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  • WSJ: Clinton Foundation lobbied State on visa for Haitian PM — while exec stayed at his house

    09/20/2016 2:39:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 19, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Don’t call it corruption. Call it … a confluence of interests. In other words, whatever interested the Clintons became what interested the State Department. A new series of e-mails emerging from FOIA lawsuits and reported by the Wall Street Journal show how Clinton Foundation interests took precedence over matters of state during Hillary Clinton’s tenure: On Jan. 27, 2011, Clinton Foundation Chief Operating Officer Laura Graham sent an email to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills, voicing concern about a rumor. Ms. Graham had heard that Foggy Bottom was thinking about revoking the U.S. visa of...
  • Clinton henchman says Clinton Foundation critics will burn in Hell

    08/25/2016 6:39:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/25/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Motor-mouthed left-wing spin doctor and career Clintonista James Carville The motor-mouthed left-wing spin doctor and career Clintonista James Carville, says those who try to hinder the fine work of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation will be consigned to the flames of woe. It amounts to a loud “how dare you!” based on the assumption that the Clinton Foundation actually does good things. “What the Clinton Foundation does, it takes money from rich people and gives it to poor people,” Politico reported the Ragin’ Cajun saying on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show.
  • George Stephanopoulos to Interview Hillary Clinton One on One.

    06/04/2016 4:16:42 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 119 replies | 06-04-2016 | Captain Peter Blood
    On "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", The riveting interview we have been waiting for. George Stephanopoulos will take on Hillary Clinton and ask those important and biting questions we have been waiting for. Will he be able to get the answers America has been wanting??????? Enquiring minds will want to know everything.
  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO

    09/20/2015 5:16:39 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 54 replies
    As Fiorina admits, I have been critical of her for over a decade—long before she announced her political aspirations. I have studied her business record, challenged her leadership abilities and have come to agree with the assessment that she was one of the worst technology CEOs in history. I stand by that evaluation. Fiorina can attack me all she wants, as she did when she called me “a well-known Clintonite” (an absurd allegation I’ll get to later) who “had it out for me from the moment that I arrived at Hewlett Packard.” But no amount of one-liners to Trump, weekend...
  • Why I Still Think Fiorina Was A Terrible CEO

    09/21/2015 7:47:44 AM PDT · by libstripper · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 20, 2015 | Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
    As a professor, hearing my name once, let alone twice, before 25 million TV viewers in an historic U.S. presidential debate is a surreal experience. “The head of the Yale business school, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, wrote a paper recently,” Donald Trump proclaimed in his attack on Carly Fiorina’s business record, “one of the worst tenures for a CEO that he has ever seen.” Immediately, the phones started ringing, text messages dinging, emails beeping—notes from thrilled old students, proud colleagues, teasing friends, pleased former teachers, curious clients, and my own immediate family in shared, flushed, utter shock. So used to being identified...
  • Carly Fiorina Aims to Foil Attacks on Her Record as a C.E.O. (Designated Loser Alert)

    09/20/2015 6:49:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/20/15 | AMY CHOZICK and QUENTIN HARDY
    Carly Fiorina was ready when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked her to respond to criticism about her record at Hewlett-Packard during last week’s Republican debate. Looking intently into the camera, Mrs. Fiorina said that a prominent venture capitalist who pushed for her firing at Hewlett-Packard in 2005 had recently taken out a full-page newspaper ad saying that he had been wrong to do so and that she had been “a terrific C.E.O.’’ What Mrs. Fiorina did not mention was that the ad — which cost roughly $140,000 — was paid for by the “super PAC” supporting her presidential candidacy. The same...
  • Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status--and Her Emails

    03/19/2015 11:11:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Mar 15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton. "I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Department’s use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took...
  • Terry McAuliffe: Grand Marshall of the Norfolk St. Patrick's Day Parade

