtroom. Barack Obama's attempt as a candidate to be on the state ballot in Georgia has been officially legally challenged by state...
  • Gingrich: Romney owes it to voters to release tax returns

    01/17/2012 12:48:51 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies · 1+ views
    latimes ^ | January 17, 2012, 12:15 p.m. | Seema Mehta
    Reporting from Florence, S.C.— Newt Gingrich on Tuesday questioned why Mitt Romney has not released his tax returns, arguing that if the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination has nothing to hide, he ought to make the documents public before South Carolina holds its first-in-the-South primary on Saturday. "Either there's nothing there, so why isn't he releasing them, or there's something there, so why is he hiding them?" Gingrich told reporters here after holding a town hall at an art gallery. "I believe we have the right to know. Therefore, he owes us the knowledge. If there's nothing there, why...
  • Mitt Romney not a natural-born citizen?

    01/16/2012 11:28:00 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 33 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | January 16, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    In 1968, when he decided to run for president, the only serious debate at the time was whether George W. Romney was a natural-born citizen under Article 2, Section 1, not whether or not he was a U.S. citizen. Mitt Romney, then, was born on March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to two U.S. citizen parents – George W. Romney and Lenore Emily LaFount; LaFount was a U.S. citizen, born on Nov. 9, 1908, in Logan, Utah. Interestingly, LaFount, even though she was a U.S. citizen under the 14th Amendment because she was born in the United States and considered...
  • SC Debate: Romney Says He Will 'Probably' Release Taxes in April

    01/17/2012 2:40:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies · 1+ views
    KGO - ABC News Radio - San Francisco | January 17, 2012
    (MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- Amid continued pressure from his rivals to make public his tax returns, Mitt Romney said at a Republican presidential candidates debate Monday night that he will "probably" release that information in April. That timetable is in line with tradition of past nominees, who have released their information around tax day in early April. "I have nothing in them that suggests there is any problem," he said. "I'm happy to do so." Romney had said as recently as last Wednesday that he doesn't feel the need to do anything more than the law requires him to do,...
  • Romney keeps digging on secrecy

    12/29/2011 8:11:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 29, 2011 | William A. Jacobson
    I noted the other day Romney’s emerging secrecy problem, including the refusal to release income tax returns even if he becomes the nominee.This is a break with standard practice for nominees, and creates a no win situation in which Romney makes his income and taxes a central general election issue or gives in and looks weak.  Or worse, we find out too late that there was a reason he resisted disclosure.In a preview of the general election, Occupy protesters have seized on the non-disclosure issue and Romney is digging in: Des Moines police today arrested a total of 10 protesters...
  • Holder’s OIG ’Gunwalker’ investigation passes historic milestone today

    12/28/2011 4:20:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 December, 2011 | David Codrea
    Exceeds time it took Warren Commission to produce report on JFK murder “I will certainly await the report that comes out of the inspector general and I will assure you and the American people that people will be held accountable for any mistakes that were made in connection with Fast and Furious,” Attorney General Eric Holder testified in a November 8 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. This leads to the questions of why it’s taking so long, and if the end result will be indicative of the self-serving stonewalling and foot-dragging the Department of Justice has exhibited throughout congressional investigations of...
  • Mitt Romney's Secret Money (CFR supporter Mitt doesn't want to disclose funders)

    12/26/2011 3:10:01 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Washington Post ^ | 12-26-2011 | Staff - Washington Post
    <p>Mitt Romney is zero for two when it comes to transparency in campaigning.</p> <p>First, Romney, breaking with the practice of previous Republican presidential candidates.....has refused to release the identities of his bundlers, the well-connected fundraisers who help the campaign haul in stacks of checks adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars....</p>
  • Eric Holder Implicated In Murder Cover-Up

