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  • CIA Agents Who Were In Benghazi Warned By CIA: Keep Silent – “You Jeopardize Your Family”

    08/02/2013 8:14:41 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 31 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | Tim Brown
    On Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported that the Central Intelligence Agency is now pressuring agents who were on the ground in Benghazi, Libya on the night of September 11, 2012 to keep silent and not talk to Congress or the media. The Hill reports: The CIA allegedly had “dozens” of agency operatives on the ground at the U.S. diplomatic annex in Benghazi, Libya, during last year’s deadly terrorist attack that ended with the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Langley is taking extreme measures to mask the agency’s operations in Benghazi and in northern Libya at the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Weiner's brother Jason 'tried to silence Anthony's sexting partner...

    07/25/2013 3:11:19 PM PDT · by maggief · 107 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 25, 2013 | Rosie Taylor, David Martosko In Washington and Meghan Keneally
    Anthony Weiner’s brother Jason intervened in an effort to silence Sydney Leathers which left her ‘scared and shaken,’ MailOnline can reveal. Weiner’s brother acted as his ‘wingman’ in a damage control exercise that backfired spectacularly sparking the scandal now engulfing the mayoral candidate. This new revelation comes on the same day that the current New York City mayoral candidate has admitted that he had virtual relationships with three women since he resigned from Congress in 2011, and up to seven others before that. Ms Leathers, who reportedly wants to sell her story for $100,000, gave an interview to Inside Edition...
  • Could the $70 Million in IRS Bonuses Actually Be “Hush Money”?

    06/25/2013 7:57:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6-24-13 | Morgan Brittany
    As a follow up to my May 20th article, I have a new theory. The audacity and arrogance of our current government has reached heights that no one could have predicted. When the news came down last week that the IRS, while still under Congressional scrutiny was going to receive $70 million dollars in employee bonuses, I thought that I was listening to a late-show comedian telling a good joke. It was no joke however. The truth is that yes, as ridiculous as it sounds, the IRS is scheduled to receive $70 million MORE of tax money to pay them...
  • The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses

    06/20/2013 7:46:33 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    Business Insider - AP ^ | 6-20-2013 | ;Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
    The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated PressJune 20, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses. The Obama administration has ordered agencies to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts, but the IRS says it's merely following legal obligations under a union contract. The agency is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the...
  • Grassley: IRS to pay $70M in employee bonuses despite spending cuts [ Sequester Bonus time! ]

    06/19/2013 11:45:24 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | June 19 2013 | FNS
    The IRS is set to pay roughly $70 million in employee-union bonuses, contrary to an Obama administration directive to halt such rewards amid the deep, government-wide budget cuts known as sequestration. The apparent deal with the National Treasury Employees Union is scheduled for Wednesday and was made public by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley's office said the information came from a "person with knowledge of IRS budgetary procedures." The IRS is already facing widespread criticism, which started last month when IRS officials acknowledged that agents had improperly targeted Tea Party groups and conservative organizations for additional scrutiny...
  • Financier Eased Obama Aide's Path From Government

    09/18/2012 3:14:02 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Ruby Cramer
    President Obama's former traveling assistant got financial assistance on his departure from government from a New York financier who is a top Obama fundraiser. Reggie Love, Obama's former "body man" and a former Duke basketball star who the President has referred to as his "little brother" left the White House last November, and is on track to receive his MBA this December from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. In the meantime, Love has received money, three sources told BuzzFeed, from Orin Kramer, the managing partner of Boston Provident and a leading Democratic fundraiser who has raised more...
  • Wright: I “Made It Comfortable” For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

    05/16/2012 1:31:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 183 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-15-2012 | Jim Hoft
    In a shocking interview yesterday on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, author Ed Klein said Barack Obama’s former pastor helped Obama accept Christianity without having to renounce Islam. The Daily Caller reported: Klein also said Wright told him he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having renounce his “Islamic background,” which Klein said he has on tape. -snip- Klein spoke more on this in a separate interview with NewsMax: Klein says Obama originally sought out Wright to discuss community activism. “Quickly the conversations turned from picking up garbage on the street and getting streetlights put up on...
  • Ethics Watchdog Seeks Dismissal of Indictment Against John Edwards

