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  • Fox News Poll: Voters think IRS emails were deliberately destroyed

    06/24/2014 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Dana Blanton
    The consensus is: it’s no accident. More than three-quarters of voters -- 76 percent -- think the emails missing from the account of Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official at the center of the scandal over targeting of conservative groups, were deliberately destroyed. That’s according to a new Fox News poll. That suspicion is shared across party lines, albeit to varying degrees. An overwhelming 90 percent of Republicans think the emails were intentionally destroyed, as do 74 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats. CLICK HERE TO READ THE POLL RESULTS Overall, just 12 percent of voters believe the emails...
  • 'INTERNAL VA EMAIL' REVEALS LOS ANGELES VA HOSPITAL 'MANIPULATED' RECORDS

    05/29/2014 10:33:21 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | by WILLIAM BIGELOW
    On the floor of the House Wednesday, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs featured a dialogue between Chairman Jeff Miller and Dr. Thomas Lynch, assistant deputy undersecretary for health for clinical operations at the Veterans Health Administration. Another shocking piece of information about VA hospitals was revealed during that exchange. Miller revealed he had received an email from an employee at the Los Angeles VA Medical Center in which the employee raised concerns over the status of patient wait times and the possible manipulation of records. The director of the facility responded to colleagues via email and said that the...
  • THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SEC. OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO...

    05/22/2014 8:48:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Congress.Gov - Congressional Record ^ | 5-21-2014 | Darrell Issa
    THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA (Extensions of Remarks - May 21, 2014) Text of this article available as: TXT PDF [Extensions of Remarks] [Page E797] THE NECESSITY OF TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO EXPLAIN HIS DEPARTMENT'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA _____ HON. DARRELL E. ISSA of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Mr. ISSA. Mr. Speaker, as the House's Select Committee on Benghazi stands up and takes ownership of an investigation that has been...
  • 'Rogue law enforcement agency' inside EPA the subject of testimony today

    05/07/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 7, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The House Oversight Committee under Darrell Issa is slated to hear testimony today on another Obama administration cover-up. ... A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress. The assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, was expected to testify Wednesday before a House oversight committee ... The office of about 10 employees is overseen by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's office, and the inspector general's office is accusing it...
  • Sharyl Attkisson Tells Fox: Book Will Focus on Obama's 'Aggressive' Use of 'Obstruction...

    04/14/2014 7:15:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 4/13/2014 | Tim Graham
    Recently departed CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared with Howard Kurtz on Fox's Media Buzz on Sunday. Kurtz said her forthcoming book is titled “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.” Kurtz asked her to define those forces. "I think any journalist who has been covering Washington for a few years would agree… that there is pressure coming to bear on journalists for just doing their job in ways that have never come to bear before."
  • Krauthammer: Eric Holder Is A "World Class" Whiner

    04/13/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 22 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 04-13-2014 | Doug Brady
    Video at link.
  • Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

    04/10/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:07 PM | Posted by Jim Hoft
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional...
  • HHS to Darrell Issa: We don’t trust you

    12/12/2013 3:59:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/12/13 | JONATHAN ALLEN
    The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can’t trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system. Issa has issued a subpoena to MITRE, a government contractor, to turn over unredacted copies of security-testing documents by noon Friday. At issue are website development plans MITRE drafted for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is under HHS. Already, Issa has been given access to the...
  • Issa Charges Sebelius with Criminal Obstruction of HealthCare.gov Investigation

    12/12/2013 2:07:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 12/11/2013 | Joseph Marks
    The lead congressman investigating HealthCare.gov’s dismal performance during its first two months online ratcheted up the executive-congressional conflict on Wednesday, accusing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of criminal obstruction of his investigation. The dispute centers around a letter the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent to a contractor that worked on the online health insurance marketplace, directing it not to turn over correspondence and other documents to congressional investigators and stating CMS would manage any congressional inquiries. That letter amounted to “criminal obstruction” of a congressional investigation,” according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell...
  • Issa Charges Sebelius With “Criminal Obstruction” of Obamacare Investigation

    12/11/2013 9:45:16 PM PST · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-11-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, charged HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with “criminal obstruction” of the committee’s Obamacare investigation. Issa released a press release earlier today. NextGov.com reported: The lead congressman investigating HealthCare.gov’s dismal performance during its first two months online ratcheted up the executive-congressional conflict on Wednesday, accusing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of criminal obstruction of his investigation. The dispute centers around a letter the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent to a contractor that worked on the online health insurance marketplace, directing it not to turn...
  • Issa to Sebelius: Telling Contractors to Stonewall Congress Is 'Criminal Obstruction'

