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  • Obama Says 'Official' Explanation Coming 'Shortly' on Alleged Sestak Job Offer

    05/27/2010 3:34:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 856+ views
    fox ^ | 5/27/10 | fox
    President Obama said Thursday that the White House is preparing to issue a formal explanation regarding the allegation that it offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job to drop out of the Democratic primary race against Sen. Arlen Specter. The president, addressing the matter in public for the first time since the Pennsylvania congressman leveled the claim in February, said the statement should answer questions about the claim and insisted "nothing improper" happened.
  • Palestinian Official Criticizes Israeli Prime Minister for Invoking Bible in Comments on Jerusalem

    05/13/2010 1:35:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 329+ views
    cns news ^ | 5/13/10 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday he found “distasteful” Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s invoking of the Bible to highlight the longstanding Jewish claim to Jerusalem. The veteran P.A. official made the comment after Netanyahu noted during a special parliamentary session marking “Jerusalem Day” that the words “Jerusalem” and “Zion” appeared in the Old Testament, the Jewish Tanakh, 850 times.
  • Obama energy official has ties to firms that stand to benefit

    04/27/2010 12:42:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 255+ views
    mcclatchy ^ | 4/27/10 | Steven Thomma
    WASHINGTON — A top Obama administration official who's helping lead a campaign for energy conservation has a major financial interest in two companies that are poised to benefit from the government's spending. Cathy Zoi, the assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy, owns between $250,000 and $500,000 worth of stock in Landis+Gyr, a Swiss-based manufacturer of special electric meters that are used to create an efficient "smart" grid of electricity use.
  • US official doubts N.Korea role in warship sinking

    03/29/2010 6:04:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 383+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/29/10 | afp
    A senior US official on Monday doubted that North Korea was involved in the recent sinking of a South Korean warship, in which dozens of crewmen are missing. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg said that while South Korea was leading the investigation into Friday night's maritime explosion, he had heard nothing to implicate any other country. "Obviously the full investigation needs to go forward. But to my knowledge, there's no reason to believe or to be concerned that that may have been the cause," Steinberg told reporters.
  • Official: Obama wants Yellen as Fed vice chair

    03/12/2010 12:05:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 240+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/12/10 | IM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to nominate Janet Yellen, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, to take over as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, an administration official said Friday. Yellen, who was a top economic adviser to President Bill Clinton, is considered a dove on monetary policy, meaning she is more worried about high unemployment than rising inflation. She would become the second highest ranking Fed official. Obama is also considering filling two other vacancies on the Federal Reserve board with Sarah Raskin, the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation, and Massachusetts Institute of...
  • President Obama's Official Twitterer Connected To

    02/14/2010 9:32:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 647+ views ^ | 2/14/10 | Noel Sheppard
    The woman that poses as Barack Obama on all his social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter is connected to the far-left organization For those scratching their heads, the President in theory is a member of these websites. However, he obviously isn't responsible for typing in the little messages that are going out to his followers almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Official: Danish police stop attack on cartoonist

    01/01/2010 6:50:43 PM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 915+ views
    COPENHAGEN – Police foiled an attempt to kill an artist who drew cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that sparked outrage in the Muslim world, the head of Denmark's intelligence service said Saturday. Jakob Scharf, who heads the PET intelligence service, said a 28-year-old Somalia man was armed with an ax and a knife when he attempted to enter Kurt Westergaard's home in Aarhus shortly after 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Friday.
  • US official blasts big oil over Obama energy program

    11/24/2009 8:28:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies · 958+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 11/24/09 | afp
    US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar blasted big oil trade groups Tuesday, accusing them of barring the way to a balanced US energy system that would create thousands of jobs. The oil and gas leasing program put in place by President Barack Obama's administration is "robust" and "focuses on development in the right way, in the right places and with a fair return to the American taxpayer," Salazar said as he announced plans to auction 38 oil and gas leases next year.
  • 'Obama Pride' Official Starts 'Church Outing' Website to Expose (or Smear) Catholic Priests