    03/08/2015 5:03:43 AM PDT · by verga · 20 replies
    General e-mail notification | 3/8/15 | Verga
    I received this e-mail from our Faithful Navigator this morning. Dear Knights and friends of the Knights of Columbus, It was recently announced that Gov. Terry McAuliffe was selected as the Grand Marshall for this year's Norfolk St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 14th) which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 3548. This was against the directive of Holy Trinity Pastor, Fr. Dan Beeman. Please read Fr. Beeman's letter below. It appears that the KofC State Deputy, Steve Burnley, first agreed to immediately replace Terry McAuliffe, but later he reversed his decision. It is totally unacceptable that Terry...
  • University of Miami President Shalala to Retire

    09/08/2014 9:10:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 9/8/14 | Tim Reynolds
    University of Miami President Donna Shalala says she will retire next year. Shalala informed members of the school's board of trustees of her decision Monday. The 73-year-old Shalala has led Miami since 2001, overseeing two major fundraising campaigns that will eventually bring a total of $3 billion to the school....
  • Richard Mellon Scaife, Influential U.S. Conservative, Dies at 82

    07/04/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America’s modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday. He was 82. Mr. Scaife’s death was reported by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper he owned. He had announced recently that he had cancer. Decades before David and Charles Koch bankrolled right-wing causes, Mr. Scaife and Joseph Coors, the beer magnate, were the leading financiers of the conservative crusade of the 1970s and ’80s, seeking to reverse the liberal traditions...
  • Yeah, I Wrote the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Memo

    04/28/2014 5:43:07 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 41 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 04/27/2014 | Chris Lehane
    I stand by every word of it. And it’s even worse today. Of the thousands of Clinton presidential records released to the public last week, one among them has received of the bulk of attention: a 332-page memo from 1995. The memo, which offers an in-depth analysis of the right-wing media, describes how conservative conspiracy theories about the Clintons passed from the fringes to the mainstream. (...) Let’s go all the way back to the summer of 1995. At the time, my then colleague (and current business partner) Mark Fabiani and I were working at the White House as lawyers...
  • Women will decide election for McAuliffe, Cuccinelli

    11/04/2013 10:25:54 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 84 replies
    CBS6 WTVR ^ | November 04, 2013 | VCU iPadJournos
    RICHMOND, Va. – With just one more day to go in the campaign, there is one group of voters that Republican Ken Cuccinelli needs to win over to become the next governor of Virginia: Female voters. He currently trails his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe by 16 points among women. Carol Noggle, legislative coordinator of the League of Women Voters of Virginia, believes that women are likely to have a significant impact this year. “There were more women than men who are registering to vote,” Noggle said in a phone interview. “The higher turnout may be among women than men,” said...
  • Obama: ‘I Want To Put The Fear Of God In All Of You’ (Obama lying AGAIN)

    11/04/2013 10:17:21 AM PST · by yoe · 32 replies
    CBS ^ | November 4, 2013 | Sraff
    President Barack Obama cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday as part of an extreme Tea Party faction that shut down the government, throwing the political weight of the White House behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final days of a bitter race for governor. “Nothing makes me more nervous than when my supporters start feeling too confident,” Obama said during the rally. “So I want to put the fear of God in all of you.” Seeking an upset, Cuccinelli cast this week’s Virginia gubernatorial election as a referendum on Obama’s troubled national health care law. National issues that have divided...
  • Joe Biden: Ken Cuccinelli's views ‘from another era’

    11/04/2013 9:42:48 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 54 replies ^ | November 04, 2013 | KATIE GLUECK
    ANNANDALE, Va. — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday delivered a closing pitch for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, painting the Virginia race as a major test of the mainstream electorate’s answer to a resurgent tea party. ”This race has captured the attention of the entire nation,” Biden said. “Not just because it’s a … race in a bellwether state that has become the face of progress in this country. But because it’s the first major race between the forces and faces of the new Republican tea party — a tea party whose social recidivism is only outgunned by its...
  • Washington Post Poll VA Governor: McAuliffe +12 Likely Voters

    10/29/2013 5:52:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2013 | Staff
    Terry McAuliffe (D) opens a double-digit lead over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) among likely voters in a Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll, as majorities say both candidates are running negative campaigns.
  • AP's Lewis suspended after McAuliffe flub

