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  • Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing (Auditioning for prison)

    06/20/2014 2:07:00 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 50 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 06-20-2014 | EILEEN SULLIVAN and JACK GILLUM
    The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday THE AGENCY WILL NOT SHARE WITH CONGRESS ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT ITS LOST EMAILS related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.
  • White House launches internal probe into accidental outing of CIA official

    05/27/2014 3:45:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/27/14 | Staff
    The White House has launched an internal probe after its press office inadvertently outed the top CIA official in Afghanistan -- a national security blunder that could put that individual at risk. A spokeswoman with the National Security Council confirmed to Fox News that the White House chief of staff asked White House Counsel Neil Eggleston to “look into what happened” and make recommendations on “how the administration can improve processes and make sure something like this does not happen again.” The brief statement from the National Security Council was the first on-the-record comment made by the administration since the
  • One year later, Republicans put IRS probe on the backburner (VIDEO)

    05/10/2014 9:32:47 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 10 2014 | Bernie Becker
    A year after it began, the IRS targeting controversy has been overtaken by the Benghazi attacks on the oversight agenda of House Republicans. While Republicans are convinced that the Obama administration is stonewalling them on both matters, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House GOP have only set up a special committee for Benghazi. On the IRS, House Republicans have instead pushed the Justice Department to more aggressively pursue its investigation, and this week pushed Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor. There are a variety of reasons for the emphasis on Benghazi, including the chance to further...
  • Probe Uncovers More Reid 'Slush Fund' Payments to Granddaughter

    03/28/2014 4:07:07 AM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 27, 2014 | Drew Mackenzie
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is at the center of a growing political controversy after it was revealed Thursday that more payments from his campaign funds had been made to his granddaughter than previously reported. The Nevada Democrat promised earlier this week to reimburse $16,787 his campaign gave to Ryan Elisabeth Reid in 2013 for what was described as payments for “holiday gifts.” Those payments were reportedly made to purchase items from Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who has her own line of jewelry. Reid defended the payments, saying they complied with Federal Election Commission standards that allow the purchase of goods...
  • Justice bars lawyer from testifying before House panel in IRS (Tea Party) probe

    02/01/2014 5:36:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/30/14 | Stephen Dinan
    **SNIP** Eight months later, the probe has shown few public signs of progress, and many of the tea party victims say they still haven’t heard from the FBI or Justice Department lawyers. House Republicans said they were concerned about the direction of the probe, and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican and a subcommittee chairman on the House oversight committee, asked Ms. Bosserman to testify at a hearing next week. The GOP has identified her as the lead lawyer on the investigation, and they have questioned her role, given her history as a significant political donor to President Obama’s 2008 and...
  • Kay Hagan (RAT period-NC) seeks ‘complete’ Obamacare probe (demands transparency)

    11/11/2013 1:43:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/13 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Senators will ask the Obama administration for a full investigation into the bungled launch of, according to a letter being circulated by Sen. Kay Hagan. The North Carolina Democrat is collecting signatures this week for a letter to Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro and Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson asking for “a complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of”

    11/10/2013 4:24:12 PM PST · by redreno · 40 replies ^ | Nov. 6, 2013 2:01pm | Jason Howerton
    A man in New Mexico was pulled over by police for a minor traffic violation. When officers said a K-9 unit sniffed drugs on the driver’s seat, the officers forced the man to undergo invasive medical procedures, including an anal exam. It may sound nearly identical to David Eckert’s nightmarish story as reported by TheBlaze Tuesday, but this is an entirely different incident. It does, however, involve the same uncertified drug-sniffing dog in New Mexico. The dog’s name is Leo.
  • Are terrorists doing 9/11-style dry runs on U.S. flights?

    10/12/2013 11:05:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    Yahoo/The Week ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Frances Weaver
    "If a dry run is occurring, the attack will shortly follow." That's according to Wolf Koch, a Boeing 767 pilot for Delta Airlines and an official at the Air Line Pilots Association International, who was discussing common terrorist tactics in the run-up to devastating attacks like those on 9/11. That is an extremely worrying thought given a memo leaked this week from the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which warns of "several cases recently…of what appear to be probes, or dry runs" of such attacks.
  • Report: Flight to Orlando used as terrorist practice run

    10/10/2013 9:54:21 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 110 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 10/10/2013 | Joe Kelley
    Orlando, Fla. — Terrorists are in the midst of practice runs in preparations for an attack on U.S. airlines. (snip) The pilots say the most recent dry-run occurred on Flight 1880 on September 2. The flight left Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. and headed to Orlando International. Crew members say that shortly after takeoff, a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion......continues
  • Weapons inspectors need 4 days in Syria to conclude probe - U.N. chief

