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  • J Street calls to probe US contributions to settlements

    07/18/2010 12:08:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost ^ | 7/18/10 | JTA
    WASHINGTON (JTA) – J Street has called for an investigation into American charities that fund Israeli settlement activity. J Street, the self-proclaimed political home for “pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” launched a campaign on Monday calling on the US Treasury Department to look into whether organizations named in a July 6 New York Times report have broken the law. The report identified more than 40 US organizations that have collected over $200 million in tax-deductible contributions for schools, synagogues and recreation centers in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The organizations support Jewish settlements in the West Bank and receive tax breaks...
  • Dems block Sestak probe

    House Democrats Wednesday blocked an attempt by Republicans to find out more about the job offer the White House made to Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., in an attempt to get him to drop out of Pennsylvania’s Senate Democratic primary. The House Judiciary Committee voted 15-12 to reject a motion that would have directed the Justice Department to turn over all material related to the job offer, which the White House said was made by former President Bill Clinton and did not involve a paid position. Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,...
  • Obama taps top scientific minds for oil spill probe

    06/14/2010 5:19:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 608+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday named five of America's top scientists, environmentalists and conservation experts to his independent commission set up to probe the causes of the Gulf oil spill. The five, mostly drawn from some of the nation's leading academic centers, will join the bipartisan body set up last month in the wake of an explosion that ripped through a BP-leased rig in the Gulf of Mexico. "These individuals bring tremendous expertise and experience to the critical work of this commission," Obama said in a statement released as he toured stricken southern states on a two-day...
  • Holder Announces FBI Probe of Border Patrol After Shooting of Mexican Boy

    06/10/2010 6:08:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies · 1,424+ views
    fox ^ | 6/10/10 | fox
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced that the FBI is investigating whether excessive force was used by Border Patrol after an agent fatally shot a 15-year-old Mexican boy on the banks of the Rio Grande. The attorney general expressed "sincere regrets about the loss of life" and said the relationship between the United States and Mexico remains "strong."
  • Barney Frank calls for probe of Gaza raid

    06/04/2010 2:05:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 533+ views
    boston herald ^ | 6/4/10 | Hillary Chabot and Marie Szaniszlo
    U.S. Rep. Barney Frank had harsh words yesterday for the Israeli Navy after a bloody raid on a pro-Palestinian flotilla outside of Gaza, describing nine activists killed in the conflict as “innocent” and calling for an independent inquiry into the showdown. Frank, in a wide-ranging interview with the Herald, went on to say that “as a Jew,” Israeli treatment of Arabs around some of the West Bank settlements “makes me ashamed that there would be Jews that would engage in that kind of victimization of a minority.”
  • Sestak to comply with political job-offer probe (Impeachment begins soon after findings)

    05/25/2010 5:25:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 70 replies · 1,950+ views
    Times-Tribune ^ | 5/25/10 | Michael R. Sisak
    Sestak to comply with political job-offer probeBy Michael R. Sisak Published: May 25, 2010 KINGSTON - U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak pledged Monday to "absolutely" comply with investigators if his claims of a politically motivated White House job offer become the focus of a federal probe. Mr. Sestak, the Democratic winner in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary, has refused to publicly discuss details of the offer since it was revealed three months ago and maintained that tack Monday in Kingston, saying additional discussion was "just getting into politics." U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to probe whether...
  • Two taken into custody as FBI conducts searches in Times Square probe

    05/13/2010 8:30:01 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies · 430+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/13/10 | Laura Crimaldi, Laurel J. Sweet and O’Ryan Johnson
    Two people have been taken into custody on possible immigration violations following a sweep today in Watertown and at other locations across the Northeast in connection with the investigation into the attempted May 1 Times Square bombing, federal officials tell the Herald. FBI agents were also seen at two gas stations in Brookline - one on Harvard Street and another on Cypress Street. The agents were seen carefully examining a silver Honda at the Harvard Street station, but it is unclear whether the activity is related to the Times Square probe. FBI agents have also been seen at a home...
  • One of Obama’s closest friends, Dr. Eric Whitaker, under investigation

    05/09/2010 3:23:54 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies · 1,920+ views
    PolitiPage ^ | 05/09/10 | jeff j
    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker — one of President Obama’s best friends — have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury
  • Federal criminal probe into Goldman (mortgage) trading: report (WSJ.com says so, SEC - No comment)

    04/29/2010 6:21:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 252+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/29/10 | Martinne Geller
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal probe into whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) or its employees committed securities fraud in connection with its mortgage trading, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the office of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney said she could "neither confirm nor deny" any Goldman investigation. Goldman was not available to comment.
  • Palin Contract Found in Trash Sparks Probe

    04/14/2010 10:57:29 AM PDT · by camerongood210 · 87 replies · 2,756+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-14-10 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, California -- A document fished out of a California state university trash bin last week has prompted a state investigation into the university's foundation arm and its refusal to disclose details related to Sarah Palin's upcoming speech at the school. On Tuesday, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said his office would look into the finances of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation, as well as allegations that the nonprofit organization violated public disclosure laws by keeping details of Palin's contract secret.
  • Pelosi faces ethics probe over potential Massa coverup

    03/11/2010 7:41:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies · 4,494+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 12, 2010 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Republicans are pushing hard for an investigation into Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of accusations that ex-Rep. Eric Massa sexually harassed a male staffer, putting Democrats in a politically dangerous position. The House voted 402-1 to refer to the ethics committee a demand put forward by GOP leaders that the panel ask Democratic leaders about how they responded to sexual harassment allegations against Massa. The move came a day after the ethics panel quietly dropped its probe into Massa, a freshmen New York Democrat. Massa resigned Monday amid allegations he groped male staffers in his office. In interviews Massa said...
  • GOP loses bid for ethics probe of Dem leaders