    12/22/2011 8:06:15 PM PST · by ElIguana · 20 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 12/22/11 | America's Conservative News
    "[T]he Justice Department hid and destroyed evidence that would have exposed my brother's murders, and we believe that Mr. Holder was directly involved in those acts of obstruction of justice." It's not a new accusation. As a matter of fact...
  • Eric Holder, Fear and Intimidation

    12/22/2011 5:17:17 AM PST · by agee · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2011 | Aaron Gee
    This past weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to intimidate his critics by accusing them of racism. Under the Attorney General's watch more than a thousand weapons have been walked across the border by the ATF and more than 300 people are dead as a direct result. Even Holder himself admits that the 'Fast and Furious' guns will be used in more crimes. Innocents on both sides of the border have more to fear. The mixture of fear and intimidation has existed since Holder's first days in office. Who can forget his first major speech after confirmation? In that speech...
  • Obama boasts to CBS: I'm 4th best president

    12/19/2011 1:49:53 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 42 replies
    WND ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Better than George Washington. Better than James Madison. Better than Theodore Roosevelt. Better than John F. Kennedy. Better than Ronald Reagan. That's Barack Obama's opinion of his accomplishments during the first couple years of the eight years he plans to be president. The revelation about Obama's opinion of his own presence in the Oval Office came during an interview for "60 Minutes," where the network reported Obama described himself as a "good captain" of the ship of state. But the aired footage of the comments that his own accomplishments surpass those of every president – with only a couple of...
  • US election 2012: Mitt Romney's life as a poor Mormon missionary in France questioned

    12/16/2011 8:49:23 AM PST · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Dec. 15, 2011 | Henry Samuel and Paris and Jon Swaine
    It was a rare reflection by Mitt Romney on his life as a young Mormon, offered as proof to struggling Americans that despite being born into privilege and amassing a $250 million fortune, he too had known hard times. A day after being labelled “out of touch” for casually offering a $10,000 bet to a rival candidate, Mr Romney told supporters he had experienced austerity as a missionary in France, using a bucket for a lavatory and a hose for a shower. “You’re not living high on the hog at that kind of level,” he said. But the Republican presidential...
  • KUHNER: Obama’s Watergate [Officials cover up culpability for gun smuggling and murder]

    12/16/2011 7:32:25 AM PST · by yoe · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 15, 2011 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    A year ago this week, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. He died protecting his country from brutal Mexican gangsters. Two AK-47 assault rifles were found at his death site. We now know the horrifying truth: Agent Terry was killed by weapons that were part of an illegal Obama administration operation to smuggle arms to the dangerous drug cartels. He was a victim of his own government. This is not only a major scandal; it is a high crime that potentially reaches all the way to the White House, implicating senior officials. It is President Obama’s Watergate. Operation...
  • Former Obama lawyer admits deceiving Congress

    12/10/2011 7:09:07 AM PST · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    Remember the Gerald Walpin affair? Republican Sen. Charles Grassley does. Walpin was the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the organization that runs the AmeriCorps service program. In June 2009, Walpin received a call from Norman Eisen, who was then the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. Eisen told Walpin he had an hour to either resign or be fired. Eisen's call appeared to violate the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which is designed to protect inspectors general from political interference. The Act requires the president to give Congress 30 days'...
  • Issa threatens Holder with contempt of Congress charge(Gunwalker)

    12/10/2011 3:31:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 December, 2011 | David Codrea
    Following a pattern established in previous hearings, today's House Judiciary Committee hearing produced fireworks from the Republicans and calls for more gun control from the Democrats. The grilling of Eric Holder climaxed at the very end of the day's proceedings, when Rep. Darrell Issa threatened the attorney general with contempt of Congress for his refusal to produce communications and logs, resulting in the embattled top law enforcement officer shooting back a line reminiscent of the McCarthy hearings: "Have you no shame?" Among some of the surprises: Holder was not sworn in as Issa had requested. Chairman Lamar Smith indicated the...
  • Eric Holder: Largest Money-Launderer in the Drug Business

