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  • Mexico: Burned remains probably are 43 missing

    11/07/2014 5:40:15 PM PST · by CaptainK · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/7/14 | Associated Press
    MEXICO CITY — Suspects in the disappearance of 43 college students have described a macabre and complicated mass murder and incineration of the victims carried out over an entire day and ending with their ashen remains being dumped into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday. In a somber, lengthy explanation of the investigation, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam played video showing hundreds of charred fragments of bone and teeth fished from the river and its banks. He said it will be very difficult to extract DNA to confirm that they are the students missing since Sept. 26 after an attack...
  • New Marquette University Law School Poll shows Gvr. Scott Walker ahead of Burke with Likely voters

    10/01/2014 10:32:41 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 15 replies
    Marquette University Law School ^ | 10/1/2014 | Marquette University Law School
    From an ongoing press conference. The official poll will be released in an hour New Marquette University Law School Poll shows Gvr. Scott Walker, among likely voters, out of the 4.1 range of error Poll done from Sept 25-28 801 registered voters Sept 25-28 585 likely voters Among LIKELY voters Walker 50% Burke 45% Among registered voters Scott is 1% ahead
  • Tony Stewart Kills Driver In Tragic Collision, As NASCAR Reels And Police Investigate

    08/10/2014 5:04:09 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 497 replies ^ | 8/10/2014 | Dan Diamond
    NASCAR star Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver who was walking on the track in a sprint car race on Saturday night. The other driver, Kevin Ward Jr., had collided with Stewart on the previous lap, leaving Ward’s car with a flat tire and pushed into the wall. As officials threw a caution, Ward left his car and began walking down the track — gesturing angrily toward Stewart — before being clipped and dragged 50 feet by Stewart’s car. Several spectators told Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News that Stewart appeared to throttle his car before colliding with Ward.
  • Supreme Court: EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, with some limits

    06/23/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/23/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday mostly validated the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to regulate power plant and factory emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, while imposing some limits on the agency’s reach. The justices said the EPA could not rewrite specific standards written into the law, but they still handed the Obama administration and environmentalists a big victory by agreeing there was another way for the EPA to carry out its program.
  • IRS employs former cop convicted of FBI snooping

    03/21/2014 6:19:14 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 7 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 3/20/14 | Kelly Riddell
    The Internal Revenue Service, already facing accusations that its workers improperly snooped through tax files, has hired a former police officer convicted just a few years ago of illegally accessing FBI records and providing information to a subject of a counterterrorism investigation involving an infamous al Qaeda figure. Mohammad Weiss Rasool, or Weiss Russell as he is known at the IRS, was sentenced to two years of probation in 2008 after pleading guilty in federal court to illegally accessing the FBI's National Crime Information Center database to run license tag numbers for a friend he thought was being followed. That...
  • Mayor de Blasio angry at Albany for tabling pre-K

    02/11/2014 9:24:06 PM PST · by CaptainK · 15 replies ^ | 2/11/14 | JONATHAN LEMIRE
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A day after receiving a stinging rebuke from a powerful Albany lawmaker who threatened to block his prekindergarten tax hike plan, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio angrily demanded a vote while coordinating a show of force to defend his signature proposal that now appears to be in substantial jeopardy. De Blasio rallied with dozens of influential African-American clergy leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, in Brooklyn, while his close ally Melissa Mark-Viverito, the city council speaker, did the same with local elected officials and parents at City Hall, all urging lawmakers 150 miles to...
  • Just in; Caleb Jacoby has been found. Safe and well more to follow as details become available.

    01/09/2014 6:22:33 PM PST · by CaptainK · 21 replies
    Brookline Police Dept ^ | 1/9/2014 | Brookline PD
    Just in; Caleb Jacoby has been found. Safe and well more to follow as details become available.
  • Family Says They Did Tip Gay Server, Didn't Leave Note (another PC tipping hoax?)

    11/25/2013 8:22:05 PM PST · by CaptainK · 63 replies ^ | 11/25/2013 | Brynn Gingras
    After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, a local family contacted NBC 4 New York and said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn't write any such note. Dayna Morales, a former Marine and a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, posted a photo on Facebook earlier this month, showing the bill with a line through the space for a tip. The photo of the receipt showed someone had written, "I'm sorry but I cannot tip because I do...
  • Audit gives China green light to process U.S.

