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  • Harry Reid’s name surfaces in Utah bribery case against two ex-attorneys general

    07/15/2014 6:10:21 PM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | John Solomon
    Utah prosecutors on Tuesday filed criminal charges against two former state attorneys general in a court filing that makes tantalizing references to a possible pay-to-play influence scheme involving U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In a court filing in Utah County, District Attorney Sam Gill charged former attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff with numerous felony state crimes, including bribery, acceptance of illegal gifts, evidence tampering and a “pattern of unlawful activity.” The charges were expected for months and both men were taken into custody. Mr. Shurtleff served for many years as Utah’s top law enforcement official before retiring...
  • Obama library: Bidders settle on sites

    06/11/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2014 | By Melissa Harris and Dahleen Glanton
    The South Side lakefront jewel where Barack and Michelle Obama held their wedding reception vs. a rare, open downtown field set against Chicago's majestic mountain range of skyscrapers. These are just a few of the preliminary offerings area universities plan to present to the president, the first lady and the few confidants helping them as they begin to weigh where to locate the Obama presidential library and museum. Meanwhile, the University of Hawaii, where the president grew up, has said it wants to build the library on oceanfront property in Kakaako, a commercial and retail district of Honolulu between Ala...
  • How Google Got States To Legalize Driverless Cars

    05/30/2014 11:13:25 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 85 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/30/14 | Justin Pritchard
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - concluded that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: No state had even considered whether driverless cars should be legal. And yet this week, Google said it wants to give Californians access to a small fleet of prototypes it will make without a steering wheel or pedals. The plan is possible because, by this time next year, driverless cars will be legal in the tech giant's home state.
  • Donald Sterling also receives lifetime ban from Nevada's Bunny Ranch brothel

    05/01/2014 12:52:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    upi. ^ | April 30, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    CARSON CITY, Nev.Donald Sterling can’t watch his players on the court in California -- and now he can't play in Nevada. A day after he was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling also got the boot from the infamous Bunny Ranch brothel outside Carson City, Nevada. The owner of the legal brothel, Dennis Hof, also announced that Sterling is banned from entering any of his six other brothels in the state. "A lot of NBA players come here to party," Hof told the Huffington Post. "Out of respect to them,...
  • LET THEM ENDORSE! A Simple Solution to the NCAA "Pay for Play" Issue

    04/16/2014 7:22:10 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 12 replies
    DIgnitas News Service ^ | April 16, 2014 | Paul Winters
    As the furor over compensation of college athletes continues to heat up across the nation, a number of different proposals and options have been explored. Last month members of the Northwestern football team stepped the debate up by successfully petitioning the National Labor Relations Board to form a union and bargain for benefits. The issue was further highlighted when Shabazz Napier, star of the recently crowned NCAA Mens Basketball Champion University of Connecticut Huskies, told reporters that sometimes he goes to bed “starving” because he can’t afford food. While the NCAA has been adamant in its policy to not monetarily...
  • NFL Teams To Allow Cheerleaders To Visit Fans In Their Seats During Games

    04/01/2014 11:18:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 78 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | March 31, 2013 | Staff
    The National Football Leagues has partnered with an app developer that will allow fans to get an in-seat visit from cheerleaders. Sports Business Journal reports the NFL has teamed up with Experience in an effort to help improve the in-game experience for fans. On top of having cheerleaders visit fans in their seats, the app will allow fans the opportunity to upgrade their seats and also allowing them to be on the field before the game.
  • Tony Bennett Slams Modern Music: Today’s Songs Are ‘Terrible’

    03/22/2014 2:13:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 181 replies
    Parade ^ | MARCH 21, 2014 | Lindsay Lowe
    Tony Bennett doesn’t have much patience for most modern music. The legendary singer, 87, told the BBC Radio 4’s Today program that most modern songs lack a “lasting quality.” “The songs that are written today, most of them are terrible,” he said. “It’s a very bad period, musically, throughout the world for popular music.” He added that today’s music industry leaders are more concerned with making money than making quality music. “The corporations took it over and they want to make so much money and they don’t care whether the public likes it or not,” he said. “They think the...
  • Something is rotten in the state of science: How did computer generated gibberish get published?