    12/10/2011 4:22:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2011 | John Ransom
    As if Congress didn’t have enough evidence that the Department of Justice has completely lost its mind, the New York Times is reporting that the Drug Enforcement Agency has helped launder “millions of dollars in drug proceeds” on behalf of Mexican drug cartels, a figure much higher than previously estimated. The Department of Justice has been under investigation by Congress for facilitating gun smuggling during Operation Fast and Furious. Fast and Furious was a gun running scheme on the US-Mexican border that’s resulted in violence and death on both sides of the border including the deaths of federal agents in...
  • Holder Says Definition Of "Lying" To Congress Depends On "State Of Mind" (Video)

    12/08/2011 12:36:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/8/11 | goprapidresponse
    AG Eric Holder attempts to avoid question about lying to congress. Saying that lying depends on one's state of mind. (December 8, 2011)
  • Holder Hearings Part I: Issa strikes a blow, & Sensenbrenner says Holder could face impeachment

    12/08/2011 9:16:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12-8-11 | AWR Hawkins
    Once Lamar Smith (R-TX) opened the hearings with comments on Fast and Furious and then passed the baton to Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), it seemed the hearings would be a wash. That’s because it was evident from the start that Conyers was there to carry water for Holder. For example, Conyers used his opening comments to highlight the “life and contributions” of Holder, and to highlight the need for more gun control in the United States. He particularly supported the new requirement for border state gun stores to file special reports on customers who make multiple long gun purchases. (Conyers...
  • Ixnay on Cordray: Not Another Obama Czar

    12/07/2011 4:50:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Wrapping himself in the mantle of Theodore Roosevelt's "National Greatness" agenda, President Obama urged the nation to stand strong and unite behind ... his umpteenth regulatory czar. Nothing symbolizes American strength and vigor more than another unaccountable Washington bureaucrat. If Richard Cordray, the stalled White House nominee to enforce the Dodd-Frank financial bureaucracy, is not approved, the wheedler-in-chief warned in Osawatomie, Kan.: "Every day we go without a consumer watchdog in place is another day when a student or a senior citizen or member of our Armed Forces could be tricked into a loan they can't afford -- something that...
  • Certifigate : Donald Trump now casts even more doubt on Obama

    12/06/2011 12:01:25 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 105 replies
    WND ^ | DECEMBER 5, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    The mainstream media are "protecting" Barack Obama's "unconstitutional" tenure in the White House, refusing to investigate allegations that he fails to meet the Constitution's requirement that a president be a "natural born citizen," according to flamboyant billionaire Donald Trump. In a conference call today with reporters, WND asked Trump why, if he believes defeating Obama is so significant in 2012, doesn't he use his influence to mount a formal investigation into Obama's eligibility. There have been allegations since long before Obama's election in 2008 that he is not a "natural-born citizen," a requirement imposed on no other official. Obama's critics...
  • Is The Fate Of Mitt Romney's Presidential Campaign In The Hands Of A Reuters FOIA Request?

    12/05/2011 7:07:59 PM PST · by ph12321 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/05/11 | Tyler Durden
    It appears the GOP candidates are dropping like flies: first that one crazy guy, then Cain, and now... Mitt Romney? According to a Boston Globe article, paraphrased by Reuters, the GOP frontrunner (or is that second after Gingrich now: nobody really knows any more), spent $100,000, not of his own money but state funds, to "replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret. When Romney left the governorship of Massachusetts, 11 of his aides bought the hard drives of their...
  • Audit of the Federal Reserve Reveals $16 Trillion in Secret Bailouts

    11/30/2011 12:53:25 PM PST · by edcoil · 32 replies
    GAO report ^ | 11-30-2011 | edcoil
    The first ever GAO(Government Accountability Office) audit of the Federal Reserve was carried out in the past few months due to the Ron Paul, Alan Grayson Amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, which passed last year. Jim DeMint, a Republican Senator, and Bernie Sanders, an independent Senator, led the charge for a Federal Reserve audit in the Senate, but watered down the original language of the house bill(HR1207), so that a complete audit would not be carried out. Ben Bernanke(pictured to the right), Alan Greenspan, and various other bankers vehemently opposed the audit and lied to Congress about the effects an...
  • Here Comes The Global, US-Funded Liquidity Bail Out

