Which party has a "culture of corruption?"

Of course there are bad apples in any organization.  But the Democratic Party for years has accused the Republican Party of fostering a "culture of corruption."  It has been a recurring campaign theme since the summer of 2005*.  But upon closer examination, it appears that the political left is where there is a problem with corruption.

Even more examples are available if you look for the word "corruption" on this page.

The word "suspicious" doesn't even begin to describe the stuff on this page.

Specific politicians have their own subsections on this page:

    Governor Andrew Cuomo,
    Senator Raphael Warnock,
    Eric Swalwell,
    Lyndon B. Johnson,
    Mark Kelly,
    Cal Cunningham,
    Representative Ilhan Omar,
    Representative Rashida Tlaib,
    Representative Katie Hill,
    Mega-donor Ed Buck,
    Representative Elijah Cummings,
    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,
    The Late Senator Ted Kennedy,
    Senator Dianne Feinstein,
    Representative Corrine Brown,
    Senator Robert Menendez,
    Former Senator Harry Reid,
    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin,
    Representative Emanuel Cleaver,
    Representative Sheila Jackson Lee,
    Former Senator Jon Corzine,
    Representative Laura Richardson,
    Representative Alcee Hastings,
    Representative David Wu,
    Andrew Gillum,
    Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr.,
    Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson,
    Representative Maxine Waters,
    Mr. and Mrs. John Conyers,
    Former DC Mayor Marion Barry,
    Senator Chris Dodd,
    Sandy Berger,
    Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit,
    The Late Congressman John Murtha,
    Former Congressman Barney Frank,
    Former Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York,
    Former Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois,
    and his protégé, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois.

Related pages:

    Minor league corruption
    Imran Awan
    Joe Biden
    President Obama's Culture of Corruption
    Lists of Obama Scandals
    Ex-Congressman William J. Jefferson
    The Fast and Furious scandal
    Voting fraud

NEW:  This page has been shrunk by about 65 k-bytes now that I have moved all the "small potatoes" to a separate page.  The new page is about local-level Democrats who have been accused of small-scale (although not harmless) crimes and improprieties.  The material below is mostly about Senators, Representatives and Governors who have shown that the Democrat party is the one with the "culture of corruption."

Please remember that the American system of justice includes a presumption of innocence:  Anyone who is accused or suspected of a crime is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Who will take the fall for Afghanistan?  One of the Marine Corps principles of leadership is to accept responsibility for your actions.  In most Western cultures, those who fail spectacularly then resign.  Traditional Japanese military culture demanded that those who failed commit suicide out of shame and honor.  In modern Democrat party political culture, there is no true individual responsibility for one's own actions, either in public or private life.  Everything that goes wrong is either someone else's fault or society's fault.  It's a victimology cult.  A hollow, ritualistic statement of "the buck stops here" is then usually accompanied by the non sequitur of blaming someone else.  This is what President Biden did yet again in recent days.

So You Don't Like President Donald Trump?  We are told that style matters.  How a politician speaks in public, how he talks about other Americans, how he tweets.  We have been told that this election is about "character."  So let's talk about character, shall we?  What is the character of a man who drives drunk with his mistress, crashes the car, and walks away, allowing the young woman to drown?  And what is the character of a political elite that knows what he did, covers for him, and then builds that man up to become "the lion of the Senate"?  What is the character of a man who, as vice president, frequently used the "n-word" to describe his fellow Americans who happened to be black and who, he believed, he could simply buy with a massive expansion of the welfare state he called the "Great Society?"  What is the character of a man who, not only has credible allegations of sexual assault and even rape made against him as governor and state attorney general, but when elevated to the presidency, has sex in the Oval Office with an intern 27 years his junior?  And what is the character of the media and political elite that says such a transparent sexual abuse of power and degradation of the most sacred office in the world is just a "private" issue?

The virus is all they've got and they're clinging to it.  [Scroll down]  Now with just a few weeks until the election, the Biden family's corruption is coming into full view, despite social media's rapacious attempts to squelch the news of Hunter's career as an influence peddler.  How has all this ill-gotten wealth escaped the notice of the IRS?  The same way the many millions of the Clintons' ill-gotten wealth was overlooked by the IRS.  Outside of D.C., little people go to prison for a fraction of the crimes committed by the Bidens and the Clintons.  That is how the world works these days.  Powerful crooks like the Clintons, the Bidens, the Feinsteins, Pelosis, et al, operate on a plane reserved for the likes of their ilk.

The Re-Rehabilitation Of The Clintons.  The Clintons are helpful to Democrats again, at least right now.  They have a lot of liberal friends with very deep pockets, and Democrats will do anything for money.  Remember Ed Buck?  If that name doesn't sound familiar that's because he was a huge Democratic Party donor in California who had a problem with young gay black men overdosing in his house and the national media did all they could to cover it as quickly as possible and move on.  The party that loves identity politics and accusing people of racism, largely ignored this rich white guy's penchant for victimizing gay black men because his checks cleared.  Same reason people like George Stephanopoulos went to Epstein's "welcome home dinner" after being released from prison on child sex charges a few years ago — if you have money, or can provide the party access to people who do, Democrats will forgive or ignore anything.

Eliminating the 1%.  Some righteous businessperson gets fed up with the corruption in Washington and decides to leave his career and run for office to make a change.  He gets elected.  When he get there, he discovers that if he doesn't play the game, all of his efforts get stonewalled.  You have to go along to get along.  He doesn't want to be unproductive, so the compromise.  It's called the moral arc of Washington:  1. Idealism 2. Pragmatism 3. Ambition, and 4. Corruption.  Once they compromise, they get cooperation.  After learning the ropes, they get good at it.  Then they start playing for keeps (ambition).  Have you ever noticed how many people leave a job making $90k a year to do a few stints in Washington making six digits as a public servant, only to retire as a multimillionaire?  Weird.

Exposing the RINO Underground By Smoking Out the 'Never Trumpers' One-by-One.  [Scroll down]  [C]oncerns about Trump's personal-character flaws are fair.  But as so many prominent theologians throughout the G-d-conscious Christian community and the Orthodox Jewish community realize, our Presidents often have profound failings of character.  Obama was a brazen liar, a financially corrupt cheat who got rich with the help of the felon Tony Rezko and who consorted with the worst racists in America:  Louis Farrakhan, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton.  Clinton's private life was a stain on the American fabric.  John Kennedy was a dossier that even Christopher Steele could not compile.

Democrats' Trump impeachment focus sends voters clear message:  We don't care what you think.  [Scroll down]  You got that?  "No one is above the law," explain the very same people who spent all day making excuses for illegitimate government spying on American citizens.  But never mind.  Literally, no one is above the law.  Democrats say that over and over and over again.  Yeah, it's pretty simple.  You don't need a law degree to understand it.  Nobody is above the law.  Nobody — except for the more than 20 million illegal aliens whom the left tell us have every right to be here, ignoring our laws.  And shut up, racist, if you disagree.  Also, the so-called homeless shooting up and defecating and living full-time on our sidewalks.  The law does not apply to them or to subway jumpers in New York or to Hunter Biden.  But other than that, absolutely nobody is above the law, meaning Trump.  And that's why they're impeaching him.

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Right.  No one is above the law, except Hillary Clinton seems to be above the law (Whitewater, Travelgate, Cattle futures, spoliation of evidence).  And the guy that broke Jeffrey Epstein's neck seems to be above the law.  And the people who rubbed out Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Gareth Williams, Shawn Lucas, Seth Rich, Suzanne Coleman, and Mary Caitrin Mahoney seem to be above the law. 

For Peace in America, We Must Return to the Rule of Law.  The Left has simply become evil.  That is not to say all registered Democrats or Democrat politicians are necessarily evil, but the national-level leadership of the party and their primary backers represent a genuinely evil, oppressive, authoritarian, and — not coincidentally — anti-Semitic program (under the thin veneer of vicious, rabid anti-Zionism).  They either represent this mindset outright (e.g., vice DNC chairman Keith Ellison, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, etc.) or are unwilling to summon the elemental courage to oppose these trends effectively in their own party (e.g., Pelosi, Schumer).  What is more, almost uniformly among their leaders — to include the likes of Pelosi and Schumer — they will stoop to any level of dishonesty and corruption in order to obtain or maintain power (e.g., the Stalinesque Kavanaugh "show trial" hearings, the vote fraud spectacles we saw in Florida and California this past midterm election, advocating for illegal aliens to vote, advocating lowering the voting age to 16, etc.).

The Left Will Make 2019 a Dark Year.  There is nothing Trump or any member of his administration has done that is comparable to Hillary Clinton's use of her own email server while U.S. secretary of state, or her destroying tens of thousands of emails after they were subpoenaed by Congress, or foreign governments' and corporations' paying vast sums of money to Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.  Nor is there anything Trump or anyone in his administration has done comparable to the Obama Administration's use of the IRS to suppress conservative nonprofits; its selling guns to Mexican drug cartels, at least one of which was later found at the scene where a Border Patrol officer was killed; or the lies it told about the cause of the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.  Yet any suggestion by Republicans that these activities be investigated is effectively shouted down by the Democrats and the media.

Top congressional corruption miscreants exposed, and guess which party dominates.  What is most noteworthy about this list?  The high presence of Democrats and the culture of impunity that allows them to go unpunished over and over.  There it is, on display, and we haven't even heard any reports yet about the ones who "suddenly" found themselves millionaires on their congressional salaries after insider stock trading and other machinations described by Peter Schweizer in his superb book, Throw Them All Out.  Seriously, it's five of the six on the list, while the GOP leadership and the ex-candidate have corruption of other categories.  These people are cover-up artists, pocket-liners, and political opportunists.

Why is Brett Kavanaugh being barbecued by the US Senate, while Bill Clinton goes unscathed?  The biggest thing that didn't happen this year was the final collapse of Bill Clinton's reputation.  The former US President, and his warmongering and strangely supportive wife Hillary, have somehow managed to escape the great ultra-feminist frenzy that has brought down so many men from their pedestals of power and reputation.  Personally, I'm not especially troubled by Bill's survival.  Against my own will, I almost like the terrible old monster.  I was once bathed in his chicken-fried charm for a delightful, unforgettable minute when I slipped uninvited into a White House event and asked him an awkward question about Ireland.  Ah, I thought, so this is what they mean by charisma.  He may have helped the IRA to win, but he didn't invade Iraq.  There are worse men, and worse women.  In any case, I'm not in favour of ruining people's lives on the basis of ancient, uncorroborated claims.  And I'm less and less interested in other people's sexual doings.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#36] Name That Party: [...] Here is how it is played:  every time a Democrat is caught in misconduct, the media will either "accidentally" forget to mention his party affiliation or will bury it at the tail of the article were fewer people will see it — you see, the media knows that more people quit reading an article before they get to the last paragraphs than finish reading to the end.  On the other hand, when a Republican is caught in a crime his party affiliation either leads the piece or even appears in the very headline of the report.  The Republican Party is associated immediately with wrongdoing while the Democrat Party's part in the story is buried or ignored.

The Left as Crime Family.  The early Clinton escapades weren't the outcome of being Boy Scouts.  Using political influence to do a land deal in Arkansas, or to gain $100,000 in the commodity market for being the governor's wife, was a pretty good sign of who they are — as were Bill's early sexual predations and Hillary's early persecution of the women he used.  The thuggishness of Barack was clear early on.  There was his land deal, wherein he enriched himself with Tony Rezko in Chicago.  All his political wins came by nefariously taking out his political opponents rather than beating them fairly in the arena of ideas.  Everyone should have known.  They all got away with their less than honest early deals but were awarded more power as a result of their nefarious actions.  The left loved their ability to lie as they skated through the finish line unscathed.  The next big step up the ladder for the Clintons was becoming president.

Americans Learning to Live with Treason.  [Scroll down] 
  •   Benghazi — Obama and his administration to the American people that a video caused the horrific massacre.  President and allies openly engage in cover-up.
  •   FBI investigation on Hillary Clinton — Comey announces Hillary's guilty on all counts, then the judgment, and she walks.  A two-tier justice system; Hillary's above the law.
  •   CNN caught giving to Hillary Clinton.  Democrats rig debates.  Democrats cheat Bernie Sanders out of the nomination.  Democrats rig elections.
These are just a few of the unacceptable transgressions by our corrupt leaders.  Each time, outraged conservatives demand that the perpetrators be brought to justice.  Each time, the press gaslights the American people with a media blackout, acts as though the incident never happened.  Each time, the cabal rides out the news cycle until the story fades, and everyone's home free.

In Defense of Masculinity.  The irony is that in many of these situations the ones being exposed (pun intended) reside within the warm cocoon of the liberal cultural elite.  Most of these people have spent a lifetime — and a great deal of effort and money — sneering at and debasing the culture of practiced faith, respect for women, the institutions of traditional marriage and family, all the while portraying men of that "debased lifestyle" they disparaged as unenlightened peasants and troglodytes.  Now it appears the men who mounted these assaults — both literally and figuratively — are nothing but patriarchal misogynistic perverts.

Time to Criminalize Tyranny.  Some people are calling for "reconciliation" after Trump's election.  Some even say that Hillary shouldn't be prosecuted.  The reality is that if we allow liberals to constantly misuse government power and break the law with no consequences, they will never stop.  Like little children, they need a spanking to keep them in line.  President Trump should set up a special prosecutor to dig up all the government workers, from Hillary on down, who used government power to further tyranny.  People like Lois Lerner, who used the full power of the IRS to silence voices that disagreed with her political leanings, should not just be able to retire and collect a pension.  So long as liberals know they can misuse the power of government and get away with it, they will continue to wage war against the American people while being paid by the American people.

Breathtaking Criminality in Washington.  Recent revealed emails within that broad criminal conspiracy known as leftism show just how utterly dependent those sock puppets like Obama and Hillary are upon the nefarious intertwined collusion of the leftist media, the agencies of the Executive Branch, the Clinton campaign, and the DNC.  The depth of this criminal conspiracy, as these latest emails show, is stunning.  Consider the network news programs that gave Hillary the questions days before she was asked in a presumably spontaneous interview.  Giant corporations are not supposed to give free campaign resources to candidates.  That violates federal election laws unless the economic value of these actions are reported as corporate contributions to the Clinton campaign, which, of course, these are not.

A Sporting Event Where Only One Team Obeys the Rules.  After eight years of the most blatant and obvious corruption, we watch current events as if we have a splinter in our eye.  An entire political party is so morally bankrupt that it no longer feels any need to hold its members to any rules at all. [...] The IRS commissioner still uses the IRS to target conservatives.  The Obama administration is literally turning illegal aliens into citizens to unlawfully alter the outcome of the upcoming election, as Democrats have always done.  They are rewarding criminals with early release from prison and restored voting rights simply to tip the scales.  They are flooding our country with Muslim Syrians, whose culture is antithetical to ours, knowing the inevitable outcome will be an eventual conflict between those who believe in forcefully imposing Islamic theocracy and those few who still know and believe in the American Constitution.  They are making secret alliances with our enemies, or merely surrendering to them out of abject cowardice or belief in common principles.  They protect terrorists, who are the ultimate rule-breakers, while demonizing Americans, who cannot figure out what they may have done wrong, having done nothing but exist.

Will Hillary Break The Criminal Conduct Glass Ceiling?  Voters in Massachusetts deserve a special category of ignominy having sent Barney Frank to Congress for twelve terms after his implication in a male prostitution ring; for re-electing Gerry Studds six times after his censure by Congress for having gay sex with an underage congressional page; and of course for returning Ted Kennedy to the US Senate five times, after he narrowly escaped a grand jury indictment over Mary Jo Kopechne's asphyxiation death in his abandoned Oldsmobile off Chappaquiddick Island.  Massachusetts is the role model, notwithstanding stiff competition from Illinois, where Democratic Party ideology and loyalty excuses criminal conduct.

The Stench of Corruption Stalks Harry Reid.  Honestly, the level of corruption in the Democratic Party is just stupefying.  They don't even try to hide it anymore.  From Bill Clinton, whose mentor in Arkansas was the Prohibition gangster Owney Madden; to Nancy Pelosi (Baltimore mafia princess) to the Chicago Mob stooge Barack Obama to Reid — the living embodiment of Sen. Pat Geary himself — the party is run by criminals for criminals.  Is there not a single lawyer expert in the RICO statutes on the GOP side?  Or is the Stupid Party too dumb to notice what's happening?

Lying Democrats: Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder have no shame.  Something happens to men and women when they gain a proximity to power.  Most in public service, one can only assume, begin with noble purpose:  to serve, to change and improve the world — whether that be a small town or, literally, the world.  Soon enough, many — not all, but many — want only to stay in that position of power, and will do what it takes, whatever it takes, to stay there.  Where once they talked only of their dreams and ambitions, not for themselves, but for those they served, soon enough they spend their days tearing down — their campaign foes, opposing political parties and, in the end, anyone who doesn't think like them.

5 Signs Of Societal Degeneration In America.  [#4]  Politics: As a society, we moved from expecting politicians to be better than the rest of us to expecting them to be more degenerate than the rest of us.  Ted Kennedy left a woman to die in a tidal pool and was reelected.  Marion Barry was reelected after being caught smoking crack.  Barack Obama is the first President to be elected after admitting he used cocaine.  Barney Frank had a prostitution ring run out of his apartment.  Just this last election cycle, Jesse Jackson, Jr. was reelected from the Mayo Clinic.  Because of the partisan leans of states and gerrymandering, for a majority of politicians, they have lifetime appointments and elections are mere formalities.

Timely news and commentary:

Attorney General Merrick Garland is covering up Democratic misdeeds.  More evidence emerges that Attorney General Merrick Garland has allowed the Department of Justice to become outrageously politicized on behalf of liberal interests.  Indeed, the nation's chief law enforcement officer is breaking the law.  Nine months into the Biden presidency, Garland has yet to comply with a perfectly legitimate order issued by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office.  The order, made in the worthy cause of public transparency, would declassify much of the material from the investigation into Russia's efforts to help Trump win the presidency.

Panorama Education, Co-Founded By U.S. AG Merrick Garland's Son-In-Law, Contracted With 23,000 Public Schools & Raised $76M From Investors.  Last week, AG Garland sent a memo to the head of the FBI, directing him to work with local law enforcement "to address threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff."  Critics say that Garland made the move in response to parents vocally opposing mask mandates and race-related teaching implemented by local school boards.  Nevertheless, the move by Garland to have the FBI investigate parents at school board meetings quickly put his son-in-law's nationwide education business in the spotlight.  Garland's son-in-law is Xan Tanner, co-founder, board member, and president (2012-2020) of Panorama Education.  Panorama Education sells surveys to school districts across the country that focus on the local "social and emotion climate."  These surveys are then used as justification for new curriculum from other providers that some parents call critical race theory and find objectionable.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell sold up to $5 million worth of stock options just before Dow Jones tanked last year.  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sold between $1 million and $5 million worth of stock options that he owned just before the stock market tanked last year because the government failed to pass a stimulus measure, it has been reported.  Powell's stock sale was reported just weeks after two top officials with the central bank resigned and a third came under fire for making multi-million dollar stock trades during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He made the stock sales on October 1, 2020 — just as talks between Congress and the Trump White House over a new stimulus package broke down while COVID case counts, deaths, and hospitalizations were spiking, according to Prospect.

Corrupt democrat Los Angeles city councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas indicted in federal corruption probe.  The New York Post is reporting that a high-level Los Angeles Democrat has been indicted in a federal corruption probe.  Councilman Mark Ridley Thomas, 66 along with former dean Marilyn Louise Flynn, 83 are expected to be arraigned in the next few days on charges of conspiracy, bribery, honest services mail fraud and honest services wire fraud.  The charges carry decades in prison if they are convicted, although honestly at their age, the chances of any type of lengthy sentence is questionable.

Los Angeles:  Corruption as far as the eye can see.  Here's the story from Los Angeles as the New York Post reports:  [" ...] Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, 66, and Marilyn Louise Flynn, 83, were expected to be arraigned in the coming days on charges of conspiracy, bribery, honest services mail fraud and honest services wire fraud.  They face decades in prison if convicted of all charges.["]  This one's interesting, because Ridley-Thomas was no two-bit politician in Los Angeles.  He was a powerful county supervisor for many years before moving into his current slot at the Los Angeles City Council. [...] In what's been called a "political earthquake," it turns out he was caught taking at least one bribe that we know of, according to the FBI indictment, from the now former dean of the University of Southern California's school of social work, Marilyn Louise Flynn.  His price was steep:  $100,000 plus admission with full scholarship to the school for his worthless son (who was being drummed out of the state assembly for sex harassment), complete with a professorship at the university afterward.  It's actually not known if he completed that degree on that full scholarship, according to news reports, but it is well known that university professorships are convenient dumping grounds for wokester leftists who ought to be pariahs.

Tennessee senator Katrina Robinson seeks acquittal after fraud conviction.  Katrina Robinson's legal team is seeking an acquittal after the state senator was found guilty of four counts of fraud.  In a filing Friday [10/8/2021], Robinson's attorneys argue prosecutors misrepresented evidence and changed their legal theories mid-trial.  That two-week trial ended Sept. 30 with a jury finding Robinson guilty.  If not an outright acquittal, Robinson's attorneys ask the judge to grant a new trial.  Robinson was initially served with a 48-count indictment Aug. 11, 2020, alleging she illegally used $600,000 in federal funding meant for her school, The Healthcare Institute.  Prosecutors said she used the money for personal expenses including food, makeup, and entertainment for a wedding.

Delaware's top anti-corruption official 'paid her daughter $19,000 and her best friend $7,700 to do no-show job at government agency'.  Delaware's top anti-corruption official paid her daughter $19,000 and the girl's best friend — both high school seniors — more than $7,700 to do no-show temporary jobs even as other workers were laid off due to the pandemic, according to an indictment.  Kathleen McGuiness, 58, who as Delaware's state auditor is responsible for rooting out government fraud, waste and abuse, was indicted Monday on public corruption charges.  An indictment issued by a New Castle County grand jury charges McGuiness with felony counts of theft and witness intimidation, and misdemeanor charges of official misconduct, conflict of interest and noncompliance with state procurement laws.

Garland son-in-law's education company recommends book featuring Bill Ayers.  The left-wing education company co-founded by Attorney General Merrick Garland's son-in-law recommends that teachers read a book in which the first essay is written by Bill Ayers, the former domestic terrorist group leader and Chicago educator who helped lead the Weather Underground.  Panorama Education, co-founded by Xan Tanner, claims it has made its way into thousands of schools in the United States, selling race-focused student and teacher surveys and conducting training on systemic racism and oppression, white supremacy, implicit bias, and intersectionality, all under the rubric of "Social-Emotional Learning."

Watters probes Pelosi's wealth explosion, says she and husband seem to 'always know what the right investment is'.  As of 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, and her husband, real estate developer Paul Pelosi, had accumulated a combined $315,000,000 in wealth, and according to an investigation by Fox News host Jesse Watters, something about this doesn't seem right.  During a segment Saturday on Fox News' "Watters' World," he dug deep into her and her husband's past and discovered nuggets of information suggesting corruption may be afoot.  He started by noting that sometime after Pelosi's husband opened the real estate and venture capital investment and consulting firm Financial Leasing Services, Inc., he used his newly made "connections" to push her into politics, "helping her get elected to Congress in 1987."  Following her election to office, their wealth exploded. [...] The most recent wealth explosion occurred after she became House speaker again in 2018.  "That year, her financial disclosure report revealed a net worth of over 114 million.  Then in 2019, Pelosi's assets totaled up to a whopping 271 million.  And in 2020, those numbers went up even more to as high as 315 million bucks.  Quite a lot of crumbs," Watters said.  He then asked the question on everyone's mind:  "Where's the money coming from?"

Rochester Mayor to step down as part of guilty plea in shocking plea deal.  Lovely Warren, the Mayor of Rochester, New York, has been in the hot seat for quite a while now.  It all began with her mishandling and blame-shifting after the death of Daniel Prude in police custody.  She was simultaneously facing accusations of campaign finance law violations from her last election.  Then it was revealed that her husband had been a suspect in an investigation into a major drug trafficking ring.  Things came to a head when both she and her husband were arrested on child endangerment and illegal weapons charges after a police raid on the couple's home found the child left alone in a house with tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs in it and an unsecured, loaded handgun.  Through it all, Warren continued to protest her innocence in all matters, insisting that she had no idea what her husband had been up to and that the campaign finance questions were all just a "misunderstanding."

Because They Are Evil.  There are a great many things coming from Biden, Fauci, the CDC, the State Department, the military, the Justice Department, and basically the Deep State that make no sense.  From Biden and the Deep State, we are getting executive orders, mandates, guidelines, decisions, policies, and edicts that just do not make any sort of intellectual sense.  It is not just a difference of opinion.  It is not just different politics or a different point of view.  Decisions, guidelines, policies, and proposed laws are coming out of Washington D.C., Biden, and the Deep State that one just can't figure out in an intellectual, factual, common-sense sort of way.  The only way to explain what is coming from the placeholder at the White House and the Deep State elites is that they are just evil.  They are doing what they're doing because they are evil.  No other answer makes sense.

Somebody Paid $3.7 Million Cash for CA Gov Newsom's Estate — But Who?  Somebody paid $3.7 million cash, through an LLC, for a 12,663 square foot, 8-acre estate in December 2018 that was then transferred (or gifted) to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife shortly before the First Couple obtained a $2.7 million cashout mortgage loan on the property.  A year after originally breaking that story we still don't know who that somebody is and whether the transaction was legal or not.  Newsom's spokesperson, Nathan Click, has given two diametrically opposed explanations as to the origin of the cash, and neither hold up to scrutiny.

Hunter Biden:  A legend in the art community.  What do Hunter's art sales have in common with the Clinton Foundation?  The former is not selling priceless works of art, and the latter is not helping those in need.  They are both selling influence.  The art and the foundation are merely instruments to launder bribes.  We know this to be true because the donations to the Clinton Foundation dried up when the Clintons no longer had influence to peddle.  Likewise, I predict that Hunter's art will suddenly become less valuable as soon as Joe leaves office.

One Payoff in the Infrastructure Deal Is So Blatantly Corrupt That You Almost Have to Respect the Hustle.  While Nancy Pelosi's machinations may have put the infrastructure deal in jeopardy, the smart money still resides on its passing at some point.  There are just too many Republicans who seem too gung-ho, and you'd only need a few crossovers in the House to overcome the socialist wing.  With that said, the contents of the bill are becoming public, revealing the absolute boondoggle that this hastily written bipartisan compromise is.  Yet, there's one corrupt payoff in it that really stands out among the rest.  Enter Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been one of the key players in formulating and moving forward the infrastructure deal.  Given that, you knew he'd be getting his palms greased.  Even still, I'm not sure I expected it to be this blatant.  [Tweet]  Who is Gayle Manchin?  Well, that would be Joe Manchin's wife, who was appointed as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission by Joe Biden.  In this infrastructure bill is a $1 billion expenditure to that commission.

Mayor of major U.S. city to pay nearly $23,000 for ethics violations.  San Francisco Mayor London Breed will personally pay $22,792 in fines imposed by the city's Ethics Commission for violating ethics standards while in office, according to various reports.  London Breed agreed to pay the fines imposed by the Ethics Commission, calling them "fair," the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  The commission said the fines were "significant," as Breed had misused her mayoral title for her personal benefit.  The Ethics Commission fined Breed for several violations, including asking then-California Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2018 to release her brother Napoleon Brown from prison, where he was serving a 44-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter and armed robbery, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.  Breed and family members sent the letter to Brown in October 2018, asking for the release of her brother for crimes for which she said he had faced excessive punishment.

Is Eric Swalwell A Chinese Spy?  If you have followed the saga of Congressman Eric Swalwell and his Chinese paramour Fang Fang you will know that:
  •   Fang Fang is a Chinese spy working for the Ministry of State Security, which is the rough equivalent of the CIA.
  •   Fang Fang and Swalwell had an intimate relationship.
  •   Fang Fang helped Swalwell raise money to run for Congress.
  •   Fang Fang left the country years ago. [...]
In short, you will know nothing.  Spies do not work alone.  They do not wander around having casual relationships with targets and then drift away.  They work at the direction of a government.  They report to superiors.  They write reports on everything they do.  They often work in teams — even if those teams are invisible to the casual observer.  Fang Fang did not just "bump into" Swalwell.  She was directed to target him.  She did not help Swalwell get started in politics, raise money for him and provide an assistant to work in Swalwell's office, because she saw something promising in his dull, boyish demeanor.  She did all this at the direction of a hostile, totalitarian state hell-bent on the destruction of the United States.

Who are the two biggest scoundrels among Democrats?  I don't know.  That covers a lot of territory.  But if we limit the inquiry to very famous Democrats, the answer might be Andrew Cuomo and Hunter Biden.  They have much in common.  Both are sons of very famous fathers.  Neither, in all likelihood, would have become prominent but for what their fathers accomplished.  That's certainly the case with Hunter Biden.  Both are the subject of sex scandals, albeit of somewhat different sorts.  Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by several women who worked in his administration.  Hunter Biden apparently was a fixture in the VIP lounges of various D.C. "gentlemen's clubs" where, allegedly, he did crack cocaine with strippers.  One stripper says he fathered her child.  And both Cuomo and Biden are under federal investigation.

Illinois Dem Admits to Bribing Prospective Opponent.  Democratic congresswoman Marie Newman (Ill.) acknowledged in court that she promised a six-figure job to a would-be political rival — an apparent bribe that may violate federal law.  Newman's taxpayer-funded attorneys conceded to a federal judge that the Democrat promised a top job in her office to a local Palestinian activist, which he said aimed to keep him from running in a 2020 primary, legal filings obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.  The admission came after the activist, Iymen Chehade, sued Newman for breach of contract when the Democrat did not follow through with the job offer.  While the pair reached a settlement in late June that led to the suit's dismissal, the development does not end Newman's potential legal woes.  Both federal law and House rules prohibit candidates from promising a job to gain political support, and congressional investigators could now use facts from the civil case against Newman, Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust executive director Kendra Arnold said.

Swalwell spent thousands of campaign dollars on booze and limo services, $20K at hotel where his wife worked.  Prominent Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California appears to have spent tens of thousands of campaign dollars on booze and limousine services, as well as over $20,000 at the luxury hotel where his wife used to work.  The tens of thousands of campaign dollars include limo services, luxury hotels, high-end restaurants and alcohol delivery services over the course of the second quarter, according to FEC records reviewed by Fox News.  The California congressman appears to have been driven in style with his FEC records showing the campaign spending over $10,000 on 26 rides from various limousine and luxury car services.  Swalwell's campaign also spent over $26,000 on luxury hotels.

Revealed: Eric Swalwell spent $20K in campaign funds at the hotel where his wife Brittany works.  California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell spent more than $20,000 in campaign funds at the hotel where his wife worked and also splashed out on booze and limo services, FEC filings suggest.  The filings show Swalwell, 40, spent money at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California, where his wife Brittany was the director of sales between 2015 and November 2019, according to her LinkedIn profile, and dropped $7,000 at restaurants and steakhouses in D.C. during the second quarter of 2021.  The tally includes 13 meals at restaurants including Charlie Palmer Steak, O-Ku Sushi and STK Steakhouse in downtown New York City.

23 High-Ranking Officials in Biden Administration All Came from the Same Shadowy Firm.  Many of the highest-ranking members of the Biden administration came from the same shadowy firm.  It is a relatively new name among revolving-door power brokers in Washington D.C., which makes it all the more surprising.  Founded in 2017, WestExec describes itself as a "diverse group of senior national security professionals with the most recent experience at the highest levels of the U.S. government.  With deep knowledge and networks in the fields of defense, foreign policy, intelligence, cybersecurity, international economics, and strategic communications, our team has worked together around the White House Situation Room table, deliberating and deciding our nation's foreign and national security policies."

Biden's pick for German ambassador is president of university that paid him nearly $1M.  President Biden's nominee to be the next ambassador to Germany is an Ivy League president whose university paid him nearly $1 million for an honorary professor gig where he was seldom seen, it was revealed Friday [7/2/2021].  University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, who has headed the Philadelphia-based institution since 2004, is the first envoy to a G-7 nation to be nominated by Biden.  If confirmed by the Senate, the 71-year-old Gutmann would be the second woman to serve as America's chief diplomat in Berlin.  (Robin Quinville has served as acting US ambassador to Germany since June of last year.)

Quid Pro Joe?  Biden's Pick for Ambassador to Germany Raises a Lot of Questions.  As we previously reported, Hunter Biden's emails revealed that when Joe Biden was vice president, Joe and Hunter used his office as a way to advance his son's business deals, even using Air Force Two to fly one of the business associates and Hunter to Mexico for a "gigantic" business deal.  Giving access to meet the big guy paid off very well for Hunter.  Even with all the emails and pictures of Joe Biden meeting with Hunter's business associates, Joe Biden still claimed during the campaign that he knew nothing about his son's business.  Imagine the nerve that takes to say that, when he knew he was doing all this and that the evidence was likely out there.

Watchdog group files complaint alleging Florida Democratic Rep. Demings committed ethics violation.  A watchdog group has filed a complaint to Congress alleging Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings violated congressional ethics rules by using taxpayer-funded resources for campaign purposes.  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust says Demings used her official Twitter account, with more than 300,000 followers, to direct people to her campaign account, which the conservative-leaning group is calling an "ongoing ethics violation," according to the Washington Free Beacon.  The complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics more specifically argues that by using her official account, Demings violated House rules banning the use of taxpayer-funded resources for campaign use.

Nepotism abounds in Biden administration.  Soon after becoming president, Joe Biden promised that no member of his family would be involved in the federal government.  It was an easy promise for Biden to make considering all the money his son and brother had already made off of Joe's name and office in the private sector.  You can't get rich in the federal government like you can peddling influence in countries like Ukraine and China.  Still, the federal government isn't a bad place in which to make a buck and enhance a resume.  Thus, senior members of the Biden administration are finding places in government for their children, spouses, and siblings.

Biden's Policies Feed a Criminal Monopoly.  Mexican criminal cartels — not U.S. border communities, nor illegal immigrants — are the beneficiaries of President Joe Biden's open border policies.  Biden's neglect of border security is feeding the money-making machine of the Mexican cartels, a criminal enterprise that exploits immigrants by taking their money — and sometimes their lives.  "[The cartels] have the northern border of Mexico sealed," Jay Whetten, a rancher residing in Cochise County, Arizona, told me in an interview.  "Nobody comes through that border illegally without their authorization."  In May 2021, Border Patrol encounters with illegal immigrants from the Mexican border increased 674% as compared to May 2020, demonstrating the magnitude of the increase in business for Mexican cartels.  And, according to a veteran Department of Homeland Security law enforcement officer, these are only the crossings of which Border Patrol is aware.

DOE Grants Manchin Donor's Company $1 Million.  A major donor to Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) received a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy ahead of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm's trip to West Virginia to lobby the senator on the administration's $2 trillion infrastructure bill.  The U.S. Research Impact Alliance, an incubator for energy startups, received $1 million as part of the Department of Energy's "grant funding for research and innovation projects," Manchin and Granholm announced during the energy secretary's two-day visit to West Virginia late last week.  The company's treasurer is West Virginia businessman Michael Green, a longtime political ally and donor to Manchin.

Seattle Times sues city of Seattle over Mayor Jenny Durkan's missing text messages during protests.  The Seattle Times filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the city of Seattle mishandled requests from reporters for officials' text messages during a tumultuous period last summer when police abandoned the East Precinct and used tear gas on protesters.  The complaint, filed in King County Superior Court, follows a whistleblower investigation that found Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's office violated state public records laws in its handling of requests after discovering the mayor's texts were missing for a 10-month period.  Four Seattle Times reporters were among the requesters affected.  Their requests were largely focused on officials' communications surrounding a series of events last summer, including fatal shootings in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest area that formed following the precinct's abandonment and the resignation of former Police Chief Carmen Best.  None of the reporters were informed that the mayor's texts had not been retained.

Just How Rigged is the "Rigged Game"?  [Dennis] Kucinich described a Cleveland City Council that correctly viewed itself as servants, in office to execute the needs of the financial interests that installed them.  When he arrived telling a tale of having spent two years knocking on every door in his district, the members didn't believe it, and kept asking questions like "Where'd you get your money to get elected?" or "Who put you here?"  One after the other, they welcomed him to the job, telling him there were "legitimate ways" to make money once there, that "you're on the inside now, not on the outside," and that the world generally could be his, if he followed one rule.  "All you have to do," one attorney-legislator told him, "is play ball."  He learned the racket:  "You gotta vote right."  Many of the things the Council voted on turned out to be cons and guaranteed profit schemes that directly transferred cash from voters to donors.  For instance, an "urban renewal" bill that was pitched as a multi-million-dollar cleanup for one neighborhood but was actually a scam to force thousands of homeowners to take out high-interest-rate private bank loans to repair their properties.

Supremely Anti-Gun NY Mayor's Husband Is Arrest For Drugs And, Wait For It, Illegals Guns In House.  Rochester, New York, is governed by Mayor Lovely Warren, and one of the mayor's pet peeves is guns — particularly the illegal kind.  At BearingArms.com they noted Warren, who is a Democrat, frequently advocates for getting guns off the city's streets.  She also supports New York's tough gun-control laws.  And recently announced a gun buyback initiative so, as the mayor put it "our residents can feel safe in their neighborhoods and live the lives they deserve."  Under that plan, people would be paid $150 for pistols and $250 for "assault" weapons.  [Video clip]

Anti-Gun Mayor Says She's The Victim After Husband Busted On Drug, Gun Charges.  What's an anti-gun mayor supposed to say when police raid her home and find illegally possessed firearms and illicit drugs inside?  In the case of Rochester, New York mayor Lovely Warren, the answer is to claim that you're the victim of a political investigation and an attempt to derail your re-election campaign. [...] "Tim" is Timothy Granison, Warren's husband and the alleged owner of an unregistered handgun discovered in the couple's home earlier this week (a modern sporting rifle was found as well, though so far police haven't said if was registered with the state as required under New York's SAFE Act set of gun control laws).  Warren's correct in noting that she's not currently facing charges in connection with the drug investigation, though the mayor is facing felony charges of her own in a case involving alleged violations of the state's campaign financing laws.

Court Rules Michigan Recall Effort Against Governor Can Proceed — Gretchen Whitmer Responds With Implied Violence.  A Michigan court has ruled that a recall effort against Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a woman with no moral or leadership character, can proceed.  That's good news.  However, it is the response from the governor that appears to be the buried lead.  Specifically because the statement also included "courts" and the "ballot Box", the third line of attack from the governor's office implies acts of violence "on the streets" against her political opposition.

Only because she got caught:
Whitmer's campaign will pay for controversial Florida flight.  A Michigan chemical company that arranged for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to fly to Florida in its private jet is under scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting a change in how the flight will be paid for, Whitmer's campaign disclosed Thursday [5/27/2021].  Whitmer's reelection campaign will pay PVS Chemicals of Detroit for the $27,521 cost of the flight to visit Whitmer's father, not a nonprofit corporation that Whitmer controls, as announced earlier, Whitmer campaign attorney Christopher Trebilcock said in a letter obtained by the [Detroit] Free Press.  Trebilcock made the new disclosures in a letter to state Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who had sent the governor a list of questions about the March trip.

Florida Private Jet Scandal Threatens Gretchen Whitmer's Political Future.  Dishonesty and hypocrisy surrounding Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) secret "personal" trip to Florida are threatening the one-time rising star's political future.  Like other Democrat governors, Whitmer opted to impose harsh restrictions in an attempt to deal with the coronavirus in 2020.  After a spike in cases towards the end of the year, she reimposed many orders through her Department of Health and Human Services after her executive orders were ruled unconstitutional in October.  In early April 2021, as coronavirus variants were growing around the country, Whitmer warned Michiganders not to go to Florida for spring break.  But what she did not say at the time was that on a Friday morning, March 12, the governor who previously was on Joe Biden's shortlist for vice president, took an unannounced trip to Florida for four days.  She returned Monday evening, March 15.

Gretchen Whitmer Story Unravels:  Florida Plane Not Authorized for Charter Flights.  The private jet Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said she chartered for her secret trip to Florida in March is not approved to be chartered, the FAA told the Detroit Free Press Monday [5/17/2021].  The new problems arose when Whitmer's chief of staff, Joanne Huls, attempted to explain away the flight Friday by saying a related 501(c)(4) so-called dark money group paid for the flight.  It was determined the cost of the roundtrip was $27,521, and Whitmer personally reimbursed the fund just $855 for her seat.  It was not clear how they arrived at either figure.

Gretchen Whitmer's private flights draw attention of Michigan Legislature and FAA.  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's use of a private plane to travel out of state in March could soon be facing multiple investigations.  Rep. Steve Johnson, the chairman of the Michigan House Oversight Committee, said there may even need to be an inquiry into the financial arrangements behind Whitmer's visit to her father, who is reportedly chronically ill, if her administration is not forthcoming should a letter be sent with questions.  "If they refuse to [answer the questions], maybe, at that point, we will do hearings.  It's definitely something in consideration," the Republican told the Detroit News.  "I would like to give the administration the opportunity to answer questions before we go down that road."  After Whitmer's chief of staff, JoAnne Huls, said last week the administration used "a chartered flight for this trip," a Federal Aviation Administration representative said Detroit-based Air Eagle, the company whose plane carried Whitmer to Florida and back, doesn't hold a certificate authorizing charter-type services.

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant admits violating ethics code, fueling recall effort.  As Henry Bridger arrived on Capitol Hill on Saturday [5/8/2021] to gather signatures for a ballot initiative to recall Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, he trumpeted an admission by the politician that he predicts will help persuade voters to oust her.  In a Friday settlement agreement with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, Sawant admitted to improperly using city money, employees and other resources to support a proposed ballot measure.  She also agreed to pay the city $3,516, about twice the amount of city funds she spent to advance the measure to create a payroll tax on big businesses like Amazon.  Sawant's admission that she violated city ethics and elections codes confirms one of three charges now being made by the recall effort.

A Major Biden Administration Scandal Is Brewing.  As RedState reported weeks ago, there are serious issues surrounding millions of dollars in stock owned by Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.  That stock is in Proterra, an electric vehicle company that is being actively promoted by the Biden administration.  Further, Granholm being the Secretary of Energy means she gets to make regulations that can directly enrich herself.  Now, the story has gotten worse as Granholm appears to have reneged completely on her pledge to sell her stock and leave the board of the company in question.

The Editor says...
It's not a scandal if the news media ignores it.  At least that appears to be the plan.

Former Democrat Speaker of House in Oregon Arrested for Sex Trafficking.  Dave Hunt represented Clackamas County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2003 through 2013. Hunt was the former Democratic Leader, Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House for the State of Oregon.  As a legislator, Hunt the sponsor of a bill criminalizing sex trafficking in 2007.  Hunt is currently a lobbyist working to influence the very chamber he left.  However, even more ironic in 2011, Dave Hunt use his position to support and vote for HB 2714.  That bill created the crime of commercial sexual solicitation, the exact crime police used to charge Hunt when he was arrested and cited.

Stacey Abrams Is On The Board Of A Group Collaborating With The Chinese Communist Party.  Stacey Abrams serves on the board of the Center For American Progress, which has participated in exchanges with a premier Chinese Communist Party-linked propaganda organization for over a decade, even co-authoring reports with the group, The National Pulse can today reveal.  Among its Democratic board members is Abrams, who remarked she was "honored to be joining the board of the Center for American Progress," as it "has been at the forefront of progressive policy development and activism for years."  What's more, the left-wing activist spoke at the group's 2019 conference to outline "solutions to combat voter suppression efforts."

Nancy Pelosi's Husband Buys Microsoft Ahead of Big Govt Contract.  Here are recent Pelosi Insider Moves.  [Link]  The list shows the Microsoft call options.  And here is a list of Senate Transactions you may be interested in.  [Link]  If you had knowledge of this deal and made a similar trade, then got caught, you would be fined, lose all your profits, and potentially be thrown into jail.

Corrupt ex-mayor of NY town running for [his or her] old seat thanks to state loophole.  Two crooks want to become mayor of Spring Valley in Rockland County — but only one is eligible to run, a state judge ruled Wednesday [4/14/2021].  In an only-in-New York story, former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin, who was ensnared in a federal corruption scandal tied to former state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, is running for her old job after serving four years in prison.  Jasmin was found guilty in 2015 of mail fraud and extortion.  She got caught peddling her support for a local community center in exchange for $5,000 cash and 50-percent ownership in the development.  But that's only half the story.  One of her wannabe opponents in the Democratic primary, Vilair Fonvil, a former Spring Valley trustee, was convicted of felony state crimes for stealing $11,000 from a summer camp program run by the village.  The crimes included grand larceny, corruption and official misconduct.

Parallels between Biden's border policy and Cuomo's nursing home scandal.  Some friends of mine have been making interesting comparisons of the parallels between the completely unnecessary crises created by President Biden (at the border) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. [...]
Spreading COVID
  •   Biden requires CBP to allow COVID positive illegal migrants into our country and is spreading them across the country
  •   Cuomo sent COVID-positive elders into nursing homes, killing almost 15,000 vulnerable seniors there
Predictability of a self-created crisis
  •   The Biden border crisis was not only predictable but he was warned about what would happen
  •   Cuomo was warned by doctors who work in nursing homes about the risks to the other residents
  •   Biden is refusing to allow the media and American people to see the conditions in which illegal immigrants are held, especially children, and has delayed releasing the numbers of illegals allowed entry or not
  •   Cuomo notoriously and probably illegally covered up the number of nursing home deaths
Refusing to use Trump-provided solutions
  •   Biden abandoned Trump's successful border security arrangements with Mexico, his safe third country agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to apply for asylum in their home countries, and ended border wall construction
  •   Cuomo didn't take advantage of the Federal assistance in creating hospital facilities in the Javits Center and the USNS Comfort hospital ship
Lack of preparation
  •   Biden issued executive orders on the border without being prepared in terms of personnel, procedures, or facilities to deal with their consequences
  •   Cuomo left nursing homes being unprepared and unequipped in terms of personnel, procedures, and facilities to isolate those admitted with COVID or otherwise protect the other residents
Family separation
  •   Biden encouraged family separations by encouraging unaccompanied minors
  •   Cuomo caused permanent family separations with elders' deaths while isolated from their family in long-term care facilities

For 20 years, Democrat sexual predators have run the state of New York.  For 13 years, the terms of the last three Democrat governors, sexual harassers have held down the office.  And for 20 years, Democrat attorney generals who were sexual predators ruled.  It's quite an achievement for a national and state party that claims to protect women.  "There is a disrespect for women that this administration chronically exemplifies.  After the #MeToo movement, they did absolutely nothing when it came to sexual harassment," Governor Cuomo ranted about President Trump during the Kavanaugh nomination.  That was the same year that Cuomo had halted an investigation into Manhattan DA Cy Vance's mishandling of the Weinstein case back in 2015, six days after Cuomo got a $25,000 check from the law firm that had represented Weinstein in 2015, which had donated $10,000 to Vance.  Vance's office had also asked a judge to reduce Jeffrey Epstein's sex offender status so low that he wouldn't be listed as a sex offender.

New York's Corrupt and Venal Leaders Must Go.  Writing as someone who was slightly acquainted with the late Mario Cuomo and considered him a substantial political force — not out of place among the many distinguished men who have held the historic office of governor of New York, from General George Clinton and John Jay to the Roosevelts, Al Smith, and Nelson Rockefeller — I have always found both of the present public Cuomos unutterably obnoxious.  The only positive thing about the present governor is that he is an improvement on Eliot Spitzer, an apparently megalomaniacal incarnation of the concept of malicious and reckless prosecution when he was state attorney general.  With that said, the cascade of demands that Andrew Cuomo resign over the allegations of improprieties against him launched by present or former female co-workers is piffle.  There is something particularly nauseating about the cowardly antics of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he attacks Cuomo and demands his resignation.

Has Joe Biden Sold America out to the Mexican Drug Cartels?  I've said for two years now on my national radio show that the best thing that could ever happen for the Mexican drug cartels would be a Democratic presidential victory.  Mexican drug kingpins have waited their entire lives for this fantasy.  They must be singing, dancing and toasting champagne right now, because President Joe Biden is the greatest gift ever bestowed upon the Mexican cartels.  Experts estimated the money made on drug trafficking by the cartels at around $500 billion a year.  That's half a trillion dollars a year — "trillion" with a T.  Who quotes that figure?  Republican senators.

Why the Left Hates Cuomo.  In contrast to his predecessors, the accusations against Cuomo are so flimsy, they almost — but not quite! — make you feel bad for the guy.  David Patterson had an affair with a state employee while a married state senator.  Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace after being caught paying $5000 a night for young prostitutes; a few years later the New York Post revealed that he had a fetish for crawling around barking like a dog while a prostitute led him with a collar and a leash.  Nelson Rockefeller died of a heart attack in 1979 while doing a bit of horizontal exertion with a "secretary" almost fifty years younger than he.  The accusations against Cuomo amount to little more that the fact that he creeped out a few women by trying to be friendly with them.  Yet Cuomo deserves every bit of the grief he is getting, simply because he is — and always has been — a creep.

DC Mayor Bowser & Cabinet Picks Met With Top 'Influence' Arm Of Chinese Communist Party.  Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her appointees have repeatedly met with and hosted leaders from a leading organization in the Chinese Communist Party's United Front.  The United Front functions as China's premier influence and propaganda organization, raising flags with the U.S. government's Economic and Security Review Commission.  It seeks to "co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party" and coerce American leaders "to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing's preferred policies."  What's more, the State Department has described the group as seeking to "directly and malignly influence" U.S. state and local leaders.

America's Last Machine Boss Goes Down.  The Chicago machine turned out some of the most notorious names in American public corruption, including Anton Cermak, Richard J. Daley, and Ed Kelly.  The machine also turned out Mike Madigan, who ruled over Illinois politics for 50 years, 36 of which he spent calling the shots as House speaker.  Most people thought Madigan would only leave office in handcuffs or a casket.  Most people were wrong.  For the first time since 1970, "the Velvet Hammer" is not representing Chicago's southwest side in the state capitol:  Madigan announced his resignation on Feb. 18, just weeks after losing his spot as House speaker when his Democratic caucus abandoned him.  Madigan is the most skilled politician you've never heard of and the most powerful state-level official in American history.

Biden Fires Chicago U.S. Attorney Hot on the Trail of Democratic Corruption.  You've probably never heard of Chicago's U.S. attorney John Lausch.  For the last two years, he has been going after some of the biggest, most powerful Democrats in the state of Illinois. [...] In fact, it's believed Lausch has targeted some other high-profile Democratic politicians in other investigations.  It's a target-rich environment and Democrats in Illinois have gotten extremely nervous about who Lausch will go after next.  Now it appears, that bringing down corrupt Democratic politicians will be the job of the next U.S. attorney.  Along with 56 other U.S. attorneys named by former president Trump, Lausch will lose his job — fired by Joe Biden.  "It's tradition," said Biden supporters.  This is true.  But it's also "tradition" to keep prosecutors in place who were pursuing high-profile cases.  Lausch certainly qualified under that criteria.  Biden's firing hasn't gone down well in Illinois.

New Mexico Governor Grisham Caught Using Taxpayer Money to Pay for Her Groceries, Tequila and Whiskey.  In March of 2020 New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham locked down her state due to the coronavirus threat.  New Mexico was ranked 39th out of the 50 states in coronavirus cases at that time.  But after Grisham locked down the state she made a private call to her favorite jewelry store to make a purchase.  Of course, she was able to do this because she is the Democrat governor.  But she got caught and started changing her story.  Now this:  The far left governor was recently caught using taxpayer money to pay for groceries, whiskey and tequila.

Anti-Trump Lincoln Project was warned married co-founder was 'serial harasser targeting male staff,' but did nothing, investigation reveals.  Last June, the Lincoln Project was on a high. [...] But within the organization, a grave threat was emerging.  In June 2020, members of the organization's leadership were informed in writing and in subsequent phone calls of at least 10 specific allegations of harassment against co-founder John Weaver, including two involving Lincoln Project employees, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Things that are not graft:  [#1] 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 worth anything is something you just have to believe.  [#2] Generous speaking fees.  The $25 million the Clintons garnered for just six months of speeches in 2014 and 2015, you must regard not as bribes for access and influence, but as well-earned compensation for minutes worth of pearls of wisdom.  Not just former presidents and would-be presidents are the recipients of such largesse. [...] [#4] Congressional Stock Trading:  If you believed Hillary Clinton made so much money investing shrewdly in cattle futures and not out of some manipulation, you will certainly agree that speaker Nancy Pelosi's $1 million investment in Tesla stock call options shortly before the Biden administration announced it planned to make the federal automobile fleet (645,000 cars) electric was just another example of stock trading genius by a high-ranking politician.

Is Cocaine Mitch Abandoning His Homies?  The results of this latest election truly shocked and surprised all of us, though in hindsight what other recourse did Democrats have?  They lied to the American people, Congress, the FBI, the intelligence agencies, the FISA court, Mueller's task force, and most likely themselves trying to convince themselves that they'd never be found out.  They made fools of themselves and had only electoral deceit and fraud to fall back on to get the win in 2020.  Not just at the top of the ticket, either; this corruption goes right to the bone.

Biden Breaks Fundraising Records For "Uniquely Corrupting" Donations, But...  Bad news, Republicans — Democrats figured out The Secret of Citizens United.  At least that seems to be the outrage over this report about Joe Biden's record-breaking advantage in "dark money," amplified by Fox News today from a Bloomberg report over the weekend.  Fox's Megan Henney leans heavily into the hypocrisy angle of a political party taking money through channels it opposes. [...] There's nothing hypocritical about playing by the same rules as your opponent, albeit there might be something hypocritical about denouncing the mechanism at the same time you're leveraging it.  Especially if you keep griping about it being "uniquely corrupting."

DOJ will not criminally charge Sen. Richard Burr for stock trades he made after getting Covid intelligence.  The Justice Department will not criminally charge Sen. Richard Burr in connection with stock trades that the North Carolina Republican executed on the heels of being briefed about Covid-19 last year, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic rocked the U.S. economy.  The probe of Burr had included the highly unsusual seizure of his cell phone by the FBI in May, and led to his stepping aside as chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee that same month.  "Tonight, the Department of Justice informed me that it has concluded its review of my personal financial transactions conducted early last year," Burr said in a statement Tuesday night.

A Severely Compromised Senator Mark Warner is About To Become Chairman of The Senate Intelligence Committee.  Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) is about to become the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), and regardless of his current disposition the deepest part of the deep state will have full blackmail control over every aspect of his activity.  To understand just how severely compromised Senator Warner is it becomes necessary to review why, when and how his corrupt legislative engagements with the intelligence apparatus took place.

Do Not Believe These People.  When it was learned that Congressman Eric Swalwell, who has access to this nation's most important national security secrets as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, had a long-term connection with a Chinese communist spy, and that she helped him fundraise for his reelection in 2014 even though she was a college student (which should seem weird how a foreign national college student could have enough contacts to be a political money bundler), the networks barely touched the story.  CNN had him on for a short, softball interview, and The New York Times, to this day, hasn't mentioned it once.

Biden inaugural returns cash from ex-senator-turned-foreign agent.  President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee will refund a donation from former Sen. Barbara Boxer after the California Democrat registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese surveillance firm accused of abetting the country's mass internment of Uighur Muslims, officials tell Axios.

Why I Am Joining The Jan. 6 DC March For Trump.  I am angry.  It's not a passing emotion brought on by a single circumstance.  This anger is a deep, painful, abiding anger created by a mix of frustration, despair, hopelessness, and injustice. [...] I'm angry because I've been playing by the "rules":  paying my taxes, being civil and tolerant of my neighbor, accepting without protest the election of past presidents I didn't support, and never threatening physical violence, using name-calling, canceling careers, using government goons to unlawfully spy to invent reasons for impeachment, or using media to misreport, misrepresent or otherwise create dissension and anger.  Yet the other side has carte blanche to do all this and more without condemnation, conviction, or retribution of any kind.

How to Steal an Election in Four Steps.  Note the scope of what has happened.  When government agencies fake the lethality of a disease, isolate people, impose lockdowns, and try to cause a recession, when they deceive via unconstitutional laws, fake polls, mail-in-voting, and rigged software, when the fraud enlists the Centers for Disease Control, the FBI and CIA, high-level plants within other agencies, state governors & attorneys general, the broadcast media, & social media — all to take down one man because he's the choice of the people — that's not "voter fraud."  It's an organized coup.  Are the Democrats that you know capable of this?  Could Pelosi, AOC, Swalwell and the rest pull this off?  Or are just politically-aligned order-takers, like our media and social media, from, likely, Soros and China, a pair that often work together because they share a common enemy?  Today's Democrats are controlled by far-left Alinskyites who produce tension & chaos, then blame capitalism, racism, & Trump.  Look what they did to us this year.  How many Americans did they isolate to sell the virus lie?  How much depression and loss of income did they cause?  How many breakups and divorces?  How many elderly people had to die alone to serve the Left's narrative?  They even suppressed the effective covid drug hydroxychloroquine for months — they kept medicine from people who needed it — solely because President Trump had said the drug was effective and they could not allow Trump to seem to be right about anything.  As noted, they suppressed the vaccine as well.  The party is no longer a political opponent; it is a US enemy and the most retrograde force in America.

Hey, GOP: This is Your Do or Die Moment.  If Democrats, the corporate media, and foreign interests can steal a presidential election, they can steal any congressional or gubernatorial election, easily.  If a thief can rob Fort Knox with ease, any bank on Main Street will be child's play.  If they can weaponize the CIA, FBI, IRS, and DOJ to target their political enemies, without punishment, why won't they double down next time?  For the left, crime does pay.  There has been no reckoning or accountability for the stolen 2020 presidential election.  What's to stop every subsequent election from being stolen in the same way? [...] Does anyone seriously believe that the Biden FBI or DOJ will lift a finger to investigate voter fraud?

Ossoff Promoted Chinese Propaganda Outlet After Stint as 'National Security Aide'.  Georgia Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff promoted a Chinese state-run media outlet that has rebuffed U.S. lawmakers' demands to register as a foreign agent.  Months after leaving Rep. Hank Johnson's (D., Ga.) office — where he spent five months serving as a "national security aide" with top-secret clearance — in August 2012, Ossoff urged his Twitter followers to read Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese Communist Party-run propaganda organ.  "Esp. during 18th Party Congress, #follow @XHNews (Xinhua — Chinese state media)," Ossoff wrote.  The Democrat has struggled to fend off GOP senator David Perdue's criticism of his ties to China.  In July, Ossoff quietly disclosed receiving a payment from a Chinese-backed media giant, but has since refused to release private financial information from his foreign film company, Insight TWI.  In addition, Ossoff's father — who has bankrolled the Democrat's political career — met with Chinese "dignitaries" after commissioning a 60-foot yacht from a China-based shipbuilder tied to Communist Party Officials.

Losing Democratic Candidate Who Is Asking House To Intervene In Election Was On Chinese Payrolls, Financial Disclosures Show.  Losing democratic candidate for Iowa's 2nd District Rita Hart was on the payroll of two Chinese companies while running for the seat, financial disclosures show.  Hart received $3,180 from Confucius International Education in 2020 and $2,135.23 from Pangaea International Academy in both 2019 and 2020, according to two financial disclosures.  The records were first reported by Accuracy in Media.  Confucius International Education Group (CIEG) is funded by a Chinese state-run leasing company Far East Horizon, according to cieg.com.  Far East Horizon has ties to a Youth Communist League through shareholders, according to Accuracy in Media.

Iowa House candidate on payroll for two Chinese companies.  The latest financial report from Democrat Rita Hart, an Iowa candidate locked in one of the closest Congressional elections in decades, reveals Hart is on the payroll for two Chinese companies including one that is indirectly owned by the Chinese government.  Hart is currently personally appealing to Nancy Pelosi to ignore the will of the voters and overturn the election results in her race.  Hart received income — not campaign donations — from Confucius International Education ($3,180) and Pangaea International Academy ($2,135.23), according to the report, which was released in May.  Accuracy in Media made these discoveries while investigating an FEC complaint against Hart.

Georgia Senate candidate accused of keeping secrets about foreign income.  Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is keeping secrets about his foreign income, including details of a payment he got from a news agency tied to the Chinese Communist Party, reports the Washington Free Beacon.  The Ossoff campaign declined a request to review documents about the Chinese payment, telling the Washington Post "the particulars of our annual finances are confidential."  The report, however, said Ossoff "quietly disclosed" getting at least $5,000 from PCCW, a media company in Hong Kong that is owned in part by the Chinese Communist Party.

Ossoff Refuses to Release 'Further Financial Information' After Controversial Payments Surface.  Even after a number of controversial payments to Jon Ossoff's foreign film company surfaced in September — including one from a Chinese-backed media giant — the Georgia Democrat refused to release additional financial documents from the company.  In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Ossoff declined the outlet's request to "release further financial information" relating to his company, noting that "the particulars of our annual finances are confidential."  The refusal comes months after Ossoff quietly disclosed receiving at least $5,000 from PCCW, a Hong Kong-based media corporation owned in part by the Chinese Communist Party.

Nullification Isn't Just for Democrats, Anymore.  Since the 2016 election, Democrats have made all kinds of nullification standard fare, but more pernicious than displaying a disagreeable temperament, or contrary opinion; more than First Amendment-protected civil disobedience.  Instead, making that which is legitimate, illegitimate; making what is illegitimate, legitimate.  Making what is decent, abhorrent; making what is grotesque, glorious — all enjoying approbation from a fawning media.  Any and all tactics, now including election fraud, and covering up bribery of a president to-be, are used unapologetically, with no subterfuge, and with impunity.  Truth now is subjective, conditioned on identity and whether it will be canceled by the mob, or approved by the neo-aristocracy.

I Served 8 Months for a Campaign Contribution.  Will Zuckerberg Get Punished for His $500M?  [Video clip]

The Democrats Are in Bed with China, Literally.  The fact is that Red China is delighted by the opportunity to get back to business as usual with a Democrat administration — and in the case of a potential President Biden*, that's literally business as usual.  The garbage media didn't think his crack-huffing, loser spawn being owned by Chinese intel — you think they don't have tape of him living out his X-rated video of David Bowie's 80s hit? — was significant enough to tell us about.  But then, like the rest of the establishment, the media's corporate owners are all wrapped up with the Chi-Coms.  When's the last time you saw Hollywood take a stand against the Chinese commies?  That would be about the last time you saw Richard Gere on the big screen, since his career died when he did a movie pointing out their oppression of Tibet.

Ossoff's Father Met With Chinese 'Dignitaries' While Touring His China-Built Yacht.  Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff's millionaire father met with Chinese "dignitaries" while touring a 60-foot yacht he purchased from a China-based shipbuilder tied to Communist Party officials.  Richard Ossoff, who has bankrolled his son's upstart political career, commissioned China-based Jet-Tern Marine to build the custom vessel in 2008, U.S. Coast Guard records show.  Before shipping the yacht to the United States, the company held a "sea trial" for "customers Heather and Richard Ossoff, of Atlanta, Georgia, USA," in order to test the million-dollar vessel's performance, with "many" Chinese dignitaries in attendance.

The Supreme Court and the Electoral Coup.  Prior presidents had generally accommodated Washington corruption, and it naturally grew over time.  A major contributing factor that compelled Trump to run was that under the Obama administration corruption became egregious.  First Amendment rights were violated in new ways with surveillance conducted on select media reporters who criticized Obama, and with muzzling of some 160 patriotic conservative groups by Lois Lerner in her position as director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service.  Then there was the outrageous saga of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband and ex-president Bill who played tag team in shaking down foreign governments for nearly a billion dollars, which got shoveled into the Clinton Foundation.  All the while Secretary Clinton flagrantly violated U.S. Code § 1924 that prohibits the private storing of classified documents and confidential state matters, which she circumvented by use of an unsecure private server and email system.  That was obviously implemented to cover up her conflicts of interest while serving as secretary.

A Hill To Die On.  Voter fraud is as old as our Republic.  But it hasn't always been widespread and well-organized. [...] Historically, the Democrat machine in Chicago perfected voter fraud.  The dead voted in large numbers.  Street people were recruited with cigarettes, lunch, and sometimes a little walking around money to go vote for the Democrat candidates.  They organized buses and rode herd on them.  Other big cities with a large labor union presence were also able to organize in a similar fashion, and naturally the Mafia had it's fingers in this pie, too.  The 1960 Presidential Election was, until now, the biggest and most outrageous example of American election fraud.  Kennedy won because of fraud in Texas, Illinois, and West Virginia.  Lyndon Johnson organized an efficient voter fraud machine in Texas to get himself elected to Congress years earlier.  He used that to bring Texas into the fold for John F. Kennedy in 1960.  The Chicago Machine was easy to engage on JFK's behalf — all it took was a few phone calls and a lot of cash.

Crime Hiding Crime:  A Motive for Stealing the Election.  The 2020 presidential election, however it is finally decided, will be important for what does not happen as well as what does.  I have no doubt that Democrats were highly motivated in the election in order to pursue their socialist, anti-American agenda.  But they were also powerfully motivated by fear.  Consider some of the things that will not happen should Joe Biden assume the presidency.  John Durham.  Remember John Durham?  He's the fellow who has spent months and months and months investigating the investigators, looking into the cesspool of corruption and partisan malfeasance that underwrote what I have called the greatest political scandal in American history.  I mean the whole Russia Collusion Delusion, featuring Robert Mueller G-man extraordinaire, and a host of supporting actors from James Comey, Christopher Steele, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, John Brennan, and James Clapper on down.  Poof.  Gone.  The Durham investigation would be gone.

How a Trump Prosecutor Took Down a Third of the Cincinnati City Council.  "As Donald Trump returns to Cincinnati today, I think it's important to say in my role as an elected leader for the city that he does not represent our values - not anywhere close.  Indeed, he undermines them daily," Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld tweeted two years ago.  Now, P.G. Sittenfeld, the leftist mayoral candidate, whose Senate bid had been funded by Obama and Biden backers, was arrested on corruption charges.  In some places that might be a shameful distinction, but in Cincinnati it just means a third of the city council has been busted.  Or 40% of the 'Gang of Five', the five Democrats who had illegally colluded on city business via text messaging resulting in $101,000 in fines and attorney fees to be paid for by taxpayers.  When Democrat politicians violate the law, it's the taxpayers who still end up on the hook.

Rudy and Sidney's Krakentastic Spectacle, and What It Could Mean.  [Scroll down]  There are lots of elements to the case, but essentially it boils down to this: the Biden campaign, in league with nefarious actors both domestic and foreign who are invested for various reasons in replacing Donald Trump as the president of the United States, engaged in a rather brazen smash-and-grab of the 2020 presidential election.  No.  Not brazen.  That's not a correct description. Desperate is more accurate.  Because what was done in the counting of votes in the election on Nov. 3 and days following is best explained, as Giuliani suggested, as sloppiness derived from a frantic struggle to produce votes for Biden at Trump's expense in key states.  Initially it was thought that those states were six — Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada.  Now it appears New Mexico and Virginia might be added to the mix following investigations of irregularities there.

Democrats, scared straight by election results, poised to oust political boss of the nation's most corrupt state.  One of the most significant emerging Democrat defeats appears to be underway in Illinois, where donkey state legislators — pols that escaped with their seats — are scared of voters' wrath over their party's boss of bosses.  The man who has run that state for decades — a far more powerful than any governor — may be losing his perch.

Of Course The Party Of Moral Authoritarianism Would Cheat On Elections.  We and many others were warning months ago that the Democrats were going to try to steal the 2020 election.  When the counting, recounting, and lawsuits are done, they might well have succeeded.  It's simply in their nature to do whatever they believe is necessary to further their agenda.  The belief in one's own moral superiority eventually erases the conscience.  After all, if one is morally superior to others, then no conscience is needed.  All actions and behaviors are acceptable because they're done in an effort to make the world a better place. [...] Just a few of the many screeds, rants, and tweets that have been issued since Election Day are evidence that the Democrats and progressive left feed on their moral narcissism.  They are convinced that their ideas are so righteous, their judgment so impeccable, their understanding so deep that anyone who disagrees with them must be cast aside, redeemed only after being re-educated.  Their moral narcissism is to be imposed on the rest of us by a moral authoritarianism.

The Philadelphia Story:  Stealing an Election in Plain Sight.  Everyone with even a minimal grasp of reality can see what is happening in the Democrat-ruled confines of what was long ago known as the City of Brotherly Love.  In a grotesque paradox, the undoubtedly distorted tabulation of presidential votes is happening both in plain sight and behind closed doors.  Tens of millions of people feel sure that this is true and are witnessing it in real-time.  Effectively unmonitored and unaccountable election workers dutifully carried out the plan.  They take their orders only from the Democratic bosses who hire them and provide their marching orders.  Poll watchers [notwithstanding,] they just keep counting votes and rendering each one a part of the soon-to-be permanent and official record.  It matters not that everyone knows the vast and deep history of election fraud in Philadelphia. [...] The power brokers, such as those in Philadelphia, have granted themselves license to do as they please without reservation — even with the eyes of the entire world upon them.  This renders the legitimate outcome a matter of idle speculation.  And that is exactly how the Democratic machine wants it.

Rod Blagojevich:  Dems Stealing Elections [is] a 'Time-Honored Tradition'.  In the wake of President Donald Trump sounding the alarm on potential voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) on Friday [11/6/2020] accused Democrats of stealing elections for a long time.  Blagojevich told Newsmax TV's "John Bachman Now" that Democratic stronghold cities changing vote counts overnight, and controlling polling places is a "time-honored tradition."  He went on to say that Democrats "stealing the presidency" is "incredibly dangerous to our democracy."

American Coup Victims Will Not Go Quietly.  This was a Coup.  It lacked, at least for the moment, the spilled blood often associated with a classic coup d'etat but make no mistake about it — this was a coup.  A record number of Americans fought an unusual number of hardships to make certain their voices were heard in the selection of our next president.  And, given the stark difference in the candidates' visions for America's future and the growing national divide, that choice was surely not made lightly.  So, when we on the right observed one "irregularity" after another on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, what we needed were answers and transparency.  What we got were evasions and coverups.  Keep in mind that we have endured over the past 4 years a seeming century's worth of dishonesty, hoaxes, threats, wild conspiracy theories and widespread corruption from those on the left.  Indeed, Liberals appear to have made sport of treating Donald Trump and his supporters much like a cat treats a litter-box.  And we got the message:  There is no limit to just how low they are willing to sink.

It truly appears that the fix is in.  What we're seeing happening in Michigan and Wisconsin is nothing short of election theft.  That is unambiguous to anyone who is paying attention.  But they're having trouble revealing it to other Americans because, on cue, it's being censored across the board.  The President's Tweets are being hit.  Prominent conservatives' Facebook and Twitter posts are being suppressed.  For those who are just coming in on the topic I'm conspicuously dancing around, it appears that the election really is being stolen right before our eyes.  Michigan and Wisconsin are seeing voting totals materialize overnight that make it clear the fix is in.  And they're not even trying to hide it.  In Michigan, an overnight vote update added 138,339 votes to Vice President Joe Biden's totals.  That same [update yielded] ZERO votes for President Trump.

The Bidens: A Delaware mafia.  [Scroll down]  Hunter was a principal in pay-to-play on a global scale.  Recent electronic and documented evidence confirms years of scuttlebutt that suggested that Hunter Biden, and Uncle Jim, were trading and profiting on the name and office of the "big guy."  Throughout, Joe claims he knew nothing of any family pay-to-play hustles in Oman, Luxembourg, Romania, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, Guatemala, and China.  The ignorance defense is an instant replay of Clinton family tactics; deny, deny, deny, and when denials are no longer plausible, depend on Deep State Democrat Party Beltway hacks to cover or come to the rescue. [...] Withal, the Biden exposé is, by any metric, a day late and a billion dollars short — at best a pyrrhic victory for critics.  The Justice Department and the FBI have had the goods on Biden for some time, yet official Washington is still mute and inert.  Inertia at justice is a symptom of a much larger problem:  institutionalized federal double standards.  A Republican might be indicted by an ambiguous phone call while Democrats, like the Clintons and Bidens, get a pass on obvious felonies.

Wisconsin Republican Party Says Hackers Stole $2.3 Million from Trump Reelection Account.  The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party said Thursday that hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the party's account.  Chairman Andrew Hitt said the Wisconsin Republicans noticed suspicious activity on Thursday of last week and the next day alerted the FBI, which Hitt said is investigating the matter.  Less than a week before the presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump are still in a tight race to win Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes.  In 2016, Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes.

Deep in the Heart of Texas, Dangerous Extremists Are Propping Up Democrat's Campaign.  In Texas' 22nd District outside of Houston, an extremist group that has killed thousands of innocents is helping fund the campaign of Democratic candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni.  The leaders of a radical Hindu nationalist faction based in India, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), are donating to Kulkarni to protect their interests in Indo-American relations and advance their extremist and sectarian agenda in India.  The RSS has orchestrated mob violence against Muslims and Christians across India, advocated for ethno-religious cleansing to promote "Hindu-ness" and purity on the subcontinent, and praised both Hitler and Gandhi's assassin.

A Bizarre and Revealing Biden Interview.  [Scroll down]  Biden's evident belief that he deserves to be wealthy stood out in a 2008 New York Times story that explained how a man living on a public servant's salary was able to live like a Bourbon king:  "Biden has been able to dip into his campaign treasury to spend thousands of dollars on home landscaping," the Times explained, and also rich businessmen filtered their support of Biden through other means: "the acquisition of his waterfront property a decade ago involved wealthy businessmen and campaign supporters, some of them bankers with an interest in legislation before the Senate, who bought his old house for top dollar, sold him four acres at cost and lent him $500,000 to build his new home."  He sold the house he had bought in 1975 for top dollar to — get this — the vice-chairman of MBNA, who gave Biden $1.2 million for it.  MBNA has showed its gratitude to Biden's support in a number of ways:  by giving over $200,000 to his various campaigns, by hiring Hunter Biden, by flying Biden and his wife to a retreat in Maine, etc.  Mother Jones dubbed Biden "the senator from MBNA."

This Is How the Left's Power Structure Collapses.  [Scroll down]  Corruption.  Full grown.  Oozing its way into America.  It's everywhere on the left.  The Biden family.  Clintons.  The Democratic Party.  The FBI.  The CIA.  The mainstream media.  The tech giants.  It's a full-out plague, aided and abetted by their demonic philosophy, all of them gone astray.  All of them corrupt.  The New York Post story has been there for about a week now.  The Democrat-media complex has ignored it entirely; the tech giants went into overdrive removing all evidence from their platforms.  Google.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Instagram.  The whole lot of them.  Covering up a story that deserved universal distribution and condemnation.  Instead, they covered up the most damning story to their side, their chosen side.  All of them colluded to bury this mounting evidence of wrongdoing.

Baltimore elected officials charged for somehow forgetting to pay their taxes.  Now that a new Mayor is on the way to City Hall in Baltimore, Charm City will soon put its unpleasant history of corrupt elected officials behind them and begin a new era of honesty and transparency in politics.  Gone will be the days of Mayors and other top municipal officials going to prison for racketeering, embezzlement, and tax evasion.  And once that's accomplished, they'll be able to focus on quashing their massive gang violence and murder problems.  Trust me.  It's going to be glorious.  Oh, wait... there might be a couple of final wrinkles to iron out of this plan.  It seems that the city's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, and her husband, incoming City Council President Nick Mosby, have received some unpleasant news from the IRS.  The power couple allegedly "forgot" to pay a significant amount of their federal income taxes.  For at least three years.  And now a lien for nearly $50K against them has been placed by the taxman.

The Stench Of Corruption Is Overwhelming.  In short, Biden's response to any and all questions concerning Hunter's role with Burisma has been to dismiss such allegations as debunked conspiracy theories pushed by his political opponent.  No one did anything wrong.  There is nothing to explain, and he is not about to try.  Inconveniently, for Joe, though, the story will not go away.  Just today [10/14/2020] the New York Post broke the news that they were in possession of an email from a senior official from Burisma to Hunter Biden which makes a specific reference to Hunter's role in setting up a meeting between the official and then Vice-President Joe Biden.

Rudy Giuliani Describes the Bidens as a Crime Family.  Here's Why We Should Listen to Him.  Rudy Giuliani is all over the news these days, detailing the emails and documents on that MacBook Pro laptop purported to have belonged to Hunter Biden.  According to Giuliani, only about 5% of the hard drive's relevant content has been published.  That 5% already paints Joe Biden as either the figurehead or director of a conspiracy to use his political positions to generate millions of dollars from dubious and even hostile foreign sources, with son Hunter as the prime conduit.  The money goes to the Biden family.  It's an explosive charge.  The Democratic Party's presidential nominee could be the head of a syndicate trading on U.S. power as a product.  Such would also greatly endanger American national security and corrupt our government at the very highest level.

