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  • NYT Best-Selling Author Exposes Hillary’s Pay-to-Play Scandal

    10/05/2016 10:33:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | October 4, 2016 | Aryssa Damron
    It isn’t cheap to get on Hillary Clinton’s good side, but if you’ve got enough money to make a million-dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation, you are set. Say goodbye to federal regulations or bureaucratic red tape. Make a donation, get on Hillary’s good side, and you are in. This is pay-to-play, and it goes against every ethics standard in the book. No wonder Hillary Clinton lives by it. In his new book, Guilty as Sin, Ed Klein exposes Hillary’s pay-to-play scandals and how she turned the Clinton Foundation into a subsidiary of the State Department. It didn’t take too...

    06/17/2016 11:13:09 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 18 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/17/2016 | Dick Bachert
    The 20 minute video at the link below was published in November, 2015 and has so far had nearly 6 MILLION views. It needs to go to 60 MILLION OR MORE. See if you can help that happen! As I watched, I kept thinking how in God's name could ANY sentient, logical citizen vote for this woman. I'm a rather peaceful guy, but I then moved on to a thought that frightened me: I could easily support the new president negotiating with the current owners of what the French owners at the time called “Devil's Island”, buying the place then...
  • Trump is owning Hillary. Not a time for him to slow up.

    06/03/2016 7:09:43 AM PDT · by DrDude · 13 replies
    6/3/16 | DrDude
    Several articles have caught my attention recently. The Laurette University scam conducted by the Clintons and the Blood Minerals issues. When will Trump respond? He seems to be on top of everything Hillary brings out. He did a great job yesterday after her petty National Security speech. Anyone ready for the next blood bath? I would also like to see Trump make a push for Bernie in the California Primary. Subtle but effective would be nice. He is in Hillary's head and she is not equipted to handle her own fight. Smartest woman in the world, my A$$.
  • Hillary reveals she earned $1.5million from just SIX speeches last year and $5million in book ...

    05/18/2016 9:32:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | May 17, 2016
    Complete Headline: Hillary reveals she earned $1.5million from just SIX speeches last year and $5million in book royalties – while husband Bill's speeches raked in a whopping $5 million Hillary Clinton filed a candidate financial disclosure form on Tuesday The documents show that the presidential hopeful made $5million from royalties for her book 'Hard Choices' in the year before her campaign In 2015 she also made $1.5million in speaking fees Her highest-paying speech was at eBay, for $315,000 [Snip] Hillary Clinton's speeches to Wall Street interests between 2013 and 2015 spurred questions about her own lack of transparency, leading to...
  • America Hits Rock Bottom: Cities Are Paying Criminals $1000 Per Month "Not To Kill"

    03/28/2016 11:19:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 28, 2016
    It is widely known that in the past 6 months there has been a loud debate about helicopter money, i.e., giving out ordinary people (bypassing the banks) money directly printed by the Fed. What is less known is that when it comes to the most despicable underbelly of American society, cash to the tune of $1000 per month is already being "helicoptered" to some of the most brazen criminals living in the US today with one simple condition: "don't kill people." * * * Take the case of Lonnie Holmes, 21, who lives in Richmond, a working-class suburb north of...
  • EXCLUSIVE: ICE Whistleblower May Depose Harry Reid

    03/20/2016 10:59:45 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-22-2016 | Evan Gahr
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid could be deposed for ICE whistleblower Taylor Johnson’s new lawsuit because complaints from his office precipitated her ouster. Johnson’s attorney, Morris Fischer, told the Washington Gadfly that, “We will attempt to depose whoever is involved in this corruption up to and including Harry Reid. His fingerprints are all over the place.” The veteran law enforcement agent, who DHS fired in February after she rejected $100,000 in hush money, filed a Merit System Protection Board claim against the agency earlier this month. Johnson, a single mother of four, had a storied career until she ran afoul...
  • Why So Many Historians Agree With Ted Cruz On Gold

