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  • Fox Panel on Impeachment Erupts into Charges of Racism and Lawlessness

    08/03/2014 11:16:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    mediaite ^ | 8/3/14 | Evan McMurry
    A Fox News Sunday panel that began skeptically of the GOP chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama erupted with charges of racism and lawlessness, as Fox contributor Juan Williams and Heritage Action leader Michael Needham went at it over the motivations behind the calls for impeachment. Both National Journal editor Ron Fournier and Williams called out Needham for calling Obama “lawless.” “You listen to Michael and you understand why lots of Republicans think [Obama's] a demon,” Williams said. “Lots of people in the minority community see it as an attack against the first black President. They think it’s unfair, and...
  • House panel to investigate deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl

    06/09/2014 8:22:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    cbs ^ | 6/9/14
    WASHINGTON - The House Armed Services Committee will investigate the Obama administration's swap of an American prisoner held for five years for five Taliban leaders that caused a political firestorm over the lack of congressional notification and fears the high-level Taliban could return to the Afghanistan battlefield. "We ought to look at the price," Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the panel, told reporters after administration officials held a tense 90-minute, closed-door briefing for House Democrats and Republicans. Officials from the White House, State and Defense departments and the intelligence community defended the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who...
  • Democrats on Benghazi panel see role as defensive (election problem)

    06/02/2014 3:58:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/01/14 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The five Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi are being counted on to defend the Obama administration's record as November's elections creep closer. All five voted against the special investigation and most have described it as a political stunt and waste of time. Each now says it's important to participate in the GOP-led probe of how a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed at a U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and how the administration responded. They say that without their presence, Republican accusations against President Barack Obama, his...
  • The List: The V.A. Death Panel

    05/22/2014 10:38:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 5/22/14 | Nachum
    The V.A. Death Panel 5/22/2014Miami VA Whistleblower Exposes Drug Dealing, Theft, AbuseNBC News: Albuquerque VA assigning veterans to doctors who NO LONGER WORK THEREAnother Dem Calls Obama Out on His Lackluster Response to VA ScandalAmerican Legion: We Have Totally Lost Confidence in ShinsekiVeterans groups blast Obama’s remarks on VA scandal: ‘Tremendous disappointment’ Shinseki Rescinds Bonus to Phoenix VA Director5/21/2014Obama transition team was told about 3 audits showing VA misreported wait timesVA Hospital Director Where 40 Died Received Bonus Last Month- VA claims bonus was result of 'administrative error' Dem Slams Obama’s Response to VA ScandalObama: 'I Know People Are Angry'Obama: 'We All...
  • Benghazi panel will have 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats

    05/06/2014 6:54:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/6/14 | CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh
    (CNN) – House Republicans have decided the select committee to investigate the Benghazi terror attack will include seven Republicans and five Democrats, according to two senior House GOP leadership aides. The House is expected to vote on the legislation establishing the panel later this week. Earlier Tuesday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded it be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. Now that the committee's structure has been decided, it's unclear whether Democrats will participate.
  • Pelosi demands equal split on Benghazi select panel

    05/06/2014 9:26:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 0506/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Good luck with that. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faces pressure from all sides in regard to the newly-launched select committee to investigate Benghazi. Participating would legitimize the results, while boycotting it might open up Democrats to attacks on their concern for diplomatic personnel abroad, four of whom were killed in the attack on September 11, 2012, and leave administration officials no way to set the narrative through the friendly questioning of Democrats on the panel during public hearings. Pelosi hedged in the direction of participation by demanding an equal number of seats on the committee: House Minority Leader Nancy...
  • Beckel blows a gasket on ‘The Five’ over Obamacare death panels

    11/27/2013 6:29:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | November 27, 2013 | Joe Saunders
    A prominent liberal columnist’s admission that the “death panels” Sarah Palin warned about really are and always have been a part of Obamacare caused a blowup Tuesday on Fox’s “The Five,” when host Eric Bolling said “liberal royalty” owes Palin an apology. Bolling was referring to a statement by Time magazine columnist and passionate Obama fan Mark Halperin, who told Newsmax TV on Monday that health-care rationing was an inseparable part of Obamacare’s takeover of the U.S. health system. Halperin himself didn’t use the term “death panels,” but the point was clear enough from the clip. It wasn’t clear enough...
  • Sarah Palin knew a death panel when she saw one

