Barack Obama's Culture of Corruption

Note:  You might want to start at the Barack Obama Index Page, especially if you arrived here by using a search engine.

Years ago, the Democrats tried to assert that the Republican party was mired in a "culture of corruption," and only the Democrats could be trusted to obey the law.  Almost since the day they introduced that slogan, exactly the opposite has been shown to be true.  I've been pointing out the Democrats' ethical shortcomings for several years on this page, and now it seems the Obama administration is supplying a ton of new material every week, by hiring, defending and (in some cases) retaining a whole series of people who cheat on their taxes.

This should come as no surprise, because as some of us have been saying for about a year, Mr. Obama has never competently managed any business or organization in his life.  All this was pointed out on this page, in case you missed it.

As the months go by, Mr. Obama's administration has begun to emit more odors of corruption than any presidency since...  the last Democrat president!

Related pages:

Which party has a "culture of corruption?"
Obama's fundraising scandals in 2008, and again in 2012.
OFA
Eric Holder
Loretta Lynch
The FBI neglects to indict Hillary Clinton





Obamaphones Fraud As High As 65 Percent.  A massive portion of Obamaphone recipients are receiving the benefit after lying on their applications, according to a new 90-page report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  An undercover sting operation showed ineligible applications were approved 63 percent of the time, and a review that found that 36 to 65 percent of beneficiaries in various categories had lied in easily-detectable ways but were approved anyway.  The fraud reached unheard-of proportions because the Federal Communications Commission let the task of screening for eligibility fall to phone companies that profit off of enrolling as many people as possible.

Jay Sekulow: 'Why Don't We Have a Special Counsel Reviewing... President Obama?'.  Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, was back at Fox News Wednesday [6/28/2017] to rail against what he calls "the so-called Russian probe."  Appearing on America's Newsroom, the attorney pointed the finger at Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and questioned why his administration's actions with regard to Russian election interference aren't being scrutinized more thoroughly.

Obama's Criminal Enterprise Collapsing.  As former FBI Director James Comey's best friend, Robert Mueller, stocks his Seinfeld investigation-about-nothing with every Democratic lawyer and Hillary and/or Obama donor he can find, we are treated to the delicious irony of collusion with Russia being confirmed — and the colluder-in-chief being Ex-president Barack Hussein Obama.  Even Obama's Democrat supporters are now acknowledging he knew about Russia's hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails.  They are acknowledging that he did nothing but are not acknowledging the reason why — that he thought Hillary Clinton was going to succeed him and he wanted to do nothing to offend the Russians to whom he had once famously promised more "flexibility."

The wrong attorney general is testifying today.  The kabuki theater that is Congress' hearings on Trump's alleged collusion with the Russians to win the 2016 election has come full circle.  This is the issue that inspired Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin to expose the "police state tactics" of the Obama administration and the scandal of Obama's spying on American citizens.  The focus on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his testimony is misplaced, as the media and Congress ignore allegations of another major Obama administration scandal, one that would clearly show Obama's Justice Department interfered in the 2016 election to help Hillary Clinton win.

Helpful Reminder:  What a Real Presidential Scandal Looks Like.  As liberal McCarthyism continues searching for Russian monsters under Trump administration beds, it might serve us well to remember the Obama administration scandals, for which there were no special prosecutors appointed, no grand juries convened, not even a leaked memo to The New York Times via a friendly professor at Columbia University.

Obama DOJ was 'an arm of the Clinton campaign'.  It takes a bit of collective amnesia to honestly discuss President Donald Trump's alleged attempts to manipulate the American justice system without acknowledging just how closely the Obama Justice Department worked with the Clinton presidential campaign.  That's according to former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a George W. Bush appointee.  He told Newsmax TV:  "What makes it egregious is the fact — and I think it's obvious that it is a fact — that the attorney general of the United States was adjusting the way the department talked about its business, so as to coincide with the way the Clinton campaign talked about that business."  Mukasey added that the DOJ under Obama was "essentially an arm of the Clinton campaign."

DOJ ends Holder-era 'slush fund' payouts to outside groups.  The Justice Department announced Wednesday [6/7/2017] it will no longer allow prosecutors to strike settlement agreements with big companies directing them to make payouts to outside groups, ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans decried as a "slush fund" that padded the accounts of liberal interest groups.  In a memo sent to 94 U.S. attorneys' offices early Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would end the practice that allowed companies to meet settlement burdens by giving money to groups that were neither victims nor parties to the case.  Sessions said the money should, instead, go to the Treasury Department or victims.

Comey wouldn't follow Trump's lead, but was Lynch's lapdog.  The Comey hearings yesterday brought nothing with which to hang Donald Trump, but it did raise several questions about Comey and his behavior. [...] And speaking of conflicts[,] did Comey go stupid because of something more ominous?  There apparently is a recording of the conversation held by Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton during that "coincidental" meeting on the tarmac in Phoenix.  You know, just before Comey announced that he would recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton.  Almost as though he was given his orders.  Lynch asserted that her conversation with Bill Clinton consisted of "grandchildren" and "travels."  Since when are grandchildren and casual travel a matter of national security?

Fascinating Interview Regarding Subpoenas Issued to Obama Cronies.  Writing at The Daily Beast, John Batchelor offers a fascinating sitdown with Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Select Intelligence Committee.  The primary topic:  the unmasking of Trump campaign officials — like Michael Flynn — by various members of the Obama administration.  Read the entire thing, but some key graphs follow to provide a flavor to the scope and magnitude of the investigation.  It's truly powerful stuff.

The End Of Obama's Corrupt Global Warming Treaty.  Yesterday [6/1/2017], President Trump announced that the United States is withdrawing from Obama's disastrous Paris climate accord.  The President's action marks another important campaign promise fulfilled, and it also marks the end of one of Obama's most corrupt acts as President.  While Obama and his liberal allies from Hollywood to Silicon Valley to Wall Street claim that the goal of the treaty was to reduce so-called greenhouse gasses, its effect was to produce a massive wealth transfer from American workers to foreigners and wealthy investors.  And the end of that wealth transfer is what drives the howls emanating from Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

Education Official Got Secret Cash Bonuses as Office Lost Billions to Fraud, Corruption.  The senior Obama Education Department official who resigned this month to avoid testifying before Congress got hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses despite his well-documented failures, sources inside the agency tell Judicial Watch.  The extra cash was kept off the books, away from the public, and doesn't appear on his official government salary record but Judicial Watch has obtained the figures with yearly breakdowns.  The official, James Runcie, ran the scandal-plagued Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, the government's $1.4 trillion financial aid program.

Why did Trump say that Obama spied on him?  Because he did.  Obama was never scared to break the laws because he knew the Justice Department, the media, and the Democrats wouldn't care.  On Fox News Wednesday night [5/24/2017] Charles Krauthammer said he hopes people don't spend a lot of time looking back to see who violated the law but instead focus on stopping it in the future.  I do not understand that at all.  I believe powerful people like Obama or his staff and Hillary and her staff should be held responsible for what they did.  If you don't hold the powerful to account, how do you ever hold lower-level people to account for the same or lesser things?

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free.  During the eight years of one of America's shadiest presidencies, not one Obama administration official went to prison.  Or was convicted of a crime.  Or even indicted.  Sure, Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held plenty of hearings.  But while they called countless press conferences, not one Democrat ever was held accountable for the numerous crimes exposed by this and other Republican-controlled congressional panels.

The Rotten Obama Record — and Legacy.  An incomplete recap of the corruption that has happened under his watch:  Eric Holder, the "stimulus," Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Obamacare, the census power grab, the IRS targeting of political opponents, executive amnesty, the Snowden NSA spy revelations, the debate collusion with Candy Crowley, race-baiting for votes, selling our soul to Iran and Cuba, wiretapping allies, spying on journalists, destroying attempts to clean up voter rolls, the Benghazi video.  Politicizing and weaponizing our government and its bureaucracies.  And so much more.  This was eight years of a purposeful, corrupt power grab in the worst of ways.  And no, I do not believe for a second he did not know, or did not incite these to happen.  Fish rot from the head down.  The media was the neck of this administration.

Reopen cases against corrupt leftists.  The nadir of honesty in the federal government was reached in the hyper-politicized Obama presidency.  The IRS was used shamelessly to punish conservative groups.  The Department of Justice opened countless "cases" against utterly innocent groups whose offense was to challenge the orthodoxies of leftism.  Indeed, it seemed at times as if the Obama administration viewed the whole federal government as little more than a scourge to be used against Americans who did not follow the party line.  That is the one thing no free government can stand.  When government is the enemy of much of the people, then government has no moral ground upon which to exercise its power.

State Dept. employee charged with misleading FBI in China intel case.  Candace Marie Claiborne, a 60-year-old employee of the U.S. Department of State, was charged Wednesday with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI — both felony offenses — for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with Chinese intelligence agents, the Justice Department said Wednesday [3/29/2017].  The veteran State Department employee, who appeared before a judge Wednesday [3/29/2017], is also accused of failing to report gifts she received from Chinese contacts.  Claiborne allegedly failed to report repeated contacts with two intelligence agents of the People's Republic of China, and the agents provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years, prosecutors said.

Time to Investigate Obama, not Just Trump.  A fair amount of this happened not long before Barack Obama suddenly changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, for the first time ever allowing the NSA to share its data with 16 other intelligence agencies, thus making the dissemination of said data (i. e. leaking) many times more likely.  That was done on January 12, 2017, just three scant days before Trump's inauguration.  Why did the then president finally decide to make that particular change at that extremely late date, rather than on one of the previous seven years and three hundred fifty-three days of his presidency?  You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes or Watson to smell a rat.

Obama's shakedown.  The issue finally came to the firefront of the Obama administration bringing charges against large corporations and then settling for fines instead of seeking criminal convictions of executives — as President Bush 43 did to a score of CEOs.  The Obama administration then parceled the money out to liberal groups.  This is called a shakedown.  Congress and President Trump may stop this gravy train to liberal groups.

Revenge of Obama's 'Former Officials'.  Just 24 hours after Trump's address, a series of troubling reports involving links among those in Trump's orbit to Russian officials reset the national discourse.  Those stories make for a trend, though, that has little to do with Trump and a lot to do with his predecessor.  The Obama administration's foreign-policy team seems to be campaigning to rehabilitate itself one leak at a time, and the press is helping.

The Obamacare Financing Flimflam.  Now we know why the Obama administration unilaterally changed rules on Fannie Mae funds in 2012.  They basically screwed private-sector bondholders and shareholders to create a slush fund for left-wing groups allied with the administration.  These funds do not go through Congress.  They are treated as off-balance sheet entities, where the amount that comes to the government is treated as a net reduction in expenses instead of an increase in revenue.  In other words, it allows Congress and the president to pretend they are controlling spending.

The Obama Regime's Criminal Syndicate.  [Scroll down]  Among the radical leftist groups pre-approved by the settlement agreements to directly receive funds from the banks is none other than The National Council of La Raza, which bills itself as "the nation's largest Hispanic activist organization."  Yet, a brief history lesson on the reality of La Raza, which literally translates to "the race," shows us that the group has been connected to the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan (MEChA), an extremist Mexican race hate group which firmly believes in exploiting illegal immigration to bring about 'La Reconquista', a violent overthrow of the southern U.S. states that would be absorbed into Greater Mexico. [...] According to a February 2016 independent monitor report, there are 147 "HUD-approved counseling agencies" that make up these third party groups like La Raza that are currently receiving hundreds of millions of dollars directly from the banks under the DOJ settlement agreements.

GOP wants to eliminate shadowy DOJ slush fund bankrolling leftist groups.  The Obama administration funneled billions of dollars to activist organizations through a Department of Justice slush fund scheme, according to congressional investigators.  "It's clear partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that were made," Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, told Fox News.  "The DOJ is the last place this should have occurred."  Findings spearheaded by the House Judiciary Committee point to a process shrouded in secrecy whereby monies were distributed to a labyrinth of nonprofit organizations involved with grass-roots activism.

Former Obama aide fined $90,000 for illegally lobbying Emanuel on Uber's behalf.  A former Uber senior executive who once served as Barack Obama's campaign manager has been fined $90,000 by the Chicago Board of Ethics for illegally lobbying Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of the ride-sharing company.  The board voted 5-0 to find that David Plouffe violated city ethics rules by failing to register as a lobbyist after contacting Emanuel to help the company on regulations for picking up travelers at Chicago's two airports.  Plouffe's lobbying violation only became public after Emanuel in December released hundreds of personal emails related to public business under the pressure of two open records lawsuits alleging the mayor violated the state's open records law.

Ex-Obama campaign manager, Plouffe, fined $90G for violating lobbying rules.  Former-President Obama's ex-campaign manager was fined $90,000 on Thursday for illegally lobbying Chicago's mayor on behalf of Uber.  The Chicago Board of Ethics determined that David Plouffe violated ethics rules when he failed to register as a lobbyist after contacting Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  Plouffe was trying to help the ride-hailing service with regulations for picking up travelers at Chicago airports.  The board also fined Uber $2,000 for hiring a lobbyist who violates the city's lobbying laws.  An Uber spokesman said the company regretted the mistake and would comply with the board's assessment.

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.

Head of Ethics Office Receives Bipartisan Rebuke From Congress.  Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter M. Shaub received a bipartisan rebuke from members of Congress for his criticism of President Donald Trump during a closed-door meeting Monday [1/23/2017].  Shaub, an Obama donor and defender of Hillary Clinton's ethics, could "compromise the agency's objectivity" by using the office's official Twitter account to criticize the new president, leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said.  The Associated Press reported that both Republicans and Democrats said Shaub's tweet storms urging Trump to divest from his business were inappropriate.

America Rising Announces Multiple FOIAs Targeting The Politicization Of Obama's Ethics Office.  In light of the ongoing controversy swirling around Walter Shaub, head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), America Rising is filing multiple Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to understand better what partisan politics are afoot at OGE.

Obama's Ethics Office Comes Under Fire For Unprecedented Public Criticism.  Ever since NPR uncovered that Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub used the OGE Twitter account to attack Trump, questions about Shaub's motivations have grown more prominent.  This morning [1/17/2017], The Hill moves that story forward with reporting on the how Shaub's latest public criticism broke with "[OGE's] longstanding practice":

A Timeline Of Walter Shaub & Hillary Clinton's Unethical Paid Speeches.  Walter Shaub, the director of President Obama's ethics office, has been in the headlines a great deal lately.  While the attention has primarily focused on recent events, America Rising thought it valuable to take a closer look at his role in Hillary Clinton's unethical paid speeches.  In the timeline below, anyone can clearly see that Shaub had one set of rules for the Clintons and has another one for Republicans today: [...]

The unethical Office of Government Ethics.  At any point, Obama appointee Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics, may claim the Trump administration has a conflict of interest if his namesake Trump Hotel in Washington accepts reservations from any business, organization or individual who chooses to stay there.  Of course, Schaub was previously silent and never alleged any wrongdoing when those same travelers stayed at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, despite Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's deep family ties to the Hyatt chain.  Apparently standards change depending on the political party.

Head of Ethics Office Is Obama Donor, Now Concerned About Trump Nominees.  Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter M. Shaub donated to President Obama before his appointment and defended Hillary Clinton's decision to not disclose paid speeches to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state.  Shaub, the head of the little-known ethics office, has been on the attack against President-elect Donald J. Trump for months. [...] A timeline compiled by the PAC America Rising of Shaub's service at the ethics office revealed Shaub donated to Obama before his appointment in January 2013, and has a record of defending Hillary Clinton when she was a presidential candidate from ethics concerns.  Shaub donated $500 to Obama's reelection campaign in 2012.  When Clinton came under fire for not disclosing paid speeches to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state, his office said disclosure was not required.

HUD Spent Almost $1M To Cover Up Accusation Against Top Exec.  Taxpayers wrote a $900,000 settlement check to a federal employee to compensate her for once being likened to a "Little Rascals" character by her boss, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  The secret settlement appears to be one of the largest-ever discrimination settlement payouts to an individual federal employee.  The payment came after an Equal Opportunity Employment office ruled that the remark was racist and accepted without challenge the claim that it caused nearly a million dollars worth of emotional harm.  The offending boss was Mary K. Kinney, then-executive vice president of Ginnie Mae, which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD Has No Answer For Why Its Financial Books Are Worthless.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials refuse to explain why they haven't fixed poor accounting practices and useless financial books their inspector general (IG) has been exposing for four years.  It's not clear whether HUD officials understand what they're doing is wrong because, their spokesman, Brian Sullivan, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group that "HUD does apply generally accepted accounting standards."  Not so, said the IG, whose most recent audit found 11 "material weaknesses," seven "significant deficiencies" in internal controls, and five instances of "noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations."

Barack Obama Should be the One Investigated for all His Shady Dealings.  The jury is in:  the Obama administration will go down as the biggest criminal presidential administration in U.S. history.  Laundering $400 million cash into Swiss francs and Euros, palletizing, and shipping off to Iran.  Illegally wiring billions to Iran — and these two incidents are just in the last three weeks or so.  But there is clear proof, to go along with Hillary Clinton's pay for play scheme at the State Department — which also occurred under the Obama purview.

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.

Exclusive: Senior Gov. Official Says Obama Made Quid Pro Quo Deal With FEC Commissioner.  Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel wished to step down until she met with President Barack Obama in early 2016, who persuaded her to stay on board through the November election in return for two favors, a senior federal government official has told The Daily Caller.  Ravel, a Democrat, told the senior government official about the arrangement in private and even showed the official pictures of her and Obama in The White House.  The official told TheDC Ravel had wished to step down and move back to California before the Jan. 28 White House meeting.  Obama told Ravel she could move back and do most of her work from California and that she would be supported in her effort to replace California Attorney General Kamala Harris as Attorney General if Harris were to win her Senate election.

Justice Department official tipped off Clinton campaign about email probe.  A top Justice Department official leaked information to the Clinton campaign about the legal case concerning Hillary Clinton's secret email server, according to a new email released Wednesday by WikiLeaks that could further taint the administration's claims of impartiality.  Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik sent a heads-up to Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta in May 2015 letting him know the government was going to try to delay posting Mrs. Clinton's secret emails until 2016.  In the message, sent from his private account rather than his government-issued account, he also warned of a looming House hearing where he expected a Justice Department official would face questions about Mrs. Clinton's emails.

Former State Dept.  Official:  Every Obama Official 'Uses Their Gmail Account'.  A former top Department of State official who worked under Hillary Clinton told her presidential campaign chair every White House staffer and top cabinet official uses a personal email account. [...] Reports have been circulating for years about top Obama administration officials using "secret" email accounts to conduct official business and possibly avoid Freedom of Information Act requests.  A few Obama administration officials have been caught using private email accounts to conduct government business.

Emails Show Obama Was Complicit in Cover-Up.  New revelations from Wikileaks seem to prove that the White House knew about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server.  President Obama previously denied that he had any prior knowledge of Clinton's "homebrew" server, but Wikileaks documents suggest that the president used a pseudonym to correspond directly with Clinton's private email address and then lied about it.

Yes, There Is a Coup On in America.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the fact that Hillary's guilty of perjury, destroying evidence, obstruction of justice, and that whole pay-to-play thing.  I know — she hasn't been charged, much less convicted of those crimes, but that brings me back to my original point.  Hillary wasn't charged or convicted because the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) served as accessories after the fact to cover up her crimes and enable her to avoid prosecution.  The FBI flat-out took a dive.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) tried to be more clandestine, but Bill Clinton's meet-up with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac got caught on video.  The meeting might have been to influence Comey but more likely to dot their Is and cross their Ts on the upcoming non-indictment.  So we have a woman, Hillary Clinton, who should be in jail but is instead cruising to the presidency; a Justice Department that openly assists Hillary in her cover-ups, and a complicit media that hides all these facts from the public.

Kerry's Daughter Traveled On Taxpayers' Dime To Get Government Contracts.  Secretary of State John Kerry's daughter and her staff traveled around the world on the taxpayers' dime to secure more than $9 million in Department of State-funded contracts, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.  The Peace Corps authorized an estimated $46,000 for 20 international and domestic trips for Dr. Vanessa Kerry and her staff, agency documents obtained by TheDCNF show.  The purpose of the travel was to form the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) — a Peace Corps-run and State Department-funded program Kerry proposed.

Special Treatment Gave John Kerry's Daughter $9 Million In Gov't Contracts.  Peace Corps officials directed Department of State funds to a nonprofit run by Secretary of State John Kerry's daughter by disqualifying other potential applicants through half-hearted analysis.  "We'll never know, but this market research seems like an effort to steer this deal to Kerry's group, which might not have been in the government's best interest," Project On Government Oversight (POGO) General Counsel Scott Amey told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  POGO is a nonprofit watchdog that has extensively investigated government contracts among other oversight issues.

FCC Official Goes Totally Unpunished After Having Sex With WaPo Reporter In Office.  A highly-paid Federal Communications Commission (FCC) official's confession to having sex with a Washington Post reporter in his office as part of a 2013 lawsuit seemingly went completely unnoticed in the media.  Thomas Reed, director at the FCC's Office for Communications Business Opportunities (OCBD), has since gone on working in the same position, unpunished and drawing his lucrative six-figure salary.  In early 2013, FCC employee Sharon K. Stewart sued the FCC in federal court, claiming she was the victim of a hostile work environment at OCBD, an FCC division that advises commissioners on "issues, rulemakings, and policies affecting small, women, and minority-owned communications businesses."

The Real Story Behind The FCC Sex Scandal.  Though a lawsuit's revelation that Thomas Reed, the director of the FCC's Office for Communications Business Opportunities, had sex with a Washington Post reporter in his office is salacious, that's not what should get Congress's attention.  The far more serious revelation involves the FCC's official legal response to a female employee's allegation that she was subjected to a hostile work environment due to management inaction when a male coworker repeatedly invited other male coworkers to watch porn with him in the cubicle adjacent to hers, from which she would "hear groans — mmm, mmm, ahh — in response to the pornography viewings," while having one "stand guard looking for her."

Dem Operative Who Oversaw Trump Rally Agitators Visited White House 342 Times.  A key operative in a Democratic scheme to send agitators to cause unrest at Donald Trump's rallies has visited the White House 342 times since 2009, White House records show.  Robert Creamer, who acted as a middle man between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and "protesters" who tried — and succeeded — to provoke violence at Trump rallies met with President Obama 47 times, according to White House records.  Creamer's last visit was in June 2016.

Ted Cruz Demands Investigation After Obama Met With Man Who Admitted He Rigged Elections.  President Barack Obama has had a total of 45 meetings with a man named Robert Creamer.  For those who don't know who Creamer is, he has a very rich history of voter fraud as well as bank fraud. [...] Knowing this man's history, what business does Obama have with him, let alone that needs to be discussed over 45 meetings?  Ted Cruz wants to know this as well, which is why he called for a criminal investigation into the matter and managed to get a shot at Hillary in, to my amusement.

FBI files reveal State Dept. pressure to protect Clinton over secret email server.  One of Hillary Clinton's top deputies at the State Department tried to "pressure the FBI" to hush up some of former Secretary Hillary Clinton's classified emails, two FBI employees told investigators in files released Monday [10/17/2016].  Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management, considered a "quid pro quo" where he would let more FBI agents into Iraq in exchange for the FBI erasing an earlier judgment that had deemed some of the Clinton email messages secret, according to investigative notes of interviews agents had with the two employees.

Why Did Vote-Rigging Robert Creamer Visit The White House Over 200 Times During The Obama Admin.  Earlier today [10/19/2016] we wrote about a new Project Veritas undercover video that uncovered several democratic operatives openly discussing, in explicit detail, how to commit massive voter fraud.  One of the operatives was a person by the name of Robert Creamer who is a co-founder of a democratic consulting firm called Democracy Partners.  Within the video, an undercover journalist details a plan to register Hispanic voters illegally by having them work as contractors, to which Creamer can be heard offering support saying that "there are a couple of organizations that that's their big trick"

Scandals surround Clinton's gatekeeper at State.  Republicans aren't surprised at all that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy is in the middle of the latest Hillary Clinton email scandal, since Kennedy has been in the GOP crosshairs for the last four years for other Clinton controversies.  FBI notes released Monday [10/17/2016] indicated that Kennedy offered a trade with the FBI in order to downgrade a classified email from Clinton's private server.  But Republicans pointed out Tuesday that Kennedy was involved in two earlier scandals.

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.

Justice Department decides to pass on prosecuting EPA officials over Gold King spill.  You probably remember the disastrous spill at the Gold King mine in Colorado which was caused by EPA inspectors getting a bit too loose with their drilling equipment.  The resulting outpouring of contaminated water affected people in multiple states, particularly some Native American tribes who are still pursuing legal remedies though the courts.  In case you were wondering if anyone would be held accountable, the Inspector General's office at the EPA did conduct a full investigation to see if there was any criminal culpability and it recently drew to a close.  They turned the case over to the U.S. Attorney's Office but... surprise, surprise, surprise.  That office of the Justice Department has decided not to pursue it.

Barack Obama Spent BILLIONS Of Taxpayer Dollars Trying To Convince You He's Smart.  It has been eight years of the most ego-driven presidency in the history of the Republic.  And if the devil is to be found in the details, those details have now revealed the extent of Barack Obama's yearning to convince others of his own magnificence — an endeavor he spent a half-BILLION dollars per year of taxpayer dollars on.  And beyond that direct $500 million per year federal employee public relations army, is another ONE BILLION dollars the administration is utilizing for outside the administration PR firms to spin his policies in a favorable light.  That is a one billion dollar advertising campaign to combat reports on administration-related scandals, the still-tepid economy, unemployment, the rise of ISIS, etc.  In short, it is the pay-to-play scheme that Team Obama has utilized to control the Mainstream Media.

State Department-Funded Nonprofit That John Kerry Had 'No Role' In Was Founded In His Home.  A nonprofit created in Secretary of State John Kerry's upscale Boston home and managed by his daughter Vanessa Kerry has received more than $9 million from the Department of State, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.  Seed Global Health was founded at 19 Louisburg Sq in Boston's Beacon Hill, tax forms indicate.

Judge Nap on FBI Email Probe:  Obama Decided He Needed to 'Save Hillary'.  Cheryl Mills, a top aide to Hillary Clinton who also acts as her lawyer, received an immunity deal from the Department of Justice and was also allowed to sit in on the FBI's interview with Clinton.  At a House hearing Wednesday [9/28/2016], Rep.  Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told FBI Director James Comey that he doesn't understand how the FBI could hand out five immunity deals with no prosecutions and also allow Mills, a potential target of the investigation, to sit in on the interview with Clinton.  "That is not the FBI I used to work with," said Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor.

FBI Director Comey Took Millions From Clinton Foundation Defense Contractor.  Is anyone surprised by this corruption?  When FBI Director James Comey said that the organization would not be seeking to bring charges against Hillary Clinton over her illegal email server, anyone paying attention knew there was a deep level of corruption.  Now, it's been made clear.  James Comey received millions of dollars from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, and his brother's law firm also does the Clinton's taxes.

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.

Dem Donor Pulled in $270M in Government Contracts Under Obama.  The company of a prominent Democratic donor has pulled in more than $270 million worth of government contracts under President Barack Obama.  Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc., a D.C.-based consulting company that "provides technical assistance, training, and management services to promote social and economic development" in developing and transitional nations, boasts of having managed hundreds of long-term bilateral project implementation contracts in addition to numerous short-term projects.  Cheechi's clients have included U.S. government agencies along with international entities such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and African Development Bank.  The company has secured 180 federal government contracts totaling $270 million in compensation under the Obama administration, according to USA Spending.

Obama Admin 'Laundered' U.S. Cash to Iran Via N.Y. Fed, Euro Banks.  A member of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing the Obama administration of laundering some $1.7 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Iran through a complicated network that included the New York Federal Reserve and several European banks, according to conversations with sources and new information obtained by the lawmaker and viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.  New disclosures made by the Treasury Department to Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), a House Intelligence Committee member, show that an initial $400 million cash payment to Iran was wired to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) and then converted from U.S. dollars into Swiss francs and moved to an account at the Swiss National Bank, according to a copy of communication obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon.

Pulling the Plug on America.  When the president, the attorney general, the director of the FBI, et al. have conspired to not merely shield a crook from prosecution, but elect her to the highest office in the land, they resemble mobsters who use bribes, threats, and murder to expand their criminal syndicate.  What the Founding Fathers put together is now on life support, and the grasping fingers of criminal collusion and left-wing dogma are about to pull the plug.

How Obama's legacy could be tarnished by Hillary's scandals.  How is it that Obama has not been connected to or tarnished by Clinton's various scandals?  Why doesn't Obama bear any blame for his Justice Department's controversial decision not to indict his former Secretary of State?  Was Obama blind to the millions of foreign government donations pouring into the Clinton Foundation that violated the ethics agreement Clinton signed upon agreeing to serve as his secretary of state?  Why isn't Obama a central figure in all the email and foundation scandals when President Obama was Clinton's direct supervisor in the most important cabinet seat?

John Kerry's State Department Funneled Millions To His Daughter's Nonprofit.  More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry's daughter, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.  The Department of State funded a Peace Corps program created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies, records show.  The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program.

James Comey Should Resign Now for the Good of the Country.  If were I an FBI agent, I would despise James Comey.  He has humiliated the FBI and all its employees.  The institution will never be the same, at least not for decades to come.  The FBI is no longer an instrument of justice.  It is the reverse.  It is an obfuscater of justice and an enabler of the rich and powerful. [...] If he doesn't resign, I predict he will soon have a full-scale mutiny on his hands from within the ranks of the FBI.  Rumors have already surfaced.  That humiliation, institutionally and personally, is too great for honorable men and women to take.  And there are many honorable men and women in the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

DOJ Official Who Led 'Independent' Clinton Email Probe Is An Obama Donor.  One of the Justice Department officials who interviewed Hillary Clinton in July as part of the government's investigation into her email practices has contributed to President Obama's presidential campaigns, The Daily Caller can reveal.  David H. Laufman is named in the notes taken during Clinton's July 2 interview.  Since December 2014 he has served as chief of the counterespionage section of the Justice Department's National Security Division. [...] But Federal Election Commission records show that Laufman has at least some political leanings.

The FBI Found Clinton's Smoking Gun, Threw It Away, and Told Us on Labor Day Weekend.  It's Labor Day weekend, and I'm doing exactly what the FBI, the mainstream media, and Hillary Clinton expect me to be doing today.  Nothing.  Maybe some football.  Not reading through the FBI's notes on the Clinton investigation.  In this, their scheme worked.  Dump the data when America is completely disconnected and distracted, knowing that sometime in the next 48 hours Donald Trump will save Clinton by doing or saying something to make a headline.  The country will move on by Tuesday.

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Impeach James Comey.  For the sake of the nation, to preserve the Rule of Law, the corrupt crony-protecting cover-up apparatchik James Comey must be impeached.  Even if he cannot be removed from office, his reputation should be blackened forever with an impeachment from the House. [...] America will not survive Congress' failure to punish such an obviously corrupt individual for failing in his most basic and most important function — patrolling govermnent [sic] officials for corruption and safeguarding America's secrets.  The FBI is, after all, the nation's counter-intelligence service, the service charged (more than any other) with protecting American secrets from foreign pilferage.  If he gives a Secretary of State license to flout the law for her own self-serving interests of keeping her emails about her Foundation, speaking gigs, and other sundry forms of bribery from a public with the right to specifically know such things, then he is unfit to hold any position of trust in the American government, and completely unfit to lead the FBI.


Trey Gowdy Got The IRS To ADMIT That They Have NO IDEA What They're Doing.  A while back, the IRS, on order from the Obama Administration, was unfairly targeting and auditing conservative groups that didn't mesh with Obama's liberal narrative.  When pressed on the issue, the IRS commissioner, in a Congressional hearing, said that he denied any wrongdoing, because of course he did.  I'm willing to bet that he expected to walk out of that hearing with his head held high and everyone else with their tail between their legs.  And then he spoke to Trey Gowdy and got burned so badly that he's gonna need medicated ointment for the next month.  Gowdy get the IRS commissioner to admit, in front of the American people, that he had no idea what "wrongdoing" even meant, since he had no working knowledge of the law.  He also admitted that the claims made by the Obama Administration were untrue, and likely made up to save face politically.

Tens Of Millions In 'Consumer Relief' Funds Going To Liberal Activists.  The Obama administration has quietly funneled millions (and potentially billions) of dollars to leftist organizations and politicians that promote liberal policies and win political elections at the entry-level of government, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Obama's strategy on Clinton scandal:  Play dumb.  The Obama administration said Wednesday [8/25/2016] that it didn't know too much and didn't care to look into the latest scandal to hit Hillary Clinton's campaign: the release of documents that appear to show she gave several donors to the Clinton Foundation special access to the State Department when she ran it.  Several questions were asked about whether there were fears at the White House or State Department that Clinton operated a "pay-to-play" system, or whether it even looked bad enough to warrant further investigation.  But at each turn, officials said they simply didn't know enough about it to comment, and indicated they wouldn't be doing much to look into it further.

Hillary Cashes In At Fundraiser Hosted By Former EPA Chief Who Used A Secret Email Account.  Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson co-hosted a fundraiser for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday [8/24/2016] — an ironic twist since Jackson left the Obama administration amid a major email scandal.  Jackson co-hosted the Clinton fundraiser with Apple CEO Tim Cook in the San Francisco Bay area, and tickets for the event reportedly cost between $2,700 and $50,000.  Jackson currently serves as Apple's environmental director, and is also on the board of the Clinton Foundation.  Jackson took the Apple job after leaving the EPA amid a scandal involving her use of a secret email account.  For years, Jackson used an email account under the alias "Richard Windsor" in what critics called an effort to sidestep transparency laws.  Jackson's emails were on a government server, but the former administrator used her alias account to conduct official business and communicate with environmental activists.

The renewable fuel standard 'set up for fraud'.  America's rush to renewables has invited corruption and fraud.  Researcher Christine Lakatos and I, together, have produced the single largest body of work on green-energy crony-corruption.  Our years of collaboration have revealed that those with special access and influence have cashed in on the various green-energy programs and benefitted from the mandates, rules, and regulations that accompany the huge scheme.  Dozens of the projects, including biofuel, which required the unwitting investment of taxpayer dollars have failed — leaving employees without jobs, buildings without tenants, taxpayers without repayment, and cronies without pain (even snatching hefty bonuses on the way down).  Most people know about Solyndra, the first bankruptcy, and some may know about Abengoa, the biggest bankruptcy, but there are many more.  These big projects allowed the politically connected to bilk taxpayers of billions and is the definition of corruption.  But, there's fraud in renewable energy, too — and, while it doesn't hit us as hard as taxpayers, it does cost us as consumers.

Obama administration provides Clinton's first line of defense amid scandals.  Just as stunning as the unending stream of reports of scandal and subterfuge that has come to define Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state is the Obama administration's tireless effort to keep a lid on it.  Whether it's the Justice Department taking a pass when afforded the opportunity to investigate or the State Department steadfastly defending every controversy, President Obama's administration has emerged as a first line of defense for the woman who would carry on his legacy.  The kid-glove treatment of Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has helped shield her from bad headlines as Republican nominee Donald Trump has been battered by the news media over his remarks on the stump and rants on Twitter.

John Cornyn asks Loretta Lynch about DOJ declining to investigate Clinton Foundation.  Sen.  John Cornyn, Texas Republican, on Friday sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking questions about a report saying the Justice Department turned down requests to investigate the Clinton Foundation for possible wrongdoing while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.  "As the press have reported widely and emails released over the past few days confirmed, representatives of the Foundation repeatedly sought special treatment for its donors and associates from senior officials at the State Department," Mr. Cornyn, the U.S. Senate's No.2-ranking Republican, wrote to Ms. Lynch.

The Coming Election Fraud.  Obama has co-opted every federal agency tasked with providing honest oversight of the election process.  From the Federal Election Commission to the FBI and ultimately the Justice Department itself, the Clintons and the Democrats know that there will be no negative consequences to any and all law breaking that they undertake to steal the election.  Voter intimidation by gangs of Clinton thugs will be given the response that the situation will be "investigated."  In modern day Government usage "investigation" is simply a euphemism for "we intend to do nothing."  Release of e-mails proving the corruption and collusion of the Democratic National Committee with the Clinton campaign are simply ignored by the Media and the watch dog agencies of the Government. [...] It is now up to the Republican governors, especially, to plan for the onslaught of illegal election activities in their States.

Alphabet Soup Corruption.  [Scroll down]  Given a largely obsequious media, it will take years to assess the full legacy of the Obama administration.  But, eventually, historians will find that it marked one of the more politically driven, corrupt, and unconstitutional eras in the history of American governance.

Sound familiar?  Obama's HUD secretary won't be punished for breaking the law.  [R]emember, fellow peasants, "I didn't intend to break that law" is only an acceptable defense when used by our intellectual, moral and ethical betters in positions of power.

Federal investigators:  Cabinet secretary and potential Clinton running mate Julian Castro violated Hatch Act.  The telegenic young Cabinet secretary has been mentioned for months as a prospect to be Clinton's running mate.  He was among the first candidates to go through the formal process of vetting by the campaign.  A report from the Office of Special Counsel delivered a mild rebuke to Castro for his handling of the April interview with Yahoo News.  The seal of the Housing and Urban Development department was visible behind Castro as he answered questions from host Katie Couric about his support for Clinton, including his chances as running mate.

Julian Castro, potential Clinton running mate, slips up.  This is not great timing for Julian Castro, who is on Hillary Clinton's short list of potential running mates.  The charismatic political rising star serving as President Barack Obama's secretary of Housing and Urban Development has gotten himself into trouble for mixing politics with his government job.  An investigation by the Office of Special Counsel found Castro recently violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits such co-mingling.

Obama won't punish HUD chief.  Castro for giving partisan interview

Conservatives move to impeach IRS chief.  Conservative House Republicans on Wednesday [7/13/2016] introduced a resolution to impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, something they hope can get a vote this week before Congress leaves for an extended summer break.  The resolution was introduced by Reps.  John Fleming, R-La., and Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., a move that was welcomed by Freedom Caucus Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.  "I thank my colleagues John Fleming and Tim Huelskamp for their resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen," he said.  "Mr. Koskinen has failed the American people through gross negligence, dereliction of duty, and violating the public trust."

House Freedom Caucus Members Introduce Resolution To Impeach IRS Commissioner.  House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members Reps.  John Fleming of Louisiana and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas introduced a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Wednesday [7/13/2016].  Republicans have been pushing for Koskinen's impeachment, alleging he misled Congress and violated a subpoena related to the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.  "He deliberately kept Congress and the American people in the dark, making materially false statements under oath," Fleming said in a statement.  "Koskinen needs to be held accountable and in this case that means impeachment.  We can no longer wait."

Hillary's FBI interview.  It now appears that those in charge of the justice system have decided to allow guilt or innocence to be decided by the vagaries of the election process for selected powerful people. [...] People continue to attempt to place James Comey in a positive light, but the bottom line is that he is as corrupt as all the other agency heads in the Obama government. [...] Comey's complicity in this abuse of power and his contempt for the oath he swore to uphold the Constitution is exemplified by his staging of the charade called the Hillary Clinton FBI interview.

The Most Frightening Political Fix.  We knew they could fix the Department of Justice; we suspected they could fix the FBI.  What we didn't know was that the fixes would be this transparent:  the secret meeting with a chief culprit and the DOJ head; the next day announcement by Justice that the Clinton bribery investigations would be postponed until well after the election; the suspiciously brief FBI interrogation of the former Secretary of State who during her entire tenure had recklessly breached national security protocols, deleted 30,000 emails; burned her government schedules; put top secret information onto a hackable server in violation of federal law; and topping it all the failure of the FBI director after enumerating her reckless acts to recommend a prosecution — all within a single week, and just in time for the Democrats' nominating convention.  It was, all in all, the most breathtaking fix in American history.

Stunning Emails Reveal How Clinton Foundation Donor Bought Seat As Hillary's Nuclear Weapons Advisor.  Forget Hillary's personal email server:  this is what true cronyism and criminal corruption looks like, and this is the biggest threat from a Hillary presidency.  It has been widely speculated, if not proven, that donors to the Clinton Foundation who over the years have transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to the "charitable organization", bought political favors with the Clintons in exchange for their generosity.  That has now been confirmed thanks to a stunning ABC report which reveals how a major foundation donor — one who previously had practically no experience on intellgience matters — mysteriously ended up as a nuclear weapons advisor to Hillary during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Worse, the person in question Rajiv K. Fernando, had been the head of a high frequency trading company, Chopper Trading (recently acquired by HFT powerhouse DRW), which may explain the unprecedented pull of the HFT lobby throughout all ranks of the US political apparatus.  In other words, Fernando bought a seat to not only have advance knowledge of all US foreign policy, but to directly shape it, something he could then parlay in the forms of massive policy frontrunning profits thanks to his trading company.