    03/11/2010 1:45:30 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies · 832+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/11/2010 | Larry Margasak/Andrew Miga
    House Democrats on Thursday stopped a Republican bid to force an investigation of Democratic leaders aimed at determining whether they covered up sexual harassment allegations against ex-Rep. Eric Massa. Even in failure, Republicans planted questions about when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned about allegations from Massa's employees that he sexually harassed male staff members. The freshman New York Democrat resigned Monday amid a slew of conflicting statements in which he confirmed and denied that he groped staff members and argued that none of the contact was sexual. By trying to make Democratic leaders rather than Massa the investigative subjects, Republicans...
  • Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe (investigated for voting against Obamacare)

    03/08/2010 6:21:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies · 332+ views
    Politico ^ | March 8, 2010
    Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) says the House ethics committee is investigating him for inappropriate comments he made to a male staffer on New Year's Eve — and that he's the victim of a power play by Democratic leaders who want him out of Congress because he's a "no" vote on health care reform. "Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill," Massa, who on Friday announced his intention to resign, said during a long monologue on radio station WKPQ. "And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass...
  • Paterson faces ethics charge over Yankees playoff tickets

    03/03/2010 3:34:41 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 14 replies · 364+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 3, 2010 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    The bad news continues for Gov. David Paterson -- he was just charged by the state's Commission on Public Integrity with violating the gift ban under the state's ethics laws for getting free tickets to game one of the 2009 World Series. He may face criminal charges in that case too. (...)
  • President Barack Obama abandons Rep. Charles Rangel against ethics charges

    02/27/2010 9:51:20 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 1,083+ views
    nydailynews.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2010 | Michael Mcauliff and Richard Sisk
    WASHINGTON - President Obama abandoned his defense of Rep. Charles Rangel against a raft of ethics charges Friday as a handful of rank-and-file Dems echoed GOP demands to demand that Rangel give up his chairman's gavel. White House officials have privately called Rangel "untouchable" in the past, but Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama stressed that "rules are put in place for a reason and that those rules can and must apply to each and every person." Obama also said that members of Congress "ought to be accountable," Gibbs reported, "and that applies to everyone," including the powerful 79-year-old Harlem...
  • The Taint In The Toyota Probe

    02/25/2010 5:01:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies · 699+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 25, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Regardless whether one loves or hates Toyota, a herd of huge elephants in the living room of this controversy have thus far been completely ignored in news reports and analysis. These include, first, a pair of related conflicts of interest underlying the government's role, and, second, the disreputable records of several key "expert" witnesses in the mounting crusade against the besieged automaker. The conflicts of interest begin with the fact the federal government is itself the controlling owner of General Motors, having invested billions of U.S. tax dollars in one of Toyota's two main American competitors. There is no creditable...
  • Issa Report finds ACORN Fraud, SEIU Connections (“Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and .. Allies”)

    02/20/2010 10:57:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 884+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/10 | Connie Hair
    Republicans on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee have released a new report leveling fresh allegations and evidence of corruption against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Entitled “Follow the Money: ACORN, SEIU and their Political Allies,” the report presents information gleaned from committee investigations into hundreds of bank accounts, shell organizations incorporated under myriad sections of the internal revenue code, even an ACORN-directed accounting firm, Citizens Consulting Inc., charged with obscuring the trail and use of funding streams pouring into ACORN from taxpayers and charitable contributions alike. The report includes a blistering executive summary...
  • US probe launched into Corolla problems

    02/18/2010 3:13:54 AM PST · by myknowledge · 21 replies · 588+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 18, 2010 | Veronique Dupont
    Toyota faces a US investigation into complaints of steering problems in the Corolla, the world's best-selling car, in a fresh setback to the auto giant's efforts to restore trust in its brand. The Japanese maker, already pulling more than eight million cars worldwide over defects linked to more than 30 deaths, said Wednesday it was looking into the issue and would recall the Corolla if it found a dangerous flaw. Another recall would deal a heavy blow to efforts by the world's biggest automaker to bounce back from a string of safety issues and criticism that it was slow to...
  • Probe: Olympic track didn't cause luger's death

    02/13/2010 7:53:39 AM PST · by ZGuy · 103 replies · 2,302+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 2/13/10 | TIM REYNOLDS AND TOM WITHERS
    Fast and frightening, yes. Responsible for the death of a luger, no. Olympic officials decided late Friday night against any major changes in the track or any delays in competition and even doubled up on the schedule in the wake of the horrifying accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia. They said they would raise the wall where the slider flew off the track and make an unspecified "change in the ice profile" — but only as a preventative measure "to avoid that such an extremely exceptional accident could occur again." Within sight...
  • Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota'

    02/02/2010 1:35:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 126 replies · 4,896+ views
    Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota' By JOSH MITCHELL And NORIHIKO SHIROUZU The Obama administration toughened its stance toward Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday, saying it is still reviewing possible safety defects in the company's vehicles and weighing other actions. "We're not finished with Toyota and are continuing to review possible defects and monitor the implementation of the recalls," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. Another DOT official said the agency is considering a civil penalty against the Japanese auto maker. Mr. LaHood, in his statement, said "while Toyota is taking responsible action now, it...