    02/25/2014 6:54:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Evidence is accumulating that quality control is a serious issue in academic publishing, which is the key to career advancement for scientists and other scholars. In an age when appeals to "peer reviewed" "settled science" have become standard operating procedure in efforts to impose radical increases in government control over our lives, corruption in the mechanisms for reviewing  scientific publications has very real consequences for all of us. Nature magazine tells us: Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers. Richard Van Noorden writes: The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after...
  • NBC Silent on $7.3 Million from Soros for Special Anchor’s Liberal Report

    01/16/2014 3:52:17 PM PST · by opentalk · 26 replies
    Business and Media Institute ^ | January 16, 2014 | Mike Ciandella
    The Center for American Progress partnered with Maria Shriver on lib, NBC promoted report. Not only did NBC allow their special anchor Maria Shriver to promote her own report on “Nightly News,” they did it without disclosing that it was made in partnership with a group that liberal billionaire George Soros gave $7.3 million to. In “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink,” which was published on Jan. 11, an outspokenly liberal nun, Sister Joan Chittister, took aim at religious attitudes in America that “devalue” and marginalize women. Shriver was invited to the White House on...
  • AWOL Detroit City Councilman Allegedly Gave Pricey Gifts To Teen Mentee

    06/27/2013 9:00:34 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Jalopnik Detroit ^ | Aaron Foley
    Ten days ago, intern-bullying Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh disappeared from public view, stopped showing up to meetings and deleted all traces of social media in the midst of a municipal struggle swirling around a possible city bankruptcy. Today, he's facing serious allegations of misconduct with a recent high school graduate. A woman, who has chosen to remain unidentified, told her son's vice principal at Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men that she was concerned about gifts he was receiving through Pugh, who runs a mentoring program (named after him: the Charles Pugh Leadership Forum) for students at the...
  • I was a 'dinner whore': Confessions of a fashionista

    03/24/2013 7:49:31 AM PDT · by redreno · 107 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16:30 EST, 23 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:36 EST, 23 March 2013 | By Snejana Farberov
    New York fashion blogger Brittny Pierre is not ashamed to admit that she had gone out on dozens of dates with men for the sole purpose of getting a square meal. Pierre, who has been writing for Village Voice Media and a hip hop website, made the confession in a piece written in the first person that appeared on the feminist blog XOJane this week. The woman detailed how she would meet her 'victims' on the dating site OKCupid and through Craigslist, and would go out for dinner three times a week with different men, allowing them to foot the...
  • W.H.: 'No set price' for meeting with Obama

    03/04/2013 10:29:17 AM PST · by null and void · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/4/13 12:53 PM EST | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    There is no "set price" to meet with President Obama, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday amid continued outcry over the role of Organizing for Action, the outside group supporting the president's agenda. "Any notion that there is a set price for a meeting with the president of the United States is just wrong," Carney said during his daily briefing. Since OFA is intended to back the president's agenda, it makes sense that Obama would meet with the group, Carney said. "As anyone would expect, the president would likely meet with their representatives to discuss his agenda." "But,...
  • 75 Percent of Women Say They Won't Date Unemployed Men

    06/27/2012 8:46:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Live Science ^ | 06/27/2012 | David Mielach
    While losing your job may be a devastating blow to your career aspirations, it may be an even bigger blow to your personal life, according to new research conducted by a dating service. A significant majority of women said they would not date a man who was unemployed. Just one-third of men said they would date an unemployed woman. Overall, 75 percent of women said they would be unlikely to date an unemployed man, with 33 percent saying no outright. Another 42 percent of women answered maybe when asked about the possibility of dating an unemployed man. That answer, however,...
  • Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker Cut Ads for the Celebrity-in-Chief

    06/05/2012 12:28:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 5, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to play couple sound bites for you here. I had this yesterday, too. Did not get to this. I regret this. They were late in the sound bite roster. I made a comment a moment ago that if you knew how this works you would not believe we'd ever get to any of these sound bites. I get the roster every day at about 30 minutes before the program. And like today, there's 35 sound bites, but they're just there. They're not in any particular order other than if there's three Shrums, there are three...
  • Donors Gave as Santorum Won Earmarks