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Joe Kennedy III's campaign improperly spent $1.5 million on failed Senate bid.  U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III's campaign improperly spent $1.5 million earmarked for the general election during the Massachusetts congressman's failed bid to capture the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat, he said Friday [10/16/2020].  Kennedy said in a statement to The Boston Globe that he did not know about the improper spending before the Sept. 1 primary election, and has since reimbursed the campaign with his $1.5 million of his own money.  He and his campaign self-reported the violation to the Federal Election Commission last week, he said.

Durham's Investigation Has Taken an Interest a Person Named Daniel Jones — The Implications Are Uncertain at This Point.  [Scroll down]  Enter Daniel Jones.  Jones spent nine years as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, starting in 2007, and became the key Committee staff member for Chairperson Diane Feinstein. [...] He also worked on the Committee's investigation of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes.  Since leaving the Senate, he has formed three outside businesses with noble sounding names and stated business purposes, but what they are in reality are left-wing Democrat Party political "hit squads."  The Penn Quarter Group is simply an opposition research outfit that works for Democrat party candidates to dig up dirt on opponents.  Jones has told Senator Charles Grassley that PQG has been funded by 7-10 wealthy individuals located primarily in New York and California (Schumer and Feinstein), in an amount of approximately $50 million.  In 2017 Jones formed a new company, The Democracy Integrity Project, a nonprofit company — which paid Jones $380,000 in 2017 to be its CEO — which is an advocacy group that purports to investigate interference in American and international elections by hostile foreign powers.  TDIP has been linked in its business operations with FusionGPS and Christopher Steele.

How The DNC Hired CrowdStrike to Frame Russia for the Hack.  On March 19, 2016, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, surrendered his emails to an unknown entity in a "spear phishing" scam.  This has been called a "hack," but it was not.  Instead, it was the sort of flim-flam hustle that happens to gullible dupes on the internet.  The content of the emails was beyond embarrassing.  They showed election fraud and coordination with the media against the candidacy of Bernie Sanders.  The DNC and the Clinton campaign needed a cover story.  Blaming Russia would be a handy way to deal with the Podesta emails.  There was already an existing Russia operation that could easily be retrofitted to this purpose.  The problem was that it was nearly impossible to identify the perpetrator in a phishing scheme using computer forensic tools.  The only way to associate Putin with the emails was circumstantially.  The DNC retained a company that called itself "CrowdStrike" to provide assistance.  CrowdStrike's chief technology officer and co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, is an anti-Putin, Russian expat and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.  With the Atlantic Council in 2016, all roads led to Ukraine.

Adam Schiff-Ukraine connection comes under scrutiny.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal, is facing questions about his own connection to a Soviet-born businessman who has raised money for his campaign and whose company has received lucrative defense contracts from Ukraine's government.  That man is Igor Pasternak, the founder and CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp., which makes blimps for military and commercial customers.  His business has also been involved in weapons manufacturing, working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense to produce a modified version of the M4 and M16 rifles, according to reports.

Rochester Mayor Indicted in Felony Campaign Finance Fraud.  Rochester, N.Y. mayor Lovely Warren has been indicted on charges she broke campaign finance rules and committed fraud during her 2017 reelection campaign, the Monroe County District Attorney announced Friday.  One charge is for a scheme to defraud in the first degree, while another is an election law offense for illegally coordinating activities and expenditures, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

NC Democratic Senate Nominee Cal Cunningham Caught in Sexting Scandal, Chuck Schumer Hardest Hit.  Earlier this week I wrote about how North Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Cal Cunningham was widely mocked after posting a staged photo of himself in a freshly-ironed campaign-approved apron standing next to a grill talking about how "there's nothing better than BBQ."  The reasons why this was such a (humorous) scandal in North Carolina are explained in detail [elsew]here, but as it turns out goofy photos posted to Twitter are the very least of his problems right now.  Late Friday evening [10/2/2020], Cunningham admitted to sexting with a California woman while in the middle of his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Affidavits Allege Democrat Officials Planning Colossal Illegal Ballot Harvesting Scheme.  New affidavits filed in the Texas Supreme Court allege a massive illegal mail-ballot harvesting scheme is underway in Texas' most populous county, and "elite" Democrat officials are leading the effort.  Harris County has received attention over the past several weeks for its proposed plan to send mail-in ballot applications to all 2.37 million voters in the county regardless of eligibility, thereby inviting fraud and abuse into the process.  New testimony suggests that may only be the tip of the iceberg.  As part of a new lawsuit filed in the Texas Supreme Court against Harris County Democrat County Clerk Chris Hollins by the Harris County Republican Party, Dr. Steve Hotze, Wendell Champion, Sharon Hemphill, and Al Hartman, two affidavits claim a massive illegal ballot harvesting operation is being prepared for the county.

Biden's Texas Political Director Implicated in Massive Mail-In Ballot Harvesting Scheme in Harris County.  A Biden Campaign operative in Texas is attempting to rig the 2020 election with the help of others in a massive ballot harvesting scheme, according to two private investigators who testified under oath that they have "video evidence, documentation and witnesses" to prove it.  With the help of mass mail-in ballots, the illegal ballot harvesting operation could harvest 700,000 ballots, one Harris County Democrat operative allegedly bragged.  The investigators — a former FBI agent and former police officer — claim that Biden's Texas Political Director Dallas Jones and his cohorts have been "hoarding mail-in and absentee ballots" and ordering operatives to them fill out for people in Harris County illegally, "including dead people, homeless people, and nursing home residents in the 2020 presidential election," Patrick Howley of the National File reported.

Former New Mexico Democratic Governor Bill Richardson is accused of raking in hundreds of thousands in bribes and kickbacks.  The scandal plagued former governor of New Mexico — who Virginia Roberts claimed she had underage sex with on Jeffrey Epstein's orders — has been dragged into the mud once again.  Career politician Bill Richardson has been accused of raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks while in office — money which allegedly funded a luxury and debauched lifestyle including 'sexual services and favors', according to a recently unsealed legal complaint obtained by DailyMail.com.  According to the lawsuit, Richardson ran a scam dubbed the 'Richardson Ring' which saw the one-time governor benefiting from money he grafted from business investments into the state of New Mexico in the early 2000s.

Democrats Are Truly Sick People.  The idea of a Joe Biden presidency is a scary proposition.  He never really stood for much of anything, he simply parroted whatever positions were necessary for him to obtain power.  Joe's been the ultimate weathervane — a bandwagon jumper of the highest order.  His whole government career seems built on avoiding ever having to get a real job and turning a blind eye to how his family has gotten rich off his name.  That Joe claims to have never talked to his son about how he's repeatedly fallen [backward] into lucrative jobs and piles of cash in industries he has no knowledge in strikes me as implausible.  If your idiot, drug-addled son starts making more money per month than many small towns generate after he's tossed out of the military for cocaine use, I'd hope you'd have some questions.

Florida AG Looking Into Bloomberg Felon Fine Payoff.  Florida's attorney general Ashley Moody is requesting that the FBI and state law enforcement investigate billionaire Michael Bloomberg for paying the outstanding fines and fees of convicted felons in Florida so they could regain their right to vote ahead of the November election, The Hill reports. "Today, I sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into potential violations of election laws," The Republican attorney Moody said in a statement provided to Fox News.  "I have instructed the statewide prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any statewide grand jury that the governor may call," she said.

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When I was in junior high and high school, in the late 1960s, several of my teachers made it clear that a felony conviction leads to permanent loss of voting rights, not to mention a lifetime of social stigma.  Just knowing that served as a crime deterrent.  The criminal lobby on the left wants to lower the country's standards and let felons vote.  That's because felons are far more likely to vote for Democrats.

Did Bloomberg Commit A Crime In Paying Off The Debts Of Black and Hispanic Former Felons To Allow Them To Vote?  Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has pledged to pour $100 million dollars in Florida alone to elect Joe Biden as part of his earlier pledge to pump hundreds of millions into the election.  The role of billionaires like Bloomberg and Sheldon Adelson in pouring hundreds of millions into the election for each side remains controversial, though many past critics of such windfall campaign financing are now demanding more support.  Bloomberg however is now under fire for pledging to pay off the debts of Black and Hispanic former felons to allow them to vote.  The Washington Post reported that the funding of only Black and Hispanic former felons was due in part to the fact that they are more likely to vote for Biden.

Florida attorney general calls for investigation into Michael Bloomberg.  Florida's attorney general asked state and federal law enforcement on Wednesday to investigate possible election law violations after billionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg helped raise more than $16 million for Florida felons to pay their debts so they can vote in the presidential election.  Attorney General Ashley Moody sent letters to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI saying that further investigation is warranted.  Governor Ron DeSantis and House Rep. Matt Gaetz had asked Moody to review allegations that Bloomberg and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition had violated the law by offering incentives for voting.

Rep. Matt Gaetz Calls for Election Bribery Probe Against Mike Bloomberg for Paying Florida Felons' Fines for Biden Votes.  As reported earlier former New York City Mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg raised $16 million to pay off the fines for 32,000 black and Hispanic Florida voters so they can vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.  Basketball icon Lebron James is also looking to pay convicted felons' fines so they can vote for Joe Biden.  Legal analyst J. Christian Adams argued that Michael Bloomberg is breaking federal and likely Florida state law by buying votes from felons.

Hunter Biden Received Millions From Wife Of Ex-Moscow Mayor, Paid Suspects Allegedly Tied To Trafficking, Had Contacts With Individuals Linked To Chinese Military, Senate Report Alleges.  A bombshell report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) and the Committee on Finance makes a series of damning new allegations against Hunter Biden, the son of Democrat presidential nominee.  The investigation launched after Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) publicly raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the sale of a U.S. company to a Chinese firm with ties to Hunter Biden a month before Congress was notified about a whistleblower complaint that was the catalyst for Democrats' impeachment of President Donald Trump.  The Senate's investigation relied on records from the U.S. government, Democrat lobbying groups, and interviews of numerous current and former officials.

Sen. Johnson, Sen. Grassley release report on conflicts-of-interest investigation involving Hunter Biden.  US Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released a report revealing millions of dollars in questionable financial transactions between Hunter Biden, his associates and foreign individuals.  The foreign individuals include the former mayor of Moscow and individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Senate GOP's controversial Biden report.  Republicans on Wednesday [9/23/2020] released a report on their investigation focused on former Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, a move they hope will put fresh scrutiny on the former vice president just weeks from the election.  The controversial probe is spearheaded by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).  It is focused broadly on Obama-era policy and Hunter Biden's work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

GOP-led Senate committees issue report on Bidens and Ukraine.  Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday on the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine.  Biden's campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks before the election, as an effort by an ally of President Trump to damage his election opponent.

A year after impeachment, Hunter Biden's Ukraine activities come home to roost.  A year ago this month, Democrats began their impeachment crusade against President Trump because he had sought an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine.  And the rallying cry then was that any concerns about the Bidens were pure, discredited conspiracy theories.  What a difference a year makes.  The GOP-led Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees plan to release a joint report as early as this week disclosing the results of a year-long probe into Joe Biden's stewardship of Ukraine anti-corruption policy while his son earned big money as a board member at the corruption-plagued Burisma Holdings gas firm.

Senate report slams Bidens for conflicts of interest, flags possible criminal activity.  A year-long Senate investigation concluded Wednesday that Hunter Biden's efforts to cash in on foreign business deals during his father's vice presidency raised alarm among U.S. government officials, who perceived an ethical conflict of interest and flagged concerns about possible criminal activity ranging from bribery to sex trafficking.  The long-awaited joint report by the GOP-led Senate Homeland and Government Affairs and Senate Finance Committees delivered several blockbuster revelations less than two months before Election Day, suggesting Obama administration officials ignored clear warning signs about ethical conflicts and possible extortion risks involving Joe Biden's family.  Perhaps the most explosive revelation was that the U.S. Treasury Department flagged payments collected overseas by Hunter Biden and business partner Devon Archer for possible illicit activities.

Democrats' ActBlue Reportedly Cannot Validate If Donations Are from US or Foreign Donors!  The Gateway Pundit reported on May 30th that the recent riots in Democrat-led cities around the country were coordinated and linked to domestic terrorists, foreign entities, and other radical groups and Marxists linked to the Democrat Party.  Black Lives Matter (BLM) was one of these groups.  The Gateway Pundit was also the first to report that ActBlue was raising money using BLM as its front group.  The Daily Caller confirmed this and reported that BLM is not a non-profit organization and instead nonprofit organization (Thousand Currents) said it provides 'fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to BLM'.  Candice Owen reported on the BLM — ActBlue relationship and was targeted by a bogus fact-checker.

The Biden Hoax.  [Scroll down]  The convenient forgetting of Biden's corruption is another aspect of the hoax.  If Biden is upright than crooked is straight.  Caught on videotape, Biden bragged about strongarming the Ukrainians. [...] We know about Hunter and associates raking in millions of dollars from the Chinese.  Merely coincidental, goes the party line.  Joe confabbing with Xi Jingping and other Chinese oligarchs just days ahead of Hunter and company inking a deal with a state-owned bank there is pure chance.  Where were the packs of reporters hounding the Bidens?  No calls for congressional investigations from CNN or CNBC talking heads.  Instead, shrugs and offhand dismissals of Joe Biden's highly suspect role.  What would be the point of Joe influence-peddling?  To make Hunter rich?  Any curiosity about a Biden skim?  Like the Clintons, Biden, now useful, is granted generous license.

The Background of the "Harris-Biden" Ticket.  The Black Grievance Industry (BGI) is an assembly of two larger groups.  Group-one is the Black Lives Matter group, modern and extremist.  Group-two is the AME church network, more traditional and with a larger network.  The BLM group originated during the terms of the Obama administration.  The AME network has existed for many decades before. [...] Immediately before the South Carolina primary, Barack Obama (BLM network) and the traditional racial apparatus (AME network) realized they were about to lose control to Bernie Sanders.  Their response was to quickly coordinate a club move to swing the election away from the Sanders camp.  An urgent assembly of all party control officers was called.  The power brokers within the DNC Club designed a plan around using James Clyburn (AME network) as the official spark for Joe Biden to take back control of the primary outcome.  Former President Obama contacted all candidates and informed them when and how they would quit the race and fall-in-line behind Joe Biden.  James Clyburn was then triggered to initiate his endorsement and begin the rapid-fire process.  Within 48 hours all members of the club and candidates had their instructions and proceeded to follow-through on the plan.  They had no choice.  If they did not comply they would suffer the consequences of a fully aligned club hierarchy who would target them personally and financially.  The plan worked flawlessly.

What everyone's missing from the ActBlue 'unemployed' donor scandal.  [Scroll down]  Action Fund President John Pudner:  "We found it took other vendors only a matter of hours to switch their system to allow verification of donations and thus prevent the possibility of illegal foreign money being moved into campaigns.  Choosing to use an untraceable system has a higher cost in terms of the risk of credit card fraud and also tends to incur higher bank fees.  And this untraceable system allows someone with a gift card to make donations in anyone's name, even if that person never actually made that donation, or even if that person doesn't exist at all."  48.4% of the Democrats' ActBlue donors last year were allegedly unemployed.  By comparison, Republican-affiliated WinRed only listed 4%, which happened to be the national unemployment rate at the time, of their donors as unemployed.  While everyone seems focused on the risk of foreign donations, I pointed out that it's really the rich domestic donors who should be concerning us the most.  Regardless of whether it's foreign or domestic entities piling in donations under fake names, it's illegal.

Former FL Guv Candidate Andrew Gillum: 'I Do Identify as Bisexual'.  Andrew Gillum, who ran for governor of Florida in 2018, says he is bisexual.  "I don't identify as gay but I do identify as bisexual.  And that is something that I've never shared publicly before," the Democrat said on The Tamron Hall Show Monday [9/14/2020].  It's the first time that Gillum has addressed his sexuality since March, when he was found with two men in a Miami Beach hotel room by police called to a suspected overdose.  He appeared on the show with his wife, R. Jai, who said she believes sexuality exists on "a spectrum" and that all she cares about is what "agreement" she and her husband have.

Over two dozen Mueller team phones 'accidentally' wiped before DOJ could review them.  A number of cell phones belonging to members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team were "accidentally" wiped before the devices could be reviewed by the Justice Department inspector general.  That's according to 87 pages of DOJ records released Thursday under a Freedom of Information Act request from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  The records show the phones were wiped of data before the DOJ's Office of Inspector General could review the devices because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons, Fox News reported.  At least 27 phones were reportedly wiped of data, with some reset to factory settings and others wiped "accidentally" after entering the wrong password too many times.

Dozens Of Cell Phones Used By Mueller Team Were 'Accidentally Wiped' Before DOJ Could Review.  Numerous cell phones from special counsel Robert Mueller's team were "accidentally wiped" before the Department of Justice inspector general was able to review the devices, according to newly released government records.  "The records show at least several dozen phones were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — and came before the DOJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) could review the devices," Fox News reported.  "The OIG opened an investigation into possible bias in the origins of the Russia Investigation, but determined that the FBI complied with policies in launching the politically explosive probe.  Still, the OIG flagged 'significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised.'"

Judicial Watch Obtains DOJ Records Showing Top Mueller Team Repeatedly, 'Accidentally' Wiped Phones.  Judicial Watch announced today [9/11/2020] it received 87 pages of records from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that show senior members of Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office (SCO) repeatedly and "accidentally" wiped phones assigned to them.  The records were produced in response to Judicial Watch's September 2019 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the Justice Department and FBI over December 17, 2018, FOIA requests for:
  •   All records related to the hardware, software and contents of mobile phones issued to FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for their use while they served on the investigative team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
  •   All records of communication (whether on government or non-.gov email accounts and whether using real names or aliases), with FBI officials relating to the hardware, software and contents of mobile phones issued to FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for their use while they served on the investigative team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In a table that appears to be a tabulation of Special Counsel's Office reviews of phones used by Robert Mueller'steam for records-preservation purposes, 27 phones were reported wiped clean of all data prior to the review having taken place.

Sidney Powell Discusses Weissmann/Mueller Special Counsel Destroying Evidence of Their Conduct.  Michael Flynn defense attorney Sidney Powell appears for an interview with Liz MacDonald to discuss the developments in the Flynn case (note:  Sullivan's court appointed amicus response brief is due tomorrow), and the background information recently highlighted.  As you review this interview, retain the 30,000/ft perspective.  Ms. Powell also discusses the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel erasing evidence by wiping phones and hiding evidence of their corrupt activity.  Additionally, Liz Mac circles back to the 2017 FISA report by Rosemary Collyer to support the most recent 2019 opinion filed by the FISA court showing the NSA database search abuse is ongoing.

DOJ records show members of Mueller's team 'wiped' phones during Trump probe.  Newly released records from the Department of Justice show that the cell phones of multiple people on then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team were "wiped" for various reasons during the probe.  The records show at least several dozen phones were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — and came before the DOJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) could review the devices.  The documents show that Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman "accidentally wiped" his phone twice after entering the wrong passcode too many times in March 2018.  Lawyer James Quarles' phone "wiped itself" without his intervention, the records say.

Republicans demand answers on Mueller team wiping phones, suggest 'anticipatory obstruction of justice'.  Congressional Republicans demanded answers on Friday [9/11/2020] as to whether there "was a widespread intentional effort" to wipe the mobile devices of multiple people on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team during the Russia probe, and suggested this could amount to "anticipatory obstruction of justice."  The calls come after newly released records from the Justice Department showed that at least several dozen phones belonging to members of Mueller's team were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — all before the Justice Department inspector general's office could review the devices.

Reference material:
Spoliation of evidence.  The spoliation of evidence is the intentional or negligent withholding, hiding, altering, or destroying of evidence relevant to a legal proceeding. [...] The spoliation inference is a negative evidentiary inference that a finder of fact can draw from a party's destruction of a document or thing that is relevant to an ongoing or reasonably foreseeable civil or criminal proceeding:  the finder of fact can review all evidence uncovered in as strong a light as possible against the spoliator and in favor of the opposing party.

Spoliation defined
Black's Law Dictionary, 1991, page 1401.

Mueller Russia hoax prosecution team destroyed evidence of their cell phone text messages and calls.  The excuses being used for destruction of evidence by the Mueller team are about as plausible as a mob accountant purportedly committing suicide by shooting himself in the head three times.  The posse of Trump-hating prosecutors that sought and failed to find evidence of "collusion" between Russia and his campaign managed to completely wipe out their text messages — the kind of evidence that revealed the bias and illicit sexual relationship of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok — as well as call records on their government-issued cellphones.  We only learned of this yesterday, two years after these public records were demanded by Judicial Watch and a year after a lawsuit was filed.  At least 15 cellphones, and possibly as many as 30, were completely wiped clean of all records.  This stinks.  Even worse, as with Hilary Clinton using Bleachbit to destroy her private server hard drive that was used for official State Department communications and then smirking about wiping it "with a cloth," they are likely to get away with it.

At least 15 phones belonging to Mueller's team had their information 'wiped' before handing them over to the Inspector General in Russia probe.  More than 15 phones belonging to the investigative team of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller were wiped before they were handed over to the Office of the Inspector General to be examined for proof of potential bias.  Mueller and his team were investigated by the Department of Justice for alleged biased in its pursuit of any proof that Trump or his administration colluded with Russia.  The investigation concluded that there was no bias but as part of it, Mueller's team was told to hand over cellphones but many had been wiped of their data.

Weissmann uses a phone for months then forgets the passcode?  The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 USC 1519, passed in wake of Enron prosecution — in which Weissman had a lead and very unsalubrious role described by Sidney Powell in Licensed to Lie — prohibited destruction of documents in anticipation of federal investigation.

18 U.S. Code § 1519. Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy.  Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

De Blasio donor scored $120M in city COVID-19 contracts, board seats.  A big-bucks donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio's political campaigns not only scored $120 million in no-bid coronavirus contracts — he also won seats on two influential city boards.  Manhattan resident Charles Tebele, who owns the New Jersey-based computer business Digital Gadgets, has showered Hizzoner with at least $22,750 in political contributions since 2016 including $12,800 to de Blasio's failed 2020 presidential bid, records show.  Those contributions to de Blasio were Tebele's first to a federally regulated campaign since he gave to 2012 Connecticut congressional candidate, Dan Roberti, who lost the Democratic primary that year.

New DA in Portland admits he is 'old buddies' with an Antifa militant.  Newly-elected District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who refuses to prosecute Portland rioters, admits he is "old buddies" with an Antifa militant campaigning to defund the police, abolish prisons, and demand reparations. [...] The hour-long July 21 interview with Schmidt is a first in the series of "social justice leaders" features conducted by a self-described "Anti-Fascist" and "old time buddy" of Schmidt's, social media personality Awkword.  Awkword leads the Ten Demands for Justice movement, "a roadmap for the defunding and then full abolition of police and prisons."

Longtime IL Democratic state senator and member of ethics committee charged with tax evasion.  Illinois state senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek), who had been in office since 1997, resigned today [8/13/2020] after being charged with federal tax evasion. [...] In little over a year three Illinois state senators, all Dems, have been charged with crimes.

'Fair Tax' Supporter Indicted for Tax Evasion.  State Sen. Terry Link, D-Indian Creek, was indicted Aug. 13 on tax evasion charges accusing him of filing false income taxes in 2016.  He appears to be prepared to plead guilty, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  Last fall, Link was identified as the state senator who wore a wire for the FBI and captured former state Rep. Luis Arroyo offering him a bribe.  It was believed Link agreed to wear the wire in exchange for a lighter sentence on his own pending charges.  Link until Aug. 13 served on the Legislative Ethics Commission, which the former legislative inspector general said blocked her from pursuing wrongdoing by lawmakers.  Link resigned from the commission after he was charged.

Voters Give Fulton County DA The Boot After Corruption Allegations, Charges Against Police.  Looks like the strategy of charging two police officers for shooting a suspect that had assaulted them and then tried firing a Taser at them has backfired on Paul Howard.  Voters in Fulton County booted the longtime DA from office in Tuesday's primary, with challenger Fani Willis leading by forty-five points.  Willis becomes the first female Fulton County DA, and the first new DA since 1997.  Howard's not going to be done in court, however.  In fact, he might be making more personal appearances at the bench than ever before.

Justice Democrats candidate accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.  Three groups of college Democrats in Massachusetts disinvited left-wing congressional primary challenger and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse from all future events alleging that he showed a pattern of using "his platform and taking advantage of his position of power for romantic or sexual gain, specifically toward young students."  The email, sent on Thursday and signed by College Democrats of Massachusetts, U-Mass.-Amherst Democrats, and Amherst College Democrats alleged that Morse, who is challenging House Ways and Means Chairman Richie Neal, had "sexual contact" with students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he was a lecturer on political science.

FBI Raids U.S. Company With Ties to Ukrainian Oligarch.  A U.S. company affiliated with the Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky that has been accused of participating in an international fraud scheme was raided by the FBI in two locations on Tuesday [8/4/2020].  Agents conducted "law enforcement activity" in Cleveland and Miami at addresses that correspond with the offices of Optima Management Group, according to FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson.  No arrests were made, she said.  Photographs published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer show agents taking boxes from the Cleveland location.  Optima was part of an international scheme in which billions of dollars were siphoned from a Ukrainian bank by Kolomoisky to buy U.S. real estate, according to a civil lawsuit filed last year in Delaware.

Ukrainian Oligarch Paid $700,000 To The Husband Of A House Judiciary Committee Democrat.  Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky.  Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine.  In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a number of businesses linked to Kolomoisky hired Powell as an attorney.  One of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records.

Point.  If you are a big trader — like Soros, Gates, Goldman Sachs, or a major bank — having inside information is a freebie — no risk — goldmine.  If you are a greedy political family like Pelosi, Clinton, Bushes, Feinstein, Burr, McCain, Obama; Biden Family — inside information is a freebie no risk goldmine for the entire family.  I guess if you are John Brennan or a foreign intelligence service, and you want to finance a nefarious off the books black op operation FOR FREE, outside of your normal budget, you can use inside information and stock trades to finance your operations.

Spending on Christmas parties among allegations in ethics report on Sanford Bishop.  Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. may have used thousands in campaign funds for personal expenses on gas fill-ups for him and his family, greens fees at country clubs, luxurious trips and school tuition.  Further, the Georgia Democrat also may have spent more than $16,000 in taxpayer money for joint Christmas parties — featuring a saxophonist and DJ equipment — with his congressional staff and his wife's employees, according to an Office of Congressional Ethics report released Friday [7/31/2020].  The OCE report was released because the House Ethics Committee decided to further extend its investigation into Bishop.

An only-in-Illinois story:  ComEd bribery scheme hearing is run by daughter-in-law of alleged key player in the case.  Nearly two weeks after admitting to a bombshell bribery charge, ComEd executives outlined their ethics reform plan to a panel of state regulators led by the relative of an alleged player in the criminal plot.  Illinois Commerce Commission Chairwoman Carrie Zalewski, whose agency oversees utility rates and safety practices, opened Wednesday's meeting with demands for "transparency" and "accountability" in light of federal court records that allege ComEd engaged in a "yearslong bribery scheme" involving jobs, contracts and payments to allies of House Speaker Michael Madigan.  One of the Madigan associates that prosecutors say got such a job?  Carrie Zalewski's father-in-law, former 23rd Ward Ald.  Michael Zalewski.

Tennessee State Sen. Katrina Robinson charged with theft, embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud.  Tennessee State Sen. Katrina Robinson is facing federal charges of theft and embezzlement involving government programs and wire fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant.  Robinson was elected to represent the 33rd District in Shelby County in 2018, and is the director of The Healthcare Institute (THI) — a provider of educational and training programs for jobs in the health care field.  According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Healthcare Institute received over $2.2 million in federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) between 2015 and 2019.  During that time, Robinson reportedly stole more than $600,000 from THI by compensating herself well above what was allowed under the terms of the HRSA grant and by using Institute funds for payments and purchases for her own personal benefit and that of her immediate family.

Brookings Institution Flush with Qatari Cash, NeverTrump Donors.  One would be hard-pressed to name a more influential think tank than the Brookings Institution.  The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit routinely ranks at the top of the list of the best think tanks in the world; Brookings scholars produce a steady flow of reports, symposiums, and news releases that sway the conversation on any number of issues ranging from domestic and economic policy to foreign affairs.  Brookings is home to lots of Beltway power players:  Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen, former chairmen of the Federal Reserve, are Brookings fellows.  Top officials from both Republican and Democrat presidential administrations lend political heft to the organization.  From 2002 until 2017, the organization's president was Strobe Talbott.  He's a longtime BFF of Bill Clinton; they met in the 1970s at Oxford University and have been tight ever since.  Talbott was a top aide to both President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Gavin Newsom's $3.7 Million Estate Was Gifted to Him in 2019; 3 Months Later He Got a $2.7 Million Tax Free Cash-Out.  One thing that's become extraordinarily clear to Californians in 2020 is that there's one set of rules for Gov. Gavin Newsom, and there's another set of rules for the rest of us.  He preaches that we're all in this together and that we have to sacrifice to "meet this moment," yet he's not missing a paycheck.  As California businesses struggle, he sends a $1 billion contract for masks to a Chinese company.  When he shut down wineries throughout 80 percent of California, he kept his open.  While the dream of owning a home is increasingly out of reach for California's families, it appears that Newsom received a $3.7 million estate from an LLC owned by his cousin then, a few months later took out a $2.695 million (tax-free) cash-out mortgage on it — and didn't report the gift on any of his financial disclosure forms.

Feds Accuse Ex-Philly Congressman Michael J. 'Ozzie' Myers Of Stuffing Ballots.  A federal grand jury indicted a disgraced former Pennsylvania congressman, accusing the well-connected Philadelphia Democrat of election fraud during primary elections in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  The indictment charges former U.S. Rep. Michael J. "Ozzie" Myers — expelled from Congress after he was caught taking bribes in the Abscam sting investigation in the 1970s — with paying cash to an elections judge to fabricate votes for his clients.

D.C. Mayor Bowser Partners With FBI-flagged Chinese Communist Front Group.  Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration are official partners of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-funded Confucius Institutes, a propaganda front through which China instills American students with a pro-China worldview.  Bowser, who recently made waves when she renamed a street adjacent to the White House "Black Lives Matter Plaza," has been Confucius Institutes Partner since at least 2019, The National Pulse found.  Both Bowser's D.C. office and D.C. public schools are identified as partners of Confucius Institute U.S. Center (CIUSC) on the organization's annual report.

Disgraced Dem Congressman Released From Prison Without Explanation.  The United States Bureau of Prisons released a disgraced Democratic ex-congressman Thursday without explaining why he should not be out of prison with more than five years left on his sentence.  Former Pennsylvania representative Chaka Fattah was convicted on charges of bribery and corruption connected to his failed Philadelphia mayoral campaign, in which he accepted an illegal $1 million loan.  But the Bureau of Prisons has not offered an explanation for the release, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Fattah's time in Congress came to an end in 2016 when he, along with several associates, was indicted on federal racketeering and influence peddling charges.  Fattah resigned from his seat in Congress following the indictment.  A federal judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison on a wide range of charges including money laundering, racketeering, and bank fraud.

Huge Illinois utility paying $200 million to settle bribery case implicating the real boss of Illinois politics, House Speaker Michael Madigan.  Anyone who understands politics in the corrupt state government of Illinois realizes that the power of Michael Madigan, Speaker of the state House of Representatives since 1983 except for two years, dwarfs that of the state's governor.  He's been called "the most powerful Democrat politician in the country" with good reason, and over the years AT has covered him (here, here, and here for instance) for his power, and lately for the appearance that federal investigators have been wiretapping associates and maybe, just maybe closing in on him.  News released in Chicago yesterday by federal prosecutors indicates that that the noose is closing on him, though he still has not (yet) been indicted.

ComEd Charged With Bribery For Steering Jobs, Other Benefits For Speaker Michael Madigan.  Speaker Denies The Feds' Claims.  Commonwealth Edison on Friday [7/17/2020] stated that it has steered jobs, contracts and payments to people connected to Public Official A, who's later referred to as the Illinois House speaker in a highly explosive court filing released Friday morning.  Michael J. Madigan has been the speaker of the House for all but two years since 1983.  He has not been charged with wrongdoing.  The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago had been investigating whether ComEd hired politically connected contractors — some with ties to Madigan — in order to win favorable government actions, including electricity rate increases.  Friday's agreement came less than a year after WBEZ first disclosed the nature of the probe and Madigan's connection to it.

There's Nothing New About Roger Stone Clemency.  Perhaps [Mitt] Romney has forgotten the way-back time of 2001, when President Bill Clinton, on his last day in office, pardoned his old Arkansas business partner Susan McDougal.  In 1996, McDougal was convicted of fraud and other felonies in connection with the Whitewater business enterprise that she and her husband entered into with Bill and Hillary Clinton.  President Clinton testified in the trial.  The Whitewater independent counsel, Kenneth Starr, raised the possibility of a reduced sentence for McDougal if she testified against the Clintons.  Specifically, Starr's prosecutors asked McDougal, "To your knowledge, did William Jefferson Clinton testify truthfully during the course of your trial?"  McDougal refused to answer.  She demanded that Starr resign.  And then she lapsed into total, determined silence.  A federal judge jailed her for 18 months for contempt of court.  Starr later charged her with criminal contempt, a case which ended with a hung jury.  Through it all, McDougal steadfastly refused to say whether Clinton had testified truthfully at her trial.  Then, on Jan. 20, 2001, the day he left the White House, Clinton pardoned McDougal.

Remembering Joe Biden's Newest Fan, Angela Davis.  Last night, 76-year-old radical Angela Davis was trending on Twitter due to her endorsement of 77-year-old presidential hopeful Joe Biden. [...] "Why isn't Angela Davis asked for commentary on major news channels?" wonders the Washington Post's Wajahat Ali.  Well, I've can think of a few reasons.  [#1] Davis is an unrepentant champion of domestic terrorists and murderers.  In the early 1970s, Davis famously bought two of the guns used in a 1970 Marin County courtroom kidnapping-shootout perpetrated by Black Panthers, in which a superior court judge and three hostages were murdered.  After being charged with "aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder," Davis went into hiding.  Even after the FBI caught up to her, and even after evidence showed that she had been in correspondence with the planners and well aware of their violent disposition, she was acquitted in 1972.  Davis never stopped defending convicted Black Panther murderers, including those who had tortured a teenager to death, and yet she is still treated as celebrity.

Angela Davis confirms all that conservatives have been saying about Biden.  This is what conservatives have been saying all along, warning for months that Joe Biden is a weak, addle-pated, nearly senile vessel who will serve as a perfect mask for drawing in voters who imagine he's still a moderate Democrat and still sentient.  Fact is, he's got a big extreme political machine behind him, snaking into the void to seize power and set the agenda to a level no witting American would elect if such a wild-eyed agenda were presented openly.  We know it.  They know it.  Now they've said it.  And when would-be tyrants tell you who they are, believe them.

Liberals howling over Roger Stone's commuted sentence should remember the Obama years.  The media, other Democrats, and some Republicans like Mitt Romney are feigning outrage that Trump commuted the sentence on Roger Stone.  They aren't outraged at all that the whole Russian collusion scam that entrapped Stone, Flynn, and others was a pure hoax.  They aren't outraged that the Obama administration used massive amounts of government personnel and taxpayer money to illegally spy on Trump and his allies in order to destroy Trump and elect Hillary.  They aren't outraged that Holder, Comey, McCabe, Lynch, Lerner, Rice, Clapper, Brennan, and others committed perjury and got off without being charged.  They weren't outraged that Hillary, her aides, and many others committed major crimes, destroyed records, and obstructed justice and got off scot-free.  They weren't outraged that Biden, Power, and many others illegally unmasked people and information of people surrounding Trump.  But they are outraged that Trump commuted Stone's sentence.

Weinstein, Epstein, and the Democrats.  After Republicans swept the 2016 election, the media and entertainment industries went into hysterics, having paid steep dues to an organization that could no longer protect them.  New York and Los Angeles launched an offensive in the form of the Women's Marches, events which claimed that Trump's election had normalized sexual assault.  Of course, there would be no surge in sexual assaults during the Trump administration, but there was an avalanche of revelations that such crimes were commonplace — in the media and entertainment industries.  The case of Harvey Weinstein is infamous, but few know the full context.  As a powerful movie producer and Hollywood gatekeeper, Weinstein was extraordinarily successful in collecting donations for the Democratic party from Hollywood elites.  Knowing that his friends in high places would protect him, he would put naïve young starlets in compromising situations and sexually assault them. [...] Weinstein had been safe during the Obama administration and would have been safe under a Hillary Clinton administration, being one of Clinton's largest campaign bundlers, but the unexpected Trump victory meant he was out in the cold.

Only after being caught:
Florida Democrats return PPP money amid scandal.  The Florida Democratic Party announced late Wednesday [7/8/2020] that it was returning at least $780,000 in small-business loans after its own lawmakers criticized the acceptance of the money as highly questionable if not illegal and unethical.  The party immediately applied for the loan after Congress first passed the $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program, known as PPP, even though there was discussion at the time that the money should go to neither lobbyists nor political causes.

Democratic candidates benefit from PPP loans they criticized.  Several Democratic Senate challengers in key races who criticized the distribution and transparency of government Paycheck Protection Program loans indirectly benefited from the funds.  Last month, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina, Mark Kelly in Arizona, and Sara Gideon in Maine all took swipes at the program, which was created as part of the emergency coronavirus relief CARES Act and intended to help small businesses through the pandemic-related economic downturn.  The program did not adequately distribute funds to the most in-need businesses or communities, they argued.  But the candidates appear to be fine with loans going to companies they are connected to, which were not widely known until the Small Business Administration disclosed all the companies that received loans on Monday [7/6/2020].

Four Democratic Members Of Toledo City Council Accused of Accepting Bribes In Exchange for Votes.  Four members of the Toledo City Council, all Democrats, have been arrested and charged with allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for their votes.  The four council members — Larry Sykes, Yvonne Harper, Gary Johnson, and Tyrone Riley — were among the five people charged in Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday morning [6/30/2020] as part of an investigation into a bribery scheme with the city council, local ABC News affiliate reported.  All four were charged with bribery in connection to programs receiving federal funds and extortion under the Hobbs Act.

One-third of Toledo's City Council arrested on bribery, extortion charges.  The FBI on Tuesday [6/30/2020] arrested a local attorney and four members of the city council in Toledo, Ohio, for their alleged participation in a bribery and extortion scheme.  Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Garrick "Gary" Johnson, Larry Sykes and Keith Mitchell were charged with bribery and extortion in a federal criminal complaint after a two-year investigation, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Toledo City Council arrests
Four Toledo City Council members accused of accepting bribes in 2 year FBI investigation.  Four members of the Toledo City Council have been accused of accepting bribes while in office, according to court documents obtained by 13abc on Tuesday.  At least three of those council members have been placed into federal custody.  13abc crews were on the scene as council members Larry Sykes and Yvonne Harper were placed into custody.  Federal documents also implicate council members Gary Johnson and Tyrone Riley.  According to a criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, Councilman Sykes faces complaints of "Reciept of Bribe by Agent of Organization Receiving Federal Funds" and "Hobbs Act Extortion Under Color of Official Right."  In the affidavit filed along with the complaint, council members Harper, Riley, and Jonson are also named as subjects.

Indictments Likely Coming Down in Durham Probe and Antifa Financing Probe, Former Fed Says.  A former federal prosecutor said Tuesday [6/23/2020] that he believes that the reason congressional Democrats are working so hard to smear Attorney General William Barr is to "preempt" what will soon be coming down in two Department of Justice investigations.  Jim Trusty, formerly the Chief of the Organized Crime Section at the DOJ, now a partner at Ifrah Law, said Dems are doing "damage control" because U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia probe, and a DOJ investigation into antifa's financing are about to result in some "bombshell" indictments.

LA Councilman Charged In Massive Bribery Case.  NBC reports many of the facts of the case, but leaves readers to guess which party the alleged bribe-taker belongs to. [...] Makes one wonder if their Verification Unit was too busy to deploy Google search. [...] When his home was raided in November 2018, [Jose] Huizar had the gall to float the idea of his wife running for the seat to replace him.  He's term-limited after 2020.  That didn't quite work out the way he'd planned.  Huizar is a lifelong Democrat.

Why Can't Big-City Democrats Reform the Police?  The Democratic Party of the late 1950s and 1960s was principally a blue-collar political movement.  It dominated northeastern and midwestern cities through powerful local political machines dispensing patronage to supporters — including plum positions in police departments.  Corruption was endemic, and it often occurred at the expense of black residents.  Those conditions set the stage for some of the most explosive riots of that period.  In July 1967, two Newark police officers arrested a black cab driver and dragged him into a precinct house, where he was beaten.  Protests erupted and swiftly turned violent, lasting four days and costing 26 lives.  Investigations in the aftermath uncovered widespread corruption.  Newark's mayor, Hugh Addonizio, had returned from serving in Congress to run the city because, he reportedly said, "There's no money in Washington, but you can make a million bucks as mayor of Newark."

Black Lives Matter Website, 'Defund The Police' Donations Go to 'Act Blue', The 'Biden For President' Campaign's Top Source of Donations.  The National Pulse can reveal the Black Lives Matter website — the organization spearheading nationwide "defund the police" campaigns — is partnered with ActBlue, a Democrat fundraising platform that is the top donor to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, responsible for raising nearly 99.64 percent of the Biden for President effort.  While the Biden campaign insists it doesn't support efforts to defund the police, it may happily profit from Black Lives Matter (BLM) efforts, and is complicit in taking money from an organization partnered with those spearheading the dangerous policy that has already taken root in Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles.

BUSTED! DNC Gets Caught Laundering Money Through Black Lives Matter.  The Democratic National Committee and the Democrats are really as corrupt as they come.  It is absolutely unreal what they get away with.  Last year, we learned about a lot of overseas donations from foreign entities to Democrats including former presidential candidates such as Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Adam Schiff, but ther were a number of others as well.  It appears as though the BlackLivesMatter.com website that it is an international money laundering scheme and a front for the DNC to generate money from people across the world.

Hickenlooper Guilty on Ethics Charge.  A state ethics committee ruled on Friday [6/5/2020] that former Colorado governor and current Senate candidate John Hickenlooper (D.) violated a ban on accepting gifts while in office.  The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission decided that Hickenlooper's flight on a campaign donor's private jet, as well as his attendance at a conference in Italy, violated the ban, according to the Colorado Sun.  Hickenlooper initially refused to appear at the hearing, prompting the condemnation of a federal judge and members of the commission.

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick set to be released from prison due to pandemic, lawmaker says.  Disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be granted early release from a federal prison where he is serving a 28-year sentence for corruption and currently in quarantine due to the coronavirus, according to a Michigan state lawmaker.  State Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Detroit Democrat, told WJB-TV that she was notified by President Trump of Kilpatrick's impending release during his Thursday [5/21/2020] visit to Michigan.

Democrat Congressman Steven Horsford Admits Sex Scandal With Ex-Senate Intern.  Resignation Calls Grow.  Calls for Democrat Rep. Steven Horsford (NV) to resign from the U.S. Congress exploded over the weekend after he admitted to having an affair with an intern who worked for former Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).  Gabriela "Linder said the affair began in 2009, when she met Horsford — then the majority leader of the Nevada state Senate — during her time as an intern in former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Nevada office," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.  "They had a sexual relationship that continued intermittently until September 2019, Linder said, though the two remained in contact until April.  Linder never worked for Horsford in any capacity."

A Time to Hate.  [Scroll down]  There is something so evil in a society that tolerates a dual standard of justice, dual standards of everything.  On the one hand, we political conservatives harbor profoundly deep feelings, but we do not destroy people's lives based on abstract politics.  Yes, we oppose them and expose them, and we hope that contemporary society and history judge them for the evil they represent.  But we do not destroy them in their lives.  They get away with everything.  Hillary Clinton spoliated 33,000 emails amid a federal probe, a federal crime that always ends up with prison time — but not for her.  It is a federal crime to lie under oath to Congress.  Comey, Clapper, Brennan — how have they all avoided prison time?  Strzok, Page, the whole bunch of them?  Adam Schiff.  The outliers on the Mueller team.  Not one single slime among them in the swamp has been brought to justice.

Whitmer: I don't know how we awarded that contract to my campaign vendor who just went dark.  Earlier this week we looked at the major snafu going on in Michigan, where Governor Gretchen Whitmer's administration awarded a lucrative contract to one of her campaign's vendors to trace coronavirus cases.  The contract was given to Great Lakes Community Engagement, who was set to turn the work over to long-time Democratic consultant Mike Kolehouse.  After alarm bells started going off over the idea of such a liberal outfit collecting that amount of personal data about Michigan voters, the contract was canceled.  Now, in the aftermath of the entire mess, Whitmer is claiming that she has no idea how Kolehouse ended up with that sweet arrangement.  It must have been the decision of the state's Health Department.  And wait until you hear what's going on with Kolehouse himself. [...]

Top Dem Operative David Brock Accused of Illegally Profiting From His Political Empire.  A conservative group has filed complaints with the IRS accusing leading liberal activist David Brock of illegally profiting from the vast network of groups he has built within the Democratic Party's infrastructure.  The complaints, which were filed by the Patriots Foundation, a right-leaning nonprofit, and reviewed by The Daily Beast, detail a series of transactions that, the group says, show the injection of money from a tax-exempt group Brock founded into a private, for-profit news business that he owns.  "These complaints we filed provide damning indictment of serious allegations about how his organizations have circumvented rules and exploited the tax-exempt status of the organizations for personal benefit and partisan political purposes, and potentially siphoning millions for improper purposes," Patriots Foundation co-founder Craig Robinson told The Daily Beast in a statement.

Dem Operative Goes Dark as MI Lawmakers Question Coronavirus Contract.  The Democratic operative who was awarded a coronavirus-related contract by Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer's administration has deleted his website and removed identifying information from social media platforms.  Democratic consultant Mike Kolehouse scrubbed his online presence as state lawmakers push for oversight into Whitmer's handling of the pandemic, voicing concerns about hiring political operatives to run a public health project.  GOP state representative Shane Hernandez sent Whitmer a letter Tuesday [4/21/2020] demanding answers on the contract.  House speaker Lee Chatfield said the legislature would convene Friday to create an oversight committee examining the state's coronavirus response.

After pushback, Whitmer cancels coronavirus tracing contract awarded to Democrat political intel giant.  As Disrn reported Tuesday afternoon [4/21/2020], Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had awarded a coronavirus tracing contract to a noted Democratic consultant and information firm called NGP VAN, raising concerns that the commission, which is meant to help track and halt the disease's spread in the state, was poised to harvest political intel for the Democratic Party from its gathering of COVID-19 data.

Facing Criticism, Whitmer Rescinds Contract Awarded to Dem Consulting Firm.  Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan announced late Tuesday [4/21/2020] that the state was rescinding a contract to track the spread of the coronavirus that she had awarded to a Democratic consulting firm, according to Crain's Detroit.  The organization, Great Lakes Community Engagement, is run by Democratic political consultant Mike Kolehouse, who planned to use a software vendor affiliated with a Democratic data firm that is working for the governor's reelection campaign.  Whitmer's decision to hire Democratic political operatives to run a public health project sparked immediate backlash, the Washington Free Beacon reported just hours before Whitmer's office said she had terminated the contract.

Was Trump the Only One in Washington Innocent of Russian Collusion?  [Scroll down]  Consider just how much of DC ended up taking part in the lie.  Brennan and the CIA constructed fake Russian spy rings throughout Europe;  Nellie Ohr passed this same imaginary Russian intel to her husband, Bruce, and the FBI;  Lynch, Comey, and McCabe used this elaborate but fake Russian conspiracy to file fraudulent FISA applications and pursue Section 702 bulk surveillance on anyone and everyone who ever worked near or for Donald Trump;  Robert Mueller used all this American-made kompromat to bully Trump campaign associates into accepting unethical plea deals, while hiding real Russian collusion by the Clinton campaign;  Senator Feinstein repeatedly covered for Fusion GPS's perjury by leaking confidential transcripts, while her former intelligence staffer, Daniel Jones, worked to raise funds for Fusion GPS's defense and continued counterintelligence operations against President Trump;  Richard Burr joined Mark Warner on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to give our intelligence agencies cover by justifying their illegal spying on a domestic political campaign;  Adam Schiff spent the last four years doing the Russians' bidding by further dividing the country with reckless and wholesale lies that the sitting president is a Russian agent; and the whole apparatus of the American press spun this fantastic tail of Russian collusion, while giving each other First Amendment prizes for their bravery, acumen, and Jayson Blair-like persistence.  Only in Obama's America could a hoax as fraudulent and unsubstantial as this one come to fruition.

Democratic Group Received $100,000 From Tech Firm With Links To Chinese Communist Government.  Prominent Democratic oppositon research and activism firm, American Bridge, received an "anonymous" donation of $100,000 worth of stock in the Chinese search engine company, Baidu, which has direct links to the Chinese Communist government, according to the Washington Free Beacon.  American Bridge calls itself a "progressive research and communications committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions and helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they're not," but it operates largely as a campaign arm, providing Democratic candidates with opposition research meant to destroy Republican opponents.  Its leader and founder, David Brock, is a well-known progressive activist and it has connections to everything from Democratic super PACs to the leftist media "watchdog," Media Matters for America.

Our Crooked Congress.  The behavior on display is somewhere between deeply immoral and evil, but also feels like par for the course.  Throw on top such things as, say, the insider trading elected representatives of both parties and staff now stand accused of, and you might think the swamp is more a steamy sewer of absolute corruption funded by the hard work of American taxpayers.  The people in Congress were granted privileged, classified information regarding the state of our markets in closed-door briefings.  With that knowledge, instead of protecting the American people, they protected the security of their own pockets.  As a reminder, the Commodity Exchange Act, better known as the Stock Act, became law in April 2012.  It prohibited this very thing — though let's be honest, the fact that such an obvious breach of ethics had to be codified in order for us to recognize it as unlawful is semi-shocking.  But don't worry, though:  the Stock Act was gutted in 2013 and now its penalties serve as a mere slap on the wrist.

How do you solve a problem like Pelosi?  Nancy Pelosi has long been a thorn in the side of not just conservatives but the House itself.  For reasons no Republican could ever grasp, she is a heroine to the left, despite her many serious failures.  She is a traitor to her own district; she has never lifted a finger to deal with San Francisco's catastrophic homeless disaster.  She does not even admit it exists!  She seems to think she is some kind of monarch, a queen bee.  In fact, she is a vicious elitist.  She and her husband, like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her husband, are the ultimate inside traders who have become very rich over their years in public office. [...] The Pelosi family are like the Gambino crime family.  They get their way, they get rich, they care about nothing else.  Nancy may pretend she cares about climate change but she flies across the country weekly and charges the taxpayer not only for her private jet but for her massive liquor bill.  She pretends to be a practicing Catholic but is rabidly pro-abortion.  In short, she's a nasty piece of work.

The Democratic Party Is Wounded And Dangerous.  The Democrats and the Deep State have spent the last four years constructing the greatest wag-the-dog spectacle America's ever seen in an attempt to cover up the malfeasance and criminality of the last administration, while preventing the current one from achieving too many victories.  Considering that Brennan and Comey are still free and Obama and Hillary are still smiling, they've been remarkably successful.  But the Mueller obfuscation and Schiff circus are behind us, the dance music of delay is dying down, and the Democrats' and Deep State's ability to keep pushing back their day of reckoning is coming to an end.  If they don't win in 2020, they cannot keep justice at bay, regardless of how stacked in their favor it has always been in the past.

Establishment-Backed Democrats Accused of Campaign Finance Violations.  Two establishment-backed Democratic candidates face accusations of illegally coordinating with a liberal dark money group, according to ethics complaints filed as voters prepare to cast ballots in the Super Tuesday primaries.  VoteVets has spent tens of millions of dollars backing Democrats in key 2020 Senate races, including Cal Cunningham in North Carolina and M.J. Hegar in Texas.  The dark money group spent over $7 million supporting the pair in February.  The seven-figure ad blitz has helped Cunningham and Hegar secure their frontrunner status ahead of contested Super Tuesday primaries.  The ad blitz also drew scrutiny from watchdogs who accuse Cunningham and Hegar of illegally coordinating with the dark money group in ethics complaints obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Here's a Devastating, Little-Known Story About Bernie Sanders.  Why Haven't His Rivals Exploited It?  As someone who follows politics quite closely, I'm often fascinated when a potent piece of opposition research against a major candidate for office percolates below the radar for years, yet never quite breaks through.  Have you ever heard of 'Sierra Blanca,' as it relates to Bernie Sanders?  Neither had I.  Neither had hardly any voters, I'd wager. [...] Bernie drew up an environmentally-controversial proposal to dump nuclear waste in a Latino community, then refused to meet with the people it impacted.  Oh, and he managed to secure a little sweetheart deal to enrich his wife in the process.  Funneling public and campaign money to his spouse (no stranger to financial scandal) has been something of a pastime for this socialist, who was a jobless deadbeat before becoming a career politician who is now a millionaire with three homes.  This episode is problematic for Bernie on the subjects ranging from environment, to race, to his "man of the people" persona, to graft.

Socialism and corruption:  Joined at the hip in Florida.  Bernie Sanders has said the American dream is more likely to be realized in socialist Venezuela than the United States.  Maybe he'd like to explain this version of the American dream found in a massive money laundering operation by Venezuelan Chavistas who've been busted for looting their country in order to retire in mansions and condos on Miami Beach. [...] The hellhole poverty, loss of freedom, and flight of millions are often brought up as the inevitable side effects of modern socialism (as if firing squads, gulags and expropriation were too much), but here's a fourth thing:  Corruption. [...] Now we've got it in Venezuela where a gargantuan money-laundering corruption case has finally given Miami investigators the Swiss bank records they have sought for years.

The Democrats' Russian Roulette.  In 2016, when they claimed that Trump was Russia's choice and had secured his election, they ended up with highlighting to voters what the media had covered up:  It was Hillary Clinton who approved the Uranium One sale of 20% of U.S. Uranium.  It was Hillary who received assistance to this end from the Russian-paid lobbying firm APCO Worldwide.  It was her husband who was paid $500,000 for a short talk in Russia by a bank connected to the Kremlin.  It was Hillary's foundation that received $145 million from companies connected to the Russian nuclear company Rosatom.  It was Hillary who was responsible for not providing security to our diplomats in Benghazi and who bald-faced lied about the murder of our ambassador and his defenders.  It was Hillary who prompted the murder of Qaddafi after he was cooperating with us on nuclear disarmament and set off the greatest wave of refugees since World War II.

Why's Nancy Pelosi ignoring Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu's Ed Buck Problem?  Not long ago known pedophile and sex trafficker Ed Buck of West Hollywood, CA. was arrested on multiple charges of sex trafficking and solicitation of underage male prostitutes by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, FBI and U. S. Marshals Service at his West Hollywood home.  What I'd like to know is why Speaker Pelosi and Democratic Leaders continue to ignore a very real and serious relationship between California Congressmen Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff to this pedphiliac monster Ed Buck?  Why is this problem deliberately and effectually ignored?  Adam Schiff, Ted Lieu and countless other California Democrats have taken $100s of $1ks of U. S. Dollars of Buck's for years according to reports I've read and been following closely from the LA Times and CBS News Los Angeles.  Clearly knowing Buck's well-documented pecadillos with underage male prostitutes, lavish drug parties and weapons issues?

Why Obama May Be Terrified by Trump Commuting Blagojevich's Sentence.  Ever since President Trump commuted the sentence of disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, I've been asking myself why he would do such a thing.  I have a theory about what might have contributed to the decision, and if I'm right, Barack Obama should be concerned.  When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, it was then-Governor Blagojevich's responsibility to appoint someone to fill the seat.  But, Blagojevich didn't just want to give it away, he wanted something for it.  "A Senate seat is a [very] valuable thing.  You don't just give it away for nothing," Blagojevich said at the time.  In 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 11 years in prison on corruption charges.  Of course, he wanted a pardon from Obama, but never got one.

Adam Schiff Had A Super-Shady Ukraine Connection.  The ringleader of the bogus Impeachment circus was Adam Schiff, who pointed his bony finger at Trump, alleging wrongdoing and shady behavior in Ukraine.  But Schiff, who had shady Ukraine connections, conveniently, was never cross-examined.  Schiff pushed back hard against Trump inviting Ukraine to look into Ukraine corruption that implicated Americans — could Schiff have connections to some big-ticket corrupt Ukraine officials of his one?  Paul Sperry thinks he's found some.  It was bad enough that he ran totally roughshod over the rights of the accused.  Trump was allowed zero opportunity to call witnesses in his own defense.  Schiff even buried testimony of the one witness they called that would have (as we are told by those present) helped Trump make his case.

Judiciary Committee Dems hit with ethics complaints over 'suspicious' conduct.  Three Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee were hit with ethics complaints Wednesday, connected to a slew of alleged violations related to campaign fundraising.  Nonprofit watchdog group Americans for Public Trust filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Reps.  Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Lucy McBath, D-Ga., calling for investigations of possible violations of House rules and federal law.  The organization, founded by former National Republican Congressional Committee research director Caitlin Sutherland, also filed complaints against Dean and McBath with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

NSA Whistleblower Binney Says There Was No Russian Hack, as Stone Prosecution Claims.  Bill Binney, a 32 year National Security Agency expert, has made a sworn declaration that Wiki-leaks did not receive stolen data from the Russian government, intrinsic metadata shows that the data in question was put on a thumb drive and physically taken from the DNC.  National File received a copy of the three page sworn declaration made by leading intelligence community expert Binney for Roger Stone, in which he makes a convincing case that neither Russia nor any other foreign country hacked the DNC emails during the 2016 Presidential election.  In the testimony, Binney, a 32-year National Security Agency expert, says that Wiki-leaks did not receive stolen data from the Russian government.  Rather, intrinsic metadata shows that the data in questions was put on a thumb drive and physically taken from the DNC.

Two-Tiered Justice System on Full Display.  This was not a banner week for the idea that justice is alive and blind in America.  Three separate stories converged to drive home the obvious truth that America has a two-tiered justice system: the Justice Department's decision to not indict the guilty-as-sin plotter Andrew McCabe, the attempt to give Roger Stone an outrageous jail sentence, and the Army's decision to shrug that one of its officers attempted to orchestrate the removal of his commander-in-chief.  Even in the unlikely scenario that the Barr-Durham investigations send the full stable of coup-plotters to jail for decades, it will not erase the obvious fact that it pays to be a Democrat if you are going to commit crimes, particularly if they are political.  There are a couple of simple reasons for this.  The most obvious reason is that the entire federal bureaucracy is one giant Democrat machine.  This cannot be repeated enough.  Nearly every member of almost every single department is a Democrat.

It's the Server, Stupid; Do All Roads Lead Back to the DNC and CrowdStrike.  [Scroll down]  CrowdStrike determined that the server had been hacked by the Russians and issued a report stating their conclusions.  Oddly, the DNC had refused to allow the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security to conduct their own analysis of the server.  The FBI was forced to accept the report from CrowdStrike.  I've just read a piece written by American Greatness' Michael Thau in which he focuses on the Democrats' refusal to give oxygen to any discussion of the hacking of the DNC server prior to the 2016 presidential election which he sees as the most "crucial" question we should be asking.  "Why did the DNC repeatedly reject FBI and Department of Homeland Security requests to examine their supposedly hacked machines?"  Whenever this issue is raised, Democrats assert that this issue has been settled.  The Russians hacked the DNC's servers to help Trump win the election.  Case closed.  Anyone who questions this conclusion is labeled as a conspiracy theorist.

5 Times Barack Obama Protected His Allies from Justice and Democrats Didn't Care.  [#3] Senator Robert Menendez:  In 2012, just days before the November election, ICE agents were ready to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender, but were ordered by the Department of Homeland Security to wait until after the election.  Why?  The suspect was a volunteer intern for Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and there would be "significant interest" from Congress and news organizations about the arrest.  Menendez was seen as vulnerable in the 2012 election, and the delay of the arrest saved him from a potentially politically damaging scandal on the eve of voting.  All the while letting a sexual offender avoid justice for six weeks.

'Walls Are Closing In' on the Democrats.  [Senator Chuck] Schumer's contention that the president's acquittal (which he now implicitly acknowledges is a foregone conclusion) will be "meaningless," coupled with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's insistence that the "stain" of impeachment will "forever" be attached to the name of Donald Trump, prompts me to suggest a few courses of action the president might take in his second term (some parts of which might be started even now).  First, to discourage such frivolous, wholly partisan efforts to overturn the results of a free, open, and democratic election, people who have committed felonies by leaking classified material or lying under oath should be prosecuted.  A dozen or so indictments would have a clarifying and salutary effect.  I'd start with a few of the women who perjured themselves when lying about Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.  I'd follow up with some people involved in the "Russian collusion" hoax.

In San Francisco, the smell of poop overpowered by the stench of leftist corruption.  One-party blue city San Francisco has a corruption problem.  Turns out the sewage on the streets isn't the only thing filthy about San Francisco.  Its man in charge of that clean-up, Mohammed Nuru, was busted with a septic tank full of corruption charges.

San Francisco official in charge of cleaning up city's filthy streets arrested.  The head of San Francisco Public Works, which is in charge of cleaning up the city's feces-filled streets, has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of public corruption.  San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was arrested Monday [1/27/2020] alongside Nick Bovis, the owner of a popular sports bar in Fisherman's Wharf, Lefty O-Doul's.  Sources told NBC Bay Area that Nuru was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes for airport concession contracts.  Both Nuru and Bovis were released on bond following their arrest.

SFO Public Works Director, a/k/a "Mr. Clean," Arrested by FBI on Corruption Charges.  The man responsible for keeping the streets of San Francisco clean (who's obviously a miserable failure) was arrested by the FBI Monday afternoon on charges relating to bribery/kickback schemes.  Mohammed Nuru, a Willie Brown protege, is the city's Public Works Director.  He first became an executive in the department in 2000 and was appointed Director by Mayor Ed Lee in 2011.  In an indictment unsealed Tuesday afternoon [1/28/2020], federal prosecutors allege that Nuru and Lefty O'Doul's owner Nick Bovis engaged in a scheme to bribe a San Francisco International Airport commissioner to help Bovis obtain an airport restaurant license.  That scheme failed when the commissioner said she didn't need the money, but the scheme doesn't have to be complete for the men to be found guilty of the crime they're charged with, honest services wire fraud.

Ethics reform in Illinois?  Go after party leaders or go home.  Almost a decade has passed since questions over lobbying influence erupted into fisticuffs on the floor of the Illinois Senate.  In 2011, a senator who questioned a conflict of interest between a lobbyist and a lawmaker — a father-son duo — got punched in the chest and admonished.  How dare the senator question the grease that eased the bill's passage, out loud. [...] Fast-forward to now:  Even as federal investigations swirl through city and state governments, the playbook is the same:  A scandal stokes embarrassment among politicians, leading to a task force, leading to a weak piece of legislation, leading to an inconsequential tweak of state law, leading to elected officials finding a way around their mess.  We're on Step 3 currently as lawmakers and ethics boards around the state examine laws regulating lobbyist and lawmaker relationships.  Why?  Because the latest corruption scandals involving cozy relationships are making politicians jumpy.

'Profiles in Corruption' Contains 1,126 Endnotes, No Unnamed Sources.  Instead, it is based on hard evidence and documents, including:  foreign and domestic corporate and legal records, tax liens, lobbyist disclosures, property records, White House visitor logs, federal bankruptcies, and federal criminal trial records.

The War For The Democratic Party Will Destroy Lives And Change Our Country.  The far-left of the Democratic Party is out of the spotlight.  Out of the spotlight, but clearly still within the crosshairs of their colleagues.  Its young congressional leaders, Reps.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, the fresh-faced consciences of the swamp, are all-three the targets of finance investigations.  Two are tangled in credible accusations of anti-Semitism, and one is mired in a hard-to-believe incestual infidelity scandal with a married man on her payroll.  Their outside support, which so successfully took media credit for gathering hundreds of thousands of liberals who'd booked non-refundable hotels and plane tickets to Her D.C. inauguration and became the Women's March, has collapsed amid credible accusations of racism and, you guessed it, anti-Semitism.  And the New York/D.C. media that ran glowing profile after fawning profile months ago don't seem to visit any more.

Amazon Crowns 'Profiles in Corruption' the 'Most Anticipated' Nonfiction Book.  Slated to hit bookstores nationwide on January 21, Profiles in Corruption by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart senior contributor Peter Schweizer hit #1 in Amazon 10 days before its official release.  The book is said to contain never-before-published revelations about Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Eric Garcetti, Kamala Harris, Sherrod Brown, and Amy Klobuchar — several of whom are featured on the book's cover.

Democrats Nervous as 'Profiles in Corruption' Book Looms.  Top Democrats are signaling not-so-subtly that they are nervous as a forthcoming book from Peter Schweizer that will expose widespread corruption in the Democrat Party drops in just ten days.  The cover features photos of 2020 Democrat presidential frontrunners former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as well as fellow 2020 candidates Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), and former 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).  Schweizer is a Breitbart News contributing editor and the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI).  He has written multiple bestselling books exposing corruption in Washington.

The parallels between Hunter Biden and Paul Pelosi are absolutely eerie.  [Scroll down]  But here's where things get odd:  Go through the ownership of this building and you feel like you've been slipped some of that hallucinogenic toad poison.  This structure has passed between a goodly number of entities — and yet, per the documents, no transfer taxes have been paid.  Pelosi said he has no equity in the building and never has.  "It's not my business.  I never got paid.  I never expected to get paid."  And yet there he is, listed in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer of Feng RE, Inc., the entity that owned 1312 Utah.  Can't make this up.

Morality and the Presidency.  [Scroll down]  President Trump has been accused of "womanizing," but such behavior was rampant with John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  What is more, even if the accusations against Trump are true, one would be hard-pressed to argue that they somehow threatened the security of the United States or compromised his presidency.  This was not the case with John Kennedy.  Kennedy was purportedly on the precipice of being compromised as a result of his cavorting with an East German communist spy (and others with connections to organized crime) while he was president.  Had this been publicly disclosed it would almost certainly have ended his presidency.  It could be argued that Kennedy fell in the only way that allowed Camelot to rise.  That image inspired a generation.  President Kennedy did not die in disgrace, but had he lived he may well have been forced to resign the presidency in disgrace (or suffer defeat in the 1964 election).

A media that fails to report the biggest stories is no fit custodian.  We've all heard the accusations that President Trump won 2016 with dodgy money, that fake donors were funneling cash into his campaign, and that he basically won by cheating.  No one has yet provided evidence or made a credible accusation that could be brought to the courts regarding these claims.  Not so for Democrats.  A court filing unsealed on December 3 that received almost zero media attention was that a number of folks have now been charged with sending illegal campaign contributions to ... you've guessed it... Democrats.  Ahmad "Andy" Khawaja of Los Angeles, California, used his online platform to hide excessive donations and to anonymize those who should have been listed publically.

The Hellish Legacy of the Dingell Family.  The Dingell clan has held a congressional seat outside Detroit since 1932.  Their 87-year tenure has not coincidentally coincided with the decline of a thriving industrial city into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  But it's been good for the Dingells, three of whom have sat in their congressional seat since the days of Herbert Hoover, the rise of Hitler, and the radio age, and fattened their pockets on its sinecures.  Dingell Sr. was the son of Polish immigrants who started out in politics as a union boss, jumped into a newly created seat, and kept it through eleven elections before passing it on to his son.  Dingell Jr, outdid daddy by becoming the longest serving member of Congress in American history.  Before he died, he passed on the seat to his second wife, whom he married when she was 28 and he was 55 years old.  She was a GM lobbyist who married the Congressman from GM.  What was good for GM was good for the Dingells.  By 2014, Dingell Jr. was listed as the third richest member of Congress from Michigan with a net worth of $3.5 million.

CAIR Pennsylvania Poster Girl Resigns in Shame.  Movita Johnson-Harrell seemed to take pride in her position as the first Muslim woman elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature.  Now that record will forever have an asterisk next to it as Johnson-Harrell has turned herself in to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro's Office, pleading guilty on charges of perjury, record tampering, and embezzling over $500,000 in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security disability funds, as well as donations to Motivations Education and Consultation Associates (MECA), a charity she established to allegedly serve the mentally ill and drug addicted poor in her predominately African-American neighborhood.  In a press conference, Attorney General Shapiro described Johnson-Harrell's actions as "brazen corruption... her theft knew no bounds."

When Hate Becomes an Agenda.  The left-wing loathing of Trump has now tainted almost every Democrat's agenda and unhinged most of the party's major players.  Impeachment has turned into a cruel caricature of a rare constitutional remedy for presidential criminality.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report proved a compendium of FBI lying, fraud, and vendetta.  There is not a single prominent figure in Horowitz's lengthy report who has not left a written or video trail of anti-Trump bias (James Comey, Peter Strozk, the Ohrs, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith) or has had some sort of questionable financial relationship with the Clintons or their affiliates (Alexander Downer, Andrew McCabe).  Meanwhile, the progressive presidential field is in a sort of collective meltdown, as candidates begin recalibrating and trading accusations as they fear their own early anti-Trump agendas have little public support.

DOJ Catches Democrat Party in Multi-Million Dollar Illegal Foreign Campaign Donations Scheme.  On Friday The Gateway Pundit reported on the news that Democrat operative and Robert Mueller chief witness George Nader was indicted for his involvement in illegal campaign contributions from foreign entities to the Hillary campaign in 2016[.] Nader was one of Mueller's top witnesses and he is a top Democrat donor and convicted child molester.  But there is more to the story.  Bill Barr on Friday indicted eight individuals for illegally funneling millions of dollars in foreign money to Adam Schiff, Hillary Clinton and several Democratic senators.

Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, charged with stealing more than $500,000 from her own charity, will resign.  State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a West Philadelphia Democrat, said Wednesday [12/4/2019] that she would resign after prosecutors charged her with stealing more than $500,000 from her own nonprofit and spending it on family vacations, designer clothing, furs, personal bills — and her bid for the legislature.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Johnson-Harrell engaged in "brazen corruption" and systematically tried to cover up her crimes by falsifying records and financial statements.

Al Sharpton's charity skirts scrutiny thanks to clout with Dems: critics.  The Rev. Al Sharpton's troubled charity, the National Action Network, has dodged scrutiny paid other nonprofits — despite paying him $1 million last year — thanks to his political clout, insiders and experts say.  "There are certain things that are universally true in New York:  the sun rises in the east, it sets in the west, the subway is late and no one wants to pick a fight with Al Sharpton," said one top Democratic insider.  "Where's the political benefit to doing it?"  Sharpton's teflon provides a sharp contrast to the vigorous investigations state Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance mounted against President Trump, including his troubled charity.

Nixon's Lessons for the Would-Be Impeachers.  For those who do not remember or have not studied him, Richard Nixon was twice elected vice president (with General Dwight D. Eisenhower, having helped secure the nomination for him over Republican Senate leader Robert Taft in 1952).  He was likely cheated out of the 1960 presidential election by the supporters of John F. Kennedy in Chicago, Texas, and elsewhere, causing JFK to remark, "Thank God for a few honest crooks."  When the votes in Alabama cast for Dixiecrat candidate Senator Harry F. Byrd are deducted from the Democratic total, Nixon won the popular vote.  Though encouraged by Eisenhower to contest the election, Nixon chose not to do so, for the benefit of the country.

Al Sharpton's 'nonprofit' deserves the same scrutiny as Trump's.  State Attorney General Letitia James was quite proud of herself for winning a $2 million judgment against President Trump for misusing his Trump Foundation charity.  But surely the Rev. Al Sharpton's nonprofit merits similar scrutiny.  As The [New York] Post's Melissa Klein and Georgett Roberts reported last weekend, Sharpton sucked in more than $1 million last year from his National Action Network charity:  salary of $324,000, a $160,000 bonus and $563,000 in "other compensation" — which NAN says it owed him for a stretch from 2004 to 2017 when it supposedly underpaid him.  NAN claims it hired an executive-compensation firm that found it shorted him $1.25 million over those years. [...] [W]hat a convenient finding for the Rev, who runs the group that hired the firm.

Ex-Mass. officials say Patrick fired them for their efforts to get his brother-in-law on sex offender registry.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential race is drawing renewed scrutiny toward his efforts to oust officials who had tried to put his brother-in-law, a convicted rapist, on the state's sex offender registry.  Patrick's brother-in-law Bernard Sigh was first convicted of spousal rape in 1993 and was again convicted of raping Patrick's sister earlier this year, The Washington Post reported.  Patrick in 2014 said that he had forced out two Sex Offender Registry Board officials over their attempts to overturn a hearing officer's decision to keep Sigh off the registry, arguing that the officials' actions were not appropriate, according to the Post.

The silly sanctification of Marie Yovanovitch.  Until a month or so ago, virtually no one outside of the seven circles of hell that is the State Department had heard of Marie Yovanovitch.  Even the intrepid John Solomon had not heard of her until March of this year.  He had interviewed Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko who told him that Yovanovitch gave him a "do not prosecute" list the first time he met with her. [...] John Solomon has been doing some great reporting on all this, so much so that now he is a target of a smear campaign by the left.  That's what the left does:  They are not interested in facts if they run counter to their preconceived narrative.  In this case, what Solomon has uncovered with regard to Ukraine is catastrophic to all of their invented scenarios meant to destroy the Trump presidency.  For example, the Bidens are neck-deep in the corruption that has long plagued Ukraine.  So are quite a few other children of the swamp.

Rhode Island's Gov. Raimondo Pushes No-Bid Billion-Dollar Video Lottery Terminal Contract.  Did the Rhode Island governor's chief of staff openly threaten a company the state regulates?  And why is Rhode Island entering into a $1 billion no-bid contract to manage its video lottery terminals (VLT)?  As states legalize gambling and conduct state-run lotteries, gambling and gambling technology have become big business — a multi-billion-dollar business.  There are many companies capable of managing Rhode Island's VLTs.  But Rhode Island is only considering one company, and appears poised to award that company a 20-year contract worth more than a billion dollars.  And unless something changes, Rhode Island's contract award will happen without any competitive bidding.

Liberals enabled powerful sex abusers.  Yes, it was a big week for MeToo denial.  But it wouldn't be complete without a mention of the late predator Jeffrey Epstein.  Sure enough, a TV news producer was sacked last week over suspicions (which she denies) that she leaked the hot-mic video of ABC News anchor Amy Robach complaining that the network spiked her Epstein scoop, which implicated Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.  The thread that links all these libidinous men is the power of the progressive-Hollywood establishment and the protection racket that fuels it.  As long as they paid homage to favored causes, abortion, LGBTIQ rights, open borders, the Clinton Foundation and the Democratic Party, these men bought themselves protection from scrutiny and negative publicity. [...] Epstein, too, supported obligatory progressive causes, including the Clinton Foundation and elite universities.

Convicted Sex Offender Elected to Virginia Senate.  One of the many Democrats elected to the Virginia Senate on Tuesday [11/5/2019] is a convicted sex offender and disbarred lawyer, according to Breitbart.  Joe Morrissey was jailed and lost his license to practice law after being convicted of having sex with his 17-year-old secretary.  He pled guilty to a misdemeanor in the ensuing court case and served for only three months in a "work-release term."  He was also forced to resign from his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, but then ran again in the special election to retake the seat and was re-elected.

Harvey Weinstein weakened but unwavering two years later.  It's a fall day in midtown Manhattan and a man is seen shuffling along a sidewalk, gripping his walker.  His facial expression is vacant, his skin is a pale shade of gray and his clothes are ill-fitting.  A passerby might never guess that he used to be one of entertainment's most powerful, a man whose infamous arrogance would make those around him shudder.  This man is Harvey Weinstein.  Since initial bombshell reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker in October 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual abuse ranging from harassment to rape.  He is charged with predatory sexual assault, a criminal sexual act, first-degree rape and third-degree rape.  Weinstein's impending criminal trial, which is set to begin January 6, has depleted him, members of the former film executive's small inner circle told CNN.

So Hunter Biden followed his dad around to Romania, too?  Hunter Biden was quite the devoted little sproutling, following his dad around wherever he went. [...] Hunter Biden followed his dad around — to China, Ukraine, and now Romania — and somehow always came away with big-dollar business deals.  Kind of the way then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton used Bill Clinton as her bagman to scarf up donations to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary made some foreign policy decision.

Corrupt Senators Took Ukraine Cash.  While Democrats are pushing the bogus Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo story invented by that great storyteller, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, two groups of Democratic senators have been colluding with Ukrainian interests to advance their own agenda and political careers. [...] This is corruption and hypocrisy raised to a new level.  President Trump, as the transcript of his call to Ukrainian President Zelensky showed, pressured no one to dig up dirt on a political opponent.  There was no quid pro quo, only a request that the Ukrainians look into the real crime Joe Biden confessed it — leveraging U.S. financial support to get a prosecutor investing his son's company, Burisma, fired.  And if you want real collusion with a real trail of evidence of people trying to do real things interfering with the 2016 campaign, try Hillary Clinton's collusion with the Ukraine to derail and besmirch Team Trump.

