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  • The College Football Czar: 2014 Season Preview

    07/29/2014 8:31:34 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 12 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | July 29, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar: 2014 Season Preview a sports publication from The Shinbone by Daniel Clark Welcome to the 2014 season preview issue of The College Football Czar, a seasonal sports publication by the author and editor of The Shinbone. In the coming months, you will find weekly analyses of upcoming college football action posted at this site. To find out more, please see the Ground Rules. This issue contains the Czar's rankings for all 128 teams in Division I-A football, as well as conference preview capsules, potential upsets to watch for, bowl projections, and a guide to help you...
  • How Nicky and Willy could have prevented World War I

    07/27/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-27-14 | Graham Allison
    One hundred years ago this week, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany exchanged a series of telegrams to try to stop the rush to a war that neither of them wanted. They signed their notes “Nicky” and “Willy.” Cousins who vacationed together, hunted together and enjoyed dressing up in the uniforms of each other’s military officers when sailing on their yachts, these two great-great-grandsons of Paul I of Russia wrote to each other in English, affirming their mutual interests and outlining an agreement that would have resolved the crisis on terms acceptable to both rulers. Yet...
  • Obama Regime Science Czar John Holdren Wants To Sterilize Whole Populations

    05/07/2014 7:20:12 AM PDT · by TheMantis · 41 replies
    Examiner ^ | 5/7/2014 | Robert Elliott
    John Holdren is a dangerous left-wing extremist, an ideologue who has expressed open support for forced abortions and mass sterilization programs.
  • Obama’s science czar: Opposing climate views outside the ‘mainstream scientific opinion’

    02/26/2014 7:08:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/26/14 | Michael Bastasch
    White House science czar Dr. John Holdren wasn’t in the mood to be contradicted on whether global warming was causing “extreme weather.” Holdren described climate scientists whose work contradicts the White House’s global warming claims as outside the “scientific mainstream.” Holdren was asked by Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to cite scientific data that supported claims that droughts and other weather events were being made worse by global warming. Sessions then cited contradicting evidence from climate scientists, including former NASA scientist Dr. Roy Spencer and University of Colorado climate scientist Roger Pielke, Jr. Holdren countered that the likes of Pielke...
  • The blunt truth — White house drug czar contradicts Obama on marijuana

    01/21/2014 10:12:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Washington Timesw ^ | 1/21/14 | Ernest Istook
    President Obama’s latest claims about marijuana are contradicted by research and official positions of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House. And Mr. Obama’s words have anti-drug leaders worried about negative repercussions among youth. Mr. Obama claimed to The New Yorker magazine that marijuana is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol and he promoted state efforts by Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. The National Drug Control Policy’s official stance, posted on the website, says the opposite of Mr. Obama on all counts. For example, as...
  • Now Obama gets 'executive power' czar

    12/11/2013 2:41:09 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 20 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/10/2013 | Aaron Klein
    Specializes in bypassing Congress to enact 'progressive change' A senior progressive strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton who specializes in the use of executive authority to bypass Congress is reportedly joining the White House. The New York Times is reporting John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, has agreed to serve as counselor to President Obama for a year. Podesta last month announced the establishment of a new group, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, that will work within his Center for American Progress. The new center bills itself as a research and grant-making...
  • Patriot Act author: Obama’s intel czar should be prosecuted (Clapper lied to Congress)

    12/07/2013 5:40:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/13 | Brendan Sasso
    Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress. "Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it," the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill. He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March. During that hearing, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper insisted that the NSA does not...
  • The College Football Czar: Week 12

    11/14/2013 7:32:35 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 3 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 14, 2013 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar: Week 12 Week eleven in review: The College Football Czar has finally seen ESPN’s new Saturday night intro featuring Eminem’s “Berzerk.” In case you haven’t yet had the misfortune of experiencing it, Mr. Em liberally samples (i.e., steals) parts of Billy Squier’s 1981 hit, “The Stroke.” Memo to ESPN: You can’t have it both ways. You must now either pretend that Billy Squier is cool, or admit that Eminem is not. So which is it? The BCS picture cleared up very slightly last Thursday, with Oregon’s 26-20 loss at Stanford, a game whose tone was set...
  • Obama's Czar Hints Site Won't Be Fixed On Time

