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  • Kamala Harris launched political career with $120K 'patronage' job from boyfriend Willie Brown

    06/01/2019 7:54:00 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 1,2019 | by Alana Goodman
    Then 30, Harris was dating 60-year-old Willie Brown, at the time the Democratic speaker of the California State Assembly, when he placed her on the California Medical Assistance Commission in 1994. The position paid over $70,000 per year, $120,700 in current money, and Harris served on the board until 199 Brown’s decision to appoint Harris raised eyebrows in political circles. “Both boards are reserved for political payback or occasionally for personal rewards for personal service,” said Brett Granlund, a former California Republican state assemblyman who worked closely with the commission while Harris was on the board. “The boards are considered...
  • 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' casts trans actors in Marvel blockbuster

    01/18/2019 7:41:25 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Michael Rothmanv
    The internet was buzzing earlier this week as the first trailer for "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was released by Marvel, featuring Spidey and film star Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. But the web is also excited about the film for reasons beyond the main players. Marvel has cast trans actor Zach Barack as one of Peter Parker's buddies who travels with him to Venice on a high school field trip. The 22-year-old actor hails from Evanston, Illinois and is an actor, singer and comedian. This marks one of the first times a trans actor has been featured in the Marvel Cinematic...
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib Was Paid by Soros and Failed to Disclose It

    01/17/2019 9:33:47 AM PST · by gattaca · 20 replies
    World Tribune ^ | January 11, 2019 | Christopher Holton
    WorldTribune.com and the Washington Free Beacon both reported this week that the anti-semitic member of Congress, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, failed to disclose that she was paid $85,000 by a George Soros front group for a “Leadership in Government Fellowship.” Tlaib disclosed other sources of income, raising suspicions that she intentionally attempted to conceal her ties to the controversial tycoon who has spent a fortune promoting Leftist causes and attacking conservatives. This revelation is significant for two primary reasons: It shows the continued insidious influence of the Soros syndicate of NGOs on Left-wing politics in America. Over the past decade or...
  • Democrats taking key leadership jobs have pocketed millions from pharmaceutical industry

    12/31/2018 9:25:14 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/30/2018 | EMMARIE HUETTEMAN | KAISER HEALTH NEWS
    Three of the lawmakers who will lead the House next year as Congress focuses on skyrocketing drug costs are among the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, a new KHN analysis shows. On Wednesday, House Democrats selected Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland to serve as the next majority leader and Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina as majority whip, making them the No. 2 and No. 3 most powerful Democrats as their party regains control of the House in January. Both lawmakers have received more than $1 million from pharmaceutical company political action committees in the past...
  • 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

    10/09/2018 6:53:34 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 107 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | October 9, 2018 | Andy Greene
    The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 are in, and the list includes Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, MC5, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and the Zombies. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted March 29th, 2019 at a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. HBO will broadcast the event later next year. To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to released in 1993 or earlier. Several...
  • 'Kind of Crazy': Backlash at Maine University After Professor Offers Credit for Kavanaugh Protest

    10/08/2018 5:57:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    10 Boston ^ | 10/3/2018 | Danielle Waugh
    The President of the University of Southern Maine is putting the brakes on a course that would have given students a college credit for protesting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Women’s Studies Professor Susan Feiner attempted to offer a “pop-up course” that would allow USM undergraduate students to take a free bus trip to Washington D.C. Wednesday night. They would have been traveling with protesters and sexual assault survivors asking Senator Susan Collins to oppose Kavanaugh. “This is an opportunity for students to see history in the making,” said Feiner. It’s not clear how many students received the email advertising...
  • Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe lands book deal

    09/18/2018 7:37:37 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/18 | Joe Concha
    Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has scored a book deal for "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump," according to an announcement from his publisher. McCabe was ousted from the bureau earlier this year after a Justice Department inspector general report concluded that McCabe had lied about his disclosures to media. McCabe has denied the allegations and is currently suing the Justice Department for wrongful termination. The book deal comes just months after former FBI Director James Comey released "A Higher Loyalty," which is highly critical of the president and sold more...
  • Top Dallas Democrat resigns in disgrace, admits taking more than $450G in lavish bribes