    09/05/2013 9:35:19 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 18 replies ^ | BILL TOMSON and TARINI PARTI
    U.S. officials have given the thumbs-up to four Chinese poultry plants, paving the way for the country to send processed chicken to American markets, according to audit reports obtained by POLITICO. The audit reports expected to be made public Friday show that the Chinese processing plants passed U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections performed in March and the positive results make it likely the foreign producers soon will become eligible to export to the U.S According to the audit, at first, China will only be able to process chicken that has been slaughtered in the U.S. or other certified countries.
  • Sopranos' star James Gandolfini guzzled at least eight drinks during his final meal: source

    06/21/2013 4:57:49 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 106 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/21/13 | REBECCA ROSENBERG
    “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini, who struggled with booze addiction in his final weeks, scarfed down a decadent final meal that included at least eight alcoholic drinks, The Post has learned. Gandolfini guzzled four shots of rum, two pina coladas, and two beers at dinner with his son — while he chowed down on two orders of fried king prawns and a “large portion” of foie gras, a hotel source in Rome said. The Emmy Award winner had attended several Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Perry Street in the West Village, but people who saw him there “didn’t think that he was...
  • My Medical Choice (Angelina Jolie has voluntary double mastectomy)

    05/13/2013 10:08:45 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 159 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/14/13 | Angelina Jolie
    MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1,...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (R 49 O 48)

    11/06/2012 5:23:20 AM PST · by CaptainK · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11/6/2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The final Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll of Election 2012 shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 48%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate. See daily tracking history. Rasmussen Reports will continue tracking the president’s job approval rating and other topics, and new results will be updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Both candidates are viewed favorably by 50% of voters nationwide. When it comes to the economy, 50% trust Romney more, while 47% have more confidence in the president.
  • Fox News Poll: Support for Obama Dips in Ohio (46 O-43 R)

    10/19/2012 4:15:05 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 30 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/19/2010 | Dana Blanton
    Despite a dip in support, Barack Obama retains a narrow 46-43 percent edge over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the Buckeye state. Obama topped Romney by seven percentage points in Ohio a month ago (49-42 percent). The president has lost ground among independents (down 10 points from September), women (down eight points) and voters under age 35 (down six points).
  • Presidential contest tight nationally ahead of second debate (49O-46R +9Dem advantage)

    10/15/2012 5:13:47 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 21 replies ^ | 10/15/2012 | Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    On the eve of their second debate, President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney remain locked in a virtual dead heat nationally, with Republicans showing increased enthusiasm for their nominee after his big win in the first debate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Likely voters in the new poll split 49 percent for Obama to 46 percent for Romney, basically unmoved from the poll two weeks ago, just before the two candidates met in Denver for their first debate. On topic after topic, the survey portrays an electorate that remains deeply divided along partisan lines and locked in...
  • Fox News poll: Romney erases Obama's lead nationally after first debate

    10/10/2012 3:17:43 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 15 replies ^ | 10/10/2012 | Dana Blanton
    Mitt Romney now holds a narrow advantage over Barack Obama in the race for the White House -- 46 percent to 45 percent, if the election were held today, according to a Fox News national poll of likely voters released Wednesday. That’s a six-point turnaround and a three-point “debate bounce” for Romney. Before the first presidential debate in Denver last Wednesday, Romney had 43 percent to Obama’s 48 percent (September 24-26, 2012). Romney’s edge comes mainly from independents, white voters and men. Just over half of men (51 percent) back Romney now, the highest level of support he’s received among...
  • Poll: Romney and Obama tied after first debate

    10/08/2012 5:07:44 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/08/2012 | Paul Steinhauser
    The Gallup poll indicates that Obama held a 50%-45% advantage over Romney from September 30-October 2, the three days leading up to last Wednesday's presidential debate in Denver, Colorado. According to the survey, Romney and Obama were deadlocked at 47% each in the three days after the debate, from October 4-6.
  • ‘Katie’ Drops Again,‘Steve Harvey’Top New Syndicated Talker Women 25-54 Thursday(good news Fri)

    09/14/2012 6:00:46 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 17 replies
    Deadline/Hollywood | September 14, 2012 | By Nellie Andreeva
    Uh-oh. In its fourth airing on Thursday, Katie Couric’s new syndicated talk show dropped 26% in households to a 1.7/5 in the metered markets and 38% to a 0.8/5 in the key Women 25-54 demographic. In households, Katie still finished first among the freshman daytime talk shows but by a smaller margin. In W25-54, it was edged by Steve Harvey (0.9/6 in W 25-54, 1.3/4 in HH), which finished as No.1 for the first time since the launch of Katie.
  • Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll(Obama 47-Mitt 44)