    11/22/2009 9:54:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 862+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/22/09 | Tim Graham
    Blogger Amanda Hess of the Washington City Paper suggests a new story for The Washington Post on the gay left waging war on the Catholic Church over the city council's imposition of "gay marriage" rules without a referendum: A new Web site hopes to use the oldest trick in the book to combat the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage: A good, old-fashioned forced outing! At, you’re invited to scroll through a list of every Achbishop, Bishop, and Reverend in the Archdiocese of Washington, zero in on one you know is gay, and then submit your “detailed account of...
  • Stimulus official: Can't certify job stats

    11/18/2009 10:25:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 490+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/18/09 | EAMON JAVERS
    The chief federal oversight official for the stimulus program said in a letter Wednesday that he can’t certify whether the number of jobs “created or saved” by stimulus funds is accurate. Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney was responding to a request for information by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In a letter to Issa dated Nov. 17, Devaney wrote, “Your letter specifically asks if I am able to certify that the number of jobs reported as created/saved on is accurate and auditable. No, I am not able to...
  • Hizbullah official boasts: All of Israel is within our fire range

    11/11/2009 10:36:02 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 447+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/11/09 | staff
    Senior Hizbullah official Mahmoud Kamati on Wednesday mocked IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and said all of Israel was within his group's fire range. "Ashkenazi's threats are baseless and are an attempt to draw attention away from the enemy's defeat in Gaza and in Lebanon," Kamati said in an interview with Al-Jazeera. He went on to boast that "all the cities and all Israeli military and industrial centers are within Hizbullah's fire range."
  • Limbaugh Targeted By Obama Official

    10/15/2009 10:18:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,803+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 10/16/09 | Joseph Ashby
    The plot thickens on the media’s character-lynching of Rush Limbaugh. Of the four stories ran on about Limbaugh’s bid for the Rams (October 6, October 12, October 15, and another October 15) none of them mention that NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith served as council to Attorney General Eric Holder and member of Barack Obama’s transition team. The October 12 article references Smith’s anti-Limbaugh email meant to garner opposition against the radio host’s bid. The report refers to Smith only as the executive director of the NFLPA. Despite the fact that Smith’s opposition was based on Limbaugh’s...
  • Official ‘misspoke’ on Goldstone report

    09/23/2009 6:28:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 341+ views ^ | 9/23/09 | staff
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A White House official "misspoke" when he said the Obama administration would not allow the Goldstone report recommendations on Israel's conduct in the Gaza war to reach the International Criminal Court. A top White House official told Jewish organizational leaders in an off-the-record phone call Wednesday that the U.S. strategy was to "quickly" bring the report -- commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council and carried out by former South African Judge Richard Goldstone -- to its "natural conclusion" within the Human Rights Council and not to allow it to go further, Jewish participants in the call...
  • Top US official: Climate bill urgently needed

    09/10/2009 11:53:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies · 1,111+ views
    breitbart ^ | 9/10/09 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - With negotiations on a new international climate treaty proving difficult, the Obama administration's chief climate negotiator on Thursday called on the Senate to act as soon as possible and pass legislation to control the gases blamed for global warming. Todd Stern, the State Department's special envoy for climate change, told a House panel that it was critical for the Senate to pass legislation to give the U.S. the "credibility and leverage" that it needs to convince other countries to reduce their pollution. While Stern cited progress, he said there's still a divide between developing countries worried that...
  • Former Bush Official: Clinton Wrong about "Settlements"

    06/25/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 527+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/25/09 | staff
    ( Elliot Abrams, who served under United States Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, took issue Thursday with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's claims that there were no understandings between the Bush administration and Israel about construction for natural growth in Judea and Samaria. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Abrams said, "Despite fervent denials by Obama administration officials, there were indeed agreements between Israel and the United States regarding the growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank."
  • Official: Obama to propose new consumer agency

    06/16/2009 12:50:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies · 1,049+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/16/09 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An Obama administration official says the Treasury will propose the creation of a regulatory agency to protect consumers in their credit, savings and other banking transactions. The new agency is one of the central elements of President Barack Obama's overhaul of the financial regulatory system. The president is set to announce his broad plan on Wednesday.
  • CA: Top SEIU official in California quits three posts