    09/21/2011 8:07:14 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 21, 2011 | unattributed
    A government watchdog group famous for aggressively advocating prosecution against unethical lawmakers is seeking dismissal of a criminal case against former presidential candidate John Edwards. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, requested Wednesday to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of dismissing an indictment against Edwards for alleged violations of campaign finance law. “In the U.S., we don’t prosecute people for being loathsome, we prosecute them for violating the law,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said. “This case suggests some in the Department of Justice may have lost sight of this principle.” This is the first...
  • Jenn Sterger won't talk to NFL if she and Vikings' Brett Favre settle for money

    10/23/2010 1:03:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 58 replies
    The Pioneer Press ^ | 10/23/2010 | Jeremy Fowler
    Jenn Sterger, the subject of the NFL's investigation into Brett Favre's behavior, would decline the league's interview request if she and the Vikings quarterback reach a financial settlement that would prevent her from any potential legal action against Favre, the Pioneer Press has learned. The settlement would include a confidentiality agreement between the two that would effectively stop the NFL, which does not have subpoena power, from speaking with Sterger about Favre. The NFL began an investigation Oct. 8 after Deadspin.com reported that Favre allegedly had sent inappropriate messages and pictures to Sterger in 2008 when he was the New...
  • Elin Nordegren Gets $750M, Custody of Kids in Exchange for Silence in Tiger Woods Divorce

    06/30/2010 11:15:03 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 209 replies · 1+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6/30/10
    Tiger Woods is banned from letting girlfriends near his kids in a divorce deal netting his ex a record $750 million settlement, The Sun reported Wednesday. The golfer agreed to keep single women away from daughter Sam, three, and son Charlie, one. He can bring a new flame into their lives only if he marries her. In return, former wife Elin Nordegren ,30, gets the biggest payout ever seen in a celebrity divorce. But she can never publicly speak out over his alleged flings with socialite Rachel Uchitel, reality star Jaimee Grubbs, porn queen Joslyn James and up to 17...
  • Garn's bombshell blows away lawmakers

    03/13/2010 7:44:27 AM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies · 1,413+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 12, 2010 | Robert Gehrke
    It was June of 2002, just five days before the Republican primary for Utah's 1st Congressional District, and Kevin and Tanya Garn were frantically trying to reach Cheryl Maher. "Please, please call me," read an e-mail from Tanya Garn's "supermommie" account. "I know the most healing thing you can do is talk to me." Maher had been talking to reporters, alleging a 1985 encounter with Garn, her boss at the time, when she was 15 and he was 30 and married. Garn had resigned as Utah House majority leader a day before the flurry of e-mails began. On Thursday, a...
  • Cheryl Maher says Kevin Garn lied about hot tub contact

    03/13/2010 7:28:16 AM PST · by Colofornian · 172 replies · 3,145+ views
    Deseret News ^ | March 12, 2010 | Lee Davidson
    SALT LAKE CITY — Cheryl Maher said Friday that Utah House Majority Leader Kevin Garn is lying about having no physical contact with her when they went hot-tubbing in the nude when she was 15 years old. She also says they had a long-term relationship at that time and contends that he had affairs with others. Also, Garn may have violated election laws by not disclosing on federal forms that he paid Maher $150,000 in 2002 — the year he ran for Congress — to keep quiet. "He is not being completely honest," Maher told the Deseret News by telephone...
  • GOP leader's skinny-dip confession stuns Utah

    03/12/2010 1:44:56 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 1,156+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 12 | BROCK VERGAKIS
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A late-night confession by Utah's House majority leader about sitting nude in a hot tub with a minor 25 years ago has shocked this conservative state's political establishment but has not prompted calls from party leaders for him to resign. Rep. Kevin Garn, 55, acknowledged the indiscretion late Thursday immediately after the Legislature adjourned for the session. He said he paid the woman, Cheryl Maher, now 40, $150,000 to keep quiet about the episode when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2002.
  • Lawmaker admits to paying hush money to woman over hot tub incident