    10/19/2013 2:22:00 PM PDT · by Kenny · 13 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 10/18/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    Bob Lewis, the Associated Press political reporter who last week published an erroneous report about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, has been temporarily suspended, POLITICO has learned.Lewis, a highly respected veteran on the Richmond political scene, will no longer cover the race between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, and may be suspended through the election. His last story on the race was published Oct. 14.Lewis did not respond to a request for comment regarding the suspension. The Associated Press declined to comment on personnel matters.On Oct. 9, Lewis published an exclusive report for the AP alleging that McAuliffe had lied to...
  • Roanoke Times: McAuliffe Needs To Come Clean On His Role At GreenTech

    04/16/2013 5:59:38 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies
    By itself, Terry McAuliffe’s failure to announce his resignation as chairman of GreenTech Automotive Inc. would not raise many eyebrows. But when the news was reported last week — four months after McAuliffe quietly resigned — it added to questions about the gubernatorial candidate’s ties to the electric car company he founded in 2009, and claims he has made about it on the campaign trail. McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee by default, promotes himself as a job-creating entrepreneur. He has used GreenTech to try to burnish that image. He should have a clear explanation why GreenTech chose Mississippi, not Virginia, for...
  • Albright raps 'disgusting Serbs' in Prague book signing

    11/01/2012 5:35:45 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    Washinton Secrets ^ | 1 Nov 12 | Paul Bedard
    Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, confronted by pro-Serbian protesters who called her a war criminal during a recent book signing in her native Prague, pushed them aside as "disgusting Serbs" in a confrontation going viral on the internet. Displaying her trademark feistiness, Albright is seen in the video as sternly shouting "get out, get out," to the protesters who arrived with a film crew. As they closed in on her, she stood up and said, "That's it! Get out," and soon walked away with an aide after saying, "they are disgusting Serbs." Albright, on a book tour to tout...
  • Madeleine Albright in 'Disgusting Serbs' Outburst

    11/01/2012 4:35:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 30, 2012 | UMBERTO BACCHI
    The Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright involved in a verbal altercation with pro-Serb activistsFormer US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called protesters "disgusting Serbs" when they confronted her at a book signing in Prague. Two videos showing Albright in a verbal altercation with a group of activists contesting her role in the Yugoslav Wars were posted on YouTube. Prague-born Albright was at a bookstore in the Czech capital to sign copies of her memoir 'Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.' The videos show Albright being approached by members of the group Friends of Serbs...
  • Obama rep: All of these Republicans politicizing the Benghazi attack are just so outrageous

    10/10/2012 11:22:31 AM PDT · by Snuph · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Please spare us all the sanctimoniousness about getting “political,” because whether or not the president of the United States and his administration are equipped with the capabilities to deal with serious threats to our national security sure seems like kind of a big deal that voters deserve to know about.
  • Streisand: 'Obama More Fiscally Conservative Than Any Other President in Recent History Except..

    09/19/2012 9:36:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    Streisand: 'Obama More Fiscally Conservative Than Any Other President in Recent History Except Clinton' By Noel Sheppard Created 09/19/2012 - 12:32pm "Compared to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Obama has been more fiscally conservative than any other president in recent history, with the exception of President Bill Clinton." Despite over $5 trillion in new debt created by the 44th president, so hysterically wrote Barbra Streisand at the Huffington Post Tuesday. "In this election," Streisand began, "the people of America have to make a choice between two candidates with very different values, visions and solutions to the most pressing problems...
  • Radical homosexuals openly declare war on America's principles and values

    12/20/2010 11:58:53 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 43 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec. 20, 2010
    The New York Times is reporting that, in the wake of the overturn of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, prominent homosexuals are gearing up a "war room" in order to try to finish the job of destroying the natural family and one-man one-woman marriage in America. "The new group, Equality Matters, grew out of Media Matters, an organization backed by wealthy liberal donors — including prominent gay philanthropists — that has staked its claim in Washington punditry with aggressive attacks on Fox News and conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. It will be run by Richard Socarides, a former...
  • Texas: Gov. Rick Perry Takes Massive Money Lead over Bill White