    08/27/2012 6:47:45 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 156 replies ^ | Monday, August 27, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows President Obama attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 44% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. A president’s job approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s job approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 50% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) at least somewhat disapprove of...
  • NBC/WSJ poll: Heading into conventions, Obama has four-point lead (48 to 44)

    08/21/2012 4:23:14 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 57 replies
    After Mitt Romney selected his vice presidential running mate, and just days before the political conventions kick off next week, President Barack Obama maintains his advantage in the race for the White House, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. A Democratic ticket featuring Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gets support from 48 percent of registered voters, and a Republican ticket of Romney and new running mate Paul Ryan gets 44 percent. These numbers are only slightly changed from July, when Obama led Romney by six points in the survey, 49 percent to 43 percent, suggesting a...
  • Campaign staff charged in McCotter petitions probe

    08/09/2012 2:45:23 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 12 replies ^ | August 09, 2012 | Associated Press
    Michigan's attorney general has charged four of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's campaign staffers in an investigation into fake and duplicate signatures on nominating petitions. Attorney General Bill Schuette announced charges Thursday ranging from forgery and conspiracy to falsely signing election documents.
  • Fox News poll: 37 percent of voters say they are better off than four years ago (Obama 45 / Mitt 41O

    07/18/2012 3:54:53 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 22 replies ^ | 7/18/12 | Dana Blanton
    Are you better off than you were four years ago? Ronald Reagan asked Americans voters that in a pivotal 1980 debate with then-President Jimmy Carter. Today, fewer than four voters in ten answer yes to the question. Thirty-seven percent of voters say they are better off than four years ago. Nearly half -- 48 percent -- say they aren’t. Another 13 percent say their situation is unchanged.
  • Obama, Romney in dead heat in presidential race (CBS Poll 47 Mitt/ 46 Obama))

    07/18/2012 3:43:03 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 40 replies ^ | 7/18/12 | Brian Montopoli
    (CBS News) President Obama and Mitt Romney are effectively tied in the race for the presidency, according to a new CBS News/New York Times survey. Forty-seven percent of registered voters nationwide who lean towards a candidate back Romney, while 46 percent support the president. Four percent are undecided. The one percentage point difference is within the survey's three point margin of error. Romney leads by eight points among men; the president leads by five points among women. The president's supporters are more likely to strongly back their candidate. Fifty-two percent strongly favor Mr. Obama, while just 29 percent of Romney...
  • NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney remain in dead heat (47-44)

    06/26/2012 6:46:41 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 47 replies ^ | June 26, 2012 | Mark Murray
    President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney remain locked in a tight contest, with each candidate displaying significant strengths and weaknesses four months before Election Day, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. For Obama, he runs stronger than Romney does in the key swing states, and he holds a strong base of support among young voters, African Americans and Latinos. What’s more, the president continues to be personally popular.
  • Romney reports tax bill of $6.2 million for 2010-11

    01/23/2012 9:51:35 PM PST · by CaptainK · 59 replies
    Rueters ^ | 12-24-11 | Steve Holland and Kim Dixon
    Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released tax records on Tuesday indicating he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on a total of $42.5 million in income over the years 2010 and 2011. Bowing to increasing political pressure to provide more detail about his vast wealth, the former private equity executive released tax returns indicating he and his wife, Ann, paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent in 2010. They expect to pay a 15.4 percent rate when they file their returns for 2011. Romney's tax rate is below that of most wage-earning Americans because most of his...
  • Grapevine massacre victim sought divorce from gunman (Gunman ID'd)

    12/26/2011 10:57:05 PM PST · by CaptainK · 47 replies ^ | 12/27/11 | ABC affiliate WFAA
    Grapevine massacre victim sought divorce from gunman from ABC affiliate WFAA GRAPEVINE — We're learning more about the Christmas Day massacre in Grapevine that left seven people dead. Police Monday revealed that the gunman was dressed in a Santa Claus outfit and waited until the presents were opened to kill the victims and then himself. Neighbors confirmed to News 8 the identities of at least four of the victims in the tragedy. Grapevine police say it was an apparent murder-suicide that took place right after a Christmas celebration, and say the shooter was wearing a Santa suit when he got...
  • Joshua Komisarjevsky Found Guilty of Murder In Connecticut Home Invasion Trial