    02/11/2012 10:07:14 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 48 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Jan. 15, 2012 | MICHAEL LUO and MIKE McINTIRE
    The announcements flowed out of Rick Santorum’s Senate office: a $3.5 million federal grant to Piasecki Aircraft to help it test a new helicopter propeller technology; another $3.5 million to JLG Industries to bolster its bid to build all-terrain forklifts for the military; $1.4 million to Medico Industries to upgrade equipment for its munitions work. [snip]
  • 'Transformation': Perry now opposes all abortion, even in rape or incest cases

    12/27/2011 10:57:43 PM PST · by South40 · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/27/2011 | Carrie Dann
    OSCEOLA, Iowa -- In what the Texas governor calls a "transformation," Rick Perry on Tuesday said that he has reversed his acceptance of abortion in some severe circumstances, saying that he now opposes the procedure even in cases of rape and incest. Perry said the change came after seeing the "Gift of Life" film produced by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He told an audience of Iowans at Clark Electric Co-op in Osceola that he was moved by the story of a woman who introduced the film during a screening earlier this month in Des Moines.
  • Perry flubs name, number of Supreme Court justices

    12/09/2011 1:58:18 PM PST · by Enosh · 94 replies
    DES MOINES – Presidential contender Rick Perry said there are eight Supreme Court justices, not nine, and flubbed Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s (SOHN’-ya soh-toh-my-YOR’) name in an editorial board meeting at The Des Moines Register. Perry met with the board Friday. He struggled for six seconds to come up with Sotomayor’s name, then initially called the justice “Montemayor.” A member of the newspaper’s editorial board helped him out with the correct name.
  • Rick Perry's Damage Control Strategy: Have a Sense of Humor

    11/10/2011 2:37:12 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 10, 2011 | Molly Ball
    By facing the issue and joking about it, Perry frames his gaffe as a funny moment rather than a serious, and seriously stupid, one. He takes control of the discussion. Every minute he's on the air being interviewed about it is one more minute his moment isn't being replayed, one more minute some panel of pundits isn't fretfully analyzing its stupendous terribleness. By allowing his memory glitch to be the topic of discussion and owning up to it, he helps exhaust the subject. Most of all, Perry is being humanized, albeit not in the way any politician would wish. For...
  • After debate flub, Perry recalls Britney Spears song ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’

    11/10/2011 12:45:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 11-10-2011 | Caroline May
    After debate flub, Perry recalls Britney Spears song ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ Caroline May November 10, 2011 ....On Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday, Perry sheepishly recalled the incident explaining it was a “brain freeze” that felt hours long. “A brain freeze for 54 seconds, it seemed like 54 hours. Listen, I stepped in it and I’m still wiping it off my boots,” he said. “You know I think a bunch of Americans would be pretty happy to forget big chunks of the federal government.” Perry said that it is always good to laugh at your flubs and with that in...
  • Can Rick Perry Rebound With A Flat Tax? (video interview)

    11/08/2011 12:43:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 8, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    he Perry campaign wants to reboot, having retooled and refined its message and tried hard to get back on the jobs message. Okay, fine, but first the Perry camp needs to answer a basic question — why should supporters who went all in for him and wound up feeling burned give him a second shot? I asked him about that and it was, perhaps, a good sign that he stayed on the jobs message. The jobs message, though, raises a question about his flat tax — won't it just help the rich? Also, what about President Obama's approach and his...
  • Was Sharon Bialek paid undislcosed amount to Lie about Herman Cain Sexual Harrasment Charge?