Email Scandal:  Stock Trader Bought Role as Hillary's Nuclear Weapons Advisor.  Several revelations from the newest release of a batch of Hillary Clinton's emails show both astonishing cronyism and lackadaisical indiscretion with national security.  Confirming longstanding allegations the ubiquitous Clinton Foundation serves as a front for political and domestic and foreign policy favors, ABC News reported that a wealthy Foundation donor — with zero prior experience in matters of intelligence — inexplicably received an appointment to serve as a nuclear weapons advisor to Hillary during her tenure as secretary of state.  Rajiv K. Fernando's experience to land this crucial position included fundraising for a plethora of Democratic politicians and for the Clinton Foundation, as well as heading a powerful trading company — but nothing concerning intelligence, much less nuclear weapons and strategy.  However, according to ABC News:  "Fernando's history of campaign giving dated back to at least 2003 and was prolific — and almost exclusively to Democrats.  He was an earlier supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 bid for president, giving maximum contributions to her campaign, and to HillPAC, in 2007 and 2008.  He also served as a fundraising bundler for Clinton, gathering more than $100,000 from others for her White House bid."

Senators Ready Bill to Stop DOJ From Bankrolling Liberal Groups.  The Senate may take steps to end a Justice Department slush fund that has channeled millions of dollars in banking settlements to outside organizations, including left-wing groups such as La Raza and NeighborWorks America.  Four Republican senators — James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Utah's Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee — said they would introduce legislation Friday [6/10/2016] to prohibit federal settlement agreements that require donations to third parties.  The Justice Department currently allows corporations found guilty of wrongdoing to pay a portion of their financial penalty as a donation to certain preapproved nonprofit groups.

Obama Endorses Hillary, Immediately Meets With Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Shortly after the endorsement was made, President Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch this afternoon in the Oval Office.  The meeting was closed to the press.  Lynch, of course, will ultimately make the decision as to whether Clinton will be prosecuted should the FBI issue an indictment surrounding her use of a private email server to store and transfer top secret, classified information.  In order for Clinton to carry Obama's torch, she has to stay out of prison.  In order to do that, she has to avoid prosecution.  I'm sure Obama made that very clear to his somewhat new Attorney General.

DHS Ordered to Create Off-Duty Conduct Policy after Secret Service Scandals.  Following shameful debacles involving Secret Service agents getting drunk and hiring prostitutes during foreign travel details a federal audit is recommending that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develop a policy for off-duty conduct abroad.  The Secret Service inspired the probe but many other DHS agencies — including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) — also have a substantial number of employees that travel and work in other countries.  Apparently, the belief is that specific rules banning drunken sex scandals could help avoid more public embarrassments, though it's difficult to imagine that members of an elite law enforcement agency don't already know this.

Judge blocks his own order sending Obama lawyers to ethics class.  Justice Department lawyers and illegal immigrants won a temporary reprieve Tuesday after Judge Andrew S. Hanen blocked his own order sending the lawyers back to remedial ethics classes, and ordering the government to turn over information on tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who were erroneously granted a three-year deportation amnesty.  Judge Hanen said he'll hear new arguments in August, and until then he issued a stay.  He also gave the Justice Department a chance to suggest its own punishment for having repeatedly misled the federal court.

IG: EPA Still Blocking.  The Environmental Protection Agency is still blocking its inspector general from investigating wrongdoing at the agency, according to the government watchdog's semi-annual report to Congress.  More than a year after coming under scrutiny for stonewalling an investigation into a senior official accused of sexually harassing over a dozen women, the EPA is still not being cooperative with the inspector general.  "In the previous Semiannual Report to Congress, we reported theoretical progress with regard to the longstanding denial of access for the [Office of Inspector General] OIG by the EPA's Office of Homeland Security (OHS) to information sought by the OIG," the report said.  "After considerable delay, OHS provided some documents to the OIG but continued to deny access to others."

DHS admits it's still violating judge's order on immigration amnesty.  Homeland Security has discovered more three-year amnesty applications it approved in defiance of a federal judge's firm injunction, lawyers told the court late Wednesday — less than a week after the judge delivered a vicious spanking to the administration for repeatedly bungling the case.  Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said as they were preparing for their latest update to the court, they discovered three more three-year amnesties they had sent out, after Judge Andrew Hanen had ordered them not to.

EPA Conducts Two Secret Meetings A Year To Decide How To Dole Out Billions In Slush Fund Money.  Congress appropriates about $1 billion annually for EPA's Superfund program, and the agency has accumulated nearly $6.8 billion in more than 1,300 slush fund-like accounts since 1990.  Two committees consisting entirely of EPA officials meet behind closed doors twice annually to decide how the agency spends those funds on highly polluted — and often dangerous — Superfund sites.  All reports to and from the groups, as well as the minutes of their meetings and all other details, are kept behind closed doors.

Abolish the Department of Justice.  The Obama Justice Department has revealed its final descent into naked politics and totalitarian bullying.  Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton, two transparently guilty criminals whose crimes are compounded by the fact that both are also lawyers, will face no indictments and no prosecution.  The corrupt bosses of the Veterans Administration likewise face no sanction at all despite the manifest criminality of their actions.  Lying under oath to Congress, failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests, conspiring to obstruct justice, and many other clear wrongdoings permeate almost every single crevice of the Obama administration, and yet no one who matters has faced any trouble from the Department of Justice.  This is not because the Department of Justice is quiet and subdued.  The attorney general refers to the FBI for possible criminal prosecution of those who question the leftist orthodoxy of man-made global warming and moves almost instantly to litigate the actions of states protecting children in school restrooms.

13 Incompetent Failures in the Obama Administration.  [#6] Attorney General Eric Holder's list of dishonors is long and impressive:  being censured by the House of Representatives, withholding subpoenaed documents, lying about a failed gun-walking caper in Mexico (also known as "Fast and Furious"), and most importantly failing to enforce the law (his constitutional duty) on everything from immigration to Obamacare.  Oh, and Holder illegally billed the government for his private use of a federal Gulfstream jet, snooped on Associated Press reporters, gave exemptions to "unbiased" IRS officials, and made extensive use of the race card.  He also used not one, not two, but three email aliases to avoid public scrutiny.

Closing in?  Obama crony faces impeachment.  A powerful House committee has moved to impeach the head of the Internal Revenue Service, saying he violated the public trust and illegally targeted conservative groups.  After two years of investigation into the IRS, Republicans have finally had enough.  On Friday [5/13/2016], the Judiciary Committee announced two hearings on impeachment of IRS commissioner John Koskinen, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

DOJ that donated tens of thousands to Hillary certain to treat her crimes with the utmost of objectivity.  In what appears to be a super-sized potential conflict of interest, Clinton, a pathological, self-serving liar who doesn't mind if Americans die to further her political ambitions, has accepted almost $75,000 in campaign contributions in the current election cycle from employees at the Justice Department, the cabinet bureau that will eventually decide whether to prosecute the Benghazi bungler for her use of a hacker-friendly home-brew email server while top U.S. diplomat.  The server is at the heart of the scandal over Clinton's mishandling of an Islamic terrorist attack in militant-infested Benghazi, Libya on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that left four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.  Even now, almost four years after the assault, the Obama administration has failed to provide an autopsy report about Stevens who was initially reported to have been ritualistically sodomized before being murdered by Muslim terrorists.

The EPA Stashes Billions In Slush Fund-Like Accounts.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials have accumulated at least $6.3 billion in more than 1,300 obscure spending accounts akin to slush funds that are essentially beyond congressional, media and public scrutiny.  The accounts — which were created through EPA's Superfund program — are not technically secret because the agency officially acknowledges their existence.  But getting concrete details about deposits and expenditures is extremely difficult.  The EPA deposited more than $6.3 billion into an estimated 1,308 special accounts between 1990 and 2015, according to the agency's website, and has spent more than half of the total.  The agency doesn't publicly report individual special account balances or expenses.

Watchdog: IRS workers steal taxpayer data to plunder the Treasury.  The Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration said this week that three current and former IRS employees have been caught trying to steal money as taxpayers try to pay off their tax debts.  In one case, former Missouri IRS employee Demetria Brown was sentenced in February after pleading guilty to wire fraud and identity theft.  Her scheme was to obtain people's personal information, like Social Security Numbers and dates of birth, to file fraudulent federal and state tax returns.

IRS Giving Tax Credits to Illegals Who've Engaged in Identity Theft.  In a typical year, April 15 is Tax Day when hard-working Americans cede over an enormous amount of their income to the federal government so they can redistribute it to all sorts of special interests and protected classes, including illegal aliens.  You heard that right.  The IRS has admitted to knowingly granting refundable tax credits, which work as back door welfare payments, to illegal aliens who break the law and steal Social Security numbers to obtain employment and file their taxes.  During a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted to Sen.  Dan Coats (R-IN) that illegal aliens were stealing Social Security numbers and using them to receive refundable tax credits through their annual returns.  Worse, he felt it was a good thing they were filing and didn't seem committed to stopping it.

Documents confirm Eric Holder's role in Fast and Furious cover-up.  "Fast and Furious" is back in the news.  The reason?  In January, Judge Amy Berman, an Obama appointee, ordered the Department of Justice to produce documents relating to the "gun walking" scandal that Congress had been seeking for four years.  DOJ finally produced them, some 20,000 pages worth, this month. [...] Having reviewed these documents, Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has released a memo summarizing what they show. [...] Holder and his subordinates:
  1.  Presumed that allegations about gunwalking in Arizona were false and refused to adjust when documents and evidence showed otherwise.
  2.  Politicized decisions about how and whether to comply with the congressional investigation.
  3.  Devised strategies to redact or otherwise withhold relevant information from Congress and the public.
  4.  Isolated the fallout from the Fast and Furious scandal to ATF leadership and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.
  5.  Created a culture of animosity towards congressional oversight.

Federal judge calls IRS untrustworthy in tea party case.  A federal judge said the IRS isn't to be trusted as he and his colleagues tried Thursday [4/14/2016] to figure out whether the tax agency is still targeting tea party groups for intrusive and illegal scrutiny.  Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said there is strong evidence that the IRS violated the constitutional rights of the groups when it delayed their nonprofit status applications and asked inappropriate questions about their political beliefs.  The agency's insistence that it has retrained employees and instructed managers to behave better did not mollify the judges, who said past IRS behavior doesn't lend itself to the benefit of the doubt.

IRS says it's OK for illegal aliens to use fraudulent Social Security numbers.  There is no longer the rule of law in America, and government is the worst offender.  The Obama administration has become a lawless administration.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Obama administration targeted conservatives and Christians for special scrutiny and even plotted to imprison conservatives.  Even when it was discovered, IRS officials like Lois Lerner were not held accountable, which means the IRS can violate the rights of conservatives and Christians with impunity.  The latest case in point:  Earlier today, the Gollum-like IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Congressional hearing that the IRS doesn't have a problem with illegal immigrants using fraudulent Social Security numbers to file their taxes, because they're doing that for "a legitimate reason".  By "legitimate reason," Koskinen means tax revenue.

New Balance claims Obama administration promised shoe contract for silence on TPP.  New Balance, a Boston company that makes athletic shoes, says someone from the Obama administration promised to help get the company a substantial military contract in exchange for the company ending its vocal opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.  Despite the promise, no order for shoes was ever placed by the Pentagon, so now the company is renewing its opposition to TPP.

Shoe Company:  Obama Admin Pressured Us to Stay Quiet on TPP.  The Boston Globe is reporting that U.S.-based shoe manufacturer New Balance has come out hard against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.  The odd thing, though, is that "the Boston company had gone quiet [on TPP] last year.  Now, apparently, we know why: [...]

IRS Chief's Resume:  Lying to Congress, encouraging illegal aliens to steal SSNs to use to file taxes.  Remember how the bumbling, idiotic, corrupt, feckless, toad-like losers in Republican leadership followed through with their threats to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen for lying to Congress?  Me neither. [...] Yes, the disgusting, pathetic, nefarious, amoral miscreants who pretend to be our "leaders" in Congress have done absolutely nothing to deal with Koskinen's high crimes and misdemeanors, even though legal experts have stated that it would be "utterly irresponsible" not to impeach him.

Obamas host White House dinner Saturday for Obama Foundation.  President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle on Saturday evening [4/2/2016] hosted their first White House event for supporters of the Obama Presidential Foundation — though the dinner was not a fundraiser.  "The President and First Lady are having a private dinner tonight with friends and longtime supporters, many of whom are assisting the outside work of the Foundation as it gets up and running," said Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz in an email.

Obama says he's not 'ashamed' of his presidency.  As he looks back at his presidency in his final year, President Obama said Wednesday [3/23/2016] he has nothing to be "ashamed" of.  "I feel pretty good about the fact that I can look back and say that I operated with honesty and integrity and don't feel as if I said things I didn't believe, or acted in ways that would make me ashamed," Mr. Obama told reporters in Argentina.  "That, I think, counts for something."

Lynch indicates DOJ not required to charge Clinton.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch indicated Wednesday [3/9/2016] that the law doesn't require the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system, even if the FBI recommends criminal charges.  Lynch was asked in a hearing by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, what her department would do if the FBI were to recommend that step.  "If the FBI were to make a referral to the Department of Justice to pursue a case by way of indictment and to convene a grand jury for that purpose, the Department of Justice is not required by law to do so, are they — are you?" Cornyn asked.

'Slush Fund': Senator Slams State Dept. for $500M Payment to Green Climate Fund.  Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on Tuesday [3/8/2016] slammed the administration's handover of $500 million to the U.N. Green Climate Fund, asking a State Department official how the "handout to foreign bureaucrats" could be justified at a time when there were "real problems" that need to be addressed at home.  Barrasso told Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom he viewed the payment to the "new international climate change slush fund" — the first installment of a $3 billion pledge — as both a misuse of taxpayer dollars and a violation of legislation that prohibits federal agencies from spending federal funds in advance or in excess of an appropriation.  "It appears to be latest example of the administration going around Congress because the American people don't really support what the president is doing with this initiative," he said.

Brace yourself for the greatest prosecutorial discretion event in history.  As Barack Obama finishes his final year, his attorney general, in all likelihood, will execute the greatest instance of prosecutorial discretion in the history or our nation. [... The case of Lois] Lerner is just the beginning.  The IRS dismissal, large enough on its own scale and importance, will be but a side event in this attorney general's career.  For the longer the Hillary email "scandal" plays out, the more protracted the discovery and analysis by the FBI, and the deeper into the campaigning and nomination process we go, the less likely any indictment of Ms. Clinton.  It will likely involve a discretionary event by Loretta Lynch.  The more Hillary becomes the likely nominee, the greater the political aspects of the FBI's work.  To now dethrone the Democrat nominee with an indictment is much more difficult than if it had been done after the Iowa caucus.  And the closer we get to the convention, the more distasteful and difficult any action against Hillary.

Top 5 Reasons to Impeach IRS Chief John "One Step Shy of Perjury" Koskinen.  Taxpayers deserve a transparent, accountable government, starting with Commissioner John Koskinen's complacency in uncovering the truth in the Lois Lerner conservative targeting scandal.  The agency has continually displayed extraordinary lack of responsibility.  Koskinen has also proven to be incapable of correctly handling taxpayer dollars, protecting them from identity theft, fraud, and even lied to the American people and Congress.  Clearly, the agency is in desperate need of reform and new leadership.

Clinton Emails: Appoint A Special Counsel, Guarantee A Speedy Trial.  The investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email account is taking on the look of a political stonewall.  It's time for an independent counsel to ensure that justice isn't delayed past the next election.  The Hill reported Monday [2/8/2016] that pressure on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint an outside solicitor in the Clinton email scandal is starting to build as "top Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to be brought in and evaluate the situation."  As one GOP congressman pointed out, the unique circumstances of this case require an exceptional response.

Obama's Growing Conflict of Interest in the Clinton E-Mail Scandal.  [Scroll down]  So egregious have the scandal's latest developments been that a critical State Department admission from last week has received almost no coverage:  Eighteen e-mails between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama have been identified, and the government is refusing to disclose them. [...] Think about what this means.  Not only is it obvious that President Obama knew Mrs. Clinton was conducting government business over her private e-mail account, the exchanges the president engaged in with his secretary of state over this unsecured system clearly involved sensitive issues of policy.  Clinton was being asked for "advice and counsel" — not about her recommendations for the best country clubs in Martha's Vineyard, but about matters that the White House judges too sensitive to reveal.

Former Inspector General: Powerful Democrat Women Standing in the way of Hillary Indictment.  Former Inspector General Howard J. Krongard says the current FBI investigation should be focused on how material made it from the classified email system, known as SIPRNet, to Clinton's unclassified private server.  "It can't just jump from one system to the other.  Someone had to move it, copy it.  The question is who did that?" Krongard tells the New York Post. [...] Even if the FBI decides Clinton holds the ultimate responsibility for creating the private server, "It will never get to an indictment," Krongard tells the Post.  The decision to act on the FBI's recommendation would have to pass through, "four loyal Democrat women."  Krongard is referring to Loretta Lynch and her deputies Leslie Caldwell and Sally Yates.  In addition, Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama's top advisers, could weigh in.

Former FBI Official Red-Flags Troubling Lack of Activity at DOJ Regarding Hillary's Emails.  A former assistant director of the FBI is voicing concern about the Justice Department's lack of movement on the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email arrangement which, according to sources, will be wrapping up soon.  If Bureau leaks are to be believed, the results will show that Mrs. Clinton and her underlings flagrantly violated some of our most important laws — laws that are designed to protect national security.  Anyone else would have been arrested by now.

Republican warns of White House influence on Clinton investigation.  The second-ranking Republican in the Senate is amplifying his call for the Justice Department to name a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's email server, suggesting the White House is trying to influence the FBI's probe.  "I believe that Secretary Clinton has likely violated multiple criminal statues," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday [2/1/2016].  Cornyn said Attorney General Loretta Lynch should name a special counsel to counter the "apparent inability of the White House to resist the temptation to try to influence or at worst obstruct the current investigation."

IRS's new ethics chief once ordered that records be illegally destroyed.  The new head of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) ethics office once oversaw the illegal shredding of documents sought by the federal tax agency's inspector general (IG) and allegedly retaliated by snitching on that colleague[.]  Stephen Whitlock was named director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in August 2015.  The OPR supports "effective tax administration by ensuring all tax practitioners, tax-preparers, and other third parties in the tax system adhere to professional standards and follow the law," according to the agency's web site.  Whitlock's chief of operations was, until recently, a former tax enforcement agent who attempted to avoid government payments by declaring bankruptcy and who even lost his official sidearm in a bar fight.

IRS Wipes Another Hard Drive: Sackless GOP Leaders Issue Sternly Worded Memo in Response.  Leading members of Congress are ripping IRS officials for erasing a computer hard drive after a federal judge ordered it to be preserved.  "The destruction of evidence subject to preservation orders and subpoenas has been an ongoing problem under your leadership at the IRS," Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Rep. Jim Jordan, wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen late Thursday [1/21/2016].  "It is stunning to see that the IRS does not take reasonable care to preserve documents that it is legally required to protect," Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, and Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said in the letter to Koskinen.

EPA cleared of bias in Alaska mine controversy despite lost emails.  Despite acknowledging it could not obtain more than two years of emails from a key employee, the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General on Wednesday [1/20/2016] effectively cleared the EPA of allegations of bias in its quest to preemptively kill a proposed mine in southwest Alaska.  The troubling details of the missing emails raise charges of an EPA whitewashing, a scenario and an allegation all-too-familiar in the Obama administration.

IRS Erases Hard Drive Despite Court Order.  The IRS erased a hard drive belonging to a former top employee involved in the agency's controversial, taxpayer-funded hiring of elite trial law firm Quinn Emanuel.  Although there was a court preservation order on all documents related to the IRS hiring of the outside firm, the hard drive was erased anyway.  The order was borne of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by Microsoft.  Even though the white shoe law firm has zero experience handling sensitive tax data, taxpayers have been footing bills of over $1,000 per hour for its services.

Report: Facing Investigations, DOJ Claims Right To Avoid Investigations.  Beset by several investigations, the Department of Justice is claiming the right to avoid being investigated.  As reported by PJMedia, the Office of the Inspector General's job is to combat problems of waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government.  But Attorney General Loretta Lynch has no intention of allowing any investigation.  She told the House Judiciary Committee that her office will simply ignore any request from the OIG at will.

IGs: At Least 20 Investigations Slowed or Closed Due To Obama Admin.  Numerous inspectors general say that at least 20 investigations have been slowed or closed due to government watchdogs not having access to needed documents or records under the Obama administration.  Dozens of interviews of people with firsthand knowledge of the years-long problem spoke of the tensions between the watchdogs and the administration.

Justice's Liberal Slush Fund.  Republicans talk often about using the "power of the purse" to rein in a lawless Obama administration.  If they mean it, they ought to use their year-end spending bill to stop a textbook case of outrageous executive overreach.  This scandal comes courtesy of the Justice Department, which for 16 months has engaged in a scheme to undermine Congress's spending authority by independently transferring dollars to President Obama's political allies.  The department is in the process of funneling more than half-a-billion dollars to liberal activist groups, at least some of which will actively support Democrats in the coming election.

Gov't Watchdog: HUD's Financial Books Are Impossible To Audit.  A government watchdog says it can't audit billions in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spending because the agency's financial books are kept so poorly.  HUD's financial statements and systems are missing records, inaccurate and sometimes even violated federal laws, according to a HUD inspector general report released Monday [11/30/2015].  Included among the programs with useless financial accounting records is nearly $20 billion at the Government National Mortgage Association.

A Pattern Of Executive Overreach.  Recently, the Justice Department announced it would not be indicting anyone for their role in the most serious domestic political scandal since the Nixon years.  Starting in 2010, the IRS, under pressure from congressional Democrats and the White House, engaged in blatant ideologically motivated discrimination against conservative organizations applying for non-profit status.  That the most feared bureaucracy in Washington was making decisions based on illegal political criteria should send a chill down the spine of any American who cares about the First Amendment and the rule of law.

Punishing the Obama way.  Although the rot has been visible for some time, recent actions by President Obama's Department of Justice and director of national intelligence make it possible to say definitively that the United States we once extolled as a nation of laws and not of men no longer exists.  Our federal laws are today being manipulated by political operatives in ways that would have made those running the old Daley machine in the president's hometown blush.

Secretary Jeh Johnson, DAPA, and The Case For Impeachment.  [Scroll down slowly] In our opinion the White House never intended to win the underlying case.  The executive action was clearly unconstitutional as it created an entirely new status of personage:  "An Illegal but lawful resident", complete with employment eligibility.  If President Obama believed he was just using prosecutorial discretion in non-deportation he could do nothing.  He doesn't deport them, and 5+ million (who qualify under DAPA) stay put without change.  Taking no executive action is the same thing as not deporting; but that's not what he did — he created an executive action to make those illegal aliens "lawful residents". [...] Obama never planned to win the case; he planned to lose the case but in the interim have carried out the action that is irreversible.  It would be impossible to make 5 million people unlawful once their new lawful status was achieved.  This was/is the goal all along.

EPA Gave Paid Leave to Drug and Child Sex Offenders.  Drug and child sex offenders received paid administrative leave from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new audit.  The agency's inspector general found the EPA rehired a child sex offender after they were put on leave for violating probation, in one example of misuse of administrative leave that cost taxpayers over $1 million.

Harsh: Obama Official Who Pled Guilty to Espionage Gets... $250 Fine.  Glenn Woodell, a NASA supervisor who pled guilty to violating U.S. espionage laws involving a Chinese NASA contractor was given a slap on the wrist with six months' probation and a $250 fine, the Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  Daniel Jobson, a Woodell colleague and fellow NASA supervisor, had his espionage charges reduced to a misdemeanor and was released without any penalty.  The lenient plea deals were quietly delivered October 26 in U.S. District Court in Newport News, Virginia.  The U.S. Attorneys office did not to [sic] issue a press release about the deals and declined comment when contacted by the DCNF.

America's Soft Tyranny is Hardening.  Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton should both be in prison.  Both have broken many, many laws, laws that are meant to protect American citizens.  Neither of them cares a whit about American citizens.  Both knew and know they will never be punished.  Hillary expects to be elected to the presidency.  We can thank the DC establishment, Left and Right, for this sad state of affairs.  Character no long[er] counts for anything.  And we can thank the Obama administration for being the most purposefully divisive, lawless, and anti-constitutional in modern history.

Major Democratic Donor Claimed Dog, Dead People as Clients in BP Oil Spill Fraud Case, Court Documents Say.  Mikal Watts is regarded as a Democratic kingmaker and wealthy Texas trial lawyer who even hosted a private $35,000-a-plate fundraiser for President Obama at his home.  He is now under federal indictment for allegedly fraudulently representing thousands of clients — including a handful of dead people and a dog — in litigation against BP after the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill.  Watts appeared in federal court Thursday in Mississippi along with his brother, David[,] who is also charged.  Both men, along with five others, allegedly used stolen and false identities of people to sign up as plaintiffs in their case against BP, eventually claiming to represent more than 40,000 individuals making claims against BP valued in excess of $2 billion.

Rep. Jim Jordan: 'Flat Out Wrong' Not to Bring Criminal Charges Against Lois Lerner.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), head of the conservative Freedom Caucus and a member of the House Oversight committee, says he strongly disagrees with the Justice Department's decision not to bring criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner for impeding conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.  "That is just flat out wrong, in my judgment," Jordan told "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.  "Here's a lady who systematically and for a sustained period of time targeted people for exercising their most fundamental rights, their First Amendment free speech rights.

The FBI & Hillary's e-mails: A Lois Lerner precedent?  The fix was in:  Lois Lerner will walk away scot-free.  On Friday, the Justice Department closed its two-year investigation into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status and decided to charge ... no one.  This, when Lerner admitted the IRS had singled out righty groups, but blamed the "absolutely inappropriate" actions on "front-line people" — that is, lower-level folks.  And then refused to answer more questions by pleading the Fifth.  Questions about, say, her orders to hold up applications from any outfit with "Tea Party" or "patriot" in its name.

Citizens are no longer equal under Obama.  Disgraced former IRS chief Lois Lerner is enjoying her "Get Out of Jail Free" card care of the Obama administration.  Who's surprised she won't face charges given the fact that most Americans believe the White House was in on allegations the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups applying for nonprofit status?  It gets worse.  During the "investigation," IRS head John Koskinen stonewalled big time, refusing to provide Congress with information including Lerner's "missing" emails.  Sound familiar?

Obama fundraiser, Julian Castro patron indicted on fraud charges.  Multimillion-dollar Democratic donor and Obama fundraiser Mikal Watts was indicted on fraud charges this week.  Federal prosecutors say his class-action suit against BP after the oil spill was built in part on phony clients.  Watts' attorney said the charges "are related to allegations that Watts committed fraud or forgery when he claimed to represent 44,000 clients in litigation against BP PLC," as the Associated Press puts it.

Stop Obama's War On Watchdogs.  Federal inspector generals across dozens of agencies are begging lawmakers to grant them access to public records as guaranteed by the 1978 Inspector General Act.  The call for help comes as Obama administration obstructionists and cover-up operatives impede and downplay several key investigations into government corruption and malfeasance.

Obamacare's Blue State Money Laundry.  When Maryland's Attorney General announced last summer that his office had negotiated a settlement whereby $45 million would be recouped from the IT contractor that botched the state's Obamacare exchange, it was widely reported as good news for taxpayers.  It appeared that their investment in the mismanaged project would not be a dead loss.  But the AG's statement included this curious passage:  "The agreement... will lead to the recovery of funds for both Maryland and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS]."  What's so odd about that?  Well, the state didn't contribute any money to the project.

Democracy Is Threatened When Rule Of Law Is Trashed.  The rule of law is fundamental to our nation's existence, and it's been destroyed over the past seven years by the Obama administration and federal courts with acquiescence from desperate-to-be-loved congressional leaders.

Jail Time for Christians: No Longer a Hypothesis.  Meanwhile, it goes without saying that Obama is the most lawless president in U.S. history, refusing to obey laws he dislikes.  Sanctuary cities run by Democrats defiantly disobey federal immigration law at the cost of endangering and even killing American citizens.  It is insane to allow these conniving vipers to claim the moral high ground over us, lecturing us about obeying the law.

Why the Federal Reserve should be audited.  It is time for a comprehensive audit of Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve — and not just for the reasons presidential candidate Rand Paul and others have given.  The Fed needs to be audited to see if its ruling body has broken the law by manipulating financial markets that are outside its jurisdiction.  A thorough investigation of the Fed will show once and for all if its former chief Ben Bernanke and current Chairwoman Yellen should go to jail.

Hillary Clinton's State Department IG Was More Lapdog than Watchdog.  Without the House Select Committee on Benghazi's initial probe into Clinton's communications, even the fact that she used a private e-mail account to conduct government business may have remained a secret.  It's puzzling.  At the time, many State Department employees did appear to know of Clinton's private account, yet the State Department inspector general (IG) only opened an investigation into the scandal in April 2015, years after she had left office.  Before then, the agency's top watchdog had given no indication that it was either aware of, or concerned by, Clinton's e-mail practices.  Why?

NASA employees caught buying child porn from site which showed three-year-olds being abused — but they escape prosecution.  NASA employees were caught buying child pornography from a criminal ring in Eastern Europe that distributed images of minors as young as three, it can be revealed.  An investigation by Daily Mail Online found 16 staff members from the space agency paid for pictures and videos of children in sexual situations, but were never prosecuted.  Their names have never been released because of government guidelines which protect their privacy — prompting fears some of the culprits are still employed by NASA.

Watchdogs: DOJ memo undermines agency probes.  Agency watchdogs are up in arms over a Justice Department memo questioning the legality of turning over documents they say are crucial to their investigations.  The new policy protecting certain portions of sensitive documents — announced last month by the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel — came under fresh fire from lawmakers during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday [8/5/2015].  Lawmakers in both parties, including the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, disagree with the policy shift, saying it goes against the specific intent of the Inspector General Act of 1978.  The law specifies that inspectors general have access to "all records" needed during an investigation.

Border Patrol poster boy's arrest, new report bare agency's corruption issue.  The arrest last week of a onetime Border Patrol poster boy on charges of smuggling illegal immigrants followed a damning report on corruption within the Customs and Border Protection agency.  Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Agent Lawrence Madrid, 53, was arrested July 24 at his El Paso home by agents of Homeland Security Investigations and charged with alien smuggling.  Madrid, a 20-year veteran, is one of 177 agents who have faced corruption charges since 2005, according to CBP spokesman Roger Maier.

Federal Judge: I Will Haul IRS Chief Here and Personally Hold Him in Contempt.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been stonewalling Congress and the courts for more than a year over Lois Lerner's "missing" emails.  He's also ignored court orders to produce documentation and now, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has had enough.  During a hearing yesterday surrounding a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, Sullivan said he "will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt" after the IRS failed to turn over ordered documentation to the Court.  The information ordered included status reports and recovered emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner.  Sullivan also noted Department of Justice of attorneys are in the same position for failing to turn over ordered documentation.

Here is the Ironclad Case for Impeaching IRS Head John Koskinen.  Key members of the House Freedom Caucus are demanding that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen be removed from office.  In an op-ed written for the Wall Street Journal, Reps. Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis told President Obama that if the Commissioner is not removed, they will begin the proceedings to impeach him.  Modern Americans view impeachment with a sort of awe and reverence.  To most, it seems like an inconceivably drastic thing to do.  But it was not always this way, nor was it the intention of the founders.  Impeachment has always been a practical tool for getting rid of bad actors in government and, given the amount of government corruption we see today, a tool that should be used with much greater frequency.

Federal Judge Threatens to Hold IRS Chief and DOJ Attorneys in Contempt of Court Over Lerner Cover-Up.  U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today [7/29/2015] threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.  During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department's excuses for not following his July 1 order were "indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd."  He asked the IRS' Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, "Why didn't the IRS comply" with his court order and "why shouldn't the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt."  Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt.  Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, "I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt."

Federal judge threatens to hold IRS chief in contempt.  A federal judge threatened to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt Wednesday [7/29/2015] after the IRS failed to produce, as ordered, newly recovered emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner.  U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan had ordered the IRS on July 1 to turn over Lerner emails on a weekly basis in response to a lawsuit by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.  The lawsuit focused on the 2013 scandal in which the IRS acknowledged agents had improperly singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

House Oversight Committee Details Case for Removal of IRS Commissioner.  House Oversight Republicans, led by Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) today called for President Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  Under Koskinen's leadership, the agency has continually stonewalled the investigation into the Lois Lerner targeting scandal.  Years after the scandal first broke, the agency has done its utmost to bury the truth.  Taxpayers deserve a transparent and responsive government, but under Commissioner Koskinen the IRS has displayed unprecedented unaccountability.  Chairman Chaffetz vowed to explore all options to remove Commissioner Koskinen including impeachment and holding him in contempt of Congress.  As Chaffetz notes, the agency under Koskinen's leadership has failed time and time again to comply with Congressional investigators.

Barack's Great Gambit.  [Scroll down]  Last week the White House stepped in and attempted to put an end to the work of inspectors general.  It has ruled that inspectors general seeking to investigate their agencies will need permission from their agencies to lay hands on such things as wiretaps, grand justice testimony, and even credit information.  In other words, the agency about to be investigated by its inspector general is free to cooperate or not.  It clearly will render the inspector general toothless.

The Stonewall at the Top of the IRS.  Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen needs to go.  When it was revealed in 2013 that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for exercising their First Amendment rights, President Obama correctly called the policy "inexcusable" and pledged accountability.  He even fired the then-acting IRS commissioner because he said it was necessary to have "new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward."

Chaffetz asks Obama to fire IRS chief Koskinen for 'obstruction' of congressional probes.  The head of the top House investigative panel Monday called for the firing of IRS chief John Koskinen, arguing he has repeatedly "obstructed" congressional probes into the agency's political targeting of taxpayers.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, made his request Monday [7/27/2015] in a letter to President Obama, arguing the president vowed in 2013 to "work hand-in-hand with Congress to fix the problem."

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One might as well send a letter to Barack H. Obama asking him to immediately resign.  Asking corrupt politicians to do the right thing is like going to the airport and asking for a free ride to Hawaii.  It isn't gonna happen.

"We Need A Woman of Your Special Skills".  The woman who "discovered" all of those deleted emails at the IRS was the one person the State Department felt it had to have onboard to "vet" Hillary's emails?  I wonder why.

DOJ facing bipartisan criticism for move to 'undermine' gov't watchdogs.  The Justice Department is facing bipartisan criticism for clamping down on government watchdogs' access to documents, in a decision lawmakers say defies Congress and undermines those tasked with rooting out government misconduct.  The DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel issued a 68-page memo last week that said the department's inspector general would be required to get permission from the agencies it oversees to obtain wire taps, grand jury testimonies, and credit information.  IGs are assigned to audit and conduct internal reviews of federal agencies.  The decision, first reported in The Washington Post, faced an almost immediate backlash from Capitol Hill and the watchdogs themselves.

Obama administration cripples ability of Inspectors General to investigate corruption and fraud in government.  Department of Justice officials gave official approval Thursday [7/23/2015] to the FBI's practice of blocking access to data and documents in a decision that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said "undermines" his ability to do his job and violates the will of Congress.  "Today's opinion by the Office of Legal Counsel undermines the IG's independence, which is a hallmark of the Inspector General system and is essential to carrying out the IG's oversight responsibilities under the Inspector General Act," Horowitz said.

Obama administration restricts investigative powers of inspectors general.  The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits the watchdogs' oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud.  An opinion, issued by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, says the Inspector General Act of 1978 — which was written by Congress to create the government watchdogs in order to help maintain integrity within their agencies — does not have the authority to override nondisclosure provisions in other laws, most notably in regard to grand jury, wiretap or fair credit information.

The Hell That is the Obama White House.  Every sentient human being whose brain isn't stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace.  How can one know this?  Because the culprits haven't been fired.  Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they've actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is possible.  A president faced with a scandal created by underlings behind his back would be naturally furious at their misbehavior, and want heads to roll.  This didn't happen in any of these scandals because their point of origin was the White House itself.  Promoting the culprits is a way of keeping them quiet.

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.

The Rockefeller Fund Spent Millions to Make the Iran Deal Happen.  Behind every great act of appeasement is a whole lot of dirty money and political influence.  And some of the usual sources make their appearance here.

The Penumbra School of Law.  The administration at every level expresses its contempt for Congress and its legal obligations knowing the attorney general will never prosecute its wrongdoing. The most obvious at the moment involve record keeping by the IRS and Hillary Clinton.  As you'll recall, the IRS contributed to Obama's reelection campaign — perhaps even fixing its result — by denying his opponents the tax exemptions to which they were entitled.  Then it made up cockamamie excuses why it could not produce the email record evidence which they were legally obligated to preserve and produce.  Now it turns out that the records requested did exist and were destroyed after the agency was put on notice to keep and provide them to Congress.

IRS Deleted Hundreds of Back-up Tapes Containing Thousands of Lerner Emails After Congressional Subpoena Was Issued.  This used to be called obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence.  According to new information from the House Oversight Committee, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration [TIGTA] Russell George and Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Tim Camus, the IRS deleted hundreds of backup tapes containing thousands of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative targeting scandal.  The tapes were destroyed nine months after a congressional subpoena was issued to the agency demanding they be preserved and turned over.

Destruction of Evidence at the IRS.  [Scroll down]  Fox is told the hearing will definitively state there was a destruction of evidence 10 months after a preservation order for the emails was in place, 7 months after a subpoena was in place and 30 days AFTER the IRS realized there were potential problems locating the emails.  This destruction of evidence happened 22 days BEFORE the IRS Commissioner testified to Congress, in response to my questioning on March 26, 2015, that they had the documents and they would provide all of them to Congress.

House Republicans Considering Impeachment of IRS Head over Stonewalling in Lois Lerner Investigation.  House Republicans investigating the IRS's targeting of tea-party groups are seriously considering an effort to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen or other agency employees for "culpable misdemeanors" pertaining to the destruction of e-mails written by Lois Lerner, the former official at the heart of the scandal.  "We've briefed the leadership's counsel, and I think that they're open to it, but it's the type of thing where this town is like, 'oh, that's not how we do things, it's not really been used lately,'" a Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says.  "But, quite frankly, we really haven't had executive branch officials behave this way like we do now."

Exclusive — Ted Cruz: Obamatrade Enmeshed in Corrupt, Backroom Dealings.  The American people do not trust President Obama.  And they do not trust Republican leadership in Congress.  And the reason is simple: for far too long, politicians in Washington have not told the truth.  Both President Obama and Republican leadership are pressing trade promotion authority, also known as TPA, or "fast-track."  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) both oppose it.  As a general matter, I agree (as did Ronald Reagan) that free trade is good for America; when we open up foreign markets, it helps American farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.  But TPA in this Congress has become enmeshed in corrupt Washington backroom deal-making, along with serious concerns that it would open up the potential for sweeping changes in our laws that trade agreements typically do not include.

How did federal agency get $500M from stimulus? 'We misled Congress,' ex-official says.  On paper, it sounded like a true government success story:  The Social Security Administration in September opened a "state-of-the-art" data center in Maryland, housing wage and benefit information on almost every American, "on time and under budget."  However, six years after Congress approved a half-billion dollars for the project — the largest building project funded by the 2009 stimulus — a whistleblower says the center was built on a lie.  "We misled Congress," Michael Keegan, a former associate commissioner who worked on the project, told FoxNews.com.

FBI: DC Officials Sentenced For Fraud — Stealing Money To Fund President Obama 2009 Inaugural Ball.  Neil S. Rodgers, a former District of Columbia government official, was sentenced today [6/17/2015] to a period of incarceration and ordered to pay full restitution on a charge stemming from his role in channeling $110,000 in youth and drug prevention grant funds that were used to pay for an inaugural ball. [...] According to the government's evidence, Rodgers aided [Harry] Thomas in illegally securing funds for the 51st State Inaugural Ball, held on Jan. 20, 2009, at the Wilson Building.

