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  • New York Times readership survey asks for gender, offers three options

    04/14/2015 3:09:03 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | New York Times
    What is your gender? Male Female Other Prefer not to answer
  • Vanity - Anyone a member of Liberty Health Share?

    01/16/2015 1:42:27 PM PST · by Yaelle · 22 replies
    We have applied. How have any of your doctors, emergency rooms, or other providers reacted when you show them your card? Do they discount you right there? Any rejections? Are skeptical docs placated after bills are paid well and on time? I'd love to hear how it's working for you.
  • Eight Ways to Opt Out of Obamacare

    12/25/2013 10:31:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 25, 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    With the deadline to sign up for Obamacare having come and gone, many Americans have decided to “opt out” of President Obama’s signature health care reform law, choosing instead to pay the $95 penalty for sidestepping the individual mandate. “For many Americans opting out of Obamacare is the best decision they can make, but it's important that they do it the right way—just refusing to buy health insurance and not having another way to pay for catastrophic medical expenses is a mistake,” Sean Parnell, author of the newly-released The Self-Pay Patient, told Breitbart News. “People who want to opt out...
  • White House on Syria: 'All Options Are on the Table'

    04/25/2013 9:11:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 4/25/13 | Elad Benari
    The United States said Thursday for the first time that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel forces, but emphasized spy agencies were still not 100 percent sure of the assessment, AFP reports. A senior White House official said that "all options are on the table" should use of the chemical weapons be confirmed, but a U.S. defense official stressed that a military intervention was not imminent and signaled spy agencies had differing opinions. "Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria," U.S....
  • Intrade Violates the CFTC’s Off-Exchange Options Trading Ban

    11/26/2012 12:05:07 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    CFTC Press Release ^ | November 26, 2012 | Dennis Holden (Media Contact)
    Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today filed a civil complaint in federal district court in Washington, DC, charging Intrade The Prediction Market Limited (Intrade) and Trade Exchange Network Limited (TEN), Irish companies based in Dublin, Ireland, with offering commodity option contracts to U.S. customers for trading, as well as soliciting, accepting, and confirming the execution of orders from U.S. customers, all in violation of the CFTC’s ban on off-exchange options trading. The CFTC’s complaint also charges Intrade and TEN with making false statements concerning their options trading website in documents filed with the CFTC, and...
  • Speak Out on Never Again Day – September 27th

    09/24/2012 9:24:25 PM PDT · by Thistley · 5 replies ^ | Sep 24th, 2012 | Jerry Gordon
    "Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak believe that waiting for Iran to assemble nuclear devices may be too late. Iran’s Supreme Leader, President Ahmadinejad and Revolutionary Guard commanders have publicly threatened to incinerate Israel in a nuclear attack-a second Holocaust. Netanyahu has said “why wait?” While he has spoken with President Obama about this urgent matter, the President has not yet scheduled a meeting with PM Netanyahu during the 67th UN General Assembly session that recently opened in New York City."
  • I was wondering...

    05/21/2012 11:10:03 AM PDT · by Cowman · 10 replies
    21 MAY 2012 | Self
    Given that our illustrious President has been tearing down every established tradition of this great nation; has the time come to replace that tired old theme "Hail to the Chief" with something more modern and perhaps appropriate for the Chief Executive of a new era? We could even honor the great Robin Gibb on his very untimely passing. I propose that the next time you see the President makes his way to the dais that instead of the traditional fanfare that instead, "Jive Talking" or "Woman Man" be played.Thank you for your consideration
  • With healthcare reform law in legal limbo, Dems consider their options (on the edge of contempt)

    02/01/2011 11:05:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/01/11 | Julian Pecquet
    With healthcare reform law in legal limbo, Dems consider their optionsBy Julian Pecquet - 02/01/11 06:01 AM ET Healthcare reform supporters have begun to seek alternatives to the unpopular individual mandate at the heart of Monday’s surprising decision overturning the entire law. Officially, the Obama administration dismissed Judge Roger Vinson’s decision as a fluke. Two judges have already ruled that the mandate is constitutional, and a third struck down the mandate but not the rest of the law. “The department intends to appeal this ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler. “We strongly...
  • Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options