    03/11/2009 9:25:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 469+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/11/09 | Paul Pringle
    The Service Employees International Union's highest-ranking California officer has resigned that position and two other leadership posts in the wake of an internal investigation of payments to her ex-boyfriend, it was announced today. The SEIU said its inquiry found no wrongdoing by Annelle Grajeda, who was one of six executive vice presidents of the national union as well as the head of its California council and the local that represents Los Angeles County workers. The union said Grajeda, who could not be reached for comment, had decided to become an assistant to the SEIU's secretary-treasurer in Washington, D.C. Grajeda had...
  • UK gov't official in anti-Semitism storm

    02/09/2009 8:01:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 524+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/9/09 | staff
    A top UK Foreign Office official has been arrested on suspicion of an anti-Semitic outburst at a gym, the Daily Mail reported Monday. Rowan Laxton, who is head of the South Asia Group at the Foreign Office, was watching TV reports of the IDF offensive in Gaza while on an exercise bike at a gym when he was allegedly heard shouting: "F**king Israelis, f**king Jews," and saying that IDF soldiers should be wiped off the face of the earth, the UK newspaper reported. His tirade reportedly continued even after he was approached by other exercisers at the London Business School's...
  • Hillsborough GOP official rebuked for racial e-mail joke (Update: She resigned)

    02/05/2009 4:01:44 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies · 1,260+ views | St. Petersburg Times ^ | 2/5/09 | Adam C. Smith, Robbyn Mitchell and Stephanie Garry
    TAMPA — Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer said Wednesday that longtime Hillsborough state committeewoman Carol Carter may lose her position because of the racial joke she forwarded in an e-mail. "Carol Carter has been a hard-working, loyal Republican for many years, but this action I have no tolerance for, regardless of the circumstances or intent," a furious Greer said of Carter's e-mail. Concerning her future, Greer said, "I am currently considering all options, including my authority to remove her from the office of state committeewoman." The e-mail read: From: Carol Carter Friday, January 30, 9:30 AM Subject: FW: Amazing! I'm...
  • Ex- Bangladesh Official: Hitler Should Have Killed All the Jews

    02/03/2009 8:33:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 886+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 2-03-09 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    ( A former senior official and newspaper editor from Bangladesh told a television audience last week that Adolph Hitler should have been more thorough when it came to the Jews. The TV host seconded the opinion. As reported by the editor and publisher of the Weekly Blitz, peace activist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, Mohammad Asafuddowlah said, "My soul bleeds when I recall the recent atrocities against the people of Gaza. And if I was a young man, I would have gone to Gaza with a weapon to exterminate Israel." It is not just Israel's extermination Asafuddowlah seeks, however. "Now I...
  • No allegations against Obama in Illinois: official (Merry Fitzmas, Obama)

    12/09/2008 10:50:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 94 replies · 3,042+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/08 | Doina Chiacu and Deborah Charles
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama was in no way implicated in the federal corruption charges against the governor of his home state of Illinois, a fellow Democrat, ... "I should make clear the complaint makes no allegations about the president-elect whatsoever," said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges on Tuesday, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. ... Fiztgerald told a news conference .. he had wanted to stop a "crime spree."
  • Mexican officials held for selling intel to drug cartels

    10/27/2008 1:40:06 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 224+ views
    AFP ^ | 27 Oct 2008 | AFP
    Mexican authorities have been holding 35 officials since July for selling intelligence to drug cartels, for payments of up to 400,000 dollars, the federal prosecutor revealed on Monday. "Thirty-five public officials have been pulled out of the SIEDO (elite anti-organized crime unit) as well as other support staff. The process of the cleaning up and revision of staff and proceedings will continue in a permanent manner," Eduardo Medina Mora told a news conference. The investigation into the SIEDO officials began in 2004 "after thwarted operations and a formal declaration that public service officers were passing on information from the Sinaloa...
  • Mexican immigration official arrested for drugs[170 Pounds of Marijuana]

