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  • Half of EPA office's passports are missing IG finds

    05/03/2014 9:26:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-1-14 | KellyCohen
    Link only. This is a problem with my personal computer, but the link will take you to the story.
  • Former Pentagon watchdog: Obama administration littered with deceit

    03/10/2014 9:15:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | 3/10/14 | M.D. Kittle
    Yes, government waste, fraud and abuse are the triplet children of incompetence, greed and unbridled ambition. But these sins of public trust begin and end with dishonesty. And Joseph E. Schmitz has seen a lot of lying by the government to taxpayers in his lengthy legal career. Schmitz, who served as inspector general of the U.S. Department of Defense from 2002-05, in an interview with Watchdog.org said, “no political party has a monopoly on waste, fraud and abuse and corruption.” But he said he has seen some troubling patterns of deceit in the Obama administration. Exhibit A, according to the...
  • Al Sharpton, ‘PoliticsNation’ Advertisers Targeted in New Boycott

    10/07/2013 4:36:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/7/2013 | David Freedlander
    A new group bent on unmasking ‘leftists in the media’ has its first target—MSNBC’s ‘racial extortionist,’ the Rev. Al Sharpton. David Freedlander talks with the leader of the right’s answer to Media Matters. A group of conservative activists, tired of what they see as a persistent and little remarked liberal bias in the news media, are set to begin a series of boycotts aimed at advertisers who sponsor what they see as left-wing networks, outlets, and journalists. On Sunday they announced their first target, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil-rights leader turned MSNBC talk-show host whose PoliticsNation has grown in...
  • The EPA Is A Wood Stove Watchdog

    10/03/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 24 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/02/2013 | Ryan Campbell
    With the Government shut down going on and winter approaching, we were wondering who was going to protect us from woodstove smoke now? With less than 7% of EPA employees deemed essential, roughly 15,000 EPA employees are sitting at home during the furlough. This means that highly important jobs like regulating your wood burning stove smoke and dust emissions will go undone. If you own a wood burning stove, you may or may not know that the EPA deems any stove built before 1990 as being inefficient. According to the EPA website, older stoves waste firewood and pollute the...
  • IRS Watchdog: $67 Million Missing from Obamacare Slush Fund

    09/25/2013 4:20:16 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | 9-25-13 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report released today. The “Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund” (HIRIF) was tucked into Obamacare in order to give the IRS money to enforce the tax provisions of the healthcare law. The fund, totaling some $1 billion of taxpayer money, was used to roll out enforcement mechanisms for the approximately 50 tax provisions of Obamacare. According to the report: “Specifically, the IRS did not account for or attempt to quantify...
  • Obama meets with privacy watchdog panel … in private

    06/21/2013 3:37:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/21/13 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama’s Friday meeting with a newly reformed privacy watchdog panel will take place behind the closed doors of the White House Situation Room, according to administration officials. It’s the president’s first sit-down with the recently constituted and little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created nearly a decade ago but dormant for the entirety of the Obama presidency. The White House released few details on the meeting agenda other than to say it will be held at 3 p.m. and will include the discussion of classified information such as the National Security Agency’s data and telephone record collection efforts,...
  • Watchdog: IRS agents would not say who ordered targeting program

    06/03/2013 5:26:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/3/13 | Fox
    The watchdog who exposed the IRS' targeting of conservative groups testified Monday that nobody in the Ohio office being blamed for the scandal would tell his investigators who directed the program, as the new IRS chief vowed to "get to the bottom" of that growing question. Nearly a month after the scandal broke, the issue of who directed agents in Cincinnati to single out Tea Party and other groups is perhaps the most glaring unanswered question. Inspector General J. Russell George, at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, revealed Monday that his audit of the agency tried -- unsuccessfully -- to...
  • Acting With Impunity, Watchdog group seeks answers to questions around Secretary Sebelius’s

    04/12/2013 2:45:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/13/13 | Andrew Evans
    A government watchdog group is seeking clarity into how an election regulation is enforced on government employees. Cause of Action sent a letter to several federal agencies on Monday asking how the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan campaign activity in their official capacity, applies to the subordinate who supported Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius when she violated the law last year. Sebelius broke the Hatch Act last year when she endorsed President Barack Obama and another Democratic candidate while speaking to a gay rights group in North Carolina in her...
  • Watchdog Alleges Google Leaked Personal Data To App Developers