    10/05/2010 5:54:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 5, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    People talk about wanting to get the money out of politics, but fundraising totals can tell us a lot about who's hitting their stride and who will soon be hitting the bench. We are now within striking distance of November 2, so much so that Muse’s “Uprising” is my ringtone. “Rise up and take the power back/It’s time the fat cats had a heart attack … .”As we get down to the wire, polls matter, block walks matter, enthusiasm matters — and money matters. In fact, money tells us a lot about the health of a candidate and where he...
  • Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning

    09/14/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 347 replies · 3+ views
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | Kristinn
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has expressed a willingness to ban protesters from burning the Koran as the modern day equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater.The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.Breyer spoke to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America today:But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on "GMA" that he's not prepared to conclude that -- in the internet age -- the First Amendment condones Koran burning.“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout 'fire' in a crowded theater,” Breyer...
  • Interpol Singles Out Americans: Do Not Provoke Terrorists on 9/11

    09/09/2010 12:19:00 PM PDT · by kristinn · 86 replies
    Thursday, September 9, 2010 | Kristinn
    Interpol, the international law enforcement cooperation organization with 188 member states, has explicitly warned Americans to not provoke terrorists this September 11th, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States mainland by the Muslim terrorist group al Qaeda.The warning was made as part of a statement requested by Pakistan that was issued Thursday by Interpol regarding the global threat of violent reaction by Muslims to the planned burning of Korans this Saturday by a small, formerly obscure Christian church in Gainesville, Florida that is seeking to draw attention to the evil, violent nature of radical Islam. However,...
  • (Bill) White has almost $3 million more than (Rick) Perry - Texas Gov race 2010

    07/15/2010 1:57:23 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 15, 2010 | R.G. Ratcliffe
    With the release of the campaign finance material from Gov. Rick Perry, we find that Democratic challenger Bill White is leading in the cash on hand amount by almost $3 million. Perry will report $5.8 million in cash, according to his campaign. White earlier today said he would report more than $9 million in the bank. "Texans for Rick Perry Raises Over $20 Million for '09-'10 Election Cycle Doubles Number of Contributors from 2006 Election More than $7 Million raised since Feb. 21; Reports almost $6 Million Cash On Hand" (from Rick Perry campaign press release)
  • Jamie Gorelick represents BP at Obama meeting! Whaat?

    06/16/2010 10:13:59 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 66 replies · 1,481+ views ( yeah, I know) ^ | 6-16-10 | Carol Lee and Glenn Thrush
    Snip- The oil giant brought its top brass, and even came armed with a top Clinton administration Justice Department official, Jamie Gorelick, whose name was floated as a possible attorney general pick for Obama. The White House side of the conference table in the Roosevelt Room was stacked: Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, five Cabinet secretaries, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, Attorney General Eric Holder and top presidential advisors. Both sides had their lawyers on hand. Obama was scheduled to spend 20 minutes in the meeting. He entered the room with an entourage: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her...
  • Sessions: Clinton library withholding documents on Kagan

    06/11/2010 2:08:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies · 380+ views
    Sessions: Clinton library withholding documents on Kagan By Michael O'Brien - 06/11/10 04:43 PM ET The top Republican overseeing the panel responsible for vetting Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan complained Friday that documents on her record were being withheld. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the presidential library of former President Bill Clinton was not producing records of Kagan's time in the Clinton White House quickly enough, and was withholding some material from the committee. "I remain deeply concerned that Ms. Kagan’s records will not be fully produced in time for the...
  • Video: Carville's Oil Outburst...

