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  • This automaker will shut off your car if you forget to make payments

    11/17/2013 6:59:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/17/13
    If you're tooling down the road in your Renault Zoe Z.E. only to have it stop dead in traffic, don't immediately start cussing your mechanic. Better make sure you're current with the payments. The French car maker has added a new twist to the repossession tango between car buyers and creditors.
  • Union tells retirees to repay pension

    10/30/2013 7:16:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Southtown Chicago ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Kadner
    Kadner: Union tells retirees to repay pension Phil Kadner October 30, 2013 Imagine a retired man going to his mailbox one morning and finding a letter informing him that a mistake has been made in his pension payments and he owes more than $100,000. No joke. And it’s not some scam. “I darn near had a heart attack,” recalled Ron Kosinski, 79, a former sheet metal worker who was notified that he owes $105,500. His union, Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, miscalculated his pension payments when he retired 17 years ago. In fact, dating to 1974, the union’s pension fund...
  • PayPal tests mobile payments using your face for verification

    08/08/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cnet ^ | 8/8/13 | Lance Whitney
    PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home. Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to the company. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, shoppers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then "check into" a certain store by clicking on its name and pay for an item by sliding an animated pin down the screen. The person's name and photo then pops...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving Social Security, federal retirement system payments ($8.7K/mo.)

    06/30/2013 5:39:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/30/13 | Katherine Skiba
    **SNIP** His age and his tenure in Congress — almost 17 years — are short of the mark for a standard retirement annuity from the Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS. Members of Congress can collect a pension from FERS starting at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after 25 years of service, according to the Congressional Research Service. But Jackson appears eligible for another FERS program that pays out "disability retirement" payments. Under program rules, potential payments in the first year would total $8,700 a month — or $104,400 a year....
  • Afghan official: US paid $50,000 to families of each victim in shooting spree

    03/25/2012 7:09:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2012
    The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday. The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor's office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai. Each wounded person received $11,000, Lalai said. Community elder Jan Agha confirmed the same figures. They were told that the money came from U.S. President Barack Obama, Lalai said. [Snip] The families had previously received smaller compensation payments from Afghan officials -- $2,000 for each death...
  • Saving money on college loans: President changing programs to help millions (all forgotten @ 20yrs?)

    10/26/2011 5:07:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | 10/26/11 | Michael Gorsegner
    Saving money on college loans: President changing programs to help millionsMichael Gorsegner - Staff reporter 6:44 a.m. EDT, October 26, 2011 SPRING GARDEN TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY— College is known as an investment in the future. But that investment is becoming a burden for many students. The President will announce some changes today that could lower the amount students pay for student loans. **SNIP** Graduates qualifying for the "Pay as You Earn" program will have to pay 10 percent of their discretionary income for up to 20 years. If there is still a balance after that time frame, the remaining due...
  • Is US Federal Financial Aid to States, Cities, and Businesses based on the ideas of Karl Marx?

    10/21/2011 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 5 replies
    Graewoulf | October 21, 2011 | Graewoulf
    Comrade Chairman You Lie Obama has a section in his current buy-the-union-vote "Jobs" bill to send US Federal money, ( borrowed 60 % from our grandchildren and 40 % from China and other countries ), to various financially irresponsible States, Cities and Labor Unions. Talk-the-talk-but-couldn't-walk-the-walk G. W. Bush in 2008 sent a TARP full of Federal money to all big banks, whether they were financially irresponsible or not. This Jack-booted style was seized upon by You Lie Obama to send even more Federal money to financially irresponsible businesses such as General Motors, and many financially irresponsible State and local governments....
  • Just 22% Support Government-Assisted Mortgage Payments

    09/24/2011 12:07:11 PM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 9/24/2011 | Rasmussen
    Most Americans still don’t believe the government should help those who can’t afford to make their mortgage payments. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults think if someone can’t afford to make increased mortgage payments, they should sell their home and find a less expensive one. Twenty-two percent (22%) feel the government should assist them in making their payments, while another 13% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) These findings have changed little in surveys for several years. The percentage of U.S. homeowners whose home is worth less than what...
  • Illegal Aliens Get Billions in Tax Credits from IRS

