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  • Puerto Rico’s progress still stalled four years after Maria

    09/20/2021 6:52:59 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    NBC via msn ^ | 20 September 2021 | Nicole Acevedo
    The memories of surviving Hurricane Maria still haunt people in Puerto Rico, four years after the storm wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory on Sept. 20, 2017. ...Hurricane Maria left $90 billion in damages and Congress allocated at least $63 billion for disaster relief and recovery operations. Four years later, about 71 percent of those funds have not reached communities on the island archipelago. Puerto Rico has received about $18 billion, according to FEMA's Recovery Support Function Leadership Group.... ...The Fiscal Oversight and Management Board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances has said the remaining bulk of the reconstruction aid is scheduled...
  • 15 ex-NFL players say they engaged in multimillion-dollar nationwide fraud scheme

    09/08/2021 3:43:20 AM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07 September 2021 | Emily Zantow
    More than a dozen former NFL players, including former star running back Clinton Portis, have pleaded guilty to federal charges linked to a multimillion-dollar nationwide scheme to defraud a health care benefit program. The most recent guilty pleas came within the last three weeks from Robert McCune, 40, of Georgia, Tamarick Vanover, 47, of Florida and Portis, 40, of South Carolina... ...Mr. McCune admitted he received nearly $2.5 million for orchestrating the scheme.....
  • White House unveils $65B pandemic preparedness plan

    09/03/2021 1:55:43 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/03/2021 | Justine Coleman
    White House unveils $65B pandemic preparedness plan © Getty Images The Biden administration on Friday unveiled its $65.3 billion plan to improve the U.S.’s pandemic preparedness strategy in the midst of COVID-19 and as the country readies for any future biological threats. The White House plans to funnel the $65.3 billion over seven to 10 years to invest in the country’s ability to respond “rapidly and effectively” to future epidemics and pandemics, as the current COVID-19 crisis has disrupted society and killed millions worldwide. “The cost of the pandemic prevention pales in comparison to the enormous cost – in lives...
  • The Truman Show: How the 33rd president finagled his way to a post–White House fortune

    08/04/2021 11:05:24 PM PDT · by Impy · 73 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/24/21 | Paul Campos
    In February 1958, the immense prime-time audience that tuned into Edward R. Murrow’s CBS program See It Now was treated to a historical first: a television interview with a former president of the United States. Among various other topics, the great journalist asked Harry Truman about how he was getting along financially. As was his custom, the plainspoken Missourian minced no words about his situation. “You know,” Truman told Murrow, “the United States government turns its chief executives out to grass. They’re just allowed to starve.” Truman went on to claim that only his recent inheritance of the family farm...
  • Opinion: On Hunter Biden’s art, let’s look at the bigger picture

    07/14/2021 4:48:29 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    WaPoo ^ | 13/7/21 | Matt Bai
    Hunter Biden, the budding artist, is never going to be Jackson Pollock or Edward Hopper. He probably isn’t Dennis Hopper, for that matter. That doesn’t make him an influence-peddler hiding behind an easel, however. And ethical conflicts, like modern art, are best viewed with some perspective. In case you missed the brouhaha here, the president’s 51-year-old son, whose shady business dealings have long been the subject of scrutiny, is now being represented by a SoHo gallery owner who expects to sell some of Hunter Biden’s abstract paintings for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The White House has said the identity...
  • Hunter Biden Leaves Venice; Moves Into Art Career

    06/20/2021 6:50:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 59 replies
    Patch ^ | 17/6/21 | Nicole Charky
    VENICE, CA — Hunter Biden moved out of his Venice canals rental and is now pushing forward in his art career, he tells Artnet. President Biden's son has been making art since he was a child and although he has no formal training, his work is represented by dealer Georges Bergès. He also has his gallery show debut coming to New York and a private showing in Los Angeles scheduled for this fall. His abstract work highlights patterns, bold color and he tells the New York Times it's "keeping him sane." Biden prefers painting on a tabletop, horizontally. He doesn't...
  • Adam Schiff to Release Book Detailing His View of Trump Impeachment