    11/07/2011 12:18:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 236 replies
    Divided States ^ | 11/07/2011
    Who can turn down $5M+ put in an offshore bank account is someone else’s name to lie about sexual advancements made by Herman Cain? Sharon Bialek, a Chicago Liberal and possible agent of the Obama campaign, has been accused of making false accusations against Herman Cain for sexual harassment. But Sharon Cain’s case may begin becoming unglued when a private investigator, who has requested to remain anonymous until such a time when she will present empirical evidence proving that Bialek is a paid liar set up by Democrat operatives to destroy Cain campaign. The source also confirms that agents of...
  • Poll: Perry now down to … three percent in Florida

    10/17/2011 3:03:27 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 138 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/17/2011 | Allahpundit
    Last month, Insider Advantage had him leading Romney in the state 29/20. A month later, “He now barely has a heartbeat.” When I saw Perry’s topline number of three percent, I figured the “Ponzi scheme” talk must have sent Florida’s seniors running screaming into the night. Not so. He’s actually doing (marginally) worse with other age demographics in this poll, and in the last poll he did reasonably well with the 65+ crowd, finishing second to Romney in that group with almost 23 percent. That poll was taken on September 13, which was almost a week after Romney started attacking...
  • Rick Perry says "debates are not my strong suit"

    10/11/2011 10:24:02 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | Oct 11, 2011
    HANOVER, N.H. -- After a two-hour debate on the economy, earnest GOP operatives headed straight to the spin room to tout the merits of their respective candidates. As for Texas Gov. Rick Perry,he headed straight to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. "Debates are not my strong suit," Perry told about 100 fraternity brothers gathered to see him at the house, a few blocks from the debate site on the campus of Dartmouth College. No keg stands were in view.
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • PERRY POWERHOUSE: PULLS IN $17 MILLION

    10/05/2011 4:54:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    Drudge ^ | October 5, 2011
    EXCLUSIVE: Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry raised over $17 million in 49 days, DRUDGE has learned. $347,000 per day; 20,000 unique donors from all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. With more than half of donors living outside of Texas... Developing...
  • Wind Power's Political Payoff

    09/26/2011 4:54:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 26, 2011 | Staff
    Scandal: Our ever-campaigning president heads off to a fundraiser held by a politically connected businessman whose company took a $100 million stimulus tax credit. Solyndra didn't stop pay-for-play the "Chicago Way." Tone-deaf somehow does not seem adequate to describe President Obama's silent indifference to the Solyndra scandal of his making as he rushes off to another fundraiser, a $25,000 per person affair in Missouri on Oct. 4 organized by another beneficiary of our stimulus tax dollars. Tom Carnahan, of the Missouri Carnahans, arguably that state's most prominent political family, is listed on President Obama's campaign website as a host of...
  • Solyndra Takes The Fifth

    09/21/2011 4:02:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 21, 2011 | Staff
    Scandal: Two top executives of the bankrupt solar panel firm will refuse to answer questions about possible fraud and the waste of taxpayer dollars. Unlike oil execs, they and the administration have much to hide. There's a delicious irony in the news that Solyndra's two top executives, Chief Executive Brian Harrison and Chief Financial Officer W.G. "Bill" Stover, plan to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to answer questions when they testify Friday before a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel investigating their failed company, which got more than $500 million in federally backed loans. It was only a...
  • The Administration's Tangled Web

    09/20/2011 4:28:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 20, 2011 | Staff
    Scandals: A gun dealer's tape shows a possible coverup of a third gun found at the scene of a murdered border patrol agent. Meanwhile, a second congressional witness reports coaching of testimony on a donor's project. That giant sucking sound you hear is the Obama administration imploding under the weight of incompetent policies based on long-discredited progressive ideology and now a wave of scandals that involve gun-running, witness-tampering and political payoffs — and cover-ups of all of the above. The infamous Watergate tape may have its rival in tapes obtained by CBS News between an agent for the Bureau of...
  • Obama raising with Missouri stimulus beneficiary

    09/23/2011 1:25:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Politico, ^ | 9/23/11 | Alexander Burns
    President Barack Obama will raise money in early October with a Missouri businessman whose company benefited from a $107 million federal tax credit to develop a wind power facility in his state. Tom Carnahan, a scion of Missouri’s most prominent Democratic political family, is listed on Obama’s campaign website as a host of a $25,000-per-person fundraiser to be held in St. Louis on October 4. His energy development firm, Wind Capital Group, was helped by a sizable credit authorized in the stimulus, for an energy project in northwest Missouri.
  • Solyndra Investor, Obama Bundler George Kaiser in 2009: It’s Time to Cash in on the Mother of All

