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  • Justice unseals indictment charging five in Brian Terry's death

    07/09/2012 11:05:11 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 09, 2012 | William La Jeunesse
    For the first time, federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags -- not bullets -- at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011. The announcement came as the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Terry's death. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident. The U.S. is also offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four outstanding suspects believed to...
  • Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious

    07/05/2012 11:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | July 3, 2012 | Senator Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release July 3, 2012 Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious ATF agent describes discussion of operation one day before Justice Department denial WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today asked Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for information about who at the Department of Justice (DOJ) saw a memo from a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who was stationed at the Phoenix field division and was knowledgeable about Operation Fast and Furious.  This memo was produced the day before the Department of Justice...
  • Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but feds wont reveal whats purchased

    06/25/2012 11:03:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24,2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Americans spend $80 billion each year financing food stamps for the poor, but the country has no idea where or how the money is spent. Food stamps can be spent on goods ranging from candy to steak and are accepted at retailers from gas stations that primarily sell potato chips to fried-chicken restaurants. And as the amount spent on food stamps has more than doubled in recent years, the amount of food stamps laundered into cash has increased dramatically, government statistics show. As a result, fraud is hard to track and the efficacy of the massive program is impossible to...
  • GMOs should be safety tested before they hit the market says AMA

    06/25/2012 6:37:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 19, 2012 | Monica Eng
    The American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods as part of a revised policy voted on at the AMA's meeting in Chicago Tuesday. Currently biotech companies are simply encouraged to engage in a voluntary safety consultation with the Food and Drug Administration before releasing a product onto the market. Some activists concerned about foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, had hoped the association would have gone so far as to support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. But some still view the policy change as a major breakthrough....On Tuesday, however, Monsanto spokesman...
  • WashTimes: Sen. Grassley: Assertion of Executive Privilege Raises Monumental Questions

    06/20/2012 8:48:35 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 74 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-20-2012 | Bryan Preston
    June 20, 2012WashTimes: Sen. Grassley: Assertion of Executive Privilege Raises Monumental Questions Bryan Preston..... The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who first began the Fast and Furious investigation. How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the president exert executive privilege over documents hes supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme? The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances, he said. ..........
  • Obama grants Holder request on 'Furious' documents as contempt vote looms

    06/20/2012 7:26:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6-20-2012 | FOXnews
    DEVELOPING ... President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.
  • Transparent Incompetence (Oliver North rips Obama)

    06/14/2012 5:19:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 15, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON Senior members of Congress both Republicans and Democrats are reacting with shock and awe at the tsunami of national security leaks emanating from the Obama administration. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel that the unauthorized disclosures of classified information are "the most egregious breach of national security" he ever has seen. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters this week, "The accelerating pace of such disclosures, the sensitivity of the matters in question and...
  • Talks collapse on access to EU documents

    06/13/2012 3:59:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.06.12 @ 16:17 (June 13) | Andrew Rettman
    The Danish presidency has abandoned attempts to agree to new rules on access to EU documents. It took the decision on Tuesday (12 June) after EU countries and the European Commission last week rejected its latest draft of the law. It still wants MEPs to back a commission proposal to extend existing rules on freedom of information to all EU institutionsincluding its 31 agencieshowever. The existing rules go back to 2001. Pro-transparency advocates say they allow too much secrecy. EU officials say they waste time by ambiguity on what is open or not. A big sticking point in the draft...
  • More Obama Press Censorship? US Weekly Disappears Article on Sasha Obama Birthday Party

    06/09/2012 12:21:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 89 replies
    Saturday, June 9, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    US Weekly is the latest media outlet to withdraw an article about the Obamas. Friday evening, the celebrity gossip magazine posted an article online entitled Sasha Obama Hosts 11th Birthday Party at Red Robin.The article has since been pulled, but the URL with the title remains in Google search: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/sasha-obama-hosts-11th-birthday-party-at-red-robin-201286. Clicking through gives this message from US: "OOPS! The page youre looking for isnt here. But dont give up!", followed by instructions to use their search engine.The text of the pulled article read:Sasha Obama is excited about turning 11 -- so much so that the First Daughter celebrated the occasion...
  • Romney campaign says Republicans private email possibly hacked, authorities investigating

    06/05/2012 7:13:27 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 5 | AP
    ASHINGTON Authorities are investigating whether Mitt Romneys private email account was hacked. On Tuesday, the website Gawker reported that an anonymous hacker had signed into Romneys personal Hotmail account. Gawker reported that the hacker guessed the answer to a security question about Romneys favorite pet in order to gain access to the account and change the password. The anonymous hacker told the website that Romneys account on DropBox, a file sharing service, also was compromised.
  • The Composite President

    05/21/2012 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When analyzing Barack Obamas electoral success a few years back, I pointed out that there was more than white guilt at work. He was, quite frankly, what every good little liberal had always been looking for. Sure, he was black, using that old bigoted one-drop standard, which, curiously, has been embraced by modern black activists. But more specifically he was half black, with Kenyan pedigree, half white and bore an exotic name. He was mentored by a Marxist, mothered by an atheist (when Momma Dunham was actually around), lived in Indonesia and Hawaii, had Muslim influence and black-church conscience. An...
  • How Transparency Laws Hold Government Accountable