    08/28/2013 6:25:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 28, 2013
    EXCERPT "They are working very hard, under very, very dangerous circumstances," (U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon) told a news conference in The Hague where he was attending centenary celebrations for the Peace Palace. "Let them conclude their work for four days, and then we will have to analyse scientifically with experts and then I think we will have to report to the Security Council for any actions."
  • Pelosi dodges questions about Tierney ethics probe (pimps 'women's economic agenda')

    08/23/2013 3:13:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    My Fox Boston ^ | 8/23/13
    **SNIP** While Tierney refused to answer questions at the event, FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti asked Pelosi about why she chose not to wait until the completion of the probe to appear alongside the Congressman. "Our timing is about the timing that works for the American people," Pelosi replied. "To create good paying jobs for them and not to worry about what's happening in Washington D.C., but to meet the needs of what is happening to people out here. Tierney has been under fire since his wife pleaded guilty in 2010 to helping file false tax returns for her brother, who...
  • Obama Orders Probe of Syrian Chemical Attack

    08/22/2013 7:39:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 8/22/13
    U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered local spy agencies to urgently probe claims that Syrian forces launched a horrific chemical attack on civilians, including children, aides said Thursday. Officials said they could not yet be sure the deadly arms had killed as many as 1,300 people outside Damascus, as the rebels have claimed. The Obama administration is facing rising political pressure for a tough response to the attack, which could have again infringed U.S. "red lines" against chemical weapons use by President Bashar Al-Assad's regime. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said that Obama had asked intelligence agencies to urgently evaluate...
  • China probes drugmaker Sanofi for alleged bribery

    08/10/2013 8:10:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2013 10:29 AM EDT
    Chinese authorities have launched an investigation against French drugmaker Sanofi following a news report that accused the company of bribing hundreds of Chinese doctors in 2007. An unnamed whistleblower told the Guangzhou-based, state-owned 21st Century Business Herald that the French company had paid 503 doctors a total of $274,000 to prescribe Sanofi products, disguising the payments as grants for research programs. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the Beijing municipal health bureau was teaming up with disciplinary authorities to look into the research programs and determine whether the payments were actually bribes. …
  • Obama says "no apologies" over U.S. security leak probe

    05/16/2013 6:47:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/16/13 | Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he makes "no apologies" for his concern about leaks to the media that could compromise U.S. national security or put American military and intelligence officers at risk. Obama expressed complete confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder and declined to comment on the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press phone records, part of a probe into media leaks about a Yemen-based plot to bomb a U.S. airliner. "Leaks related to national security can put people at risk," Obama said at a news conference.
  • Holder Defends AP Probe: 'Aggressive' Action Necessary, 'Very Serious Leak'

    05/14/2013 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/13/13 | breitbart
    Today at a Department Of Justice press conference Attorney General Eric Holder said he has no problem without letting the Associate Press answer the charges of a leak endangering national security.
  • Holder launches probe into IRS targeting of Tea Party groups

    05/14/2013 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/14/13 | Fox
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he's ordered a Justice Department probe into an IRS program that singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for additional scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status. Holder announced the investigation during a press conference in Washington. He said the FBI was coordinating with the Department of Justice to see if any laws were broken. He called the practice "outrageous and unacceptable," echoing remarks from President Obama a day earlier. The probe comes as newly obtained documents show the current IRS chief knew about the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups as...
  • State: Our Benghazi probe ´should be enough´ for Congress

    04/29/2013 7:19:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/29/13 | Julian Pecquet
    The State Department on Monday defended its decision not to have lower-level employees testify before Congress about last year´s attack in Benghazi, Libya. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pushing ahead with his investigation of the terrorist assault, and has asked for legal protections for lower-level employees who might be called to testify. The State Department pushed back on Monday and said the independent probe into the attack "should be enough" for lawmakers. “We think that we´ve done an independent investigation, that it´s been transparent, thorough, credible, and detailed, and that we´ve shared those
  • 'Climate of Fear'? Obama's ATF pick facing probe over retaliation claim