    12/11/2013 5:04:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/13 | Breitbart News
    On Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, angrily telling her that HHS’ attempts to block contractors from giving information to Congress on Obamacare was a violation of law. On December 6, HHS told Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. not to give information to the Oversight Committee, stating, “If you receive a request for this information from Congress, CMS will respond directly to the requestor[.]”
  • 18 Los Angeles sheriff's officials indicted, accused of abuse, obstruction

    12/09/2013 4:13:22 PM PST · by Smogger · 24 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/9/2013 | Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
    Eighteen current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside L.A. County jails. The four grand jury indictments unsealed Monday and one criminal complaint allege that deputies beat jail inmates and visitors without justification, unjustly detained people and conspired to obstruct a federal investigation into misconduct at the Men's Central Jail. Sixteen of the defendants were arrested Monday and are expected to be arraigned this afternoon in federal court.
  • Benghazi: Will Hillary be charged with obstruction of justice?

    05/09/2013 1:28:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, May 6, 2013 | Marinka Peschmann
    “This singular event,” Benghazi, the terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who worked under contract with the CIA, and Sean Smith, on September 11, 2012, “will be repeated unless the United States recognizes and responds to the threats we face around the world.” So says the 46-page Republican interim Benghazi report that was made public on April 23. In it, as is arguably always the case with the Clintons, we learn that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apparently has obstructed justice—again.
  • What did the president know and when did he know it?

    11/18/2012 11:03:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Youtube series on Watergate
    The cover up is worse than the original crime. When the president conspires with others in government to lie to the American people and claim "national security" as a defense, the congress has a duty and precedent to get to the truth. Lying to the America people and ordering subordinates to lie in a cover up attempt is historically recognized as high crimes and treason and IS definitely an impeachable offense. When the president of the United States commits high crimes and treason and then lies to the American people and conspires to hide it from congressional investigators and claims...
  • Obama's GOP Obstruction Checklist

    06/15/2012 2:25:39 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-15-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Reid Promises New Senate Rules If Dems Win in November

    06/09/2012 2:42:53 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) says he will be introducing new rules for how the Senate conducts business if Democrats control both Houses and the Presidency after the November elections. Reid’s target is the cloture vote required to cut off debate. Under current rules it takes only 41 senators to block cloture. “Right now it’s kind of a moot point because even if we could silence GOP obstructionists in the Senate whatever we pass can still be thwarted by the GOP-controlled House,” Reid pointed out. “But if Democrats controlled both Houses and the Presidency eliminating a senate minority’s ability...
  • GOP Primary blunders beginning to look like Obstruction

    03/02/2012 5:06:42 AM PST · by publius321 · 19 replies · 217+ views
    http://youtu.be/jhiU_-SGajI ^ | 3/2/2012 | Scott Ryan
    The blunders and delays in declaring the winner and allocation of delegates are looking more than coincidental - the more frequently occur. They all benefit Mitt Romney. video)
  • Bonds gets one month house arrest for obstruction (2 years probation, 250 hrs. community service)

    12/16/2011 12:02:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/16/11 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge said today that baseball slugger Barry Bonds must serve 30 days house arrest for obstructing justice during a federal investigation into his alleged use of steroids. Bonds sat stoically as U.S. District Judge Susan Illston told baseball's home run king that he had avoided prison but must spend one month in his two-acre Beverly Hills estate, two years on probation, serve 250 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine. A jury convicted Bonds in April of answering questions about steroids with rambling stories in an attempt to mislead a grand jury investigation...
  • “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” Senate Judiciary Committee(WATCH LIVE)

    11/08/2011 6:17:28 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 219 replies
    judiciary.senate.gov ^ | November 8, 2012 | Senate Judiciary Committee
    “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee View a webcast of this hearing DATE: November 8, 2011 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Dirksen 226 OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST: October 31, 2011 NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” for Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman. Witness List Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Dirksen Senate Office Building,...
  • WaPo: ‘Calm down’ about Fast and Furious gun sting, ATF acting director says

