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  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • Torricelli campaign funds go into his nonprofit ( Hillary mentioned )

    04/27/2008 11:17:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 166+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2008 | Jim McElhatton
    Former Sen. Robert G. Torricelli, a top fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is sending hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from his 2002 Senate campaign to a private foundation registered in his name and based out of his New Jersey lobbying office — an arrangement that troubles campaign-finance and tax experts. Federal election rules allow former elected officials to use surplus campaign money on charitable causes, though Mr. Torricelli's Rosemont Foundation, which received $1.5 million in campaign cash last year, has not yet been granted tax-exempt status. Angelo Genova, an attorney for Mr. Torricelli, said the foundation's application...
  • The Rockefellers and Iran: Jay Rockefeller’s Reversal and the Iranian-American Lobby

    01/24/2007 2:21:05 PM PST · by Fedora · 16 replies · 2,457+ views
    Original FReeper research | 01/24/2007 | Fedora
    The Rockefellers and Iran: Jay Rockefeller’s Reversal and the Iranian-American LobbyBy Fedora In 1979, Rockefeller representatives launched an unsuccessful operation to lobby the Carter administration in support of the Shah of Iran, who was seeking safe haven in the wake of a coup by Islamic revolutionaries. Codenamed Project Alpha, the operation was spearheaded by Chase Manhattan Bank Chairman David Rockefeller and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, with support from oil lobby lawyer John McCloy. Although Project Alpha won the support of National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, it met opposition from Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and failed to win...
  • N.J. for GOP?

    07/24/2006 8:44:14 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies · 841+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 7/23/06 | Bob Novak
    New Jersey, dominated by Democrats in recent elections, has become the best Republican prospect for winning a Democratic-held Senate seat this year. New polls last week indicated appointive Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez falling back to an even race with his Republican challenger, state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. Quinnipiac University's poll showed Kean gaining nine percentage points in one month to take a two-point lead. The Monmouth University/Gannett poll's first Senate survey had Kean trailing Menendez by one point, but enjoying a 15-point lead among key independent voters. Kean's edge in the Quinnipiac survey marked the first time a New Jersey...
  • HILLARY, TORRICELLI DONOR'S FUNNY MONEY Port's New Head, Sued by Brother, Faces an Inquiry

    12/11/2002 3:42:18 AM PST · by Liz · 38 replies · 3,213+ views
    NY OBSERVER Page One ^ | 12/16/02 edition | Tom McGeveran
    Charles Kushner, the Port Authority commissioner who is New Jersey Governor James McGreevey’s choice to be the agency’s next chairman, may soon find the dreaded appellation "embattled" attached to his name. Mr. Kushner is facing a whistle-blower lawsuit that could jeopardize his appointment to head the Port Authority—an appointment he doubtless helped to secure through generous contributions to New Jersey Democrats. He was the single largest donor to Mr. McGreevey’s campaign fund last year; to Hillary Clinton’s in 2000 and 2001; and to Senator Robert Torricelli’s in 1999 and 2001. Kushner companies collectively provided the largest bundle of contributions to...
  • Ex-senator linked to oil-for-food claims (Bob Torricelli)

    05/18/2006 5:37:16 PM PDT · by wjersey · 115 replies · 5,284+ views
    MSNBC (The Financial Times) ^ | 5/18/2006 | Claudio Gatti
    The US Senate is looking into allegations that a former US senator urged Baghdad to give a US company lucrative contracts under the much-criticised United Nations oil-for-food programme. This is the first time that a leading US lawmaker has been linked to the controversial UN programme, whose shortcomings have been an important element of the Bush administration's critique of the UN. The investigation involves one of the most vivid figures in US east coast politics, former senator Robert Torricelli, a New Jersey Democrat who was forced to pull out of the 2002 election after being "severely admonished" by the Senate...
  • Cuba's bio-research activity under scrutiny: Did Castro plant West Nile virus in Florida Keys?