    04/25/2013 5:34:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    fox ^ | 4/25/13 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – An independent government watchdog agency is investigating allegations that President Obama's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives retaliated against employees for whistle-blowing, has learned. The allegations against B. Todd Jones, a Minnesota federal prosecutor who also is serving as acting director of the ATF while his nomination is pending, include claims that he mismanaged the prosecutor's office and presided over a "climate of fear." Specifically, he was accused of retaliating against whistle-blowing with "a suspension and a lowered performance appraisal." In a letter dated July 20, 2012 to the Office of Special...
  • FBI takes charge in law enforcement probe of Boston Marathon explosions

    04/15/2013 6:47:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    wapo ^ | 4/15/13 | ap
    WASHINGTON — The FBI is taking charge in the criminal investigation of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. The announcement came Monday night at a news conference in Boston whose participants included Richard DesLauriers, the agent in charge of the FBI in Boston. Also on Monday night, the FBI said it had set up a phone line for members of the public to call with information about the explosions to contact the law enforcement agency. The call-in number is 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt (hash)3. “No piece of information or detail is too small,” the FBI said in urging the public to...
  • Walmart foresees losses amid corruption probes against it

    03/27/2013 11:34:34 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | PTI
    Multinational retail giant Walmart has said that the company is expected to incur financial losses in view of ongoing investigation into alleged corruption cases pertaining to its foreign subsidiaries. “...We expect to continue to incur costs (in addition to the $157 million of costs incurred in fiscal 2013) in conducting our on-going review and investigations”, the company said in a filing to US Securities and Exchange Commission. The company claimed that Audit Committee comprising its independent directors (on board) is conducting an internal investigation into, among other things, alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practises Act (“FCPA”) and other alleged...
  • Congressman Murphy Seeks Probe of Al Jazeera

    02/27/2013 1:20:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 27, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Tim Murphy, who holds a senior position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has called on the Obama Administration to explain whether Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV from former Democratic Vice President Al Gore was given any federal review and scrutiny. But Al Jazeera is working furiously to stop the mounting congressional interest and now has three lobbying firms working to stop any hearings or investigations into the deal. Once known as the voice of Osama bin Laden, Al Jazeera is the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • Goldman Sachs says cooperating with Heinz probe (Insider trading investigation)

    02/15/2013 6:15:58 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 2/15/13 | Reuters
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc is cooperating with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe into insider options trading in H.J. Heinz Co before the food company announced it was being acquired, Goldman said on Friday.
  • FBI investigating allegations Sen. Menendez patronized prostitutes in Dominican Republic

    02/15/2013 8:43:51 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15, 2013 | Carol D. Leonnig and Peter Wallsten
    A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation. One person said agents have asked about whether a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor to Menendez — provided the senator with prostitutes on vacations there. Another person said investigators are looking into allegations involving underage prostitutes and sex parties. The two, who spoke...
  • Republicans are 'not giving up' on Benghazi

    12/15/2012 5:20:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Republicans are 'not giving up' on BenghaziBy Julian Pecquet - 12/15/12 03:24 PM ET Republican lawmakers are vowing to keep pressing the administration on Benghazi despite Susan Rice’s decision to drop her bid to become secretary of State. “We'll continue to seek answers,” a Republican Senate aide told The Hill. “We're not giving up on it.” Rice’s decision to step aside averted a contentious confirmation fight with Republican senators that might have pointed to an end to the political battle over the U.S. consulate attack. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had become the flash-point for criticism since describing...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Is the Target of a Criminal Investigation for Home Decorating

    10/15/2012 2:22:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/15/12 | John Hudson | The Atlantic Wire
    In what's shaping out to be a pretty dreadful year for Jesse Jackson's Jr., the Chicago congressman who has been on medical leave for bipolar disorder is now the subject of a criminal investigation for misusing campaign money to spruce up his house. The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett and Evan Perez report that a FBI probe of Jackson is in its "final stages ... according to people familiar with the matter," with the possibility of an indictment coming before the November election. The paper reports Jackson's attorneys tried to get assurances that an indictment wouldn't come before Nov. 6,...
  • Revolt of the Spooks

    10/05/2012 9:46:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | 10-5-12 | Bill Gertz
    Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa. Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. “The Iranian strategy is two-fold: upping the...
  • She Roves! Curiosity Hits the Martian Road: Big Pics

    08/23/2012 1:19:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Discovery Channel ^ | August 22, 2012 | Irene Klotz
    NASA's new Mars probe lived up to its billing as a rover on Wednesday with a successful first test drive, its first motion since settling down inside an ancient impact basin on Aug. 6. "We built a rover, so unless the rover roves, we really haven’t accomplished anything," project manager Pete Theisinger, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., told reporters during a press conference Wednesday. "It's a big moment, a very big moment."
  • Romney Campaign Asks for Voter Probe in Virginia