    02/25/2013 6:54:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 25, 2013 3:17 PM | Vytas Safronikas
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A consumer advocate group on Monday urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate whether alleged privacy violations by Google were in violation of state law. KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog said federal regulators must also take action to prevent the search engine from sharing personal data with mobile application developers. The allegations stem from whether Google violated the so-called “Buzz Consent Order” with the Federal Trade Commission by sending personal information to app developers about each user who purchased an app from Google — without obtaining the user’s permission. Personal information...
  • Republicans pledge to block Obama consumer finance pick

    02/02/2013 9:18:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:02pm EST | Emily Stephenson
    Senate Republicans on Friday pledged to block President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the consumer finance watchdog until Democrats agree to restructure it, ramping up an expected fight this year over the controversial new bureau. The group of 43 Republicans, led by minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Mike Crapo, an Idaho senator who is the top Republican on the banking committee, said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lacks congressional oversight. Last week, Obama re-nominated Richard Cordray to lead the bureau. Cordray received a temporary appointment as director last year, but his position expires at the end of 2013....
  • Group: Human Rights Watch Again Lying About Israel

    12/20/2012 12:59:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | David Lev
    NGO Monitor, which studies the treatment of Israel by supposedly non-affiliated and apolitical volunteer and civic groups, has accused Human Rights Watch (HRW) of once again leveling false charges against Israel. According to NGO Monitor, HRW accused Israel of attacking “journalists” in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, but the charge “is false both legally and factually, and the timing of this release appears to be a cynical attempt to divert attention from many scandals currently plaguing the organization,” NGO Monitor said. "This is yet another example of HRW's systematic lack of credibility and its biased approach to Israel," said...
  • Watchdog who exonerated Obama on energy loans now an Obama donor

    08/23/2012 8:48:57 AM PDT · by Baynative · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | August 23, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON – A veteran Wall Street executive who performed an independent review that exonerated the Obama administration's program of loans to energy companies contributed $52,500 to re-elect President Barack Obama in the months since completing his work, according to an Associated Press review of campaign records. The executive defended the integrity of his conclusions and said he decided to donate to Obama after his work was finished. The campaign contributions to Obama started just weeks after Herbert M. Allison Jr., in congressional testimony in March, minimized concerns that the Energy Department was at high risk in more than $23 billion...
  • Activity at Iran military site: watchdog

    03/05/2012 3:34:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    news24 ^ | 3/5/12 | AFP
    Vienna - The UN atomic agency chief said on Monday he had information of "activities" at Iran's Parchin military complex, which made a trip there by inspectors probing suspected weapons work all the more important. "We are aware of some activities at Parchin... and this makes us believe that going there sooner is better than going there later," Yukiya Amano told reporters at International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna. The Iaea said in a major report in November that it believed Iran had carried out high-explosives tests in a bus-sized metal container at Parchin near Tehran that it suspected...
  • Wisc. Election ‘Watchdog’ Assumes ALL Recall Signatures Are Valid, Will Only Verify Contested

    11/30/2011 5:00:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/30/11 | Brett Healy
    In Wisconsin, where Big Labor is circulating petitions to trigger the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker, the state agency that monitors and administers elections is known as the G.A.B. The ‘A’ is supposed to stand for accountability. But, in reality, not so much. Yesterday we reported that the GAB would not comb through the petitions to disqualify duplicate signatures. Today, we find out it is much worse than that.
  • AP on Solyndra: WH ignored at least three watchdog reports criticizing Energy Department’s loan

    09/15/2011 7:26:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/15/11 | Allahpundit
    That’s not all they ignored, either. According to e-mails obtained by the AP, one White House official who helped plan Obama’s big photo op at the plant earlier this year dismissed a news story about Solyndra’s financial troubles with, “Seems B.S.” A few months earlier, the same chump ignored the alarm bells being rung by accounting firms and instead accepted at face value Solyndra’s assurances that they were doing well, writing, “Fantastic to hear that business is doing well — keep up the good work! We’re cheering for you.” Everyone knew the company was toast. Except the people in charge...
  • Flash Mob Watchdog