    11/06/2013 12:18:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Charles Hurt
    Mama Grizzly warned us this would happen. Under Obamacare, the sick and weak and old would stand before death panels of bureaucrats to be granted life or death. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was laughed out of town for making four years ago what we now know is a prescient prediction. Perhaps she is one of the few who actually read the health care bill before it passed. “And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course,” she wrote on her Facebook page in 2009. “The America I know and
  • Hannity -Vanity

    09/07/2013 10:09:38 AM PDT · by Baynative · 65 replies
    Reflections on TV Panel | 9/7/13 | Me alone
    I'm curious to know if anyone saw the Hannity panel with college students last night and what you thought of it.
  • Great news: Surveillance review panel stacked with intel leaders and WH staffers

    08/22/2013 6:28:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/22/13 | Ed Morrissey
    Don’t you feel more confident in our NSA overlords already? ABC and the Washington Post finds a number of familiar names on the panel created by Barack Obama to review the surveillance activities of the NSA and American intelligence in general. In fact, you could call them the usual suspects: A group of veteran security experts and former White House officials has been selected to conduct a full review of U.S. surveillance programs and other secret government efforts disclosed over recent months, ABC News has learned. The recent acting head of the CIA, Michael Morell, will be among what President...
  • Obama upends intel panel

    08/15/2013 4:39:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/13 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The White House dismissed the bulk of President Barack Obama’s premier panel of outside intelligence advisers earlier this year, leaving the blue-ribbon commission largely vacant as the public furor built over the National Security Agency’s widespread tracking of Americans’ telephone calls. The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board stood 14 members strong through 2012, but the White House website was recently updated to show the panel’s roster shrinking to just four people. In the past four years, the high-powered group has waded into the implications of WikiLeaks for intelligence sharing, and urged retooling of America’s spy agencies as the United States withdraws...
  • Senate Panel OKs Samantha Power as UN Ambassador

    07/23/2013 2:24:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/23/13 | Rueters
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, clearing the way for a vote in the full 100-member Senate. All but three of the panel's 18 members voted in favor of Power, who was expected to win confirmation easily by the full Senate. Venezuela said last week it was ending efforts to improve ties with the United States after Power vowed during her confirmation hearing to oppose what she called a crackdown on civil society in the "repressive" OPEC nation. In an echo of the many...
  • Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel … in private

    06/21/2013 3:37:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/21/13 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama’s Friday meeting with a newly reformed privacy watchdog panel will take place behind the closed doors of the White House Situation Room, according to administration officials. It’s the president’s first sit-down with the recently constituted and little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created nearly a decade ago but dormant for the entirety of the Obama presidency. The White House released few details on the meeting agenda other than to say it will be held at 3 p.m. and will include the discussion of classified information such as the National Security Agency’s data and telephone record collection efforts,...
  • Panel: Muhammad Al-Dura May be Alive

    05/19/2013 3:42:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/13 | David Lev
    The government investigative committee that was set up to determine the truth of allegations that IDF soldiers killed 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura during the "Second Intifada" have determined that not only were the allegations – and a report by French television purporting to show IDF soldiers shooting and killing the boy – a lie, but that the al-Dura may not even be dead. ..... ....The fact that he was still alive at the end of the French television video, after the gunfire had stopped, could mean that the boy is alive even now. “Since this issue was first raised there have...
  • House panel tries to get Benghazi witnesses to discuss Benghazi without retaliation (Issa letters)

    04/29/2013 7:48:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 4/29/13 | Greta Van Suteren
    See report below from my FNC colleague Chad Pergram: Fox has obtained three letters, sent to the top legal counsels at the CIA, Pentagon and State Department, about getting clearance to interview witnesses from those agencies/departments about Benghazi. These are from the House Oversight Committee. I am told there are whistleblowers who are willing to talk to Congressional investigators but are worried about getting clearances, et al. Links to letters are below…full text of one letter is below (letters are the same). In the letters, the House Oversight Committee asks for a pledge that those departments/agencies will not “take any...
  • Holder gets stormy reception from House panel