    11/30/2011 9:22:50 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-30-11 | Tyler Durden
    As expected, the Fed has just bailed out the world once again: FED, ECB, BOJ, BOE, SNB, BANK OF CANADA LOWER SWAP RATES - BBG ECB, FED other major central bank to lower the pricing of existing USD liquidity swaps by 50BPS And as we have been writing every single day, the worldwide dollar crunch is now confirmed: At present, there is no need to offer liquidity in non-domestic currencies other than the U.S. dollar And finally, a promise to bailout Bank of America when it hits $4.00 again: U.S. financial institutions currently do not face difficulty obtaining liquidity in...
  • US Econ. Data Reporting Now Officially A Farce: Every Data Point Prints 4+ Std Devs Above Consensus

    11/30/2011 8:51:12 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/30/2011 | Tyler Durden
    It appears that central bank intervention was not the only thing in full force today: The US version of the Chinese Ministry of Truth in economic reporting has now officially joined the fray. Anyone wondering just how much of a joke the US high frequency economic data updates have become should look no further than these three charts showing Wall Street forecasts (consensus and distribution) and actual prints for the ADP Payroll, the Chicago PMI and Pending Home Sales. Not one indicator has come below 4 standard deviations above the average forecast, and every single one has printed above the...
  • McCaskill asks for investigation into Obama administration’s sole-source vaccine contract

    11/24/2011 3:33:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/11 | Will Rahn
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, has asked The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Obama administration’s award of a $443 million sole-source contract to a company owned by a major Democratic donor. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the Obama administration has taken unusual steps to procure an experimental smallpox vaccine from a company owned by a major Democratic donor despite concerns from some experts that such a drug was unnecessary and would not be effective. Citing “serious questions” about the contract, the Los Angeles Times reported that McCaskill has asked the...
  • Justice accused of withholding records on Kagan's role in healthcare defense

    The Justice Department withheld records about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s role in healthcare reform, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said Tuesday. Smith pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to provide documents and witnesses about Kagan’s time as solicitor general and her role in preparing to defend President Obama’s healthcare reform law in court. Republicans have clamored for Kagan to recuse herself when the Supreme Court takes up a case challenging the law. Smith said in a letter to Holder that the Justice Department has refused to comply with his requests for documents and interviews about Kagan’s involvement. But...
  • Romney Defends Deleting Emails, Electronic Records as Mass. Governor

    11/21/2011 6:35:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/11 | Jonathan Weisman
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday defended his administration’s efforts to cover its electronic tracks with the purchase of hard drives from state computers, saying he had no intention of providing ''opposition research teams'' with electronic communications from his term as governor. Meeting with the editorial board of the Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph, Mr. Romney was questioned about a Boston Globe story (snip) Last week, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades accused Mr. Patrick of running a ''dirty tricks''shop for the president’s benefit and requested documents on any contact his administration has had with top Obama White House or campaign operatives.
  • Dr. James Hansen’s growing financial scandal, now over a million dollars of outside income

    11/21/2011 2:50:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | November 18, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    It seems esteemed NASA astronomer turned climatologist turned paid activist Dr. James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has not been reporting some income that he is required by law to do. How long will NASA continue to look the other way? Chris Horner explains. – AnthonyA Summary of James E. Hansen’s NASA Ethics FileBy Christopher HornerNASA records released to resolve litigation filed by the American Tradition Institute reveal that Dr. James E. Hansen, an astronomer, received approximately $1.6 million in outside, direct cash income in the past five years for work related to — and, according...
  • DHS and DOJ ignore the Rule of Law