    05/15/2002 1:10:18 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 1,465+ views ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2002 | By H.P. Albarelli Jr.
    Notwithstanding former President Jimmy Carter's recent statement to the contrary, Undersecretary of State John Bolton's remarks about Cuba's biological weapons capabilities underscore lingering concerns with the rogue island only 90 miles from the United States. Bolton, on May 6, told an audience at the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation that the U.S. is suspicious about Cuban biomedical laboratories and their ability to transfer biological weapons technology to Iraq, Syria and Libya, all countries that Cuban President Fidel Castro visited last year. Bolton also made remarks, which may be interpreted as a clear signal of hardening State Department policy toward Cuba, faulting...
  • Still in Doubt, Fight for Senate Grows Feverish

    11/02/2002 11:33:30 AM PST · by GeneD · 2 replies · 510+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/2/2002 (for editions of 11/3/2002) | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 — State polls showing that more than half a dozen Senate seats were still within either party's grasp prompted Republicans and Democrats today to intensify their feverish campaigns for control of the chamber. Seeking to influence the truly undecided voters — and to make sure those who have made up their minds go to the polls — both parties marshaled volunteers to ring doorbells and hand out leaflets. They also paraded big-name politicians and star-quality supporters before the cameras and drowned out commercials for consumer goods with advertisements extolling their candidates and assailing their opponents. Politicians and...
  • Year of the Democrat Dinosaur

    10/30/2002 12:31:20 PM PST · by ddodd3329 · 1 replies · 196+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | October 29, 2002 | Tim Siggia
    Ordinarily, Minnesota and New Jersey have little in common other than a mutual penchant for liberal politics. This year, however, it seems they share a mutual problem: the hasty departure of incumbent Democrat candidates for the Senate, necessitating replacements with name recognition with known political positions. To be fair, nobody could have predicted the untimely death of Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), and in this case the need for a quick replacement is readily understood. But the Jersey Democrats should have seen it coming with regard to Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.). Toward the end, The Torch was carrying so much baggage...
  • Torch song eulogy (Torricelli's Sleazy Exit Speech Analyzed)

    10/06/2002 2:10:07 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies · 220+ views
    Salon.Com ^ | October 3, 2002 | Arianna Huffington
    As human beings, our natural instinct is to empathize with those who are at a low point, to extend a hand if they stumble and fall. Only the worst among us -- crooked cops, bad-guy wrestlers or Paulie Walnuts -- enjoy the idea of kicking a guy when he's down. But Robert Torricelli is making it very hard to resist the temptation to kick his butt -- even when he's on all fours. His self-serving, teary-eyed, "I've-been-done-wrong" speech announcing the end of his reelection bid was enough to curdle even the sweetest milk of human kindness. "There are times...
  • The 2 days that shook New Jersey (McGreasy Backstabs The Torch)

    10/06/2002 7:59:55 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies · 221+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | October 6, 2002 | JEFF WHELAN AND JOSH MARGOLIN
    <p>Locked in a heated re-election bid and facing mounting questions about his ethics, the senior senator from New Jersey was expected at a Hoboken Arts Festival last Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>He never showed.</p> <p>Torricelli was at his New Brunswick headquarters, reviewing results of an internal poll tracking his re-election prospects. The news was grim. Torricelli's support was collapsing, and he trailed by double digits.</p>
  • 'The Torch' ends in tears (tee-hee-hee)

    10/01/2002 11:09:30 PM PDT · by weegee · 2 replies · 199+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 1, 2002, 4:42PM | By CRAGG HINES
    You know a politician has stayed too long at the fair when a wide range of folks feels free to josh amiably about the practicality of his demise. That's what happened when sleazebag Robert Torricelli of New Jersey announced he was bowing out of an increasingly unwinnable re-election race in an effort to help save his Democrats' one-vote margin in the U.S. Senate. Republicans quickly offered up a legal memo arguing that the only way under Garden State law that Torricelli could be replaced on the ballot this late in the campaign was if he died. Democrats believe they have...
  • Pallone Is Frontrunner to Replace Torricelli

    10/01/2002 12:41:00 PM PDT · by GeneD · 54 replies · 318+ views
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  • The Old Switcheroo

