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  • PA Democrats Took Bribes to Oppose Voter ID: Where is Eric Holder?

    03/19/2014 8:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/19/2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing Voter ID in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Gifts of Tiffany’s jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for “NO” votes on a Pennsylvania Voter ID bill that passed in 2012.Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials. Kane is a Democrat.Kane’s excuse for her inaction? Racism: some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the...
  • Russians Offer Ukrainian Soldiers Cash, Raises, Even Apartments to Switch Sides...

    03/05/2014 9:21:43 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    I'm not exactly sure how Vladimir Putin intends to retain what credibility he ever had by lying to our faces when we know better, i.e. that the Kremlin didn't send troops into the Crimean peninsula- but another thing we can see with our own two eyes is that the Russians likely intended to move into as much Ukrainian territory as possible, and likely take the whole country.   They probably counted on the Ukrainians providing them an excuse to get violent, but due to incredible discipline and restraint they've yet to fire a shot at the Russians... the easy gains are done......
  • Former New Orleans mayor indicted on federal corruption charges

    As part of the alleged bribes, Nagin's family members received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City totaling $23,500; and cellular phone service, the indictment said. According to the indictment, the bribing businessmen allegedly received city contracts of $1 million for consulting, more than $3 million to build a project at Louis Armstrong International Airport, and $1 million for another airport project, the indictment said. Other contracts were for sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter and professional services, authorities allege. Among the conspiracy charges is an accusation that Nagin...
  • Strategic Move Exempts Health Law From Broader U.S. Statute (It's not a "federal health care progr

    11/14/2013 11:55:06 AM PST · by edwinland · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Nov. 4, 2013 | Robert Pare
    WASHINGTON The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new health care program in decades, but the Obama administration has ruled that neither the federal insurance exchange nor the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low-income people are federal health care programs. The surprise decision, disclosed last week, exempts subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs, stripping law enforcement of a powerful tool used to fight fraud in other health care programs, like Medicare. The main purpose of the anti-kickback law, as described by...
  • Judge Napolitano-Obamacare Law Gives HHS Secretary Authority to Exempt It From Federal Fraud Law

    11/05/2013 11:12:56 AM PST · by Stayfree · 14 replies
    Judge Napolitano on Fox News | Nov. 5, 2013 | Stayfree
    Judge Napolitano on Fox News said that the Obamacare law gives HHS Kathleen Sebelious the authority to prevent the Justice Dept.from prosecuting anybody for kickbacks/bribes under the Federal fraud laws.....
  • AAPS Sues to Stop the Unlawful Revisions to ObamaCare (no delay of employer mandate)

    10/30/2013 8:29:33 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    heraldonline.com ^ | 10/30/2013 | Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
    The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) has filed a lawsuit today in federal court to halt the unlawful revisions to ObamaCare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The separation of powers required by the Constitution prohibits the executive branchthe Obama Administrationfrom rewriting laws passed by Congress. Yet that is what Obama has done by changing key parts of ObamaCare in order to implement it. The AAPS lawsuit, which was filed today in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, asks the Court to enjoin the Obama Administration from imposing its "individual mandate" while delaying the "employer mandate." The law...
  • CGI (Canadian) division Stanley,Inc: The passport breach of McCain,Obama and Clinton in 2008

    10/22/2013 7:17:58 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/22/2008 | Helene Cooper
    ".....In two of those cases, State Department officials said, the contract employees, who worked for Stanley Inc., a company based in Arlington, Va., that does computer work for the government, were fired. In one case, the employee was reprimanded and continues to be employed by the Analysis Corporation of McLean, Va. Mr. McCormack said Mr. McCains passport file was breached by the same employee who was reprimanded for breaching Mr. Obamas file. "
  • Egypt Attorney General Says Muslim Brotherhood Leaders On Secret Salary From Obama

    08/27/2013 8:27:38 AM PDT · by Baynative · 19 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 8/25/13 | Pat Dollard/Walid Shoebat
    Excerpted from Walid Shoebat Egypts Attorney General Hisham Barakat is looking into evidence that arrested Muslim Brotherhood leaders accepted bribes from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, according to a report from Almesryoon, an Egyptian newspaper that cites a judicial source.
  • EVIDENCE U.S. BRIBED MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OFFICIALS