    04/18/2013 6:59:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/18/13 | Josh Gerstein
    The fact there is no love lost between Attorney General Eric Holder and House Republicans was on clear display again Thursday afternoon at a stormy House appropriations panel hearing which culminated with the subcommittee´s chairman declaring he´d given up on Holder and his stewardship of the Justice Department. "Forget it. Forget it. Forget it. Forget it. Forget it," an exasperated Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) declared after Holder refused to commit to a deadline to answer 91 questions Wolf had prepared. The lawmaker, who heads the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, said he planned to forego
  • Obama creates panel to recommend state election law changes

    03/28/2013 6:54:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/13 | Neil Munro
    The White House announced Thursday the formation of a nine-seat Presidential Commission on Election Administration tasked with recommending changes to states’ election laws by the end of September. “The Commission shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles,” said Obama’s executive order, issued March 28. State elections are conducted by states, usually under state laws. However, the federal Congress has the constitutional authority to “any...
  • Megyn Kelly & Panel Slam ‘Hypocritical’ Joan Walsh For Attacking Bush Daughters Back In 2001

    03/27/2013 11:03:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/27/13 | Fox
    On Fox News this afternoon, Megyn Kelly and her panel took on the media controversy over Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh decrying the media’s lack of respect for the Obama daughters while having written, in the past, about the Bush daughters being possible alcoholics. After a Breitbart.com writer revealed the location of the Sasha and Malia Obama‘s vacation stay in the Bahamas, Walsh took to her site to slam the right-wing site as “racist” for its reporting; she also called for more “decency” towards the First Daughters when reporting on their private affairs. Our own columnist A.J. Delgado, however, pointed out...
  • After Mike Bloomberg´s rule for hospitals, FDA panel votes to restrict use of painkillers

    01/25/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Joel Gehrke ^ | 1/25/13 | Washington Examiner
    Federal Drug Administration advisers voted today to restrict access to certain kinds of prescription drugs in an effort to fight drug abuse. The vote had experts divided over the risk of drug abuse as weighed against the risk of increased pain or difficulty for patients on the medication. “It will have an impact on a lot of patients who have been receiving them for some time for legitimate purposes,” Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said per Health Day News ahead of the vote. The FDA rule change is designed to implement
  • Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board (Hussein's death panel) on the table

    12/15/2012 7:19:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board on the tableBy Elise Viebeck - 12/15/12 10:05 AM ET The healthcare law's controversial Medicare board should be on the table in deficit-reduction talks, House Democrats said this week. Killing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which Sarah Palin decried as a "death panel" in June, could ease Republican concessions as part of a year-end deficit deal, Dems said. "I think everything has to be on the table," said Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), one of healthcare reform's most consistent Democratic opponents. "Anything that could help along the way to get some agreement," said Rep. David...
  • Netroots Nation Panel Gives Women Having Abortions Standing Ovation

    06/11/2012 10:11:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/11/12 | Steven Ertelt
    A panel at the recent Netroots Nation event, a gathering of liberal and pro-abortion bloggers and activists, is getting not-so-flattering attention for giving a standing ovation to women who had abortions. The panel reportedly focused on the bogus “War on Women” allegations — where conservatives and pro-life advocates are accused of opposing women’s rights because they stand up for de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business or conscience rights for religious groups — and it featured Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Melissa Clouthier, a conservative blogger, attended the panel and reported on how one member urged attendees to applaud women...
  • How ‘death panels’ can prolong life in U.S. (Actual Headline Originally From Bloomberg News)

    06/04/2012 2:27:25 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 3 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | June 4, 2012 | Staff
    Average life expectancy is one of two statistics commonly used to compare the health-care systems of different nations. (The other is infant mortality.) One of the puzzles about the U.S. system is that we spend far and away the most money per capita for health care, but we rank 50th in average life expectancy ― after Macau, Malta, and Turks and Caicos, among others. We are all familiar with statistics about how much of health-care spending takes place in the last year of life, and with stories about old people who are tortured with costly treatments they don’t want and...
  • Pressure is on Senate after (bipartisan) House kills healthcare law's ‘rationing board’