    11/24/2010 5:42:12 PM PST · by Vigilanteman · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/24/10 3:53 PM EST | Molly Ball
    Joe Lieberman essentially has two options for 2012: Retire or become a Republican. The Connecticut senator and Democratic exile hasn't made up his mind whether to seek a fifth term, Lieberman and those close to him say. But if he does, the GOP ticket appears to offer his best shot at reelection. "That's his only hope," said John Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and a former state Democratic chairman. Even that, Olsen and others involved in Connecticut politics say, looks like a long shot. But no other avenue appears to be open to the 68-year-old Lieberman, who won a...
  • Running out of options, Fed prepares to jolt economy

    11/01/2010 12:31:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    The Upshot on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/10 | Zachary Roth
    Much of the media's attention is focused on Election Day. But another event Tuesday could have a far greater effect on the one overriding issue that looks likely to lead to major Republican gains. The Federal Reserve, at a meeting of policymakers Tuesday and Wednesday, is poised to take dramatic steps to jolt the economy awake. With Ben Bernanke and Company running out of conventional tools to address the slump, the moment is one of the most crucial since the downturn began nearly three years ago. The Fed has already pumped money into the economy by buying over $1.7 trillion...
  • Obama looking at all options for creating jobs

    10/18/2009 5:38:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,671+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/18/09 | Douglass K. Daniel - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is considering all options to create jobs, including another stimulus package, while trying to pull the economy out of a deep recession and deal with a record deficit, White House advisers said Sunday. ... "You've got this huge national deficit and we've got to do what we can to bring that down. At the same time, it's important to stimulate the economy," Jarrett said. "Let's wait and see. Let's let the recovery bill do its job." Unemployment stands at 9.8 percent, with more than 4 million jobs lost this year. The deficit has reached $1.4...
  • "Option" Mortgages To Explode, Officials Warn

    09/20/2009 8:16:42 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 2,272+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-17-2009 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federal government and states are girding themselves for the next foreclosure crisis in the country's housing downturn: payment option adjustable rate mortgages that are beginning to reset. "Payment option ARMs are about to explode," Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said after a Thursday meeting with members of President Barack Obama's administration to discuss ways to combat mortgage scams.
  • Investing in China With LEAPS Options

    07/31/2009 6:58:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies · 165+ views
    Learning Markets ^ | 7/30/2009 | John Jagerson
    The international stocks are significantly correlated. Stocks around the globe tend to go up and down together or at the same time. If U.S. stocks are rising then international stocks tend to follow, but they may not run at the same pace. Quite often emerging economies run ahead of U.S. stocks. This article will discuss why options may be a great way to leverage growth opportunities and diversify into fast growing emerging economies. Amongst emerging market funds, those concentrating on the "BRIC" economies are the most popular. BRIC stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Sometimes an emerging market fund...
  • Mr. Taleb Goes to Washington

    03/27/2009 6:52:20 AM PDT · by hripka · 432+ views ^ | March 26, 2009 | Marion Maneker
    Nassim Taleb is an unlikely choice to play the Jimmy Stewart role in a 21st-century remake of the Depression-era classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1]. But the tale of a naive do-gooder who tries to remind a corrupt political class of its obligations was re-enacted this week when Taleb attended the Wall Street Journal's Future of Finance conference in Washington, D.C. A French- and Arabic-speaking former options trader with a taste for obscure Greek philosophers and the ambition to be seen as a literary figure, Taleb has grown famous for his book The Black Swan [2], which has sold...
  • Introduction to Stock Options

    01/27/2009 11:30:31 AM PST · by Golddigger3 · 5 replies · 420+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 1/27/09 | Staff
    Stock options provide advanced investors with additional opportunities for potentially rewarding returns. But stock options do possess risks that require an in-depth understanding of how they work. This article provides a basic overview of stock options.
  • SEC investigating Apple's disclosures regarding CEO Steve Jobs' health issues

