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  • Obama’s Top 8 Idiotic Statements in Paris

    12/01/2015 2:32:46 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 1,2015 | by BEN SHAPIRO
    Obama Says That The Climate Change Conference Represents “An Act of Defiance That Proves Nothing Will Deter Us. “In Some Ways, [Climate Change] Is Akin To The Problem of Terrorism and ISIL.” Obama Compares Planned Parenthood Shooting to Paris Attacks. Obama Says That Mass Shootings “Just [Don’t] Happen in Other Countries.” Obama Says People Must Stop “Demonizing” Planned Parenthood. Obama Says America Must “Reaffirm Our Commitment That Resources Will Be There For Countries Willing to Do Their Part to Skip The Dirty Phase of Development.” “For Some Reason, Too Often In Washington, American Leadership Is Defined By Whether Or Not...
  • Congressman Calls for Investigation into Cuomo Administration after $265 Million “Disappears”

    12/01/2015 12:00:42 PM PST · by rightistight · 24 replies
    iOTW Report ^ | 12/1/15 | Aurelius
    Congressman Chris Gibson of New York is calling for an investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration after learning hundreds of millions of dollars in loans went to Health Republic, an insurance co-op that lasted only two years, and which caused 215,000 New Yorkers to lose their insurance. Health Republic was founded in 2013 with $265 Million in federal loans. It soon became one of the largest health insurance cooperatives in the United States. Now it is no more after New York regulators discovered massive deficits in Health Republic's books. Originally ordered to close by December 31, regulators had to bump...
  • Pt. 3 - The Heist: How Democrats Are No Better Than Street Thugs(Bill Whittle & D'Souza video)

    12/01/2015 10:42:13 AM PST · by all the best · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | November 30, 2015
    When Dinesh D'Souza was in prison, he realized that Democrats operate the same way a lot of the criminals did; they're pulling off a huge heist! Find out how the thievery works.
  • 1 of 3 Engineers of the SAFE Act Guilty of Corruption, Second on Trial

    12/01/2015 7:33:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Three men who created the infamous SAFE act in New York have been accused of extortion and corruption. One of them, Sheldon Silver, has been convicted. The second, former Senate Leader Dean Skelos, is undergoing trial. The third, Governor Cuomo, has shown up often in testimony, but has not been charged. The charges against Mr. Silver upended the status quo in Albany, and were followed in short order by the indictment of another one of the room’s three men, former Senate Leader Dean Skelos. Mr. Skelos, a Republican, is on trial just across the street from the courthouse where...
  • Lawmaker advises GAB’s Kevin Kennedy to ‘obey the law’ (WI)

    12/01/2015 7:26:07 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 11-30-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 292 of 292 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wis. – The state’s political speech cop again is resisting a lawmaker’s request for information about the costs of a secret John Doe investigation into Wisconsin conservatives. State Government Accountability Board director and general counsel Kevin Kennedy has “partially denied and partially fulfilled” an open records request by state Rep. Dave Craig, R-Town of Vernon. At least Kennedy insists as much in a seemingly conflicted response to the lawmaker’s request for information on the costs incurred by the GAB in the political investigation dubbed “John Doe II.” Craig, in...
  • Former NYS Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty of all 7 corruption charges in twin kickback schemes

    11/30/2015 1:37:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/30/2015 | Stephen Rex Brown
    Sheldon Silver has gone from one of Albany's famed "three men in a room" to one of 198,000 people in federal lockup. A jury found the 71-year-old former Assembly Speaker guilty on all seven corruption charges Tuesday, sending a powerful message to politicians in New York's capital. Judge Valerie Caproni will set the date of his surrender. He faces a maximum of 130 years behind bars, though he is expected to face a sentence more in the range of 20 years. The verdict is a major victory for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who slammed Albany as "a cauldron of...
  • VA In Midst of ‘Leadership Crisis’