    08/25/2013 6:13:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 08/25/2013 | Jerome Corsi
    A question apparently being raised in next weeks trial in Cairo of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders facing criminal charges is this: Was the Obama administration paying bribes as large as $850,000 a year to the Morsi government that were distributed by top ministerial level officials to Muslim Brotherhood leaders, with the direct involvement of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo? WND is in possession of an official document from inside the Morsi government that lends credibility to a report published in Arabic by an Egyptian newspaper in Cairo that lists the charges brought by the current military-controlled government against Egyptian Muslim...
  • Boom! Evidence U.S. Bribed Egypts Muslim Brotherhood?

    08/23/2013 3:16:34 PM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 25 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/23/13 | Walid Shoebat
    Egypts Attorney General Hisham Barakat is looking into evidence that arrested Muslim Brotherhood leaders accepted bribes from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, according to a report from Almesryoon, an Egyptian newspaper that cites a judicial source. The trials that are scheduled to begin in Cairo on August 25th will feature a litany of charges against the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Included among them are murders, assassinations, prison escapes, sniping, indiscriminate killing of demonstrators, and collaborating with foreign governments, to include both the United States and Qatar. Evidence we have obtained lends credibility to the charges of gifts (bribes) being taken in...
  • The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses

    06/20/2013 7:46:33 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    Business Insider - AP ^ | 6-20-2013 | ;Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
    The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated PressJune 20, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses. The Obama administration has ordered agencies to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts, but the IRS says it's merely following legal obligations under a union contract. The agency is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the...
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • How much news has the Obama administration successfully suppressed?

    05/21/2013 8:22:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/21/2013 | Philip Klein
    On the heels of news that the Obama administration Department of Justice was spying on reporters at the Associated Press, Monday brought the startling disclosure by the Washington Post that the DOJ had also targeted Fox reporter James Rosen for surveillance in an effort to plug up leaks. Additionally, the New Yorkers Ryan Lizza obtained the full application for a search warrant of Rosens personal email account, in which the DOJ accused him of being an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator. As Lizza put it, Rosen was not charged with any crime, but it is unprecedented for the government, in...
  • Why Do G.M.O.s Need Protection?

    04/10/2013 7:20:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Mark Bittman
    Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those whove made money from it, appropriately represented in the publics mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.[1] The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once its in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.
  • When Politicians Lie Until They're Blue in the Face

    04/03/2013 4:29:30 PM PDT · by RightBlackChick · 4 replies
    TPNN - Tea Party News Network ^ | 4/3/13 | Ray Muccio
    We have to start somewhere and this is where it starts. I have attended Tea Party meetings at the same location the Queens GOP calls home. However, we were never included in anything that the GOP was doing. We were never invited to any rallies, never had any of the Queens GOP leaders stop in and speak, and now I see why. In a time where American citizens are struggling to even put food on the table, my own party is willing to give up their seat for Mayor for a couple of dollars. Politics has become about money and...
  • Furor Growing Against Obama Over 'Monsanto Protection Act'

    03/30/2013 11:06:55 AM PDT · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    IB Times ^ | 3/27
    By Connor Adams Sheets | March 27 2013 4:55 PM Anger is growing against President Barack Obama the day after he signed into law a spending bill that included a provision opponents have dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act." That bill, the HR 933 continuing resolution, was mainly aimed at averting a government shutdown and ensuring that the federal government would continue to be able to pay its bills for the next six months. But food and public safety advocates and independent farmers are furious that Obama signed it despite its inclusion of language that they consider to be a gift...
  • Mumbai: possible Tiger links probed (Hillary Clinton's background and Ram Ranjan?)