    09/05/2011 6:08:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    According to a Treasury Inspector General audit, Individuals Who Are Not Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable CreditsRedaction Legend: 1. Tax Return/Return Information 2(f). Risk circumvention of agency Regulations or Statutes IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS Many individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States, and thus not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) for employment, earn income in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides such individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to facilitate their filing of tax returns. Although the law prohibits aliens residing...
  • Payments to Taliban: US confronted Italy

    08/13/2011 9:50:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    News 24 ^ | 8/12/11 | Staff
    Rome - Diplomatic cables showed the United States confronted Italy about claims it paid Taliban not to attack its troops in Afghanistan, noting it suffered fewer casualties than other forces, media reported on Friday. Italy has already denied claims that it paid protection money to Taliban and other militants in an area where 10 French soldiers were killed in an ambush in February 2008 soon after taking over from Italian forces. (Snip) "Unfortunately, the significance of this contribution has been undermined by Italy's growing reputation for avoiding combat and paying ransom and protection money.
  • FHA gives jobless homeowners one-year break (Qualified would not have to make mortgage payments)

    07/09/2011 5:33:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/07/11 | DEREK KRAVITZ
    FHA gives jobless homeowners one-year breakQualified appicants would not have to make mortgage payments during that time By DEREK KRAVITZ The Associated Press updated 7/7/2011 5:25:11 PM ET WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is making it easier for out-of-work homeowners to stay in their homes, as it tries to revamp its troubled foreclosure-prevention program. Starting Aug. 1, the Federal Housing Administration will extend the period for unemployed homeowners to miss mortgage payments to a full year from three or four months. That will allow qualified homeowners to go without making a monthly payment for 12 months before the foreclosure process...
  • Scathing report faults CalPERS, former chief executive on Villalobos payments

    03/14/2011 9:25:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/14/11 | Marc Lifsher and Stuart Pfeifer
    In a scathing report, a former chief executive of the California public employee pension fund was accused of pressuring subordinates to invest billions of dollars of pension money with politically connected firms. A 17-month investigation also found that Federico Buenrostro Jr. -- along with former pension fund board members Charles Valdes and Kurato Shimada -- strong-armed a benefits firm to pay more than $4 million in fees to consultant Alfred J.R. Villalobos, who later hired Buenrostro. ... The findings of insider dealings at CalPERS could provide fresh ammunition to Republican lawmakers here who want Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to convert...
  • U.S. charity pays female drug addicts in Britain to be fitted with contraceptive coils

    03/08/2011 9:36:02 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:13 PM on 8th March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A US charity has paid 26 female drug addicts in Britain to have contraceptive coils or implants fitted, it was reported today. Project Prevention said it had made initial payments of Ł60 and a UK-based charity is hoping to launch a similar scheme. Barbara Harris, who founded the US charity, triggered an ethical storm in October after offering to pay British addicts Ł200 if they were sterilised.
  • Retirees Shocked By Lower Pension Payments (Pelosi forgets to renew Make Work Pay tax credit)

    01/17/2011 5:10:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 99 replies
    Retirees Shocked By Lower Pension PaymentsPERF: Shortage Tied To Expiration Of Tax Cut UPDATED: 6:19 pm EST January 17, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS -- Thousands of retired state and local government workers were shocked on Friday when they discovered that their monthly pension checks were substantially reduced. Workers were especially unhappy that they got no advance warning they would be receiving less money, 6News' Norman Cox reported. The Public Employees Retirement Fund said the shortage happened because one of the tax cuts in the federal stimulus package expired. A notification sent to retirees didn't get to them until after payments had arrived....
  • New Rules Coming for Payments Out of Health Savings Accounts

    10/28/2010 10:56:57 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 16, 2010
    Under the new health care law, consumers using workplace pre-tax health savings accounts will soon need a doctor's note to pay for Tylenol and an estimated 15,000 other over-the-counter drugs. Starting Jan. 1, employees who use flexible spending accounts, health saving accounts, or health reimbursement arrangements to pay for common medications such as pain relievers, cold medicines, antacids and allergy medications will need prescriptions. The new rules will prohibit the use of such debit cards becsuse the IRS says there's no way to prove the drugs are prescribed. The IRS says any money removed from HSA accounts to pay for...
  • Keeping the Poor in Poverty

