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  • Bill Whitaker: Wendy Davis imbroglio isn’t going to solve our state’s problems (she's got grit)

    02/01/2014 4:41:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Waco Trib ^ | 2/01/14 | Bill Whitaker
    **SNIP** One conclusion from the peanut gallery: Anyone trying to dissect marriages gone bad, decent people going off in different directions and the vicious spin applied to even basic marital facts is going to find many accounts don’t neatly add up. It would take a book the size of “War and Peace” to do justice to all parties in some failed marriages. That seems possibly the case with Sen. Davis’ early life, impressive as it is. For instance, debate has ensued about whether she was really a single teenage mom or not. Some accounts suggest she got divorced from her...
  • Is DOJ Covering Up For Obama Pal In Kickback Scheme?

    08/09/2013 9:26:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 9, 2013
    Is the Obama Justice Department going easy on a close friend, advisor and donor of the president who headed an Illinois public health agency embroiled in a widespread kickback scheme? It’s starting to seem like it, considering several underlings have been criminally charged while the guy in charge of the agency, Obama’s longtime pal, appears to be untouchable. The story involves Dr. Eric Whitaker, a member of Obama’s tight-knit circle of friends from Chicago’s Hyde Park. Illinois’s convicted felon governor (Rod Blagojevich) appointed Whitaker health director in 2003 after Obama, a state senator at the time, recommended him. After four...
  • Obama pal Whitaker says he's cooperating with authorities in grant scam case

    08/08/2013 3:08:45 PM PDT · by John W · 3 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | August 8, 2013 | Ray Long and Hal Dardick
    SPRINGFIELD --- Dr. Eric Whitaker, the former head of the Illinois public health department and a close friend of President Barack Obama, acknowledged today that he’s spoken to federal authorities who have been probing kickback schemes involving state grants, but said that he was not involved in the alleged crimes. Whitaker issued a statement this afternoon following Wednesday’s indictment of Quinshaunta R. Golden, his former chief of staff at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Golden is charged with collecting $433,000 in a grant scam and then trying to cover it up. Golden also worked with Whitaker at University of...
  • New book: Jarrett’s ‘Chicago connections’ led to Obama’s Solyndra visit

    05/15/2012 5:56:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller. ^ | May 14, 2012 | Matt K. Lewis
    many of Obama’s most liberal and costly political mistakes stemmed from Jarrett’s advice. Jarrett reportedly hatched the idea of Obama flying to Copenhagen to “make a dramatic presentation to the International Olympic Committee” for Chicago’s Olympic bid — and also encouraged Obama’s visit to “the Bay area solar company Solyndra” — despite the protestations of Lawrence Summers (who in 2009 warned against the loan guarantee) and others. Klein implies Jarrett’s pro-Solyndra position was a result of her “Chicago connections” and -- especially her close ties to the George Kaiser Family Foundation, which controlled 35.7 percent of Solyndra. The foundation had...
  • Obama and Eric Whitaker (file)

    05/15/2012 9:26:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 5/15/12 | Nachum
    Obama and Eric WhitakerLongtime Obama pal Eric Whitaker keeps popping onto political scene(Is this the Jeremiah Wright briber?)...The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends. ........Obama pal part of fed probe---E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Author Reveals Identity of Man New Obama Book Says...
  • HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy (U of Chicago program tied to MO)

    05/14/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 26 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5-14-12 | Keith Koffler
    The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends. The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama’s...
  • Obama’s Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close

    11/09/2011 8:39:07 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    ny times ^ | December 13, 2008 | JODI KANTOR
    Barack Obama’s three closest friends — Valerie Jarrett, Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker — sat down in the study of Mr. Nesbitt’s house in Chicago for one of their increasingly frequent heart-to-hearts. ... In the presidential campaign, the Obamas had a “no new friends” rule, surrounding themselves with a coterie of familiar faces. Even if the Obamas lift that rule in Washington, newcomers are unlikely to replicate the intensity of this group’s ties, formed over more than a decade ... They vacationed together: in December, with the Obamas in Hawaii; in August, with Ms. Jarrett on Martha’s Vineyard. Mr....
  • Close Obama Pal Embroiled In Grant Fraud Scandal