    12/01/2008 9:50:21 PM PST · by earmarksrus · 7 replies · 821+ views
    It's a Kwazy Life ^ | December 1, 2008 | Tom Lamb
    Link "Pakistan told Indian officials to look into all aspects, including an LTTE or Al-Qaeda connection. Pakistan also informed India that some of the terrorists appeared to be South Indians and looked like LTTE cadres. India investigated every angle," the official said. London's Pakistani High Commissioner in an interview told BBC over the weekend that some of the terrorists looked very much like South Indians. From Sir Lanka Ministry of Defence ....... A little known terror outfit "Deccan Mujahideen" has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Anti-terrorist operations are continuing as Indian security forces take on the formidable mission to...
  • Remember those SHOT Show arrests?

    12/06/2012 1:08:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    weaponsman.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Weaponsman
    In 2010, the SHOT Show was roiled by the news of almost two dozen executives arrested in a massive bribery sting. The case has just concluded two years of falling apart with an interesting result: the 22 executives arrested are free and clear, and the FBI's ace informant, who seems to be a shockingly bad bloke even as CIs go, is going up the river on the charges that they were holding over his head. The taxpayers are out many millions (tens of millions?) on a political prosecution led by a familiar name -- Lanny Breuer -- to besmirch the...
  • Report: Obama.com solicits foreign contributions for prez

    10/08/2012 8:56:44 AM PDT · by Snuph · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 8, 2012 |
    -- Obama Campaign Lacks the Industry-Standard Level Of Credit Card Security For Donations, But Uses It For Merchandise Purchases: To purchase Obama campaign merchandise, the campaign requires buyers to enter their credit card CVV security code, but does not require the credit card security code to be entered when making an online campaign donation. By GAI's estimates, the Obama campaign's failure to utilize industry-standard protections potentially costs the campaign millions in extra processing fees.
  • GREEN SCAM: 80% Of Green Energy Loans Went To Obama Donors - 19 Companies Went Bust

    07/14/2012 7:21:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 6-2-12 | jim hoft
    For those who only hear about these failing companies one by one, the following is a list of all the clean energy companies supported by President Obamas stimulus that are now failing or have filed for bankruptcy. The liberal media hopes youve forgotten about all of them except Solyndra, but we havent. Evergreen Solar SpectraWatt Solyndra (received $535 million) Beacon Power (received $43 million) AES subsidiary Eastern Energy Nevada Geothermal (received $98.5 million) SunPower (received $1.5 billion) First Solar (received $1.46 billion) Babcock & Brown (an Australian company which received $178 million) Ener1 (subsidiary EnerDel received $118.5 million) Amonix (received...
  • FBI arrests ex-fund-raiser for Jesse Jackson Jr.

    06/20/2012 10:01:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 20, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI
    . . At last summers Blagojevich retrial, prosecutors had a distinct way to refer to the wealthy businessman: He was the bribe guy, who in 2008 allegedly offered millions of dollars to Rod Blagojevichs brother in exchange for appointing Jackson Jr. (D-Ill) to Obamas vacant Senate seat. . . For the last several years, Nayak had been the aching thorn in Jacksons side after Blagojevich was heard on tape saying that Jacksons emissary Nayak offered what Blagojevich believed was a $1.5 million offer in exchange for the Senate seat. Jackson has repeatedly and vehemently denied he authorized anyone...
  • Politico Covers Up Obama Campaign's Alleged Attempt to Bribe Rev. Wright

    05/19/2012 5:03:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | John Nolte
    In a 1200 word feature piece titled "Race Issues Return with Rev. Wright," written by Jonathan Martin and James Hohamann, MSNBC's unofficial web-partners at Politico go into excruciating detail charting the return of Obama's former pastor and 20-year mentor. Naturally, the article is all about race-race-race and racism-racism-racism, and how by some unholy act of MSM witchcraft Wright is a bigger problem for Romney than for the man who spent two decades at his knee. What Politico glaringly chose to leave out of its in-depth and oh-so detailed reporting, though, is the primary reason Reverend Wright is back in the...
  • NBC: Tax loophole costs billions

    05/03/2012 11:12:51 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/26/2012 | Bob Segall
    Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it! Note: This is part one in a two-part series. Read part two here. INDIANAPOLIS - Inside his central Indiana office, a longtime tax consultant sits at his desk, shaking his head in disbelief. "There is not a doubt in my mind there's huge fraud taking place here," he said, slowly...
  • House approves offshore wind bill 88-47, administration accused of coercion

