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  • Pa. court reverses conviction of church official in sex abuse case

    12/26/2013 2:44:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    AP via NBC News ^ | December 26, 2013 | Maryclaire Dale
    A Roman Catholic church official who has been jailed for more than a year for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints had his conviction reversed and was ordered released Thursday. In dismissing the landmark criminal case, a three-judge Superior Court panel unanimously rejected prosecutors' arguments that Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged or convicted for the handling of clergy-abuse complaints, supervised the welfare of any particular child.
  • Ethics Update [Source: WHITEHOUSE.GOV]

    09/05/2009 2:20:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 643+ views ^ | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2009 AT 2:56 PM | Posted by Norm Eisen
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2009 AT 2:56 PM Ethics Update Posted by Norm Eisen We have previously reported six limited waivers that have been granted by the White House pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics for Executive Branch personnel – the strongest ethics standards in U.S. government history. Three of these waivers involved lobbying-related issues and three did not. We blogged about them here, here, and here. Several months ago, the public interest community suggested that we also make available in a central place limited waivers...
  • Senate clears ex-lobbyist as Pentagon No. 2

    02/11/2009 7:07:09 PM PST · by jessduntno · 1 replies · 194+ views
    reuters ^ | Today | Wolf
    Senate clears ex-lobbyist as Pentagon No. 2 Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:06pm EST Email | Print | Share| Reprints | Single Page[-] Text [+] By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved William Lynn, a former Raytheon Co lobbyist, to be deputy secretary of defense after he received a special White House waiver from strict new rules meant to close a "revolving door" between government and big business. Lynn, the Pentagon's chief financial officer from November 1997 to January 2001 under former President Bill Clinton, was confirmed by a vote of 93 to 4 on Wednesday. Raytheon is...
  • Senate confirms former lobbyist as Pentagon No. 2 [William Lynn]

    02/11/2009 3:23:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 439+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-11
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to confirm William Lynn as deputy defense secretary, endorsing President Barack Obama's decision to waive ethics regulations by putting a former defense lobbyist in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Charles Grassley of Iowa expressed reservations before the Senate voted 93-4 to approve the nomination. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was disappointed Obama would backtrack on his promise to keep lobbyists out of the federal government. On his first day in office, Obama issued an executive...
  • McCain drops objection to Lynn appointment

    02/02/2009 12:45:35 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 762+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-02
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is dropping his objection to the appointment of a former Raytheon lobbyist to the No. 2 job at the Pentagon. A McCain spokeswoman confirmed Monday by e-mail that the senator will allow the nomination to proceed after having received additional information from William Lynn, who is President Barack Obama's choice for deputy defense secretary.
  • Obama finds room for lobbyists

    01/29/2009 4:15:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 324+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/29/2009 | KENNETH P. VOGEL & MIKE ALLEN
    President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists "won't find a job in my White House." So far, though, at least a dozen former lobbyists have found top jobs in his administration, according to an analysis done by Republican sources and corroborated by Politico. Obama aides did not challenge the the list of lobbyists appointed to administration jobs, but they stressed that former lobbyists comprise a fraction of the more than 8,000 employees who will be hired by the new administration. And they pointed out that before Obama made his campaign-trail promise, he issued a more complete - and more...
  • McCain presses Pentagon nominee on conflicts

    01/28/2009 7:15:27 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 514+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-01-29 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is seeking details on how William Lynn, a former Raytheon Co lobbyist, would meet conflict-of-interest rules if confirmed as deputy secretary of defense. McCain, President Barack Obama's opponent in the November election, asked Lynn to spell out what impact, if any, Executive-branch ethics requirements might have on his ability "to discharge fully your responsibilities as deputy secretary." In a letter dated on Monday, the senator from Arizona said Lynn, if confirmed by the Senate, likely would face decisions affecting many matters in which Raytheon, one of...
  • CBS NEWS: Obama Picks Geithner And Lynn Aren't 'Change'

    01/27/2009 5:27:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies · 781+ views
    CBS News, Yes I said CBS News ^ | January 27, 2009 | By Bonnie Erbe
    President Obama promised change. But some of his cabinet and subcabinet appointments have been anything but. I posit two examples here, first Treasury Secretary-designate Tim Geithner: Timothy F. Geithner became the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on November 17, 2003. In that capacity, he serves as the vice chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the group responsible for formulating the nation's monetary policy. Geithner is the consummate insider, and President Obama even said so himself in pushing for Geithner's confirmation, despite serious income tax issues. Geithner...
  • Key Senate Republicans won't oppose Pentagon nominee [McQueeg/Grahamnesty alert]