    11/08/2013 1:08:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies ^ | November 8, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    If you want to know why Democratic Senators appear to be panicking over Obamacare, it is probably because the White House has not been able to convince them that will be up and running as promised by November 30. And President Obama's surge czar Jeffrey Zients did nothing to calm that panic Friday on a conference call with reporters. Reuters reports: The Obama administration's adviser Jeffrey Zeints said on Friday that the trouble-plagued federal healthcare website is improving, but that higher volumes of visitors are exposing new capacity and software issues. In a conference call with...
  • No joke! Meet Obama's new 'nudge' czar

    08/01/2013 6:40:28 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 44 replies
    WND ^ | July 31, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    Maya Shankar, a White House adviser cultivating a team tasked with subtly influencing Americans’ behavior, previously worked closely with the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, WND has learned. Shankar has discussed utilizing cognitive science for social activism and is a champion of so-called social justice.
  • The College Football Czar's 2013 Season Preview

    07/31/2013 8:11:53 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 18 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | July 31, 2013 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar 2013 Season Preview a sports publication from The Shinbone by Daniel Clark Welcome to the 2013 season preview issue of The College Football Czar, a seasonal sports publication by the author and editor of The Shinbone. In the coming months, you will find weekly analyses of upcoming college football action posted at this site. To find out more, please see the Ground Rules. This issue contains conference preview capsules, potential upsets to watch for, bowl projections, and a guide to help you locate head coaches on the move. Most importantly, it includes early nominees for the...
  • Obama administration offers faith groups new opt-out of health care birth control mandate

    02/01/2013 9:09:08 AM PST · by reegs · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women, according to a source familiar with the changes who spoke only on condition of anonymity.
  • Obama Czar Rattner Decries 'Climate-Change Deniers'—But Flies Big Private Jet

    01/29/2013 9:07:15 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I hate to criticize a fellow pilot, but when one engages in such sky-high hypocrisy, well . . . On Morning Joe today, former Obama car czar Steve Rattner, a very successful hedge fund manager, decried "climate-change denier[s]." This is the same Rattner who, at last report, owned a "15,000-square-foot mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, to which [he] flies regularly on a Dassault Falcon 2000 jet [see file photo] he pilots himself." Rattner wrung his hands over the fact that we're "putting millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere every day." But just earlier this week, the New York Times...
  • The College Football Czar: Week 9

    10/25/2012 8:07:07 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 5 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | October 25, 2012 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar Week 9 Week eight in review: It was another above-average week for the College Football Czar, who went 14-4, improving his overall record to 106-50 and his winning percentage to .679. Among his better picks were the demise of the then-undefeated but badly inflated Cincinnati Bearcats, and Louisiana-Monroe’s 43-42 overtime win over Western Kentucky (predicted score 33-32). Although week eight certainly had its share of excitement, it did very little to shake up the rankings. The highest-ranked team to lose to a lower-ranked or unranked opponent was the #21 Bearcats, whose defeat is referenced above. #24...
  • Former Obama Czar on Granholm's DNC Speech: Must Have Had Some Medications or Something in .. System

    10/02/2012 2:51:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/2/12 | Daniel Halper - Weekly Standard
    Former Obama administration official Steven Rattner said on MSNBC that Jennifer Granholm "must have had some medications or something in her system" when she addressed the Democratic convention last month:
  • Romney's Czars

    09/03/2012 8:21:15 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 14 replies
    Romney is going to be busy fixing the state of the economy, so he is going to need to appoint some Czars. Here are a few to consider along with whom Romney should appoint: An Eric Holder Czar for criminalizing Eric Holder for being Eric Holder. (Rudy Giiulani since Attila the Hun is unavailable) A DOJ Czar for cleaning out all the Black Panthers and commie racist lawyers in the Department of Justice. ( J. Christian Adams ) A Top Secret Control Czar to investigate all the security leaks resulting in the death of overseas operatives. ( Dick Cheney )...
  • Regulatory czar (Cass Sunstein) leaving White House to return to Harvard Law School

    08/03/2012 1:33:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/03/12 | Justin Sink
    Regulatory czar leaving White House to return to Harvard Law SchoolBy Justin Sink - 08/03/12 09:26 AM ET Cass Sunstein, a top adviser to President Obama who functions as a gatekeeper on federal regulations, is leaving the White House to return to Harvard Law School. Obama heralded Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, "for his friendship and for his years of exceptional service." "For the last three and a half years, Cass Sunstein has helped drive a series of historic accomplishments on behalf of the American people," Obama said in a statement. "From putting in place...
  • Obama’s shariah czar MohamedMagid hands diversity awardto Jew-hater Dawud

