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  • Storm gathers around Clinton finances

    04/21/2015 5:08:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2015 | Niall Stanage with Jordan Fabian
    The financial portfolio of Hillary Clinton, her family and the Clinton Foundation is under new scrutiny, worrying some Democrats, as the former secretary of State begins her 2016 campaign. The New York Times fired the starting pistol on another round of stories about the Clinton finances with a story on Monday morning describing a forthcoming book, Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s conservative Hoover Institution. The Times called the tome “the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.” The book’s allegations were summed up in the author’s own words: “We...
  • McDonald's owner gets 9 years for running pot ring

    04/19/2015 4:07:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4-19-15 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A Whitefish Bay man was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Friday for running a large-scale marijuana distribution ring through his three North Shore McDonald's restaurants. Prosecutors say Edward G. Patterson, 40, recruited his employees and a fellow Little League dad into the conspiracy, carried a gun and, once in jail, tried to hire someone to murder informants who helped agents make the case against him. According to court records, he had started at the bottom of the McDonald's career ladder, worked his way up in the family business from laborer to manager and eventually took an ownership stake...
  • Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 bid Sunday with video

    04/10/2015 8:30:23 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/10/15 | Brianna Keilar and Jeff Zeleny
    Hillary Clinton is planning to launch her presidential candidacy on Sunday through a video message on social media, a person close to her campaign-in-waiting tells CNN, followed immediately by traveling to early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire to start making her case to voters. The trip to Iowa, where a third-place finish in 2008 ultimately led to the collapse of her presidential aspirations, illustrates what aides say is a commitment to not take anything for granted in her second bid for the White House, even though she dominates the likely Democratic field in 2016. Clinton has already filmed her...
  • New Justice Dept. policy allows authorities to seize suspicious bank accounts

    03/31/2015 3:50:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Maggie Ybarra
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has crafted a new policy that would allow government officials to seize bank accounts involved in financial structuring schemes prior to filing criminal charges against the individuals who own those accounts. The new policy stems from the Justice Department’s ongoing review of its asset forfeiture program. The policy is aimed at preventing criminals from making a series of currency transactions under a certain monetary threshold in order to evade reporting the transaction to the authorities, according to a department statement. Those types of transactions typically lead to “the most serious illegal banking transactions” and occur...
  • Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

    03/30/2015 2:32:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 March 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Two former federal agents accused of stealing bitcoins have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Carl Force, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service special agent, were both part of a Baltimore task force investigating Silk Road, the online marketplace often labeled the eBay of the drug trade. Force was given the task of establishing communications with Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," the San Francisco man who has been linked to Silk Road. Ulbricht was convicted last month...
  • ‘Game The system’? Nonprofits, Including Farrakhan-Tied Group, Enjoy Windfall From Farm Subsidies

    03/09/2014 5:13:21 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-9-2014 | Emily Boyd Walker
    'Game The system’? Nonprofits, Including Farrakhan-Tied Group, Enjoy Windfall From Farm Subsidies Published March 09, 2014 FoxNews.com, Emily Boyd Walker Several nonprofits that have little to do with farming or are in poor standing with their local governments have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past decade, federal records show. They include an Islamic charity tied to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a Midwestern group devoted to waterfowl habitat, and a major conservation group with few farms to its name. The group tied to Farrakhan, called the Three Year Economic Saving Program, has...
  • Chickens Coming Home To Roost: Rev. Wright’s Daughter Headed To Prison

    02/23/2015 6:18:45 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/23/15 | DEREK HUNTER
    Jeri Wright, the 48-year-old daughter of President Barack Obama’s mentor and former pastor Jeremiah Wright, is heading to jail. Free on bail while awaiting sentencing for money laundering in connection to a government-funded jobs training program, a U.S. District Court Judge found “there was probable cause to believe Wright committed a separate theft while on bail, thereby violating terms of her supervised release.” The new charges against Wright involve more sketchy bookkeeping. The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Prosecutors now say Wright was taking part in another scheme — this one involving ghost payrolling — even as she was standing trial. Between...
  • HSBC whistleblower spills Lynch evidence to Senate (Massive drug, terrorism scandal)