    02/09/2016 11:40:04 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 82 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nathan Lewis
    Echoing the recent sentiments of Steve Forbes, this week Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz told a group in New Hampshire: "Money is ... a unit of measurement. So, the reason why we see these rapid oscillations in commodities markets, it's because of unstable currencies. And it's why I think we should look at going toward rules-based money supply, ideally tied to gold, so you have stability." Perhaps this will trigger another flood of disagreement in the mainstream press, such as the recent New York Times item which reported that 40 out of 40 "leading economists" said that a gold standard...
  • Mexico: Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes through tunnel

    07/12/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt Sunday for its most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, according to the country's top security official. The elaborate underground escape route, built allegedly without the detection of authorities, allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture last year — slip out of one of the country's most secure penitentiaries for the second time. If Guzman is not captured immediately,...
  • Hackers Stole Personal Data of All US Federal Workers, Past & Present

    06/12/2015 3:02:24 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 85 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | June 12th, 2015
    hat cyber attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, revealed to the American public just a few days ago, turns out to be a mammoth violation; worse than the White House is willing to admit. The personal information of every single federal worker, retired, current, past and present has been stolen in one of the biggest heists by hackers the U.S. has ever faced — affecting far more than the initial report of “at least four million government employees,” according to a report in the Friday edition of the New York Post.
  • US Government Admits 2nd "Chinese" Cyberhack Exposed Military Intel

    06/12/2015 2:46:10 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 26 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | June 12, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    In what Rep Mike Rogers called "the mother of all spear-phishing attacks," AP reports a second cyberattack linked to China appears to have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, according to several U.S. officials. Coming on the same day as the US Senate failed to pass a cyber-security shield bill and China's urhging US to reduce military activities in The South China Sea, 'anonymous' official sources noted this second cyberbreach of federal records could dramatically compound the potential damage.
  • Bill Clinton gave 542 speeches between 2001 and 2013. He made $104.9 million.

    05/05/2015 1:05:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2015
    Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world between January 2001, when he left the White House, and January 2013, when Hillary stepped down as secretary of state, according to a Washington Post review of the family’s federal financial disclosures. Although slightly more than half of his appearances were in the United States, the majority of his speaking income, $56.3 million, came from foreign speeches, many of them in China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Post review found.
  • Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes' (but they were all innocent and harmless)

    04/26/2015 8:17:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 26, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    The Clinton Foundation is now admitting that mistakes were made. "[Y]es, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don't happen in the future. We are committed to operating the Foundation responsibly and effectively to continue the life-changing work that this philanthropy is doing every day," says Clinton Foundation acting CEO Maura Pally in a blog post.
  • State Run Media: Feds Paying Politico Big Bucks

    03/26/2015 11:00:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 26, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    State run media. When you first heard Rush Limbaugh coin that term, many probably believed he was at the very least guilty of a bit of hyperbole. Well, according to Jeryl Bier of the Weekly Standard, in the case of Politico it really does look like state run media due to payoffs by various federal agencies in the form of subscription fees.  Bier lays out in detail the payoffs, uh, I mean "subscription fees," the feds have paid to Politico over the years. Since 2011 nearly a million bucks paid by federal departments and agencies to Politico with nearly $432, 000...
  • Powerful New York politician arrested on bribery charges

    01/22/2015 3:29:31 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    Toshiba ^ | January 22, 2015 | Tom Hays and David Klepper
    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. The 70-year-old Democrat was taken into custody by the FBI on federal conspiracy and bribery charges that carry up to 100 years in prison and could cost him his political seat. He was released on $200,000 bail.
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • WebMD received almost 5 million bucks for feds to promote Obamacare

    11/13/2013 6:41:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    A performer who pays for good reviews from critics usually isn't any good, and that would seem to be the case for Obamacare, too. Except that it is the taxpayers, not the performer laying out the bribe money, and the magnitude of the bribe dwarfs even the most lavish junkets offered by Hollywood. The Washington Times has a blockbuster exclusive story: Two months before enrollment began in the Obamacare exchanges, the administration's top health care official heaped praise on WebMD for launching an online resource to help Americans navigate the complex law. The consumer health care site had the occasional...
  • AAPS Sues to Stop the Unlawful Revisions to ObamaCare (no delay of employer mandate)