    05/26/2010 9:09:44 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 11 replies · 529+ views
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 5-26-10 | James
    This is a riot: Carville blasts White House over rig spill reaction. "The political stupidity of this is just unbelievable.....the President needs to get down here and put somebody in charge, we're about to die down here!"
  • Medina Would Now Beat Bill White

    02/06/2010 9:31:47 AM PST · by willyd · 43 replies · 946+ views ^ | 02-02-2010 | Texas GOP
    Are you intentionally lying? Straight from your source: "The surprise, as in the new Rasmussen Reports survey of the GOP gubernatorial primary, is the growing strength of Debra Medina, a businesswoman active in the state’s Tea Party movement. Medina now edges White 41% to 38%."
  • Long-shot Democratic candidates eye governor's seat [TxGov]

    01/19/2010 4:35:33 AM PST · by deport · 14 replies · 394+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1-18-10 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    AUSTIN — One once ran for office on a promise to challenge Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to hand-to-hand combat while swimming in the Gulf of Sidra. Another is a flamboyant private investigator with an international reputation as the “real James Bond,” who participated in the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald. A third is a San Antonio doctor who paints and wants to teach Hispanics they need to learn to govern themselves. The fourth is a Prairie View A&M associate professor who says blacks need to stop thinking of themselves as victims and believe they can accomplish anything. The fifth...
  • (Kinky) Friedman(D) will run for ag chief instead (of Texas Governor)

    12/15/2009 9:53:26 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies · 881+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 14, 2009, 10:24PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    ...Friedman's departure left outgoing Houston Mayor Bill White and hair-care millionaire Farouk Shami as the two main contenders for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and lessened the chances of the race going to a runoff. While it does not clear the field for White, it gives him the advantage over a less-known and less experienced opponent. White has a track record in office and proof he can win elections. Shami says he will spend $10 million of his own money to win the nomination with his rags-to-riches life story, but he still will have to answer the ultimate question: Is Texas...
  • Warrant issued for former Bill Clinton chief of staff

    08/12/2009 10:00:14 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies · 2,324+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/12/2009 |
    Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was governor of Arkansas is expected to turn herself in after authorities issued a bench warrant for her arrest for allegedly smuggling contraband into a state prison, her attorney told CNN Wednesday. Betsey Wright served Clinton as chief of staff for 7 years in Arkansas and ran 3 successful campaigns for governor. Betsey Wright allegedly smuggled a red Doritos bag containing 48 tattoo needles, a pen with tweezers and a needle inside, a Swiss Army knife and a box cutter into the Varner Unit, a high-security state prison in Grady, Arkansas, according to...
  • Shut Up and Pay Your Taxes, Traitor, Implies Paul Begala

    04/20/2009 3:32:37 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 41 replies · 1,215+ views
    American Spectator ^ | April 20, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Clintonista Paul Begala says all you unpatriotic, wimpy, whiney Americans out there should just shut up and pay your taxes. "Why are they out there whining with this Tea Party thing? Just a bunch of wimpy, whiney, weasels who don't love their country and don't want to support - there are guys at Walter Reed who gave their legs for my country, and they're whining because they have to write a check?" the political consultant who worked in Bill Clinton's White House told Don Imus.
  • Time to settle the “flying saucers” question.....

    04/02/2009 9:08:54 AM PDT · by TaraP · 237 replies · 2,744+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | April 2nd, 2009
    MOSCOW. (Andrei Kislyakov, for RIA Novosti) - So do UFOs with little green men inside exist or not? CNN supposedly filmed a UFO moving at a great speed from the right to the left during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. (But those who watched the replay say it was a bird.) After that, former President Clinton's White House Chief John Podesta, now one of Obama's closest associates, demanded that the thick UFO files be made public. The number of UFO sightings has dramatically increased in recent times. According to Britain's Ministry of Defense, there were supposedly 285 UFO sightings...
  • Caption Obama during the installation ceremony for Attorney General Eric Holder

    03/27/2009 11:14:40 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 18 replies · 1,074+ views
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder jokingly asks U.S. President Barack Obama to stop talking during a ceremonial installation with his wife Dr. Sharon Malone at George Washington University in Washington, March 27, 2009 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (L) acknowledges the crowd and applause of U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremonial installation at George Washington University in Washington, March 27, 2009 U. S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., left, and Vivian Malone Jones' children, Michael Anthony and Monica Alicia, right, unveil a portrait of Jones Malone, first African American to graduate for the University of Alabama in 1965,...
  • Judge suspects feds duped defense in Al-Arian case