    09/20/2011 8:54:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | 9/120/11 | Morgen
    Billionaire Obama fundraiser George Kaiser visited the White House 16 times over the past 3 years, and is caught in the middle of the Solyndra scandal as the company’s chief investor and prime beneficiary of the debt restructuring approved by the Obama Administration earlier this year. This has lead to the obvious question of whether Kaiser leveraged his political connections to obtain federal stimulus funding, and preferential treatment, but surely there might be a less nefarious explanation for Kaiser’s White House visits, right? Nah…
  • Palin takes aim at GOP presidential candidates

    09/13/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 399 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2011 | Josh Lederman
    Palin even went as far as to lend her voice to the charge leveled by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) during the debate against Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R): That he allowed a law to go though requiring HPV vaccinations for adolescent girls because of a $5,000 campaign donation and his relationship with his former chief of staff, who went on to lobby for a pharmaceutical company. "I knew there was something to it," Palin said of learning while she was Alaska's governor that her Texas counterpart had given the go-ahead to the vaccine. "Now we're finding that now, yea, something...
  • Greta Interview with Palin and Bachman: Disgusting innuendo about Perry

    09/12/2011 7:40:37 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 270 replies
    Self | Self
    I saw the GOP debate and the Greta interview with Palin and Bachman. I am absolutely against Perry's mandate of the Gardasil vaccine. On policy grounds. Period. But, to see the two ladies pile on with corruption charges against Perry was truly disgusting. If they have any proof that Perry mandated the vaccine to profit Merck, I am the first one who wants it. And, if proof emerges that he did so, I will be the first one to revoke my support for him. It happens in the industry all the time. Acquaintances get you an audience. So, in this...
  • WOLF: Loudest Obamacare cheerleader wants out

    03/27/2011 1:48:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 25, 2011 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    Becoming the most hypocritical politician in America is not an easy goal to achieve, but New York’s Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, is up to the task. Earlier this year, the Obama administration began rewarding its union friends and others with an escape from the clutches of Obamacare. Now one of the most outspoken Obamacare supporters - the man who actually said, “I wrote the bill … the bill and I are one” wants his own “get out of jail free” card from this abominable law. Moments of unmistakable clarity may not always find their way to the president’s teleprompter,...
  • NCAA, Newton: Strange days

    12/02/2010 7:14:47 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 65 replies
    www.thestate.com ^ | 12/2/10 | TIM DAHLBERG
    Here’s hoping the slap on Cecil Newton’s wrist really stung. Then maybe he will remember it next time he tries to sell a son to the highest bidder in college football. Most likely it didn’t. Because the only punishment Cam Newton’s father got for peddling his son like a piece of meat was a public scolding and perhaps the loss of some choice seats in Saturday’s SEC championship game. Cam Newton made out even better. Thanks to the crackerjack sleuths at the NCAA, he will be behind center for Auburn in this weekend’s game. The masterminds behind the BCS cartel...
  • Sestak Case Deepens--Did White House Commit a Felony by Offering a Job to Sestak?

    05/25/2010 9:13:20 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 35 replies · 1,109+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 5/25/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    U.S. Law states that it is a felony to offer a candidate for public office anything of substance, such as a job, in exchange for that candidate dropping out of a race. Pennsylvania Democrat Joe Sestak, who defeated Arlen Specter for the Democratic Senatorial nomination, claims the White House did exactly that. In explaining the law on Fox Business Network's 'Happy Hour' program, Judge Andrew Napolitano stated, Well the ramifications are potentially enormous. I mean to offer someone something of value in order to affect their official behavior as a member of Congress is a felony. We call it a...
  • Did “Dinner with Barack” violate the Federal Wire Wager Act? (Impeachable if proven)

    05/03/2010 8:35:40 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 16 replies · 941+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 5/3/10 | Bill Levinson
    Impeach Obama under U.S. Code Title 31 5362, “Unlawful Internet Gambling” shows that the Obama campaign ran what could qualify as lotteries, and therefore illegal Internet gambling, to raise money. Barack Obama signed his name to one such solicitation and also stated openly that the promotion cheated some of the entrants (by announcing a winner prior to the entry deadline). This activity may also have been illegal under U.S. Code, Title 18 1084, "Transmission of wagering information; penalties," also known as the Federal Wire Wager Act. Whoever being engaged in the business of betting or wagering knowingly uses a wire...
  • Judge says no to Obama subpoena in Blago case

    04/30/2010 11:03:41 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 111 replies · 4,367+ views
    AP via Brietbart ^ | 04/30/10 | Staff
    CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge in Chicago has refused to issue a subpoena for President Barack Obama to testify at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political corruption trial.
  • Obamacare Vote Purchased With Appointment of Congressman's Brother To Federal Court?