    02/19/2015 6:12:19 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/18/15 | Jerome Corsi
    NEW YORK – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday conducted a two-hour session with HSBC whistleblower John Cruz in its investigation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s role in the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute the banking giant for laundering funds for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists, WND sources have confirmed. WND was first to report in a series of articles beginning in 2012 charges by Cruz, a former HSBC vice president and relationship manager, based on his more than 1,000 pages of evidence and secret audio recordings. The staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee focused Wednesday...
  • HSBC Bank: Secret Origins To Laundering The World's Drug Money

    02/16/2015 9:30:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/16/15 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by the Drug Trafficking & Narco-Terrorism Department of GreatGameIndia HSBC Bank : Secret Origins To 26/11 Mumbai Attacks#SwissLeaks what the media has termed it is a trove of secret documents from HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm that reveals names of account holders and their balances for the year 2006-07. They come from over 200 countries, the total balance over $100 billion. But nowhere has the HSBC Swiss list touched off a more raging political debate than in India.That’s why to obtain and investigate the Indian names, The Indian Express partnered in a three-month-long global project with the Washington-based International...
  • Senator probes Obama's Launder-gate 'cover-up'

    02/12/2015 7:32:33 AM PST · by yoe · 9 replies
    WND ^ | February 11, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has opened an investigation he believes could threaten the confirmation of Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, Loretta Lynch. After his staff quizzed (a whistleblower) provided by WND, the office of Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced it is investigating why Lynch, in her capacity as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, allowed banking giant HSBC to avoid criminal prosecution of bank officers and other employees. HSBC paid a hefty fine, instead, for laundering uncounted billions of dollars of illegal drug and terrorist money through its U.S. bank...
  • Egyptian Democratic Coalition Responds to Obama

    08/19/2013 3:24:27 AM PDT · by iontheball · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 19, 2013 | Free Egyptians Party
    The National Salvation Front, a coalition of pro-democratic and secular parties in Egypt, set out its objections to remarks made by President Barack Obama Thursday on the escalating violence in Egypt. Led by Ahmed Said of the Free Egyptians Party, the group issued the following letter: "Like most Egyptians, we listened with attention to your statement on Egypt's latest developments. As representatives of the non-Islamic political forces in Egypt, we believe in the same fundamental values on which the U.S. was founded. Be we also have 7,000 years of civilization and history that give us a special identity that we...
  • Wind Must Cut Costs in Face of Cheap Crude

    01/18/2015 6:41:24 PM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Renewable Energy World ^ | January 16, 2015 | Richard Heap
    Crude oil prices have dropped to their lowest levels for six years, at under $50 a barrel. If they stay low throughout 2015 then it will cause headaches for the wind sector. This is one of the findings of our latest report, Wind Finance 2015. There are many reasons why oil prices have crashed, including the parlous state of the eurozone; slowing growth in China; and the decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to maintain high levels of production to put pressure on rivals, including fracking and renewables. The major risk for wind investors is that prolonged low...
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • We Couldn’t Even Make This Up: Dem Senator Was Just Arrested For Gun Running

    03/28/2014 9:01:08 AM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    WesternJournalism.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    Many leftist politicians who want to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights say their position is based on concern for the safety of citizens. Somehow, they contend, forcing law-abiding gun-owners to give up their weapons will result in street gangs following suit. According to a recently unsealed affidavit, however, one state senator in California allegedly wanted to curtail gun rights for everyone except violent gangsters. State Sen. Leland Yee, the court documents state, was the subject of an FBI raid that led to his arrest Wednesday along with 25 other individuals. Among those arrested was Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow,...
  • Midamar corporate officers indicted on 92 counts involving misbranding Halal beef products

    12/06/2014 12:20:22 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | December 5, 2014 | Trish Mehaffey
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Corporate officers of Midamar Corp. and Islamic Services of America in Cedar Rapids were indicted on 92 federal charges Friday, involving mislabeling of Halal beef products and falsifying documents. Jalel Aossey, 40 and brother William “Yahya” Aossey, 44, both of Cedar Rapids, and each of the businesses are charged with one count of conspiracy to make and use materially false statements and documents; sell misbranded meat; and commit wire fraud. Their father William Aossey, 73, founder of Midamar, was charged with 19 similar counts last month. His trial was just reset to March 9. According to the...
  • Remember Solyndra? Those loans are making money (o rly?)