    11/21/2011 9:51:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    By Bob Beauprez and Christopher JaardaThe New York Times is reporting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin conducting a review of all deportation cases in the immigration courts with the goal of “halting” the deportation “of many illegal immigrants with no criminal record.“  In other words, this is a back door amnesty by a President desperate to score political points with a constituency critical to his reelection. “Many immigration offenses, including being present in the United States without legal status, are civil violations; they are not crimes,” wrote the NY Times citing communications from John Morton, Director...
  • Energy Secretary Refuses to Apologize for Losing Half-Billion Taxpayer Dollars (VIDEO)

    11/17/2011 9:04:21 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 12 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | Nov 17 | Staff
    REP UPTON: Last question though my time is expired. Based on what you know and what’s happened, who is to apologize for the half a billion dollars that has been out the door?
  • Sessions presses Holder on Justice Kagan's involvement with health law

    11/16/2011 7:12:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/11 | Julian Pecquet
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday pressed Attorney General Eric Holder for more information about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's involvement with the healthcare reform law after new emails emerged showing her rooting for the law when she was solicitor general. (snip) The emails have rekindled calls for Kagan to recuse herself from ruling on the healthcare reform law next year because of a provision of the U.S. code that calls on justices to disqualify themselves when they have "expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy" while in government service.
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout

    11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | Wilton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • Fast and Furious: Case Files on Terry Murder Have Disappeared, Gone

    11/15/2011 6:26:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/15/11 | Katie Pavlich
    The Arizona Daily Star's Tim Stellar is reporting the federal case file against illegal Mexican bandits accused of killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, has disappeared. The case against the alleged killers of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has disappeared from federal court records, apparently sealed by a federal judge. In May, federal prosecutors won an indictment against Manuel Osorio-Arellanes and others, and they announced it with a press release. Only Osorio-Arellanes’ name was visible in the indictment, but there were blacked-out words where other defendants’ names go. Osorio-Arellanes was charged with second-degree murder and was not considered the likely...
  • (Obama Supporters) Fannie, Freddie execs score $100 million payday

    11/15/2011 4:32:12 AM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    cnn money ^ | 11/15/2011 | staff
    Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received the biggest federal bailout of the financial crisis. And nearly $100 million of those tax dollars went to lucrative pay packages for top executives, filings show. The top five executives at Fannie Mae received $33.3 million in 2009 and 2010, while the top five at Freddie Mac received $28.1 million. And each company has set pay targets of as much as $17 million for its top managers for 2011. That's a total of $95.4 million, which will essentially be coming from taxpayers, who have been keeping the mortgage finance giants alive...
  • Grassley: Justice Dept. balking at making witnesses available [Fast & Furious]

    11/10/2011 1:42:46 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 10, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has refused to make available 11 of 12 department witnesses called by the panel for transcribed interviews in the ongoing investigation of the botched Fast and Furious weapons operation. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said that despite the department’s promises of good-faith cooperation in the probe, only one witness has been provided so far — former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Arizona, who resigned in August two weeks after he ended his testimony about Fast and Furious before a House committee, during which he took responsibility for mistakes....
  • MUSLIM HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISOR ACCUSED OF LEAKING DOCUMENTS

    11/08/2011 11:50:03 PM PST · by Never A Dull Moment · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 11-8-11 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Out of a 26-member advisory council, the Department of Homeland Security allowed just one advisor, Mohammed Elibiary, special access to a nationwide database that includes terror watch lists and FBI sensitive reports. Now, the Texas Muslim is being accused of leaking some of those documents to the media with the stated goal of damaging Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Elibiary asserts that the documents show what he calls the “Islamophobia” of Texas government agencies. CBN News reports: He’s accused of taking confidential documents from the Texas Department of Public Safety and shopping them to the media. “Within...
  • Holder Refuses To Apologize For Murder Of Border Agent; Says Fast & Furious Didn't Lead To Death