    03/12/2010 7:54:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies · 1,923+ views
    Provo Daily Herald ^ | March 11, 2010 | Joe Pyrah and Dan Weist
    Just moments after the close of the 2010 legislative session, House majority leader Kevin Garn dropped a bombshell in front of all his colleagues that eight years ago he paid a woman $150,000 to keep a hot tub incident quiet. That incident happened 25 years ago, he said. “Twenty-five years ago I made a mistake that has come back to haunt me,” said Garn as his wife sat quietly next to him. “I expect to suffer public humiliation and embarrassment.” Garn said there was no sexual contact with the girl who was “half his age” and that he has told...
  • Hush money plagues Garn says he gave woman $150,000

    03/12/2010 5:17:37 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 61 replies · 1,285+ views
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 03/11/2010 | Dan Weist
    Hush money plagues Garn / Representative says he gave woman $150,000 after 1985 nude incident in hot tub Statement from Representative Kevin Garn - Delivered from the floor of the House on March 11, 2010 SALT LAKE CITY -- A top leader in the Utah House of Representatives, Rep. Kevin Garn, 55, admits he paid a woman to keep quiet about an incident in a hot tub 25 years ago. Garn, a prominent Layton businessman, said Thursday he paid a former Cedar City woman $150,000 eight years ago and that the deal included a confidentiality agreement. "This came up eight...
  • Edwards Aide: I Gave FBI Copy of Sex Tape

    02/05/2010 5:13:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies · 1,252+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 5, 2010
    (AP) A former aide to John Edwards says in court documents that a copy of a sex tape featuring his former boss has been sent to the FBI. Andrew Young said Friday he has the original copy of the tape showing Edwards in a sexual encounter in a safe deposit box in Atlanta. He said a copy of the tape was sent to his Washington attorney, who turned it over to federal investigators. Young has said the tape shows Edwards and a woman he believes to be the two-time presidential candidate's mistress, Rielle Hunter. Federal investigators have been looking into...
  • How John Edwards used Wealthy Heiress to Fund Love-child Coverup

    01/31/2010 4:33:22 PM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 56 replies · 1,845+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 01.29.10 | Jim Morrill and Mark Johnson
    Payments from a wealthy heiress to the Mellon fortune through a Monroe, N.C., interior decorator helped subsidize the cover-up of John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter. The decorator, Bryan Huffman, eventually became the conduit for as much as $700,000 from Rachel "Bunny" Mellon – what the Edwards camp called "Bunny money" – to help cover the expenses of Rielle Hunter and Andrew Young, Edwards aide who claimed to be the father of her baby. Mellon's money was part of more than $1.5 million that Young told ABC News was used for the cover-up. He said the money paid for a...
  • TED KENNEDY: "I SLEPT WITH OVER A THOUSAND WOMEN!!"

    10/07/2009 1:36:27 PM PDT · by Harley · 111 replies · 5,864+ views
    National Enquirer ^ | Oct 7,2009 | National Enquirer
    Ted Kennedy slept with more than a thousand women - and spent at least $10 million in hush money over the years to keep his skirt-chasing a secret! The late senator made those sensational confessions in a chapter of his autobiography, but horrified family members and advisers cut them out. Before he died of brain cancer at age 77 on Aug. 25, the womanizing politician also revealed that he planned to seduce Mary Jo Kopechne on the night she drowned, said a close source. "While dictating his memoirs into a tape recorder, Ted decided to tell the whole truth about...
  • John Edwards' ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter, targeted by Elizabeth Edwards in blog comments - source

    09/27/2009 12:55:19 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies · 1,662+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 27 Sep 09 | Rush & Molloy
    Former presidential candidate John Edwards is said to be ready to admit that he fathered a love child. But Hades may have a skating rink before his wife, Elizabeth, signs off on such a confession. A source close to Elizabeth Edwards says the former Senator's wife is sniping at former Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter via an online pseudonym. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/09/27/2009-09-27_john_edwards_exmistress_rielle_hunter_targeted_by_elizabeth_edwards_in_blog_comm.html#ixzz0SL2aaST3 Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/09/27/2009-09-27_john_edwards_exmistress_rielle_hunter_targeted_by_elizabeth_edwards_in_blog_comm.html#ixzz0SL2aaST3 As a grand jury in North Carolina considers whether Edwards misused campaign funds to cover up the scandal, Elizabeth still can't abide his former mistress, Rielle Hunter. Word is Elizabeth vehemently opposed the plan, now in...
  • NRSC paid son of woman in Ensign affair

