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  • Exclusive: Embattled Syria Expert Elizabeth O'Bagy Says She Made 'Many Mistakes'

    09/17/2013 5:25:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 16, 2013 | Josh Rogin
    Elizabeth O’Bagy, the Syria researcher at the center of a week-long controversy surrounding her academic credentials and her work with the Syrian opposition, admitted for the first time to The Daily Beast she was never enrolled in a Ph.D. program despite representations she made to the press and multiple organizations for whom she worked. O’Bagy, whose work on the Syrian opposition was hailed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), was fired from her job as the lead Syria researcher at the Institute for the Study of War on Sept. 10 after it was revealed that...
  • Pro-Syrian opposition ‘analyst’ fired for lying about credentials

    09/12/2013 5:36:06 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | September 11, 2013 | foxnews.com
    A Washington scholar whose writings on Syria were touted by top U.S. officials in making the case for a military strike has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly lying about her education credentials. The development comes after Elizabeth O'Bagy's credibility and objectivity had come under scrutiny over her work with a Syrian opposition advocacy group. The institute, where she had worked as a senior analyst, on Wednesday posted a terse statement on its website claiming she also misled the organization about having a Ph.D. "The Institute for the Study of War has learned and...
  • WSJ op-ed writer Elizabeth O’Bagy fired for resume lie

    09/11/2013 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 157 replies
    The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday. “The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.” O’Bagy told POLITICO’s Kate Brannen...
  • ‘Never heard of him’: Notable Columbia prof says he isn’t sure Obama attended Columbia University

    06/18/2013 12:08:27 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 53 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | June 14, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    In a recent interview, a well-known professor who taught at Columbia University for 46 years questioned whether or not President Obama actually attended the Ivy League school. Prominent Columbia professor Henry Graff says he isn't sure President Obama ever attended the Ivy League school. “I taught every significant politician that ever studied at Columbia,” said Columbia Emeritus Professor of History Henry Graff, in an interview last week with Wayne Root, a contributor at The Blaze. “Between American History and Diplomatic History, one way or another, they all had to come through my classes.” “Not Obama,” he continued. “I never had...
  • Background Questions. Harvard, Yale deny connection to controversial Democratic donor under scrutiny

    02/05/2013 10:12:33 PM PST · by BAW · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Lachlan Markay
    A controversial donor with ties to prominent Democrats who is under investigation by the FBI may not have the qualifications he claims. The resume of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist and controversial Democratic donor, boasts medical education and experience at Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Missouri. But none of those schools says it can find any record of Melgen, who claims to be a Harvard alumnus, the former chief resident of the University of Missouri’s ophthalmology department, and a former Yale intern. Questions concerning Melgen’s background are also coming to light. According to his biography, posted...
  • Elizabeth Warren - A despicable person

    10/25/2012 2:23:29 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 17 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | Oct 24, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    Only in Massachusetts could a lowlife bottom feeder like Elizabeth Warren ever be considered for high office. Putting aside her hard-core followers, her true believing cadres who would follow her off a cliff, I can understand why many mainstream Massachusetts Democrats are supporting her. They support her because they want revenge against Scott Brown for taking the "Kennedy seat" during the special election two years ago. To accomplish this they have decided to hold their noses and shut their eyes and ears. Where should I start? It difficult to know when so much about Elizabeth Warren is based upon lies....
  • Elizabeth Warren Registered 'High Cheekbones' Aunt as White

    07/03/2012 2:08:50 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/2/12 | Michael Warren
    The death certificate of Elizabeth Warren's aunt Bess "Bea" Veneck, who famously told the Massachusetts Democrat that her grandfather's "high cheekbones" belied Warren's Cherokee heritage, identifies Veneck as "white" and not "Native American." Warren officially informed the state of Oklahoma of Veneck's death in 1999. William Jacobson reports: So Aunt Bea was Indian, sharing the same ancestry as Warren, according to Warren, and that ancestry was such an important part of who Aunt Bea was that she told the story about the high cheekbones at least a thousand times. Yet when Aunt Bea died, she was not identified as American...
  • Gov. Patrick steps in as Elizabeth Warren stonewalls ancestry questions

    05/31/2012 4:47:36 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 14 replies
    FOX 25 Boston ^ | FOX 25 Boston
    SOMERVILLE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren received a boost on Wednesday from none other than Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Gov. Patrick, Warren, and grassroots supporters met on Wednesday at her campaign headquarters in Somerville just days before Democrats head to Springfield for the party's nominating convention. Warren has endured a rough few weeks following controversy regarding her Native American ancestry. At the event, Gov. Patrick stepped in and responded to a question about Warren's ancestry from FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti. In part, Gov. Patrick replied, "On behalf of the people of the Commonwealth, we...
  • Elizabeth Warren challenged by Cherokee group (demand truth)