California Democratic Party paid $380,000 to settle sexual misconduct suit against former chair Bauman.  The California Democratic Party has spent more than $800,000 on legal costs stemming from three lawsuits alleging discrimination and sexual misconduct by former chair Eric Bauman.  The sum includes more than $430,000 in attorney's fees alone, including payments to law firms representing Bauman.  According to a Times review of state and federal campaign finance filings, the state party has paid $378,348 in legal settlements to Alton Wang, William Rodriguez-Kennedy and Kate Earley.  The trio originally filed suit in January, alleging a culture of harassment and sexual misconduct that was "well-known and apparently tolerated" by top officials.

Political Parentage?  The Ukraine's enrichment of Pelosi and Biden's sons.  Unfortunately, the force for personal and family enrichment is strong with Democrats.  Nevada's Reid has a history of enriching nepotism.  Paul Pelosi's, son of Speaker Nancy Pelosi benefited from his mother's position as a California senator.  Then there is Hunter Biden.  This ain't Ukraine Jake.  Searching for Democrats that personally enriched their families, a good place to start is Harry Reid, the Democrat Senator from Nevada, now retired. [...] Additionally, Reid's campaign bought nearly $17,000 in merchandise from his granddaughter's jewelry business.

The Ukraine Hoax is About Protecting the Side Hustle.  What?  There is no 28th Amendment you say?  Well, this one isn't actually written down or ratified but it's very real.  It explains how much of Washington actually works.  If it were reduced to writing, it might read, "Thou shalt not mess with another swamp creature's side-hustle."  The 28th amendment might have originated after the 1978 ABSCAM scandal in which one senator and six congressmen accepted or solicited bribes from undercover FBI agents.  What a bunch of amateurs!  Everyone in Washington knows that you don't act as your own bag man when selling favors!  Corruption in modern D.C. is shaped like a triangle.  A person or entity seeking a favor doesn't hand the money directly to the politician or public official.  Instead, the money goes to a trusted family relation under a vague "consulting" or "speaking" arrangement.  This golden triangle of corruption appears over and over again in the Russia collusion hoax.

The Madness of Progressive Projection.  Projection as a Leftist symptom came to the fore during the Mueller investigation when Mueller's dream team of progressive attorneys began pressuring a number of minor Trump former campaign officials, and eventually his national security advisor, on trumped up charges — from leaking sensitive documents, to obstruction of justice, to lying to federal officials, to collusion (whatever that non-legal term denotes) with foreign governments and in particular Russia.  In each case, Mueller ended up hunting down possible misdemeanors while ignoring likely felonies.  Leaking?  By James Comey's own admissions he had leaked confidential presidential memos he composed for the expressed purpose of later using them as insurance policies against Trump, some of which material was classified as secret.

Nixon:  Victim of a Media Riot.  [Richard Nixon] was a loyal, devoted Veep and should have been an easy sell to be POTUS after Ike.  But JFK and his bottomless stash of money wrecked that deal.  Nixon clearly had the 1960 election stolen from him by crooked politicians in Illinois and Texas.  Unlike today's politicians, he did not sue, did not go on TV and raise a ruckus.  He just bled profusely in private.

Atlantic City mayor admits to stealing $87,000 from youth basketball team.  The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey has resigned after admitting in federal court on Thursday that he stole $87,000 from a youth basketball team he founded.  The admission puts the mayor on a long line of corrupt leadership in the city, which has been riddled with chronic budget problems.

Ruling Class vs. 'The Others'.  Should any of us violate the laws, we can expect to have the book thrown at us.  But for them, it's more a slap on the wrist, if anything at all.  We see this in the behavior of the Clintons, deep state actors, and even the Bidens.  No one seriously thinks that Hunter Biden's Ukrainian and Chinese business "activities" are above board.  But even more troubling, consider that a sitting vice president of the United States was potentially involved in pay-to-play with foreign nations.  The ruling class apparently believes the law is whatever it says it is.  It is whatever is convenient for them.

Obama, the Bidens, the Clintons, the IMF and Others Pillaged Ukraine.  President Obama, his Vice President Biden and his son, Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, Mueller, the Podestas, the IMF and others all pillaged the Ukraine and then delayed loans to the country before forcing Ukrainians to pay grossly inflated natural gas prices.  Now these vultures claim they are innocent.

The wall of propaganda that hides the actions of America's ruling class.  Asking for the assistance of our global friends and allies to help reveal the wrongdoing of the American ruling class is now an impeachable offense.  Investigating their wrongdoing is wrongdoing.  Exposing their corruption is corruption.  In the Clown World we currently inhabit, the president of the United States must be removed from office for daring to ask they be investigated abroad.  The events of this week reveal the new standard.  Like sharks to a whale carcass, our elites routinely feast upon precarious situations in other nations:  The Podesta Group, Hunter Biden, and others were content to make a buck off the tensions in Ukraine along with Paul Manafort, just as the Clintons and others were happy to take tens of millions of dollars from Russian oligarchs.

FBI raids Illinois Democrat's Capitol, district offices.  FBI agents carried materials in bankers' boxes and grocery bags out of the Illinois Capitol building on Tuesday [9/24/2019], and multiple media outlets reported that and other raids were linked to a Democratic state senator.

Did Jerry Nadler lie to a federal judge?  As Congress returns from recess, impeachment talk is once again in the air.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't want a vote on impeachment because she recognizes that it is so unpopular outside the deep blue districts where Trump hatred rules that it could unseat many of the swing-district Democrats whose 2018 victories handed her the speaker's gavel.  Nonetheless, House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler is desperate to appear to his constituents as though he is fighting for impeachment and making progress, with a vote scheduled on formalizing procedures for an impeachment inquiry.  The reason for Nadler's desperate pandering to the impeachment fever swamp faction of the party is clear.  He is scared to death that he will follow the fate of Joe Crowley and be defeated in the primary election by an attractive young female who is mounting a well financed campaign against him.

Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Hit with Bar Complaint For 'Openly Threatening' Supreme Court.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch hit Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse with a bar complaint after he openly threatened the Supreme Court.  A couple weeks ago several Democrat Senators issued a stunning warning to the Supreme Court — "heal" or face drastic restructuring.  The demand came in an amicus brief filed in court two weeks ago by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Durbin (D-Il), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) regarding New York's current gun laws.  Judicial Watch filed a bar complaint and alleged Senator Whitehouse "violated the Rhode Island Rules of Professional Conduct by attacking the federal judiciary and openly threatening the U.S. Supreme Court."

5 things the Republican Party can learn about politics from Donald Trump.  [#1] Gaffes are only gaffes if you care:  My friend Ben Howe suggested that one and it's a lesson liberals learned long ago.  It's how Ted Kennedy survived leaving a woman to drown to death in his car, how Bill Clinton gets a pass from feminists, how people can say with a straight face that the Obama administration had "no scandals," and how Ralph Northam (among a number of other liberals) got a pass for his blackface pictures.  Trump rather famously doesn't do apologies and goes on the offensive when he's attacked, which is a wonderful change from the usual Republican strategy of apologizing, fretting about what the media will say, and then looking for any excuse to throw whoever is involved under the bus.  If Trump had taken that approach, he would have been destroyed a 100 times over by now, [...]

Ted Kennedy died 10 years ago.  It's time for liberals, and America, to reassess his life and crimes.  [Scroll down]  The Chappaquiddick episode did not particularly chasten or sober Kennedy.  A 2019 book, The Kennedy Heirs:  John, Caroline, and the New Generation — A Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy details frantic, but futile, pleas decades later by his three adult children to quit drinking amid his deteriorating health.  Alcohol played a prominent role in other Kennedy scandals.  GQ reported a lurid tale of an attack in 1985 by Kennedy on a waitress at a Washington restaurant.  In 1991, Kennedy's nephew, William Kennedy Smith, was charged with rape (later acquitted), compelling his uncle's testimony in court.  The sitting senator became an object of scorn and ridicule after admitting he had rousted his son and nephew to go drinking, and later in the evening, with several women present, walked around their compound sans pants.

The Left's Neverland.  You see, in Neverland the only important thing is how its inhabitants feel.  What actually is — I speak here of data, of facts, of actual — as opposed to virtual — experiences.  In Neverland there are no pesky absolutes, no facing up to Almighty God, no bearing the consequences of our choices.  In Neverland one can indulge one's strangest and most disgusting sexual fantasies and the Neverlandiers will cheer you on and protect you.  Isn't that what happened at Michael Jackson's mansion of the same name?  Isn't that what happened to the blue dress in the Oval Office?  Isn't that why Jeffery Epstein is dead?  There in that prison cell, he got too close to reality.

I am combing through all the Epstein files.  You asked for it.  Here it is.  [Scroll down]  Since many of you also keep asking, yes you can share this content.  Do what ever you want with it.  Copy and paste, save it, put it on your own blogs, use it for your own research, make a video out of it, make fun of it.

Jeffrey Epstein's life of evil and [the] demand for justice.  Apart from the very questionable circumstances of Epstein's apparent suicide, the outcry, especially from the victims, is regret.  Regret that Epstein has avoided justice for his abhorrent behavior.  The assumption that once a person dies, and especially by suicide, his troubles are over.  There can be no justice, no further punishment.

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Let me assure you that Mr. Epstein's punishment has now begun, and will never end.

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he died by suicide, court records say.  Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he died by suicide in a New York jail, new court records show, leaving behind an estate valued at more than $577 million, including more than $56 million in cash.  The 66-year-old's death was ruled a suicide by hanging last week by New York's chief medical examiner.  The will was filed last week with court officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands and listed no details of beneficiaries, according to the New York Post.

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I wouldn't want to be one of Mr. Epstein's beneficiaries, considering the way he apparently made his money.

Jeffrey Epstein's computers seized during FBI raid on private island.  Drone video shows FBI agents and NYPD cops seizing computer equipment from Jeffrey Epstein's mansion on a private island in the Caribbean, according to a report Tuesday [8/13/2019].  The video was shot Monday during a raid on Little St. James, the 70-acre island Epstein owned in the US Virgin Islands, CNBC said.  It shows at least two desktop computers and an Apple computer were packaged and marked for transport, CNBC said.

The feminists seem to be totally silent about this.
"They're Nothing, These Girls": Unraveling the Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's Enabler.  Is it possible prosecutors have lost track of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged co-conspirator in his pedophile ring?  For the past few weeks, rumors have circulated that she's 400 pounds and living in Florida, or that she's living the high life in London or the Continent, but according to the Washington Post, authorities are having a hard time locating her.  Those who know her say that it's possible she is as much of a Houdini as Epstein.  Both of them liked having secrets, and the way those secrets kept people off balance.

William Barr Has A Message For Jeffrey Epstein's Co-Conspirators.  Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he was "appalled" by Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide over the weekend, but urged that the millionaire pedophile's co-conspirators "should not rest easy."  "This sex trafficking case was very important to the Department of Justice and to me personally," Barr said during a speech before the National Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans.  "Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.  Any co-conspirators should not rest easy."  [Video clip]

Ted Williams tells powerful Epstein associates: 'You're really not off the hook'.  More witnesses could come forward and inform on associates of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein now that the financier is dead, Fox News contributor Ted Williams said during a Saturday appearance on "America's News HQ."  "I would say to these powerful people:  You're really not off the hook because it [Epstein's death] may now have freed a lot of the witnesses who would not have come forward because they may have been intimidated by Epstein," said Williams, a former homicide detective turned criminal defense attorney.

With Epstein Gone, Will Focus Turn to Ghislaine Maxwell?  Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite on Jeffrey Epstein's arm, was, for many years, the financier's right-hand woman and best friend.  She was also, allegedly, his lure, go-between, and fellow abuser of young women, as newly unsealed documents allege.  With Epstein's death, by suicide, in a Manhattan jail cell this weekend, thousands of questions may never have satisfactory answers and focus is likely to intensify on his collaborators, co-conspirators, enablers, and friends.  Where is Ghislaine?

Alleged Trafficking Victim Names Two Democrats in Jeffrey Epstein Case.  An alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein's trafficking scheme named two prominent Democrats as part of a group of men with whom she was forced to have sex, unsealed documents revealed Friday [8/9/2019].  The more than 2,000 papers released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York allege that Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 33, claimed in May 2016 that she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with and give erotic massages to several politicians, foreign leaders, and businessmen, Fox News reported.

From Clinton to Cosby, Jeffery Epstein's little black book full of liberal elites.  This morning, accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is found dead of an alleged suicide.  Only his death will not stop the release of the names, or the civil lawsuit against the Epstein estate from continuing.  The cunning of Bill and Hillary Clinton is not a well-kept secret.  And Epstein's death will not provide them any cover.  And there is a lot to cover up.  Pilot logs and Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black book among them.

Alleged Epstein victims eye civil cases after suicide ends criminal case: 'We're just getting started'.  Several of Jeffrey Epstein's victims may pursue civil cases against the alleged sex trafficker after his apparent suicide Saturday morning ended the criminal case against him, according to lawyer Lisa Bloom.  The billionaire was awaiting his trial on charges of child sex trafficking next year.  After he reportedly hanged himself in his jail cell, the criminal case against him came to an end as no one else had been charged.  An official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Baltimore's Battered Face.  We see the greatest abuses from our elected officials in Baltimore city.  Former mayor Shelia Dixon was fired for stealing Christmas gift cards from the city's needy.  Her successor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, ordered police to give "space" to rioters and looters to destroy parts of Baltimore during the 2015 riots.  Last May, Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned amid a kickback scandal.  And there's Rep. Cummings, whose 23 years in Congress have brought only continued decay and nothingness.  These and other liberal Democrats have demoralized the people of Baltimore and they are fleeing; Baltimore city has lost about 40% of its population since the 1960s.

Timing Is Everything.  On the very same weekend when American astronauts successfully landed on the moon, Ted Kennedy, leaving a campaign party late at night, drove off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Cape Cod MA, plunging into shallow water of Poucha Pond, killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, a young campaign staffer. [...] The entire incident stands as concrete proof that Kennedy's only real concern was professional self-preservation.  Kennedy cared only for himself.  Had this not occurred when the world's attention was transfixed on the moon landing, Kennedy's actions would have been under the microscope of the media and the American public to a far greater degree than they were.  It's doubtful that his political career would have survived.  An America without Ted Kennedy's influence would be a very different place today.  Robert Bork would have been appointed to the Supreme Court in 1987.  Any number of liberal causes and bills which Kennedy helped shepherd through over the years would not have made it.  This country would be a much different — and better — place absent Kennedy's presence in politics from 1969 onwards.

Biden's Corruption Problem.  Joe Biden is being portrayed as the Democrats' safest potential presidential nominee, despite his obvious flaws as a candidate.  But one wonders how Biden's history of swamp corruption will play if he actually faces the scrutiny of a national run.  Biden's family has gotten wealthy, like those of so many low-paid "public servants" — Tom Daschle and Harry Reid are obvious examples.  How does that happen?

House Dems Get Dark Money Group After Introducing Bill Against Dark Money.  After introducing a bill that contained provisions geared towards tackling dark money in politics, House Democrats have a new dark money group in their corner.  House Majority Forward, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that will not have to disclose its donors, was established in March.  It marks its charitable purpose in North Carolina filings as promoting "economic growth and opportunity, environmental stewardship, and democracy in the United States of America."  The group plans to raise at least $20 million throughout 2019 to back Democrats and attack Republicans, and will begin airing the first of its digital and TV ads this week as part of a larger $10 million advertising blitz for the year, Politico reports.

Democratic Party has become a Continuing Criminal Enterprise.  Today, the longest serving — 50 years — Chicago City Council member, Alderman Ed Burke, is under indictment for corruption.  The longest serving Speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan, is also reportedly under investigation.  Both are life-long Democrats.  Their story is largely ignored by the liberal media outside of Chicago — where the local Chicago media has long been aware of the depth of city government corruption.  Cheatsheet.com lists the 15 most corrupt cities in America.  Thirteen of the 15 mayors are Democrats.  The Democratic Party excels in corrupt municipal governance.

The Honey Trap on E 71st.  [Scroll down]  A respected former CIA official, Phil Giraldi has come right out and accused Epstein of being an Israeli agent of influence.  Epstein was let off with a slap on the wrist on his first child abuse charge, says Giraldi, because of his powerful Israel connections.  To Giraldi and this writer, the Epstein 'massage' operation was a classic intelligence operation designed to blackmail men of influence into doing Israel's bidding.  Clinton had reportedly already fallen into this trap years earlier while still president.  Now watch this stinking pile of corruption be hurriedly covered up.

De Blasio used state account he controls as campaign slush fund.  Strapped for cash, Mayor Bill de Blasio turned to a state political account he controls to buy plane tickets, pay rent and purchase digital advertisements for his nascent presidential campaign — potentially violating campaign finance regulations, campaign finance experts told The [New York] Post.  De Blasio's presidential campaign disclosed it owes his NY Fairness PAC $52,852 — a tally that includes purchases made after Hizzoner officially announced his run, his staff confirmed.

Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy to Ilhan Omar: 50 years of leftist free passes.  Fifty years ago today, Democrat Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy got drunk (allegedly) and drove over a bridge (really).  Kennedy left his female passenger Mary Jo Kopechne to die.  He never answered for leaving Kopechne to die.  Fifty years ago today began the tradition of the liberal media covering up everything bad that liberal Democrats did.  Thus allowing liberals to become more emboldened.  Benghazi and "Fast and Furious" just two of many examples of getting innocent people killed, then covering it up.

Epstein's real Palm Beach enablers.  Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter and Detective Joseph Recarey risked their careers for the sake of the community they served.  That risk centered on a case in which they gathered evidence supporting allegations that a multi-millionaire suspect living in a $12.5 million mansion on Palm Beach's fashionable barrier island was trafficking in underage girls for sex.  That man was hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein.

FBI makes arrests in Puerto Rico corruption scandal, prompting calls for governor's ouster.  The FBI on Wednesday [7/10/2019] arrested two former senior officials who served in administration of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, leading the chair of the House committee that oversees Puerto Rico to call for the governor to step down.  The arrests also spurred concerns on Capitol Hill about the billions of dollars in aid that Congress has approved for the island.  The federal indictment says the former officials illegally directed federal funding to politically-connected contractors.  The arrests come about a month after Congress approved a controversial disaster aid bill that earmarked additional funding for Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria in 2017, which were tied up in part because President Trump called Puerto Rico's officials "incompetent or corrupt."

Schumer suddenly decides Jeffrey Epstein's money is tainted.  Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has known since 2008 that Jeffrey Epstein was a sex offender, thanks to the plea bargain he reached in Florida that year.  But he was content to hold onto the multiple campaign donations that he received from the very same Jeffrey Epstein, as the New York Post reported: [...]

Are Prosecutors Finally Taking Down Accused Child Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein In An Effort To Get Trump?  Jeffrey Epstein had every reason to feel that his decades of seeming immunity would continue indefinitely when federal officials intercepted him on his way back from a trip to Paris.  He was finally arrested on sex trafficking charges in Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after disembarking from one of his private jets.  After he escaped justice for decades, parents of young girls have reason to hope for overdue justice for an operation court documents say recruited and sexually exploited children.  You might not have heard of Epstein, but you will likely know some of the powerful figures he called friends — names like Clinton, Trump, and the duke of York.  As noted by Business Insider, Epstein is a college dropout who tutored the son and possibly dated the daughter of the chairman of Bear Sterns.  Now reputed to be a billionaire, Business Insider described his path to wealth as "vague" and "murky."

Schumer got thousands in donations from Jeffrey Epstein.  Sen. Chuck Schumer — who called on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign and said President Trump should "answer" for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein — accepted thousands of dollars in donations from the alleged pedophile throughout the 1990s, The [New York] Post has learned.  Federal Election Commission records show that Schumer received seven $1,000 donations from Epstein between 1992 and 1997, first as a US congressman from New York and then when he was vying to be the state's senator in 1998, an election he won.

Jeffrey Epstein's Lolita Express and the art of unequal justice.  Jeffrey Epstein's arrest on federal charges of sex trafficking minors has all the features of a tabloid extravaganza: money, sex, power, and serious crimes.  No one deserves the notoriety more.  The billionaire financier was already convicted of similar crimes in 2008 and received a very light sentence.  Epstein's plea bargain ended the earlier investigation before any of his friends were implicated.  That won't happen again.  The floodlights are on this one. [...] As blogger David Burge put it, 'It's always the billionaire convicted pedo with private Lolita Express jets to his own orgy island that you least expect.'  Droll but accurate.  How did the Department of Justice manage to miss this ongoing scandal for years?  The likely answer is that Epstein has lots of rich and powerful friends.

Jeffrey Epstein Should Cancel the Culture's Humbert Humberts.  Hugh Hefner fired up a flare lighting the way to an almost anything-goes view of female sexuality, and it reached its apex at the 2003 Oscars.  Under the regime of Hefnerism, conservative prudes and often the law stood charged with being uptight and repressive about sex involving girls just over or even under the age of consent.  That [Roman] Polanski became an exile from this country after his crime made him Hollywood's favorite martyr.  The Academy was eager to give him the Oscar both to showcase its view that he had been victimized by prudery and to dunk on conservatives.  Attendees didn't just applaud, they let out a mighty whoop of approval when Polanski's Oscar was announced by a smiling Harrison Ford.  Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, [Harvey] Weinstein, and others all jumped to their feet to participate in a chilling standing ovation.  Jack Nicholson, at whose house Polanski's assault took place, looked confused and joined in the applause, but remained seated.

Did someone mention Jeffrey Epstein?

Democrats Hid Gifts From A Notorious Foreign Meddler.  Six Democrats took an all-expenses paid trip paid for by the government of Qatar in December, but two of them did not disclose it, annual ethics forms reveal.  Democratic Reps.  Donald Norcross of New Jersey and Jim Himes of Connecticut did not report taking the trip to Doha, Qatar, on their mandatory disclosure forms, but Buzzfeed said they were there at the elaborate Doha Forum gathering in December.

Liberal Media Blackout:  Bill de Blasio's Wife Cannot Account for $850 Million Collected from Taxpayers.  The mainstream media in America can not be trusted, Period.  I noticed an article from The Daily Mail (UK) trending on Voat this evening and was shocked to learn that the story is actually months old, and not shocked to find that only a handful of conservative sites covered the story.  It seems that Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife (Chirlane McCray) headed a taxpayer funded project called ThriveNYC and now she can not, or will not, account for $850 million in taxpayer money.

Federal subpoena demands records on Andrew Gillum and his campaign for governor.  Andrew Gillum is a focal point of a recently issued federal grand jury subpoena that demands information on the former Democratic candidate for governor, his campaign, his political committee, a wealthy donor, a charity he worked for and a former employer.  The subpoena, obtained by the Tampa Bay Times and previously unreported, could reflect a new level of federal inquiry into Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee who narrowly lost to Republican Ron DeSantis last year.  Throughout his campaign last year, Gillum insisted he was not a target of a sprawling FBI investigation of Tallahassee City Hall, which has taken at least three years and resulted in three arrests.

Andrew Gillum hit with federal grand jury subpoena, report says.  A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena seeking information about Andrew Gillum's 2018 campaign for governor and his associates at non-profits he's worked for, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.  The Times obtained a copy of the subpoena, which asked for information on John Jackson, president and CEO of the Massachusetts-based Schott Foundation for Public Education, where Gillum was a board member until 2017; Opportunity to Learn Action Fund, where Gillum was president until at least 2017; Donald Sussman, who donated $1.5 million to Gillum's campaign; and Sharon Lettman-Hicks, CEO of the National Black Justice Commission, a black LGBTQ advocacy group.

FEC: Beto O'Rourke Funneled $110,000 in Campaign Funds to His Web Development Company.  Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke funneled roughly $110,000 in campaign money to a private web development company he and his wife owned at one time while he served as a congressman, according to FEC rules.  O'Rourke's campaign, Beto for Texas, donated money to Stanton Street Technology Group in several different election cycles.

Second Hassan Staffer Allegedly Helped Aide Steal Massive Amounts of Senate Data.  A second former aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan is implicated in former IT staffer Jackson Cosko's massive data-theft scheme that was ultimately used to "intimidate" Republican senators by "doxxing" them during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, prosecutors said.  Samantha G. DeForest-Davis, at the time a staff assistant to Hassan, was the aide who allegedly helped Cosko conduct his scheme, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Court records show a case naming her has been opened, and the source confirmed it relates to her alleged role in the data theft.

Former Sen. Hassan Aide Stole Gigabytes Of 'High Value' Data.  A former IT aide to New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan mounted an "extraordinarily extensive data-theft scheme" against the office, the culprit's plea agreement states.  The plot included the installation of tiny "keylogging" devices that picked up every keystroke.  Between July and October 2018, former IT aide Jackson Cosko worked with an unnamed accomplice, a then-current Hassan employee, who repeatedly lent him a key that he used to enter the office at night and who allegedly tried to destroy evidence for him.  Cosko accepted responsibility for the events revealed by federal prosecutors in court Friday [4/5/2019].

The joy of Left Privilege.  Karl Marx was right:  When you run the schools and the organs of propaganda you can do anything. [...] Here's only a partial list of Left-Privileged demagogues in today's America:
  [#1]   Without left privilege Hilllary would be in jail.
  [#2]   Sandy O is a complete creation of Left Privilege.  Every ignorant word she utters is treated as Holy Scripture... because of Left Privilege.
  [#3]   Obama and Michelle may be thinking of another eight years in the White House, because nobody can go after their misfeasance and malfeasance in office... since they've got L.P.
  [#4]   LP insists that the Robert Mueller investigation, which has wasted years of time and millions of taxpayer dollars to no useful result, is a "national treasure" that must be protected at all costs.
  [#5]   LP also protects and funds Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, James Comey, and Andrew McCabe, who ought to be doing hard time instead.

Obama WH counsel faces possible prosecution in Mueller-initiated probe.  Former Obama White House Counsel and Clinton-linked attorney Greg Craig may soon be charged by the Justice Department for engaging in illegal unregistered overseas lobbying, in a case initially probed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — a development that would make him the first Democrat to face prosecution amid the long-running Russia investigation.  The case centers on lobbying work that Craig performed in 2012 for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.  Craig allegedly never registered as a foreign agent under a U.S. law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires lobbyists to declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders, governments or their political parties.

Long Before Ilhan Omar, Politicians Could Get Away With Murder As Long As They Were Democrats.  All my life I've watched with interest as the label "Democrat" has insulated individuals from reprehensible behavior.  Women who claim to care about women and their struggles as a sex rallied around Clinton for years, knowingly protecting a womanizer — and, more importantly, a man credibly accused of rape  — because he was a warrior in their crusade to continue killing the unborn.  My interest in politics emerged and blossomed when I was in my twenties.  At that time, two men sat in the Senate chamber whose pasts should have, and would have, prevented them from being elected to public office had they not had a (D) attached to their name.  I am speaking of former senator Ted Kennedy and former senator Robert Byrd.

So where is Nancy Pelosi's 'speedy' teen-molestation investigation of Rep. Tony Cardenas?  Democrats have always spoken with forked tongues on assorted #MeToo cases, calling for swift judgment on accused (and innocent) conservatives such as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while dragging their feet on allegations involving their own.  John Conyers, Keith Ellison, Al Franken, Bob Menendez — they all have had their #MeToo issues, as does the Virginia clown show crew, yet somehow Democrats aren't quite treated the way Republicans are.  And it's really obvious in the case of California Rep. Tony Cardenas, who's been credibly accused of drugging and molesting a teenage girl in his care and now is being sued for it in a California court.

Black leaders call for forgiveness, second chance for Northam.  "Redemption."  That word was used repeatedly as five black leaders from across Virginia gathered Monday urging state legislators to rescind statements calling for Gov. Ralph Northam's resignation following his blackface photo scandal.  On the steps of the Capitol, former Richmond City Council Member Henry "Chuck" Richardson read a prepared statement, saying that racial issues in the U.S. still permeate virtually every aspect of American life.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax employer puts him on leave after multiple sexual assault allegations.  Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's employer placed him on leave pending investigation after two women levied allegations of sexual assault against the lieutenant governor.

The Democrats' Identity Meltdown.  Democrats need an identity-politics intervention.  Having unleashed race, gender, sexual orientation and class as the defining issues of American politics, these furies are now consuming their authors. [...] Every national Democrat of note is demanding that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam resign for appearing in blackface in 1984 and for offering different explanations for an offensive photo on his medical college yearbook page.  But Mr. Northam is refusing to go.

Progressives Bearing Gifts.  Governor Ralph Norman started off justifying infanticide in clinical vocabulary, an assurance with which his radical and generous Planned Parenthood donors would be pleased.  But then he was caught with college yearbook photos of a Klansman posing by a white buffoonish character in blackface.  Northam at once denied, then admitted, next hedged, and finally confirmed the entire story — only to bookend it by admitting that he once upon a long time ago also dressed up in black shoe polish to emulate Michael Jackson (who usually did his best to wear white makeup).  The lying-in-wait Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, an ascendant African-American Democrat, seemed ready to take over from the sure to be Twitter-lynched Northam.  But then his own sudden fame prompted latent accusers to emerge. [...] The larger point, however, was simple:  a party that non-stop smears Trump as a sexual assaulter and racist seems incapable of dealing with alleged racists and sexual assaulters among its top state officials.

Virginia, a Dignified Disaster.  Virginia is a state that for historical reasons has always imagined its political institutions and leaders as possessed of special virtue.  Now they are known for uncommon vice.  With widespread demands for the resignations of both Gov. Ralph Northam, embroiled in controversy over a racist blackface photograph, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, an African-American politician facing on-the-record allegations from two women accusing him of violent sexual assault, Virginia state government is facing a comprehensive meltdown.

Virginia official accused of rape will have to resign if allegations are true: governor.  Virginia's embattled governor insisted he would not resign over a racist yearbook photo, but said the state's lieutenant governor would have to step aside if sexual assault allegations against him were found to be true.

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That will give the governor a chance to appoint another Democrat to take his place when he resigns.

VA State Delegate Announces Plans to file Articles of Impeachment Against Fairfax.  A Democratic Virginia state delegate announced his intention to file articles of impeachment for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax after a second woman came forward and accused him of sexual assault Friday evening [2/8/2019].

Virginia Madness Continues — Democrat Lawmakers [are] Demanding Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax Must Resign.  Virginia politics has twice circled back through crazy and now enters a bizarro hall of mirrors.  The #1 official, Governor Northam, and the #3 official, Attorney General Mark Herring, have admitted to wearing blackface.  The #2 official, Lt. Gov. Fairfax, who is black, is accused of rape.  It now looks like the two blackface white guys will hang on to office and the black guy accused of sexual assault will be removed.

Virginia Lt. Governor's accusers willing to testify at impeachment proceedings, attorneys say.  The two women accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault said they would be willing to testify at possible impeachment proceedings against the Democrat.  Attorneys for Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson released statements Saturday [2/9/2019] saying the women would testify against Fairfax, who has faced calls from members of his own party to resign.

The Ku Klux Krats.  The racist antics of Virginia governor Ralph Northam ought not to surprise anyone.  The Democratic Party has long been marinated in racist thinking. [...] The Democratic Party was even more deeply committed to racism against blacks, and the Ku Klux Klan was simply the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party, which drove Republicans out of the South and compelled blacks to join the Democratic Party, where they were denied the right to vote in primaries or participate in caucuses to choose the Democrat nominee for offices.  Blacks who gave in to this terrorism and became Democrats were said by disgusted black women to be "crossing the Jordan" and were referred to as "Uncle Tom," which is how that derogatory name from Uncle Tom's Cabin entered the American political lexicon.

'Monster' that Dems created at Kavanaugh hearings will 'devour them' with Fairfax allegations:  Marc Thiessen.  As Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax fights off allegations of sexual assault, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Marc Thiessen insisted Friday that those accusations fail to match the allegations made last year against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  The ongoing turmoil in Virginia took yet another turn Friday when Meredith Watson accused Fairfax of rape when they both attended Duke University in 2000.

Impeachment ahead for Fairfax if he doesn't resign by Monday, Virginia Democrat warns.  Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was faced with the threat of impeachment proceedings just hours after a second woman accused the Democrat of sexual assault.  Patrick Hope, a fellow Democrat and member of the Virginia House of Delegates, announced Friday [2/8/2019] that he intends to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax unless he resigns by Monday [2/11/2019].  "On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then," Hope wrote on Twitter.

Democrats mute calls for Va. resignations with power at risk.  Prominent Democrats came down hard on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo.  But they were quieter as two more scandals — one involving race, another a sexual assault allegation — rocked Virginia's statehouse.

Florida Commission Finds Probable Cause to Investigate Gillum for Ethics Violations.  A Florida ethics commission announced Friday [1/25/2019] that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with an investigation into former Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum's decision to accept gifts while on a trip with a local lobbyist in 2016. [...] Erwin Jackson, the Tallahassee businessman who filed the complaint against Gillum, told reporters that the commission found probable cause to investigate five out of six possible ethics violations, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Democrat Abigail Spanberger Worked at 'Terror High,' Which Promoted Violence Against Non-Muslims.  Democrat Abigail Spanberger, running against Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) in Virginia's Seventh District, worked at a Saudi Arabia-owned school known as "terror high," which had a curriculum that included the promotion of violence against non-Muslims.  Spanberger worked at the Islamic Saudi Academy, funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, between 2002 and 2003 after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Andrew Gillum's Family Under Investigation; May Have Engaged in Voter Fraud.  Less than a year before gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum publicly denounced President Donald Trump's efforts to investigate the threat of voter fraud, Gillum's brother, Marcus Gillum, voted in the 2016 general election in Tallahassee, Florida while a resident of Chicago, Illinois.  According to Florida law, you must be a legal resident in Florida to vote in elections.  Casting an illegal vote in Florida is a third-degree felony.

The Democrats' Nomination Contest Promises Great Fun for Conservatives.  This may be the election cycle where we watch identity politics destroy itself live on stage. [...] The Democrats' dramatis personae is a veritable list of timebombs ready to explode and offend the hypersensitive liberal dispensation.  The list of charges:  Joe Biden's rakish hands; Beto O'Rourke's campaign staffer's rape accusation; Elizabeth Warren's appropriation of a minority identity; the recently uncovered sexual harassment settlement of one of Kamala Harris's top aides; multiple sexual harassment allegations on Bernie Sanders's 2016 campaign; Cory Booker admitting to once groping a blotto girl; Kirsten Gillibrand railroading Al Franken out of the Senate; Julián Castro palming off delinquent mortgages to Wall Street hedge funds.  Then there's any Democrat who did so much as accept a handshake from Bill Clinton.  No Democrats who wants to win are going to ignore the baggage strapped to their competitors, especially when the TV cameras are rolling.

Gillette Conveniently Overlooked the Real Toxic Masculinity.  Start with a former president, Bill Clinton, credibly accused of rape, impeached over perjury about sexual harassment, and carrying on an affair with a young White House intern.  Or his predecessor John Kennedy, with a string of affairs while president.  Perfect examples of the "sexual aggression" in the Urban Dictionary definition.  Across town in Congress we have former Senator Al Franken, caught on film moving to grope a sleeping comely female.  John Conyers resigned after reports surfaced of him attending staff meetings in his underwear.  Former Congressman Anthony Weiner was chatting and sending selfies of his private parts to an underage girl, using the same laptop which contained thousands of classified emails belonging to his wife's boss, the Secretary of State.  Keith Ellison, former Congressman, now Minnesota's Attorney General, was credibly accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend.

The Democrats' Blueprint for Impeachment.  Democrats colluding with Russians is an old story, though the Russians have usually been communists and I guess you would have expected Democrats to collude with communists in years gone by. [...] More recently, a Democratic president was caught on a live mike telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that "I'll have more flexibility after the election" to handle contentious issues such as missile defense.  Is this not collusion?  But President Obama was not telling a joke.  He was serious.

Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know about Kamala Harris.  [#17] Late last year, Los Angeles city officials asked why "armed, plain-clothes LAPD officers were dispatched to California cities outside of Los Angeles at least a dozen times to provide security for U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris at public events."  LAPD officers traveled with Harris to San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, and San Diego.  Los Angeles taxpayers covered about $28,000 of the cost for airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, and meals in an arrangement that retired law-enforcement officers called "unprecedented."

Here Are The Six Most Corrupt Congressmen Of 2018, According To A Watchdog Group.  A conservative-leaning watchdog group says House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are the biggest congressional scofflaws of 2018, for their anemic handling of the settlement slush fund that used an unlimited pot of taxpayer money to pay off congressional staff in exchange for signing legal papers barring them from taking public their claims of sexual harassment and other mistreatment by their congressional employers.  Congress members briefly claimed to be shocked at the victim-gagging slush fund when the media reported on it, but in reality, members of both parties in the House's leadership oversaw it for years.

Meet The Candidate Suing Debbie Wasserman-Schultz For Election Fraud.  Tim Canova, the independent challenger to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in her 2018 re-election race in Florida, is suing the former DNC chairwoman for election fraud.  Canova joins us to discuss the evidence that he has compiled that the vote count was rigged, and talks about what the future might hold for Broward County.  One thing is clear:  Tim Canova is a brave man.

Why won't the AG even look into Al Sharpton's latest dubious deal?  Why isn't state Attorney General Barbara Underwood looking into that bizarre $531,000 payment to the Rev. Al Sharpton by his own nonprofit for his "life story"?  Tax and film-industry experts contacted by The [New York] Post all raised their eyebrows after learning the details.  And Sharpton's long history of dubious fiscal management and hefty tax liens — not to mention two mysterious fires that conveniently consumed his financial records — doesn't exactly inspire confidence that all this is on the up and up.

Reveal the Congressional Hush Fund Hypocrites.  Which is worse: candidate, businessman, and then still private citizen Donald Trump using his own money to make what Hillary Clinton might call "bimbo eruptions" go away to protect his brand and himself from personal embarrassment, or Congress using taxpayer money in a slush fund to pay off those sexually harassed by sitting officeholders?

Dem Rep. Paid Sister's Firm Nearly $200,000 From Campaign Funds During Midterms.  A Democratic representative disbursed nearly $200,000 from his campaign funds to a law firm that is owned by his sister throughout the 2018 election cycle, according to a review of Federal Election Commission filings.  Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. (D., Mo.) made the payments from his campaign committee, Clay Jr. for Congress, to the Law Office of Michelle C. Clay, LLC, a law firm owned by his sister, Michelle, that does not have a website and whose address appears to be a residential home in Silver Spring, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C.  The first payment to the firm this past cycle was in the amount of $9,000 and was made on Jan. 4, 2017, for professional services fees including fundraising and compliance.  In addition to the fundraising and compliance services, the payments to Michelle Clay's firm were marked for community organizing, legal counsel, and record keeping.

Kamala Harris, taking 'I don't recall' to new heights.  MeToo loudmouth and Bay Area Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris of California has gotten herself into yet another scrap, this one claiming she knew nothing about a $400,000 payoff for a sexual harassment case brought on by one of her top staffers.  How very ironic, given how she stuck it to spotless Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over sex harassment phony claims during his confirmation hearings and tried to make herself the figurehead for being sterling tough against sex harassment.  The hypocrisy is thick.

Harris: Totally unaware of $400K settlement for harassment, retaliation involving longtime senior staffer?  Kamala Harris lost a key aide yesterday, but may have more problems retaining her credibility.  Larry Wallace worked for Harris during her time as California's attorney general as well as in her Senate office as a senior advisor.  Between those two jobs, his assistant filed a complaint over sexual harassment and retaliation for Wallace's actions during the transition.  The state of California quietly paid $400,000 to settle the lawsuit, but it didn't stay quiet permanently.  The Sacramento Bee reported it yesterday afternoon [12/5/2018].

Top Kamala Harris Aide Resigns After $400K Harassment Settlement Surfaces.  A senior adviser for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reportedly resigned on Wednesday evening [12/5/2018] after the Sacramento Bee "inquired about a $400,000 harassment and retaliation settlement resulting from his time working for Harris at the California Department of Justice."  Larry Wallace, the top Harris staffer who resigned, reportedly "served as the director of the Division of Law Enforcement" at the California Department of Justice while Harris was the Golden State's attorney general in 2016.  Harris reportedly then hired Wallace to be a senior adviser in her Sacramento Senate office.

Another Turbulent Week with Some Big Mysteries.  While the President was out of the country the FBI raided the office of Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, a guy who controlled the city and state finances.  The Feds ordered everyone to leave, placed brown paper over the doors and went through the files in Burke's office.  Is this Trump striking back?  Is Obama's cover coming undone?  The Chicago field office offered no comment.  It's not clear they were even in the loop respecting this raid.

Federal agents show up at Ald. Ed Burke's City Hall office, paper over windows.  Federal agents showed up unannounced at the City Hall office of Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke, kicked everyone out and papered over the windows Thursday morning.  The exact nature of their visit was not known, but Ald. Burke (14th) has dodged dozens of federal investigations over five decades in Chicago politics.  A source told the Sun-Times the raids were in response to new allegations, and not prompted by any past controversies that have swirled around Burke.

Dem wanting social media scrutiny for gun-license applicants has violent, tax-delinquent past: reports.  Be careful what you tweet, if you hope to someday lawfully own a firearm in New York state.  A Democratic state lawmaker from Brooklyn has submitted a bill calling for all gun-license applicants to let the government review their social media posts going back three years and their internet searches going back one year.  Investigators would then look "any good cause for the denial of a license," such as racial slurs, threats of violence and terrorism-related posts.  But the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Kevin Parker, has a history of his own legal skirmishes.

Top California Democrat takes leave of absence amid inquiry into sexual misconduct allegations.  The California Democratic Party announced Monday [11/26/2018] that chairman Eric Bauman will take a leave of absence until an outside investigation concludes examining allegations of sexual misconduct against him.  The decision was made after Bauman used the "the holiday weekend to consider the most constructive path forward for the work of the California Democratic Party," according to California Democratic Party spokesperson Mike Roth.

The New Crooked Congressional Black Caucus.  In the last decade, every single House Democrat sent to prison for financial crimes was a Congressional Black Caucus member.  In the last twenty years, it's been over 80%.  After the midterms, the CBC has grown past a record 50 members.  But that doesn't mean it's getting better.  Power makes it worse.  Rep. Ilhan Omar is the most famous freshman member of the CBC in the 116th Congress.  The CBC's PAC boasted that she is "the first Somali-American and first Muslim woman elected to Congress".  She's also the first member of Congress who had to deny being married to her brother.  As historical "firsts" go, alleged incest in the House is far more historic than being an immigrant from a failed state and then crawling into Congress on the strength of the Ellison voters in Little Mogadishu.  Omar has denied being married to her brother, even though evidence suggests that she was.  A complaint was even filed accusing Omar of abusing taxpayer money to divorce her own brother.

Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Media Lynch Mob.  Every election cycle the legacy media accuse any and all southern Republicans of reviving Jim Crow, while studiously ignoring the inconvenient fact that it was the Democrats who presided over the era of racial segregation.  During the recent midterms, for example, they dubbed Illinois native Rick Scott, "Florida's Jim Crow governor."  In Georgia, they claimed without evidence that GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp had suppressed the black vote while secretary of state.  And now the media lynch mob has gone to Mississippi, where they hope to string up GOP Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith for transparently meritless and frivolous charges.  Hyde-Smith was Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce when appointed last March by Governor Phil Bryant to replace ailing U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.  She is now defending that seat against Clinton crony Mike Espy.  The media have devoted little coverage to Espy's ouster for corruption from his position as Agriculture Secretary, and even less to his lobbying efforts on behalf of war criminal Laurent Gbagbo.  They have found plenty of space for a 1975 photo in Hyde-Smith's high school year book, her visit to a Mississippi historical site, and a semi-audible video in which she allegedly discusses voter suppression.

Former Senior Ohio Lawmaker Arrested for Murder of His Estranged Wife, Media Plays 'Guess the Political Party'.  A former senior Ohio lawmaker who had served as assistant minority whip in the Ohio legislature was arrested this past weekend for the murder of his estranged wife.  He had previously served nine months in state prison for assaulting her in 2014 while a common pleas judge in Cuyahoga County — a position he had been appointed to by then-Gov. Ted Strickland (D).  But would you ever know that Lance Mason was a Democrat?  Not if you relied on the media reporting.

Democrat Losers:  Undignified and Dangerous.  For Democrats like [Florida Senator Bill] Nelson, the Kennedy era represents the good old days when Republicans were disinclined to draw attention to Democrat fraud.  When, for example, Kennedy "won" the 1960 presidential election with a little extra help from corrupt Illinois and Texas Democrats, the Republican who actually received the most legitimate votes refused to contest his loss because it would have undermined voter confidence in the system.  That gentleman, his name was Nixon, was by no means perfect.  He did, however, understand that some things are more important than winning or losing.

Crooks And Communists Fight to Lead House Democratic Caucus.  The chair of the Democratic Caucus is one of those influential positions that nobody thinks twice about.  In 2016, Rep. Linda Sanchez got to be the vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus and her appointment was touted as an identity politics first.  To get the job, Rep. Sanchez had to beat out Rep. Barbara Lee, an admirer of murderous Communist dictator Fidel Castro.  And Sanchez only beat out Lee by two votes.  Together with sister, Loretta Sanchez, who had warned, "the Vietnamese and the Republicans are... trying to take this seat", the Sanchez sisters were also the only disgraceful sister duo in the House.  Rep. Sanchez had set her sights on serving as the chair of the Democratic Caucus, a position formerly held by luminaries like Senator Bob Menendez, Rep. John Larson, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Dan Rostenkowski, sent to prison for mail fraud.  But then her husband was indicted on corruption charges.  Sanchez announced that she was dropping out of the contest to due to "an unexpected family matter."

Never Forget:  Whistleblower Investigating Fraud in Broward County Shot Himself in the Head — But No Gun Was Found.  A federal prosecutor's body was discovered on a Hollywood, Florida beach in May 2017.  Beranton J. Whisenant, Jr. was handling several visa and passport fraud cases in Debbie Wasserman Schultz's district in Broward County at the time of his death.

Dead Men Tell No Tales in Broward County: 3 Recent Whistleblowers Who Ended Up DEAD.  Controversies arise regularly in Debbie Wasserman Schultz's 23rd district and those who seek justice sometimes meet an untimely demise.  Below are the stories of 3 men who dared challenge the establishment and soon after paid with their lives.

When People Wonder Why Broward County, Florida Is Allowed To Be So Corrupt Show Them This.  More and more are asking why the Broward County Elections Office, which has amassed numerous legal rulings against them both past and present, is allowed to continue largely unimpeded by any real oversight.  Well, there are places in the United States where government corruption is part of a community's DNA:  Detroit, Chicago, Austin, Sacramento, Baltimore, etc., and yes, Broward County, Florida.  All of these examples and more are afforded protection from on high from the masters of the anti-American Progressive movement so long as they do one thing — help Democrats to win elections.

Rep. Linda Sanchez's husband indicted for corruption.  The U.S. attorney in New Haven, Connecticut announced that a federal grand jury has returned two indictments charging five people with the theft of federal funds.  One if the individuals charged is James Sullivan, who is married to California Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez.  According to a government release, the U.S. attorney alleges that the defendants conspired to misuse an account that held funds provided by federal grants to the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Corporation (CMEEC), a public corporation that allows municipal electric utilities in Connecticut to provide electricity.

Sen. Menendez wins re-election amid corruption allegations.  New Jersey voters held their noses Tuesday [11/6/2018] and re-elected corruption-plagued Democratic US Sen. Bob Menendez.  In one of the most brutal and closely watched races of the season, Menendez beat out retired millionaire pharma exec and former Trump delegate Bob Hugin, who had faced an uphill battle for the seat despite his foe's ethically challenged past.  The state has not elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972.

Will the DOJ Go After the Beto Campaign for Diverting Campaign Funds to the Caravan?  The Department of Justice has developed a reputation for targeting Republican politicians through election laws.  Republicans are often sent to prison, while Democrats frequently get nothing more than a fine.  Even though a Republican president is in power, with his appointee Jeff Sessions heading up the DOJ, the Deep State is entrenched in the agency, continuing to target Republicans.  But this is finally all coming to light, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team zealously goes after those connected to President Trump.  Last week, Project Veritas caught staffers on the campaign of Beto O'Rourke, who is running against Ted Cruz for Senate, on video saying the campaign spent money on supplies for the caravan of people from Central America headed to the U.S.  This is a clear violation of law.  But will the campaign be prosecuted?

Secretary of State's office:  Investigation underway into failed hack by Democratic Party of Georgia.  The Georgia Secretary of State's Office says it is investigating a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system by the Democratic Party of Georgia, the office said in a news release.  The state has not said what evidence they have that a hack occurred.  "While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes," said secretary of state office press secretary Candice Broce.  "We can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure."

Beto O'Rourke's Campaign Self-Destructs.  In just the last three weeks, Democratic candidates for office, such as Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Arizona Senate candidate Krysten Sinema, Florida Governor candidate Andrew Gillum, Virginia House candidate Abigail Spanberger, had undercover journalists who were embedded within their campaigns release highly damaging videos.  The videos show campaign staff and sometimes the candidates themselves lying about their real positions on key issues, openly discussing how they have to lie about their progressive views in order to trick voters into supporting them.  And now with it's latest video expose, Project Veritas has uncovered potentially illegal activity as well as the usual politically motivated lies.  On the night of Thursday, Nov. 1, O'Keefe posted a new video made by one of his undercover reporters that allegedly showed top staff members of the O'Rourke campaign discussing using donated campaign funds to aid recently arrived illegal migrants from Honduras and hiding it from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by claiming the money went to fund campaign Halloween events and other expenses.

New Jersey should vote out corrupt Menendez.  For the first time since 1972, New Jersey Republicans find themselves with a real chance to elect a US senator — and rightly so, since incumbent Bob Menendez stands exposed as blatantly corrupt.  Which is why The Post is happy to endorses GOP challenger Bob Hugin.  Hugin probably wouldn't stand much chance in deep-blue Jersey.  But Menendez has richly earned his massive unpopularity with Garden State voters.  Hugin promises New Jersey "a senator we can be proud of."  And Menendez is anything but that — simply put, he's an embarrassment.

Say no to re-electing crooks.  For a liberal Democrat and a conservative Republican, Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and New York Rep. Chris Collins have a lot in common — namely, huge ethical problems that they're hoping the voters will ignore for the sake of ideology.  Menendez's corruption is indisputable:  He took six-figures gifts and donations from his "friend," Dr. Salomon Melgen — and in exchange intervened with federal regulators who were trying to stop Melgen's Medicare fraud.  He also arranged visas for a host of the doctor's "girlfriends."

Democrat Andrew Gillum Billed FBI Undercover Agent $4,386 For Fundraiser, Never Disclosed In Finance Reports.  The Andrew Gillum campaign continues to implode, now with reports that he failed to disclose $4,386 of an "in kind contribution" made by an undercover FBI agent who had been investigating the campaign.  Campaign finance laws require all candidates to report all campaign contributions and expenditures to be listed with the state disclosure portal.  While there's usually a 30 day window to file these reports, the FBI agent's contribution is from 2016.

Records show FBI agents gave Andrew Gillum tickets to 'Hamilton' in 2016.  Undercover FBI agents paid for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's hotel room and his ticket to the Broadway musical Hamilton during a 2016 trip to New York City, according to a bombshell trove of records that raises new questions two weeks before the Nov. 6 election for Florida governor.  Among the records released Tuesday [10/23/2018]:  photos, a video and dozens of text messages between Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor, former lobbyist Adam Corey and an undercover FBI agent.  They appear to contradict Gillum's explanation for the expenses, which have been made an major issue by his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis.  Gillum's campaign has maintained — and continued to do so Tuesday after the records were released — that Gillum's brother, Marcus, handed him the ticket the night of the show.  But text messages at the time of the trip show Gillum was told the tickets came from "Mike Miller," an FBI agent looking into city corruption who was posing as a developer.

Where does Andrew Gillum go from here?  Tuesday's [10/23/2018] release of private emails and text messages by a former friend detailing the mayor's trips to Central America with lobbyists and to New York with federal investigators couldn't have come at a worse time for Gillum.

Senator Cory Booker Accused of Sexual Assault by Gay Man.  A gay man who describes himself as a liberal Democrat is accusing New Jersey Senator Cory Booker of sexually assaulting him in 2014.  Booker is considered a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.  The man, who wishes to remain anonymous for now, penned a lengthy open letter that was posted on Twitter.  In the letter he describes the assault that occurred in a bathroom following a meeting at his workplace, where the two met.

Victim Details Accusations of Sexual Assault by U.S. Senator Corey Booker.  In a rather remarkable and detailed anonymous posting on social media a man details his encounter with New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, and how Booker sexually assaulted him in a restroom.  According to the victim he reached out to #MeToo champion Ronan Farrow who has done little — so far — to support him.

Andrew Gillum's Family Under Investigation; May Have Engaged in Voter Fraud.  Less than a year before gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum publicly denounced President Donald Trump's efforts to investigate the threat of voter fraud, Gillum's brother, Marcus Gillum, voted in the 2016 general election in Tallahassee, Florida while a resident of Chicago, Illinois.  According to Florida law, you must be a legal resident in Florida to vote in elections.  Casting an illegal vote in Florida is a third-degree felony.

Texas Democrats [are] asking non-citizens to vote.  The Public Interest Legal Foundation has alerted the Justice Department to a gambit by Texas Democrats to get non-citizens to vote.  The state party sent out a voter registration form asking non-citizens to sign up, with the citizenship box already checked "yes." [...] This is an open invitation for voter fraud on a large scale, and the way the Democrats went about it defies belief: [...] How many other state Democratic Parties send out similar requests to non-citizens and haven't been caught?  Are we to believe that one party in one state came up with this idea all on its own?

Texas Dems ask noncitizens to register to vote, send applications with citizenship box pre-checked.  The Texas Democratic Party asked non-citizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked "Yes," according to new complaints filed Thursday asking prosecutors to see what laws may have been broken.  The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives, who aren't citizens, received the mailing.  "This is how the Texas Democratic Party is inviting foreign influence in an election in a federal election cycle," said Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the PILF, a group that's made its mark policing states' voter registration practices.

McCaskill Scandal.  How about the scandal involving Sen. Claire McCaskill's husband, who's been accused of using a federal program intended to help the poor to enrich himself in the 10 years since McCaskill joined the Senate?  McCaskill is in a tight race in Missouri against challenger Josh Hawley, in a year when control of the Senate is up for grabs.  So, a juicy scandal like this would normally be irresistible to reporters.  Except McCaskill is a Democrat.  And as the MRC found, this story got zero coverage on the big three networks.  Then there's the scandal involving a former staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who was arrested and charged with several felonies, after he disclosed personal information on Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee during the Kavanaugh hearings.  The networks completely ignored this story.

Manchin's luxury yacht may be investigated.  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust asked the Senate ethics committee to investigate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin for failing to disclose his ownership of a limited liability company that holds a $700,000 yacht he lives on while he is in Washington.  If the committee takes up the complaint, Manchin will be the first West Virginian in Congress to be investigated for ethics violations in eight years.

More Bribery:  Kamala Harris hands $400,000 to Heidi Heitkamp.  Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota went against her own voters' sentiment, which supported Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court by about 60%; voted against the man in a bid to sink his confirmation; and suddenly found herself with a flood of campaign cash, courtesy of Sen. Kamala Harris, who raised her a $400,000 payday.

Oregon Governor Busted By Undercover Video.  Oregon Democrat Governor Kate Brown's Facebook page is claiming that the liberal administrator's former campaign manager is "not a credible source," following an undercover video released by Project Veritas Action Fund, exposing alleged graft and corruption in her office.  Michael Kolenc ran Brown's campaign in 2016, and claimed criminal acts against her.  Conservative Daily Post asked the Governor's staff to confirm that 'unofficial comments' on the Facebook page asserting that her former campaign manager is "not a reliable source" is the only defense the Governor is offering, to the allegations which could cost her the election or her freedom.  There was no response at first, but they finally added that they 'couldn't respond.'  Kolenc was captured on tape candidly discussing his relationship with the Governor's office.  The first potential violation of state law he mentioned was focused on the "direction and use of government personnel," as reported by Veritas.

Is there even a single decent Democrat in Congress?  Now we know for sure.  There is not a single decent person among the Democrats in Congress.  Because not one Democrat has had the fortitude to stand up and admit that what they are doing to Judge Brett Kavanaugh is obscene and grossly indecent, we must admit that there is not one of them with the moral sense to know that destroying a man for politics is wrong.  It's not only wrong, but depraved.  Not one Democrat member of the Senate, not one in the House.  Those on the Judiciary Committee are particularly venal.  Not one among the 95% of the leftist media has come to Kavanaugh's defense.  Instead, they too are on a mission to ruin his life and keep him off the Supreme Court.  They do not report the many inconsistencies in Christine Blasey Ford's vague account of her alleged encounter that effectively render it a lie.  NBC never even mentioned Rachel Mitchell's report because it so seriously undermines Ford's narrative.  It is doubtful there ever was such an incident.

People are starting to recall that time Chuck Schumer called a flight attendant a [nasty name].  Before Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer transformed into a #BelieveAllWomen activist who believes that anyone who questions a woman's claims — no matter how unsubstantiated those claims might be — is a sexist and misogynist, he used to be, well, an actual sexist and misogynist.  Case in point:  Guess how Schumer responded nine years ago when a U.S. Airways flight attendant politely asked him and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to discontinue their phone calls so the flight could take off.

Report: The Dem Staffer Arrested Doxxing Republican Senators Wasn't An Intern.  A Democratic staffer arrested last week on charges that he revealed the personal information of several Republican Senate Judiciary Committee members was not an "intern" for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), as originally reported.  The 27-year-old career staffer, Jackson Cosko, was, instead, reportedly a "fellow" paid by an "outside institution" who served as a primary adviser in Lee's Congressional office.  According to the Tennessee Star, "[w]hile [Lee] claims Cosko was an 'unpaid intern' in her office, the Washington Post reports that Cosko was actually a 'fellow.'  This was confirmed by Cosko's lawyer, who said his client was a 'fellow' in Jackson-Lee's office and that he was being paid by an 'outside institution.'"

Capitol Police Arrest 27-Year-Old Democrat Staffer Jackson Cosko For Doxxing 3 GOP Senators.  Capitol Police arrested v27-year-old Jackson Cosko of DC for "allegedly posted private, identifying information (doxxing) about one or more United States Senators."  Many Republicans on the Senate Judiciary had their home addresses and phone numbers published on their Wikipedia pages last Thursday [10/4/2018].  Shortly after Lindsey Graham went off on Senate Democrats for destroying Kavanaugh's life in order to derail his confirmation, Republicans were doxxed.  The victims included Republican Senators Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lindsey Graham, reported the Washington Times.

Intern for Democratic congresswoman arrested for 'doxxing' GOP senators.  An intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, has been arrested for posting personal information of Republican senators on the Internet, Capitol Police said Wednesday [10/3/2018].  Jackson Cosko, 27, faces charges of making public restricted personal information; witness tampering; threats in interstate communications; unauthorized access of a government computer; identity theft; second-degree burglary; and unlawful entry.

Sheila Jackson Lee's Intern Arrested For Posting GOP Senators Private Info Online.  The Congressional intern that was behind the doxxing of several GOP Senators has been revealed.  And looky-looky, it was a long-time Democrat intern.  Who could have guessed?  Jackson Cosko, 27, an unpaid intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), has been hit with several charges relating to the publishing of private information like home addresses and phone numbers on the Wikipedia pages of three Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senators Lindsey 'Actually Spartacus' Graham (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). It is unclear if Cosko was involved in revealing the information of all the Senators, but the charges are related to 'at least one' of them.

Cosko Is Not An Unpaid Intern.  Capitol Police on October 3 arrested 27-year old congressional staffer Jackson Cosko for posting on Wikipedia the private addresses of three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — what's known as "doxxing" (a word derived from the shorthand for "document").  Cosko is facing serious charges that include illegally posting private information of public figures, witness tampering, threats, identity theft, and unlawful entry.  In the mainstream media, Cosko is being portrayed as a hapless overzealous intern who didn't even have the smarts to cover up his criminal act.  His former boss — Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) has denied she knew anything about Cosko's activities.  In a press conference held this week, Jackson-Lee explained that she fired Cosko and is cooperating with officials investigating the crimes. (Interestingly, cameras recorded Jackson-Lee passing an envelope to Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer just before her testimony got underway.)

Staffer who 'doxed' GOP senators faces nearly 50 years in federal prison.  The former Democratic congressional staffer who posted personal information about Republican senators online faces nearly 50 years in prison.  Jackson Cosko, a 27-year-old Washington, D.C., resident, was arrested Wednesday [10/3/2018] by U.S. Capitol Police when he was caught sneaking into the offices of Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., after 10 p.m.  Tuesday and using an aide's computer and log-in.  He was charged with five federal offenses: making public restricted personal information, making threats in interstate commerce, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, and witness tampering.

Police: Staffer accused of 'doxxing' senators caught after sneaking into Sen. Maggie Hassan's office.  Jackson Cosko, the Democratic staffer accused of "doxxing" Republican senators during the Kavanaugh confirmation fight, was caught after he sneaked into a Senate Democrat's office earlier this week and tried to use one of their computers, police said in an affidavit made public Thursday [10/4/2018].  Mr. Cosko, 27, now stands accused of a number of federal and local crimes after police say he posted personal addresses and telephone numbers of senators to their Wikipedia pages over the last couple of weeks.  He appeared for an initial hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and was ordered detained until a hearing Tuesday.

Kavanaugh Drank Beer?  He Can't Hold a Candle to Obama's Pot and Cocaine Use.  While liberals express outrage over the fact that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh drank beer — reportedly sometimes to excess — in high school and college, they and the leftist media have largely ignored the extensive partying of former President Barack Obama, who has confessed to heavy pot smoking and cocaine use in high school and college.  Given the drinking limits being set retroactively for Kavanaugh by his leftist critics and arguments therefrom that he is not suited for the high court, it is reasonable to conclude that Barack Obama's extensive illegal drug use would preclude him from a seat on the Supreme Court, or on any federal bench.  Revelations of Obama's partying and drug use are presented in the book Dreams From My Father:  A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama and in the New York Times bestseller Rising Star:  The Making of Barack Obama by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David J. Garrow.

Fight Together or Fall Apart.  [Scroll down]  The Democrats could not defeat Brett Kavanaugh on the merits, because for all practical purposes he is unimpeachable as a candidate, so they must manufacture fake accusations and go back to his high school years to divine a weakness of character not inherent in his history but magically ascertainable from the fact that he likes beer and acted as a teenager when he was a teenager.  The ones who climb the wall of justice and probity to ascertain Kavanaugh's fate include:  A woman who had a Chinese spy working for her for twenty years; a man who lied about serving in Vietnam; a guy who readily admits that at 17, he committed the very same crime they collectively were accusing Kavanaugh of (and who has a make-believe friend named T-Bone; a woman who began her political career by having an affair with Willie Brown; and a woman who, echoing rape apologists of the past, thinks men should "shut up" and take it.  Yet, Feinstein, Blumenthal, Booker, and Harris serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee with little appreciation for irony and a total lack of shame.  The rest of the party is no better; the documented offenses too many to list.

Beto O'Rourke Will Not Get the Kavanaugh Treatment.  We await the next shoe to drop in the Judge Kavanaugh saga.  Rest assured that if there's a rumor that, in third grade, young Brett yanked on the ponytails of the girl in the second row (war on women!), the New York Times, NBC News, and phalanxes of their journalistic colleagues will be all over it.  Meanwhile, Representative Beto O'Rourke had a pair of felony arrests in his mid-to-late 20s, including a reckless drunk-driving incident in which he crashed into a car and allegedly tried to flee from the scene.  The cases appear to have mysteriously disappeared without serious prosecution, notwithstanding that O'Rourke continues to deny basic facts outlined in at least one police report.  So, what really happened?  We don't know.  See, Representative O'Rourke is a Democrat.  Not just that.  O'Rourke is the Democrat running for a Senate seat against Ted Cruz, the Republican incumbent who is a favorite of grass-roots conservatives.

Beto O'Rourke's false claim that he did not try to leave the scene of a DWI.  During a debate with his rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), O'Rourke was asked pointblank about a drunk-driving incident when he was 26 years old:  Did he try to leave the scene of the accident?  The House Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News had recently obtained the police reports of the incident and reported he had done so. [...] O'Rourke's assertion that he did not try to leave the scene of the accident, however, is disputed by the police records.  So that's worthy of a fact check.

Beto O'Rourke Denies Trying to Flee Scene of Drunken Car Crash, Challenging Police Reports.  Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke during Friday night's debate denied trying to flee the scene of a 1998 drunken car crash, despite police reports to the contrary.  Police reports published by the Houston Chronicle on Aug. 30 show that the witness who called 9-1-1 told officers that O'Rourke "attempted to leave the scene" after losing control of his car and hitting a truck.  The witness "then turned on his over head lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get [O'Rourke] to stop," the responding officer wrote.  O'Rourke, who is running against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, was asked about the Chronicle's report during the debate at Southern Methodist University.

Ellison grilled over abuse allegations in Minnesota AG debate.  Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison was grilled Friday [9/21/2018] during a televised debate over allegations of domestic abuse, an issue that has dogged his run for Minnesota attorney general despite drawing scant national coverage.  Republican candidate Doug Wardlow cited the accounts by Amy Alexander and Karen Monahan, both of whom have accused Mr. Ellison of becoming physical after losing his temper, which he has denied.  "I think two credible, strong allegations of domestic abuse is enough," said Mr. Wardlow, prompting Mr. Ellison to counter, "There's not two.  There's zero."

Corruption Junction — Desperation Amid Democrat Members of The Intelligence "Gang of Eight".  I've probably reviewed thousands of congressional letters, and intelligence committee letters from oversight, along with even more executive agency responses.  In fact, CTH has shared hundreds of outlines covering granular details within many of the internal memos and correspondences.  However, I have never seen anything like this before.  The combination of arrogance, hubris and desperation within a letter from the four Democrats on the intelligence oversight Gang of Eight, is palpable even in text format.  Legislative branch members:  Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Mark Warner write a letter today [9/18/2018] to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding the executive branch cabinet members withhold information from the White House.

Democrats, Kavanaugh, and 'The End of Civilization'.  Back in 1969, Senator Kennedy had recklessly caused the death of a young woman, not his wife, by driving her off a rickety bridge on Chappaquiddick Island as they sped away from a booze-soaked bacchanal.  Kennedy managed to save himself by swimming to safety.  He then abandoned the scene for hours, failing to alert police and rescue workers while Mary Jo Kopechne, submerged in the car, eventually drowned.  Ms. Kopechne did not live to see "Me Too."  That "movement," in which the Left is front and center, was not forged until long after leftists had raised the notoriously lecherous Kennedy to "Lion of the Senate" status.  Indeed, it was not forged until 20 years after Democrats, prominently including women's-rights advocates, closed ranks around President Bill Clinton, Kennedy's equally lascivious political ally.  According to the victim's credible accusation, Clinton had raped Juanita Broaddrick in 1978.  That was before Brett Kavanaugh could even have pondered hitting underage beer parties.  Clinton, at the time, was the 32-year-old attorney general of Arkansas.

Broaddrick: FBI Probe Ford Allegation?  Then 'Investigate My Rape Allegations' Against Clinton.  Commenting on Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her at a beer party some 36 years ago and that the FBI must investigate the matter now before she will testify about the supposed incident, Juanita Broaddrick tweeted that if the FBI goes back that far then it must also "investigate my RAPE allegations against Bill Clinton, too."  "If you want the FBI to go back that far @HillaryClinton @MSNBC to investigate Ford's allegations .... let's investigate my RAPE allegations against Bill Clinton, too.  Seems only fair," Broaddrick tweeted on Sept. 18.  Juanita Broaddrick, a retired nursing home administrator, has long maintained that Bill Clinton, when he was the Arkansas Attorney General, raped her — a "forcible, brutal rape" — in a hotel room in Little Rock, Ark., on April 25, 1978.  At the time, Broaddrick was 35, Clinton was 31.

The left has dictated, dominated our culture for a generation — time's up.  With Judge Kavanaugh, the left has hit a new low.  They want Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to vote "no."  To get the no vote, they are offering her a financial incentive, an inducement.  Some would call it a bribe.  Here's how it works.  If Collins votes "yes" on Kavanaugh, a crowdfunding website will give $1 million to her opponent in 2020.  Her opponent will not get the money if Collins votes "no."  Vote the way we want, or we'll spend big bucks to beat you next time around.  As of Tuesday afternoon [9/11/2018], 37,000 people had handed over their credit card information and pledged $1,041,000.  The pledges are activated if Collins votes "yes."  I don't care whether this is legally a bribe or not.  It amounts to buying a vote, and it shouldn't have any part in our politics.

Keith Ellison faces and navigates controversy, again.  Keith Ellison is well-versed in campaigning with political baggage.  The Minneapolis lawyer and politician climbed the Democratic political ranks, from the Minnesota Legislature to Congress and Democratic National Committee deputy chairman, while contending with controversies — from decades-old ties to the Nation of Islam to one-time public support for a federal fugitive.  Now, as he mounts a bid for Minnesota attorney general, he is trying to move past an allegation of domestic abuse from a former girlfriend.

Kamala Harris's $50,000 LAPD guards not her first corruption rodeo.  California's Sen. Kamala Harris, the leftist Democratic presidential wannabe who got herself in the news after piously posturing against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has now been caught with her hand in the till, traipsing around California with a Los Angeles Police Department bodyguard detail in tow, at a taxpayer-paid cost of nearly $50,000. [...] A new police chief found out about the unprecedented freebie from the people of Los Angeles and put a stop to it.  The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, says he never heard of it and laid the blame squarely on recently retired LAPD chief Charlie Beck.  One thing is certain:  it's never been done before.

The Circus of Resistance.  The resistance to Donald Trump was warring on all fronts last week.  Democratic senators vied with pop-up protestors in the U.S. Senate gallery to disrupt and, if possible, to derail the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  U.S. SenatorCory Booker (D-N.J.) played Spartacus, but could not even get the script right as he claimed to be bravely releasing classified information that was already declassified.  I cannot remember another example of a senator who wanted to break the law but could not figure out how to do it.

Congressional candidate vows to stay in race while jailed.  A congressional candidate from Georgia says he's ordering campaign signs and sending surrogates to meetings while he serves a jail sentence that could keep him locked up through Election Day.

Is Menendez Too Crooked Even for New Jersey?  New Jersey may very well be in play this year because the Democrats have renominated Senator Robert Menendez, easily the most crooked member of the upper chamber today, and one who must rank in the top tier through its whole history (which is really saying something!).  Last year, Menendez went on trial for corruption over his cozy relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who is himself serving a lengthy sentence for defrauding Medicare to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

Mueller, Comey, and the Deep State Rescue of Sandy Berger.  In April 2005, a Republican-led Department of Justice did something quite unusual.  After catching a Democratic operative stealing and destroying highly relevant classified documents, the DoJ punished him as though he had stolen the Snickers bars from the office vending machine. [...] The attorney general at the time, the feckless Alberto Gonzales, had been on the job less than two months when the Berger deal went down.  Gonzales's deputy attorney general, James Comey, however, had been on the job for more than a year.  It was under Comey's supervision that the DoJ reviewed the case against Berger.  It was a doozy.  In the nerviest of his criminal acts, Berger stole highly classified documents and stashed them under a trailer at a construction site during a break.  He retrieved the documents at the end of the day and admittedly used scissors to cut them into little pieces before throwing them away.  He then lied to investigators about what he had done. [...] I have a suspicion of what those documents were.  Suffice it for now to say they had to contain information damaging to both Clinton and Berger sufficient for Berger to risk his livelihood, his reputation, and his very freedom.

Draining the Swamp, Building the Wall, Repealing ObamaCare.  The history of American government has never been free from scandals and corruption of one sort or another.  However, what we're witnessing today makes these past incidents seem like mere peccadillos.  The millions and billions of dollars involved in the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play deals, the Uranium 1 deal Hillary Clinton arranged for Putin and Russia, and the millions and billions in contracts the FBI, under the directorship of supposedly squeaky-clean Robert Mueller, awarded to Lockheed-Martin after his old buddy, James Comey, left the FBI and become their General Counsel, and who was then personally compensated with millions of dollars, are just a few examples of the financial crimes that appear to be committed regularly by denizens of the Swamp, and conspicuously ignored by the Department of Justice.

Prominent Kentucky Democrat Indicted for Illegal Campaign Contributions.  Prominent and powerful Kentucky Democrat Jerry Lundergan was indicted Friday [8/31/2018] for making a series of illegal campaign contributions to his daughter's campaign.  Federal prosecutors allege that Lundergan made corporate contributions that exceeded the $25,000 limit to Alison Lundergan Grimes' failed 2014 Senate campaign against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).  Lundergan has been indicted on 10 counts, while fellow political operate Dale Emmons was indicted on six.

Report: Andrew Gillum's Brother Paid by Undercover FBI Agents Posing as Developers.  A story from Tallahassee Reports published Thursday [8/30/2018] offers details about an FBI investigation into possible corruption in the city of Tallahassee while Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee in Florida's upcoming gubernatorial election, was mayor.  According to the story by Steve Stewart, FBI agents posing as developers made payments to Andrew Gillum's brother, Marcus Gillum, as part of an effort to show they were seeking business with the city of Tallahassee.  "The payments were said to be in the thousands of dollars per month," Stewart wrote.  "The length of the engagement was not known."

Police Report:  Beto O'Rourke Tried to Flee Scene of Drunk-Driving Crash.  It has long been a matter of public record that Beto O'Rourke was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 1998, but a police report recently obtained by the Houston Chronicle reveals that the Democratic Senate candidate crashed and tried to flee the scene before his arrest.  O'Rourke, then 26, was driving at "a high rate of speed" on a Texas highway roughly ten miles from the New Mexico border when he crashed into a truck and spun across the median into oncoming traffic.  A witness whom O'Rourke passed shortly before crashing later told police he personally prevented O'Rourke from fleeing the scene.  The unnamed witness "turned on his overhead lights to warn oncoming traffic and to try to get the defendant [O'Rourke] to stop," according to the report.

Beto O'Rourke's drunk-driving crash is not at all like George W. Bush's DUI.  Drunk driving is bad.  Like, very bad.  Don't do it.  You put others' lives in danger if you do.  There's no excusing it.  There's no downplaying it.  What's ridiculous, though, is the attempt to compare former President George W. Bush's 1976 DUI to Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rouke's 1998 DWI, especially in light of new reporting on the latter.  There's no comparison between the two. [... In O'Rouke's case,] The court eventually dismissed the DWI charges, for reasons hard to fathom.  The influence of his politically connected family (his father is an El Paso judge) could have been a factor.  O'Rouke, who is polling closely in his race against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, did not deny the allegations Friday [8/31/2018], including that he tried to flee the scene of his drunk driving-induced crash.  Rather, he reiterated that he's sorry for drunk driving.

What Happened To The DNC Investigation Of Keith Ellison's Alleged Domestic Abuse?  Two weeks after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced a review of domestic abuse allegations against Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the public still has scant information about the probe.  The DNC has offered no details on who exactly is running the probe, what evidence they have uncovered or when they expect to have enough information to either affirm or withdraw their support for Ellison.  Ellison, the deputy chair of the DNC and Democratic nominee for Minnesota attorney general, is accused of physically and emotionally abusing his ex-girlfriend, liberal Sierra Club activist Karen Monahan.  The DNC announced Aug. 14 that it was "reviewing" the allegations against Ellison.

D'Souza: The 'gangsterization' of the Democratic Party.  The Democratic Party remains relentless in their effort to "pin the racist and fascist tail on the Republican elephant," author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza maintains — adding that they are quick to proclaim "Trump is a racist!  Trump is a fascist!"  The purpose of these incendiary accusations is to not only delegitimize President Donald Trump, but in effect overturn the result of a democratic election, D'Souza contends.  In his latest film and the accompanying book of the same title, Death of a Nation, he reveals that the Democrats have actually been the party of fascism and racism — not just historically but also in the present.

Hillary Clinton lost, so ignore her 84 million dollar shell game.  Geller Report:  It was "an unprecedented nationwide scheme to violate federal campaign finance law in which $84 million was effectively laundered over more than a year by the Hillary Victory Fund through dozens of state political party committees to the Democratic National Committee and, ultimately, to Hillary for America" during Election, 2016, alleged the Committee to Defend the President (CDP) in a lawsuit [04/16/18] "to compel the Federal Election Commission to take action."

Hillary Clinton lost, so ignore her 84 million dollar shell game.  It was "an unprecedented nationwide scheme to violate federal campaign finance law in which $84 million was effectively laundered over more than a year by the Hillary Victory Fund through dozens of state political party committees to the Democratic National Committee and, ultimately, to Hillary for America" during Election, 2016, alleged the Committee to Defend the President (CDP) in a lawsuit [04/16/18] "to compel the Federal Election Commission to take action." [...] [T]he Federal Election Commission apparently does not want to fulfill its mission:  An "independent regulatory agency charged with administering and enforcing the federal campaign finance law."  A federal judge could order the Commissioners to conduct a vote and /or conduct an investigation.  The result could be a slap, if any, on the wrist.  After all, there is a two-tiered justice system in which some are not held to account, such as Hillary Clinton, and, generally, members of the Deep State.