    07/05/2012 5:05:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 7/5/12 | Patrick Poole
    Mohamed Magid is the Obama administration’s go-to guy for Muslim outreach and advise on international affairs and counterterrorism. He is a regular visitor to the White House (even when the administration wants to conceal it), attends important administration speeches on the US Middle East policy at the State Department, he counsels the Department of Justice to criminalize defamation of Islam, he entertains the deputy national security adviser at his DC-area mosque, and he serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. He also advises the FBI and many other federal agencies. He has also been profiled...
  • Meet John Brennan, Obama’s Assassination Czar

    06/06/2012 8:34:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/6/12 | Patrick Poole
    A relatively unnoticed article by Associated Press reporter Kimberly Dozier two weeks ago outlined new Obama administration policy changes which consolidated power for authorizing drone attacks and assassinations under political appointees within the White House. The article identifies White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan as the official assuming the role of Obama’s de facto assassination czar, raising concerns even within the Obama administration that the White House is increasingly turning into “a pseudo-military headquarters” under the direction of just a few senior Obama administration officials. Adding to these concerns are serious questions about Brennan’s qualifications for this role. Advertisement Even...
  • Media Blackout As Obama Appoints First Ever Assassination Czar

    05/23/2012 5:27:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies ^ | 5.23.12 | Alexander Higgins
    Corporate news blackout as Obama designates John Brennan as the sole person in charge of designating people to be assassinated. John Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor was a name that you did not see on the Mainstream media today as the continue to run stories that serve to distract the masses from stories that matter. Most recently he publicly spoke about the drone program calling it moral and ethical and just. According to reports from the Associated Press, John Brennan has now seized the lead in choosing who will be targeted for drone attacks and raids and Obama has delegated...
  • Another Consumer Bureau Budget Stall [Recess Czar Update]

    05/23/2012 8:59:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 23, 2012 | By MARY KISSEL
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray responded to House Republicans' budget questions in writing last week, and what a revealing letter it was. Instead of addressing concerns about the bureau's spending and hiring spree, Mr. Cordray ducked and weaved and adopted a defensive tone. In the age of trillion-dollar annual deficits, this is a stall worthy of public attention. The few numbers that Mr. Cordray did reveal in the letter are stunning. The consumer bureau, which is less than a year old, has already hired 828 employees as of the end of June, expects to employ 1,360 people by...
  • Parliament paves way for EU human rights 'czar'

    05/02/2012 11:30:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 19 April 2012
    The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday (18 April) to change the future direction of the EU's human rights policy and pave the way for a new position of "human rights czar". The report's author, British Labour MEP Richard Howitt (Socialists & Democrats), said the EU had finally "filled the gap" with the United States and would no longer lack the authority to make its case heard whenever human rights are violated across the globe—be it in Iraq, Syria or Burma. "Europe was negotiating improved trade terms with Gaddafi just four weeks before we started dropping bombs on him, and it...
  • Obama Information Czar Cass Sunstein Confronted on Cognitive Infiltration of Conspiracy Groups

    05/02/2012 8:46:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/1/12 | wearechange
    In a rare public appearance, The Obama Administration's Information Czar Cass Sunstein gave a lecture at the NYU Law School in NYC yesterday, prompting Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange to attend. Watch as Luke confronts Sunstein multiple times on an academic paper he co-authored back in 2008 entitled "Conspiracy Theories" in which he called for cognitive infiltration of conspiracy groups by the government.
  • SEC Names New Investment Advisor Czar (who the heck is Diane C. Blizzard?)

    04/23/2012 10:05:11 AM PDT · by jdsteel · 6 replies ^ | 4.23.12 | jdsteel
    The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Diane C. Blizzard has been named Associate Director for Regulatory Policy and Investment Adviser Regulation in the Division of Investment Management. As Associate Director, Ms. Blizzard will supervise two offices that develop recommendations for rulemaking and other policy initiatives under the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act. Ms. Blizzard replaces Robert Plaze, who has become Deputy Director of the Division. Ms. Blizzard has been a member of the Division of Investment Management staff for 12 years, most recently serving as Managing Executive. She has previously held several policy roles, including...
  • Former cybersecurity czar: Every major U.S. company has been hacked by China

