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  • Senate Republicans block third court nominee (D.C. Appeals Court)

    11/18/2013 3:24:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2013 | Ramseu Cox
    Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a third nominee of President Obama’s to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 53-38 vote, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes necessary to break a Republican filibuster and move to a final confirmation vote on nominee Robert Leon Wilkins. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) were the only Republicans to vote to end the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also switched his vote to no to preserve his ability to bring the nomination to the floor again. The GOP argues confirming Wilkins to the court would tilt...
  • Embattled IRS chief counsel met with Obama 2 days before writing new targeting criteria

    07/22/2013 7:41:24 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 95 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 22, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, met with Obama on April...
  • Noonan: A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal

    07/19/2013 4:58:22 AM PDT · by opentalk · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    The IRS scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office—that had been established—but to the office of the chief counsel. That is a bombshell—such a big one that it managed to emerge in spite of an unfocused, frequently off-point congressional hearing in which some members seemed to have accidentally woken up in the middle of a committee room, some seemed unaware of the implications of what their investigators had uncovered, one pretended that the investigation should end if IRS workers couldn't say the president had personally called and told them to harass his foes, and one seemed...
  • IRS lawyer says scandal was overseen by D.C., names names

    07/17/2013 8:16:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/17/13 | Patrick Howley
    Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee. Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing. Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George...
  • Wilkins attacked by former ref

    03/31/2011 9:34:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    AP ^ | March 31, 2011
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Hall of Famer and Atlanta Hawks televsion analyst Dominique Wilkins was attacked by a spectator after the team's victory Wednesday night over the Orlando Magic, the team said. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the spectator -- 36-year-old Rashan S. Michel, of Atlanta -- has worked as an NBA and college basketball referee. Wilkins is also a vice president with the team. He had just finished working Atlanta's 85-82 victory Wednesday night from his customary spot on press row when the alleged incident occurred at Philips Arena.
  • Obama adviser admits affair after billboards appear

    01/23/2010 6:47:21 AM PST · by Schnucki · 22 replies · 1,544+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | January 23, 2010
    Charles Phillips, a member of Obama's economic recovery advisory board, confessed after giant posters appeared of him with his lover. A millionaire businessman who advises Barack Obama on economic policy has been forced to admit an affair after a series of giant billboards showing him with his long-time mistress appeared across America. The photos of Charles Phillips, 50, and YaVaughnie Wilkins, 41, were shown on posters three-storeys high, with the line "You are my soulmate forever – cep" – thought to be a reference to Charles E. Phillips. The poster also advertises a website which featured love notes and pictures...
  • New York City-sized ice collapses off Antarctica (Wilkins ice shelf breaking into icebergs)

    04/28/2009 6:51:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 1,351+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/28/09 | Alister Doyle
    TROMSOE, Norway (Reuters) – An area of an Antarctic ice shelf almost the size of New York City has broken into icebergs this month after the collapse of an ice bridge widely blamed on global warming, a scientist said Tuesday. "The northern ice front of the Wilkins Ice Shelf has become unstable and the first icebergs have been released," Angelika Humbert, glaciologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, said of European Space Agency satellite images of the shelf. Humbert told Reuters about 700 sq km (270.3 sq mile) of ice -- bigger than Singapore or Bahrain and almost the...
  • UN sounds warning after Antarctica ice shelf rips (UNEP - UN Environment Programm)

    04/07/2009 10:38:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,068+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/7/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said the breakway of a Jamaica-sized ice shelf from the Antarctic peninsula could accelerate global warming in this already vulnerable region. Satellite pictures show a 40-kilometre (25-mile) ice bridge that was the Wilkins Ice Shelf's last link to the coast had now shattered at its narrowest point, about 500 metres (yards) wide, UNEP said. The Wilkins Ice Shelf once covered around 16,000 square kilometres (6,000 square miles) before it began to retreat in the 1990s, and by last May the ice bridge was all that connected it to Charcot and Latady islands....
  • Massive Antarctic ice shelf set to break loose (finally... Wilkins Ice Shelf)

    04/03/2009 12:02:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 2,139+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – A Jamaica-sized ice shelf is close to wrenching itself away from Antarctica, following dramatic weakening of an ice "bridge" linking it to the continent, the European Space Agency (ESA) reported Friday. The icy umbilical cord tying the Wilkins Ice Shelf to two islands on the Antarctic peninsula "looks set to collapse," ESA said. The evidence comes from radar pictures taken on Thursday by its Envisat Earth-monitoring satellite, the Paris-based agency said in a press release. Scientists have been keeping a worried eye on this ice shelf for years. For many, it is a barometer of global warming,...
  • Antarctic ice shelf set to collapse due to warming (HUGH Wilkins ice shelf)

    01/22/2009 11:34:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 114 replies · 2,912+ views
    Reuters on Scientific American ^ | 1/22/09 | Alister Doyle
    WILKINS ICE SHELF, Antarctica (Reuters) - A huge Antarctic ice shelf is on the brink of collapse with just a sliver of ice holding it in place, the latest victim of global warming that is altering maps of the frozen continent. "We've come to the Wilkins Ice Shelf to see its final death throes," David Vaughan, a glaciologist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), told Reuters after the first -- and probably last -- plane landed near the narrowest part of the ice. The flat-topped shelf has an area of thousands of square kilometers, jutting 20 meters (65 ft) out...
  • Massive Ice Chunk Collapses in Antarctica