    10/16/2010 3:03:09 PM PDT · by upchuck · 12 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | October 13, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    School choice, lower taxes, job creation: These, and not welfare payments, are what would really help the poor. In his autobiography, former British prime minister Tony Blair recounts the political epiphany that caused him to break with the old-style class-warfare–based Labour Party that he had grown up with. “In a sense they wanted to celebrate the working class,” he writes, “not make them middle class.” In many ways, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats appear to have the same attitude about the American poor. They talk frequently about the poor. They lavish programs upon them. (Last year the Obama administration...
  • IRS May Tax Payments to Gulf Coast Victims

    06/22/2010 11:02:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies · 1+ views
    fox ^ | 6/22/10 | fox
    NEW ORLEANS — Out-of-work Gulf Coast shrimper Todd Pellegal spent his first $2,500 check from BP quickly, paying off bills and buying groceries for his family. He never even considered putting some of it away for taxes. Now he's among the people up and down the Gulf Coast reeling from the oil spill disaster who are surprised — and frustrated — to find out the Internal Revenue Service may take a chunk of the payments BP PLC is providing to help them stay afloat.
  • 32 States Have Borrowed from the Federal Government to Make Unemployment Payments

    05/21/2010 7:21:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,125+ views
    EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment benefit payments and that the federal governmant has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. As of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) is $37.8 billion. The state of California has borrowed $6.9 billion. Michigan has borrowed $3.9 billion, Illinois $2.2 billion. Below is the full list of the 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) that have borrowed from the Fed to make unemployment...
  • AP source: DOJ probing alleged Blackwater payments

    02/01/2010 10:22:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 188+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/10 | By MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is investigating whether security contractor Blackwater Worldwide tried to bribe Iraqi officials to allow the company to keep working there after a fatal shooting involving Blackwater guards, according to a person close to the investigation. The investigation in Raleigh, N.C., follows a November report by The New York Times that said executives at the North Carolina-based company authorized about $1 million in payments to Iraqi officials in 2007. Blackwater had been the source of tremendous anti-American sentiment in Iraq following the deadly shooting of 17 Iraqis in a crowded intersection.
  • More than $98 billion in improper gov't payments (Is that all? You say 'pigeon' feed, right? )

    11/18/2009 10:16:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 579+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/09 | Hope Yen - ap
    WASHINGTON – More than $98 billion in taxpayer dollars spent by government agencies was wasted, much of it on questionable claims for tax credits and Medicare benefits, representing an increase of $26 billion from the previous year. In all, about 5 percent of spending in federal programs in fiscal year 2009 was improper, according to new details of a government financial report that were released Tuesday. Saying the overall error rate was similar in 2008, officials attributed the $26 billion jump to some changes in how to define improper spending as well as an increase in overall spending due to...
  • Obama calls for $250 payments (bribe) to senior

    10/14/2009 2:29:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 129 replies · 4,253+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/14/09 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to approve $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors to make up for no increase in Social Security next year. The White House put the cost at $13 billion. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce Thursday that there will be no cost of living increase next year. By law, increases are pegged to inflation, which has been negative this year. It would mark the first year without an increase in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.
  • Bank sues San Jose federal judge over boat payments (James Ware)

    10/01/2009 2:52:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 611+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10/1/09 | Howard Mintz
    Even a federal judge can wind up having problems with lenders and banks these days. A small Northern California community bank this week sued San Jose U.S. District Judge James Ware in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accusing him of failing to make payments on an $80,000 boat he purchased nine years ago. The lawsuit, filed by Butte Community Bank, alleges that Ware owes more than $58,000 — and the bank is seeking a court order to seize the boat. So now the veteran federal judge finds himself facing the prospect of being a civil defendant in a courtroom instead...
  • OBAMA'S MYTHBUSTERS

    07/12/2009 6:29:31 AM PDT · by curth · 10 replies · 715+ views
    God Bless America ^ | July 11, 2009 | Red Diva
    Ethics charges numbers 18 and 19 have now been filed against Governor Sarah Palin; the first two to be filed after her resignation announcement. Still, the media is wondering why! That fact astounds me. When will they “get it”? At the rate of two new filings per week, they still have time for seven more before her resignation becomes effective. Zane Henning filed his second charge against Governor Palin on July 6 alleging that Governor Palin violates the state’s ethics law by collecting a per diem when she stays in her Wasilla home instead of the Governor's Mansion in Juneau....
  • Government Fixing SoI Payment Oversight