    04/01/2012 1:07:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | March 31, 2012 | Daniel Menefee
    The House passed the administrations offshore wind power bill Friday amid accusations Gov. Martin OMalley secured votes on the House Economic Matters Committee with disparity grants to committee members districts. Those of you who have been here longer than two weeks know theres a lot of complicated pressures that go into making a bill pass or fail, said House Minority Leader Anthony ODonnell. Sometimes it takes a little nudge, sometimes it takes a carrot, and sometimes it takes a stick. The disparity grant program in Maryland provides subsidies to jurisdictions with income tax receipts that fall below 75% of the...
  • Brooklyn Senator Expected to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case (RAT Kruger - $1 million in bribes)

    12/20/2011 6:51:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/19/11 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and BENJAMIN WEISER
    Brooklyn Senator Expected to Plead Guilty in Corruption CaseBy WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and BENJAMIN WEISER Published: December 19, 2011 State Senator Carl Kruger was expected to plead guilty on Tuesday to federal corruption charges that he accepted at least $1 million in bribes to finance a lavish lifestyle, including a large home in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, where he lived with two gynecologist brothers and their mother, according to several people briefed on the case. One of the brothers, Michael Turano, who was also charged in the corruption case unveiled in the spring, was expected to plead guilty along with Mr....
  • Despite earmark ban, lawmakers try to give money to hundreds of pet projects

    11/30/2011 2:12:52 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wahington Post ^ | 11-30-11 | Kimberly Kindy
    Members of the House and the Senate attempted to pack hundreds of special spending provisions into at least 10 bills in the summer and fall, less than a year after congressional leaders declared a moratorium on earmarks, congressional records show. The moratorium, announced last November in the House and in February in the Senate, is a verbal commitment by the Republican leadership to prohibit lawmakers from directing federal funds to handpicked projects and groups in their districts. Lawmakers have tried to get around the moratorium by promising to allow other groups to compete for the funds. But the legislative language...
  • Report: 80% of DOE Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Backers (SHOCKER)

    11/14/2011 9:11:20 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 19 replies
    Heritage ^ | 11-14-11 | Lachlan Markay
    A new book by Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer details the startling extent of the cronyism that has pervaded President Obamas green jobs push. According to Schweizer, 4 out of every 5 renewable energy companies backed by the Energy Department was run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers. Those companies political largesse is probably the best investment they ever made in alternative energy, Schweizer explains. It brought them returns many times over. Doug Ross spotted the relevant excerpt of Schweizers book (h/t Ben Domenechs Transom): When President-elect Obama came to Washington in late 2008, he was outspoken about...
  • Sens. Mike Lee and Charles Schumer pitch immigration reform to boost U.S. travel, housing investment

    10/20/2011 4:01:10 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 18 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
    WASHINGTON A Republican Utah senator and Democratic senator from New York introduced an immigration reform bill Thursday aimed at encouraging foreign travel and housing investment in the U.S. Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Charles Schumer, D-New York, say the legislation would reduce barriers for Canadian and Chinese visitors, expedite priority visa applications, use videoconferencing to screen foreign nationals and change visa procedures for U.S. allies fighting al Qaeda. It would also provide a three-year visa for foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in residential real estate, including half for a home in which they must live for six months...
  • STEVE WYNN Goes On-Rant About Occupy Wall Street,Obama, Deficits..Anger At Government

    10/19/2011 5:26:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10-19-11 | Joe Weisenthal
    COMPLETE TITLE: STEVE WYNN Goes On Big Rant About Occupy Wall Street, Obama, Deficits, And Anger At The Government ### Classic. On the conference call for Wynn Resorts, CEO Steve Wynn went on a big rant on Occupy Wall Street, Obama, and deficits. Here are our notes in raw form. It's all mostly paraphrased. In a nutshell, he says: Deficits are killing us, our dollars are worthless, and the Democrats are bankrupting the country and vilifying anyone who's successful. So naturally, people are protesting. *snip* You're seeing it taken to the next level in Greece. People are trying to break...
  • Ex-L.A. fire chief's son accused of bribing TSA officer