    07/25/2012 6:11:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/12 | Mike Flynn
    The presidential election is going to be decided in a few key swing states. And, within these swing states, the election results will likely be very close, as both campaigns focus all their resources there. The campaigns will not just focus their appeals on existing voters but will spend considerable energy identifying and registering new voters. The efforts of one Democrat-aligned company have raised serious questions about potential fraud and have sparked calls for a full investigation by the Romney campaign. From Richmond Times-Dispatch: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation...
  • Lieberman Proposes Special Counsel for Leaks Probe (Hussein should be interviewed)

    06/17/2012 3:24:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/18/12 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    Lieberman Proposes Special Counsel for Leaks ProbeBy ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON June 18, 2012 (AP) Sen. Joe Lieberman says there should be a special counsel to look into allegations that the administration has leaked information on a U.S.-Israeli cyber-warfare campaign against Iran's nuclear program and other classified activities. The Connecticut Independent also said President Barack Obama should instruct anybody on his staff involved in such leaks to come forward and that the president should himself be interviewed by investigators.
  • Obama wants 'rigorous' Secret Service probe (Hussein gonna be "angry")

    04/15/2012 5:35:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/15/12
    Obama wants 'rigorous' Secret Service probeAFP – 1 hr 41 mins ago US President Barack Obama said Sunday he expected a "rigorous" probe into a sex scandal involving Secret Service agents, warning he would be "angry" if the allegations were true. The incident -- which saw 11 Secret Service and five military personnel pulled from their duties in Cartagena, Colombia at the Summit of the Americas -- overshadowed the talks attended by Obama and other regional leaders. The US Secret Service, which has sent the men back to the United States, is investigating claims they brought prostitutes to their hotel...
  • Man pleads guilty to gun charges in botched probe

    04/05/2012 11:57:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies ^ | 4/5/12 | JACQUES BILLEAUD , AP
    PHOENIX (AP) - A man who bought two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent near the Arizona-Mexico border pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges in the federal government's botched gun smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. Authorities say Jaime Avila Jr. was a member of a 20-person ring accused of buying guns and smuggling them into Mexico for use by the Sinaloa drug cartel. Two AK-47 variants bought by Avila from a suburban Phoenix gun store were found in the aftermath of a December 2010 shootout that mortally wounded Border...
  • Few teachers in Atlanta cheating probe willing to resign (taxpayers pick up huge tab)

    03/01/2012 10:21:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 80+ views
    AJC ^ | 3/01/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    Few teachers in Atlanta cheating probe willing to resignBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5:34 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 A last-ditch attempt to push Atlanta educators accused of cheating off the payroll has so far failed to convince many to resign, partly because they have little incentive to go. That means taxpayers will be on the hook for what is shaping up to be a costly firing process. The district has spent $6.2 million paying the salaries of suspended educators, an expense that increases $600,000 a month. Legal fees have cost the district at least $700,000 and will likely...
  • Arizona's 'toughest sheriff' to release findings of Obama birth certificate probe (March 1)

    02/22/2012 4:54:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 61 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/21/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Arizona's 'toughest sheriff' to release findings of Obama birth certificate probeBy Daniel Strauss - 02/21/12 03:11 PM ET Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio will reveal the findings of his office's investigation into the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate on March 1, he announced Tuesday. "Once again I take my elected sheriff's status very serious and when the people ask me to do something, I try to do it regardless of the repercussions, the politics," Arpaio said Tuesday at the Maricopa County Republican Party Lincoln Day Lunch and Straw Poll. "So on March 1st I will have a press conference and...
  • NASA Probe Discovers 'Alien' Matter From Beyond Our Solar System (4 types of alien atoms)

    01/31/2012 2:13:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies ^ | 1/31/12 | Denise Chow
    NASA / GSFC: Using the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), NASA has sampled the galactic wind that has traveled from outside our solar system. Four types of atoms were found to be different from what we have in our Solar System.
  • Gingrich Never Fined on Ethics Matter, Records Show

