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  • Why I left the Left (Dave Rubin)

    02/06/2017 9:43:08 AM PST · by Signalman · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/6/2017 | Prager U
    Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report used to be a big progressive. He even had a show with The Young Turks! But now he's not a progressive. He has left the left. Why? Dave Rubin shares his story.
  • Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s nominees are “ignoramuses, billionaires and a few generals”

    12/11/2016 10:32:15 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 106 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jennifer Rubin is the Washington Post‘s “right” columnist, though many people would dispute that designation. Rubin has made no secret of her Trump hatred, which came through today on MSNBC. Rubin branded several of Trump’s cabinet and high level nominees “ignoramuses.” “I wish I could say that Ben Carson is the only person who doesn’t have experience in his area. You mentioned Tillerson. We also have Terry Branstad, who is the ambassador to China. He’s been the Governor of Iowa! And I like her, I think she’s smart, Nikki Haley, terrific person, but she’s going to the UN. But does...
  • Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin: Gender Pronouns and the Free Speech War

    11/19/2016 4:49:15 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 7 replies
    Rubin Report ^ | Nov 18, 2016 | Dave Rubin
    Jordan Peterson (Professor of Psychology University of Toronto) joins Dave Rubin to discuss the gender pronoun controversy he has found himself in, political correctness, free speech, and more.
  • Here come the GOP excuses

    11/09/2016 11:21:50 AM PST · by detective · 32 replies
    The Virginia Pilot ^ | Nov 8, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin
    If, as appears increasingly likely, Hillary Clinton wins today, the Republicans most responsible for the calamity will stand ready to spout a load of excuses they've been accumulating since the Republican National Convention, when it became reasonably apparent that Donald Trump was going to run his general-election campaign just the way he did his primary race. Let's save them the trouble:
  • What kind of country is this?

    11/09/2016 10:05:00 AM PST · by detective · 94 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin
    When the KKK’s favorite candidate — a man who mocks a disabled reporter, brags about sexually assaulting women, dabbles in anti-Semitic tropes and paints Mexican immigrants as “rapists” — gets elected, many of us ask rightly ask: What has become of the openhearted, tolerant, decent America so many of us were certain would reject a character like Donald Trump? As the country awakes bleary-eyed and disoriented, we are certain that the lights will come up, the horror film will end and all will be put back to normal. The alt-right will go lick its wounds, the lying opportunists will be...
  • The mainstreaming of racism on Fox News

    10/26/2016 7:14:52 PM PDT · by detective · 59 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin
    We’ve made the distinction before, but it bears repeating: There are professional, fair and conscientious news people on Fox News. No one could watch the final debate and deny that Chris Wallace is among the best in the business. Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly have earned their place among top debate moderators and interviewers. What we are about to discuss does not apply to them, but it threatens to diminish the news legitimacy of their employer and depress their own ratings as the Fox News label becomes tarnished. The degree to which Fox fake-news programming (e.g. Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly,...
  • SoCal Man Goes on Hunger Strike to Convince Jill Stein not to Spoil Hillary Clinton’s Chances

    10/08/2016 3:18:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Patch ^ | Oct. 8, 2016 | Alexander Nguyen
    Jerry Rubin, 72 of Santa Monica, started his "Be Green, Not Mean" protest Friday in the hopes of convincing Stein not to actively campaign in "battleground" states where polls are showing a close race between Clinton and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.
  • Milo Yiannopoulos and Dave Rubin Talk Brussels Attacks

    03/28/2016 1:36:15 PM PDT · by boycott · 17 replies ^ | Mar 23, 2016
    Milo Yiannopoulos (journalist) joins Dave Rubin, discussing the recent terror attacks in Brussels. Part of an interview about free speech, Donald Trump, and political correctness.
  • Media hypes Rep. Steve King while immigration reform advances[2013]

    02/03/2016 8:58:39 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    Politico tells us that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), infamous for his bigoted comments on illegal aliens, is "hitting the trail" with his anti-immigrant screed. ("If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you're going to have more violence right? It's like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?") But the thing is that no one -- outside the Beltway -- takes him all that seriously. The photo accompanying Politico's report of an anti-immigration in Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Richmond, Va., district shows exactly 14 people. (Politico claims a grand total...
  • Iran: Miltary Sites Off-Limits to Inspectors