    01/26/2009 3:17:08 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 351+ views
    Congress Daily ^ | 2009-01-26
    Bill Lynn, Raytheon's senior vice president for government operations and strategy, remains on track for confirmation as deputy Defense secretary after two senior Senate Armed Services Committee Republicans signaled Sunday they would not oppose him. Lynn, who lobbied for the defense contractor, stirred some controversy after an executive order signed by President Obama last week barred any lobbyists entering the administration from handling issues or agencies they had lobbied in the last two years. The administration issued a waiver for Lynn, and Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., responded by announcing he would support Lynn for confirmation. On Sunday,...
  • Tapper Tweaks Administration With Obamicon Of Lobbyist Appointee Lynn

    01/25/2009 10:25:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies · 612+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    My item of earlier this afternoon notwithstanding, not everyone at ABC is in the Obama tank. During the course of the campaign, Jake Tapper distinguished himself among his MSM colleagues by asking tough questions regarding candidate Obama. He did so both on the air, and notably in postings at his Political Punch blog. Recently named ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent, Tapper has served notice that he hasn’t lost his fastball. Readers will recall my item of yesterday describing how CBS’s Early Show weekend anchors apparently thought it was a good idea to have themselves posterized in the iconic Obama style...
  • Commentary: Obama breaks his own rule (Pigs flying alert)

    01/23/2009 6:17:10 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies · 326+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/23/2009 | Campbell Brown
    Just a couple of nights ago, we heaped praise on the new president for announcing what he called a new era of openness, where in his administration, transparency would rule the day. And the lobbyists that he was so critical of during the campaign? Well, he told us they will now face even tougher new restrictions. ************************ Please, please don't make us all any more cynical than we already are, Mr. President. If you have no intention of abiding by your new rules, then don't make new rules. That would be "actual" transparency.
  • Obama cracks, press room 'worse than the Middle East'

    01/22/2009 4:57:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 120 replies · 3,721+ views
    Obama cracks, press room 'worse than the Middle East' By: Jonathan Martin and Carrie Budoff Brown January 22, 2009 07:48 PM EST President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question. Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a Deputy Defense Secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile on his face. "Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with...
  • Lobbying Rules Complicate Lynn Nomination

    01/21/2009 8:05:48 PM PST · by Perdogg · 3 replies · 563+ views
    CQ politics ^ | Jan. 21, 2009 – 6:55 p.m. | By Josh Rogin, CQ Staff
    President Obama’s new lobbying rules are fueling the concerns of senators from both parties regarding the nomination of William Lynn to become deputy defense secretary. Obama signed an executive order Wednesday strengthening the restrictions on lobbyists and former lobbyists entering his administration. “If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied, during the previous two years,” Obama said in a press conference.
  • Senate considers unanimous-consent on Obama Cabinet (!!!)

    01/19/2009 6:15:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 151 replies · 7,121+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/2009 | J. Taylor Rushing
    The Senate on Tuesday is expected to attempt unanimous-approval votes of President-elect Obama’s Cabinet nominees, but it is uncertain who will be cleared by the upper chamber on Inauguration Day. Senate Democratic leaders have circulated a unanimous consent request for 15 nominations at various departments, from Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton to United Nations Ambassador nominee Susan Rice. A senior Democratic aide cautions that leaders are uncertain how many will actually win unanimous approval, and that any roll-call votes that are necessary would be held on Wednesday. The 15 names also include Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, Agriculture...
  • Obama Pentagon pick cites China concern

    01/16/2009 9:04:28 PM PST · by Flavius · 7 replies · 439+ views
    reuteurs ^ | Thu Jan 15, 8:01 pm ET | By Jim Wolf Jim Wolf –
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama's choice for the Pentagon's second-ranking job said on Thursday it would be tough to pay for all existing big-ticket U.S. weapons programs but called for hedging against China's growing military might. William Lynn, who would be the deputy secretary of defense, and other Obama nominees for top Pentagon jobs did not name which programs they might seek to cut, eliminate or stretch out to meet budget constraints. "If current trends continue, it will be very difficult to sustain a force large enough to meet the demands associated with both near-term operations and the long-term...
  • Obama names former Clinton officials for Pentagon

    01/08/2009 1:19:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 754+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/09 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday named four former Clinton administration officials to top defense positions, including former Pentagon comptroller William Lynn as deputy defense secretary. The four officials will form a senior policy team under Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has agreed to stay on as Pentagon chief in the Obama administration. ... "I am confident that these distinguished individuals have the expertise and commitment needed to help me implement a sustainable national security strategy," Obama said in a statement.