If Hollywood is going to strip Trump of his Walk of Fame star for sexual misconduct then when will Spacey and Cosby lose theirs?  [Scroll down]  Then there's liberal fury over Trump's sexual behaviour, which is perfectly reasonable given his own unedifying admission that he's treated women like pieces of meat.  When playing 'Whataboutery' however, I wonder why the same liberal fury is not extended to Democratic presidential legends Bill Clinton and JFK, whose treatment of women made Trump look like a choirboy?

Sheldon Silver, former New York Assembly speaker, gets 7 years in prison.  Sheldon Silver, a former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before criminal charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday [7/27/2018] to seven years in prison by a judge who said political corruption in the state must end.

Club for Growth targets female voters in savage ad against Claire McCaskill.  Bare-knuckle politics from the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC focused primarily on tax cuts.  In Missouri, a state that voted for Trump by an 18-point margin, the Club for Growth is attacking Senator Claire McCaskill as unresponsive to female victims of domestic violence as she was to accusations of domestic violence from the ex-wife of her husband.  McCaskill is presented as feathering her wealthy husband's nest with federal dollars.  Not that the Club for Growth is against wealth, per se.  But Joseph Shepard, McCaskill's husband, has been on the receiving end of 131 million federal dollars, mostly for subsidized housing (Section 8), and his business has flourished while his wife is in the Senate.

Husband's millions may doom Democratic incumbent.  Now a report in the Kansas City Star reveals that businesses tied to McCaskill's husband, Joseph Shepard, have received more than $131 million in federal subsidies since she took office in 2007 ($62 million in her first term, $69 million in her second).  The report says while Shepard doesn't personally pocket that money, he has benefitted from profits from the housing projects he's invested in that received those funds.  McCaskill claims she has no role in how the money is awarded or in her husband's business interests.  OneNewsNow contacted Cathie Adams, who serves as first vice president of Illinois-based Eagle Forum.  "I think that when our president said that he was going to drain the swamp, this is exactly the swamp that he was referring to:  when a spouse can make millions of dollars on businesses," she offered.

Is Senator McCaskill's lucky streak over?  Senator McCaskill's "I knew nothing" story just doesn't add up.  Is she saying she never asked her husband about all of that business success that he was having?  Didn't it occur to the senator that someone someday might raise the issue of her husband's success?  Watch for Senator McCaskill to play every card known to the Democratic Party, from race to gender to whatever else they have on the shelf.  However, it's going to be very difficult to persuade voters that her husband got all of those "federal subsidies" by chance.

Liberal Senator Claire McCaskill and Hack Reporters at The Daily Beast Are Already Blaming Russian Hackers for Her Impending Loss.  Earlier this week the Kansas City Star (NOT a conservative paper) reported that businesses tied to Senator Claire McCaskill's family received $131 million in federal dollars while she has been US senator.  In June Claire McCaskill was caught ditching her bus tour across the state and taking her private plane to many of the stops.  The woman ALWAYS votes with Schumer, Maxine Waters and Pelosi and NEVER for Missouri families.  McCaskill is in deep trouble in Missouri.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#5] Edward Kennedy:  One word explains how the Old Media covered for Senator Edward Kennedy throughout his political life:  Chappaquiddick.  How is it possible that a sitting senator could be involved in the death of a young woman and never really face any consequences for that crime?

Behind bars for 2 murders, he's running for US Senate seat in Minnesota.  A Minnesota man serving a life sentence without parole after being convicted of two murders is now vying for a U.S. Senate seat.  Leonard Richards, 75, has found a loophole that has allowed him to legally run for federal office, despite his criminal record. [...] He is now seeking the nomination of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, which will hold its primary Aug. 14.

What Kind Of America Does Maxine Waters Want?  My question is:  Does Waters wants America to return to those divisive, intolerant days, similar to when Southern Democrats routinely segregated and harassed our fellow black American citizens?  Fortunately, this time around, intolerant Democrats like Waters are not targeting Americans due to their racial heritage.  Sadly, they are instead targeting them solely due to their political affiliation, no matter how loose that affiliation might be.  They are denying their fellow human beings the freedom to eat a meal, purchase gasoline or watch a movie in peace.  Think about that.  Shockingly, they are even distributing personal home addresses, so that liberal mobs can harass innocent families within their residential neighborhoods.

If Hillary And Democrats Laundered $84 Million In 2016, They Should Face Justice.  Hillary Clinton's days of political relevance may be behind her, but her scandals are not.  While Clinton's years at the State Department were marred by scandal after scandal, they pale in comparison to her time running for higher office.  In 2016, the Democratic presidential candidate may have presided over the largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.  A lawsuit based on federal records alleges the Clinton machine laundered $84 million in excessive six-figure contributions through the Hillary Victory Fund, to dozens of Democratic state parties, on to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and ultimately to Clinton's campaign.

The Left Achieves Perfection.  Modern leftists believe that there are some people who are above the law and that the law can be applied differently to those whom the left likes and those whom the left dislikes.  The left, for example, believes that because Antifa is supposedly fighting fascism, it's okay for them to break the law and use violence to shut down speech its people don't like.  The left thinks it's okay for Hillary to break the law and grossly mishandle highly classified data while a sailor who took some personal photos where he shouldn't is thrown in the brig.  The left thinks Trump Jr. talking to a Russian about dirt on Hillary is a crime, but that Hillary paying a Brit who probably paid Russians for dirt on Trump and then using that dirt during the campaign is okay.  The left thinks that the government spying on the Trump campaign to "protect" him, though it never told Trump there was a problem, is fine, but a failed burglary at the DNC headquarters was the crime of the century.  The left condemns Dinesh D'Souza for violating campaign finance laws, but those same leftists are not bothered by the fact that Rosie O'Donnell violated the same law to a much greater extent than D'Souza did and is not in jail.

8 Times Obama's Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story.  The intelligence bureaucracies spied on the Donald Trump campaign:  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants were granted because of a Hillary Clinton-funded and unverified document, national-security letters were issued to allow warrantless spying, and the unprecedented but not-illegal-per-se unmasking of Trump officials' conversations with non-U.S. persons was shockingly routine.  Yet the news of a CIA-connected human source operating as far back as April or May of 2016 is about more than just spying.  It is the latest example in what now looks to be a long line of attempted setups by the Clinton team, many times aided and abetted by our intelligence bureaucracies.

Trump Can't Drain The Swamp And Pardon Blagojevich.  President Trump entered into the presidency with plans "to drain the swamp."  The revolving door of political insiders becoming high-paid consultants would turn into a thing of the past, he promised.  Government offices would operate with transparency and efficiency.  This promise resonated with Americans who were tired of seeing those too rich, too connected, and too powerful for consequences skirt the law.  How successful Mission Drain the Swamp has been is up for debate.  Recently, Trump told reporters that he was considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.  That action places his promises — at least in spirit — in jeopardy.

Harvey Weinstein and the Clinton Protection Racket.  A New York Times article on Weinstein's court appearance noted how the "ground shifted" last year, finally ending the "code of silence" surrounding powerful men. [...] Did Harvey lose his money and connections "last year"?  Nope.  But "last year" was the first year of Trump's presidency, or as I like to think of it, the first year of Hillary not being president.  Ever.  The liberal protection racket for sexual predators was always intimately intertwined with the Clintons.  The template used to defend Bill Clinton became a model for all left-wing sexual predators.

Why the Mueller probe is really five scandals, not one.  [Scandal #4]  Documents requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee were heavily redacted for supposed national security reasons — which turned out to have nothing to do with national security (including the fact that the FBI had spent $70,000 on a conference table).  Meanwhile, more than 1 million documents were withheld from the House Judiciary Committee for so long that the committee had to issue a subpoena.  The reason for this deep state resistance is simple.  Transparency is going to get a lot of people in trouble — and it goes to the very top.  When Lisa Page wrote Peter Strzok in September 2016, "POTUS wants to know everything," there is good reason to believe President Obama was the one she was referring to as POTUS.  If President Obama wanted to know everything, given the way his White House worked, it is very likely his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett knew everything.  The more we learn, the bigger the scandal web gets.

Hillary Clinton Just Said If You Believe in the Rule of Law, Vote Democrat.  Hillary Clinton, the poster child for corruption, scandal, pay-for-play, lying to the American people, and of course, illegally using private email servers to handle classified information, believes the Democrat Party is the way to go if you respect "the rule of law."  Not only did she say it, but she said it with a straight face.  "If you believe that standing up for evidence and reason and respecting the rule of law is critical to our democracy," Clinton claimed, "you've got to vote for Democrats."

This is Rich:  Crooked Hillary Clinton Says if You Want to 'Stand for Rule of Law' You Have to Vote Democrat (Video).  On Wednesday [5/23/2018] Trump attorney Jay Sekulow announced the American Center for Law and Justice uncovered thousands of documents showing Clinton Foundation pay-to-play with Hillary's State Department through a FOIA lawsuit.  [Video clip]

We Have Uncovered Thousands of Docs Showing Pay-to-Play Between Hillary State Department and Clinton Foundation.  Newly released documents show Doug Band served as a liaison for Clinton Foundation donors looking for favors and official acts from the Clinton-run State Department, the ACLJ reported.  Doug Band was the 'go-to' guy for Clinton Foundation donors.  If they needed anything from Hillary Clinton, they would email Doug Band and within minutes he would forward the message to Huma Abedin and or Cheryl Mills to help expedite the favor.

Progressives on the Brink.  If it is true that President Obama ordered Attorney General Lynch and Director Comey to avoid bringing charges against candidate Clinton and to spy on the Trump campaign with the intention of throwing the election to Clinton, and if high officials at the FBI knowingly requested a FISA warrant on the basis of evidence known to be false, these actions will represent the most serious political crimes in the history of the country.

Can We Hope To Keep Our Republic When One Of The Parties Supports Tyranny?  Think about this — a significant portion of our country, including a majority of its elite, thinks that it's A-OK for a Democrat administration to spy on a Republican candidate.  Think hard about that.  And think about whether or not we can ever put the pieces of our shattered republic back together again if we can't even agree that using government power against our political enemies is a bad thing.  But the terrifying truth is that liberals and their Never Trump enablers actually think this kind of tyranny is a good thing.  You see, they think Normal Americans are so transcendently awful (and, even more importantly, that the elite's power so precious) that all is fair in order to stifle their opponents' collective voice.

Florida judge rules ballots were illegally destroyed in Wasserman Schultz race.  A Florida Circuit judge ruled Friday [5/11/2018] that that the state's second-most populous county violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots from a 2016 Democratic primary race which Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz won.  Circuit Judge Raag Singhal decided that the records were wrongly destroyed because the laws require elections offices to keep the ballots in federal elections for 22 months.  Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes destroyed the ballots just after 12 months, the Sun-Sentinel reported.  The judge also noted that because the ballots were subject to a lawsuit, only a court order should have allowed their destruction.

Sheldon Silver guilty in multimillion dollar corruption case.  The ex-speaker of the New York state Assembly Sheldon Silver was found guilty on Friday of selling his office for $4 million in kickbacks — affirming a 2015 conviction on the same charges that had been overturned on appeal.  A jury of seven women and five men found Silver, 74, guilty of all seven counts against him, including two counts of honest services mail fraud and money laundering.  He faces as much as 130 years in prison when sentenced on July 13.

Let's all hope Sheldon Silver stays guilty this time.  A jury of his peers has found former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty of corruptly abusing his office — again.  Let's hope it sticks this time.  It took less than 24 hours for the jurors to reach guilty verdicts on all seven counts of trading legislative favors for legal referral fees — via cutouts such as an asbestos doctor and various law firms.  Of course, Silver was first convicted in this case back in 2015, but a later US Supreme Court ruling led to the tossing of those verdicts and (eventually) this retrial.  He drew 12 years' hard time then, and should get much the same come his new sentencing on July 13.  Since he's 74, there seems little need to push for the maximum 130 years that he could face — though it might send a good message to his former colleagues up in Albany.

Gerry Studds spotlighted in abuse lawsuit.  It's beyond dispute that the late Massachusetts Congressman Gerry Studds was a sexual predator.  And now, thanks to a lawsuit filed last week, even more details about his unspeakable behavior around young boys are on the public record.  In 1983, Studds was censured by the House of Representatives in a 420-3 vote after he plied a 17-year-old male Congressional page with vodka and then sodomized him.  In some states, it would have been statutory rape.  In Massachusetts, Studds was easily reelected six times.  Studds felt no shame.  As the X-rated details of his sordid conduct were read into the record on the floor of the House, he turned his back on his colleagues.

How Do These Liberal Monsters Hide In Plain Sight?  It was a devastating story that took out one of the most powerful men in Hollywood in a matter of days and exposed an entire industry's complicity in his sexual perversions, but it didn't come from a major news network, organization, or famous journalist, it came from a mildly popular magazine and a reporter more famous for who his parents are than his reporting.  That reporter, Ronan Farrow, and that magazine, The New Yorker, struck again Tuesday [5/8/2018], this time exposing the most powerful state Attorney General in the country, causing his resignation in disgrace in a matter of hours.  But more than exposing hypocritical Democrats as the misogynistic monsters they are, these stories and their aftermaths exposed just how incestuous and complicit the mainstream media is in all of it.

Make Hillary New York's New AG?  No, Eric Schneiderman's disgraced exit should not open the door for Hillary Clinton to challenge President Donald Trump as the next attorney general of the Empire State, despite the trial balloons going up from loyal Clintonistas in the media and the geriatric wing of the Democratic Party.  Instead, the vacuum created by Schneiderman's abrupt departure and the fact that his predecessor as attorney general, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, did little to attack corruption or boost the private sector, may usher in a true contest of constructive ideas inside New York at a time that a real New Yorker in the White House is proving that disrupting the Establishment is desperately needed.

It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy.  As Attorney General of the State of New York, Eric Schneiderman has posed as a liberal crusader.  Among many other things, he has accused Exxon Mobil of committing securities fraud in connection with "climate change," filed a civil suit accusing Trump University of fraud, and initiated more than 50 lawsuits seeking to block Trump administration environmental regulations.  Schnedierman has also endorsed the #MeToo campaign and has gone after Harvey Weinstein.  So I confess to being gratified by the fact that four women have accused Schneiderman of assault.

Schneiderman Scandal Should Be a Spiritual Crisis for Democrats.  "What did they know and when did they know it?" and "It's not the crime; it's the cover-up" are two of the biggest journalistic clichés of our time.  But clichés or not, sometimes they are true and they both apply (and then some) to the astonishing Eric Schneiderman situation.  This appalling scandal should be nothing less than a spiritual crisis for the Democratic Party and so-called liberals and progressives everywhere.  It should.  But it probably won't be, even though the level of hypocrisy is stratospheric.  And that is the essence of the problem.  When The New Yorker published the report that the New York state attorney general was a serial batterer — indeed a batterer who seemed to prefer beating women to having sex with them, a genuine sociopath in the position of New York's highest law enforcement official — the AG was defenestrated from his post by Governor Cuomo in the proverbial (apt in this case) New York Minute.

Alleged Abuse Victim [was] Urged to Keep Quiet to Protect 'Democrat' Schneiderman.  In the bombshell New Yorker piece that resulted in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's resignation over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct Monday night, one of his accusers claims that she was urged to keep quiet about his alleged physical abuse because "Schneiderman was too valuable a politician for the Democrats to lose."  "After the former girlfriend ended the relationship" the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer report, "she told several friends about the abuse.  A number of them advised her to keep the story to herself, arguing that Schneiderman was too valuable a politician for the Democrats to lose."

Eric Schneiderman's Inevitable Fall.  New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman has resigned, just hours after it was reported that he had been accused of violent assaults on women he had dated.  These allegations, which include threats that Schneiderman made to stalk and kill the women if they told on him, came as a shock — except to anyone who has followed his career in politics.  Schneiderman's louche ethics have been well known.  You didn't need an "in" at Albany watering holes; just reading the newspapers would have told you plenty.

All New York Democrats are crooks and creeps.  You think the Chicago Democrat machine is bad.  Honey, that's nothing.  That's just one city.  The New York Democrat machine spans the entire state.

Accused Women Abuser Eric Schneiderman a Prime Mueller Team Member.  With the resignation of New York Attorney General Democrat Eric Schneiderman, the roof has fallen in on the Robert Mueller III-led special counsel. [...] Schneiderman was able to ride the victory of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which he was the talk of the town.  Being able to hoist his profile as a vociferous voice against sexual misconduct, he finds himself cornered.

Schneiderman accusations show how he was shielded to protect Dem brand.  The allegation that New York Attorney General and #MeToo champion Eric Schneiderman assaulted several women has New York and the Democratic Party reeling.  The stories are horrific and, in this time of #MeToo, disgustingly familiar.  Within a few hours of the Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow New Yorker Magazine allegations going public, Mr. Schneiderman denied the accusations and then tried to explain himself by saying he engaged in consensual "role playing" with sex partners.  An unbelievable excuse for many, and directly refuted in the story itself, that evening he announced his resignation, effective the end of Tuesday.

Schneider schadenfreude surplus.  For those who haven't been following the story that broke yesterday, Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer of the New Yorker published a blockbuster expose of Schneiderman's alleged abuse of several ex-girlfriends, including "beatings, at least two death threats, violence racism, and threats to use the power of his office to pursue his prey," as the New York Sun summarized.

AG Eric Schneiderman resigns after magazine reports allegations.  State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman abruptly resigned Monday [5/7/2018] following a report in the New Yorker magazine that four women claimed he had physically assaulted them.

Eric Schneiderman, New York's Attorney General, Resigns.  Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general who rose to prominence as an antagonist of the Trump administration, abruptly resigned on Monday night hours after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of physically assaulting them.

NY Gov calls for Schneiderman's resignation over assault allegations.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned, following a report on allegations of assault by multiple women in The New Yorker.

North Carolina Medicaid Scandal Broadens on Dem. Gov. Cooper's Watch.  The political backstory to this tale begins with [Governor Roy] Cooper surprising the pollsters and his opponent — incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory — in November 2016 by winning a narrow victory.  Through deft sleight-of-hand, and taking advantage of a quirk in state law, Cooper arranged an early swearing-in for himself just minutes after midnight on January 1, 2017.  That legerdemain allowed Cooper just 12 days later to appoint [Dr. Mandy] Cohen, at the time Obama's Chief Operating Officer of Medicaid, to head the North Carolina DHHS before Barack Obama left office.  Thus was set the stage for the Cooper Administration to bring to a screeching halt what had been one of his predecessor's top priorities — rolling back years of reckless spending by North Carolina Democrats.

State of the Resistance.  The evidence continues to accumulate that not just former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, but his boss James Comey, and the partisan intelligence directors James Clapper and John Brennan will all be facing perjury charges, and that those responsible for the phony surveillance warrant on Carter Page (including the former attorney general, Loretta Lynch, and her chief collaborators) and ultimately a considerable swath of the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration will all be responding to serious allegations.  It is at that point that the Resistance will have to show whether it has any backbone, and not just an ability to orchestrate the bigotry of the media and the stunned, dethroned solidarity of the OBushinton joint-incumbency under which the political confidence of the country largely eroded.

Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan resigns from Congress after taxpayer settlement to aide.  Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Patrick Meehan said Friday [4/27/2018] he plans to resign from Congress amid revelations of a taxpayer-funded settlement to a former aide who claimed he sexually harassed her.  Meehan announced in January he wouldn't run for re-election to Congress after the settlement became public.  On Friday, he said he was resigning now, instead of finishing his term, to spare his staffers from an Ethics Committee investigation.

Leftist Propaganda Thwarts Unity.  The Americans who listen to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and all the networks are being systematically lied to. [...] One key aspect of the propaganda machine is that Republicans are always shown in a bad light, and Democratic scandals are minimized.  We all remember the MSM trying to make us think Bill Clinton was impeached because of his sex scandals and not because he lied under oath in order to minimize his risk of having to pay a settlement for sexually harassing an Arkansas government employee.  Similarly, a Democratic senator was on trial for seven weeks recently for corruption, and the MSM ignored it.  When a Republican senator was on trial years ago, there was extensive coverage.

DNC on Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Russia Lawsuit.  The transparency here is the DNC approaching a nervous breakdown.  They're seeing things and are in panic mode.  What could be more transparent than that?  And they should be.  Their Russia collusion delusion is coming down all around them — it's amazing it lasted so long — with many of their stalwarts, from Andrew McCabe to a slew of high-ranking FBI and DOJ officials, and even, though less likely, some Obama insiders, fighting to stay of out the slammer.

Oregon's Liberal Dem Governor Kate Brown Accepted Large Soros Donation Three Days Before She Refused to Send National Guard to Protect US Border.  Liberal Democrat Governor Kate Brown accepted a large donation from George Soros only days before announcing that she will not send Oregon's National Guard to the Southern border to help protect the country from illegal aliens.

GOP Rep. Farenthold resigns amid sexual harassment scandal.  Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) announced Friday [4/6/2018] that he is resigning from Congress immediately after facing a backlash over using $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim.  "While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it's time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve," Farenthold said in a statement.  The abrupt resignation is effective as of 5 p.m. on Friday, according to his office.  His official congressional Twitter account appeared to have been deleted as of that time.

Blake Farenthold resigns abruptly from Congress after revelations of lewd and abusive behavior.  Corpus Christi Republican Blake Farenthold abruptly resigned from Congress Friday afternoon, less than four months after dropping reelection plans under siege for crude and verbally abusive office behavior.  In an emotional five-minute video on Dec. 14, Farenthold apologized for the lack of professionalism on his staff, and for his own fits of rage with aides.  He made no mention on Friday of any of the allegations that ended his congressional career, and made no apologies for using $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment suit.

Pressure mounts for Democratic Esty to resign over violent abuse accusations against top staffer.  The pressure on Connecticut Elizabeth Esty to resign over her handling of harassment and abuse claims against a top staffer mounted this weekend, with fellow Democrats calling on her to leave office.  The three-term House member has been under fire since Thursday, following reports in The Connecticut Post and the Washington Post that state Esty allowed a chief of staff to remain employed despite knowledge of allegations that he physically harmed and threatened to "kill" another staffer.

Largest Connecticut Newspaper Calls on Dem Rep to Resign for Covering up Abuse Allegations.  The Hartford Courant, the largest newspaper in Connecticut, called on Elizabeth Esty (D., Conn.) to resign Friday [3/30/2018] over allegations she kept her chief of staff Tony Baker on the payroll for three months after finding out he left a voicemail threatening the life of one of her former female aides.  Baker is accused of physically abusing and sexually harassing Anna Kain, a former Esty aide that he once dated.

The Democrats' Long History of Making Incriminating Documents Disappear.  Fifteen people, including Bill [Clinton]'s successor as governor, were convicted of Whitewater-related crimes.  The Clintons' records were subpoenaed — and vanished.  Two years later, just two days outside the statute of limitations, the records materialized in the White House residence.  In "Filegate," hundreds of FBI files on Republicans were somehow transported from the Bureau's offices, to be found in the White House.  "It appears to have been a completely honest bureaucratic SNAFU," President Clinton explained.

New York's Corruption Pit.  As usual, New York is flush with political corruption scandals, with a number of trials and investigations in progress or gearing up.  Alain Kaloyeros, the nanotech Svengali and Andrew Cuomo associate who had been in charge of hundreds of millions of dollars of state funds, is accused of rigging bids for personal gain.  Retrials are scheduled to begin in the cases of former state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and former state senate president Dean Skelos; both men's corruption convictions were overturned.  Cuomo aide and close friend Joseph Percoco was convicted in March of influence peddling, and the trial of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano for accepting bribes has revived allegations of corruption that have haunted Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom a key witness in the Mangano case has pleaded guilty to bribing.

House ethics panel orders payments from U.S. Reps.  Bobby Rush, Luis Gutierrez.  Ending congressional investigations pending for years, the House Ethics Committee on Thursday [3/22/2018] determined that, in separate cases, U.S. Reps.  Luis Gutierrez and Bobby Rush, Illinois Democrats, violated House rules and ordered payments made to the U.S. Treasury.  The Rush reviews had been prompted by a Better Government Association / Chicago Sun-Times investigation of the congressman's paying zero rent on a campaign office in the Lake Meadows strip mall on the South Side for 20 years.  The 10-member House ethics panel — evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats — also handed Rush and Gutierrez each a public reprimand called a "reproval."

Chappaquiddick: The Kennedy Cover-up.  After his brothers were tragically assassinated, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy had to carried the weight of his family's political ambitions.  It was expected Ted would run for President, but the car accident we know as Chappaquiddick changed everything.  [Video clip]

DOJ: Inspector General Examining Whether McCabe Was Promised Promotion to FBI Director by Hillary Clinton.  Andrew McCabe may have revealed to his inner circle an inside plan to replace his friend James Comey as FBI director if and when Hillary Clinton was elected president of the United States, according to top officials in the Justice Department. [...] If those discussions about a promotion to FBI director with co-workers and McCabe's inner circle were anything more than bravado, that certainly is troubling.  And given the fact that McCabe's wife Jill was given more than $1.25 million in Hillary-backed campaign donations to run for state senate in Virginia, it could spell additional legal woes for her husband.  McCabe was in charge of the Hillary Clinton email investigation at the FBI at the same time his wife ran for office.  At the same time he and his wife struck a deal to run for office with Hillary consigliere and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was allegedly under investigation at the time by the FBI for a public corruption case.

Russians wanted Hillary Clinton to be President and Adam Schiff is their Number One Shill.  Democrat Adam Schiff is a shill of the Russian government and I'm going to tell you why.  It is Schiff who is a propagandist for the Russian government despite his spinning on all these left-wing TV shows.  He put out a list of 30 more interviews he wants to do even though the Republicans on the committee said there's no collusion. [...] He didn't say we should subpoena Hillary Clinton even though it was the Hillary Clinton campaign that laundered money through a law firm in this Fusion GPS to do what?  To corroborate and collude with the Russians with their phony dossier.  He didn't ask for a single Hillary Clinton campaign official.  Why is that, Mr. Schiff?  We know they colluded!  He didn't ask for the former head of the DNC.  I don't know if that was Wasserman Schultz or Donna Brazile, he doesn't want to subpoena them and question them.  Where did their money come from?  That money that they laundered through that law firm to Fusion GPS to the Russians.  That's something he doesn't want to talk about.

Andrew Cuomo's Corruption Circus Rolls On.  Tuesday's conviction of Andrew Cuomo's close associate Joe Percoco deals a sharp blow to the Governor's 2020 Presidential hopes and may even jeopardize his reelection prospects this year.  Percoco was Cuomo's executive deputy secretary and longtime confidant.  He was found guilty of soliciting and accepting bribes from top management of two companies with state business.  This was quite a downfall for Percoco, a man so close to the Cuomo family that Andrew had once referred to him as his father's "third son".  The companies who paid the bribes — Competitive Power Ventures, an upstate NY a clean natural gas provider, and COR Development, a Syracuse real estate firm — were integral parts of Cuomo's effort to revive the moribund Upstate New York economy via crony capitalism initiatives or, as he would put it, public-private partnerships.  Instead of jump-starting a depressed economy, these programs have brought a corruption circus.

Why Doesn't Mainstream Media Demand Democrats Denounce Farrakhan?  Sometimes media bias has nothing to do with what reporters say, but what they don't say.  Recently, we've learned additional members of the Democratic Party have a relationship with the racist and anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan, whose hatred has been a well-known fact for well over a decade.  But when Farrakhan released new hatred this past weekend the MSM did not question his relationship with the party.

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More Ties Between Democrats and Russian Oligarchs Poised for Exposure.  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is requesting an interview with a Washington-based lobbyist who served as an intermediary between a Democratic senator and two key figures in the Russia investigation, dossier author Christopher Steele and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.  "The nature and extent of the relationship between Mr. Steele, Mr. Deripaska, and you are of potential relevance to the Committee's work," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote Monday [2/26/2018] to the lobbyist, Adam Waldman.  Waldman emerged earlier this month as a figure in the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he exchanged text messages last year with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner regarding Steele and Deripaska.

No 'We remember Mary Jo' at the women's marches.  We remember mid-July 1969 because Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.  I watched it in the living room with my parents and my brother and sister.  We also remember Chappaquiddick, the tragic story of Mary Jo Kopechne.  There is a new film about to be released, and I'm looking forward to it.

Jury Finds Texas Democrat Guilty of Multiple Felonies Including Fraud.  On Thursday afternoon [2/22/2018], a Democratic Texas state senator was found guilty on 11 felony charges, including "multiple counts of fraud and money laundering," reports the Texas Tribune.  State Sen. Carlos Uresti was charged last year for his role in what authorities called a "Ponzi Scheme" involving a bankrupt oilfield services company called FourWinds Logistics.  Uresti, the Texas Tribune says, "used his prestigious reputation to lend credibility to an unknown company; several investors testified that Uresti's presence reassured them that their money would be safe with FourWinds."

Obama appointee to senior ICE post pleads guilty.  Raphael A. Sanchez has switched roles in the chronicle of Obama administration appointments.  No longer an ornament on the Obama diversity Christmas tree as a Hispanic senior legal official, the top attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Seattle has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Obama Knew.  Former President Obama wanted "to know everything" the FBI was doing in its investigation into claims that Russia was interfering in the 2016 election, a new report suggests, raising the specter of a sitting president becoming involved in a plot to rig the 2016 election.  It was a year ago the outlines of a Watergate-like conspiracy emerged in which a term-limited Democrat president used the privacy-invading apparatus of the state to spy on a Republican presidential candidate.  Watergate differed in that President Nixon didn't get involved in the plot against the Democratic National Committee until later as an accomplice after the fact.  But this new evidence suggests Obama may have been part of a sinister anti-democratic cabal from the beginning.

When is a bribe not a bribe?  NYC mayor says he did no wrong.  Harendra Singh [...] donated thousands of dollars to the mayor's election campaign and, as a result, got a meeting with top city officials in which he hammered out a more favorable lease.  Singh ultimately pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge.  The man he admitted to bribing, Mayor Bill de Blasio, was not prosecuted.

Democracy's Highest Crime and Misdemeanor.  Every week brings new revelations and details about a cabal in the federal government whose actions border on both sedition and conspiracy.  The evidence suggests that specific high level officials in the Justice Department and the FBI colluded to violate the law in unprecedented ways for the singular purpose of subverting the will of the people both before and after the 2016 election.  The United States is now at a defining moment.  Will there be a restoration of the rule of law, or will Washington's elite continue to give cover and a pass to fellow members of the Ruling Class (a descriptive phrase coined in these pages by Angelo Codevilla)?  The question:  Is there sufficient decency and courage in the midst of Washington's swamp to compel the pursuit of justice wherever in the Ruling Class it leads and then to prosecute the lawbreakers — whomever they are?

The Idiots That Don't Concede Elections.  Here in America, the Democrats have failed to concede the last two normal change elections that went against them:  the 2000 presidential squeaker election and the 2016 election.  But you will search long and hard among your liberal acquaintance for anyone that understands how serious this is.

Hallandale Beach mayor accepted illegal checks from Russians, prosecutors say.  Joy Cooper knew the value of her political power.  On a summer day in 2012, the Hallandale Beach mayor met in her City Hall office with two men she thought were wealthy landowners from California as well as a close acquaintance, South Florida attorney and lobbyist Alan Koslow.  The landowners — FBI agents working undercover — would help finance Cooper's re-election run.  In return, she would push their construction project through the city commission.

Corrupt Florida Democrat Mayor Busted For Money Laundering In FBI Sting.  Joy Cooper is the Democrat mayor of Hallandale Beach, Florida.  She's in big trouble after being caught money laundering by the FBI in what was basically a sting operation.

Mayor sought illegal funds for political allies, records allege.  Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, who was removed from office Friday [1/26/2018] after being snared in an FBI sting, solicited illegal campaign contributions not only for herself but for two political allies, court documents say.  Gov. Rick Scott suspended Cooper on Friday, a day after she was arrested and accused of accepting contributions funneled through Alan Koslow, a once prominent attorney who has since been disbarred after a conviction on federal charges.  In August 2012, undercover agents handed Koslow a Dunkin' Donuts bag filled with $8,000 in cash — all in $100 bills, investigators said in court records.

Corrine Brown's requests to delay reporting to prison denied.  The 71-year-old Democrat was sentenced to five years in prison for fraud as well as lying on her tax returns and congressional financial disclosure forms about income from a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.

Convicted Dems Corrine Brown and Chaka Fattah Still Receiving Taxpayer-Funded Pensions.  Former Democratic representatives Corrine Brown (Fla.) and Chaka Fattah (Pa.) are still receiving taxpayer-funded federal pensions despite being convicted and sentenced to prison on corruption charges.  The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that Brown is still receiving Federal Employees' Retirement System annuity benefits even though she was sentenced to prison for wire fraud and tax evasion — actions that stemmed from a sham charity founded by the former congresswoman.

John Conyers III Officially Running For His Father's Seat.  John Conyers III, an alleged domestic abuser and the son of disgraced former Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr., has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to officially launch his campaign to fill his father's seat.  Conyers Jr. resigned in disgrace last month following several sexual harassment accusations against him.  The outgoing congressman endorsed his son as his appointed successor.  Conyers III's campaign comes despite his own history of allegedly mistreating women.  Conyers III was arrested in February 2017 after he allegedly body-slammed his girlfriend, spat on her and sliced her arm with a knife.

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How nice that Junior is learning the family trade.  But aren't these the same people who groused about the Bush Dynasty and hereditary political offices?

Obamagate timeline.  The Obamagate timeline is a record of known facts about President Obama's misuse of foreign intelligence gathering for domestic political spying, media manipulation, wiretaps, intimidation of journalists and critics, use of government intelligence agencies to influence domestic elections, efforts to thwart the election of President Donald Trump, subversion of the new administration's personnel and agenda, and to delegitimize and undermine his presidency.  During and immediately after that the 2016 Presidential election CIA director John Brennan targeted Donald Trump.  This covert disinformation campaign became widely known in the fake news mainstream media as Trump-Russia, alleging collusion between Trump and associates with Russia.  The side that actually colluded with foreign powers was that of Hillary Clinton.  After President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, seditious activity and an unwillingness to accept the results of a democratic election by Obama holdovers in the US Intelligence Community came to light.

Where Do We Get Such Losers?  [O]ver the last six years, Senator Bob Menendez has gone through two criminal trials and an ethics investigation.  During all these legal proceedings, there was very little disagreement about the facts:  Menendez received hundreds of dollars in gifts and favors from Dr. Salomon Melgen — a doctor who is now sitting in the hoosegow for 17 years for Medicare fraud.  These gifts include sexual tourism trips to Central America, where Menendez later used his office to try and get his concubines into the United States as residents.  The list of sordid activities is long and not in dispute:  But Menendez successfully convinced enough people that he was just doing favors for a friend, and vice versa.  Thus, it was within the bounds of the law.  Enough people (and jurors) bought it that he is up for re-election in a few months.

Feds to retry Senator Bob Menendez in bribery case.  The Department of Justice announced Friday it intends to retry New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, two months after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the high-profile bribery case.  "Today, the United States filed a notice of intent to retry Sen. Robert Menendez and Dr. Salomon Melgen and requested that the court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date," Department of Justice spokesperson Wyn Hornbuckle said in a statement.  "The conduct alleged in the indictment is serious and warrants retrial before a jury of citizens in the District of New Jersey."  Hornbuckle said the decision to retry the case was "based on the facts and the law, following a careful review."

Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case.  The Justice Department announced Friday [1/19/2018] that they intend to re-try Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption charges after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in November.  "Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly empaneled in the District of New Jersey," the department said in a notice filed in U.S. District Court.  "The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury.  An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court's earliest convenience."

New Report Says FBI Fraud Probe into Bernie's Wife Has Deepened, Cites Grand Jury Action.  Back in June, we highlighted an awkward television exchange in which Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders really, really didn't want to answer questions from CNN anchor Erin Burnett about a federal bank fraud investigation targeting his wife — and in which he himself was also implicated.  It wasn't the first time the Socialist lawmaker got testy on the subject, which he's cynically tried to dismiss as a "pathetic attack" that was "launched by" a Trump supporter against his wife.  As explained at the time, this FBI probe into financial misconduct was actually kicked off by the Justice Department during the Obama era, and Jane Sanders — a grown adult and active political figure in Bernie's orbit — isn't above criticism for alleged criminal acts.  And once again, part of the investigation is reportedly examining whether the Senator abused his power and influence to help secure the fraudulent bank loan for the now-defunct college that his wife ran into the ground.  In other words, there could be serious trouble afoot for both halves of this left-wing couple, who saw fit to honeymoon in the Soviet Union.

Maryland Democrat confessed to taking cash, prosecutors say.  A Maryland state senator has confessed to taking cash payments in exchange for conducting official business, federal prosecutors said last week.  State Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks, a Democrat, is scheduled to stand trial in the spring on charges of bribery and obstruction of justice.  Oaks has pleaded not guilty.

Corinne Brown asks for prison reprieve.  Slated to report to prison Jan. 29, former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is asking a federal appeals court to allow her to remain free while she continues to fight her conviction on charges related to a charity scam.  Brown's attorney, William Mallory Kent, filed a 37-page document Friday at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that seeks to keep her out of prison while an appeal is pending.  The request is based on what will be a key issue in the appeal: whether U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan improperly removed a juror who said during deliberations that the "Holy Spirit" told him Brown was not guilty[.]  Kent wrote that the issue could lead to the reversal of Brown's conviction and, as a result, she should stay out of prison during the appeal.

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Isn't that interesting.  A bunch of Democrats — the people who constantly wail about the "separation of church and state" when the church interferes with the government — are now willing to have a criminal case overturned based on a second-hand rumor from the Holy Spirit.  That's called playing on both sides of the fence.

Dem Congressional Candidate Shaun Brown Charged With Fraud, Theft.  A congressional candidate in Virginia may have an uphill battle going into 2018.  A federal grand jury charged Democrat Shaun Brown with fraud, theft, and embezzlement that allegedly took place back in 2012.  If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.  According to the indictment, Brown was accused of filing fraudulent claims with the Summer Food Service Program as part of the JOBS Community Outreach Development Corp. by inflating the number of children from low-income families in their records in order to receive more money.  Her organization received roughly $803,000.  She has denied any wrongdoing.

Fmr. Dem Congressional Candidate Indicted for Fraud, Theft From Low-Income Children's Food Program.  A former Virginia Democratic congressional candidate was charged with fraud on Wednesday for stealing from a government program meant to help children from low-income households.  The 2016 candidate, Shaun Brown, was charged with wire fraud and theft of government property, the Daily Press reported.  If convicted, Brown could face a penalty of 20 years in prison.  Brown was unsuccessful in her run for Congress, losing in the 2nd Congressional District race to Republican Rep. Scott Taylor (Va.) by 23 percentage points.  The former candidate has been accused of submitting fake paperwork for the JOBS Community Outreach Development Corp's Summer Food Service Program that provides free lunches through the Department of Agriculture for children from low-income households.

Free advice:  Get somebody else to start your car.
Jailed Russian says he hacked DNC on Kremlin's orders and can prove it.  A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin's orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion.  In an interview with Russia's RAIN television channel made public Wednesday, Konstantin Kozlovsky provided further details about what he said was a hacking operation led by the Russian intelligence agency known by its initials FSB.  Among them, Kozlovsky said he worked with the FSB to develop computer viruses that were first tested on large, unsuspecting Russian companies, such as the oil giant Rosneft, later turning them loose on multinational corporations.

Corrupt Democrat Loses Bid To Stay Out Of Jail During Appeal.  Corrupt Florida Democrat Corrine Brown has been sentenced to jail.  She is set to start her sentence in January but wanted to be released from jail until then.  A judge just told her no deal.

Concord State Rep. Pleads Guilty To Assault Charge.  A local Democrat and state representative pleaded guilty this morning [12/22/2017] to assaulting a political opponent during a state Senate ballot recount in November 2016.  State Rep. Katherine Rogers, D-Concord, 61, pleaded guilty to the assault charge as part of a plea deal that would help her avoid jail time as well as a fine so long as she stays out of trouble during the next year and attends anger management classes during the next 90 days.

Memphis mayor should be hauled out of city hall in handcuffs.  For the past several years progressives have been waging a culture jihad across the nation, turning our nation's heritage into a pile of rubble.  They've been bulldozing our history much like the Islamic Radicals have been doing in Iraq.  Sadly, my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, has suffered a similar fate.

Hillary Clinton campaign, DNC accused of 'corrupt' money scheme in new FEC complaint.  A new legal complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission alleges that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee used state chapters as strawmen to circumvent campaign donation limits and laundered the money back to her campaign.  The Committee to Defend the President, a political action committee, filed its complaint with the FEC on Monday with the allegations that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, including Calvin Klein and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane — money that was allegedly sent through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign.

Pa. House Democrats pay $248K to settle sexual harassment complaint against 40-year lawmaker.  Pennsylvania House Democrats spent nearly a quarter-million dollars in taxpayer money to secretly settle a sexual harassment complaint against a 40-year lawmaker, according to a document obtained by the Inquirer and Daily News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  A payment of $248,000 went to resolve a complaint in 2015 against State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, a Democratic lawmaker from Berks County, by a longtime legislative staffer.  The settlement included a nondisclosure agreement, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen won't seek reelection amid sexual harassment allegations.  Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) will not seek reelection next year amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, making him the seventh — and youngest — member of Congress felled by reports of misconduct since October.  Once considered a rising star in Democratic politics, Kihuen announced Saturday [12/16/2017] that he will leave Congress at the end of his first term.

California Democratic Party official resigns after rape, misconduct allegations.  A regional director has resigned from California's Democratic Party following accusations of rape and inappropriate behavior.  Craig Cheslog, 46, allegedly "acted in an inappropriate and sexually aggressive manner" toward a 23-year-old woman after an executive board meeting Nov. 18, according to a letter that party leaders sent to the party's secretary, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Dem Rep. Kihuen won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims.  Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., announced Saturday that he would not seek re-election in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.  "I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question," Kihuen said in a statement.  "However," the freshman congressman added, "the allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a reelection campaign."

Pelosi's super PAC keeps donations from owners of prostitution website Backpage.  The uproar over sexual harassment that began with the Harvey Weinstein scandal has intensified the scrutiny of political contributions linked to Backpage, which law enforcement officials say is the chief platform for activities far worse than harassment, including sexual slavery and child prostitution.  Mrs. Pelosi isn't the only Democrat struggling to deal with the piles of cash that Backpage's owners spread around to candidates and state Democratic parties over the years.  Even Ms. Harris, a California Democrat who is now a U.S. senator, ducked the issue.  Her office wouldn't respond to repeated emails about Backpage money going to House Majority PAC and other Democratic organizations.

Dem Rep. Bobby Rush Sued for $1 Million to Collect Unpaid Loan for Church He Founded.  Democratic representative Bobby Rush is being sued for $1 million after failing to make payments on a loan he received for a church he founded in his home district in Illinois.  A wellness center linked to the church has also collected more than $2.6 million in taxpayer-funded government grants in 2017 and more than $17 million in grants since 2008, according to records.  Rush founded the Beloved Community Christian Church, a nondenominational Christian church, in Chicago in 2002 with the intent of helping disadvantaged people in his community.

Democrats forgave Rep. Studds for preying on teen boys, hailed as gay rights pioneer.  Massachusetts voters stood by Democratic Rep. Gerry Studds even after he was censured by the House in 1983 for his sexual relationship at age 36 with a 17-year-old male congressional page, as well as making sexual advances toward two other teenage pages.  Far from dooming the Democratic Party, the episode barely registered at the ballot box.  Democrats kept their House majority and gained Senate seats in 1984, while Studds was re-elected in his liberal Cape Cod district with 56 percent of the vote.

Retiring Dem Rep. Gutierrez Paid Wife $430,000 From Campaign Funds Over Past Seven Years.  Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), who announced last week that he will not seek reelection after spending 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, will no longer be able to pay his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars from campaign funds once he officially departs from Congress.  Soraida Gutierrez, his wife, has collected more than $430,000 from Gutierrez for Congress, Luis's campaign committee, since 2010.  Soraida is the top recipient of expenditures this year.  Soraida, who was a registered lobbyist in Illinois prior to appearing on the campaign's payroll, has been listed as the campaign's office manager, fundraiser, and treasurer for the past seven years.

Jail for Fla.  Rep. Who Blasted Feds for Investigating Her Instead of Orlando Terrorist.  The disgraced Florida congresswoman who suggested federal agents could have prevented the Orlando terrorist attack if they weren't preoccupied investigating her is headed to prison.  This week a federal judge in Jacksonville sentenced Democrat Corrine Brown, who served 12 terms in Congress, to five years in jail for fraud and tax crimes involving an $833,000 phony education charity.  In a 24-count federal indictment, prosecutors called the fake charity (One Door) Brown's "personal slush fund."

Democrat Accused Of Sexual Harassment:  Pelosi Knew And Did Nothing About It.  A first-term Democratic congressman accused of sexual harassment said that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knew about the allegations while he was running for office and supported him anyway, putting millions of dollars behind his 2016 congressional campaign. [...] Pelosi was quick to demand [Nevada Rep. Ruben] Kihuen's resignation after the allegations became public, but she actually has known about the harassment allegations for a while, Kihuen told ABC News.

Lawmaker behind secret $84K sexual harassment settlement unmasked.  Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokesman — the only known sitting member of Congress to have used a little-known congressional account to pay an accuser, people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.  Lauren Greene, the Texas Republican's former communications director, sued her boss in December 2014 over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

Disgusting Democratic Dirtbags Duck Discipline.  [Scroll down]  I'm a live-and-let-live sort of guy, and my libertarian self says that if one old dude wants to pay a young woman to consensually shove a █████ up his ███ and walk him around on a leash in the privacy of his expensive New York hotel room, the state shouldn't get involved.  But in addition to the (alleged) assault, remember that this is a guy who not only broke the law by hiring prostitutes while he was attorney general and governor, but also chastised Americans for not having being willing to sacrifice for the common good, so yeah, I have no problem further exposing this hypocrite's freak fetish.

Woman Says Democratic Congressman Harassed Her During Campaign.  A woman who worked as the finance director for Democratic Nevada congressman Ruben Kihuen's 2016 campaign told BuzzFeed that Kihuen made several unwanted sexual advances toward her.  Kihuen repeatedly asked the woman, identified only as "Samantha" by BuzzFeed, whether or not she would cheat on her boyfriend, touched her thighs without her consent, and suggested the two of them get a hotel room together, among other violations.  Samantha was 25 at the time, while Kihuen was 35.  This is his first term in Congress.

House Ethics opens sweeping probe into secret harassment payouts.  The House Ethics Committee signaled Friday [12/1/2017] it has begun a sweeping probe into misconduct of lawmakers and staff that resulted in taxpayer-funded settlements.  The 10-member bipartisan panel ordered the Office of Compliance to turn over "all records... related to any claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation or any other [prohibited] employment practice," by House lawmakers or congressional staff.

Report: Congress Paid Out $100K Of Taxpayer Money To Settle Male Staffers' Harassment Claims Against Disgraced Democrat.  The Congressional Office of Compliance paid out just under $100,000 in taxpayer funds to two male staffers to settle sexual harassment claims against disgraced former Democratic New York Rep. Eric Massa, according to a new report.  Massa resigned in 2010 following allegations that he groped and sexually harassed his male staffers.  The secret settlement payments took place in 2010 following Massa's resignation, ABC News reported on Thursday [11/30/2017].

Top Democrat:  Politicians Shouldn't Have To Resign Over Sex Assault Allegations.  A reporter asked [11/29/2017] why men in Congress are taking much longer to step down from office than men in the private sector, whose careers have gone down in flames pretty swiftly after allegations against them became public knowledge.  "You'd have to give me some examples," said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Congressional Black Caucus member and its former chairman.  The reporters responded with a list of men who have lost their prominent roles in media in recent weeks due to allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior:  Harvey Weinstein, NBC's Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose.  "Who elected them?" Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) shot back.  [Video clip]

Thanks to Conyers, Identity politics finally is splitting the Democrats.  Normally, Democrats sweep under the rug the obvious clashes among the interest of the various identity groups — for example, the homosexual lobby and the courting of Muslims, whose religion calls for the death penalty for homosexuals.  With the support of the MSM, they get away with it by demonizing Republicans as the real enemy.  However, we are in the midst of a form of hysteria driven by long repressed anger.  Women have been abused in the workplace in the media and political bastions of Democrats for as long as anyone can remember.  The party even united behind supporting the obvious abuse that Bill Clinton practiced in Arkansas and brought with him to the White House, where the Oval Office itself was defiled by inducing a young intern to deliver sexual acts along with pizza.

Taxpayers funded $50G settlement to aide who complained of House Democrat's drinking, report says.  A female aide on Capitol Hill was paid nearly $50,000 in a taxpayer-funded settlement in 2015 after complaining about the drinking and office environment of a Democratic member of Congress, according to a new report.  The Washington Times reported this week that an unnamed former congressional aide threatened a lawsuit against Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva two years ago by accusing him of being frequently drunk and fostering a hostile work environment.  The House Employment Counsel negotiated a $48,395 severance — the equivalent of five months additional salary — for the aide, the report said.  The accuser, who worked for Grijalva for three months, dropped her complaint after the settlement, the newspaper said.

Congressman Slept With And Then Sued Allegedly Drug-Addicted Staffer.  Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green had sex with a staffer who he said was a drug addict and then sued her when she threatened to go public with claims she suffered a hostile work environment, saying he "will not be extorted or blackmailed."  Lucinda Daniels, his onetime district director, claimed she suffered a hostile work environment, claimed sexual harassment and demanded $1.8 million.

Why Have Liberals Been Such Horrendous Hypocrites on Women's Rights?  To ask the question why liberals have been such hypocrites about their treatment of women and about women's rights is not to say that conservatives haven't been.  They have.  And some of their actions have been pretty bad.  But by comparison, GOP hypocrisy in this area has been quite literally dwarfed by the Democrats.  Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton are the most recent spiritual fathers of this atrocious behavior.  Both extreme sexual predators — Teddy to the extent of walking away from the corpse of Mary Jo Kopechne and other improprieties, Bill for, well, practically everything from rape to cigars — they were revered as American heroes for decades by their party with but glancing and forced (in Clinton's case) attention to their abhorrent, often illegal, personal behavior and complete disrespect for and objectification of women.

FBI Investigating House Democrat For Paying His Opponent To Drop Out Of The Race.  The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Bob Brady for conspiracy, false statements and campaign fraud in relation to payments his campaign allegedly made to 2012 primary opponent Jimmie Moore in order to persuade him to drop out of the race, court documents reviewed by The Daily Caller show.  FBI special agent Jonathan R. Szeliga filed a search warrant request on November 1 in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for all emails associated with Brady's campaign email, [...] Szeliga asserted he had "probable cause to believe that Kenneth Smukler, Robert Brady, Donald 'D.A.' Jones, Jimmie Moore, and Carolyn Cavaness and others known and unknown have committed violations" including charges of conspiracy, false statements, producing false records, causing false campaign contribution reports and violating limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.

Democrat Congressman Bob Brady Accused of Rigging Pennsylvania Election.  Pennsylvania Congressman Bob Brady is a ranking member of the Committee on House Administration which oversees settlements paid by Congress for sexual discrimination and harassment complaints.  Additionally, representative Brady is also under FBI investigation for false statements, conspiracy and campaign fraud, according to FBI documents revealed on Tuesday [11/21/2017].

Let The Left Destroy Its Own.  The left used to protect sexual predators like Bill Clinton and Roman Polanski while mercilessly going after conservatives like Justice Clarence Thomas with false allegations of sexual misconduct.  Today, accusations of "sexual assault" and misconduct against liberal men are finally seeing the light of day.  Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood liberal darlings have been exposed.  Producer Brett Ratner and music mogul Russell Simmons face new allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.  "Live with Kelly and Ryan" co-host Ryan Seacrest took the pre-emptive move of denying an accusation before it went public.  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was outed as a creep for his lewd behavior toward Leeann Tweeden.  For decades, feminists and their supporters in the Democratic Party have been engaged in a scorched-earth strategy to destroy white, Christian, conservative men with power.  While they still engage in political attacks and target good men like Judge Roy Moore, they're also taking down their own.

Two kinds of truth: actual and political.  It was the New York Times's journalistic equivalent of a nuclear bomb that revealed what thousands of people had known for three decades:  that Harvey Weinstein has been a sexually abusive monster.  Everyone in the "business" knew it but kept quiet.  His politics were "correct," so no one reported his many crimes against women.  He was a huge donor to Democrats, especially to the Clintons.  To be in bed with the Clintons is to be above the law and corrupt to the core.  All of which means that, as night follows day, the Hollywood/Weinstein level of predation is probably rampant in Congress as well.  Some of the journalists who viciously demeaned Bill Clinton's victims in the 1990s are crawling all over themselves now, to say that they were wrong to defend him. [...] Just as everyone in Hollywood knew Weinstein was a barbarous abuser of women, every member of Congress knew the same about Ted Kennedy.

Let's All Savor The Democrats' Pervgate Pain.  Sure, we have an issue of our own, but is it unfair to point out that Judge Jailbait was a Democrat back when he was cruising malls for teen action?  Yeah, it's probably unfair.  Too bad. [...] And Senator Al Franken (D-Medellin) continued his unbroken dumbness streak by actually letting someone photograph him while he made a play for the only kind of woman who digs him, an unconscious one.  That made it a bit hard to deny, though he did troop out seven women to assure us that he never harassed any of them.  Of course, most of us could probably round up seven people we didn't molest.  Not Bill Clinton, but most of us.

Creeping, Gripping, Groping, and Griping:  The Year of Al Franken.  By now, we are well aware of the extraordinary predilection that certain prominent liberal Democrats — and their bagmen, donors, and fundraisers — have for sexually harassing women, objectifying women, using women as playthings and sex objects, even while giving the other kind of lip service to the "dignity of women."  From the vehicular bridge spans of Ted Kennedy to the antics within the John Kennedy White House, from the Bill Clinton state house in Little Rock to his oval office and under his desk in D.C., from the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey movie and television sets to the John Edwards saga and the editorial offices of the New Republic, we find an extraordinary consistency of deceit and hypocrisy.  "We support women.  We respect a woman's right to choose."  And then, when the camera lights are off and the microphones removed, the abasement and defilement of women begins.

McConnell calls for ethics probe of Menendez.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that the Senate Ethics Committee should investigate Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) after his bribery and corruption trial ended in a mistrial.  "Because of the seriousness of these charges, I am calling on the Senate Ethics committee to immediately investigate Senator Menendez's actions which led to his indictment," McConnell said in a statement.  He added that "Senator Menendez was indicted on numerous federal felonies.  He is one of only twelve U.S. senators to have been indicted in our history."

The Uses of Disgrace.  In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House.  Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages.  The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district.  His constituents sent him packing the following year, despite his apology and request for forgiveness.  The Democrat was Gerry Studds, who represented a liberal Massachusetts district.  His relationship had been with a young man.  He admitted to a "very serious error in judgment," but seemed to imply that he was owed more latitude because he was gay.  "It is not a simple task for any of us to meet adequately the obligations of either public office or private life, let alone both," Studds said in an address to the House.  "But these challenges are made substantially more complex when one is, as I am, both an elected public official and gay."  He was reelected seven more times and retired voluntarily in 1997.

Democrats Applauded Accused Rapist Bill Clinton After His Impeachment.  Immediately following his impeachment on December 19, 1998, Democrats stood behind disgraced former President Bill Clinton and applauded him despite his having been charged under articles of impeachment by the House of Representatives for obstruction of justice and lying under oath to a federal grand jury.  Clinton, accused of committing sexual crimes against multiple women, lied about having an inappropriate sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.  Despite this, Democrats applauded Clinton after his impeachment and portrayed him as the victim of "politics of personal destruction."  [Video clip]

Every Democrat Presidential Candidate In 25 Years Had Pedophile Ties.  [Scroll down]  Even years later in the governor's mansion, Hillary thought that getting a 12-year-old girl's rapist off the hook was the funniest thing ever.  Roy Reed, the great media hero of the civil rights movement, never wrote about it.  There were no outraged stories in the New York Times or Esquire.  Just like Harvey Weinstein's associates.  They knew.  They knew and they said nothing.

Menendez could remain in Senate even if he's convicted.  As the bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez concludes, Senate Democrats could face a stark question — how long will they stick by the New Jersey Democrat if he's convicted?  Menendez's lawyers have a final chance Monday in their closing arguments to persuade the jury hearing his case in Newark that the veteran lawmaker is not guilty.  With Menendez's fate likely to be decided within days, Democrats are already quietly strategizing on how to respond if he's found guilty.

Obviously a public school student.
Bob Menendez juror interrupts deliberations to ask judge, 'What is a senator?': Report.  A juror taking part in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., interrupted deliberations Tuesday [11/7/2017] to ask the presiding judge for the definition of a senator.  U.S. District Judge William Walls denied the juror's request for a transcript of the closing argument from Menendez's attorney, Abbe Lowell, in which he argued that Menendez never pushed through legislation to help a friend, per Bloomberg and CNN.  Instead, the federal judge instructed the jurors to rely on their individual and collective memories to define the role of a senator and remember important points from Lowell's final address.

Down the Memory Hole:  Obama Stole the 2008 Primary with Help of DNC.  Obama's illegal shenanigans in the 2008 Democrat primaries were far worse than Clinton's — and will never be widely reported.  It's an odd experience to dig this information out of the memory hole.  No Democrat cares:  no party leaders, no members of Congress, no journalists, and no ordinary people.  Democrats do not care about rule of law or fair elections.  All of them feel morally entitled to win.  That is the corrupting influence of their identity politics that tars political opponents as moral reprobates.  Democrat primaries show us who they are:  their will to power trumps every other value.  Progressives want permanent power, not a functioning republic.  They don't accept fair and free elections — witness their dirty attempts to overturn the last one and deprive Trump voters of their victory.

Honchos at Bankrupt DNC [were] Kept 'Fat and Happy' With Perks While Clinton Ran [the] Show.  Hillary Clinton's Brooklyn-based campaign controlled the Democratic National Committee (DNC) while its neutered leadership was kept "fat and happy" with needless perks paid out by the bankrupt party committee, according to a new book by former interim DNC head Donna Brazile: [...]

Menendez corruption trial goes to jury.  The fate of Sen. Robert Menendez is now in the jury's hands.  With the New Jersey Democrat's career and freedom hanging in the balance, his defense lawyer said Monday that Menendez's relationship with Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, was a longstanding friendship — not a corrupt connection, as claimed by the Justice Department.  "This case is not about what was done, it's about why it was done," Abbe Lowell said in his closing argument of the bribery trial, the first in a generation involving a sitting senator.  "Friendship explains that."

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Awwww...   His only crime is being a friend!  We should just let him go!

So the Steele dossier was bought cheap.  What did the other $12 million pay for?  Fusion GPS, the Washington "opposition research" smear firm, produced its salacious "dossier" on President Trump on the cheap, paying only $168,000 to an oddly-chosen British subcontractor to falsely depict Trump as a [...] pervert in Moscow hotel rooms.  It's cheap given the large amounts of money that changed hands from the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign and President Obama's Organizing for Action, all of which paid the same Washington lawyers at Perkins Coie for their efforts to beat Trump during the election.  Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to produce the dossier and obscured its payments through attorney-client privilege.  It's expensive when you consider that what it paid for in the "dossier" is worthless information, a collection of lies that any Trump hater could have made up for free.

Fiery Closing Arguments in Menendez Bribery Trial Draw Yawns from Nets.  "This is what bribery looks like," declared federal prosecutor J.P. Cooney on Thursday as the closing arguments in the long-running corruption trial of Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez took place.  The trial had seen contentious exchanges between the defense and the judge, claims of a lack of impartiality, and requests for the case to be thrown and for a mistrial to be declared.  The closing arguments themselves were just as fiery, but just as with the rest of the trial, the big three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) pretended it didn't happen.

DNC Chief Stonewalls Reporters On Payments To Fusion GPS.  Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee's new chairman, stonewalled reporters Tuesday by refusing to divulge any concrete information about the DNC's financial payments to Fusion GPS, the opposition research company that produced the salacious "Trump Dossier."  In his first national press conference since the DNC payments became public, Perez stoutly defended the DNC's decision to hire Fusion GPS, saying it would have constituted "malpractice" to not retain the opposition research firm.

Menendez files motion for mistrial in corruption case: report.  Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-N.J.) lawyers filed a motion Sunday [10/29/2017] to declare a mistrial in his current trial on corruption charges, Politico reported.  Lawyers for Menendez and Salomon Melgen, the other man facing bribery charges in the case, repeatedly threatened to file a motion for a mistrial during a hearing with U.S. District Judge William Walls on Thursday [10/26/2017].  In their filing on Sunday, the lawyers claim that Walls has blocked them from introducing key evidence in the case, including the testimony of two defense witnesses.

Hill Republicans want more answers from Wasserman Schultz, Podesta about Trump dossier money.  Congressional Republicans on Sunday [10/29/2017] called for Democrats John Podesta and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to provide further answers about their party paying for a dossier on President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, after telling Senate investigators last month that they had no knowledge of such payments.  Wasserman Schultz is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Podesta was the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.  Both groups purportedly paid millions for research that led to the dossier, The Washington Post reported last week.

The Mother of All Scandals.  All of Trump's ducks are lining up.  Trump looks happy when he talks, and has for many weeks.  He is in control.  He sees the long game, and knows he is holding all the cards.  It appears he has entrapped them all in this scandal called Uranium One.  The FBI and the Deep-State.  James Comey.  Eric Holder.  Loretta Lynch.  The Clintons.  Barrack Obama.  The leftist news media.  Real collusion, with a real crime.  And it really is the mother of all scandals.  Allowing the sale of 20% of US uranium for money.  The biggest breach in national security since the Rosenbergs gave away the atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

Hillary's Dossier.  After much pain — after much lying, Clinton style — the Washington Post reported on Tuesday evening [10/24/2017] that the Trump Dossier was commissioned by the smear outfit GPS Fusion at the behest of the Clinton campaign.  It was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  Tom Perez, the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee wants it to be known that the DNC's "new [post-election] leadership" (Perez and Minnesota's own fast-talking hustler Keith Ellison) know nothing.  They all sound like Mafia types.  Nobody knows anything.

Yes, There WERE Russian Ties to Election Via Hillary and DNC.  The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.  Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C., firm, to conduct the research.  Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community.

With FBI Actions Now Under Suspicion, WSJ Editors Call on Special Counsel Mueller to Resign.  In my earlier analysis of the latest dossier/collusion developments — which have taken an abrupt turn in the last week, to the dismay of many liberals — I wrote that newly-revealed and -confirmed details raise serious and uncomfortable questions for both the Democratic Party and the FBI.  In a house editorial published today [10/26/2017], the Wall Street Journal's editors explicate several of those questions that demand a full accounting.

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Happy Birthday Hillary Clinton!  HAHAHAHA.  After nearly a year of cries of Russia, Russia, Russia against Donald Trump who absolutely obilerated Hillary Clinton in the electoral college in last year's election, the Russia collusion scandal has done a complete turn out and it pointing at Hillary Clinton, her rapist husband, Hussein Obama, Eric Holder, James Comey and Robert Mueller.

Clinton and DNC Paid Almost $10 Million for Russia-Trump Dossier.  The corrupt Hillary Clinton campaign paid $5.6 million and the just as corrupt Democratic National Committee paid $3.6 million for the dossier coming to a grand total of $9.1 [million].  That's how much the corrupt Democrats paid for their debunked, [...] dossier.  No wonder the DNC is in the hole when it comes to fund raising and no one is donating to the Clinton Crime Foundation anymore.  I wonder how much of the money Clinton paid for the dossier came out of the Haiti "earthquake relief" fund.

The Lawyer Behind The Trump Dossier Testifies At Menendez Trial.  Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, the Democratic lawyer and Clinton ally who hired Fusion GPS to compile the notorious Trump dossier, was scheduled to testify Thursday in New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez's ongoing corruption trial.  Defense lawyers hoped Elias would rebut charges that Menendez lied on financial disclosures forms for failing to disclose a number of free airplane rides on a donor's private plane.  Federal prosecutors claim that the donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, purveyed a stream of benefits for Menendez, who took various actions to bolster Melgen's medical practice in exchange.  U.S. District Judge William Walls ultimately blocked Elias' testimony, concluding it was inadmissible hearsay.

With DNC's Trump dossier payoffs, what foul people the Dems have crawled into bed with.  Revelations that the Democratic National Committee paid for the Russian-produced "Trump dossier" of phony, gross, stories unprintable in a family newspaper, have left some pretty disgusting conclusions about them, their ethics, and the company they keep.  According to a fairly good analysis from Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, one of the most important reasons why the news matters is that it's clear that Democrats, not their supporters, paid for the report.  Effectively, that's Hillary Clinton herself.  And second, we all now know that Democrats are willing to pay foreign powers — including enemy powers — big bucks in their quest to win elections at any cost.  That amount may have been more than $9 million, if this report has it right.  And what a coincidence — it's almost exactly the amount the Democrats found themselves in the hole for around the same time.  It sounds as though they paid for that dossier out of money they didn't even have.

How Corrupt Are American Institutions?  In 2009, the Obama Justice Department began investigating a Russian plan to expand Russia's atomic energy business by acquiring uranium in the United States.  Through bribery, kickbacks, money laundering and extortion, the Russians were able to acquire 20% of the uranium mining rights in the United States.  Shareholders in the Russian firm Rosatom funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation in the months leading up to the Obama administration's approval of the transaction.  The sale was officially approved in 2010 by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), whose members included both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder.  Apparently neither Holder nor Clinton informed the other members of the committee just what an historic act of corruption they were participants to. [...] The government informant at the heart of the case was (and remains) forbidden to speak to Congress by an Obama Justice Department gag order (that gag order has yet to be lifted by the Trump Justice Department).  If this story is true, then all our worst fears have been confirmed, and we are indeed living in a banana republic, with one set of rules for the rich and powerful, and another set of rules for everybody else.

Massive criminal conspiracy unravels:  Hillary Clinton took $145M from Russians to sell out the U.S. uranium supply to America's enemies.  We have truly reached the point in American history where criminal indictments need to be immediately leveled against James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Robert Mueller and a dozen other high-ranking officials who are now known to have been complicit in one of the most treasonous criminal cover-ups in American history.  Although the entire left-wing media is running a campaign of complete silence on this story, the rest of the media is now widely reporting that, under President Obama, the FBI had documented an exhaustive trail of corruption, bribery and treason that involved Hillary Clinton, State Department corruption and Russia-linked mining companies that acquired rights to U.S. uranium supplies.

Media Silence:  New Jersey Democratic Congressman Bob Menendez Is Still On Trial For Corruption.  After the prosecution concluded their case Friday [10/13/2017], Menendez's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming that prosecutors couldn't tie Menendez's friendship with Melgen to any of Menendez's specific actions, and that any meetings Melgen had with Menendez were simply friendly chats that just happened to lead into offers of help.  Judge Walls didn't see it their way.  "This court concludes that a rational jury could deduce that the defendants entered into a quid pro quo agreement," Walls said in his decision Monday morning.  "The jury is at liberty to accept or reject."  That means Menendez must now launch a defense.  A quick rundown of court filings will tell you that won't be an easy task.

Condemning Harvey, Still Clinging to Bill and Teddy.  Amidst the flurry of demands that Harvey Weinstein be extinguished from the liberal memory, Democrats keep turning up at institutions and award ceremonies named after serial exploiters of women.  The other day John Kerry took a break from the denunciations of the bloated mogul to pick up an honor from the "Edward Kennedy Institute."  Barack Obama sent his fraternal greetings to the august gathering.  Needless to say, memories of Teddy Kennedy's exploitation of waitresses and campaign volunteers didn't figure into the high proceedings.

The Overlord of Oscar Bait.  Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was a celebrated figure during the (perhaps now finally concluded) Bill and Hillary Era.  In particular, he was the central string-puller of the insufferable orgy of virtue-signaling that the Academy Awards have become. [...] Harvey's downfall is revealing how The Narrative is molded:  Follow the money.  Harvey was a master of vertical integration, bribing journalists to be his coconspirators in promoting his movies and covering up his misdeeds.  Despite his close ties with existing periodicals such as Vanity Fair, in 1999 Harvey's Miramax firm cofounded its own slick magazine, Talk.  Harvey hired away Tina Brown, editor of The New Yorker, and gave her roughly $50 million to blow during Talk's short lifespan.  Talk put Hillary on its first cover and used its magazine to promote Miramax stars like Gwyneth Paltrow.  While Brown was happy to help with Harvey's overt propagandizing, she soon discovered a sub-rosa aspect.  Harvey's modus operandi was to bribe reporters, witnesses, and victims with magazine assignments, book contracts, and movie deals.

Why Hollywood is the perfect hunting ground for pervs.  At last check, 47 women have now said they were sexually harassed and/or assaulted by the producer Harvey Weinstein.  That number is certain to grow. [...] These astounding numbers do not suggest, as many now are, that Weinstein is a representative figure of American maleness in our time.  It's precisely the opposite:  His is a story of demonic excess that is so horrifying because it is so exceptional.  In that sense, it tracks precisely with the story of Bill Cosby, who stands accused by dozens of women of having drugged and then molested them.  These are habitual and repetitive fetishistic behaviors that make Weinstein and Cosby more akin to serial killers than to the handsy creep down the hall or the sleaze who dangles a job prospect even as he's asking for a date.

Complaint Filed Against DNC Chair Perez With FEC Over Donations.  A complaint has been filed on Tuesday [10/17/2017] with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by a watchdog group over donations from DNC Chairman Tom Perez's campaign account to former opponents.  The complaint was made by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) where they allege the donations may have been illegal, Fox News reports.  The allegation is that the donations were only made by Perez's team to opponents after they dropped their bids for DNC chair and then supported Perez.

Judge refuses to throw out case against New Jersey senator.  In a big defeat for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the judge at his corruption trial Monday refused to throw out any of the charges against him in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of bribery.

PedoWood Braces For Weinstein Backlash As More Wonder If PizzaGate Was Real.  The now "breaking" Harvey Weinstein story has been around for decades.  His abusive behavior, his penchant for singling out and intimidating up-and-coming talent, his threats, intimidations, payoffs, it has long been a running inside joke among the Hollywood elite.  So why now?  And what of the longstanding financial links between Mr. Weinstein and Washington D.C.?  Some readers might recall the shocking claims of child sex trafficking abuses that are said to be rampant among the globalist elites, stretching from private clubs in London, to high-rise New York, and yes, the scripted caverns of PedoWood and all points between.  Mr. Weinstein bounced around often from LA to New York to London, Italy, Germany, and Paris, among other places.  He has longstanding connections to China's ruling class, billionaire Saudi investors, and of course, U.S. politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Contradictions and Condescension.  When a decent old stiff such as Mitt Romney talks earnestly about looking for suitable female job candidates and clumsily distills the effort into the phrase "binders full of women", all the smart sophisticated types jump on it and make it a punchline for an antiquated condescension that only confirms how irredeemably misogynist the GOP is.  By contrast, when Harvey Weinstein corners a TV reporter in the corridor of his restaurant and [...]

Abortion Activist Harvey Weinstein is a Sexual Predator and Major Planned Parenthood Donor.  Hollywood, the Land of Make-Believe and Botox injections, loves to inject its "moral" authority into every social issue.  But, like everything Tinseltown produces, it's all duplicitous.  They do give rousing performances, especially at their self-awarding ceremonies where they applaud their "courage" for groupthink.  They love to lecture America on a host of their choice inequalities: income, racism, elitism, LGBT-ism, and feminism.  From a demographic where many spend millions changing their biologically-given face to a surgically altered one, is it any wonder they're two-faced about all of these issues? [...] Speaking of sexual appetite, I wonder if Planned Parenthood will return Harvey Weinstein's $100k donation given back in May.  The Harvey Weinsteins of the world love supporting "women's rights" (while stripping women of their dignity) and ensuring the continued existence and violence of Planned Parenthood.  The nation's leading abortion chain has, since Roe, been the enablers of sexual predators and the daily perpetrators of violence against women (and their unborn children).

Report: NBC News Passed on Ronan Farrow's Bombshell Report of Weinstein Rape Allegations.  NBC News passed on a story by contributor Ronan Farrow that it allegedly possessed in August about three separate rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein that eventually appeared in the New Yorker Tuesday, according to a report.  According to the Huffington Post, Farrow's bombshell Tuesday report — in which three women, including actress Asia Argento, accused the movie mogul of rape — "was in NBC's hands as recently as August, according to multiple sources both inside and outside the network."

Trump talked the talk; Weinstein and Clinton walked the walk.  Hillary "What Happened" Clinton finally weighed in after days of silence.  I suspect she didn't realize all the fuss was about Weinstein, thinking instead that accusations of rape and abuse against a powerful Democrat meant her husband, making it awkward for her to weigh in.  This is especially noticeable after her campaign tweet, "Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported."  That applies except when the perp is a famous Democrat.  Like Harvey Weinstein.  Or Bill Clinton.  Or Anthony Weiner.  Or Ted Kennedy.

The Left's Collusion with Harvey Weinstein.  The fleshy, repellent, sinister look of Harvey Weinstein, akin to the brutal indifference on the face of an overfed badger before devouring his prey, is proof of the unity between body and soul.  If beauty adorns virtue, ugliness adorns vice.  The horror stories about Weinstein continue to multiply and now include tales of criminal flashing and sexual assault.  Out of the mushrooming scandal has come a blast of dirt, from which particles are settling on top officials in the Democratic Party, starting with the Clintons and the Obamas.

Harvey Weinstein is not the nastiest thing going on in Hollywood.  As more (and more) revelations come out about slimeball and (alleged) serial rapist Harvey Weinstein, there is a more sinister conspiracy still hidden in the Hollywood hills:  pedophilia.  It seems that, for a decade and more, courage was in short supply in Hollywood, as dozens (maybe hundreds) of people knew of Harvey's predilections (for starlets) and did absolutely nothing.  It has now been reported that as far back as 2004, the N.Y. Times was aware of at least some of the extent of Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse and, one suspects for political reasons, decided to spike a story that would have exposed and possibly put a stop to his deviancy.  How many women were sexually assaulted or even raped between 2004 and today?  It's been reported that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe were part of a group that pressured the Times not to report on these salacious activities.  Are they, in part, culpable for subsequent assaults?  How about all of the dozens of Miramax employees and others who sent young women to Harvey to be exploited and abused?  Sadly, Harvey Weinstein's act isn't the darkest in Hollywood's repertoire — at least that we know of.  As has been reported, the women Harvey sexually abused were adults.  But did Harvey rape or sexually abuse any minors?

Weinstein Collateral Damage:  The Obamas.  Barack Obama, whom his campaign bundler Harvey Weinstein once introduced to Hollywood elites as "the Paul Newman of American presidents," came out with his "shocked, shocked" statement now that Weinstein is exposed and down and every celebrity and his brother is making Weinstein-was-a-pig statements for the press. [...] It's as if Obama never gummed up traffic in Los Angeles during rush hour to raise campaign funds and schmooze with celebrities of Weinstein's ilk over the long course of his presidency. [...] So now we are expected to believe that the Obamas were "disgusted"?  Where were they when all this was going on, and why are they only speaking out about it now that Weinstein is down and not in a position to hold Democratic fundraisers anymore?  And with all their post-presidential millions, why aren't they giving any of it back?

Harvey Weinstein Has Destroyed Hollywood — Now What?  Hollywood's politics have always been a self-serving charade, a liberal masquerade for a rapacious and lubricious lifestyle.  But now, thanks to the Weinstein scandal, we see it more clearly than ever.  And it couldn't be more repellent.  (I had always thought Bill Clinton would have made the greatest studio executive of all time.  Now I'm convinced of it.)  If conservative investors had any courage, this would be the time to make a hostile takeover of the movie business.  Unfortunately, they don't.

Hillary's election would have shelved Weinstein story.  Amanda Carpenter threw cold water on the media feeding frenzy over the revelation that for decades Harvey Weinstein preyed on women in Hollywood.  She pointed out that if we elected Hillary president, he would be home free.  The New York Times would have protected him just as it did in 2004 when Sharon Waxman tried to break the news.  But Trump is president, and Weinstein is expendable.  So the Times dusted off a 13-year-old story and poof, he is gone.  Hooray for the Times, right?  Well, except for the part where he continued to victimize women for 13 years.