    04/27/2021 10:03:43 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/27/2021 | Kyle Morris
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is planning to release a book later this year about former President Donald Trump’s impeachment process. Schiff announced the book, “Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could,” in a social media post Tuesday, telling his followers that he has been working on it “for the last year.”
  • Report: 'Border Czar' Kamala Harris's Book Is Purchased With 'U.S. Taxpayer Dollars' and Given to Illegal Aliens

    04/25/2021 10:03:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/25/2021 | Victoria Taft
    Democrats accused President Donald Trump of cashing in his office for personal gain and nothing was ever proven. But now Kamala Harris appears to be doing exactly that, according to reports from Breaking 911 and The New York Post.The New York Post reports that the Biden administration is handing out copies of a book written by Vice President Kamala Harris. Breaking 911 claims that the administration is using U.S. taxpayer dollars to buy the books to give to children who came to the U.S. illegally. Thousands of children have come over the border at the invitation of the Biden administraton.The...
  • Hunter Biden business ambitions in China included building SeaWorld parks, memos show

    04/22/2021 6:08:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 14 replies
    Just The News ^ | April 22, 2021 | Seamus Bruner and John Solomon
    Deal involved a former U.S. ambassador to China, a former top Joe Biden aide and a Chinese state-owned bank. "We have all the pieces in place in China to move on this," one email boasted.Hunter Biden's efforts to score big money in China while his father was vice president were far-reaching, including proposals to build a SeaWorld theme park in the communist country and to get Beijing to invest in an NBA arena in America, emails and memos obtained by Just the News show. The deals also involved a Chinese state-owned bank, former Obama ambassador to China Gary Locke and...
  • Simon and Schuster Give Hunter Biden Book Deal After Cancelling Senator Josh Hawley Book Deal

    02/05/2021 5:46:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | February 4, 2021 | Sundance
    An interesting compare-&-contrast arises amid reports out today of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, getting a book deal to publish his memoir “Beautiful Things”. The controversial life of Hunter Biden includes abusive relationships, sex scandals, drug use and retaining a position of affluence by trading on his father’s position in government. Everything surrounding Hunter Biden is not only sketchy, it is the life of a very troubled, manipulative, opportunistic and creepy person… e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
  • You Will Be Made to Believe Implausible Things

    01/31/2021 3:11:23 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 31 Jan, 2021 | Clarice Feldman
    War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, and Biden is President. In George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984, he said, “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” To guide you along this path, I bring to your attention implausible things you are expected to believe this week. Things that are not graft. Outrageously generous book deals to present and former officials. The Obamas’ $65 million book advances still lead the way to the most lavish, though the notion that even Democrat politicians’ relatives, like Chelsea Clinton, would offer ghostwritten pap...
  • Biden’s Energy Nominee Divvied Millions In Taxpayer Funds To Alternative Energy Startups That Went Bankrupt

    01/27/2021 4:55:33 PM PST · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 1/27/2021 1118 hrs est | Andrew Kerr
    President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, divvied out millions in taxpayer funds during her two terms as Michigan governor to alternative energy companies that eventually went bankrupt. In one instance, Granholm’s administration provided a $9.1 million refundable tax credit to a renewable energy company registered to the address of a single-wide trailer and run by a convicted embezzler named Richard Short. Short was found to be in violation of his parole and sent back to prison after appearing on stage with Granholm in 2010 to accept assistance from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, according...
  • Can We Get A Little Solidarity Here On The Green New Deal?

    01/27/2021 5:46:09 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 1-27-21 | MOTUS
    Can we get a little solidarity here: If you’re against pipelines due to global warming concerns than do your part and shut off the one bringing gas to your house.Although I suspect it’s a bit presumptuous to assume the haters even own a wrench much less know how to use it.If the Keystone XL Pipeline owners want to get Joey’s Big Boy Order reversed however it’s really quite simple: all they have to do is put Hunter on the board of directors and make sure Pops get’s his customary 10%. And maybe throw in a golf game in the Hamptons,...
  • Mexican Leader Says Biden Offers $4B For Central America

    01/24/2021 1:51:19 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 24 January 2021
    President Joe Biden's first calls to foreign leaders went to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a strained moment for the U.S. relationship with its North American neighbors. Mexico's president said Saturday that Biden told him the U.S. would send $4 billion to help development in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala
  • 2020: The Year of the Big Fraud