    04/20/2009 4:24:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 124+ views
    BAGHDAD — The Government of Iraq (GoI) is on schedule to assume responsibility for paying all Sons of Iraq (SoI) security volunteers, and is working to pay back-wages to members of the group who are owed money due to a legislative oversight, Coalition authorities said. “Time and again, the Government of Iraq and the Coalition have demonstrated a commitment to the Sons of Iraq through their actions, and that’s borne out here,” said Maj. Gen. John Johnson, deputy commanding general for operations, Multi-National Corps – Iraq. Once SoI pay is on track, GoI and Coalition authorities will shift attention to...
  • Venezuela behind on payments to oil contractors (Po' Hugo)

    02/06/2009 1:06:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/6/09 | Rachel Jones - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's state oil company is behind on billions in payments to private oil contractors from Oklahoma to Belarus, some of which have now stopped work, even as President Hugo Chavez funnels more oil revenue to social programs. Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, says unpaid invoices jumped 39 percent in the first nine months of last year — reaching $7.86 billion in September. And that was when world oil was selling for $100 a barrel. With prices plummeting by more than half, PDVSA is trying to renegotiate some contracts. ... Oil accounts for 94 percent of Venezuela's...
  • Controller to Delay Certain Payments for 30 Days

    01/17/2009 1:50:56 AM PST · by marsh2 · 9 replies · 615+ views
    CA Controller's office ^ | 1/16/2009 | CA Controller John Chiang
    As State Controller, John Chiang is responsible for ensuring the State has sufficient funds to meet its financial obligations. With no signs of an economic recovery in sight, it is critical that the Governor and the Legislature enact a sound budget solution that provides much-needed cash by February 1. If not, the State will be $346 million in the red at the end of February, and $5.2 billion in the red in April. In order to preserve cash for education, debt service and other payments that are deemed by the State Constitution, federal law or court rulings as having first...
  • Economic Stimulus Payments Information Center[Charles Gibson Shows Low Income Tax Rates Are Better]

    04/19/2008 4:57:48 AM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies · 98+ views
    The IRS ^ | March 10, 2008 | The IRS
    Starting in May, the Treasury will begin sending economic stimulus payments to more than 130 million households. To receive a payment, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 of income and file a 2007 federal tax return. IRS will take care of the rest. Eligible people will receive up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples), and parents will receive an additional $300 for each eligible child younger than 17. Millions of retirees, disabled veterans and low-wage workers who usually are exempt from filing a tax return must do so this year in order to receive a stimulus payment....
  • CA: Casino lags in payments to county (San Ysabel Band of Diegueńo Indians)

    02/12/2008 8:50:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 70+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/12/08 | Onell R. Soto
    The Santa Ysabel casino overlooking Lake Henshaw opened in April to much fanfare, but it has been hampered by a bad economy, wildfires and torrential rains that closed roads leading to it. The San Ysabel Band of Diegueńo Indians, which owns the 349-slot gambling hall in North County, has fallen $410,144 behind in payments to the county for sheriff's deputies, prosecutors, ambulance service, fire protection and treatment for problem and pathological gamblers. “It hasn't been what we expected,” Santa Ysabel Tribal Chairman Johnny Hernandez said. “Look at what we've been through. “You just have enough money to keep yourself open....
  • New cars that are fully loaded — with debt

    12/30/2007 9:21:09 AM PST · by jeannineinsd · 303 replies · 1,549+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 30, 2007 | Ken Bensinger
    When Jennifer and Bobby Post traded in their 2001 Chevy Suburban last year for a shiny new Ford F-350 turbo diesel with an extended cab, it seemed like a great deal. Even though they still owed $9,500 on their SUV after the trade-in value, they didn't have to put a penny down. The dealership, near the Posts' home in Victorville, made it easy; it just added the old debt to the price of the new truck and gave the couple a seven-year, $44,276 loan. The Posts were a little worried about taking on such a long obligation, but they couldn't...
  • With Millions in 9/11 Payments, Bereaved Can’t Buy Green Cards

    09/05/2006 4:04:09 PM PDT · by guitman · 56 replies · 1,274+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 3rd, 2006 | Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
    One widow has more than $2 million but walks or rides the bus everywhere, terrified of drawing attention. Another millionaire widow stopped going to 9/11 support groups because she feared that families of police officers and firefighters might betray her. A widower has enough money to start a business building houses, but cannot buy himself a home. One of the 9/11 widows in the office of her lawyer. “I can’t dream very high, because I have no papers,” one says. All three lost a husband or a wife when the World Trade Center collapsed. Like thousands of others, they were...
  • Dozens of Miami Teachers Fired or Quit: Scandal Grows Over Payments to Get Credit for Courses