    11/30/2015 10:45:16 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 22 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    The Department of Veterans Affairs network of health systems faces "crises in leadership and culture" in addition to other systematic problems, according to an independent assessment released Friday. The flaws rampant in VA hospitals demand a "system-wide reworking" of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The independent review was mandated by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act signed into law by President Obama in 2014 following revelations about secret waitlists at VA hospitals that led to dozens of veteran deaths. The report sheds light on the "systemic, critical problems" currently facing the VA's integrated health care system. "The assessments...provided evidence...
  • Benghazi, email probes plow ahead after Clinton testimony

    11/28/2015 8:00:54 PM PST · by bitt · 23 replies
    November 24, 2015 ^ | MATTHEW DALY
    Nearly five weeks after Hillary Rodham Clinton's marathon testimony on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, several investigations into the deadly assault and Clinton's use of a private email account and server are going full bore — and likely will continue into the presidential election year. Republicans on the House Benghazi panel were traveling to Europe, while Senate investigators continue to probe Clinton's use of a private homebrew email server for business purposes and her decision to delete messages she deemed personal. Clinton served as secretary of state during the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens,...
  • Fate of ObamaCare co-ops uncertain after half collapse

    11/28/2015 5:07:46 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/28/2015 | Brooke Singman
    The fate of a network of alternative “co-op” health plans started under ObamaCare remains uncertain going into 2016, after half of them collapsed amid deep financial problems. The co-ops are government-backed, nonprofit health insurers propped up with over $2 billion in taxpayer loans. Twelve of the 23 co-ops established under the Affordable Care Act, though, have gone or are expected to go under by the end of the year, leaving customers who used them scrambling for coverage and taxpayer money at risk. But, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill demand answers on what’s being done, the Obama administration is offering few...
  • Fit to print? NY Times smears GOP 'bigotry,' 'insanity'

    11/26/2015 7:03:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/26/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The New York Times opined Thursday that Sen. Bernie Sanders has the right idea on immigration, and that most Republicans support a plan that gone "well beyond the usual nativist bigotry." "Republican presidential candidates are arguing, in all seriousness, about sealing the border with fantastical 2,000-mile fences and weaponized drones; merging state, local and federal authorities and private prisons into one all-seeing immigration police state; forcibly registering American Muslims; mass-deporting 11 million Mexicans and others in a 21st century Trail of Tears; and turning away thousands of refugees fleeing war and terrorism in the Middle East," the Times said. The...
  • State Department: Iran Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding’ and Iran Didn’t Sign It

    11/25/2015 11:45:47 AM PST · by GilGil · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/24/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.
  • Former DIA Head: Investigation of Manipulated Intel Should Start at White House

    11/24/2015 1:34:59 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/24/2015 | SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during President Obama's tenure, went on the Kelly File last night to talk about the possible manipulation of ISIS intelligence. He said the investigation should "start at the top. Where intelligence starts and stops is at the White House." "[M]any of them have been deployed for many years in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere... so I think that the focus of really this investigation, they'll find whoever they're going to find and some of the tactical issues at central command, but the focus of this investigation ought to...
  • Time for a Congressional Investigation?

    11/23/2015 5:55:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    The case of the corrupt prosecution against imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi continues to explode with new evidence of wrongdoing - literally every few weeks something else comes out. It is beginning to look like Fast and Furious as more information pours out implicating the government. As I've explained previously, the crux of the case against Renzi was he had proposed a federal land exchange that allegedly would have benefited himself. Evidence came out during the trial and especially afterward revealing this wasn't true. The FBI offered to give money to the government's key witness/"victim," Philip Aries, to change his...
  • DC Police Chief: ‘Best Option’ Is For Citizens To Take Out Paris-Style Attackers

    In a 60 Minutes interview scheduled to air November 22, Washington DC police chief Cathy Lanier said taking out the gunmen in a Paris-style attack is the “best option” for citizens between the time they call 911 and the moment police arrive.
  • 50 US Spies: The Obama Admin Manipulates Our Reports, Threatens Us If We Speak Out