    11/08/2011 3:17:54 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 8, 2011 | Real Clear Politics
    Attorney General Eric Holder tells Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that he has not apologized to the family of Brian Terry, the U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered by a weapon used in the Fast & Furious operation now being investigated. When given the opportunity to do so at today's Senate hearing he would not apologize. Holder also says that Fast & Furious did not directly lead to the death of Agent Brian Terry. "It is not fair, however, to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast & Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry," Holder said today. Sen....
  • Holder on 'Fast and Furious': Never again (takes the stand today)

    11/08/2011 4:22:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/08/11 | PETE YOST
    Holder on 'Fast and Furious': Never againBy PETE YOST - Associated Press | AP – 44 mins ago.. WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says an investigation of arms traffickers called Operation Fast and Furious was flawed in concept as well as in execution, never should have happened and "it must never happen again." Facing tough questioning by Senate Republicans, the attorney general said in remarks prepared for a hearing Tuesday that he wants to know why and how firearms that should have been under surveillance could wind up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. "Unfortunately, we will...
  • New Gun Walking Documents Show Criminal Division Knew More than Previous Acknowledged

    11/01/2011 7:59:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    U, S. Senate ^ | October 31, 2011 | Senator Chuck Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release October 31, 2011 New Gun Walking Documents Show Criminal Division Knew More than Previous Acknowledged Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley made the following statement after the Justice Department provided more than 650 pages of documents related to the congressional inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious.  Grassley has been conducting oversight of the strategy since January. “There are 652 pages of documents that our investigators will scour over the next several days, beyond the few that the Justice Department pointed out.  At first glance, though, the documents indicate that contrary to previous denials by...
  • Public union targets trustee who questioned how taxpayer money is spent

    11/01/2011 9:43:09 AM PDT · by inkling · 19 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | October 27, 2011 | Mark Flatten
    Natasha Nimer had a simple question: As a trustee in a local labor union representing City of Phoenix employees, did she have a duty to check the books of a taxpayer-funded insurance account it managed? So she asked the executive board of AFSCME Local 2960. The response was an emphatic “no.” She dropped the matter and thought it would end there. She was wrong. In the months that followed, union officials tried to strip Nimer of her duties as a trustee and steward. They tried twice to force her out of AFSCME, only to have the international headquarters order her...
  • Why does Justice Department need to lie on FOIA responses?

    11/01/2011 4:36:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 October, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Justice Dept. proposes lying, hiding existence of records under new FOIA rule,” The Daily Caller reports. A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don’t exist. “A final version of the proposed rule could be issued by the end of this year. If approved, the new rule would officially become a federal regulation with the force of law,” Investors.com warns. Presumably the Nixon White House could have used the rule during Watergate to say, "Tape? What tape? It doesn't exist." This rule...
  • Shredding Kathleen Sebelius

    10/28/2011 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    If a private health insurer had engaged in the kind of criminal obstruction that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been tied to in her home state of Kansas, it would be a federal case. Instead, it's a non-story in the Washington press. Nothing to see here. Move along. On Monday, a district judge in the Sunflower State suspended court proceedings in a high-profile criminal case against the abortion racketeers of Planned Parenthood. World Magazine, a Christian news publication, reported on new bombshell court filings showing that Kansas health officials "shredded documents related to felony charges the abortion...
  • Why won't Mitt Romney make his tax returns public?

    10/26/2011 10:35:46 AM PDT · by freespirited · 40 replies
    CSM ^ | 10/26/11 | David Grant
    Rick Perry wants Mitt Romney to cough up his form 1040s (that’s the US individual tax return document). The Romney camp demurred, saying they would consider doing so next year. (Remarkably, Romney has NEVER released, even during his governorship of Massachusetts.) Why won’t Romney do it? Speculation, from liberal group ThinkProgress and others, is that Romney pays a way lower tax rate than many Americans because of his extensive financial investments, from which income is typically taxed below that of regular income. One left-leaning analyst speculates Romney paid an effective tax rate as low as 14 percent on his $6.6...