    04/09/2015 6:27:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Commentary Mag. ^ | Michael Rubin
    President Barack Obama called the framework agreement Secretary of State John Kerry and other representatives of the P5+1 reached in Lausanne “historic.” Alas, as time passes and more is learned about the agreement and Iran’s understanding of it, the more it does seem to be “historic,” but for all the wrong reasons. -excerpt- Much of the work Iran conducted on military dimensions of a nuclear program occurred in Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps facilities and on their bases. Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan today said that the Lausanne Framework does not commit Iran to provide international inspectors access to such military...
  • If It’s March, They Must Be Honoring Terrorists

    03/17/2015 5:50:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 15, 2015 | Stephen M. Flatow – In various cultures, a particular month, day or time is associated with a certain annual activity. For example, here in the United States, November—every other year—is election time. In Israel, every May brings the solemnity of remembering fallen soldiers, followed immediately by celebrations of national independence. And if it’s March and you happen to live in Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled territory, then you know it’s time for publicly praising and honoring one of the most gruesome Palestinian massacres of Israelis and Americans in modern history. That’s because March 9, 1978, was the day that a squad of 13 Palestinian...
  • Immigration solution?

    07/24/2014 4:14:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jennifer Rubin
    Immigration reform won’t happen this year, but ironically the border debacle may make immigration reform more likely in the near to mid-future. Even if the House wanted to, there is little time (a couple weeks now and a few in September) to get any major legislation done. Moreover, with the monkey off their back and the Democrats under fire for the border mess, Republicans will see less urgency to move forward. (SNIP) It’s no longer politically untenable to argue we should first do border security, then evaluate and then address legalization issues. In fact that seems to be the default...
  • One-on-one with Rick Perry (part one)

    It seemed like one of those movies with twin brothers played by the same actor, one with glasses and one without. There is the brash, undisciplined one and the nerdy, engaging one. In my case it wasn’t a movie but a 45-minute interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. I was a tough critic of his performance in 2012, but so is he. He told me, “2011-12 was a frustrating, painful, humbling experience but not a bad one in the sense we sometimes learn the most when we are humbled.” He said one lesson is that you have to be physically...
  • Rand Paul falls in the Cantor trap

    <p>In theory, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has it largely right on immigration reform. Our current system is broken. We cannot deport everyone.</p>
  • Jennifer Rubin’s Rand Paul obsession

    03/31/2014 9:36:32 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 22 replies
    Rare ^ | 03-27-2014 | Matt Palumbo
    In February, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) was asked during a panel what he thought about Washington Post conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin saying negative things about him. Amash dismissed it and suggested people should go look at how often Rubin criticizes Rand Paul instead. So I did. Jennifer Rubin mentioned Senator Rand Paul’s name 143 times in the first three weeks of March (March 1-21) on her Right Turn blog. The only other political figure mentioned more often than Paul was President Obama at 206 times (not including “Obamacare,” but just President Obama specifically). The most frequently mentioned named after Sen....
  • Al Gore Contemplates the Inconceivable. ... Mark Steyn

    02/03/2014 9:31:54 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 3 Feb 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Barry Rubin, a great strategic thinker and cartographer of the emerging post-American world, died today in Tel Aviv. I read him regularly and cited him in After America re the collectively insane urge of almost everyone Nidal Hasan encountered as he wafted upwards through the US Army to look the other way and not see what was staring them in the face: As the writer Barry Rubin pointed out, Major Hasan was the first mass murderer in US history to give a PowerPoint presentation outlining the rationale for the crime he was about to commit. And he gave it to...
  • Eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin gets 5-year federal prison sentence