    05/31/2012 2:57:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/30/12 | MJ LEE
    Elizabeth Warren challenged by Cherokee groupBy MJ LEE | 5/30/12 3:07 PM EDT Updated: 5/30/12 9:47 PM EDT A group of Cherokees have organized and launched a website disputing Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Native American heritage. Some 150 people purporting to be “concerned” members and descendants of three Cherokee tribes have put up a new website called “Cherokees Demand Truth From Elizabeth Warren.” The group is demanding that the Massachusetts Senate candidate come clean about her heritage – a topic that has dominated media coverage of Warren’s bid again incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown ever since it was revealed that...
  • Did Elizabeth Warren plagiarize her recipes in “Pow Wow Chow”?

    Alternate headline: “Fake Indian in real trouble.” I don’t know, guys. I’m grudgingly coming around to the idea that maybe it’d be better if she won in November. We can’t afford to lose her; she’s a daily one-woman content goldmine for the blogosphere, every bit the equal of Martha Coakley. A blogger has to eat, and she’s serving up an awful lot of pow wow traffic chow. But apparently it’s based on someone else’s recipe: "Two of the possibly plagiarized recipes, said in the Pow Wow Chow cookbook to have been passed down through generations of Oklahoma Native American members...
  • Democratic opponent criticizes Elizabeth Warren’s response on Native American issue

    05/19/2012 5:07:42 AM PDT · by billorites · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 18, 2012 | Michael Levenson
    For nearly three weeks, Scott Brown’s campaign has been battering Elizabeth Warren for listing herself as a Native American on a legal directory and then being billed as a minority law professor at Harvard University. Now, Warren has a Democratic critic, too. Warren’s primary opponent, Marisa DeFranco, who is trying to raise her profile in the race, is arguing that voters should be concerned about Warren’s “lack of a clear, consistent message” in response to the Native American controversy. “I’m not sure what her answer is because it’s been so various,” DeFranco said today. DeFranco said that, in general, it...
  • Arizona elections chief seeks proof of Obama's citizenship

    05/19/2012 3:44:41 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 104 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5/18/2012 | Tim Gaynor
    Arizona's secretary of state said Friday he had asked officials in Hawaii to verify that Barack Obama was born in their state in order for the president's name to appear on the November ballot in Arizona. Ken Bennett, who is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign co-chairman in Arizona, said he made the request on behalf of a constituent. Earlier this year, hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that an investigation by his office had found that Obama's birth certificate was a forgery. Most Republican critics of Obama have given up pushing widely discredited long-running allegations that he was not...
  • Elizabeth Warren’s goose is cooked No morsel of truth in her Indian identity

    05/18/2012 8:31:49 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 75 replies
    If I might make one suggestion before the updated version of the “Pow Wow Chow” cookbook is released: Next time, Liz, hold the mayo. Even if you were 1/1000th Native American — which you’re not — and even if Cherokees did hold pow wows — which Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes told the Herald yesterday they don’t — even then, your contribution to authentic teepee cuisine is “Crab With Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing?” Why didn’t you throw in Tuna Casserole and Some Twinkies while you’re at it? Like her recipe (“serve salad with remaining mayo on the side”), everything about Liz Warren...
  • The Massachusetts Indian War of 2012

    05/17/2012 4:56:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 17, 2012 | by Mary Sanchez
    The race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts has taken a turn toward the absurd. The contest pits two highly qualified candidates — Scott Brown, the incumbent, who made history by snatching Ted Kennedy’s seat away from the Democrats, and challenger Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor and whiz-kid of the Obama administration who created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If any election could be counted on to maintain a high-minded tone and stick to important issues, it’s this one. Instead, Topic A is Warren’s facial features. From a campaign standpoint, Warren hasn’t done much to end this silly brouhaha. She...
  • ‘Pow wow’ factor: Elizabeth Warren touted native roots in ’84 cookbook

    05/17/2012 2:59:44 AM PDT · by billorites · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 17, 2012 | Hillary Chabot
    Elizabeth Warren was touting her claim of Cherokee heritage as early as 1984, according to a cookbook titled “Pow Wow Chow” edited by her cousin that includes Warren’s recipes for a savory crab omelet and spicy barbecued beans. The cookbook, edited by Warren’s cousin Candy Rowsey, is a compilation of “special recipes passed down through the Five Tribes families,” according to the introduction in a copy obtained by the Herald. Warren, who has been under fire for claiming Indian lineage despite a lack of documentation, is identified as “Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee” under each of five recipes she contributes in the...
  • At Harvard, Elizabeth Warren known as tough, demanding, dynamic prof; heritage claims 'ludicrous'