    01/21/2009 12:06:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 31 replies · 614+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 09:20 AM EST
    "U.S. regulators are examining Apple Inc.’s disclosures about Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs’s health problems to ensure investors weren’t misled, a person familiar with the matter said," David Scheer and Connie Guglielmo report for Bloomberg. "The Securities and Exchange Commission’s review doesn’t mean investigators have seen evidence of wrongdoing, the person said, declining to be identified because the inquiry isn’t public," Scheer and Guglielmo report. "Investors have been pressing for information on Jobs’s health since June, when he appeared noticeably thinner at an Apple event. The company’s stock whipsawed this month after Jobs, who battled pancreatic cancer in 2004, said...
  • SEC intends to temporarily ban short selling

    09/18/2008 4:46:35 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 43 replies · 140+ views
    Breaking News: SEC intends to temporarily ban short selling, but it's not clear if the commission has approved the move. Cox is briefing congressional leaders. Separately, the government is seeking congressional authority to buy distressed assets.
  • Criminal Probe of Apple Options Is Ended

    07/10/2008 3:19:57 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 205+ views
    The Wall Street Journal (excerpt, subscription) ^ | July 10, 2008 | JUSTIN SCHECK and NICK WINGFIELD
    Excerpt - The Justice Department has ended its criminal investigation of backdated stock options at Apple Inc., deciding not to bring charges against the company or several current and former executives it had been probing for two years, people familiar with the case said. ~ snip ~
  • CA: Ex-assembly speaker Núñez looks at options for his future

    05/18/2008 11:54:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 90+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/18/08 | James Sweeney
    SACRAMENTO – As Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez reflected on his unlikely rise from a San Diego barrio to one of the state's most powerful offices, he recalled poignant, painful moments of a generation ago. “I remember making friends with a kid in La Jolla – my father was a gardener there; my mother was a maid – and going over to the kid's home near the Sea Lodge. “We were playing, and right as we were going to go inside and play with his toys, his mom came out and said to me: 'You have to wait outside. You can't...
  • My lawyers are freaking out

    05/15/2008 5:06:55 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 120+ views
    The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs ^ | May 15, 2008 | Fake Steve Jobs
    Excerpt - Just got a nervous call from my lawyers who said they wanted to give me a "heads up" about a "situation" at Broadcom. See more about it here. Basically the feds are going after some Broadcom execs over some options backdating stuff. I'm like, So what? I don't work at Broadcom. They're like, Um, well, see, Broadcom did its own internal investigation and already cleared these guys, and the SEC isn't buying it apparently, and though the company itself has already settled the whole thing the SEC is still going after the executives as individuals. Now you do...
  • Conservatives weigh options on McCain

    02/07/2008 9:49:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 155 replies · 167+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/7/08 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - Conservatives are nearly resigned to seeing front-runner John McCain capture the Republican presidential nomination, but they are still debating whether to stay home in November or to try to influence his positions and choice of a running mate. The Arizona senator, who has a long history of disputes over economic and social issues with his party's right flank, is beginning to reach out to those critics now that Super Tuesday voting has given him a commanding lead in the race for delegates. "He's got nine months to give birth to a conservative support group," said Cleta Mitchell, chairman...
  • (Commodity) Markets surge after strong U.S. spending data (Soybean futures at all time high)

    12/21/2007 2:08:14 PM PST · by Free Vulcan · 28 replies · 126+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12.21.07 | Barani Krishnan
    Soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade hit their highest levels since 1973 on strong technical buying and bullish long-term fundamentals, which included concern over securing enough U.S. soybean acres for next spring. U.S. soybean acreages have fallen sharply as farmers jumped to corn amid a rally in prices of the other crop last year. In Friday's trading, CBOT soybeans for January surged as much as 17.25 cents to $11.78 a bushel. They closed at $11.77-1/2, up 16.75 cents CBOT corn for March rose as much as 10.5 cents to a 11-year high of $4.48 a bushel on indications...
  • Rx for Health Care: Pain (We need candid debate about health care but the odds are against it)

    12/06/2007 6:12:46 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 62+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6 December 2007 | Robert J. Samuelson
    ...Everyone believes in adequate health care; people should have it when needed. Politicians cater to these beliefs. But the intellectual and even moral laziness of this approach results in an invisible abdication of political responsibility. We are letting the unchecked rise in health spending determine national priorities. Consider: Health spending already totals more than $2 trillion annually, about 16 percent of national income (gross domestic product). By 2030, it could easily exceed 25 percent -- one dollar out of four -- projects the Congressional Budget Office. There's a massive transfer of income from young to old. Americans 65 and older...
  • VANITY: FReeper Military Indoc. Advice Needed