    10/06/2011 6:52:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 108 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2011 | Sari Horwitz
    The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a major shake-up of his agency Wednesday and urged Washington insiders to “calm down” about the latest revelations surrounding a controversial ATF gun operation. B. Todd Jones said calm is needed as he begins rebuilding the beleaguered agency, including shuffling top personnel. He made his comments as his boss, Attorney General Eric J. Holder Jr., came under fire this week from Republican lawmakers, with one calling for a special counsel to investigate Holder’s role in the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.
  • Solyndra execs refuse to testify at House hearing

    09/23/2011 7:55:10 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 40 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | September 23, 2011 | Nick Smith
    WASHINGTON (KGO) -- Two top executives at bankrupt Solyndra have invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer questions at a House hearing Friday. The Solyndra executives have sent letters to the House Energy and Commerce committee, saying they will invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes

    09/07/2011 9:30:24 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | 09/07/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration...
  • Grassley, Issa Expand ‘Fast and Furious’ Investigation

    09/02/2011 5:37:06 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 34 replies
    wsj.com/Washington Wire ^ | Washington Wire Political Insight and Analysis From The Wall Street Journal's Capital Bureau Se | Mary Lu Carnevale
    That didn’t take long. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said they were expanding their probe into a troubled anti-gun-trafficking program, two days after the Justice Department announced a shake-up of officials who oversaw the program. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) (AP Photo by Harry Hamburg) In a letter Thursday to Ann Scheel, the acting U.S. Attorney in Phoenix, Messrs. Grassley and Issa essentially put the Arizona district office on notice, saying its role “in the genesis and implementation of this case is striking.” They sought extensive documents – emails, memos, notes and the like...
  • Issa Statement on Resignation of Arizona U.S. Attorney, Reassignment of ATF Director

    09/01/2011 6:01:49 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 37 replies
    oversight.house.gov ^ | Tuesday, 30 August 2011 | House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa
    (WASHINGTON) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding Department of Justice personnel changes involving Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley: "While the reckless disregard for safety that took place in Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits changes within the Department of Justice, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn't offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department. There are still many questions to...
  • Sources: ATF director out of top job

    08/30/2011 9:15:07 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 55 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | August 30, 2011 11:13 AM | Sharyl Attkisson
    Sources say ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson is being moved out of the top job at the Bureau. It's not yet publicly known where he would go, but sources inside the Justice Department believe one option is a transfer to a position at Department of Justice headquarters. The Justice Department had no immediate comment, and did not confirm the move. Melson's move would be another in a number of high-level personnel shifts, as the Inspector General continues investigating the so-called gunwalker scandal at the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. ATF promotes "Fast and Furious" supervisors...
  • Gunwalker: New Hearings Scheduled

    07/20/2011 10:06:39 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 21 replies
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | July 20,2011 1 hour ago 12:45 PM | pajamasmedia.com
    According to a release from Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled new hearings into the on going Operation Fast and Furious scandal — this time they’ll be talking to ATF agents based in Mexico: “Operation Fast and Furious: The Other Side of the Border” will examine accounts of agents based in Mexico Washington DC– On Tuesday, July 26th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will convene a hearing as part of the ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious, a tragically flawed effort that is connected to...
  • Fast And Furious Scandal: A Watergate For Obama?

    07/13/2011 4:21:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 13, 2011 | Staff
    Border: A 2-year-old video shows a high Justice official saying "the president has directed us," including the attorney general, to speed up Project Gunrunner and the offshoot that got a border agent killed. This tape has no 18-minute gap, and while it does not feature the president himself, the March 24, 2009, video may rival the tape that turned a "third-rate burglary" into a presidential resignation. No one died at Watergate. Agent Brian Terry lost his life in the administration's obsessive pursuit of gun control. In addition to Agent Terry, Immigration Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata was also killed in...
  • Former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski dead

    08/11/2010 1:03:44 PM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | 11 Aug 10
    UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep Dan Rostenkowski, who rose to be chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and went to prison in disgrace, died Wednesday. He was 82. Rostenkowski died at his summer home in Powers Lake, Wis., after a long battle with cancer, the Chicago Tribune reported. A onetime Washington political insider and power broker, Rostenkowski represented his Chicago 5th Congressional District in Congress for 36 years, rising to head the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee that rewrote the 1986 U.S. tax code. The son of 32nd Ward Democratic Alderman Joseph Rostenkowski, Daniel was first elected...
  • Chairman Issa Chastises ATF for Refusal to Comply with Subpoena (All links are PDFs.)