    05/13/2012 3:27:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Teaching her class at Harvard Law School one day, professor Elizabeth Warren called on a student who was unprepared. The student said, “I’ll pass.” Warren’s response was, “Not likely.” That story, passed from one class to the next about Warren, exemplifies the way colleagues and former students view the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Warren is known as a tough and demanding professor. She is also dynamic, well-prepared and treats each student as an individual, past students and colleagues say. “She expects a lot,” said Adam Levitin, a professor at Georgetown Law School who was a student...
  • Elizabeth Warren Ancestor Rounded Up Cherokees For Trail of Tears

    05/08/2012 12:36:19 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/8/12 | Michael Leahy
    For over a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Warren has described herself as a Native American. When recently asked to provide evidence of her ancestry, she pointed to an unsubstantiated claim on an 1894 Oklahoma Territory marriage license application by her great-great grand uncle William J. Crawford that his mother, O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford, Ms. Warren's great-great-great grandmother, was a Cherokee.After researching her story, it is obvious that her "family lore" is just fiction. As I pointed out in my article here on Sunday, no evidence supports this claim. O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford had no Cherokee heritage, was listed as...
  • Brown calls on Warren to reveal law school records

    05/08/2012 12:20:20 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/8/12 | Hillary Chabot
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown demanded that Elizabeth Warren release her law school applications and personnel files today, saying questions about Warren’s Native American heritage mean she must answer, “whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a professor.” The demand comes two days after the Massachusetts Republican Party called for Harvard to investigate potential “academic fraud” committed by Warren. “Serious questions have been raised about the legitimacy of Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Native American ancestry and whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a college professor. Her changing stories, contradictions and refusal to...
  • HARVARD NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAM: WARREN NEVER PARTICIPATED IN EVENTS

    05/08/2012 7:49:59 AM PDT · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/7/2012 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Shelly Lowe, executive director of Harvard University's Native American Program (HUNAP), told Breitbart News today that U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren had not, to her knowledge, participated in the program's events while Warren was a professor at Harvard. Last week, Warren explained that she had listed herself as Native American "in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am." However, she had not been involved in HUNAP, the most obvious avenue for meeting fellow Native American faculty and students. Warren, who is...
  • Harvard’s ‘populist’: Liz Warren’s pathetic pose

    04/30/2012 6:39:50 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/29/12 | Howie Carr
    BOSTON — There’s a reason why most would-be politicians start by running for lesser offices, as Massachusetts Democrats are finding to their chagrin this spring, as their anointed US Senate candidate springs one unpleasant surprise after another. Elizabeth Warren, a 62-year-old Harvard Law School professor, seemed to have all the right stuff to regain the lost Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy from Republican usurper Scott Brown. In this bluest of states, she remains competitive, out-fund-raising the incumbent 2 to 1 in the last quarter. In recent statewide polls, she’s been running even or slightly ahead. Yet her campaign...
  • Elizabeth Warren has no reservations on Native status (Is Warren Harvard's Ward Churchill?)

    04/30/2012 7:06:16 AM PDT · by Qbert · 39 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 28, 2012 | Hillary Chabot and Matt Stout
    Elizabeth Warren said yesterday she is “proud” of her Native American heritage and indicated she had no problem with Harvard Law School using her roots to claim her as a diversity hire, but her campaign still could not produce documents proving her lineage. “I am very proud of my Native American heritage, thank you,” said Warren when asked if she disapproved of the school counting her as a minority woman on the faculty. “These are my family stories ... This is our lives and I am very proud of that.” The Herald reported yesterday that Harvard Law School officials listed...
  • TIME MAG- Racism is Fun? Why Rick Perry's flirtation with birtherism is racist

    10/27/2011 9:01:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    TIME ^ | 10-27-11 | Touré
    Earlier this week, Rick Perry said, “It’s fun to poke at [Obama] a little bit and say, “Hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.”” And why shouldn’t he find birtherism fun? Racism is supposed to be fun for white people who choose to engage in it. I mean, it’s gotta be fun to be powerful and dominant and flaunt white privilege. Right? In a country where lynchings once doubled an occasion for barbeques — the strangling and perhaps burning of a Black body as the central performance act at a pleasant Southern picnic — why shouldn’t racism be...
  • Trump Bashes Obama, Questions Qualifications for Ivy League

    04/25/2011 2:52:31 PM PDT · by Baladas · 98 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2011 | Beth Fouhy
    NEW YORK -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested in an interview Monday that President Barack Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended. Trump, who is mulling a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, offered no proof for his claim but said he would continue to press the matter as he has the legitimacy of the president's birth certificate. "I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump said in an interview with The Associated...
  • Hawaii Democratic Party Refused To Certify Obama’s Eligibility