    11/21/2015 10:41:15 AM PST · by blueyon · 57 replies
    TruthandAction ^ | 11/21/15 | ???
    More than 50 spies working for the military have come out with shocking allegations: according to them, the Obama administration has taken their painfully honest assessments of the war against ISIS and effectively reinterpreted them to paint a rosy picture of things that reflects well on the president’s efforts against the terrorist group. The spies specifically went out of their way to clarify that it wasn’t just a matter of rogue agents telling falsehoods to advance their own careers. Rather, as one of the operatives involved said, “The cancer was within the senior level of command,” revealing how high this...
  • Clinton Foundation Running Private Equity Fund in Colombia

    11/19/2015 12:44:22 PM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 18, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    The Clinton Foundation is operating a $20 million private equity firm in Colombia, raising concerns from government and consumer watchdog groups who say the practice is unusual and could pose a significant conflict of interest. The Bogota-based company, Fondo Acceso, could also lead to uncomfortable questions for Hillary Clinton as she criticizes the private equity industry on the campaign trail. Fondo Acceso was founded by Bill Clinton, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, and mining magnate Frank Giustra in 2010, financed with a $20 million joint contribution from the Clinton Foundation's Clinton-Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative and the SLIM Foundation. According to the...
  • Utah prosecutor says he's investigating Sen. Harry Reid

    11/18/2015 2:55:09 PM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    AP ^ | November 18, 2015
    A county prosecutor in Utah says he's investigating Nevada Sen. Harry Reid in connection with an ongoing probe into a pay-to-play scheme involving two former Utah attorneys general.
  • Clinton Foundation files 4 years of amended tax returns to fix errors

    11/17/2015 3:42:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/16/15 | Jennifer Pompi
    The Clinton Foundation has voluntarily filed four years of amended tax returns after an error was brought to the organization’s attention.“In addition to filing our 2014 Form 990, after a thorough review, the Foundation has decided to voluntarily amend its returns for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This review was the result of an error in the first three of those years being brought to our attention,” Clinton Foundation President and CEO Donna Shalala wrote in a letter to supporters.Ms. Shalala said that although Clinton Foundation tax reviewers found “several additional errors” upon performing an “exhaustive review,” the mistakes did...
  • Wall Street Donations to Clinton Totaled Seven Figures Before 9/11(She Lied)

    11/16/2015 1:21:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 16, 2015 | Lachlan Markey
    FEC data contradicts Dem presidential frontrunner’s claim that Wall Street supports her because of terrorism Hillary Clinton claimed over the weekend that Wall Street firms have supported her financially because she was a U.S. senator on Sept. 11, 2001, but campaign finance records show seven-figure support from the industry before the attacks. According to OpenSecrets.org, securities and financial industry companies and their employees donated nearly $1.15 million to Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign. The Wall Street giant Citigroup topped the list of her corporate donors that cycle. The numbers provide a contrast to Clinton’s explanation for Wall Street’s extensive financial support...
  • The Permanent Protest: How Obama is bankrolling a nonstop protest against invented outrage

    11/16/2015 8:29:11 AM PST · by betty boop · 15 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 14, 2015 | Paul Sperry
    Barack Obama's presidency has been pockmarked by rioting, looting and protests. That's no coincidence. It's what the former community organizer sought from Day One. And it's just going to get worse before he leaves office. The senseless protests we're seeing break out on the campuses of the University of Missouri, Yale and other colleges, as well as on bridges and highway overpasses and outside police stations, are precisely the kind of thing Obama was trained to organize while attending leftist agitation schools founded by Chicago communist Saul Alinsky. He learned to a fare-thee-well how to "rub raw the sores of...
  • It’s time for Obama to make a choice: Lead us or resign

    11/15/2015 11:24:38 AM PST · by betty boop · 22 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 15, 2015 | Michael Goodwin
    <p>In any time and place, war is fiendishly simple. It is the ultimate zero-sum contest -- you win or you lose.</p> <p>That eternal truth is so obvious that it should not need to be said. Yet even after the horrific slaughter in Paris, there remains a distressing doubt about whether America's commander in chief gets it.</p>
  • Poll: Most Voters Think Hillary Clinton’s Email Practices Were Illegal or Unethical