    01/26/2012 6:04:40 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 25 January 2012 | David A. Patten
    Associates of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are stepping forward to rebut accusations from Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney that he resigned in “disgrace” and paid an ethics “fine.” Gingrich insisted during a candidates debate Monday that reports he was fined $300,000 for House ethics violations are inaccurate and records back up his claim the payment was not a fine. A Newsmax examination of the House Ethics Committee report, and the record of the House debate in January 1997 as recorded in the Congressional Record, supports Gingrich’s contention that the $300,000 he paid was a “reimbursement” or “sanction” related to...
  • 43,000 Chinese officials probed for abuse of power

    12/25/2011 12:49:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    New Kerala ^ | 12/23/11
    43,000 Chinese officials probed for abuse of power Beijing, Dec 23 : Over 43,000 government officials in China have been investigated this year in cases related to abuse of official power, according to latest figures. **SNIP** Prosecutors across China approved the arrests of a total of 837,736 suspects and prosecuted nearly 1.07 million people.
  • Probe into Florida A&M (band) death uncovers possible 'financial irregularities'

    12/15/2011 9:05:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/15/11
    Probe into Florida A&M death uncovers possible 'financial irregularities'By the CNN Wire Staff updated 5:41 AM EST, Thu December 15, 2011 **SNIP** "It became apparent (from) some of the people that we interviewed (that) the financial irregularities had to do with the band travels and other sports and administrative components of the university," he said. "To say it's systemic would be premature, but I will say again, it's not just isolated to this one program (band) that we're primarily dealing with today," Bailey told CNN. His department sent letters Tuesday to the heads of the university board and the state...
  • IDF Probes Death of PA Arab Rioter

    12/10/2011 4:25:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/11 | Chana Yaar
    The IDF is investigating the death of a PA Arab rioter after he was hit by a tear gas cannister while hurling rocks at IDF soldiers during a riot at the Arab village of Nabi Saleh in Samaria on Friday. The riot erupted as part of a weekly protest that stems from what residents of the village insist is the illegal confiscation of Arab land. A statement from the IDF Spokesperson's Office said Friday, "100 Palestinians protested in Nabi Saleh and hurled rocks at the security forces, who responded with crowd dispersal methods. We received a report that one of...
  • Congressmen Want PA Probed for Ties with Terror

    11/23/2011 8:10:10 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/11/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedaliahu
    Two Florida and New York Congress members have asked for an investigation to determine if the Palestinian Authority is using U.S. aid for terrorists. Ted Deutch and Steve Israel, both of them Democrats wrote to the Government Accountability Office following reports earlier this month in Arutz Sheva and other media that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the Palestinian Investment Fund to build homes for terrorists whom Israel freed in return for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. The Congressmen also want the GAO to investigate whether any U.S. Economic Support Funds are being used by Abbas for his...
  • Rep. Darrell Issa opens probe of California Air Resources Board

    11/09/2011 8:43:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/9/11 | Michael Doyle
    The California Air Resources Board is now being investigated by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. On Wednesday, the committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Temecula, sent Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols a 13-page letter advising her that he was "expanding" the committee's ongoing investigation into the establishment of fuel economy standards. .. "Your refusal to subject yourself and your office to congressional scrutiny is emblematic of the core concern that many in Congress share...that CARB, as a state actor, is unresponsive to congressional concerns and unappreciative of congressional priorities," Issa wrote.
  • Rep. Laura Richardson (RAT-California) tries to head off ethics probe

    11/03/2011 6:28:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/02/11 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Rep. Laura Richardson tries to head off ethics probeBy JOHN BRESNAHAN | 11/2/11 11:42 PM EDT Rep. Laura Richardson is lobbying members of the House Ethics Committee in a last-ditch bid to avoid a formal investigation into allegations that she pressured her staff to engage in banned political activities while on her congressional payroll. The California Democrat sent a private letter to all 10 members of the secretive panel Tuesday, stating that she would agree to a minor sanction such as a public reprimand over the alleged violations. But Richardson urged her House colleagues not to move forward with a...
  • House GOP: Energy isn't fully cooperating on Solyndra probe

    10/20/2011 2:40:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    House GOP: Energy isn't fully cooperating on Solyndra probeBy Andrew Restuccia - 10/20/11 02:57 PM ET Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Thursday that the Energy Department is not fully cooperating with its investigation of the $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the now-bankrupt California solar firm. In a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu Thursday, top Republicans said the department has declined to allow key officials to sit for recorded interviews under oath with committee staff. Republicans are hoping to question Susan Richardson, chief counsel of the Energy Department’s Loan Programs Office, who wrote a memo...
  • GOP lawmaker demands independent probe into Solyndra