    12/20/2020 4:19:55 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 20 Dec, 2020 | Clarice Feldman
    In 2020 the endemic fraud underlying most of our institutions became undeniable. What will the response be in 2021? This was a year in which a number of frauds were exposed: Election fraud, media fraud, and public health fraud, among them. Their exposure has stirred outrage and as the year ends, no relief seems in sight. Election Fraud With No Apparent Judicial Relief Many Americans -- according to some surveys, a majority -- believe that the presidential election was marred by massive fraud in five states without which the President would surely have been re-elected. The short version of this...
  • Georgia GOP accuses Ossoff of failing to disclose payments from company tied to China

    12/09/2020 4:37:16 PM PST · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 09 Dec 2020 | Evie Fordham
    ..."Jon Ossoff tried to hide his connection to a media company with direct ties to the Communist Chinese government. We’re asking the Senate Ethics Committee to look into this further, because we believe this was an intentional effort to conceal information from the people of Georgia," Georgia GOP Executive Director Stewart Bragg said in a statement on Wednesday. "The Republicans allege the timing of the disclosure, which came after the Democratic primary, meant "Georgia voters were not given an accurate assessment of his financial situation."
  • Illinois tolls were supposed to be temporary. A progressive tax is only supposed to hurt 3% of Illinoisans. Political promises mean little in Illinois.

    12/07/2020 3:36:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | September 17, 2020 | Ben Szalinski
    “Toll free in ’73.” That was the campaign slogan over five decades ago that promised tolls on Illinois interstates would be a temporary revenue sources. Today, the tolls are higher and the tollway authority is more permanent than ever. Lawmakers promised tolls would help fund 186 miles of interstate construction and would be removed when the roads were paid off. After that, highway maintenance would be funded by the gas tax. In 1968, the General Assembly made the Illinois Toll Highway Authority permanent. What started at just 10 cents at the exits and 25 cents at the plazas has grown...
  • Freedom Leaf, Inc., The Marijuana Legalization Company, Appoints Paul Pelosi Jr. as Chairman of the Board

    08/05/2020 6:55:56 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 37 replies
    GL Brands ^ | November 2, 2017 | Freedom Leaf
    Freedom Leaf, Inc. moves toward a major revenue increase with the launch of the Hempology brands and Green Market Europe LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Nov 2, 2017) – Freedom Leaf, Inc. (OTCQB: FRLF) is very pleased to announce that Paul Pelosi Jr. has accepted our invitation to become Chairman of Freedom Leaf’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Pelosi will guide FRLF in corporate governance, sustainable revenue generation, and investor relations. Freedom Leaf, Inc. will launch an Initiative to become the model for corporate governance in the cannabis and hemp sector. Mr. Paul Pelosi Jr. is the son of U.S....
  • The Most Popular Crook in America

    01/10/2020 5:09:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 10, 2020 | Alex Pareene
    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan repeatedly steered state transportation development money to projects that would increase the value of his real estate holdings, according to a lengthy investigation by Washington Monthly’s Eric Cortellessa. Cortellessa reports that Hogan, who ostensibly left his brother in charge of his real estate brokerage firm when he was elected, has, in fact, maintained ownership and control while serving as governor; the trustees he handpicked to run his company have continued to keep him apprised of its business dealings. And as governor, he has advanced highway and road construction projects that directly boosted the value of land...
  • California governor rejects PG&E bankruptcy reorganization plan

    12/14/2019 7:14:36 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-13-2019 | Tom Hal’s, Steve Gorman
    California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday rejected a bankruptcy reorganization plan submitted by PG&E Corp (PCG.N), the state’s largest investor-owned utility, saying its proposal fails to meet the requirements of a recently enacted wildfire The decision by Newsom, sent to PG&E in a letter, complicates the company’s push to exit bankruptcy and provide billions of dollars to victims of devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018 sparked by the utility’s power lines. The embattled utility now has until Tuesday to further amend its plan to Newsom’s satisfaction, but his criticism of the reorganization package as it was presented by PG&E a...