    11/02/2007 4:34:53 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 70 replies · 191+ views
    rabidralph's cousin | Nov. 2, 2007 | rabidralph
    I would like to get some advice from FReepers who have served in the military, including guard and reserve. My female cousin, who is 38, has graduated with a degree as a chiropractor. She is in the middle of her board exams but wants more practical experience treating people. One of her high school buddies is in the Army (band) and suggested joining. She told my cousin to join as a National Guard band member for a couple years, get her student loans paid off and then switch to the medical field, either as a chiropractor or go as a...
  • CEO option grants seen harmful

    10/15/2007 4:58:49 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 2 replies · 23+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | October 12, 2007 | Gina Keating
    A big package of stock options is no substitute for actual ownership when aiming to encourage chief executives to take prudent risks that provide reliable stock returns, according to a new study. CEOs whose compensation packages include a large percentage of stock options tend to make risky decisions that generate big share price losses more often than big gains, said study authors W. Gerard Sanders of Brigham Young University and Donald Hambrick of Penn State University. Proponents of stock option awards say they attract and retain talented executives, and give managers a vested interest in the company's future stock performance....
  • Obama finding new allies: Republicans

    06/19/2007 6:24:20 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 57 replies · 1,118+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 6/19/2007 | Jennifer Hunter
    There is an interesting phenomenon that has arisen over the last few months: a trend of moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama. It may seem counterintuitive, conservatives supporting a candidate who wants to tax the wealthy and embrace the conventions in the Kyoto Accord, but there is something in Obama's message about ridding politics of partisanship that is appealing to these Republicans. He doesn't carry the baggage of a Hillary Clinton. He is new; he seems authentic -- although his connection to indicted fund-raiser Tony Rezko has made some previous supporters wonder -- and he has more...
  • Freerepublic features (the run-down)

    10/15/2001 5:57:32 AM PDT · by smith288 · 121 replies · 4,467+ views
    Myself | 10-15-2001 | Smith288
    With all the new changes going on, I was thinking of all the cool thing FR does. The notify feature was sweet and I JUST found out about it. Can anyone else thing of the cool things Freerepublic has to offer (must be a member to use)? Here is my list(with URL): Upload personalized style sheet(CSS) - Notify of replies/mail - Settings for the new forum - Latest Posts (no explaination needed) - Self Search - Profile page - FreeperMail - Locations - FreeRepublic Options - Edit your profile - ...
  • Apple's Steve Jobs likely to avoid criminal charges in options probe

    04/21/2007 6:25:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies · 525+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/21/2007 | By Howard Mintz and Troy Wolverton
    Months into a federal investigation of stock options backdating at Apple, prospects for a criminal case against powerhouse CEO Steve Jobs appear dim. A Mercury News examination of a massive 2001 stock-options grant to Jobs that was backdated through bogus documentation - the central focus of the federal probe - shows there is scant evidence, if any, to support criminal charges against the Silicon Valley icon. Despite Apple's disclosure that Jobs approved widespread backdating at Apple, there is no evidence he directed the backdating of his own grant or covered it up afterward, based on a review of regulatory filings...
  • Bush Uncle Profits From Options Scheme (Barf...Not Illegal)

    02/09/2007 9:03:13 AM PST · by ChuckShick · 11 replies · 1,235+ views
    AP ^ | 2/8/07 | Marcy Gordon
    February 08, 2007 Bush Uncle Profits From Options Scheme By MARCY GORDON ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's uncle William H.T. Bush was among a group of directors of a defense contractor who reaped $6 million from what federal regulators say was an illegal five-year scheme by two company executives to manipulate the timing of stock option grants, documents show. Bush, known as "Bucky," is the youngest brother of former President George H.W. Bush. He was an outside, non-executive director of Engineered Support Systems Inc., a defense contractor whose profits were bolstered because of the Iraq war. The St....
  • Sources say (Steve) Jobs quizzed by feds (Who ordered fake documents to be created?)