D.C. Officials Stole $110K From Children's Program to Fund Obama Inaugural Ball.  Neil S. Rodgers, a former D.C. government official, was sentenced Tuesday [6/16/2015] for his role in the misappropriation of $110,000 earmarked for D.C.'s Children at Risk and Drug Prevention Fund to cover a deficit for the 51st State Inaugural Ball for President Obama's inauguration in 2009.  Rodgers, found guilty of fraud in March, was sentenced to 36 days (served on weekends) plus two years of probation.  Rodgers must also repay the entire $110,000 as restitution for his crime.

The Editor says...
There's a presidential pardon coming shortly, I presume.

The Obama Presidency — A Cacophony of Corruption.  Obama apologists have recently been trotted out en masse to absurdly portray the Obama presidency as an entirely scandal-free citadel of piety. [...] As Obama, himself, has insisted, there is not a "scintilla of scandal" to be seen.  If only it were so.  In fact, however, both in scope and scan, the Obama reign is arguably the most scandal-ridden presidency in American history.

'Scandal Ridden State Department' Faces Greater Congressional Oversight.  A bipartisan team of senators is pushing new legislation to ensure the Obama administration's "scandal-ridden State Department" comes under greater congressional oversight, particularly to ensure that it cannot hide instances of wrongdoing among employees, according to a copy of the new legislation.  Sens. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) and David Perdue (R., Ga.) introduced legislation that would force the State Department to undertake a series of reforms aimed at increasing transparency and ensuring oversight authorities have the ability to route out malfeasance among employees.

Watchdog Group Files FOIA Lawsuit for Records on DOJ Tax Attorneys Assigned to White House.  The watchdog group Cause of Action is suing the Justice Department for records on what is says are possible unethical disclosures of confidential taxpayer information to the White House, the organization announced Thursday [5/28/2015].  The group discovered in April that attorneys from the Justice Department's tax division, some of whom were also involved in litigation over the IRS targeting scandal, were being detailed to the White House to conduct background checks on potential executive nominees.

Obama's Link to Nonprofit Stirs Up Transparency Debate.  A charitable foundation connected to a president is facing criticism from watchdog groups about transparency and influence peddling.  No, it's not the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which has come under fire over its donor disclosure, transparency standards and foreign donors as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton geared up for her 2016 presidential run.  Government watchdogs and transparency advocates say that President Barack Obama's involvement in the new My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a private-sector version of a government initiative he started in 2014, raises potential red flags about the millions of dollars in corporate pledges flowing to the new group.

White House denies Obama visit to Nike is favor for 'Let's Move' contribution.  The White House said Friday [5/1/2015] that President Obama's visit to Nike headquarters in Oregon next week is unrelated to the company's $50 million contribution to first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign for kids.  Asked whether Nike's generosity was behind the White House's selection of the company for a presidential visit, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said "not that I'm aware of."  He said the president will visit the company to talk about free trade.

How Lois Lerner evaded charges.  Good soldiers in the Obama administration don't get indicted, thanks to other good soldiers.  And no doubt they get rewarded, too.

Immigration Customs Enforcement Director Sarah R. Saldana Tells Congressman: We Follow Obama Rules, Not The Law.  Those following the Obama Immigration Executive Action legal battles will note yesterday [4/15/2015] Congressman Young was asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Saldana the exact same point outlined in Judge Hanen's rebuke of the White House.

DHS Official's Visa Intervention Explanation Just Doesn't Add Up.  One of the claims Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made defending himself against recent accusations of improper intervention on behalf of politically-connected Democrats just doesn't add up.  Last week, DHS' inspector general (IG), John Roth, released a scathing report detailing Mayorkas' "unprecedented" intervention during his stint as director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) to help companies seeking approval for EB-5 visa applications.  USCIS whistle-blowers said they had never witnessed interventions like Mayorkas' and felt that they were politically motivated.

Energy Department Gives $259 Million 'Green' Conditional Loan to Politically Connected Corporation.  The Department of Energy's disastrous loan program lost taxpayers at least $780 million as companies like Solyndra, Fisker Automotive, and Abound Solar crashed and burned.  But as I write today, after a four-year hiatus, the Energy Department has announced a new fuel-efficient-vehicle loan — a $259 million conditional award to Alcoa.  It's a pretty sweet deal:  The Energy Department touts on its website how this loan program "offers attractive financing for U.S. auto industry," including no application fees, a closing fee of just 0.1 percent, and interest rates estimated at no more than 4 percent.  Of course, one might wonder why a company like Alcoa, which brought in $23.9 billion in revenue last year, needs government (read: taxpayer) help.  But it turns out Alcoa has major Obama administration ties.

Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism.  Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tainted the image and integrity of the immigration program he oversaw by fostering "an appearance of favoritism and special access" in how the agency treated projects that would bring visas and Green Cards to wealthy foreign investors, a new report from the agency's Inspector General says.

Report: Va. governor received special treatment from Homeland Security.  Not long before he became governor of Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe received special treatment on behalf of his electric-car company from a top official at the Department of Homeland Security, according to a new report from the department's inspector general.  McAuliffe was among several politically powerful individuals from both parties, including Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), seeking special visas for foreign investors through a program administered by the department.  But intervention on behalf of McAuliffe's GreenTech Automotive company by Alejandro Mayorkas, now the department's No. 2 official, "was unprecedented," according to the report.

Bloomberg: Don't forget that State had no independent IG under Hillary.  How did the State Department get away with so many failures during Hillary Clinton's leadership?  They ran a consulate in Benghazi with substandard security even for normal locations, let alone in the collapsed-state region of eastern Libya in 2011-12.  Hillary herself and her closest aides didn't use State Department e-mail systems despite both policy and legal requirements to do so.

Old Dogs Doing Old Tricks.  [Scroll down]  Much the same pattern [as in the Trayvon Martin case] followed in Ferguson, Missouri, this time bankrolled by the Democrats' left-wing big daddy George Soros.  "Hands Up Don't Shoot" was now the propaganda follow-up to kiddies in hoodies with Skittles.  Once again an innocent man's life was ruined, local law enforcement authorities slandered and the department continued the investigation after state justice procedures cleared Officer Wilson.  Residents of Ferguson have been left with far diminished real estate values, shops have been shuttered, and the community destroyed.  Even worse, in the continued disruption, two police officers were shot by one of the Don't Shoot gang.

IRS Shuts Down Program for the Poor to Fund Well-Heeled Liberal Groups.  Cancel a program that provides free help to low-income families and the elderly, and shift the money to well-connected interest groups with a terrible track record for customer service.  It sounds almost like the sort of thing a liberal caricature would acuse a heartless Republican of doing.  But in this case, that's just what the Obama administration has accomplished.

Obama Admin Kills Program That Helped Poor File Taxes, Sends Funding To Liberal Groups.  The Obama administration has quietly killed an IRS tax preparation program designed to help low-income and disadvantaged citizens, choosing instead to give millions of dollars to liberal groups for the same purpose.  Without fanfare, the administration has closed down the free walk-in services at hundreds of taxpayer assistance centers around the country.  Administration officials are now trying to steer the "face-to-face" help to volunteer community groups, some with political ties.  But one undercover inspection of those groups in 2013 revealed a 49 percent error rate.

EmailGate: First Lois Lerner, Then Hillary Clinton, Now Eric Holder. How Corrupt Is This Administration?  The mainstream media focus on Hillary, but she's merely one of many in the Obama administration who play fast and loose with the rules.  When running for office Obama promised his administration would be transparent, open and honest.  Instead, it seems that the U.S. is now governed by an administration more corrupt than Nixon's.

Hillary Clinton's Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept. Sent Country Billions.  Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, sat on the board of a self-described mining company that in 2012 received one of only two "gold exploitation permits" from the Haitian government — the first issued in over 50 years.  The tiny North Carolina company, VCS Mining, also included on its board Bill Clinton's co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), former Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

The Democrats' Thugocracy.  The Dem officeholders have been kept in line because someone is keeping a little list of all their little foibles.  It's a delightful system.  The Obama administration does nothing about corrupt acts by its supporters until the day that a supporter breaks ranks.  Then it's:  Nice little political career you got here.  Pity that something should happen to it.  Especially if you break with Mr. Big on his Iran policy. [...] It's a cunning scheme.  The boss winks at his Democratic rank-and-file whenever they breach the rules:  Hey, everybody does it!  But you note the violation down in your little black book, and when the time comes to twist an arm for a vote, you don't even need to break a sweat.

Obama hit for filling embassies with political allies, highest in 27 years.  Career diplomats are finding that they can't advance to top State Department posts such as ambassadorships because President Obama has stuffed political appointees into those jobs, the most ever in his second term.  "Yes, it's a problem," said Robert Silverman, president of the American Foreign Service Association.  "This is an ongoing struggle.  We need to maintain the ability for our top people to go straight to the top," he said.

Erroneous Government Ethics Document Filed After FEC Chairman Ann Ravel Takes Lavish Weekend Trip.  Federal Election Commission Chairman Ann Ravel enjoyed a $160-a-day rental car paid for by the California Political Attorney Association while she attended a seminar in Squaw Valley, California, travel documents reviewed by Breitbart News show. [...] According to Kayak.com — Reno location — standard rental cars start at $19 per day.  You can get a nice upgrade for $25 dollars [sic] per day.  Ravel also was subsidized $452 for her hotel and $355 for meals and registration.  The value of the two day trip was $1,417.37.

Obama administration stonewalls FOIA request on IRS targeting scandal.  It has been almost two years since the exposure of the IRS efforts to target conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, and their donors. In the meantime, the Obama administration has done exactly nothing to hold IRS personnel accountable for their actions.

Transparency: 47 Inspectors General Denied Documents in Violation of Law.  Obama declared that his administration would be the most transparent ever in the same Orwellian spirit that ObamaCare was named the "Affordable" Care Act.  Trey Gowdy sounds the alarm on what "transparency" means to a lawless tyrant regarding documents that by law must be provided to inspectors general:  [Video clip]

Republicans claim payout from big-bank settlements being steered toward 'special interests'.  The separate deals were reached with the Justice Department in summer 2014, with Citigroup agreeing to pay $7 billion for misleading investors over mortgage-backed securities and Bank of America paying $16.65 billion for similar actions.  But of the $24 billion, roughly $150 million is tabbed for financial-counseling agencies — a category that includes liberal-leaning groups such as the National Council of La Raza.

Eric Holder: Politicize the Department of Justice, moi?  Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder seems determined to leave 'em laughing.  How else can we interpret his claim earlier this week that there has "been no politicization" of the Justice Department under his watch? [...] The Department of Justice's own Inspector General found that one office in that division "passed over candidates who had stellar academic credentials with some of the best law firms in the country" in order to hire others they preferred, a majority of whom came from just five advocacy organizations that are political allies of the Obama administration.

Justice Department watchdog report charges nepotism at Interpol office.  A new report by the Justice Department inspector general's office has claimed that the executive officer at Interpol's Washington D.C. office used his position to secure work for his son and other relatives and acquaintances.  In a report released Wednesday [2/4/2015], the Justice Department watchdog found that other high-ranking agency officials had also used their position to help get internships for people they know, contributing to what it called "a pervasive culture of nepotism and favoritism."

What is the Openness Administration Hiding?  In what must be the most under-reported story of the past year, some two thirds of the inspectors general in the government think the administration is stonewalling their lawful efforts to oversee government activities.  Three of them testified Tuesday [2/3/2015] before the House Oversight Committee, newly chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).  Many others were in the room.  In an August 2014 letter to Congress, 47 Inspectors General from across the administration — including major agencies like the Department of Commerce, the Department of HUD, the Department of Labor, and NASA — supported specific complaints by their fellow IGs in the Peace Corps, EPA and DOJ about foot dragging and lawyer-driven end-runs, and suggested the practice is pervasive.

The $500,000 Green Card: Obama, Clinton Kin Courted By Foreign Middlemen.  The obscure immigration program that helps wealthy foreigners get American Green Cards is proving profitable to some people with very familiar names.  Hillary Clinton's brother is involved.  So are powerful California politician Willie Brown and Chicago political boss Richard M. Daley.  One firm that helps wealthy Chinese gain access to the little-known immigration program even tried to recruit President Obama's half-brother, Mark Obama-Ndesandjo.

Eric Holder's Justice Department rocked by nepotism charges.  The head of a Justice Department law enforcement office used his position to secure a job for his son and other relatives, the agency's internal watchdog said Wednesday [2/4/2015], the latest in a string of reports that have repeatedly found examples of nepotism at the department.

Obama Adviser Podesta Caught Green-Handed In Major Ethics Violation.  In 2013, John Podesta was paid $87,000 by a shadowy foreign billionaire whose passion is preventing energy exploration on American land.  Just two years later, Podesta is a member of President Obama's inner circle, and the driving force inside the White House to block 12 million acres of land in Alaska's Artic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling.

HUD under the influence of lobbyists.  A top executive of a trade association that lobbies for local housing authorities was hired by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to regulate those same authorities — and was allowed to keep her paid job at the lobbying association at the same time.  HUD's Inspector General said the 2011 hiring of Debra Gross, deputy director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, was an "inherent conflict of interest" in the same way it would be to hire an Exxon lobbyist to regulate oil companies.  Gross was a registered lobbyist for the group until 2009.

Tavenner Takes a Powder.  Marilyn Tavenner, the Obama administration official who presided over Obamacare's worst debacles and most devious deceptions, has finally made an intelligent decision — she resigned.  Tavenner ran the government bureaucracy responsible for the inept rollout of HealthCare.gov, the promulgation of phony PPACA enrollment figures, and the handout of legally dubious waivers to Democrat-friendly donors.  And, when Congress subpoenaed her emails — stop me if you've heard this one before — she discovered that they had somehow been deleted.

Obama Nominee to Elections Panel Helped Dem Group Skirt Massive IRS Fine.  President Barack Obama's nominee to a federal panel that oversees elections previously helped a top Democratic political group avoid a $5 million IRS penalty and worked to prevent the disclosure of the group's donors.  Matthew Butler, who Obama tapped for a seat on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in November, has made a career at highly partisan left-wing advocacy groups, including a stint as the chief executive of Media Matters for America, a pro-Hillary Clinton opposition research blog.  Critics of Obama's pick on the left and right say that Butler lacks any actual experience in monitoring or administering elections and will increase partisan divisions at the EAC.

Obama golf pal called 'hostile' witness in Chicago fraud case.  One of President Obama's close friends and regular golf buddies is caught up in a steamy legal case that dates back to the pocket-padding Blagojevich days, as prosecutors accuse him of being a hostile witness.  Prosecutors are trying to speak with Eric Whitaker in connection with a Chicago fraud case involving millions of taxpayer dollars from the former Blagojevich administration to a businessman who allegedly spent it on vacation homes, luxury cars and more.

Obama's Scandal-Tainted BCGB (Best Chicago Golfing Buddy).  In his "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior," George Washington offered this sage advice:  "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."  Too bad President Obama and his best Chicago golfing buddy (BCGB), Dr. Eric Whitaker, didn't heed our Founding Father's wisdom.  The duo's continued intimacy, as the stench of government corruption thickens around them, speaks volumes about our current commander in chief's reckless disregard for his reputation.

Obama pal Eric Whitaker stonewalls feds in grant-fraud case.  Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama's closest friends, has refused to answer federal prosecutors' questions about whether he had a "sexual relationship" with a former aide who pleaded guilty to stealing $400,000 in taxpayers' money in a scheme that began when Whitaker was her boss at the Illinois Department of Public Health, court records show.  Prosecutors announced the bribery and theft charges against Quinshaunta R. Golden, who'd been Whitaker's chief of staff at the state agency, on Aug. 7, 2013.  The following day, Whitaker told reporters he was "fully cooperating" in the federal investigation.  In fact, prosecutors say, Whitaker already had stopped cooperating by then, [...]

A Transparent Conflict of Interest — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Blocks White House/IRS Email Release.  Enough circumstantial information exists to speculate the information within the denied documents could outline collusion between the White House and the IRS — to formulate a list of political opponents for targeting.  The enforcement mechanism used for targeting includes the DOJ and various other government agencies (ATF, OSHA, EEOC, EPA Banking/Finance)[.]  According to the jaw dropping IRS letter — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, interceded and blocked the FOIA discovery from being released.

Liberalism in Ruins.  [Scroll down]  Obama will go down in history as presiding over the most corrupt administration of the last half-century, when historians finally collate the IRS, VA, GSA, and Secret Service scandals; the erosion of constitutional jurisprudence; the serial untruths about Benghazi, amnesty, and Obamacare; the harassment of journalists; the record shakedown of Wall Street lucre in 2008 and 2012;and the flood of lobbyists into and out of the Obama administration.

EPA staffers linked to 'alleged serious misconduct,' agency reveals.  Eight Environmental Protection Agency employees who racked up a total of more than ten years' worth of paid "administrative leave" between 2011 and 2014 — valued at more than $1,096,000 — apparently did so because they were involved in "cases of alleged serious misconduct," Fox News has learned.  In a memorandum sent from EPA's acting assistant administrator, Nanci E. Gelb, to EPA's inspector general, Arthur Elkins — a draft also was given to Fox News — the agency has revealed that at least three of the affected employees have now left EPA.

Will 'Lost' IRS Emails Reveal A Corrupt White House?  Leaking taxpayer information to the White House isn't new, just as the email shell game in the IRS fiasco no longer shocks.  But the discovery of data "lost" on backup tapes may expose the extent of administration guilt.

Barack Obama: A Companion of Fools.  It seems that Barack Obama has a propensity to surround himself with some questionable friends. [...] Take for example one foolish companion the president walks with:  the prominent gay rights activist Terrence P. Bean, 66, who has been indicted for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.  At a 2009 Human Rights Campaign dinner, Mr. Obama called the alleged child molester a "great friend and supporter."  As a matter of fact, Obama's "great friend" Terrence has frequented the White House at least six times in the past couple of years.  An ardent and influential supporter of many prominent Democrats, in addition to visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Bean has also been a guest of the president on Air Force One flying around at $181K an hour.

End the Media Blackout on Gay Rapists.  Liberal politics, not people, matter to our evil media.  That's precisely why they rush to their cameras, microphones and keyboards when news breaks about a pedophile Catholic priest having his way with altar boys.  Not because they care about the altar boys, but because they want to discredit the Catholic Church.  If you doubt that fact, ask yourself why you haven't heard much from the Mainstream Media about the recent arrest of 66 year-old Terrence Bean, charged with raping a 15-year old boy.  The answer is because Terrence isn't a Catholic priest.  Instead, he's the co-founder and on the board of directors of the homosexual organization ironically called the "Human Rights Campaign."

Network Silence: Obama Ally, Gay Activist Arrested for Child Sex Abuse.  Here's today's installment of "Imagine if this had been a conservative..."  As Newsbusters reported last week, the founder of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which markets itself as the nation's largest LGBT rights organization, was arrested Nov. 18 for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.  Terrence Bean, 66, is a Democratic money man, prominent liberal activist and Obama ally.  Bean's 25-year-old former boyfriend was also charged in the crimes. [...] Since the story broke Wednesday [11/19/2014], local media and conservative media have covered it.  The Washington Post ran a brief AP story on the arrest, but the networks have yet to report on it.

Major Obama fundraiser arrested for sex with minor.  He's a mega bundler for President Obama. He's been on Air Force One.  He's shared a Christmas visit with Michelle Obama at the White House.  And now he's being accused of sex with a minor.  Terry Bean, 66, a gay activist and major Democratic fund-raiser, was arrested Wednesday in Portland, Ore., for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy.  Bean's ex-boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, 25, was arrested Thursday in connection with the same incident.

Top Obama bundler accused of child rape.  Conservatives complain that President Obama gets a free pass from the media, which acts as a de-facto public-relations shop for the Democrat in the White House.  Never has that charge seemed truer than now as an ugly rape scandal unfolds on the West Coast.  On Wednesday [11/19/2014], Portland, Ore. police arrested Terrence Patrick Bean, who has been charged with two felony counts of having sex with a minor last year.  This man is not just any old guy accused of having sex with a 15-year-old — he's a big-money Democratic donor and liberal political activist with connections inside the Obama White House.  Bean raised more than a half-million dollars for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Obama Pal And Golf Buddy Eric Whitaker Accused Of Stonewalling Investigators.  The law may have finally caught up with longtime Obama friend and basketball buddy Eric Whitaker, who is close to being labeled a "hostile witness" in a Chicago corruption case.  Taking a page out of his powerful friend's playbook, Whitaker has been stonewalling the investigation according to prosecutors.

Secret Service Prostitute Investigator Reportedly Resigned for an Ironic Reason.  The man who was investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal resigned back in August, The New York Times reports, because [...] he was caught up in a prostitution scandal of his own.

Report: Investigator in Secret Service prostitution scandal resigns.  The investigator who led the internal inquiry into the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal resigned in August, after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to a report from The New York Times.  Local law enforcement in Florida reportedly saw David Nieland, the investigator, going in and out of a building they were surveilling as part of a prostitution investigation.  The prostitute later identified Nieland as a client.

Investigator in Prostitution Scandal Quits.  The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security's internal review of the Secret Service's 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to current and former department officials.

The fevered political plague.  More worrisome than the cavernous competence gap is the politicization of every bureaucracy, even institutions charged with equal enforcement of laws, such as the Justice Department and IRS.

How The NSA Has Turned Into A Giant Profit Center For Corrupt Insiders.  Last week, two very important stories came out; one from Reuters and the other from Buzzfeed.  They both zero in on how current NSA employees are using their expertise and connections to make big money in the private sector while still working at the NSA.

Taking back America.  With its many scandals, including the Benghazi tragedy, the perverse "progressive" ideology of the Obama administration, combined with its deceitful and manipulative methods, has corrupted normally nonpartisan government agencies.  More importantly, it has infected the civilian and military leadership who lead their agencies.  The core of the corruption is an attitude that flaunts the Constitution and takes the position that the president can do anything he wants with a pen and a phone that promotes an agenda, regardless of its impact on the country's national security.

One Bad Apple: Obama and his Influence.  [Scroll down]  And look at the rest of his administration:  a DoJ that obstructs justice over and over and over.  An IRS that can conveniently "lose" important records.  A secretary of state who has covered up her involvement in one of the biggest tragedies to ever befall an American embassy.  I could go on and on.  Lying has become the way you play the game in Washington.  Has this falsehood-loving corruption flowed any further into American life?  Take a close look at Planned Parenthood and their willingness to hide what they're really up to.  Look at the quiet perfidy in the implementation of Common Core.

Ron Klain and Solyndra.  Ron Klain is a sharp-elbowed Democratic political operative with no medical expertise.  Tapping him as "Ebola czar" may not be the president's best move when, as it is, no one can believe a word the Obama administration says.  And that's not just because Mr. Klain is yet another lobbyist recruited despite Mr. Obama's vow that his administration would shun lobbyists.  Klain was also a central player in the president's Solyndra fraud, which soaked taxpayers for over half a billion dollars for the benefit of Obama cronies.

DOJ Fraud and Corruption Forces Federal Judge To Take Nuclear Option.  In perhaps the most stunning documentation yet of abuses by Eric Holder's Justice Department, two former Assistant United States Attorneys spoke to defense attorneys and revealed appalling deceit and corruption of justice.  This latest litigation time bomb has exploded from multi-million dollar litigation originally brought by the Department of Justice against Sierra Pacific based on allegations that the lumber company and related defendants were responsible for a wildfire that destroyed 65,000 acres in California.  In what was dubbed the "Moonlight Fire" case, the tables are now turned.  The defendants have discovered new evidence and filed a stunning motion.

Stunning federal corruption case moving forward with almost no media attention.  Corrupt federal prosecutors presenting false evidence in order to shake down a blameless corporation and bring in tens of millions of dollars seems like a pretty dramatic story.  Especially when former prosecutors support the charge and a chief judge acts on the allegations and takes dramatic action.  Yet the media silence is deafening.  Eric Holder's Justice Department is implicated in a dramatic and shocking case of alleged corruption that is so bad that the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California has taken what can rightly be called the "nuclear option" and recused all the judges in the district from the case because they may have been defrauded by the DoJ prosecutors.

Government Case Implodes as Its Former Lawyers Allege Fraud Against Holder's DOJ.  The New York Observer reports that two former Assistant United States Attorneys say the Holder Justice Department engaged in deceit and corruption of justice in connection with the DOJ's litigation against Sierra Pacific Industries, a California lumber company.  As a result of the allegations, a federal district judge has ordered the recusal from the case of every judge in the Eastern District of California.  He reasons that the court may have been defrauded by the government, thus requiring the appointment of an outside judge to handle the matter going forward.

'The dog ate my emails'.  [Scroll down]  The most troubling recent instance of this has been at the Internal Revenue Service, where Lois Lerner, the official at the heart of allegations that the agency singled out conservative groups for harassment, has pleaded the Fifth Amendment and, conveniently, seen some of her email records destroyed.  You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to find the disappearance of such key documentary evidence suspiciously convenient for the embattled tax official.  Given that the missing documentation seems to have effectively put the brakes on any meaningful punishment for Lerner or her IRS colleagues, it should come as no surprise that similar lapses are now breaking out elsewhere in the federal government.

From Comedy to Farce.  [Scroll down]  But here is where the farcical kicks in.  The squelched investigation was focused on White House staffer Jonathan Dach.  And who is Dach?  He was at the time a young Yale law student and White House staffer, and is now a State Department activist working on — what else? — "Global Women's Issues."  And how did young Jonathan Dach at the ripe age of 25 years land such a prestigious job as a presidential advance man?  His father, Leslie Dach, was a lobbyist who gave the Obama campaign $23,900 and was later hired on to work with Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign.  And, of course, Leslie Dach now has left his job lobbying for Wal-Mart.  And where does he work now?  For the Obama administration.  Promoting what?  Obamacare.

Denver Census staffer brings data falsification to light.  A field supervisor in the Census Bureau's Denver region has informed her organization's higher-ups, the head of the Commerce Department and congressional investigators that she believes economic data collected by her office is being falsified.

Watchdog claims union's legal fight reveals ObamaCare fraud.  Non-profit group Southern United Neighborhoods got a $1.3 million federal grant in 2013 to serve as a "navigator," enrolling people in Affordable Care Act coverage.  The group subcontracted with United Labor Unions Local 100, which, according to Cause of Action, paid members less than it billed the government and, in some cases, paid them to recruit union members.  The watchdog group discovered the alleged discrepancy in court papers filed by union workers suing the labor organization for unpaid overtime.

A Culture of Incompetence.  Obama's left never accepts responsibility for anything.  Weaned on the sour milk of thuggish, tenured academicians and marinated in the surreal stew of lawyer-land, the odd creatures that infest our White House have no notion of work or honor or duty.  This manifests itself in different ways.  Mendacity has been elevated almost to a secular religion.  Obama, his officials, his armies of minor minions prevaricate with such aplomb that one wonders if they truly know when they are lying or telling the truth.  The disgraceful trail of obfuscations, dissimulations, and quarter-truths are invariably defended by the administration's flacks with the mantra "we have seen no evidence."  Of course we have not!  The evidence has been destroyed or hidden or lied about.

GSA Official in Las Vegas Conference Scandal Finally Gets Charged.  It only took four years for the feds to finally indict a high-ranking government official at the center of the General Services Administration's (GSA) scandalous Las Vegas conference that fleeced taxpayers out of a million dollars.  The lavish event, held by the GSA for its employees, featured luxury accommodations for staff and their loved ones, fine cuisine, wild parties and expensive gifts.  Adding insult to injury, dozens of agency workers were awarded cash bonuses for arranging the outlandish Sin City celebration.  Details of this atrocity were featured in a GSA Inspector General report published a few years after the exorbitant 2010 bash.

HUD Official Pleads Guilty To Stealing $843,000 In Taxpayer Funds.  Former Housing and Urban Development loan specialist Brian Thompson pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $843,000 of taxpayer money in a wire fraud scheme.  Thompson was responsible for selling properties acquired by the government after borrowers defaulted on their HUD-guaranteed mortgages.  Specialists like Thompson were tasked with ensuring the sale of these properties at the best possible price to reimburse the government for taxpayer funds made to mortgage lenders for insured loans.  Instead, he funneled portions of the proceeds into bank accounts he controlled, netting himself $843,000 in the process.

More DHS Corruption and Bribery Surrounding Immigration Kickbacks.  A U.S. immigration officer was sentenced on October 3, 2014 to two and a half years in federal prison, for accepting bribes in the form of cash and egg rolls from applicants seeking citizenship and green cards.

IG: DOE Manager Created 'Hostile Work Environment,' Used Subordinates As Errand Boys.  A Department of Energy manager used government employees as his personal accountants, improperly accessed their private communications, and retaliated against subordinates who spoke out against the conduct, according to department watchdogs.  The manager's conduct amounted to routine violations of federal guidelines regarding the ethical conduct of government employees, according to a DOE inspector general report released on Friday [10/3/2014].  The report is light on details, citing the Privacy Act of 1974 in withholding specifics about the identities of the individuals involved and the office in which the conduct took place.

DOJ Doesn't Punish Crime Among Its Ranks.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for enforcing the law, providing federal leadership in preventing crime and punishing those guilty of illegal behavior yet it allows its own officials to get away with all sorts of appalling crimes and transgressions.  As if this weren't bad enough, the DOJ also protects its perpetrators, covering up their name and allowing them to keep their lucrative government jobs.  Even the agency watchdog, which is charged with rooting out corruption, conceals crucial information about unscrupulous DOJ officials, including those in high-ranking positions.  Now a national newspaper chain offers insight into this astounding cover-up scheme with documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal law often used by Judicial Watch to expose government corruption.

NSA Won't Say If Official's Spouse Does Business With The Agency.  A large government contracting firm that appears to be doing or seeking business with the National Security Agency employs the spouse of one of the most powerful officials at the agency, according to corporate records, press releases, and company websites.  But the NSA has declined to address whether there is a potential conflict of interest or to disclose any information about contracts or the official's financial holdings.  The spouse, for years, has also had an intelligence technology company incorporated at the couple's suburban residence in Maryland.  The NSA official, Teresa H. Shea, is director of the Signals Intelligence Directorate, which means she oversees electronic eavesdropping for intelligence purposes.

Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis' Schedule.  The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama.  New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for "flagging" a public information request for "withheld" portions of Solis' schedule.

Misconduct at Justice Department isn't always prosecuted.  Dozens of Justice Department officials, ranging from FBI special agents and prison wardens to high-level federal prosecutors, have escaped prosecution or firing in recent years despite findings of misconduct by the department's own internal watchdog.  Most of the names of the investigated officials, even the highest-ranking, remain under wraps.  But documents McClatchy obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal for the first time a startling array of alleged transgressions uncovered by the department's inspector general.

The head of the IRS doesn't seem too concerned about laws.
IRS Commissioner: We Follow the Law 'Wherever We Can'.  In responding to a question from the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday [9/10/2014], IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he and his department follow the law "wherever we can."  House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) asked Koskinen "Will you be following the law," in collecting money for a certain type of healthcare subsidy.  After Koskinen ducked the question, Brady asked again.  Koskinen then admitted:  "Yes, wherever we can, we follow the law."  A discouraged Brady chuckled while admonishing the commissioner saying, "I encourage you to follow the law in all instances."

IRS chief: 'Whenever we can, we follow the law'.  During another grueling hearing on the ObamaCare rollout, the head of the IRS tried to offer lawmakers an assurance about the soon-to-open enrollment period.  "Whenever we can, we follow the law," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee on health on Wednesday [9/10/2014].  Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who leads the subcommittee, immediately expressed his concern with the remarks.  "I encourage you to follow the law in all instances," Brady said.

Gut-Busting Hilarity: IRS Thug Koskinen Says 'Whenever we can, we follow the law'.  Uh, John, this isn't one of those things where you follow the law when it's convenient.  Might be difficult to fathom considering you work for a lawless punk.

Justice Department Stonewalling Internal Investigators.  The head investigator charged with overseeing the Department of Justice testified Tuesday [9/9/2014] that various government agencies have repeatedly stymied his investigation efforts, and have done so in direct violation of federal law.  Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on investigative access to government information.

Sebelius, Solis decline Issa invite to testify.  Two former Obama cabinet officials have declined to testify before the House Oversight Committee in its probe of the White House political office.  The news came late Friday in an angry statement from Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who blasted the officials for [shrinking] "from an examination of the facts."  "The White House's efforts to reconfigure its political office does not inoculate it from oversight of any prior wrongdoing or efforts to rectify these legal violations," Issa said.

GOP lawmakers say DOJ probe into IRS 'compromised,' demand special counsel.  House Republicans are calling on the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel for its probe into the IRS targeting scandal, claiming new evidence shows the investigation is "compromised" due to multiple instances of conflict of interest.  One example, according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, involved a DOJ attorney representing the IRS in litigation relating to the scandal who used to work for the IRS and was involved in the targeting.  However, Monday night [8/25/2014] a DOJ source confirmed to Fox News that the employee in question, Andrew Strelka, "no longer works at DOJ."

'Extorting' Is the Word For Government Action Against Bank of America.  [Scroll down]  These huge bank settlements are election-year ATMs for the Obama administration.  It was $12 billion for JP Morgan, another $7 billion for Citigroup, and on and on.  It's a real shakedown.  No one even remotely knows how these penalty-payment numbers are calculated.  The federal government's disbursement of these funds is equally mysterious.  As the Wall Street Journal editorial page has pointed out, a lot of money has gone to states run by Democratic governors.

Judge rejects Obama administration secrecy on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac.  A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration's recent attempt to shield documents from disclosure in a case that could yield important clues about the Treasury Department's relationship with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Government lawyers had argued they could redact key information before releasing records to the public by saying the documents related to the "deliberative process."  But in a ruling last month, U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret M. Sweeney rejected that, saying the government was illegally cutting corners.

The Hell That is the Obama White House.  Every sentient human being whose brain isn't stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace.  How can one know this?  Because the culprits haven't been fired.  Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they've actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is possible.  A president faced with a scandal created by underlings behind his back would be naturally furious at their misbehavior, and want heads to roll.  This didn't happen in any of these scandals because their point of origin was the White House itself.  Promoting the culprits is a way of keeping them quiet.

The Peace Corps' Awful Secret.  Since 2008, Peace Corps Inspector General Kathy Buller has led internal investigations that have led to 21 criminal convictions for crimes such as rape, attempted rape, abuse of minors, embezzlement, theft and possession of narcotics.  She's a career watchdog, with nearly 30 years of experience in the inspector general community.  Buller charged the Peace Corps with employing procedures that have hindered her office's oversight efforts, and said the agency was not fully disclosing its sexual assault reports.

What to do about the politicization of the Attorney General's office.  The chief law enforcement officer of the United States is the Attorney General.  He/she is charged with the investigations and prosecutions of Federal crimes.  When there is corruption in the government, it is the Attorney General who is charged with ferreting out the corrupt and restoring integrity to the Federal government.  But what if the Attorney General selectively seeks out crimes to investigate?  What if the Attorney General turns a blind eye to those crimes and scandals that will discredit his political interests?  What if the Attorney General himself is corrupt?

Is it time to view the Obama administration as a criminal enterprise?  [C]onsider the steadily accumulating evidence about the Obama administration's modus operandi with potentially incriminating documents subpoenaed by Congress:  A scandal erupts.  Congressional hearings are held.  Documents are requested and withheld.  Subpoenas are issued.  Contempt charges threatened.  A few documents dribble out.  Then come the admissions that, oh by the way, emails required by multiple federal laws to be preserved have either been destroyed or "lost."  Over and over and over...  The latest example comes from the Department of Health and Human Services, which admitted Wednesday [8/6/2014] that hundreds of Obamacare emails subpoenaed in 2013 by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform were destroyed months ago.

5 Reasons Not to Trust the 'What Me Worry' Media About Ebola.  [#2]  The Obama Administration Lies[.]  In a situation where an Ebola outbreak could in some way hurt President Obama's popularity numbers or agenda, do I believe the Obama Administration is morally corrupt to the point where they would put politics above the safety of the public?  I'd tell you to ask our Libyan ambassador and three other foreign services workers that question, but they're all dead.  Were Ebola to creep over the Southern border in the form of an illegal immigrant, that could hurt this Administration's push to legalize 11 million Democrats.  There is no doubt in my mind, the Administration would cover this up for as long as it could.

How the Obama Administration Has Actually Broken the Law Hundreds of Times.  Nearly half of the Obama administration's 4,000 regulations since 2012 were illegally imposed by skipping the required congressional review, the Washington Post reported — and there's not much Congress or the courts can do about it.  Under the 1996 Congressional Review Act, most federal administrative rules are supposed to be reported to the House and Senate and to the Government Accountability Office.  The idea was to give Congress the opportunity to take action before the rule goes into effect.  That same law also barred such rules from judicial review.  Curtis Copeland, a retired Congressional Research Service staffer, examined how many rules issued since 2012 were not reported to Congress and the GAO.  He found that out of about 4,000 rules, more than 1,800 were not properly reported.

House Committee Investigating FCC Waiver to Obama Donor.  A House committee will investigate the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to allow a waiver granting favorable status in wireless auctions to an Obama donor, the committee announced Thursday [7/31/2014].  Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton (R., Mich.) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking for information and documents relating to the designation of Grain Management, LLC as a "designated entity" last week.  The status will allow the company to receive discounts designed for small businesses when bidding for wireless licenses.  David Grain, a major bundler for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, owns the firm.

Obama remains confident in CIA head John Brennan despite Senate spying.  President Obama remains confident in CIA Director John Brennan's leadership despite an independent investigation that concluded that the agency had overreached its authority by spying on Senate staffers.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the findings had not diminished Brennan's standing in the administration.  When asked whether it damaged his authority or credibility in any way, Earnest said:  "Absolutely not."

CIA confesses: Yeah, we hacked the Senate's computers.  In March, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) revealed that CIA Director John Brennan told her that the intelligence agency he leads had improperly accessed Senate computers and secretly removed classified documents while the agency's War on Terror interrogation tactics were under investigation.  Feinstein alleged that Brennan told her the CIA took that action because the agency believed the Senate might have accessed documents that they were not authorized to see.  In a statement, Brennan said the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman had leveled "spurious allegations about CIA actions that were wholly unsupported by the facts."  While he confessed that the agency had made mistakes, the CIA director insisted that there was no merit to the charge that the agency had spied on members of Congress.

Despite Brennan's Lying and Usurpation of Law, President Obama Gives Strong Vote of Confidence In CIA Director John Brennan.  President Obama issued a strong defense of CIA Director John Brennan on Friday in the face of revelations that his agency spied on congressional staffers' computers.  "I have full confidence in John Brennan," Obama said in a White House press conference.

Does John Brennan Know Too Much for Obama to Fire Him?  It's difficult to cross man with details on every secret drone strike you've authorized — especially the legally dubious ones.

Government corruption on the rampage.  The Obama administration is arguably the most corrupt administration in U.S. history. Corruption destroys civil society and economic growth by undermining the rule of law and protection of private property.  Corruption takes many forms, from the simple payment to a government official for a favor, to the failure of government employees to do what they are paid to do, to gross abuse of power.  The president and his senior officials swear to uphold the Constitution and the law — which means following the law as written, and not as they wish it were written.  The failure to apply equal justice to all citizens is a major form of corruption and has been blatant in Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s "Justice Department."  Crimes by members or friends of the administration are ignored — just consider the lack of action against employees of the Internal Revenue Service who obviously broke the law in many cases.

Tenured Partisans.  Something has gone wrong in our civil service.  Consider some recent developments.  The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group's donor list.  Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS.  This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati.  In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups.  Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded guilty to violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning at the office.  Ms. Sands, who worked in the office charged with enforcing our election laws, recently said, "I just don't understand how anyone but straight white men can vote Republican."  What business does such a person have in that office in the first place?  Somehow the FEC managed to wipe her computer clean, weakening the case against her.  Perhaps that answers our question.  These cases reflect a larger pattern.

At 4, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still unaccountable.  Four years ago, the big-government liberals got the agency of their dreams, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  It was the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was a Harvard law professor in real life and a Cherokee Indian in her dreams before she was elected to the U.S. Senate.  There she beats the drums for the bureau to serve as a "cop on the beat" to protect consumers from undisciplined capitalism.  The bureau is mired in undisciplined corruption.  Created through the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulation act, the bureau was crafted with uniquely undemocratic features.  The bureau pays its bills by drawing funds directly from the Federal Reserve, bypassing Congress.  It was set up this way to ensure it would operate as a fiefdom free from congressional scrutiny, and it shows.