    01/29/2014 4:20:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | January 27, 2014 | Helen Jung
    A federal judge on Monday sentenced eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin to five years in prison -- less than what prosecutors sought for the former fugitive from Canada. Rubin, voice shaking, apologized to her family, the court, firefighters as well as targets of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front. "I was so convinced at the righteousness of my beliefs, that I chose to ignore my own wrongdoing," Rubin said. Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken, who presided over the sentencing hearings in 2007 of Rubin's co-conspirators in Eugene, praised Rubin's statement, calling it "the most thoughtful, well-stated, honest, unvarnished apology/explanation."...
  • Can’t Mike Lee do better? (Jennifer RUBE salivates over a RINO challenge to Lee)

    10/19/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 16 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 10/18/2013 | Jennifer Rubin (AKA - The Rube, or Jennifer Durbin)
    It is hard not to be cynical about the right-wingers’ racket. They promote confrontation in which there is no hope of victory, assail other Republicans when it fails and, along the way, raise a great deal of money and get a whole lot of media attention. There are two things going on here. First, the short-term incentives for Lee to engage in this stunt are obvious. He’s not ever going to be president of the United States and will forever be in the shadow of people like Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). (Lee...
  • Eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin pleads guilty to arson, but won't give up any names

    10/13/2013 9:40:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | October 11, 2013 | Bryan Denson
    Rubin rose before Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Portland, where she pleaded guilty to a dozen crimes – in Colorado, Oregon and California – as part of the underground Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. ... Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen F. Peifer recounted Rubin's crimes as part of the largest group of eco-saboteurs ever taken down by the FBI. They called themselves The Family and committed an estimated $40 million in damage from 1996 to 2001. ... the terms of the highly structured plea agreement sets limits on the number of years Rubin will spend in prison....
  • When Coups Advance Democracy

    07/07/2013 9:06:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Michael Rubin/Pundicity ^ | July 7, 2013 | Michael Rubin
    Just hours after the Egyptian army deposed Mohammed Morsi on July 3, President Obama expressed "deep concern" at the ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected leader and reiterated U.S. support for "the democratic process and respect for the rule of law." He instructed the State Department to re-evaluate more than 1 billion dollars in aid earmarked to Egypt. Now is not the time to punish Egypt, however. If democracy is the goal, then the United States should celebrate Egypt's coup. Morsi may have won an election, but he despised the democracy which propelled him to power. Rather than consult and...
  • A Rhodes-style China scholarship - ($300 Million)

    04/21/2013 8:00:05 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    The Hindu ^ | April 22, 2013 | Keith Bradsher
    The private-equity tycoon Stephen A. Schwarzman, backed by an array of mostly western blue-chip companies with interests in China, is creating a $300 million scholarship for study in China that he hopes will rival the Rhodes scholarship in prestige and influence. The programme, whose endowment represents one of the largest single gifts to education in the world and one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever in China, was announced by Mr. Schwarzman in Beijing on Sunday. The Schwarzman Scholars programme will pay all expenses for 200 students each year from around the world for a one-year master’s programme at Tsinghua...
  • The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

    03/03/2013 8:56:53 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies
    Forign Policy ^ | March 3, 2013 | VALI NASR
    "My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called, he told me that Barack Obama had asked him to serve as envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He would work out of the State Department, and he wanted me to join his team. "No one knows this yet. Don't tell anyone. Well, maybe...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • Accused eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin surrenders at Canadian border

    11/29/2012 1:27:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | November 29, 2012 | Noelle Crombie
    Rebecca Rubin A 39-year-old woman accused of eco-sabotage in three Western states turned herself in to U.S. authorities at the Canadian border on Thursday morning. Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian, had been on the run for a decade before surrendering in Blaine, Wash. She is accused of multiple counts of arson as part of a conspiracy with 12 other people from 1996 to 2001 in five Western states. The charges against Rubin include a Nov. 30, 1997, arson at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility in Harney county near Burns and the Dec. 22,...
  • CNBC Exec’s Children Murdered, 1 Day After CNBC Reports $43 Trillion Bankster Lawsuit