    03/02/2012 2:19:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/29/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Pressure is on Senate after House kills healthcare law's ‘rationing board’By Julian Pecquet - 02/29/12 08:35 PM ET The Senate is under increasing pressure to bring up legislation repealing a key part of President Obama’s healthcare law. A House subpanel on Wednesday easily approved a measure to repeal a Medicare cost-cutting panel derided by Republicans as a “rationing board.” Two Democrats — including the panel’s ranking member — crossed the aisle and joined Republicans in voting to nix the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The lopsided 17-5 vote underscored the bipartisan support for repealing the board, which Obama has made...
  • Jobs Panel Member Whose Solar Firm Won Loan Guarantees Raises 'Conflict of Interest' Concerns

    11/01/2011 10:16:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/1/11 | By Judson Berger
    A clean-energy firm led by a member of President Obama's jobs council has a stake in projects that have reaped nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees from Washington, a case that has raised conflict-of-interest concerns as the same jobs council pushes for more "government-backed" investment in renewable energy. The company, NextEra Energy, secured a loan guarantee in August for a solar project in California. An affiliate has taken over another California project that won a separate guarantee in September. The firm is no lightweight -- NextEra Energy Resources, the subsidiary working on both solar projects, is the biggest producer of...
  • Deficit super panel is not yet at square one

    10/12/2011 10:24:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/12/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Deficit super panel is not yet at square oneBy Alexander Bolton - 10/12/11 05:20 AM ET The congressional supercommittee, tasked with reducing trillions of dollars from the nation’s record debt, can’t agree on how to count. Negotiations within the 12-member panel have been slowed down by an intense debate over the basic question of how to count the savings from any potential deficit-reduction deal. With only weeks left before the bipartisan panel hits the congressionally mandated deadline for reporting its recommendations, lawmakers have yet to resolve the thorny question of what kind of baseline to use to score a deal,...
  • Graphene shows unusual thermoelectric response to light

    10/07/2011 11:42:34 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    MIT ^ | 10/7/11 | David L. Chandler
    Finding could lead to new photodetectors or energy-harvesting devices.Graphene, an exotic form of carbon consisting of sheets a single atom thick, exhibits a novel reaction to light, MIT researchers have found: Sparked by light’s energy, the material can produce electric current in unusual ways. The finding could lead to improvements in photodetectors and night-vision systems, and possibly to a new approach to generating electricity from sunlight. This current-generating effect had been observed before, but researchers had incorrectly assumed it was due to a photovoltaic effect, says Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, an assistant professor of physics at MIT and senior author of a...
  • White House Won’t Comment on Reuters Story About Secret Panel That Can Put Americans on ‘Kill

    10/06/2011 5:25:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/6/11 | Jake Tapper
    Reuters’ Mark Hosenball today reported http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/us-cia-killlist-idUSTRE79475C20111005 that: “American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.”
  • China solar panel factory shut after protests

    09/19/2011 5:49:50 PM PDT · by lwd · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 September 2011 Last updated at 06:14 ET | BBC
    A solar panel factory in eastern China has been shut down after protests by local residents over pollution fears. Some 500 villagers staged a three-day protest following the death of large numbers of fish in a local river. Some demonstrators broke into the plant in Zhejiang province, destroying offices and overturning company cars before being dispersed by riot police. Tests on water samples showed high levels of fluoride, which can be toxic in high doses, officials said. The BBC's Juliana Liu in Shanghai says the Chinese villagers see the plant's closure as a victory. They accuse Jinko Solar, a Chinese...
  • Panel to Revise Alabama Constitution Organizes (Brewer goes after banking and corporations)