Lerner Associate: "I Don't Understand How Anyone But Straight White Men Can Vote Republican".  Which brings us to the case of April Sands, an employee at the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), who struck a deal with the agency's Inspector General to avoid criminal charges related to running afoul of the Hatch Act on numerous occasions.  She has openly confessed to breaching federal law as part of her effective plea bargain, but investigators were unable to probe a potential goldmine of incriminating activity:  Her email.  Why?  You guessed it; her hard drive crashed, supposedly wiping out her email records, and resulting in the FEC recycling (i.e., destroying) the hard drive.  Sounds familiar.  Did I mention that Ms. Sands worked under Lois Lerner when Lerner served as the agency's Associate General Counsel for Enforcement?

Lois Lerner's Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too.  The Federal Election Commission recycled the computer hard drive of April Sands — a former co-worker of Lois Lerner's — hindering an investigation into Sands' partisan political activities, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. [...] One of Sands' tweets, from June 4, 2012 read "I just don't understand how anyone but straight white men can vote Republican.  What kind of delusional rhetorical [sic] does one use?"  Sands is a black female.  "Dear every single Republican ever, When will U learn that Barack Hussein Obama is simply smarter than U?  Stand down, Signed #Obama2012 #p2," Sands wrote on May 1, 2012.  In a message from Aug. 25, 2012, Sands called Republicans her "enemy."

White House asks Darrell Issa to drop subpoena.  The White House is asking Rep. Darrell Issa to withdraw a subpoena of a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and is offering instead to hold a private briefing on activities in the administration's political affairs office.  In a letter sent Monday [7/14/2014], White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston offered to brief Issa, a California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on the role of the the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach on Tuesday.  That's one day before the office's director, David Simas, is under subpoena to testify on potential violations of the Hatch Act.

The Democrats' War on Children.  Central American children are pawns in the Democratic Party's pursuit of political advantage through an open Southern border. [...] The Obama regime's official complicity in promoting the flow of unaccompanied, undocumented children entering the U.S. lacks the same degree of transparency associated with the civilian deaths in Mexico due to Eric Holder's Fast & Furious gun-running, the White House's involvement in the IRS Scandal, and the deaths of Americans in Benghazi.  None of the above is likely to ever be fully parsed.

GOP House committee chairman subpoenas White House political chief over claims Obama staffers are doing campaign work with taxpayer funds.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa sent his latest subpoena to the Obama administration on Friday [7/11/2014], demanding testimony from the director of a controversial White House office reportedly tasked with political work on taxpayers' dime.  David Simas, the director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, has refused to testify voluntarily but will be required to answer questions in a July 16 hearing on Capitol Hill.  President Barack Obama closed the White House Office of Political Affairs in 2011, just days before an Office of Special Counsel report warned that it risked 'transforming from an official government office into a partisan political operation.'  But the president reopened the office six months ago under a new name as Democrats began to gear up for a contentious midterm election fight.

IRS worker suspended for pro-Obama activities.  The employee, whose name wasn't mentioned in the announcement from the Office of Special Counsel, admitted to using his job for political purposes and agreed to the settlement that involved a 100-day suspension.  "OSC's complaint alleged that, when fielding taxpayers' questions on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to re-elect President Obama in 2012 by delivering a chant based on the spelling of the employee's last name," the investigative office said.  The OSC also announced a U.S. Postal Service employee was fired after he ran for seats in Congress and solicited donations to his campaign, violating the Hatch Act that limits government employees' ability to get involved in politics.

Double standard? Pro-Obama IRS worker suspended, postal employee fired for political violation.  A federal agency announced two disciplinary actions this week against federal workers for violating a law that limits political activity.  But while one of them — a now-former Postal Service worker who committed the apparent sin of running for Congress — was fired, the other — an IRS worker who used taxpayer resources to promote President Obama's 2012 candidacy — faces only a suspension.  Now the ex-Postal Service worker in question, Illinois resident and congressional candidate Marcus Lewis, is slamming the federal government for stripping him of his livelihood by "selectively enforcing" the law.  "What happened to me is not only unfair, it's ungodly," he told FoxNews.com.

Obama political donor leading Justice Department's IRS investigation.  Two Republican lawmakers and a conservative legal group are crying foul over the Justice Department's selection of a Democratic donor to lead the agency's investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of advocacy groups during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) issued a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday [7/9/2014] saying DOJ trial attorney Barbara Bosserman's involvement is "highly inappropriate and has compromised the administration's investigation of the IRS."  They asked that the department remove her from the case.

Obama's Scandal Playbook.  Since Obama took office in 2009, we've witnessed Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Department of Justice spying on reporters and their families, IRS targeting of conservatives, the HealthCare.gov debacle, the GSA conference scandal, Solyndra, veterans dying as a result of secret wait lists within the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many, many more. [...] Obama's White House has not weathered these storms through luck alone.  They have a well-thought[-]out, well-used playbook designed to lie to the American people, protect administration officials, and to avoid accountability or criminal prosecution.

Does Barack Obama Understand The Constitution?  The obvious answer is impeachment — but that is not a solution to the constitutional overreach of Barack Obama.  Even setting aside the optics of making the first African-American president the first president to be impeached and removed, the reality is that removal will not happen.  After all, as demonstrated by the quotes from Senators Melendez and Durbin, the very senators whose duty is to vote for Obama's removal in order to defend the constitutional prerogatives of Congress are acting as cheerleaders for his usurpation of congressional power.

WH Counsel Can't Name One Person She Worked With During 6-Month Stint at IRS.  White House attorney Jennifer O'Connor testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tuesday that she couldn't recall who she worked with during her six months at the IRS.  Before working for the Office of White House Counsel, O'Connor worked for the IRS from May 2013 to November 2013 to help the agency deal with the IRS scandal.

Dems Fawn Over IRS Commissioner Who Contributed Over $85,000 to Their Committees, Candidates.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen contributed more than $85,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, MRCTV research has discovered — with a $5,000 donation to President Obama in 2012 and $19,000 to the Democratic National Committee from 1988 to 2008.  This may explain the fawning "thank yous" Koskinen received for his public service from many Democrats last night on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Declarations Of War.  [Scroll down]  I cannot remember an exchange between an appointed Cabinet official and an elected federal legislator that's remotely comparable to these.  Commissioner Koskinen's arrogance and defiance are unprecedented.  He appears unconcerned with what might follow his open refusal to cooperate with the investigation, the most important such since Teapot Dome.  No appointee concerned with his tenure in his position would exhibit such an attitude except after having secured assurance of protection against any significant penalty.  Such protection could only issue from higher up in the Administration:  specifically, from the White House.

An arrogant and lawless IRS.  If there was any political motivation for this abuse of power, it is a form of corruption — the kind of thing Americans like to criticize in countries they regard as less developed.  And the circumstantial evidence is strong.  This wave of heightened IRS scrutiny came after Democratic senators, warning of possible abuses spawned by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, demanded additional IRS scrutiny of nonprofit political groups.  Because evidence of political influence is both plausible and circumstantial, a special counsel is needed to sort out the truth.

The Golden Days of Government under Emperor Obama.  We have seen the Obama Administration routinely review its own actions for illegality — Eric Holder, for example, conducted a vigorous inquiry into the possible lawless behavior of Eric Holder.  This, as you know, was the ultimate chessmatch between investigator and target, a battle of two masters.  It was like a game of wits between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarity, if both were corrupt and both were dullards.  But in case you think that's a case of favoritism for the high-ranking officials in the Obama Administration, Think Again, Buddy.  The policy is extended downwards to mid-level managers, too.

Obama Megadonor Indicted for Fraud, Manslaughter.  Well, that's fun: an Obama megadonor, who donated over a million dollars to an Obama PAC in 2012 and dozens of other Democrat donors, was just indicted on a smattering of charges, including fraud (for running a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme), and, uh, manslaughter.

Shadowy Obama Megadonor Indicted On Fraud And Manslaughter Charges.  A California grand jury has indicted Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and 15 of Ahmed's associates in an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance kickback scheme.

IRS says it cannot locate Lois Lerner emails prior to 2011.  The Internal Revenue Service told Congress Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from Lois Lerner, a central figure in the agency's Tea Party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year.  The IRS said it cannot locate many of Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year.

The Editor says...
First of all, her email messages don't reside on her computer.  Her email resides on a server somewhere, and the servers, if they are managed properly, have backup files stored at yet another location.  (Ask Oliver North how that works.)  But even if this latest excuse is valid, this is all surprisingly convenient, isn't it?

More about Lois Lerner's very convenient computer crash.

No one fired in outing of CIA official; leak ruled inadvertent.  An investigation into the outing of the CIA's top intelligence official in Afghanistan last month determined the leak was inadvertent.  No one was disciplined or fired, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday [6/11/2014].  When pressed on who was responsible for revealing the name to some 6,000 journalists, Earnest said the White House was focused on changing procedures, rather than one specific misstep.

Prosecute the President.  This is not just executive overreach.  In many cases, Obama's exercise of authoritarian power is criminal.  His executive branch is responsible for violations of the Arms Export Control Act in shipping weapons to Syria, the Espionage Act in Libya, and IRS law with regard to the targeting of conservative groups.  His executive branch is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Benghazi and in the Fast and Furious scandal, and bribery in its allocation of waivers in Obamacare and tax dollars in its stimulus spending.  His administration is guilty of obstruction of justice and witness tampering.  And yet nothing is done.

White House: Release of CIA Official's Name 'Inadvertent,' No Punishments.  The White House said it determined that the release of the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan was unintentional and said they don't know of any disciplinary action that has been taken.  The station chief's name was fed to the White House press pool in a list of people meeting with President Obama on his recent trip to Afghanistan.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday that the protocol is for the lead press contact to clear names with National Security Council staff before releasing to the media.

Ben Shapiro: Obama Administration 'A Criminal Enterprise Like The Mafia'.  ["]There are tons of charges can be brought against the Obama administration.  But I'm arguing here is this is really a criminal enterprise like the mafia.  Basically, President Obama never has to give a direct order.  All he has to do is sit atop of the chain of command and then let all of his minions do whatever it is that he wants.  This is why the RICO Act was created — is to wrap all of this kind of stuff in a bundle and then allow for prosecution.["]

Senator: Clinton State Dept. Broke Law, Lied About Boko Haram Terror Threat.  A leading senator has charged that Hillary Clinton's State Department broke the law by intentionally obfuscating and downplaying to Congress the terror threat posed by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram, which recently gained international infamy for violently kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls.  Sen. David Vitter (R., La.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, petitioned Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to explain why Clinton's State Department misrepresented and downplayed key information about Boko Haram's terrorist activities in its annual reports to Congress.

Office of Special Counsel Investigating 37 Cases of Whistleblowers Being Punished For Whistleblowing.  If you lie the way they want you to, you get promoted.  If you tell a truth they don't want out, you get suspended, reassigned, or fired.

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Evidence — For The Third Time.  U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White's ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA's ability to surveil foreign citizen's U.S.-based email and social media accounts.  According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts, multiple times.

It's Totally Normal That Joe Biden's Son Works for a Ukrainian Energy Company.  The inauguration of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine's new president was Europe's biggest story today [6/7/2014].  The billionaire confectioner promised to bring Ukraine closer to Europe and the West.  He also had some tough words about Crimea, which he delivered in the presence of Mikhail Zurabov, the recently restored Russian ambassador to Ukraine.

Report: Ex-Interior Department official steered federal awards to friends.  President Obama's only Cabinet-level official from the U.S. territory of Guam steered federal contracts to friends, engaged in discrimination and sexual harassment, requested and received personal favors from subordinates and benefitted personally from taxpayer-funded trips, according to a watchdog report.  The review by the Interior Department's inspector general largely substantiated allegations from agency employees against Anthony Babauta, who resigned in January as assistant secretary for Interior's Office of Insular Affairs.

GSA exec with top-secret clearance didn't disclose China trip, past felonies.  Top General Services Administration officials learned of a troubling discovery by the agency's watchdog office back in December:  a GSA executive responsible for intelligence agency customers had gone to China a year earlier without telling anyone.  The official not only held a top-secret compartmented information clearance that required him to report the trip, he failed to disclose decades-old felony arrests or report multiple contacts with foreign nationals, according to a Dec. 6, 2013, memo from the GSA Office of Inspector General to the agency's top acquisition and human resources officials.

Obama fundraiser, donor sat on boards of federal subsidy agency — and a finance company it subsidized.  James Torrey of Greenwich, Conn., has bundled more than $1 million for Barack Obama's presidential runs, is a huge donor to Democratic Senate campaigns (including Obama's 2004 race) and gave about $80,000 combined to Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential races.  This couldn't have hurt his appointment to the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corp. — a federal agency that subsidizes U.S. businesses investing in foreign countries.  Torrey is also on the board of the microfinance company MicroVest. After Torrey joined OPIC's board, MicroVest went from being a moderate customer of OPIC to a leading recipient of OPIC subsidies:  $57 million in taxpayer-backed financing and another $20 million in OPIC-provided insurance.

Retired officers poised to profit after Pentagon's alarmist climate change report.  Retired military officers deeply involved in the climate change movement — and some in companies positioned to profit from it — spearheaded an alarmist global warming report this month that calls on the Defense Department to ramp up spending on what it calls a man-made problem.  The report, which the Obama administration immediately hailed as a call to action, was issued not by a private advocacy group but by a Pentagon-financed think tank that trumpets "absolute objectivity." The research was funded by a climate change group that is also one of the think tank's main customers.

White House Sued Over Possible Hatch Act Violations.  A watchdog group is suing the Obama administration for records on an investigation into possible Hatch Act violations by former White House staff members Rahm Emanuel and Jim Messina.  Judicial Watch announced Thursday it has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for records on its investigation into former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, whom the watchdog group alleges used their positions as high-level administration officials in 2009 to affect federal elections.  The Hatch Act states that an employee may not "use his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election."

When Obama Resigns.  Despite the best efforts of the mainstream media and the political establishment to protect Barack Obama, they can no longer hide the incompetence and criminality of the most divisive and sordid administration in American history.  Former National Security Council Spokesman Tommy "dude, this was like two years ago" Vietor is the poster boy of the Obama Administration; a collection of inexperienced, emotionally immature ideologues, whose "the ends justify the means" mentality permits them to tell any lie, violate any law and indifferently sacrifice lives as long as it serves their political objectives.  This bungling and scandal-prone gaggle of amoral nitwits, led by a talking teleprompter, survives only because the extent of their dishonesty is matched by that of the political-media establishment and the public's inexplicable willingness to tolerate it.  It is, in fact, explainable.  Just as certain banks were "too big to fail," Barack Obama is, quite simply, too corrupt to fail.

Obama's attack on the independence of inspectors general.  Inspectors general are the taxpayers' policemen.  Their beat is the corridors of the bureaucracy, which they patrol for waste, fraud, abuse and even crime.  This often puts them at odds with a president, his administration and his congressional allies.  Not long after settling into the White House, President Obama fired Gerald Walpin, the inspector general for AmeriCorps, because he had exposed a scam involving a close presidential friend.  Mr. Walpin filed a report about the misuse of $847,000 in grant money by Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, Calif.  Mr. Johnson, a former NBA star, was accused of using government cash to pay "volunteers" to keep his car sparkling clean and to run personal errands.  The firing of Mr. Walpin sent a clear signal to his colleagues:  Investigate a friend of the president, and you'll be looking for a new job.  Many got the message.

More about the firing of Mr. Walpin.

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.

Obama's war on watchdogs.  A Senate report last week revealed that the Obama administration utterly debilitated the inspector general for the Homeland Security Department.  Charles Edwards, the acting IG from early 2011 till last December, toadied to Obama appointees at every opportunity — stifling reports, deleting damning findings and boasting of his chumminess with agency chieftains.  Unfortunately, torpedoing oversight of the federal government's largest nonmilitary department fits the administration's template of suppressing evidence of its debacles far and wide.

Was Obama Hiring of Criminal Lawyer Due to Benghazi E-mails?  On April 29, Judicial Watch announced that it had obtained the "smoking gun" e-mail on April 18, 2014 — days before Obama announced that Neil Eggleston would replace Kathryn Ruemmler as White House counsel to the president. [...] Is the Obama administration simply gearing up for battle due to myriad unconstitutional and possibly illegal activities?  Eggleston will certainly have his hands full after the last six years.

Federal Election Commission Lawyer: Politicking for Obama on Taxpayer Time.  A lawyer for the Federal Election Commission has resigned after being found to have engaged in prohibited political activity to help President Obama's reelection on government time.  The Federal Election Commission is the agency charged with regulating campaign finance for the presidential campaigns and serving as a purportedly neutral federal agency. [...] The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity on government time or using government resources to aid the election of candidates.  The most serious penalty possible for violation of the Hatch Act is loss of federal employment.

Here's a shocker:
New Evidence Shows DHS Official 'Politically Influenced' by White House.  Evidence has come to light linking former DHS watchdog Charles Edwards to a White House agenda.  Sec of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has put Edwards on leave, after a Senate Oversight Subcommittee revealed that, "The employee was too cozy with senior agency officials and delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees."  Edwards was the former Deputy Inspector General of The Dept of Homeland Security.

Obama's Dirty Watchdogs.  The Obama administration doesn't have watchdogs.  It has whitewash puppies.  The president's Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one.  So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isn't a revelation.  It's confirmation.  Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials.

Probe: DHS watchdog cozy with officials, altered reports as he sought top job.  The top watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general, according to a new report from a Senate oversight panel.  Charles K. Edwards, who served as acting DHS inspector general from 2011 through 2013, routinely shared drinks and dinner with department leaders and gave them inside information about the timing and findings of investigations, according to the report from an oversight panel of the Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau.  There's a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau.  And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand.  As I've been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue.  In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation's all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey.

Obamacare: Sicker than we thought.  [Scroll down]  And the Census Bureau, which the Obama administration hijacked and dragged into the White House, making it potentially a house organ, like MSNBC, has announced that it's changing the way it questions folks about their health insurance status.  That means, no matter the reality, Census Bureau statistics will show a drop in the number of uninsured.  "We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked," Brett J. O'Hara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau, told the New York Times.

Barack Obama and the politics of lies.  Since it became painfully clear in 2013 that Obama had lied about Obamacare since 2009, it has been increasingly difficult for many Americans to continue accepting at face value his statements on other major public issues.  In both the Benghazi and IRS scandals, for example, Obama claimed to have known nothing about them until they were reported in the national media.  But if that were true, why has the president's attorney general and so many other of his most prominent appointees withheld thousands of documents subpoenaed by Congress and requested by journalists under the Freedom of Information Act?  Are there passages in those withheld documents that make it clear Obama knew much more than he has admitted?

Emails Show Corruption At [the] Heart Of [the Obama] Administration.  The newly released emails were gathered for a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan public interest law group.  They show that former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner discussed with the Justice Department going after conservative groups that she believed lied about their political activities.  What's shocking is that this discussion came just days before Lerner acknowledged that the IRS had investigated tea-party and other conservative groups but insisted that it was an isolated incident conducted by low-level officials in the IRS' Cincinnati office.

Obama's thug administration.  One of the hallmarks of the Obama administration is that it is among the most corrupt administrations in living memory. [...] The Obama Administration isn't the first in American history that secured power through corruption.  However, it is very likely the most criminally corrupt administration in this nation's vaunted history.  Its slick progressive veneer is slowly eroding to reveal its fascist intentions.  It must be stopped and individuals like Obama, Holder and their loyal lackeys must be driven from public life.

Ted Cruz: Congress Should Impeach Eric Holder If He Takes No Action on IRS Targeting Scandal.  On the day the House Oversight Committee held Lois Lerner in contempt, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Congress should impeach Attorney General Eric Holder if he does not indict those like Lerner for their roles in the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.  In a Thursday appearance on Sean Hannity's radio program, Cruz said Holder should be impeached for "defying Congress and the rule of law."

DHS officials broke hiring rules, watchdog alleges.  Top hiring officials at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency broke federal civil service laws when they tried to hire three politically connected but unqualified candidates who were favored by the agency's then-commissioner, a government watchdog charged Tuesday.  The human resources office was warned that choosing the candidates, political appointees who worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign and were then hired at the Department of Homeland Security, CBP's parent agency, would circumvent laws designed to create a fair competition for federal jobs.

Sen. Sessions: 'Deliberate Plan by President' to Collapse U.S. Law Enforcement System.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said today that Americans need to stand up to "a deliberate plan by the president of the United States" to collapse the nation's law enforcement system regarding illegal immigration.  "Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse, and it's a deliberate plan by the president of the United States, and it's wrong.  And, people need to be aware of it and need to stand up to it and I believe the American people are beginning to do so."  Sen. Sessions rebuked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden for their pro-amnesty efforts:  "So, you come into the country illegally and the attorney general of the United States declares that these individuals have a civil right to amnesty.  How can this possibly be:  the chief law enforcement officer in America?"

Why is Obama administration blocking Detroit River bridge?  Why isn't the Obama administration willing to finance the customs plaza for the new international bridge over the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario?  That's a question raised by this article in the Wall Street Journal.  As the Journal notes, the government of Canada has agreed to pay, as part of a public-private partnership, about $3.65 billion for building the bridge, including a $550 million link with Interstate 75 in Detroit.  The new bridge would provide an alternative for the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, which was opened in 1929.  Yet the Obama administration isn't ponying up $250 million to build a customs plaza. [...] Why is the Obama administration withholding the $250 million for the customs plaza?  One possible reason: to propitiate Matty Maroun, the Michigan billionaire who owns the Ambassador Bridge and profits handsomely from tolls and concessions.

Investigating Justice Department Corruption While Giving Thousands to Obama Campaign.  A key ethics investigator at Eric Holder's Justice Department has contributed $6,100 to Barack Obama's election campaign even though she has participated in high-profile investigations of political misconduct at the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility.  Mary Aubry is an attorney in the Office of Professional Responsibility.  The office has investigated a wide range of politically sensitive matters including the dismissal of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, terrorist interrogation techniques, and the "investigation" into the firing of United States attorneys who served at the pleasure of President Bush.

Culture of corruption in federal bureaucracy.  Evidence is accumulating of a corrupt bureaucratic culture in many, if not all, federal agencies.  Revelations of lavish meetings at fancy hotels, featuring stupid but expensive custom-made videos emerged in the last couple of years.  But even worse, cases of bureaucrats stealing from taxpayers by taking time off while still being paid high salaries have been reported recently, with their supervisors knowingly turning a blind eye to the taxpayer rip-off.  The EPA's highest-paid employee pretended to be a CIA agent and defrauded the taxpayers of about $900,000 in salary and travel expenses (often first class airfare and five star hotels).  But this apparently was no isolated incident.

Obama Admin's Unbelievably Brazen Obstruction Of IG Investigation.  A high-ranking official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who said he was acting at the direction of top lawyers in President Obama's White House, went to extraordinary and seemingly bizarre lengths to obstruct an Inspector General investigation into illicit lobbying activity at the agency.  The aggressive obstruction of an IG investigation is serious enough that a senior lawmaker says the police may need to be involved.

Vitter Accuses Inspector General of Providing Cover for EPA in Investigation.  Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are condemning an inspector general's report exonerating Environmental Protection Agency officials in the case of using unofficial email addresses to hide their dealings from public scrutiny.  In a letter to Arthur A. Elkins Jr., the agency's inspector general, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the panel's ranking member, charged that the probe was not only insufficient but that it was conducted in a manner "that inappropriately provided cover for EPA's problematic email practice."  Vitter expressed concern over the scope of the OIG investigation, cited flaws in the office's methodology and maintained investigators arrived at questionable conclusions despite evidence to the contrary.

Obama appointee subsidizes electric bus company, then goes to work for it.  Washington's green revolving door keeps on spinning.  President Obama's Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has left the administration and joined an electric bus company he subsidized and praised while in office.  Proterra Inc. makes buses that require no gasoline or diesel — they run on electricity and fuel cells.

Obamacare's Criminal Enterprise.  Question:  If Obamacare officials cannot prevent accused embezzlers from infiltrating their offices, how can they protect enrollees from grifters, con artists, and thieves in the federal health-insurance-exchange system?

Culture of Corruption Postscript: The Hilda Solis Files.  Put on your super-shocked faces, everyone:  Former Obama administration official Hilda Solis, who is now running for yet another government position in Los Angeles, is embroiled in yet another union corruptocracy scandal.  The Hope and Change hits just keep on coming.  Solis served as President No More Business As Usual's first secretary of labor.  Remember waaaay back then, when "most transparent administration in history" had not yet become an automatic punchline?

Former Obama labor secretary did not report union-funded private jet trips to the FEC.  Former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis took thousands of dollars of free trips on a union's jet to "avoid freeway traffic" and did not report the trips as required by federal law, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against union leaders.  Solis traveled on a private jet owned by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12 in a series of pricey trips that she did not report to the Federal Election Commission, according to a report on the lawsuit by Hews Media Group.  The trips occurred in 2009, and some were intended to fly her to Washington, D.C. when she was being considered for the Obama cabinet post.

Ambassadorships are President Obama's political plums.  Noah Bryson Mamet is a political consultant who raised at least $500,000 for President Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2012 election cycle.  As of last week, he had never visited Argentina — which helps explain the ambassador-designate's spotty performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing.

Don't Celebrate Eric Holder's Pending Departure.  Nobody should celebrate the announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder will be leaving the administration this year.  Whoever replaces Holder will be just as radical and ideological. [...] So even after Eric Holder is gone, the Civil Rights Division will be just as racialist and lawless.  The Criminal Division will still refuse to prosecute election gangsters like Melowese Richardson in Ohio who proudly said on camera she voted six times for President Obama in 2012.  It will still refuse to prosecute large banks for criminal conspiracy because they are "too big" to prosecute.

Expert: Obama's 'myRA' violates multiple investment laws.  President Obama's new and low-budget proposal to help Americans build a tiny nest egg appears to violate federal laws barring retirement plan sponsors from steering investments to self-serving accounts, in this case the Treasury's own bonds, according to a new analysis.  The "myRA" plan Obama unveiled in his State of the Union address would also be outlawed in the private finance world because it offers no investment diversification and amounts to a conflict of interest, violations that call for fines up to $100,000 and up to a year in prison.

Go to Jail — Get Obamacare. Defend a Cop Killer — Get a Massive Job in DoJ.  It seems every day the Democrats currently in power find a new way to express sneering contempt for everyone who disagrees with them for any reason.  Democrat Leahy did not allow the widow of slain police officer Daniel Faulkner to testify as to why the attorney who represented her husband's murderer should not be confirmed to head DoJ's Civil Rights Division.  Why did he deny her her right to speak?  A technicality.  And because he could.  It would have been inconvenient to the Obama administration for Congress to have heard directly from Abu Jamal's surviving victim.

Obama bundler nominated as ambassador to Argentina has never been to the country.  Presidents often award diplomatic posts to campaign donors and fundraisers, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspects that Obama's choice of ambassador to Argentina — a man who bundled more than $500,000 for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, but who has never been to the country — is in over his head.  "Have you been to Argentina?" Rubio asked Noah Mamet during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday [2/6/2014].  "I haven't had the opportunity yet to be there," Mamet replied.

What Does It Cost To Be an Obama Ambassador?  Rewarding donors and political allies with ambassadorships is nothing new, but Obama vowed to buck the tradition, promising shortly after he was elected to "have civil servants, wherever possible, serve in these posts."  "My expectation is that high quality civil servants are going to be rewarded," he said in a January 2009 news conference.  In fact, Obama has rewarded political supporters plum ambassadorships more than his predecessors. [...] In his second term, Obama has named more political than career appointments, 39 versus 36.  Twenty of his political appointments raised more than $500,000 for his 2012 campaign.

Obama's 'Smart Diplomacy' Collapses Under Political Cronyism.  [T]he State Department under Obama is turning into a global laughingstock as he puts forward a series of incompetent political cronies for key diplomatic posts, showing disrespect for allies and contempt for our own nation's proud diplomatic traditions. [...] George Tsunis, who raised $988,550 for Obama in 2012, became ambassador to Norway, [...] Noah Mamet, Obama's just-named envoy to Argentina, a major Latin American nation on the verge of fiscal collapse, has never visited that country.  But, hey, he did bundle more than $500,000 for Obama in 2012.  Caroline Kennedy, who doesn't speak Japanese, has no real expertise in Japan and whose sole qualification appears to be her last name, is now U.S. representative to our No. 1 ally in Asia.  Tokyo officials took it as a grave insult.

More than a smidgen: IRS whistleblower's terrifying charges.  These charges deserve official investigation, and because the Eric Holder Department of Justice cannot be trusted to appoint someone with an interest in getting at the truth, the charges ought to be part of a special prosecutor's mandate.  Of all government agencies, the IRS has the most arbitrary and easily-abused power.  Corruption within its ranks cannot be tolerated, for it has the potential to metastasize rapidly into banana republic tyranny

Obama's IRS 'Confusion'.  House committees are still digging into the IRS political targeting scandal, and based on a hearing Wednesday there's more to learn.  The day produced more evidence blowing apart President Obama's claims that there was "not even a smidgen of corruption" or political motivation in the IRS handling of groups applying for tax-exempt status.

This Is Starting to Look Like a Pattern of Political Moves and Prosecutions.  A pattern indeed, that stretches back to 2010 and the IRS abuse, or 2009 if you include Obama's joke that he would use the IRS against his opponents.  Here is one more fact.  In 2012, Obama's campaign deliberately disabled safeguards on its website, allowing it to collect illegal foreign donations.  It did accept illegal foreign donations; to what extent is unknown.  Those donations, and the campaign staff who disabled the safeguards, were never investigated or prosecuted.  The media never showed much interest in investigating, either.

Former Energy Secretary Joins Board of Stimulus Recipient.  Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu will join the board of a company that got millions of dollars from the Department of Energy during Chu's tenure and is backed by some of the nation's most politically connected investors.  Lithium ion battery manufacturer Amprius announced Chu's move on Monday [1/20/2014].  His "ideas and experience will help Amprius accelerate the development of even higher-energy batteries," the company said in a statement.  Chu has already helped the company accelerate that development through more than $4 million in DOE grant money paid to the company since 2011.

Democrats Are Playing the Knockout Game.  [Scroll down]  But in the meantime, conservatives of all stripes wonder where the indictments on the IRS targeting of conservatives are.  They wonder why there have been no charges filed over the "Fast and Furious" scandal and the Benghazi debacle.  They wonder why there have been no consequences for the outrageous actions and inactions of Harry Reid, Eric Holder or Kathleen Sebelius; why there has been no investigation of the Solyndra debacle and why there never seem to be any lasting and effectual investigations into our president's imperial ambitions and behavior.

Should Americans believe anything Obama says?  When Americans first learned last year that the IRS had illegally targeted Tea Party, conservative and evangelical nonprofits for harassment during the 2010 and 2012 campaigns, Obama said such activities were unacceptable and he promised to get to the bottom of the scandal.  But not long afterwards, he began dismissing the IRS matter as a "phony scandal" concocted by Republicans unhappy that he had won re-election.  Then, Attorney General Eric Holder, or somebody reporting to him, appointed Barbara Bosserman, a long-time Obama campaign donor, to head the investigation.  So it came as no surprise last week when it was reported that the FBI expects no criminal charges to be filed in the IRS scandal.  Politicized justice is no justice at all.

Echoes of Marc Rich in Edward Snowden case.  Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director James Comey and new Obama White House counselor John Podesta all played roles in the Rich saga, wrestling with the complex questions of what tactics and compromises officials should consider when an American is holed up overseas, beyond the reach of the U.S. justice system.

The Nonsolution.  As the IRS investigations of political enemies show, it is what you are allowed to do with what you know that constitutes the major peril.  When the intelligence and law enforcement functions are mixed they constrain each other, as may have happened in the case of the Boston Bombers.  The incentive of the FBI is to secure a conviction.  The incentive of intelligence is to anticipate a threat.  Mix these two functions together and you sometimes get neither or if you get something, you get something very dangerous.

Obama Picks Soros Crony to Lead NSA Probe.  When President Obama needs help, he can always turn to one of the Soros inner circle.  In a speech on Jan. 17, Obama announced that his new Presidential Counsel John Podesta will lead a "comprehensive review of Big Data and privacy," following the NSA privacy scandal that has dogged his administration.  What he didn't mention was that Podesta is the founder of the liberal Center for American Progress.  CAP has gotten $7.3 million from liberal billionaire George Soros since 2000 and was one of the keystone liberal think tanks founded after the Democrats lost the 2004 election.

US government finds no evidence to accuse itself of a crime.  Instead, the FBI — through a leak — has let it be known that confusion about rules and bureaucratic incompetence, and not intentional or particularly targeted malfeasance within the IRS, were to blame for the completely one-sided targeting of TEA Party groups in the run-up to the 2012 elections.  Or, to put it another way, the government has decided, after what it will call careful examination, not to charge itself for its own internal lawlessness and vindictiveness.

The Fix is In In the IRS Abuse Scandal.  President Obama himself at least set the tone that led to the abuse of conservative, Christian and Tea Party groups by calling for them to be investigated in several of his public comments.  He may have done a whole lot more than just set the tone.  Obama placed William Wilkins into the IRS counsel's office, and that office was responsible for developing the IRS guidelines that led to the targeting of the president's opponents.  IRS chief counsel Wilkins met with President Obama just two days before his office handed out the guidelines that agents used to target the president's opponents.  A day after that, the head of the IRS workers union also met with President Obama.  Either of these meetings looks bad, but both together look terrible.

The Washington Way: Top officials [are] rarely fired in times of scandal.  [A]s the scandals pile up in the Obama Executive Branch, the response is casting a spotlight on the capital's unique brand of accountability:  For those who've done wrong, or were in charge when wrong was done, a graceful exit is almost always an option.  Or, drawn-out internal reviews take the place of prompt firings.

Shredding the layers of the ObamaCare onion.  It was just announced that the Obama White House is dropping CGI, Inc. next month when its contract with the U.S. federal government expires.  Certain journalists and armchair sleuths with a peculiar penchant for political partisanship engaged in a frenzied frolic at the discovery of cronyism related to CGI. [...] CGI Federal ultimately secured a $678 million no-bid contract to build the ObamaCare website, and did so miserably.  At least, that's the government's story, and they're sticking to it.  Yet that's just the veneer of a much deeper, more nefarious scheme, especially when you look at its replacement.

Is It Time for an Independent Counsel to Investigate the State Department?  Corruption, malfeasance, and complacency represent the stories we heard about the State Department regarding its actions in 2012.  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed a fatal attack on an American ambassador and three other Americans on an anti-Islamic video then inflaming the Middle East.  Her response when questioned before Congress?  "What difference at this point does it make?"  It still makes a lot of difference, and not just because of Benghazi itself.  There is a larger culture of corruption at the Department of State.

The 'crime' of the IRS.  Only days after we learned the Obama administration had appointed an Obama donor to head investigations into the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, we now have a leak from law enforcement saying the FBI doesn't expect to file criminal charges.  That's the gist of a late-breaking story Monday evening [1/13/2014] in The Wall Street Journal.

FBI not expected to file charges in IRS targeting of tea party groups: report.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't find the kind of political bias needed to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service's heightened scrutiny of tea party groups, law enforcement officials told the Wall Street Journal.  "Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn't understand, according to the law-enforcement officials," the newspaper said.  The case is still being investigated, but officials familiar with the case said it is increasingly unlikely any criminal charges will result.

One week earlier, this news came to light:
FBI quietly drops 'law enforcement' as its primary mission.  Without any fanfare, "law enforcement" has been dropped from its status as the FBI's primary mission.

The FBI's IRS Outrage.  The [Wall Street] Journal reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is unlikely to file any criminal charges in the targeting of conservative political organizations by the Internal Revenue Service.  Yet Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who represents many of the targets, says that the FBI has never contacted any of her clients to discuss their treatment at the hands of the IRS.  "Shouldn't law enforcement talk to the victims in an investigation?," she asks in an email.  "That's like investigating a burglary without interviewing the burgled," notes a Journal editorial.

More about the use of the IRS as a weapon.

An FBI Just As Tainted And Untrustworthy As The IRS.  The FBI says it won't prosecute anyone at the IRS for its admitted targeting of the president's political foes.  This just as the agency claims the law is no longer its main mission.  So it's a political goon squad now.

Obama's ambassador picks, by the numbers.  $436,000 to Democratic causes — that's from former White Sox outfielder Mark Gilbert, the nominee for the U.S. Embassy post in New Zealand. [...] $291,000 in contributions to Democratic campaigns and committees — that's from "The Bold and the Beautiful" executive producer Colleen Bell, who is up for the job of ambassador to Hungary.

Is Obama Trying To Whitewash The IRS Investigation?  Barbara Bosserman is not a household name.  But she's an important figure.  According to Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the trial lawyer in the IRS' Civil Rights Division is leading the internal probe into the IRS treatment of conservative groups.  She also happens to be a "significant" contributor to Obama and the Democratic Party.

Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe of IRS tea party targeting.  The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups, according to top Republicans who said Wednesday that the move has ruined the entire investigation.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, and regulatory affairs subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, said they have discovered that the head of the investigation is Barbara Kay Bosserman, a trial lawyer in the Justice Department who donated more than $6,000 to Mr. Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, as well as several hundred dollars to the national Democratic Party.

Obama Donor Picked to Head IRS Scandal Investigation, Big Three Networks Censor.  After months of stonewalling the Justice Department finally named someone to head the investigation into the IRS-Tea Party scandal — and it's an Obama donor.  So far ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to mention what Darrell Issa called "a startling conflict of interest."  In fact the Big Three networks have almost completely stopped covering the IRS scandal investigation altogether.  Since July 1, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted a total of just 2 minutes and 8 seconds to the IRS imbroglio.

Obama's attorney general appoints Obama donor to investigate Obama's IRS.  President Barack Obama's deputies have picked one of his political donors to investigate the IRS' attack on independent political groups during the 2012 election, according to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House investigations committee.  "We request you immediately remove Ms. [Barbara] Bosserman from the ongoing investigation," said a Jan. 8 letter from Issa to Attorney General Eric Holder.  The secret selection of Barbara Bosserman, a lawyer in the Department of Justice's civil rights division, was revealed by a committee investigation after the DOJ stonewalled the legislators.

Republicans call for removal of Obama supporter leading IRS targeting probe.  Republicans claim the Justice Department's investigation of the IRS targeting scandal is "compromised," after revealing that it's being led by one of President Obama's political supporters.  In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the lawmakers said they've learned trial attorney Barbara Kay Bosserman is leading the probe.  They detailed federal campaign finance records showing she's given more than $6,000 to Obama's two presidential campaigns — and urged Holder to remove her from the case.

Obama is at Two Dozen Scandals and Counting.  President Obama claims that Republicans are busy probing "phony scandals."  But the sheer number of scandals suggests that misbehavior, abuse of power, and possibly corruption are not something being dreamed up by the GOP, but a defining characteristic of the Obama administration.  Here is a full list of the administration's most egregious scandals.  The ones we know about, at least.  I've added four since the last time we ran the list — an increase of 20 percent!

Dems use new filibuster rules to approve DHS nominee Mayorkas under investigation.  Senate Democrats used the new filibuster rules Friday [12/20/2013] to win confirmation of a controversial top Homeland Security official, approving a new deputy secretary who is still under investigation of wrongdoing in his current post as head of one of the immigration agencies. [...] Republicans said it's the first time the Senate has ever knowingly confirmed such a high official who is currently being investigated by an inspector general, and said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set a new precedent.

Federal Judge: The Obama Administration Aids and Abets Human Trafficking.  A federal judge in Texas has issued a searing indictment of the Obama administration's immigration policy.  He accuses the government of "completing the criminal mission" of human traffickers "who are violating the border security of the United States" and assisting a "criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals."  The judge calls the administration's behavior "dangerous and unconscionable" and says that "DHS should cease telling the citizens of the United States that it is enforcing our border security laws because it is clearly not.  Even worse, it is helping those who violate these laws."

ICE director defends transport of illegal immigrant children as 'appropriate and legal'.  The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended the role of federal agents in transporting illegal immigrant children after a federal judge complained they were hand-delivering smuggled kids to parents in the United States. "While the court's comments did not relate specifically to ICE, it is clear that the transportation of unaccompanied children (UAC) by ICE personnel is appropriate and legal," acting Director John Sandweg wrote in a brief email obtained by FoxNews.com.

DHS Complicit In Drug Cartel Human Trafficking.  A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions.

Federal Court: Obama's Partnership With Mexican Drug Cartels Goes Far Beyond Guns.  Last Friday [12/13/2013], an opinion by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen opened a window onto the sheer lawlessness of the Obama administration — in particular, the Department of Homeland Security.  The case was United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez.