    10/27/2012 10:47:23 AM PDT · by opentalk · 73 replies
    Intel Hub ^ | October 26, 2012 | JG Vibes
    This week financial news organization CNBC gave some mainstream attention to the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History, in which “Banksters” and their U.S. racketeering partners are being accused of laundering of 43 trillion dollars worth of ill gotten gains. The lawsuit is said to involve officials located in the highest offices of government and the financial sector. Since this information was surprisingly revealed by the mainstream news organization there has been a very suspicious and deadly fallout at the CNBC headquarters. Within hours the original page for the article was taken down, and CNBC senior...
  • Marc Faber: If I Were Bernanke, I Would Resign

    09/14/2012 10:08:45 AM PDT · by Fred · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | 91412 | Shai Ahmed
    Central bankers are “counterfeit money printers” and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should resign for messing up the U.S. economy so badly, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Doom and Boom, told CNBC on Friday. He said Bernanke was one of the main proponents of an ultra-expansionist economic monetary policy that was to blame for the latest financial crisis. “If I had messed up as badly as Bernanke I would for sure resign. The mandate of the Fed to boost asset prices and thereby create wealth is ludicrous — it doesn’t work that way. It’s a temporary boost followed by...
  • Tom Brokaw Rushed to Charlotte Hospital

    09/06/2012 6:48:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies ^ | September 6, 2012 8:36 AM | By Chris Ariens
    NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken by ambulance to a Charlotte hospital this morning after an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Brokaw, 72, who stepped down as anchor of “Nightly News” after the 2004 election, has been working a break-neck pace the last two weeks first at the RNC and this week at the DNC. Brokaw has been up early, appearing on “Morning Joe,” then reporting throughout the day and into the night. Last night, he appeared on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show. An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “On the set of ‘Morning Joe’ this morning, Tom Brokaw...
  • Ari Rubin suicide continues pattern of violent JDL deaths

    08/25/2012 10:49:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 8/15/12 | Tom Tugend
    Ari Ephraim Rubin, vice chairman of the Jewish Defense League long led by his father, Irving (Irv) Rubin, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 20. He was 30. Ari Rubin had been active since his youth in the militant JDL, which has long been rejected by mainstream Jewish organizations for its violent tactics, and he became vice chairman in 2006. His death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, whose spokesman, Craig Harvey, said that a neighbor found Rubin in his car with the self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. The report was confirmed...
  • Am I To Understand That Value Voters Are Being Rejected By the Republican Party?

    02/21/2012 3:58:39 PM PST · by jenk · 22 replies ^ | 2/21/12 | Jen Kuznicki
    Thanks to Professor Jacobsen of Legal Insurrection and Dan Riehl of Riehl World View for their timely and informative posts. First of all, I'll share a conversation I had with a Democrat in Michigan yesterday. She asked me why she had only heard of Rick Santorum within the past week. I answered that because of party politics and money-on-hand of the candidates other than Romney, the rest of the candidates are having a difficult time getting their name across. "Well, I don't like that Romney, he's buying the election," she said, "and I'd vote for Santorum but everything about him...
  • Is the Bahrain Uprising Sponsored by Iran?

    02/05/2012 1:06:05 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Pundicity/Michael Rubin ^ | Feb. 2, 2012 | Michael Rubin
    Bahrain is strategically important and an incredibly diverse country, not only ethnically (with Arabs and those of Persian origin, not to mention South Asians and Filipinos if one includes the expatriate workers), but also religiously: The majority are Shi'ite Muslims, the ruling and more elite class are Sunni Muslims, and there are also a number of Christians and Jewish families, the latter mostly of Iraqi origin centuries ago. The Bahraini ambassador to the United States is Jewish. Because most of the opposition is Shi'ite, there is concern in American policy circles and among many journalists that a hidden Iranian hand...
  • Levin BLASTS Krauthammer, Will, Coulter, and Rubin on Attempts to Destroy Gingrich