    MIAMI (March 17) - A growing scandal over teachers who paid to get credit for courses they never took has cost nearly three dozen educators their jobs, and hundreds of others were being investigated. The Miami-Dade County School Board voted 5-4 on Wednesday to fire six teachers and accept resignations from 26 others. The punishments stem from a scam run by former high school teacher William McCoggle, who claimed to offer continuing-education classes through a private company. McCoggle pleaded guilty to fraud in November, admitting he did little more than sell transcripts, requiring no tests, homework or other academic work....
  • CA: State's child welfare services at risk(Fed. cuts may stop payments to relative caregivers)

    03/06/2006 7:01:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 326+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/6/06 | Michele R. Marcucci
    Federal budget cuts to child-welfare services may cost California hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade and could short-circuit efforts to keep thousands of children with family members, local county welfare officials and policy experts say. The cuts, advocates say, are a direct effort to sidestep a federal court decision that helped open up payments to thousands of relatives who are caregivers in several Western states. These cuts could immediately affect the care of some 4,000 to 5,000 children in California alone, according to the advocates. "If the state can't backfill for the lost funds, I think it...
  • Watchdog Group Accuses RAT Sen. Florez of Extensive Election Law Violations, Payments to Wife

    10/15/2005 1:44:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 448+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/13/05
    Watchdog Group Accuses Sen. Florez of Extensive Election Law Violations Including Questionable Payments to Wife Thu Oct 13, 1:43 PM ET To: State Desk Contact: Ken Boehm of NLPC, 703-237-1970; Web: http://www.nlpc.org Dean Florez WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In a formal complaint filed Wednesday with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, a national ethics watchdog group detailed scores of violations of California's Political Reform Act by State Senator Dean Florez of Shafter. Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), which filed the complaint, said, "Sen. Florez has filed campaign reports riddled with errors and...
  • Tax payments to IRS ejected into S.F. Bay during auto accident

    09/25/2005 8:21:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 598+ views
    Arizona Daily Star (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ) ^ | Sep 25, 2005 | unattributed
    Potentially affecting taxpayers in Arizona and at least 12 other states, thousands of tax payments and other correspondence sent to the Internal Revenue Service were dumped into San Francisco Bay in an automobile accident. Approximately 30,000 estimated quarterly tax payments sent to an IRS post office box in San Francisco in early September were ejected into the bay from a contract courier vehicle involved in the Sept. 11 accident, the IRS said in a "problem alert" statement issued Friday.
  • No more bartering for Russian natural gas

    08/23/2005 7:43:34 AM PDT · by jb6 · 11 replies · 290+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 23/ 08/ 2005
    MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) -- Ukraine must pay cash for Russian natural gas, a Russian minister said Tuesday during a meeting on energy cooperation with a Ukrainian delegation. "We want to abandon barter practices and transition to monetary payments for the supply and transportation of Russian gas [for Ukraine]," Russian Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said. "We would like to ensure the transparency of the supply and transportation of gas and establish relations that resemble those we have had with Europe for decades." The Ukrainian delegation, headed by Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov, proposed keeping the existing...
  • Investment firm's payments to GOP probed

    08/09/2005 10:09:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 404+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/9/05 | Mike Robinson - AP
    CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at a state pension fund have subpoenaed records concerning $4.5 million in fees a Washington-based investment firm is paying the new treasurer of the Republican National Committee, government sources confirmed Tuesday. The subpoena calls for documents related to the fund, the Carlyle Group and Robert Kjellander, said sources familiar with the investigation who spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying prosecutors want details of the probe kept secret. Kjellander, a lobbyist who headed President Bush's re-election campaign in three states, was named the RNC's treasurer over the weekend. Illinois Teachers Retirement System officials...
  • Mexican Smuggler Sentenced For Dragging Man to Death - (Houston,TX; smuggler demanded $300 more!)

