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  • Colombian authorities investigating whether women in Secret Service scandal were underage

    04/21/2012 3:06:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/21/12 | HILARY LEWIS
    Colombian authorities are probing whether any of the women involved in the prostitution scandal that’s cost six Secret Service agents their jobs were underage, according to a new report.
  • LightSquared CEO made curious max donation to DNC while seeking White House audience

    02/24/2012 1:06:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/24/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Broadband company LightSquared’s CEO made a maximum-allowable political donation to the Democratic Party on the same day his lawyers were trying to arrange a meeting between him and top White House technology officials, records and emails obtained by The Daily Caller show. Those same records also show a questionable inconsistency, listing the CEO’s employer as a company he hadn’t worked for in a decade.The requests and donation came soon after President Barack Obama’s Federal Communications Commission successfully propped up LightSquared, and subsequently demolished its competitor GlobalStar with regulatory muscle.
  • Labor Department Allows Ex-Solyndra Workers to Apply for Federal Aid

    11/23/2011 8:59:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies
    Labor Department Allows Ex-Solyndra Workers to Apply for Federal Aid Published November 22, 2011 | FoxNews.com Hundreds of workers who were laid off by the bankrupt solar firm that received $528 million in taxpayer support are eligible for additional federal aid, the Labor Department has ruled. The potential benefits for laid-off Solyndra workers would fall under a program known as "trade adjustment assistance." The taxpayer-backed benefits are supposed to help workers who lost their jobs presumably because production was shifted overseas. In a Nov. 18 decision, the Labor Department ruled that former Solyndra employees meet the criteria. Echoing an argument...
  • Exposed! Obama's Secret Life

    11/03/2011 9:42:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies
    nationalenquirer.com ^ | Nov. 3, 2011 | NATIONAL ENQUIRER staff
    President OBAMA’s shadowy past could doom his future, The ENQUIRER has learned. A blockbuster new book rips the lid off President Barack Obama’s darkest se­crets – and could doom his bid to win a second term in the White House! The explosive tell-all by take-no-prisoners blogger Mondo Frazier reveals the command­er in chief is a “chain-smok­ing wreck” who could be hooked on prescrip­tion drugs, and claims he may have spied for the CIA in col­lege. “I’ve uncovered that Presi­dent Obama has spent over $2 million in legal fees to keep the details of his past hidden,” Frazier told The ENQUIRER....
  • Loan-guarantee administrator departs Energy Dept. in latest Solyndra fallout

    10/06/2011 2:36:18 PM PDT · by martosko · 1 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/06/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Jonathan Silver, administrator of the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, is resigning from his post. Until now, Silver was the head of the DOE’s Loan Programs office. That office oversaw the program that gave now-bankrupt Solyndra its $535 million loan guarantee. The transaction left taxpayers on the hook when the company failed. Though President Barack Obama continues to tout solar energy as a boon for the future, Silver’s resignation may signal that key Obama administration officials lack confidence in a strategy of subsidizing loan guarantees for companies in hat Obama calls the “green jobs” economy.
  • LightSquared: Obama’s Dangerous Broadband Boondoggle (Another Example of Corrupt Crony Capitalism)

    09/21/2011 12:43:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2011 | Michele Malkin
    If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait. If you thought the botched Fast and Furious gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national-security nightmare, hold on. Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever. Welcome to LightSquared. It’s a toxic mix of venture socialism (to borrow GOP senator Jim DeMint’s apt phrase), campaign-finance influence-peddling, and perilous corner-cutting all rolled into one. The company is building “a state-of-the-art open wireless broadband network.” Competition in the industry is a good thing, of course. But military,...
  • Obama Was Early Investor In LightSquared, Refused To Establish Blind Trust

    09/19/2011 4:51:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 64 replies
    patdollard.com ^ | 9/19/2011 | Ed Morrissey – Hot Air:
    Earlier this week, Eli Lake reported that the four-star Air Force general in charge of US Space Command told a Congressional panel that the White House pressured him to change his testimony to favor a company that shelled out donations for Democrats. LightSquared wants to press forward on a project that the military fears will create serious interference with GPS systems, and General William Shelton was going to address those concerns with Congress before the White House tried to push him into saying a few nice words on behalf of their sponsor. A reminder: The four-star Air Force general who...
  • Kaiser Foundation grant to Mrs. Obama’s health initiative sparks new Solyndra cronyism questions

    09/18/2011 7:14:02 PM PDT · by martosko · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/18/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    A Daily Caller review of the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s income tax returns found that during the same year billionaire investor George Kaiser successfully secured $535 million in government loan guarantees for the now-failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, his private philanthropy donated to a political cause close to the hearts of several high-ranking Obama administration officials. Kaiser, a major Obama donor, was a frequent White House visitor during the week before the Obama administration approved that taxpayer-underwritten financial deal. A $10,000 donation to the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center appears on the group’s 2009 tax forms....
  • Vilsack: Administration Will Invest Tax Dollars in Grocery Stores

    09/15/2011 6:37:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | 9/15/11 | Erick Hamme
    (CNSNews.com) -- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that USDA is handing out $14.7 million in taxpayer money to community groups in rural areas to lend or give to rural businesses -- including to rural grocery stores. The USDA chief Wednesday announced 69 new spending projects under the Rural Business Enterprise Grants/Rural Economic Area Partnerships program (RBEG) and the Intermediate Re-lending Program (IRP).
  • LightSquared: The next Obama pay-for-play morass?