    12/15/2011 6:26:45 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 15, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Says they remind him of previous  attacks on Sarah Palin emanating from  these same useful idiots illuminati...  Shillin' for Mittens: The Great One yesterday: 'Well, Good Lord I have never seen an attack on somebody like I'm seeing on Newt Gingrich- it reminds me of Sarah Palin at this point' 'You go read Jennifer Rubin there in the Washington Compost...(lol), she's making a career out slaughtering conservatives- and Newt Gingrich in particular- because she's in Romney's back pocket.  No offense, Jennifer- it's just obvious, you're writing, I'm reading.' 'Look at George Will... I think his bow-tie popped off his neck. The fact is,...
  • Senate report to reveal mortgage crisis details: WSJ

    04/03/2011 12:17:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/3/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Senate will soon issue findings of a probe of the US mortgage meltdown that fueled the global financial crisis, with Goldman Sachs likely to face fresh embarrassment over its role, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, whose high-profile inquiry commission subpoenaed Goldman's and other executives last year, is due to release its report on the subprime implosion of 2007 and 2008. The paper, citing people familiar with the matter, said the report was expected to release emails from securities firms that developed or sold subprime mortgages and financial vehicles including...
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Long-Standing War On The West (US Politicians)

    02/02/2011 10:18:40 PM PST · by bronxville · 148 replies
    US Politicians Duped By The Brotherhood In the United States, one individual maintained a pretense of "moderation" which would later embarrass the left and the right. According to the testimony of Dr. Michael Waller to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Abdurahman Alamoudi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. A man born in Eritrea in 1951, he arrived in the US in 1979 and became a naturalized US citizen on May 23, 1996. From 1985 onwards he became involved in many Muslim groups. In 1990 he founded the Washington DC-based American Muslim Council (AMC), which Waller states "has...
  • Global Insiders Warned: U.S. Debt Crisis Could Explode at Anytime

    01/25/2011 5:26:31 PM PST · by FromLori · 11 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 1/25/2011 | Robert Wenzel
    Global insiders are starting to gather in Davos, Switzerland for this week's World Economic Forum. JPMorgan Chase's Jamie "Obama's Favorite Banker" Dimon will be there, as will be Treasury Secretary Geithner. When attendees arrive and check in, they will be given their badges and a copy of a special Davos magazine, prepared especially for the event. In the magazine will be an article by Robert Rubin. He is an insider's insider. Participants will read the article. Rubin is so wired in that when insiders think of the people who are operating behind a president, it is names like Rubin's that...
  • More Fright-peddling, More Bailouts

    01/20/2009 9:33:48 AM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 223+ views
    thenewamerican ^ | William F. Jasper
    Round two of the economic crime of the century has begun. On January 12, Lawrence Summers, President Obama's designee to become director of his National Economic Council, sent a letter to congressional majority and minority leaders seeking the second half of the $750 billion approved by Congress last October.   Citing Obama's economic speech of January 8, Summers wrote: "As the President-elect recently stated, 'we start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any other we have seen in our lifetime.'" As you no doubt recall, last September Congress, fearing the wrath of constituents, rejected a bailout scheme put together...
  • Turkey's New Foreign Policy Direction

    07/28/2010 5:38:58 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Pundicity/Michael ^ | July 28, 2010 | Michael Rubin
    To House Foreign Affairs Committee July 28, 2010 Chairman Berman, Ranking Member Ros-Lehtinen, Honorable Members. Thank you for this opportunity to testify. Prime Minister ErdoÄŸan, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) have changed Turkey fundamentally. They do not simply seek good relations with their Arab neighbors and Iran. Instead, they favor the most radical elements in regional struggles, hence their embrace of Syria over Lebanon and of Hamas over Fatah, and their endorsement Iran's nuclear program. Over the last 8 years, the AKP government has reoriented Turkey toward the Arab and Iranian Middle East, not to facilitate bridge-building to...
  • Wall Street Read of the Week: "Bob Rubin Just Wants to Be Cuddled"