    06/29/2011 8:40:07 AM PDT · by struggle · 40 replies
    me | 6/29/11 | struggle
    There have been a lot of flashmobs that have resulted in social disorder. I have three questions: 1. What sites, media are begin used to generate them? 2. Are there any watchdog sites and if not, how should these mobs be countered? 3. Is there any way that signs/etc. could be placed ahead of time to warn people from info posted on the net?
  • Watchdog knocks Obama administration on transparency

    03/27/2011 4:56:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/27/11 | Gautham Nagesh
    Watchdog knocks Obama administration on transparencyBy Gautham Nagesh - 03/27/11 03:44 PM ET More than two years after he took office the success of President Obama's open government directive is still very much in doubt, according to a prominent government transparency watchdog. Sunlight Foundation executive director Ellen Miller called 2010 "tremendously disappointing" for open government advocates and said little has happened in 2011 to change her view that the Obama administration has failed to deliver on transparency. "It seems like there's been more promises made than reality delivered and we're disappointed," Miller told The Hill this week. Miller said the...
  • Watchdog says overhaul didn't end future bailouts (Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky)

    01/25/2011 8:01:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/25/11 | Daniel Wagner - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government official says the financial overhaul enacted last summer won't deliver on its promise to end bailouts. .. in a report released Tuesday that recent comments by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other top regulators suggest the government would rescue banks if one of them threatened the broader financial system. ... But Barofsky notes that the bailout solidified the view among investors and bankers that the government will continue to save banks whose failures threaten to upend the financial system. The handful of largest banks got bigger during the crisis by absorbing weaker rivals. A single...
  • Watchdog group calls on leaders to name new ethics committee (plagued by 'utter turmoil')

    12/20/2010 10:49:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/10 | Susan Crabtree
    Watchdog group calls on leaders to name new ethics committeeBy Susan Crabtree - 12/17/10 02:38 PM ET A prominent watchdog group is calling on the House’s top Democrat and Republican to start off the 112th Congress with a wholly new ethics committee because the present one is plagued by "utter turmoil." Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio), urging them to name an entirely new roster of ethics committee members after a tumultuous period for the panel. “The American people need to have confidence that the...
  • Watchdog Planned for Online Privacy

    11/12/2010 11:15:42 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2010 | Julia Angwin
    The Obama administration is preparing a stepped-up approach to policing Internet privacy that calls for new laws and the creation of a new position to oversee the effort, according to people familiar with the situation.
  • Energy Dept. watchdog notes woes with managing stimulus dollars

    08/15/2010 9:51:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    the hill ^ | 8/15/10 | Darren Goode
    The Energy Department’s internal watchdog has mixed reviews of the department’s distribution and use of economic stimulus dollars, even as the White House touts the massive spending bill in the run-up to midterms. President Obama’s planned tour Monday of ZBB Energy Corp.’s facilities in Menomonee Falls, Wis., is the latest in a series of stops this election season to highlight what the administration calls the effectiveness of federal clean energy stimulus investments.
  • Calif. campaign watchdog eyes new Internet rules

    08/05/2010 11:53:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 8/2/10 | DON THOMPSON
    Politicians' tweets and status updates should be held to the same standards as paid advertising that voters see on television, hear on radio or find in their mailboxes, California's campaign watchdog agency says in a report being released Monday. The Fair Political Practices Commission is considering how to regulate new forms of political activity such as appeals on a voter's Facebook page or in a text message. It's become necessary as politicians in California and elsewhere announce their candidacies and major campaign policies through Twitter, YouTube and a host of social networking sites, said FPPC Chairman Dan Schnur.
  • Watchdog Group: Obama's Mortgage Aid Plan Wastes Billions

    04/14/2010 9:04:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 391+ views
    abc ^ | 4/14/10 | MATTHEW JAFFE
    The Obama administration's embattled mortgage aid plan is coming under fresh criticism from a government watchdog who says the program is wasting billions of taxpayer dollars simply to delay -- rather than prevent -- foreclosures.
  • U.S. Treasury loan plan may exclude TARP watchdog