    11/12/2015 2:30:30 PM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | November 12, 2015 | Andrew Stiles
    More than two-thirds of American voters say Hillary Clinton’s controversial email practices as secretary of state were either illegal or unethical, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. A total of 28 percent said Hillary’s exclusive use of a secret private server to conduct government business was illegal, while 40 percent said the arrangement was unethical, a position shared by 40 percent of Democratic voters. Only 27 percent of voters said they thought Clinton did nothing wrong, including a surprisingly low 49 percent of Democrats. The results are in line with previous polls suggesting that voters simply do not trust Hillary...
  • FBI Probe of Hillary Clinton Expands Again: New Potential Felonies Over False Statements

    11/12/2015 12:52:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    As reported earlier this week, the FBI probe of Democrat presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server has expanded. Today, the FBI is further expanding its investigation by putting Clinton under the microscope for potentially violating a federal false statements statute, a felony offense. More from Fox News:The FBI has expanded its probe of Hillary Clinton's emails, with agents exploring whether multiple statements violate a federal false statements statute, according to intelligence sources familiar with the ongoing case. Fox News is told agents are looking at U.S. Code 18, Section...
  • SAY IT AIN’T SO MARCO: GOP Stuffed Debate Hall With Pro Rubio Supporters…

    11/12/2015 11:46:37 AM PST · by Red Steel · 71 replies
    dc whispers ^ | November 11, 2015 | DCWhispers
    It is undeniable among most political observers that Florida Senator Marco Rubio had a strong showing at last night's GOP debate. While his words were his own, he also apparently benefited at least partly, by some help in political make-up of the standing-room-only, Milwaukee Theater. Apparently several hundred pro-Rubio supporters were specifically chosen to attend the debate, a gesture that is alleged to not have been extended to the other candidates. Rumors are circulating of significant influence by the Wisconsin State Republican Party and Scott Walker loyalists who manipulated the ticket selection process to ensure the audience was of a,...
  • Here Is Why Donald Trump Said "Walls Work, Ask Israel"

    11/11/2015 4:32:41 PM PST · by Ziva · 37 replies
    Zionists4Trump.com ^ | 11/11/2015 | Zionists 4 Trump
    At the November 3, 2015 press conference to announce his new book, Donald Trump reminds us, "Walls work. All you have to do is ask Israel." What has been the result of the border fence Israel built in 2013 to prevent infiltration from the Egypt? According to Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com in June 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touted the success of a new border fence that Israel built along its boundary with Egypt to stop illegal infiltrators. In a statement posted at his government website, Netanyahu reported that illegal crossings had declined 99.9%, from 2,000 per month to...
  • VA gave 156,000 employees $142 million in bonuses in 2014

    11/11/2015 3:54:35 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 11, 2015 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Department of Veterans Affairs VA shelled out more than $142 million in performance bonuses in 2014, the same year that the VA's healthcare scandal exploded and revealed the VA was systematically denying veterans access to health care. The average individual payout was over $900 for the thousands of employees. A total of 156,000 VA workers qualified for bonuses as a result of being rated them "fully successful" or higher at carrying out their responsibilities last year, including officials at delay-prone hospitals. But those ratings were later found to be inflated, as the vast majority of workers were getting rated...

    11/10/2015 7:18:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/10/2015 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    A whistleblower has emerged in the controversy of Governor Jerry Brown’s use of state oil experts to study his own family’s private land. Jennie Catalano, a mapping specialist for the California Department of Conservation, says she faced retaliation after complaining about being required to do personal work for Brown. It is illegal for politicians to use state resources for personal benefit. Brown says he used the same resources available to any Californian. The Associated Press confirmed the whistleblower complaint, which is separate from the original legal action by Kern County farmers alleging that Brown colluded with oil companies over the...
  • Nightmare fuel: President Obama tells OFA, ‘I’m not going anywhere’

    11/10/2015 10:01:40 AM PST · by Torcert · 52 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 9, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    President Barack Obama this afternoon addressed the Fall Summit of Organizing for Action, the retooled Obama for America campaign machine that's been squatting on the Twitter handle @barackobama for the duration of his administration, leaving the leader of the free world stuck using @POTUS. The president might have been in a serious mood, but he did manage to hit the audience with one zinger that really hit home: Mark Knoller@markknoller Pres Obama says his agenda won't be completed in next 14 months, "but I'm not going anywhere" pledging to keep working on it. Seriously? The president who during his first...
  • Brown Defends Asking State Experts to Report on His Land [semi-satire]