'Zero Dark Thirty' leak investigators now target of leak probe.  More than two years after sensitive information about the Osama bin Laden raid was disclosed to Hollywood filmmakers, Pentagon and CIA investigations haven't publicly held anyone accountable despite internal findings that the leakers were former CIA Director Leon Panetta and the Defense Department's top intelligence official.

EPA's Top Climate Change Expert Engaged in "Crime of Massive Proportions".  Surprisingly, his crime of massive proportions isn't pulling this climate change scam that has cost us billions in wasted tax dollars.

Culture of Corruption: The Dems' Dangerous DHS Pick.  The "S" in President Obama's DHS doesn't stand for "security."  It stands for "sleaze."  In the wake of Dirty Harry Reid's sabotage of the filibuster, Democrats have rammed through the Senate nomination of a shady Chicago crony associated with dangerous Clinton corruption and at least two visas-for-sale schemes.

Eric Holder's kickbacks for community organizers.  The government has quite the tidy little deal going in terms of getting money out of large banking interests lately.  The latest example was the $13B dollar "settlement" reached with JP Morgan, which certainly must have taught them a thing or two.  But some observers have been digging into the details of the deal and finding that it might be even sweeter for certain progressive interest groups than anyone had previously imagined.

Obama's 'Sham-Wow' Presidency.  Forget impeachment, it's time for criminal prosecution.  Obamacare isn't about incompetence and it isn't about political disagreement.  It's about a trillion dollar fraud, carried out by the President of the United States.  Now add in the IRS scandal and all the others.  There's enough here to put a CEO away for life.

Head of scandal-plagued FMCS to resign following Washington Examiner series.  Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen is resigning only days after learning he is a target of a congressional inquiry spurred by a Washington Examiner series.  The Examiner series reported that FMCS employees spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxuries and that top officials retaliated against employees who questioned the spending.

USAID programs hit by fraud, corruption and bid-rigging allegations.  USAID, the government agency in charge of distributing tax dollars to foreign aid projects, once again is being hit with allegations and audits exposing how fraud and corruption are undermining its programs.  Though the government says it's taking "steps" to address the problems, the multiple reports reflect a decades-long problem with how USAID money is administered and, critics say, how little has been done to fix it.

USAID programs hit by fraud, corruption and bid-rigging allegations.  USAID, the government agency in charge of distributing tax dollars to foreign aid projects, once again is being hit with allegations and audits exposing how fraud and corruption are undermining its programs.  Though the government says it's taking "steps" to address the problems, the multiple reports reflect a decades-long problem with how USAID money is administered and, critics say, how little has been done to fix it.

Obama using food-stamp cash to fund Michelle's 'Let's Move'.  On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program (or, as it's now called, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans.  In the city, 1.9 million folks get the bulk of their Jell-O and Campbell's Soup from stamps.  But news has spread among the poor, like leafy green vegetables, that it wasn't heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts.  Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama's pet project, Let's Move.

Obama's second-term ambassador nominees raised more than $16 million for him.  President Obama's second-term nominees for foreign ambassadorships raised more than $16 million for his presidential campaigns and inaugurations.  Obama has nominated 24 campaign bundlers that have raised at least $16.6 million for his presidential efforts, according to a database created by the Center for Public Integrity.  Eight six-figure Obama bundlers have already been confirmed to key posts including Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Italy.

Obama's Republic of Lies.  [A]lthough we do not yet know the extent of the damage — how many lives will be blighted or lost — because of ObamaCare, we know for a certainty that the legislation was sold to us on false pretenses.  "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."  There was never any chance of that, as numerous critics pointed out at the time.  They knew it could never be, and so did Obama.  Does it matter?  Does anyone really care whether the president of the United States ostentatiously breaks a promise he made publicly on at least 36 separate occasions?  We know what would happen if the president of an insurance company made and then flagrantly broke a promise that his customers could keep their health care coverage if they liked it.  He would be prosecuted and jailed.

Obama-linked firm received 'unauthorized' $100,000 contract for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity effort.  The marketing firm that created first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign's logo, slogan and web design has close ties to the Obama administration and was paid $100,000 in an "unauthorized" no-bid contract, according to internal documents.  The 44 pages of documents — obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch — reveal that federal officials are looking into the Let's Move contract with Shepardson, Stern & Kaminsky (SS+K) as an "unauthorized commitment."  According to Judicial Watch, the contract violated federal contracting laws.

The Next Big Obamacare Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Perhaps even more troubling than the Obama lies, however, is the political cronyism that has surfaced in the administration's choice of the contractor to fix the Obamacare website and a legally indefensible interpretation of the Obamacare law by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that can protect this contractor and its insurance company parent, among other firms, from kickback claims.

Former Dept. of Veterans Affairs chief pleads the Fifth.  A former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs pleaded the Fifth on Wednesday [10/30/2013], refusing to testify about a pair of taxpayer-funded human resources conferences in 2011 that cost a scandalous $6.1 million or more.  John Sepulveda oversaw the conferences, which included the screening of a parody video based on 'Patton,' whose production cost the Treasury more than $52,000.  But in front of the House Oversight Committee, he chose to remain silent, [...]

NLRB nominee accused in union corruption case.  Richard Griffin, President Obama's nominee to be the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, is accused of making false statements under oath in a union corruption complaint in California district court.  The charges stem from when Griffin was the top lawyer for the International Union of Operating Engineers.  The complaint alleges that he gave a false explanation in a deposition for why union officials sought the ouster of a colleague who was blowing the whistle on internal corruption.

State Department swept sex scandals under the rug.  Months after whistleblowers accused the State Department of covering up employee sex scandals, most of the cases have been ignored or swept under the rug, critics charge.  Records show that staffers were given cushy jobs or allowed to retire, and watchdogs say the feds have hardly bothered to investigate since the shenanigans came to light this past summer.

Ex-Secret Service agent charges 'pattern' of drunkenness by Obama aides.  A former Secret Service agent who spent three years at President Obama's side is claiming in a new book that White House staff regularly got drunk at "wheels-up" parties overseas, acting just as badly as agents fired for their involvement in a foreign booze-and-prostitution scandal last year.  Dan Bongino, who quit the service in 2011 to run as a Republican in the Maryland Senate race, charged that he witnessed Obama staffers boozing at parties in foreign nations after Air Force One was "wheels up" and the president headed for home.

Illegal use of DoD Communications Systems by Obama Administration.  The American Spectator has been provided with the text of a political message sent on Saturday evening, using Department of Defense communications systems, on behalf of President Obama and Secretary of Defense Hagel.  It is addressed to "all US government employees" and further specified by the DoD sender to go to "all subordinate commands," in compliance with Hagel's call for "the widest possible distribution."

Government 404 Error.  [Scroll down]  Looking back over recent events, I recall the attorneys who railroaded Senator Stevens out of office, giving the Democrats a majority in the Senate, were not really punished; Lois Lerner who quite obviously worked with the Administration to use the IRS to punish and hamstring Obama's opponents, will retire with over $100,000 a year and no prosecution is in sight; Attorney General Holder has used the Department's Civil Rights and Voting act section in much the same way, presided over a failed scheme that put weapons in the hands of Mexican drug lords, and has ignored a Congressional contempt citation against himself while refusing to take action against civil servants who quite obviously have been violating federal law.

Independent Review of NSA Surveillance Not Exactly 'Independent'.  A panel of so-called independent experts appointed by President Obama to review the federal government's surveillance programs "has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts," according to a report from the Associated Press.

'Friends of Barack' facing multiple charges in corruption case.  Well, well, well!  Just look at who has been charged with money laundering, mail fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and other crimes involving Federal and Illinois grant money for health charities, job training and other programs.  A few friends of our president, Barack Obama, that's who.  One of those charged is the daughter of Reverend [...] Jeremiah Wright.  Wright is the minister who united Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson in matrimony; the happy couple then attended his church for many years listening to Wright's anti American sermons.

Watchdogs: Tally in Illinois grant-fraud probe so far: 13 charged, $16M embezzled.  The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield has been busy the past few years investigating a variety of fraud schemes involving state grants.  Thirteen people have been charged so far, six who have pleaded guilty.  Two of them have ties to President Barack Obama.  One is the daughter of his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  Another was chief of staff to Obama's longtime friend Eric E. Whitaker when Whitaker was Illinois' public health chief.

Did someone mention Jeremiah Wright?

The Obama Administration Is A White House Of Historic Incompetence.  It started with the stimulus package.  One-third of the money went to public employee union members — a political payoff not very stimulating to anyone else.  Billions went to green energy loans, like the $500 million that the government lost in backing the obviously hapless Solyndra.  Infrastructure projects, which the president continues to tout, never seem to get built.  He's been talking about dredging the port of Charleston, for example, to accommodate the big container ships coming in when the Panama Canal is widened.  The canal widening is proceeding on schedule to be completed in 2014.  The target date for dredging the port of Charleston:  2024.

Former EPA official charged with stealing nearly $900G.  A former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency was charged Friday [8/23/2013] with stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over 13 years.

EPA employee stole $886K from the agency.  An Environmental Protection Agency employee knowingly stole more than $886,000 from the agency, according to a criminal filing from the Department of Justice.  The alleged fraud occurred in the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation under the nose of former administrator Gina McCarthy, who now heads up the entire agency.  "There appears to be corruption to the umpteenth degree," said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter.

Socialists Designed Obama's Credit Watchdog Agency.  Socialist activists and their front groups played a shockingly outsized role shaping and passing the monumental financial reform legislation that authorized the creation of President Obama's powerful consumer credit watchdog agency.  Their intimate involvement is revealed in a new book, "Financial Justice: The People's Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse," which offers a rare, if biased, behind-the-scenes look at the anti-bank movement's multimillion-dollar lobbying effort in support of the Dodd-Frank Act.

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.

The Scandal Society.  Remember Black Jesus?  The Lightworker?  The One?  The next Lincoln, the Democrats' Reagan, the neo-FDR?  He is now standing next to Tricky Dick and Slick Willie, caught in a quartet of burgeoning scandals, charged with rewriting the facts when they became inconvenient, harassing the press, and using the Internal Revenue Service to get at his enemies, subverting their rights of assembly, and speech.

Just How Corrupt is the Obama Administration?  Scandal after scandal, coupled with an ongoing contempt for the law and the Constitution, demonstrated by high-level officials and the president himself, point to one deeply troubling conclusion:  the Obama administration may be the most corrupt administration ever inflicted on the American public.  And while the mainstream media have done a remarkable job deflecting much of that reality, even they cannot keep up with the avalanche of disturbing revelations that arise, seemingly on a daily basis.

Obama Presidency A Lengthening Legacy Of Lawlessness.  Constitutionally, the president has the authority to check the legislative branch by recommending legislation to be passed by Congress or through the presidential veto.  But he cannot legislate through executive fiat and he can't pick and choose which parts of the law he will comply with or decline.  Nor can he defy judicial rulings from the highest court in the land.  But that's what he's done. [...] From the Zimmerman trial, the EPA phony-address emails, the handing of farmers' personal information to green activists, down to the illegal campaigning by Cabinet members, the list continues.

President Obama, Meet Warren Harding.  In sum, this is the most lawless administration since Warren Harding's ninety years ago.  Except those scandals came from below as Harding was, to put it mildly, a hands-off administrator, mostly interested in wine, women, and poker games.  The Obama administration is very much a top-down administration.  And the Harding scandals were mostly about money (Albert Fall, secretary of the interior, accepted bribes in the Teapot Dome scandal and became the first cabinet secretary to go to jail).  The Obama scandals are all about political power, protecting it and increasing it.

Holder's mortgage fraud whopper.  Bloomberg News provides the latest evidence that the Obama Administration cannot be trusted to report on itself honestly.

Classic Obama charade: Appoint a crony to investigate himself.  James Clapper, Obama's Director of National Intelligence, will digest his groups' findings on what national intelligence has been doing under James Clapper and James Clapper will report them to his boss Obama, who's already said publicly there are no abuses.  We're going way out on a mid-summer limb today to predict that Clapper will absolve Clapper and his community of any abuses and Obama will agree.  Completely.  Probably sometime during the holiday season when, like now, fewer people are paying attention.

Pentagon paid billions to defense firms that previously defrauded the government.  Like a battered spouse in an abusive relationship, the Pentagon paid billions of dollars to companies even though the same companies were known to have defrauded the government in the past, according to a report compiled by Department of Defense officials.

Another Agency Goes IRS.  One big question raised by IRS political targeting is whether Obama officials or their bureaucratic allies unleashed the power of the administrative state for partisan ends.  Now evidence is emerging that officials at another agency, the Federal Election Commission, used their enforcement power as an anti-conservative sword.  The House Ways and Means Committee this week released emails showing that, in 2008 and 2009, the FEC's general counsel staff sought tax information about conservative political groups from Lois Lerner of the IRS.  Ms. Lerner [...] had previously worked at ... the FEC's general counsel office.

E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups.  The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency's enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American Future Fund, before recommending that the commission prosecute it for violations of campaign-finance law.  [Lois] Lerner, the former head of the IRS's exempt-organizations division, worked at the FEC from 1986 to 1995, and was known for aggressive investigation of conservative groups during her tenure there, too.

Scandal Watch: Senior DHS Official and Top Obama Nominee Under Investigation.  The US government's Inspectors General have been mighty busy lately.  Whereas the IRS, DOJ and Benghazi scandals can all be succinctly summarized in a sentence or two, this latest emerging story cannot — which is why it may lack the legs to really blow up.  Nevertheless, a newly-revealed investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General may cause some heartburn for the Obama administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Virginia.

Let's Shed Some Light on Eric Holder's Blatant Disregard for the Rule of Law.  Yesterday [7/24/2013] during a speech on the House floor, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar took a moment to remind everyone of Attorney General Eric Holder's lawless record in the Department of Justice.  Gosar has been leading a charge of no confidence against Holder for years and re-introduced his Resolution of No Confidence earlier this year.  The Resolution calls for Holder's immediate resignation and has 137 co-sponsors in the House.  Holder is still in criminal and civil contempt of Congress.

Report: Obama's pick for Homeland Security No. 2 spot probed.  President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, the Associated Press has learned.

Report: Senate immigration bill includes nearly $300 million in slush funds for immigrants' rights groups.  A former senior policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza supervised the drafting of a U.S. Senate bill, passed on June 27, that would give an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if the House of Representatives goes along.  And La Raza figures to enlarge its budget significantly, thanks to slush funds buried deep in the legislation.

La Raza In Line To Pocket Reform-Bill Slush Funds.  The avowed purpose of the immigration bill passed by the Senate and pending in the House is to provide a "path to citizenship" for the illegal immigrants in exchange for tough new enforcement measures that would prevent other such incursions in the future.  But buried deep within the immigration bill are hidden multimillion-dollar slush funds for left-wing nonprofit groups to provide services to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S.  Once enacted, the slush funds would total almost $300 million over three years and grow over time.

Napolitano Leaving DHS Under Cloud of Suspicion.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano suddenly announced last week that she was resigning her position at the embattled agency in order to take a $750,000-a-year job as president of the University of California system.  This will more than triple her salary, which was $200,000 at DHS.  The timing of her resignation is highly unusual for a member of the president's cabinet.  Most cabinet members who leave after a president's first term don't wait an extra six months into the second term.  Many believe she abruptly left DHS because of some sordid dealings that are about to be discovered.

Nuclear Crimes and Misdemeanors.  What does the billion-dollar Colorado-based consulting, engineering and construction firm CH2M Hill; the Department of Energy; Senator Harry Reid and other key Democrats; high-powered liberal lobbyists and eco-radicals with direct ties to the Obama White House; and billions of taxpayer money have in common?  Well if you haven't guessed it, this post will answer that question — a green energy, crony-corruption tale that began towards the end of the 90's.

Leaking Distrust.  [Scroll down]  On the "Fast and Furious" scandal, the administration perpetrated a massive cover-up ending with Attorney General Holder being held in contempt of Congress and protected from criminal sanctions for contempt by Obama's claim of executive privilege.  On the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner's claim of the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination comprises the agency's entire defense.  On the Benghazi attack, the administration executed another cover-up, making Watergate pale in comparison.  And then there's the AP subpoenas, the James Rosen search warrant and Clapper's "least untruthful" congressional testimony.

Whistleblowers.  So what did whitleblower Aurelia Fedenisn blow the whistle on?  She is a former investigator in the Inspector General's office in the State Department.  Agents for the department had been working on investigations that uncovered serious and criminal wrongdoing.  Their work, they said, was subject to influence and manipulation by higher-ups at the department.  Agents told the IG's office they were told to stop investigating a U.S. ambassador in a sensitive post who solicited prostitutes in a public park.  Fedenisn, a 26 year veteran at State, went public.

Homeland Security watchdog faces fresh allegations.  The embattled deputy inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security destroyed incriminating documents to prevent their public release, used federal funds to pay for two Puerto Rican vacations, and bugged his employees' phones and email, a new letter from Cause of Action, a government-accountability group, charges.  The recent allegations against Charles Edwards add to those leveled last week by the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

State Department's Sex Trafficking Scandals.  Pssst, did you hear?  President Obama is replacing Ambassador Howard Gutman in Belgium.  You remember Ambassador Gutman, don't you?  He's the big Democrat donor President Obama nominated to represent his policies in Belgium and who, it is alleged, trolled for prostitutes — some of them children! — in a park near his official residence.  Late in the day on Friday, June 21, the White House released a list of new nominees for various posts, and Denise Bauer was listed for the United States Ambassador to Belgium post.

Watt Backed Waivers Benefitting Donors.  A prominent Democratic congressman who has been tapped to lead a major federal agency proposed tariff waivers worth millions for a textile company whose lobbying firm donated thousands to his campaign.  The revelations could fuel criticism of a program that some say amounts to a back-door means to secure federal earmarks and encourages companies that use imported products to curry favor with key lawmakers.

Washington's $279 Billion Fraud.  If you think the federal student-loan program looks like a bad deal for taxpayers, imagine how it would look with honest accounting.  And now you don't need to imagine thanks to a new report that's receiving far too little attention.  Turns out that the official "savings" for taxpayers of $184 billion over the next decade really add up to $95 billion in losses.

Homeland Security watchdog accused of whitewashing report.  The man in charge of policing waste, fraud and abuse at the federal government's third-largest department has been accused of suppressing a politically sensitive report, violating anti-nepotism laws and misusing agency resources, according to a letter from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.

Obama Donor Set To Profit From Keystone Demise.  Environmental activist Tom Steyer donated as much as he could to get Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey elected to the Senate in the recent special election to fill the seat vacated by now-Secretary of State John Kerry.  He wanted another senator who's opposed to completing the Keystone XL pipeline that he says would be an environmental plague on the planet.  A few days before President Obama said that Keystone XL would be built only if it could be shown to have no net effect on greenhouse gas emissions, Steyer, a major contributor to Obama's campaigns, urged the president to kill the project.

Obama administration riddled with scandals, but Americans yawn.  It should come as no revelation that Barack Obama — a man who oversaw the leak of his opponent's divorce records to gain entry into the U.S. Senate — is fixated on the protection of his vanity and advancement of his power.  His humiliations of recent weeks have further confirmed the suspicions of those who saw through the amateur confidence game of the president and knew that constitutional liberty, economic efficiency and administrative competency are not priorities in his administration.

Email exchange: Obama tried to steer $10 million to Chicago nonprofit under investigation.  While he was a sitting U.S. Senator, Barack Obama attempted to steer $10 million in taxpayer money to a Chicago nonprofit under investigation for potential fraud, according to an email sent by the nonprofit's then-director of operations.  Former Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) director of operations Vincent Davis sent an email dated June 10, 2007 to Eric Brandmeyer, an official at an Illinois hospital trying to implement SALF's controversial first-aid training programs at a local school district.  Davis assured Brandmeyer that public funding for SALF would remain strong in the aftermath of a local media report on the group's potentially fraudulent activities.

Obama's Bodyguard of Lies.  President Obama and his people deserve at least one accolade:  they have perfected lying into an art form.  Is anyone in Obama's closest orbit a truth-teller?

Two New Obama Scandals in a Single Day.  White House Dossier last week noted a total of 20 significant Obama administration scandals, but that was before these latest two and the revelation that the government is keeping track of telephone calls and Internet traffic.  In one the fresh scandals that came to light Monday, CBS News revealed that State Department investigations into misdoings by officials overseas — several having to do with sex — were manipulated or quashed.

It's RICO time! How to Stop the Obama Administration Crime Wave.  The bottom line is this.  You can't get justice within the political system in America anymore because the politicians own it.  What stopped the mob?  The Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).  What will stop the Obama administration?  RICO.

At least 436 Department of Health and Human Services employees — and possibly more at the White.  House Office of Management and Budget — received advance notice of an $8 billion Medicare decision that sent private health insurers' stocks soaring.  The Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) have launched a probe to investigate possible insider trading.

EPA grants ethics, cyber-security certificates to fake employee 'Richard Windsor'.  Environmental Protection Agency officials granted at least six ethics and cyber-security certifications to "Richard Windsor," the fake employee invented for former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's use for conducting official business.

CBS News: U.S. State Department Cover-Ups Range From Prostitution Charges to Drug Rings.  Uncovered documents show the U.S. State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal behavior ranging from sexual assaults to an underground drug ring.  CBS News reports that is has unearthed documents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), an internal watchdog agency, that implicate the State Department in a series of misconducts worldwide.

Has Sebelius Violated the Anti-Lobbying Act?  The HHS Secretary appears to be using Obamacare funds for illegal lobbying.

The Growing Stench of Corruption.  Nearly half of those surveyed — 47 percent — believe the president isn't telling the truth when he says he didn't know the IRS was giving extra scrutiny to the applications of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.  More than half — 55 percent — say the IRS actions raise questions about the administration's "overall honesty and integrity."  Fifty-eight percent believe the administration's handling of the Benghazi consulate attacks raises questions about the honesty of the White House [...]

Obama's Inspector General Negligence.  With so many scandals breaking in Washington, one may well ask:  Where were all the inspectors general when these bad things — at the IRS, at Justice, and at State before, during and after Benghazi, for instance — were going on?  Where were the presidential appointees who, since the Inspectors General Act of 1978, are meant to root out gross mismanagement, fraud and other abuses at their federal departments and agencies, or among those whom the agencies regulate?  The sad truth is that in the Obama administration many of the most important IGs mandated by Congress simply are not in place.

Controversial Nonprofit Receives CDC Grant.  A controversial nonprofit organization that critics accuse of acting as a labor front group received a lucrative grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March. [...] "The CDC started with an honorable goal to improve health outcomes, but the devil's in the details," he said.  "CDC grants are not supposed to be used for lobbying, but this money could end up getting funneled to a labor association that goes straight to Washington with it."

Community Organizations: Obama's corrupt power grab.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D. California) has equipped fellow Democratic lawmakers with an "Affordable Care Act Tool Kit."  It reveals the Democratic Party's plan to turn the worthy goal of enrolling the uninsured into a cynical scheme for enrollling Democratic voters.  The kit's biggest tool is community organizing. [...] Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is under fire for soliciting donations for Enroll America, and it's no wonder.  Enroll America is 100% political.

The U.S. Government Asked the AP for $1 Million for Secret Email Addresses.  The Associated Press filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the secret email addresses of appointed administration employees, and a Labor Department spokesman came back with an offer:  you can have the emails if you give us a million bucks.

Obama Appointees Using Secret Email Accounts, Demand $1M for Info.  The Associated Press has been trying to uncover this information through FOIA requests.  Remarkably, this incredibly corrupt administration demanded over a million dollars for the information.

The Smoking Gun in Plain Sight.  [Scroll down]  Education is more important than prosecution.  Right now, the best use of their time and energy would be to expose the Obama administration's wrongdoings; to illuminate for Americans just what's been going on in Washington and to show voters — especially young voters — what sort of country we'd be living in if the president had gotten away with this.  Never before have our politicians and our news organizations had a better opportunity to demonstrate just what happens when we vote carelessly, elect a zealot who appoints operatives with no sense of honor or comprehension of right-and-wrong, then parties with rock stars while his coup d'etat unfolds.

Ted Cruz To Megyn Kelly: Eric Holder Should Resign For 'Unprecedented' 'Willingness To Disregard The Law'.  Appearing on Fox News' America Live this afternoon [5/30/2013], Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, and leaders from both parties for "not respecting the Bill of Rights" through a variety of recent scandals including the snooping on journalism outlets and the purposeful targeting of conservative groups for additional tax scrutiny.

An Antidote to Cynicism Poisoning.  The Benghazi scandal was and is shocking, and the Justice Department assault on the free press, in which dogged reporters are tailed like enemy spies, is shocking.  Benghazi is still under investigation and someday someone will write a great book about it.  As for the press, Attorney General Eric Holder is on the run, and rightly so.  They called it the First Amendment for a reason.  But nothing can damage us more as a nation than what is happening at the Internal Revenue Service.

Fire Eric Holder.  In the greatest attack on the free press in decades, the Justice Department seized phone records for reporters and editors in at least three AP offices as well as its office in the House of Representatives.  Holder, however, proceeded to claim absolute and blissful ignorance of the investigation, even failing to recall when or how he recused himself.  Yet, this was only the latest attack on the news media under Holder's leadership.

Obama's Dangerous Contempt for the Rule of Law.  Whatever the investigation into misconduct at the Internal Revenue Service reveals, we already have all the evidence we need to understand President Barack Obama's fundamental attitude toward the rule of law.  That evidence is right there in the public record, and what it shows is indifference and contempt.

Kickbacks as 'a natural part of business' at Fannie Mae alleged.  Investigators are looking into assertions by an ex-Fannie Mae worker that kickbacks were 'a natural part of business' at the federal housing finance company.

Senators say Holder can't 'review' himself on news media snooping.  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s direct involvement in the Justice Department's decisions to spy on the press should disqualify him from heading any review of the unfolding controversy, Republicans said Sunday.  Questions have been raised about the attorney general's role in two Justice Department investigations of leaks, one involving a massive seizure of Associated Press phone records and another an aggressive probe of Fox News reporter James Rosen's private emails.

Obama shows contempt for law.  Mr. Obama — greeted rapturously in 2008 as the "constitutional law professor" who would restore respect for our founding document — has demonstrated a contempt for law unseen since Nixon.  Nixon was devious, insecure and paranoid.  Everyone knows that those are unfortunate traits.  Ever since Nixon, we've been encouraged to be wary of leaders who are suspicious or guarded.  Obama is brimming with excessive self-regard, intellectual vanity and supreme self-righteousness.  No one has ever warned Americans to regard these as dangerous traits, but they may be more worrisome than Nixon's cynicism.

GOP widening Sebelius shakedown probe.  A day after insurers complained that Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration had pressured them to fund Enroll America, a House committee sent them a request for more information on the matter.  The Energy and Commerce Committee had already begun looking into whether Sebelius had broken any laws by attempting to get donations from an industry that will be heavily regulated by her under ObamaCare, and now The Hill reports this new request as a widening of that probe.

Eric Holder Lied Under Oath In Front Of Congress.  The people in the Obama Administration have gotten a free ride for so long that they apparently believe they can get away with anything.  That may be the only thing that explains Eric Holder doing something as stupid as this.

Obama's Commerce Secretary Didn't Report $80 Million in Income.  Barack Obama's close friend and major fundraiser, Penny Pritzker, who has been nominated to be the new Secretary of Commerce, didn't include more than $80 million in income in financial disclosures she filed last week.  Pritzker, who is a billionaire, supposedly "inadvertently omitted" this tiny part of her fortune.

Sebelius Under Scrutiny.  The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expanding its investigation into whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius broke the law when she asked health care executives to contribute to nonprofit groups that are helping to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Barack Obama's long history of scandals — and escapes.  The standard rule for handling bad news in politics is to get it all out at once.  Take your hits for a news cycle, two or three.  And then try to move on.  The conventional wisdom has been that the worst thing to do is allow the bad news to dribble out, poison drop by poison drop, for days, weeks, even months.  Yet that is precisely what Barack Obama has done — and continues to do in his current epidemic of embarrassments — over a decade of controversies and scandals.  The amazing thing is, so far, it's worked like a charm.  So, why should he change?

A Crack in the IRS Dam.  The dam protecting the IRS scandal began to crack today when Lois Lerner, the IRS official who announced, and apologized for, the improper singling out of conservative-leaning organizations by IRS employees under her command, announced through her criminal defense lawyer that she will not testify as scheduled tomorrow before the House Oversight Committee.  Rather, she will assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  This marks a milestone in the IRS investigation.  It can now be taken as more or less established that crimes were committed by Obama administration employees.

Obama Meets With Illegal Aliens in White House.  President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met in the Oval Office on Tuesday [5/21/2013] with three people who are in the country in violation of U.S. immigration laws but who have received "deferred action" allowing them to stay in the country under the terms of a "memorandum" issued unilaterally last year by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The Obama Crony in Charge of your Medical Records.  Who is Judy Faulkner?  Chances are, you don't know her — but her politically connected, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company may very well know you.  Top Obama donor and billionaire Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems, which will soon store almost half of all Americans' health information.  If the crony odor and the potential for abuse that this "epic" arrangement poses don't chill your bones, you ain't paying attention.

Huma Abedin fails to respond to Senator's inquiry into her work for private contractor.  Huma Abedin, the wife Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, has blown off a top senator seeking details on her unusual employment deal last year.

More Secrets From Huma Abedin.  Huma Abedin, former Secretary of State Hillary's Clinton's long time aide with extensive ties to Muslim Brotherhood groups, was granted an arrangement by the State Department to do outside consulting work, even as she remained a top advisor in the Department.  Abedin did not disclose either the arrangement, or how much she earned from it, on her financial report, despite a requirement that public officials must disclose significant sources of income.  Clinton advisor Philippe Reines contended she was under no obligation to do so.

WH: Legality of IRS Action Against Conservatives 'Irrelevant'.  Appearing on Sunday morning on ABC News' This Week, White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer told a credulous George Stephanopoulos that the IRS' targeting of conservative groups was "inexcusable," and that the law with regard to the activity was "irrelevant."  "I can't speak to the law here," he said.  "The law is irrelevant.  The activity was outrageous and inexcusable, and it was stopped and it needs to be fixed so we ensure it never happens again."

Scandal is not Enough.  It has long been obvious to conservatives in America that Barack Obama and his fellow travelers are devoid of any honor or integrity and have been immersed in not only socialist/ Marxist philosophy but the belief that they are preordained to govern the masses.  Therefore there is but one enemy — their political opposition, who must be defeated at any cost and by any means possible, ethical or otherwise.  This mindset was bound to lead to excesses that even the many sycophants in the mainstream media could not ignore or effectively sweep under the rug.

Storm clouds gathering — your safety, your freedoms and the Obama White House.  This past week, we learned that the IRS has targeted for additional scrutiny the tax exemption applications of groups with whose messages it disagrees.  We also learned that the Department of Justice obtained the personal telephone records of hundreds of reporters and editors employed by the Associated Press without a search warrant issued by a judge.  And during this past week we learned that the White House, the Department of State and the CIA all engaged in a conspiracy of disinformation so that the official version of events of what caused the murders of four Americans at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, would not impair Obama's re-election campaign in 2012.

Holder plays dumb.  Attorney General Eric Holder was in a familiar spot yesterday: testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, dodging and weaving and otherwise doing his best imitation of Sgt. Schultz from the old TV show "Hogan's Heroes":  I know nothing.  Scandals at the IRS?  Under investigation, can't comment. Subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters?  How should I know?  I recused myself.  That's not testifying — that's obfuscating.

The Burden Is on Us.  The Obama administration is drowning in the tsunami of its lawlessness. [...] What were [Ambassador] Stevens and others in the U.S. diplomatic corps doing at that Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi in the first place?  Was the Obama administration running a Middle Eastern version of Fast and Furious?  Were we arming terrorists?  Why were particular organizations investigated and harassed by the IRS, and on whose say?  For what purposes did you snoop on the communications of the Associated Press?  They weren't pliant enough?  The responsibility is on Democrats everywhere, who must, once and for all, put aside their maniacal loyalty to a man who is finally being widely exposed as a tyrant.

Barack Obama's America.  In Barack Obama's America, states cannot be allowed to enforce immigration laws, but they can't be allowed not to enforce health-care laws.  States that won't enforce federal laws against vote fraud get a free pass, while states that do try to abide by federal laws against vote fraud get sued by the feds.  Barack Obama's America is a place where legal subpoenas get ignored, false testimony under oath is cheered, government evades transparency, government watchdogs are hounded from office, and White House access is sold with impunity.

Obama's Scandals Stem from His Lawless Presidency.  Last Friday, after the Associated Press learned about the Justice Department's sweeping seizure of its phone records, AP CEO Gary Pruitt said "there can be no possible justification" for the action.  No doubt that's true.  But there also seems to be no possible justification for the many other scandals now swamping the Obama administration — from Benghazi, to the IRS scandal to the White House's attempt to shake down health companies for ObamaCare money.  Except that they all stem from a common root — President Obama's callous disregard for the rule of law.

A legacy of scandal.  We don't know who gave the order to lie about Fast and Furious, nor about Benghazi, nor about the IRS audits.  The answers to the questions have grave consequences, especially if the IRS campaign of intimidation was orchestrated from the very top.  Nearly four decades ago, the House Judiciary Committee voted 28 to 10 to say that it is an impeachable offense for a president personally, or through his subordinates, to cause "income-tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner."

Does Obama Need [a] Staff Shakeup to Manage Scandals?  President Obama and his insular team are violating almost every principle of crisis management.  Shoot straight.  Ditch the spin.  Don't feed the fire.  Restore trust.  While the West Wing is run by smart and dedicated public servants, their crisis communications instincts are horrible.  They dissemble.  They make things worse.  They undermine the administration's credibility.

A Tainted Campaign?  If it is proven that the IRS thwarted some groups from obtaining tax-exempt status in fear that their traditional or conservative messages might hurt the 2012 Obama campaign (especially if it did so under pressure from White House-affiliated operatives), and if it is proven that the Obama administration deliberately ignored warnings about lax security at the Benghazi consulate, missed real opportunities to send help, or deliberately massaged intelligence reports in order to mislead the pre-election public about the true nature of Benghazi in order to further a false campaign narrative of a near dormant al-Qaeda and a calm progressing post-Qaddafi Libya, then the scandals point to the potential corruption of the electoral process itself.  The election outcome may have been successfully affected by these Machiavellian tactics.  More will come out, as the scandals work themselves up the chain of command.

White House in damage control mode as potential scandals pile up.  The White House was in damage control mode Tuesday [5/14/2013] as an escalating series of potential scandals raised questions about whether officials abused their authority — all while threatening to undermine President Obama's second-term ambitions.

HHS: Nothing improper about Sebelius's ObamaCare fundraising.  The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) says there's nothing illegal or improper about soliciting donations to help promote President Obama's healthcare law.  Republicans leapt at the news that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been asking industry and community groups to donate to Enroll America, an outside organization created to promote the health law and encourage people to enroll in its new coverage options.

30 Reasons To Dislike Barack Obama.  [#30]  Barack Obama may be the most crooked President ever to sit in the Oval Office.  His campaign contributors at Solyndra got 535 million dollars they couldn't pay back and he broke the law to help his union cronies at GE and Chrysler while taxpayers lost 25 billion dollars on the deal.  In a better, more honest world Obama would deserve to face possible JAIL TIME for what he did there.

Obama Taqiyya.  This week, we have witnessed the remarkable spectacle of HHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asserting before that same body that the administration, sworn to uphold the laws duly passed by that august body, has the right to pick and choose which to enforce, and then Eric Holder telling a Latino group that illegal aliens have a civil right to US citizenship.  Until recently, it had been thought that actual citizens had an actual right to expect that the executive branch would enforce the laws that their elected representatives passed on their behalf [...]

Obama inauguration fueled by corporations, unions.  Chevron, Boeing and other companies whose fortunes are heavily dependent on government action or inaction were among the companies that gave $23 million to President Obama for his inauguration party, with the politician who ordinarily demonizes corporate money relying primarily on such sources, rather than individuals, for the $44 million gala in January.  AT&T Inc. gave $4.6 million, Microsoft Corp. gave $2.1 million, oil giant Chevron Corp. and defense contractor Boeing Co. gave $1 million each, and healthcare firm Genentech Inc. gave $750,000, a filing showed this weekend.

How Barack Obama Is Using Health Care to Balkanize America.  What we are now seeing in the country is but one of the many deliberate designs of the Obama administration to pit one group against another and make them beg for some dispensation or waiver.  The class warfare that has been an Obama signature now engages cancer patients and teachers and the military.  Who will be next in line to demand special consideration?  Obama knows only one way to rule — and I do mean rule, since governance has gone by the wayside.  Bribes and special interest group waivers have marked his presidency since the beginning of his term.

EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy Has A History Of Misleading Congress.  President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to succeed Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator.  When the Senate takes up her confirmation, lawmakers should be aware that McCarthy, the current chief of air regulation at EPA, has a history of misleading Congress and the public about her agency's greenhouse gas regulations.  At a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in October 2011, McCarthy denied motor vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards are "related to" fuel economy standards.  In so doing, she denied plain facts she must know to be true.  She did so under oath.

This is what's known as a slush fund.
Obama to call for $2 billion green energy fund.  President Obama in Illinois Friday will call for the creation of a $2 billion Energy Security Trust, which would take government royalties from offshore oil and gas leasing and use the money for research in green-energy technologies. [...] The initiative comes as Republicans pressure Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas.  The president has delayed construction of the pipeline because of environmental concerns.

Pump Up the Fraud.  A politically connected engineering company that received massive stimulus contracts has admitted that workers committed widespread fraud under the encouragement of its executives while working on a major taxpayer-funded nuclear cleanup effort.

Did Obama DOJ Nix U.S. Weapons Tech Espionage Probe?  It appears that the Obama Justice Department killed — or at the very least intervened in — a potentially explosive espionage investigation involving the illegal transfer of American weapons technology to China and other foreign countries.  Those who get their news from the mainstream media would never know it, though the scandalous details have been reported in several aerospace trade publications as well as Washington D.C.'s conservative newspaper.

Senator: EPA lied about using private emails.  Environmental Protection Agency officials lied when they said a top official used his private email only once for public business, a Republican senator said Friday [3/8/2013] as he released copies of several emails in which that official conducted business with the EPA's director and with outside groups.

Rumor Check: Obama Uses Obamacare to Pay Off Crony to The Tune of $340 Million.  Even in the absence of definitive proof of cronyism, the checkered record of FIC leaves open the question of why it received such a large amount of federal money.  The existence of such a question implies the need for a greater degree of transparency.  Accusations of cronyism are more plausible when the standards by which such loans are given out are left up to the imagination, and certainly, that is the case when it comes to the funding for those who set up these insurance exchanges.  Hopefully, the congressional investigation into these matters will shed some light on the subject.

Want to meet Obama? It will cost you $500k.  One of my favorite scenes in Lincoln takes place at the White House.  Petitioners from across the United States wait in the lobby for an audience with the president. [...] Those days are over — needless to say.  Unless, that is, you happen to have a spare $500,000.  In which case you too can meet with the president, on a quarterly basis, provided the $500,000 finds its way to Organizing for Action (OFA), the nonprofit, social welfare organization "established to support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012."

Organizing For Corruption.  As if it weren't bad enough already that President Obama has decided to keep his campaign machine active as a tax-exempt, "social welfare organization" to advocate his political agenda, it's a fact that anyone who writes a check for $500,000 sits on OFA's "national advisory board" and gets face time with the president four times a year.  That's a lot of access from a president who refuses to answer questions from the press about his actions and rarely ever holds press conferences.  It also renders White House spokesman Jay Carney's blunt denial that the president is selling access for cash total baloney.

Obama administration's multiple Hatch Act violations raise questions.  A troubling pattern of illegal campaigning by government officials, including two members of President Obama's cabinet, is raising questions about the federal oversight agency that monitors such infractions.  The Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees for engaging in partisan politics, previously found that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did indeed break the law last year when she campaigned for President Obama during an event in North Carolina.  But according to new information obtained by watchdog organization Cause of Action, the DNC improperly reimbursed the federal government for the trip.

Obama's Apparent Pick for Commerce Secretary Has a History of Shady Commerce.  As he continues to fill out his cabinet, a report emerged late Wednesday [2/6/2013] that President Obama is "close to choosing" Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker as America's next Secretary of Commerce.  There's only one problem.  She and her secretive family have been caught up in some pretty dodgy commercial ventures including but not limited to dodging taxes and running a bank that specialized in subprime mortgages.