    03/28/2012 1:04:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    ITworld ^ | 3/27/12 | Chris Nerney
    Richard Clarke says evidence 'pretty strong' that China is stealing commercial secrets March 27, 2012, 12:18 PM — Former White House cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke has made a career out of issuing security warnings. His most famous, of course, was his alert to Bush Administration officials in July 2001 -- 10 weeks before 9/11 -- that "something really spectacular is going to happen here, and it's going to happen soon." Clarke was talking about an attack on U.S. soil by Al-Qaida, the terrorist group he had been warning the new administration about -- to virtually complete indifference -- since that...
  • National Border Patrol Council responds to Obama Administration Naming Advocate for Illegal Aliens

    03/13/2012 4:16:15 PM PDT · by Ajnin · 2 replies
    NBPC ^ | February 8, 2012 | National Border Patrol Council
    February 8, 2012 – The Obama administration took its next step towards amnesty for illegal aliens by naming an advocate for illegal aliens and those concerned about immigration issues. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the advocate will "serve as a point of contact for individuals, including those in immigration proceedings, NGOs and other community and advocacy groups, who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise." The agency said Andrew Lorenz-Strait will be the first advocate. They may as well title Lorenz-Strait the “Amnesty Czar” as that will be the ultimate goal of an administration...
  • Obama bypasses Senate, installs new consumer chief

    01/04/2012 11:07:27 AM PST · by Justaham · 158 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-4-12 | BEN FELLER and JIM KUHNHENN
    President Barack Obama says he won't take "no" as an answer from Republicans, so he's going around them to appoint the head of a new consumer protection agency. Obama says Republicans would just keep holding Richard Cordray's nomination hostage—and the president says that's inexcusable and wrong. He says Cordray must be in place in order for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to start helping consumers deal with unscrupulous mortgage companies, dishonest payday lenders, and others. Obama announced the appointment of Cordray during a stop Wednesday in Ohio, where Cordray once served as attorney general. Republicans are outraged but Obama says...
  • Obama establishes an Office of Manufacturing Policy

    12/12/2011 12:39:54 PM PST · by bjorn14 · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12 December 2011 | John Schmid
    At a time when economists say U.S. manufacturing policy is in "disarray," the Obama administration on Monday said it has created a new Office of Manufacturing Policy to be co-chaired by the Commerce Department Secretary and the director of the White House National Economic Council. "At this make or break time for the middle class and our economy, we need a strong manufacturing sector that will put Americans back to work making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America," President Barack Obama said in a statement. Wisconsin leads the nation with the highest share of its workforce employed...
  • Cable cos. to offer $9.95 broadband for poor homes

    11/09/2011 8:57:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    AP ^ | November 9, 2011 | PETER SVENSSON
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband. One third, or about 35 million homes, don't have broadband. That affects people's ability to educate themselves and find and apply for jobs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.
  • Glenn Beck up, left down and Van Jones defiant (Biden, "Who's Van Jones")

    10/04/2011 10:21:05 AM PDT · by Errant · 15 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 6, 2009 | BEN SMITH & NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON
    Smoking Gun? "And then there's Van Jones, who recently joined the Obama administration, a special adviser to the president on green jobs. Van started out as a grassroots organizer and became an advocate and a creator of ‘green collar’ jobs –- jobs that are not only good for the environment, but also provide good wages and career advancement for both skilled and unskilled workers,” she said. Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett echoed that praise to a cheering crowd at the Netroots Nation convention this summer. “Van Jones, we were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House,...
  • White House Science Czar Says He Would Use ‘Free Market’ to ‘De-Develop the United States’

    09/19/2011 9:45:16 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 16, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.” In his role as President Barack Obama’s top science and technology adviser, Holdren deals with issues ranging from global warming to health care. “A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States,” Holdren wrote along with Paul and Anne H. Ehrlich in the...
  • Jobs Czar Moves US Jobs to China

    07/27/2011 3:59:03 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jul 27, 2011 | Mark Wachtler,
    Jobs Czar Moves US Jobs to China By Mark Wachtler, Independent Examiner July 27, 2011. Beijing. In an attempt to capture a larger share of the booming Chinese market, General Electric announced that it was moving its X-Ray technology headquarters from Wisconsin to China. While GE is one of the largest military suppliers in the world, it is also the parent of the NBC broadcasting group of companies. Ironically enough, GE’s CEO is Jeff Immelt, the same man President Obama anointed as America’s Jobs Czar.
  • Michelle Malkin » Obama’s Ministers of Culture and Agitprop