    10/30/2013 8:29:33 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies ^ | 10/30/2013 | Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
    The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) has filed a lawsuit today in federal court to halt the unlawful revisions to ObamaCare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The separation of powers required by the Constitution prohibits the executive branch—the Obama Administration—from rewriting laws passed by Congress. Yet that is what Obama has done by changing key parts of ObamaCare in order to implement it. The AAPS lawsuit, which was filed today in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, asks the Court to enjoin the Obama Administration from imposing its "individual mandate" while delaying the "employer mandate." The law...
  • How Hillary Made that $100k in Cattle Futures

    08/09/2013 1:51:45 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 42 replies - Commodity Broker ^ | August 9, 2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    I can't remember if I have ever written this up, or maybe just explained it in a interview at some point, but I have had several people ask, so I'll explain it. This is how Hillary Clinton "made" $100,000 off of an initial "investment" of $1000 in cattle futures back in the early 80's. It was textbook money laundering. I know you're shocked - SHOCKED to think that a Clinton could be involved in anything untoward, but I'm afraid it is true. Back in the 80's in Arkansas, Bill and Hillary were the power couple ascending first to the position...
  • Sen. Corker: White House Owes Me Answer on Secret Afghanistan Payoffs

    05/18/2013 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 17, 2013 | by Bill Hoffman
    U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he is awaiting an explanation from the White House over reports that the United States has made millions of dollars in secret cash payments to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. Corker told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV that a letter he wrote to the Obama administration was first answered with officials telling him it wasn't his business, but added they have since softened their stance. "I want to know why we're doing it. I understand when we go into conflict areas in the very beginning, there's no doubt we deal with cash,'' Corker,...
  • Immigration Bill Contains Slush Funds for Pro-Amnesty Groups

    05/01/2013 7:08:36 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 22 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | (May 1, 2013) | Center for Immigration Studies
    The pro-amnesty lobbyists who helped craft the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill included within the bill two "slush funds" amounting to $150 million that may be supplemented with additional taxpayer dollars for years to come. Slush fund grantees are "public or private, non-profit organizations" described in the bill as including "a community, faith-based, or other immigrant-serving organization whose staff has demonstrated qualifications, experience, and expertise in providing quality services to immigrants, refugees, persons granted asylum, or persons applying for such statuses." In other words, the grantees would include many of the groups involved in writing and promoting the amnesty. [IRS] Section 2537...
  • HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy (U of Chicago program tied to MO)

    05/14/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 26 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5-14-12 | Keith Koffler
    The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends. The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama’s...
  • GREEN SCAM: 80% Of Green Energy Loans Went To Obama Donors - 19 Companies Went Bust

    07/14/2012 7:21:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 6-2-12 | jim hoft
    For those who only hear about these failing companies one by one, the following is a list of all the clean energy companies supported by President Obama’s stimulus that are now failing or have filed for bankruptcy. The liberal media hopes you’ve forgotten about all of them except Solyndra, but we haven’t. Evergreen Solar SpectraWatt Solyndra (received $535 million) Beacon Power (received $43 million) AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy Nevada Geothermal (received $98.5 million) SunPower (received $1.5 billion) First Solar (received $1.46 billion) Babcock & Brown (an Australian company which received $178 million) Ener1 (subsidiary EnerDel received $118.5 million) Amonix (received...
  • Reid Offers Teachers' Salaries as First Vote on Obama's Divvied-Up Jobs Bill

    10/17/2011 2:20:36 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 16 replies ^ | 10/17/11 | Trish Turner
    Senate Democrats will try to move a component of President Obama's $447 billion bill -- $35 billion in aid to state and local governments to rehire or retain teachers and first responders -- as early as this week, disappointing Republicans who say another piece of the apple would've had a better chance for success. "Our economy cannot afford to lose any more jobs," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday, vowing to hold a vote "as soon as possible," and promising one provision per week when Congress is in session. "The bill we are introducing today continues that focus...
  • Call girl free to reveal rich john’s name in months [federal court Puzzle for FReepers]