    04/21/2011 1:07:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    U.S. House of Representatives ^ | April 20, 2011 | NA
    Chairman Issa Chastises ATF for Refusal to Comply with Subpoena "If you do not comply with the subpoena, the Committee will be forced to commence contempt proceedings."   WASHINGTON. D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, in a letter to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, criticized the Director for failing to produce any documents in response to a subpoena issued March 31. The subpoena was issued after ATF and Department of Justice officials failed to cooperate in good faith with...
  • Barry Bonds found guilty of obstruction

    04/13/2011 2:51:17 PM PDT · by Husker · 79 replies · 1+ views
    ESPN/AP ^ | April 13, 2011 | ESPN/AP
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The jury in the Barry Bonds convicted the seven-time MVP guilty of obstruction of justice, but the defense and prosecution agreed to a mistrial on the other three remaining counts. The judge, after speaking to the jury foreman, said she believes the mistrial is the proper decision given that the jury believes it has reached a crossroads. The jury is being brought back into the courtroom to read the verdict on the one count on which it agreed. The eight women and four men are returning the verdict after four days of deliberations. The jury has worked...
  • Top lawmaker(Issa)protests 'whistle-blower' demotion(Obama Pols interfering w/requested fed records)

    03/18/2011 12:58:23 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:51 p.m. MDT | Ted Bridis
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Republican warned the Obama administration on Thursday about demoting a federal worker who complained to her agency's internal watchdog that political appointees were interfering with records requests by journalists and others. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the demotion at the Department of Homeland Security "appeared to be an act of retaliation." The committee is investigating the political reviews of records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. "Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime," said Issa, R-Calif. The department said it had done nothing wrong. -snip-...
  • Trial for 3 ex-cops opens in Pa. immigrant death

    01/13/2011 3:35:39 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 5 replies
    AP via Seattle PI ^ | 01/13/2011 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Three police officers in a Pennsylvania town obstructed a federal investigation into the beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant to protect the accused white football players to whom the officers had personal ties, a prosecutor said Thursday. (snip) Police Chief Matthew Nestor and two subordinates obstructed the investigation by tampering with evidence and witnesses or lying to the FBI, federal prosecutors allege. They have pleaded not guilty. (snip) Defense attorneys rejected the government's allegations in their opening statements, calling their clients honest small-town officers doing the best they could under difficult circumstances.
  • Democrats elect Pelosi. Message to America: We meant everything we did

    11/18/2010 8:12:36 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 16 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 11/18/10 | Alaphiah
    She is the face of the Congressional Democrats. She is unreasonable, unrelenting, delusional and singularly partisan. She is liberalism unhinged. She speaks in staccato electioneering slogans, Jobs! American’s message was Jobs. We get it, Jobs. Yet, she doesn’t get it. By electing Pelosi as minority leader, Democrats show that not any of them get it. America’s message to Democrats was jobs two years ago when Democrats under the leadership Mrs. Pelosi, Ms. Peolsi was speaker of the House when they forced through healthcare reform over America’s objections. For two years, Democrats ignored Americans who needed jobs so that they could...
  • Bobby Jindal Gives Most Blistering Comprehensive Report On Federal Response To Gulf Oil Spill

    Sean Hannity got Bobby Jindal on the radio today to talk about the Gulf oil crisis and just let him go. One thing is clear: Bobby Jindal does not need a teleprompter to give you the entire run down on the Federal response to this crisis. In fact he spit out so much information I had to listen to this a couple of times because he really does lay it out in detail. The bottom line is what we all know already, that the Feds have botched this oil response royally from day one. But it’s the specifics that Jindal...
  • Gibbs sidesteps Social Security question - Asked about affidavits that Obama's ID from Connecticut

    06/10/2010 4:21:22 PM PDT · by pissant · 73 replies · 2,635+ views
    WND ^ | 6/10/10 | staff
    The White House apparently isn't going to be answering questions about a mystery uncovered by private investigators, who, working independently, found that President Obama is using a Social Security number set aside for applicants in Connecticut, while there is no record he ever had a mailing address there. WND previously reported the investigators discovered that the number was issued between 1977 and 1979 – while Obama's employment reportedly dates back to 1975 at a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shop in Oahu, Hawaii. The questions were raised by affidavits filed separately in a presidential eligibility lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the...
  • Party of 'No'...and Proud

    02/09/2010 3:22:00 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 195+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 09, 2010 | Matt Spivey
    Conservatism is about being not obstructionist, but principled. Imagine if someone told you that even though you are a Christian, in order to get along better with others, you need to put your religious beliefs on hold until 2012. Don't worry about that "salvation" thing for a couple of years. Or imagine if you were asked to love your parents a little less because your full-hearted devotion to them is getting in the way of showing your affection for others. Wait until the next election to prove your respect for your family. Diminishing these deeply held beliefs and feelings would...
  • Obama rips Republicans for 'obstruction' (BARF ALERT!)