    01/23/2007 8:34:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 38 replies · 753+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 1/23/07 | Jessica Guynn
    Flanked by lawyers, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs came to the San Francisco federal building last week to be questioned by staffers from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission about stock options that were backdated at the company, according to people familiar with the case. -snip- At issue in Apple's case is the granting of 7.5 million options to Jobs in 2001 that was backdated by two months. Company records were falsified to create the impression the options were approved at a board meeting that never occurred, Apple has confirmed. -snip- An Apple attorney, Wendy Howell, whom...
  • Apple Quietly Canned Lawyer Who Backdated

    01/05/2007 9:44:23 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 36 replies · 1,341+ views
    The Recorder - ^ | 01/08/2006 | Justin Scheck
    Steve Jobs is an ideas guy. He wears jeans, grows beards and orates to cheering throngs at events like this week's MacWorld conference. Jobs' biographers say evidence indicates that he's a pescetarian. He went to India. He takes only $1 a year in salary. And he leaves it up to other people to award him hugely valuable piles of stock in Apple Computer, where he's the CEO. People like Wendy Howell, the former in-house Apple lawyer responsible for option paperwork, probably won't be attending Jobs' eagerly awaited MacWorld speech Tuesday. Late last year, she became the lone person to lose...
  • Is Steve Jobs Untouchable?

    01/04/2007 8:06:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 38 replies · 1,119+ views
    BusinessWeek Online ^ | 01/04/2007 | by Peter Burrows
    An internal inquiry gives him a pass in Apple's backdating scandal—but raises questions about whether he's getting special treatment In Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs is admired for many things: his storybook resuscitation of Apple Computer (AAPL), his billion-dollar-plus fortune, his rock star status as the driving force behind iconic products such as the iPod. Near the top of the list is Jobs’s famed ability to spin what admiring techies refer to as a "reality distortion field" to win consumers over to the Apple view of the world. But will it work with government regulators? As Jobs prepares to wow the...
  • Apple Faces Suit Over IPod-ITunes Link

    12/29/2006 7:00:57 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 70 replies · 1,258+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 29 December 2006 | Betsy Schiffman
    In Regulatory Filing, Apple Discloses Lawsuits Over IPod-ITunes Link, Laptop Failure NEW YORK (AP) -- As if its options woes weren't trouble enough, Apple Computer Inc. said Friday it is facing several federal lawsuits, including one alleging the company created an illegal monopoly by tying iTunes music and video sales to its market-leading iPod portable players. The case, filed July 21, is over Apple's use of a copy-protection system that generally prevents iTunes music and video from playing on rival players. Likewise, songs purchased elsewhere aren't easily playable on iPods. The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages and other relief. The...
  • Apple Options Rumors: Getting to the Core of the Matter!

    12/29/2006 12:34:37 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies · 470+ views
    As we mentioned in yesterday’s wrap-up, we had a heck of a good time buying Apple while everyone else was selling and selling Apple while everyone else was buying over at the member’s site. Today we are either being handed a huge gift by AAPL or we are on the road to doom but I am very likely to take out our callers this morning back near yesterday’s lows as we will have this matter resolved tomorrow and we may get a chance to sell them all over again before the day is up. If not, perhaps we will just...
  • Bush rejects most dramatic Iraq options

    12/16/2006 2:29:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 650+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/06 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush has taken the most dramatic options off the table as he tries to change direction in Iraq, leaving him with a list of modest military and diplomatic moves to announce in the new year. Bush probably will ignore the boldest suggestions from a bipartisan commission that studied U.S. options in Iraq, adopting some of the group's lesser prescriptions alongside those drafted by his civilian and military advisers. The White House National Security Council has compiled recommendations from several agencies as the administration's internal reassessment of Iraq policy nears an end. Bush plans to address the nation...
  • Google to Offer Variation on Stock Options [A Silicon Valley First]

    12/12/2006 6:29:23 PM PST · by jdm · 266+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 13, 2006 Edition of NY Times | MIGUEL HELFT and FLOYD NORRIS
    In a move that will enable its employees to earn more money from stock options — and perhaps motivate them to settle for fewer of them in pay packages as a result — Google said yesterday that it would create a system allowing options to be sold as well as exercised. Under the program, Google will grant employees a new type of option, called a transferable stock option. The company will work with Morgan Stanley to set up a market that will enable financial institutions and other investors to bid for those options. Experts briefed on the plan were divided...
  • Iraq Strategy Review Focusing on Three Main Options