    07/20/2011 2:46:01 PM PDT · by hiram569 · 5 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 7/20/11 | Michelle Malkin
    On July 6, I told you about all the well-heeled spinners in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Their ranks keep on swelling. My column today introduces you to the newly-designed “America’s Champions of Change for the Arts.” Yes, it’s as creepy as it sounds.
  • Holder Launches Witch Hunt Against Biased Banks

    07/09/2011 7:11:24 AM PDT · by TimSkalaBim · 69 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/8/2011 | Paul Sperry
    In what could be a repeat of the easy-lending cycle that led to the housing crisis, the Justice Department has asked several banks to relax their mortgage underwriting standards and approve loans for minorities with poor credit as part of a new crackdown on alleged discrimination, according to court documents reviewed by IBD. [snip] Another Reno protege, Perez has compared bankers to Klansmen. Only difference is, he said, bankers discriminate "with a smile" and "fine print." He said this kind of racism, though more subtle, is "every bit as destructive as the cross burned in a neighborhood." Perez has put...
  • Obama regulatory czar claims Bush was worse on rules

    06/28/2011 12:09:13 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 28 June 2011 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama's regulatory czar told a Capitol Hill gathering Tuesday that the administration has produced fewer burdensome rules for industry than did the administration of President George W. Bush. "There is no tsunami" of regulations, said Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, at a symposium on innovation on Capitol Hill, rejecting complaints from the business community and congressional Republicans that the administration's regulatory policies had harmed the economy and cost U.S. jobs. Industry leaders have complained about the growth of costly regulations under Mr. Obama. It was U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue who...
  • Obama Regulatory Czar Backs Off Call for Gov't to Attach Lower Value to Older People

    06/03/2011 4:23:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/3/11 | Fred Lucas
    ( - President Barack Obama’s regulatory czar retreated from a 2003 academic report he wrote advocating that government assign a higher monetary value to the lives of young people than to senior citizens during testimony to Congress on Friday. Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations about the Obama administration’s plans for reviewing and reducing federal regulations. “I’m a lot older now than the author with my name was, and I’m not sure what I think about what that young man wrote,”...
  • Propaganda Czar linked to "Betrayus" ads?

    05/26/2011 7:37:17 AM PDT · by CheezyD · 8 replies
    Just saw this on Twitter... Is it true? bccohan Brittany Cohan by cnsnews_com Yup. RT @diggrbiii: Wait. Wait. The WH's new propaganda czar is married to the person behind the General "Betrayus" ads? Really?
  • GOP should block Memorial Day recess appointments

    05/24/2011 5:43:15 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2011
    As the days wind down to the scheduled weeklong congressional recess to mark Memorial Day, Republicans have a choice to make. Will they merely grumble about President Obama using the break to appoint more radical nominees without Senate confirmation, or will they actually stop him? To date, Obama has made 28 recess appointments. One of them, Donald Berwick, was put in charge of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, even though he was never scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing. If Republicans don't act, history could repeat itself next week. Read more at the Washington Examiner:
  • The Administration targets a drug CEO in a troubling precedent.

    05/03/2011 8:05:16 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-2-11 | Kathleen Spitzer
    HHS this month sent a letter to 83-year-old Forest Labs CEO Howard Solomon, announcing it would henceforth refuse to do business with him. What earned Mr. Solomon the blackball? Well, nothing that he did—as admitted even by HHS. In any case, the federal complaint contained no suggestion that Mr. Solomon was involved with, or even aware of, misconduct. And the question of his continued leadership was never part of the plea deal. Only after a federal court ratified the deal in March did HHS drop its intent-to-ban bomb. Mrs. Sebelius unearthed a dusty provision in the Social Security Act that...
  • President Warren's Empire - finance czar answers to no one

    03/16/2011 3:40:49 PM PDT · by opentalk · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 16, 2011 | WSJ
    The consumer finance czar answers to no one and sets her own budget.A House subcommittee will hold an "oversight" hearing today on the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the über-regulator that will soon have jurisdiction over most of the country's credit-making institutions. We put "oversight" in quotes because Congress has little say over either the new bureau or its unofficial czar, Elizabeth Warren.This unprecedented lack of accountability is by Ms. Warren's design. The bureau was the Harvard professor's idea, and she lobbied the Obama Administration and Congress to make it part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform.
  • U.S. businesses not buying President Obama’s rhetoric on energy ‘race’ with China

    03/15/2011 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/15/11 | Dipka Bhambhani
    The U.S. has “raced” to control space exploration, nuclear arms and electronics. Since taking office, President Obama has introduced the idea that the U.S. is now battling China — the world’s largest polluter — in new race for world domination. A clean energy race. “The nation that leads in the creation of a clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy,” the president has said. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has repeated the message several times, creating a frenzy to “go green,” before China does. If America really is in such a race, the Energy and Commerce...
  • Did Obama appoint a Cabinet czar?