'Disgusted' Obamas were star-struck by Hollywood mogul Weinstein's access, cash.  Barack and Michelle Obama now say they are "disgusted" by Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment accusations.  But as president and first lady, oh my, how they loved the movie mogul's cash and Hollywood glitz.  As a powerful pipeline to the Democrats' cash machine in the entertainment industry, Mr. Weinstein raised millions of dollars for Mr. Obama's presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.  He and his wife, Georgina Chapman, hosted Mr. Obama for a high-end fundraiser at their home overlooking Long Island Sound in Westport, Connecticut, in August 2012.  Other guests included actress Anne Hathaway, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

The Democrats cannot ignore their Harvey Weinstein problem.  [Scroll down]  It took the two most dominant Democrats of the past 17 years five days to cook up responses that could have been written in 10 minutes after the first New York Times bombshell appeared.  It's a demonstration of stunning political incompetence.  More than that, it's a failure of leadership from the two top leaders in which the Democratic Party invested itself over the last generation.  It appears that both Obama and Clinton hoped to skate past a moment of outrage without alienating a formerly powerful Hollywood ally, which demonstrates just how beholden the entire party has become to the entertainment industry for their cash and star power.  That is a big problem for the Democratic Party.  If this scandal expands past Weinstein — and there are already suggestions it might — then the next generation of leadership may have to figure out how to compete without the baggage Hollywood carries.

High-Ranking Dem[ocratic] Sen[ator]s Gave Campaign Cash to Menendez After Indictment.  A number of high-ranking Democratic senators combined to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to Sen. Robert Menendez's (D., N.J.) campaign committee this year, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.  Menendez, who was indicted in April 2015, is currently facing 12 counts of corruption charges that include bribery.  Prosecutors have said that the senator had a "corrupt pact" with Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor, a previous donor to Menendez's campaign.  Menendez himself has contributed to the campaigns of a number of top Democratic senators this year from his leadership PAC, the New Millennium PAC, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported.

Obama speaks out on Harvey Weinstein allegations.  Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement on the series of reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against movie mogul — and major Democratic donor — Harvey Weinstein.  "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," Mr. Obama said in the statement.  "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. [...]"

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Such behavior is not to be permitted — unless the perpetrator's name is Bill Clinton.

Why the Media Covered for Harvey Weinstein.  At the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood, honoring Hillary Clinton, the recently defeated candidate, drinks named "Toxic Masculinity" were being served.  Also on the scene was Harvey Weinstein.  And Harvey had his thick wallet open to the tune of $100K for the abortion organization.  Harvey was sitting with Hillary.  Not to mention Meryl Streep and Shonda Rimes.  The A-list celebs in attendance knew exactly what and who Harvey was.  His habits were no secret.  If you look carefully enough at certain TV shows and movies, they are referenced and winked at.

Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think.  The New York Times last week broke the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's long record of sexual harassment. [...] The details were so jarring and the trail of abuse so long, that it was impossible to read the story and not come away wondering:  How did no one know what he was doing?  But of course people knew about Harvey Weinstein.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal and the silent left's stunning hypocrisy.  "Who is Harvey Weinstein?" is a perfectly acceptable question in light of a bombshell story The New York Times broke Thursday [10/5/2017] that reports decades of his alleged serial sexual harassment and settlements with women in Hollywood.  Putting it bluntly, Harvey Weinstein, for a time, was the most powerful producer and studio head in Hollywood.  He is almost singlehandedly responsible for the indie-to-mainstream film explosion in the 90's (backing "Pulp Fiction," "Good Will Hunting" and "Shakespeare in Love" to name just a few examples).  His influence in Hollywood is unparalleled.

Michelle Obama In 2013: Harvey Weinstein Is 'A Wonderful Human Being'.  At a film workshop for students from across the country in 2013, then-first lady Michelle Obama praised Harvey Weinstein as a "wonderful human being."  Weinstein has come under fire after The New York Times reported the Miramax head has been paying women to keep quiet about sexual assault allegations against him for decades.  The film mogul has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats for years.  CNN reports that Weinstein has made more than 185 donations to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations totaling more than $350,000.

Democrat Muslim IT Spy Scandal Spreads to Pelosi and Clinton.  This goes all the way to the top.  Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's top information technology (IT) aide was arrested Monday attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.  The Democrats have paid the Muslim IT spy ring $4 million since 2009.  FBI agents seized several hard computer drives that had been smashed from the home of former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's information technology aide.

Menendez has set a new low for blatant corruption in the US.  The bribery trial of senior New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has it all.  Menendez is facing charges that he sold his US Senate office to a Palm Beach, Fla., eye doctor, his co-defendant Salomon Melgen, for bribes in the form of private jets stocked with Menendez's favorite beverages, a private villa at one of the lushest resorts in the Caribbean, and a Paris hotel suite for which Melgen spent 650,000 American Express points.  The two men met in 1993 when Melgen contributed $500 to Menendez's first House re-election campaign at a South Florida fundraiser — his first political contribution.  In the decades since, Melgen became a major high-dollar Democratic donor, and when Menendez was appointed to the Senate in 2006, they already had an extraordinarily close relationship.

Weiner and his wife have lied again, again and again.  Standing before a federal judge Monday morning [9/25/2017], Anthony Weiner sobbed as he faced sentencing for sexting a 15-year-old girl.  He had hit rock bottom, he told the judge.  He was making amends to his wife, Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin, and their 5-year-old son, Jordan.  Public approbation no longer mattered to him, nor did his now-ruined political career nor his public reputation.  He was once mentally diseased, but since his arrest in May by the FBI, no more.  The judge didn't buy it, sentencing Weiner to 21 months in prison.  It wasn't for lack of trying on Weiner's part, though.

N.J. voters overwhelmingly want Sen. Bob Menendez to resign if he is convicted of bribery.  New Jersey voters overwhelmingly want Sen. Bob Menendez to resign if he is convicted of bribery charges, and those with an unfavorable opinion of the Paramus Democrat outnumber those with a favorable view by more than 2-to-1, a Suffolk University poll conducted for the USA TODAY Network in New Jersey found.  Menendez, 63, went on trial Sept. 6 in U.S. District Court in Newark for allegedly taking bribes over a period of years to use his office to benefit the business and personal interests of his longtime friend and codefendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, also 63, of North Palm Beach, Fla.

CNN Once Called Menendez Trial 'Big Deal,' So Where's the Coverage?  Since it began more than two weeks ago, CNN has provided a paltry 14 minutes and 11 seconds of coverage to the corruption trial of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.  In fact, the 24-hour cable news network has mentioned the trial only once since September 7.

CNN Loves To Cover Corruption Trials Of Senators, Unless The Senator's A Democrat.  The ongoing trial of Sen. Bob Menendez is a big deal.  But you wouldn't know that from the scant coverage it has received from CNN.  The Democratic senator and his co-defendant face a collective 18 counts of bribery and fraud for a scheme involving private plane rides, luxury vacations, $750,000 in campaign contributions, and Medicare fraud.  If Menendez is found guilty and steps down from office, Republican Gov. Chris Christie could choose his successor — potentially altering the political makeup of the U.S. Senate.

Is This Why 50 Percent of NJ Voters Want Menendez Gone?  We've had almost a month of media silence on the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).  The New Jersey Democrat is accused of allowing his office to be used to help longtime friend Dr. Salomon Melgen in exchange for campaign contributions and lavish gifts, including paid vacations and over $700,000 in campaign contributions.  And it's not just the bribes.  USA Today had the rundown of the unethical allegations undertaken by Menendez that includes using his office to fast track visas for Melgen's girlfriends, stopping the Department of Homeland Security from donating cargo screening equipment to the Dominican Republic, and placing pressure on DHS to allow Melgen's company do the security.

Witness says Menendez lived large at Dominican resort.  Robert Menendez's stays at the luxurious Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic gave him access to white-sand beaches, a marina filled with expensive yachts and five golf courses, a resort executive testified Monday [9/18/2017] at the New Jersey senator's corruption trial.  The seven-acre gated community on the Caribbean Sea also boasts the top-rated golf course in the Dominican Republic, six international restaurants, a security staff of 800, and access to elite sports like pheasant shooting, Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, the resort's president, told a Newark federal jury.  "We import the eggs and cultivate them," Rosenberg explained when the judge asked, somewhat incredulously, if there are pheasants in the island nation.  "You cultivate the eggs to shoot them?" the judge said in disbelief.

Electing to Investigate Voter Fraud.  Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes' non-efforts to prevent voter fraud are typical of Democrat officials.  She sounds like your run-of-the-mill, corrupt Democrat capo from Philly or Pittsburgh whose primary objective is maintaining Democrats' power without regard for the rule of law or maintaining a civil society.  Both social norms and the Constitution are targeted by the nihilist, communist left/Democrat Party for annihilation. [...] Leftist apparatchiks like Snipes are vital to the Joey Stalins of the Democrat Party, the malevolent Schumer and abortionist Pelosi.  Snipes most likely considers Antifa to be a community organizing group; in fact, it is — like ACORN and Black Lives Matter — violent, anti-American, communist, and darlings of the mainstream media.

Senator's Corruption Trial Reveals State Department Favors.  For the first time in nearly four decades, a sitting U.S. senator is on trial for federal bribery, and he's dragging the State Department into his legal quagmire.  Sen. Bob Menendez's trial for bribery is shining an uncomfortable light on the lawmaker's efforts to pressure State Department, including allegations he helped settle a dispute over a lucrative foreign contract in favor of a friend and campaign donor.  That's just one of a dozen other bribery and corruption charges being levied against Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.  Prosecutors also allege that the senator helped acquire U.S. visas for several of the donor's foreign girlfriends, citing official State Department records and emails between the senator and his staff.

Democrats Have a Pedophilia Problem.  Today, pedophile Seattle Democrat Mayor Ed Murray was forced to resign after a fifth person (his younger cousin) came forward and accused him of child molestation.  Ed Murray isn't the only Democrat pedophile out there.  Joe Biden who routinely liked to fondle kids during members of congress swearing in has gotten away with it for years.  Anthony Weiner sexted teen age girls with his four year old son next time him.  But those aren't the only Democrat pedophiles either.

Elite Epidemic:  At Least 10 US Mayors Accused of Child Sex Crimes in Just the Last Year.  As TFTP reported yesterday [9/13/2017], Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned after a fifth victim has come forward and alleged the mayor raped him as a child — it was his cousin.  While this is certainly a massive revelation, it is important to note that Ed Murray is only one name on a long list of mayors accused of child sex-related crimes since 2016.  According to a scathing report from the Daily Caller, at least 10 current and former mayors have been accused of unspeakable crimes against children.  Ranging from child porn to rape, some of the victims were as young as four-years-old.

Cory Booker Gave $20,000 to Menendez's Legal Expense Fund.  Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) gave $20,000 to the legal expense fund of Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), who is now on trial for corruption charges, records show.  Salomon Melgen, the wealthy Florida doctor prosecutors say had a "corrupt pact" with Menendez, and his wife also donated tens of thousands to a prior legal expense trust that was established by Menendez.  Booker appeared at the opening day of the corruption trial last week and sat in the first row behind his Democratic colleague.  Booker said he expects "some serious appeals" if his mentor is convicted.

Witness: Sen. Menendez Helped Me Get A Visa After My Rich Boyfriend Gave Him Money.  A Dominican woman testified on Tuesday [9/12/2017] that Sen. Bob Menendez, who faces felony corruption charges, helped her with her U.S. visa application after her alleged ex-boyfriend, who is also on trial, asked the Democratic senator to intervene.  Rosiell Polanco-Suera told the court her visa application was initially denied in 2008, but after her wealthy ex-boyfriend — Dr. Salomon Melgen, who was convicted of Medicaid fraud earlier this year — asked "the senator" to intervene, her application was green-lighted, the Associated Press reports.

If Bob Menendez is guilty, boot him:  No place for a senator on the take.  New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez stands trial in federal court, credibly charged with trading lavish gifts for government favors.  If convicted, he must be swiftly ejected from office by a bipartisan vote of his peers — never mind the collateral damage to the Senate Democratic caucus of which he is a part when Jersey's governor, currently Republican Chris Christie, gets to tap a successor.  Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ought to waste no time making that ethical standard clear.

Gay Democrat Seattle Mayor resigns after five claims of child molestation.  It took FIVE accusations to get this gay mayor to finally quit his job.

Democratic Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegationsthat he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York.  Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m.  Wednesday [9/13/2017].

Seattle's Anti-Trump Democrat Mayor Resigns After Multiple Allegations Of Sex Abuse.  Seattle's Democrat Mayor Ed Murray has resigned his position after a fifth person came forward to accuse him of sexual abuse in the past.  This scandal has been unfolding since the spring but it finally caught up with him.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to resign.  Mayor Ed Murray is expected to resign at 5 p.m.  Wednesday [9/13/2017] amid allegations from five sex abuse accusers.  Murray made the announcement in a written statement at 1:07 p.m.  Tuesday, roughly two hours after a fifth man accused him of sexual abuse.

Democrat Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison For Running Ponzi Scheme.  Democrats embody the "Culture of Corruption," as Nancy Pelosi used to say, but have remained silent on the matter since for the past few years, so many of them have been placed behind bars.  And on Wednesday [9/6/2017], the first prosecution for a US Senator is taking place as Sen. Robert Menendez goes to court over $750,000 in contributions and gifts in the biggest corruption trial since ABSCAM.  Legal experts are expecting a conviction for Menendez and Dr Melgen on bribery charges.  Dr Melgen has already been convicted on fraud charges related to Medicaid fraud.  He has not been sentenced yet.  That could mean they are waiting to see how cooperative he will be against Menendez.

When Is A Scandal Not A Scandal?  When There's A Democrat Involved.  A sitting U.S. Senator is currently on trial for bribery, and if he's found guilty it could have major political ramifications.  Haven't heard about this case?  That's because the Senator in question is a Democrat.  A CNN story this week about the opening of the trial against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez noted that "Democrats are eager to avoid the subject of Menendez's bribery trial."  That headline would have been just as accurate if it said "Reporters" instead of "Democrats."  Menendez in on trial for allegedly having sold his office in exchange for luxury vacations, private flights, and piles of campaign cash.

The Bob Menendez corruption trial sure won't be boring.  For the first time in nearly four decades, a sitting US senator goes on trial Wednesday on federal bribery charges in a case that could have profound political impact.  Prosecutors have laid out a strong case against New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez in their indictment.  But in the two years since it was unveiled, the Supreme Court has made it much harder to win a conviction.  The senator is charged with taking nearly $1 million in personal gifts and campaign cash from a longtime friend, allegedly in return for political favors.

Judge Rejects Menendez's Request To Delay His Corruption Trial Because He's A Senator.  A federal judge in New Jersey rejected Sen. Bob Menendez's request to allow breaks in his criminal trial in order to fulfill his Senate duties, excoriating the senator for seeking "special treatment."  Menendez's lawyers filed a motion requesting that his upcoming criminal trial take recesses any time the senator is needed in Washington on official business.  They argued that forcing the senator to leave an ongoing trial to attend to congressional business would violate his due process rights.

Prosecutors: Menendez bribery scheme went on for years.  Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez allegedly starting taking bribes from a wealthy donor shortly after he entered the Senate in 2006, federal prosecutors assert in a new document.  Menendez's bribery and corruption trial is set to begin next week.  In preparation for that, Justice Department prosecutors filed a new document Wednesday laying out their case against the New Jersey senator, as well as Dr. Salomon Melgen, his alleged co-conspirator.  Melgen has already been convicted in a separate case of bilking Medicare but has not been sentenced yet.

Networks Hide Senator Bob Menendez's [D-NJ] Corruption Trial.  Federal prosecutors are currently trying to put away Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on corruption charges, but in the world of the mainstream media, the trial isn't even going on.  If found guilty, Menendez's replacement could increase GOP control in the upper chamber of the legislature.  However, despite the high stakes, broadcast news networks have barely even mentioned the senator's name this year, let alone the trial.

NYT Article on Senator's Corruption Trial Omits the Word Democrat.  A "trivial detail."  But if the story was about a "Republican" senator, the word Republican would be in the headline... with "Conservative" thrown in too.  And probably in every sentence of the article.

Where's Coverage of Democratic Senator's Corruption Trial?  Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is scheduled for trial on corruption charges on September 6, 2017.  The jury selection in that trial starts today.  While local newspapers like the NY Times and local television stations have covered jury selection, cable networks have been eerily silent.

Anti-Trump AG Raked In Campaign Donations From An Oil Tycoon With Ties To Putin.  One of the attorneys general who has sought probes against the Trump administration has accepted large individual campaign donations from an energy tycoon with connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accepted more than $60,000 in small donations from Leonard Blavatnik, a Ukrainian-born energy billionaire with ties to Russian oligarchs, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation examination of the Democrat's financial disclosure reports.  Blavatnik plowed $25,000 into Schneiderman's political war chest in January of 2017 — his generous contribution was one of the largest individual donations given to the New York Democrat this year.

Half of Detroit's 8 mayoral candidates are felons.  Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit's primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons, a Detroit News analysis shows.  Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder.  Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977.  The most recent was in 2008.  Political consultant Greg Bowens said there are candidates with past hardships in every election cycle.  It's not something unique to Detroit or the political arena in general, he said.

Four convicted felons seek to become Detroit mayor.  Half of the eight candidates in Detroit's mayoral primary are convicted felons, mainly for crimes involving drugs, firearms or assault with intent to commit murder.  Could make for exciting council meetings.  Other than that, Tuesday's voting in the nation's 23rd largest city is just another contest among Democrats for municipal control of a decaying big city.

Jeff Sessions Orders Look into 'DOJ Slush Fund' Payments to Leftists.  An internal Department of Justice memorandum obtained by Breitbart News Friday indicates Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to get to the bottom of the DOJ "slush fund" for left-wing groups he dismantled in June.  The memo asks all components of the DOJ to recount the last ten years of payments made to non-governmental organizations as third parties in settlements and provide that information to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number three Justice official.  These "cy pres" payments were a long-standing policy of having mostly corporate defendants, for example in a civil rights suit, agree to pay into charities as part of their settlement with the government to avoid further prosecution.

Jane Sanders's Little College That Couldn't.  Burlington College closed in 2016, crushed under the weight of debt it took on in a 2010 real estate deal.  In its last five years, this tiny liberal arts school of fewer than 200 students occupied the former St. Joseph's Orphanage (and its 33 acres, including the last virgin lakefront in town) overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.  A $10 million acquisition from the cash-strapped Catholic diocese was made while Jane Sanders, the wife of Vermont's most famous socialist, was president of the college.  The site offered just what Sanders needed to fulfill the promise she made in 2004 to be a "transformative president."  The college's operating budget at the time was just $3.6 million, and it had no endowment.  The deal was made with a mortgage from the diocese, tax-exempt bonds, and a bridge loan from a 99-year-old philanthropist.  Twelve years and three administrations later, the last president penned a letter blaming Sanders, whom the board dismissed in 2011, for sealing the college's fate with an "appallingly inappropriate business deal."

Democrat Bob Brady Under Federal Investigation — Media Silent.  Another corrupt Democrat, this time Pennsvania Democrat Rep. Robert "Bob" Brady is under federal investigation over allegations his campaign illegally paid a primary challenger to drop out in 2012.  As is typical, Democrats circle the wagon and protect their own as Nancy Pelosi tried to defend the corrupt Brady.

Russia probe:  Democrats block key witness against shadowy firm Fusion GPS.  Senate Democrats used a parliamentary maneuver Wednesday [7/26/2017] to cut short a high-profile hearing, where a key witness was set to testify on Russia's misdeeds and also raise fresh allegations against the company behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier.  Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, was set to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the co-founder of the firm Fusion GPS was hired to conduct a "smear campaign" against him.

Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez Has Now Paid His Wife More Than $400,000 From His Campaign Funds.  Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) has disbursed tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to his wife this year, bringing her total compensation to more than $400,000 since she first appeared on his campaign's payroll.  Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1992, recently grabbed headlines for saying that Democrats would "eliminate" Trump as president if they take back the House of Representatives.  It appears the one thing Gutierrez won't eliminate anytime soon is the lucrative campaign payments to his wife.

'Kerosene' Maxine Waters:  How Much Longer Will Her District Tolerate Her?  For the 2018 midterm election, Waters has a Republican challenger.  His name is Omar Navarro, born and raised in her district, one that is now 46 percent Hispanic and 24 percent black.  Navarro ran against her the last election cycle, getting only 24 percent of the vote.  But that was before Waters became the "face of the resistance."  Some tacticians argue that with Waters leading the "Trump Is Public Enemy No. 1" brigade, the Republican Party is better off.

FBI probe of Bernie Sanders' wife closely tracks Hillary's secret campaign plan.  The FBI and U.S. Attorney in Vermont are investigating Jane O'Meara Sanders for her role in a failed 2010, $10 million college land deal that she orchestrated during her seven-year stint as president of Burlington College in Vermont.  According to a series of 2015 emails to and from Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, leaked to and published on Wikileaks, the Clinton team wrote an extensive political opposition memo entitled "Sanders Top Hits-Thematics."  The memo details Mrs. Sanders' role in the college's financial failure, and parallels the ongoing FBI investigation, now before a grand jury, into the scandal.

McAuliffe's Former Electric Car Company Audited for $6.4M in Repayment to Mississippi.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D.) former electric car company has been audited to repay $6.4 million of public funds to the state of Mississippi.  GreenTech Automotive, which McAuliffe left in 2012, was unable to deliver on its promise to create jobs in the state of Mississippi, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Now Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering is asking for the full sum of $5 million in public loans, along with interest and recovery costs, to be repaid in full within 30 days.  He warned GreenTech CEO Charles Wang that failure to pay could result in the state filing a lawsuit against the company.

Jane Sanders land deal:  Federal probe reportedly seeking grand jury testimony.  A federal probe into allegations that Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife fraudulently obtained a nearly $10 million loan for a land expansion at a Vermont college has intensified, with prosecutors reportedly calling a state official to testify before a grand jury.  The federal investigation is focused on actions by Jane Sanders in 2010, when she was president of Burlington College.  At the time, she sought a multi-million dollar loan for a new campus on 33 acres along Lake Champlain.  Sanders reportedly told college trustees and bank lenders that the college had millions of dollars in donations that could be used to repay the loan.

FBI trailing 'socialist' Bernie Sanders and wife over bank loan deal.  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his bride, Jane, have become the Bonnie and Clyde of national Democratic politics — the law is hot on their trail as the lovebirds restlessly move from one hideout to another.  The difference, of course, is that Bonnie and Clyde were dirt poor, while Sen. Sanders, the 75-year-old Social Justice Warrior, reported an income of $1,052,000 last year.

Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation to Pay for Dinner at Russian Ambassador's House.  Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) used a personal foundation to pay for a dinner she attended at Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak's Washington, D.C., residence.  The senator had failed to disclose her role in the foundation until earlier this month.  McCaskill came under fire this March after she told the Washington Post she never had a "call or meeting" with Kislyak even though she had publicly announced both a call and meeting with him.  This week, CNN reported that McCaskill also attended a black-tie reception at Kislyak's D.C. residence in November 2015.  McCaskill's attendance at the dinner was accompanied by an $873 payment to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, where Kislyak serves on the board of directors as honorary chairman.

Will She Resign?  Democrat Sen Used Undisclosed Charity to Pay Russian Ambassador's Foundation.  An official secret connection between U.S. government officials and Russia has been discovered... and it's a Democrat who is the guilty party!

Bernie's Daughter [was] Paid $500k To Teach Woodworking At Jane's Bankrupt College.  Burlington College prided itself on catering to "non-traditional students," such as veterans and adults, and had a relatively small enrollment — about 200 students.  It also offered degrees in unconventional fields such as woodworking, but when Jane Sanders arrived at the college in 2004, it didn't offer any sort of program for woodworking.  That's when things get a little... corrupt.

Bernie Sanders Doesn't Like Being Asked About His Wife's FBI Investigation.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has reacted with dodging or hostility to questions about the reported FBI investigation into his wife Jane Sanders surrounding her tenure as head of the now-defunct Burlington College.  The couple has retained legal counsel amid the probe into allegations of bank fraud, Politico reported.  A federal investigation is probing allegations that Jane Sanders fraudulently obtained a bank loan for the college while she was at the helm, while the senator himself is being looked at for using his influence to pressure the bank to approve the loan.

Here's why the feds are investigating Bernie Sanders' wife Jane.  Because [Bernie] Sanders hasn't ruled out a presidential run in 2020, any federal investigation has the potential to become disastrous or, at the very least, politically embarrassing.  And because the scandal touches on the themes of education costs and six-figure severance packages — two issues that were central to Sanders' populist message — discussing the investigations at all could tarnish his brand as a champion of the little guy.

Bernie Cries Political Witch Hunt Over FBI Fraud Probe of Wife.  In an uncomfortable exchange with CNN's Erin Burnett Tuesday night [6/27/2017], Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) twice dismissed reports the FBI is actively investigating his wife, Jane Sanders, for fraudulent activities as president of Burlington College.  "My wife is about the most honest person I know," claimed Sanders, cutting off Burnett's initial line of questioning.  "When she came to that college it was failing financially and academically.  When she left it, it was in better shape than it had ever been."

[Recent events do not bode well] for the Democrats.  The Russia collusion story is now in full blowback mode, with obvious questions being asked about the Obama administration, which failed to take action against what the Democrats now hype as a veritable Pearl Harbor, an "act of war."  Watching Dems talk their way out this one will be fun.  Coming attractions:  the multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary approved sale of 20% of our uranium reserves to Russia, and then-president Obama's open mic comment telling Russia's then-president that he would have "more flexibility" after the election, which looks a lot like outright collusion.

Trump is not under an FBI investigation.  Bernie Sanders is.  The irony here is rich.  Democrats have rallied to Bernie Sanders as the leader of the opposition against Donald Trump.  He attracts huge crowds across the nation.  One of his acolytes tried to assassinate members of Congress.  And Bernie Sanders is under investigation by the FBI, unlike the president.  In fact, Sanders and his wife are both under investigation stemming from a bank loan.  The FBI is investigating whether Sanders used his position to pressure the bank to give a college in Vermont a loan.  His wife is the president of the college and signed the paperwork.  So President Trump did not pressure James Comey, but Bernie Sanders might have pressured a bank.  The FBI is now investigating.  And still the left will rally to Sanders because they really do not care about the allegations.  They just hate Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders' Wife Lawyers Up Amid FBI Probe Of Alleged Fraud.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane Sanders, has hired two well-known attorneys amid an ongoing investigation into allegations she defrauded a bank while serving as president of the now-defunct Burlington College.  Jane Sanders served as president of Burlington College from 2004 until 2011 and is blamed for leading the school into bankruptcy by falsifying a loan application.  Rich Cassidy, a lawyer based in Burlington, Vt., and Larry Robbins, an attorney from Washington, D.C. who previously defended politicians on both sides of the aisle, are representing Jane Sanders against the allegations, a representative for Sen. Sanders confirmed to Politico.

Can We Talk About Bernie Sanders And His Wife Being Under FBI Investigation?  In 2016, reports about Sen. Bernie Sander's (I-VT) wife, Jane, running the college into the ground, coupled with his tax plan, made for some good cannon fodder against the self-described democratic socialist's financially reckless agenda during the 2016 primaries.  Yet, what was missed was the fact that the FBI began peering through the financial records of the college, which had secured a $10 million loan to expand the campus along Lake Champlain.  The local Catholic archdiocese had owned the property and had just settled on sexual abuse charges that totaled over $17 million.  They were eager to sell.  Still, the college's plan to expand seemed lofty.  It only had an enrollment of around 200.  In short, this expansion project sunk the college, but the loan to secure the purchase involved Sen. Sanders, who reportedly placed pressure on the People's United Bank for the loan.

Jane Sanders Hires Lawyers in DOJ Probe of Burlington College Land Deal.  Jane Sanders, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), has hired attorneys to represent her in a Department of Justice probe of her time as president of Burlington College.  A former Burlington employee who coordinated the school's response to an FBI subpoena in February 2016 said that she was contacted by Sanders's lawyers, VT Digger reports.  The probe concerns a land deal Sanders conducted while she was president.  Coralee Holm, the former employee, said that the lawyers "wanted information on what I had been asked by the FBI.  They were trying to get clarification on what the accusations are because they had not been contacted by anybody as to an investigation."  She received a call from Burlington attorney Rich Cassidy in late April or early May.

Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.  Politico Magazine first reported the Sanders had hired lawyers to defend them in the probe.  Sanders' top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents' allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People's United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.  According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders' office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.

Jane and Bernie Sanders Under FBI Fraud Investigation Begun During Obama Administration.  At the end of 2010, Mrs. Jane Sanders took out $10 million in loans on behalf of Burlington College to purchase a 32-acre swathe of land from the Roman Catholic diocese, which put the land up for sale to help cover the costs of a $17 million sexual-abuse settlement.  As Ms. Sanders pursued financing for the land acquisition, she repeatedly said that Burlington College had received more than $2 million in fundraising commitments and pledges, according to numerous records.  However, in fiscal year 2011, Burlington College raised only $279,000, though the college had earlier claimed to have secured $1.2 million in confirmed pledges.  The college almost immediately fell short on its financial obligations as the fundraising pledges and commitments Ms. Sanders cited in loan agreements never materialized.  Less than a year after leading Burlington College into massive debt, Ms. Sanders resigned, taking with her a $200,000 severance package.  The college was forced to close in 2016.

Sessions drains a slush fund.  Firing Pheet Bharara as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York was the first step toward ending a corrupt slush fund scheme and restoring a constitutional government.  Bharara was crooked politician who instead of sending corrupt CEO to prison for their misdeeds accepted payoffs.  Oh not directly.  He was not that stupid.  No, Bharara allowed the crooked CEOs to buy their way out of jail by "giving" billions to Democratic Party-approved "charities."  This scheme dodged the Constitution, which holds that Congress writes the budget, not the president.  (This is why the opposition always declares a presidential budget proposal DOA, because by definition it is.)

Janet Napolitano is sorry she got caught trying to rig a state audit.  In a contentious four-and-a-half-hour legislative hearing yesterday [5/2/2017] in Sacramento, Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, made a pro forma apology for conduct that should have gotten her fired. [...] And she still has her job.  Despite the bipartisan anger that was expressed at the hearing.  And nobody cares that she has dodged any responsibility for the safety of the Berkeley campus, despite her background as secretary of homeland security.  Nobody has even asked her about it, so far as I know.

Sen. Robert Menendez's (D-NJ) No-Good, Awful, Very Bad Day.  The walls are closing in on Senator Robert Menendez.  With Dr. Salomon Melgen's conviction today, it's clear Menendez isn't long for the Senate.  It's time for Senator Schumer to see that too.  Menendez's political career was handed a massive setback today.  One of his key partners — Dr. Salomon Melgen — was convicted on all 67 counts of Medicare fraud.  It's now apparent that Menendez's days in the Senate are numbered... possibly in the single digits.

Draining the Swamp in NYC.  This city that I was born and raised in is at the nadir of its history with only a 20% voter turnout and our state has over 30 corrupt officials who've either quit in disgrace or who've been arrested.

Andrew Cuomo manages to earn $738,000 from a book that sold only 3,200 copies.  Andrew Cuomo seems like someone who could teach Donald Trump a few things about making a deal.  Or else he is corrupt and has been bribed.  Which explanation fits the facts better?

John Podesta slaps the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter.  John Podesta slapped the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday [3/29/2017] after the conservative news outlet published a story about the former Clinton campaign chairman and Obama counselor.  The letter sent to publisher Neil Patel by Podesta's counsel, Marc Elias, singles out a March 26 article titled, "EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law By Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares."  In it, reporter Richard Pollock wrote that Podesta "may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014."

Podesta Still Hasn't Explained Where 41,000 Stock Shares Went.  John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman, has not accounted for thousands of shares he was given by a company where he served on the board of directors with three powerful business figures with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  "Your letter does not respond to the substance of the article, which concerns the whereabouts of 75,000 shares of stock in Joule that Mr. Podesta was entitled to receive," The Daily Caller News Foundation's publisher, Neil Patel, said.  "The fact that Mr. Podesta, a senior national political figure, apparently sat on the board of Joule with Russian state-owned entities only elevates the importance of this matter."

Peter Schweizer Details How John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law.  Tuesday [3/28/2017] on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," Breitbart editor at large Peter Schweizer, the author of "Clinton Cash," detailed how the former chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign John Podesta may have violated federal law by failing to disclose stock shares he owned from a Kremlin-funded company.  Schweizer said, "In 2011, John Podesta joins the board of this very small energy company called Joule Energy based out of Massachusetts.  About two months after he joins the board of a Russian entity called Rusnano, puts a billion rubles which is about 35-million-dollar into John Podesta's company.  Now, what is Rusnano?  It's not a private company, Steve.  It is a fund directly funded by the Kremlin.  In fact, the Russian science minister called Rusnano, Putin's child.  So you have the Russian government investing in one John Podesta's businesses in 2011, while he is an advisor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department."

Democrat Lobbyist Podesta Made $500K Lobbying For Chinese Firm Convicted Of Illegal Sales To Iran.  Democratic super-lobbyist Tony Podesta grossed more than $500,000 to represent a Chinese company criminally convicted in March of sending illegal shipments of telecom equipment to Iran, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  The seriousness of the illegal sales to Iran were so extreme and continued for so long — from 2010 to last year — the Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed a record $1.19 billion fine on the ZTE Telecommunications company, making it the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. sanctions case.  The Chinese firm hired the Podesta Group, one of Washington's biggest and best-connected lobbying companies in the nation's capital, in January 2016.  ZTE retained Podesta's personal help as negotiations intensified for a final resolution with DOJ during the final year of President Barack Obama's tenure in the White House.

Hillary Clinton and John Podesta's Troubling Ties to Russia.  Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and the author of "Clinton Cash," explained on Fox News Tuesday how a Russia connection to the Clinton campaign and Obama presidency is much bigger and more troubling than anything Democrats have accused Team Trump of.  During his appearance on "Fox & Friends," Schweizer alleged that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta probably violated federal law when he failed to disclose his stock holdings in a Kremlin-funded company.

How Local Citizens Can Take Up the Fight Against Public Corruption.  New York might be the epitome of a state where corruption and abuse have run wild.  Politicians here have long failed to live up to their promises to fix things.  The New York Legislature and governor have passed "ethics reforms" year after year of late, yet New York remains one of the most corrupt states in the nation.  According to a University of Missouri study, New York has been home to the most corrupt officials in the U.S. over the past decade or so.  Waste and favor-trading is part of this culture of corruption, and it goes right down to the local level.  On Long Island, one town official in Oyster Bay was convicted of tax fraud surrounding a scheme where he secretly guided taxpayer-backed contracts to a paving company, where he also worked.  These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

De Blasio decision [is] a huge win for corrupt officals everywhere.  He beat the rap, so Bill de Blasio needs a campaign song to celebrate.  I humbly recommend a twist on a 1960's hit, "I fought the law and the law won."  The mayor could boast a different ending:  "I fought the law and the law lost."  The decision by federal and state prosecutors not to file criminal charges against de Blasio is a huge victory for him — and for corrupt officials everywhere.  In plain English, the statement by prosecutors boils down to this:  You can avoid the law, you can evade the law and you can do your big donors' bidding.  The only thing you can't do is put money in your pocket.  Everything else is legal, especially when your expensive private lawyers say it is.  That's a very low hurdle for public service.

Congressional Black Caucus PAC Spends Big on Luxury Resorts, Restaurants.  The Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBC PAC) spends lavishly on upscale resorts and hotels, catering at exclusive restaurants, and on fundraising and Broadway tickets, according to a review of campaign finance records.  The CBC PAC, which is the fundraising arm of the Congressional Black Caucus, puts far more money towards administrative and fundraising purposes than it donates to candidates, the intended purpose of the political action committee.

Feds will question de Blasio about campaign fundraising.  Mayor de Blasio will be questioned by federal prosecutors Friday morning as part of the wide-ranging investigation into his campaign fundraising, sources told The [New York] Post.  The long-anticipated sit-down with prosecutors from Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara's office will take place at the Midtown offices of the mayor's lawyer, Barry H. Berke of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, sources said.  The feds have been probing whether de Blasio and his aids traded favors in exchange for donations to his 2013 campaign or to his shuttered nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York.

Chilling New Scandal Hits House Democrats; Media Stays Silent.  The Democrats are in another pickle that has to do with technology after shady congressional aides have been caught taking $100,000 from an Iraqi politician; all while they still had administrator level access to the House computer network, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group which analyzed court documents.

Democrat Caught Having Sex with 17-Year-Old Boy at Rest Stop.  Democratic leaders in Minnesota are demanding a state lawmaker withdraw from his re-election bid after police claim he admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop.  While Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, will lose support from fellow Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members if he continues with his campaign, party leaders stopped short Monday [2/27/2017] of asking him to immediately resign.

Iowa Moves Against Democratic Party Slush Funds.  Iowa, like so many other states, has gone Republican.  What happens when you have a Republican legislature and a Republican governor?  The corrupt public sector union spigot gets turned off.

The corruption cloud over Mayor de Blasio just got darker.  Mayor de Blasio set Monday [2/13/2017] for his State of the City address, but possibly more worrisome is the state of his personal finances — at least when it comes to financing his mounting legal bills.  Last week, we noted problems with de Blasio's plan to set up a legal-defense fund to pay the lawyers representing him in several corruption probes.  Those problems may be worse than we thought.

Washington Post demonstrates importance of voter ID laws.  Little agitates Democrats more than claims of voter fraud.  Such fraud is a hardy perennial of American politics.  Our history is full of examples, such as Mayor Daley's Chicago.  Yet, Democrats want us to believe that, notwithstanding solid evidence to the contrary, it's not a problem in modern American politics.  The reason is obvious.  Democrats don't want laws and procedures to protect against voter fraud because they want to preserve their ability to engage in it.

Liberals Now Getting a Taste of How the Obama Years Felt for Conservatives.  Voter fraud?  Now you're talking Mom and apple pie to the Alinsky left.  Obama himself never bothered to win a real election in Illinois, always managing to blackmail his opponents into resigning before the vote was ever taken.  Obama learned his politics under the tutelage of Emil Jones, the godfather of the Illinois machine.  There are hundreds of jokes about the dear departed voting for Democrats in Boston, Chicago, Philly, and New York.  Today we have millions of illegal voters — foreign nationals with unknown loyalties — voting wherever paid Democrat thugs can intimidate the wrong American voters.

Trump's Got a Big Job Reining In Voter Fraud.  Fraud long has been an ugly element of American politics, and it has been almost exclusively the dominion of Democrats.  From the reckless corruption of the Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall thugs in New York during the mid-1800s through the heavy-handed precinct politics favored by Mayor Richard J. Daley and his successors in Chicago during much of the 20th century, to the wide-spread graft of today, the Democratic Party has virtually sole claim to the mechanisms of election corruption.  The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), of which former President Barack Obama has had a close working association and heavy funding for his campaign coffers, has a 40-year rap sheet of widespread voter registration fraud.  Untold thousands who went to their just rewards years ago are resurrected on each election day to cast one more ballot for their favorite Democrat pol, while an estimated 2.8 million are registered to vote in more than one state and often do.

Rep. John Lewis and Top Aide Hit With Ethics Complaint.  A watchdog group is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) and his chief of staff over apparent violations of House ethics rules, according to a letter released on Monday [1/30/2017].  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust's letter is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to probe Lewis chief of staff Michael Collins' dual roles in the congressman's Washington office and as the treasurer for his 2016 reelection campaign.  Ethics rules bar senior House staff from serving in any fiduciary role for a political organization, and specifically mentioned campaign treasurers as a prohibited position for such staffers.

Former Clinton Superdelegate Chaka Fattah Begins 10-Year Prison Sentence.  Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), who was a superdelegate for failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, has reported to prison to begin his 10-year sentence stemming from numerous corruption charges.  Fattah reported Wednesday [1/25/2017] to the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean in western Pennsylvania near the New York border, CBS Philly reported.

How Illinois Violates Voting Rights.  Rule 4 has stolen the authority of the state governor to veto bills since the bills are vetoed by the speaker.  The governor can only sign or pass bills passed, not by the two chambers of the state legislature, but only those that the Speaker of the House allows to appear for a vote.  This strategy, of denying the people a voice in legislation, is a violation of the one person one vote concept that has been repeatedly affirmed by SCOTUS.  The votes of not just one person but all people in Illinois are stolen by one person, the House Speaker.  The autocratic rule practiced by Obama then can be understood because he comes from Illinois.  This has led to a one-man government in Illinois.  All financial issues handled by the legislature are then controlled by one person and his political party.

Top Aide to Rep. John Lewis Again Skirts Ethics Rules.  The top aide to Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) served dual roles in the congressman's office and on his 2016 reelection campaign, possibly running afoul of House ethics rules, public records show.  Michael Collins, Lewis' chief of staff, served as the campaign's treasurer in 2015 and 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records.  Ethics rules bar senior House staffers from working in any fiduciary role for a political organization, including congressional campaigns.  Senior staff "may not receive any compensation for either providing legal services to a political organization, or for serving as an officer (such as treasurer) of such an organization," according to the House ethics manual.  That rule applies to all members of Congress and employees who earn the "senior staff" rate of pay; the salary threshold in 2015 was $121,956.  According to congressional research service Legistorm, Collins made $167,000 that year.

Why Term-Limiting People Like John Lewis Would be Good for the Nation.  John Lewis has been a Representative for Georgia's 5th district for 28 years.  The 5th district of Georgia, which is mostly the city of Atlanta, has seen 5,203 commissions of violent crime in 2015, with 94 murders, 170 rapes, almost 2,000 robberies, almost 3,000 aggravated assaults and 25,556 total property crimes according to the FBI.  Trump is right, Atlanta is crime-ridden.  But not only is Atlanta a pretty dangerous city, it has become more dangerous since it has become a major drug-trafficking hub for Mexican drug cartels.

Maxine Waters' Daughter Profits From Lucrative Campaign Operation.  The daughter of Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) was paid nearly $70,000 by her mother's campaign during the 2016 election cycle.  Karen Waters has been on the payroll of her mother's campaign committee, Citizens for Waters, since 2006.  She has pulled in more than $600,000 for her services since that time.  Karen is in charge of endorsement mailers, known as "slate mailers," for her mother's campaign.  The slate mailer operation has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for Waters' federal campaign committee in recent years.

The law was bent and broken to keep Clinton in the game.  [Scroll down]  Democrat voters also should be questioning the legitimacy of Clinton's nomination because the rule of law was corrupted to preserve her political viability.  Her candidacy should have ended when the email server story broke.  (Really, it should have ended with the publication of Clinton Cash, but the Democrats incorrectly believed their controlled media could insulate her from the fallout of those astounding revelations.)  The politicized Obama Justice Department did Democrats no favors by staving off indictments that would have taken Clinton out of the game, or by slow-walking the email investigation until her replacement became prohibitively difficult.

Former governor fined $5 million for 2011 financial scandal.  Former Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was fined $5 million today [1/5/2016] by a federal judge for his role as head of a brokerage firm that took $1.2 billion from its clients — mostly farmers and ranchers — amid its impending collapse.  Recall that his brokerage, MF Global, lost big money betting on European sovereign debt.  When it happened, the firm's officers began dipping into clients' money in a futile effort to prevent its collapse.  In the end, all of the money was returned to the clients, but the firm's breach of trust was unlike anything that had happened in the history of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulatory entity that took Corzine to court.

Communism Doesn't Pay:  Two Grand Juries Circling de Blasio And His Administration.  The walls must be closing in on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY).  Out of the five(!) separate investigations into de Blasio and the shakedown operation masquerading as an administration he runs, two have moved forward to the extremely serious step of presenting evidence to a grand jury.  The two criminal grand juries, one federal and one state, represent, the "strongest indication" yet that criminal charges are forthcoming, according to the New York Times, which broke the story.

Mayor de Blasio fined over $47G for violating campaign finance regulations.  Mayor de Blasio was hit with over $47,000 in fines for violating campaign finance rules — including having his partially taxpayer-funded campaign pick up the tab for a makeup artist for his family and a six-figure payout to his buddy's PR firm that appeared unwarranted.  The huge fine is one of the highest on any of the 2013 campaigns.  The Campaign Finance Board, in a determination released Thursday [12/15/2016], levied most of the $47,778 in fines against the mayor for what it called "impermissible" post-election spending.

Judge orders Fattah to prison despite appeal.  Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) will have to appeal his corruption conviction from prison starting in January, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday [12/20/2016].  Fattah, 60, was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison on charges of fraud, bribery and money laundering after a jury convicted him on more than 20 counts.  He has been ordered to report to prison by Jan. 25.  Fattah had argued a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that limits the legal definition of bribery would likely help his appeal, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ex-Congressman and Gun Control Advocate Found Guilty of Corruption.  Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced Monday [12/12/20167] to a 10-year prison term by a judge who said he was "astonished" that a veteran legislator would steal government and charity funds to pay his son's debts and buy a vacation home.

Former Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced Monday [12/12/2016] to 10 years in prison, one of the longest terms of incarceration ever imposed on a member of Congress for federal corruption crimes.  The Philadelphia Democrat remained stoic as U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III announced the prison term — half as long as the two decades Fattah spent in Congress.

Democratic ex-Congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to ten years in prison.  Former Democratic Representative Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being found guilty of a litany of federal corruption charges.  Fattah, 60, was convicted in June for 22 charges including racketeering, money laundering, and mail and wire fraud.  On Monday [12/12/2016] he received ten years in prison.  That was the end result of a long campaign of corruption designed to pay back the illegal $1 million loan he took when trying to become mayor of his hometown of Philadelphia, CBS reported.

Andrew Cuomo's Top Aides and Donors Indicted On Corruption Charges.  An array of figures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's inner circle — including a confidante so close the governor called him "my father's third son" — got slapped with a sweeping 14-count federal indictment today, which alleges they colluded in a pair of schemes to solicit bribes for state assistance and to rig economic development contracts for companies that gave to Cuomo's campaigns.  A grand jury gave crusading U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara the go-ahead to prosecute his case against Joseph Percoco, the governor's former campaign manager, deputy executive secretary, political fixer and body man, on charges he solicited bribes and a "low-show job" for his wife from two major Cuomo contributors.  In return, the federal government alleges Percoco pressured executive agencies and entities to offer assistance and loosen regulations for the companies' operations in New York State — and lied about the arrangement on disclosure forms.

NY Governor's top aides indicted on sweeping corruption charges.  We've discussed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara here many times in the past.  His pursuit of government corruption wherever it may be found and the prosecution of those who betray the trust of the public has become legendary.  That's why, when he told reporters earlier this year that he detected an "air of corruption" in the executive branch of New York's state government people were rightly looking over their shoulders.  Now his work in that area is moving into high gear.  Bharara has made his case to a grand jury and been given the green light to take eight top aides and associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo to trial on charges of corruption.

Meltdown at Justice:  Attorney General Lynch Abdicated Her Duty in the Clinton Probes.  Fewer than three of 10 Americans trust government to do the right thing always or most of the time, Gallup reports, and the years since 2007 are "the longest period of low trust in government in more than 50 years."  The details emerging about the multiple investigations into Hillary Clinton explain a lot about this ebbing public confidence in institutions such as the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Feds Open Criminal Probe of Thornton Law Firm, Major Democratic Fundraiser.  Federal prosecutors in Boston have opened a grand jury investigation into potentially illegal campaign contributions from lawyers at the Thornton Law Firm, a leading donor to Democrats around the country, according to two people familiar with the probe.  The U.S. Attorney's office is one of three agencies now looking into the Boston-based personal injury firm's practice of reimbursing its partners for millions of dollars in political donations, according to the two people.  The law firm has insisted that the donations were legal, but, soon after the Globe and the Center for Responsive Politics revealed the firm's practice, politicians began returning hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.

"Fast Eddie," ex-Chicago alderman, indicted again.  It's the second time for this guy, and he's a big deal, the former boss of the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization, otherwise known as "the Machine," Fast Eddie Vrdolyak. [...] The onetime 10th Ward alderman later switched to the Republican Party and he contributed to the destruction of the GOP in suburban Cook County, where it was once a potent political force.  Do you wonder why Illinois isn't trending red like Wisconsin and Michigan?  Fast Eddie is one of the reasons.

Massachusetts law firm donated $1.6M to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and received bonuses that matched their political donations in massive 'straw-donor scheme'.  A Massachusetts law firm has been accused of funneling funds to the Democrats through an massive and illegal straw-donor scheme.  A growing number of party politicians are now returning donations from Thornton Law after it was found that the firm's partners received bonuses that matched their political donations in what may be one of the largest schemes ever revealed.  An investigation found that partners donated nearly $1.6 million to mostly Democratic committees and candidates, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, from 2010 through 2014.  During that same period, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as 'bonuses,' including more than 280 in amounts that precisely matched their donations.

Clinton Email Scandal Evokes Berger Burglary.  A Sandy Berger quality colors Hillary Clinton shielding her State Department emails from FOIA requests and Congressional subpoenas, but not foreign hackers, on a private server.  More than a decade ago, the late national security advisor to President Bill Clinton shoved documents from the National Archives down his pants and in his socks.  Under the guise of needing privacy for cell phone calls, he absconded from the archives with the material regarding terrorism and hid it under a construction trailer.  Later, he retrieved the papers to destroy the embarrassing contents.  Library larceny isn't normal behavior for an official at the highest level of government.  Neither is shielding public business on a private server.

Boston law firm accused of massive straw-donor scheme.  A small law firm that has given money to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and many others is accused of improperly funneling millions of dollars into Democratic Party coffers.  The program was exposed by the Center for Responsive Politics and the same team of Boston Globe investigative reporters featured in the movie "Spotlight."  The Thornton Law Firm has just 10 partners, but dollar for dollar, it's one of the nation's biggest political donors, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.

Hold Democrats Strictly Accountable for the Clintons.  The Democratic Party needs to pay an agonizing price for robust support of Hillary (Obama, too, for breaching national security by being on Hillary's private servers and lying about it). There's no wink and a nudge "this is just politics" excuse for Democrats.  You know, Reid and Democrats claiming just to be good soldiers.  That works in Washington, a city wallowing in cynicism — and with every new revelation, a capitol city riddled with corruption.  But elsewhere?  Not where honest citizens live.  The Democrats are colluding.  They're knowingly aiding and abetting Hillary's criminal conduct — multiple criminal actions, in fact.  Grave breaches of the law that very likely seriously compromised national security.  That's your safety and your family's.  The violations are obvious.  Democrats have no plausible excuses for backing the Clintons.

A $72-million apartment project.  Top politicians.  Unlikely donors.  No one is registered to vote at the run-down house on 223rd Street.  The living room window has been broken for months.  A grit-covered pickup sits in the dirt front yard with a flat tire.  Yet dozens of donations to local politicians — totaling more than $40,000 — have come from four of the people who have lived there over the last eight years.  Victor Blanco, a repairman originally from El Salvador, gave the most:  22 donations totaling $20,300 since 2008, according to contribution reports.  More than half that money went to U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Los Angeles) while she was pursuing local, state and federal office, according to contribution reports.

WikiLeaks: Tax Form Reveals John Podesta Continued Ties to Russian Energy Company After Claiming He Divested.  New WikiLeaks emails show Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta apparently maintained his connection to Russian government-backed Joule Unlimited long after he claimed to have severed ties and divested from the energy company.  As Breitbart news previously reported, Podesta obtained "75,000 common shares" from his membership on Joule's executive board.  He transferred those shares to his daughter, Megan Rouse, and designated her Dublin, California residence as the address for Leonidio Holdings LLC, the Delaware-based holding company that Podesta used to transfer his Joule shares.

A Warning, A Reminder, The Final Ten Days.  [Scroll down]  [T]here is nothing they will not do to retain their power.  Every social media platform that brings sunlight represents an existential threat to them.  Every voice that shares reality must be shut down, controlled and removed.  There is nothing they will not do to retain themselves.  There are trillions of dollars at stake.  You've seen it play out with censorship on Facebook and shadowbanning on Twitter.  However, that's small potatoes considering the scope of what they are capable of.  Shutting down YouTube to block visibility of Trump Rallies, and the voice therein, is no different.  Any action that can be taken to overwhelm the truth telling will be deployed.

They Knew:  The End of the Clinton Lies Begin.  When in doubt, the Clintons take refuge in the final lie that you may be able to prove that they did wrong, but not that they meant to do wrong.  That was Hillary's final email defense to the FBI.  Spliced with claims of memory loss due to a concussion was that old Sergeant Schultz favorite, "I know nothing."  But that defense completely falls apart once you prove that they did know.  That is what the leaked emails have begun doing.  They are establishing that the Sergeant Schultz defense is utterly hollow.  Cheryl Mills knew.  John Podesta knew.  Barack Obama knew.  And Hillary Clinton knew.  When Obama told a lie that could easily be disproven while trying to distance himself from Hillary, Mills quickly fired off a warning that he had better get his story straight.  And his people did.  That makes Obama complicit before and after the fact.  He knew what Hillary was doing when she was doing it.  And his people participated in the effort to cover it up afterward, not just to protect her, but to protect him.

Democrat Corruption is Much Worse Than Trump.  This week the [Wall Street] Journal revealed that Clinton crony Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe — no stranger to suspicious fund-raising irregularities — funneled more than half a million dollars to the unsuccessful state senate campaign of the wife of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  McCabe, whom the Journal describes as FBI Director James Comey's "right-hand man," was deeply involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server — an investigation that found Mrs. Clinton in clear violation of the law but unindictable because... well, just because.  Fortunately, Mr. McCabe has investigated himself and found himself completely innocent of any wrongdoing!

Hillary Clinton's chain of command for dirty tricks.  If you put together data from James O'Keefe's two videos for Project Veritas Action (transcripts [elsew]here), you can see the actual organizational structure used by the Democratic Party for vote-stealing dirty tricks.

Kathleen Kane gets 10 to 23 months in jail, judge chides her for political 'ego'.  Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced to up to two years behind bars followed by a probation that will keep her under court supervision for nearly a decade for crimes she committed in pursuit of retribution against political foes.  "This case is about ego — ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One," Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said during Kane's sentencing Monday in Montgomery County Court.  "And instead of focusing solely on the business of fighting crime, her focus was on defeating these perceived enemies."

Former Pennsylvania Democratic AG Sentenced to 10-23 Months in Jail.  Pennsylvania's former Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail for perjury and obstruction of justice that was a part of a political retaliation feud.  Kane, 50, had illegally disclosed details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and then lied about the incident under oath, local ABC affiliate WTAE reported.  The former attorney general was also sentenced to eight years of probation by Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.  "This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant ... felt had embarrassed her in the press," Demchick-Alloy said during the sentencing.

Republicans claim 'collusion' after email appears to show DOJ, Clinton campaign contact.  Republicans accused the Hillary Clinton campaign and Obama Justice Department of "collusion" on Tuesday [10/11/2016] after an email surfaced from the latest WikiLeaks document dump indicating the Clinton camp got a heads-up from the DOJ about one of the former secretary of state's court cases.

November 8, 2016: America's First-Ever National Refenderum on Government Corruption.  If you would like to know how a Hillary Clinton administration would operate, remind yourself of how her email scandal was handled, not just by Hillary and her aides, but by the Obama Department of Justice, the FBI and the Republicans in Congress — one might say they are all unindicted co-conspirators in a cover-up.  It is a scandal punctuated by government lying and stonewalling and a conspicuous absence of moral courage by those in a position to do the right thing. [...] The efforts taken by the Clintons to avoid transparency by setting up a private server and the quantity of money flowing to them dwarfs any previous government scandal.  During Hillary's public service, about $250 million went to the Clintons directly and about $2 billion to the Clinton Foundation, an entity seemingly designed to intentionally evade the laws preventing foreign interests from influencing American politics and policy decisions.

Trump Foundation Probe Shows NY AG Uses Office to Protect Clinton, Attack Her Political Foes.  Despite what you may hear from political talking heads, there is no question that this move by the Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is simply an extension of an ongoing, politically motivated probe into Donald Trump's charity.  It has previously been reported that it is no secret Schneiderman is a Hillary Clinton supporter.  Disclosures from 2015 show he donated $2,700 to Clinton's campaign, the maximum amount allowed under federal law.  He also serves on the Clinton campaign's leadership council for the state of New York.

Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges.  State Rep. Christina "Tita" Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday [9/30/2016] on 19 voting fraud charges.  Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State's Attorney's Office said in a press release.  The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.  Ayala, who represents the 128th District, was elected in 2012, replacing her cousin, Andres Ayala, who was elected to the state Senate.  She chose to run for reelection earlier this year, despite the voting fraud investigation, but lost a four-way primary in August.

Tennessee Congressional Candidate Busted for Growing A Ton of Weed.  Flo Matheson wants to be elected to the 6th District congressional seat in Tennessee.  She also wants to smoke a [lot] of marijuana.  So now the question raised by Matheson is this:  Can she have it both ways?!?  On May 20, police officers in Crossville, Tennessee, raided the home of Matheson, a Democrat who is running in that state's Congressional primary.  According to authorities, they became aware of an indoor pot-growing operation on Matheson's property and therefore obtained a search warrant that covered her residence and a barn on her land.  The investigation turned up more than 180 marijuana plants and various kinds of equipment, says Steve Harrington, someone who lives on Matheson's property and admitted to growing the drug.

John Kerry Knew The State Department Funneled Millions To His Daughter's Charity.  Secretary of State John Kerry lauded a program run by his daughter's nonprofit as he announced an extension of its non-competitively awarded Department of State funding in 2014, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  "What we're talking about here is a multi-million dollar effort that will strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers to deliver lifesaving HIV services," Kerry said in December 2014, at a World AIDS Day event.  "[I]t will build on the Global Health Service Partnership with Peace Corps and Seed Global Health."

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Hillary campaign accused of fraudulent charges to low-income donors' credit cards.  You know those horrible people who take your credit card information, supposedly for a one-time purchase or a single donation, then turn around and charge it again multiple times beyond what you authorized?  Scam artists!  Criminals!  Who are these people and where do they get the nerve to prey on people like that?  For one thing, it is usually people who know how to fly under the radar screen.  For instance, if they know that no one investigates thefts under $100, they'll steal $99, or something less than that.  People who know how to break the law without ever having to pay a price for it.

Bill Clinton and the Selling of America's National Security.  This may be the greatest scandal in 50 years of American history.  It makes Watergate look like a jay walking charge.  It makes the Iran Contra affair look like a small time operation.  This is what House Republicans should have Impeached Bill Clinton for instead of lying about a White House Intern [...] in the Oval Office.  It's called treason.

22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election.  [#1] According to the Election Protection Coalition, voters across the United States reported more than 70,000 voting problems by 5 PM Eastern time on election day.  [#2] There were 59 voting divisions in the city of Philadelphia where Mitt Romney did not receive a single vote.  In those voting divisions, the combined vote total was 19,605 for Barack Obama and 0 for Mitt Romney.  [#3] The overall voter turnout rate in Philadelphia was only about 60 percent.  But in the areas of Philadelphia where Republican poll watchers were illegally removed, the voter turnout rate was over 90% and Obama received over 99% of the vote.  Officials in Philadelphia have already ruled out an investigation.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Accused of Rigging Florida Primary.  Professional Clinton crony Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to resign as head of the Democratic National Committee after Wikileaks released emails from the party which showed that she rigged the presidential primaries for her friend Hillary Clinton, is now being accused by her local rival, Tim Canova, of rigging her own primary.  Tim Canova, a law professor and Democrat candidate running for Wasserman Schultz's House seat in Florida, sounded off on Twitter this afternoon [8/22/2016] where he accused his opponent of trying to influence people's votes and undermining his campaign.

Clinton-Connected Pennsylvania AG Found Guilty of 9 Felonies.  A jury on Monday night [8/15/2016] found Pennsylvania's Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane guilty on nine felony counts stemming from her attempt to leak confidential information aimed at embarrassing Republican political rivals.  Kane, who became a rising political star thanks to support from Bill and Hillary Clinton, has been asked to resign by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D.), and prosecutors say they are considering recommending prison time for Kane.

Chris Matthews Fails to Identify Disgraced Pennsylvania AG as a Democrat.  Imagine that a Republican state attorney general had been forced to resign after being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.  Now imagine how the story would have been played on MSNBC.  Fair to assume that the word "Republican" would have featured in the story's first sentence?  But in a stand-alone segment on today's Hardball on the forced resignation of Kathleen Kane, the Pennsylvania AG who was convicted on nine charges, host Chris Matthews failed to ever mention, and the screen graphics never revealed, that Kane is a Democrat.  Kane had illegally leaked secret grand jury documents to harm a rival prosecutor, then lied about it under oath.

Pennsylvania Democrat AG Kathleen Kane Found Guilty on All Counts in Perjury/Obstruction of Justice Prosecution.  Then she immediately began leaking derogatory information about the judge, bailiffs, and jurors.

Jury convicts Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the state's top law enforcement officer and once an ascending star in politics, was convicted by a jury Monday [8/15/2016] of perjury and related charges for covering up a grand jury leak she orchestrated.  Gov. Tom Wolf called on Kane, 50, of Scranton to resign immediately.

Democrat AG, Kathleen Kane, Found Guilty on Nine Criminal Charges — Criminal Conspiracy, Perjury.  A Pennsylvania Jury found Democrat Attorney General Kathleen Kane guilty on nine criminal counts last night including conspiracy and perjury.  Elected to office in 2014, found guilty of criminal conspiracy in 2016.

PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane Faces Prison Time After Being Convicted of 9 Criminal Charges.  Pennsylvania's top prosecutor, Kathleen Kane, was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice on Monday evening [8/15/2016].  A jury found Kane guilty of a total of 9 criminal charges.  Kane, who once was a rising star in Democratic party, is facing mounting calls to resign as Pennsylvania Attorney General.  "We will continue this litigation we will continue this fight because we believe that our client has been wrongfully accused of misconduct," her defense attorney Gerald Shargel told media outside the court, according to CNN.

Historic! Another Top Clinton Supporter is Under Federal Investigation.  It's really weird how all these Democrats mysteriously find themselves under federal investigation during a Democrat administration.  It's almost as if they think they're above the law.

Feds investigating Mayor de Blasio's involvement in sale of Long Island College Hospital.  U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is looking into Mayor de Blasio's involvement in the sale of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, the [New York] Daily News has learned.  Bharara's office recently issued a subpoena to the State University of New York, which had owned the hospital, seeking all communications between the university system and City Hall regarding the sale of LICH dating to Jan. 2, 2014, when de Blasio took office, said two sources familiar with the matter.  One source close to SUNY confirmed the subpoena and said "the clear target seems to be de Blasio."  But the specifics of what Bharara is looking into were unclear.

DNC Shared Its Donor Appointment List With White House.  New details have emerged about a possible "pay-to-play" scheme that surfaced in the Democratic National Committee documents released by Wikileaks last week.  The Democratic National Committee's national finance director sent a White House official who handles personnel matters a list of Democratic donors that the DNC hand-picked for appointments to federal boards and commissions.  The Daily Caller reported earlier this week that Jordan Kaplan, the DNC finance director, sought guidance from his colleagues on what donors to choose for federal appointments.  Names were collected, and a spreadsheet entitled "Boards and Commissions" was created.

DNC Breaks Federal Law; Violation of Sec. 8 U.S. Code § 1324.  In their bizarre showcase of illegal aliens on the first day of their convention, Democrats not only shamelessly used a little girl for crass political reasons, they also managed to break federal immigration law — twice.  Karla Ortiz has appeared on television and in commercials telling Hillary Clinton how scared she is that her illegal immigrant mom will be deported.  In the ad — and again Monday night — we hear that Hillary told her that she would do the worrying for Karla.  Aww.  Karla then appeared Monday night [7/25/2016] on stage at the Democratic National Convention with her illegal-immigrant mother, Francesca.  In addition being a disgusting display of political pandering, this is also a violation of 8 U.S. Code § 1324.  The law makes it a felony to "conceal" or "harbor" any "alien" "including any means of transportation."

Lawyers Repeatedly Flagged Illicit Politicking by Dem Legal Strategy Group.  Democratic Party lawyers had to step in repeatedly to prevent illegal or prohibited political fundraising by a new Democratic National Committee group designed to coordinate legal strategy with hundreds of friendly attorneys, internal documents show.  Multiple proposed fundraising pitches by the new Democratic Lawyers Committee (DLC) invoked the names of high-ranking administration officials in what would have been violations of federal laws and White House policies against political activity by administration officials, according to emails between the group's top staffers and their attorneys.

Wasserman-Schultz's Opponent to File Complaint Accusing Her of Using DNC Resources for Reelection.  It seems that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has been through quite a week.  Following the release of Wikileaks emails that show the DNC's general disdain for Bernie Sanders, Wasserman-Schultz will step down from her role as the chair of the DNC at the end of the convention.  In addition, she has minimized her role at the Democratic convention currently happening in Philadelphia.  Now, she faces a new challenge.  This time from her primary opponent in Florida, Tim Canova.  Canova has begun the process of filing a legal complaint against Wasserman-Schultz claiming that she misappropriated DNC resources to help in her reelection campaign in Florida.

A Guide to Buying Access at the Democratic National Convention.  Corporations, labor unions, and wealthy individuals can buy access to top Democratic policymakers at the party's convention in Philadelphia this week, according to internal documents detailing the perks that the party is offering to its wealthiest donors.  Political action committees that gave $90,000 to the Democratic National Committee between January 2015 and June 2016 will get two tickets to an "exclusive roundtable and campaign briefing with high-level Democratic officials," the documents reveal.  Political groups that donated at least $150,000 will get four tickets instead of two.  Native American tribes can get five tickets, but they must have donated at least $200,000.  PACs that gave at least $30,000 will also get access to "business roundtables and industry panels throughout the Convention."

Debbie Fired For Collusion and Corruption — Instantly Hired By Hillary.  You can't make this stuff up!  Debbie Wasserman Schultz steps down/gets fired for colluding with the media and others to crush Bernie.  She becomes the picture of all things corrupt, but Hillary instantly hires her on for the campaign.  That is the kind of resumé Hillary appreciates.

Leaked DNC Documents Show Plans To Reward Big Donors With Federal Appointments.  Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions.  The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.  "The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party," Boehm told The Daily Caller.

Team of Grifters:  Tim Kaine Reinforces 'Crooked' Hillary's Weaknesses on Cronyism, Corruption.  Hillary Clinton may have selected Sen. Tim Kaine (R-VA) as her running mate to help her appeal to blue-collar men, but her selection only reinforces her biggest weaknesses with voters.  In an election cycle in which voters are revolting against career politicians like Clinton who play by a different set of rules and are associated with cronyism and corruption, Kaine is none other than a lifelong politician who accepted lavish gifts while he was Virginia's governor and lieutenant governor.

Kaine accepted clothes, vacation as gifts.  Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine took advantage of the state's lax gift laws to receive an $18,000 Caribbean vacation, $5,500 in clothes and a trip to watch George Mason University play in the NCAA basketball Final Four during his years as lieutenant governor and governor, according to disclosures he filed.  Now a leading contender to be Hillary Clinton's running mate, Kaine reported more than $160,000 in gifts from 2001 to 2009, mostly for travel to and from political events and conferences, according to disclosures compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project.  The givers included political supporters, a drug company that soon after bought a facility in Virginia, and Dominion, the state's biggest provider of electricity.

Hillary Veep Pick Eagerly Accepted $160,000 in "Gifts" as Virginia Governor.  Has there ever been a more corrupt, venal and destructive ticket than this particular Democrat offering?

Mike Brown's Mom Robs & Beats Her Mother-In-Law, Still Slated To Speak at DNC.  Look who is going to be speaking at the DNC this year for Hillary.  This isn't too surprising, considering the fact that the Democrats have a criminal openly running for President.

Labor Secretary Misrepresented Grandfather's Ties to Dominican Dictator.  Labor Secretary Tom Perez, one of Hillary Clinton's top choices for vice president, misrepresented his grandfather's relationship to a Dominican dictator, according to a report.  Perez has lauded his grandfather, Rafael Brache, for "standing on the right side of history" against the brutal regime of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.  He said that Brache was expelled for speaking out against the regime, but a new Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that Brache exited the country after years of support for the regime.  "In his comments, Mr. Perez rarely, if ever, mentions that Mr. Brache was one of the dictator's champions during at least the first five years of his repressive three-decade regime, a fact documented in dozens of cables, letters and memos in public archives in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic," the article states.

Clinton Foundation Corruption Should Be Next for the FBI.  North Florida-based Congresswoman Corinne Brown is the latest Clinton superdelegate to receive an indictment for corruption and ethics violations.  Brown allegedly received $800,000 from an organization called One Door For Education under false pretenses that the funds would be used for charitable purposes.  One Door For Education touts itself as a nonprofit, but is not legally registered as such.  Brown is just one of several Clinton superdelegates to recently be exposed for fraudulent activity.  Late last month, Congressman Chaka Fattah was convicted on charges of racketeering, corruption and stealing charitable funds.  Sen. Bob Menendez, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Dannel Malloy and the former Virginia governor who served as Clinton's 2008 campaign chair, Terry McAuliffe, are also in the midst of corruption probes.

Throw away the key.
Supreme Court rejects Kwame Kilpatrick's new trial bid.  The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's appeal of his public corruption conviction, putting a final end to Kilpatrick's bid to overturn his 28-year prison sentence.  Kilpatrick, 46, was convicted of using his position as mayor of Detroit and state House representative to execute a wide-ranging racketeering conspiracy involving extortion, bribery and fraud.

NYC could be on verge of making the worst kind of history.  As they seek to prove big crimes, prosecutors must present large amounts of evidence, some of it complex.  But persuading juries also requires a simple theory of the case that shows how the evidence fits together, and the best way to do that is it give jurors catchy details to help them understand the narrative — and find the defendants guilty.  By that standard, prosecutors are hitting the motherlode in the ballooning New York corruption scandal.  Among the seal-the-deal details are elves and hookers, garbage bags and fancy Italian bags, a private jet and a private lane in the Lincoln Tunnel.  Prosecutors allege, for example, that a cash kickback was delivered in a Salvatore Ferragamo bag, and that businessmen wearing elf hats delivered expensive Christmas presents to police officers' homes.

Congressman Chaka Fattah receives his walking papers.  Earlier this week, John [Sexton] covered the end to the Pennsylvania trial of Congressman Chaka Fattah and his conviction on multiple counts of racketeering and fraud.  One would expect that with such a result, Fattah would quickly depart the scene, sparing his constituents and his colleagues in the lower chamber any further embarrassment.  But Fattah initially offered his resignation for October 3rd, the day before he's to be sentenced.  That didn't sit well with the Speaker of the House, and facing the possibility of more severe measures, he quickly suggested some sort of compromise might be in order.

Congressman Chaka Fattah guilty on all charges in corruption case.  The veteran Pennsylvania congressman was convicted Tuesday [6/21/2016] in a month-long racketeering case that largely centered on various efforts to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan related to his unsuccessful 2007 mayoral bid.

Clinton Superdelegate Chaka Fattah Found Guilty on Corruption Charges.  Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), a Hillary Clinton superdelegate, was convicted on Tuesday on corruption charges stemming from a racketeering conspiracy in which the congressman and four associates misappropriated thousands of dollars from federal, campaign, and charitable sources.  Fattah and four associates were indicted in July 2015 on 29 corruption charges including racketeering, bribery, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, and falsification of records, among other charges.  The Department of Justice said Fattah took an illegal $1 million loan from his failed Philadelphia mayoral bid in 2007 and disguised it as a loan to his consulting company.

Leaked Memo Teaches Clinton Staffers How To Break Campaign Finance Laws And Get Away With It.  A leaked 2015 memo appears to give Hillary Clinton staffers advice on how to solicit large-sum donations for super PACs without breaking campaign finance laws restricting that behavior.  According to the Intercept, the memo in question was uncovered in Guccifer 2.0's recent hack of the DNC and was written by Marc Elias, who now serves as general counsel to Clinton's campaign.

Luis Gutierrez Paid His Wife Over $300,000 From Campaign Funds.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) has paid his wife and daughters hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign's coffer since 2010, according to campaign finance data.  Gutierrez, who was first elected to Congress in 1993, brought his wife, Soraida Gutierrez, onto his campaign's payroll six years ago to act as his office manager, treasurer, and fundraiser.  Soraida Gutierrez was a registered lobbyist in the state of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 before joining Gutierrez for Congress.  She has since raked in more than $300,000 for her work on behalf of the committee while being the top recipient of campaign cash in three cycles since stepping into her role.

4 NYPD officials busted in de Blasio fundraising probe.  Four NYPD officials — including three high-ranking cops — have been busted as part of the sweeping federal corruption probe rocking the police department and Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, federal prosecutors announced Monday [6/20/2016].  "It is a heartbreaking thing," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said.  "An officer who betrays his badge betrays every honorable officer."  Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and Sgt. David Villanueva were arrested at their homes at 6 a.m.  Monday by FBI agents and hauled into 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan, sources said.  Officer Richard Ochetal has already pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for expediting gun permit applications, prosecutors revealed.

Former DC mayor returns to council after federal probes.  Two years after he lost his bid for a second term as District of Columbia mayor amid a federal corruption probe, Vincent Gray has assured himself a return to elected office in the nation's capital.

Al Sharpton still too busy to pay his taxes.  MSNBC host and perpetual race agitator Al Sharpton certainly gets around quite a bit.  Any time there's any sort of Black Lives Matter protest or urban unrest with a race relations twist, Sharpton seems to appear within hours as if by magic.  So busy is the man's schedule that he apparently still can't find time to sit down with an accountant and clear up more than a half million dollars in unpaid taxes which the IRS has been pestering him about for some time now.

The Rule Of Law Is Dead.  Note that this is not just about possible security problems; there is apparently evidence that Hillary and Bill used their "family foundation" to sell influence including to foreign entities and in fact there are people speculating that she won't just be indicted related to mishandling classified information (which I remind you can and often does get people killed) but possibly on racketeering charges — that is, just like the mob!  Yet 71% of Democrat voters say this doesn't matter and she should keep running even if indicted on such charges.

50% Say Clinton Should Keep Running Even If Indicted.  Most continue to believe likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is a lawbreaker, but half of all voters also say a felony indictment shouldn't stop her campaign for the presidency.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think Clinton should immediately stop campaigning if she is charged with a felony in connection with her use of a private e-mail server while secretary of State.  Fifty percent (50%), however, think she should continue running until a court determines her guilt or innocence.

Under investigation, Mayor de Blasio's administration is acting like it has plenty to hide.  As investigations of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's administration deepen, his denials and obfuscations are becoming increasingly disconnected from reality.  The first-term Democrat is now retailing straight balderdash and trying to bluster his way through a thickening bramble of ethical questions.  The besieged mayor continues to defend his use of the Campaign for One New York, a nonprofit that took millions of dollars from his progressive allies, many of whom sought (and received) favors from the city.

Why Are the Clintons Always Under Investigation?  [Scroll down]  The Clintons, it might be noted, are not the only ones to be involved in a fresh time of troubles.  They extend to their former consigliere Terry McAuliffe, who is Governor of Virginia and former head of the Democratic National Committee.  McAuliffe was a dynamo as a fundraiser for the Clintons.  Now he's under federal investigation for campaign contributions.  The Justice Department, as part of its investigation, is apparently examining McAuliffe's work as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, itself a dubious organization that has accepted contributions from some very questionable customers.  Apparently 120 donors gave to both McAuliffe and the Clinton foundation.

FBI investigation of McAuliffe leaked: why?  The stunning news that the FBI has been investigating Virginia Governor (and key Clinton Machine operative) Terry McAuliffe for a year is widely seen as an ominous sign for Hillary Clinton's campaign. [...] A former chair of the Democratic National Committee, McAuliffe raised a then-unprecedented $275 million for the Clintons in the 20th century, and set a record for a single night fundraiser with $26 million.  He also personally guaranteed the mortgage on the Chappaqua mansion purchased by the Clintons for their post-presidency residence, when they were, according to Hillary, "dead broke."  The term "bagman" has been applied to him for years, particularly since he has made no secret of his pattern of mixing politics and his personal business interests.

McAuliffe: That Donation from a Chinese Parliament Member Was Totally Legal!  Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said his reaction was "shock" when he learned the FBI was investigating donations to his 2013 campaign.  He must be the only person in Virginia who was.

McAuliffe Shields Clintons: 'This Has Nothing to Do With the Clinton Foundation'.  The governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, is responding to news of him being under federal investigation by shielding his close associates, Hillary and Bill Clinton.  McAuliffe told reporters, "this has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation.  This was an allegation of a gentleman who gave a check to my campaign.  I didn't bring the donor in.  I didn't bring him into the Clinton Foundation.  I'm not sure if I've ever met the person."

First 'Clinton Cash' Domino to Fall:  FBI Investigating Hillary Bagman Terry McAuliffe.  Close Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe is under federal investigation for campaign contributions from a Chinese billionaire who has also donated $2 million to the Clinton Foundation.