    12/09/2006 6:23:17 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 19 replies · 500+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9 December 2006 | Robin Wright and Peter Baker
    As pressure mounts for a change of course in Iraq, the Bush administration is groping for a viable new strategy for the president to unveil by Christmas, with deliberations now focused on three main options to redefine the U.S. military and political engagement, according to officials familiar with the debate. The major alternatives include a short-term surge of 15,000 to 30,000 additional U.S. troops to secure Baghdad and accelerate the training of Iraqi forces. Another strategy would redirect the U.S. military away from the internal strife to focus mainly on hunting terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda. And the third would concentrate...
  • What is anyone's experience with real estate options?

    12/07/2006 7:38:51 PM PST · by rudy45 · 14 replies · 235+ views
    What are the advantages/disadvantages/risks compared with "traditional" real estate investing (i.e. owning a multiunit building and collecting rent)? What books/research would you recommend? Thanks.
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 10-07-06

    10/07/2006 11:14:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 324+ views ^ | 10-07-06 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryOctober 7, 2006 President's Radio Address       Audio      In Focus: Education      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. In recent days, we have seen shocking acts of violence in schools across our Nation. Laura and I are praying for the victims and their families, and we extend our sympathies to them and to the communities that have been devastated by these attacks. I have asked Secretary of Education Spellings and Attorney General Gonzales to host a conference on school safety this Tuesday. We will bring together teachers, parents, students, administrators, law enforcement officials, and other experts...
  • Cablevision GaveBack dated Grant [of Options] To Dead Official

    09/22/2006 4:59:21 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 3 replies · 195+ views
    Cablevision Systems Corp. awarded options to a vice chairman after his 1999 death but backdated them, making it appear the grant was awarded when he still was alive, according to a company filing and people familiar with the matter. The country's fifth-largest cable operator in terms of subscribers also improperly awarded a compensation consultant options but accounted for them as if he were an employee, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, citing the results of a six-week investigation by an outside law firm. The findings of the probe were released yesterday as the Bethpage, N.Y., company restated its...
  • Cablevision backdates stock options to dead vice chairman: WSJ

    09/21/2006 8:12:14 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 412+ views
    Dow Jones MarketWatch (excerpt) ^ | September 21, 2006 | Ana Campoy
    Excerpt - SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Cablevision Systems Corp. awarded options to Vice Chairman Marc Lustgarten after his death in 1999, but backdated them to a date when he was still alive, according to a Thursday evening media report. ~ snip ~
  • Cox: SEC investigating over 100 firms for backdating

    09/07/2006 12:46:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 637+ views
    EE Times | 09/07/2006 | Dylan McGrath
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Christopher Cox told a Senate panel his agency is currently investigating more than 100 companies for possible fraudulent reporting of stock option grants. The total is 25 percent more than the the agency said it was probing a month ago. "The companies are located throughout the country, and include Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller [companies]," Cox told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday. "They span multiple industry sectors." Cox told reporters in San Francisco on July 20 when he announce the indictment of former Brocade Communications Systems Inc. executives in connection...
  • Armed Forces Voters Week Focuses on Electronic Options

    09/06/2006 6:36:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 285+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- The Defense Department is focusing efforts to ensure servicemembers stationed overseas and in the United States know their options for voting in the 2006 congressional and local elections. Sept. 3-9 is Armed Forces Voters Week. Officials caution that this is the last safe week to submit a Federal Post Card Application, or request voter registration forms and absentee ballots that meet most state deadlines. The Defense Department is responsible for ensuring the right to vote for military members and their families, and also for U.S. citizens living overseas. It accomplishes this through the Federal Voting...
  • Is it a witchhunt? (Stock option scandal)