    02/03/2010 9:08:11 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies · 724+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 02/03/10 | CNN
    President Obama tore into the Republican opposition on Capitol Hill Wednesday, blaming the GOP for what he called politically motivated opposition on virtually every issue. Democrats have been willing to incorporate Republican ideas on health care and other issues, he said, but Republicans have not been willing to do the same. Addressing a gathering of Senate Democrats, Obama promised to "call (Republicans) out when (Democrats) extend a hand and get a fist in return."
  • White House Blocks Testimony by First Lady's Ex-Top Aide in Walpin Case

    12/22/2009 1:44:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies · 2,315+ views
    White House Blocks Testimony by First Lady's Ex-Top Aide in Walpin Case Republican efforts to interview a former top aide to Michelle Obama in the controversial case of a fired inspector general have been stymied by the White House, the the top Republican looking into the case said Tuesday Republican efforts to interview a former top aide to Michelle Obama in the controversial case of a fired inspector general have been stymied by the White House, the top Republican looking into the case said Tuesday. The White House counsel's office has blocked Republican investigators from interviewing Jackie Norris, former chief...
  • Former State Senate Computer Aide (RAT) Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

    05/23/2009 9:55:20 AM PDT · by Larry381 · 2 replies · 323+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | May 20, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    PHILADELPHIA—Leonard Luchko, 52, of Collingdale, PA, a former employee of Senate Democratic Computer Services, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Luchko pleaded guilty in August 2008 to 29 counts. He was a defendant in a criminal case in which former Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Fumo was also a defendant. “This sentence should sound a warning of deterrence for other employees who do the illegal bidding of their bosses,” said Magid. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. It was prosecuted by...
  • 41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees

    41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees March 2, 2009 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.  20500 Dear Mr. President: We look forward to working with you as you consider nominees for the federal judiciary.  Unfortunately, the judicial appointments process has become needlessly acrimonious.  We would very much like to improve this process, and we know you would as well.  It is in that spirit that we write early on to suggest two steps your Administration can take to achieve that shared goal.   First, in the beginning...
  • Top Stanford official charged with obstruction (Laura Pendergest-Holt)

    02/26/2009 7:12:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 907+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/27/09 | Suzy Jagge
    Top Stanford official charged with obstruction Suzy Jagger in New York The woman whom US regulators had hoped would lead them to the heart of what they believed to be one of the world's biggest frauds, was arrested and charged with obstruction yesterday. Laura Pendergest-Holt, the former chief investment officer at Allen Stanford's frozen US financial empire, had agreed to assist investigators and had said she would fly from her home in Mississippi to Houston to help the receiver sift through Mr Stanford's assets. However, last night she was charged with obstruction. In earlier written affadavits, it was claimed that...
  • Obama Demands Probe of Investigators Probing Criminal Group ACORN

    10/18/2008 1:36:38 PM PDT · by vadum · 84 replies · 2,503+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 18, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    "Accuse your enemy of what you do." -old Communist saying* * * * *ACORN has friends in high places. Barack Obama's campaign is --strangely enough-- demanding that a special prosecutor look into the investigations of the massive vote fraud that is being perpetrated by the radical group ACORN to determine if the investigations are politically motivated. The New York Times reports: Seeking to portray law enforcement investigations into reports of fraudulent voter registrations in several states as an extension of the controversial firings of United States attorneys, the Obama campaign on Friday called for a review by a special prosecutor....
  • Inhofe’s Energy Speech: ‘Time to End Democratic Party's Obstruction’

    07/24/2008 12:44:19 PM PDT · by Delacon · 14 replies · 505+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, gave a floor speech on America’s energy policy today. Selected Excerpts of Inhofe’s Energy Speech “I believe that America is not running out of oil and gas or running out of places to look for oil and gas.  America is running out of places where the Democrats in Congress are allowing us to look for oil and gas. Again I ask, why should producing America's own resources be a partisan issue?  It shouldn't be, but it is.  The Democrats in Congress refuse to increase our...
  • Detroit Free Press, Detroit News Both Call for Mayor Kilpatrick to Step Down