People Putting 'Huge Amounts of Money' In Clintons' Pockets Had 'Strong, Rich Ties With Oppressive Forces'.  [Scroll down]  [Stephen K.] Bannon added a hat tip to [Peter] Schweizer by pointing out that Clinton Cash was also released about four weeks before the FBI investigation began, putting years of research on the Clinton's financial dealings into the public domain.  "We like to think that the two are connected, and the areas of investigation hit on the exact point that we reported on in Clinton Cash, which is that money flows to the Clintons in exchange for official favors," Schweizer agreed.  "I think that the leak Terry McAuliffe is under investigation is only the beginning, and I have always believed that the email investigation is important, but really that is just an ancillary to the larger question of the Clintons getting paid off," he said.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under federal investigation for campaign contributions.  Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.  The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.  McAuliffe wasn't notified by investigators that he is a target of the probe, according to the officials.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under investigation by DOJ over possible illegal campaign contributions.  Federal officials are investigating whether Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's 2013 campaign accepted illegal campaign contributions, sources familiar with the investigation confirmed Monday [5/23/2016] to Fox News.  The Democratic governor and Clinton ally is the target of a Justice Department investigation into whether he violated campaign finance laws.  The probe, first reported by CNN, involves a $120,000 donation from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang through his U.S. businesses.  U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals to donate to political races.

13 Incompetent Failures in the Obama Administration.  [#4] Well before he became secretary of State, John Kerry profited from the Obama administration.  While he was helping to craft Obamacare, the Massachusetts senator bought stock in a pharmaceuticals company which would benefit from the law.  He also bought shares in a medical device manufacturer — a company whose stock rose 71 percent when the bill passed.  Finally, Kerry and his wife sold off their investments in United Health and Wellpoint, two of the healthcare providers which ended up losing big from Obamacare.

De Blasio shields cronies in 'corruption' coverup.  Besieged by federal and state investigators, Mayor Bill de Blasio turned Nixonian Thursday and declared five of his closest outside confidants exempt from public disclosure laws when they advise him on running the city.  His administration extended the stunning "agents of the city" privilege to BerlinRosen co-founder Jonathan Rosen; Hilltop Public Solutions partners Nicholas Baldick and Bill Hyers; and AKPD partner John Del Cecato.  All four worked on de Blasio's political campaigns.  Also included was Patrick Gaspard, US ambassador to South Africa and a former political operative at SEIU Local 1199.

Pa. Democrats set to host national convention amid 'endemic' party corruption in state.  Pennsylvania Democrats, no strangers to corruption, are surpassing their own dirty reputations as they prepare to host the Democratic National Convention this summer in Philadelphia.  There's Rep. Chaka Fattah, an 11-term Democrat from Philadelphia whose trial opens Monday [5/16/2016] in federal court on charges of bribery, concealment of unlawful campaign contributions and theft of charitable and federal funds.  Voters took the rare step in the Democratic primary last month of voting out Mr. Fattah, the longest-serving black congressman in Pennsylvania's history.

Alan Grayson Loses it on MSNBC Host for Bringing Up Ethics Violations.  Alan Grayson is a hero of online liberals — or at least, he was the last time I read a liberal blog, which has been some years. [...] He's also running for the Florida Senate Seat as an "insurgent" candidate against establishment favorite Patrick Murphy.  Grayson went on MSNBC today with how Joy Reid — hardly a hostile interview for liberals — and absolutely lost his smarmy mind when Reid asked him some basic questions:  [Video clip]

Flint: Never let crisis dollars go to waste.  Death and taxes are said to be life's only certainties, but you can also pretty much count on bureaucrats to care little about doing their jobs well and on politicians to cash in on every crisis.  Government had already let down Flint, Mich. badly enough.  But a new lawsuit alleges that Mayor Karen Weaver, hailed as a champion for her city during its water crisis, siphoned money out of a pool intended to fix the city's tainted water problem into her political action committee.  This accusation will be tested in court.

Feds want corrupt ex-Sen. John Sampson to spend 87 months in jail.  Federal prosecutors are recommending a jail term of 87 months for ex-state Sen. John Sampson when he is sentenced next week in Brooklyn Federal Court.  The once-powerful Democrat was convicted last year of obstructing a mortgage fraud probe involving a deep-pocketed crony of Sampson's who had loaned money to the Brooklyn politician, and lying to the FBI.

Corruption probe into Cuomo, de Blasio expands.  There'[s] been an interesting twist in the ongoing corruption investigation swirling around New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The Mayor has apparently had enough of all these pesky questions and he's no longer going to cooperate with any such lines of inquiry.  That might not normally be newsworthy since these are no doubt uncomfortable questions to answer, but the unique aspect of the story is who the Mayor is blaming.

Ex-NY Speaker Sheldon Silver sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption.  Sheldon Silver, longtime Democratic politician and former speaker of the New York State Assembly, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption by a federal judge on Tuesday [5/3/2016].  Silver was also ordered to pay $1.75 million in fines.  The 72-year-old lawyer and longtime representative of Lower Manhattan was found guilty last November of fraud, extortion and money laundering.  In addition to trading favors with local real estate developers, it was determined that Silver found jobs for two women he had extramarital affairs with.

From Albany to Prison:  Ex-Lawmakers on Life Behind Bars.  In May, three more corrupt New York State lawmakers are expected to join the jumpsuited ranks, three more cautionary tales from a State Legislature with no apparent shortage of them.

De Blasio staffers slapped with subpoenas as scandal deepens.  Mayor Bill de Blasio received a rude awakening from federal investigators — who slapped City Hall, including three members of Hizzoner's inner circle, with subpoenas amid a growing probe of his shady fundraising, sources confirmed to The [New York] Post on Wednesday [4/27/2016].  De Blasio's most trusted aide, Emma Wolfe, his top fundraiser, Ross Offinger, and a consulting firm that has run his campaigns were all served with the legal papers, sources said.

How de Blasio ran political campaigns out of City Hall.  Bill de Blasio and his team brazenly ran political campaigns straight out of City Hall, according to state investigators.  The administration was still reeling Saturday from a state Board of Elections memo that alleged City Hall made "willful and flagrant" violations of campaign finance law by steering unions and deep-pocketed donors to indirectly funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to three upstate Democrats running for the state Senate.  The big-money donors would cut six-digit checks to county Democratic committees, which would then send the money to the campaigns, thus circumventing legal caps on contributions.

The mayor is going down!  Less than a week ago, Mayor de Blasio was offering aid to Ecuadorians after the earthquake there.  Now a political earthquake is rocking City Hall and the mayor is the one who needs help.  The report from the state Board of Elections that accuses him and his team of "willful and flagrant" violations of campaign-finance laws immediately changes everything.  The veneer of business as usual is shredded.

De Blasio team skirted campaign donation limits; investigators found 'willful and flagrant' violations 'warranting prosecution'.  The head investigator for the state Board of Elections probed the 2014 fundraising efforts by Mayor de Blasio and his team on behalf of the Senate Democrats and found enough "willful and flagrant" violations to warrant a criminal referral to the Manhattan DA's office.  The Daily News obtained a bombshell memo state Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman sent to the board's four commissioners on Jan. 4 recommending the referral.

Ex-Congressman Mel Reynolds, facing tax charges, gets locked up.  A misdemeanor tax case against an ex-congressman delivered yet another twist Wednesday [4/20/2016] when a federal judge locked up former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds.  U.S. District Judge John Darrah gave Reynolds six days last week to find a place to live where he could be put on electronic monitoring.  Reynolds said Wednesday he had failed to do so, but he asked for time to keep looking.  He also announced plans to represent himself.

NYPD officers shared prostitute in private jet funded by businessman in corruption probe, reports say.  Several New York police officials have been accused of having sex with a prostitute dressed as an air hostess while travelling on a private plane paid for by a city businessman at the heart of a federal corruption probe.  The prostitute is said to have enacted a "Coffee, tea, or me?" routine during both legs of a return trip to Las Vegas, informed sources told the New York Post.  The private plane was reportedly paid for by Jona Rechnitz, one of two businessmen with ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio who is being investigated over gifts made to five high ranking police officers.

City Hall squirming as corruption scandal widens.  Well, that didn't take long:  Mayor de Blasio has now lawyered up in the ever-widening federal corruption probe by US Attorney Preet Bharara.  To be sure, attorney Barry Berke officially represents the mayor's 2013 election campaign, and he was officially asked only to reach out to Bharara's office and offer to help "in any way that we can.  But it's another sign that things may be getting increasingly uncomfortable for the folks at City Hall.

De Blasio handling corruption scandal like a true scoundrel.  [Scroll down]  Cops are all-too familiar with double standards.  They're usually held to the highest test of integrity while also considered the most expendable in a political crisis.  That strikes me as foolishness compounded.  Yet corruption has little to do with fairness and everything to do with power.  And to hear de Blasio talk, he is far too big to be held to the same rules as the little people, cops included.

NYPD corruption scandal leads straight to de Blasio.  As Bob Dylan told us long ago, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."  These days, a foul wind blows from City Hall.  With subpoenas issued, investigations spreading and at least one federal grand jury at work, the question isn't whether Bill de Blasio's administration has a corruption problem.  The questions are how big is the problem, how many agencies are tainted and how high up the pecking order does it go?  The preliminary answers are worrisome.  A small army of investigators, including the FBI, is on the hunt, and all roads appear to lead straight to Mayor Putz.

Office of Congressional Ethics calls for full investigation of Alan Grayson.  Last month Ed [Morrissey] noted that the House Ethics Committee was opening an investigation into apparent moonlighting by Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson.  Tuesday, the Office of Congressional Ethics published a 74-page report detailing its findings recommending the committee undertake a full investigation of multiple allegations against Grayson.

Ethics report: Florida Democrat Grayson likely violated House rules.  A congressional review panel said Tuesday [4/5/2016] that Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson likely violated House rules in his business activities and use of congressional staff, as the separate House Ethics Committee moved to extend its probe.  Grayson, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by ex-GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio, is being scrutinized regarding a hedge fund he started when he was not a member of Congress and for allegedly using his congressional staff for unofficial business.

Dem Donors Plead Guilty to $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme.  Five individuals who have donated to Democratic politicians pleaded guilty to a scheme that drained Medicare out of $33 million dollars.  Two physicians and three owners of hospice and home care companies based out of Detroit, Mich., were charged on June 18, 2015 as part of the largest Medicare fraud case in history for submitting fraudulent claims for home health care and hospice services that were either not provided or deemed medically unnecessary.  The elaborate operation revolved around Muhammad Tariq, Shahid Tahir, and Manawar Javed — the owners of the home health care and hospice companies — paying kickbacks and bribes to physicians for referrals to their companies that included A Plus Hospice and Palliative Care, At Home Hospice, and At Home Network Inc.

Clinton superdelegate disbarred while awaiting prison sentencing - still a superdelegate.  Just a quick update on the superdelegate situation for the Democrats this evening.  Normally we'd be talking about which of the army of superdelegates is backing which candidate or how they might make the process a tad bit more democratic in nature, but this story has to do with who will (or more to the point, won't) be attending the festivities in Philadelphia.  You may recall that we earlier talked about one of Hillary Clinton's long time friends and supporters who also happens to be a superdelegate, Sheldon Silver.  The disgraced former Speaker of the State Assembly in New York was previously convicted of a raft of corruption charges and is currently awaiting sentencing where he could receive up to 130 years behind bars.

Australians say they were paid by Labor Party to work for Sanders.  Young Australians say they are being paid to work for Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign by the Australian Labor Party in what appears to be a violation of U.S. election law, according to an undercover video released Thursday [2/25/2016].  The footage captured by Project Veritas Action shows three campaign volunteers discussing how they received compensation from the Australian Labor Party — including airfare, housing and a daily stipend — in order to help Mr. Sanders' bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Feds Flag Thousands of Illegal Bernie Sanders Contributions.  Thousands of contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign in January violated federal campaign finance laws, election regulators said on Thursday [2/25/2016].  The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign committee on Thursday with a 90-page spreadsheet listing 3,457 "excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions."  The campaign's January financial disclosure filing listed contributions from foreign nationals and unregistered political committees, the FEC said.  Other contributions came from donors who exceeded the $2,700 per-election limit.

The H-Factor in voter turnout.  Think about this situation:  not only do the Democratic Party insist on running a candidate who is hands down the most reviled woman in America, but they insist on doing so in the face of revelations that would already have required any other candidate to step down and retire from all politics.  But those Democrat power brokers are so hell-bent on their party electing the first female president that they'll even support a candidate who, were she Jane Doe, would be facing multiple federal felony charges and likely serious prison time.  Hillary has had a lot of time since Bill left office to make lucrative promises to a lot of powerful people, so that those folks have a clear interest in seeing her made president, criminal or no — in fact, probably even better if she is, because she'll be easier to manipulate.  And that, folks, is who the Democrats think should be our next president.

Ex-Calif. State Sen. Leland Yee, gun control champion, heading to prison for weapons trafficking.  On the surface, the story of Leland Yee looks like a precipitous fall from grace.  The 67-year-old had risen steadily in the ranks of Bay Area politics since the late 80s, when he was elected to the San Francisco School Board.  He then went on to sit on the city's Board of Supervisors and in the state Assembly.  The latter role saw him become the first Asian American speaker pro tem in 2004, making him the second-highest ranking Democrat in the California assembly at the time.

Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case.  A federal district judge sentenced former state Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, to five years in prison Wednesday [2/24/2016] for trading political favors for campaign contributions.  He was also fined $20,000.  Yee admitted in a plea deal that he was part of a racketeering conspiracy that involved exchanging official acts for money, conspiring to traffic in weapons and money laundering.  Specifically, Lee promised an undercover FBI agent favors in return for campaign contributions.

Iowa Democratic party altered precinct's caucus results during chaotic night.  In Grinnell Ward 1, the precinct where elite liberal arts college Grinnell College is located, 19 delegates were awarded to Bernie Sanders and seven were awarded to Hillary Clinton on caucus night.  However, the Iowa Democratic party decided to shift one delegate from Sanders to Clinton on the night and did not notify precinct secretary J Pablo Silva that they had done so.  Silva only discovered that this happened the next day, when checking the precinct results in other parts of the county.  The shift of one delegate at a county convention level would not have significantly affected the ultimate outcome of the caucus, but rather, it raises questions about the Iowa Democratic party's management of caucus night.

That Smell Isn't the Ethanol.  Sixteen years after the chad-diviners of Florida we now have the coin-flippers of Iowa.  The Des Moines Register, which endorsed Hillary Clinton pre-caucus, is post-caucus calling for a "complete audit" of the vote to establish whether she actually won it — as the maniacal cackler has been going around bragging about ever since.  I would say it is almost certain that she did not win it.  But whether anyone can know for sure is more doubtful.  The Democrats run their end of the Iowa caucus as a folksier version of the union block vote in the old British Labour Party.  No actual vote tallies are released, just the numbers of SDEs — or "state delegate equivalents".

The Iowa Democratic Party Chair Refusing To Review Caucus Results Is A HUGE Hillary Supporter.  The Iowa Democratic party chair who is refusing to release raw vote totals from Monday's state caucuses is a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter who donated to the politician's various campaigns and who reportedly drives a Buick with the license plate "HRC 2016."  Dr. Andrea "Andy" McGuire has shot down calls to review vote tallies from Monday's contest despite Clinton's razor-thin win over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.  The former secretary of state squeaked by the democratic socialist, hauling in 49.9 percent of state delegate equivalents versus Sanders' 49.6 percent.

The Bill Clinton effect: Behind the left's sex-harassment problem.  News of rampant sexual harassment at a leading progressive public relations firm seems to have surprised some on the Left:  How can enlightened liberals, so staunchly committed to women's equality and progress, allow old-school sexism and abuse of power to persist?  How could FitzGibbon Media, which represented MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the AFL-CIO, have a CEO sending text messages asking for dirty pictures from female underlings?  Conservatives shouldn't start throwing stones:  There are plenty of cads in every political party.  Yet progressives really shouldn't be surprised that such behavior exists in liberal enclaves; in fact, there's reason to suspect there may be more mistreatment of women by the Left than the Right.  It's a phenomenon I call "the Bill Clinton effect."

The Clinton Curse returns.  The FBI's investigation is finding so much additional evidence of wrongdoing by the Clintons and their Clintonistas that the copious evidence is actually impeding the bureau from recommending indictments.  No sooner does the bureau think it has wrapped up one set of indictments than it trips across another category of malfeasance.  For instance, it seems that the FBI has now found the Clintons to have co-mingled their foundation's interests with Hillary's State Department work, and then there is her campaign fundraising, Bill's exorbitant lecture fees, and — who knows — the needs of the Clinton Library.  If Hillary and Bill are lucky, the FBI investigations will be mired in new evidence for months to come.

90 percent of New Yorkers think Albany is corrupt.  Ninety percent of New Yorkers believe Albany is corrupt and two-thirds believe there are problems with the elected officials representing their hometowns and cities. [...] Some 84 percent of voters want to take pensions away from pols who are convicted of crimes related to their official obligation to serve the public.  Sixty-two percent of voters polled want the state to close an LLC loophole that allows companies to skirt campaign contribution limits by setting up shadowy limited liability corporations that donate to candidates and increase influence on lawmakers.

Supreme Court will review corruption conviction of former Va. governor Robert McDonnell.  The Supreme Court will decide whether former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell was rightly convicted of corruption for his efforts on behalf of a businessman who bestowed money and gifts on the governor and his family.  The court announced Friday [1/15/2016] that it would intervene in the long-running saga of McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, and the case provides the justices a fresh opportunity to define what kind of political conduct crosses the line into criminal behavior.

Prosecutors will drop case against former Va. governor Robert McDonnell.  Federal prosecutors will not attempt to retry former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on corruption charges, ending a years-long saga that rocked the commonwealth's political class and cut short the rise of a Republican Party star.  The conclusion came unceremoniously, as prosecutors filed one-paragraph documents telling a federal appeals court they would move to dismiss the indictments.  It means that the McDonnells — who have always maintained they did nothing illegal — will avoid criminal convictions and prison time.

Sanders and Wife Steered Campaign, Nonprofit Money to Family and Friends.  Bernie Sanders and his wife have on numerous occasions steered money from organizations under their control to friends and family members, public records show.  The payments benefitted the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, his stepdaughter, and the son of a former colleague in city government whom Sanders has described as a close friend.  Sanders, a self-described socialist, is now running for the presidency on an anti-corruption platform, decrying public officials' attempts to use their positions for personal financial gain.  Following 16 years as a member of the House, Sanders was elected to the Senate in 2006.  His political campaigns were an early vehicle for payments to his family members.  According to Jane O'Meara Sanders, the senator's wife, Sanders' House campaigns paid her more than $90,000 for consulting and ad placement services from 2002 to 2004.  She pocketed about $30,000 of that money.

Clinton donors use Maine Democrats to skirt campaign cash limits.  A Cuban-born sugar tycoon.  A California-based registered foreign agent for the government of Sri Lanka.  A Chicago billionaire.  All of them are recent large donors to the Maine Democratic Party via a complex fundraising scheme called the Hillary Victory Fund.  The fund exploits recent court decisions and weakened campaign finance laws to maximize political contributions and funnel them to the Democratic National Committee.

Liberalism and Optional Law.  The sad reality is that rule of law — that the laws apply equally to all Americans — no longer exists in America.  Obama's imperial presidency, sanctuary cities, and the liberal establishments refusal to enforce laws they don't like means that the law does not apply equally, even in principle, to all Americans.  Some cite the Constitutional remedies such as impeachment but the reality is that the liberal politicians have no honor and will support their own no matter what, as they did when Bill Clinton committed perjury to protect himself from sexual-harassment charges.

How Political Machines End.  Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times ruefully writes "I simply do not believe that the Obama Justice Department is going to indict the former secretary of state and Democratic front-runner for mishandling classified information, even if the offenses involved would have sunk a lesser figure's career or landed her in jail."  The observation is almost tantamount to arguing that the rule of law no longer exists; that the political class can literally do whatever it wants.

Albany's protection racket could be straight out of the Mafia.  New Yorkers who are cynical about the cesspool otherwise known as Albany are getting vindication these days.  The separate but simultaneous corruption trials of the former leaders of the Legislature are revealing a culture even more rotten than we knew.  Democrat Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the Assembly, and Republican Dean Skelos, the former Senate majority leader, stand accused of being greedy serial manipulators who used their power to enrich themselves and their families.

Morning Joe Panel Says [the] DNC [is] Rigging [the] Primary for Hillary Clinton.  The panel on MSNBC's Morning Joe harshly criticized the Democratic National Committee on Monday [11/21/2015] for trying to protect Hillary Clinton and ensure she receives the Democratic party's presidential nomination.  While discussing Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, "There isn't really a nomination fight, is there?  The way this is set up."  Her co-host Joe Scarborough shook his head in agreement before saying to BBC's Katty Kay, "If the Democrats, I think, for the first time in the history of modern politics — and I'm serious — you had a political party take every measure they could for Americans not to see their candidates."

Dean Skelos, Ex-New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Convicted of Corruption.  Dean G. Skelos, the former majority leader of the New York Senate, and his son were found guilty of federal corruption charges on Friday [12/11/2015], a quick and devastating follow-up punch to the State Capitol, which has seen two entrenched leaders convicted and removed from office in less than two weeks.  The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan took roughly eight hours over two days to reach its verdict against Senator Skelos, 67, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, 33, finding them guilty of all eight bribery, extortion and conspiracy counts.

New Mexico secretary of state resigns, enters guilty plea.  New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded guilty to embezzlement and other charges Friday after abruptly resigning amid a fraud investigation that alleges she siphoned thousands of dollars from her election account and withdrew the money at casinos around the state.

The So-What Democrats Shrug Off A Serious Charge.  Hillary Clinton has not been charged with a crime.  But the appearance of wrongdoing is strong enough to warrant an investigation.  Yet Democrats just brush it all off, saying there's nothing here to see. [...] Even if Democrats believe Clinton did nothing wrong with her email, shouldn't they have some concerns about how she handled the terrorist attacks in Benghazi?  They should.  But they don't.

Why isn't this a bribe?  This story has all the elements of Democrat establishment corruption:  an entrepreneur seeking affirmative action preferences, a congressman who is also a preacher, and a nonprofit organization receiving the money.

America's Six Worst Attorneys General.  State attorneys general (AGs) are their state's chief lawyer, tasked with representing state agencies in court, defending state laws, and giving legal advice to state officials.  But in recent years, many AGs have taken on a role as self-serving politicians who neglect these duties and instead seek to expand their own power — from using their office to enrich themselves or their trial lawyer friends to filing lawsuits attacking political opponents or law-abiding businesses.  These and other AG abuses are chronicled in the Competitive Enterprise Institute's latest report, The Nation's Worst State Attorneys General 2015, which names six of the worst offenders.

Has the DOJ Silenced Bob Menendez on the Iran Deal?  On Monday night [8/24/2015], the Department of Justice brought the hammer down on Senator Bob Menendez.  Reportedly in response to the senator's frequent dismissals of the indictment against him as being based on flimsy evidence and FBI's systematic efforts to mislead a New Jersey grand jury, the DOJ submitted a blistering filing that could — and quite possibly should — imperil the Garden State senator's career.

DOJ: Menendez corruption 'clear and unmistakable'.  The Justice Department is slamming Sen. Bob Menendez's push to get corruption charges against him dropped, saying that the "quid pro quo outlined in the indictment is clear and unmistakable."  "The charges in this case are the result of a careful and professional investigation," federal prosecutors said in court documents submitted Monday [8/24/2015].

Something's Happening Here.  Clinton is now immersed in what could very well be the scandal of the century.  There's no way to wriggle free of the mishandling of classified data.  You can finesse financial laws and ethics rules.  You can't finesse this stuff.  News reports suggest there may be dozens of people who have violated the law and conspired to hide their involvement.  This is Watergate level stuff given her position.

Group accuses McCaskill of violating federal campaign finance laws.  A conservative group filed a complaint against Sen. Claire McCaskill on Thursday [8/13/2015], accusing her of violating federal campaign finance laws to beat Todd Akin in Missouri's 2012 Senate race.  The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative government watchdog group, submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission saying that McCaskill attempted to illegally influence who would be her opponent in the Senate race by sharing valuable polling data with the Akin campaign.

Group backing Clinton gets $1M from untraceable donors.  Hillary Rodham Clinton told a cheering crowd at her largest rally so far that "the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money" must be stopped.  Two weeks later, the main super PAC backing her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination accepted a $1 million contribution that cannot be traced.

Corruption probes hitting Dems across the country.  A wave of corruption arrests and investigations is roiling Democratic politicians, posing a potential image problem in an election year.  The latest were a pair of arrests earlier this week, snagging Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who later resigned, and California state Sen. Leland Yee.  The latter involved a tangled web of allegations including claims that the gun control-pushing lawmaker tried to connect an undercover agent with an international arms dealer.  So far, these cases are confined to the state and local levels, so it remains to be seen whether Democrats running in the congressional midterms will be tarnished.

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor arraigned on criminal charges.  Pennsylvania's top prosecutor barely spoke at her arraignment Saturday on charges including a felony count of perjury, but her attorney stressed afterward that she has no plans to resign, despite growing pressure even among her fellow Democrats.

Kathleen Kane charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, abuse of office.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being charged with perjury, obstructing administration of law and other charges that allege she orchestrated a campaign to leak secret information, then lied to a grand jury about it.  Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said Kane is accused of a scheme in which "we allege she orchestrated to leak confidential investigative information and secret grand jury" information, then lied to a grand jury about that.  Kane, a Democrat who swept into office in 2012 in a decisive victory, has been mired in skirmishes with former staffers and faced a grand jury investigation into leaks of sealed information from her office.

Feds Indict Pennsylvania US Rep. Fattah in Racketeering Case.  A longtime Philadelphia congressman who was indicted Wednesday [7/29/2015] paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan debt and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, federal prosecutors said.  Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates were charged with racketeering conspiracy.  They also were charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit wire, honest services, bank and mail fraud, and money laundering, among other things.

Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah Indicted in Racketeering Conspiracy.  The Justice Department indicted Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four of his associates for their involvement in a racketeering conspiracy "to further their political and financial interests," U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said Wednesday [7/29/2015] at a press conference for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  The charges within the 29-count indictment include accepting illegal contributions, bribery, creating sham contracts, and misappropriating campaign funds to pay off Fattah's son's college loans.

Drip, Drip, Drip.  With the drip, drip, drip of the many conflicts of interest which enrich the Clinton family and bedevil Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, one refrain remains constant among the liberal punditry:  "These stories are not hurting Hillary's support among Democrats."  Even if the claim were true — which appears increasingly dubious — what does persistently strong support for Mrs. Clinton in the face of endless stories of the Clinton Foundation accepting money from foreign countries that had important business before Hillary's State Department say about Democratic voters?

Democrats criticize government audit of Healthcare.gov.  Ordinarily you would think that members of Congress would be happy when the federal auditor, the General Accounting Office, reveals that a program is vulnerable to fraud of Biblical proportions. [...] If the program we're talking about is ObamaCare, you would be wrong.  It is the signature program of The LightWorker, their Precious, and therefore, it is beyond criticism.

Former mayor of Pa. capital charged with 499 criminal counts.  The former longtime mayor of Harrisburg, Pa., was arrested Tuesday [7/14/2015] and charged with nearly 500 criminal counts, in part stemming from allegations he illegally used hundreds of thousands of dollars from city agencies to purchase historical items, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported.  Stephen R. Reed, 65, whose term as Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania's capital city spanned nearly three decades, was arraigned on 499 counts stemming from 17 criminal charges before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner.

Former Illinois congressman Reynolds indicted on tax charges.  Former U.S. Representative Mel Reynolds, already convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, was indicted again for failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, federal prosecutors said on Friday [6/26/2015].

The Show Me the Money State.  Missouri's second highest elected official blasted Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for accepting lucrative union campaign donations after vetoing right to work legislation.  Nixon received $50,000 from the United Auto Workers union just days after vetoing legislation that would have ended the practice of coercive unionism in the state.  Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder demanded a refund, criticizing the seeming quid pro quo.

Massachusetts House Launches Investigation Into Deval Patrick's Hidden Accounts.  Massachusetts House investigators are looking into whether former Gov. Deval Patrick diverted state money to secret funds for travel, advertising and other off-the-books expenses.  The Boston Herald first broke the story of the money transfers earlier this week.

Heilemann: If A GOPer Had Written Bernie Sanders' Rape Tale, It Would Be A 'Huge Scandal'.  Heilemann also told "With All Due Respect" co-host Mark Halperin that journalists need to hold Sanders to the "same standard" as a Republican and ask him "tough questions" about the essay.  "I know we both agree about this, which is that if a Republican, any Republican candidate wrote an essay like this, whether they were 16 years old and high on dope or whether it was two weeks ago, it would be a huge scandal," Heilemann said.  "So I think we need to hold Bernie Sanders to the same standard, and people need to ask him tough questions about it."

Judge Roy Moore: Impeach Ginsburg for Marrying Two Men Ahead of SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage.  On May 17, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated the marriage of two men and used the occasion to cite her constitutional right to do so.  In June, the high court — including Ginsburg's vote — will announce its decision on whether homosexual marriage is guaranteed by the Constitution.  That's grounds for impeachment, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore told CNSNews.com in an exclusive interview.

Green Car Co. Tied to Visas Obtained Under False Pretenses - and Democrat Operatives.  GreenTech Automotive.  Backed by the political elite (Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's brother Anthony Rodham, former Louisiana Governor Katherine Blanco, and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour) funded by foreign nationals (namely exiled Chinese businessman Charles Wang), and nearly as profitable as Solyndra.  Yes, that Solyndra.  But it gets worse.

Exclusive: Bernie Sanders' Wife May Have Defrauded State Agency, Bank.  Documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation indicate that the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have been able to use her clout to get away with loan fraud, nearly bankrupting the small college she was president of and collecting a sizable severance package in the process.  These revelations come amid growing speculation that Sen. Sanders, a self-described socialist who has blasted the U.S. government as an oligarchy run by billionaires and railed against the golden parachutes received by top corporate executives, will contend for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Role of Hillary Clinton's brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows.  Drive down the rutted dirt road a couple of miles to the guardhouse, then hike 15 minutes up to the overgrown hilltop, and there it is:  a piece of 3½-inch-wide PVC pipe sticking out of the ground.  This is what, at least for the time being, a gold mine looks like.  It also has become a potentially problematic issue for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she considers a second presidential run, after it was revealed this month that in 2013, one of her brothers was added to the advisory board of the company that owns the mine.

Rand Paul: Foreign donations to Clinton Foundation [are] 'thinly veiled bribes'.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told POLITICO on Friday that foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation are "thinly veiled bribes," and said Hillary Clinton should return any donations from Saudi Arabia or other countries that abuse the rights of women.  "The normal Clinton response is to cover up, deny, refuse to acknowledge," Paul said in a telephone interview as he was being driven through New Hampshire.  "But the question is whether the country will rise up and respond to the unseemly nature of accepting foreign donations. "

Dianne Feinstein's Husband Awarded Massive Fortune in Rail Boondoggle.  What a remarkable coincidence.  A guy who was just handed $1 billion of other people's money in the latest rail boondoggle happens to be married to someone we know: [...] The purpose of government spending in a socialistic corruptocracy like ours is to "spread the wealth around" — i.e., confiscate it from those who create it for redistribution to our rulers and those in their favor.  For this reason, it is totally unnecessary for rail and green energy projects to make any economic sense whatsoever.  All by itself this explains why capitalism works and socialism does not work.

Dianne Feinstein's husband wins near-billion dollar California 'high speed rail' contract.  To the surprise of absolutely no one familiar with the ways of Corruptifornia, the one-party state completely in the hands of the Democrats, a consortium whose lead firm is controlled by Richard Blum, husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, was awarded a nearly billion-dollar contract for the construction of the first phase of the so-called high-speed rail line to link San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Those paying attention to the project call it the "half-fast" rail line because it will share trackage with conventional commuter rail trains in the sprawling Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, lowering its average speed to levels achieved by American railways a century ago.

Jane Harman: $500K Unreported Donation to Clintons 'Got Lost In System'.  Former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) takes a "guess" on Fox News Sunday, that the unreported $500,000.00 Algerian donation to the Clinton Foundation "got lost in the system," and was never submitted to the State Department for approval.  Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at the time, and the buck would have, or should have, stopped at her desk for final approval, had it been questionable, which it surely was.  Political candidates are not allowed to take money from foreign governments.  Algeria is "foreign," is 99 percent Sunni Muslim with 99 percent Berber/Arab ancestry.  She was not a political candidate, at the time, you are saying?  Hillary Clinton has been a political candidate since she followed Bill into the White House in January 1993.

Virginia Dem Party Chair Arrested for Trying to Hire Hit Man to Kill Girls He Molested.  The former Chairman of the Falls Church, Virginia Democrat Party who has been charged with sexually molesting two young girls is now also accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill the young girls before they could tell police their story.  Loudoun County prosecutors say that Democrat Michael Gardner, who is about to stand trial for the molestation charges, tried to find a hit man while in prison.

NY prosecutor basically calls Governor Cuomo a liar.  As we recently discussed, there's a bit of a tug of war going on inside New York's state government, as Governor Andrew Cuomo dodges around to stay out of the corruption investigation net which has already swept up former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  While there is no word as to whether or not Silver will roll for the prosecutors and give up the governor, the media has gotten essentially nothing from the big guy.

John Kitzhaber controversy: Cylvia Hayes fighting order to release her emails.  Former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes declared Wednesday that she will go to court to block a state order requiring her to turn over emails related to her public service.  Portland attorney Whitney Boise, representing Hayes, notified The Oregonian/OregonLive and the state Justice Department of her intent to sue in Marion County Circuit Court.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber submits resignation.  Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancée used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

The Tree-Hugging Femme Fatale Who Brought Down Oregon's Governor.  By now, you may know that disgraced Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, was brought low this week by a scandal concerning his fiancée's dealings with green energy groups.  You may not be aware, however, of exactly the extent to which Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, is a corrupt, serial-marrying tree-hugger with a background of scandals galore.  The green energy scandal involved consulting and policy work conducted by Hayes.

Dems urge Oregon governor to resign, top official reveals 'strange' behavior.  Embattled Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber faced stiff pressure from top-ranking fellow Democrats to resign on Thursday [2/12/2015], shortly after the state's No. 2 official issued a statement describing the governor's recent behavior as "strange" and contradictory.  The latest calls to resign — in the wake of influence-peddling allegations involving his fiancee Cylvia Hayes, a green-energy consultant — came from the upper echelons of Oregon's government.  Senate President Peter Courtney told reporters Thursday afternoon that he and House Speaker Tina Kotek have asked for Kitzhaber to step down.

John Kitzhaber must resign.  No doubt, the governor does intend to do the job Oregonians gave him, which, simply put, is to pursue the interests of his constituents.  That intention, however, is no match for an ugly reality of his own making, whose sordid elements keep surfacing with dispiriting regularity, most recently this week thanks to the work of Nick Budnick and Laura Gunderson of The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Oregon's largest newspaper calls on governor to resign over fiancée controversy.  The Oregonian, the largest newspaper in the state, said in an editorial on Thursday that Gov. John Kitzhaber "can no longer lead Oregon effectively and should resign."  Kitzhaber, a Democrat in his fourth term as governor, has been under attack since revelations that his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, was being paid to lobby on behalf of the clean energy industry while at the same time holding the title of Oregon's first lady and filling the role of unpaid policy adviser in the Kitzhaber administration.  The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is investigating whether Hayes' consulting work was a conflict of interest, but the Oregonian says the evidence is clear.

Oregon AG: Allegations Against Governor Are 'Troubling' And 'Very Serious'.  [Governor John] Kitzhaber, naturally, is refusing to step down.  He's probably convinced himself that he genuinely hasn't done anything wrong.

Tom Steyer's Deep Ties to Oregon Corruption Scandal.  An executive at one of Steyer's nonprofit groups and a political vendor who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the hedge fund manager's political operations helped run the group, which is accused of influencing state energy policy through undisclosed payments to Oregon's first lady.  The controversy centers on Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes.  She was paid $118,000 by the Clean Economy Development Center (CEDC) to advocate for environmentalist policies in Oregon.  Hayes never disclosed those payments, despite acting as an informal adviser to the governor as he pushed a low-carbon fuel standard for the state.

Oregon's juicy governor/girlfriend scandal: Why the media yawned.  Imagine the following scenario:  The governor of New York is mired in a scandal.  Not just any scandal, but one that turns on humiliating revelations involving his girlfriend.  The governor is embarrassed as it turns out his fiancée has been married before and didn't bother to tell him.  Worse, it was a sham marriage to get a green card for an Ethiopian immigrant, which netted her $5,000.  Then it turns out that the governor's fiancée was lobbying him for the green energy interests she represents as a consultant, and may not have disclosed all her fees.

Kitzhaber Scandal Exposes The Seedier Side Of Clean Energy.  The story of the fallen Oregon governor is an account of corruption and a revelation into the nasty affairs of renewable energy. John Kitzhaber resigned this week from the governorship under a cloud of scandal that was darkened by his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, who, according to Politico, has "earned at least $213,000 on contracts closely tied to her work in the Kitzhaber administration."

Dem Mega Donor Tied to Oregon Governor Scandal.  Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was forced to resign over allegations that his fiancee received money from green organizations and companies who wanted to influence the state's environmental policies.  The Washington Free Beacon has uncovered a web of connections between some of those green organizations and Democratic Party mega donor Tom Steyer.  The hedge fund billionaire funded at least one of the groups seeking contracts from the state of Oregon, and several of his associates worked for the organization implicated in the scandal.

Dem Lawmakers Accept Most Private Trips in 2014.  Members of Congress embarked on the most privately funded trips last year since the practice was curtailed in response to a high-profile lobbying scandal, and Democratic lawmakers topped the list, Roll Call reports.  Private groups financed 1,942 trips — some domestic and others overseas — for lawmakers and their staffs last year, which cost a total of $5.1 million.  Congress put more restrictions in place on such trips in 2007 after lobbyist Jack Abramoff was convicted of bribing public officials.  Rep. Mike McIntyre (D., N.C.), who retired last year, accepted the most trips with a total cost of $67,295.

Albany's Corruption Cauldron.  The federal corruption case against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has prompted more calls for reform of the legislature, which has seen more than two dozen members (and counting) leave office under ethical or criminal clouds in the past 15 years.  With U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara hinting that more state officials may be in hot water, the bandwagon is likely to gain even more momentum.  But what, exactly, would effective "reform" entail?  Good-government groups such as Citizens Union have a standard checklist, including more thorough disclosure of outside incomes, greater transparency in state grant-making, a ban on the use of campaign funds for legal fees and other personal purposes, and tougher penalties for violations of the public trust.

Why Is the United States' Economic Freedom Ranking So Low?  Every year, the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal release a detailed, country-by-country policy guide known as the Index of Economic Freedom.  The news for the United States had been getting a little worse each year over the last several editions.  Notice I said "had."  The steady decline charted by the United States since 2008 was, I'm glad to report, halted this year.

Sheldon Silver gave horndogs free rein.  In the end, it was money, not sex, that brought down New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  And that's a giant slap in the faces of women who've toiled long and hard in the state capital in Albany.  "Don't our lives matter? one female Albany veteran asked me.  Of course not!  Over the decades, Silver, who plans to step down from his powerful post as speaker, likely on Monday [2/2/2015], orchestrated payoffs to four women who accused his pals and cronies of sexual harassment or egregious intimate abuse.  But this series of scandals (Silver has been accused of enabling, not committing, sexual offenses) had nothing to do with his fall from grace.  This proves that our Legislature remains a sexual sewer.

A Criminal Organization Masquerading as...  One of the reasons is that Democrats and Leftists in general have a high tolerance for corruption as long as it benefits their side; they're a "party" with no principles except personal self-enrichment and the acquisition of power in order to boss other people around.  They dismiss wrongdoing with a good-natured shrug and a "whaddya gonna do?" smirk on their lips.

The most corrupt states in America
Here Are The Most Corrupt States In America.  A new chart sheds light as to how corrupt state governments are in four different categories.  The list documents: corruption convictions (1976-2010), convictions per capita (1976-2010), ratings according to political reporters who cover each state, and quality of anti-corruption laws in each state.

Who's running the Illinois Lottery? No one seems to know.  Who's in charge of the huge Illinois Lottery — and under what contract terms are they working?  Anyone who knows the answer to those questions isn't answering them today in the wake of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's surprise move Jan. 23 to scuttle a "termination agreement" between the Lottery and Northstar Lottery Group, the private firm that manages its operations.  Madigan said in her opinion that the termination pact, announced in the final days of Pat Quinn's administration, was illegal and would have cost taxpayers millions in extra fees and charges.  But the opinion omitted lots of details about who, what and how much.

Everyone knew about Silver, but no one cleaned it up.  The Empire State's capital is corrupt to the core, and has been for a very long time. Virtually nothing happens there that isn't driven by self-dealing.  It is a cesspool unworthy of respect or trust and now stands naked in disgrace.  The roster of convicted crooks is approaching 40 public officials, but Silver's case is unique.  As speaker for 20 years, he was at the center of every piece of legislation written and every taxpayer dollar collected and spent.  He ruled the Assembly like a private fiefdom, and, governors notwithstanding, he was called the most powerful man in the state for good reason.  Nothing moved without his say-so, and according to the federal charges, he turned that power into personal wealth.

Sheldon Silver arrested for corruption.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver lined his pockets with nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks in a stunning abuse of power dating to at least 2000, federal authorities charged Thursday [1/22/2015].  The Manhattan Democrat, acknowledged as the second-most powerful Democrat in the state, was hit with five felony charges involving fraud, extortion and conspiracy that each carry up to 20 years behind bars.

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges.  Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday [1/22/2015], people with knowledge of the matter said.  The case is likely to throw Albany into disarray at the beginning of a new session.

Law Firm at Center of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums to Dems.  The plaintiffs law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which employed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is said to have provided Mr. Silver with $5.3 million in referral fees, despite his having "never performed any legal work whatsoever," according to the prosecutors.  If millions of cash for no work sounds like a generous arrangement, it's not the first time the firm has shown its generosity.

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver indicted in $6 million bribery and kickback scheme, taken into custody.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared his innocence Thursday [1/22/2015] after facing bombshell federal corruption charges of soliciting $4 million in dirty money over the last 15 years.  "I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I will be vindicated of these charges," a relaxed Silver announced after his release on $200,000 bond following a Manhattan Federal Court hearing.

Sheldon Silver's Arrest Leaves Cuomo in a Tough Spot.  On Wednesday [1/21/2015], Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unleashed a lengthy and aspirational oration laying out an ambitious social agenda for his second term.  In 84 minutes, he devoted only about 40 seconds to the issue of cleaning up Albany.  The next morning, Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly who sat next to Mr. Cuomo before his speech, was in handcuffs, accused by federal prosecutors of abusing his powerful post to obtain $4 million in payoffs.

Silver's law firm rakes in millions from judges he controls.  Sheldon Silver has perverted the courts as well as the Capitol.  His law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, gets its asbestos cases — and paydays — moved more quickly than those of other attorneys, and reaps a fortune from favorable rulings by friendly judges, charge lawyers and tort-reform advocates.  Silver's East Village firm handles more than half the cases in a special section of Manhattan Supreme Court called NYCAL (New York City Asbestos Litigation).  So dominant is the firm, the court's Web site refers to cases as "Weitz" or "non-Weitz."

Perjury, obstruction among charges recommended against Kathleen Kane.  A grand jury has recommended Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane face charges of perjury, false swearing, official oppression, obstruction of law, according to court records.  The records, ordered unsealed late Tuesday [1/20/2015] by the state Supreme Court and obtained this morning, were related to legal filings in which Kane's defense team asked the state Supreme Court to quash the grand jury.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband is about to make $1B off a government real estate deal.  I know all of you are fans of capitalism in general, and just love seeing hard work and inspiration pay off for the little guy who makes it big.  With that in mind, who wouldn't feel their heart melt over the story of a spunky gal from the left coast who rises from humble roots and winds up helping her husband tuck away a few dollars for retirement?

Ever Wondered How Senators Retire Rich? Dianne Feinstein Shows Us.  It's no secret that many politicians enter Congress humble, fiscally challenged servants of the people, and eventually, as if by some strange magic, retire fabulously wealthy.  One of the examples of this wonderful life lotto machine that Washington, D.C., has become is California Senator Dianne Feinstein.  What's the secret to her financial success?  Why, it's her politically connected husband, Richard Blum.  One of the ways Blum has enriched himself is by bidding on Federal government contracts on behalf of his companies.

Corruption won't be tolerated. Unless it's massive and benefits the Left.  [I]t seems pretty obvious that if [Former Virginia Governor Bob] McDonnell should face time in the cold stony for making a phone call to a state agency after receiving a few thousand dollars in gifts, then what about Barack Obama steering billions of taxpayer dollars into businesses run by political cronies who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign?  Or, the Obama administration awarding key policy positions to executives from Goldman-Sachs after receiving hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions?  Or how about Mrs. Hillary Clinton, bopping around the country giving speeches at $300,000 a pop that everybody knows are actually campaign contributions?  What about MSDNC host and Obama Advisor Al Sharpton, who owes over $3 million in back taxes?  I don't see the Obama DoJ or IRS going after him.

Two Pennsylvania Democrat Politicians Indicted for Taking Bribes to Oppose Voter ID Laws.  Two Pennsylvania Democrat state lawmakers have been indicted for taking bribes to oppose the state's voter ID laws, a report says.  The Philadelphia district attorney issued the charges after Obama's Department of "Justice" refused to prosecute the lawmakers for their lawbreaking actions.  Acting in a purely political manner — as they always do — Obama and Holder cared more that an indictment would hurt their case for voter ID laws than they did about prosecuting real lawbreakers.

Message From The Mayor: Vote Early — And Often.  The Democrats say that there is no reason to require voters to present identification, nor is any other measure to curb voter fraud needed.  They should meet one of their own, Opelousas, La., Mayor Don Cravins Sr.  While speaking on Nov. 3, the day before the midterm elections, Cravins told a gathering, "If you 'early voted'" for Sen. Mary Landrieu, "go vote again tomorrow.  One more time's not going to hurt."

Federal probation office recommends 10-12 years for McDonnell.  Former Gov. Bob McDonnell faces a prison term of just over 10 years to 12 years and seven months under federal sentencing guidelines as determined by the U.S. probation office.  A source familiar with the guideline range in a pre-sentence investigation report filed on Dec. 2 confirmed the figures first reported Friday [12/12/2014] by The Washington Post.  McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of 11 and nine corruption charges, respectively, following a six-week federal trial that ended in September.

Hagan Put Judge Up for Federal Appointment As Judge Ruled on Husband's Million-Dollar Lawsuit.  Just a week after Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) recommended a North Carolina judge to President Barack Obama for a seat in the U.S. District Court, the judge ruled in favor of a company partially owned by Hagan's husband.  The senator's husband, Charles T. "Chip" Hagan, was a managing member of Hydrodyne Industries LLC when it sued a regional water authority for drawing water out of a river that had one of its hydroelectric dams built on.  The lawsuit sought millions of dollars in damages and was carried out by Chip Hagan's legal firm.

Obama Donor Blocks Access to Hagan Stimulus Records.  An incumbent senator voted for a massive taxpayer stimulus that just happened to benefit businesses owned by that senator's immediate family members.  That same senator later recommended someone to lead a government agency that is currently stonewalling journalist requests to obtain documents related to that stimulus funding.  Some would call that cronyism.  Either way, it looks pretty bad for Senate Kay Hagan (D., N.C.).

Charlotte's ex-mayor to spend 44 months in prison.  Charlotte's former mayor was sentenced Tuesday [10/14/2014] to three years and eight months in a federal corruption case that stunned North Carolina's largest city.  In a deal with prosecutors, Patrick Cannon, 47, pleaded guilty in June to one count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Prosecutors say Cannon accepted nearly $50,000 in bribes between January 2013, when he was a city councilman, and February, three months after he was elected mayor.

Hagan Husband Pocketed Stimulus Savings.  A company owned by the husband of Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina received taxpayer money for a green energy project through the federal stimulus of 2009, later revising down the project's estimated cost and keeping the difference.

Hagan Passed North Carolina Law that Aided Family's Solar Company.  Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) fought for the passage of legislation in both the state General Assembly and the United States Congress that has financially benefitted her relatives.  As a member of North Carolina's General Assembly in 2007, Hagan helped pass legislation that required all investor-owned utilities in the state to utilize renewable energy resources for 12.5 percent of their energy needs.  Hagan used her work to pass the law as proof of commitment to renewable energy such as solar panels

Hagan's Husband Used Stimulus Money To Hire His Own Company.  Sen. Kay Hagan's husband and son created a solar energy contracting company in August 2010, and then, using $250,644 in federal stimulus grant funds, her husband hired that same company to install solar panels at a building he owns.  Public records show that Green State Power was formed seven weeks before JDC Manufacturing — a company owned in part by Greensboro attorney Charles "Chip" Hagan III, Sen. Hagan's husband — received the stimulus grant for the solar project at a 300,000-square-foot facility in Reidsville, N.C.

Nunn-Linked Group Under Investigation for Voter Fraud Starts Handing Over Documents.  Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp launched the investigation of the New Georgia Project earlier this month after receiving "numerous" complaints regarding applications submitted by the group, including forged signatures and applications.  The investigation has turned up 33 fraudulent applications thus far, ahead of the thousands of pages of documents set to be turned over.

Officials' kin on public housing dole.  A Michigan public housing commission is shot through with conflicts of interests, including two top officials with family members benefiting from the federal program, according to a government watchdog.  "The board president had a relative who participated in the program, and the board vice president was a landlord in the program," the Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a report made public Tuesday [9/16/2014].  The Pontiac, Mich., Housing Commission's five-member board oversees that city's federally funded Section 8 voucher.  Besides the top two board members' conflicts, the HUD IG found that three housing specialists employed by the program had relatives participating in it.

America's First Soviet Attorney General Steps Down.  Of all the malfeasances of William Jefferson Clinton the one that would have most justified a removal from office was not the Monica hijinks, even with the attendant lying under oath and absurd parsings of the word "is," but the pardoning of Marc Rich — the billionaire international commodities trader and mammoth contributor to, er, Clinton.  Luckily for Bill, this action occurred on the last day of his presidency, making anything like impeachment moot, even though it was an example of political corruption that would have made Boss Tweed envious.

Ex-Sen. Roland Burris accused of shake down in court documents.  Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris tried to "shake down" a business for a $250,000 a year job as a financial consultant in return for Burris' help promoting the business' products to the U.S. military, court documents in a trial due to start next week allege.  The explosive allegations emerged Friday at a hearing ahead of the trial of South Sider C. Gregory Turner, who is accused of illegally trying to help lift U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime.

How Sen. Kay Hagan's husband won stimulus cash.  When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as "the best way forward for working families across North Carolina."  One of the families that later benefited is her own.

The Plot to Create a Permanent Democratic Majority.  President Obama and his fellow Democrats are scheming to use immigration and housing policy to fulfill their dream to fundamentally transform America forever. [...] There are clues to this plan in the lax enforcement of our immigration laws, the targeting of states and law-enforcement officials that are trying to enforce those very laws, and the abuse of "prosecutorial discretion" to hand out get-out-of-jail-free cards, as well as tax dollars, to lawbreakers.

RNC Chair Priebus to Landrieu: Open Your Books or Pay Taxpayers Back for Private Flights.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is demanding embattled Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) either come clean on dozens of allegedly improperly billed private charter flights or reimburse taxpayers for hundreds of thousands of dollars she spent on private jets at taxpayer expense.

Luis Gutierrez, Obama's Poster Boy for Amnesty, and His Unique Family "Fundraising" Business.  Gutierrez's reputation in Chicagoland's politics is not untarnished.  There's that sweetheart deal he got from Tony Rezko in the purchase of a condo for his daughter.  There's the $500,000 plus he paid in taxpayer money over 10 years to a Chicago lobbyist to advise his congressional staff.  And, the 2004 allegation that Gutierrez lobbied Mayor Daley for a residential development owned by a man who loaned Luis $200,000.  The developer was later federally indicted concerning the same development.

Dem Senator's Small Business Experience Was Co-Running Store that Sold Stolen Goods.  Throughout her political career, including during her current race against former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) has touted her experience as a small business owner.  Shaheen's small business "experience" was co-running a store that once sold thousands of dollars-worth of stolen jewelry.  "As the former owner and manager of a small retail business, Senator Shaheen knows what it's like to worry about meeting payroll and inventory costs to keep a business going," the Issues section of her Senate website declares. Her Senate biography also describes her as a "former small business owner."  This week, the Shaheen campaign asked voters to compare Scott Brown's small business record against her own.

Ransom: Dems sold top House positions for $100,000; $200,000 for legislation.  House Democrats, panicked after Newt Gingrich and the GOP shocked Washington by winning the House in 1994, became so obsessed with raising money to take back the chamber they even sold off top leadership jobs, according to a longtime Democratic fundraiser.  In an explosive book out next month, Lindsay Mark Lewis said that former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's team set a price of $100,000 to be the top Democrat on every House committee, $100,000 on a trade deal and $200,000 for a tax proposal to be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee.  They also demanded that members raise money 12 hours a week and collect $1.5 million per election cycle or be put on a "deadbeat list."

State Sen. Rod Wright Gets 90 Days for Perjury.  Democratic State Senator Roderick Wright was sentenced on Friday [9/12/2014] to 90 days in jail, three years of probation, and 1,500 hours of community service after being convicted on federal perjury and voting fraud charges in January.  Wright is also banned for life from holding public office.

Rep. Stacey Abrams investigated for voter fraud.  An investigation is underway into claims of voter fraud involving the state's highest ranking Democratic elected official.  The Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office launched an investigation after they allegedly received complaints of possible voter fraud from election offices in nearly a dozen counties.  "Our investigators were talking to the counties and to individuals who'd had their names forged on voter registration documents," Kemp said.  "You know that's fraud."

A Crook as the Face of the Democratic Party.  By the standards the establishment media set in covering Todd Akin in 2012 and Christine O'Donnell in 2010, the new national face of the Democratic party should be an 87-year-old, crude, crass crook who sold snake oil to his state's poor while leaving them impoverished.  In an action of gobsmocking amorality, the Louisiana Democratic Party officially has endorsed the felonious former governor Edwin Edwards for Congress in Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District.  This was not a reluctant acceptance of a popular vote, mind you, but a deliberate choice by the party's state committee, even though two other Democrats are running in the jungle primary and the party was not obliged to weigh in at all.

Landrieu claims parents' home as her own, raising questions of Louisiana residency.  In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.  Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own.  She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu's federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.

Another Nail in the Dems' Senate Coffin?  Just when pundits were starting to agree that the odds are tipping in favor of the Republicans winning control of the Senate this November, reports of inquiries about potential misconduct by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu may make the embattled Red state Democrat's re-election fight may be another nail in her party's midterms coffin.  The story, published Friday night [8/15/2014] by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reveals that in response to charges from her Republican challengers that she has been paying for campaign expenses, including flights, from official government funds rather than her private account, the senator has ordered an inquiry into the records of her office during the last 18 years she has been in the Senate.

Major Car Trouble for Ohio Dem.  Ohio police caught Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald driving a woman around at 4:30 in the morning without a license two years ago, and FitzGerald now calls the incident "a silly mistake." [...] Police found FitzGerald and the female passenger, who was not his wife, talking in an empty parking lot.  "I let my driver's license expire," he admitted to NBC 4.  "I did, I sure did."  "For five years?" the anchor exclaimed.

The Three Faces of Cronyism.  [R]ampant cronyism is one of the most insidious outgrowths of a government gone wild, and has become a swirling vortex of self sustaining and systemic corruption.  Thus, the focus on cronyism is necessary — but missing from the conversation seems to be a distinction among the three very different genres of cronyism.  And there are at least three very different varieties.

Senator Manchin: What My Daughter Did Should Be Illegal.  You're a United States senator from a state struggling to compete in the world economy.  Your daughter runs a giant drug company with roots in your state, and the firm makes a fortune from taxpayers via Medicare and Medicaid.  Everything's cozy and connected and perfectly Washington — until your daughter renounces the firm's U.S. citizenship to reduce its U.S. taxes.  What do you do?  If you're Joe Manchin, you duck a reporter's telephone call for six days, then emerge for an interview in which you vow to make your daughter's actions, from this day forward, illegal.  Sort of.

Felon, Former Black Panther Party Leader Hosts Fundraiser for Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn.  The suggested contribution amounts for entry to a Capitol Hill fundraiser held Tuesday evening for Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn rose to $2,600 a head.  The special guest advertised on the invitation was former Democratic senator Sam Nunn, the candidate's father, who represented Georgia in Washington for over two decades.  There was another guest, however, who probably turned more heads.  Among the co-hosts of the of the event was Virtual Murrell, an early leader of the Black Panther Party during its militant phase and later a political consultant who, in the mid 1990s, spent time in jail for using his perch in city government to extort local businesses.

Immigration Criminal Voted for Gun Ban.  Democratic Assemblywoman Rosa — a foreigner, an illegal alien, and now an admitted criminal — co-sponsored and voted for the law that destroyed the Second Amendment rights of 20 million New Yorkers.  Rosa is the fifth Democrat who voted for the law to be indicted or convicted.  Pro-amnesty Republicans who think that illegal aliens are nascent conservatives-in-waiting who will uphold the Constitution and traditional American values are simply barking mad.

Shaheen support, ties to breast cancer research scrutinized.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been a strong advocate for spending government money to fight breast cancer.  The New Hampshire Democrat has signed letters since she entered the Senate five years ago seeking $150 million to maintain a Defense Department breast cancer research program — despite objections by some other lawmakers — and last year, she endorsed an initiative to "end breast cancer" by 2020.  But Shaheen has also had a family financial stake in the research.  In 2009, her husband, William, became an adviser to a Southern California startup, Ultrawave Labs Inc., that was developing new imaging technology to detect breast cancer and acquired stock options in the firm.

Maryland's Endemic Corruption: An Object Lesson for the Nation.  Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in our nation.  Nowhere is this fact more evident than with the state's treatment of illegal aliens.  Maryland politicians have literally become lawless in their efforts to cultivate illegals, and this lawlessness flows downhill from the very top.  I will focus on a few of the more egregious examples.  In 2011, we published a report on CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based illegal immigrant advocacy group that parrots ACORN in both its methods and associates — which include the Communist Party USA, FMLN, (a former Salvadoran communist guerilla group, now a political party), ACORN and others.  Yet it is one of the most influential organizations in the state.

Reid and Pelosi Go To The Movies.  Just when you think the Democrats' Koch addiction can't get any crazier, they surprise you.  As it happens, we know all about "Koch Brothers Exposed," which Robert Greenwald released in segments in 2011 and then combined into a single internet video.  Greenwald is a failed Hollywood director whose most famous film, "Xanadu," was one of the biggest flops ever.  He is now reduced to making far-left propaganda videos, financed by a secret group of rich leftists. [... But] using the Visitor Center to screen the Greenwald video is illegal unless both the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and the House Committee on House Administration have adopted rules permitting use of the Visitor Center for showing partisan propaganda films.  I am skeptical that those committees have done any such thing, and I can't find any public record of such action.

Lawless Order Is How This White House Always Operates.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., told a Senate subcommittee Monday [5/19/2014] that until an amnesty-based immigration "reform" gets passed, "every institution in America, including our military, must work around the inability of our federal government and the U.S. House of Representatives to fix our immigration system."  Gutierrez is another Chicago community organizer-turned-politician, and has represented one of the most shamelessly racially gerrymandered congressional districts in the country. [...] According to Gutierrez, illegal aliens are "'Dreamers,' who are American in every way except for a piece of paper."  It's no surprise he wants the U.S. government to violate laws, since he himself was arrested repeatedly during pro-amnesty demonstrations at the White House during Obama's first term.  But as a scofflaw, Gutierrez is minor league compared with this administration.

I'm Sick To Death Of Bill And Hillary.  I am an optimist where the Clintons are concerned.  By that I mean that I am among those who still believe that in the end civic virtue will prevail and justice will be served.  In other words, I remain hopeful that Bill and Hillary will spend their twilight years together in a federal penitentiary.

Voter Fraud: An Existential Threat to America.  It is difficult to describe the enormity of the crime being committed by the Obama administration and their Democratic allies.  They flagrantly flout the law, while simultaneously turning it into a weapon against political opponents, use government agencies to target innocent Americans, attempt to create legal voters through amnesty, and undermine voter integrity measures to facilitate vote fraud, while denying it even exists.  In short, they are corrupting the entire process.

Pennsylvania Democrats Walk Out of Hearing on Members Accused of Taking Bribes.  This morning, the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee held a hearing on the case of the Democrats caught accepting bribes in exchange for voting against voter ID in the state.  The case against the Democrats is well-documented, yet Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, scuttled it shortly after she took office.  Kane also accused the career investigators who built the case of racism.  That charge doesn't stand up to any level of scrutiny.  The investigation targeted Republicans and Democrats, male and female, black and white.  As it so happens, only Democrats chose to accept the bribes, and those members who did happen to be black.

House ethics panel extends Gutierrez review.  The House Ethics Committee said Monday it would continue to review Rep. Luis Gutierrez's hiring of an Illinois lobbyist who was paid more than $590,000 to perform extensive duties for his congressional office.  The lobbyist, Doug Scofield of The Scofield Company in Oak Park, for years was Gutierrez's chief of staff in Congress.  He left in 2002 to work briefly for Rod Blagojevich when he first won the Illinois governor's job.  But Scofield soon quit and in 2003 began assisting Gutierrez as a contractor paid from $4,500 to $6,000 a month.

Two Dems Accuse Party Leaders in CA-33 of Changing Rules to Favor Wealthy Insiders.  Two Democratic Party candidates in the primary race for California's 33rd congressional district in West Los Angeles have accused local party officials of using an arbitrary fundraising minimum to favor established insiders — then raising that minimum at the last moment to exclude them from a recent candidates' forum.

Hillary's glass jaw.  Do you remember Webb Hubbell, the McDougals, the missing Rose Law firm billing records, Travelgate, or Hillary's surprise acumen at high-risk commodities trading?  Super PACs and other groups will remind voters of all of these case studies of corruption if Hillary proceeds with a campaign.  Democrats are terrified of this likelihood, not because it points to Hillary's distant past, but because it helps illustrate her more recent corrupt behavior — and that of the elite political class she represents.

Major Democratic donor indicted over campaign contributions.  A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.  Hampshire Hotels chairman Sant Singh Chatwal appeared Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.  The candidates were not identified.  Chatwal, whose firm runs hotels around the world, had raised at least $100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.

Hotel Magnate Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Fraud.  Hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal, who has lavished campaign cash on everyone from Hillary Clinton to Mayor Bill de Blasio, pleaded guilty today in Brooklyn federal court to campaign finance fraud and witness tampering, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced.  Mr. Chatwal, 70, who runs a chain of luxury hotels and other companies, allegedly broke federal law by using straw donors — whom he called "conduits" — to make more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three candidates in an effort to gain access and influence federal regulations, according to a federal complaint.

Vote Fraud is a Venerable Tradition.  Barack Obama accuses Republicans of threatening the right to vote.  Standing alongside Al Sharpton — the FBI snitch who aided Tawana Brawley's hoax and probably sparked an anti-Semitic riot, Obama spoke before Sharpton's National Action Network.  Obama allegedly said, "[t]he right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago."  He also declared that, "[a]cross the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, to vote."  What are those rascally Republicans doing?  Efforts to require photo IDs in order to vote are probably uppermost in Obama's mind.  He might also have been thinking about moves to limit the times polls are open, cut back on early voting, especially on weekends, curtail the mailing of absentee ballots, and require proof of citizenship in order to vote.  These and other changes to American voting practices are anathema to Democrats, who claim they are efforts to suppress voting by minorities and the poor.

Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company.  As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message.  Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing.  The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy.

Progressive Insurance.  Three miscreant California Democratic state senators — two charged with multiple felonies, one convicted of them — have only recently been put on leave.  They are still receiving their state salaries.  Since they are left-wing and of minority status, the scandals will soon be off the front pages, and calls for their resignations will be muted.

Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, marking end to scandal that rocked Bell.  Rizzo's total compensation as Bell's city manager was roughly $1.5 million — the highest municipal salary in California, and probably the nation.

The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection.  [Hooray] for Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George.  His investigation of what turned out to be the IRS abuse scandal may well have saved the Constitution and the nation.  For his fair and impartial investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's abuse of Americans who dissent from President Obama's agenda, Democrats have called for an investigation of him.  George should not be investigated, but perhaps the Democrats who want him investigated — Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) — should be.  Their call for an investigation of the investigator might constitute interference with the ongoing investigation of the IRS abuse scandal.  That would be obstruction of justice, in what may turn out to be the most widespread and damaging scandal in American history.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush faces ethics inquiry.  An attorney for Rep. Bobby Rush said Wednesday that the South Side Democrat is cooperating with an inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics.  Scott E. Thomas, a Washington lawyer, said Rush had retained his firm, Dickstein Shapiro, and "asked that we be cooperative and provide the information requested."  Thomas, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, did not disclose the subject of the inquiry.  But he did say:  "We believe that the circumstances being reviewed do not warrant any ethics sanctions, and we are hopeful that this inquiry will be concluded relatively soon."  At the Office of Congressional Ethics, spokeswoman Kelly Brewington had no comment Wednesday.  Rush's spokeswoman, Debra Johnson, did not respond Wednesday to calls and emails from the Tribune.

How Comcast Bought the Democratic Party.  The communications giant Comcast announced in February that it would buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, creating the largest cable provider in America, with more than 33 million customers.  That is about one third of the U.S. cable- and satellite-television market.  FCC approval is required for the merger to go into effect.  Critics of the deal say it would lessen competition and lead to even shoddier customer service.  They are probably right, as all of us will soon find out, because there is little chance the merger will be stopped.  Comcast, Time Warner, and their political fixers have spent years preparing for this moment — by buying off the Democratic party.

California Democrats Await Fallout After 3 Are Caught Up in Scandals.  One state senator was charged with conspiring to traffic in arms from the Philippines, and taking bribes from undercover F.B.I. agents including one who posed as a marijuana dealer.  Another was accused of taking bribes from federal agents impersonating Hollywood film executives.  And a third was convicted of perjury and voter fraud after lying about where he lived when he ran for office.  All three are Democratic state senators from California, and their recent legal problems have brought rare bad news to a party that has come to thoroughly dominate politics in this state but now looks besieged by high-profile corruption cases.

Leland Yee's interesting history of cash for votes.  Ever since the recent revelations regarding California state senator Leland Yee's allegedly somewhat unusual approach to capitalist endeavors — to put it charitably — the media has begun digging more deeply into the elected official's past.  And as the LA Times reports, there are more than a few curious votes in Yee's legislative record which, by some amazing coincidence, seem to line up with large political contributions he received.

The poster boy for liberal hypocrisy ignored by national media, but outrages San Francisco.  The liberal media are trying to ignore his arrest, but California State Senator Leland Yee is such an amusing piñata of liberal hypocrisy that even his home town liberal newspaper is joining in the mockery fun. [...] Outlets like CNN which ignore this embarrassment to liberals do so at their peril.

Indicted Charlotte mayor used access to White House in making plans for pay-offs.  Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was indicted on federal corruption charges last week and immediately resigned his position.  Cannon had replaced former Mayor Anthony Foxx, who was tapped in 2013 by the Obama administration to lead the Department of Transportation. News of Cannon's indictment got only passing mention in national news, along with a handful of other corruption charges for Democrats.

Corruption Costs Dems Their Supermajority in California.  Two years ago, California Democrats celebrated victory in a decades-long struggle to win a supermajority in the Legislature, where a two-thirds majority is required for any tax increase.  It was the latest chapter in a long descent into inconsequence by California Republicans, who hold no statewide offices and party registration of only 29.3 percent of the voters.  But corruption has achieved what the Republicans could not.  The supermajority is now down the drain as three of the Golden State's 27 Democratic state senators have within the past two months been convicted or indicted on charges ranging from bribery to gun-running.

Scandal-Weary Voters Boot DC Mayor From Office.  Reeling from allegations by federal prosecutors that he knew about the dirty tricks that helped him get elected four years ago, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray tried to rally his base.  But his core supporters weren't nearly enough, as a scandal-weary electorate rallied behind a much-younger challenger who promised honest and ethical leadership.

Democrats behaving badly: Scandals taint party in a tough election year.  In a week Democrats won't soon forget, the Democrat-dominated California Senate took the unprecedented step Friday of voting 28-1 to suspend with pay three state senators in their own party accused or convicted of criminal conduct.  State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday on federal gun trafficking and corruption charges.  Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty Feb. 24 to charges of influence-peddling, and Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Jan. 28 of perjury and voter fraud.


Dirty Democrats.  On Wednesday, the FBI raided the offices of three Democrat politicians coast-to-coast on corruption charges.  They include Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, a Friend of Barack, who allegedly took more than $48,000 in bribes — including $20,000 in cash from an undercover agent, who delivered the bribe, "American Hustle"-style, inside a briefcase in the mayor's office.

Gun Rights Advocates Pretty Impressed with the Mindblowing Scale of Leland Yee's Hypocrisy.  By day, California Democrat Leland Yee was an outspoken gun control advocate.  But by night, he is alleged to have been a broker for Russian arms dealers to arm Islamic militants, for piles of cold, hard cash.  That dual life hasn't been lost on Yee's enemies on gun control. [...] Isn't Leland Yee an excellent argument for keeping and strengthening the Second Amendment?  The Second Amendment is not and never was about hunting.  It's about an armed populace being a check on out-of-control, tyrannical government and also about national defense.  This is a man who used his political power to disarm Americans, while he was allegedly arming America's enemies.  It's treasonous.

Dem gun control advocate charged with gun-running.  The irony police are going to need reinforcements to handle the tsunami being generated in San Francisco.  State Senator Leland Yee appeared in federal court yesterday in shackles, and faced a lengthy indictment for a series of corruption charges, including shocking allegations of gun-running — including shoulder-fired rocket launchers.  An undercover FBI agent met repeatedly with Lee, a prominent gun control advocate who had authored legislation to expand the definition of "assault weapons."

The Big Dreams of Corrupt Politicians.  [Patrick] Cannon was elected mayor of Charlotte in November, which incidentally happened to be almost a year into the FBI's investigation of him.  A former city councilman, it is alleged that the North Carolina Democrat took cash and gifts in exchange for helping with real estate developers secure prime properties along the city's expanding light rail system.

Why did the FBI take so long on Cannon investigation?  As the corruption investigation of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon went back underground Thursday [3/27/2014], a nagging question hung over his embarrassed city:  Couldn't this have been known before he was elected mayor in November?  According to an affidavit released this week, the FBI became aware of possible illegal activity of then-City Council member Cannon as early as August 2010.  By the time Cannon was sworn as the city's top elected leader, undercover agents posing as real estate developers had flown him and his wife to Las Vegas and paid him almost $30,000 in bribes, prosecutors say.

Democrats sinking in sea of charges.  Right now, a crime wave is sweeping the nation, and everyone in this out-of-control mob has a D after their names, even if most of the media are loath to report it.  If you are a low-information voter, a [Boston] Globe subscriber, say, you have been told endlessly that the root of all evil in American politics is the Tea Party, better known in your moonbat media as "teabaggers."  Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let's put it this way.  They voted for Obama 100 percent.  They think Obamacare's great.  How could they possibly be guilty as charged?

Calif. state senator arrested for alleged gun-running was gun-control advocate.  California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) was arrested Wednesday at his home in San Francisco and accused of — among many, many other things — offering to procure some seriously illegal weapons.  The irony:  Yee was one of the driving forces behind some of the toughest gun-control legislation in the country during his tenure in the state Senate.

FBI Raids Assemblyman Bill Scarborough's Office.  Federal agents today raided the Albany and city offices of Queens Democratic Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, the FBI confirmed this afternoon.  "The FBI conducted searches today of the Albany and New York City Offices of New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough," FBI Albany spokesman Paul Holstein said in a statement.  "At this time, no further information is being released."

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigns after arrest on corruption charges.  Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to become mayor of North Carolina's largest city, was charged Wednesday by federal authorities who said he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor's office in a meeting where he solicited $1 million more.  Cannon, a 49-year-old Democrat who took office only four months ago, was arrested when he showed up at a luxury apartment in SouthPark for yet another payoff from what he thought were businessmen needing his influence in city matters, a source confirmed.

California state senator arrested in FBI raids along with Asian gang leader known as 'Shrimp Boy'.  State Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond Chow, were taken into custody after a series of raids by federal and gang task force officials, but the charges against them remained undisclosed.

California state senator Leland Yee arrested in FBI sweep.  A longtime California politician who was praised for his efforts to make government more transparent and authored gun control legislation was arrested Wednesday, accused of conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud.  The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI affidavit in support of a criminal complaint against him and 25 other people.  The affidavit was unsealed on Wednesday, as Yee was scheduled to appear in court.

FBI says Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon took bribes.  Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges, with the FBI alleging he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor's office where he also solicited $1 million more.  Cannon resigned Wednesday evening [3/26/2014].  In return for the money, trips, hotel rooms and access to a luxury SouthPark apartment, Cannon promised to help agents posing as potential commercial investors with zoning, parking and other city-related issues.

California state senator arrested in FBI sweep.  A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year.

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon arrested on corruption charges.  Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday [3/26/2014] on public corruption charges, with the FBI alleging he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor's office where he also solicited $1 million more.  In return for the money, trips, hotel rooms and access to a luxury SouthPark apartment, Cannon promised to help agents posing as potential commercial investors with zoning, parking and other city-related issues.  According to officials, Cannon turned himself in to federal marshals after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Big political corruption arrest in California.  There are encouraging signs that the very corrupt Democrat political machine in the California state legislature may be finally getting exposed, indicted, and, God willing, destroyed.  The state of California is a corrupt banana republic, run by Democrats, and spending a yearly budget in excess of a hundred billion dollars a year.  Evidently, the FBI and federal prosecutors have taken notice, and the arrest last month of powerful Democrat state Senator Ron Calderon was this morning [3/26/2014] followed by the indictment and arrest of another Democrat powerhouse, state Senator Leland Yee.

'A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party'.  Certainly, at a minimum it's safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation's police blotters today.  Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they're in on the fun), it's up to the Blogosphere — so here we go.

ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS All Skip Political ID for 'Shocking' Corruption By Democrat Mayor.  ABC, CNN, MSNBC and PBS on Wednesday and Thursday all covered the "shocking" corruption involving the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Yet, while talking about the tens of thousands of dollars in bribes he sought, none of these networks identified Patrick Cannon's political party. Only a Fox News host referred to him as a Democrat.

No Justice Department Charges Against Ohio Woman Who Voted Six Times for Obama.  Last week Al Sharpton embraced convicted vote fraudster Melowese Richardson at a "voting rights" rally in Cincinnati.  The United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done nothing to Melowese Richardson 410 days after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama's reelection.  Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President.  In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.

Philly DA Blows the Whistle on Pennsylvania's State AG.  Prosecutors almost never go to war against each other.  But in Pennsylvania, Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane is being brutally criticized by Seth Williams, Philadelphia's district attorney and a fellow Democrat.  Williams is upset that last year one of Kane's first acts in office was to decline to prosecute four Philadelphia state legislators and other government officials.  In a sting operation, all had been caught accepting cash or Tiffany jewelry in exchange for votes or favors.  Kane, who is white, has defended herself, saying that the investigation was badly managed and tainted by racism.

Unethical Media Helps Sweep Democrat Bribe-Taking Under the Rug.  So far, the big three networks have yet to cover the major bribery scandal unfolding in Pennsylvania.  In that scandal, state investigators targeted Republicans and Democrats in the legislature and offered them bribes.  But only a few of the Democrats accepted bribes.  The investigation began under a Republican attorney general, but when Democrat Kathleen Kane won the state attorney general's office in 2012, she quickly scuttled that investigation.

Authorities Just Raided The Office of Rhode Island's House Speaker.  FBI, IRS, and Rhode Island law enforcement officials entered the Rhode Island State House on Friday [3/21/2014], apparently to collect evidence from the offices of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox.  A spokesperson for the Democrat's office said to the AP that his staffers weren't informed why they were asked to leave the premises by state police.

Rhode Island House Speaker resigning after fed and state police raid.  The most powerful politician in my former home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is not the Governor.  It's the Speaker of the House.  And Mr. Speaker, Gordon Fox, is stepping down as Speaker after the feds and state police raided his office and home yesterday [3/21/2014].

Bribe-taking convict and accused fraudsters run for office in Illinois Democratic primary elections.  A convicted bribe-taker in President Barack Obama's political backyard, and at least two other public servants accused of felonies, are seeking office in Tuesday's Illinois Democratic primary elections.  Former Chicago city alderman Isaac 'Ike' Carothers spent 28 months in prison for taking bribes, and was released in March 2012.  He's running for commissioner of the Cook County board, among the most powerful positions in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Carothers followed the family legacy established by his father, who once held the same position before going to prison for official corruption.

PA Democrats Took Bribes to Oppose Voter ID: Where is Holder?  Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature.  Gifts of Tiffany's jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for "NO" votes on a Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012.  Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials.  Kane is a Democrat.  Kane's excuse for her inaction?  Racism:  some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia.