    03/09/2011 1:13:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/9/11 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when someone with no executive experience takes over the toughest executive job in the world? Since we’ve not seen that situation in most of our lifetimes — even John Kennedy, the last President elected with no executive experience in government or the private sector, had some command experience in the Navy — we had little hard evidence to predict failure to manage the executive branch of the US government, but it was rather easy to presume that on-the-job training at that level would be problematic, to say the least. Today, the Washington Post reports that even Barack Obama’s...
  • Obama Socialist Czar Appointments: Betrayal of CIA and FBI Oath of Office

    03/08/2011 8:55:40 PM PST · by Bob Maverick · 18 replies
    Stumping For Ole Glory ^ | 3-8-2011 | Bob Maverick
    Why does the CIA along with the FBI, our premier law enforcement agency, stand by and allow Marxist employment and involvement within our Executive Branch of government? Background checks are supposed to screen and block such Socialist/ Communist people from serving in any capacity within the federal government. Could corruption, fear of being fired and political payoffs be going on within the FBI and CIA? Why can't these federal agencies, which have served America well in past decades, just do their fiduciary duty for our children and grandchildren?
  • Senate Democrats Abandon Obama Rationing Czar Donald Berwick

    03/07/2011 12:51:19 PM PST · by julieee · 17 replies ^ | March 7, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Senate Democrats Abandon Obama Rationing Czar Donald Berwick Washington, DC -- Senate Democrats have officially given up their fight to confirm Donald Berwick, the rationing advocate President Barack Obama nominated to become the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the chief of implementation of the Obamacare law.
  • House votes to overthrow 'czars'

    02/17/2011 5:03:44 PM PST · by Citizen X_Area 51 · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | February 17, 2011 | Robin Bravender
    The House voted Thursday to dethrone nine White House “czars.” Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama’s senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job.
  • Obama health IT guru leaving his post (Washington's electronic medical records czar)

    02/07/2011 7:27:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Med City News ^ | 2/04/11 | Chris Seper
    Obama health IT guru leaving his post2.4.11 | Chris Seper Health IT change in Washington. Dr. David Blumenthal, who has overseen President’s Obama’s health IT around the adoption of electronic medical records, is leaving to return to Harvard. “He’s helped bring the industry back to life when it seemed to be failing, and he gave the industry a jolt of energy it lacked,” Betty Otter-Nickerson, president of Sage Health, told Kaiser Health News. Some are concerned about the impact of changing leaders in the midst of the national EMR adoption.
  • Bondi to press Feinberg on oil spill payments (Florida AG hits Obama's Pay Czar!)

    01/20/2011 6:38:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies ^ | 1/20/11
    Attorney General Pam Bondi said Wednesday her office will start pressing BP Oil and federal claims administrator Ken Feinberg to expedite payments to Florida businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill last summer.
  • Former Obama 'car czar' settles suit with state of New York (Rattner's $150 million kickback scheme)

    01/01/2011 12:17:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/10 | Peter Schroeder
    Former Obama 'car czar' settles suit with state of New YorkBy Peter Schroeder - 12/30/10 02:46 PM ET Former Obama administration "car czar" Steven Rattner has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a civil suit with the state of New York. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced the agreement Thursday, in which Rattner admitted no wrongdoing, The Associated Press reported. Cuomo will be sworn in as the state's governor on Saturday. Rattner had been accused by Cuomo of participating in a kickback scheme that allowed his company to obtain $150 million in state pension fund investments in 2004 and...
  • Rattner to Pay $10 Million in Settlement With Cuomo

    12/31/2010 7:48:29 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    nytimes ^ | December 30, 2010, 1:20 pm | PETER LATTMAN
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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger indicates he would accept position in Obama administration ["energy tsar"]

    12/20/2010 1:45:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 2+ views
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