    08/27/2006 7:40:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 678+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sun, Aug. 27 | Scott Duke Harris
    So is it a ``witch hunt,'' or isn't it? Dan Warmenhoven, chief executive of Network Appliance, says that's exactly what it is. Software entrepreneur Bill Coleman, founder of both BEA Systems and Cassatt, says that rhetoric ``is way overblown.'' So goes a sharp debate among Silicon Valley executives over the ongoing federal investigation into stock options irregularities at 26 Silicon Valley companies, among at least 80 nationwide. Warmenhoven is the rare valley CEO who publicly and provocatively insists the options imbroglio is much ado about not much. ``Who exactly was the injured party and how were they injured? This is...
  • Web Site to Outline Voting Options for Troops Overseas

    08/25/2006 5:53:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 286+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    Web Site to Outline Voting Options for Troops OverseasBy Sgt. Sara Wood, USAAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2006 – A new Web site being developed by the Defense Department will provide information on electronic voting options for servicemembers and other U.S. citizens living overseas. The Integrated Voting Alternative Site, which is scheduled to be accessible Sept. 1, will include information from all 55 states and territories on the various electronic ballot request and delivery alternatives available to U.S. citizens living overseas covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, said Scott Wiedmann, deputy director of...
  • Does Al Gore have an options problem?

    08/24/2006 10:29:18 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 704+ views
    BusinessWeek (excerpt) ^ | August 24, 2006
    Excerpt - Everyone knows the former Veep is on Apple's board, but he's also on the board's compensation committee. That raises the odds that he could land on the hot-seat if it turns out that Apple's stock options "irregularities" are of the sort that lead to civil or even criminal charges. In fact, former members of the comp committee at Mercury Interactive were notified by the SEC in June that they're likely to face civil charges. With that instance in mind, one SEC expert who requested anonymity says: “If there’s a problem at Apple, Gore's globe is going to be...
  • Prosecutor Forms Task Force To Probe Stock-Option Grants

    07/14/2006 5:42:22 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 203+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 14, 2006 | JOHN HECHINGER
    The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California launched a task force focused on stock-options backdating by companies, ratcheting up the government's probes of possible manipulation of a form of executive pay... Federal prosecutors around the country and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating more than 50 companies because executives received options grants at low prices just before steep jumps in company share prices. Investigators suspect companies may have backdated, or otherwise changed, the timing of options to make them more lucrative. An option gives its holder the right to buy shares at an exercise price -- typically...
  • Barnes & Noble To Review Grants Of Stock Options

    07/13/2006 5:26:12 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 2 replies · 187+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 13, 2006 | JOHN HECHINGER and REBECCA BUCKMAN
    Barnes & Noble Inc. said its board's audit committee will conduct a review of the company's stock-option practices after a shareholder filed a lawsuit alleging that the New York-based bookseller improperly backdated dozens of options grants to executives. Federal authorities are investigating the options practices of more than 50 companies to determine whether they backdated or otherwise manipulated grant dates to make them more lucrative. Stock options give employees the right to buy shares in the future at current prices, so retroactively giving executives lower-priced options can translate into significant additional pay for executives. Barnes & Noble said there was...
  • Apple's Jobs Caught Up In US Options Scandal

    06/30/2006 4:25:35 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 781+ views
    Apple's Jobs caught up in US options scandal (Filed: 30/06/2006) Apple Computer has launched an internal investigation after admitting it may have manipulated stock-option grants to benefit executives, including chief executive Steve Jobs. The admission wraps Apple into the unfolding business scandal that is spreading to some of America's best-known companies. At least 60 have now disclosed possible stock option irregularities. Tainted: Steve Jobs may have been awarded a manipulated grant Investigators are trying to determine whether companies inflated the value of stock options awarded to senior executives by backdating or timing the grants to coincide with days when the...
  • California's Limited Energy Supply Options Highlight U.S. Oil Import Dependence

    06/22/2006 12:19:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 354+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/22/06 | Tarek El-Tablawy
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Just two Arab countries have supplied almost 50 percent of California's imported oil over the past five years, a dependence that leaves the state more vulnerable than the rest of the country to disruptions in the world oil markets. The finding, based on an analysis of state and federal crude oil import statistics, underscores the challenges confronting both California -- the biggest gas-consuming state in the U.S. -- and the country as a whole as lawmakers grapple with consumer outrage over high prices at the pump and a U.S. deficit that has widened on the back...