    03/09/2009 2:21:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 695+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/9/9 | MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer
    Alexandria, Va. (AP) -- The Justice Department may have hoodwinked a defendant in a high-profile terrorism case into thinking his plea bargain would protect him from further prosecutions, a federal judge said Monday. Monday's hearing in U.S. District Court was the latest in which Judge Leonie Brinkema questioned the Justice Department's tactics in pursuing a criminal contempt case against former professor Sami Al-Arian, once accused of being a leading Palestinian terrorist. Brinkema gave Al-Arian's lawyers 10 days to file papers seeking dismissal of the case on the grounds that prosecutors failed to keep promises made under the plea bargain. She...
  • CIA Nominee Panetta Received $700,000 in Fees

    02/05/2009 7:12:19 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 19 replies · 711+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The White House's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, has earned more than $700,000 in speaking and consulting fees since the beginning of 2008, with some of the payments coming from troubled financial firms and from a firm that invests in contractors for federal national security agencies, according to financial disclosures released Wednesday. Mr. Panetta received $56,000 from Merrill Lynch & Co. for two speeches and $28,000 for a speech for Wachovia Corp., according to disclosures released ahead of Thursday's scheduled Senate hearing on Mr. Panetta's nomination.
  • Greg Craig and the Terrorist (new WH counsel)

    01/19/2009 8:13:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies · 852+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/26/2009 | BYRON YORK
    By any standard, the story of Pedro Miguel González is astonishing. The son of a prominent Panamanian politician, González, according to U.S. prosecutors, murdered a United States Army sergeant on a road outside Panama City on June 10, 1992, the day before Pres. George H. W. Bush was to visit the country. With his father’s help, González fled Panama, eventually coming back to be acquitted in a sham trial. Though the Clinton administration labeled him a terrorist, González became an important political figure in Panama, ultimately winning election as president of the national assembly — an event that so angered...
  • Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder Answers Questions About the Mark Rich Pardon - Video 1/15/09

    01/15/2009 11:47:52 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 434+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 15, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder responding to questions today from Sen. Arlen Specter about Holder's involvement in the notorious Mark Rich pardon that was granted by President Bill Clinton in the final hours of the Clinton Presidency. Holder worked in the Clinton Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General, and was involved in recommending the Rich Pardon. . . . . . (watch video)
  • Matthews: Media Shouldn't Cover RNC Criticism of Hillary

    01/13/2009 10:36:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 1,647+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Now that Barack Obama is assuming the presidency, partisan criticism is suddenly passé. Really, it's all just so churlish, so "yesterday." Just ask Chris Matthews. In the course of cheerleading the MSNBC coverage of Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearing today, Matthews suggested that the media shouldn't cover the Republican National Committee's criticism of Clinton. The comments came during the Hardball host's chat with Newsweek's Jonathan Alter. A few minutes earlier, Matthews had assured us that those who had the privilege of knowing Hillary personally were aware of what a "wonderful" person she is. Then it was time to attack Republicans for...
  • Carol Browner a Socialist?

    01/13/2009 10:38:04 AM PST · by girlangler · 14 replies · 1,214+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/12/09 | Doug Bandow
    Carol Browner a Socialist? By Doug Bandow on 1.12.09 @ 6:16PM There's a tendency of conservatives to carelessly toss about the "S" word. Like John McCain, who opposed the Bush tax cuts while spouting left-wing rhetoric, then accusing Barack Obama of being a socialist because the latter proposed to increase taxes on the rich.
  • CHRONICLE EDITORIAL: From Jack Bauer to Leon Panetta

    01/13/2009 7:49:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1,141+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/13/8 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sunday's New York Times ran two columns that advocated for investigations into America's use of coercive interrogation techniques - known to editorial writers as "torture" - of enemy combatants, as well as one that opposed a show trial. Also Sunday, television's "24" uber-agent Jack Bauer stood before a U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating intelligence abuses and gave a bombastic Senate inquisitor what-for: "Please do not sit there with that smug look on your face and expect me to regret the decisions that I have made, because, sir, the truth is, I don't." Asked if he had tortured a suspect, the Kiefer...
  • In Defense of the Panetta Pick