    11/09/2015 10:30:42 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    California Governor Jerry Brown insisted that “there’s nothing wrong with what I did.” What he did was ask employees of the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources—a state agency—to tell him whether there is oil on his private property. “I didn’t ask for any special treatment,” Brown asserted. “I did what any citizen of the state might have done.” “Well, I suppose that any citizen could’ve asked for the same thing,” an employee said in an “off-the-record” interview. “But we wouldn’t have prepared that citizen a 51 page report. When the Governor ‘asks’ you hop to if you...
  • Peabody Energy, NY Attorney General Resolve Questions Regarding Climate Change Disclosures

    11/09/2015 9:01:49 AM PST · by Hostage · 7 replies
    Peabody Energy ^ | Nov 9, 2015 | Vic Svec
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) announced today that it has reached a resolution with the New York Attorney General's (NYAG) office regarding the company's disclosures involving climate change. Following an extensive eight-year investigation initially discussed in the company's 2007 disclosures, Peabody has agreed to amend its disclosures. There is no other action associated with this settlement, no admission or denial of wrongdoing and no financial penalty. The company has always sought to make appropriate disclosures. Subsequent disclosures evolve over time, and the most recent disclosures planned for the company's third quarter 2015 Form 10-Q...
  • How to steal $75,000 from the Poor in One Day’s Work

    11/07/2015 4:41:30 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 53 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 10-27-15 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Full title: How to steal $75,000 from the poor in one Day's work - traffic court is a tax collection scheme masked as justice The new liberality concerning marijuana possession in the United States is long overdue, but let’s not exaggerate how much progress we’ve made. Users might not be ending up in jail as frequently as they did 10 years ago. But cops, judges, and courts still exercise arbitrary power to ruin people’s lives, and they continue to do so at astonishing rates, all over the country. I recently saw this firsthand. I sat in a municipal traffic court...
  • 46,471: Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns

    11/06/2015 11:29:39 AM PST · by familyop · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 5, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths)," the Drug Enforcement Agency announced on Wednesday. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 46,471 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and more than half of those deaths were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin. That compares with the 35,369 who died in motor vehicle crashes and 33,636 who died from firearms, as tallied by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Sadly this report confirms what we’ve...
  • Rubio: ‘Ironic’ Trump Is Attacking My Finances Considering His Four Bankruptcies

    11/06/2015 10:21:17 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 39 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11-6-2015 | Pam Key
    Friday on Fox New Channel's "Fox & Friends," Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)said his rival Donald Trump's attacks on his finances are "ironic" considering Trump has been in charge of businesses that have declared bankruptcy. Rubio said, "I just find it ironic that Donald Trump had four bankruptcies in his businesses and who is he to attack anybody on finances. I find that ironic. I'm proud of where I come from. I'm proud of what we have been able to achieve. Today my family and I have we have one debt in the world which is the...
  • Largest Police Union Cautions Quentin Tarantino: We've Got a Surprise Coming for You

    11/06/2015 10:02:42 AM PST · by familyop · 37 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/5/2015 | Ryan Parker, Pamela McClintock
    Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, would not go into any detail about what is being cooked up for the Hollywood director, but he did tell THR: "We'll be opportunistic."...The FOP, based in Washington, D.C., consists of more than 330,000 full-time, sworn officers. According to Pasco, the surprise in question is already "in the works," and will be in addition to the standing boycott of Tarantino's films, including his upcoming movie The Hateful Eight. "Something is in the works, but the element of surprise is the most important element," says Pasco. "Something could happen anytime between...
  • Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info

    11/06/2015 9:18:31 AM PST · by amorphous · 42 replies
    The Free Beacon ^ | 6 Nov 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    As the nation's chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that "negligent handling" of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job. A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for "any unauthorized disclosure" of classified information. Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and...
  • Rubio vows to release credit card records amid claims of financial mismanagement (2005-06 records)