Obama crony wins contract to give phones to jobless.  A cellphone company whose top executive has close ties to President Obama lobbied for and won a piece of a major new government push to provide Internet service to low-income job-seekers, even though critics say the company's smartphones are poorly suited to the task of helping those in the program find work.  The program's supporters tout it as a way for the unemployed to learn technical skills, to prepare resumes and to search for jobs, but one of the 14 pilot contracts that the FCC awarded went to Miami-based TracFone Wireless Inc.

Long after Election Day, major donors keep giving to Obama.  The Obama organization, which is in the process of transitioning to a nonprofit entity called Organizing for America, transferred $5.5 million to the campaign itself, which will employ the campaign's assets, including its valuable supporter databases, to advance the president's legislative agenda.  That nonprofit will be able to take contributions in unlimited amounts from corporations and wealthy individuals, a first for a sitting president, and one that critics say opens the door to influence-peddling.

The Editor says...
If you send a politician money, but he isn't running for re-election, does that not have the appearance of bribery?

Obama Continues to Violate His Own 'Stimulus' Law by Not Releasing Quarterly Reports.  Have you heard much about President Obama's $787,000,000,000 economic "stimulus" (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately?  In its last report, published in 2011, the president's own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in "stimulus" spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved.

Exclusive: Gov't probes possible USAID bid rigs.  Memos from the inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development also reveal that there was evidence that Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg tried to interfere with an internal investigation.

Scandals show the Obama administration is corrupt.  There are real scandals around Obama.  That the media ignores them doesn't make them nonexistent, just as the media's obsession with something doesn't make it a scandal.  Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the NLRB suing Boeing, and Lisa Jackson's EPA emails are all serious scandals involving government corruption at the highest levels.  At the minimum they show Obama to be ignorant or indifferent to what's going on in his own administration.

Obama's dirty clean-energy deals.  Three of the country's biggest residential solar-panel installers — SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity  — have been subpoenaed by Treasury's Office of Inspector General for their financial records to determine if they had inflated the market value of their costs when they applied for federal reimbursement.  The firms have reportedly received more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits.  Officials in two of them, SolarCity and SunRun, have been among some of Mr. Obama's most generous campaign donors.

National Labor RICO Board.  A recent lawsuit filed in a federal court in California alleges that National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Richard Griffin was complicit in a scheme to cover up embezzlement at a major labor union by terminating employees who attempted to expose the effort.  The allegations appear in a lengthy complaint filed against the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).  The lawsuit alleges numerous violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and names Griffin, IUOE's former general counsel, as a defendant.

Holder's family papers over his ties to abortion doctor.  Eric Holder Jr.'s family is moving fast and furiously to bury the U.S. Attorney General's ties to one of Georgia's most notorious abortion doctors.  Just cleared by an internal report in the "Fast and Furious" gunrunning debacle, the nation's top lawman now faces allegations that his connection to Dr. Tyrone Cecil Malloy is a conflict of interest that helps explain Holder's failure to prosecute abortion providers who run afoul of federal law.

Obama Golfs with Buddy Busted for Soliciting Prostitute.  President Barack Obama is in Hawaii for Christmas.  Right now, he's golfing with White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, according to the White House pool report.  Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu last year for soliciting a prostitute.

Obama begins Hawaiian Christmas vacation by playing golf with friend arrested for soliciting prostitute.  As the nation peers over the edge of the fiscal cliff, President Obama kicked off his Christmas vacation in Hawaii today by playing a round of golf with friends — including his longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.

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.

Fair Share: Obama Staffers Owe $833,970 in Back Taxes.  Federal employees as a group owe a whopping $3.4 billion in unpaid taxes, including 1,181 employees of the Treasury Department delinquent on a total of $9.3 million in taxes.

36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes.  How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their "fair share" of taxes.  Because how unfair — indeed, un-American — it is for an office worker like, say, Warren Buffet's secretary to dutifully pay her taxes, while some well-to-do people with better educations and higher incomes end up paying a much smaller tax rate.  Or, worse, skipping their taxes altogether.

Bankrupt Obama-stimulus recipient goes to the highest bidder, the highest bidder being China.  The problem here is that in the case of A123 Systems, a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric cards, the Obama administration spoon-fed hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money into what they assured us was a guaranteed-successful endeavor at ushering in the glorious green-energy revolution and leading us down the path of ostensibly necessary energy independence.

Obama donor firm conducted auction in which Chinese company bought US battery maker.  The Chicago law firm that auctioned the assets of failing battery maker A123 Systems Sunday [12/9/2012] to the Chinese company Wanxiang Group is a major Obama campaign donor, records reveal.  A123 received $249 million in funds from President Obama's 2009 stimulus package, and spent at least $132 million of those funds to build two factories in the Greater Detroit area.  The company's bankruptcy and sale to Wanxiang Group means that the Chinese company now owns all of the properties A123 purchased with its stimulus money.

Obama Donors Got $21,000 in Government Money for Every $1 They Gave.  Who says that there are no great investments anymore?

Startup electric car company accuses Energy Department of corruption.  To date, the $25 billion ATVM program has approved just four loan guarantees for Ford, Nissan, Tesla and Fisker, totaling approximately $8.5 billion.  XP alleges those awards were the product of a poorly documented process rife with political cronyism and manipulation, and not based purely on merit.  XP manager Scott Douglas Redmond says his company has several witnesses and more than 5,000 documents to back up its claims that it will reveal during a trial, if one is granted.

Did the Obama "Genuises" Steal the Data?  We all know that there were a myriad of campaign irregularities from Black Panthers turning people away to foreign donations using untraceable single use credit cards, and George Soros paying [an] unprecedented FEC fine for illegally funneling cash to the Obama campaign.  Yet we are told, to just stand in awe that the smartest self-professed lazy student with grades he will not share, is so smart and so tech savvy that he just out thunk us.

Democrats get elected, insiders get cash, Americans get nothing.  Outside of higher taxes on everyone, we don't know a lot about what President Obama's second term agenda would look like.  But we do know this:  it would mean a lot more taxpayer investments in green energy companies.  Campaigning in Florida earlier this year, Obama told supporters he would "double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising."  Never mind that almost 50 energy companies Obama has already wasted tax payer dollars on are either faltering or already bankrupt.

Obama Fundraiser Is Winner in Solyndra Bankruptcy Ruling.  A major fundraiser for President Obama's reelection campaign appears to be the biggest winner from a ruling by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, last week in favor of an exit plan for Solyndra LLC, the failed manufacturer of solar panels and the recipient of a $535 million government-guaranteed loan under the President Obama's economic stimulus plan, passed by Congress in 2009.  Losers include the American taxpayers [...]

Obama gave $443 million no-bid contract to drug firm run by Democrat fundraiser.  It turns out that Obama actually does like millionaires and billionaires — enough to give them millions of taxpayer dollars from the middle class.

Emails Link White House to Another Green Flop.  Just-revealed emails confirm that the Obama administration, and the president himself, have misled Americans about the White House's role in fast-tracking a $400 million "stimulus" loan guarantee to a politically-connected "green energy" firm.  If you followed the Solyndra saga, this will come as no surprise to you — nor will the fact that Obama has been spreading misinformation about his White House's culpability in the matter.

Biden's Brother Awarded Lucrative Gov't Contracts: Media Silent Thus Far.  The rampant crony capitalism of the federal government simply can't be ignored anymore, but the media has made a habit out of selectively picking and choosing what it wants to report on with this administration.  This latest example may ultimately be ignored and denied too however, because it involves the brother of our current vice president.

White House Insider: The Only Way Obama Wins This Election Is To Steal It.  As Benghazi news reports now pummel down upon the head of President Barack Obama, a longtime D.C. political operative who has spent the past three years attempting to correct the mistake that was the 2008 election, declares in this brief communication that the only way Obama can now be allowed a second term is if he steals the 2012 election.

Report: Taxpayer loss due to Solyndra may be as high as $849 million.  The cost to taxpayers for the failure of solar panel company Solyndra may be much higher than the $535 million dollar federal loan guarantee the company received.  After the company went bankrupt in last August, 2011, the Energy Department, which had given the original loan, okayed an unprecedented deal to attract more private investment to Solyndra.  One result of this deal is that it has allowed more than $350 million in tax write-offs to pass to those private creditors, one of which is owned by a major donor to President Obama.

Interior secretary may have violated law in Obama campaign appearance.  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar may have violated federal law during his appearance at an Obama campaign event in Colorado on Wednesday [10/17/2012].  The Hatch Act limits how federal employees in the executive branch of government may engage in partisan political activity.  For instance, they may not use their official titles at political events.  But Salazar was presented as "Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar" in the Montrose County Democratic Party's online event calendar.

The Ties that Biden.  Since November 2010, James Biden has been the executive vice president of Hill International's housing subsidiary despite little if any documented work history in residential construction.  And if the company's projections are accurate, both Hill and Biden are on the verge of a huge payday, beneficiaries, some analysts believe, of James Biden's connections to the Obama Administration through his older brother.

Green stimulus profiteer comes under IRS scrutiny.  Vice President Biden snickered during last week's debate at the suggestion there was waste, inefficiency or cronyism in the 2009 stimulus bill.  If he can stop cackling for long enough, Biden, the self-proclaimed "stimulus sheriff" should sit down with the IRS officials and the federal inspector general who are investigating a solar company owned by leading Obama donor and subsidy recipient Elon Musk.

DUI Can't Keep Bundler From Bundling.  On Friday [10/19/2012], the Obama campaign disclosed its most recent list of campaign bundlers.  Disgraced almost-ambassador Tim Broas is still listed as a bundler committed to raising more than $500,000.  Broas was also a bundler for Obama in 2008.  Obama nominated Broas to be ambassador to the Netherlands in April.  The White House was forced to withdraw the nomination after Broas was arrested and charged with drunk driving and resisting arrest in June.

Food Tent Displaying Obama Signs Erected Outside Ohio Poll.  On Wednesday, [10/10/2012] a food tent peppered with Obama campaign signs was seen in Cleveland directly across from the Board of Elections where early voting is taking place.

A White House That Punishes Adversaries, Pays Off Friends.  Did the Obama administration stiff a group of non-union workers and pay off a political ally in the 2009 auto bailout?  Yes, it did, says the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

ObamaPhones Profiting ObamaDonors.  [Scroll down]  One of the major providers of the free cell phones — 3.8 million subscribers as of late 2011 — is Miami-based TracFone Wireless, a company whose president and CEO, Frederick "F.J." Pollak, has donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign.  Pollak's wife, Abigail, is a campaign bundler for Obama who has raised more than $632,000 for the president this cycle, and more than $1.5 million since 2007.  She has personally contributed more than $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008.

Though Illegal, Obama Appears to Solicit Super PAC Money at Jay-Z Fundraiser.  If our corrupt media believe a Republican said something inappropriate at a fundraiser about the 47% of the American people the rest of us carry, the corrupt media attempt to destroy his campaign over it.  However, if a sitting president appears to openly and brazenly break the laws surrounding the solicitation of super PAC money, this very same media dutifully report but refuse to talk about it.

What Does It Take to Get Fired In the Obama Administration?  The last ten days have revealed a piece of good news, in a morbid sort of way.  At a time of rampant economic uncertainty with millions of Americans facing the prospect of layoffs or having their hours and pay cut, there is one place left on earth where one's job is so secure that no power — not lawbreaking, not even lethal incompetence — can trigger termination.  That place is the Obama administration.

Report: Top Obama Bundlers Bag Millions in Taxpayer Money.  An investigation by the Government Accountability Institute found that more than half of the most politically active 50 campaign bundlers for President Obama were either appointed to a presidential council, committee, board, or other White House post.  Many bundlers' businesses or relatives' businesses also received millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal contracts, grants, loans, or other crony perks.  In all, the top 50 bundlers received three council appointments, one ambassadorship, two committee appointments, and a whopping 20 State Dinner invitations.

Public Sector Union Supports Obama after Cushy Contract.  The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, a public sector union, has emerged as the second-largest donor to Democratic Super PACs, including a $1 million donation to President Barack Obama's Priorities USA, reports the Wall Street Journal.  This support comes after the Obama administration gave air traffic controllers a plush contract.

Corzine, MF Global Will Face No Criminal Charges.  After ten months of investigating Obama campaign bundler and former MF Global chief Jon Corzine's role in the loss of $1.6 billion of customer funds, the New York Times is reporting that Eric Holder's Department of Justice is unlikely to file any criminal charges against Corzine or top MF Global executives.  As Breitbart News has reported, the case is riddled with serious conflicts of interest.

Justice Inaction: The Department of Justice's Unprecedented Failure to Prosecute Big Finance.  Despite Attorney General Eric Holder's heated rhetoric promising to hold Wall Street accountable, an investigation into the Department of Justice's handling of the 2008 financial crisis found that:
  •   The Department of Justice has not filed a single criminal charge against any top executive of an elite financial institution.
  •   Attorney General Holder, Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, Associate Attorney General Tony West, and Deputy Associate Attorney General Karol Mason all came to the DOJ from prestigious white-collar defense firms, where they represented the very financial institutions the DOJ is supposed to investigate.
  •   Top DOJ officials played prominent roles in his 2008 campaign.  Holder co-chaired the campaign with Tony West, the DOJ's third highest official.
  •   No other modern administration has staffed the DOJ with big money fundraisers.  Holder bundled $50,000 for Obama's 2008 campaign, while Perrelli, West, and Mason all bundled $500,000 for the campaign.  West also helped raise an estimated $65 million in California.
  •   Washington's "Revolving Door" is at work in the DOJ.  Top Justice officials came from and returned to law practices where they defend the financial institutions the DOJ is tasked with prosecuting.

Why Goldman Sachs, Other Wall Street Titans Are Not Being Prosecuted.  The Justice Department's decision not to prosecute Goldman Sachs in a financial-fraud probe is another sign of the cronyism that has kept Attorney General Eric Holder from taking action against other big Wall Street firms, says Peter Schweizer.

A Guide to the Obama Administration's Five Major Scandals for Mainstream Media Dummies.  Scandal 2:  Kathleen Sebelius breaks federal law, keeps her job.  In February 2012, Secretary of Health and Human Services (that's a federal position, just in case you're not up on your civics) Kathleen Sebelius openly electioneered on government time in her official capacity during a visit to North Carolina.  The Hatch Act, a federal law, expressly forbids such activity.

Sebelius violated Hatch Act, agency finds.  Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the federal law prohibiting federal employees from partisan activities, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) reported Wednesday [9/12/2012].  "OSC concluded that Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity on February 25, 2012," the office said in its report.  The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from trying to influence the outcome of an election while using their official authority or using their official title or when speaking about agency business.

Office of Special Counsel Says HHS Secretary Violated Hatch Act.  President Obama was notified today by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that one of his key Cabinet officials violated the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activity of anyone employed or holding office in the Executive Branch except for the President and Vice President.  Carolyn Lerner, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel concluded that Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she served as the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker at the February 25, 2012 gala for the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina.

OSC report: Sebelius violated Hatch Act.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits certain political activity, when she made "extemporaneous partisan remarks" during a speech in her official capacity earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Wednesday.  The office sent an official report outlining the rare Hatch Act violation and Sebelius's response to President Barack Obama.

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.

Reporters haven't asked about Sebelius breaking law in W.H. briefings.  Reporters covering the White House don't seem to have many questions about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was last week found in violation of federal law against engaging in political activity while on the job.

Sebelius' Impunity On Hatch Act Violation Portends More Dirty Government.  The White House has dismissed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' politicking on the taxpayer dime as "an inadvertent error" and is letting her get away with it.  It shows a pick-and-choose attitude to law.

Legal Questions Dog Administration Officials on Campaign Trail.  Executive-branch officials aren't barred from endorsing candidates; they just can't do it in their official capacity.  But the escalating deployment of top officials for campaign purposes presents an ethical problem, experts say — one thrown into sharp relief by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's recent violation of the Hatch Act.

N. Carolina paper calls on Obama to punish Sebelius.  A North Carolina newspaper is calling on President Obama to punish cabinet secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was found in violation of the Hatch Act earlier this month for giving a political speech while conducting official business in the Tar Heel state.  An editorial published Tuesday [9/25/2012] in The Gaston Gazette of Gastonia, North Carolina declares, "Either we should enforce the Hatch Act or take it off the books."

Sebelius to hit campaign trail again after Hatch Act violation.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will soon be back to doing what she does best — campaigning for President Obama.  Sebelius will travel to New Hampshire this weekend for a swing of "grassroots events" with Obama, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.  The campaign trip comes after the Office of Special Counsel found that Sebelius had violated federal campaign law by campaigning for Obama during an official event.

Complaint: Sebelius' illegal campaign trip for Obama worse than we thought.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by campaigning for President Obama on the taxpayers' dime, but now that initial violation has the Democratic National Committee and an HHS aide in the spotlight for related alleged infractions.  A nonprofit government watchdog filed a complaint alleging that the DNC violated campaign finance law by misreporting the money it spent to reimburse HHS for Sebelius' trip in a way that masked the fact that the Hatch Act, a ban on political campaigning by government employees working in their official capacity, had been violated.

More Accusations in Hatch Act Case.  The government watchdog group that last week requested an investigation into two FAA employees for potential Hatch Act violations has discovered more potential violations of election laws by one of the individuals, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

Obama Bundler Could Face Charges.  A prominent Obama fundraiser and former Democratic politician could face criminal and civil charges for his role in MF Global's bankruptcy and the company's loss of more than $1 billion in customer money, Fox Business has reported today [9/11/2012].  Jon Corzine, MF Global's CEO and New Jersey's former Democratic governor, has been fingered by MF Global's North American chief financial officer, Christine Serwinski, for complacency in the company's loss of customer funds totaling $1.6 billion.  She told investigators that Corzine "was well aware of the use and possible misuse of the customer funds during the firm's final days," Fox reported.

Still More Corrupt Green Energy Boondogglery.  The $535 million of our money Obama laundered through the Solyndra debacle to pay off donor George Kaiser is only the tip of the iceberg.  Another example of how Hopey Change (formerly known as Chicago-style corruption) is applied to energy policy. [...] Why is Obama running for reelection instead of cooling his heels in an orange jumpsuit for the looting spree he calls an energy policy?  Because the "mainstream" media will see to it that stories like this are swept under the rug, and Republicans are afraid to make an issue of them.

Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show.  Liberals claim to support transparency in government — until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director — and more.  Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency."

Can states go after Corzine if Obama administration won't?  Has Jon Corzine escaped justice after MF Global fleeced customers of more than a billion dollars?  On CNBC, Rick Santelli and James Koutoulas say ... maybe not.  If the Obama administration's Department of Justice won't prosecute Corzine, who not coincidentally is a big Obama bundler and a former Democratic Governor and Senator from New Jersey, then maybe states where Corzine's former customers live might be interested in theft on the grandest scale imaginable.

Koutoulas: Holder's DOJ "Biggest Enabler Of Financial Crime In U.S. History".  According to the trustee's report, MF Global was routinely using customer funds to fund intraday operations as far back as August, months before the bankruptcy.  That's a violation of the Commodity Exchange Act.  Then, once their credit rating was downgraded, they just outright took those funds and wired them to JPMorgan to meet house margin calls, which is also a violation of the Commodity Exchange Act.  It is a felony, and it bears a penalty of 10 years in prison per offense.

Corzine gets the New Black Panther treatment.  To control prosecutorial exertion is to control when and where the law is applied.  Whom the posse pursues should not be a whim of political influence, but a matter of compulsory legal scrutiny.  No man is above the Law.  No man, not even the Attorney General, should decide if and when and to whom law is applied.  And Congressional testimony, though unpleasant, is not penance.

"Clean Energy" Is Obama-Speak for Crony Government.  As I noted back in January in my column on Obama's green robber barons, my scouring of White House visitor logs showed nine visits from Illinois-based Exelon's CEO John Rowe, who met with the president and former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel multiple times.  The clean energy company's deep ties had already been illuminated by several other business publications, including Forbes and Crain's.  Frank M. Clark, the veteran lobbyist who runs Exelon's Commonwealth Edison, the largest electric utility in Illinois, is a top Obama adviser and fundraiser dating back to the former community organizer's Illinois State Senate days.  Longtime Obama campaign guru David Axelrod worked as a consultant to Exelon.  And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped create Exelon — where he raked in more than $16 million over two years.

Obama "Green Energy" Scandals Widen as Lawmakers Probe Deeper.  The Obama administration and its Energy Department are under fire over controversial "green energy" schemes yet again, with Republican lawmakers alleging on August 15 that senior officials may have violated federal law by attempting to conceal records using private e-mail accounts.  Last week, the House Oversight Committee also requested more information from President Obama about his personal involvement in funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to politically connected companies such as Solyndra that later failed.

Homeland big on ICE.  Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano's embattled high-ranking immigration aide took a leave of absence following salacious new claims about the agency's alleged sexually hostile environment toward men, while Napolitano herself indicated she is pondering stepping down.  Suzanne Barr, who has close Arizona ties to Napolitano, took a "voluntary leave," according to Brian Hale, spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  Barr's leave, which began Tuesday [8/12/2012], comes as two more male accusers claimed they personally witnessed Barr engage in lewd and hostile behavior with subordinates.

Obama's Signature Move: Unsealing Private Records.  Obama's usual campaign method, used in 100 percent of his races, has been to pry into the private records of his opponents.  Democrats aren't going to find any personal dirt on the clean-cut Mormon, so they need complicated tax filings going back decades in order to create the illusion of scandal out of boring financial records.

Federal Court: DOJ Official May Have Lied About the New Black Panther Case.  In a little noted decision on July 23, a federal district court judge concluded that internal DOJ documents about the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case "contradict Assistant Attorney General [Thomas] Perez's testimony that political leadership was not involved in" the decision to dismiss the case.  In other words, the sworn testimony of Perez, the Obama political appointee who heads the Civil Rights Division, before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was apparently false.

Justice Department officials violated nepotism rules, new report says.  Eight Justice Department officials tried to get their children and other relatives hired at the department in violation of laws and regulations, according to a report released Thursday [7/26/2012] by the department's inspector general.  The nepotism violations in the division that serves as the Justice Department's management arm were revealed in the third investigation of the division in the past decade, according to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.  His office found similar improper hiring practices in 2004 and 2008.

No justice in Corzine case.  As the march to the November elections heats up, voters can expect to find fewer and fewer issues that unite Democrats and Republicans.  Yet one emerging issue appears to be gathering enough steam to produce a rare point of bipartisan agreement:  the Justice Department's unwillingness or inability to charge, prosecute and seek conviction of a single Wall Street executive in the wake of the largest financial collapse in U.S. history.  One of the most glaring examples of the cronyism that has ground the process to a halt can be seen in the lack of any real action against former MF Global chief Jon Corzine.

Revealed: Corzine's MF Global Was Client of Eric Holder's Law Firm.  Those wondering why the Department of Justice has refused to go after Jon Corzine for the vaporization of $1.6 billion in MF Global client funds need look no further than the documents uncovered by the Government Accountability Institute that reveal that the now-defunct MF Global was a client of Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer's former law firm, Covington & Burling.  There's more.

Did Barack Obama Underreport His Income to IRS?  President Barack Obama released his recent personal finance records in 2008, which included his 2004 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return and Senate Annual Finance Report.  President Obama's records for 2004 do not reconcile with the State of Illinois Comptroller's Office.  There are inconsistencies in the total compensation received as an Illinois State Senator.  The largest error likely is President Obama's omission of a "Leadership Stipend" of over $8,000.  This stipend should have been recorded as income. [...] 18 USC 1001 provides for prosecution for knowingly and willfully false statements to the Federal government.  This act allows for unspecified fines or imprisonment up to 5 years.

Obama fundraiser gets Energy Department post.  Dozens of major fundraisers for President Obama's re-election campaign have been appointed to plum posts on advisory boards and humanities commissions and at embassies.  The practice is not new to Mr. Obama, but it's generally viewed as unsavory.  Not to Steve Westly, a financier who has raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for Mr. Obama this election season.  In correspondence with the Energy Department as they were vetting him for a post on an advisory board to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, he was upfront about his political connections and money-raiser role.

Subsidized failure: Obama bankruptcies and green cronyism.  When you subsidize something, you get more of it — and the Obama administration has been funding failure.  The lights may have gone out on his uneconomic solar firms, but the money trail is still visible.  Billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted while President Barack Obama's well-connected friends benefited.

Senator Harry Reid's Part in Green-Energy Crony-Corruption.  So far our chronicle of the green-energy crony-corruption story, has focused primarily on the connections the players have to President Obama.  This chapter stars Senator Harry Reid.  When looking at the whole story, it's important to note that Senator Reid "led passage of the $814 billion stimulus bill and worked to include the loan guarantee program to help finance clean-energy projects" — projects to which, as we will show, he is connected.

Should-Have-Known File: Big-Time Obama Fundraiser in Mortgage Seizure Scheme.  A bundler is someone who raises campaign cash from others on behalf of a campaign and then gets special treatment from the president if the candidate wins.

Obama, Reid Contributor Ralph Lauren Outsourced Olympic Uniforms.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has raised a furor over the fact that the uniforms for the US Olympic Team are made in China.  Which is to say:  outsourced.  Who designed these uniforms?  Who actually did the outsourcing of these Olympic uniforms here?  That would be the famous American designer Ralph Lauren.  Who has a habit of outsourcing his clothes to places like China, Sri Lanka and El Salvador.  Uh-oh.  That would be the same Ralph Lauren who, according to the Federal Elections Commission, on May 7, 2012 — barely two months ago — contributed $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012.

Team USA Olympic uniforms not made in USA.  Not only do this year's Team USA uniforms look a little militant, but it turns out the London Olympians' duds were made in China, which, if you didn't know, is not in the United States.  Classic Americana designer Ralph Lauren stylized the team's opening ceremony uniforms, but outsourced the actual tailoring to China.

U.S. Olympic Uniforms: Made in China by Democratic Donor's company.  Lawmakers were livid to discover that the United States' Olympic team uniforms were made in China. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) even suggested "they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again."  The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less scrutiny.  Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

What's next for Attorney General Eric Holder?  [Scroll down]  But what will become of Eric Holder?  Well, his citation for criminal contempt will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen. [...] And if he [Machen] does decide to move forward against Eric Holder, Machen can always be over-ridden by his boss, the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder.  Anyone who thinks Holder would be afraid to perpetrate such a political outrage hasn't been watching the same Attorney General, and Administration, that I have.  Don't make the mistake of believing the media would excoriate him for such a transparently corrupt exercise of power.

Emails: White House worked with health industry to send business to Axelrod's firm.  The charge that the Obama administration coordinated with the health-care industry in 2009 during the Obamacare fight to send a good chunk of business to the consulting firm founded by presidential adviser David Axelrod has resurfaced in the news media.  At issue is whether the White House worked with officials inside the industry to form the outside group, "Healthy Economy Now," which ran pro-Obamacare ads with the help of Axelrod's former political consulting firm, AKPD Message and Media.

LightSquared founder, Obama ally Falcone sued by SEC for fraud.  US regulators sued hedge fund billionaire Philip Falcone for fraud Wednesday [6/27/2012], accusing him of taking $113 million from a fund to pay his taxes.

Obama's Executive Privilege Has The Stench Of Cover-Up.  The president illegally asserts executive privilege to protect an attorney general who's either a clueless political hack, malevolent or both, withholding answers of who is responsible for a Border Patrol agent's death.

Prisoners producing solar panels sold for installation by major Obama donors on federal buildings.
Green Energy Gulag.  The Obama administration is using prison labor to advance its green energy agenda, enriching foreign companies and some of the president's largest campaign donors in the process. [...] Hundreds of federal inmates earn between $0.23 and $1.15 per hour manufacturing solar panels at UNICOR facilities in New York and Oregon.  The panels are then sold to a variety of government agencies, which are obligated by law to purchase them.

Obama Energy Dept. awards $2 million grant to solar company linked with Van Jones.  On Wednesday [6/13/2012] the Department of Energy began financing solar power installation research with a $2 million award to Solar Mosaic.  The solar energy research company has former Obama "green jobs" czar Van Jones listed as an advisor.  It also employed Rebuild the Dream, Jones' firm, to do its public relations work.  The DOE's grant money will be distributed to nine companies in four states.  Solar Mosaic received the most money, four times the amount of most other grants.  Jones resigned his post in the Obama administration three years ago amid controversy stemming from his past remarks.

More Taxpayer Millions for Van Jones and His Nest of Vipers.  A solar installation research company based in Oakland, California called Solar Mosaic has just received $2 million in grant monies from the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative program.  Mosaic pulled in 4 times more money than the other eight companies that made the cut.  Why did the California company fare so well?  Simple.  Obama's former green jobs czar buddy, Anthony K. "Van" Jones is listed as an adviser while two radical organizations he co-founded are cited as "members of the Solar Mosaic family."  The payouts for Mr. Obama's radical cronies just keep on coming.

House moving to hold Holder in contempt.  House Republicans said Monday [6/11/2012] that they will move to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, escalating a separation-of-powers battle over Fast and Furious, the Obama administration's botched gun-walking operation.

Bringing Eric Holder to Justice.  Patience has apparently run out with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his refusal to turn over what congressional investigators consider critical evidence in the ongoing Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation.  On June 20th, the House Oversight Committee will vote on whether or not to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress.  The vote would mark the fourth time in the last 30 years that Congress has initiated contempt proceedings against a member of the executive branch of government.

How much longer can Obama and Holder protect each other?  If this were just the first such instance of a failure in President Obama's campaign promise to 'have the most transparent administration in history,' perhaps negative sentiments, particularly bi-partisan, would not run so deep.  But, it is just the next, in a long line of many political scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration almost from day one, including Solyndra Solar and Operation Fast and Furious, both of which appear to suffer from "stonewalling" by the government agencies involved.

Non-Citizens, Convicted Felons Could Swing the Election for Obama.  Mitt Romney's lead over President Barack Obama in the states most likely to decide the presidential election could diminish over the next few weeks if left wing pressure groups work successfully to block ballot integrity efforts.  Catherine Engelbrecht, president and founder of "True the Vote," is blunt.  She warns that 2012 could mark the end of free and fair elections in America.

Spending Money Like It's Water.  When most people think of the United States Department of Labor, they think of those people trying to make President Obama look good by manipulating employment data to show less than 8% unemployment before Election Day.  But what few people know is that the USDoL also has a fairly large slush fund to delve into and toss pennies from heaven upon people they deem as worthy.

GM's Bailout Bucks.  General Motors has funneled more than $1 million to two powerhouse Democratic lobbyists since the taxpayers rescued the automaker in 2009.

Oh no! We can't let Romney win, he'll let lobbyists in the White House!  If Romney wins, will lobbyists defile the White House that Obama has kept so clean and so pure?  That's what Politico suggests with this piece today [10/16/2012] headlined "Lobbyists ready for a comeback under Romney."

Inspector General under investigation in drilling ban.  Lawmakers are investigating whether a top government investigator was involved in producing a report that erroneously suggested certain scientists approved a drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  The moratorium cost thousands of jobs throughout the region and created a decline in energy production.  Seven members of the National Academy of Engineers later rebuffed the action.

Bundler of Sunshine.  New disclosures show that one of President Obama's bundlers is the wife of an executive at an energy company that received a more-than-$1.2 billion Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee for a solar power plant.  Arvia Few is a bundler for the Obama re-election campaign who has promised to raise between $50,000 and $100,000.  She began bundling for Obama in the first quarter of 2012.  Her husband, Jason Few, is an executive at a company that has benefited handsomely from the Obama administration's clean energy spending, records show.

Obama's thug style campaign tactics.  Over the weekend, we learned that the Obama campaign tried to pay off "G-D America" preacher Jeremiah Wright not to preach during Obama's 2008 election.  Apparently the price not to preach was $150,000.  If it's true, does this surprise you?  Not me!  This is Chicago style campaigning and it has been Obama's preferred campaign mode throughout his entire career and will continue to do so through the 2012 campaign.

New allegation from Rev. Wright deserves answer.  [Scroll down]  So the allegation is there: Wright says he was offered money by a close Obama friend to disappear at a key moment in the 2008 campaign.  In what way is that not newsworthy?  A top Obama re-election official says the campaign will not comment on Wright's allegations, saying Klein's book is simply not credible.  But listening to the recording, Wright said what he said.  It is news.

More about Jeremiah Wright.

Homeland Security stalls Florida voter clean-up effort.  The Department of Homeland Security is stonewalling Florida's effort to clean up its voting rolls 12 years after George W. Bush won the state's electoral votes by a razor-thin margin.  The state asked DHS in September to check the citizenship of 180,000 registered people who have Florida driver licenses but may not be citizens, Chris Cate, communications director for the Florida Department of State, told The Daily Caller.  Florida's stalled request comes amid efforts by Democratic legislators and advocates to stop popular and court-approved voter-identification laws.

Senior Homeland Security staffers have no law enforcement experience.  President Barack Obama's Homeland Security secretary, Janet Napolitano, has presided over the hiring of at least four senior staffers and advisers who have no law enforcement experience but align politically with the president.

Project run by Obama family, friends receives $5.9M HHS grant.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program run by one of President Barack Obama's closest friends.  Obama's longtime friend, Eric Whitaker, runs the Urban Health Initiative (UHI), which was founded as a means of connecting low-income patients with health clinics in their own communities.

Longtime Obama pal Eric Whitaker keeps popping onto political scene.  In a Monday afternoon [5/14/2012] radio interview with Sean Hannity, Klein revealed that Whitaker had purportedly offered Rev. Jeremiah Wright — an infamous and challenging weight on Obama's 2008 campaign — $150,000 to stay silent until after the election was over.  Wright refused Whitaker's offer, Klein said.  Also on Monday, White House Dossier reported that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the UHI a $5.9 million taxpayer grant.

HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy.  The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady.  The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama's days in law school and who also vacations with the first family.

"Regulations don't matter if your best friend is the cop who pulls you over."
Grimm Reaper.  House Republicans say the Obama administration is too politically tainted to investigate former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's role in the MF Global bankruptcy.  The group of congressmen, led by Rep. Michael Grimm (R., N.Y.), is calling for an independent counsel to investigate whether Corzine illegally transferred billions of dollars from customer accounts to offset his risky trading strategy.

The Chicago Way: Justice for sale at Holder's DOJ.  In an explosive Newsweek article set to rock official Washington, reporter Peter Boyer and Breitbart contributing editor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer reveal how Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are operating under a "justice for sale" strategy by forgoing criminal prosecution of Wall Street executives at big financial institutions who just so happen to be clients of the white-shoe law firms where Holder and his top DOJ lieutenants worked.

Fraud found in Obama's online donations.  President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign has hundreds of thousands of eager, low-dollar donors — and a tiny trickle of unwilling, defrauded donors.  The latest example comes from David Newman, who found a $15 charge, dated May 6, from the "Obama For America" campaign on one of his debit cards.  Newman had supported Obama in 2008, but "I didn't sign up to say 'Do this every three months or every three years when you need money,'" he told The Daily Caller.

Was Treasury's GM Bankruptcy Ally Rewarded by Energy Department?  I may have just solved a General Motors bankruptcy mystery that has existed for about three years.  That is, why did a group that was supposed to be representing bondholders immediately cave to Auto Task Force pressures and endorse a deal that saw GM bondholders get put to the bottom of the creditor list?  The apparent answer exposes the ugly way in which cronies were rewarded with taxpayer money for their support in the Obama orchestrated bankruptcy process while less favored classes got thrown to the back of the bus.  In fact, the group that helped smooth the bankruptcy process has received a $1.35 million contract from the Energy Department to "help track" capital raising efforts at Fisker Automotive as well as for advice on another green energy loser, Beacon Power.

DreamWorks Nightmare.  The Hollywood studio run by one of President Obama's biggest donors is under investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission for bribing Chinese officials to secure exclusive film rights in the communist country — rights secured in secretive negotiations that included Vice President Joe Biden.  The SEC is investigating at least five Hollywood studios — including 20th Century Fox, Disney, and DreamWorks Animation — for allegedly making illegal payments to Chinese officials, Reuters reported Tuesday [5/1/2012].  DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is the largest donor to the Obama reelection super PAC Priorities USA.

True The Vote, Day Two: Breitbart Is Here.  Volunteers from 32 states have gathered to bring integrity back to what has become a corrupted election process.  We have heard story after story today and last night — ACORN's $30 million Project Vote effort in 2008; several jurisdictions across several states have more names on their voter rolls than there are eligible voting adults in their area.  Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch directly warned that the Obama administration's Department of Justice is working hand in hand with former ACORN lawyers who have pled guilty in voter fraud cases, on this year's election strategy.  He connected the Obama stealth amnesty for illegal aliens with this voter drive and the administration's overt opposition to commonsense voter ID laws that have already proven to be no obstacle whatsoever to legitimate voters into a terrifying probability:  that the Obama administration is preparing to steal this fall's election.

Department of Energy "Junk Loans" and Cronyism, Part One.  [Scroll down]  Political buddies indeed — 21 energy firms are behind the 27 projects found in the House Oversight investigation, and 18 of them are politically connected to President Obama (15 alone) and the Democratic Party, that's over 85%!  13 were bundlers, donors, and supporters for Obama's 2008 campaign, and two are members of the president's Job Council, while three are allied to Senator Harry Reid — all with ample other Democrat links in the mix.

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."

DOJ Asked to Investigate How Obama Campaign Co-Chair Obtained Stolen IRS Tax Return.  The National Organization for Marriage is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute the individuals responsible for leaking the organization's confidential U.S. tax return and then illegally publishing it.  The stolen tax return was first published by the Human Rights Campaign and subsequently the Huffington Post.  HRC is led by Joe Solmonese, who also serves as a co-chairman of President Obama's reelection committee.

Obama's Ponzi Scheme Donor.  The Persian-Jewish proprietor of a bogus hedge fund under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission is a prolific Democratic donor who dined at the Obama White House just months before the SEC shut down his Ponzi scheme.  Shervin Neman, a self-described hedge fund manager in Los Angeles, is said to have targeted members of his own Persian-Jewish community in a $7.54 million Ponzi scheme that the SEC claims "raised funds from at least 11 investors in the fraudulent securities offering."

An $8 billion trick?  Call it President Obama's Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department.  Only this isn't some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term.

Where Are the Rolling Heads from NOAA?  [Scroll down]  A special master appointed by the IG found that [Larry] Yacobian had been treated unfairly.  The government returned $400,000 to Mr. Yacobian, and the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, apologized personally.  But nobody has ever been punished.  Why?  Because the NOAA outrages are based on cronyism and fully condoned by our current brand of Big Government.  Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the person who decides on reward or punishment at NOAA, is an environmental superstar and Obama's favorite eco-zealot.  Dr. Lubchenco, with the cognizance and support of the president, has filled the upper management of NOAA with like-minded eco-zealots.  They are knowingly and purposefully shrinking the fishing fleet, driving hardworking Americans out of business and out of work to consolidate the industry.

Amazon is Obama's Mistress.  Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, announced on April 11, 2012 that the Department of Justice is suing Apple and five major book publishers on charges that they violated anti-trust laws by conspiring to raise the price of e-books.  Here's the catch:  Apple and the five publishers were not conspiring to artificially raise the price of the e-books.  They were merely switching from an outdated "wholesale pricing model" for print books to an "agency model" that is better suited for e-books.

A Fish Rots from the Head Down.  Subordinate organizations and agencies don't just suddenly take it upon themselves to behave badly.  Each of them takes their guidance from the management levels above them. Perceived laxness and permissiveness in the next higher level of management encourages similar behavior in the extant level and this relaxation of standards and ethics then flows downward to permeate the whole.

Former Dem. Congressman Kennedy Alleges 'Quid Pro Quo' for Access to White House.  Access to the Obama White House is in direct correlation to the amount of money donated to the president's reelection effort and the Democratic party, the New York Times reports today [4/15/2012].  The Times reports:  "those who donated the most to Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party since he started running for president were far more likely to visit the White House than others.

Quid Pro Dough.  President Obama's ban on lobbyist contributions has not prevented lobbyists and other representatives of special interests from visiting the White House frequently, a New York Times review of public documents reveals. [...] The Times's study revealed a direct relationship between the amount a donor has contributed to President Obama and the number of times that donor has visited the White House.

Donor Cash For White House Access.  A new study documents that access to the White House is based on how much money is put into the president's campaign coffers. [...] An analysis of White House access by the New York Times suggests that hope and change has changed nothing except maybe you don't get to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom.  But in exchange for enriching the president's campaign coffers, you do get to bend the president's ear with a frequency greater than heads of state and Cabinet members.