    11/13/2014 6:54:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | November 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM | Max Ehrenfreund
    Lost in the hubbub following President Obama’s climate agreement with China was a smaller bit of surprising environmental news Wednesday: the Department of Energy’s loan program is expected to make money for taxpayers. Most people are familiar with the program because of Solyndra, a solar-panel manufacturer that went bankrupt in 2011 after borrowing $528 million from the federal government. […] You can’t avoid defaults when you lend money, though, and on balance, the loans are being repaid. A report released in the next several days will give the department’s first estimates of how the program is performing financially: the loans...
  • Scandal-Ridden Alejandro Mayorkas Now Contender to Replace Holder: Same Old Same old

    11/06/2014 9:13:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ian Smith
    This week the New York Post [1] reported that Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has emerged as a leading contender for the top spot at DOJ. The race to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has included the controversial Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and like Perez, MayorkasÂ’ tenure in the federal government is filled with a considerable amount of ethics-defying shadiness.Prior to taking his current position as the number two man at DHS, Mayorkas was head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is mandated to administer the biggest immigration system in the world...
  • White House Ebola Czar Was ‘Key Player’ In Solyndra Scandal

    10/17/2014 6:54:26 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 17, 2014 | Ales Griswold
    Ron Klain, the newly appointed White House Ebola response coordinator, was one of the senior White House officials who advised that President Obama should visit solar power company Solyndra in 2011, despite an auditor raising red flags about the company’s finances. According to The Washington Post, Klain was one of the “key players” in the scandal while he worked for Vice President Joe Biden: “Ron Klain, then Biden’s chief of staff, dismissed auditor’s concerns about Solyndra’s solvency, reasoning that all innovative companies come with risk.”
  • Former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan suspected of laundering $1.5million

    09/08/2014 5:42:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    [The Daily] Mail Online ^ | September 8, 2014 | Associated Press
    A former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan was being investigated by U.S. authorities for suspected money laundering through his wife's bank account. The suspicions center on Zalmay Khalilzad's alleged transfer of $1.5 million in May 2013 to an account in Vienna owned by Cheryl Benard.
  • Crackdown on US dollar money laundering boosts Chinese renminbi bid to replace dollar

    09/03/2014 4:59:59 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 15 replies
    Banking Technology ^ | 3 September 2014 | Banking Tech
    Money launderers will increasingly move away from the US dollar to the renminbi as US authorities continue to crack down on international banks’ AML systems [says] Freddie McMahon, director of strategy & innovation at Anomaly42, a specialist in AML and terrorist financing. “The dollar is becoming increasingly high risk and it’s a level of risk money launderers are proving less willing to take...the renminbi is off the beaten track and affords a new level of camouflage for criminal transactions." “The irony is that proactively countering the money launderers represents an unprecedented opportunity for the Chinese authorities to make the renminbi...
  • African leader of Obama’s Africa summit from bank that violated money-laundering regulations

    08/06/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/6/14 | Scher
    THE ROTHSCHILDS One of the African leaders at the forefront of President Barack Obama’s Africa summit headed a bank that was fined eight figures for violating money-laundering regulations and is closely associated with the foundations of liberal billionaire George Soros and the Clinton family. Nigerian Tony Elumelu—a “banking titan” and one of Africa’s richest men—is acting as a spokesperson for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit this week. He penned an op-ed last week in the Wall Street Journal calling the event a “defining moment” for both the African continent and “for the United States as it formally recognizes the strategic importance...
  • Helvetians Resist Being Taken to Task for Hands Caught in the Cookie Jar