    06/17/2009 4:25:15 PM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 751+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/17/09 | John Breshnahan
    The son of the couple at the center of the sex scandal that has engulfed Sen. John Ensign was being paid by National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2008 at the same time his mother was having an affair with the Nevada Republican. Both Doug and Cynthia Hampton were already working in senior positions for Ensign when their son Brandon Hampton was hired to do “research policy consulting” for the NRSC in March 2008. The younger Hampton, 19, was paid $5,400 before he left the Ensign office in August last year, Federal Election Commission records show. That means during March and...
  • John Edwards is a cad, his wife's a partner in grime

    05/06/2009 8:12:23 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 35 replies · 1,604+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, May 6th 2009 | Michael Goodwin
    The news that federal prosecutors are investigating John Edwards' presidential campaign payments to his mistress brings a sense of satisfaction. The phoniest man in American politics is finally getting the comeuppance he so richly deserves. With his $400 haircuts and investments in predatory lenders, all while saying ending poverty was a "moral issue" and the "cause of my life," Edwards set new standards for hypocrisy as he sought the Democratic nomination. His contrived compassion was a joke among rivals. And that was before we learned he had an affair with a campaign aide. Yet any sense of justice served is...
  • John Edwards Acknowledges To Newspaper That He Is Being Investigated

    05/04/2009 8:41:26 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 635+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 3, 2009 | David Goodhue
    Washington, DC (AHN) - Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards acknowledged to a North Carolina newspaper that federal investigators are looking into whether campaign funds were used to hush up an affair he was having with a videographer hired by his campaign.Edwards told the Raleigh News & Observer that he has "made available to the United States both the people and the information necessary to help [investigators] get the issue resolved efficiently and in a timely manner." He would not discuss the issue with the newspaper. Sheila Krumholz, the executive director of the campaign watchdog group Open...
  • Feds are looking at Edwards' campaign

    05/03/2009 4:55:38 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 53 replies · 3,869+ views
    charlotteobserver. ^ | 5/03/2009 | Mandy Locke
    RALEIGH Federal investigators are sifting through the records of money that helped John Edwards' presidential campaign to determine if any was used to keep quiet his affair with Rielle Hunter. Edwards, a Democrat and former U.S. senator, acknowledged the investigation to The News & Observer. “I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly,” Edwards said in a statement. “However, I know that it is the role of government to ensure that this is true. We have made available to the United States both the people and the information necessary to help them get the issue resolved...
  • Mahoney's wife files for divorce

    10/20/2008 5:06:20 PM PDT · by WilliamReading · 64 replies · 1,469+ views
    The wife of Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney filed for divorce today, one week after news broke that Mahoney had an affair with a former staffer and paid her $121,903 to stop a threatened lawsuit. Terry Mahoney filed papers at the North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens, which said the marriage is "irretrievably broken". Terry Mahoney filed for divorce from her husband, Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, who put his mistress on his congressional and campaign payrolls and then paid $121,903 to hush her threatened lawsuit. She appeared with her husband, but did not speak last Tuesday when Mahoney...
  • Fla. Congressman said to be involved in 2nd affair (Democrat)

    10/15/2008 10:07:20 AM PDT · by pissant · 24 replies · 873+ views
    My Way News ^ | 10/15/08 | Brian Skoloff
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A married congressman who faces accusations that he had an affair with a former aide and paid her to keep quiet about it also was having an affair with a second woman around the same time, a person close to his campaign told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Details of the second affair came hours after Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney held a news conference to address a story, first reported by ABC News, that he had been involved with the former aide. Mahoney acknowledged he had caused "embarrassment and heartache" to his family...
  • FBI Reported to Begin Probe of Florida Congressman

    10/14/2008 7:44:32 PM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 1,031+ views
    ABC ^ | Oct 14. 2008 | EMMA SCHWARTZ, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and VIC WALTER
    The FBI has reportedly begun its own preliminary investigation into an ABC News report that West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL) hired an alleged mistress to work on his official staff and then paid her $121,000 to keep her from going public and filing suit after she was fired. -snip It would be unusual but not unprecedented for the FBI to open an investigation into a member of Congress three weeks before the election.
  • Report: Rep. Mahoney Settles Suit With Ex-Mistress (D-FL)(Schadenfreude Alert!)