    11/06/2015 7:35:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 11/5/15 | Fox News Latino
    GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Wednesday he'll release in the next few weeks all of the statements detailing his use of an American Express card he shared with the Republican Party of Florida. Rubio, a former speaker of the Florida House, had the party-issued card from February 2005 to November 2008. During his successful 2010 bid for U.S. Senate, news broke that Rubio had charged items such as grocery bills, plane tickets for his wife and repairs to the family minivan to the card. His spokesman, Alex Conant, said Wednesday that those expenses were for party business, and that...
  • Marco Rubio campaign says state GOP credit card use rules unclear

    11/06/2015 6:53:12 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/6/15 | Chris Frates
    Marco Rubio has spent a lot of time recently explaining how he used a Florida Republican Party American Express card, insisting that when he made personal charges, he paid for them himself. But there's an even more basic question about Rubio's Amex use, whether he should have been charging personal expenses to the corporate card in the first place. When Rubio was using the card, the Republican Party of Florida's policies stated that corporate cards were for "business use only," according to a report by an outside law firm that conducted an independent investigation into credit card expenditures at the...
  • GOP credit card only part of Marco Rubio's story (List and background on key controversies)

    11/05/2015 1:10:36 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 11/5/15 | Alex Leary
    Marco Rubio's use of a Republican Party of Florida American Express card is only part of the story. Over the course of his rise in politics, the Tampa Bay Times and partner Miami Herald chronicled his background and controversies. The most detailed accounting of Rubio's AmEx charges is this report from February 2010 that showed how the card was used for groceries, repairs to the family minivan and at a music equipment store. "I was as diligent as possible to ensure the party did not pay for items that were unrelated to party business," Rubio said in a written statement...

    11/05/2015 10:17:10 AM PST · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | november 5, 2015 | joel b. pollak
    California governor Jerry Brown used state experts to prepare a 51-page report on the prospects for oil development on his family's private land in Northern California, according to an Associated Press investigation released early Thursday morning. "Senior staffers in the state's oil and gas regulatory agency over at least two days produced a 51-page historical report and geological assessment, plus a personalized satellite-imaged geological and oil and gas drilling map for the area around Brown's family ranchland near the town of Williams," the AP reported. Brown's office declined to comment, referring the AP instead to the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, which...
  • Clinton charity, under pressure, will amend tax return errors

    11/05/2015 6:30:28 AM PST · by safetysign · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/4/2015 | Jonathan Allen11/4/2015
    The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation's flagship health project changed its mind again on Wednesday on the matter of its erroneous tax returns, saying it would refile them with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service after all. The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) said the decision to refile its 2012 and 2013 returns was in response to "recent media interest."
  • Lawsuit Accuses Missouri City of Fining Homeowners to Raise Revenue

    11/04/2015 5:20:28 PM PST · by proxy_user · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MONICA DAVEY
    PAGEDALE, Mo. This spring, officials in this tiny city near St. Louis ordered Valarie Whitner to replace her siding; repaint her gutters, downspout and foundation; and put up screens or storm covers outside every window and blinds or curtains on the inside. And that was before the list of demands moved on to her roof, fence and yard. Ms. Whitner, 57, who works nights at a hospital, said she and her longtime partner felt swamped beneath the costs of paying for the city-mandated repairs and for fees, fines and court costs, which her lawyers say included at least $2,400 in...
  • Two Senior VA Officials Plead The Fifth Amendment At Hearing

    11/03/2015 12:05:57 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Two senior officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs have pleaded the Fifth Amendment in front of a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on relocation bonus corruption. Philadelphia and Wilmington VA regional offices director Diana Rubens and St. Paul VA regional office director Kimberly Graves pleaded the Fifth and refused to answer any of the numerous questions put forward by HVAC chairman GOP Rep. Jeff Miller. “Sir, I’ve been advised by counsel not to answer that question to protect my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution,” Rubens repeated multiple times. The five employees from the VA involved in...
  • Allegheny Co. public works supervisor accused of stealing 11,000 lbs. of aluminum