    07/09/2014 10:29:30 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Tax Justice Network ^ | 1/27/2014 | Unknown Tax Justice Network Correspondant
    Show trial of Swiss whistleblower Elmer now in 9th year "Ex-Swiss Banker Charged With Giving Data to WikiLeaks" (prohibited Bloomberg article, find in Search) …a Swiss court fought back against efforts by the United States to tackle criminal activity and tax its wealthy citizens properly. As Worldwide Tax Daily reports:“A Swiss court on January 6 held that Switzerland’s Federal Tax Administration (FTA) “unlawfully granted” a U.S. request for client data from private banking group Julius Baer, saying it did not meet the requirements for an administrative assistance request under the Switzerland-U.S. income tax treaty.”This is the latest episode in a...
  • Clinton: Speaking fees 'donated'

    07/04/2014 1:27:34 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 4, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    Hillary Clinton on Friday defended her six-figure speaking fees, saying she's donated all the money earned from colleges over the past year to her family's foundation. “All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” she told ABC News on Friday. The former secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential contender reportedly charges about $200,000 for speaking engagements. Clinton recently drew fire from University of Nevada Las Vegas students who threatened to protest an upcoming fundraiser she's...
  • After conviction, Ray Nagin must forfeit $500K

    05/27/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 5:14 PM EDT
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will have to pay the government more than $501,000 as a result of his conviction on bribery and other charges, a federal judge said Tuesday. Nagin was convicted in February on 20 counts including bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy during his two terms as mayor. The Democrat served from 2002 to 2010 and was known his impassioned pleas for help for the city after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. …
  • Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

    05/22/2014 1:55:42 PM PDT · by mgist · 25 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/202/14 | John Burnett
    The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The State Department reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities. And Sinaloa is reportedly the richest, most powerful of them all, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The capture last month of the Mexican druglord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman has cast a spotlight on the smuggling empire he built. One key to the Sinaloa Cartel's success has been to use the global banking...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Democracy Alliance Network Revealed

    05/19/2014 12:01:08 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 19 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Funding ‘snapshot’ details nearly $40 million in Alliance support for 20 groups this year A secretive dark money group backed by George Soros and other liberal mega-donors is looking to steer nearly $40 million to left-wing groups in 2014 to support high-profile political and policy efforts, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The documents reveal for the first time the Democracy Alliance’s full portfolio of supported organizations, a large network of powerful liberal groups looking to win key electoral and legislative victories. The Democracy Alliance connects major Democratic donors with some of the largest and most influential...
  • Daughter of Jeremiah Wright Convicted in Fraud Scheme

    05/18/2014 2:32:38 PM PDT · by wmileo · 33 replies
    NBCNEWS.COM ^ | March 8, 2014 | REUTERS
    CHICAGO — The daughter of President Barack Obama's former pastor was convicted on Friday of laundering thousands of dollars from a state grant for a Chicago-area job-training program, federal prosecutors said. A federal jury took less than two hours to find Jeri Wright, 48, the daughter of Jeremiah Wright, guilty on all counts for her part in a fraud scheme led by a former suburban police chief and the chief's husband, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of Illinois in Springfield. The $1.25 million state grant was for a not-for-profit work and education program called We...
  • Casualty of Coal: One of Two Major Coal-Fired Electric Plants to Close

    04/17/2014 5:41:07 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 23 replies
    SHAMOKIN DAN — The plant in Shamokin Dam once produced enough electricity to power a city three times the size of Scranton. It is 65 years old, but few here thought the facility known as the Sunbury Steam Plant would be forced into retirement. “It’s sad to see it close down,” said Robert Hoffman of Sunbury. “The plant`s been there since I can remember. As a matter of fact when i was in high school we toured that plant.” “Since they put stack reclaimers on it, its been a fairly clean plant,” added Ed Quiggle of Shamokin Dam Sunbury Generation...
  • REPORT FINDS FAULTS IN US HOUSING EFFORT IN HAITI (816 out of 4,000)