    10/13/2008 1:01:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 703+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/13/2008
    Rep. Tim Mahoney paid $121,000 to a former mistress who worked on his staff and sued him after he threatened her job when she tried to end the relationship, former and current staff aides told ABC News on Monday. Mahoney, D-Fla., won his congressional seat in 2006 after Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican, was forced to resign in the wake of a scandal involving a congressional page. According to ABC News, Mahoney, who is married, started an affair with Patricia Allen while campaigning against Foley on a morality platform. Allen came on to his staff after he won the election...
  • Baron stays in politics despite Edwards scandal

    08/27/2008 2:35:08 PM PDT · by pollwatcher · 1 replies · 175+ views
    dallasnews.com ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2008 | DAVE MICHAELS
    WASHINGTON – John Edwards' political career is probably not coming back. But Fred Baron insists he is not going away. The Dallas trial lawyer, both celebrated and vilified as the King of Toxic Torts, made a handsome living confronting big companies on behalf of sick and some not-so-sick plaintiffs. He's a lightning rod again, after admitting he paid to move the presidential candidate's mistress away from prying tabloid reporters. He says political enemies will try to use the episode against his efforts to elect Democratic candidates in Texas....
  • John Edwards Scandal: NEW -Hunter Stayed in Obama, Edwards Donor House in Virgin Islands

    08/20/2008 12:22:41 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 22 replies · 526+ views
    DBKP ^ | August 20, 2008 | Mondoreb and LBG
    Edwards STILL Covering Up Affair and Money * Rille Hunter and Frances Quinn Hunter Pix * Team of Six Edwards Donor Lawyers Assisting * Hunter and Baby Stayed in Virgin Islands with Edwards and Obama Donor, Attorney Lee Rohn* Edwards and Hunter Slept Together the "First Night They Met" [Click all images to enlarge.] More bombshells for John Edwards and associates to deal with: the National Enquirer's latest print issue has published even more damaging information on the John Edwards Scandal. Included on their website, "JOHN EDWARDS BLOCKBUSTER NEW EXPOSE!", is information that will be sure to prompt new questions...
  • Lawyers’ Ties in Edwards Case Suggest Extent of Hiding Affair (NY Times jumps in with both feet)

    08/14/2008 9:52:59 PM PDT · by Scarchin · 33 replies · 216+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 15, 2008 | SERGE F. KOVALESKI and MIKE MCINTIRE
    snip-The revelations of ties among the lawyers emerged through public records and interviews with people close to Mr. Edwards and Ms. Hunter, which suggested that their affair went on longer than Mr. Edwards admitted and that the effort to conceal it by Mr. Edwards’s inner circle was much more extensive than has been reported. The review found that Mr. Edwards’s political action committee went to unusual lengths to make a final $14,000 payment to Ms. Hunter’s film company months after its contract with the committee had ended. The payment was issued while the committee was short on cash and could...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 08-15-08 ("The Edwards Disaster Is Not Going Away")

    08/15/2008 5:06:38 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 109 replies · 155+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | August 15, 2008 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!!! NOT GOING TO HEAR IT!!! HANDS OVER MY EARS! That is the attitude of the KOmmies to another KOmmie who had the Kewpie Doll moment of posting that the Edwards scandal disaster is NOT going away as you can see in this THREAD titled "The Edwards Disaster Is Not Going Away." In fact, with the way the National Enquirer is releasing the information on this scandal, it threatens to overshadow the Democrat convention. The big money man at the center of the John Edwards scandal, Fred Baron, is also a big fundraiser for Barack Obama. Also this scandal...
  • Edwards' Camp Funneled Money To Mistress' Firm ["This is a very elaborate cover-up.....]