    03/04/2010 7:14:30 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 555+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 3/4/2010 | The Lid
    Here's two stories that, at first glance seem unrelated: Scott Matheson named to 10th Circuit appellate court Washington » President Barack Obama on Wednesday named Utahn Scott Matheson Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, elevating the former law school dean and son of a two-term governor to the appeals court covering Utah and five other states. Obama to give Dems earful on health care;President Obama has invited Democratic congressional members to the White House for a closed reception Wednesday evening that just happens to include 10 House members who voted "no" on the health care...
  • NY Gov. Paterson's Race Track Deal Gets Sleazier, Is a "Perp Walk" in His Future?

    02/17/2010 6:47:16 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 290+ views
    The Lid/NY Post ^ | 2/17/2010 | The Lid
    NY Gov. Paterson's Race Track Deal Gets Sleazier, Is a "Perp Walk" in His Future While most of the rumors about NY Governor Paterson have involved his actions in the boudoir his real problem involve the real action, the horse track. He is being investigated for the awarding of a state contract for video lottery machines at the Aqueduct Race track. Some Paterson aides have signaled they may quit over what some call his "corrupt decision" to give the lucrative Aqueduct gaming contract to a questionable consortium that includes the Rev. Floyd Flake of Queens, whose political support the poll-challenged...
  • The Feds Are Investigating NY Governor Patterson Over Video Lottery Deal

    02/10/2010 9:03:13 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 265+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 2/10/10 | The Lid
    Earlier this week, we suggested that rather than the rumored sex scandal NY Governor Paterson's actual problems may surround the awarding of a state contract for video lottery machines at the Aqueduct Race track. New York TV Channel WPIX is reporting that the Eastern District of the US Attorney's office in Brooklyn are investigating Governor David Paterson over the awarding that lucrative contract. The Governor's office has been ripped apart at the seams because of the tainted deal. Some Paterson aides have signaled they may quit over what some call his "corrupt decision" to give the lucrative Aqueduct gaming contract...
  • For $20, kids can buy a better grade

    11/11/2009 7:16:25 AM PST · by carolinacrazy · 38 replies · 1,577+ views
    Newsobserver ^ | 11/11/2009 | Lynn Bonner
    Selling candy didn't raise much money last year, so a Goldsboro middle school is selling grades. A $20 donation to Rosewood Middle School will get a student 20 test points - 10 extra points on two tests of the student's choosing. That could raise a B to an A, or a failing grade to a D. Susie Shepherd, the principal, said a parent advisory council came up with the idea, and she endorsed it. She said the council was looking for a new way to raise money.
  • Michelle O:It's a sacrifice to travel to Europe to pitch the Olympics-we're doing it for the kids.

    09/30/2009 3:11:57 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 301 replies · 12,974+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-30-09 | Byron York
    Michelle Obama: It's a 'sacrifice' to travel to Europe to pitch for the Olympics. For Oprah and the president, too. But we're doing it for the kids. By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent09/30/09 5:12 PM EDT In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States. "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or...
  • Sotomayor to make debut with lawmakers (Lovefest)

    06/01/2009 11:11:18 PM PDT · by Syncro · 14 replies · 573+ views
    PR-insider.com ^ | June 2, 2009 | AP Staff/Ben Feller
    Sotomayor to make debut with lawmakers WASHINGTON (AP) - Sonia Sotomayor gets her first chance Tuesday to make an impression on senators who will vote on her confirmation as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, kicking off what could be a long debate over seating her on the highest U.S. court. Sotomayor's schedule is packed with quick one-on-one visits with some of the Senate's leading members. The roughly half-hour meetings, known as «courtesy calls,» are as important for the courtly tone they set for the beginning of the Court. Sotomayor is meeting with 10 senators in all during her first...
  • Illinois State Legislators Call for Burris Resignation Over Wiretapped Conversations