    05/28/2005 7:41:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 41 replies · 976+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | MAY 28, 2005 | JIM KOURI, CPP
    A convicted alien smuggler was sentenced April 14 to 12˝ years in prison for dragging a man to death over a smuggling fee dispute last summer, following an investigation federal agents and local police in Houston, TX. Rafael Garcia-Flores, 37, a Mexican national, had smuggled three illegal aliens into the United States in early July 2004. While collecting the fees for his smuggling services in the parking lot of a Houston shopping center, Garcia-Flores announced that the fee had increased from $1,500 to $1,800. In an argument that ensued over the $300 discrepancy, Garcia-Flores brandished a pistol and then accelerated...
  • U.N.: U.S. reform bill counterproductive - (chief "fox" proposes cleaning hen house himself....!)

    05/21/2005 1:04:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 337+ views
    SACBEE.COM ^ | MAY 20, 2005 | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations on Friday warned that a proposed congressional bill linking U.N. reform with tens of millions of dollars in U.S. dues would be "counterproductive." U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is pushing his own reform package, which would include some of the most sweeping changes in the 60-year history of the United Nations. Officials here worry that the congressional action would interfere with his efforts. "The secretary-general's position on the use of withholding as a tool for reform is pretty clear," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "He feels it's counterproductive, particularly at a time when reform...
  • Bill Would Tie U.S. Dues to U.N. Reform - (now you're talkin!)

    05/20/2005 6:27:33 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 470+ views
    MYWAY.COM ^ | MAY 20, 2005 | Nick Wadhams
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A U.S. congressional committee has drafted a bill that threatens to withhold tens of millions of dollars in dues from the United Nations unless the world body conducts wide-ranging reforms, possibly setting the stage for a funding battle like the one that plunged the U.N. into financial crisis a decade ago. The "United Nations Reform Act of 2005" targets a panoply of issues that have troubled critics of the United Nations, particularly Republicans, for years. Among other things, it would seek to cut funding for programs seen as useless and bar human rights violators from serving...
  • US firms reduce pension payments

    04/12/2005 10:01:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 205+ views
    Yahoo Business ^ | 4/12/05 | Dan Roberts - FT.com
    Uncertainty over the direction of US pension reform is leading some companies to scale back their contributions despite a deficit of more than $100bn among the top 100 schemes. Milliman, a firm of actuaries, said a number of companies had privately admitted postponing voluntary payments for fear they would lose flexibility over their contributions in future. This comes as Congress considers rule changes to make companies more responsible for their pension promises to employees. Changes to accounting standards are also expected to give investors more visibility of pension liabilities. Schemes which promise a guaranteed percentage of salary at retirement are...
  • Pa. corruption trial looks at payments

    03/21/2005 8:25:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 311+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/21/05 | David B. Caruso - AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A bank official testified Monday that he didn't believe it was wrong for his company to have donated tens of thousands of dollars to local politicians who could help the bank get business. Douglas Pauls, the chief financial officer at Commerce Bancorp, said he considered it to be a "common practice" of big American companies. "Is there anything improper about that whatsoever?" asked Kevin Marino, a lawyer for a Commerce Bank official being tried on corruption charges. "No," Pauls said. Pauls offered his defense of the company as federal prosecutors began introducing evidence designed to portray two...
  • Don't just sit there

    01/22/2005 1:20:22 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 201+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 22, 2005 | Russ Vaughn
    It’s so easy to say you support the troops, regardless of which side you come down on in the issue of the War in Iraq itself. Yeah, you can send care packages and put yellow ribbon magnets on your car to make you feel all warm and fuzzy that you’re doing your own small part. You can do as I do and use forums such as this one to expound the viewpoint of the folks we send in harm’s way, hoping that someway, somehow, someone who can make a difference may read your rant and actually do that something that...
  • BANKRUPTCY JUDGE DENIES PEPCO'S MOTION FOR MIRANT TO CONTINUE OUT-OF-MARKET PAYMENTS

    12/16/2004 3:45:38 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 15 replies · 539+ views
    Mirant's Period of Exclusivity Extended 30 DaysATLANTA, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Mirant (Pink Sheets: MIRKQ - News) reiterated that it would not make its out-of-market payments to Pepco unless ordered to do so by the Bankruptcy Court or the District Court. Further, Mirant sought to rectify a misperception by stating that no court has ordered it to continue with these payments under its back- to-back agreement with Pepco. On December 15, Judge Michael Lynn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, denied a motion by Pepco that sought to order Mirant to continue making...
  • GAO: Medicare payments to exceed costs