    10/27/2008 12:47:58 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 472+ views
    AP ^ | 27 Oct 2008 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    A U.S. official says American law enforcement arrested a top Mexican immigration official for carrying about 77 kilograms of marijuana. The U.S. official identified the Mexican official as Francisco Celaya-Carrillo. The official said he was stopped in Lukeville, Ariz. Sunday afternoon, as he was coming into the country in a pickup truck to do some shopping and said that a Customs and Border Protection officer inspected the vehicle and found marijuana in the gas tank and in the spare tire.
  • It's Official: New Israeli Elections

    10/27/2008 9:46:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 438+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | 10-27-08 | Maayana Miskin
    ( President Shimon Peres dissolved the Knesset Monday evening, a necessary step before holding new national elections. The announcement came at the beginning of the Knesset's winter session. The possibility of early elections arose when acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stepped down as head of the Kadima party and was replaced by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Livni then became Prime Minister-designate, and was charged with creating a coalition. Livni failed to create a coalition, and on Saturday night announced that she would recommend to President Peres to call for new national elections instead of attempting to create a government. On...
  • John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin [From the McCain official site]

    08/29/2008 8:37:42 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 135 replies · 311+ views ^ | August 29, 2008
    John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin As Vice Presidential Running MateARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president. Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington. Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting...
  • "Kung pao chicken" made official for Olympics

    06/18/2008 6:26:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 56+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/18/08 | Chris Buckley
    BEIJING (Reuters) - It's official. Hungry foreign hordes craving a fix of diced chicken fried with chili and peanuts during the Beijing Olympics will be able to shout "kung pao chicken!" and have some hope of getting just that. As it readies for an influx of visitors for the August Games, the Chinese capital has offered restaurants an official English translation of local dishes whose exotic names and alarming translations can leave foreign visitors frustrated and famished. If officials have their way, local newspapers reported on Wednesday, English-speaking visitors will be able to order "beef and ox tripe in chili...
  • Official: Pakistan should reconsider its ties to US

    06/12/2008 12:06:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 104+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/12/08 | Stephen Graham - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The top elected official in northwest Pakistan said Thursday the country should rethink its relationship with America after a U.S. airstrike that reportedly killed 11 Pakistani soldiers. The U.S. and Pakistan remained at odds in their versions of a Tuesday night clash on the Afghan border that led to American planes dropping bombs on insurgents who had staged an attack inside Afghanistan. President Bush's national security adviser said it was not clear exactly what happened and American officials "have not been able to corroborate" Pakistani troops died. The U.S. "would be very saddened" if that were true,...
  • Ex-UN official sentenced to 8 years

    04/01/2008 8:57:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 88+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/1/08 | AP
    NEW YORK - A former United Nations procurement official convicted of accepting bribes was sentenced Tuesday to eight years and a month in prison. Sanjaya Bahel, 57, was sentenced after a jury found he had helped a friend win $100 million in U.N. contracts in exchange for a huge discount on two luxury Manhattan apartments and cash. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas P. Griesa also ordered Bahel to forfeit $103,500 and his interest in the apartments, near the United Nations headquarters. Bahel was chief of the U.N.'s Commodity Procurement Section from 1999 to 2003. Before he was sentenced, Bahel apologized....
  • U.S. official minimizes debris from satellite shot

    03/19/2008 6:16:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 433+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The shooting apart of a crippled U.S. spy satellite last month created no significant new space debris, with all but small bits burning on re-entry to the atmosphere, the mission commander said on Wednesday. "We thought there would be much larger pieces," Rear Admiral Alan Hicks, who heads the Pentagon's Aegis ballistic missile defense program, said in the most comprehensive report yet on the destruction of the satellite known as USA-193. In fact, none of the debris was larger than a football, he told a briefing at an annual conference of the U.S. Navy League, a booster...
  • Ex-Socialist International official dies

    02/29/2008 10:44:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 204+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/29/08 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    Hans Janitschek, an Austrian journalist who spent years as a U.N. consultant and also served as secretary general of the Socialist International organization, died suddenly at U.N. headquarters. He was 73. His wife, Friedl, said Friday that Janitschek died last week and the cause of death was believed to be a heart attack. Janitschek became foreign editor of Austria's largest daily newspaper, Kurier, in 1959. He joined the Austrian Foreign Service in 1964 and was sent to the United States as director of the Austrian Information Service. He was appointed special assistant to Bruno Kreisky, then-chairman of the Austrian Socialist...
  • D.C. official accused in $20M scheme (ring-leader of a bogus property-tax refunds check gambit)