    09/22/2011 10:58:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 22, 2011
    More than two months after a Chicago nurse got criminally charged for stealing half a million taxpayer dollars from minority outreach programs one media outlet has dared to reveal that a close friend, advisor and donor of President Obama’s is embroiled in the scandal. It’s the taboo portion of the story that’s been ignored by the mainstream media and conveniently omitted in government press releases announcing the June federal indictment a month after it was filed. The one-time director of the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (Margaret Davis) faces two decades in prison for defrauding various...
  • Not-for-profit group used state funds to buy decked-out Hummer

    09/20/2011 9:11:26 AM PDT · by Freedumb · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 09/20/2011 | DAVE McKINNEY & CHRIS FUSCO
    With its custom red paint job, on-board TV, public-address system, game consoles and sparkling chrome tire rims, the 2003 Hummer was no ordinary vehicle. The $45,196 SUV was designed to deliver an eye-catching, AIDS-awareness message to people in poor African-American neighborhoods on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health, then headed by Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends.Soon, though, other AIDS activists began to question how the Chicago not-for-profit organization that used the decked-out Hummer to spread its message could afford to spend money on such a vehicle. After first insisting otherwise, Whitaker aides...
  • One of Obama's closest friends part of federal probe

    05/10/2010 6:27:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 542+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 9, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY, CHRIS FUSCO
    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury... The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich... Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president's friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama's wife, Michelle, as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center. On Friday, Whitaker defended his work as the state's former top health official,...
  • <b>The Advice of "Chief Advisor" Valerie Jarrett--- Malkin calls it: Do It Yourself Vetting</b>

    09/06/2009 5:33:18 PM PDT · by thouworm · 132 replies · 6,814+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 9/3/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    The Sound(?) Advice of "Chief Advisor" Valerie Jarrett Advice on “green energy” czar Van Jones--- HIRE HIM!Advice on Healthcare--- DUMP and DECEIVE the POOR PUBLIC (in action, not word)Advice on Public Housing for the Poor and Underprivileged--- SCREW EM! (in action, not word) Advice on “green energy” czar Van Jones: Hire him! “Van Jones, we were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House, we've been watching him, really, for - he's not that old— but for as long as he's been active out of Oakland and all of the ways that he has -...
  • Obama pal part of fed probe (Dr. Eric Whitaker)

    05/08/2010 5:02:14 AM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies · 826+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 8, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY, CHRIS FUSCO AND TIM NOVAK
    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to copies of subpoenas obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act. Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president's friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama's wife, Michelle, as an executive at the...
  • 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
  • Doctors group to U. of C.: Practices close to 'patient dumping' (Michelle O's/Axelrod's creation)

    02/19/2009 5:24:42 PM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 757+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2-19-09 | Bruce Japsen
    The nation's largest group of emergency doctors this afternoon is condemning a University of Chicago Medical Center initiative to divert patients from its emergency room saying it was "dangerously close" to violating federal laws. The American College of Emergency Physicians said the University of Chicago Medical Center is "failing in its obligation to treat emergency patients, citing drastic reductions in inpatient beds for emergency patients." The Washington-based organization cited Tribune coverage last week that included a story about a 12-year-old boy attacked by a "pit bull who was sent to another hospital for surgery." The emergency room doctors expressed "grave"...
  • Obama brings friends to gym for workout

    12/28/2008 11:51:48 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 68 replies · 2,836+ views
    12/28/08
    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20081228/BREAKING01/81228016/-1/LOCALNEWSFRONT Rules:link only
  • Obama's pal Eric Whitaker, his Tony Rezko tie