    10/18/2011 8:47:01 AM PDT · by cutty · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 18, 2011 | Rick Rojas and Richard Winton
    The son of a former Los Angeles fire chief was charged Monday with bribing a federal Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport to help him smuggle marijuana past security on nine separate trips. Millage Peaks IV admitted to FBI agents that he and his associates made the trips with the aid of a TSA officer, whom they paid $5,000 to $6,000 in bribes to avoid detection... Peaks and TSA Officer Dianne Perez were arrested on bribery charges Sunday following what the FBI said was his most recent attempt ... Perez, a TSA officer for seven and a...
  • Bank of Political Works- A Fannie Mae for 'infrastructure.'

    08/31/2011 6:06:57 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8-31-11 | WSJ
    Here's a novel idea: Have Congress create a "bank" that could borrow huge sums with only a small federal outlay and would be independent of any political interference. If you believe in this miracle, you probably thought Fannie Mae was a private company that wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime. We're referring to Washington's latest marketing tool to sell spending to a skeptical public, a new federal "infrastructure bank." For the low, low price of $30 billion or so, President Obama says Congress can conjure hundreds of billions in new "grants and loans" to rebuild "roads, bridges, and ports and broadband...
  • 'Supercommittee members get plenty of funds from lobbyists

    08/22/2011 7:33:44 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 21, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    When congressional leaders earlier this month named six lawmakers from each party to a debt reduction supercommittee, investing unprecedented power in a tiny cadre to slash funding, they set off a wild scramble among special interest groups to gain access and protect their interests. Yet many groups with the most at stake didnt have to change their plans. Some members of the supercommittee received more campaign contributions in July from political action committees controlled by corporations, unions and other lawmakers than anyone else in Congress, disclosures filed this weekend show. Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican who chairs the tax-writing House...
  • AT&T gave cash to merger backers

    06/10/2011 8:10:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/10/11 | ELIZA KRIGMAN
    AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals except that theyve received big piles of AT&Ts cash. In recent weeks, the NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance, and the National Education Association have each issued public statements in support of the deal. The groups all say their public positions have nothing to do with the money they received from AT&T.
  • FBI Video Shows Detroit City Council Aide Accepting Bribes

    06/09/2011 6:38:16 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-9-2011 | Gus Lubin
    FBI Video Shows Detroit City Council Aide Accepting Bribes Gus Lubin Jun. 9, 2011, 6:39 AM FBI survellance videos obtained by The Detroit News show city corruption in action. In one video, former aide John Clark is handed a wad of cash from James Rosendall Jr., vice president of sludge-hauling firm Synagro Technologies Inc., which was awarded a $1.2 billion sludge-hauling contract. Rosendall tells Clark: "I'm going to be gone for a few weeks and I wanted to swing by and give you a little advance on helping us with that tax stuff. Whatever you can do I'd appreciate. You...
  • Newark TSA Supervisor Sentenced for Bribery

    06/08/2011 9:10:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    nbc ^ | Jun 7, 2011 | Brian Thompson
    The cost of stealing from passengers...former supervisor with the Transportation Security Administration has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to taking bribes from a TSA officer who was stealing from passengers. ... Raimi stole between $10,000 and $30,000 in cash from travelers going through a Terminal B checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport last Fall.
  • L.A. officials want to track building inspectors by GPS in wake of FBI sting

    04/12/2011 4:26:45 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2011 | David Zahniser
    Days after two city inspectors were arrested by the FBI on suspicion of taking bribes, officials at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety called Tuesday for the agency to electronically track the whereabouts of its employees. Building and Safety spokesman David Lara said his department sent a series of recommendations to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, including a move to activate the GPS tracking devices contained within each inspectors cellphone and laptop computer. For us, its mostly about making sure our inspectors are where theyre supposed to be, Lara said. With the latest turn of events, its too bad that...
  • Food at union meetings: Perk, bribe or legit accommodation?