    12/14/2007 2:16:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 187+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/07 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    McLEAN, Va. - The courthouse files look like the Christmas list of a high-society fashion maven with a purse fetish: mink coats, jewelry, Faberge eggs, a Mercedes Benz and more than 100 handbags and wallets with designer names like Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Those are among the items the FBI found at the Washington home of Harriette Walters, who until recently was an $81,000-a-year city tax official. Her salary was a pittance compared with the tens of millions of dollars prosecutors say she and at least five others stole in what may be the biggest embezzlement case in the...
  • New Seal Unveiled for Democratic

    08/19/2007 10:18:55 PM PDT · by Orbiting_Rosie's_Head · 20 replies · 1,849+ views
    Me | 8/20/2007 | Orbiting_Rosie's_Head
  • English as the Official Language of the US Government

    06/10/2007 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 32 replies · 758+ views
    Library of Congress Website - Thomas ^ | 2/12/2007 | Rep. Peter King (R-IA)
    HR 997 IH 110th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 997 To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 12, 2007 Mr. KING of Iowa (for himself, Mr. KING of New York, Mr. SALI, Mrs. BACHMANN, Ms....
  • What is our national costume?

    05/29/2007 9:22:07 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 19 replies · 653+ views
    London Daily Telegraph | May 29, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    The Daily Telegraph Letters 25 May 2007 Richard Molineux, Balls Green, Essex Back to top Nothing to wear Sir - I have been invited by Austrian family friends to a wedding in Salzburg. Proud of their traditions, they suggested that "guests might like to wear national costume". In view of the recent nationalism shown by our kilted close neighbours, I have thought long and hard of what my English wife and I might wear to augment this colourful event, but without any success. I am open to any suggestion from your readers. Andrew C. Lowings, Peterborough
  • Philly 'Gayborhood' Getting Official Recognition

    04/18/2007 11:13:01 AM PDT · by bedolido · 29 replies · 382+ views ^ | 4-18-2007 | staff writer
    (CBS) PHILADELPHIA The city of Philadelphia is planning to unveil three dozen street signs marking the ‘Gayborhood’ Wednesday. The 36 signs adorned with the internationally recognized symbol of a rainbow, also known as the ‘Freedom Flag,’ will be placed from Chestnut to Pine Streets between 11th and Broad Streets. During a brief ceremony at 13th and Locust Streets, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s chorus is expected to sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” as confetti canons cap off the celebration. Philadelphia will join four other cities, San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto, who have dedicated permanent installations designating gay-friendly neighborhoods.
  • Stop adding your comments to the title thread (Shrillary Vanity Alert!!)

    03/31/2007 6:52:09 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 39 replies · 709+ views
    What part of "Body of Comment" underneath the "Body of Thread" when you're posting an article don't you understand? How many times have I logged onto FR and see the main page, only to be greeted with threads such as "Democrats challenge Bush on Iraq" (Thanks again cut-and-run conservatives!) or "Giuliani addresses crowd in California" (GO RUDY! THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN BEAT HILLARY!)? Isn't it annoying? (Expected FReeper responses: "Then don't click on the threads then moron!" or the "Aw Geez, not this s--t again picture.") OFFICIAL USE OF PARENTHESIS IN THREAD TITLE ETIQUETTE (1) Location. Listing the...
  • Afghan official a convicted trafficker

    03/08/2007 12:29:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 144+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Matthew Pennington - ap
    KABUL, Afghanistan - When the deal went down in Las Vegas, the seller was introduced only as "Mr. E." In a room at Caesars Palace hotel, Mr. E exchanged a pound-and-a-half bag of heroin for $65,000 cash — unaware that the buyer was an undercover detective. The sting landed him in Nevada state prison for nearly four years. Twenty years later and Mr. E, whose real name is Izzatullah Wasifi, has a new job. He is the government of Afghanistan's anti-corruption chief. Wasifi leads a staff of 84 people charged with rooting out the endemic graft that is fueled in...
  • U.S. Convicts High-Ranking United Nations Official of Money Laundering Conspiracy