    05/18/2012 9:54:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    A Republican state representative recently asked how a private, non-profit organization funds its operations and questioned the group's credentials because it chooses not to make public the names of those who contribute to it. The group, Sunshine Review, which maintains a website that rates the transparency of state and local governments, was invited to testify at a committee hearing in which Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, R-Oxford, is a member. During the hearing Rep. Jacobsen challenged the editor of the group's website, saying Sunshine Review should share the names of its contributors. However, doing so would infringe on the rights of private...
  • Politician 'Ambushes' Transparency Reform Group, Gets 'Counter-Ambushed'

    05/17/2012 12:03:51 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2012 | Jack McHugh
    Politicians using a public hearing to ambush a political foe is hardly rare, but eyebrows were raised a couple weeks ago when Republican State Rep. Bradford Jacobsen from Oxford attacked an organization called Sunshine Review, whose radical mission is to increase government transparency. The group had been invited to testify at a hearing of the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee, of which Rep. Jacobsen is a member. Sunshine Review's advice was sought because it maintains a website that rates the overall transparency of state and local governments, and posts information about state budgets, the salaries of politicians and other...
  • Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'

    05/17/2012 10:58:09 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 899 replies
    Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."
  • The question of President Obama's draft card: Has evidence been destroyed?

    05/08/2012 9:53:18 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 67 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 07, 2012 | Alan Jones
    Changes in the wording of Selective Service System record-keeping requirements, made days after the opening of an investigation into the alleged forgery of President Barack Obamas selective service registration form, raise serious questions about U.S. Government intentions. The new rules allow existing copies of documents that may be sought by investigators to be destroyed. The Selective Service Systems new privacy rules were published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, four days after the September 16 announcement by World Net Daily that the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriffs Office Cold Case Posse was opening an inquiry with full subpoena...
  • Romney's Taxes

    04/23/2012 5:40:43 PM PDT · by agee · 11 replies
    Founding Ideals ^ | 04/23/2012 | Aaron Gee & Steve Graff
    Has Andrew Breitbart won? The failure to properly vet the president was a rallying cry of Breitbart shortly before his death. On Saturday the ber liberal New York Times promised to vet President Obama this election cycle. The Grey Lady, who in prior award winning journalistic fashion reported glowingly on 1930s progressive icon Joseph Stalin, admitted to not doing its job during the last election. From the Times Publi...
  • Obama Administration Discontinues Transparency Tool

    04/17/2012 10:37:29 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 1 replies
    The Foundry/Heritage Foundation ^ | April 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Patrick Tyrrell
    Since 1993, the Census Bureau has made available detailed data about federal government expenditures in its Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR). The 2012 report will be the last one. Through the CFFR website, the public had access to such data as federal expenditures made at the county level for programs such as Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare as well as for more obscure federal spending programs. How much did the federal government send to Autauga County in Alabama for a hazardous materials training program? That data was available, but now it is concealed. The CFFR states: The U.S. Census Bureau...
  • Washington Post: We Tried To Bury That Story About ObamaCare Blowing Up The Deficit

    04/16/2012 8:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 16, 2012 | Sean Higgins
    Washington Post columnist Patrick Pexton made a rather startling admission in the papers Sunday edition: The Post never meant for their recent story about how President Obamas health care law expands the budget deficit to become a viral Internet sensation. In fact, they deliberately tried to bury the story. ... The story in question was titled Health care law will add $340 billion to deficit, new study finds. It pointed out that the administration had double-counted Medicare savings in the law and once you adjusted for that it added to the deficit rather than reducing it, as the White House...
  • The Download: Coalition aims to standardize big data

    04/16/2012 3:41:08 PM PDT · by Jadge · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 16, 2012 | Steven Overly
    A small but growing collection of companies has formed a coalition that will push the federal government to establish a standard system by which agencies categorize their data. Todays official opening of the District-based Data Transparency Coalition rides on the heels of the Obama administrations announcement last month that six agencies will commit $200 million to projects that help them better analyze their information. Our members understand that if the government identified its data elements in consistent ways, there would be vast new opportunities for the tools that they are building, Executive Director Hudson Hollister said. Multiple methods of classifying...
  • FlashBack to 2008 Campaign : Obama records requests prove fruitless

    04/15/2012 2:07:00 PM PDT · by KSanders · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/11/07 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) dodged questions Sunday about releasing papers from his eight years as an Illinois state senator, and his campaign has not answered records requests from the states two largest newspapers. Obamas campaign has prodded Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) to make available additional records of her communications during her husbands presidency. [cut] But two Chicago newspapers have said the Obama campaign has not responded to their requests for comparable papers from his career. On NBCs Meet the Press on Sunday, moderator Tim Russert asked Obama about the papers from his state legislative days, from 1997 to 2004.