    08/15/2008 5:27:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 165+ views
    Edwards' Camp Funneled Money To Mistress' Firm Reporting Marcia Kramer NEW YORK (CBS) ― John Edwards and his associates went to great lengths to keep his affair a secret, even moving thousands of dollars in campaign funds around to keep things quiet. The latest questions surrounding the Edwards affair involve efforts to funnel money to his paramour, Rielle Hunter, months after she had stopped working for him. The Edwards campaign wanted the money to come from his political action committee, but the committee was out of cash, so the money had to be handled and manipulated carefully. In April of...
  • Fred Baron Has a ‘Brief Recollection of Giving Someone Cash’

    08/15/2008 9:38:50 AM PDT · by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast · 3 replies · 141+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 08/15/08 | NY Magazine staff
    "I have this recollection of somebody asking me for lawyers in New York, and I remember naming three or four, and he must have been one of them," Mr. Baron said. Referring to Ms. Hunter, he added, "It was either her who called or somebody on her behalf." ...
  • Edwards' Ally Explains $14,000 Payment To Mistress

    08/15/2008 2:11:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 26 replies · 180+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Aug 2008 | PETE YOST and DAVID SCOTT
    WASHINGTON - John Edwards' political action committee paid his mistress $14,000 after she stopped working for it to obtain 100 hours of unused videotape she had shot for his unsuccessful presidential campaign, an associate told The Associated Press on Thursday. The woman, Rielle Hunter, already had been paid $100,000 for the programs. The explanation — which Edwards' advisers declined to discuss on the record — is the first effort to justify the payment in April 2007 to Hunter. That payment came months before Edwards' chief fundraiser quietly began sending money himself to the pregnant woman. Edwards last week acknowledged he...
  • Report: $$ Still Flows To Edwards' Ex (Did This Have To Be Reported To The IRS? Was It?

    08/13/2008 3:53:25 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies · 141+ views
    CBS News ^ | 8/13/2008 | Staff
    Former presidential candidate John Edwards knew his ex-mistress, Reille Hunter, was receiving payments from his former campaign finance chairman, according to the National Enquirer, the publication that broke the story of Edwards' affair. What's more, says the Enquirer, it has "uncovered that Edwards' political operatives are still paying" Hunter. After months of denials, Edwards admitted to the affair, but vehemently denied fathering a baby with Hunter, or knowing she was being paid. Edwards said, "I've never paid a dime of money to any of the people that are involved. I've never asked anybody to pay a dime of money, never...
  • Edwards' bag man says he's only known about affair for a few weeks

    08/13/2008 3:21:38 PM PDT · by Chucky is a girlie man · 48 replies · 177+ views
    Fred Baron now claims that he moved Young and Hunter, gave them money, but didn't know about the affair until a few weeks ago... The former campaign finance chairman for John Edwards said this morning he was unaware of Edwards' affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter when he paid to move her to California last year. In an e-mail this morning to The News & Observer, Dallas lawyer Fred Baron wrote, "I will re-state what I have previously stated on one point: I learned of the affair only a few weeks ago and had previously presumed that the 'tabloid' stuff...
  • Edwards Scandal Puts Texas Plaintiffs Lawyer on the Defensive (& who is supporting John's kid now?)

    08/12/2008 4:23:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies · 193+ views
    Biz .Yahoo ^ | 8/12/08 | Zach Lowe
    Edwards Scandal Puts Texas Plaintiffs Lawyer on the DefensiveTuesday August 12, 3:02 am ET Zach Lowe, The American Lawyer Dallas-area Democrats defended Fred Baron on Monday, saying his loyalty to his friends and passion for Democratic politics were behind his payments to John Edwards' mistress and the Edwards campaign worker who has identified himself as the father of her child. Baron, a trial lawyer who became one of the kings of asbestos litigation, has admitted paying Rielle Hunter and former Edwards campaign staffer Andrew Young's relocation expenses when they moved out of North Carolina and into million-dollar homes in California...
  • Fred Baron, the Man Who Moved Edwards’s Mistress