    09/26/2011 9:05:55 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, September 26, 2011 | Laurel J. Sweet
    Call girl free to reveal rich john’s name in months [Puzzle for FReepers] "The federal gag order barring a Yellow Pages prostitute from outing the name of a well-to-do Bay State client she bedded then blackmailed when he ended their pay-to-play affair will be lifted when her supervised probation expires in five months. Michelle Robinson, 32, who under threat of imprisonment by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf has never publicly named her deep-pockets trick ..." "The case was cloaked in so much secrecy and intrigue that in 2009 Wolf made federal prosecutors submit a list to him...
  • 'Supercommittee’ members get plenty of funds from lobbyists

    08/22/2011 7:33:44 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 21, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    When congressional leaders earlier this month named six lawmakers from each party to a debt reduction “supercommittee,” investing unprecedented power in a tiny cadre to slash funding, they set off a wild scramble among special interest groups to gain access and protect their interests. Yet many groups with the most at stake didn’t have to change their plans. Some members of the supercommittee received more campaign contributions in July from political action committees controlled by corporations, unions and other lawmakers than anyone else in Congress, disclosures filed this weekend show. Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican who chairs the tax-writing House...
  • Police Union Pushing for Recall of Regalado

    08/02/2011 5:36:04 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | August 2, 2011 | Brent Solomon, Steve Litz and Brian Hamacher
    Just months after Miami-Dade's mayor was ousted through a recall, Miami's mayor could be facing the same fate. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado is being targeted and the people who want him out are the city's police force and firefighters. In a harshly-worded letter posted to the Miami Fraternal Order of Police Website Monday, FOP President Armando Aguilar said they've had enough of Regalado.
  • Bloomberg gives maximum (donations) to NY Republicans who voted for gay marriage

    07/14/2011 2:03:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 14, 2011 | Steven Nelson
    The four New York Republican state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the state are now raking in major campaign donations.New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the maximum amount possible — $10,300 — to the re-election campaigns of Sens. James Alesi, Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald and Stephen Saland after the June vote.The four senators provided the margin for victory in a close 33-29 vote in the Republican-led Senate.New York Conservative Party leader Michael Long said after the vote that each had lost the party’s ballot line for re-election. The senators may also face primary challenges.Grisanti, a freshman senator...
  • Taxpayers still on the hook for auto bailouts

    05/27/2011 12:59:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 5/26/11 | Editor
    President Barack Obama and two of his biggest union allies — the United Auto Workers and the United Steelworkers — plan to make the automotive bailout “a central issue” in the 2012 election, Politico reported. Republicans should welcome this as an opportunity to expose the ugly truth about the auto bailouts. On Tuesday, Obama announced that Chrysler had paid back all “outstanding loans to the U.S. Treasury and American taxpayers.” This is highly misleading. American taxpayers still own a 6.6 percent stake in Chrysler, which cost them nearly $2 billion. Chrysler would have to be worth six times its current...
  • Clinton’s Efforts on Ethanol Overlap Her Husband’s Interests

    02/25/2011 7:23:47 AM PST · by USSR Didnt Fall · 20 replies
    NYT ^ | 02/28/2008 | Mike McIntire
    To big rounds of applause, three of the world’s richest men — Richard Branson, Ronald W. Burkle and Vinod Khosla — trooped onto a New York ballroom stage with former President Bill Clinton to pledge support for renewable energy projects to combat global warming and create jobs. It was September 2006, and the Clinton Global Initiative, the annual star-studded networking event for philanthropists and investors, had generated commitments to spend billions on ethanol and other alternative fuels. Cast as good works, many were also investments by businessmen hoping for a profit. And sitting in the audience was an influential public...
  • Watch out: More Obama union pay-offs in the works