    02/22/2010 8:03:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 247+ views
    reuters ^ | 2/22/10 | reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Treasury bailout watchdog has warned that excluding his office from oversight of a proposed $30 billion small business lending fund would be "terribly wasteful" and could put taxpayers at risk. Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for the Treasury's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), said in a letter to a senior Treasury official that he was "surprised" to learn last week that Treasury is proposing the new program operate outside his purview. The letter, dated Friday, was made public on Monday.
  • U.S. bank bailout encourages risky behavior: watchdog

    01/30/2010 11:21:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 290+ views
    Rueters ^ | 1/31/10 | staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. taxpayer-funded rescue program set up to save banks from collapse during the financial crisis makes future reckless behavior more likely, the government's bailout watchdog said in a quarterly report. A quarterly report to Congress on the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, made available in draft form late on Saturday, said financial firms seen as too big to fail before 2008 have only grown larger as they feasted on subsidies from the bailout program. "To the extent that institutions were previously incentivized to take reckless risks through a 'heads I win, tails the...
  • Obama scores well for first year on ethics, say watchdog groups

    12/27/2009 6:32:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/27/09 | Kevin Bogardus
    President Barack Obama scores well among ethics watchdog groups in his first year in office, though they’d still like to see more from the president. Obama has wielded the power of the White House to craft an executive order that limited lobbyist hires in his administration, push federal agencies to share more of their data with the public and begin releasing visitor records for the executive complex on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Walpin Is Cleared

    11/24/2009 5:54:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies · 3,315+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Oversight: After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly. Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back? On June 10, Gerald Walpin was fired with one hour's notice as the watchdog of AmeriCorps in violation of a federal law requiring Congress to be given a heads-up 30 days in advance. He then fell victim to a campaign of character assassination. When pressed for a reason for the sudden and improper dismissal of a federal watchdog, the White House responded with a letter to Sens....
  • EPA Lawyers: Cap-And-Trade 'Fatally Flawed'

    11/11/2009 5:13:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,668+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 11, 2009
    Warming: After stifling a report questioning the science behind climate change, the EPA is censoring two of its lawyers for saying the proposed solutions are also problematical. The debate isn't over. It's being suppressed. In the proud tradition of EPA whistle-blower Alan Carlin, whose leaked study blew the lid off the EPA's hyped and flawed science behind climate change, two EPA lawyers, Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel, have produced a Web video titled "A Huge Mistake." In it they say cap-and-trade in general and the Waxman-Markey bill in particular are the wrong answers anyway. Williams and Zabel do not deny...
  • TARP watchdog: Full repayment 'unlikely'

    10/21/2009 10:07:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 332+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/21/09 | Sean Lengell
    The auto industry, AIG and other struggling recipients of the government's $700 billion Wall Street bailout will make it "extremely unlikely" that taxpayers will receive a full return on their investments, says a new report by the Treasury Department's independent watchdog. About 17 percent of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) loans issued since the program began a year ago have been repaid, according to a 252-page report released Wednesdayby TARP's Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky.
  • Watchdog doubts goals of Obama loan relief plan

    10/09/2009 9:29:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 163+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/9/09 | Jim Kuhnhenn and Alan Zibel - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration's effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure may not achieve its goal of helping 3 million to 4 million borrowers and may simply delay mortgage defaults for many, a government watchdog group says. The Congressional Oversight Panel, charged with making regular assessments of the $700 billion financial rescue fund enacted last year, said the Treasury Department should consider whether to improve the current $50 billion program or adopt new programs to meet an expected rise in foreclosures fed by increased unemployment. The panel's report is scheduled to be made public Friday. It comes a day after...
  • Watchdog hits Rangel (government group files formal complaint with House Ethics Committee)