    08/12/2008 12:11:46 PM PDT · by pollwatcher · 33 replies · 170+ views
    WSJ blogs ^ | August 11, 2008 | Ashby Jones
    As most of you know, John Edwards is a lawyer. But that fact alone probably wouldn’t give us subject-matter jurisdiction over the bizarro story involving him and video producer Rielle Hunter (pictured, left). Fortunately, however, Fred Baron (pictured, below right) gives us the in we need. The dealio: In the midst of the weekend’s news that Edwards had had an affair with Hunter, news also broke that someone had paid not only for Hunter to move from Chapel Hill, N.C., to Santa Barbara, Calif., but for the man who claims to be the father of her child, Andrew Young, to...
  • Fox News - The fix in in

    08/11/2008 4:57:02 PM PDT · by Chucky is a girlie man · 60 replies · 126+ views
    So...I come home from work, expecting to see the latest on the investigation into the Edwards cover-up, tax fraud, election and charitable contributions fraud, etc. and turn on Fox News. There was NOTHING on this story...but an ad during every commercial break for the law firm of Baron & Budd.
  • Edwards aide paid paramour to split

    08/10/2008 10:28:56 PM PDT · by pissant · 27 replies · 259+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/11/08 | staff
    RALEIGH, N.C. - There were few people closer to John Edwards during his presidential campaigns than Fred Baron, a renowned Texas trial lawyer who evolved into one of the Democratic Party’s key fund-raisers. Baron, who made his fortune as a celebrated litigator on asbestos-injury cases before turning his attention to Democratic presidential tickets, was part of Edwards’ inner circle of advisers. But when it came to one key financial decision, Baron said he chose to keep the former senator out of the loop. On Friday, after Edwards confessed to having an affair with Rielle Hunter, a video producer with whom...
  • Why Edwards is really in trouble...It's the money, stupid.

    08/10/2008 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Chucky is a girlie man · 37 replies · 151+ views
    Aug 10, 2008 | Chuckie is a girlymon
    Yes, it's great to have one more example of hypocrisy and lack of virtue in the Democratic Party made public, but we shouldn't let this story devolve into just "another politician screws up, fathers illegitimate baby" meme. Yes, it's rather "con-veeeee-nient" that Edwards says, with a smug, self-assured smile, that he will gladly submit to a paternity test and Rielle Hunter says, "No way, no how," but is being named the father or not really what this latest cover-up is about?
  • Dallas lawyer Fred Baron: I paid Edwards' mistress to leave

    08/08/2008 4:34:01 PM PDT · by smokinleroy · 24 replies · 186+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/8/08 | GROMER JEFFERS JR.
    Dallas lawyer Fred Baron told The Dallas Morning News today that he made regular payments to the woman that former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards has confessed to having an affair with. Mr. Baron, who was chairman of Mr. Edwards’ presidential campaign finance committee, said he paid money to Rielle Hunter to move from North Carolina to another location.
  • Dallas lawyer Fred Baron: I paid John Edwards' mistress to leave North Carolina

    08/08/2008 4:12:57 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 83 replies · 273+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/8/08 | GROMER JEFFERS JR.
    Dallas lawyer Fred Baron told The Dallas Morning News today that he made regular payments to the woman that former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards has confessed to having an affair with. Mr. Baron, who was chairman of Mr. Edwards’ presidential campaign finance committee, said he paid money to Rielle Hunter to move from North Carolina to another location. He said she and another campaign aide, Andrew Young, who claimed paternity of Ms. Hunter’s child, were being dogged by tabloid reporters who believed she had an affair with Mr. Edwards and fathered his child. Mr. Baron would not say how...
  • Huckabee's Record: Freed a Rapist Who Became a Killer, etc...