Report: Pennsylvania Dem took bribe to oppose voter ID law, but never got charged.  Pennsylvania Democrats reportedly were caught on tape accepting cash bribes, including one lawmaker who was paid to vote against a state voter identification law, but Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut down the investigation.  "Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar with the inquiry said, prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape that documented at least four city Democrats taking payments in cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Kane shut down sting that snared Philadelphia officials.  The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The [Philadelphia] Inquirer has learned.  Yet no one was charged with a crime.  Prosecutors began the sting in 2010 when Republican Tom Corbett was attorney general.  After Democrat Kathleen G. Kane took office in 2013, she shut it down.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane lawyers up.  The decision of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to drop the investigation and potential prosecution of Philadelphia Democrats who were recorded accepting cash, money orders, or jewelry certainly seems suspicious.  According to news reports, investigators collected over 400 hours of audio and video of five Democrats, including four state lawmakers, before Kane, also a Democrat, secretly killed the investigation last fall.  When confronted with this troubling story by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kane cited racism and mismanagement in the investigation, but the detailed descriptions of the recordings certainly seem to indicate that the payments were made.

Dem Who Pled Guilty to Illegal Fundraising for D.C. Mayor Also Contributed to Hillary; Nets Ignore.  A prominent Democrat who illegally funneled $660,000 into the mayoral campaign of Vincent Gray in 2010 also contributed to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, according to the Washington Times.  All three networks on Monday night and Tuesday morning ignored the story.

Federal jury convicts former Arkansas treasurer.  A jury convicted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner of federal bribery and extortion charges Tuesday [3/11/2014], saying her acceptance of $36,000 from a bond trader who did business with the state was a felony rather than just a lapse in ethical judgment.

Democratic Donor Pleads Guilty to Illegal Campaign Donations.  A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday [3/10/2014] to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians, including an unnamed 2008 presidential candidate believed to be Hillary Clinton.  District of Columbia businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who federal prosecutors say financed a "shadow campaign" for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws.  Thompson claimed some of the candidates, including Gray, were aware of the illegal fundraising.

A Real New Jersey Scandal Tied to Democrats Being Ignored by Media.  Even as Newark, New Jersey was laying off policemen and was pleading for more tax money and state bailouts, it has now been discovered that a heavily employed city contractor was stealing millions from the city with crony deals and bribery and it's all tied to people appointed by Cory Booker — the man many Democrats think might be the "next" Barack Obama.  There is even no-work jobs to buddies and other such criminal waste.  All this comes from investigations into a city agency called the Watershed Conservation Development Corporation, an entity that supposedly monitored and managed the city's 35,000 acres of reservoirs and other water resources.

How Cory Booker's Cronies Made Out Like Bandits.  New Jersey state senator Ron Rice, a Democrat, calls it "Newark-gate."  He is referring to a state comptroller's report that details how a contractor swindled the city out of millions in public funds, and to the larger culture of "white-collar crime" that he says former Newark mayor Cory Booker allowed to flourish on his watch.

Don't Give Booker a Pass.  Cory Booker may be the most puzzling man in the Senate.  We don't know where he lives.  We don't know whom, if anyone, he lives with.  And he's been caught in lie after lie about his heroics.  Yet, this enigma of a man has emerged as the king of odd-couple bromance, using selfies and Instagram posts to burnish his stardom even as he appears surprisingly vulnerable in his upcoming bid for reelection.

'Torquemada' John Dingell.  At the height of his powers as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in October 1991, Representative John Dingell (D., Mich.) was feted by 800 Washington lobbyists — representing Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Merck, and more — who laid out $600,000 to honor the ruthless congressman nicknamed "Torquemada."  I was a young journalist in D.C., and the glitzy Washington Hyatt Regency event was called a "Tribute to John Dingell."  Any other town might have called it a shakedown.

Dewhurst: Investigate Battleground Texas Immediately.  Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst issued a letter to Secretary of State Nandita Berry today [2/21/2014] urging her office to immediately turn over all complaints of Battleground Texas' violations of election law to Attorney General Greg Abbott.  The scandal was revealed after Breitbart Texas released the latest James O'Keefe undercover video on what appeared to be a Battleground Texas illegal voter data-mining operation to help elect Wendy Davis.

Source: Rob Andrews to leave Congress.  South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take over as head of government affairs at prominent Philadelphia law firm Dilworth Paxson, Andrews announced Tuesday morning [2/4/2014].  Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will leave office Feb. 18. [...] Andrews, 56, has faced an expensive House ethics probe into his use of campaign money for a family trip to Scotland.  The investigation has gone on for more than a year.

Michigan House bill would force candidates to reveal felony convictions.  The new bill, which passed the committee on a 9-0 vote, would add a requirement that any felony convictions from the prior decade be disclosed as a matter of transparency.  Juvenile convictions would not have to be listed.  The bill would not have identified two Flint City Council members who were elected last year without the public being aware that one had been convicted of manslaughter and the other of felonious assault.  Both convictions were more than 20 years old.  But it would have affected state Rep. Brian Banks, D-Harper Woods, who has eight felony convictions, mostly for writing bad checks and credit card fraud, dating to a period of time in 1998-2004.

California Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud.  A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial.  The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. [...] In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.  They accused him of lying on voter registration and candidacy documents and of casting ballots in five elections he was not entitled to vote in from the Inglewood address.

Neighbors: Cory Booker never lived in Newark.  As Cory Booker looks set to win the junior Senate seat in New Jersey Wednesday, his supposed neighbors in Newark say Mayor Booker doesn't live in the Gateway City.  Multiple residents of Newark told The Daily Caller that the longtime mayor doesn't live at any of the addresses he has claimed as home.  The mayor is believed to live in New York even though he is registered to run for New Jersey's special senate election.

Clinton, Reid, DNC took campaign contributions from deathbed identity thief.  Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Preibus called for Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to return campaign donations they received from a man who pled guilty to identity theft of the terminally ill.  Clinton, Reid, and the DNC all received donations from Joseph Caramadre.  Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe invested $47,000 in an illegal business in which Caramadre applied for annuities and bonds with the stolen identities of dying people.

Robert Rizzo must come clean on Bell corruption, activists say.  If Robert Rizzo wants to "make amends" to the city of Bell — as his attorney said Thursday [10/3/2013] — then members of a local activist group are expecting him to disclose more information about corruption in the city and others who may have participated in it.

Bell's Rizzo to serve prison time.  Robert Rizzo, the central figure in the scandal that made the working-class city of Bell a national symbol for government graft, effectively admitted for the first time Thursday [10/3/2013] his role in the corruption scheme.  On the eve of his trial, Rizzo made a surprise appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded no contest to 69 felony charges of misappropriating public funds, hiding and falsifying records, perjury and other crimes.

Dangerous Times: The Crisis-Monger.  The Center for Policy Studies has now exposed secret money streams from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Democrats.  That hidden flow of cash explains everything that made no sense before, going back to 9/11/01.  The MBs run layers of shell corporations to hide money for the Democrats from the IRS — which isn't looking very hard.  The Clinton Center is one major conduit.  The Obama campaign is another.

Fmr. Chicago Alderman Convicted of Third Corruption Charge.  Former Chicago Democratic Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was convicted of a third corruption charge Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.  Medrano pleaded guilty "in a 2010 bribery scheme to influence a bandage contract."

For Those Who Don't Believe in Election Fraud.  "Yes, the Rizzo-Royster race turned on vote fraud," admitted the Kansas City Star's Barbara Shelly in a crow-eating column nearly three years after it would do any good.  For years the Star has routinely mocked anyone who dared suggest vote fraud was a problem.  Among those mocked was Will Royster, a retired Navy fighter pilot who seemingly lost in a northeast Kansas City Democratic primary for state representative in 2010 by the final count of one single vote.  The seeming victor, endorsed by the Star, was neophyte J.J. Rizzo, the son of Democratic machine honcho, Henry Rizzo.

The Clintons Can't Shake Their Reputation for Ethical Shadiness.  Last week, businessman Troy White pleaded guilty to federal charges arising from a Clinton for President campaign scheme hatched five years ago with the help of key Clinton supporter Jeffrey E. Thompson.  The scheme was designed to assist Hillary's ground game in the run-up to the March 2008 Texas Democratic Primary — which she ultimately won.  According to the underlying legal documents, more than $608,000 was channeled to White to hire "street teams."  But the saga didn't end with White or Thompson.

Jeffrey Thompson's Tentacles.  National media tend to ignore the corruption that passes as local D.C. politics.  As a consequence, it's missed a city scandal that is now cascading onto the national political scene, with potential fallout for the 2016 presidential election, federal and state politicians, and even the government.

Former Bergen County Democratic chairman indicted on racketeering charge.  Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, was indicted today [9/11/2013] by a federal grand jury for allegedly running a racketeering scheme in which he paid lucrative kickbacks to a public official, solicited more than a million dollars in illegal payments and extorted companies wanting to do business in Bergen County.

Grimes Won't Call for Democratic State Rep. Arnold's Resignation.  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is declining to call for Democratic State Rep. John A. Arnold to resign, leading her opponents to call her less than genuine about "fighting for Kentucky women."  Arnold is currently facing formal complaints from three employees for sexual harassment.

Senators who backed Syria resolution got 83 percent more defense lobby money than those who voted against it.  Wednesday's 10-7 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee supporting an authorization of military attacks on Syria may have been affected by varying levels of financial support the senators got from political action committees representing the defense industry, and from the companies' employees.  On average, a 'yes'-voting senator received 83 percent more money from defense contractors than one who voted 'no.'

Arrests of 3 Mayors Reinforce Florida's Notoriety as a Hothouse for Corruption.  Even by Florida standards, the arrests of three suburban Miami mayors on corruption charges within a month were a source of dismay, if not exactly a surprise. [...] Not that such situations are unusual in Florida, which led the country in convictions of public officials — 781 — between 2000 and 2010, according to Department of Justice figures.

Democrats and Lawlessness.  President Obama has already seized the power to rule by decree, and is doing so virtually every day now. [...] He is now regularly exercising the power to legislate directly himself, either by announcing on his own supposed authority changes in existing laws that Congress has already passed, or by announcing that he will carry out entirely new laws that Congress never passed, or even refused to pass.  These actions are brazen, lawless violations of the Constitution.

Obama stays silent on Dems mired in scandals.  When President Barack Obama ran for re-election last year, he and his advisers were quick to condemn comments from Republicans that were deemed offensive or demeaning to women.

Democrats' 'war on women' boomerangs as Obama, top leaders fail to condemn bad boy behavior.  Democrats launched the "war on women," but they didn't first sweep their side of the battlefield for land mines.  Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have dominated the headlines for their atrocious disrespect and sexual harassment of women.  Yet the Democratic leadership is hiding in a foxhole.

Detroit Ran Into The Inviolable Rule Of Economics.  [Detroit's] Cause of death?  Corruption, both legal and illegal, plus a classic case of reactionary liberalism in which the governing Democrats — there's been no Republican mayor in half a century — simply refused to adapt to the straitened economic circumstances that followed the post-World War II auto boom.  Corruption of the criminal sort was legendary.  The former mayor currently serving time engaged in a breathtaking range of fraud, extortion and racketeering.  And he didn't act alone.  The legal corruption was the cozy symbiosis of Democratic politicians and powerful unions, especially the public-sector unions that gave money to elect the politicians who negotiated their contracts — with wildly unsustainable health and pension benefits.

'Culture of Corruption' boomerangs on Democrats as scandals blossom nationwide.  The Democratic Party is battling scandals from New York to San Diego and from city hall to Capitol Hill, as the party finds itself on the defensive over embarrassing lapses ranging from sexual misconduct to multiple scandals ensnaring the Obama administration.  President Obama on Wednesday [7/24/2013] denounced what he called "phony scandals" and "an endless parade of distractions" blocking progress on the economy and other issues, but critics say the controversies underscore the missed opportunities for the president and his party to live up to pledges to clean up politics and break traditional patterns of money, influence and privilege in government.

Only in Chicago ... and the Obama White House.  Each [Chicago] Alderman receives about a million dollars for an "Aldermanic menu" — part of city budgeting for decades.  It's a great slush fund that Aldermen usually use to reward friends and remove annoyances that make voters mad.  There is virtually no accountability and voters have no say in how the money is spent. 

Nancy Pelosi, Creep Enabler.  The most powerful female Democrat on Capitol Hill has turned her back on women.  Again.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, entrenched 13-term incumbent, refuses to say whether creepster San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should resign amid an avalanche of longstanding sexual harassment allegations, staff resignations and now a lawsuit.  "What goes on in San Diego is up to the people of San Diego.  I'm not here to make any judgments," declared the very same feminist crusader who has spearheaded unabashedly judgmental nationwide attacks on the so-called "Republican War on Women."

High-profile Dems reluctant to weigh in on San Diego mayor groping claims.  Democrats who accused Republicans of being anti-women during last year's campaign are strangely silent now that one of their own — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner — is accused of groping and sexually assaulting women.  "Don't identify him as my former colleague," an agitated House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Thursday night [7/18/2013] when asked about the claims against Filner.  Pelosi worked alongside Filner for 10 years in Congress.

Chicago whistle-blower implicates top state Democrat.  A former Chicago-area executive is blowing the whistle in the latest case to showcase what is derisively known as the "Illinois way" — politicians' practice of doing business by dishing out favors to friends who contribute generously to their campaigns.  This time, a top-ranking Democrat has been implicated.  The case involves Illinois' most powerful Democratic leader — state House Speaker Michael Madigan — and the former head of the Chicago area's commuter rail service, Metra.

How Obamacare Is Being Used to Create a Permanent Democratic Majority.  To a remarkable degree, liberalism has been institutionalized as an official ideology, funded by your tax dollars.  [A recent] editorial in Investors Business Daily explains, in shocking detail, how Obamacare is being used to fund Democratic Party operatives and drive Democratic Party enrollment.

California state senator is targeted in FBI searches.  FBI agents searched offices in the Capitol on Tuesday [6/4/2013] — the first such raid in 25 years — serving warrants and carting away evidence in what law enforcement officials said was a corruption probe that began in Los Angeles County.  As the agents combed the offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and the Latino Legislative Caucus into the evening, a federal law enforcement source said Calderon, a member of the caucus, was "the focus of the investigation."

All in the Family.  A nonprofit connected to Rep. Corrine Brown (D., Fla.) and run by a local political power player overbilled Medicaid by nearly $1.4 million, the Florida Times-Union reported.  According to an audit by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the Community Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville overbilled Medicaid by nearly $1.4 million.

McCaskill: Fire Everyone Involved in Obama's IRS Scandal.  Let's be honest:  There's not a single Democrat in Congress who cares if the Obama Administration uses the IRS to target its political enemies.  We're the bad guys to them and they're willing to do anything they can get away with to stick it to us.  That's why nobody at the IRS had been punished for this scandal before it went public and blew up like a nuclear bomb.  However, the situation has now changed because the scandal is getting traction with the public.

A Brief History of Slimy Dem Snoops and Dumpster Divers.  It's always the "low-level" peon's fault, isn't it?  When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin'. [...] While they pretend to champion privacy rights, top left-wing operatives have routinely ransacked and plundered through the private documents and personal records of conservative groups, business owners and public figures.  Through it all, those on the right standing against government tyranny have refused to stand down.

Dem Candidate Listed Twice on Ballot in South Carolina Special Election.  Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District special election, is listed twice on today's ballot.  Colbert-Busch is also the nominee of the Working Families party.

Dianne Feinstein's Husband Bags High-Speed Rail Construction Contract.  Sen. Diane Feinstein's husband Richard Blum won a construction contract for California's high-speed rail project, reports the California Political Review.  Author Laer Pearce says Perini-Zachary-Parsons, a construction group partially owned by Blum's investment firm, Blum Capital, and their investors, bagged the nearly billion dollar contract.

Junk politics.  So Anthony Weiner is thinking about running for mayor.  The guy's a contemptible liar, a creepy egomaniac and a man of seriously flawed character.  In other words, politics is the perfect profession for him.  Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks, who failed to report (at least until the FBI began an investigation) that he took $40,000 from a felonious businessman who was convicted of running a $50 million fraud scheme, remains in office.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington placed Meeks on its list of the most corrupt congressmen.  And Meeks last fall was re-elected to an eighth term in Congress with 75% of the vote.

Soviet Agent Award for Mother Jones Reporter.  As new developments in the McConnell story seem to indicate a political espionage operation against the Senate Republican leader, the prospect of being linked to those behind a campaign on behalf of Bradley Manning — on trial for espionage against the U.S. — could become a public relations nightmare for [David] Corn.  That is, if the media cover the scandal.

Alleged McConnell Bugger Visited White House.  The head of a group accused of illegally taping private meetings of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign visited the White House days before the group's Twitter account began actively attacking the Kentucky Republican, according to White House visitors logs.

Democrat changes story of Progress Kentucky members taping McConnell meeting.  The Democrat who implicated two members of the liberal super PAC Progress Kentucky in the secret taping of a campaign strategy meeting for Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is changing his story.

Still OK to withdraw welfare benefits at ATMs in Colorado strip clubs.  An attempt by Colorado lawmakers to ban welfare recipients from withdrawing their benefits at ATMs located inside strip clubs was killed by Democrats Thursday night [4/4/2013], even though the state House's third-ranking Democratic legislator supported the measure.

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It is not difficult to restrict the use of food stamp cards in specific ATMs, if the state government wants to do so.  Apparently the Democrats do not want to establish such restrictions.  The message is clear:  This is no longer a program to temporarily help hungry people.  It is an unmitigated handout which the recipients can use for anything at all, and it is provided by politicians who are shamelessly buying votes.

EPA Corruption and Scandal.  The EPA and Ms. Lisa Jackson, its chief, have committed extensive violations of law that should receive in-depth scrutiny from Congress, law enforcement and the American people.  Yes the Obama administration has yet another serious scandal on their hands.  The scandal features a fantasy administrator, 'Richard Windsor', and 'his' email account.  The account was established and used by Ms. Jackson to camouflage controversial EPA processes, discussions, decisions and accountability.

Levin's Last Stand.  Carl Levin's retirement announcement today [3/7/2013] was delicious.  The millionaire Michigan senator who gifted himself a $7,500 tax break to buy his $40,000 2012 Chevy Volt said his Number One priority in his last two years in office is cleaning up fat-cat tax breaks.

The Mysterious Office on Metrocentre Boulevard.  The offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen raided by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services last week served as the postal address of 11 mysterious companies linked to the ophthalmologist, who is now the subject of two federal investigations into allegations of Medicare fraud and public corruption.

The Democratic Disgrace.  [Scroll down]  A decade later, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held Attorney General Holder in contempt for his cover-up of the Fast and Furious gun-running operation that led to hundreds of deaths.  That made Holder the first sitting cabinet member to be held in criminal contempt of Congress and in another administration that might have led to his dismissal. During the Bush Administration, cabinet members had resigned for much less, but the Democrats had given up even maintaining the pretense of being a law-abiding party.

N.H. Dem Delinquent on Taxes.  Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D., N.H.) owes nearly $11,000 in overdue property taxes on her two homes, according to WMUR New Hampshire's Political Scoop.

4 of Illinois' last 7 governors went to prison.  Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be leaving prison and heading to a halfway house after serving more than five years for corruption.  His departure from prison follows a rich, if ignominious, history in Illinois of ex-governors arriving in and departing from prison.

Va. lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during legislative session was disbarred following assault, death threat.  A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday [1/17/2013] was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003.  Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor of the House of Delegates to demonstrate how easy it is to carry firearms in Virginia.

Mass. Dem Resigns after Pleading Guilty to Voter Fraud.  WBZ Boston reports Massachusetts State Rep. Stephen Smith resigned Monday [12/31/2012] after pleading guilty to voter fraud.

Democrat Officials in Maryland, NJ, NY and Massachusetts Face Prison Time for Voter Fraud.  Democratic Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen dropped from her race against Republican Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in September after it was discovered she had been voting in two states in recent elections — Maryland and Florida.  Rosen said she was saddened to leave the race in Maryland.  She still received 92,000 votes in November.

2012 Illinois Political Hall of Shame: A Bakers Dozen.  Naturally these selections are based upon my own opinions.  But I believe most people would agree that these 13 public figures are at least somewhat indicative of what is wrong with our politics in the State of Illinois; i.e. political corruption, nepotism, ethical lapses and even outright malfeasance. [...] Democrats pretty much act with impunity due to their near absolute power.  And because of that they also happen to take up the most newsprint when it comes to scandals.

Obama Admin Protected Sex Offender, Helping Re-election.  In a new low for Obama corruption, AP reports that the Homeland Security Department "several times" protected a Democratic senator's registered sex criminal aide from arrest before November's election.

Kathleen the Terrible.  Among the gifts Nancy Pelosi brings to the House of Representatives is her ability to draw a hearty guffaw from the most jaded observer of American politics.  This talent for comedy was on display last Wednesday [12/12/2012] when she told a group of toadeaters disguised as journalists that she belongs to the anti-corruption party.  The Orwellian absurdity of the claim, combined with her trademark vapid expression, was enough to make a cat laugh.

Nancy Pelosi pushes Democrats as the anti-corruption party.  How well did Pelosi succeed in "ending the culture of corruption"?  Rep. Shelly Berkley, D-Nev., is leaving D.C. after losing a Senate campaign largely because of ethical problems, including how she used her position as lawmaker to prevent the closure of a kidney care center — a kidney care center that paid her husband almost three quarters of a million dollars a year.

Clayton Luckie: 45 Days in Office with 45 Felony Charges.  Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett called on leaders in the Ohio Democratic Party to force disgraced Democrat State Representative Clayton Luckie to stop drawing a taxpayer paycheck and resign, as this week will mark day 45 Luckie has received a paycheck while under indictment.  Luckie is under federal indictment for 49 counts of criminal activity in one of the largest FBI investigations of the Ohio Democratic Caucus in Ohio legislative history.

Convicted former Rep. Mel Reynolds wants Jackson seat in Congress.  Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said he will ask voters to focus on his congressional experience rather than his state and federal criminal record as he announced his bid today [11/28/2012] for the seat held by Jesse Jackson Jr., who has resigned.  At a downtown hotel news conference, Reynolds acknowledged having made "mistakes" in the past.

Useful Liberal Idiots and Vote Fraud.  Among the responses to my recent article on Democrat vote fraud were those of liberals who were happy to hear no evil, see no evil — and be the evil.  Their rationalization-aided attitudes ranged from accusing traditionalists of being sore winners to equating 2012 with Bush-Gore in 2000 to simply denying hard evidence.  Does it matter at all to you, liberals, that Democrats were actually caught on video facilitating and promising to engage in vote fraud?

Trial set for next fall for indicted lawmaker.  Newly elected state Rep. Derrick Smith could serve nearly a year in office before he has to face trial on federal bribery charges. [...] Smith was expelled by the House after he was indicted on the federal charges.  But the Democrat was easily elected last week, defeating an independent candidate.

Vast Majority of Voters Concerned About Federal Government Corruption.  The Breitbart News/Judicial Watch survey of election day voters released today [11/8/2012] showed that the vast majority of voters are concerned about government corruption, but that this issue did not give the Republicans an advantage on Election Day.  Surprisingly, slightly more voters had confidence in the ability of the Democratic Party to limit corruption in Washington than the Republican Party.

Is voter fraud being committed in Ohio?  Two volunteer poll workers at an Ohio voting station told Human Events that they observed van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia — the state is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States — being driven to the voting station and guided by Democratic interpreters on the voting process.  No Republican interpreters were present, according to these volunteers.

New Undercover Video: Did Congressman's Son Commit Voter Fraud?  James O'Keefe has struck again. [...] O'Keefe may be controversial in some circles and his tactics have been criticized by some, but you can't argue with the fact that he gets people's attention.  With the liberal mainstream media lacking when it comes to true investigative journalism, these type of videos will become the norm sooner rather than later.

Congressman Jim Moran's son caught on tape teaching vote fraud techniques.  A new undercover video from James O'Keefe and Project Veritas shows Pat Moran, son of longtime incumbent congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) and field director for his father's re-election campaign, instructing a supporter in how to use fraudulent documents to cast a hundred illegal votes.

Pat Moran Relied on Civil Rights Lawyers for Voter Fraud.  Now we know why civil rights groups like the NAACP, ACLU, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights are so upset about election integrity groups like True the Vote monitoring the polls on November 6.  Pat Moran gave us a clue yesterday [10/24/2012].  Moran revealed on James O'Keefe's undercover video why these groups have been so dishonest, ugly, and desperate to smear True the Vote and keep them out of the polls.  Simply, the "election protection" operation of these civil rights groups was seen, at least to Moran, as the final step in committing voter fraud.

Congressman's son resigns after voter fraud video.  The field director for Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran — his son Patrick Moran — has resigned after being secretly recorded seemingly advising a conservative journalist masquerading as a supporter that utility bills could be used to aid in voter fraud.

Rep. Moran's son caught on tape, quits staff.  Rep. James P. Moran's son Patrick resigned from his father's campaign after being caught on camera earlier this month appearing to give advice on how to commit voter fraud to a conservative video journalist.  Project Veritas, the group headed by conservative activist James O'Keefe, circulated the video Wednesday.  Patrick Moran, who had been serving as field director for his father, a Virginia Democrat, said in a statement that he never took the person videotaping him seriously and was simply humoring him.

Rep. Moran's son resigns from father's campaign amid voter fraud scandal.  Patrick Moran, the son of Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and the field director for his father's reelection bid, resigned abruptly Wednesday after a video linked him to voter fraud.

Dem Caught Red-Handed Promoting Election Fraud.  A high-ranking official with Congressman Jim Moran's re-election campaign was recently caught on video encouraging an undercover reporter to forge documents in order to cast phony ballots in the upcoming Virginia election.  The incident is particularly compromising for Congressman Moran, as he has been a vocal opponent of the state's voter ID law, which is designed to protect against voter fraud.  More hypocritically, Moran had been previously caught on film demanding that constituents show their IDs at a local town hall meeting.

Connecticut Democrat jokes about corruption:
Murphy Visits Bridgeport Vote Factory.  Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is at it again.  The Democrat who presided over a 2010 vote casting and counting scandal in the tight race for governor was caught on video Friday [10/12/2012] guaranteeing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Murphy a big result in the state's largest city — even if it takes days to count.  Bridgeport provided a crucial and dubious margin of victory to Democratic and Working Families Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2010 amidst unprecedented chaos at the city's polling places.  The 2010 Bridgeport assault on democracy included photocopied ballots, altered hours at polling places, a mysterious bag of votes and Finch's abuse of the city's emergency notification system to increase turnout on Election Day.

Probe: Sebelius broke the law by campaigning for Obama reelection.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by using her Cabinet position to campaign for President Obama, federal investigators said Wednesday.  The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said Sebelius broke federal law by saying in a February speech that it is "imperative" to reelect President Obama.  She also used the speech, delivered at a Human Rights Campaign event in Charlotte, N.C., to plug local Democrats.

Pro-Obama speech ruled Hatch Act violation, Sebelius repays travel costs.  The White House stood by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after federal investigators reported Wednesday that she unlawfully stumped for President Obama while delivering a speech earlier this year.  The Office of Special Counsel found Mrs. Sebelius violated the Hatch Act in February, when she told attendees at a Human Rights Campaign gala in North Carolina that re-electing Mr. Obama was "hugely important."  The law prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity in their official capacity.

Strictly a local problem?  A candidate for Congress drops out the race because of a scandal and the story goes no further than the local section of the Washington Post.  I suppose it's an improvement that the Democrat is labeled as such in both the headline and the lead paragraph but notice this.  Her wrongdoing is something the media insists is not a real problem — vote fraud.

Candidate Rosen out after voter fraud allegations.  The Democratic candidate scheduled to challenge Congressman Andy Harris in November's election was forced to resign Monday [9/10/2012] amid allegations of voter fraud.  Wendy Rosen was asked to step down as the 1st Congressional District candidate by the Maryland Democratic Party after members allegedly found evidence Rosen registered and voted in more than one state during past elections.

Nationally-acclaimed Arts & Crafts hawker resigns congressional race over serious voter fraud allegations.  Ironically, Rosen is a former Republican, who switched her registration to Democrat in protest of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Making the situation even worse for the Democrats, the Party cannot replace her on the ballot.  Party lists of candidates were officially certified by the State Board of Elections on Sept. 5.  The only option left for the MD Democrat Party is to run a write-in campaign.

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That's interesting.  She changed her party affiliation because of President Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but doesn't seem to mind Obama's wars in Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

Maryland Democrat quits congressional race amid vote fraud allegations.  A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections.

Maryland Democrat Quits Amid Revelations That She Voted in Two States.  Remember when Eric Holder dismissed video evidence of how easy it was to perpetrate voter fraud by calling it 'manufactured'?  A Maryland Democrat was recently revealed to have manufactured the ability to vote in two separate states — Maryland and Florida.  That is illegal.  It is fraud.  And she should be charged.

Congressman took family on $30k trip to Scotland to attend a wedding — and billed it to his campaign.  A New Jersey congressman is under investigation for using campaign funds to cover personal expenses for a luxurious vacation in Scotland for his wife and two daughters.  U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1st Dist.) splashed out more than $30,000 to attend the wedding of an unnamed donor — an expense that was vetted by his wife who serves as a volunteer compliance officer for the politician.

Whistle-blower, documents: Illinois state workers forced to attend Pelosi, Jesse Jackson Jr. event on taxpayer dime.  Documents and a whistle-blower affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller charge that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., participated in an unethical — and possibly illegal — effort to force 76 employees of an Illinois state agency to engage in political activity on the taxpayers' dime.  According to the whistle-blower, Rev. Jackson also encouraged the government employees to load first-generation and low-income college students up with student loan debt — because Democrats in Congress, he allegedly promised, would eventually pass laws to forgive that debt later.  "[T]hose people will continue to vote Democratic," Jackson Sr. said, according to the whistle-blower.

U.S. Congressman 'spent $97,000 of campaign money on 18 trips to California.  A congressional ethics panel says it is looking into the activities of U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews of New Jersey, who has reported using campaign money to pay for at least 18 trips to California, where his teenage daughter has a fledgling career as a singer and actress.  The House Ethics Committee released a statement Tuesday [7/17/2012] saying it would issue a decision regarding Andrews by August 31.  It was the first time the committee has acknowledged a probe of Andrews, a Democrat from Haddon Heights.

Rep. Capps rented room to staffer for years, didn't report income to IRS for over a decade.  In a possible congressional ethics violation, California Democratic Rep. Lois Capps rented a room in her personal home to one of her congressional staffers for years and did not report the income to the IRS — during that time, or for more than a decade — until 2012.  Capps also withheld that information from the proper congressional authorities for five years — from 2001 until early 2006.  The staffer in question was Jeremy Tittle, a "case worker" in Capps' district office from late 2000 until late 2004.  According to Federal Election Commission records, Tittle was also a staffer for Capps' political campaigns from as early as 2001 to as late as 2004.

FBI agents 'all over the building' at Trenton City Hall.  FBI agents flooded into City Hall on Thursday, searching offices throughout the building a day after raiding Mayor Tony Mack's Berkeley Square home.  One city employee said finance department workers were told to turn on their computers and leave the office, but FBI agents also were seen entering other departments.

Feds raid City Hall of New Jersey capital.  Federal agents raided City Hall in New Jersey's capital on Thursday [7/19/2012], one day after they swarmed the home of the city's mayor, his brother and a campaign supporter.  "The FBI is executing search warrants at various offices at Trenton City Hall, pursuant to an ongoing investigation," said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

Ethics Committee launches probe of Dem Rep. Robert Andrews.  The chairman of the Camden County Republican Party in New Jersey asked the Ethics Committee and the OCE to investigate Roberts last November, following a series of articles that appeared in the Newark Star Ledger.  The articles allege the lawmaker used more than $9,000 in campaign funds to pay for a trip to Scotland with his wife and two children, and more than $10,000 to host a party at Andrews' home celebrating his Congressional service and his daughter's graduation.  The paper also stated that Andrews' campaign made a $12,500 donation to a local theater gala, in which his daughter was performing.

In Support of Voter ID.  The only political party sure to benefit from allowing anyone and every one to vote, whether they are dead or alive, citizen or non-citizen, or have voted numerous times at widely separated polling places — is the Democratic Party.  Everybody knows that!  But the stakes for the democrats are so high, they do not seem to mind making complete fools of themselves running a transparent con game right before the eyes of the nation.

Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Shelley Berkley.  The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it will formally investigate Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) over allegations she violated House rules by using her position in Congress to benefit her husband's medical practice.  The decision could have serious repercussions for her Senate bid.  She is challenging incumbent Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Republicans have hammered her repeatedly on the issue.

Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers.  Over the past eight years that I've been blogging and operating Internet media companies, I've witnessed or experienced firsthand some of the most unhinged behavior against conservatives — from individual harassment and intimidation, to e-mail bombs and e-mail hackings, to troll infestations, distributed denial of service attacks, coordinated spam block attacks, and death threats.

Bomber Turned Left Wing Activist, Brett Kimberlin, Tries to Silence Conservative Opposition.  Tip of the hat to Michelle Malkin, whose May 23 column does one of the best jobs I've seen of laying out the convoluted tale of a low-level Democratic activist named Brett Kimberlin and his attempts to shut down those who criticize him.  She applies the "disinfectant of sunshine" to a seamy story that deserves mainstream play.

Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists.  The Left has a long history of embracing unrepentant, manipulative sociopaths, felons, terrorists, and mass murderers — anything goes, provided that they share the same political ideology.  In fairness, most liberals do not feel affection for the worst of the worst among leftists such as Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Che Guevara, or Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones.  But there are a few domestic radicals who have attained a kind of folk hero status in left-wing circles.

The Conservative Blogosphere Introduces Kimberlin 2012.  The conservative blogosphere today launched a version of the Kony 2012 tactic, introducing readers to a man named Brett Kimberlin and his fellow far-leftists. [...] There is an organizational effort by the institutional left — of which Kimberlin is a well-connected part — to silence conservatives, both in the "real" world and through social networks like Twitter.  As these bloggers note, the best disinfectant is sunlight.  The story is complex and required reading.

A Brownshirt by Any Other Name.  The Patterico outlines a truly shocking campaign of intimidation against him, Stacy McCain, and other bloggers by a leftist convicted felon named Brett Kimberlin, whose non-profit group is funded by George Soros, Teresa Heinz-Kerry, Barbra Streisand, et al.  I'd seen references to this creep, but the story was convoluted and posts on it seemed to start in mid-story, which is why I was glad to see Mark Tapscott at the Examiner offer a brief introduction to Kimberlin's villainy, while Michelle Malkin has aggregated links.

The Left's National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed.  The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government.  In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a "permanent progressive majority."  As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, "voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections..."

Soros' Tides Canada Under Investigation.  George Soros' Tides Foundation in Canada is under investigation by the Canada Revenue Agency after members of the Conservative Party labeled the organization a foreign-funded radical group.

Issa: We have the 'most corrupt' government in history.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said he is putting his foot down on "corrupt" government financial dealings in the wake of scandals at the Secret Service and the General Services Administation (GSA). [...] "We are busy in Washington with a corrupt government, with a government that I said perhaps because of the money, the amount of TARP and stimulus funds, was going to be the most corrupt government history, and it is proving to be just exactly that.  "This money going though the hands of political leaders is corrupting the process, whether it is Solyndra, GSA, or a number of other scandals."

Deval Patrick: Taxes are my business.  The governor has steadfastly declined to open up his books since he first ran for governor in 2006.

Leaked Stratfor Emails: Democrats Manipulated The 2008 Election Results.  John McCain's 2008 campaign staff allegedly had evidence that Democrats stuffed ballot boxes in Pennsylvania and Ohio on election night, but McCain chose not to pursue voter fraud, according to internal Stratfor emails published by WikiLeaks.

The Editor says...
Next time, let's nominate somebody who wants to win.

Project Veritas Proves How Easy Voter Fraud Is Without ID.  There are a lot of liberals who think, probably correctly, that the Democratic Party benefits from voter fraud.  They figure it pads their totals across the country on election day by tens of thousands of votes and probably swings a handful of close races their way.  Undoubtedly, they're right about that.  So, in an effort to keep legitimate votes from being cancelled out by fraud, Republicans have started making a concerted push to put voter ID laws in place.

More about Voter ID laws.

The Democrats' Election Forgery Racket.  This week, four Democratic officials in Indiana were hit with felony charges related to petition fraud in the state's 2008 primary.  The prosecutions are a result of the local South Bend Tribune newspaper's investigation last fall into "hundreds of county residents' signatures" forged on petitions used to put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic primary ballot.  At least two whistle-blowing government officials came forward to expose the forgery racket, which court documents say was formulated by Democratic Party officials inside local party headquarters.  A veteran county Democratic Party chair, Butch Morgan, resigned in October over the scandal; three employees in the St. Joseph County voter registration office reportedly helped Morgan execute the scheme.

Election fraud 2010:  A repository of the fraud & dirty tricks used by Democrats during the 2010 election cycle.

Former SEIU Member Registers 23,207 Fraudulent Voters.  Former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member Steve Caddle of Houston, Texas has been caught registering 23,207 fake voters in Harris County alone due to the hard detective work of Catherine Engelbrecht and her "True the Vote" project.  This is one of the best examples of what good citizen activism inspired by Tea Party principles can do for their community.

It's official: Chicago is nation's corruption capital.  A University of Illinois study has found what many probably already suspected:  Chicago is the corruption capital of the nation.  The study — published Wednesday [2/15/2012] as the details of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Colorado prison assignment emerged — showed that the federal court district that includes Chicago has had 1,531 public corruption convictions since 1976, more than any other district in the nation.

Chicago Called Most Corrupt City in the Nation.  A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.  He cites data from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove his case.  And, he says, Illinois is third-most corrupt state in the country.

Global Warming Lefties Commit Identity Theft to Target Conservative Think Tank.  Wednesday [2/15/2012], two left-wing blogs posted confidential information supposedly obtained from the Heartland Institute, a free-market, non-profit think tank with a particular focus on battling global warming hysteria.  They posted supposed donor information, inside financials, and even a "confidential memo" on the Institute's climate strategy — which is a "complete fake," according to a statement from The Heartland Institute.  The way they got the information was blatantly illegal.

Not Just A Democrat Dirty Trick, But A Crime.  A few years ago, as part of its strategy of facilitating voter fraud as a means of winning close elections, the Democratic Party undertook a campaign to secure as many Secretary of State offices in swing states as possible.  From those perches, the Democrats would be in a position to oversee elections and enforce (or decline to enforce) election laws.  That strategy has been quite successful, but the Democrats suffered a setback in Iowa in 2010 when conservative Republican Matt Schultz won an upset victory in the Secretary of State race.  Since then, Iowa Democrats have targeted Schultz.  That targeting has taken a sinister turn — a criminal one, in fact — as the Des Moines Register reports.

Former Obama Staffer Busted for Stealing Iowa Secretary of State's Identity.  Barack Obama's 2008 Iowa New Media Director was arrested Friday for attempting to use the identities of Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and/or his brother Thomas, with the intent to falsely implicate the Secretary Schultz in illegal or unethical behavior.  Zach Edwards, 29, of Des Moines, currently works for Link Strategies, a Democrat-affiliated organization with ties to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

Does Iowa Electoral Fraud Scam Lead To White House?  The fact that Soros and various other Democratic heavy hitters made it a priority to take over secretary of state offices suggests that larger forces may be at work.  If Democrats do not come clean on this, immediately, this could well mean that people are being protected.  If they are, we are looking at some of the highest political crimes ever.  Stealing an election by toppling a secretary of state is fundamentally anti-democratic.  A full investigation by a special prosecutor is in order.  If evidence is found of a conspiracy to defraud democracy, someone should go to jail for this, and we aren't just talking about Edwards.

Dead People and Other Voters.  Years ago the Democrats learned that the surest way to win a tight election was to have just the right number of dead people ready to vote.  It worked in Texas in 1948 and Illinois in 1960 and may have worked in South Carolina in 2010 if Attorney General Eric Holder hadn't left well enough alone. ... Holder may soon regret his action which, like nearly everything else done by the Obama Administration these days, is intended to help get Mr. Obama reelected.

Democrats Embrace Voter Fraud.  Already, Team Obama is putting voter fraud policies in effect to tilt the election.  Eric Holder's stance on the right of individual states within the U.S. to require voter identification is the most obvious example.  Several court cases have already upheld the states' right to require voter identification.  Furthermore, many studies have shown that requiring voter identification prevents voter fraud and is no more illegal than requiring identification to obtain Medicare or Medicaid or social security payments. ... More recently, Team, Obama is speeding up the immigration process and rushing illegal aliens to citizenship, often ahead of those who have waited, patiently and legally, for years.

Federal grand jury indicts Indianapolis councilman.  A federal grand jury in Indianapolis on Tuesday [12/20/2011] indicted a City-County Council member and two associates linked to a foundation under investigation for more than two years on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering.

Officials Plead Guilty in New York Voter Fraud Case.  A total of four Democratic officials and political operatives have now pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in an alleged scheme to steal a New York election.  The latest guilty pleas expose the ease with which political insiders can apparently manipulate the electoral system and throw an election their way, by the forging of signatures of unsuspecting voters that are then cast as real votes.

Voter fraud is real.  The state chairman of Indiana's Democratic Party resigned Monday [12/12/2011] as a probe of election fraud in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary widened.  State law requires a presidential candidate to gather 500 valid signatures in each county to qualify for the ballot.  Barack Obama may not have met it.  Investigators think 150 of the 534 signatures the Obama campaign turned in for St. Joseph County may have been forged.  Yet Democrats say that measures to guard against vote fraud are racist Republican plots to disenfranchise minority voters.

Indiana Democratic Party Head Resigns as Fraud Probe Heats Up.  The chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party announced his resignation Monday [12/12/2011], as investigators probe allegations of election fraud stemming from the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.  Dan Parker, who served for seven years, did not cite the scandal as a reason for his decision.  But the uproar over possible fraud in a race for the White House has already claimed the job of one county Democratic Chairman, who sources say was forced out because of the allegations.

Why It's So Easy To Destroy Republicans.  If one examines the voting patterns over the last few decades it appears that Republican voters are particularly picky and principled about whom they vote for.  Democrats on the other hand are more interested in what's being promised to them than in a candidate's character. ... There is no other explanation for the long careers of Ted Kennedy, (Chappaquiddick - Google it), Barney Frank, Chris Dodd (Countrywide - Google it) Charlie Rangel and last but certainly not least, William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton.  They elected and reelected a president that had more question marks on his character than all the GOP candidates combined and it made no difference at all.

Richardson inquiry quietly brewing.  A federal grand jury said to be investigating former Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to meet again next week in Albuquerque.  After battling repeated scandals in the latter years of his eight-year tenure, the globe-trotting Richardson is back under the microscope.  This time, several news outlets report that the two-term Democratic governor and onetime Cabinet secretary for President Bill Clinton faces accusations that he raised $250,000 from supporters to quiet a woman who had threatened to file a sexual-harassment complaint.

E-mails questioned huge contract for firm with ties to Obama administration.  A series of e-mail exchanges between officials at the Department of Health and Human Services shows growing alarm at the amount of projected profit from a government contract for a drug company whose controlling shareholder is a longtime Democratic Party activist.

Pelosi Leads List Of Conflict Of Interest Dems.  The brewing scandal is complicated, but here's the Reader's Digest version:  After a Pelosi staffer left to lobby on behalf of credit-card giant Visa, Pelosi delayed bringing to the House floor a bill to end lucrative "swipe fees" for Visa and other credit providers.  The bill couldn't have come at a worse time for Visa.  It planned to launch an $18 billion public stock offering, so stalling Hill action became a priority.  The San Francisco-based company curried favor with Pelosi by pumping cash into her re-election efforts, earning its CEO a rare one-on-one meeting with the speaker.  At the same time, Visa offered her husband a VIP cut of the IPO.

Mass GOP to Kerry: 'Come clean'.  The Massachusetts Republican Party today lashed out at Senator John Kerry, saying he should provide a better explanation of stock trades detailed in a recently released book about insider trading by members of Congress.  The book by a conservative researcher at the Hoover Institution says Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, made hundreds of thousands of dollars from trades of shares in medical companies at the same time Kerry was working on health care legislation on Capitol Hill.

'Throw them all out' sounds like a good start.  Hoover Institution scholar Peter Schweizer is making huge waves this week with advance coverage of his book "Throw Them All Out" on "60 Minutes" and in a Newsweek piece by Peter Boyer.  CBS and Newsweek focused on Schweizer's contention that because Congress exempts itself from laws it imposes on the rest of us, senators and representatives can engage in insider stock trading with impunity.  Among the most outrageous examples, according to Schweizer, is that of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, with her millionaire husband, bought between $1 million and $5 million (members of Congress only have to report such investments in broad categories rather than nickels and dimes like the rest of us) in an initial public offering from Visa.

Comptroller John Liu's fundraiser arrested on fraud charge.  The feds today busted a New Jersey man for allegedly steering illegal contributions to city Comptroller John Liu.  Xing Wu Pan is accused of using phantom or "straw" donors to conceal illegal contributions that that exceeded limits for citywide office, according to the complaint filed by Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara and New York FBI Director Janice Fedarcyk.  Pan is charged with attempted wire fraud and conspiracy.

Pelosi's investments questioned in CBS report.  [Steve] Kroft asked Pelosi why she and her investor husband, Paul Pelosi, bought an initial public offering of stock in Visa, the San Francisco-based credit card company, in March of 2008.  The same month, former House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the Credit Card Fair Fee Act, which would have given merchants the power to negotiate lower fees with credit card companies.  The bill, hostile to the credit card industry, was passed by the committee but never brought to the floor.  Pelosi was speaker at the time, and controlled which legislation came to a vote.

Shredding Kathleen Sebelius.  If a private health insurer had engaged in the kind of criminal obstruction that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been tied to in her home state of Kansas, it would be a federal case.  Instead, it's a non-story in the Washington press.

California Democrat Party Loses Millions to Fraud.  California Democrat uber-finance guru, Kinde Durkee, apparently has been practicing accounting methods of the Solyndra kind.  As a result, she's been accused of fraud for potentially misappropriating as much as $7.5 million in campaign funds for as many as 53 liberal candidates and issues committees in the Golden State.  The amount is the difference between what California Democrats says has been reported by the bank, and the amount that was reportedly raised by the various campaigns that Durkee was treasurer for.

Fraud Case Rocks Democratic Party.  Kinde Durkee was arrested Sept. 2 and accused by federal authorities of stealing campaign funds and using the money to pay for an array of personal expenses, including mortgage payments, cosmetics and nursing-home care for her mother.  Based in Burbank, Calif., the 58-year-old had long managed money for scores of Democratic campaigns.

The Fall of California Democratic Campaign Treasurer Kinde Durkee.  How did Kinde Durkee, described by Rep. Loretta Sanchez as 'one of us,' go from managing the campaign funds of top Democrats in her state to charges of stealing $7 million from those accounts?

DOE in the headlights.  The Obama administration made $533 million disappear by giving it to a " green" company named Solyndra.  Next came a "green" company named SunPower that manufactured photovoltaic solar panels.  This time the money was upped to $1.2 billion of taxpayer money.  This company was supposed to manufacture photovoltaic solar panels for its California solar valley ranch.  Amazingly it just happens to be that the company had converted an old auto plant to a manufacturing plant for the panels.  Guess where the plant was located, of all things, in the Congressional District of a strong supporter, Rep. George Miller, D.-Calif.  Another surprise was that the lobbyist for SunPower just happened to be the son of Rep. Miller.  But of course that did not influence the senior Miller as he advocated for the loan.

Did someone mention Solyndra?

Pelosi's disclosure belated in husband's land deal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's husband, a real estate developer and investment banker, stands to make millions of dollars in a previously undisclosed residential real estate project in California as a partner with the father of a woman Mrs. Pelosi helped become ambassador to Hungary, records show.  Paul F. Pelosi's investment in Russell Ranch is worth at least $5 million and possibly as much as $25 million in a deal put together by his friend and longtime business associate, Angelo Tsakopoulos, patriarch of a multimillion-dollar real estate development firm, according to Mrs. Pelosi's latest personal-disclosure statement.

More solar companies led by Democratic donors received federal loan guarantees.  A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns.

Campaigning Philadelphia judges say Democrats sought $10,000 donations.  The city's Democratic Party organization invited 27 Philadelphia judges to a buffet breakfast this week and asked them to pay $10,000 each to assure party support when they face yes-or-no retention votes in November, according to judges who attended.  The figure is double what the party asked from sitting judges two years ago.

$737 Million Green Jobs Loan Given to Nancy Pelosi's Brother-In-Law.  It's increasingly hard to tell the government's green jobs subsidies apart from the Democrats' friends and family rewards program.

Wind Power's Political Payoff.  Tom Carnahan, of the Missouri Carnahans, arguably that state's most prominent political family, is listed on President Obama's campaign website as a host of the St. Louis fundraising extravaganza amid widespread unemployment and tanking markets.  Coincidentally, of course, Carnahan's energy development firm, Wind Capital Group, is the recipient of a $107 million federal tax credit to develop a wind power facility in his state.

Solargate Unraveled.  Corruption is not an energy policy.  Emails released to the Washington Post before Wednesday's hearings on the $535 million stimulus loan guarantee issued to now-bankrupt Solyndra Inc. reveal the extent of, and resistance to, White House pressure to get the loan approved so Vice President Joe Biden could announce it at a Sept. 4, 2009, groundbreaking event.  The White House has denied applying pressure or even monitoring the review process, saying the stimulus loan guarantee was a good "investment."

Is LightSquared the New Solyndra?  Last week, Air Force General William Shelton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, told Congressional leaders in a closed-door session that the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to favor a company that turns out to be a major donor to the Democratic Party. ... LightSquared is funded by Harbinger Capital, a hedge fund owned by Philip Falcone, a major donor to the Democratic Party.  LightSquared's CEO, Sanjiv Ahuja, is also a major donor to the Democratic Party.

Document suggests witness tampering by Sen. Tom Harkin's office.  A top aide to Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin supplied an answer last year to a thorny question a friendly witness would face the next day at a pivotal hearing on for-profit colleges, raising questions of witness tampering, an email obtained by The Daily Caller shows.

Election commission rules Edwards must pay back $2.3 million.  Former Presidential candidate John Edwards will have to pay back over 2 million dollars in federal matching funds given to his 2008 campaign for president, the Federal Election Commission ruled on Thursday.  The commission voted 6 - 0 against Edwards and contends his campaign was in "excess of the Candidate's entitlement."

Obama's Suspicious Connections to Clean Tech Companies Receiving Federal Money.  Having friends in Washington is one of the quickest and dirtiest paths to success, but when President Barack Obama is the one helping you out by discriminately favoring your company's products over others, very few in the media seem to care.

Is Another Ballot Heist Coming?  The integrity of American elections ought to be above reproach.  Unfortunately, recent history suggests that when candidates are desperate, serious hanky-panky is not out of the question.  The 2000 Florida Presidential election was severely marred by Al Gore's botched election robbery.  The massive vote fraud in Palm Beach County stands as immutable proof of the extent that crooked Democrats will go to steal an election.  After botching the robbery in "ballot box boiler rooms," the Democrats resorted to stall tactics, the courts, and endless recounts to steal the election for Gore.  The only mistake the voter frauds made is that they did not destroy enough valid votes.

Cars owned by inmates now belong to Commissioner Price.  In the wake of an FBI investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, documents uncovered by [WFAA] raise questions about how Price obtained a large number of expensive vehicles, many previously owned by county inmates. ... With at least eight of Price's vehicles there were questions as to who owned the car — questions resolved by a secretive county board that issued him clear title.

Organized medical fraud in Wisconsin.  "Primum nil nocere."  First, do no harm.  This bedrock principle in medicine is a foreign language to most politicians and, sadly, to some Wisconsin doctors, who have violated their oath and the public trust as they have defrauded Wisconsin taxpayers.  Several University of Wisconsin family physicians donned their sacred white coats and were caught distributing fraudulent "sick notes" free for the asking quite literally by the boxful — I wonder who paid for that printing — to teachers and others who skipped work to engage in political protest at the state Capitol in Madison.  Whatever the merits of the teachers' protest, there's a word for what these doctors and teachers are perpetrating:  fraud.

Safeguards must be installed to prevent voter fraud.  [Scroll down]  Of course, voters had solid reasons for doubts for some time before the last two elections.  In the state of Maryland, for example, the voter rolls do not seem to be routinely purged and it is illegal to ask a voter for proof of identity.  Any attempt to add reliability to the system is resisted in Annapolis by the (lamentable and apparently permanent) Democratic majority.  Resistance to reliable electoral reforms is widespread.

Moseley Braun says 'no more drilling down' on her finances despite questions.  Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun today [1/7/2011] said there will be "no more drilling down" about her tax returns despite unanswered questions about where she gets her money and the troubled state of her finances.

Look Who's Counting Votes in California.  The race to determine who will be the attorney general of California is still too close to call.  Democrat Kamala Harris, San Francisco's district attorney, leads Republican Steve Cooley, the DA for Los Angeles County, by 31,000 votes out of nearly nine million cast.  And there are more than 750,000 ballots left to count.  The tabulation process has led to a full-fledged food fight between the candidates and has roped in Dean Logan, the controversial voter registrar of Los Angeles County.

Maryland politician allegedly caught flushing money down the toilet.  Talk about wasteful spending.  A Maryland politician accused of flushing tens of thousands of dollars down the toilet told reporters he was innocent on charges he'd taken kickbacks for years — and he has the facts to prove it.  Jack Johnson, a former prosecutor who has served as the executive of a suburban county near Washington D.C. for the past eight years, is accused of accepting kickbacks after a four-year FBI investigation caught him taking tens of thousands of dollars from real estate developers.

Did widespread corruption cost Democrats the election?  While seemingly everyone is lining up to offer explanations for Democrats' historic defeat last Tuesday, one seemingly obvious reason for the GOP landslide has gone unremarked upon:  Widespread, systemic corruption in the Democratic Party.  Unlike the 2006 election, when Republicans were reeling from major scandals, we heard next to nothing this year about "a culture of corruption," thanks to a Democrat-friendly media and the fear of being publicly called racist for pointing out that the Congressional Black Caucus has a lot of bad apples.  But it's hard to deny an overwhelming amount of scandal during the last year.

ACORN's Get-Out-The-Vote Operative Under State Felony Charges.  Many might recall that Congress turned off the spigot of federal funds flowing into the coffers of the organization responsible for federal election law crimes all across the country.  Many might all recall that ACORN itself eventually said it would shutter its operations.  But even with all that recent history, ACORN's Project Vote is still in operation and one of its main directors is a woman under a cloud of criminal charges in the state of Nevada.

More about ACORN.

Kentucky Scandal:  Did Democrat Conway Tip His Brother About Drug Probe?  The Senate race in Kentucky has been rocked by revelations that Democrat state attorney general Jack Conway's brother was the target of a drug investigation — but no charges were filed against Matt Conway, and two Louisville detectives have been placed on leave after being accused of leaking information about the investigation.

Jack Conway may have tipped brother off about drug investigation.  Jack Conway, the Democratic attorney general of Kentucky who is running for U.S. Senate, says he was not involved in a recent criminal investigation involving his brother and drug trafficking.  But it appears he — along with other law enforcement officials — tipped his brother off about the investigation.  The campaign made a statement distancing Conway from his brother's investigation in a Saturday [10/23/2010] story in Louisville's Courier-Journal.

LMPD probes detectives who tipped off prosecutor under investigation.  A Jefferson County prosecutor was tipped off by Louisville narcotics detectives twice in the past two years that he was under investigation for possible drug use or trafficking, according to police records obtained by The Courier-Journal.  When investigators learned of the leaks and interrogated the two detectives and the prosecutor last March, all three initially gave false or misleading statements about what happened, those records show.

Newly nativist Democrats and their own foreign funny money.  [Scroll down]  In the meantime, GOP candidates who face this ridiculous onslaught must remind voters of all the shady foreign cash that the Democrats and their deep-pocketed donors have pumped into the political system.  Strike back twice as hard:  Remember Obama/Hillary/Democrat top fund-raiser and convicted fraudster/campaign finance crook Norman Hsu.  Remember Obama/Hillary/Democrat top fund-raiser and convicted fraudster/campaign finance crook Hasan Nemazee.  Remember soft-on-China Obama Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, shady Buddhist temple cash collector.  Remember Senate Democrats raising funds in Canada.  Remember Obama's presidential campaign soliciting foreign donations on its website.

In New Jersey, corruption is just another normal day.  In most places, three unrelated, high-profile political corruption trials on the same day would be pretty big news.  New Jersey is not most places.  As politicians from north to south sat in courtrooms Monday [10/4/2010] facing accusations of lining their own pockets, stealing or destroying ballots, and billing personal expenses to City Hall, there was barely a ripple through a state numbed to political corruption.

Prosecutors detail steps Bell leaders allegedly took to hide high salaries.  Court documents accuse former City Administrator Robert Rizzo of ordering an employee to draft false contracts and other records to conceal how much he and council members made.

'Calculated greed' at heart of Bell criminal case, D.A. says.  Eight current and former Bell city leaders were arrested Tuesday [9/21/2010] on charges of misappropriating more than $5.5 million from the small, working-class community as prosecutors accused them of treating the city's money as their personal piggy bank.

This Bell Is the Chime of Freedom.  The saying goes, you get what you pay for.  To the working class citizens of Bell city, California, their hard-earned cash got them a sleazy, overpaid and corrupt government run by Democrats.  The government officials got rich.  Today [9/21/2010], thankfully, eight of them — every single one a Democrat — also got arrested.

Media white-washes Bell, California jail-birds' party status.  They're gone, wearing jumpsuits, all eight former officials of Bell, the modest California city whose citizens, for 25 years, were plundered by shamelessly corrupt Democrats.

Bell, California Corruption — Not a Single Mention of Party Affiliation From Media.  Today, eight city council members were arrested in Bell, California for what Los Angeles County District Attorney labeled "corruption on steroids."  Thus far, every major news outlet that has reported on the story has omitted the fact that all eight individuals arrested are Democrats.  These glaring omissions come only weeks after NewsBusters reported that of the 351 stories on the then-brewing controversy, 350 had omitted party affiliations, and one had mentioned they were Democrats only in apologizing for not doing so sooner.

How Privileged Democrats Pay for Their Houses.  Former senior senator from Delaware and current Vice President Joe Biden has a custom-built house in Delaware's ritziest Chateau Country neighborhood.  It is now worth at least $2.5 million and is the Bidens' most valuable asset.  Biden tapped campaign funds to pay for his compound's lawn needs.  He secured the new estate with the help of a corporate executive who worked for Biden's top campaign donor, credit card giant MBNA.  In 1996, Biden sold his previous mansion to MBNA Vice Chairman John Cochran.  The asking price was $1.2 million.  Cochran forked over the full sum.

The Party of the Rich.  At this moment, two of [the Democratic Party's] leaders from a supposedly disadvantaged minority are about to be tried for ethical transgressions (read: thievery) even Congress couldn't sweep under the rug.  Never mind that these transgressions mostly exploit the very minority these people purport to represent.  It's part of the game.  Convince minorities they should act like victims.  Extort guilt payments from the majority and keep the change.  Meanwhile, nothing improves for the minority because it would interrupt the system.

Rangel Scandal Reveals the Extent of Capitol Corruption.  Four years ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington, D.C., but after failing miserably to do so it now appears she's choosing to ignore it — while letting her colleagues sweep it under the rug.

Working 'Sham'-ilies.  A former employee of the Working Families Party says he was so disturbed by the labor-backed group's practices that he walked out after only one week on the job.  In an exclusive interview, Brooklyn resident Patrick Crooks said he was encouraged by higher-ups to falsify names and addresses on sign-up sheets supporting the left-wing party's push to repeal a state law that took rent regulation out of the city's hands and gave it to the state.

Gov wife's biz gets $297M no-bid deal.  Gov. Paterson's administration awarded a $297 million federal contract without competitive bidding or public notice to GHI, the health-care provider whose parent company employs his wife, The [New York] Post has learned.  Legislative investigators are now looking into the huge, 3½-year contract that subsidizes insurance for uninsured individuals with pre-existing health problems — part of President Obama's health-care reform act, state officials concede.

Congress for sale.  As the Senate last week moved to pass President Obama's financial-regulation overhaul, word came that the Countrywide VIP loan scandal on Capitol Hill had just gotten a whole lot bigger.  And that congressional ethics probers are looking into the dealings of eight House members — including New York Reps. Joseph Crowley and Christopher Lee — who raised significant sums of Wall Street money in the 10 days prior to voting on their version of the reform bill.  Any wonder why voters are cynical?

Controversy Surrounding Bank with Obama Ties Grows.  Controversy continues to swirl around the Obama administration's bailout of the politically connected community lender ShoreBank, with new calls for an investigation into how the bank was able to secure tens of millions of dollars in Wall Street cash to stay alive, FOX Business has learned.

Holder ignoring bribes under his nose.  Last fall, the Denver Post reported that somebody in the Obama White House offered a plum job to former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff on the condition that he drop his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennett.  Then in February, Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., told a talk radio program that somebody in the Obama White House had offered him a job in exchange for dropping his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter.

More about President Obama's Culture of Corruption.

Obama's Treachery:  Election tampering by Obama treads upon the very foundation of American exceptionalism — free elections in a representative democracy. ... Election tampering and transparent corruption are not business as usual unless you're a Democrat.  Whether it be suppression of the black vote in the south for a hundred years after the Civil War, Tammany Hall politics at the turn of the 20th century in New York, machine politics in Chicago, or bribes and payoffs for votes on health care and stimulus funding, the failure to prosecute polling place intimidation by the Black Panthers in Philadelphia or Acorn voter registration fraud, this is the Democratic Party Way, the Obama Way.

Dereliction of Duty.  The 1974 Budget and Impoundment Act requires Congress to pass a budget resolution by May 15 of each year.  Congress hasn't done so yet in 2010.  But that isn't so unusual.  Delays are common.  They are usually the result of interparty or intercameral disputes.  But this year is different.  Congressional Democrats aren't simply delaying, they're deliberately refusing to offer a budget until after the November elections.  They're simply choosing to ignore the law.

If You Can't Budget, You Can't Govern.  "If you can't budget, you can't govern," Rep. John Spratt Jr., D-S.C., proclaimed in 2006 when the House GOP leadership chose to dispense with passing a budget resolution.  Now that the Dems run the House, Spratt is chairman of its Budget Committee and the April 15 deadline for passing a budget resolution is a niggling detail, easily ignored.  House Democrats have decided to not even try to pass a budget resolution before this fiscal year expires on Sept. 30 — and may well delay passage until after the November elections.

The Senator from Sandy Berger.  In 1934, "Boss" Tom Pendergast handpicked a Jackson County administrative judge to be the next United States Senator from Missouri, and for the next ten years Harry Truman wore the tag, "The Senator from Pendergast."  Truman began to find his own footing after Pendergast was shipped off to nearby Leavenworth in 1939, but until then, he pretty much carried Pendergast's water in Washington.

Deep Cover at Organizing for America.  [Scroll down slowly]  Notice, too, the use of the phrase "take ownership of the community."  Evanston borders Chicago on the north, and they speak the same political language.  In Democrat-ese, "owning the community" means that if you got a problem with trash pickup, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you have a kid who needs a job, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you have trouble with delivery trucks getting ticketed for double-parking in front of your shop, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  If you need a block party permit, a one-day liquor license, or a building code violation overlooked, talk to the Democratic precinct captain.  Democrats own the community.

Lobbyist bundling:  Money pipeline for Democrats.  Lobbyists bundling campaign contributions, often from clients, to pass on to powerful politicians is exactly the sort of corruption Democrats came to power promising to fight.  But the lobbyists doing the most bundling, and the politicians pocketing the cash, tend to be Democrats, a recent study shows.  A study by the Center for Public Integrity finds that the top four lobbyists in terms of bundling contributions for federal candidates and committees are powerful Democrats who contributed and raised cash exclusively to elect Democrats.

From Watchdog to Lapdog.  David Axelrod ran the Obama campaign via AKP&D Message and Media, and Ask Public Strategies, two Chicago firms with overlapping employees and his son as a manager.  In his first financial disclosure that summer, Axelrod disclosed he had sold the companies and would be receiving $3 million from his former partners in installments over the next five years. ... Imagine if [Karl] Rove were still getting paid by his old firm while he sat in the White House and as the GOP sent business to the Texas firm.

Democrats Awash in Corruption Scandals.  Seven months before the November midterm elections, the Democrats are awash in ethics and corruption scandals in Congress and among the nation's biggest governorships.  The major networks' nightly news shows have largely ignored or played down the mounting allegations, charges and investigations targeting Democrats, but they are becoming a major issue in key campaigns that could help the Republicans make large gains in the House, Senate and state capitals.

Draining the Swamp?  Before Rep. Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House, she promised during the Bush administration that if voters allowed Democrats to regain a congressional majority Democrats would establish "the most ethical Congress in history."  Pelosi pledged to "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington.  Not only has the swamp not been drained, Democrats have begun treating it as a hot tub.

Disorder in the House.  The fleeting tenure of Fortney Hillman Stark Jr., Congressional class of 1972, is destined for the historical footnotes, though it's also further evidence of the dysfunction of modern liberal governance. ... Mr. Stark has also been pursued by questions surrounding his 2007 rental of a Capitol Hill row house to a lobbying firm that represented clients including the pharmaceutical trade group and the drug makers Merck and Amgen.

Rash of Scandals Tests Democrats at Sensitive Time.  The ethical woes facing Democrats are piling up, with barely a day passing in recent weeks without headlines from Washington to New York and beyond filled with word of scandal or allegations of wrongdoing.

Ex-Mayor Gets 15 Years for Bribery; City Pays Price.  Residents here [in Birmingham, Alabama] were not terribly surprised on Friday [3/5/2010] when Larry Langford, the former mayor, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $360,000 by a federal judge, ending a long-running bribery case that shook local government and state Democratic politics.

Change, loose change, spare change, and crooks:  [Scroll down]  Last week, the House ethics committee released a 305-page report on its investigation into seven congressmen — Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), James Moran (D-Va.), Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Bill Young (R-Fla.), and the late John Murtha (D-Pa.) — suspected of trading earmarks for campaign contributions.  In 2008, these congressmen provided various interests $112 million worth of federal funding and received over $350,000 back in campaign contributions.

Clinton fundraiser admits $292 million fraud.  A wealthy businessman who raised money for leading Democratic Party politicians, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty on Thursday [3/18/2010] to defrauding three major banks out of $292.2 million in loan transactions.

Obama, Clinton Money Man Guilty Of Major Fraud Scheme.  The shady Iranian fundraiser who for years donated lucrative sums to top Democrats — including the president, vice president and secretary of state — has pleaded guilty to a major bank-fraud scheme that could land him in jail for nearly two decades.

Clay County precinct worker testifies she stole votes.  A former Clay County precinct worker testified Friday that top election officers in the county taught her how to change people's choices on voting machines to steal votes in the May 2006 primary.  Wanda White testified that Clerk Freddy Thompson — the county's chief election officer — helped show her how to manipulate voting machines along with Charles Wayne Jones, the Democratic election commissioner.

Obama, Pelosi, Rangel, Geithner, Holder on Judicial Watch 2009 Most Corrupt List.  Judicial Watch issued its Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009" list a couple of weeks ago and I've been waiting for MSM coverage of this story — as President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Tim Geithner, Eric Holder, Charles Rangel, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, John Murtha, Roland Burris, Rep. Jesse Jackson, and John Ensign are this year's trophy winners.  For the record, Ensign is the only Republican and President Bush has never been on the list.

No one punished under congressional ethics rules.  Nearly three years after Congress approved sweeping ethics rules to "drain the swamp," as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, no member of Congress has been punished for wrongdoing.  In that time, allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety have been lodged against lawmakers.

Ending Corruption in Washington.  [Scroll down slowly]  The only way to get rid of such corruption is to deprive Congress of its vast regulatory powers.  There is truly no reason why politicians should superintend any portion of the private sphere.  Finance, health care, energy, housing, farming, and all the rest should be left wholly to the market, since the market invariably delivers goods and services in the most economical and cost-efficient manner.  Every time politicians decide to regulate, they only make matters worse.

Surprise:  Leading Obamacare economic advocate was being paid by Obama administration.  Jon Gruber, a prominent MIT economist who's been been one of the country's leading advocates of Democratic health care reform legislation.  Except it now appears that Gruber didn't do a very good job of disclosing an enormous conflict of interest, according to Firedoglake...

Rep. Gary Ackerman may have broken House ethics rules.  U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman hosted a meeting between Israeli officials and a defense-contracting firm in which he had invested money — and made a big profit, a [New York] Daily News probe has found.  The Queens Democrat put no money down when he obtained private stock in the company, Xenonics Inc., relying on $14,000 borrowed in 2002 from the company's top shareholder, a longtime friend.

Reid gets his 60 votes for Obamacare — the Chicago Way.  Yesterday morning, while Washington, DC was getting blanketed with a record snowfall, Senate Democrats treated the entire United States to what may be the greatest snow job of all time.  Biggoverment.com calls it "the most corrupt piece of legislation in our nation's history," and indeed it is. ... This latest development demonstrates once again that, when it's a choice between principles and dollars, Democratic politicians reliably choose the latter.

Former CIA boss booted for security breach named to defense intelligence panel.  John M. Deutch, the former CIA director who was stripped of his security clearance after it was discovered he downloaded classified information on his home computer, has been appointed by the Obama Administration to another high-level board that serves the Department of Defense.

Impeachment appears imminent for federal judge.  Witnesses in the congressional impeachment case against U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. paint a jarring portrait of the former Louisiana state judge appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Clinton.

Draining the Democratic swamp.  When the Democrats retook Congress in 2006, incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promised the "to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history."  So how's that promise working out?  Let's start with four developments from the last week...

Coal Towns Mired In Public Corruption .  A third Pennsylvania judge has pleaded guilty to corruption this week, making him one of nearly two dozen officials embroiled in a widespread federal investigation of government and court agencies in a county of former coal mining towns.  Earlier this year two of his Luzerne County bench colleagues (Mark Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan) were each slapped with seven-year prison sentences for operating a multi million-dollar kickback scheme to funnel youth offenders to a private detention center.

Martha Coakley:  Too Immoral for Teddy Kennedy's Seat.  In Tuesday's primary election, Massachusetts Democrats chose as their Senate nominee a woman who kept a clearly innocent man in prison in order to advance her political career.  Martha Coakley isn't even fit for the late Teddy Kennedy's old seat. ... Anyone with the smallest sense of justice cannot vote to put this woman in any office.  If you absolutely cannot vote for a Republican on Jan. 19, 2010, write in the name "Gerald Amirault."

Soros Eyes Secretaries.  History's most notorious Georgian-turned-Russian, the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing.  The people who count the votes decide everything."  The lesson has not been lost on the increasingly notorious Hungarian-cum-American George Soros.  A group backed by Soros is gearing up to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats by installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation.  From such posts, secretaries of state can help tilt the electoral playing field.

A Bunch of Hypocrites?  Nancy Pelosi likes to brag that she's "drained the swamp" when it comes to corruption in the House, but ethics problems could come back to haunt Democrats in 2010.  Democrats are currently the subject of 12 of the 16 complaints pending before the House ethics committee.

Tincture of Lawlessness.  The Obama administration's agenda of maximizing dependency involves political favoritism cloaked in the raiment of "economic planning" and "social justice" that somehow produce results superior to what markets produce when freedom allows merit to manifest itself, and incompetence to fail.  The administration's central activity — the political allocation of wealth and opportunity — is not merely susceptible to corruption, it is corruption.

Beam Me Up, Jimbo.  Few politicians have earned a reputation equally colorful as it is criminal as former Rep Jim Traficant (D-OH), who is expected to be released from prison today [9/2/2009].  Though seven years may have passed since Traficant was convicted of racketeering, bribery and fraud, among other gems, the area he represented hasn't changed much since their Congressman was first elected in 1984.

Is the White House for Sale?  Obama supporter Lanny Davis says the president has little choice but to continue business as usual — even though Obama as candidate implied things would be different.  "When it comes to fundraising I never heard Barack Obama say 'I believe in unilateral disarmament.'  So long as Republicans are raising money we have to raise money, and we won the White House, we ought to take advantage of that," Davis said.

The Obama White House: Bundlers' Paradise.  Perks for deep-pocketed donors?  Presidential meetings for sale?  The stale Chicago odor of pay-for-play wafting from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?  Knock me over with a feather.  Despite the president's claimed distaste for the campaign finance practice known as "bundling" (rounding up aggregate contributions from friends, business associates and employees), the House of Obama has been a campaign finance bundlers' paradise from Day One.

Net Neutrality For Campaign Donors.  Just how far is the Obama administration willing to go to reward big donors?  In the wake of yesterday's explosive report regarding "scores of top Democratic donors" being rewarded with "VIP access to the White House, private briefings with administration advisers and invitations to important speeches and town-hall meetings," it's a question that's on the minds of many politically-engaged Americans...

Barack Obama accused of 'selling' access to the White House.  President Barack Obama has been accused of betraying his campaign promise to change the culture of Washington by "selling" access to the White House to prominent donors.  Leaked Democratic National Committee documents showed the party had offered up to four briefings a year from senior presidential advisers in exchange for a personal donation of $30,400 or a commitment to raise $300,000 for the 2010 midterm elections.

West Virginia Watchdog exposes another Mollohan earmark scam.  West Virginia Watchdog Steve Allen Adams has uncovered another wrinkle in Rep. Alan Mollohan's earmark-based fiefdom — companies that rent office space in the office park named after the Democrat congressman not only have to write that monthly check, they also pay hefty campaign donations to you know who.

Carter lapse won't slow Rangel hunt.  House Republicans say they'll press on with their efforts to dethrone House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel — despite the fact that the Republican leading their charge now faces ethical issues of his own.  Rep. John Carter failed to disclose nearly $300,000 in profits from oil stock sales in 2006-07, Roll Call reported Thursday [10/22/2009].

The Editor says...
Throw them both out!

Follow the Money.  We have yet to see a bill from the Democratic Congress or the Obama White House that is not actually a payoff to a key constituency.  The tsunami of dollars unleashed by the Obama Treasury Department in coordination with the Fed has obscured the fact that many of those dollars are ending up in the pockets of Friends of Obama or Friends of Nancy or Friends of Harry.

Voter fraud probe nets a fifth suspect.  An investigation into the stuffing of ballot boxes in Essex County continues to widen, with a fifth person indicted yesterday for election fraud.  The criminal probe by the state Division of Criminal Justice and the Essex County prosecutor has been focusing not only on campaign workers, but on county workers as well as it examines dozens of absentee ballots cast in the 2007 election of state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex).

The K Street Tax Cheat Who's Lobbying to Save Obamacare.  Tom Daschle is the human toe fungus of Washington — a persistent infection that may disappear from time to time, but always comes back with a vengeance.  Despite abandoning his secretary of health and human services nomination in disgrace in February 2009, the K Street tax cheat who evaded IRS rules for years remains a top White House confidante and policy strategist.

Dirty Money Watch:  Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.).  [Scroll down]  Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy.  The Communication Workers of America and The American Federation of Government Employees have had eight convictions, the Service Employees International Union has had nine convictions and the Boilermakers have had 10 convictions, while the IBEW has had 14 members convicted.  The United Steelworkers of America has had 30 convictions among its membership.  The amounts of embezzled funds range from over $5,000 to over $100,000.

Mayors, rabbis arrested in corruption probe.  The New Jersey officials and their associates charged in a federal probe of public corruption exchanged hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in parking lots, restaurants, boiler rooms and bathrooms, an acting U.S. attorney said Thursday [7/23/2009].  The investigation netted 44 defendants — 29 on corruption charges and 15 for alleged money laundering, acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra Jr. said at a news conference.

44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep.  The case began with bank fraud charges against a member of an insular Syrian Jewish enclave centered in a seaside town.  But when that man became a federal informant and posed as a crooked real estate developer offering cash bribes to obtain government approvals, it mushroomed into a political scandal that could rival any of the most explosive and sleazy episodes in New Jersey's recent past.

Kosher Nostra & Dirty Jersey.  Everything was for sale — from politicians to kidneys.  Separate federal probes targeting rogue rabbis in Brooklyn and corrupt public officials in New Jersey led to the arrests yesterday [7/23/2009] of 44 people, including three mayors and five religious leaders. ... All are Democrats except for [Assemblyman Daniel] Van Pelt, a Republican.

In New Jersey, Ideal Conditions for Corruption.  Cash in an envelope.  In return, a promise that a development project will speed along, unhindered by bureaucratic delays.  A handshake to seal the deal.  It is the most clichéd, unimaginative form of corruption — and its persistent hold on New Jersey's elected leaders seems unrivaled in American government.