    09/28/2011 4:01:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/27/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    GOP lawmaker demands independent probe into SolyndraBy Andrew Restuccia - 09/27/11 07:50 PM ET A Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee is calling on the White House to appoint an independent investigator to examine the administration’s decision to approve a $535 million loan guarantee for a now-bankrupt solar company. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said the Obama administration should have quickly appointed a special investigator to look into Solyndra, the failed California-based solar-panel manufacturer, after the company announced late last month it would file for bankruptcy and lay off 1,100 workers. “My opinion is that it should have already...
  • House Oversight Chairman Widens Probe Into CAFE Standards Deal

    08/14/2011 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/14/11 | John McCArdle
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday expanded its investigation into the negotiations that led to newly announced vehicle fuel economy standards, charging that the White House worked out a secret deal that was outside the scope of the law. In a letter (pdf) to White House legal counsel Kathryn Ruemmler yesterday, Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) also said he was concerned that the new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and vehicle greenhouse gas standards that President Obama spent much of the past two weeks touting would increase vehicle costs for consumers and negatively affect safety standards.
  • Maxine Waters probe: House Ethics Committee hires outside counsel

    07/20/2011 6:19:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/20/11 | Richard Simon
    The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday announced the hiring of an outside counsel to review the case against Rep. Maxine Waters and misconduct allegations against the committee staffers involved in investigating the veteran Los Angeles congresswoman. The panel voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Washington attorney Billy Martin. "Serious allegations have been made about the committee's own conduct in this matter,'' the panel's Republican chairman Jo Bonner of Alabama and top Democrat, Linda Sanchez of California, said in a statement. "The committee has not taken these allegations lightly.'' Martin's hiring comes days after the disclosure of internal committee documents by...
  • NASA Probe to Uncover Secrets of Brightest Asteroid Vesta ('Dawn' probe to orbit protoplanet)

    07/15/2011 12:31:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies ^ | 7/15/11 | Charles Q. Choi
    The asteroid Vesta may be the brightest asteroid in the solar system, but it remains shrouded in mystery. When NASA's Dawn probe enters into orbit around Vesta on July 15 — the first spacecraft to visit the 330-mile-wide (530-kilometer) protoplanet — it promises to shed light on the many enigmas of the second-largest body in the asteroid belt. NASA launched the $466 million Dawn mission in 2007, with Vesta as the first (but not last) stop. The Dawn probe is also expected to visit Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system, but only after unlocking the secrets of Vesta....
  • Judiciary Committee Launches Probe of Kagan’s Involvement in Obamacare

    07/06/2011 8:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/6/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The House Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation to probe the involvement that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had in “health care legislation or litigation” when she was serving as President Barack Obama’s solicitor general and was responsible for defending the administration’s position in federal court cases. The investigation will look at whether Kagan is required by law to recuse herself from judging cases challenging President Obama’s health-care law and whether her answers to questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation process were accurate.
  • Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson could face jail time for ethics violations

    06/28/2011 11:06:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    daily caller ^ | 6/28/11 | Jonathan Strong
    New documents disclosed in a complaint from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) appear to show California Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson and her staff clearly violating congressional ethics rules and potentially federal law. The documents show Richardson using official taxpayer resources for political events, including fundraisers. “Rep. Richardson didn’t just violate House rules, she likely committed crimes,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director. In one instance, Richardson’s chief of staff, Shirley Cooks, told all of Richardson’s aides in an email from her official House account, “All staff are required to attend” a fundraiser held Sept....
  • Feds Probe Truck Driver Killed In Bay Area-Bound Amtrak Crash (5 dead, 20 injured)

    06/25/2011 9:41:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    CBS5 ^ | /25/11 | CBS/AP
    RENO, Nev. (CBS/AP) — Authorities plan to look into the driving and medical records of the semitrailer driver who died when the truck slammed into an Amtrak train, killing a train crew member and injuring dozens of passengers. Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said they also will look at autopsy results to determine whether the driver had consumed any drugs around the time of the collision Friday. The big rig plowed into the California-bound train at a crossing in a rural area about 70 miles east of Reno. Knudson said federal investigators would make sure...
  • FTC to deepen Google probe: report

    06/23/2011 12:41:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/23/11 | Bill Rigby and Diane Bartz - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc is about to receive the civil equivalent of a subpoena from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as part of a probe into the giant Web company's Internet search business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The company, which dominates U.S. and global markets for search advertising, has been accused by competitors of favoring its own services over rivals in its search results. Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, and the FTC declined to comment on the Journal report. The FTC plans to send the civil investigative...