Stimulus-Funded Solar Firm Cancels IPO.  BrightSource received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, funds that were allocated in the $787 billion stimulus package passed in 2009.  The largest investor in Brightsource (with a 25 percent stake) is VantagePoint Venture Partners, a firm whose principal, Sanjay Wagle, helped raised millions for President Obama's campaign in 2008 and even served as a "renewable energy grants adviser" at the DOE.

Barry's Bank.  The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) is a little-known institution that has become a hot topic in Washington as Congress debates whether to extend its authorization and increase its lending capability.  The bank is also a hotbed of crony capitalism — run by political donors for the benefit of political donors.  The bank's board of directors — appointed by the president and approved by the Senate — is stocked with large political donors and campaign bundlers.

Obama's Legal Humiliation.  Today there is no American news outlet factually covering the illegal actions of the sitting President of the United States in context.  Nor is there one consistently exposing the laws his administration has flagrantly broken, though this corruption now demonstrably permeates every level of the federal system.

Was $10 million government prize competition corrupted?  Something smells very bad in the Department of Energy's awarding of a ten million dollar prize to Philips Lighting.  The requirements of a competition the Department sponsored (without congressional authorization) for an LED bulb appear to have been lowered to enable a winner to be declared.  If propaganda, not technological progress was the goal of the prize, then the move makes sense.  Green enthusiasts desperately want technology to obey their wishes.  Any reminder that "green" LED technology actually isn't ready yet would be anathema to propagandists.  So a propagandist would not mind handing over 8 figures to a foreign owned company.

Top Obama campaign donor accused of fraud.  A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official, creating new headaches for Obama's re-election campaign as it deals with the questionable history of another top supporter.

Dubious donations (2012 edition).  Barack Obama has proved the greatest campaign fund-raiser of all time by a long shot.  In 2008 his campaign raised more than $750 million.  The Obama campaign even went the extra mile to raise campaign funds by failing to adopt standard protections against fraudulent and illegal giving. [...] As we and others noted, the 2008 Obama campaign's records revealed big contributors with names like "Doodad Pro" (employer: "Loving," profession: "You") and "Good Will" (same employer and profession).  Both donated via credit card.  I believe it was Pamela Geller who reported that some donations came from overseas — raising the question of whether Obama was accepting donations from foreigners.

Dubious Donations Illustrated (Illegal Contributor Edition).  The Obama re-election campaign fundraising scandal deserves to be, and I think inevitably will be, a major news story.  Earlier this morning I decided to find out how far an illegal donor could push the envelope and still have his contribution welcomed by the Obama campaign.  So, like a number of our readers, I went to the Donate to Obama page and identified myself as Illegal Contributor.  I entered my address as Cell Block 13, State Penitentiary, Stillwater MN.  I identified my employer as Minnesota Penal System and my occupation as Inmate. [...] I put a $3 contribution on one of my credit cards, and the Obama campaign accepted it.

Battery Company Juiced Up Pols' Coffers.  A Waltham-based electric car battery supplier — now facing financial implosion despite receiving $249 million in federal stimulus cash — was a heavy donor to congressional Democrats before scoring the hefty taxpayer handout, the [Boston] Herald has learned.  A123 Systems CEO David Vieau has donated $16,900 to Washington, D.C., power brokers and Democratic committees since 2008, including $2,400 to Bay State Rep. Edward J. Markey, the chairman of the climate and energy committees, in 2009 — just three months before A123 received $249 million in federal stimulus funds.

The Case of CH2M HILL: $2 Billion in Crony Stimulation.  While CH2M HILL is in no danger of suffering the same bankruptcy plight [as Solyndra], they also languish in a pool of mismanaged taxpayer funds.  The firm has a history of fraud, kickbacks, violations, and cover-ups, not to mention one particular parallel with the Solyndra scandal — layoffs.  This, despite receiving almost $2 billion in stimulus funding.

Obama's Crony Capitalism and His Top 2008 Donors.  President Obama raised several hundred million dollars during the 2008 election, more than twice what Republican rival John McCain raised and a far cry more than any other U.S. President before him.  The result?  Obama's fundraising achievements have ushered in a degree of crony capitalism Americans have quite possibly never witnessed before.  The voluminous scale of political favoritism, and in some cases downright corruption, in the current administration has undermined taxpayers and trampled on the U.S. Constitution, as corporate bailouts, legislative kickbacks, and shady government appointments have become commonplace in the Obama White House.

Obama donors stand to profit from president's latest green energy fixation.
Algae Alimony.  Solazyme, a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in the plant matter, has received more than $25 million in federal grants and contracts as part of Obama administration's controversial stimulus package, and is poised to receive millions more as part of the president's recent efforts to promote green biofuels such as algae.  The firm employs a former member of the Obama-Biden transition team who, according to one online bio, "played a key role in developing the energy provisions in the economic stimulus bill."

RoboGate: The Breathtaking Scope of a Criminal Act.  On March 9th, the UK's Daily Mail reported that voters in several states were receiving illegal robocalls attacking Republican members of Congress and attempting to tie them to the media-driven scandal revolving around Rush Limbaugh.  Breitbart.com's Jeffrey Scott Shapiro has reported on the mystery surrounding the source of the calls.  As our investigation has progressed, the most striking picture that's emerged is the breathtaking scope of the illegal call operation.  Illegal calls were made to voters in 23 congressional districts in 12 states.  Only a very large political operation with deep pockets could have pulled off such a scheme.  There really are only a handful of possible suspects.

Obama Team Praying Voter Fraud Will Re-elect Their Boss.  The US Justice Department has blocked the implementation of a Texas statue to require voters to present a photo id at the voting booth.  Last December, the same Eric Holder led department blocked the enforcement of a similar law in South Carolina.  Vetoing state laws governing voting procedures shows a dangerous pattern of abuse by these officials, and could dramatically increase fraud and undermine the integrity and legitimacy of elected officials.  It leads to a feeling amongst voters that these same officials want fraudulent votes to re-elect their very unpopular boss, Barack Obama.

Solar Energy: Popular but Corrupt.  We are familiar with Solyndra, but how about its political paybacks?  George Kaiser, one of Solyndra's primary investors, a big Obama backer, raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama's initial election campaign.  Kaiser personally donated $53,500 to Obama's 2008 election campaign.  Campaign finance records show that Kaiser and Solyndra executives and board members donated $87,050to Obama's 2008 election campaign.  And let's not forget the DOE's request that Solyndra delay its layoffs until after the November 2010 elections.  Was the delay request yet another political payback?

Team Obama hires lobbyist again, ethics aside.  Revolving-door lobbyist Steve Ricchetti, Vice President Biden's new top aide, exemplifies President Obama's farcical crackdown on lobbyists.  Ricchetti and his K Street firm also embody another core trait of this administration:  using big government and populist rhetoric to enrich politically connected companies.

Green Energy Debacle: Taxpayer Dollars Into Pockets of Obama Donors.  President Obama and the rest of his Administration remain vigilant in their attempt to convince Americans that "green energy" and "green jobs" are real.  The only reality seen in this Administration's "green jobs" push is the consequence of Big Government intervening into the private markets.  Although these failed renewable energy companies — backed by OUR tax dollars — filed for bankruptcy, it wasn't before they used the Department of Energy's (DOE) cash to fund six-figure bonuses.

There He Goes Again.  No one would suggest cutting the budget of a city's police force by 50% while the population remains essentially unchanged.  Then why did the Obama Administration slash the money available to the Inspector General's Office (IG), the police force at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), by almost 50% while leaving CNCS's allocation almost unchanged?  There can be only one reason:  CNCS is a pet agency of the Obama Administration, and these cuts are its latest move to torpedo independent oversight of CNCS.

Obama launches ethics page, still breaks his rules.  President Obama unveiled a new Ethics website designed to facilitate researching lobbying reports, campaign contrbutions, and White House visitor logs, as part of his promise to run a transparent administration — even though he has proven adept at circumventing his own rules.

Obama gave over half of his biggest fundraisers White House jobs.
Obama Staffs White House with Top Donors.  Over half of the President Obama's 47 top fundraisers — individuals who helped bag a minimum of $500,000 for his presidential campaign — have been given jobs in the Obama White House.  The latest revelation of crony capitalism, which was reported by the Washington Post, also found that nine more top bundlers landed appointments to presidential boards and committees and that 24 more were given foreign ambassadorships.

Rep. Issa: Obama administration not fighting food stamp fraud.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of being lax in going after food stamp fraud.  Speaking on Fox News, Issa cited a report that said of 4,600 retailers barred from accepting food stamps, 1,500 of them continued to do so at a cost of $750 million annually.  "[The investigators] didn't use rocket science, they used open source," Issa said.  "They compared two lists — the lists of those who were getting it and the list of those who were denied it.  This is something that at a basic level government should do.  It was government's own databases that they went to and discovered that there was no enforcement under this administration."

Tale of Two Enemies Lists.  Fully tax-exempt, like ACORN, Media Matters (MM) put together a list of President Obama's presumed enemies and furthermore, suggested ways to smear or harass them.  The organization was in regular communication with the Obama White House, suggesting it was acting as a proxy for the Obama machine. ... What has been the response of mainstream news media to MM's skulduggery?  Only silence.  Only the targeted Fox News rips MM's wretched excesses; it is joined by no one else.  The silence of the mainstream media is, once again, deafening.  Is it conspiratorial, too?

Lawmakers suggest military spectrum could go to LightSquared.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski this week urging him to find new radio spectrum for troubled wireless company LightSquared.  Phil Falcone and his hedge fund Harbinger Capital invested billions of dollars in LightSquared's plan to build a nationwide 4G network, but the FCC moved to block it earlier this year over fears it would interfere with GPS devices, which operate on nearby frequencies.

LightSquared CEO resigns amid revelations of company's proximity to Obama White House.  LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday [2/28/2012] amid revelations of his company's political proximity — and his own closeness — to the White House and Obama administration officials.  The Daily Caller first reported one week ago on emails and documents that indicate political ties and numerous meetings between LightSquared and Obama administration officials as the company was undergoing regulatory review.

WH ignores House subpoena for Solyndra documents.  President Obama and his West Wing aides ignored a subpoena of documents pertaining to the Solyndra loan guarantee even after congressional investigators met with White House officials to negotiate the scope of the subpoena, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Documents: LightSquared shaping up as the FCC's Solyndra.  Documents and copies of communications obtained by The Daily Caller indicate that the Federal Communications Commission propped up broadband company LightSquared with favorable regulatory decisions and other special treatment, while driving its competition out of business.  In August 2008, Wall Street hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, owned by longtime Republican political donor Philip Falcone, sought to buy a majority stake in the satellite company SkyTerra — the company that would later become LightSquared. ... Before Barack Obama became president, he was personally an investor in SkyTerra.

Documents show Obama's FCC used regulatory muscle to destroy LightSquared's competition.  The Daily Caller has obtained documents, emails and communications showing how President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission demolished wireless broadband company LightSquared's competition through a pattern of regulatory decisions apparently aimed at establishing an "open-access" Internet in the United States.  The FCC successfully green-lighted LightSquared's corporate formation in 2009 by allowing Wall Street hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners to purchase majority ownership in satellite company SkyTerra.  A major obstacle that still remained in LightSquared's way was competitor GlobalStar.

LightSquared CEO made curious max donation to DNC while seeking White House audience.  Broadband company LightSquared's CEO made a maximum-allowable political donation to the Democratic Party on the same day his lawyers were trying to arrange a meeting between him and top White House technology officials, records and emails obtained by The Daily Caller show.  Those same records also show a questionable inconsistency, listing the CEO's employer as a company he hadn't worked for in a decade.  The requests and donation came soon after President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission successfully propped up LightSquared, and subsequently demolished its competitor GlobalStar with regulatory muscle.

Obama's Enviro-Fat Cat Welfare Program.  In a blockbuster story published last week, Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens outlined more of the details of the incestuous relationship that the administration and green energy companies share. ... Overall, the Post investigation unearthed $3.9 billion in federal grants, and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers.  It's easy to conclude that's just the tip of a very big iceberg.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  Despite the Obama administration's reticence to release details regarding this scandal, much is known about this shady deal.  White House officials warned the president that the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program was "dangerously short on due diligence," nonetheless the Obama administration rushed the Solyndra loan through the approval process so it could make a splash at a press event.  The company's main financial backer was a major Obama campaign donor named George Kaiser.  While the White House said Kaiser never discussed the loan with White House officials, the evidence suggests this is a lie.

Obama Bundler Earmarked Stimulus Money for Donors.  A top campaign contributor to former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) — the Obama bundler who once registered, then deregistered, and now "never" registered as a lobbyist for Spirit Airlines — won stimulus grants and contracts worth nearly $18.5 million, White House records show.  Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT), an engineering and development firm headquartered in Klein's district, received a total of $18,459,277 in federal funding as part of the 2009 stimulus package, which Klein supported.

Criminal Rot Spreads Through Justice Department.  There seems to be a pattern emerging in the Holder Justice Department:  DOJ employees committing crimes and very little seems to happen to them.  I'm not just talking about the questionable testimony under oath of Attorney General Eric Holder or Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez.  I'm talking about theft, graft, child porn, bribery, and perjury.  The fact that very little ever seems to happen to DOJ officials who purportedly commit the crimes tells you a great deal about the leadership of the Obama DOJ.

Rep. Issa threatens Holder with contempt over 'Fast and Furious' operation.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the nation's top cop doesn't hand over Justice Department documents within nine days.  Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, blasted Holder in a letter on Tuesday [1/31/2012] for refusing to comply with the panel's subpoena for documents relating to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking operation.

More about Eric Holder and the politicized Justice Department.
More about the Fast and Furious scandal.


Obama Puppetmaster Warren Buffett Biggest Winner From Keystone Pipeline Rejection.  As it turns out, it is not just natural resources and aquifer purity that Obama had in mind when sealing the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline.  No, it appears there were far more relevant numerial metrics that determined Obama's decisions.  Such as the bottom line number of Buffett's Burlington Northern, which according to Bloomberg, is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration's decision to reject TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.

Was Keystone Blocked to Benefit Buffet?  While our anti-petroleum president is visiting oil and pipeline country in a Potemkin photo op attempt to imply that he is what he clearly is not, here's something to ponder.  Are you one of those who've wondered why billionaire, Warren Buffet, is so cozy with the Obama Administration?  In an article published a couple of weeks ago by Bloomberg News, which gained little traction, author, Natalie Doss, noted that Buffet had made another one of his "pretty good bets" back in 2009 when Berkshire-Hathaway bought the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad.

Moving Oil on Buffett's Railroad.  It's already been widely reported that Warren Buffett, a major shareholder in Obama, Inc. will be one of the primary beneficiaries of the decision from the White House to kill the Keystone pipeline and the jobs it would create.  The administration now makes no attempt at all to disguise the fact that most decisions he makes are made in the best interest of Obama, Inc. shareholders.

'Thank You, Warren.' 'No, Thank You, Mr. President!'  The "tar-sands" oil from Canada, and the crude from the Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota, will be extracted regardless of the ultimate fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, but should the pipeline not be built, nearly all of the transport infrastructure for moving this oil will belong to one man:  Warren Buffett.

Obama's State Of The Union: The Hollow Man Speaks.  [Scroll down]  I had to chuckle at President Obama's solemnly intoning the so-called Buffet Rule as an example of how 'the rich' should behave.  Buffet, a nicely placed Obama donor stands to make a tidy sum because the pipeline got cancelled because the oil we buy from Canada will now have to be shipped via Buffet's railroads.  At a surcharge, of course.  It's good to be the King's friend!

Buffett's Burlington Northern Among Winners From Keystone Denial.  Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration's decision to reject TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.  With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department.

The Editor has two questions:
Do railroads present less danger to the environment than pipes?  And why is the State Department involved in this anyway?

15 Questions The Mainstream Media Would Ask Barack Obama If He Were A Republican:  [#2]  In 2010 you said Solyndra, which gave your campaign a lot of money, was "leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future."  Today, Solyndra is bankrupt and the taxpayers lost $500 million on loans that your administration was well aware might never be paid off when you made them.  What do you say to people who say this is evidence of corruption in your administration?

Where are the "Separation of Church and State" people now?
Jarrett's partisan pulpit speech may have violated IRS church-state rules.  On Sunday [1/15/2012] President Barack Obama's controversial aide, Valerie Jarrett, used the Ebenezer [Baptist Church] pulpit to tell the congregation that the jobs of teachers, police and firefighters "are now in jeopardy because Congress — well, let me be specific — because [of] the Republicans in Congress." ... Shortly after the religious service, the church hosted a voter registration drive for its mostly African-American congregation.

Obama's Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps.  Frankly, in a saner world, if the GOP hadn't just impeached the last Democrat president, and if the matter of Obama's race were not an issue, this president would be facing forcible removal from office, and several of his cabinet would be facing jail time.  Barack Obama is proposing eliminating half a million U.S. military jobs, while at the same time calling for a salary raise for SEIU members of the bureaucracy.  Interesting, that; the military tends to vote GOP, and the government workers are staunchly Democratic.

The Top 5 Reasons Obama Must Be Removed as Commander-in-Chief.  [#1] LightSquared:  If we had an actual media, you should be able to wake up an average fourth grader at 3 AM and ask, "Who's General William Shelton?" and the fourth grader would chirpily recite:  "He's the Air Force Commander who was pressured by the White House to change his testimony about LightSquared."  The facts are not in dispute.  A four-star general has testified to Congress that he was pressured by the White House to alter his testimony to make it friendlier to a broadband company backed by a major Democratic donor.

Grassley: LightSquared offered me a political "win" in exchange for backing down on FCC probe.  The push for LightSquared's FCC exemption had already become embarrassing for the Obama administration, but it might be about to turn toxic.  Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), who has pursued a probe of the FCC over its curious actions towards the company owned by big Democratic Party donor Philip Falcone, now claims in a press release earlier today [1/23/2012] that Falcone and another person offered inducements to Grassley to get him to back off of his efforts.

Justice Department's political action.  The Justice Department has been empowered to use millions of dollars intended to go to victims of racial discrimination to enrich pressure groups with close White House ties.  It's another revelation of the means the Obama administration is using to divert funds to political cronies.

Hawker-Beechcraft Denied Big Air Force Contract in Favor of Brazilian Company With Soros Connections.  It seems after investing around $100 million in this project, Hawker-Beechcraft has been excluded from a contract, worth almost $1 billion, to build a new light air support plane.  What intrigues me is the Brazilian company Embraer, the likely contract winner, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Justice Department, for possible violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Media Ignore Obama Hawaii Golfing Buddy Who Was Arrested in Prostitution Sting.  Mediaite's Nando Di Fino reports President Obama has played at least two rounds of golf in Hawaii with a high school buddy, Robert "Bobby" Titcomb, was arrested as part of a prostitution sting, after he allegedly approached an undercover police officer for sex in downtown Hawaii.

The Year in Obama Scandals — and Scandal Deniers.  As Solyndra and an avalanche of other ongoing green subsidy scams erupted, so did the LightSquared debacle — a federal broadband boondoggle involving billionaire hedge fund managers and Obama donors Philip Falcone and George Soros.  In September, two high-ranking witnesses ... exposed how the White House had pressured them to alter their congressional testimony and play down concerns about LightSquared's interference threat to military communications.

The Justice Department Condones Perjury — Again.  Why should we be surprised?  Look at how Eric Holder and the DOJ have mishandled the investigation into Operation Fast & Furious and repeatedly misled Congress.

Schumer bro-in-law judge nod stuns NJ.  Sen. Charles Schumer's brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal judgeship in New Jersey — a move that has some in the Garden State crying political foul, The [New York] Post has learned.  Kevin McNulty, who is married to Schumer's sister, Fran, was named to the US District Court by the White House late on Friday, Dec. 16.

Neuter Obama.  They say Gingrich is an idea man, but has Barack Obama ever come up with a new idea, or a new approach?  No, it's always the same thing, spend, spend, spend, with him deciding where, which is why 80% of the many billions we threw at green energy went to Obama supporters.  His stimulus legislation, written by others, and including every liberal lunacy of the last half century, also rewarded backers of Barack.

The Shadow Over Osawatomie.  While denouncing greedy corporate types, Obama occupies Wall Street with his motorcade, seeking campaign contributions.  While carping about the unfairness of capitalism, he embraces Jon Corzine.  Corzine went from Wall Street to the Senate, and from the New Jersey State House to the corporate suite of the now defunct MF Global.  Mr. Corzine says, stunningly, he doesn't know where all that money went.  Perhaps he was too busy bundling for the president's re-election to keep track.

Case of the vanishing billion.  Another Wall Street genius runs a business aground and can't remember what happened to over a billion dollars of investor money.  Forget that he was a U.S. Senator (D-N.J.) and the governor of the great state of New Jersey and a former executive of Goldman Sachs.  One would think with those credentials he certainly was a financial "guru" or was he?  One thing for sure is that the former CEO of MF Global hasn't got a good memory.  That maybe because as a politician he trained on the well worn phase of "I don't recall."

SEC Cracking Down on LightSquared's Falcone?  Billionaire Phil Falcone, whose cozy relationship with the Obama Administration was first exposed by NLPC, may face civil fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  According to a filing yesterday by Harbinger Group Inc., Falcone and two other directors have received "Wells Notices," meaning that they are under investigation.

Is Obama Betting on Another Iffy Company?  LightSquared had almost every advantage in their audacious plan to exploit the Obama administration's goal of expanded broadband delivery — key political connections in the White House, a curiously incurious FCC, and a hotshot hedge-fund wizard as its main financial backer.  The only thing LightSquared lacked was a system that didn't create havoc on the airwaves, but the company won't let that stand in the way of their ambitions.

Watch Left-Wing Pseudo-Journalists Roll Over and Purr:
Work for Obama, Get a Federal Contract.  Solyndra, Lightsquared, and now Solayzme are all companies that are closely connected to the Obama campaign and all got government money.  While the Obama Administration has been attacking Republicans as "crony capitalists" and using an army of left-wing pseudo-journalists to make the attacks, the Obama Administration has been rewarding campaign friends with government contracts.  In Barack Obama's America, he, not the marketplace, picks the winners and losers.  But just how far into the government and into the Obama campaign does this crony capitalism go?

Obama Crony-Run LightSquared's Network Now Shown to Disrupt Plane Safety Gear.  Late Friday afternoon [12/9/2011], Todd Shields at Bloomberg News broke a story about some guy, who happens to be an Obama and Democratic Party donor (but not disclosed), against whom the Securities and Exchange Commission is formally considering an enforcement action (also not disclosed ...), whose "wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of global-positioning system receivers examined in a U.S. government test."  Though it generated a fair amount of center-right blog discussion over the weekend, the establishment press largely ignored the stunning result.

Broadband satellite backed by Obama bundler a bust.  Phillip Falcone, a hedge fund manager and Obama campaign fund raiser, appears to have struck out on a $3 billion gamble to supply satellite broadband service to the bulk of the country.  Called Lightsquared Inc., the company held out the promise of fulfilling one of President Obama's pet agenda items — making broadband widely available to the general public.  The Defense Department has just conducted a test about how the satellite's signal will affect GPS devices and it doesn't look good for Obama's buddy.

Falcone's LightSquared Disrupts Plane Safety Gear in Testing.  Philip Falcone's LightSquared service disrupted airplane safety equipment in U.S. tests of the proposed wireless network, government officials said.  Signals from LightSquared equipment caused "interference with a flight safety system designed to warn pilots of approaching terrain," according a statement from the Defense and Transportation departments distributed today [12/14/2011] by e-mail.

Jet Fuel-Gate Is Obama's New Solyndra.  SolyndraGate was no isolated case of corrupt government misspending.  The U.S. Navy was just forced to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuels from an Obama-connected firm at an outrageous $16 per gallon.

The Volt Administration.  The headline reads like a piece from the Onion: "U.S. Navy Paying $15/Gallon for Green Fuel." ... The investment will certainly brighten the day of T. J. Glauthier, a "strategic advisor" to Solazyme, one of the companies selling the environmentally correct fuel to the U.S. government.  Glauthier, reports blogger J. E. Dyer, just happens to have worked on President Obama's transition team.  If the administration pattern holds, Gauthier will be paid off before the taxpayers when Solazyme files for bankruptcy.

Obama's 'Green' Initiatives: It Pays (BIG) to Be an Obama Bundler.  President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign is promising to raise enormous sums of money, by some estimates and unprecedented $1 billion.  The Finance Chair for the 2012 campaign, Matthew Barzun, is reactivating the 2008 financial network of campaign bundlers to meet that goal.  In my new book, Throw Them All Out, I expose the scandal that is outrageous and typical:  those who are raising money for Obama received large amounts of taxpayer-funded energy stimulus money from the Obama Administration.  It offers a new form of "recycling" when it comes to campaign dollars that is unprecedented.

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.

Just another Obama scandal.  So it's not just solar-energy boondoggles when it comes to the Obama White House rewarding top Obama donors.  And now, even a top Democrat is asking some serious questions.  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has officially called on the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general to investigate a suspicious $433 million no-bid contract for a dubious smallpox vaccine.  Frankly, just about everything connected with this one smells.

The Tentacles of Obama's Green Cronyism Reach beyond the Department of Energy.  Much has already been revealed about the Obama administration's cronyism when it comes to the Department of Energy.  80% of Department of Energy green loans are tied to President Obama's most prolific donors including the now infamous Solyndra solar panel company and the Robert Kennedy Jr connected Brightsource which also deals in solar energy.

Another Obama bundler benefits from DOE loan.  Abound Solar, given a $400 million Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee for a project expected to create 400 permanent jobs, receives private financial backing through an investment firm founded by a fundraising bundler for President Obama.  The Sunlight Foundation notes that Bohemian Companies, which was founded by billionaire and Obama bundler Pat Stryker, participated with other companies in the "second institutional equity round of financing" in 2008 for Abound Solar, which recieved $104 million total through that round of financing.

McCaskill asks for investigation into Obama administration's sole-source vaccine contract.  Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, has asked The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Obama administration's award of a $443 million sole-source contract to a company owned by a major Democratic donor.  The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the Obama administration has taken unusual steps to procure an experimental smallpox vaccine from a company owned by a major Democratic donor despite concerns from some experts that such a drug was unnecessary and would not be effective.

Convicted Felon and Democrat Strategist Robert Creamer Visits White House Five Times in August.  Michelle Malkin reports today, based on the Obama administration's latest document dump of visitor logs, that convicted fraudster and community organizer Robert Creamer has visited the White House sixty times since January 2009 — five times in August 2011 alone.

The Man Who Wrote the Blueprint for Obamacare from His Prison Cell.  Robert Creamer is the husband of Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky.  He formerly served as ... a lobbyist for George Soros's Open Society Institute.  Today Creamer heads the Strategic Consulting Group, a political consultancy whose list of clients includes ACORN and the Service Employees International Union.  Pursuant to an FBI investigation, Creamer in 2006 was indicted for bank fraud and tax evasion.  He ultimately was sentenced to five months in federal prison plus eleven months of house arrest.  While incarcerated, Creamer wrote a 628-page political manual titled Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win (published in 2007).  In the Acknowledgements section of the book, Creamer stated that his political views had been deeply influenced by "the legendary community organizer" Saul Alinsky.

Obama escaped Rezko's orbit.  Although it did not go unreported, convicted Chicago political influencer Tony Rezko's 10-year prison sentence was treated as an afterthought during the short Thanksgiving workweek.  Also an afterthought:  the amazing facility with which President Obama has completely escaped Rezko's orbit in the liberal mainstream media's standard narrative.  From the coverage he gets now, you would hardly know that Rezko dined with the current president of the United States on occasion, and even hosted him at his vacation home.  You might forget that Rezko was one of Obama's most important donors.

President Obama's Justice Department Opposed Enforcement of Anti-Vote Fraud Laws.  President Obama's Justice Department is doing its part to maximize the Democratic turnout in the 2012 elections by filing "motor voter" suits across the country that claim state officials are not circulating voter registration forms in social service agencies.  The lawsuit filed against Louisiana this past summer is closely timed with a separate suit advanced by ACORN's Project Vote affiliate and the NAACP.

Obama golfs with pal who faced prostitution charge.  President Barack Obama is golfing in Hawaii with boyhood pal Robert "Bobby" Titcomb who pleaded no contest to soliciting a prostitute earlier this year.

Move over, Solyndra, here comes Siga.  If you thought Solyndra was bigtime corruption, wait until you read the details of the Siga scandal.  David Willman of the Los Angeles Times reveals a huge no-bid contract bearing all the signs of intervention from above, that could dwarf Solyndra.  It involves the health and safety of the American poeple, and a squandering of taxpayer resources.  The Department of Health and Human Services has signed a no-bid contracted [sic] with Siga Technologies for as much as much as 2.8 billion dollars' worth of a high priced drug, for a terrorism threat that may not exist.

How Obama's Alternative-Energy Programs Became Green Graft:
Obama Campaign Backers and Bundlers Rewarded With Green Grants and Loans.  It would take an entire book to analyze every single grant and government-backed loan doled out since Barack Obama became president.  But an examination of grants and guaranteed loans offered by just one stimulus program run by the Department of Energy, for alternative-energy projects, is stunning.  The so-called 1705 Loan Guarantee Program and the 1603 Grant Program channeled billions of dollars to all sorts of energy companies.  The grants were earmarked for alternative-fuel and green-power projects, so it would not be a surprise to learn that those industries were led by liberals.  Furthermore, these were highly competitive grant and loan programs — not usually a hallmark of cronyism.  Often fewer than 10 percent of applicants were deemed worthy.  Nevertheless, a large proportion of the winners were companies with Obama-campaign connections.

President Obama's Godfather.  Despite several decades of [Herman] Cain's rise in the business world, only his relatively short tenure at the NRA produced these multiple nasty allegations.  Well maybe it wasn't Godfathers' special pizza sauce; Ann Coulter pinpoints another godfather, a Chicago godfather and a dear friend of President Barack Obama (D) — David Axelrod who just might be the behind the scenes trigger of this sudden flurry of wronged women.

Lawmaker says Obama should return book profits.  A Republican congressman is calling on President Obama to return royalties he received from the State Department's purchase of at least $70,000 in books authored by Mr. Obama since he took office.  The request by Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona cited what he called "a time of record deficits and a heightened need to cut government spending," according to a letter he sent to Mr. Obama Tuesday [11/1/2011].

DOE Inspector General: Over 100 Criminal Investigations Of Obama Stimulus Spending.  The Inspector General of the Energy Department, Gregory Friedman, has been investigating the fate of the $35.2 billion his department received from the Obama "stimulus" disaster in 2009. ... You'll be delighted to know that more than a hundred criminal investigations were launched into Energy's handling of its mere 4% of the Obama stimulus.  Friedman says "these involve various schemes, including the submission of false information, claims for unallowable or unauthorized expenses, and other improper uses of Recovery Act funds."  Five criminal prosecutions have resulted, and over $2.3 million in stolen "stimulus" loot has been recovered.

Inspector General launches criminal probe into more than 100 Energy Dept. loans.  Solyndra is being investigated by the FBI, but that may just be the tip of the shovel-ready iceberg.  The Department of Energy is investigating more than 100 potential instances of criminal abuse of stimulus loan monies, according to the department's Office of Inspector General.  In prepared testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday [11/2/2011], Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman said his office has launched more than 100 probes into possible criminal activities related to the 2009 stimulus funds behind the loans.

Jobs Panel Member Whose Solar Firm Won Loan Guarantees Raises 'Conflict of Interest' Concerns.  A clean-energy firm led by a member of President Obama's jobs council has a stake in projects that have reaped nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees from Washington, a case that has raised conflict-of-interest concerns as the same jobs council pushes for more "government-backed" investment in renewable energy.

Another Obama fundraiser is investor in car company that won federal loan.  An investment firm whose vice chairman has been an adviser and fundraiser for President Obama saw one of its portfolio companies win approval this year for $50 million in loans from the administration's clean-energy loan program.

Class war: Obama offers cash-for-votes student loan policy.  President Barack Obama's new student loan policy will force working class Americans to pay the ballooning college costs of middle class Americans, and will also hinder needed reform of the bloated education sector, say critics.  Obama is "shifting the burden of paying for college to all of those Americans who did not graduate from college — the waitresses, construction workers, mechanics — and that should infuriate the taxpayers who worked hard to pay off their loans, who decided to live a modest lifestyle to pay off their loans," said Lindsey Burke, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

Obama is better than you.  The administration is downplaying the revelation that the State Department blew $70,000 in taxpayer cash buying copies of President Obama's books.  As first reported in The Washington Times, the purchase was meant to "engage key audiences in discussions of foreign policy."  It's another uncomfortable reminder of the degree to which those who surround Mr. Obama feel it necessary to bathe him in adulation.

State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama books.  The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking "key libraries" around the world with "Dreams from My Father" more than a decade after its release. ... Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group, said if the federal government is looking to cut costs, eliminating purchases of Mr. Obama's books is a good place to start.

The Editor says...
In my opinion, this amounts to either bribery or graft, depending on whose idea it was.

Solyndra-linked fundraiser still boosting Obama campaign.  Steven Spinner, a former Energy Department official with ties to the failed solar company, continues to raise money for the president and help organize events.

Dems' 900 Days Of Irresponsibility.  Over the weekend, Senate Democrats passed a dubious milestone — going 900 days without fulfilling their legal obligation to pass a budget.  Worse is the fact that this gross dereliction of duty has gone largely unnoticed.

ATF Ignored Death Threats, Tried to Frame Whistleblower Agent to Cover Corruption.  [William] Newell was the brainchild of Operation Fast and Furious in the ATF Phoenix Field office.  Newell is also the agent who was in regular contact with a member of the White House national security team, Kevin O'Reilly, about the lethal program.  Newell also said he would conduct Operation Fast and Furious again, despite two Americans and hundreds of innocent Mexicans dead as a result of the program.  Newell used [Jay] Dobyns as a test run, to see just how much he could get away with in his management position within ATF before getting reprimanded.  Considering nobody was held accountable for the mistakes made in handling death threats against Dobyns, Newell knew he had the green light to do whatever he wanted, at the highest levels of corruption.

More about Fast and Furious.

What happened to "No Blood for Oil"?
Obama's Uganda Gambit to serve Soros.  [George] Soros seems to have his hand in trying to guide the development of the oil and gas industry in Uganda.  The Ugandan government would naturally be beholden to Soros if he could show he had enough influence with the White House to bring in American troops to take out a rebel group.  Also, the defeat of the rebel group would make development of the energy industry that much more viable since operations would be much more secure.

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.

Obama's Top Solyndra Crony Claimed Zero Income.  There's a lot of talk about making the Evil Rich pay their "fair share" these days.  President Obama wants us to be very angry at the spectacle of billionaires escaping from confiscatory tax rates. ... It's too bad Obama never rails against [Solyndra crony George] Kaiser, because the well-connected Oklahoma billionaire reported zero taxable income during five years of his rise to the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.  In another year, he claimed on $11,699 in taxable income, which works out to $5.62 per hour.

This just in:  Obama stole the 2008 election.
Fake signatures may mean Obama didn't actually qualify in Indiana.  Minus suspected fakes, then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama likely fell short of the number of signatures needed to appear on the 2008 Indiana primary ballot, and it's possible his opponent, Hillary Clinton, did as well, according to information obtained by The Tribune as part of an investigation into suspected ballot petition fraud.

Solyndra funder Kaiser paid zero taxes for years.  Because [Oklahoma billionaire George] Kaiser was a campaign "bundler" — an individual who collects contributions to a candidate from others that are then simultaneously given to the candidate — who raised about $250,000 for Obama during the 2008 campaign, congressional Republicans and media analysts have speculated that the Solyndra loan guarantee was nothing more than using tax dollars to reward a political supporter.

Clinton, Obama Indiana primary petitions tainted by forged signatures.  Several pages from petitions used to qualify Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the state's Democratic primary contain names and signatures that appear to have been copied by hand from a petition for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger.  The petitions were filed with the Indiana Election Division after the St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office verified individuals' information on the documents.  St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak's name appears twice on the Clinton petitions.

Huge Fraud in Obama's 2008 Indiana Nomination Petition?  According to the [South Bend Tribune]'s investigation, the evidence suggests that at least 19 pages of Obama's petitions were copied by two individuals.

Obama's Team Rejected Nomination Petition Signatures Because They Were in Print?  I had heard the stories of Obama winning his first primary by getting all of his opponents disqualified.  But I hadn't heard that the criteria for disqualifying his opponents was such a technicality.  Signatures were rejected because the names were printed?  People's signatures were actually thrown out because they weren't in cursive?  (This presumes that the board didn't have some other, oddly unstated reason to think that the printed names were fraudulent.)

Suspicious petitions got a stamped signature.  Suspected fake petition pages to place Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot during the 2008 Indiana primary passed through the county voter registration office on days when the Republican head of the office was absent, The Tribune has learned.  The pages in question bear the stamped signature of Republican Linda Silcott, indicating Silcott was not in the office at the time to sign the documents by hand.  By comparison, most of the other, non-suspicious pages examined by The Tribune contain Silcott's written signature.

Obama Jobs Council Stacked With Democratic Donors.  The group of private-sector business leaders advising President Obama on how to create jobs and grow the economy is full of deep-pocket Democratic donors and high-profile financiers of Obama's re-election campaign, a review of Federal Election Commission data shows.

Solyndra: Obama's Solar Slush Fund.  Newly released communications regarding the loan approval for Solyndra, the now failed California solar energy company, show direct intervention by an Energy Department adviser and Obama campaign fundraiser, and raise new questions of possible involvement by Rahm Emanuel and the President.  As more is learned, it becomes increasingly clear that the Administration used the Stimulus, and specifically the green energy loan program, as a campaign slush fund to distribute billions of dollars like party favors to supporters and to grandstand for re-election to a perceived constituency.

Obama's Commerce Nominee Wants to Limit Energy Consumption and Redistribute Wealth.  The wise man smiled and proclaimed that government should use "regulatory steps" as well as market forces to intervene in the power generation sector.  The man also told his UC Berkeley audience that government should set higher targets for non-fossil-fuel-based energy production and penalize producers that don't comply.  The issuer of these decrees was John Bryson, who at the time just happened to be CEO of Edison International, a company whose fortunes would increase under alternative energy mandates.  Bryson now happens to be President Obama's nominee to head the Commerce Department.

More 'Green' For Donor Energy.  Follow the money, it has been said, and you'll find out all you need to know.  Two days before the expiration of the program that funneled $535 million to a failing but donor-connected Solyndra, another billion dollars was rushed to two more solar energy companies.  That money could have repaired more than a few crumbling bridges.  You'd think the program would have been suspended until the administration found out what went wrong.  Unless, of course, the program was functioning exactly as intended — to spread the wealth around with an emphasis on Democratic Party donors.

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.

$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.

Fraud case targets grants awarded by President Obama's friend.  The indictment of a Chicago nurse accused of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds for her personal use has turned a spotlight on an Illinois state agency that awarded her money while it was headed by one of President Barack Obama's closest friends, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, records show.  Under Whitaker, the Illinois Department of Public Health awarded Margaret A. Davis — the former program director of the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association — a no-bid contract and seven AIDS- and cancer-related grants that became part of her $500,000 cash-siphoning scheme, prosecutors say.

Dem lobbyist for LightSquared sought meeting at White House.  Lobbyist and former Democratic majority leader Dick Gephardt (Mo.) sought a meeting in April with the White House on behalf of the wireless company LightSquared, emails obtained by The Hill show.  The requests to the White House, made in emails sent April 22 and April 27 by an employee at Gephardt Group Government Affairs, were initially rebuffed.

Soros turns up in Obama's LightSquared imbroglio.  As Republican lawmakers begin to dig into the White House's cozy relationship with a startup wireless company and the wealthy Democratic donor who owns it, a new character has appeared on the story's edges:  liberal superdonor, conservative bete noire and controversial investor George Soros.  Soros reportedly invested in the telecom company LightSquared through a hedge fund, and many of the nonprofits he finances have backed LightSquared in regulatory and policy disputes.

LightSquared: Obama's Dangerous Broadband Boondoggle.  If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra solar company bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait.  If you thought the botched Fast and Furious border gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national security nightmare, hold on.  Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever.

Obama's Predictable Scandals.  The media finally conceded the Obama administration to be inexperienced and inept, reminiscent of the Carter administration — but, they maintained, not possibly involved in any corruption.  Then suddenly scandals erupted on nearly every conceivable front.