    12/20/2010 9:46:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/20/10 | Michelle Malkin
    On Friday, President Obama mollified Big Labor bosses at the White House. Which means you better watch your wallets. Angered at the tax deal, union leaders marched into 1600 Pennsylvania with a renewed list of grievances and demands. AFL-CIO chief thug Richard Trumka was there, along with: United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry, and United Auto Workers President Bob King. One item on the Big Labor wish list: more failed government-funded infrastructure spending: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, speaking for the union presidents at White House, backed...
  • GM Resumes Political Giving

    09/23/2010 7:40:57 AM PDT · by Obadiah · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/23/2010 | Josh Mitchell
    General Motors Co. has begun to once again contribute to political campaigns, lifting a self-imposed ban on political spending put in place during the auto maker's U.S.-financed bankruptcy restructuring last year. The Detroit company gave $90,500 to candidates running in the current election cycle, Federal Election Commission records show. GM Resumes Campaign Contributions The beneficiaries include Midwestern lawmakers, mostly Democrats, who have traditionally supported the industry's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) and Rep. John Dingell (D., Mich.). The list also includes Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Republican Whip,...
  • A Coup, Through and Through (3 of 3)

    09/07/2010 6:34:08 AM PDT · by jbjd · 12 replies
    "jbjd" blog ^ | 09.06.10 | jbjd
    © 2010 jbjd A COUP, THROUGH and THROUGH (3 of 3) is the final installment in the 3-part series describing the fraud pulled off at the 2008 DNC Services Corporation Presidential Nominating Convention in order to ensure Barack Obama would receive the nomination so that his name would appear next to the D on the general election ballot. The groundwork for the present article, “The Coup at the Convention,” was laid in the first 2 (two) installments, A COUP, THROUGH and THROUGH (1 of 3); and A COUP, THROUGH and THROUGH (2 of 3). Trust me, if you understand what...
  • Team Obama's Albany problem

    07/06/2010 3:23:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 06, 2010 | Editorial
    The Obama team has been knocked for bringing "Chicago style" politics to Washington -- but if you ask us, things down there are starting to smell suspiciously like . . . Albany. A terrifying thought. Politico reported last week that one of the president's top political advisers, Patrick Gaspard, took home nearly $40,000 last year from one of the country's most powerful labor unions -- without telling a soul. You'd think that's the sort of trick that only New York state legislators, who regularly engage in off-the-books moonlighting for special interests, would be brazen enough to try. Yet Gaspard has...
  • Rahm Emanuel lived rent free in BP flack's apartment(I can't wait until GOP Congress calls hearings)

    06/08/2010 10:39:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 17 replies · 66+ views
    american thinker ^ | 6/8/10 | Thomas Lifson
    If you or I lived rent free for five years in an apartment in pricey Washington, DC, we would have to pay income taxes on the value of the rent on the place. But apparently not Rahm Emanuel. The wonderful Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times writes: We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign. Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer. Shortly...
  • Obama's payoff to Brazilian cotton growers

    04/30/2010 12:37:10 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 4 replies · 395+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2010 | Editorial
    As a candidate for president, Barack Obama talked a lot about "fair trade." Unlike free trade, which is an objective concept, fair trade is vague and provides wiggle room to adjust to the political interests of individual politicians. President Obama's interpretation of fair trade is shaking out, and it entails paying hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize the Brazilian cotton industry. Sending big bucks to Latin American competitors probably isn't what most Americans consider fair. The genesis of this example of stupid government rests with a Brazilian protest against farm support and export-credit guarantees that U.S....
  • Pro-Life Democrats Who Switched Vote for Health Bill Request Billions in Earmarks

    03/30/2010 3:09:37 AM PDT · by Son House · 19 replies · 1,755+ views ^ | March 29, 2010 |
    Since the health care reform push hit its final stretch, numerous sweeteners for lawmakers' districts and states have been found inside the package. Earmark requests are made outside of the health care bill, making them a bit more difficult to link to any vote-trading. But it is precisely that kind of tricky-to-catch deal-making that Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said he and other GOP senators would be monitoring for months to come. "If you think you can cut a deal now and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isn't going to happen," Coburn...
  • VIDEO: Sen. Scott Brown: President's Rhetoric "Inappropriate"

    03/26/2010 5:46:23 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 3 replies · 697+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 26, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Scott Brown: "But what about the backroom deals? What about all the bad things?"
  • Reid Unveils Mesquite Gas Plant Plans (1.4 billion payback?)