    10/01/2002 10:30:35 AM PDT · by GeneD · 9 replies · 323+ views ^ | 10/1/02 | Fred Barnes
    THE POSSIBILITIES are endless. In California, it's said any Republican could defeat Democratic governor Gray Davis--except the guy who won the GOP primary, Bill Simon. So if Simon drops out, Republicans could install The Terminator, a popular GOP figure better known as Arnold Schwarzenegger, as their gubernatorial candidate. In Arkansas, where Tim Hutchinson is in deep reelection peril, Republicans could name his brother, Asa, now head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, as his replacement. His election prospects would be brighter, thus improving GOP chances of taking the Senate on November 5. Or in Illinois, where Republican Jim Ryan is...
  • Sources Say Torricelli Pressured To Quit Race (New AP Dispatch)

    09/30/2002 8:55:26 AM PDT · by GeneD · 27 replies · 167+ views
    TRENTON, N.J. -- State and national Democratic leaders were negotiating with U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli to end his re-election campaign after months of news about illegal campaign donations and unethical behavior, sources said Monday. Torricelli is considering pulling out of the race, sources told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Torricelli's public-approval ratings have taken a beating all year, and recent polls have showed him trailing Republican challenger Douglas Forrester, a startling predicament for any congressional incumbent. A Star-Ledger/Eagleton-Rutgers poll released this weekend showed Forrester leading by 13 percentage points. In June, the same poll had Torricelli leading by...
  • GOP Hopes Brighten in Fierce Fight For Senate: Democrats Face Battle To Recapture House

    09/29/2002 8:20:14 PM PDT · by GeneD · 20 replies · 369+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/29/02 (for editions of 9/30/02) | Helen Dewar and Juliet Eilperin
    Democrats face an uphill battle to recapture control of the House in November's midterm elections, while Republicans have marginally improved their position in what remains a tense and wide-open fight for control of the Senate, according to party strategists, independent analysts and current polls. September has seen Republican prospects brighten, particularly in New Jersey, where ethics problems have called into question what once seemed solid reelection prospects for Sen. Robert G. Torricelli, the most vulnerable Democrat in the nation. Republicans also have increased their chances of retaining the Senate seat in New Hampshire. And because of a controversy over a...
  • The Torch Urges Economic Vigilance in Democrats' Weekly Radio Address (my title)

    09/28/2002 9:26:33 AM PDT · by GeneD · 4 replies · 196+ views
    Filed at 12:01 p.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Robert Torricelli of New Jersey said Saturday that lawmakers who are focused on the war on terrorism must also be vigilant about the nation's mounting economic problems. Torricelli, considered the most vulnerable Democratic senator facing re-election this year because of continuing questions about his ethics and honesty, made his remarks in his party's weekly radio address. He said that while politicians in Washington debate how best to fight terrorism, they need to keep in mind that the nation's security extends beyond physical safety. ``As families across the nation sit down at...
  • Winds of war stirring U.S. Senate races - Candidates have difficulty gauging Iraq affect on election

    09/28/2002 4:20:28 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 7 replies · 369+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 28, 2002 | By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News
    Winds of war stirring U.S. Senate races Candidates have difficulty gauging how Iraq will affect election 09/28/2002 By DAVID JACKSON / The Dallas Morning News INDIANOLA, Iowa As 2,000 of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's best Democratic friends swayed to the beat of a country band and munched on Iowa beef, the prospect of war with Saddam Hussein seemed as far away as Iraq itself. Certainly Mr. Harkin hopes so. Hosting his annual steak fry at a farm country fairground, the Democrat seeking his fourth Senate term said voters know that both parties will do whatever they can to protect...
  • It's Either Me or the G.O.P., Torricelli Tells Democrats

    09/14/2002 12:57:26 PM PDT · by GeneD · 29 replies · 183+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 9/14/02 | Laura Mansnerus
    MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Chip Casto is a reliable Democrat, unable to recall ever voting for a Republican. When he considered registering as an independent years ago, said Mr. Casto, 36, his parents would not hear of it. But his party affiliation is not making his choice in the United States Senate race in New Jersey an easy one. Mr. Casto, a teacher, cites "the incident" — the Senate Ethics Committee's rebuke of Senator Robert G. Torricelli for improperly accepting gifts — and says "that initial impression is hard to get over." He is still deciding whether to vote for Mr....
  • Debate again turns to ethics (Forrester Torches Torricelli)