    09/02/2011 10:46:21 PM PDT · by Libloather
    WTVY ^ | 9/01/11
    Panel to Revise Alabama Constitution OrganizesReporter: AP Posted: 5:30 AM Sep 1, 2011 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Former Gov. Albert Brewer is serving as chairman of a new commission suggesting revisions to some articles of Alabama's Constitution. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh got the Legislature to create the Constitutional Revision Commission, which held its first meeting Wednesday in Montgomery. In addition to choosing Brewer as chairman, commission members picked Republican state Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood to be vice chairman. The commission will meet again Sept. 21 in Montgomery to consider changes to the article in the Constitution dealing...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton may skip riot panel after Jewish groups protest

    08/18/2011 9:03:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8/18/11 | BY Simone Weichselbaum DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    The Rev. Al Sharpton may skip a panel discussion in the Hamptons on the 1991 Crown Heights riots after Jewish leaders blasted the organizer for inviting him. "I may or may not go. I refuse to play into their extremism," Sharpton said last night. "If it is not an event that will heal, it is not an event that I will partake in." Controversial rabbi-to-the stars Marc Schneier planned the Sunday confab to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the violence in Brooklyn between blacks and Hasidic Jews. Schneier defended his decision to invite Sharpton, saying the event will focus...
  • Debt Ceiling ~ All Star Panel (Panel Plus Included)

    07/17/2011 11:04:43 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 7 replies
    FaceBook - & RPT on FaceBook ^ | 7-17-2011 | Sean Giordano
    Video Description: Fox News Sunday's 2nd segment of their "All-Star Panel" -- they talked about the debt ceiling/tax cuts issues. Liz Cheney goes after John Podesta and Juan Williams (I love that gal!). I include the "Panel Plus" portion as well (panel plus is the conversation online after the show).
  • McConnell: Panel to devise new debt plan (Didn't the rookie Hussein already have one of these?)

    07/15/2011 7:50:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/15/11
    McConnell: Panel to devise new debt planPublished: July 15, 2011 at 4:30 AM WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- A new bipartisan debt-reduction panel will be told to devise a plan by year-end to stabilize the national debt, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The committee of 12 lawmakers from both houses will be charged with drafting a long-term sovereign-debt plan whose recommendations will be fast-tracked to House and Senate votes without amendment, McConnell, R-Ky., told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt Thursday. The committee will also identify savings in Social Security and Medicare and other entitlement programs to reduce the...
  • House panel plans hearing on US intervention in Libya

    03/23/2011 10:39:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/23/11 | Russell Berman
    House panel plans hearing on US intervention in LibyaBy Russell Berman - 03/23/11 11:51 AM ET The House Foreign Affairs Committee is planning a hearing next week on the U.S. intervention in Libya, the first formal congressional inquiry into the five-day-old military campaign. A senior committee aide told The Hill on Wednesday that Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) was eyeing a hearing when Congress returns from recess. The hearing “is still in the planning stages,” the aide said. The inquiry comes amid complaints from lawmakers in both parties about the extent of consultation by the Obama administration with Congress about a...
  • Tenn. panel votes to bust state teachers' unions

    02/17/2011 12:48:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 2/17/11 | David Freddoso
    We're seeing more and more of this: NASHVILLE — The Senate Education Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to abolish collective bargaining between teachers unions and school boards across the state.The vote was 6-3, with all Republicans on the panel voting for the bill and all Democrats against.Sponsor Sen. Jack Johnson said passage of the bill — SB113 — will remove "an albatross from around the neck of our school boards across the state" and remove a roadblock to education reform. Labor unions are part of the free market. But their historical rationale is to protect workers from exploitation by...
  • Oversight panel starts probe into FOIA screening at Homeland Security

    01/17/2011 8:11:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    hot air ^ | 1/17/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have started to make good on their promises to conduct stringent oversight of the Obama administration right from the start. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has requested information from the Department of Homeland Security over a reported practice of investigating the politics of those seeking government records through Freedom of Information Act requests: A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of InformationAct requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press. The...
  • House panel wants Homeland Security documents

    01/16/2011 2:32:54 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 13 replies
    news.yahoo.com/AP ^ | 01/16/11 18 mins ago | ALAN FRAM
    Associated Press – 18 mins ago WASHINGTON – A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests before the records were released, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press. The letter to Homeland Security was sent late Friday by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It represents an early move by House Republicans who have vowed to launch numerous probes of President Barack Obama's administration, ranging from its implementation of the...
  • Panel challenges Gulf seafood safety all-clear