    10/13/2011 12:53:36 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 11 replies
    Fox News | 10/13/2011 | Fox News
    Joshua Komisarjevsky has been found guilty of murder. Hopefully he'll be rewarded with death at the 10/24 sentencing
  • Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama gets slight boost from jobs speech

    09/15/2011 5:05:24 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 9/15/2011 | Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's approval rating got a small lift after he unveiled a jobs plan last week, keeping him ahead of all potential Republican rivals in the 2012 election, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Wednesday. The percentage of Americans who view Obama's performance favorably edged up to 47 percent in the poll conducted Sept. 8-12. The president, a Democrat, unveiled his $447 billion job creation proposal on Sept. 8. Obama's approval rating was 45 percent in August and has hovered between 43 and 51 percent for more than a year.
  • Steve Malzberg Out at WOR, Replaced by Former Governor David Paterson

    09/01/2011 1:52:28 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 30 replies ^ | 9/1/2011 | Jerry Barmash
    The tenure of conversative talker Steve Malzberg at WOR Radio is over. Malzberg was replaced today by former New York Governor David Paterson. Starting next week, Paterson will take over the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. slot in New York and across the country on the WOR Radio Network. “When he started filling in, I think [WOR managment] they fell in love with him,” Malzberg tells FishbowlNY. “[Paterson] impressed a lot of people.”
  • Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (-26 and falling)

    08/23/2011 7:56:02 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 4 replies ^ | 8/23/2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010.
  • Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz Secretly Wed!

    06/25/2011 8:08:48 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 40 replies ^ | June 25, 2011 | Rennie Dyball
    After a short, quiet courtship, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have pulled off a near-impossibility in Hollywood: A secret wedding! A rep for Weisz confirms to PEOPLE that the actress has wed the James Bond actor. As the Daily Mail first reported, the couple married in front of just four people in New York last Wednesday. The lucky guests? Daniel's daughter Ella, 18, and Weisz's son Henry, 4, and two friends, the Mail reports.
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (May 11, -12)

    05/11/2011 7:48:16 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 26 replies
    The Rasmussen Report ^ | May 11, 2011 | The Rasmussen Report
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12 (see trends).
  • Deal Near to Cut Payroll Tax

    12/06/2010 5:23:38 PM PST · by CaptainK · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON—The White House and Republican lawmakers were close to an agreement on a broad tax package that would extend the Bush-era rate cuts, reduce worker payroll taxes for one year and give more favorable treatment to new business investments.As the White House and Republican leaders try to reach a deal to extend cuts, one idea that could gain traction is a temporary payroll-tax holiday. Other possible elements of the still-developing deal include a temporary reinstatement of the estate tax at 35%—the level favored by most Republican lawmakers—as well as an extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and temporary...
  • Rep. King urges U.S. to take action against WikiLeaks

    11/28/2010 9:15:39 PM PST · by CaptainK · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Newsday ^ | 11/28/2010 | TOM BRUNE
    After WikiLeaks' unauthorized release of a quarter of a million State Department documents Sunday, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) called for the Swedish website to be designated a "foreign terrorist organization" and its founder Julian Assange to be charged as a spy. "WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States," he wrote Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "I strongly urge you to work within the administration to use every offensive capability of the U.S. government to prevent further damaging releases by WikiLeaks," said King in the letter he made public Sunday.
  • Sex and the City 2 -- Film Review

    05/24/2010 9:29:50 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 44 replies · 1,313+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 23, 2010 | By Stephen Farbe
    These wan domestic squabbles are merely prelude to the movie's major plot development. Samantha is approached by an Arab sheik to devise a PR campaign for his business enterprises, and he offers to fly her and her three gal pals on an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation to Abu Dhabi. (These scenes were filmed in Morocco.) Even in an escapist fantasy, the spectacle of women sinking into this billionaire's paradise at a time of widespread economic hardship initially seems creepy and off-putting. Soon, however, their Arab sojourn takes unexpected turns. First of all, Carrie encounters her old flame, Aidan (John Corbett), at...
  • Stupak still a no vote per his office

    03/21/2010 10:50:04 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 53 replies · 1,470+ views
    Fox News | 3-21-2010 | Major Garrett
    But WH might be willing to execute an executive order.
  • In Scramble for 216, Sanchez Presents Unexpected Hurdle

    03/20/2010 7:08:41 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 33 replies · 1,627+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 3-20-2010 | Tory Newmyer
    As their whip efforts narrow to a just handful of Members, House Democratic leaders are facing an unlikely problem vote: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.). Sanchez was nowhere to be found on Saturday — she was in Florida on a fundraising jaunt, two Democratic sources said — and while leaders expected her to return for the Sunday vote on final passage, they weren’t assured. What’s more, leaders now list the Orange County Democrat as a “no” vote.
  • Steve Levy to switch parties in run for governor(New York Dem goes over to GOP)