    09/13/2002 5:36:25 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies · 236+ views
    Gloucester County Times ^ | September 13, 2002 | Terrence Dopp
    <p>TRENTON -- Removed from popular incumbent to trailing a political newcomer, U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli, in the second debate of a bitter campaign, again warded off claims he is a dishonest candidate unfit for office.</p> <p>Thursday's face-off came the same day Quinnipiac University released a poll showing Republican Douglas Forrester leading Torricelli 48 to 44 percent among 1,341 New Jerseyans surveyed. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.</p>
  • Final GOP debate fires more salvos at Torricelli

    05/25/2002 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Exit 109 · 8 replies · 320+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 25, 2002 | Kathy Hennessy Associated Press
    TRENTON - In their last debate before the June 4 primary, the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate yesterday took more shots at incumbent Robert Torricelli while taking stands on stem-cell research and gay marriage.State Sen. Diane Allen, millionaire businessman Douglas Forrester, and State Sen. John Matheussen appeared in the Trenton studios of WPVI-TV (Channel 6), which will air the hourlong debate at 2 p.m. today.In previous face-offs, the candidates spent much of the time bashing Torricelli, whose campaign finances were the subject of a three-year federal investigation. The inquiry ended in January without any charges against the first-term Democrat.Prosecutors gave...
  • Trouble for Senator Torricelli

    05/22/2002 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Exit 109 · 28 replies · 470+ views ^ | May 22, 2002 | Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind Poll
    <p>Every year is an election year in New Jersey, and this November all of New Jersey’s 13 U.S. House seats are up for grabs.  But the biggest prize is the U.S. Senate seat being defended by first-term Democratic incumbent Bob Torricelli.</p>
  • A Democratic Fund-Raiser Is Charged With Extortion

    05/09/2002 6:55:38 AM PDT · by Exit 109 · 11 replies · 298+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 8, 2002 | LAURA MANSNERUS
    NEWARK, May 8 Ń A businessman and Democratic fund-raiser was charged today with extorting payoffs from gambling operations in West New York while claiming to represent a high-level official, believed by many to be Mayor Albio Sires, now speaker of the New Jersey Assembly. The businessman, Rene Abreu, 40, is a mortgage broker and real estate developer active in North Jersey politics who has raised money for Mr. Sires, for Senator Robert G. Torricelli and for Representative Robert Menendez. Mr. Abreu and his wife, Lourdes Adan-Abreu were named with nine employees and associates in the indictment. Mr. Sires, who is...
  • TorricelliDuck

    03/30/2002 4:55:18 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies · 263+ views
    March 30, 2002 Republicans roast Sen. Torricelli on election-year Web site By THOMAS BARLAS Staff Writer, (609) 272-7201, E-Mail If he campaigns like a Democrat, and if he's investigated like a Democrat, and if he won't answer questions like a Democrat, you've got yourself ... Robert Torricelli. That's the thinking of state and national Republicans, who have launched a new Internet attack on the Democratic U.S. senator from New Jersey for allegedly "ducking" questions about a federal probe into his campaign finances. The Web site - - features Republican press releases, background information on the investigation and an interactive...
  • Senator requests investigations of former independent counsel **[The Torch Attacks Ray]**

    03/19/2002 1:45:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 263+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3-19-02 | LAURENCE ARNOLD
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --  A Senate Democrat is asking for government inquiries into whether Robert Ray, who resigned last week as independent counsel, began pursuing a political career while still investigating former President Clinton.</p> <p>Ray said Friday he would seek the Republican nomination to challenge New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli, a Democrat. Ray made get-acquainted calls to leading New Jersey Republicans while serving as independent counsel but insisted he did not engage in "prohibited partisan activity."</p>