    04/15/2014 6:16:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/15/2014 | TRENTON DANIEL
    An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday. The audit by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development said the project to build 4,000 houses outside Haiti's capital resulted in the construction of only 816. The U.S. plan also sought to provide "home sites" on which others would pay for the construction of houses. This, too, fell short, with USAID completing engineering and design services for only 2,300 home sites out of a projected...
  • BREAKING: Border Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering (TX)

    04/14/2014 11:08:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 14, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino (D) — he stepped down a couple of weeks ago — has pleaded guilty today to federal charges of money laundering, according to the McAllen Monitor. Just 17 days after stepping down as sheriff and three days after his former chief of staff entered a related plea, Trevińo stood before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez and pleaded guilty for his part in laundering campaign contributions that were tied to a convicted drug trafficker. Testimony in court this morning suggested that the amount of money laundered could be anywhere between $70,000 and $120,000. Trevińo was...
  • Hillary Scolds Media for ‘Double Standard’ on Women

    04/04/2014 11:27:52 AM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4-4-14 | Fred Lucas
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York that the news media has a “double standard” against women in powerful position, and offered advice to younger women on how to overcome it. “There is a double standard,” Clinton said, according to Politico. “We have all experienced it.” Clinton was speaking on a panel at the “Women in the World” conference in New York Thursday, along with International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and moderated by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. “The double standard is alive and well, and I think in many respects the media...
  • State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton

    04/04/2014 9:59:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 4,2014 | Adam Kredo
    IG report reveals incomplete, lost contract files worth $6B The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report. The $6 billion in unaccounted funds poses a “significant financial risk and demonstrates a lack of internal control over the Department’s contract actions,” according to the report. The alert, originally sent on March 20 and just released this week, warns that the missing contracting funds “could expose the department to substantial...
  • [Hillary2016] $6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department

    04/04/2014 10:00:32 AM PDT · by topher · 45 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 4-April-2014 | Brianna Ehley
    <p>The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.</p>
  • Trapped in the vortex of climate chaos

    01/18/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | JANUARY 17, 2014 | JOHN ROBSON
    During the “polar vortex,” some of us taunted frostbitten global warming alarmists who snapped back that isolated extreme weather events don’t indicate long-term trends. Good. Because if they can remember that during heat waves and storms, we can actually look at long-term trends. Really long. Geologically long. Back to when simple animals appeared in the “Cambrian explosion” about 542 million years ago. Google it and you’ll find a chart of global temperature and carbon dioxide in the air from which two things will jump out at you right away. First, atmospheric CO2 does not drive temperature. It hit 7000 ppm...
  • EPA Administrator Says Coal Rules Necessary Because of ‘Devastating Impacts on the Planet’

    01/21/2014 8:13:53 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/20/2014 | Rodrigo Sermeńo
    But Gina McCarthy tells GOP lawmakers she can't answer climate-change questions: 

“I just look at what the climate scientists tell me."
  • World's climate warming faster than feared, scientists say

    01/02/2014 8:17:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 126 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/02/2013 | Jonathan Pearlman
    Scientists say the world’s climate is warming faster than feared because previous predictions were too “optimistic” and overestimated the cooling impact of clouds. As the planet marked its fourth hottest year on record, a study published in the journal Nature found increasing levels of carbon dioxide will lead to thinner ocean clouds and reduce their cooling impact, causing temperature rises of at least 5.6F (3C) over the course of the century. The team of scientists said the findings show some climate models have been too “optimistic” and previous estimates of a minimum temperature rise of only 2.7F (1.5C) could now...
  • Climate change (hoax) debate ready to heat up

    12/29/2013 4:50:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/28/13 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Policies surrounding climate change are poised to heat up in 2014 as major aspects of President Obama's climate plan come to fruition. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce historic final standards aimed at curbing carbon emissions from the nation's power plants in June, but not before lawmakers and industry groups give their two cents on the issue. Next year, Republicans are expected to continue the crusade against the administration's climate regulations, which they have dubbed the "war on coal." Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Rep. Lamar Smith...
  • Crooked Labs, Agencies and Prosecutors