    03/29/2011 7:59:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | March 28, 2011 | jon ortiz
    The single-sentence email from a frustrated state worker hit our inbox this morning: "This is what SEIU does to attract attendees, and my fees go to this!" It came with a scan of this flier promoting a series of 30-minute Local 1000 meetings at CDCR headquarters this Wednesday promising, "$5 Subway Cards will be given to all who attend." All employees represented by the union are welcomed and, presumably, will get a Subway card. The flier reminded us of an SEIU protest at the Capitol a few years ago that offered free lunch to participants. At the time we thought...
  • Obama jokes about birthers at fundraiser; 'birther bill' gets killed in New Hampshire

    03/14/2011 10:38:23 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 51 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | March 10th 2011, 1:16 PM | Michael Sheridan DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    President Obama is laughing off lingering doubts about his birth certificate. The commander-in-chief cracked wise at a fund-raiser in Boston, poking fun at the so-called "birther" movement, which insists he is not a natural-born citizen. "There's no weakness in us trying to reach out and seeing if we can find common ground," he said Tuesday. "Now, there are going to be times where we can't. I was born in Hawaii. What can I say? I mean, I just ... I can't change those facts."
  • Obama Wants to Shed Rules That Hurt Job Growth

    01/18/2011 10:41:07 AM PST · by Mr. K · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | Published: Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 10:10 AM ET | Reuters
    President Barack Obama Tuesday ordered a government-wide review of regulations with the goal of eliminating those that hurt job creation and make the U.S. economy less competitive. Photo by : Pete Souza President Barack Obama -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Obama took action after unveiling his plan in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he said some rules have placed "unreasonable burdens on business burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs." The executive order marked Obama's latest move to repair relations with U.S. business, which were frayed amid bitter debate over...
  • The Obamas Dance Company toGet Strict Government Oversight

    12/31/2010 1:23:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/31/10 | Dan Riehl
    Theres something curiously missing from this story on Chicagos Mantu Dance Company. It may be the only time the company has made big news without a mention of Barack and Michelle Obama in years. One can only imagine the headlines were it so closely linked to a Republican President. Illinois officials are taking a closer look at a nonprofit dance company that was awarded a $4.5 million state grant in 2003 for a planned performing arts center on the South Side that has yet to begin construction.
  • Once Earmark Junkies, GOP Tries to Kick Habit

    12/21/2010 6:35:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2010 | Byron York
    When Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill recently went to war over the budget, press coverage suggested that pork-barrel earmark spending is still a bipartisan problem, that after months of self-righteous rhetoric about fiscal discipline, both parties remain equal-opportunity earmarkers. It's not true. A new analysis by a group of federal-spending watchdogs shows a striking imbalance between the parties when it comes to earmark requests. Democrats remain raging spenders, while Republicans have made enormous strides in cleaning up their act. In the Senate, the GOP made only one-third as many earmark requests as Democrats for the still-unpassed 2011 budget, and...
  • Congress Approves Private Bill To Help Illegal Immigrant

    12/20/2010 12:14:46 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies · 3+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 20, 2010
    A rare private bill recently approved by the United States Congress will allow an illegal immigrant living in southern California to remain in the country and become a permanent resident. The secret law on behalf of one individual appears to be a growing trend among some pro-amnesty Democrats who are quietly blocking the deportations of illegal aliens and sponsoring clandestine legislation to keep the violators in the country indefinitely. Just a few weeks ago three federal lawmakers from California and Ohio blocked the removal of a Guatemalan arrested for driving without a license and a Peruvian who benefits from taxpayer-financed...
  • Bill Hemmer Grills GOP Senator On Earmark Hypocrisy

    12/15/2010 10:43:28 AM PST · by La Lydia · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 15, 2010
    Senator John Cornyn appeared on FOX News with anchor Bill Hemmer and hoped to discuss his strong opposition to the massive spending bill proposed by Democrats. Hemmer, however, would not let him escape without addressing Cornyns own contribution to the bill: $16 million worth of earmarks. Cornyn said he was in favor of an earmark moratorium yet considered his earmarks individually defensible. Hemmer rightly said Im confused. First Cornyn described passing the spending bill at this time as completely tone deaf . . . after coming off this election when the American people said very clearly that this runaway Washington...
  • Tax Deal Possibly Endangered by Error in Legislation (Incompetence!)