    11/28/2007 1:34:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 657+ views
    The Brad Blog ^ | November 28, 2007 | Jon Ponder
    Huckabee's Record: Freed a Rapist Who Became a Killer, Destroyed Gov't Hard Drives, Raised Taxes, Misappropriated Funds Extremist Religious Views Appeal to Christian Nationalists But Will Repel Normal Voters in the General Dems Should Pray He's on the Ticket Recent polls show that Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and Baptist preacher, is rising in popularity in Iowa, where he is cutting into Mitt Romney's lead. (Romney has 28 percent, Huckabee has 24 percent in the ABC news survey; Romney is at 27 percent and Huckabee's at 18 percent in the local KCCI-TV poll.) He's also moving up in...
  • Hedge fund hires disgraced former Clinton adviser

    03/14/2006 5:14:25 PM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 18 replies · 842+ views
    Sandy Berger, former national security adviser to ex-president Bill Clinton, is poised to join hedge fund DB Zwirn as a special adviser.DB Zwirn, a US-based investment fund, is thought to have hired Mr Berger to gain access to his network of business and government contacts as it eyes new investment opportunities. The hedge fund, whose strategies include investing in M&A arbitrage, debt and mezzanine finance, is considering making infrastructure asset investments. Mr Berger would be expected to help with introductions to various government officials.Mr Berger served as deputy assistant to the US president for national security during Mr Clinton's first...
  • PREZ BILL KEPT DOZENS OF FOREIGN GIFTS SECRET

    10/10/2002 12:00:03 AM PDT · by kattracks · 38 replies · 1,306+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/10/02 | VINCENT MORRIS
    <p>October 10, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton was showered with pricey gifts while he was in office from the leaders of Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, but he didn't disclose them because they were earmarked for his presidential library in Arkansas, a new report yesterday revealed.</p>
  • Scientology Money Talks

    08/23/2002 7:18:47 PM PDT · by ASDFGHJK · 16 replies · 313+ views
    The St. Petersburg (FL) Times ^ | 08/23/02 | WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE, Times Staff Writer
    Ex-medical examiner unable to testify Joan Wood has resurfaced, but says stress prevents her from appearing in court about several murder cases. By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE, Times Staff Writer © St. Petersburg Times published August 23, 2002 GAINESVILLE -- Dr. Joan Wood virtually disappeared after she was forced into retirement as Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner in late 2000. She dodged subpoenas to testify in murder cases about autopsies. She didn't answer her phone or knocks on her front door. To this day, defense attorneys can't locate her. Defense attorney Michael Schwartzberg of St. Petersburg said he has never had so much...
  • Pardongate Witness 'Rolls Over' for Hillary

    07/11/2002 3:32:36 PM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 32 replies · 294+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | July 11, 2002 | Carl Limbacher
    It looks as if Pardongate witness Paul Adler has decided to pull a Webster Hubbell and "roll over one more time" rather than finger New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the New Square, N.Y., vote-trading scam. Adler, a Hillary 2000 fund-raiser who doubled as Mrs. Clinton's liaison to New York's Jewish community, was sentenced yesterday to 19 months in prison on influence peddling and tax fraud charges - by the same federal prosecutors who recently had to abandon their Pardongate case against Sen. Clinton. The feds had hoped that Adler would be a key witness against the former first lady,...
  • Multimillionaire Clintons Make Good on Hush Money Pledge

    06/15/2002 4:26:34 PM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 20 replies · 474+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | SaturdayJune 15, 2002 | Carl Limbacher
    Bill and Hillary Clinton have finally made good on a 1996 pledge to pay off witnesses who stuck by them throughout the scandal investigations of the 1990's, according to financial disclosure forms released by Sen. Clinton's office on Friday. Beyond showing that the former first couple now has a multimillion dollar annual income with up to $30 million in the bank, the disclosure forms reveal that the Clintons paid in excess of $1.3 million in legal bills from an account separate from their legal defense fund, with a portion of that money going to former staffers. Ostensibly, the staffer payments...
  • 1980 Letter from Weakland to Marcoux

    05/23/2002 7:47:09 PM PDT · by Palladin · 27 replies · 339+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 23, 2002 | Rembert Weakland
    1980 Letter from Weakland to Marcoux The following is a transcription of a hand-written letter from Archbishop Rembert Weakland to Paul Marcoux, dated Aug. 25, 1980. A handwriting analyst who reviewed the letter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concluded it is done in Weakland's handwriting. It was sent inside a card with the following quote: Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words. - George Eliot August 25, 1980 Dear Paul, The epigram on the cover is more to stir me on than an expression of where - pro...