    03/18/2010 3:56:31 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 26 replies · 599+ views
    Newsday ^ | 3/18/2010 | ELIZABETH MOORE AND JAMES T. MADORE
    ALBANY - Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy will announce Friday he is leaving the Democratic Party to run for governor of New York as a Republican, a Levy campaign spokeswoman said late Wednesday night. Levy will declare his candidacy in Albany with the endorsement of "a large majority of Republican vice chairs as well as many Republican county chairs," spokeswoman Rene Babich said. Levy's entry into the race upends a campaign whose only declared candidate had been former Rep. Rick Lazio, of Brightwaters, who has trailed the expected Democratic candidate, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, in both polls and fundraising.
  • Title: Rangel Giving Up the Gavel

    03/02/2010 4:49:36 PM PST · by CaptainK · 61 replies · 1,803+ views
    CNBC ^ | 3/2/2010 | Larry Kudlow
    Per CNBC
  • Zuckerman Is Said to Be Weighing Bid for Senate

    02/12/2010 5:31:47 PM PST · by CaptainK · 24 replies · 715+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/12/10 | MICHAEL BARBARO and TIM ARANGO
    Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the real estate tycoon and publisher of The Daily News, is considering a bid for the Senate seat now held by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, according to two people told of the discussions. Mr. Zuckerman regards Ms. Gillibrand as vulnerable to a challenge and is hoping that, at a time of economic tumult and political unrest, his background as an outsider to government, and his record as a business executive, will appeal to the state’s electorate, these people said.
  • Biden Releases Statement On Fort Hood Shootings

    11/05/2009 3:39:15 PM PST · by CaptainK · 21 replies · 772+ views
    TPM LIve Wire ^ | 11/5/2009 | Rachel Slajda
    Vice President Biden released a statement today expressing sympathy to those affected by the shootings at Fort Hood that left 12 dead and 31 wounded. Here is the full text, as released by the White House: Jill and I join the President and Michelle in expressing our sympathies to the families of the brave soldiers who fell today. We are all praying for those who were wounded and hoping for their full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the entire Fort Hood community as they deal with this senseless tragedy.
  • Geithner's Tax History Muddles Confirmation

    01/13/2009 7:54:28 PM PST · by CaptainK · 11 replies · 442+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 1/14/2009 | Jonathan Weisman
    WASHINGTON -- Timothy Geithner didn't pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for several years while he worked for the International Monetary Fund, and he employed an immigrant housekeeper who briefly lacked proper work papers. President-elect Barack Obama's pick for Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, left, employed an immigrant housekeeper with expired work papers. Those issues, and a series of other tax matters, caused the postponement Tuesday of Mr. Geithner's confirmation hearing as Treasury secretary. They were instead the subject of a closed-door meeting between the nominee, currently president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and members of the Senate...
  • Spitzer's Mate David Paterson Is Mystery Man (NY's new gov?)

    03/10/2008 3:24:03 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 6 replies · 713+ views
    The Observer ^ | 2/12/2006 | Ben Smith
    State Senator David Paterson’s bid to be Eliot Spitzer’s candidate for Lieutenant Governor and campaign-trail partner was launched last month in a flurry of confusion and political intrigue. It stunned his Harlem-based world, and left him for a few days opposed by a candidate who had been endorsed by his wife and father. And when things settled down, Mr. Paterson unsettled some of Mr. Spitzer’s supporters with a public promise of a “Paterson-Spitzer administration.” Those who follow the Harlem Senator’s career were not surprised. Mr. Spitzer selected a man described as “a living contradiction” by one longtime associate. Indeed, Mr....