    05/01/2010 4:55:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 824+ views
    NY Observer ^ | 04/30/10 | Max Abelson
    Wall Street Read of the Week: "Bob Rubin Just Wants to Be Cuddled" By Max Abelson April 30, 2010 | 6:36 p.m Until today, the London Business School-educated Iris Mack was known as a Harvard Management Company whistle-blower. From now on she will be remembered for these extraordinary words about her affair with former Treasury Secretary and Citi executive Bob Rubin: "He got this funny look on his face, and asked: 'Do you want to go upstairs and...cuddle?' So that's what this is about... And not long afterward the former Treasury Secretary had his tongue down my throat and hands...
  • No Citi pity here; Prince, Rubin dodge bullets at crisis hearing (RUBIN smiles at criticism)

    04/09/2010 7:39:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies · 458+ views
    NY POST ^ | 4/9/10 | MARK DeCAMBRE
    Former Citi Chair Bob Rubin (ex-Goldman Sachs banker and Clinton Treasury Secy) was criticized by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission for not accepting blame for Citi's ill-advised drive into CDOs (collaterized mortgage-backed securities that got a $45B TARP bailout). "You were not a garden-variety board member," he was told. Rubin got a $115M paycheck sitting on Citi's board 1999-2009; Rubin is frustrated with the view that he should have been more involved in Citi's operations during the crisis.
  • Rubin is challenged on role in Citi's risk-taking

    04/08/2010 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 424+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/10 | Marcy Gordon - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Rubin, the former financial superstar once lionized for his global crisis-fighting prowess, was scolded Thursday over the mortgage-securities disaster at Citigroup Inc. when he was a top executive there. His claim he didn't know of the risks piling up drew a sharp retort. "You can't have it both ways: You either were pulling the levers or asleep at the switch," the head of the panel investigating the roots of the financial crisis told Rubin at a hearing. Rubin expressed regret. Yet he insisted he didn't know until late in the game, when the subprime mortgage crisis...
  • NY Times: Committee Takes Up Subprime and Citi’s Troubles

    04/07/2010 7:07:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 308+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 7, 2010 | By SEWELL CHAN and ERIC DASH
    WASHINGTON — The committee examining the causes of the financial crisis was poised Wednesday to focus on the subprime mortgage troubles that contributed to Citigroup’s near-collapse. In prepared statements, a former Citi mortgage lending officer and whistle-blower, Richard M. Bowen III, testified before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission that he had alerted his bosses about problems in the bank’s mortgage portfolio. Mr. Bowen planned to tell the panel that he alerted top officers that as many as 80 percent of the loans the bank sold to Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae and other investors were defective. “Since mid-2006, I have continually...
  • Taking Tea with the Taliban

    02/02/2010 6:57:10 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 228+ views
    Commentary mag. ^ | Michael Rubin
    Addressing the nation on December 1, 2009, President Barack Obama laid out the case for an augmented American presence in Afghanistan to battle the Taliban forces seeking to push their way back into power. “Over the last several years, the Taliban has maintained common cause with al-Qaeda, as they both seek an overthrow of the Afghan government,” he declared. The president offered a brief account of the Taliban’s rise to power before the U.S. tossed them out in November 2001. “Al-Qaeda’s base of operations was in Afghanistan,” he said, “where they were harbored by the Taliban—a ruthless, repressive, and radical...
  • A Watershed Election

    02/01/2010 8:27:41 AM PST · by nuconvert · 329+ views
    NRO ^ | Feb. 1, 2010 | Michael Rubin
    After the Iraqi parliament banned 500 candidates from contesting the March 7 national elections, Vice President Joseph Biden rushed to Baghdad to urge Iraqi political leaders to reconsider. While the ban has fueled U.S. cynicism about Iraqi democracy, such cynicism is unwarranted, especially now. The Iraqi parliament’s decision did not wipe out Sunni candidates. Even the majority Shia lists are multi-sectarian. Iraqis say the controversy is really about rule-of-law and sovereignty issues. Across the ethnic and sectarian spectrum — and even in senior Iraqi military circles — Iraqis consider it likely that there will be a Baathist coup attempt following...
  • A messy state of affairs