    09/18/2009 3:44:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,156+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/18/09 | Charles Hurt
    Watchdog hits RangelBy Charles Hurt Last Updated: 6:06 AM, September 18, 2009 WASHINGTON -- A government-watchdog group filed a formal complaint yesterday with the House Ethics Committee to investigate the puzzling array of questions surrounding Rep. Charlie Rangel's ownership of a Harlem brownstone. In addition to his failure to report proceeds from the 2004 sale of 74 W. 132nd St., Rangel also failed to report rental income, The Post reported last month. "To the degree Rep. Rangel underreported rental income year after year on his financial-disclosure statements from his investment property, serious questions arise as to whether he also failed...
  • Treasury concedes independence of bailout watchdog

    09/03/2009 3:29:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 160+ views
    breitbart ^ | 9/3/09 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department has decided not to challenge the independence of the government watchdog agency that Congress created to oversee spending of the $700 billion rescue package for the financial sector. The confrontation between Treasury and the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, SIGTARP, had prompted congressional complaints that the Obama administration was seeking to restrain the work of inspector general Neil Barofsky. This week, Barofsky declared in a letter to lawmakers that Treasury had, in effect, acknowledged that he is not subject to Treasury's supervision.
  • Obama`s National Security is a Threat to Freedom

    08/25/2009 5:29:26 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies · 487+ views
    Jumping in Pools ^ | July,6 2009 | Mr. K
    Most liberals believe that National Security is a threat to Freedom, when in reality - National Security, is the first & last defense for Freedom for the United States, and in most cases - the entire world. The National Security of America is above & beyond almost every other Nation on earth, only Israel rivals the American forces or intelligence.
  • Carbongate (Obama's EPA Cover-up)

    06/26/2009 6:07:35 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 63 replies · 6,753+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Climate Change: A suppressed EPA study says old U.N. data ignore the decline in global temperatures and other inconvenient truths. Was the report kept under wraps to influence the vote on the cap-and-trade bill? This was supposed to be the most transparent administration ever. Yet as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on the Waxman-Markey bill, the largest tax increase in U.S. history on 100% of Americans, an attempt was made to suppress a study shredding supporters' arguments.
  • Carbongate (Cont'd)

    08/27/2009 5:13:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,320+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 27, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Junk Science: The EPA may be considering closing the watchdog office that exposed the flimsy evidence of man-caused warming. So much for the administration's promise to "restore science to its rightful place."Recently we commented on the plight of Dr. Allen Carlin, the EPA senior research analyst at the National Center for Environmental Economics who dared to say, in essence, that emperor Al Gore and his environmental sycophants at the Environmental Protection Agency wore no clothes. The EPA had been working on an "endangerment finding" that would say carbon dioxide, rather than being the basis for all life on earth, was...
  • Sources: UN watchdog hiding evidence of Iran nukes program

    08/18/2009 9:02:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 300+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 8/18/09 | Barak Ravid,
    The world's nuclear weapons watchdog is hiding data on Iran's drive to obtain nuclear arms, senior Western diplomats and Israeli officials told Haaretz. The officials and diplomats said that the International Atomic Energy Agency under Director General Mohamed ElBaradei was refraining from publishing evidence obtained by its inspectors over the past few months that indicate Iran was pursuing information about weaponization efforts and a military nuclear program. ElBaradei, who will soon vacate his post, has said that the
  • Gov't watchdog questions airport stimulus projects

    08/12/2009 6:07:28 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 2 replies · 283+ views
    Oak Ridger ^ | Aug 11, 2009 | Joan Lowry
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration used economic stimulus money to pay for 50 airport projects that didn't meet the grant criteria and approved projects at four airports with a history of mismanaging federal grants, a government watchdog said Monday. Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel said he plans to examine the Federal Aviation Administration's process for selecting programs for the $1.1 billion in grant money. Among the projects that Scovel said didn't meet the FAA's minimum score was $14 million that went to Akiachak, Alaska, a town of 659 residents, to replace its airfield. The town has a seaplane and...
  • Glenn Beck: 10 Million Watchdogs

    08/04/2009 1:35:02 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 21 replies · 1,422+ views
    http://www.glennbeck.com ^ | July 31, 2009 - 10:31 ET
    GLENN: I want to have a serious kind of --; I don't even know what to call --; a call to action here. I'd like to ask you to become a part of America's future. I'd like to ask you to become a part of the solution and not the problem. For the last few years --; and I'll just give a real quick update. Last hour go back in the archives, the radio archives at GlennBeck.com and listen to last hour's monologue at the top of the hour to give you kind of the history of where I've been...
  • Bailout Watchdog Defends Independence From Treasury (Neil Barofsky is the SIGTARP)