    03/23/2010 9:46:40 PM PDT · by bronxville · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Fox News 5 ^ | March 22, 2010 | Staff
    Reid Unveils Mesquite Gas Plant Plans Construction To Create 1,000 Jobs POSTED: 8:15 pm PDT March 22, 2010 UPDATED: 8:25 pm PDT March 22, 2010 MESQUITE, Nev. -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others are announcing plans to build a natural gas plant near Mesquite. Reid's office said Monday that Sithe Global Power had planned to build a coal-fired power plant at the Toquop site but abandoned that idea in favor of original plans to build a natural gas plant. Reid's office said construction of the plant will take three years once it starts and will cost $1.4 billion...
  • Stupak Caves on health care votes Yes... Receives $726,409 in grants same day.

    03/23/2010 2:35:57 PM PDT · by DecoyJames · 23 replies · 445+ views
    "Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said Sunday that an executive order President Obama promises to sign to guarantee a ban on the use of federal funds for abortions, is enough to win his vote to pass the ObamaCare bill. By a curious coincidence, Stupak announced just Friday on his website that three airports in his northern Michigan district have received grants totaling $726,409 for airport maintenance and improvements from the Obama Administration."
  • SOLD: Obama Trades Airport Grants for Stupak's Vote

    03/23/2010 1:37:37 PM PDT · by GVnana · 75 replies · 1,416+ views
    Obama Administration Awarded Hundreds of Thousands in Airport Grants to Stupak’s District Two Days Before Vote Was this Yet Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama’s Bill Down the American People’s Throats? Three airports in the district of infamous fence-sitting and ultimately kowtowing Democrat Bart Stupak were awarded $726,409 in grants by the Obama Administration just two days before a vote on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare. Did Stupak compromise his supposed principled stand against taxpayer funding of abortion in exchange for taxpayer dollars for pet projects? Alpena County Regional Airport received a $85,500 grant, but had only 7,519...
  • Obama Awarded Airport Grants to Stupak’s District Two Days Before Vote

    03/23/2010 1:33:19 PM PDT · by LoneStarGI · 30 replies · 728+ views
    Code Red ^ | Mar 23, 2010 | Deal Watcher
    Was this Yet Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama’s Bill Down the American People’s Throats? Three airports in the district of infamous fence-sitting and ultimately kowtowing Democrat Bart Stupak were awarded $726,409 in grants by the Obama Administration just two days before a vote on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare. Did Stupak compromise his supposed principled stand against taxpayer funding of abortion in exchange for taxpayer dollars for pet projects? Alpena County Regional Airport received a $85,500 grant, but had only 7,519 passenger boardings in 2008 (the most recent year for which there is information) according to Federal...
  • What Americans Don't Understand about Obamacare

    02/20/2010 3:50:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies · 927+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2010 | Brad O'Leary
    In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to offer a mea culpa of sorts for the unraveling of his health care bill. Calling health care "a complex issue," the president said, "I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people." Mr. President, you are correct. We Americans don't understand. However, our lack of understanding is not because we're incapable of deciphering complex issues. Rather, we don't understand how Obamacare itself is supposed to make our health care system any better. Here is a short list of what we specifically...
  • Where Did Our Real Wealth Go?