    09/20/2010 6:31:25 AM PDT · by csd · 40 replies
    Beforeitsnews.com ^ | Sep 20 2010 | Fellowship of Minds
    The national Democratic Party depends on the 50 state Democratic Parties to certify a presidential candidate’s eligibility. But Hawaii’s Democratic Party in 2008 refused to certify that Barack Hussein Obama was eligible for the presidency. Why are we finding out about this only now, 20 months into the Obama presidency? Given this, does this make the national Democratic Party’s certification of Obama null and void? Is there a constitutional lawyer out there who knows? Hello?
  • Assistant AG: Blumenthal lied about Vietnam

    06/08/2010 10:23:28 AM PDT · by raybbr · 11 replies · 14+ views
    NewHavenRegister.com ^ | June 08, 2010 | Ed Stannard
    An assistant attorney general in Richard Blumenthal’s office has sent a letter to the New Haven Register and other news media claiming that Blumenthal lied to him as long as 20 years ago about serving in Vietnam. Richard R. Hine of New Britain sent the letter, titled “A Marine’s Apology to Vietnam Veterans and their Families,” which the Register received this week. He writes that Blumenthal offered his private number to Hine and his daughter Allison when Hine, a Marine reservist, was called up to Operation Desert Storm, knowing that Hine was going through a divorce. “His act of kindness...
  • VIDEO: Obama Uses Same Joke As Bush At West Point Commencement

    05/25/2010 1:26:15 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 22 replies · 1,300+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 25, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    In 2002, George W. Bush said the following: West Point is guided by tradition, and in honor of the "Golden Children of the Corps," (applause) I will observe one of the traditions you cherish most. As the Commander-in-Chief, I hereby grant amnesty to all cadets who are on restriction for minor conduct offenses. (Applause.) Those of you in the end zone might have cheered a little early. (Laughter.) Because, you see, I'm going to let General Lennox define exactly what "minor" means. (Laughter.) During his commencement speech this weekend, Obama said this: "To the United States Corps of Cadets, and...
  • Blumenthal's lies betray whole era: Complex truth became a simple matter of shame

    05/25/2010 12:21:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 833+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 25th 2010 | Richard Cohen
    As a kid, an abiding fear, reinforced by movies and comic books, was that I would die on some foreign battlefield. I would become a casualty of the war that every generation of American men seemed destined to fight: World War I for our grandfathers and World War II for our fathers and Korea for our older brothers. Then came Vietnam, which is where many of my generation drew the line: "Hell no, we won't go," in the chant of the day. And I didn't. It turned out I didn't have to. Just luck. I enlisted in the 42nd Infantry...
  • Lone Protestor Calls for Prosecution (of Conn. A.G. Blumenthal)

    05/18/2010 3:15:20 PM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies · 701+ views
    CT News Junkie ^ | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Christine Stuart
    A lone protester paced the state Capitol parking lot Tuesday holding a U.S. Marine Corps flag and sign that read, “Prosecute Blumenthal Stolen Valor Act.” The protester, Jim Bancroft of Windsor Locks, says he served in as a U.S. Marine from 1977 to 1981 and claims that he has defended Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the past against accusations regarding his military service because during conversations, the two had Blumenthal had always said he served state-side as a reservist. While the two had nothing in common politically, “I thought he was a decent guy” until he watched the video,...
  • Apocalypse Dem: Blumenthal Retreats On War Claims

    05/18/2010 12:20:03 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 31 replies · 1,190+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 5/18/2010 | Sean Higgins
    In 2000, Slate magazine said of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal: “Blumenthal is blessed with every political virtue except recklessness and luck.” Well, we now know he has one, just not the other. Responding to the bombshell New York Times report that he lied about his military service record in various public speeches over the years, Blumenthal admitted Tuesday he has "misspoken" in claiming he served in Vietnam. From the AP:
  • Bombshell: Democratic Senate candidate lied about serving in Vietnam; Update: “Hit job”?

    05/17/2010 7:33:57 PM PDT · by curth · 28 replies · 1,279+ views
    Hot Air ^ | MAY 17, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Not just any Democratic Senate candidate, either. It’s Richard Blumenthal, current attorney general of Connecticut, whom Chris Dodd made way for by retiring earlier this year. He’s been leading all Republican challengers by upwards of 20 points in the polls and was considered a mortal lock to win the seat in November. Until now. Follow the link for the full background of his military history. The five deferments aren’t the problem. This is the problem: “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008....