    06/20/2009 6:19:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 366+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/19/09 | Matthew Jaffe
    Bailout Watchdog Defends Independence From TreasuryJune 19, 2009 5:28 PM ABCNews' Matthew Jaffe reports: Bailout watchdog Neil Barofsky today emphasized that his office was independent from the Treasury Department and the administration's decision to seek a Justice Department ruling was "unnecessary". Barofsky, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), sent a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., about the ongoing dispute with Treasury, as both sides await a decision from DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel. "We continue to believe the inquiry to OLC is unnecessary given the very clear intent of...
  • The Smearing of Gerald Walpin

    06/18/2009 5:43:26 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,677+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 19, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Oversight: If the White House really believes that AmeriCorps' inspector general was "confused" and "disoriented," how about open congressional hearings where the American people can see for themselves?The storm that erupted after the firing with one hour's notice of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general overseeing AmeriCorps, has not died down. Pressed for an explanation as to the reasons for the firing and why the law requiring Congress to be given notice and reasons 30 days in advance was not followed, the White House has resorted to old-time Chicago-style political smears.
  • California budget watchdog (LAO) rejects $6 billion RAWs plan (revenue anticipation warrants)

    05/21/2009 12:11:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 588+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/21/09 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California lawmakers should reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to sell $6 billion in revenue anticipation warrants to raise cash for the state government as it faces a $21.3 billion budget gap, the state's budget watchdog office said on Thursday. The California Legislative Analyst's office said in a report that Schwarzenegger's plan for the short-term debt would be a "terrible precedent and a poor fiscal policy," and "presents serious legal concerns."
  • A Risky 'Systemic' Watchdog (Banking Queen wants new 'systemic risk regulator')

    03/03/2009 4:05:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 345+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/02/09 | Sebastian Mallaby
    A Risky 'Systemic' WatchdogBy Sebastian Mallaby Monday, March 2, 2009; Page A17 Barney Frank, the thoughtful chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, wants to create a new "systemic risk regulator." This general concept has been endorsed by some extremely distinguished economists. Nevertheless, the Frank proposal is dubious. Frank and his allies begin with the accurate insight that existing regulation is inadequate. We have a set of overseers who evaluate financial institutions one by one, but "systemic risk" is created by the interactions between institutions. A bank or hedge fund can take what looks like a reasonable bet on its...
  • Media Watchdog: Dutch Coverage of Israel 'Beyond Belief'

    02/19/2009 5:29:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 434+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/19/09 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    (IsraelNN.com) A media watch organization says that the primary state-funded news program of the Netherlands engaged in anti-Israel distortion and manipulation of the news from the Middle East during the IDF's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The media fans the flames of anti-Semitism, the group concludes in a report released this week. According to analysts from the European media watchdog organization Israel Facts Group, a leading Dutch prime-time TV news program, NOS Journaal, "omits and distorts the facts and manipulates the opinion of the Dutch The monitors checked the NOS reporting against the TV station's own journalistic code. public beyond...
  • CA: Watchdog groups raise a stink about waste board picks

    11/26/2008 9:36:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 204+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/26/08 | Shane Goldmacher
    The long tradition of political appointees landing high-paid slots on California's waste board continued Tuesday. Two termed-out Democratic state lawmakers – Assemblyman John Laird of Santa Cruz and Sen. Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica – were appointed to posts on the Integrated Waste Management Board, courtesy of the Democratic legislative leaders. The jobs pay $132,178 a year. Both new recycling board commissioners will replace other well-connected members. Laird will replace Cheryl Peace, the wife of a former state legislator. Kuehl will replace former Democratic Sen. Wes Chesbro. Government watchdogs have criticized the board for its high proportion of highly paid...
  • Watchdog group blasts Senate (loophole) rule that exempted Dodd D-Ct mortgages from disclosure