    03/07/2007 6:05:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 558+ views
    U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/07 | U.S. Department of Justice
    NEW YORK, March 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A jury in Manhattan federal court convicted Vladimir Kuznetsov of conspiring to commit money laundering, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia for the Southern District of New York announced today. The jury returned a guilty verdict after less than one hour of deliberation. Prior to his arrest in September 2005, Kuznetsov served as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions at the U.N. and was the highest-ranking Russian diplomat at the U.N. The evidence at trial proved that from 2000 through June 2005, Kuznetsov laundered over $300,000 in criminal proceeds obtained by...
  • Congo official arrested in uranium sale

    03/07/2007 3:16:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 464+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/07 | Eddy Isango - ap
    KINSHASA, Congo - The head of Congo's atomic energy commission has been arrested on suspicion of illegally selling uranium found in the Central African mineral giant, officials said Wednesday. Fortunat Lumu, the director of the country's only nuclear center, and one of his aides were arrested Tuesday "because they were accused of having illicitly sold a quantity of uranium," Attorney General Tshimanga Mukendi said. Mukendi refused to give information on the amount of uranium or the alleged buyer, saying those details were part of an investigation. He added only that they were accused of orchestrating illicit contracts to produce and...
  • [California Rep. Duncan] Hunter makes GOP presidential bid official

    01/25/2007 9:23:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 833+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/25/07 | James Davenport - ap
    Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, best known for his advocacy on behalf of the military, launched a longshot bid for the presidency Thursday in this early voting state. Frequently citing Ronald Reagan, Hunter told supporters he wants to pick up on the former president's legacy. "I want to lead that policy of peace through strength," said Hunter, a strong supporter of the Iraq war. The 14-term conservative from California, who has made no secret of his White House aspirations, set up a presidential exploratory committee earlier this month. He initially announced his intentions in October, becoming the first GOP candidate to...
  • Former US official sentenced to prison (improper handling of classified documents)

    01/23/2007 6:34:56 AM PST · by Poundstone · 22 replies · 790+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2007 | Jerry Markon
    A former high-level State Department official was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday for keeping more than 3,500 classified documents at his Fairfax County home and concealing his relationship with a Taiwanese intelligence agent. Prosecutors said Donald W. Keyser possessed far more unauthorized classified documents than any government employee ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. Keyser, 63, is one of the nation's leading experts on China and was a top adviser to Colin L. Powell, former secretary of state. "What I was doing was to further U.S. interests," Donald Keyser said. "It was not to further Taiwan's."
  • Official: Evidence doesn't back Marines (Haditha,, AP/WP Marines 'hit' piece)

    01/06/2007 2:18:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 154 replies · 2,814+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/07 | Robert Burns - ap
    WASHINGTON - U.S. criminal investigators found no evidence to support the claim of Marines charged in the deaths of unarmed Iraqi civilians that five were shot after trying to flee the scene of a roadside bombing that killed one Marine, a senior defense official said Saturday. Investigators determined that all five Iraqis were shot within arm's length of each other and no more than 18 feet from the white taxi they were ordered to exit by members of a Marine squad in the western Iraqi town of Haditha, said the official, who is familiar with reports produced by the Naval...
  • Official: ex-Reagan aide investigated - David Stockman

    12/12/2006 11:56:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,237+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/06 | Pat Milton - ap
    A former top budget official in the Reagan White House is a target of a criminal investigation into possible financial fraud at an auto parts company he headed before it collapsed into bankruptcy, a federal official told The Associated Press. David Stockman, who rose to prominence as budget director under President Reagan, is the former chairman and CEO of Michigan-based Collins & Aikman Corp. Federal investigators and prosecutors are preparing a case against Stockman and other corporate officers from Collins & Aikman and expect to soon present the findings to a grand jury in New York City, the official said....
  • FB making it official, dropping most Spanish (Farmers Branch Texas)