    12/27/2013 2:16:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Former Durham, NC district attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred for withholding evidence from the defense and lying to the court in the trumped-up Duke lacrosse team rape case. Ex-Boston crime lab technician Annie Dookhan was prosecuted for faking test results and contaminating drug samples, to get accused dealers convicted. In both cases, charges against their victims were dismissed or are under review. So how should we handle federal officials who’ve become unethical researchers and prosecutors – determined to get convictions, basing their cases on esoteric circumstantial evidence, allowing tainted and fraudulent evidence, hiding exculpatory information, rewriting the law, and...
  • Climate change expert's fraud was 'crime of massive proportion,' say feds

    12/16/2013 7:35:50 AM PST · by detective · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/16/2013 | Michael Isikoff
    The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors. John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his “historic” lies are “offensive” to those who...
  • EPA Administrator: We ‘Look at Climate Change As Something Where We … Can Grow Jobs’

    02/01/2014 2:16:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2014 - 10:06 PM | Penny Starr
    Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asked scientists at a climate change conference on Thursday in Arlington, Va., to explain the science of climate change. She also said that the EPA looks at climate change as an opportunity to grow the economy and create jobs. […] Obama referenced climate change in his State of the Union address while talking about “cleaner energy.” “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way,” Obama said. “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s...
  • Climate change expert's fraud was 'crime of massive proportion,' say feds

    12/16/2013 1:45:17 PM PST · by edwinland · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 16, 2013 | Michael Isikoff
    The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors. Follow @NBCInvestigates John C. Beale, who pled guilty in September to bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, will be sentenced in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday. In a newly filed sentencing memo, prosecutors said that his lies were a "crime of...
  • EPA Veteran Who Bilked Agency of $900K by Claiming Work for CIA Gets Prison

    01/03/2014 6:49:14 AM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    /abcnews ^ | Dec 18, 2013 | By Mike Levine
    The former high-ranking Environmental Protection Agency official who stole nearly $900,000 — by claiming he was doing work for the CIA away from the office and by faking his retirement while still drawing a paycheck — was sentenced Wednesday to 32 months in prison. “I own this, this is on me, and this is my responsibility. … I’m ashamed of [my] greed,” John Beale, a former senior policy adviser and 24-year veteran at the EPA, said at his sentencing hearing in Washington. Beale, 65, pleaded guilty in September, admitting that over the past decade he had collected $886,186 for work...
  • Climate change expert sentenced to 32 months for fraud, says lying was a 'rush'

    12/18/2013 11:33:39 AM PST · by traderrob6 · 29 replies
    NBC ^ | 12.18/13 | Michael Isikoff
    The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison Wednesday for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job. John C. Beale’s crimes were “inexplicable” and “egregious," said Judge Ellen Huvelle in imposing the sentence in a Washington. D.C. federal court. Beale has also agreed to pay $1.3 million in restitution and forfeiture to the government. Beale said he was ashamed of his lies about working for the CIA. “Why did I do this? Greed –...
  • Woman Arrested at Toronto Airport Had 10,000 Diamonds Hidden in Body

    02/24/2014 2:50:14 AM PST · by Cindy · 82 replies
    THE GLOBE AND MAIL ^ | February 21, 2013 | by Tu Thanh Ha
    SNIPPET: "The arrest of a woman accused of hiding more than 10,000 diamonds inside her body when she landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport comes amid warnings that Canada is one of the countries where illicit diamonds have been used for money laundering." SNIPPET: "The woman had landed at Pearson on a Feb. 3 flight from Trinidad and Tobago, when she came to the attention of a Canada Border Services Agency officer, according to CBSA spokeswoman Vanessa Barrasa. The RCMP said the woman was found to have carried 10,202 stones inside her. The 1,500 carats (about 300 grams) of rough...
  • 2011 Flashback - Community Reinvestment Act: Separating Fact From Fiction