    06/22/2008 6:25:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 154+ views
    Journal Inquirer ^ | 6/19/08 | Don Michak
    Watchdog group blasts Senate rule that exempted Dodd mortgages from disclosureBy Don Michak Journal Inquirer Published: Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:46 PM EDT Sen. Christopher J. Dodd didn’t have to disclose the two controversial mortgages he obtained in 2003 through a “VIP” program at Countrywide Financial Corp. because of a loophole in the Senate’s ethics rules, a Washington-based campaign finance watchdog group charged Wednesday. The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics also reported that the five-term Democrat collected more than a tenth of the subprime lender’s campaign contributions this year — $15,000 — and that he had collected a total of...
  • CA: State campaign watchdog levies record fine against Migden (State Senator "Hit'n'Run")

    03/18/2008 4:31:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 290+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/18/08 | Matthew Yi
    SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Carole Migden has been fined $350,000 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the largest penalty ever levied against a state office candidate, for dozens of violations including failing to disclose seven years' worth of political expenses that she paid with credit cards, the watchdog agency said today. The agency's investigation was prompted in part by a complaint filed last fall by fellow San Francisco Democrat Mark Leno, an Assembly member who is one of two Democrats trying to unseat Migden in the June primary. The agency's initial probe concerned $397,000 in credit card expenses from...
  • Watchdog Group Slams UK Funding of Hate-Filled PA School Books

    01/20/2008 10:13:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 48+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | January 20, '08 | Watchdog Group Slams UK Funding of Hate-Filled PA School Books
    (IsraelNN.com) A British taxpayers advocacy group has published a report slamming England’s continued funding of the Palestinian Authority’s Jihadist hate curriculum in PA school textbooks. “How British taxpayers are funding hate education and violence in the Middle East,” was the title of the paper published by the TaxPayers' Alliance. “'Funding Hate Education' reveals disturbing evidence showing how British taxpayers’ money has been spent helping to fund hate education and promote violence in the Middle East,” the report states (Click here to download full report in .pdf format). “In order for a [peace] deal to stick over the long term, it...
  • Hezbollah denounces watchdog's report (fired rockets indiscriminately at civilian areas in Israel)

    08/29/2007 9:15:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 299+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/07 | Sam F. Ghattas - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A human rights group issued a report Wednesday accusing Hezbollah of firing rockets indiscriminately at civilian areas in Israel during last summer's war, prompting swift condemnation by the militant group and even its Lebanese opponents. Human Rights Watch's report said it found numerous rockets fired by Hezbollah in which there was no apparent legitimate military target, indicating civilians were deliberately attacked. The report also said Hezbollah's justifications that the rocket attacks were a response to Israeli fire into southern Lebanon and aimed at drawing Israel into a ground war had no legal basis under the rules of...
  • Watchdog Clears Cheney in Limited Probe (Klamath River water policy brouhaha, 2002 salmon kill-off)

    07/31/2007 8:07:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 380+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/07 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Interior Department's inspector general didn't find political interference by Vice President Dick Cheney on a key environmental policy in part because investigators weren't looking for it, an Interior official said Tuesday. A 2004 report by the inspector general found no basis for a claim by then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that White House political advisers interfered in developing water policy in the Klamath River Basin in California and Oregon. But investigators did not ask about Cheney — and no Interior employee volunteered information about him, said Mary Kendall, deputy Interior inspector general. A former high-ranking Interior official,...
  • Media Research Center's 20th Anniversary Gala ... Limbaugh honored with Buckley award

    03/30/2007 8:15:05 AM PDT · by Jo Nuvark · 9 replies · 167+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 3-30-07 | Brent Bozell
    Thursday evening, at a celebrity-packed dinner and gala celebrating the Media Research Center’s 20th anniversary, MRC President Brent Bozell presented Rush Limbaugh with the MRC’s first annual "William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence," recognizing Limbaugh’s "outstanding leadership in the conservative movement, defending and advancing conservative principles through the media." Greeted by the crowd of 1,000 with a standing ovation, Limbaugh joked about his "humility," recounted examples of how the "drive-by media" distort his points and thanked his listeners and the MRC for contributing to his success.