    05/28/2009 1:19:04 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 47 replies · 1,495+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, May 28, 2009 | Fox News
    Roland Burris' colleagues in the U.S. Senate have been noticeably silent since the release of a secretly recorded phone conversation with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother. But back home, at least two state lawmakers are calling for Burris' swift resignation. Illinois state lawmakers are calling for swift resignation by U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, whose fighting allegations he worked with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother on a favor for the governor in exchange for an appointment to the Senate seat. State Rep. Jim Durkin -- the ranking Republican on the impeachment panel who questioned Burris during his Jan. 8...
  • Chris Dodd Gets Caught in New "Funky" Friendship

    03/08/2009 6:08:47 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 834+ views
    Hartford Courant/ Yidwithlid ^ | 3/8/09 | Yidwithlid
    It was six moths ago when Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd admitted to America that he had the IQ of a slug (either that or he thinks that his constituents were stupid). It had been disclosed that the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Received TWO VIP Loans from Sub-Prime Lender Countrywide Inc. The Loans were at favorable interest rates. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE, Chris Dodd, said he didn't realize that VIP treatment meant favorable rates. If you believe that I have bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. Now we are finding out about a new "funky" friendship...
  • Recipients of Taxpayer Bailout Are Elite Obama Donors Who Donated Millions to Obama

    01/20/2009 3:10:56 PM PST · by bd476 · 108 replies · 9,303+ views
    ABC News Video; Washington Post; BizJournal; WSJ; SF Chronicle... | January 20, 2009
    Elite Obama Donors Receive Early Gifts and Privileges from Obama While Under Senate Investigation and After Accepting Millions in Taxpayer Paid Bailout So many of the Elite Obama Donors arrived at Dulles International Airport in their personal private jets that an active runway at Dulles International Airport had to be shut down and then converted into a make-do parking lot. * * * * * Surprisingly no PETA, Global Warming, nor Code Pink protesters are seen as the Elite Obama Donors arrive in chauffeur driven stretch limousines dressed in their finest furs. * * * * * Their gilded...
  • Fox News Reports "Pay for Play" Inaugural Events

    01/18/2009 10:13:59 AM PST · by azlinda · 44 replies · 1,723+ views
    FNC just announced that HBO paid BHO millions of dollars to run a 4-hour concert that will only be made available to those who have HBO or digital cable. There are also some other events that have been bought and paid for that millions of Americans will not be able to see as BHO has received money for exclusive rights. One of these programs is right on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The guest from MRC on Fox said that he doubts any other networds will report on this. So much for Obama's promise to be a president "for...
  • A Donor’s Gift Soon Followed Clinton’s Help

    01/04/2009 2:47:51 PM PST · by cmsgop · 18 replies · 1,093+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/03/09 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — An upstate New York developer donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.
  • It's the Senate for Bennet [Colorado]

    01/02/2009 9:26:21 AM PST · by george76 · 86 replies · 1,679+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 2, 2009 | Lynn Bartels
    Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named Saturday as the future U.S. Senate replacement for Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar, according to two Democratic sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to name his U.S. Senate replacement pick on Saturday, ending a brief but frenzied period of speculation about who will take the seat of Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar. The selection would be preliminary, since Salazar is not expected to resign his U.S. Senate seat until sometime after Jan. 15, when he faces a confirmation hearing — and later...
  • Obama had to answer investigators' questions (First President-Elect to be investigated)

    12/23/2008 5:28:01 PM PST · by jrooney · 163 replies · 11,407+ views
    The AP ^ | 12-23-08 | NEDRA PICKLER
    In the midst of two wars and an intensifying economic meltdown, Barack Obama had to take time off last week to answer questions from federal prosecutors investigating charges that the governor of Illinois had put the president-elect's former Senate seat up for sale. With his own lawyer by his side, Obama sat down Thursday with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's staff to tell what, if anything, he knew about Gov. Rod Blagojevich's efforts to cash in on appointing Obama's Senate successor