    02/01/2010 3:52:28 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies · 196+ views
    The Pioneer, India ^ | February 1, 2010 | Barry Rubin
    Despite messing up on Iran and the peace process, subverting allies in Central Europe and mishandling the Islamist terrorist problem, Obama says there is no problem! Significantly, US President Barack Obama’s discussion of foreign policy came only at the end of his State of the Union message. Obviously, domestic matters and especially the economy come first. Yet international affairs are not only vital but often have been the issues on which Administrations are judged, no matter how unlikely that seemed at the time. It is apparently considered impolite to point out that Mr Obama has no previous experience and little...
  • The Enduring Iran-Syria-Hezbollah Axis

    12/18/2009 5:05:23 AM PST · by nuconvert · 318+ views
    The 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel took not only outside observers by surprise, but also Israel and the government of Lebanon. A day after an operation in which Hezbollah killed five Israeli soldiers and captured two others, the Israel Defense Forces struck Lebanese targets as far north as Beirut. Over subsequent days, the Israeli Air Force bombed Hezbollah-controlled neighborhoods in Beirut and struck targets in the country's north. U.S., European, and Arab diplomats scrambled to prevent the spread of hostilities. While Arab governments remained conspicuously silent, unwilling to support Hezbollah publicly, if at all, Iranian authorities egged on the...
  • Obama Cuts Off Funding for Iranian Human-Rights Documentation

    10/06/2009 7:08:45 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 946+ views
    National Review ^ | Oct 6, 2009 | Michael Rubin
    I've got to say, even for the Obama administration, this is a real shocker. The Clinton State Department has decided to cut off all funding for the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC), which was compiling lists of protestors imprisoned in this summer's unrest, as well as those who were killed in the crackdown. IHRDC is what human-rights advocates should be: methodical, precise, and apolitical in their work. And yet, the Obama administration has, without explanation, cut off all federal funding to the group which has consistently fulfilled its mandate. Anyone, across the political spectrum who has any interest in...
  • It takes much more than talk to stop Iran's stonewalling

    09/30/2009 6:53:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 427+ views ^ | September 30, 2009 | Michael Rubin
    Tomorrow, U.S. diplomats and their Russian, Chinese and European counterparts will join Iranian officials to discuss the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. The meeting follows new Iranian missile tests and exposure of a second covert Iranian nuclear enrichment facility. Iran enters the negotiations defiant. "The announcement of the enrichment facilities will be Iran's winning card," Kayhan newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Supreme Leader, editorialized last Sunday. The meeting will be a nail in the coffin of the Obama doctrine. Throughout his campaign, President Obama preached unconditional diplomacy. "We need a President who'll have the strength and courage to go toe-to-toe with...
  • What did Hank know and when did he know it?

    09/22/2009 6:21:11 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 1,460+ views
    NY Post ^ | 22 Sep 2009 | John Crudele
    HANK Paulson has admitted that he kept in touch with "market participants" on Wall Street when he was Treasury secretary. But did the former head of Goldman Sachs use his government position to enrich his friends during one of the most tumultuous times in US financial history? Paulson's phone logs, which I obtained after a Freedom of Information Act request, show that the Treasury chief kept in frequent touch with a virtual Who's Who of Wall Street's power players. But a half-hour block of time could prove to be the most intriguing bit of non-information in his schedule. Let me...
  • The Troop Drawdown Could Be Costly for Iraq (MichaelRubin)

    06/30/2009 11:27:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 351+ views ^ | June 30, 2009
    Today is a milestone in Iraq. Under the terms of the Strategic Framework Agreement, U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities. In retrospect, however, June 30 will likely mark another milestone: the end of the surge and the relative peace it brought to Iraq. In the past week, bombings in Baghdad, Mosul and near Kirkuk have killed almost 200 people. The worst is yet to come. While the Strategic Framework Agreement was negotiated in the twilight of the Bush administration, President Barack Obama shaped the final deal. He campaigned on a time line to withdraw combat troops from Iraq, and...
  • More Disgusting than Forced Confessions

    06/26/2009 12:58:33 PM PDT · by mainepatsfan · 15 replies · 624+ views
    More Disgusting than Forced Confessions [Michael Rubin] Word from Iran is that the authorities have forced Neda's father to appear on state television and say that the protestors, and not the regime, killed her.