    03/24/2008 7:44:00 PM PDT · by Kieri · 39 replies · 860+ views
    Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News call for mayor to step down 3/24/2008, 10:12 p.m. EDT The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The city's major newspapers on Monday called for the resignation of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in the interest of what's good for Detroit after he was charged with perjury and other offenses. Editorials urging Kilpatrick to quit were posted on the Web sites of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. The Free Press said: "If Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick loves Detroit as much as he says he does, he has to quit." The editorial added: "Detroit cannot afford...
  • Putting up a roadblock of questions

    03/20/2008 2:11:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2008 | Lisa Falkenberg
    LUFKIN — Mae Smith, the 64-year-old mayor of the teeny Central Texas town of Holland, seized the civic center lectern like a dragon-slayer ascending the throne. In a fiery red pantsuit and a voice that echoed without the help of a malfunctioning microphone, she and her cohorts revealed to a crowd of about 50 souls clad in denim and plaid a little-known weapon against the foe of all in the room: Gov. Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor. The weapon, Smith said, doesn't involve marching on the Texas Capitol, like more than 1,000 did last year, some on tractors and horses. It...
  • Toll road critics denied access to all requested documents

    12/22/2007 3:42:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 212+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 21, 2007 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN — Toll road critics were turned down in their request for wide-ranging transportation department documents, but a judge gave them more time to narrow their request as part of a lawsuit against the state. Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, led by San Antonio resident Terri Hall, sued the Texas Department of Transportation in September to fight the department's toll road efforts. The group claims the "Keep Texas Moving" promotional campaign violates a ban on state officials using their authority for political purposes. It also wants to stop agency officials from lobbying Congress to allow more tolling. On Thursday,...
  • Sen. Reid Will Keep Senate Working to Block Bush

    11/16/2007 4:48:28 PM PST · by ECM · 47 replies · 109+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, November 16, 2007 1:20 PM | Kenneth Williams
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will keep the U.S. Senate in session over the Thanksgiving break because he wants to block President Bush from making any recess appointments. Roll Call is reporting that Sen. Reid inserted a statement into the record Friday stating that he will "hold the Senate in a series of pro forma or nonvoting sessions" to prevent Bush from exercising his appointment power. Reid said, “While an election year looms, significant progress can still be made on nominations. I am committed to making that progress if the President will meet me halfway.
  • Black Group Calls Senate Leaders “Hypocrites”

    07/18/2007 10:19:49 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 12 replies · 830+ views
    Liberal Senators Complaining About “Obstructionism" on Iraq Legislation Use the Same Tactics They Now Condemn to Block Judicial Nominees Project 21 members say the liberal Senate leadership, which has embarked on an overnight session to "highlight Republican obstructionism" on consideration to legislation to withdraw troops from Iraq, is hypocritical, as these senators have used the same tactics they now condemn to block the confirmation of President Bush's judicial nominations over the past six-and-a-half years. "The immoral duplicity of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his henchmen once again unambiguously shows there are no depths too low for liberal politicians to...
  • Cold Cash Congressman Pleads Not Guilty

    06/09/2007 3:00:39 PM PDT · by Baladas · 20 replies · 948+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 8, 2007 | JASON RYAN and THERESA COOK
    Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of bribery, money laundering, obstruction of justice, violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, racketeering and conspiracy at a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. Jefferson is free on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond -- he took an oath affirming he would make future court appearances in lieu of paying the bond Jefferson had been in the crosshairs of a Virginia U.S. attorney's office for allegedly accepting bribes to steer business to a communications firm in Nigeria and soliciting bribes to benefit various companies owned by his family. A grand jury returned...
  • Recess appointment abuse (Barfer)

    04/10/2007 9:47:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 1,152+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 10, 2007 | Editorial
    IN ELEMENTARY school, recess is a time for fun and games. The same is true, unfortunately, in the nation's capital. President Bush last week took advantage of a Senate recess to appoint three controversial figures to positions — including a major ambassadorship — that ordinarily require confirmation. In the spirit of the playground, Vice President Dick Cheney yukked it up with talk show host Rush Limbaugh about how the administration had gone around the Democratic-controlled Senate, which returned this week. "You go on vacation, this is what happens to you," joked Limbaugh. "If you're a Democrat," Cheney replied. Sam Fox,...