    12/28/2010 12:38:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 3+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/28/10 | Kari Huus
    A New Orleans law firm is challenging government assurances that Gulf Coast seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the BP oil spill, saying it poses “a significant danger to public health.” It’s a high-stakes tug-of-war that will almost certainly end up in the courts, with two armies of scientists arguing over technical findings that could have real-world impact for seafood consumers and producers. Citing what the law firm calls a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis, toxicologists, chemists and marine biologists retained by the firm of environmental attorney Stuart Smith contend that the government seafood testing program, which has focused...
  • [Nat Hentoff] Real death panels coming our way

    11/24/2010 8:54:44 AM PST · by rhema · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/24/10 | Nat Hentoff
    Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner in economics and an influential New York Times columnist, also has a blog, "The Conscience of a Liberal." On ABC's "This Week" (Nov. 14), during a discussion on balancing the federal budget against alarming deficits, he proclaimed the way to solve this problem is through deeply cost-effective health-care rationing. "Some years down the pike," he said, "we're going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes." That would mean the U.S. Debt Reduction Commission "should have endorsed the panel that was part of the (Obama)...
  • In Canada You May Die Waiting For Care, But Enjoy This Web Site

    11/18/2010 12:56:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/18/10 | David Hogberg
    The Commonwealth Fund has another one of its surveys showing how health care in the U.S. is so much worse when compared with so many other nations. A debate on what health care system is best is well worth having. But it’s hard to take such a debate seriously when the senior vice president for the Commonwealth Fund, Cathy Schoen, makes remarks like this: The U.S. is the only country in the study where having health insurance doesn’t guarantee you access to health care or financial protection when you’re sick. This is avoidable — other countries have designed their insurance...
  • Deficit panel's liberals offer plan

    11/18/2010 5:55:30 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 11-17-10 | david lightman
    WASHINGTON — Liberals made clear Tuesday what they want from the bipartisan deficit commission — more help for the poor and middle class, and bigger corporate tax increases. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., one of 18 members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that is to report its recommendations on Dec. 1, offered a detailed plan aimed at cutting $427.7 billion from the federal budget deficit by 2015. The blueprint amounts to a liberal's manifesto. It frames one path that President Barack Obama must weigh to tackle deficits. Will he team with the panel's centrists and perhaps some...
  • Krugman: Death Panels, VAT Will Fix Debt Crisis

    11/14/2010 7:42:02 PM PST · by nmh
    Newsmax ^ | 11/14/10 | Staff
    Krugman made his comments on ABC's “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” ... ... "Some years down the pike, we're going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It's going to be that we're actually going to take Medicare under control, and we're going to have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT. But it's not going to happen now." ... "If they [the Debt Commission] were going to do reality therapy, they should have said, ‘OK, look, Medicare is going to have to decide what it's going...
  • Debt Panel Floats Public Option for Health Care

    11/11/2010 9:39:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 2+ views
    WDJ ^ | 11/11/10 | Janet Adamy
    It’s baaack. Creating a public health insurance option — perhaps the most contentious idea of last year’s health overhaul debate — is among the possible solutions for reducing federal spending outlined in today’s debt commission report. The draft by the co-chairmen of the White House-sponsored National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform calls for, among other things, increasing cost sharing for enrollees of Medicare and Medicaid, lowering payments to health-care providers that participate in Medicare and cutting payments to lawyers as part of an effort to curb medical malpractice lawsuits. The plan sets a long-term goal of containing the growth...
  • US Senate panel approves nuclear treaty with Russia

    09/16/2010 3:36:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/16/10 | Staff
    A treaty between Russia and the United States which would cut by a third the number of nuclear warheads each country can hold has been passed by an influential committee of the US Senate. The Senate foreign relations committee adopted the treaty by a vote of 14-4. US President Barack Obama has made ratification of the Start treaty one of his foreign policy priorities. The treaty is likely to face stiff opposition from Republicans when it goes to a vote in the full Senate.
  • Senate panel to hold hearing on Gates's decision to close Joint Forces Command