    02/23/2014 4:39:41 PM PST · by Son House · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | 03/29/2011 | Staff
    FACT: The toothless 1977 regulations fully expired in July 1997, when President Clinton rewrote them to toughen CRA enforcement as part of a crusade to close the "mortgage gap" between blacks and whites. For the first time, banks were required to show results. One of the five performance criteria in the "lending test" — the most heavily weighted component of the CRA exam — was adopting "flexible lending practices" to address the credit needs of poor borrowers in "predominantly minority neighborhoods." Banks that didn't bend their underwriting rules risked flunking the exam. Ex-Federal Reserve Board Gov. Lawrence Lindsey, a staunch...
  • US banks cleared to take legal marijuana money (thanks Soros)

    02/14/2014 3:13:13 PM PST · by mgist · 20 replies
    FT ^ | February 14, 2014 | Hall
    US regulators gave banks the green light to accept money from legal marijuana businesses but cautioned that they expected financial institutions to conduct “thorough due diligence” and report possible criminal activity. The guidance from the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Department of Justice is meant to tackle one of the biggest challenges for a growing industry that is legal in a score of states but prohibited by federal law. Banks have shied away from doing business with marijuana groups for fear of prosecution. Unable to make deposits or accept credit cards, many “cannabusinesses” operate entirely in cash,...
  • JP Morgan's suspect hiring of Venezuelans (Money laundering)

    02/14/2014 10:14:17 AM PST · by mgist · 10 replies
    Infodio ^ | 8/20/10 | Alex Boyd
    JP Morgan's suspect hiring of Venezuelans [UPDATED] Submitted by Alek Boyd on Tue, 20/08/2013 - 19:19 Forget about Tiny Rowland and his African adventures as imperialist entrepreneur and dealmaker. The unacceptable face of capitalism has morphed into its XXI century iteration: bankers. This meme of bankers as the world’s worst has been appropriated and “occupied” by the Left. And the argument has been set up as one between “capitalism” and the power of the state. It may seem odd for someone like me to bash capitalism and entrepreneurship, but seeing what some “capitalist” bankers and banks are doing these days,...
  • Obama's Stimulus Money-Laundering Scam

    01/15/2014 2:04:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 1/15/14 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Newport Beach in California. Steve, I'm glad you called, sir. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Rush, good to be here, love listening to your show, and again your comments this morning regarding the unions and the -- RUSH: Money laundering. CALLER: Exactly. That's the term I was looking for, the money laundering. It's exactly what's going on out here in California with the bullet train. The politicians in California, all the Democrats have given all of the public employee unions their payback, but they've got a problem. All of the private sector...
  • Solar firm linked to Obama donors could be 'next Solyndra,' top GOP Sen. warns

    11/19/2013 6:01:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2013 | Joseph Weber
    A California-based solar company backed by several Obama supporters has been receiving millions in federal tax credits while losing $322 million since 2008, raising concerns about the company “becoming the next Solyndra.” Among SolarCity Corp.’s biggest investors is Elon Musk -- the high-profile donor and fundraiser who co-founded PayPal and whose companies SpaceX and electric-car company Tesla Motors have received at least $846 million in loans and startup money from the Obama administration. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, warned about SolarCity’s financial standing in a letter Monday to the Treasury Department. “There is...
  • SEIU Under Investigation: 'Dues Skim' took $35 million from Medicaid recipients

    09/27/2013 1:13:26 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/24/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Detroit News reported that the State Bureau of Elections began a formal investigation of the Service Employees International Union regarding its financing of a ballot proposal last year. Proposal 4, which would have locked into the state constitution the skimming of millions of dollars each year from the caretakers of disabled people, was defeated by 14 percentage points. Chad Livengood in The News reported: The complaint focuses on a group called Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care and an East Lansing company called Home Care First Inc. Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care sponsored the ballot proposal. In campaign...