    11/03/2015 8:04:15 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | uncredited
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA - Channel 11's Joe Holden confirmed Monday that a regional maintenance supervisor for Allegheny County Region 1 has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property. According to the criminal complaint, James Schrott is accused of stealing more than 11,000 pounds of aluminum signs. County police said the signage is valued at more than $21,000. Schrott has been suspended without pay, a county spokeswoman said. The criminal complaint named Steven Beswick as Schrott's accomplice. According to arrest papers, county workers set up a sting and were able to track the aluminum to a local scrap yard. Investigators...
  • Ted Cruz asks DOJ to preserve all IRS related documents

    11/02/2015 8:20:23 PM PST · by American Faith Today · 19 replies
    Ted Cruz Senate.gov ^ | November 2, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    Sen. Cruz Asks DOJ to Preserve All IRS-Related Documents The IRS targeting scandal is a serious breach of the public trust November 2, 2015 | 202-228-7561 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) preserve all Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents and information for investigation under the next administration. Sen. Cruz’s letter comes after the DOJ recently closed its investigation into improper targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. “Make no mistake: the IRS’s targeting of ordinary citizens for their political viewpoints under this...
  • The most governmenty government operation ever: The $43 million Afghan gas station

    11/02/2015 7:29:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 2, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Ridiculously overbudget? Check. Unnecessary? Check. Impossible to support in the long run? Check. Zero accountability? Check and double-check. If a novelist wrote this as a satire of government operations, there wouldn’t be an editor who’d buy it — not for 43 cents, and certainly not for $43 million: Nearly $43 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money was spent on building a gas station in Afghanistan — 140 times more than it should have cost, according to a government watchdog.The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) also said that one of the most “troubling” issues is how the Department of Defense...
  • Did GM Get Sweetheart Deal on Homeland Security Vehicles?

    11/02/2015 9:58:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 2, 2015 | Mark Modica
    A report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security has found that the Department’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) division wasted about $2.5 million of taxpayer money in 2014 on an extravagant fleet vehicle program. It is not surprising that images show that the vehicles in question appear to be manufactured by crony company , General Motors. A House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, headed by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), requested the audit on the FPS’ fleet operation. The report unveils a fleet of 1,169 vehicles which were leased at...
  • Gun Control Laws Fail to Stop Colorado Springs Halloween Gunman

    11/01/2015 8:00:27 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/31/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    In the early morning hours of October 31 the tranquility of downtown Colorado Springs was interrupted by multiple shootings in which three innocents were killed before Colorado Springs Police were able to kill the gunman in a shootout. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that just before 9 a.m. residents who heard the gunshots looked out their windows to see a man with a rifle. A 21-year-old witness named Matt Abshire said the gunman “shot a person on Prospect Street and two more near El Paso Street.” Police had been called and arrived to confront the gunman just after he had...
  • AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct

    11/01/2015 11:35:03 AM PST · by keat · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 1, 2015 | Norman Merchant
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed. She would later tell a judge she was splayed outside the patrol car for a pat-down and then made to lift her shirt and pull down her pants to prove she wasn't hiding anything. She described being ordered to...
  • Barack Obama is not seeking legacy

    11/01/2015 6:43:05 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 39 replies
    Renewamerica.com ^ | October 26, 2015 | Sylvia Thompson
    To the many gullible souls out there who truly think that Barack Obama is "legacy building" in his all-out assault on America, I implore you to bow out of the conversation because you are not seeing clearly. The term legacy carries positive connotations of something bequeath that is to the receiver's benefit. Everything that Barack Obama does is calculated to destroy America, which he despises. This man no more cares about legacy than he fears being properly prosecuted by the white political leaders whose responsibility it is to remove him from office. I focus on white leaders, because whites are...
  • White House Seeks to Keep Some Clinton Emails Secret

    10/30/2015 3:26:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    WASHINGTON — The White House will try to block the release of a handful of emails between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, citing longstanding precedent invoked by presidents of both parties to keep presidential communications confidential, officials said Friday. The State Department discovered the emails between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton as part of its effort to release the former secretary’s emails, several thousand more of which were scheduled to be made public on Friday. Mr. Obama’s correspondence was forwarded for review to the White House, which has decided against release. That decision could intensify...