New Mexico Roiled By Fresh Graft Case.  Elected officials in New Mexico are renewing calls for an ethics overhaul after the state's attorney general this week unveiled the latest in a long string of political-corruption cases.  Longtime Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron, who left office in 2006, has been indicted on 50 felony counts of embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering in an alleged scheme to siphon off at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal election funds.  Ms. Vigil-Giron, a Democrat...

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Democratic Fundraiser Charged in Citigroup Fraud.  The U.S. attorney in New York on Tuesday charged a New York investor and major Democratic fund-raiser with a $74 million scheme to defraud Citigroup.  Hassan Nemazee, 59, was charged with one count of bank fraud, and faces up to 30 years in prison plus a fine.

Legislators Framing Climate Bills Hold Energy Stock.  As Congress moves ahead with climate-change legislation touching almost every corner of the energy industry, a number of lawmakers shaping the debate have investments in companies that would be affected by the results.  Rep. Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.), one of the lead authors of a House bill that would favor alternative-energy sources, had investments of between $51,000 and $115,000 in the Firsthand Technology Value Fund at the end of last year.  Three of the top 10 holdings in the Ohio fund are solar-energy manufacturers.

Valley Rep. Kino Flores indicted.  State Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores, D-Palmview, has been indicted for failing to disclose more than $800,000 in income as well as assorted high-value gifts and properties, Travis County prosecutors said Friday [7/17/2009].  A grand jury returned six separate indictments against the 12-year legislator, each relating to required financial statements filed yearly since 2004.

Rep. Dicks boosts funds for son's project.  Rep. Norm Dicks, the House Democrat in charge of spending for the environment, is proposing a dramatic increase in funding for a water-cleanup program in Washington state that's run by his son.

Dems put CBC member in charge of CBC investigation.  The House ethics committee is investigating a Caribbean trip taken last year by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, but they put a fellow CBC member in charge of the probe.  Among those on the trip was House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who is already the subject of an ethics probe over nonpayment of taxes and other issues.

Senator's husband's firm cashes in on crisis.  On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.

Bay State run by men of steal.  This isn't a democracy, it's a kleptocracy.  Three in a row — three House speakers in a row indicted, and two convicted.

Sen. Roland Burris (D-Blago).  We don't know where to begin with the latest mess that has ensnared Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.).  No, "ensnared" isn't the right word.  That would imply that he's blameless for his troubles, which isn't the case.

Elected, Not Redeemed.  Kevin Johnson grossly misused federal funds.  The standard penalty is a common sense one — he shouldn't be entrusted with federal funds for at least some time.  That he is now mayor of the capital of California doesn't change that.  Winning an election does not have some sort of sanctifying effect.  A man who misuses funds and is then elected mayor is now a mayor who has misused funds.  And those who voted him into office should expect to have to live with the consequences of their decision.

Culture of Corruption II.  When in the last election Democrats spoke of a "culture of corruption" in Washington, few realized they were making a promise.  The Obama Administration is not yet three weeks old but already features a growing collection of ethically challenged officials.

Bye-bye, "culture of corruption".  You may want to look fast, but the Democratic National Committee's website still has a "Republican Culture of Corruption" page, implying that by installing the Democrats back in the congressional majority, we'll have a virtual monastery of ethical restraint in Washington — with leaders like Patrick Kennedy setting the example.

House Democrats Accused of Corruption, Too.  Democrats, quick to invoke the alleged "Republican culture of corruption," have a few members of their own party to worry about.

The Democrats' Culture of Corruption:  Did you notice the stories about Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky's husband being sentenced to prison for a check-kiting scheme involving millions of dollars?  Probably not.  It got little attention.

Why the Truth Doesn't Matter:  Because you won't find an "R" after any of their names, Charles Rangel still faces no consequences for his actions, Tom Daschle was forced to pay his back taxes — but only the magnitude of his oversight made him withdraw his name from consideration with no further condemnation nor consequences — and Turbo Tax Timothy Geitner is now the head of the U.S. Treasury in charge of collecting the taxes he originally decided not to pay.  And this doesn't even take into consideration the ability of a Democrat Congressmen to keep his seat in Congress after the Feds found $90,000 in illegal campaign contributions hidden in his New Orleans house.

The price is right (Ellison hajj edition).  We've written several times about Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison's hajj to Mecca ... A spokesman for Ellison, the first Muslim congressman, first told the Star Tribune that Ellison paid for the pilgrimage himself.  The Star Tribune subsequently reported that the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society paid for Ellison's hajj.  MAS spokesman Mahdi Bray heatedly denied the report, describing it as a "myth" and "urban legend" that couldn't possibly be true because "that would be a breach of congressional ethics."

Putting the mice in charge of the cheese:
Pornography Advocate at DOJ?  It's been a taxing two weeks for President Obama and his nominees.  And there's another nominee with bigger disqualifiers than unpaid taxes.  Imagine.  A veteran pornography defense attorney takes a top spot at the agency charged with enforcing the nation's child pornography and obscenity laws.

Obama's porn king at Justice.  Under President Obama, it was expected that porn pushers might find a sympathetic ear, given the smut industry's generous support of liberal politicians and causes.  But the fox is no longer circling the henhouse.  He's made it inside.

Democrats are opposed to coal-fired power plants — unless they own them.
Green lobby guides Democrats on climate bill.  Democratic lawmakers who spent much of the Bush administration blasting officials for letting energy lobbyists write national policy have turned to a coalition of business and environmental groups to help draft their own sweeping climate bill.  And one little-noticed provision of the draft bill would give one of the coalition's co-founders a lucrative exemption on a coal-fired project it is building.

Assemblyman Charged with Graft.  A Democratic leader in the New Jersey Assembly has been charged with public corruption for allegedly abusing his former position as Perth Amboy's mayor by using city money for personal expenses such as his son's basketball camps and refreshments served after his father's funeral.  Prosecutors also accuse Joseph Vas of rigging a lottery so his driver would win.

Fumo guilty of all 137 counts.  Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted today [3/16/2009] of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and allowed him to live a lavish lifestyle.

Ex-Pennsylvania senator convicted of 137 corruption counts.  Vincent Fumo, once one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was convicted Monday [3/16/2009] of more than 130 counts of corruption for schemes that defrauded the state Senate and others of more than $3.5 million and helped pay for his lavish lifestyle.  The 65-year-old former state senator was found guilty of all 137 counts against him, which also included obstruction of justice for destroying e-mail evidence.

Guilty plea coming in vote-buying case.  The former judge-executive of Perry County plans to plead guilty in a federal vote-buying case.  The attorney for Sherman Neace filed a motion Thursday [9/10/2009] seeking a hearing for Neace to be rearraigned, meaning to enter a guilty plea.  The hearing has not been scheduled.

Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to paying taxes.  Daschle's hardly alone.  The recently confirmed Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, also failed to pay taxes he owed (even though he surely must have known he owed them) until it became politically expedient to pay them.  Now he runs the IRS.  Take that, suckers.  Meanwhile, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the supreme tax-writing body in the United States, the House Ways and Means Committee, is under investigation for, among other things, dodging taxes.

Obama's Toxic Assets:  It has happened again!  Another Obama appointee has admitted to tax problems.  Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has admitted to irregularities in her tax returns extending over the past three years. ... According to my calculations that makes five Obama nominees who have reported similar tax irregularities, none of which was discovered until they began making preparations for their confirmation hearings. ... Two other Obama Administration nominees withdrew from consideration when their tax problems were discovered.

Secretary Geithner's Got Some Explaining to Do.  Just about everyone has had something to say about [the AIG] bailout — mostly that it was an ugly but necessary step to stave off a domino effect that would have brought the world's financial system to its knees.  But what we have not yet heard is just how Treasury Secretary Geithner, as then-head of the NY FED, got away with taking ownership of 77.9% of AIG's equity and voting rights in clear violation of the law.

FBI investigates lobbying firm that is generous donor to Dicks, Murray.  Congressman Norm Dicks has never been shy about accepting campaign donations from favor seekers.  Now the FBI is investigating one of Dicks' most generous donors — the powerhouse lobbying firm PMA Group.  Questions have been raised about whether some PMA-related campaign contributions were actually given by the people listed as donors.  For example, thousands of dollars in contributions to Dicks, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and other lawmakers came from a sommelier and a golf-club employee who were identified as PMA officials on some campaign-finance reports.

Cabinet of the corrupt.  First Tim Geithner.  Now Tom Daschle?  Who's Obama's next cabinet pick — Wesley Snipes?  Dianne Wilkerson?  Not to upset the loyal O-Bots out there, but the last guy from Chicago to have this much income tax trouble was Al Capone.  And at last report, he still had an outside shot at getting Commerce secretary.  President Obama pledged to change Washington, and he has.  Before Obama, tax cheats used to lose jobs.

McClain, Pettagrue guilty on all counts.  Alabama state Sen. E.B. McClain and the Rev. Samuel Pettagrue were found guilty today [1/21/2009] on all 48 counts of bribery, money laundering and mail fraud after a trial before federal Judge Karon Bowdre.  McClain was accused of taking more than $300,000 of the $758,245 he obtained for Pettagrue's community outreach programs, including an online GED program.

Texas fundraiser convicted on 14 counts.  The South Texan who once lavished fundraisers on Democratic politicians and whisked employees of his law firm off for Las Vegas weekends in a private jet was convicted Thursday of 14 counts of impersonating a lawyer.  Mauricio Celis, the 37-year-old founder of Corpus Christi-based CGT Law Group International, falsely represented himself as a lawyer while raking in millions of dollars in attorney's fees in recent years.

Accused fraudster gave big to Dems.  The Texas financier accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday of "massive ongoing fraud" was a generous political donor who gave more heavily to Democrats.  Since 2000, R. Allen Stanford, the chief of the Stanford Financial Group in Houston, his wife and company gave $2.2 million in political contributions — $1.7 million to Democratic candidates and committees — according to Federal Election Commission records.

Hartford, Conn., mayor arrested on bribery charges.  Eddie Perez, a one-time gang leader who turned his life around to become Hartford's most powerful mayor, surrendered to police Tuesday to face a bribery charge for having a city contractor renovate his home and not paying for it until after being confronted by investigators.

Portland mayor to decide soon whether to resign.  About 400 supporters gathered Friday night outside City Hall to urge Portland's mayor to stay on the job despite an intensifying political storm over his sexual relationship with a legislative intern nearly four years ago.  Mayor Sam Adams has admitted lying about the affair with the young man to cover it up during last year's mayoral campaign.

Profiles in corruption.  Whether it's a California congressman driving around in a Rolls Royce and living in a palatial home, the result of about $2 million in bribe money; a Louisiana congressman caught by the FBI with $90 thousand worth of bribes in his freezer, or an Illinois Governor caught trying to sell a senate seat, the fact is that some people have the idea that their office is for sale to anyone with enough cash to buy their appearance of integrity.  Political power is a formidable weapon that can be used to alter the events of history in a positive way, or it can be used to enrich the bank accounts of the ethically challenged reprobates whose lack of character mysteriously transmogrifies their fingers into money-grubbing appendages.

More Proof the Inmates Are Running the Asylum.  In Congress, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), after having violated about half of the federal tax laws, is staying on as chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.  Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, the king and queen of congressional oversight of the banking industry, are still in charge of running their respective asylums.  Frank, whose boyfriend ran a prostitution ring out of the congressman's townhouse back in 1990, and who more recently was involved in a homosexual affair with an official of Fannie Mae, one of the bankrupt quasigovernmental entities Frank oversees as head of the House Financial Services Committee, sees no conflict between his public and personal life.

Who is Barney Frank?  In 1991, Barney Frank received an official reprimand for reflecting "discredit upon the House."  The reprimand came as a result of his relationship with a man named Steve Gobi, a male prostitute whom Frank initially paid $80 for sex.  Frank later took Gobi to live with him in his home, making him a personal aide.  He paid him $20,000 in compensation (unreported to the IRS) and let him use his car.  Subsequent investigation revealed that in the course of their relationship, Frank used his congressional office and stationary to fix Gobi's 33 parking fines.  Frank also used his congressional letterhead to write a reference letter to Gobi's probation officer — Gobi was under court supervision as a convicted felon with a prison record — in which he gave false information.  Most damningly, the investigation found that Gobi ran a prostitution ring from Frank's home.  In his defense, Frank asserted he knew nothing of Gobi's illicit enterprise.

Fox and Foes.  Back in 1990, the police raided Barney Frank's home because his lover, Steve Gobie, was running a male prostitution ring out of his condo.  In 2007, the police raided the home of James Ready and arrested him for possession of marijuana.  Ready, who is Barney's main squeeze these days, didn't just smoke the weed, Farmer Ready was growing the stuff.  The congressman was there at the time of the raid but denied he had any idea that those plants in the backyard weren't rhododendrons.

Democrats sleeping with the enemy.  For all their railing against the evils of big bad banks, Democrats aren't shy about jumping into bed with them when the price is right.  And they don't much care whether taxpayers lose out in the process.  Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, and his cohort Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, are leaders in making support for delinquent banks into a respectable progressive cause.

Pennsylvania judges accused of jailing kids for cash.  For years, the juvenile court system in Wilkes-Barre operated like a conveyor belt:  Youngsters were brought before judges without a lawyer, given hearings that lasted only a minute or two, and then sent off to juvenile prison for months for minor offenses.  The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench.  In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

Did The Philadelphia Inquirer tell you they were Democrats?  To which political party do the two judges belong?  Naturally, upon reading this, I had to wonder:  were these crooks Republicans, or were they Democrats?  The information wasn't easy to find, but it did exist.

2 Pennsylvania judges sued in kickback scheme.  A lawsuit has been filed against two Pennsylvania judges accused of taking more than $2 million in kickbacks to send youth offenders to privately run detention centers.  The suit names Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan and 14 other defendants.  It was filed in federal court late Thursday [2/12/2009] on behalf of hundreds of children and their families who were alleged victims of the corruption.

Shady Island 'House' Party.  High-ranking members of Congress were flown to a lush Caribbean resort this month for a three-day conference planned and paid for by several of the country's most powerful corporations — a violation of federal ethics rules, critics say.  Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus attended the 13th annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in sun-drenched St. Maarten, including embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel and New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne.

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, arrested, jailed on federal charges.  Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested this morning on federal charges and is being held at the federal courthouse, the FBI and other federal officials confirm.  A special grand jury for several months has been investigating county bond deals and Langford's financial dealings.  Langford was Jefferson County Commission president 2002-06.

Birmingham Mayor Convicted on All Counts.  Larry Langford, the controversial and flamboyant mayor of Birmingham, Ala., was convicted of multiple counts of bribery in a federal corruption trial in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday [10/28/2009].

Sex sting to keep Wisconsin mayor from inauguration.  Racine Mayor Gary Becker's plans to attend Tuesday's inauguration have been canceled after he was charged in an Internet sex sting.  Becker had planned to attend a U.S. Conference of Mayors event in Washington over the weekend and then stay for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

The Editor says...
There's one little detail missing from this story:  He's a Democrat.  The same detail is also missing from these articles covering the same story:  [1] [2] [3]

Wisconsin mayor resigns after sex-sting arrest.  The mayor of Racine, Wis., resigned Tuesday, days after being accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was an underage girl.  Mayor Gary Becker resigned in a one-sentence letter that made no reference to the six felonies he faces.

An elaborate FBI sting snares politicians in Massachusetts.  For 18 months, the operation targeting former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson played out in upscale restaurants and scruffy eateries, through the marbled halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse and Boston City Hall.  Along the way, the probe dragged in dozens of unwitting side players, from the mayor and City Council president to Wilkerson's Senate colleagues.  It also led to corruption charges against a five-term city councilman.  Wilkerson, who resigned last month after being indicted on eight federal counts of attempted extortion, has maintained her innocence.

Another salon, another indictment.  Try not to let this destroy your faith in the integrity of the Massachusetts Legislature.  Look on the bright side:  Only 5 percent of the state Senate has been indicted this year ... .

Culture of Corruption: Obama and the Teamsters.  The Wall Street Journal recently reported that last summer, Illinois Senator Barack Obama told officials in the Teamsters union that he favored ending the Independent Review Board (IRB) that was created in 1989 by the federal government to rid the union of organized crime.  Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Obama, confirmed the story, saying that the candidate believed that the IRB had "run its course" because "organized crime influence in the union has drastically declined."  The Teamsters subsequently endorsed Obama for president, in late February.  Obama and the Teamsters bristled at suggestions that any deal was made.

Judge Elizabeth Halverson permanently removed from bench.  [Scroll down]  "The damage resulting from her antics and willful misconduct will be felt by the judicial system for a significant future period of time," said the commission.  The judge had continued to receive a $130,000 annual salary during the suspension.  With her removal, Judge Halverson can never serve on the judicial bench again.

They've Got Mail!  As an army of Democratic operatives looks for dirt in Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account is hacked into.  It seems Barack Obama's supporters haven't given up the politics of personal destruction.

FBI serves search warrant against UT student in Palin case.  The FBI is stepping up its investigation into the possibility that a University of Tennessee student hacked into the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  A person who identified himself as a witness tells 10 News that agents with the FBI served a federal search warrant at the Fort Sanders residence of David Kernell early Sunday morning.  Kernell lives in the Commons apartment complex at 1115 Highland Ave.  David Kernell is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis.

FBI searches apartment of alleged Palin hacker.  Federal authorities are ramping up an investigation of a 20-year-old college student for allegedly hacking into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account.  The FBI searched the apartment of alleged hacker David Kernell on Sunday morning [9/21/2008], and three of Kernell's roommates could testify this week about the case before a grand jury in Chattanooga, according to local news reports.

UT student David Kernell pleads not guilty in Palin e-mail hacking.  David Christopher Kernell walked into federal court this morning in handcuffs, shackles and tennis shoes to plead not guilty to hacking Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.  He can stay out of jail for now as long as he stays off his computer.

Alleged Palin hacker indicted.  A 20-year-old college student suspected of hacking into one of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail accounts was indicted Tuesday [10/7/2008], a district court has announced.  David Kernell, a University of Tennessee student and son of Democratic Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell, turned himself into federal authorities and will be arraigned Wednesday before Judge C. Clifford Shirley in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Pelosi's Bill Could Benefit Husband's Stock Holding.  On July 27, 2007, 28 executives of the Thousand Oaks, Calif., pharmaceutical firm Amgen contributed more than $20,000 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) campaign.  On Aug. 2, Pelosi (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Early Treatment for HIV Act, a bill that could boost Medicaid coverage of HIV-related drugs, including Procrit, which is manufactured by Amgen and marketed by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a firm in which Pelosi's husband owns at least $250,000 in stock, according to Pelosi's disclosure forms.

Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year.  Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "PAC to the Future" over the PAC's nine-year history.

House Speaker Pelosi Used Political Donations to Pay Husband's Firm.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid her husband's real estate and investment firm nearly $100,000 from her political action committee over the past decade, a practice that she voted to ban last year and that her party condemned as part of the "culture of corruption" when Republicans did it.

A failure to lead.  "For six years, Pelosi served on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the Ethics Committee)."  Six years later, what do we have?  Indicted Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, who maintains his House seat in the middle of a corruption trial, without so much as a reprimand from Mrs. Pelosi.  Neither did she issue a single admonition to Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat and Ways and Means Committee chairman, for his apparent failure to pay income taxes.

McCain/Palin Could Win this Election by Exposing the Trillion Dollar Scam.  This is a trillion dollar scam, and all the politicians in Congress, the ACORN mafia, the people who played the market on unsecured mortgages, and the scam artists who were hired by Freddie and Fannie — they all knew it.  In case you haven't been watching, that includes all of Barack Obama's "home mortgage advisors" — Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Jamie Gorelick.  It includes Senate Banking Committee members like Chris Dodd.  It includes House members like Barney Frank.

History of Rewarding ACORN.  Between ACORN and the Democrat National Committee we are truly witnessing a culture of corruption.  Remember the Marxist adage:  Accuse others of what you do.  This is the M.O. of the Democrats and their lapdogs in the news media.  While they accuse the GOP of "disenfranchising" voters, it is the liberal-left thugs who are disenfranchising citizens by registering illegal aliens and corpses to vote.  Meanwhile, conservative groups are on the alert in order to prevent military voters from being disenfranchised since polls regularly show soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines overwhelmingly vote for Republican candidates.

Chicago politics at the retail level.  When I lived in Chicago, I joined a neighborhood association with the intent of meeting neighbors, and ended up meeting political sleaze.  The association dealt with police, school, park district, and other issues in a city where, I learned, even garbage cans are political.  You can't buy them; they're a special, rat-proof type only available 'free' from the City.  If you need one, you call your Alderman's office ... .

Illinois most corrupt?  Try 18th on list.  As I wrote during the presidential campaign, political corruption is the dirty little secret not of just Illinois politics but American politics.  True, it isn't on such a gargantuan scale as to create an entirely dysfunctional society as is the case for so many developing nations.  But it exists to such a degree in so many places that U.S. Attorneys who handle public corruption cases are probably among the few Americans with real job security these days.

Pennsylvania Democrats charged with stealing public funds.  A state lawmaker, a former legislative leader and 10 other people connected to the state House Democratic caucus were charged Thursday over allegations that millions of taxpayer dollars were illegally siphoned to underwrite political campaigns.

Bill Clinton's $700,000 stock windfall:  The spring before his wife began her White House campaign, former President Bill Clinton earned $700,000 for his foundation by selling stock that he had been given from an Internet search company that was co-founded by a convicted felon and backed by the Chinese government, public records show.

Bill's Mystery Millions:  Another day, another reason for Democratic primary voters to demand complete financial transparency from Bill and Hillary Clinton.  And, it seems, another reason for the Clintons to shudder at the prospect.

Beg Your Pardon?  If a Democrat is elected President of the United States, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a Democrat, might be pardoned.  There might even be pressure on a President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to appoint this former Alabama Attorney General as a federal judge or a U.S. Attorney.  In 2005, jurors in Montgomery found Siegelman guilty on seven counts of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice.

'Find Out Where His Kids Go to School'.  "Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel was caught on tape last week telling a crowd in Washington, D.C., that they should harass a federal prosecutor who helped bring criminal contempt charges against a Palestinian activist," Fox News reports.  The "Palestinian activist" in question, Sami Al-Arian, had been charged with aiding Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a theocratic terror group.

Alabama County Is On the Brink of Bankruptcy.  Alabama's largest county appears headed for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a $3.2 billion mess created by the nation's credit crunch and a colossal, corruption-riddled sewer project.

A Criminal Case Possible Under the Mann Act.  Governor Spitzer, in the wake of the disclosure that he patronized a prostitute last month, now risks criminal prosecution, legal experts say.  For now, federal prosecutors are likely launching a wide investigation into Mr. Spitzer's finances to determine whether any public funds, property, or employees were used during any encounter between Mr. Spitzer and a prostitute, several former prosecutors say.

Dirty money trail that exposed Mr Clean:  The paper trail that led detectives to the door of a New Jersey-based prostitution service began when they noticed a stream of strange bank payments flowing from the accounts of the governor of New York state, Eliot Spitzer.  Tax officials raised the alarm after noticing odd transactions during what they told the New York Times were routine inspections.  Their initial suspicion was that the governor may have been involved in some form of corruption, bribery perhaps or manipulation of political funds.

Scandal Confirms Gov's Astonishing and Endless Hypocrisy.  A disgraced Gov. Spitzer has been publicly and privately described for more than a year by New York's top political figures as a ruth less, sanctimonious, amoral man whose righteous public persona was regularly contradicted by the realities of how he conducted his political life.

Records reveal lucrative dealings for Memphis mayor's friend.  When it comes to landing City Hall subcontracting jobs, Reginald French has a golden touch — a $1.4 million touch.  A close friend of Mayor Willie Herenton, French has been paid at least that much, and possibly much more, for a variety of jobs, including a particularly fortuitous deal to install fiber-optic cable at two city police stations.  Newly disclosed records tell how French, a onetime prison guard, landed the $68,000 cabling job in 2006 despite lacking experience or equipment for the work.  Undaunted, French then hired a cable installation firm — for $30,000 — to perform the work.

State raids mayor's home.  Maryland state prosecutors raided the home of Mayor Sheila Dixon yesterday [6/17/2008] as part of an investigation into past spending practices at City Hall, the most aggressive move so far in the years-long probe. … Investigators have been examining spending irregularities at City Hall since a March 2006 series of articles in The Sun that detailed questions about the role of Dixon — then council president — in approving contracts that benefited her sister's employer.

Mayor Sheila Dixon indicted.  Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon was charged today [1/9/2009] with 12 counts of felony theft, perjury, fraud and misconduct in office, becoming the city's first sitting mayor to be criminally indicted.  The case stems in part from at least $15,348 in gifts Dixon allegedly received from her former boyfriend, prominent city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, while she was City Council president.

Convicted Dem Mayor of Baltimore Resigning; BaltSun Leaves Out Party Affiliation.  Criminally-challenged Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) today announced her resignation from office effective February 4.  Nowhere in their 9-paragraph breaking news article filed at 3:44 p.m. EST today did Baltimore Sun reporters Liz F. Kay and Liz Bowie note Dixon is a Democrat, even though her party has a monopoly on the city's elected officials and has for decades.

Georgia Rep. Ron Sailor Resigns After Pleading Guilty to Money Laundering.  A Georgia lawmaker who said deep debts caused him to violate federal law agreed Tuesday [3/18/2008] to resign as part of a guilty plea to federal money laundering charges.  Meanwhile, federal officials said the case against state Rep. Ron Sailor Jr. has opened up a broader public corruption probe in Georgia, and warned other public officials who have broken the law to turn themselves in rather than be arrested.

Former state Sen. Ford is guilty again.  In the end, former state Sen. John Ford's disclosures, the ones he revealed and the ones he tried to hide, led to the downfall of the once-powerful Memphis Democrat, who was convicted Friday [7/18/2008] on federal corruption charges.  A federal jury convicted Ford on two counts of wire fraud and four counts of concealing material facts stemming from the secret payments he took from two TennCare contractors while he was in the Tennessee Senate.

Officials Investigate Three Alabama Counties in Voter Fraud Accusations.  Federal and state authorities are looking into accusations of voting fraud in three largely black counties of Alabama, including Perry and Lowndes Counties, which played a historic role in the struggle for black voting rights in the 1960s.  In May, a local citizens group gathered affidavits detailing several cases in which at least one Democratic county official paid citizens for their votes, or encouraged them to vote multiple times.

Prominent Democrat is charged with voter fraud.  Todd Stuart McGuire, a longtime Jefferson County Democratic Party supporter, was charged July 2 with voter fraud.  He's accused of either repeating a vote or impersonating his wife, Rebekah, by casting her ballot in a Feb. 6, 2007, special election.  Both charges are Class C felonies and carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine, according to charging documents.

Gov. Paterson says he may have used campaign cash for hotel hookup.  Gov. Paterson admitted Wednesday [3/19/2008] he may have improperly billed his campaign for at least one hotel tryst with a girlfriend.  The hotel tryst was apparently listed as "constituent services."

Hot-Sheets Gov Puts $$ Back 'Inn'.  Gov. Paterson is reimbursing his state Senate campaign for stays at a Manhattan hotel, as his aides revealed he'd also improperly used the account to buy suits, furniture and a dinner with his dad. … It is also a violation of state election law to falsely label the reason for the campaign expenditure.

Paterson Billed Taxpayers for Albany Hotels.  State records seem to conflict with Governor Paterson's claim that a busy schedule as lieutenant governor required him on more than a dozen occasions to spend the night at expensive hotels in Albany on the taxpayer's dime rather than at his home in the suburbs.

Four indicted on voter fraud.  Four Duval County residents were charged Thursday with illegally handling ballot applications and mail-in ballots that belonged to other voters during the 2006 primary election.

Jefferson Saga Continues to Vex Democrats.  Since the news broke in 2005 that FBI agents found $90,000 in cash in the freezer of Rep. William J. Jefferson's home, House Democrats have not known quite what to do about the Louisiana lawmaker.  The latest embarrassment arose Wednesday, when Democrats delayed action on placing Jefferson on the Homeland Security Committee after Republicans said they would demand a recorded vote.

Editor's note:
Much more material about Congressman Jefferson's case can be found here.

Disgraced judge has his criminal record expunged.  C. Hunter King, the disgraced Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge who in 2001 forced his employees to sell $250 fundraising tickets or risk losing their jobs, now has a clean record.  Having admitted in May to conspiracy to commit public payroll fraud, King was granted expungement of his criminal arrest and conviction after successfully completing six months of probation.

South Texas Democrat, businessman indicted.  A major contributor to Democratic causes and political races was indicted Friday [11/16/2007] on charges of falsely holding himself out as a lawyer and impersonating a public servant.  Mauricio Celis, a Corpus Christi businessman, has a controlling interest in the CGT Law Group of Corpus Christi even though he is not a lawyer.  Now, he's being accused of practicing law without a license.

Agents raid Texas Democrat's offices.  Authorities raided the offices of an influential Democratic donor on Friday [1/4/2008], prompting accusations by the donor's attorneys that the raid was politically motivated.  The state attorney general's office said it was assisting the Nueces County district attorney in the criminal investigation of Mauricio Celis, 36, who has given money to major Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton and is the subject of numerous ongoing lawsuits and charges.

Are Democratic Convention Superdelegates Up for Sale?  The Democratic presidential nomination could be decided by the so-called "superdelegates."  Now one study is revealing that elected officials who serve in that capacity have received at least $890,000 in campaign contributions from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the last three years.

The gig is up for Berry.  After nearly a quarter century of mischief-making at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chairman Mary Frances Berry is on her way out the door.  Few government officials in the nation's history have managed to hold on to power for so long or wielded it as autocratically and in pursuit of such radical aims as has Dr. Berry.

Another dictator toppled (here at home).  Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is resigning.  Those scratch marks on the floor may be from her fingernails as they dragged her from the building by her feet.  Berry has been a member of the commission for 24 of its 47 years. ... Berry departs with allegations of mismanagement swirling about her head.  The commission is small potatoes, Washington-wise, with a budget of only $9 million and a staff of only 70.  But no one knows how that money has been spent over the past 12 years, while Berry has presided with an iron hand.

It's hard to imagine a two-year-old opening a checking account.
As Campaigns Chafe at Limits, Donors Might Be in Diapers.  Elrick Williams's toddler niece Carlyn may be one of the youngest contributors to this year's presidential campaign.  The 2-year-old gave $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).  So did her sister and brother, Imara, 13, and Ishmael, 9, and her cousins Chan and Alexis, both 13.  Altogether, according to newly released campaign finance reports, the extended family of Williams, a wealthy Chicago financier, handed over nearly a dozen checks in March for the maximum allowed under federal law to Obama.

Hillary Clinton:  Shill for the pill.  Last year, just as Andrew von Eschenbach's name was being floated for FDA director, Barr CEO Bruce Downey cut a $1,000 check to Clinton's campaign.  A couple of weeks later, Hillary announced her hold on Eschenbach's nomination and introduced her Plan B subsidy bill.  This year, the day after Clinton introduced her Plan B awareness bill, Barr Executive Vice President Frederick J. Killion donated $1,000 to her campaign.  Although the timing is interesting, those paltry contributions from Barr hardly give Clinton a reason to push Plan B.  Boosting Planned Parenthood's bottom line, however, certainly serves Hillary's purposes.

New House rules don't stop travel.  [Scroll down] The Michigan Democrat stayed overnight at the Gaylord Palms Resort near Orlando.  Her trip was one of 30 trips taken by lawmakers this year under an exemption in the new House travel rules that allows for one- or two-night stays sponsored by companies that employ lobbyists.  Most of the trips were to resort areas, including eight to Florida and three to Las Vegas.  In all, 22 House Democrats and three Republicans accepted nearly $40,000 in travel under that exemption, according to reports filed with the House ethics committee.

FEC Fines Group Allied With Democrats.  A union-financed advocacy group that played a major role in the 2004 elections has agreed to pay a $580,000 fine after the Federal Election Commission concluded it illegally ran advertising against President Bush and in favor of Democrat John Kerry.

The Democratic Mega-Money Mega-Scam.  On Wednesday [8/29/2007], the Federal Election Commission slapped America Coming Together with a $775,000 fine — the third-largest such penalty in history — for violating campaign-finance laws in the 2004 election.  Now largely defunct, America Coming Together was the biggest of the so-called "527" groups that took in millions from donors like George Soros for the purpose of defeating George W. Bush.

Soros-linked group hit with huge fine.  The Federal Election Commission has fined one of the last cycle's biggest liberal political action committees $775,000 for using unregulated soft money to boost John Kerry and other Democratic candidates during the 2004 elections.  America Coming Together (ACT) raised $137 million for its get-out-the-vote effort in 2004, but the FEC found most of that cash came through contributions that violated federal limits.

FEC Fines Political Group From 2004 Race.  An independent political group allied with Democrats has agreed to pay $775,000 in penalties to the Federal Election Commission for violating campaign laws during the 2004 presidential campaign.  The penalty, announced Wednesday, is the third largest fine ever levied by the FEC.  The group, America Coming Together, was an influential player in the 2004 election cycle, spending millions of dollars to mobilize voters in support of Democrats in key states.

Big Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address.  One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.  Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee.

A Bundle of Trouble:  Take the Paw family of Daly City, Calif., which is headed by a mail carrier who makes $49,000 a year.  Members of the family have given almost $300,000 to politicians, including Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama, since 2004, often on or about the same days that Mr. Hsu gave money.  The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether any Hsu donors were illegally reimbursed for their contributions.

Did someone mention Norman HSU?

Note:  Instead of creating a subsection about Yung Yuen "Norman" Hsu, I have moved all of the news and commentary about Hsu to this page.

James Indicted on 25 Counts.  Sharpe James, who for two decades reigned as the mayor and indelible face of Newark, was charged yesterday [7/12/2007] with fraudulently billing the city for lavish vacations he took with female companions and arranging for one to buy valuable municipal land at a steep discount.  In an 86-page indictment, prosecutors and the FBI portrayed James as an elected official who considered no personal expense too great or too small for his city-issued credit cards, charging everything from movie tickets and meals at McDonald's to airfare and luxury hotels in five countries.

That wasn't bling on his wrists and ankles.  Mayor Sharpe James stepped into the courtroom carefully yesterday because his legs were in irons.  When he sat at the defense table, he put his hands on his lap, hiding his handcuffs from the overflow crowd that could hardly believe what they were witnessing.

Sweetheart deals for mayor's friend are key to charges.  Tamika Riley, a woman with a flair for fashion and an appetite for finery, appeared to be flat broke.  Her Newark clothing boutique had gone belly up.  She needed public assistance to help pay the rent on her Jersey City apartment.  She wanted a Mercedes, but her credit was so bad a friend had to sign the lease for her.  Then, in the late 1990s, she met Newark Mayor Sharpe James, and her fortunes turned.

Former N.J. mayor pleads not guilty.  Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James pleaded not guilty Monday to federal corruption charges stemming from the last few years of his two decades running city hall.  James, 71, faces multiple fraud counts accusing him of using city-issued credit cards to pay for $58,000 worth of personal trips and expenses.

Sharpe James is due in federal court.  Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James is scheduled to appear in federal court today [2/26/2008] for the first of two federal corruption trials.

Judge upholds convictions of ex-Newark mayor.  A federal judge on Wednesday upheld the corruption convictions of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and his one-time mistress, but indicated that James probably will get less than the 15- to 20-year prison sentence prosecutors are seeking.

Former Newark Mayor Is Sentenced to 27 Months.  A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Sharpe James, Newark's towering yet controversial former mayor, to prison for 27 months at a simmering five-hour hearing in which he rebuked the prosecution for "heartlessly" adhering to a bureaucratic form of justice.

Culture of corruption continues in D.C.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, for instance, is planning a lavish golf trip to a resort in Puerto Rico.  More than 100 rooms have been booked for the event, according to a report by American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Hoyer will be surrounded by lobbyists as they experience what the resort promises will be a "sensual awakening." ... Democrats were supposed to rein in the "culture of corruption," not hide it behind a curtain.

NJ Clean Energy Program Under Investigation.  New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (CEP), responsible for promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable energy in the state, is coming under heavy criticism for accounting irregularities, apparent cronyism, and gross mismanagement.  The latest salvo was fired on October 16 [2006] when Bob Ingle, the Trenton bureau chief for Gannett New Jersey newspapers, called for a stepped-up investigation of financial irregularities associated with the program.

Expanding probe hits office of governor.  The federal investigation of the state's secretive budget process reached into the governor's office yesterday, as prosecutors subpoenaed three years of records involving nearly $1 billion in special interest grants.  The subpoenas, covering the administrations of three governors, sought budget records, computer files, reports and letters to determine what the state's top elected officials knew about the so-called "Christmas tree" awards.

Bill's Ugly Buddy:  Payments from Scandal-tied Firm.  Every year since he left the White House, former President Bill Clinton has been paid by InfoUSA — an Omaha, Neb., company now identified as a key provider of databases that enable criminals to defraud the unsuspecting elderly.

Top Clinton Donor Helps Defraud Elderly.  The mainstream media coverage of a company being federally investigated for selling databases of sick and unsuspecting elderly to scam artists conveniently fails to mention that the firm's owner has given Bill and Hillary Clinton millions of dollars over the years.  The wealthy Nebraska entrepreneur, Vinod Gupta, owns the Omaha-based marketing database company called infoUSA Inc. which happens to be one of the nation's largest compilers of consumer information that is later sold to marketing firms.

Getting Out the Vote, Democrat Style.  It doesn't seem to matter to Democrats if the voters turn out to be fraudulent.  The history of the Democrat party in this regard is scandalous.  As far back as before the John F. Kennedy run for the presidency, the city of Chicago was known for its fraud.  The city was run by Democrats and used a reward system for voting Democrat.

Felony charges filed against 7 in state's biggest case of voter-registration fraud.  King and Pierce County prosecutors filed felony charges today against seven people who allegedly committed the biggest voter-registration fraud in state history.  The defendants, who were paid employees and supervisors of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, concocted the scheme as an easy way to get paid, not as an attempt to influence the outcome of elections, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said.

ACORN falls again:  The worst case of voter-registration fraud in Washington state history.  Guess which left-wing group is at the center of the worst case of voter-registration fraud in Washington state history?  Yep, you guessed it:  ACORN.  The same ACORN tied to massive voter fraud in Missouri.  And Ohio.  And 12 other states.

Voter fraud charges deserve investigation.  They very well may be innocent coincidences, but voter confidence in the integrity of elections is too important to allow the Palm Beach County Republican Party's allegations of double-voting go without a thorough investigation.  Local party leaders say they found 60 instances in which people with the exact same name and birth date voted both in Palm Beach County and in New York in the November elections.

New Mexico Governor Gets More Tainted Money.  Returning tainted campaign cash — only after being exposed by the media — has become an annual ritual for a Democratic governor who hopes to become the nation's next president.  New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who raised $6 million in the first quarter of his presidential campaign, gave about $24,000 to charities last year after it was made public that the money was donated by a shady securities broker implicated in a state kickback scheme.

Bill Richardson tarnished by scandal.  Over the span of just three months, Bill Richardson has gone from being on the shortlist for secretary of state to late-night punch line, a breathtaking descent that has tarnished his once-sparkling career.

Panel calls for suspension of Judge Nettles-Nickerson.  Ingham County Circuit Judge Beverley Nettles-Nickerson should be immediately suspended from the bench, a state panel says.  The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission on Wednesday [5/16/2007] released a 40-page complaint with a laundry list of charges of both official and unofficial misconduct.  It says Nettles-Nickerson did too little work, committed fraud in filing for divorce outside of Ingham County, had improper communications with attorneys with cases before her and showed a willingness to "play the race card" to her advantage.

Attorney Firing Precedent.  Democrats should be wary of pressing Bush too far because there is ample precedent on their own side of Democratic presidents who fired U.S. attorneys and other high-ranking officials just to halt investigations of their political allies.  For example, two Democratic presidents — Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman — worked for years to protect a notorious racketeer named Thomas Pendergast because he ran a Democratic machine in Missouri.

Hands Off My Fridge, Meathead.  This is not the commission's only questionable contract.  First 5 [an unelected commission to promote children's health that he's headed for six years] has received to date $800 million — about 20% — of the tobacco proceeds that Mr. Reiner convinced California voters to impose on themselves in a 1998 referendum.  Of this, the commission has awarded contracts totaling about $230 million to firms or individuals known to Mr. Reiner — some of them without competitive bidding.

Philadelphia Senator Vincent Fumo Indicted For Stealing From Charity.  The charges mark the third time that Vincent Fumo, a Democrat state senator from Philadelphia, is indicted in his storied political career.  In 1973 he was indicted for voter fraud and in 1980 for putting ghost employees on the state payroll, for which he was convicted.  In anticipation of his third indictment, Fumo resigned from a key senate committee post earlier this week.

Pennsylvania Senator Indicted on 139 Counts.  State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania politics, was indicted Tuesday [2/6/2007] on 139 federal counts alleging he used a nonprofit group for personal and political gain and defrauded the state Senate out of $1 million.  Many of the charges stem from Fumo's ties to a nonprofit agency in his South Philadelphia district. … The Philadelphia Democrat, who has beaten two previous indictments, promised to clear his name.

Ex-Party Boss in Brooklyn Guilty of Corruption.  Clarence Norman Jr., the deposed Democratic assemblyman and party leader from Brooklyn, was convicted today on charges that he shook down judicial candidates seeking party support, in his fourth corruption trial in two years.  In the latest case, Mr. Norman was found guilty of attempted grand larceny in the fourth degree by extortion; grand larceny in the third degree by extortion and coercion in the second degree.

Transcript of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' on CNN:  The Democrats vow to take on the culture of corruption in Washington, but are they just part of it?  The Democratic congressman likely to head the committee that overseas the FBI budget is himself under investigation by the FBI.  And the congressman who was found with $90,000 in his freezer [is] headed for another term after being re-elected to the House.

Identity of Edwards Home's Buyers Veiled.  When former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally succeeded last month in selling his imposing Georgetown mansion for $5.2 million after it had languished on the market, the names of the buyers were not publicly disclosed.  At the time, Edwards's spokeswoman told reporters that the house had been sold to an unidentified corporation.  In reality, the buyers were Paul and Terry Klaassen, according to several sources and confirmed by Edwards's spokeswoman yesterday [1/18/2007].

FBI Probing Edwards Senate Campaign Donor.  The FBI is investigating five-year-old contributions by the family of a Mississippi trial lawyer to former Democratic Sen. John Edwards.  The investigation into lawyer Paul Minor — part of a long-running and controversial federal case — has come to Washington in recent weeks, where four former fundraising aides to Edwards have spoken voluntarily to FBI agents.

Flight could cause problem for Edwards.  With John Edwards under investigation by a federal grand jury, two former prosecutors say a trip he made to the home of a wealthy supporter — and possible witness — could raise legal questions.  On Friday [12/11/2009], a Raleigh TV station showed Edwards at the Raleigh-Durham airport walking off a plane belonging to Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a wealthy heiress who supported the former Democrat's presidential candidate's campaign.

A sweet deal for 'official' felons.  James A. Traficant Jr., the former Democratic congressman convicted of racketeering and taking bribes, is wiling away prison time painting colorful pictures but also able to collect a congressional pension of nearly $40,000 a year.  He is one of about 20 former senators and congressmen with felony rap sheets who can receive the taxpayer-financed benefit.

Reid of the Ritz.  Senator Reid, the Democratic Party's leader in the Senate, will reimburse his campaign fund for $3,300 that it spent on Christmas bonuses for workers at the Ritz-Carlton luxury condominium where he lives in Washington, the Associated Press reported yesterday.  Which raises the question:  The Ritz-Carlton?  The Democrats, who tout themselves as the party of the common man, are rapidly turning into the party of the plutocrats.

Head of Nation's Largest Municipal Labor Council Arrested in NYC.  A seven-term Democratic state assemblyman who also is president of the nation's largest municipal labor council was arrested on federal racketeering charges Tuesday, accused of stealing more than $2 million from the state, labor unions and even a Little League fund.

Swift Boat Vets, Moveon.org, Conservation Group Fined $630,000.  Three groups that played a prominent role in the 2004 presidential election agreed to pay almost $630,000 in fines for campaign finance violations, the Federal Election Commission announced today [12/13/2006].  Swift Boat Veterans for Truth will pay $299,500, the League of Conservation Voter Fund $180,000 and Moveon.org Voter Fund $150,000.  They failed to register as political action committees as required for those campaigning for or against a particular candidate and thus should have been barred from accepting contributions greater than $5,000, the FEC said.

Democrats need to act on Black.  If state House Democrats look the other way in the latest Jim Black scandal, every single one of them should be voted out of office.  The Raleigh News & Observer uncovered the latest news about the House Speaker, and it's typical Black sleaze.  The newspaper reported Friday that Ann Lassiter, Black's coordinator for teenage House pages, was having some pages room with her son, a felon with a history of drug and alcohol problems.

The Democrats' Bad, Bad Boy:  Democrat Jim Moran's troubled and troubling career in government has gone largely unnoticed outside the Beltway.  The six-term congressman, up for re-election this fall, ought to be one of the media's top poster boys for abuse of power.

John Conyers And The Muslim Caucus.  The likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he's just fighting bigotry in leading a Democrat jihad to deny law enforcement key terror-fighting tools.  But he is in the pocket of Islamists.  John Conyers, son of a leftist Detroit union activist, represents the largest Arab population in the country.  His district includes Dearborn, Mich., nicknamed "Dearbornistan" by locals fed up with cultural encroachment and terror fears from a steady influx of Mideast immigrants.

Donkeys misbehavin'.  A refreshing book, low in rhetoric and high in historical fact (with over 600 footnotes), Donkey Cons chronicles crime after crime committed by the Left and how its representatives are seemingly immune to judgment, never held accountable, and actually rewarded for their crimes by moving to some of the most powerful positions in the party (eg. Teddy Kennedy, Hill and Bill Clinton).

Trustee:  Sen. Clinton's brother owes debts to carnival operators.  Tony Rodham, the brother of Democratic presidential contender Sen. Hillary Clinton, is being asked again to appear in court on debts owed to a Tennessee carnival operator whose owners received presidential pardons from President Bill Clinton.

Pardon Scandal Still Looms for Sen. Clinton's Brother.  A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee asked a federal judge this week to schedule a new court date in a case against Tony Rodham, the brother of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., accused of failing to repay $109,000 in loans from a carnival company whose owners received controversial pardons issued by President Bill Clinton in the last hours of his presidency.

Clinton's Brother Near Legal Settlement.  A lawyer for the brother of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said he's confident he can avoid a trial next week and settle a lawsuit that accuses Tony Rodham of failing to repay debts to a Tennessee carnival operator.  That should be a relief to Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign since the case could have revived stories about how her brothers accepted money from people pardoned by her husband, President Bill Clinton.

'Hooligans' nail O'Donnell's HQ.  Vandals hit Republican Rick O'Donnell's campaign headquarters sometime Tuesday night [10/03/2006], defacing a sign and littering the parking lot with nails.

GOP Congressman's N.J. Office Vandalized.  Authorities say Congressman Chris Smith's Hamilton offices were vandalized, possibly by a group who barged in to protest the Iraq war.  Some computers were damaged and others had wires disconnected.

Global Warming Hypocrites.  I've come to the conclusion that many of these people are mentally ill.  They won't accept any rational opposition, scientific or otherwise, that refutes the global warming theory.  Drew Johnson reported that after his organization first revealed Al Gore's electric bill to the general public, his group received a number of death threats.  Their computers were hacked.  Phoned obscenities were common.

Moral corruption in Illinois:  Declaring the imposition of the death penalty to be "arbitrary, capricious — and immoral," Illinois' exiting, scandal-plagued Gov. George Ryan commuted the death sentence of every rapist-murderer and child-killer in the state.

Illinois Governor Condemns Ryan for Freeing Killers:  Gov. Rod Blagojevich said his disgraced predecessor, Republican George Ryan, was guilty of "gross injustice" for granting blanket clemency or pardons to all the prisoners on death row before he left office.

Jury Finds Former Ill. Gov. Ryan Guilty.  Former Gov. George Ryan was convicted of corruption Monday [4/17/2006] in the scandal that ended his political career in 2003 at the same time he was winning international acclaim for commuting the sentences of everyone on Illinois' death row.

Ex-Governor, Now in Prison, Sees Case End.  The United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday [5/27/2008] that it would not hear an appeal by former Gov. George Ryan of Illinois of his 2006 racketeering and fraud conviction.  The decision ended the judicial process for Mr. Ryan, and hours later his lawyer said he would probably seek a commutation from President Bush of what is left of his more-than-six-year federal prison sentence.

House Democrat Committed 250 Ethics Violations, Group Says.  The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a complaint with the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia on Feb. 28, alleging that [U.S. Rep. Alan] Mollohan failed to disclose and grossly underreported his assets, loans and interests in certain companies.

Shadow Warriors:  [Harold] Ickes watched with astonishment as the compassionate conservative became what he considers an extremist.  He was also stirred by a new campaign-finance law, passed by Congress in 2002, that banned the parties from raising "soft money" — i.e., huge contributions of up to a million dollars or more at a time.  Most Democrats supported the theory behind the law—namely, that such donations (say, a million dollars from Denise Rich) risked a corrupting influence on officeholders (say, a Bill Clinton pardon for Marc Rich).

Former Daley aide sentenced to 46 months in hiring fraud.  A former high-ranking aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley was sentenced Monday [11/20/2006] to almost four years in prison for engineering a fraud scheme to cover up political patronage hiring at City Hall.  Robert Sorich, 43, showed no emotion as federal Judge David H. Coar also fined him $10,000 and delivered a sharp tongue-lashing before imposing the minimum 46-month sentence federal guidelines prescribe.  "The offense is corruption — corruption with a capital C," Coar said.

NJ Clean Energy Program Under Investigation.  New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (CEP), responsible for promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable energy in the state, is coming under heavy criticism for accounting irregularities, apparent cronyism, and gross mismanagement.  The latest salvo was fired on October 16 when Bob Ingle, the Trenton bureau chief for Gannett New Jersey newspapers, called for a stepped-up investigation of financial irregularities associated with the program.

The Clinton Presidency:  The Most Corrupt in American History.  History does repeat itself.  On November 5, [1996] the American people re-elected Bill Clinton to a second term in the face of allegations of serious abuses of power by the President and members of his administration. … Partly — indeed, largely — due to the successful efforts of Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media to "stonewall" the issue, which they misleadingly called a question merely of "character."

Clinton Fund-Raiser Pleads Guilty to Felony Mail Fraud.  A top fund-raiser for Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign and self-described "dear friend" of President Clinton pleaded guilty to a felony mail fraud charge in federal court in Chicago yesterday [12/6/2006].  James Levin, 47, admitted to involvement in a scheme to convince contracting officials at the Chicago Public Schools that his fencing companies ... were subcontracting work to businesses owned by minorities or women when, in fact, Levin was simply paying those firms for use of their names.

Virtual Fence = Virtual Corruption?  Speaker Pelosi's post-Hastings fallback choice to head the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, voted against building the 700 mile border fence.  He prefers a system of video surveillance cameras, apparently.  And gee, it seems that his daughter works for a firm that won a government contract to provide such surveillance services!

Publish the Barrett report now.  At issue was the publication of a report by David Barrett, an independent counsel who has spent the better part of a decade looking into some of the most hair-raising allegations of presidential malfeasance in American history. ... [Barrett] was assigned the duty of looking into whether former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros committed tax fraud in trying to cover up payments to a former mistress.

Flashback to 2001:
Survey shows 96% of respondents want IRS Commissioner Rossotti brought to justice.  An overwhelming number of respondents believe that IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti should be criminally prosecuted for conducting politically-motivated audits for the Clinton Administration.  IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti conducted several audits of Clinton's opponents, including women associated with [Clinton] and several non-profit conservative organizations.

Senator's Indictment Causes Concern Among Democrats.  Although state Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr. has represented the Bronx in the Legislature for 17 years, his name did not become widely known until Friday [8/25/2006] — and it was not for a legislative initiative, because there have been none, but for his indictment by the federal government.  Mr. Gonzalez, 58, is accused of looting a Bronx not-for-profit corporation, the West Bronx Neighborhood Association, for his personal benefit.  He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Bronx Would Make Plunkitt Proud.  George Washington Plunkitt, the state senator and Democratic Party leader of a century ago, would be proud.  Today's Bronx politicos have taken his concept of "honest graft" and kicked it up a notch.  As the Bronx continues to deteriorate, seemingly stuck in a permanent mode of decay and depression, political leaders find new ways to line their pockets as their constituents suffer.

Bronx state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr. goes under the "pork" microscope.  The often discussed culture of corruption that engulfs Albany's body politic reared its very ugly head last week, when for the second time in less than a year Bronx state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr., was indicted on corruption charges.  To be specific, Gonzalez has been charged, along with three others, with funneling more than $400,000 worth of taxpayer money through a network of not-for-profit organizations and then back to his own pocket.

Florida Democrats rally around senator who is convicted felon.  Democrats in the Florida Senate are raising money to help re-elect fellow Democratic Sen. Gary Siplin, the Orlando legislator convicted earlier this year of felony grand theft.  Senate Minority Leader Steve Geller of Hallandale Beach and seven other Democratic senators are named as hosts on invitations that have been sent out to lobbyists and others for an evening fundraiser on Siplin's behalf.  The event will be at a bar a block from the Capitol when legislators return to Tallahassee next month for committee meetings.

Lawmaker:  Give Felons Voting Rights.  An unlikely lawmaker is taking the lead to change Florida law to restore voting rights to convicted felons.  Orlando state Sen. Gary Siplin [Democrat], a convicted felon himself, has sponsored Senate Bill 466, which automatically restores voting rights a year after the felon's sentence is completed. … State Sen. Mandy Dawson, D-Fort Lauderdale, has sponsored identical legislation.

Nancy Pelosi May Not Be Only Democrat "Tuna Helper".  The largest employer in American Samoa is Del Monte Foods' StarKist Tuna, home to over 75% of the island's workforce.  Del Monte Foods, as it turns out, is headquartered in the District of the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  Smelling a whiff of impropriety, House Republicans have thrown up some serious questions about the exemption and who inserted it into the bill.

Senate's wage bill still exempts Samoa.  The Democrat-controlled Senate took up a bill yesterday [1/22/2007] that would raise the minimum wage across the United States and its territories but exempt American Samoa, where tuna canneries pay workers $3.26 an hour.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters less than two weeks ago that she would close the loophole after coming under criticism from Republicans for what they termed a "fishy favor" to StarKist Tuna.  StarKist has lobbied for years against raising the minimum wage in American Samoa, and its parent, Del Monte Corp., is based in Mrs. Pelosi's San Francisco district.

FNC Reports Speaker Pelosi's Star-Kist Gap in the Minimum Wage Hike.  Over at The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez reported GOP Reps. Eric Cantor and Patrick McHenry have found there's a loophole in the new minimum-wage increase:  no hike for American Samoa.  Why?  Star-Kist Tuna is a major employer there, with its headquarters in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district.  Will the media notice?

In '88, Pelosi Voted to Impeach Hastings — Will She Support Him Now?  On August 3, 1988, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution, co-sponsored by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, to impeach Alcee Hastings, the federal judge in Florida accused of conspiring to take a bribe. … And now, because incoming Speaker Pelosi has apparently ruled out the appointment of next-in-line Rep. Jane Harman to chair the House Intelligence Committee, Hastings appears to be headed toward the top position on that panel — one of the most sensitive and responsible posts on Capitol Hill.

Speaker Pelosi's Ethics.  Ethics in politics is not the same as ethics in real life.  Ethics in politics is a martial art.  The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that the ethics package proposed by new Speaker Nancy Pelosi is mainly about "cleaning up" politics.  Maybe.  But it's first of all about cleaning the clocks of the Republicans.

Pelosi's message to voters?  Ethics, shmethics.  All of the exit polls in this month's election showed that there was one overwhelming issue on the minds of the voters who returned the Democrats to power in the House and Senate:  ethics — specifically, the Democratic charge of a Republican culture of corruption. … If the Pelosi-led House Democrats name [Alcee] Hastings as House Intelligence chairman — especially after Pelosi championed [John] Murtha for majority leader — the 2006 election victors will be torching the voters' mandate.

All Rise For Her Ethicalness.  "We are going to have the most ethical Congress in the nation's history."  So said House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi in the afterglow of the Democrats' Congressional election victory.  As it turns out, ethics are malleable.  They are in the eye of the beholder.  She pulled out all the stops last week to get the Democratic caucus to elect Rep. John Murtha as Majority Leader of the House.  Stories surfaced about Murtha's involvement in the Abscam caper of 1980.

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Ethics agency subpoenaed in investigation of Cuomo's book.  Attorney General Letitia James' office has issued a subpoena to the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics for its records on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's book chronicling his administration's early response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Times Union has learned.  The subpoena was issued in connection with a criminal investigation that the attorney general is conducting into whether Cuomo's use of government workers to assist him in writing the book violated any laws.

Cuomo is condemned for commuting sentences of FIVE murderers including father of radical leftwing San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin.  Outgoing NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has been blasted by victims' groups for commuting the murder sentence of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin's dad over an armored car robbery that killed three.  Cuomo announced Monday evening that he was commuting the prison sentences of David Gilbert, 76, Greg Mingo, 68, Robert Ehrenberg, 62, Ulysses Boyd, 66, and Paul Clark, 59.  All five have murder convictions, with Gilbert — Boudin's father — the only killer still incarcerated with no possibility of parole over a deadly 1981 hold-up of a Brinks cash truck, that left a security guard and two cops dead.

Cuomo uses final days as gov to commute [or] pardon 10 felons, including 3 tied to killings.  Days after giving two weeks' notice that he would resign his office amid a serial sexual harassment scandal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using the unprecedented lame-duck period to grant clemency and pardons to 10 felons — including three convicts tied to killings. [...] Cuomo commuted the sentence of Nehru Gumbs, 36, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon and assault in 2005 — crimes committed when he was 18.  Gumbs was fingered for the brutal shooting death of an innocent bystander heading to his Canarsie home from a midnight church service on New Year's Eve 2004.  Gumbs has served 17½ years of a 25-year sentence.  He has served as the youth counselor at Sing Sing prison and earned an associate's degree from Mercy College and is pursuing a job as a plumber.

Some 15,000 dead seniors and 11 harassment victims later, Andrew Cuomo finally resigns in disgrace.  Nearly half a century into the Cuomo dynasty's stranglehold over the New York state Democratic Party, the once-beloved but always crooked Andrew Cuomo has resigned as governor in disgrace, effective in a fortnight.  Like the bully he always has been, the pugnacious politician once regarded as a hero of the pandemic by the corporate media refused to go down without a fight.  Even as the most vile of rats, such as former secretary Melissa DeRosa, abandoned the sinking ship, Cuomo did not stop smearing his 11 sexual harassment accusers — all of whose claims were vetted and corroborated by state Attorney General Letitia James — as liars, up until the very same press conference where he announced his resignation.  A blue state succeeding in pressuring its tyrannical party prince from Albany on the grounds of corruption is a success devoid of partisanship as much as it is a victory over partisanship.  But even if it's not too little, it certainly is later than his victims who cannot speak for themselves deserve.

Ex-New York Gov. Paterson 'Suspicious' of Cuomo's 14-Day Wait to Leave Office.  Former Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y., said he was "suspicious" of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., needing 14 days to officially leave office after his resignation announcement.  "It was just a little puzzling that they wanted to have that amount of time," Paterson said during an interview on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show.  "And what they're going to do with that time, it's suspicious — I'll put it that way."  Cuomo, 63, announced Tuesday [8/10/2021] that he would resign rather than face a likely impeachment trial after Attorney General Letitia James released a report concluding he sexually harassed 11 women and created a toxic work environment.

Cuomo is still eligible for $50,000-per-year state pension.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's fall from grace will come with a nice golden parachute in the form of a $50,000-per-year lifetime pension that he will remain eligible for despite his resignation — provoking outrage from the disgraced executive's critics.  The windfall for Cuomo, who announced his resignation on Tuesday [8/10/2021] in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal, is coming because he has accumulated 15 years of state service thanks to his 11 years as governor and four years as attorney general, a pension expert said.  "So if you're wondering, without a felony conviction and several other steps, Cuomo would be eligible for his full pension, at taxpayer expense, for the rest of his life," said Tim Hoefer, president and CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Andrew Cuomo Is 7th Powerful New York Democrat Ousted in Disgrace Since 2006.  In just 15 years, no fewer than seven powerful New York Democrats have been forced to resign in disgrace.  That includes New York's last three governors — three in a row!

As Cuomo resigns, fresh calls from N.Y. Dems to pursue nursing home deaths pours in.  Embattled New York Democrat Andrew Cuomo announced he would be officially stepping down from his position as governor in a matter of weeks following an attorney general report on sexual harassment allegations against him.  Cuomo's Tuesday announcement of his imminent resignation has been met with universal praise from across the political spectrum.  However, some of the Democrats celebrating have joined others in asking people to make sure Cuomo's other scandals are not forgotten.  Namely, they have called out Attorney General Letitia James' other report on nursing home deaths in the state.  According to that bombshell report, Cuomo undercounted deaths in New York nursing homes by 50 percent when the first wave of COVID decimated the state.  This cover-up followed a Cuomo order that forced nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients.

Cuomo has more to account for than sexual harassment.  Andrew Cuomo has announced his resignation as governor of the state of New York.  This came on the heels of a damning New York Attorney General's report detailing sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against numerous women.  Before his announcement on Tuesday, CBS News reported a state senator revealed that all 63 members of the state's senate "were likely to vote for his removal."  Like President Richard Nixon, Mr. Cuomo's resignation has nothing to do with him suddenly developing a conscience.  Suppose he had one.  None of this would've happened in the first place.  What we get instead is a man who resigned because impeachment could bar him from running for state office again.  Many remain dismayed, including me, that his policy specifically ordering COVID-19 infected individuals into nursing homes, which may have led to the deaths of 15,000 people, was not part of what led to outrage and resignation.  As many observers have noted, this in and of itself has stained our social and political culture.

You won't have Gov. Andrew Cuomo to kick around anymore.  Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that he's resigning as governor of New York because he loves the state and it's clear that he's in the way.  Since I think very little of the man, both as a person and a politician, the fact that he's leaving seems like good news.  However, it's very likely that, by pulling out now, he's sparing himself and his minions a criminal investigation into the 15,000 old people who died last year when he insistently warehoused COVID patients in retirement communities.  Also, considering who's already lining up to take his place, New York may find itself going from the corrupt Democrat frying pan into the equally corrupt communist fire.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday he will resign after a withering report from the state's attorney general documented multiple accusations of sexual harassment against women.  The decision heads off his almost certain impeachment and conviction in the state Legislature.  "Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government, and therefore that is what I'll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing, is doing the right thing for you," Cuomo said in a televised address, at which he took no questions.  Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a fellow Democrat, will serve the rest of his term when the resignation becomes effective in 14 days.  She will become the state's first female governor.

The Editor says...
If the governor is facing impeachment, and his departure is inevitable, let him delay his departure for 14 days?  He could do a lot of damage in two weeks.

Cuomo resigns.  One of the weirdest people to ever hold high office in the United States.  Probably one of the worst too, although that competition is stiff.  But weirdest?  No question.  This clip unfortunately doesn't capture the weirdness of his full remarks today.  He began by grumbling that the harassment accusations against him were really just a series of misunderstandings about what was and wasn't appropriate between the sexes, something he attributed partly to age.  One Twitter pal compared it to Phil Hartman's "unfrozen caveman lawyer" defense.  Then he went into Colonel Jessup mode, saying he's inclined to fight and even telling viewers "It is your best interest that I must serve."  And then ... he quit.  He loves you, his constituent, too much to stand in the way of the important government business of fighting COVID.  [Video clip]

Elise Stefanik Calls for Andrew Cuomo's Arrest — Resignation 'Long Past Overdue'.  Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, called for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) arrest Tuesday [8/10/2021] after he announced he would resign over multiple sexual harassment allegations.  "New Yorkers have lived for far too long under the Worst Governor in America's corrupt and criminal tenure," said Stefanik.  "This resignation is long past overdue.  Governor Cuomo needs to be arrested and prosecuted for sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.  Governor Cuomo also needs to be arrested and prosecuted for his criminal acts covering up the tragic deaths of our most vulnerable seniors in nursing homes.

Janice Dean's Reaction to the Resignation of Cuomo Says It For All of Us.  As you might imagine, the reactions are coming in fast and furious to the surprising resignation of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  It's not surprising because it wasn't well-deserved or long coming.  It's surprising because he is such a narcissist that no one thought he could ever be forced to resign, given the lack of character he's shown.  But even if it isn't because of the thousands of people who died after his horrific nursing home order and even if he's not being prosecuted in regard to that, yet, one hopes that it gives the people whose parents and family members died in nursing homes at least a little satisfaction today.

Cuomo Trying to Cut a Deal to Avoid Impeachment, Sources Say.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been trying to cut a deal with top state officials, promising not to seek a fourth term if impeachment talks are scuttled — but no one is buying it, sources told THE CITY.  The governor and what's left of his inner circle have been working the phones, fighting for his political life in the wake the damning Aug. 3 report detailing the sexual harassment allegations of 11 women and what investigators found was retaliation against one who went public.  Cuomo, whose term ends Dec. 31, 2022, has ignored calls for his resignation as the state Assembly pushes ahead with the impeachment process, which lawmakers said could take weeks.  On Monday afternoon, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said he's not entertaining any possible deals with Cuomo, whom he has not spoken to since February.

The Hypocrisy Variant.  Another virulent outbreak of the Hypocrisy Variant has been raging in Albany, New York.  Last year, when COVID-19 was decimating the elderly population, Empire State Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted on shipping COVID-positive patients to nursing homes.  When this killed thousands of seniors, he tried to cover it up.  While this was going on, this character had the audacity to lecture other governors, including Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, about how they handled the pandemic.  It turns out that even with a recent spike in cases, Florida's COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 residents (184) is far below that of New York (279).  Moreover, when confronted with the carnage he had caused, Cuomo indifferently asked, "Who cares?"

Time's Up Co-Founder Resigns amid Backlash over Cuomo Ties.  The co-founder of Time's Up, an advocacy group created amid the #MeToo movement to combat sexual harassment, resigned on Monday following reports that she was involved in an effort to discredit a woman who accused New York governor Andrew Cuomo of harassment.  Roberta Kaplan, who co-founded the group and heads its legal defense fund, said in her resignation letter that her work as a lawyer prevents her from publicly responding to questions about her involvement in that effort.

Just After Cuomo's Top Aid Melissa DeRosa Resigned Photos Surfaced Where Cuomo Appeared To Touch Her Thigh In A Restaurant.  A top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resigned amid an AG report that accused Cuomo of sexually harassing several women, according to the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and other national media outlets.  Melissa DeRosa tendered her resignation on Sunday night [8/8/2021].

Cuomo's lawyers just proved he has no credible defense.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn't been seen since state Attorney General Tish James' damning report dropped Tuesday, but he sent his lawyers — and anonymous advisers — to make the case that not one of the 11 women who've accused him of sexual harassment (yup, not one!) can be believed.  It's unconvincing.  Rather than refute the allegations, Cuomo's shills are attacking his accusers and investigators and claiming the gov didn't get a chance to respond — despite 11 hours of testimony in which he gave his side of the story.  Couple this with his other scandals (the latest: two of his spin doctors work for a firm with $88 million in state contracts), and it's beyond clear he's simply unfit to continue in office.  Late Friday afternoon, Cuomo's lawyers held a virtual press conference insisting the gov "was ambushed" by a "predetermined" investigation.

Cuomo's Fall Would Be a Win for the Cabal.  The people running our government and fronting Biden had a great day Tuesday [8/3/2021].  In one fell swoop, with New York Attorney General Letitia James' case — not even charges, merely a case — against Governor Andrew Cuomo for prolific, ridiculous sexual harassment, they solved a great many of the Biden Administration's looming problems:  political, personnel, and criminal. [...] As of this writing, a majority of Democratic state legislators have announced support for impeachment, with hearings to begin at the end of August.  For Democrats, that beats the alternatives.  The national outrage at Cuomo's handsiness and bullying — from feminists, Democratic officials, and others who have ignored Joe and Hunter's actual criminal sexual depravity — and the expiation of sin to follow as he leaves the scene, has made it unlikely that Cuomo will ever face justice for the deliberate murder of roughly 15,000 seniors in New York nursing homes.  That is a far more serious charge.  Were that case to be unraveled, with evidence, in a court of law or even in a real newspaper, many people besides Cuomo would be in deep trouble.  Particularly hard hit would be those for whom he acted in pursuit of unseating Donald Trump in the coming election.  So that could not be allowed to happen.

Cuomo's Signature On Document Attesting He Took Sexual Harassment Training Course Was Fabricated, Aide Admits.  An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted to fabricating the governor's signature on a document attesting that he had completed a mandatory sexual harassment training in 2019, according to an investigation released by the state's attorney general.  Stephanie Benton, Cuomo's office director, told investigators that she was the one who produced the governor's signature on a 2019 document attesting that he had completed the "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" training course, according to report from Attorney General Letitia James's office released Tuesday that said the governor unlawfully sexually harassed multiple women.  Cuomo denied that he ever inappropriately touched any female subordinates in a statement Tuesday.  He acknowledged that he does publicly kiss and embrace both men and women, behavior he attributed to "generational or cultural perspectives."

This is why the [socialist] Democrats want Cuomo out now.  The New York Times is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to step down following a state attorney general's report that found he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women, allegations that he has denied.  No one seems concerned about the thousands of elderly in nursing homes that his policies killed.  Nor do they seem to care that he covered it up.  They care about the lesser cause. [...] They aren't doing it to eat their own nor are they worried solely about their image.  What they want is to replace him NOW with a Democrat so it is easy to fill the spot with another Democrat in the next election.  They also plan to put in a governor to the left of the leftist Governor Cuomo.  Finally, Democrats don't want to deal with the nursing home deaths and cover-up, a far more serious crime.  If they address it, they have to do it with the other governors who did the same thing.  They followed his lead in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere.  They have to get rid of him.  We have zero sympathies for Governor Cuomo but we know they have worse out there to take his position — like Letitia James.

The Real Reason Dems Suddenly Want Cuomo Gone.  To anyone even remotely acquainted with events of the last year and a half, it should be no surprise that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being asked now even by his own party to resign.  What's disturbing is that Democrats didn't do it sooner.  After being the media's most coddled, falsely praised politician in America, nearly impervious to any and all criticisms, a new report alleges that Cuomo engaged in serial criminal behavior while governor.  "The independent investigation has concluded that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law," New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday [8/3/2021].  Is anyone really surprised about Cuomo's conduct, which has been well covered outside of the mainstream media in recent years?  Despite repeated claims of harassment by Cuomo's victims — 11 of them total — Dems now profess to be "shocked, SHOCKED!" to discover their fellow party member committed acts that could end his political career.

Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women, Retaliated Against Employee:  NY Attorney General.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed several women and retaliated against a former employee, said New York Attorney General Letitia James, accusing the Democrat governor of violating laws.  "Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law," James said in a news conference on Tuesday, adding that Cuomo fostered a "hostile" and "unsafe" work environment.  The governor engaged in "unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging," as well as making inappropriate remarks, she said.  James' office concurrently released a 165-page report following an investigation, which started in March when several women publicly accused the governor of misconduct.  The report, which doesn't have any criminal consequences, included interviews of 179 witnesses and a review of thousands of documents.

Hammer Drops for Gov. Cuomo as NY Attorney General Finds He Sexually Harassed Multiple Women.  Though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his handlers in recent weeks have sought to cast doubt on the investigation by State Attorney General Letitia James into multiple sexual harassment allegations against him by suggesting at least one of her independent investigators and possibly even James herself was motivated by politics, he's also repeatedly told New Yorkers to wait for the process to play out, assuring them that what the AG's office ultimately found would clarify matters in a way that would absolve him of wrongdoing.  Well, James has just today released her findings, and suffice it to say that the hot water Cuomo landed himself in earlier this year when the first allegation came to light has now started boiling over.

The Walls Are Closing In:  Nancy Pelosi Becomes Latest High-Profile Dem to Turn On Cuomo.  In the hours after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that a months-long investigation into Cuomo found that he "violated federal and state law" by allegedly sexually harassing almost a dozen women, calls for his resignation started pouring in.  By the afternoon, [Nancy] Pelosi had issued a brief statement calling for one of the most powerful Democrats in the country to step down.

NJ Gov. Murphy, alongside governors of CT, RI, PA, call on Cuomo to resign.  New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined several other northeastern governors, all Democrats, in calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation Tuesday [8/3/2021].  "We are appalled at the findings of the independent investigation by the New York Attorney General.  Governor Cuomo should resign from office."  Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Dan McKee of Rhode Island and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania all released the joint statement with Murphy.

Biden calls on Cuomo to resign in wake of NY AG's report that he sexually harassed 11 women.  Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday night was clinging on to power, despite his impeachment seeming inevitable after the state Democrats declared that they had lost confidence in the governor and would vote against him.  President Joe Biden led calls for Cuomo to resign, echoing demands made by other Democratic Congressional leaders, as one of his most high-profile accusers said she felt 'vindicated' by the attorney general's report.  The governors of neighboring Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, plus Rhode Island, all joined in the chorus of condemnation.  All four are fellow Democrats.

Joe Biden Just Officially Buried Andrew Cuomo.  Well, it's official.  After previously snapping at reporters for asking him, Joe Biden took questions this afternoon [8/3/2021] and proclaimed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to resign.  This came after New York AG Letitia James released the findings of an investigation showing that Cuomo had sexually harassed at least eleven women, including committing what sounds like sexual assault in one instance.  Biden had originally passed on calling on Cuomo to resign, instead, saying he would wait for the investigation to complete.  Now that it's over and the results are what they are, Biden huddled with his handlers and decided it was best to stick by his prior comments.

Cuomo refuses to resign, denies allegations in explosive AG report.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintained Tuesday that he "never touched anyone inappropriately," pushing back on a bombshell official report that concluded he sexually harassed several women in violation of state and federal law — while suggesting that he was the victim of a smear campaign.  Speaking on video without reporters to ask questions, the governor was adamant in his denial, as he has been since the scandal erupted.

New York AG: Gov. Cuomo 'sexually harassed multiple women' in 'toxic workplace'.  This morning [8/3/2021] Ed wrote about the Luv Guv's 11-hour grilling under oath that took place yesterday.  AG Letitia James' plan all along has been to work through everyone's account of what happened culminating in yesterday's interview of Gov. Cuomo.  Given that his interview was the final step, it's not surprising that only a day later, the AG can report the outcome of the investigation which began with a referral on March 1.  Speaking this morning at a press conference AG James got right to the point.  "The independent investigation has concluded that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law."  She went on to say that Cuomo engaged in "unwelcome and non-consensual touching" in addition to suggestive sexual comments.  All of this created a "hostile work environment" for women.

NYT: Love Gov grilled for 11 hours over sexual misconduct complaints.  Couldn't happen to a more deserving pol, even if we have to wonder why we're hearing this insider-ish account of the deposition of Andrew Cuomo at all.  Last month, special investigators appointed by Attorney General Letitia James put the Lov Gov through the wringer for 11 hours over complaints about sexual misconduct.  It sounds deeply unpleasant, which itself might come as good news to Cuomo's accusers regardless of what happens next.

No Criminal Consequences — New York AG and State Investigators Find Governor Cuomo Sexually Harassed Current and Former Female Employees and Violated State and Federal Harassment Laws.  Perverted, creepy, sick, narcissistic, ego-maniacal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is laughing hysterically right now as the dual-justice system of New York politics is on full display.  Infuriating does not scratch the surface.  New York State Attorney General Letitia James specifically said at the beginning of her remarks releasing the investigative findings of a 5 month investigation:  "The independent investigation has concluded, and Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law."  Moments later one of the investigators, the former federal prosecutor from Manhattan, Joon Kim, said:  "We find that the governor, on numerous occasions, engaged in conduct that constitutes unlawful sex based harassment," as outlined in the extensive investigation. [...] Yet, despite their words, neither the State Attorney General nor the U.S. Attorneys' general, will bring any criminal charges against Governor Cuomo.

Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple State Employees in Violation of Law, New York AG Report Finds.  New York governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, among them current and former state employees, in violation of federal and state law, state attorney general Letitia James announced at a press conference on Tuesday [8/3/2021].  The announcement represents the conclusions of a months-long probe by the attorney general's office into sexual harassment allegations made against the governor.  Several women have alleged that the governor inappropriately touched them, although Cuomo has denied wrongdoing.  "Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law," James told reporters.  Cuomo and the Executive Chamber cultivated a "toxic" workplace that allowed "harassment to occur and created a hostile work environment."

Biden DOJ drops civil rights probe of Gov. Cuomo over nursing homes and COVID-19.  The Department of Justice has decided not to investigate whether the civil rights of residents in New York's government-run nursing homes were violated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversial admission policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a letter Friday [7/23/2021], the DOJ's Office of Legislative Affairs told US Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), ranking member of that House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, that New York was off the hook in connection with potential violations of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.