    09/15/2011 10:36:31 AM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 09-15-2011 | Michelle Balkin
    When it rains, it pours. And there ain’t a big enough umbrella for all President Obama’s cronies and fixers to crowd under these days. While the Solyndra BGB (big green boondoggle) continues to blow up on Capitol Hill, the White House faces another pay-for-play backlash — this time from his own left flank. The liberal Daily Beast reports on a broadband project backed by a frequent Obama White House visitor and donor that has Pentagon officials concerned over potential military GPS interference. The Obama FCC took the lead in intervening on the donor, billionaire hedge fund manster Philip Falcone’s, behalf...
  • Emails link Solyndra to Biden office

    09/14/2011 7:33:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    The rapidly evolving scandal surrounding a $535 million government loan to Solyndra, a California solar energy company, that shuttered its doors and filed bankruptcy last week, has now been connected to the office of Vice-President Joe Biden. Emails obtained by investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and released to ABC News demonstrate how deeply involved the White House was at the highest levels in fast-tracking the approval of the politically well connected start-up in direct conflict with numerous private as well as government warnings that the survival of the company was very doubtful. On March 10, 2009 according...
  • Obama's Solyndra Loans "Number One Priority" for House Investigating Committee Since Feb.

    09/13/2011 5:20:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2011 | John Ransom
    <p>Our Lawyer-in-Chief, the brilliant Harvard law professor, has recently put on a symposium for us on investment law.  It should be titled “How not to invest when saving/creating jobs with taxpayer dollars.”</p> <p>Lawyer Obama apparently ignored a glowing, red legal flag when his administration decided to make what turns out to be a $527 million loan to a now-bankrupt solar energy company. The loan was part of a package made to struggling Solyndra, a solar company owned by a top contributor to the president, as we reported previously on Townhall Finance.</p>
  • Breaking: FBI executing search warrants at Solyndra right now.

    09/08/2011 8:45:19 AM PDT · by sunmars · 64 replies
    AP ^ | AP
    FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — FBI spokesman says federal agents executing search warrants at California solar firm Solyndra
  • FBI agents executing search warrant at Solyndra

    09/08/2011 8:31:31 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 15 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 9/8/2011 | Lisa Fernandez
    Federal agents are executing a search warrant this morning at the Solyndra in Fremont, according to a FBI spokeswoman. It is part of a joint operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Energy' Office of Inspector General, according to Julianne Sohn, a spokeswoman for the FBI. The action by federal agents comes a week after the solar panel manufacturer abruptly closed, laying off 1,100 workers. Sohn would not comment on the purpose of the search or what they might be looking for. "Everything is under seal," she said. There are indications that the agents are in the process...
  • Breaking: Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

    06/03/2011 7:17:47 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 149 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03 JUNE 11
    <p>Breaking: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards.</p>
  • Rahm Emanuel Reportedly Spoke with Blagojevich About Senate Seat

    12/11/2008 8:34:54 PM PST · by nomoremods · 345 replies · 15,582+ views
    Fox News Chicago ^ | 12-11-08 | Craig Wall
    Chicago -- The firestorm surrounding Governor Blagojevich is putting some heat on Barack Obama’s transition team. Fox Chicago News has learned about possible conversations between a top Obama aide and the governor regarding the open senate seat. Craig Wall has the exclusive.
  • Senator (NJ): Too Many Pols Think Clean Elections Are Dirty Business

    03/16/2007 4:59:48 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 482+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Friday, March 16, 2007 | Kevin McArdle
    Taking special interest money of politics has proven to be very tough even on a very limited basis in a pilot program that may or may not ever be expanded. On Monday, the 2007 Clean Election Pilot Program bill failed in a State Senate voting session. Yesterday it was posted again and was also up for consideration in the General Assembly. It finally passed both Houses but not without some closed-door arm-twisting and cajoling. "If we really want to see reform down here in the State House," says State Senator Shirley Turner, the bill's sponsor, "we've got to get the...
  • Documents Show Merck Donated To Texas Lawmakers

    02/22/2007 12:06:14 PM PST · by ellery · 18 replies · 675+ views
    AP via Keye TV ^ | Feb 22, 2007
    Cervical Cancer Vaccine Maker Had Been Pushing For Mandate (AP) AUSTIN, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's chief of staff met with key aides about a new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer on the same day its manufacturer donated money to his campaign, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Texas became the first state to require the vaccine against human papillomavirus earlier this month when Perry issued an executive order requiring it for girls entering sixth grade. Lawmakers are considering overriding the measure. A calendar for chief of staff Deirdre Delisi obtained under Texas' open records laws shows she met with...
  • Corzine on the Verge of Breaking Biggest Campaign Promises

    03/17/2006 4:27:43 AM PST · by Calpernia · 138 replies · 3,051+ views
    Millennium Radio ^ | Friday, March 17, 2006 | Kevin McArdle
    While campaigning to get to where he is now, Jon Corzine boldly promised to increase property tax rebate checks for all eligible New Jerseyans. We've been told the Governor is mulling raising the sales tax from 6% to 7% as well expanding the sales tax include items not currently subject to the levy. Corzine is also said to be considering imposing an income tax surcharge and hiking the cigarette tax a whopping 60-cents a pack. Is the Governor poised to renege on his campaign trail property tax pledge? It is possible. Asked if still intends to fully restore the rebates,...
  • City Council eyes user fees for protests, parades

    02/10/2004 10:37:21 PM PST · by Glenn · 47+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Wednesday, February 11, 2004 | Lillian Thomas
    <p>City Council is considering an ordinance allowing the city to charge fees for parades, rallies and protests that obstruct streets or sidewalks -- a possible free-speech issue that already has landed the city in court.</p> <p>A proposed ordinance that could impose the fees on organizers of such events was presented in council yesterday and will be discussed next week.</p>