    08/09/2018 5:13:42 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    A Dallas official pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges after prosecutors said he earned more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes in exchange for official actions taken to benefit local business dealings. Democrat Dwaine Caraway, Dallas city council member and mayor pro tem, pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, as well as tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox announced in a news release. The funds Caraway received were “in the form of a phony consulting agreement, luxury suits, fully funded trips, gambling money, repayment of personal debt, checks and cash” from Robert Leonard...
  • Chicago mayoral candidate hands out cash to potential voters

    07/23/2018 9:49:34 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    Channel 3 News ^ | 23 July 2018
    Willie Wilson, the millionaire businessman and candidate for Chicago mayor, handed out cash to potential voters Sunday morning at a church on Chicago’s South Side. An aide to Wilson said the businessman gave away $300,000 to 2,000 people through the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Such organizations are tax-exempt, must not be organized for the benefit of private interests and are restricted in how much political activities they can conduct. Wilson says he organized the giveaway to assist homeowners who are struggling to pay their property tax bills.
  • Netflix CEO bundles money for Obama, Netflix gets net neutrality, Obamas get huge contract

    06/01/2018 6:05:53 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1,2018 | Jack Hellner
    So now here is a summary of the Netflix-Obama relationship: Netflix CEO raises large amounts of money for Obama in 2012 campaign; Netflix lobbies and gets net neutrality; and then, around 16 months after Obama leaves office, the Obamas get a contract worth $50 million even though they have no experience providing content. Since Obama, Netflix, and others are so interested in equality, I am sure they will be glad to list all other similar contracts to the Obama's with other men, women, blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ members, and others. They should highlight the contracts with other people with no experience....
  • Inside the Ring: Obama-Era Cash Traced to Iran-backed Terrorists

    02/08/2018 3:01:13 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 8, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred. According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran’s main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The U.S. money supplied to Iran as part of an arms settlement dating back to the 1970s also has been traced to Iran’s backing of Houthi rebels seeking to take power...
  • Man gets $650K payout after fighting Los Angeles parking ticket

    08/04/2017 7:08:21 PM PDT · by Mark · 28 replies
    Fox L.A. ^ | 8/3/17 | Foxla.com
    LOS ANGELES (FOX 11 / CNS) - The City Council on Wednesday approved a $650,000 payout for a man who successfully fought how the city of Los Angeles processes challenges to parking tickets. Cody Weiss, who sued the city in 2014 after he received a parking ticket, argued that the city unlawfully allows a private for-profit company to process challenges to tickets. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in his favor last year, and the decision was upheld by the Second District Court of Appeal. City Attorney Mike Feuer petitioned the California Supreme Court to review the appellate decision,...
  • WOW! VIDEO EMERGES Of Hillary Clinton Admitting Foreign Leaders Contacted Her During Campaign,....

    07/23/2017 4:24:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 49 replies
    100percentfedup.com ^ | 7/23/17 | 100% FED Up
    """WOW! VIDEO EMERGES Of Hillary Clinton Admitting Foreign Leaders Contacted Her During Campaign, Discussed How They Could “Stop Donald Trump”""" Hey Robert Mueller! Do you care to find out which foreign leaders candidate Hillary Clinton spoke with during her campaign? Because according to Hillary, she received “messages” from foreign leaders asking her if they can endorse her to stop Donald Trump from becoming President. “I am already receiving messages from leaders. I’m having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop Donald Trump.” – Hillary Clinton, March, 2016
  • May the Fourth Be With You: Everything You Need to Know About 'Star Wars' Day