    President Obama on Wednesday urged lawmakers to reach a compromise on tax extenders but a glitch in the bill caused some senators to scramble for a correction without endangering its outcome. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., came to the Senate floor Wednesday to announce a "mistake" in the legislation. She said a program to extend low income housing tax credits for people who lost homes during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was left out of the bill even though it was a deal that all sides approved. Landrieu said the money is needed for 2 more years to complete the projects and...
  • Revolt: Republicans Angry About Spending Bill Decry 'Total Mess'

    12/14/2010 11:37:26 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 14, 2010 | Bret Baier and Jim Angle
    Republicans poring over a 1,924-page spending bill proposed by Democrats to cover the rest of the fiscal year are threatening to ground the legislation to a halt, citing hidden earmarks and massive spending that would be enacted into law without a review process.
  • I Didn't Vote For A Christmas Tree

    12/11/2010 6:19:43 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 10,1012 | John Hinderaker
    For several years, I have assumed that my taxes, and those of many millions of Americans, would skyrocket in 2011. So when I first learned the terms of the compromise between the President and the Republican leadership--most of the Bush-era tax rates made permanent, tax rates for upper-income taxpayers extended for two years, a one-year two percent payroll tax holiday, long a favorite conservative policy--I thought, and wrote, that it was an excellent deal for conservatives. Since then, however, the deal has steadily worsened, to the point where even the Associated Press says that "Add-ons turn tax cut bill into...
  • Senate tax bill lures Democrats with sweeteners

    12/10/2010 8:24:13 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/9/2010 | Carrie Budoff Brown
    The Senate released its bill Thursday to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two years, but the bill also renews a host of more minor tax provisions aimed at winning over recalcitrant Democrats in the House and Senate. The bill, which faces its first key test vote Monday in the Senate, mirrors the deal that President Barack Obama struck earlier this week with Republicans. It extends the tax cuts for all Americans regardless of income, renews jobless benefits for one year and reinstates the estate tax at a level pushed by Republicans. But in the face of loud resistance from...
  • Flake vs. Rogers on Appropriations (The "Anti-Earmark Crusader" vs the "Price of Pork")

    12/10/2010 7:35:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2010 | Andrew Stiles
    Do the congressional Republicans get the message of the 2010 election? The House Appropriations Committee will be a key test. Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) has been a thorn in the side of congressional appropriators both Democratic and Republican for years. That this anti-earmark crusader has been recommended for a seat on the House Appropriations Committee seems to be a clear indication that Republicans are listening to the American publics concerns over wasteful spending by Washington. I dont see how you can view it any other way, Flake tells National Review Online. People expect us to go in...
  • Longtime Pennsylvania state senator indicted

    11/24/2010 8:15:21 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 1+ views
    philly. ^ | Nov. 24, 2010
    SCRANTON - A federal grand jury has indicted longtime State Sen. Raphael J. Musto, the latest legislator to be caught up in an overlapping series of corruption investigations. The indictment announced Tuesday alleges that Musto (D., Luzerne), 81, accepted bribes, gifts, and construction work from an unnamed contractor in return for his help in obtaining state grants and loans. Known as "Ray," Musto, who is to retire next week after 38 years in the General Assembly, has been a political fixture in the state's northeastern region since 1972, when he succeeded his father to a seat in the state House.
  • Airport body-scanner manufacturers armed for K Street battle

    11/23/2010 11:04:37 AM PST · by chickadee · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/22/10 | Kevin Bogardus
    TSAs other body-scanner contractor is Rapiscan Systems Inc. In 2009, the company was awarded an agreement that could be worth up to $173 million. And like L-3, Rapiscan has a notable K Street presence. Holland & Knight, Rapiscans outside lobbying firm, has earned $480,000 in fees from the company since May 2008, according to lobbying disclosure records. David Whitestone, a former aide to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), and John Buscher, once the chief lobbyist for United Airlines, are lobbying for the company. Overall, Rapiscan has spent close to $3.6 million on lobbying since 2007, according to records.