    03/25/2008 8:37:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 59 replies · 2,375+ views
    Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a 160-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica, which started Feb. 28. It was the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf and has been there for hundreds, maybe 1,500 years. This is the result of global warming, said British Antarctic Survey scientist David Vaughan. Because scientists noticed satellite images within hours, they diverted satellite cameras and even flew an airplane over the ongoing collapse for rare pictures and video. "It's an event we don't get to see very often," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo....
  • Vast Antarctic Ice Shelf on Verge of Collapse (Wilkins Ice Shelf)

    03/25/2008 11:02:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 104 replies · 3,743+ views
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/08 | Andrea Thompson
    A vast ice shelf hanging on by a thin strip looks to be the next chunk to break off from the Antarctic Peninsula, the latest sign of global warming's impact on Earth's southernmost continent. Scientists are shocked by the rapid change of events. Glaciologist Ted Scambos of the University of Colorado was monitoring satellite images of the Wilkins Ice Shelf and spotted a huge iceberg measuring 25 miles by 1.5 miles (41 kilometers by 2.5 kilometers - about 10 times the area of Manhattan) that appeared to have broken away from the shelf. Scambos alerted colleagues at the British Antarctic...
  • U.S. ambassador a Canuck-at-heart (not bad bio of America's man in Ottawa)

    05/28/2006 10:41:46 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 14 replies · 514+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sunday, May 28, 2006 | MICHELE MANDEL
    U.S. ambassador a Canuck-at-heart TORONTO SUN Sunday, May 28, 2006 By MICHELE MANDEL OTTAWA -- After a year as U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins can now hum a few bars of O Canada and even tell you where maple syrup comes from. "That was a set-up," he protests, a sheepish note creeping into a South Carolina drawl as thick as the Canadian syrup. "It comes from a maple tree." Not only that, this transplanted southerner has adopted our national passion ("I was pulling very hard for the Senators to win"), loves Beavertails, has sampled poutine ("I like the...
  • Lay off U.S., [US] ambassador tells [Canada's] Martin

    12/13/2005 11:39:33 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 17 replies · 690+ views
    CANADIAN PRESS ^ | Dec. 13, 2005
    U.S. is 'walking the walk' when it comes to environmental issues, David Wilkins says OTTAWA — The Bush administration issued a sharp, public rebuke today to Prime Minister Paul Martin for dragging the Canadian-U.S. relationship into the federal election campaign. Ambassador David Wilkins said Canada risks damaging one of the world’s best relationships by focusing on short-term political gain. “It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner constantly,” Wilkins said in a speech to the Canadian Club at the historic Chateau Laurier Hotel, next door to Parliament Hill....
  • Stop slamming U.S., Washington warns Martin (Canada)

    12/13/2005 11:52:06 AM PST · by proud_yank · 86 replies · 2,153+ views
    CBC (Canada) ^ | Dec 13, 2005 | CBC News
    The U.S. ambassador to Canada has rebuked Prime Minister Paul Martin, saying he risks damaging relations between the countries by dragging the United States into the federal election campaign. Wilkins didn't name Martin directly but left no doubt that he was talking about the prime minister when he warned against scoring cheap political points against Washington. "It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner constantly," Ambassador David Wilkins said in a speech to the Canadian Club in Ottawa on Tuesday. "But it is a slippery slope, and all...
  • Gen Clarks Security Vehicle Stolen

    09/25/2003 9:19:14 PM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 1 replies · 322+ views
    Fightin Kentuckian ^ | 25 Sep 03 | Fightin Kentuckian
    Thought y'all might get a hoot out of this one. It's a true story about the time Gen Wes Clarks armoured car was stolen. I was a Staff Sgt assigned to Allied Forces Northern Command Europe (AFNORTH) in Brunssum, Holland, from 96 to 2000. One day one of the sgt's I worked with brought in a pice of paper telling us to be on the lookout for Gen Wes Clarks armoured car. I thought it was just a bad joke until I read about it in the Stars and Stripes a day or two later. I can't remember all the...
  • RADIO INTIFADA (Pacifica Radio gets worse. 800 number to call)

    08/01/2003 3:01:27 AM PDT · by DPB101 · 55 replies · 1,046+ views
    Greg Yardley ^ | 8/01/03 | FrontPageMagazine.com
    In June, Pacifica Radio's Los Angeles station, KPFK-FM, hosted a thirty-hour marathon of Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn's anti-Semitic "Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend."  It was the first time this once-annual program appeared for almost a decade. It had been banned by station management in 1993, after a long, hard-fought pressure campaign to remove it.  Afrikan Mental Liberation Weekend typically includes claims that the Jews disproportionately participated in the slave trade and persecuted blacks; in the past, he responded to criticism by calling the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League a "psychotic, idiotic, European Jew."   He has regularly played tapes by Nation of...
  • (Former Va. House Speaker Vance) Wilkins Resigns From House

    07/16/2002 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 262+ views
    Lynchburg (VA) News & Advance ^ | 16 July 2002 | Chuck Lionberger/WSLS-TV Channel 10
    Wilkins resigns from House Chuck Lionberger / WSLS Jul 16, 2002 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just weeks after resigning as Speaker of the House, Amherst county delegate Vance Wilkins says he'll leave the General Assembly completely. Delegate Wilkins says he has mailed his resignation letter to the Clerk of the House of Delegates about his decision to retire, effective August 15th. Wilkins says he selected this date so Governor Mark Warner can set a special election to fill his seat for the remainder of his term. It would coincide with the November general elections, and Wilkins says it will save taxpayers money. Wilkins...