    05/04/2017 9:12:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2017 | STEPHEN IERVOLINO
    May 4 marks "May the Fourth be with you," the official "holiday" dedicated to George Lucas' galaxy far, far away. The pun was first used back in 1979, with Britain's Conservative Party congratulating Margaret Thatcher in print for taking the prime minister post that day. According to Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, the first organized "Star Wars" event on May 4 took place in 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema. ABC News' parent company, The Walt Disney Company, purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and has officially observed the holiday since 2013, with events at Disney parks and other celebrations. To commemorate...
  • Amid Controversy, Obama Makes Another $400K Pay Day

    04/28/2017 9:25:09 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-28-2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Former President Barack Obama received a $400,000 speaking fee for an appearance at an A&E Network event on Thursday. The news came amid controversy over Obama accepting a fee of the same size to appear at a Wall Street firm's conference. The "History Makers lunch" was hosted by A&E's history channel and attended by representatives of A&E advertisers, the New York Post reported. Those in attendance included Harvey Weinstein, Anna Wintour, Bob Sauerberg, Janice Min, and Penske Media CEO Jay Penske. Obama received a standing ovation on entering the room. The former president's appearance featured a 90 minute interview with...
  • University pays Black Lives Matter activist to call Donald Trump names for ‘Unity Week’

    03/08/2017 4:12:18 AM PST · by tekrat · 19 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 3/8/2017 | Justin Caruso
    He’s admittedly obsessed with the ‘disgusting’ presidentIn order to “promote diversity and inclusion” on campus, Texas Christian University paid a Black Lives Matter activist $5,000 to call President Donald Trump a rapist.Shaun King, a New York Daily News columnist with a reputation for mocking students who ask him tough questions, told a student audience that he has “written probably over 100 articles about Donald Trump and I follow his news very closely,” according to the conservative campus newspaper The Freedom Frog.
  • ARE MOVIE SUBSIDIES POLITICAL PAYOLA?

    01/24/2017 5:57:18 AM PST · by shortstop · 40 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/23/17 | Bob Lonsberry
    On Saturday Night Live, have they ever lampooned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo? As it turns out, no, they haven’t. And it’s not because being governor of New York is too obscure to merit mention on a national television show. SNL repeatedly lampooned Cuomo’s predecessor, David Paterson, for being blind. Classy. But Cuomo has never come been the target of SNL’s scorn. It’s all in on attacking his potential presidential political opponent – Donald Trump – but it’s never laid a glove on him. Which has no connection, I’m sure, to the fact that Andrew Cuomo feeds Saturday Night Live...
  • KKK Leaders Allege Producers Paid Them to Fake Scenes in Canceled A&E Documentary

    01/01/2017 8:58:51 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 17 replies
    Variety ^ | 12/30/2016
    The subjects of a TV documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan abruptly canceled last week by A&E allege to Variety that significant portions of what was filmed were fabricated by the producers. Some KKK leaders divulged that they were paid hundreds of dollars in cash each day of filming to compel them on camera to distort the facts of their lives to fit the documentary’s predetermined narrative: tension between Klan members and relatives of theirs who wanted to get out of the Klan. The findings are based on an exclusive Variety investigation based on interviews with over two dozen...
  • High-speed rail board approves plan, gets sued

    12/28/2016 6:17:48 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 39 replies
    AgAlert ^ | December 21, 2016 | Kevin Hecteman
    The California High Speed Rail Authority believes it has a viable Central Valley route and funding plan—but opponents disagree, and the project remains controversial in agricultural regions that would be affected by construction.
  • The Controversial KKK Series Is Canceled After A&E Discovered Klan Members Were Paid

    12/27/2016 9:31:46 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12-27-2016 | Michael Schneider
    Michael SchneiderDecember 27,2016 Just a day after the cable network hoped to silence criticism on its Ku Klux Klan-centric docuseries “Generation KKK” by changing the title, the network has now canceled the show all together. In a statement, the network said it scrapped the series (which had been renamed “Escaping the KKK”) after discovering that participants on the show, including Klan members, were paid to participate by production company This Is Just A Test. “A&E learned last night from the third-party producers who made the documentary that cash payments — which we currently understand to be nominal — were made...