    12/01/2004 7:09:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 387+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/04 | Mark Sherman - AP
    WASHINGTON - Medicare payments for cancer drugs will decline next year but will still exceed what doctors pay for them, congressional investigators said Wednesday. Cancer doctors and some patient advocates have said the Bush administration's planned cuts would imperil office-based chemotherapy treatments and force patients to travel to hospitals for their medicines. But Medicare payments for the drugs will exceed doctors' costs by 6 percent on average, while reimbursements for other services will be more than double, on average, what they were two years ago, the congressional Government Accountability Office said. The GAO study was based on 16 drugs that...
  • Japan just can't switch to gold - yet

    02/04/2004 9:11:45 AM PST · by Cicero · 7 replies · 208+ views
    The Business Times (Singapore) ^ | February 3, 2004 | Anthony Rowley
    OPINION Published February 3, 2004 Japan just can't switch to gold - yet By ANTHONY ROWLEY WHETHER a studied statement, an off-the cuff comment or a veiled threat, Japanese Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki's suggestion last week that Japan could diversify part of its huge foreign exchange reserves into gold has had international reverberations. It has brought home once more the fact that the vast dollar reserves which Japan and the rest of Asia hold are a Sword of Damocles for the dollar and the US Treasury market. The impact of such a move on the dollar would be severe....
  • Money from U.S. sustains Mexico - Relatives' payments help support 25% of citizens, poll finds

    10/28/2003 5:48:16 PM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 179+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2003 | Ginger Thompson
    MEXICO CITY Nearly one Mexican in five regularly gets money from relatives employed in the United States, making Mexico the largest repository of such remittances in the world, according to a poll sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank. The pollster, Sergio Bendixen, estimated that the payments help feed, house and educate at least a quarter of Mexico's 100 million people. The poll was part of a report on Monday by the bank, which said money sent home by all Mexican immigrants would soar to $14.5 billion this year, exceeding tourism and direct foreign investment to become this country's second most...
  • The Kindness Of Strangers Is Killing America

    09/17/2003 2:03:12 PM PDT · by Cicero · 16 replies · 224+ views
    Prudent Bear ^ | 9/16/2003 | Marshall Auerback
    International Perspective, by Marshall Auerback The Kindness Of Strangers Is Killing America September 16, 2003 The Fed’s flow of funds data that was released last week more than ever highlights America’s acute dependence on the kindness of strangers, particularly those of the Asian variety. Globalisation has been turned on its head. Instead of the centre lending capital to the developing periphery, capital is flowing back to the centre--that is, the United States. Even poor nations are lending the United States huge quantities of surplus capital, mainly to keep America afloat as the world's buyer of last resort. China is...
  • Child credit payments in mail

    07/26/2003 8:49:33 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 9 replies · 238+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 25, 2003 | AVRUM D. LANK
    The checks are in the mailbox. Friday, the Internal Revenue Service sent out the first wave of about 25 million checks - including more than a half-million to addresses in Wisconsin - as an advance payment on the expanded child credit in the new tax law. Another wave will follow next week, with a final one washing into the nation's homes the week after that. The checks came about because the new law increased the child tax credit to $1,000 from $600. They will pump some $15 billion into the pockets of Americans in a bid to add pep to...
  • Mbeki Awards One-Off Payments To Apartheid Victims

    04/15/2003 6:03:02 PM PDT · by blam · 166+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-16-2003 | Basildon Peta
    Mbeki awards one-off payments to apartheid victims By Basildon Peta, Southern Africa Correspondent 16 April 2003 South Africa's President, Thabo Mbeki, has announced a one-off payment of 30,000 rand (Ł2,500) each as compensation for thousands of victims of apartheid identified by the truth commission. The move is aimed at those seeking compensation from international companies that allegedly benefited under the apartheid system, which ended with all-race elections in 1994. Mr Mbeki rejected a blanket amnesty for people who committed atrocities in the apartheid era. But he said his government would not follow a recommendation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission...
  • CA: Payment for their days' toil

    12/30/2002 9:31:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 204+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/30/02 | Emily Bazar
    <p>Matiana Perez de Valencia, 51, and her son Jesus, 14, live in Yuba City. Her late husband worked as a bracero in the 1940s and 1950s and told her he never received all the money he earned. The bracero program was instituted during World War II because of a labor shortage.</p>