    12/08/2006 11:49:23 AM PST · by The Lumster · 11 replies · 599+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 12-08-06 | STEPHANIE SANDOVAL
    Since elected leaders declared English the city's official language last month, Spanish no longer plays on the wall of televisions overlooking the stationary bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center. In public works, new trash bags being ordered for residents will have the holiday schedule for trash pickup printed only in English. But instructions on how to load the 50-gallon paper bags will be printed in both English and Spanish, because it's a safety issue. Some temporary signs in Spanish have been removed at the public library. Fliers for park and recreation activities and library...
  • Israeli official: Kill Hamas leaders

    11/18/2006 12:48:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 542+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/06 | Josef Federman - ap
    JERUSALEM - Israel's deputy prime minister on Saturday said Israel should assassinate Hamas' leadership, ignore the moderate Palestinian president and walk away from international peace efforts, the latest in a string of hard-line positions voiced by the newest member of the Cabinet. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman came as the rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, continued talks on forming a unity government. President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah hopes the coalition deal will enable him to revive peace efforts with Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert brought Lieberman into the government last month to shore up a shaky coalition government...
  • Md. city declares English official

    11/14/2006 8:01:05 AM PST · by RebelBanker · 9 replies · 510+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | November 14, 2006 | Laura McCandlish
    Taneytown became the first municipality in Maryland to pass a resolution declaring English its official language but stopped short last night of a proposed change to the city charter that had drawn criticism from civil rights groups and some residents. Mayor W. Robert Flickinger said the nonbinding English Language Unity resolution was preferable to a change in the charter, which would have been costly to implement and probably would have drawn lawsuits. [snip] A 2002 [State] law requires all state agencies to provide interpreters and to translate crucial documents into any language spoken by 3 percent of the population.
  • Official: Hastert to take responsibility

    10/05/2006 10:43:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 910+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/5/06 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert will take responsibility for the unfolding page sex scandal but insist he will stay on as leader of House Republicans, a House GOP official said Thursday, as leaders of the ethics committee weighed what action to take. At a news conference in his home district in Illinois, Hastert will also ask the Ethics Committee to consider new rules so that anyone making inappropriate contact with pages be disciplined. In the case of staff, they would be fired; lawmakers would be subject to expulsion, the official said. As Hastert huddled with aides to write a...
  • The Official Friday Silliness Thread Explores Creepy Brain Stimulations (Did you see that???)

    09/22/2006 1:00:00 AM PDT · by sully777 · 340 replies · 9,038+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 22, 2006 | Sully777
    LONDON (Reuters) - Stimulating a certain area of the brain can produce a creepy feeling that someone is watching you when no one is, scientists said Wednesday. Swiss researchers made the discovery while evaluating a young woman for surgery to treat epilepsy...When they electrically stimulated the left temporoparietal junction in her brain, which is linked to self-other distinction and self-processing, she thought someone was standing behind her. If they repeated the stimulus while she leaned forward and grabbed her knees she had an unpleasant sensation that the shadowy figure was embracing her..."Our findings may be a step toward understanding the...
  • U.N. official praises bid to curb greenhouse gases - AB 32 ("the move will have great influence")

    09/16/2006 10:32:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 271+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 9/16/06 | Betsy Mason
    SACRAMENTO - California's recent passage of a bill to curb emissions of carbon dioxide drew praise from the head of the United Nations' climate change assessment panel, who said the move will have great influence. "Clearly this will have a profound effect on the position of the federal government," said Rajendra Pachauri, director of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "And I would say even before that, perhaps it will have an effect on other states in the U.S. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next year or two you see other states following similar actions. "And it will...
  • Official: 'Iraqis tired of bloodshed'

    09/09/2006 5:30:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 586+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Army and Police forces in northern Iraq are taking responsibility for more territory as a result of the continual training Coalition forces have been providing, a U.S. commander said Friday. “In an area of responsibility that exceeds 47,000 square miles, we have leveraged the full spectrum of assets in order to engage the population and neutralize the enemy,” Army Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Turner, commander of Multi-National Division-North, said in a news conference via satellite from Iraq. Iraqi security forces have taken the fight to the terrorists and insurgents throughout Multi-National Division-North. Numerous combined and increasingly Iraqi-only...