    02/16/2008 2:49:42 PM PST · by CaptainK · 20 replies · 318+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 16, 2008 | ERIKA MARTINEZ, JOHN DOYLE and SAMUEL GOLDSMITH
  • Oliver Stone votes for 'Bush' project (Words Fail Me)

    01/20/2008 8:15:40 PM PST · by CaptainK · 39 replies · 82+ views
    Variety ^ | 1/20/2008 | Michael Fleming
    Oliver Stone has set his sights on his next directing project, "Bush," a film focusing on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, and attached Josh Brolin to play the title role. The director has begun quietly shopping a script by his "Wall Street" co-writer Stanley Weiser. Pic will be produced by Moritz Borman, who teamed with Stone on "World Trade Center" and "Alexander," and Jon Kilik, a producer of "Alexander" as well as "Pinkville," the pre-strike project about the Army's investigation of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam that Stone expected to direct until United Artists pulled the...
  • Officials: Dix Hills doctor behind hepatitis scare

    11/14/2007 1:52:57 PM PST · by CaptainK · 12 replies · 34+ views
    Newsday ^ | 11/14/2007 | MICHAEL AMON
    The physician whose reuse of syringes caused the infection of two patients with hepatitis C has been identified as Dr. Harvey Finkelstein of Dix Hills, according to Nassau officials and an internal investigation by the state Department of Health. Finkelstein, 52, an anesthesiologist since 1981, practices at Pain Care of Long Island, a pain management clinic in Plainview, according to his Web site. He has admitting privileges at the New Island Hospital in Bethpage, North Shore University Hospital in Plainview and Long Island Surgicenter in Melville, according to the Web site. State health investigators indentified patients administered injections by Finkelstein...
  • A New Yorker’s Puzzling Death in the Phoenix Airport(A possible explanation)

    10/01/2007 2:21:01 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 88 replies · 620+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/01/07 | Sewell Chan
    Updated, 4:47 p.m. | The New York City public advocate, Betsy Gotbaum, called this afternoon for an official investigation into the death of her 45-year-old stepdaughter-in-law, who died in police custody at the airport in Phoenix on Friday while on her way to Tucson to enter an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation program. In a statement, Betsy Gotbaum’s office criticized the Phoenix police’s handling of the case. The statement said Carol Gotbaum had been “manhandled” and mistreated, sentiments that the family’s lawyer echoed in an interview. “The family has not reached a conclusion as to whether her care and treatment were inappropriate,...
  • Man Carrying Rifle Arrested On St. John's Campus

    09/26/2007 12:44:34 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 68 replies · 353+ views
    WNBC NY ^ | 9/26/07 | WNBC NEWS
    NEW YORK -- One person carrying a rifle in a bag was arrested on the St. John's Queens campus Wednesday afternoon, police said. The man appeared to be wearing a President Bush mask, according to preliminary information from law enforcement officials. Authorities asked students and faculty across the campus to stay indoors. There was a large police presence on the campus. Areas near the site of the man's apprehension have been locked down. Police said they were possibly looking for more suspects. The St. John's University Web site issued this advisory: "A male with a rifle in a bag was...
  • St. James Contractor Evades Taxes on Illegal Labor (Only illegal activity the govt cares about)

    07/07/2007 9:58:08 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 9 replies · 580+ views
    Newsday ^ | 07/07/2007 | ROBERT E. KESSLER
    A subcontractor who provided carpenters to many large-scale home building projects on Long Island pleaded guilty Friday to failing to pay federal taxes on the wages of his workers, many of whom were illegal immigrants from Ecuador working off the books, according to officials. The plea by Jay Kuhn, the head of Kuhn Brothers Construction of St. James, is just the start of a large-scale federal investigation into illegal practices in the construction industry on Long Island that cheat the government out of tax revenue, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Kuhn pleaded guilty to one count of evading...
  • Senate Leader (Senator McConnell pulls an unprecedented move for illegal aliens.)

    06/26/2007 2:31:31 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 49 replies · 1,885+ views ^ | 6/26/2007 | Kate O'Beirne
    Senate Leader [Kate O'Beirne] A veteran Senate aide reminded me that the essential function/core responsibility of a Senate majority or minority leader is to represent his party on procedural issues. This responsibility doesn't rest with other members of the party's Senate leadership. Speaking for his party on procedural issues defines the job of a Senate leader. A majority of Republican senators voted against cloture and Senator McConnell voted on the other side. Apparently, that's unprecedented.
  • Security First;An alternative to amnesty.

    06/20/2007 9:39:36 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 18 replies · 434+ views
    National ^ | 6/20/2007 | Congressman Peter King
    The Senate immigration bill now being resurrected is long on promises and short on actual reforms. Outside of providing amnesty to an estimated 12 million aliens living in the United States illegally, the bill contains little substance. No guarantee for control of our borders. Insufficient fraudulent document protections. No real protections against alien gangs and criminals. And no fixes for our broken visa system. In other words, it is a huge step in the wrong direction, a bill that would reward 12 million lawbreakers and only serve to weaken the security of our nation. To counter this misguided bill, Representative...