    02/18/2010 4:36:23 AM PST · by radioone · 64 replies · 1,089+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 2-17-10 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Economists have given us all the usual diagnoses of what went wrong in a now bankrupt Greece — high taxes, tax cheating, too generous retirements, unsustainable entitlements, government corruption, and anemic demography.
  • Trial Lawyers Contribute, Shareholder Suits Follow

    02/03/2010 8:44:48 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies · 371+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/03/10 | MARK MAREMONT, TOM MCGINTY And NATHAN KOPPEL
    It is legal for lawyers, like anyone else, to give campaign money to politicians. But questions arise when the politicians are local officials with influence over the selection of legal counsel for shareholder lawsuits filed by public pension funds, a role that can be lucrative. A Wall Street Journal analysis documented the extent of campaign giving by plaintiffs' law firms specializing in shareholder litigation. It found that 25 leading firms, their lawyers and family members contributed a total of more than $21 million in the past decade to state-level candidates and party funds, as well as to national-party groups that...
  • Local officials look for how high-speed rail can pay off

    01/31/2010 6:29:36 PM PST · by 4Runner · 26 replies · 507+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | January 29, 2010 | TED JACKOVICS
    TAMPA - The questions no longer are if or when Tampa will get high-speed trains to Lakeland and Orlando. What's now important is how the Bay area can make the rail system pay off. The Obama Administration on Wednesday announced that Florida will receive a "down payment" of $1.25 billion toward the eventual $2.56 billion required to build the project....
  • Sen. Nelson's approval ratings take a hit in wake of health vote

    01/17/2010 3:24:04 PM PST · by Justaham · 12 replies · 639+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1-17-10 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-Neb.) approval ratings have slid since voting for health reform legislation, a new poll showed Sunday. 48 percent of Nebraskans say they disapprove of the way Nelson, a centrist who provided Democrats with the critical 60th vote for health reform, is handling his job. 42 percent said they approve, according to a poll by Wiese Research Associates conducted for the Omaha-World Herald. Those numbers mark a slide for Nelson, who won reelection in 2006 with nearly 64 percent of the vote. Voters' dissatisfaction with Nelson stemmed from his support for healthcare legislation, the World-Herald reported, though it...
  • Sen. Nelson: More Medicaid Funding for All States (First Sentence a Whopper)

    01/10/2010 6:42:39 PM PST · by Seaplaner · 31 replies · 1,076+ views ^ | 1/10/10 | A.P.
    Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson says he didn't hold back his vote on health care legislation just to get more money for his state, "but to fix the unfunded Medicaid mandate for all states."
  • Unions to Rake in $19 Billion Per Year From Obamacare

    01/08/2010 9:48:36 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies · 360+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/08/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Over at, Don Loos posited an excellent reason about why the big public employees unions are falling all over themselves to help Obama force Obamacare down America's throats even though their members would lose their lavish healthcare plans as a result. The reason? $19 billion in likely dues money that these unions will get when helathcare is taken over by the federal government is the reason. It is true that everyone in the country will be hurt by the current Obamacare policies, it is true that everyone will experience less healthcare coverage at higher costs, it is true that...
  • Government Screwing Savers, Retirees To Keep Secret Wall Street Bailout Going

    12/26/2009 12:23:40 PM PST · by FromLori · 24 replies · 1,509+ views
    As PIMCO's Bill Gross notes in this NYT article on zero-percent interest rates, the Fed's ongoing Wall Street bailout is coming at a cost: Anyone who has any cash savings is getting screwed. This includes retirees who did exactly what they were supposed to do--save. Their incomes are now getting clobbered. Meanwhile, for those who prefer to borrow money, the ongoing bailout has created the world's easiest way to make $1 billion. Borrow short-term from the taxpayers and lend the same money back to the taxpayers--and get a guaranteed risk-free spread. Here's Bill Gross: “What the average citizen doesn’t explicitly...
  • Lincoln spares NARMC

    12/26/2009 7:14:25 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 25 replies · 828+ views
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) announced Wednesday that North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison and seven other Arkansas hospitals will be protected under an amendment she secured in the revised Senate health plan. Her proposal prevents scheduled Medicare payment cuts proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) that put 250 hospitals throughout the United States at a disadvantage, including hospitals in Mountain Home, Forrest City, Blytheville, Helena, Jonesboro, Batesville, Paragould and Harrison. The move is expected to spare North Arkansas Regional Medical Center $1,078,857 in Medicare cuts.