    08/24/2010 5:16:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Hill [Washington, DC] ^ | 8/24/10 | Roxana Tiron
    The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s proposal to close the Joint Forces Command based in Virginia. (Snip) Webb and several members of the Virginia-delegation are fighting Gates’s decision to close Joint Forces Command based in Norfolk, Va., which is a part of the secretary’s effort to save billions of dollars within the Pentagon’s budget. Webb, who chairs the committee’s subcommittee on military personnel matters, called on the Pentagon and White House to suspend any actions related to the sweeping savings initiative until Congress had “ample opportunity to review the full scope of
  • Amanpour’s Panel Hails Obama’s ‘Courage,’ ‘Leadership’ and ‘Great Global Message’ on Mosque

    08/15/2010 3:20:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/15/10 | Brent Baker
    President Barack Obama’s endorsement Friday night of building a mosque near Ground Zero has driven the establishment press corps to find nobility in pursuing conviction even in the face of public opposition, not something MSM journalists admired about the previous President, while suddenly becoming very concerned about protecting private property rights – all while hailing Obama’s “great global message.” “I thought the speech Friday night was a model of political courage, in the sense that he said what he believed knowing that it was going to cost him,”
  • BREAKING NEWS? US deficit panel eyes reining in tax breaks (that will COST a cool trillion)

    07/28/2010 8:45:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Business Spectator ^ | 7/29/10 | Donna Smith
    US deficit panel eyes reining in tax breaksBy Donna Smith of Reuters Last update 8:30 AM, 29 Jul 2010 WASHINGTON - A US presidential commission charged with cutting the budget deficit has discussed the politically charged issue of scrapping or changing tax breaks that cost about $US1 trillion a year. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad suggested ending some of the tax breaks as part of a broader effort to streamline the US tax code to make the economy more competitive globally and generate revenues without raising tax rates. "We have a tax system that really does not fit the...
  • Civil Rights Panel to Renew Subpoenas, Pursue Federal Probe in Black Panther Case

    07/07/2010 9:40:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 1+ views
    fox news ^ | 7/7/10 | staff
    The bipartisan panel investigating allegations that the Justice Department wrongly abandoned a case against the New Black Panther Party plans to issue a new round of subpoenas and call for a separate federal probe following explosive testimony from an ex-Justice official, a commissioner said. As the case heats up, members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights may even travel to South Carolina to track down one witness.
  • Senate panel scrutinizes for-profit colleges

    06/24/2010 2:43:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/24/10 | ERIC GORSKI
    Democratic senators sharply questioned Thursday whether for-profit colleges reaping huge amounts of federal aid dollars are delivering on promises to students and taxpayers. The fast-growing for-profit college industry has faced increased scrutiny in recent months and is fighting greater government regulation, which it says will cut off access to education at the worst possible time. The first in a series of congressional hearings on for-profit colleges raised more questions than it provided answers about possible steps Congress or the Education Department might take.
  • Obama wants $15 million for spill panel

    06/17/2010 8:39:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 316+ views
    politico ^ | 6/17/10 | Josh Gerstein
    President Barack Obama is asking Congress to set aside $15 million for the commission he recently named to look into the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and make recommendations on the future of offshore drilling. Here's the letter sent to Capitol Hill today. Congress had considered putting together a commission that would have subpoena power and presumably a budget. Obama wanted to act faster. Now, Congress will consider adding subpoena power to Obama's panel and also funding them.
  • Panel commissioned by Barney Frank recommends nearly $1T in defense cuts

    06/11/2010 8:55:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies · 1,021+ views
    the hill ^ | 6/11/10
    A panel commissioned by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is recommending nearly $1 trillion in cuts to the Pentagon’s budget over the next 10 years. The Sustainable Defense Task Force, a commission of scholars from a broad ideological spectrum appointed by Frank, the House Financial Services Committee chairman, laid out actions the government could take that could save as much as $960 billion between 2011 and 2020.