    01/07/2009 6:37:03 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 66 replies · 1,269+ views
    HughHewitt ^ | January 06, 2009 | Hugh Hewitt
    Panetta's a patriot, an experienced Washington hand, and close to the president-elect. As with many of the other early appointments on the incoming national security team, conservatives should be asking themselves if they ought not to be thanking their stars that the new team appears very realistic about the world they are being called on to lead and the enemies they will be facing.
  • Pardons R Us

    01/06/2009 2:43:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 291+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    Conventional wisdom last week decreed that President-elect Barack Obama had done such a fine job culling his Cabinet that only one pick - Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder - would present a problem, but most likely, a surmountable hurdle. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson - Obama's presumptive commerce secretary - stepped on that happy tale when he withdrew his name from consideration Sunday in the midst of a federal corruption probe. Back to Holder. Inside money would bet that Republicans will use Holder's Jan. 15 Senate confirmation hearing to grill him on his role in President Bill Clinton's notorious last-day-in-office pardon...
  • Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director

    01/05/2009 11:50:52 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 149 replies · 4,198+ views ^ | January 5, 2009 | Carl Hulse AND Mark Mazzetti
    President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that Mr. Obama criticized during the campaign for using interrogation methods he decried as torture, Democratic officials said Monday. Mr. Panetta has a reputation in Washington as a competent manager with strong background in budget issues, but has little hands-on intelligence experience. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take control of the agency most directly responsible for hunting senior Al Qaeda leaders around the globe, but one that has been buffeted since the...
  • (Houston Mayor Bill) White announces (Texas US) Senate campaign via Web video

    12/16/2008 4:29:39 PM PST · by weegee · 44 replies · 1,090+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec 16, 2008 | ROLYN FEIBEL
    Houston Mayor Bill White used a Web video to announce his plan to run for U.S. Senate today.... He cites turbulent economic times, a rising federal deficit and high unemployment rates in the video, saying "this may be an opportunity for our nation to do things it has only dreamed of before..." White previously worked as deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Clinton and as chief executive of the Wedge Group, a Houston-based holding company with interests in oil-field services, engineering and real estate. In comments today, he also highlighted signature domestic issues such as health...
  • Embarrassing Video For Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder

    11/20/2008 1:12:42 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 29 replies · 1,622+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 20, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    This arises out of the Elian Gonzalez mess back in the Clinton years when the boy was forcibly removed from his home at gunpoint by federal agents. Then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder flatly denied in an interview with Fox News that the child was taken at gunpoint. Judge Andrew Napolitano nails him. More . . .
  • Franklin Raines [cached version of Wikepedia entry before changes]

    09/18/2008 6:17:41 PM PDT · by mathprof · 111 replies · 3,907+ views
    Franklin Raines From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Franklin Delano Raines (born January 14, 1949 in Seattle, Washington) is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae who served as White House budget director under President Bill Clinton. He is currently employed by Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign as an economic adviser. The son of a Seattle janitor [1], Raines graduated from Harvard University, Harvard Law School; and Magdalen College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Raines was of age during the Vietnam War, but performed no military service. He served in the Carter Administration as...
  • Justice Dept.'s Hiring Tactics Illegal, Report Says (And guess who NPR runs to for a quote)

    07/28/2008 1:18:28 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 4 replies · 175+ views
    NPR ^ | 7/28/08 | Ari Shapiro
    An internal Justice Department investigation released Monday has concluded that senior officials broke the law by hiring immigration and other officials based on partisan considerations. The report — issued by the inspector general and the Office of Professional Responsibility — culminates an investigation that lasted more than a year, stemming from the firing of seven U.S. attorneys in one day in 2006. The report focuses on some of the senior officials in the circle of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Specifically, the report names senior counselor and White House liaison Monica Goodling and Gonzales' chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Both...