    12/23/2008 4:14:14 PM PST · by Shermy · 14 replies · 1,186+ views
    Dr. Eric Whitaker and Sen. Barack Obama go way back. Their friendship began when they were graduate students at Harvard University. Now, Whitaker is one of Obama's closest advisers. Whitaker, 43, of Chicago, often travels with the presidential hopeful on the campaign trail and has vacationed with him in Hawaii. There's talk Whitaker could be in line for a federal appointment if Obama becomes president. Five years ago, Obama, then an Illinois state senator, gave a "glowing'' reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko, the now-convicted political fixer who helped Gov. Blagojevich find people to run state agencies. Blagojevich hired Whitaker...
  • Obama’s Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close

    12/13/2008 11:10:58 PM PST · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 2,187+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | 12-13-08 | Jodi Kantor
    Last Sunday night, President-elect Barack Obama’s three closest friends — Valerie Jarrett, Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker — sat down in the study of Mr. Nesbitt’s house in Chicago for one of their increasingly frequent heart-to-hearts. *snip* In the presidential campaign, the Obamas had a “no new friends” rule, surrounding themselves with a coterie of familiar faces. Even if the Obamas lift that rule in Washington, newcomers are unlikely to replicate the intensity of this group’s ties, formed over more than a decade by births and deaths, Scrabble games, barbecues and vacations, but also by shared beliefs about race,...
  • Myths and Facts Online:A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    08/26/2002 10:00:34 PM PDT · by jjreilly · 1 replies · 342+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | August 19, 2002 | Brian Whitaker
    World dispatch -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- US thinktanks give lessons in foreign policy Brian Whitaker reports on the network of research institutes whose views and TV appearances are supplanting all other experts on Middle Eastern issues Monday August 19, 2002 A little-known fact about Richard Perle, the leading advocate of hardline policies at the Pentagon, is that he once wrote a political thriller. The book, appropriately called Hard Line, is set in the days of the cold war with the Soviet Union. Its hero is a male senior official at the Pentagon, working late into the night and battling almost single-handedly to rescue...
  • Michelle Obama Oversaw Contentious Program (Kicking the uninsured out of her hospital's ER)

    08/23/2008 8:12:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies · 984+ views
    Red Orbit News ^ | August 23, 2008
    Michelle Obama's job at the University of Chicago Medical Center included responsibility for a program to steer the uninsured away from its emergency room. The wife of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is now on leave from her position. She was earning $317,000 a year as vice president of the hospital. Some top Obama advisers are also involved with the Urban Health Initiative, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Dr. Eric Whitaker took over the program when the hospital hired him in 2007, and the hospital contracted with a company owned by David Axelrod, Barack Obama's top strategist, for a public...
  • WSJ: Our Insular Media - Newsweek is guilty not only of bad reporting but of self-absorption

    05/18/2005 1:28:16 PM PDT · by OESY · 25 replies · 836+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | May 18, 2005 | CLAUDIA ROSETT
    ...Newsweek's editors, unable to substantiate the story, apologized. Then, as the furor grew, Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker [retracted his story].... That will likely come as cold comfort to U.S. troops abroad, some of whom were among the immediate targets of stone-throwing demonstrators in Afghanistan when the story first spread.... Let's pause right there. We are hearing that Muslims, infuriated by a report of blasphemy, went on violent rampages that resulted in . . . dead Muslims and burned mosques.... What's really going on here is two stories. One involves Newsweek and the ups and downs of U.S. journalism. The other...
  • NYP: NEWSWEEK WEASELS

    05/18/2005 5:49:10 AM PDT · by OESY · 51 replies · 1,387+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 18, 2005 | Editorial
    <p>Twenty-four hours after first apologizing for, and then — as criticism mounted — retracting a bogus story about alleged U.S. military misbehavior at Guantanamo, Newsweek's editors still seem to think they're the victims of the whole sordid saga.</p> <p>"Everyone involved in the reporting process conducted themselves professionally," the magazine's editor, Mark Whitaker, insisted yesterday in several interviews. "We went by the book."</p>