White House Fingerprints on LightSquared Scandal.  The newest Obama Administration scandal-de-jour, LightSquared, has quickly escalated to involve potentially "guided" testimony to two separate Congressional Committees.  Additionally, two witnesses have confirmed that the White House pressured them to alter testimony in favor of LightSquared, a Virginia broadband provider whose executives also made very large Democrat Party campaign contributions.

Issa, Republicans investigate LightSquared donations.  Citing concerns over alleged White House influence in dispersing loans, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would begin an investigation into the wireless startup LightSquared.  On C-SPAN's Washington Journal Tuesday morning [9/20/2011], Issa, who chairs the Oversight Committee, named LightSquared along with the embattled solar energy company Solyndra as examples of "crony capitalism."

Issa to launch probe of Obama actions on Solyndra, LightSquared.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Tuesday [9/20/2011] that his committee plans to investigate government loan programs to private corporations in light of allegations of improper dealings between the White House and failed energy company Solyndra and wireless start-up LightSquared.

More about Solyndra.

Issa favors 'Fast & Furious' special prosecutor.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Tuesday called for a special prosecutor to investigate the growing "Fast and Furious" scandal, in which the Obama administration allowed guns to walk to Mexico, where they fell into the hands of drug lords and were found at the murder scene of at least one U.S. border agent.

More about Fast and Furious.

The Administration's Tangled Web.  [The Obama administration is] imploding under the weight of incompetent policies based on long-discredited progressive ideology and now a wave of scandals that involve gun-running, witness-tampering and political payoffs — and cover-ups of all of the above.

Obama Speech was "Obama Unplugged".  [Obama is] the fellow who lectured us yesterday about fighting for the middle class "as hard as the lobbyists and some lawmakers have fought to protect special treatment for billionaires and big corporations."  This admonition comes from the same fellow who presides over a White House that inappropriately pressured the Office of Management and Budget to approve half-billion dollars to a company, Solyndra, which wasn't deserving of the money and has now gone belly up.  The reason the money was fast-tracked and funneled to Solyndra was because its chief investor, George Kaiser, is a significant fundraiser for Obama.  Kaiser, by the way, is a billionaire.

Corruption Squared.  Crony capitalism, which has been rampant in President Obama's push for green energy, is one thing.  Rewarding donors with stimulus dollars is merely the "Chicago Way" brought to Washington, D.C.  But when ideology combines with cronyism to place American lives and the nation's security at risk, it's quite another thing.  At issue is a plan by Reston, Va.-based satellite broadcast communications company LightSquared to build a next-generation 4G wireless phone network.

Barack Obama, Flim-Flam Man.  Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has an important column in which he argues that the Solyndra fiasco is not just a garden-variety scandal, but a criminal fraud that should land someone, inside and/or outside of the Obama administration, in the slammer. ... The facts warrant a full-scale criminal investigation.

House Judiciary chairman urges Justice Department to probe Solyndra loan.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called on the Justice Department Monday to investigate a California solar firm that filed for bankruptcy in August after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration.

Obama's Solyndra scandal reeks of the Chicago Way.  This is not a new kind of politics.  It's the old kind.  The Chicago kind.  And now the Tribune Washington Bureau has reported that the U.S. Department of Energy employee who helped monitor the Solyndra loan guarantee was one of Obama's top fundraisers.

Kaiser Family Foundation 2009 grant sparks more Solyndra questions.  A Daily Caller review of the George Kaiser Family Foundation's income tax returns found that during the same year billionaire investor George Kaiser successfully secured $535 million in government loan guarantees for the now-failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, his private philanthropy donated to a political cause close to the hearts of several high-ranking Obama administration officials.  Kaiser, a major Obama donor, was a frequent White House visitor during the week before the Obama administration approved that taxpayer-underwritten financial deal.

The Solyndra Fraud.  The Solyndra debacle is not just Obama-style crony socialism as usual.  It is a criminal fraud.  That is the theory that would be guiding any competent prosecutor's office in the investigation of a scheme that cost victims — in this case, American taxpayers — a fortune.  Fraud against the United States is one of the most serious felony offenses in the federal penal law.  It is even more serious than another apparent Solyndra violation that has captured congressional attention:  the Obama administration's flouting of a statute designed to protect taxpayers.

Obama's Solar Scandal.  Solyndra.  That's the name of a company that manufactured solar panels in Fremont, Calif. (which voted 71 percent for Obama in 2008).  It was the first company to receive a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy as part of the 2009 stimulus package.  This wasn't small potatoes.  The loan guarantee was for $535 million.

Solyndra Nation.  To find a metaphor for the failed Obama presidency, look no further than Solyndra. ... "Keep up the good work!" wrote an administration official to a Solyndra executive last May.  "We're cheering for you."  That was before the bankruptcy filing.  Before the 1,100 lost jobs and the empty 650,000-square-foot production facility in Fremont, California.  Before the FBI raid of Solyndra headquarters.  Before the House Energy Committee released emails suggesting the Solyndra loan was rushed and improperly vetted.  These days the White House is tight-lipped.  The only cheering comes from Republicans sensing a possible Obama scandal.

Obama admin reworked Solyndra loan to favor donor.  The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show.

Obama's Pet Billionaire at Solyndra.  A high profile, politically well-connected California solar energy company that had won a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama Administration declared bankruptcy earlier this month and closed its doors sending 1100 workers to the unemployment line.  The demise of Solyndra has already sparked an FBI investigation, congressional hearings, and raised numerous questions of political cronyism and corruption connected to the highest levels of the Obama Administration.

Emails Reveal Direct White House Tie to Solyndra Scandal.  Yesterday [9/13/2011], ABC News dropped the bombshell that Bush era Energy auditors actually nixed the loan as unsound, nd that Obama OMB staffers raised similar concerns upon their own evaluation.  The White House's political team seemed to disagree, putting the deal on a "fast track."  Mere days later, the massive government loan to the unstable "green" poster-child — backed by major Obama donor cash — was fortuitously approved.

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.

White House Pressure for a Donor?  The Pentagon has worried for months that a project backed by a prominent Democratic donor might interfere with military GPS.  Now Congress wants to know if the White House pressured a general to change his testimony.

General Reported He Was Pressured on Testimony About White House-Backed Project.  Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, told House members in a classified briefing earlier this month that he was pressured to change prepared congressional testimony in a way that would favor a large company funded by Philip Falcone, a major Democratic donor, congressional sources told Fox News.  Republicans have raised questions about whether the project pursued by the company, LightSquared, is being unduly expedited by the Obama administration, which has pushed for national wireless network upgrades.

White House Pressure for a Donor?  The Pentagon has worried for months that a project backed by a prominent Democratic donor might interfere with military GPS.  Now Congress wants to know if the White House pressured a general to change his testimony.

LightSquared: The Next Big Obama Scandal.  The new Obama scandal is huge, but it's also nice and simple.  LightSquared is a satellite broadband company, based out of Virginia.  It received heavy investments from a fund run by a big-money Democrat donor named Phillip Falcone, a billionaire who "became wealthy shorting subprime debt," according to The Daily Beast.  The company's biggest investors, according to the Huffington Post, include Obama donor and current U.S. ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips, Obama friend and investment manager George Haywood... and Barack Obama himself...

Air Force general tells secret Congressional hearing,
White House forced me to back project funded by Obama donor.  A four-star Air Force general told a classified Congressional hearing he was pressured by the White House into changing a political briefing to favour a Democratic-backed firm.  Air Force Space Commander General William Shelton was speaking about a wireless project by Virginia satellite broadband company LightSquared.  The Pentagon believes it could interfere with GPS — but the firm's majority owner happens to be Democratic donor Philip Falcone's hedge fund.

The Cash-for-Visas Program.  As part of his warmed-over jobs plan, President Obama is repackaging "Buy American" stimulus subsidies to help hard-hit homegrown businesses.  At the same time, however, Congress is pushing to expand a fraud-riddled investor program that puts U.S. citizenship for sale to the highest foreign business bidders.

SolarGate.  A top bundler and major investor in a now-bankrupt green company made multiple White House visits before he got a guaranteed stimulus loan that the administration monitored to ensure it was granted.

FBI serves search warrants at Solyndra.  FBI agents served search warrants this morning at Solyndra, the Fremont solar company that abruptly closed last week, two years after receiving more than $500 million in federal stimulus money, an agency official said.  The search is part of a joint investigation involving the FBI and the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General, said FBI spokeswoman Julianne Sohn, who declined to elaborate.

Solyndra officials made numerous trips to the White House, logs show.  Not only does the now-bankrupt solar energy firm Solyndra have a cozy financial relationship with the Obama administration, company representatives also made numerous visits to the White House to meet with administration officials, The Daily Caller has learned.  According to White House visitor logs, between March 12, 2009, and April 14, 2011, Solyndra officials and investors made no fewer than 20 trips to the West Wing.

The Watermelon Regime's Pay-to-Play Way.  It just so happens that key players for Solyndra were lavish supporters of Obama during his election.  For example, one George Kaiser, a billionaire who donated over $50,000 to Obama's campaign and helped raise tens of thousands more, just by pure random chance happens to be one of the biggest investors in... Solyndra!  Kaiser chipped in fifty lousy grand of his own money to help elect a regime that then chipped in half a billion bucks to his now-failed business.

Obama picks snoops' lawyer for consumer bureau.  President Barack Obama wants the first chief of his new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to be Richard Cordray, the former Ohio attorney general who offered free legal support to three state officials who snooped through confidential state databases in search of information about Joe Wurzelbacher, nicknamed "Joe the Plumber."

Republicans: Solyndra investment 'dubious' from the start.  Besides questioning whether the company was a poor risk, critics have seized on news reports that one of Solyndra's prime financial backers was an Obama campaign bundler in 2008.

Is there a Solyndra/ObamaCare Connection?  Chatter began to emerge on Thursday [9/1/2011] about the unique treatment received by the bankruptcy-declaring Solyndra, a government-dependent maker of solar panels whose scheme, shaped somewhere between a pyramid and a trapezoid, was described in the Washington Post no less...

Solyndra's lobbyists.  The Obama administration sure liked to tout Solyndra, the solar-power company that took in millions of federal subsidies before going bankrupt this week.  Given that this company's short life was dependent on government connections, it's worth looking at Solyndra's lobbyists.

Is there a Solyndra/ObamaCare Connection?  Solyndra resides in Fremont, California, which in turn rests within the then-cozy confines of California's 13th Congressional District, represented by Fortney "Pete" Stark.  As chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee's Health Subcommittee during Obama's push for Obamacare, Stark was critical to Obama's signature step in 'fundamentally transforming America.'  You might recall a few procedural curiosities, some strong-arming and vote-buying that went on way back then.

More about Solyndra.

Report: Gibson Competitor is Dem Donor; Uses Same Wood, Experienced No Federal Raids.  If true, it add another piece to an increasingly disturbing puzzle.

Will the Music World Protest Against Feds Eco-Zealous Raid On Gibson Guitar?  Does this sudden interest from the Feds have more to do with the fact that Gibson is non-union and relocated to Tennessee, a right to work state?

Comcast is the nation's largest cable operator and the new owner of NBC.*
Comcast Employees Top Donors to Obama and 'Victory Fund'.  While Comcast employees gave $5,000 each to Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, "Comcast employees contributed nearly $80,000 directly to Obama for America and roughly $200,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account benefitting both the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee, through the first half of 2011 records show."  The Center for Responsive Politics analysis found 40 percent of Obama Victory Fund contributions are coming from two very blue states:  California (25 percent) and New York (15 percent), also two states where most of our news and entertainment media are located.

The Comcast-Obama Alliance.  The media is still showing the love for Obama.  Not only does the fawning coverage continue but media executives are putting their money where their collective mouths are, by showering the Obama campaign with money.

The political-media complex.  There has never been any doubt that Barack Hussein Obama is ineligible for the Presidency according to the Constitution and the binding Supreme Court precedent of Minor vs. Happersett.  At least twenty document experts have now shown that Obama's Certificate of Live Birth is a forgery.  The Social Security Administration has corroborated that Obama is using a Social Security Number not issued to him.  His Selective Service registration is a forgery.  All are felonies.  Sufficient evidence is already available.  The problem is that neither Congress nor any legal authority will take action.

Obama Labor Department to Re-Define Term 'Employer' to Exclude Union Bosses.  Any day now, the U.S. Department of Labor, under former Big Labor treasurer and now Obama's current Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, intends to announce a new definition for the term "Employer" that will protect her union boss friends.

Congress to Investigate White House Involvement with Bin Laden Film.  The normally tight-lipped Obama administration is reportedly giving a Hollywood production company access to sensitive intelligence information, in an effort to help produce a film about the Osama bin Laden raid.  Why would the White House do something like this, you might wonder?  It could have something to do with the movie's well-timed release date — a month before the 2012 election.

Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election.  There may be an overtly political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote for president.  Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama on their studio's premises in California last April.  So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold a political fundraiser this cycle.  According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012 — less than a month before the presidential election.

Civility, Obama Style.  [Scroll down]  Instead Obama has used the agency chairmanships as spoils of political hackery.  To run the [National Endowment for the Arts], he appointed a Broadway producer ("Big River") named Rocco Landesman, whose chief qualification for the job was to share a business office with one of Obama's most fertile fundraising "bundlers," another Broadway producer ("Hairspray") called Margo Lion, whose generosity earned her a place atop Obama's "arts policy committee."

Obama's Continued Denial of Illegal Fundraising Questions.  What is clear is that the Obama administration is using this Memorandum as a cover in saying it did no wrong when it used the room for soliciting campaign funds.  But if one actually reads it, it is simply not the case.  Therefore, a thorough investigation should still be conducted and until a Department of Justice conclusion of the use of the Map Room specifically is determined to fall outside the realm of this law, a valid concern of illegality is warranted.

Obamanocchio.  [Scroll down]  These actions serve as proof positive that Mr. Obama, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett and the rest of the Hyde Park, Chicago, Progressive Leftist contingent are simply — at their core beings — slimy Chicago politicians employing the "say anything to win" strategy of instituting crisis while employing fear-tactics that target our nation's seniors and the most vulnerable among us.  It is despicable and our nation deserves better.

Obama's OMB ignores document subpoena.  Solynydra was the first firm to receive a loan guarantee under Obama's $859 billion economic stimulus program in 2009.  Obama has pushed billions of federal tax dollars to so-called "clean energy" firms like Solyndra, which makes proprietary solar energy panel equipment.  At least one major fund raiser for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, Tulsa, Oklahoma, billionaire George Kaiser, is among Solyndra's venture capital backers and there have been multiple questions about the firm's future viability.

Obama's sleight of hand on lobbyist contributions.  "We did this from the bottom up," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said of the $86 million haul last quarter by the campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  "We didn't accept one single dollar from Washington lobbyists. ..."  This is true by some definitions, but basically misleading.  Plenty of Obama's large donors are, by any reasonable definition, "Washington lobbyists" — they are simply not registered as such with the congressional ethics and records offices.

If Obama ignores the debt limit, he'll totally get away with it.  For months Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has been warning Congress that a failure to raise the federal government's $14.3 trillion debt limit would have "catastrophic economic consequences."  But now that financial Armegeddon is supposedly just weeks away, Geithner is raising the possibility that he may ignore the law entirely.  And if he did, he'd get away with it.

Spotlight on Obama's Alleged Fundraising Illegality.  President Obama may enjoy a comfortable lead among his competitors, but it also seems that he is enjoying a comfortable leniency in protocol in terms of legality in fundraising.  The article in NewsMax explains that Obama used a room in the White House as a location for a fundraising video in which he and Vice President Biden were touting a raffle for a dinner with the two of them in exchange for a campaign contribution.

AmeriCorps' Favorite Scandal-Plagued Mayor.  A prominent Democratic politician who was banned from receiving federal aid three years ago over fraud charges is once again raking in government funds from the very same program he abused.  It pays to be a FOTO — Friend of the Obamas.  Our publicly subsidized con artist is Sacramento mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson.

Obama's Suspicious Connections to Clean Tech Companies Receiving Federal Money.  Since March of 2009, Obama has spent over half of his out-of-town business trips visiting 22 different clean-tech projects with a $90 billion stimulus check to promote the clean-tech companies of his choosing.  Superficially, Obama looks like he's supporting an industry he champions as the next big thing and a creator of an entirely new sector of jobs.  Hiding behind the curtain is a different story, though.  The focus of his clean-tech trips has been to support ventures backed by his donors.

Obama Gives New Grant to ACORN; Did He Violate Federal Law?  Why is President Obama apparently defying federal law by funding ACORN?  Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration is flouting the will of Congress by giving federal taxpayer money to ACORN.  Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave a $79,819 grant to the largest branch of the ACORN tree, ACORN Housing Corp. (AHC).  AHC filed papers last year legally changing its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA).  It's the same old organization with a brand new ACORN-free name.

It Turns Out Obama Gave ACORN $541K This Year, Not $80K.  Remember that story from a few days ago, the one about the Obama administration giving ACORN a $79,819 grant in March despite a federal law that prohibits the government from giving money to ACORN?  It turns out that sum is a lowball figure.

Obama Raffle Video Not Legal, Election Law Experts Say.  A video of President Barack Obama filmed in the White House and included in a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters is not legal, two election law experts told CNSNews.com.  The video was included in an e-mail sent to supporters of President Obama promoting a fundraising drive that offered participants a chance to win an invitation to dinner with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Laws are for the little people, not President Obama.  Based on his behavior, it's apparent the president views himself as a man so lofty in vision and skill that he's exempt from the decrees imposed on the little people. ... The following description of Title 18, subsection 607 U.S.C. is so straightforward even a layperson could understand.  ["]It shall be unlawful for an individual who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government, including the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress, to solicit or receive a donation of money or other thing of value in connection with a Federal, State, or local election, while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties.["]

The Editor says...
Read the law for yourself.

Fewer prosecuted in benefits program fraud.  People who defraud food stamps, Social Security or other benefits programs are less likely to face federal criminal charges.  In the two years since President Obama took office, data released by the Justice Department show the number of criminal prosecutions for defrauding those programs has dropped by about 20% to its lowest point in a decade.

Is the FBI Investigating Obama?  In a front page story about a major FBI terrorism investigation, The Washington Post has reported that the targets include "Chicagoans who crossed paths with Obama when he was a young state senator and some who have been active in labor unions that supported his political rise."  The implication is that the trail could lead to the White House.

Top Barack Obama donors net government jobs.  Telecom executive Donald H. Gips raised a big bundle of cash to help finance his friend Barack Obama's run for the presidency.  Gips, a vice president of Colorado-based Level 3 Communications, delivered more than $500,000 in contributions for the Obama war chest, while two other company executives collected at least $150,000 more.  After the election, Gips was put in charge of hiring in the Obama White House, helping to place loyalists and fundraisers in many key positions.

Judicial Watch says...
Tax dollars for La Raza skyrocket after Obama appoints one of its leaders to White House post.  Should anybody care when a radical left-wing special interest group gets a big boost in federally funded grants and contracts after one of its most visible leaders is appointed to a key White House job?  That's exactly what happened after President Obama appointed Cecilla Munoz, the National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) senior vice president, as his director of inter-governmental affairs, according to an investigation by Judicial Watch.

Obama rubs elbows with regulatory robber barons.  President Obama on Monday [6/13/2011] was scheduled to give a pep talk for American manufacturing at a factory in Durham, N.C., where Cree Inc. makes LED light bulbs.  Cree embodies Obama-era capitalism:  profiting from government grants, political connections, revolving-door lobbyists and regulations that force people to buy your product.

More about mandatory fluorescent light bulbs.

Crony Capitalism and Obama's Anti-Coal Crusade.  Barack Obama has long sought to bankrupt the coal industry.  But, Cook County politician that he is and always will be, the relevant question is:  who benefits from his plans wreck a major portion of our economy while also boosting electricity prices across America?  A clue:  he and his pals from Chicago have incestuous ties to the one company whose prospects will be boosted by Obama's policies.

How to Win Payoffs and Intimidate Enemies in Obama's America.  Some recent stories instruct us anew on the cardinal tenets of Obamanomics, a.k.a, pay for play the Chicago way.  Consider first the story reviewing the rush of organizations to get exemptions from Obamacare.  So far, nearly 1,400 different entities (businesses, unions, insurers, and state and local governments), covering over three million people, have been given exemptions from the bill by Obama's HHS Secretary Sebelius, and those waivers have a disturbing pattern.  The Obama regime clearly played the crony capitalist card in granting these waivers.

Who gets nearly free internet and computers?  Who are the lucky beneficiaries among all the Americans who fit this category?  Are you sitting down?  Poor blacks in Obama's hometown in Chicago are the ones getting the sweet deal.  Is it also a coincidence that Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former Chief of Staff, was recently elected mayor and may need to boost his reputation among this same group of people...

Obama's half-brother runs questionable charity.  President Obama's half-brother runs an off-the-books American charity that claims to support poor Kenyans — but it lies about its federal status and no one knows how it spends its money.  The group, the Barack H. Obama Foundation, was named after the president's father and founded by his sibling Abon'go Malik "Roy" Obama, a 53-year-old polygamist who recently made headlines by adding a third wife — who's still in her teens.

Top official from Obama-backed black chamber faces criminal charges.  A top official from the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc. — the Obama-backed, rival upstart to Harry Alford's National Black Chamber of Commerce — has a checkered past and faces criminal charges from allegations he exploited a Hurricane Katrina victim.

May the Constitution rest in peace.  Thanks to the malfeasance or political cowardice of the Republican and Democratic Parties, we now have an ineligible individual, Barack Hussein Obama, occupying the White House.  In addition, there is an increasing amount of credible evidence to suggest that forgery may have been committed during Obama's campaign for the Presidency.  Yet there are no ongoing official investigations.  Quite the contrary, everything is being done by both political parties to suppress any discussion of wrongdoing.

All the President's Funny Money.  President Obama's perpetual campaign cash-o-matic machine kicks into high gear again this week as the celebrity-in-chief heads to Hollywood for several high-priced fundraisers.  But while the Democrats' 2012 re-election team stuffs its hands into every liberal deep pocket in sight, questions about the Obama 2008 campaign finance operation still fester.  Last week, the laggard watchdogs at the Federal Election Commission announced an audit of the Obama 2008 campaign committee -- which raised a record-setting $750 million.  White House flacks are downplaying the probe as a "routine review."

Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2010.  Remember the promise President Obama made just after his inauguration in 2009?  "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."  Instead, Americans have suffered through lies, stonewalling, cover-ups, corruption, secrecy, scandal and blatant disregard for the rule of law ... this has been the Obama legacy in its first two years.  In 2010, Obama was caught in a lie over what he knew about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's scheme to sell the president's vacated Senate seat.  Blagojevich's former Chief of Staff John Harris testified that Obama had personal knowledge of Blago's plot to obtain a presidential cabinet position in exchange for appointing a candidate handpicked by the President.

U.S. Gives Obama Donor $500 Mil For "Green" Projects.  One of President Obama's top fundraisers has been rewarded with more than half a billion dollars in stimulus money for "green" projects and a coveted adviser position at the federal agency that regulates his highly profitable business ventures.  It's the very cycle of money, influence and access that Obama vowed to break when he came to Washington, according to the investigative journalism group that broke the story this week.

FCC Expands Internet Takeover, Adds Bailouts and Price Controls.  The FCC has inserted itself, as a government agency, into the roaming contract negotiations between private-sector companies.  It does so by compelling an agreement and setting "reasonable rates." ... This is the very definition of crony capitalism.  Some companies seek favors from the FCC.  The FCC rewards them with a "regulatory bailout."  The bailout allows the corporations to avoid taking the corrective action necessary to compete in a free market.  In turn, those companies become more dependent upon, and supportive of, increased regulations.

Appointed by Obama to Investigate Union Corruption,
Former SEIU Official Cuts Number of Investigators.  Has President Barack Obama been deceiving America, with his Ethics Executive Order 13490?  It certainly appears that the actions of the Obama Administration are far from his recent statement that he has "put into place the toughest ethics laws of any Administration in history [pause] in history."  A host of Obama's appointments call into question the President's commitment to his own Ethics Order.

Misprision of Treason:
Top DOJ Officials Abandon CAIR Terror Finance Prosecutions.  It is a felony offense to know or have reason to know that seditious activity is underway and do nothing about it.  The term used in the U.S. Code for such a crime is "misprision of treason."  Counterterrorism expert Patrick Poole reveals today that political appointees in the Obama-Holder Justice Department would appear, at a minimum, to be candidates for prosecution for obstruction of justice and perhaps guilty of violating this statute.

The Aroma of Illegality.  [Scroll down]  Obama and Eric "My People" Holder may natter on about "equal protection."  That's just talk, though.  What they care about is not the 14th Amendment but their political program.  Example:  if you are a white voter in Philadelphia, you don't get equal protection from armed Black Panthers who strut about polling places.  And if some nebbish in the Justice Department who hasn't gotten the message brings a suit against the Panthers, a higher-up (maybe even "My People" Holder himself) can quietly drop the suit when he thinks no one is paying attention.

Soros Wins Under Obama's Energy Policies.  Abby Wisse Schacter, in the New York Post, notes that the Obama administration is clamping down on oil and gas development in America (both onshore and offshore) but is hell-bent on helping other nation's tap their resources and points out that such help is being showered specifically in New Guinea, of all places.

George Soros: Demagoat.  Another interesting note:  Soros has a lot invested in Brazilian oil production.  His puppet, Obama announced that the U.S. would be investing and trading in Brazil's oil development.  Of course, Obama doesn't want to drill here in the U.S.  The connection is very clear.  Since Soros is out to destroy the USA like he has other countries, all of the organizations he funds are nothing but puppets for him, just like Obama.  Obama went to Brazil to protect the Soros investment there in Petrobras.

Obama's Shady Union Ties.  Would most people consider it quite odd that the president of the most infamous union in the country-the AFL-CIO-brags about how frequently he is a visitor to the White House?  In his words, that's two or three times a week, and that's in addition to his numerous weekly phone conversations with White House officials.  What union business could possibly require such a close alliance between the AFL-CIO and president Barack Hussein Obama?  Certainly, we can only hazard a guess, but if AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka's actions in the recent past are any indication, he's getting more than tea and crumpets during his visits.

A Thousand Points of Blight.  In a 2006 speech to the National Press Club about lobbying reform, Illinois Senator Barack Obama waxed eloquent about the malevolent influence of special interests on Beltway politics:  "The American people are tired of a Washington that's only open to those with the most cash and the right connections.  They're tired of a political process where the vote you cast isn't as important as the favors you can do." ... Four years later, Obama had long since moved to Pennsylvania Avenue and was receiving frequent visits from people with more than a passing resemblance to the iniquitous special interests whose influence had once filled him with righteous indignation.

The Tyranny Of The Green.  [Scroll down]  Awards are merely paybacks for political campaign contributions.  British Petroleum was awarded a safety award for its Deep Water Horizon rig a year before the Gulf Coast disaster.  A Politico article by Erika Lovley cited:  "During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records."

Obama administration keeps giving out Obamacare waivers.  Although House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, is about to launch a congressional investigation into Obamacare waiver selection, the administration continues to approve waivers from health-care law for labor unions and others.  In fact, since Upton first requested documentation from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in late January, the administration has issued 307 more Obamacare waivers, 47 of which for labor unions.  That brings the total number of waivers to 1,040.  Labor unions received 269 of those.

Vulnerable And Unpopular.  The ObamaCare waivers granted to businesses and organizations now number more than a thousand.  This is a desperate tactic by the administration — as well as a tacit admission that the law is deeply flawed.  The Department of Health and Human Services added 126 waivers Friday [3/4/2011], bringing the total to 1,040.

More about the waivers, favoritism and unfairness associated with Obamacare.

Obama's Discriminatory Application of Laws Abounds.  CNSNews.com reports that the administration gave one-year waivers to 28 separate local chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, exempting them from an Obamacare requirement that bans annual limits on what insurance plans will pay for coverage.  The UFCW's political action committee spent $673,309 in independent expenditures promoting Obama's 2008 election.

Obama's Labor Department isn't just about helping unions.  Don't like your boss?  Just call Obama's Department of Labor, and they'll help you find a lawyer. ... There is a Bush-era executive order still in effect ... which bars the federal government from directly hiring trial lawyers on a contingency fee basis.  This program, which merely refers them, might not actually break the rule, but it walks right up to the line.

Obama's Ongoing War on Inspectors General.  One inspector general after another faults the Obama administration for using suspect methodology to burnish its claims regarding job creation.  At one point, Obama wanted to create a brand new $30-billion government program to grant loans to small business.  The program was designed to be free of any oversight by inspectors general.  This program had the potential to be a thirty-billion-dollar slush fund to channel taxpayer dollars to those people who are allies of the Obama administration.

Rep. Issa: Obama 'feigns perfection' without achieving it on lobbying rules.  Congressional leaders offered a chilly response to President Obama's call for lawmakers to match the White House in publicly disclosing their meetings with lobbyists.  The Republican in charge of government reform, Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), rejected the suggestion out of hand and brushed back the president by noting reports that White House officials met with lobbyists at coffee shops to avoid their own disclosure rules.

Obama's Solar Nightmare:  [Scroll down]  How else have the Democrats been trying to change our power industry?  By the old-fashioned way:  changing the rules of the game and then using our tax dollars to enrich green schemers.  The grand champion of spending boosts by Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress has been a 1014% boost in spending for the "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program."  Then there is something called the Green Jobs Labor Fund — which did not even exist prior to 2009 and has received hundreds of millions of dollars.  But wait... there is more.  Much of the stimulus money also went toward funding green schemes, and one of the major beneficiaries have been solar power promoters.  These are, in the words of Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson, "pipe dreams."  Many of the promoters and hucksters behind these "ventures" have chummy relationships with Democrats...

Obama Administration one of the most corrupt, says Rep. Issa.  US Representative Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, spent the weekend bashing the Obama Administration saying it was one of the most corrupt administrations ever.  The California congressman stated he intends to investigate such incidents as Obama White House promises made to Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak to drop out of his Senate race in 2010, and the allegations of misconduct by Justice Department officials in the handling of the allegations that New Black Panther Party intimidated voters on election day.

Is there corruption in the Obama administration?  [Scroll down]  Here's a slightly more complete list of corruption in the Obama administration, or questions that deserve investigation for possible corruption and violation of his ethics rules:
  •   Ex Google lobbyist Andrew McLaughlin working as the No. 2 tech policy guy in the White House discussing net neutrality with Google lobbyists (registered and unregistered) while Google stood to profit from the administration's Net Neutrality rules.
  •   Former Goldman Sachs lobbyist Mark Patterson taking a job as Treasury Department chief of staff within 9 months of his work for Goldman.
  •   Obama officials meeting off campus for official business for the sake of avoiding the Presidential Records Act.

Government as a Criminal Enterprise.  The Obama administration is "one of the most corrupt administrations in modern times" said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) Sunday, January 2.  As the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, we can expect some explosive revelations.

Former Car Czar Rattner To Pay $10 Million To Settle Pay-to-Play Lawsuits.  Former Obama "car czar" Steve Rattner agreed Thursday to pay $10 million to settle two lawsuits filed by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for an alleged kickback scheme involving New York State's public pension fund.

Former car czar Rattner to pay $10M in pension fund probe.  The investment banker who helped lead the Obama administration's auto industry overhaul has agreed to pay $10 million to settle influence-peddling allegations in New York.

Obama party stays in home taxed at $300.  The absentee owner of a multimillion-dollar home being used by President Barack Obama's visiting entourage gets one of the biggest residential property tax breaks on Oahu.  Kevin Comcowich, the Houston investment executive who purchased the nearly 5,000-square-foot home for $9 million in January 2008, was charged $300 in property taxes this year.

Pigford and New Black Panthers: Friends at DOJ.  At the Justice Department, one man has played a central role in two of the most controversial racialist policies of the Obama Administration — Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli.  This bundler of huge campaign contributions for the Obama Campaign is now the second highest ranking Presidential appointee at the Justice Department.  Perrelli is best known for his central role in dismissing the slam dunk voter intimidation case brought and dropped against the New Black Panther Party.  But the leftist Perrelli has outdone himself.

Obama's DOJ is a freedom of information disgrace.  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) just issued what is probably its unkindest press release so far about the Obama administration, comparing its Justice Department to the Bush administration when it comes to transparency.

How to tell when a democrat is losing an election.  Obama just endorsed sending out $250 checks to the 58 million seniors receiving social security checks coincidently only two weeks before an election.  Yet it's Obama, Pelosi, and Reid who took away $500 billion in Medicare from those same seniors.

Obama Rules That SEIUs Law Breaking is OK By Him.  With a recent Federal Election Commission decision, Obama's government has ruled in favor of the SEIU's illegal kickback scheme and decided that such law breaking it is A'OK as far as he is concerned.

Obama's Costly Green Jobs Project.  [Scroll down]  So there's really no way the Ivanpah business model can lose.  Up-front financing and price guarantees for thirty years down the road.  So who might benefit from such a cozy government-business arrangement?  Brightsource investors include Google.org (a member of Van Jones's Apollo Alliance) and the California State Teachers Retirement System.  Billions in federal financing, billions every year for the next thirty years in taxpayer subsidies for above-market priced electricity, with profits going to Obama insiders like the Apollo Alliance and a teachers' union?  Should we really call this "clean" energy?

41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes.  Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don't labor down in that monument-strewn former swamp.  Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts.  Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest.  They're correct.

Gen. 'Stonewall' Holder.  [Scroll down]  The administration, moreover, touts itself as "the most transparent in history" while steadfastly refusing to disclose the names of lawyers who previously litigated on behalf of al Qaeda members (though two, principal deputy solicitor general Neal Katyal and national security division attorney Jennifer Daskal, were well known for their work on behalf of detainees).  The Obama Justice Department seems determined to prevent the timely release of information that might give the public insight into just who is offering advice on controversial matters of national security.

Covering up for George Soros.  [Scroll down]  For example, Soros has made a boatload of money off his huge investment in the Brazilian oil company, Petrobras, a company that has benefited mightily from its deep offshore oil reserves.  Barack Obama had the U.S. Export-Import bank extend billions of dollars of loans to underwrite Petrobras's offshore oil development.  Soros positioned himself to reap big gains just days before his pal in the White House pushed for billions in loans to Petrobras — a company from a country that can certainly tap the financial markets on its own to raise funds to tap oil off its shores.

Obama's Other Chicago Problem.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Obama continued to swing for Mr. Giannoulias right through the news that the Giannoulias's Broadway Bank had loaned millions to Michael "Jaws" Giorango, a convicted bookmaker, as well as other crime figures.  He stuck with him through the news that some of this money had been disbursed when Mr. Giannoulias was the bank's senior loan officer.  And Mr. Obama stuck with him when even the Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, Mike Madigan, refused to endorse Mr. Giannoulias.  "My history in politics, if you were alleged to be connected to the mob, you were done," said Mr. Madigan in the run-up to the 2006 treasurer's election.

Why Do Ethics Cost More in the Obama White House?  In 2008, the Bush administration paid four White House Ethics advisors a total of $383,015, whereas the four Ethics advisors in the Obama White House will rake in $491,176 in 2010.  Three of those four, according to FEC records, are Obama campaign donors.  Interestingly enough, the Obama administration's 2009 report listed no Ethics advisors... which could go a long way toward explaining their actions.

Obama's pattern of rigging the rules.  Barack Obama learned from Saul Alinsky's manual that the most essential tactic for expanding power is to make opponents abide by the rules while never enforcing the rules against one's allies.  That's exactly what his Justice Department and other executive departments are doing in case after case, all aimed at rigging the deck in favor of the political left.

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.

Daschle Goes, Geithner Stays?  High-profile tax-scofflaw Tom Daschle has been shamed out of an appointment as secretary of health and human services. ... But the most outrageous offender, Timothy Geithner, was confirmed as Treasury secretary, borne aloft on an air of indispensability.

When Crimes Become Mistakes.  For a president who said he was going to preside over the most ethical administration in history, Barack Obama has shown an astounding talent of being able to find appointees who mistakenly manage to forget to pay their taxes.  Just look at Timothy Geithner, for example.  The new Treasury secretary — the man who oversees the IRS — forgot to pay $34,000 in taxes.

Schumer, Durbin and Barney Frank See No Problem with Treasury Nominee's Tax Problems.  House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told CNSNews.com that Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner is qualified to serve despite his failure to properly pay at least $34,000 in taxes.  Other members of Congress, including Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) agreed, but some Republicans questioned the nomination.

Surely this isn't what Obama meant when he vowed change.  Three of his top nominees have been caught with tax problems, two them departing abruptly Tuesday.  Two more were former lobbyists named to high positions despite Obama's ban on lobbyists in his administration.  Yet another, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, had to withdraw weeks earlier because of an investigation into alleged "pay-to-play" politics at home.

Victims of the Tax Code?  Not So Fast.  The tax system is complicated.  It is, according to many lawyers and tax preparers, in need of sweeping reform.  But the tax code can hardly be blamed for the recent problems of Obama administration appointees who came up short in what they owed the government, several tax experts said yesterday.

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.

The Neediest Cases.  Tom Daschle is not the Tom Daschle Barack Obama thought he knew.  Today, as the Washington Post reports, Daschle withdrew his nomination as secretary of health and human services, "citing the distractions that followed his failure to pay all of his taxes in recent years."  Hey, how come when "distractions" were raised about Obama during the campaign, the candidate told us to shut up and talk about the real issues, whereas when the "distractions" concern Obama's nominees, he throws them under the bus?

Making Americans Sick.  [Scroll down]  The Fanjul family of Palm Beach, Fla., a politically connected family, has given more than $1.8 million to both Democratic and Republican parties over the years.  They and others in the sugar industry give millions to congressmen to keep high tariffs on foreign sugar so the U.S. sugar industry can charge us higher prices.  According to one study, the Fanjul family alone earns about $65 million a year from congressional protectionism.

Welcome to the major leagues, President Obama.  There are multiple lessons to be gleaned by President Barack Obama from the withdrawal Tuesday of former Sen. Tom Daschle as the White House nominee for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.  [For example] Having made strong public defenses of two of your three major nominees with tax problems, you have become a defender of Washington's business-as-usual culture and given up the opportunity to portray yourself as the man who was going to bring change to the Potomac.  It was a huge mistake to condone conduct by your Treasury and HHS secretary nominees that would have ruined the reputation of most people.

Daschle dashed, and some promises, too.  It wasn't so long ago that Barack Obama was on the campaign trail, talking about hope and change, about the purity he would bring to Washington. ... Now comes reality, governing, and two cabinet nominees who evaded taxes, one nominee faced with corruption allegations and another nominee who was going to keep an eye on government performance but who apparently neglected to keep an eye on her own.

Standing Behind Daschle.  When Barack Obama was asked last Monday if he still supported Tom Daschle, his embattled Health and Human Services nominee, the president gave a firm one-word response:  "Absolutely."

Oh, the ethics of it all.  Mr. Daschle proved to be a true limousine liberal; he failed to pay taxes on the limousine he used while earning $5.2 million advising — among other industries — insurers and hospitals (two of the industries he would be overseeing). ... After Mr. Daschle removed his name from nomination, the president said the withdrawal filled him with "sadness and regret."  Why would it if he is serious about upholding ethics in Washington?

Obama Needs to Give Tax Dodging Nominees a Rest.  The form contained 63 questions for those seeking high posts in the Obama administration.  The questionnaire asked for writings, speeches, financial statements, tax returns, e-mail, brokerage statements, mortgage papers, some documents going back 10 years or more. ... Perhaps the Obama team should have added a 64th question.  "Have you ever cheated on your taxes?"

A touch of Chicago.  You can't say this new administration isn't changing Washington.  Because politically, the nation's capital is starting to look a lot like Chicago on the Potomac, complete with the sleazy deals and subsequent embarrassment.  We're supposed to believe that any resemblance between the goings-on in the Windy City, whose civic culture is legendary for its, uh, ethical flexibility, and the current process of picking a Cabinet is purely coincidental.

Obama Needs To Fire Someone.  The first revelations were Tim Geithner and Bill Richardson.  Now Daschle and Killifer are gone because of unpaid taxes.  Next Hilda Solis comes along letting us know she was not only pimping for a labor group against Congressional rules, but her husband had tax liens for 16 years.  She wants us to believe that she has no knowledge of the tax matter.  It is possible that her husband did not know that she was in the California Legislature or a member of Congress, but now realizes that he should do the right thing and be a model citizen.  It certainly possible he hid it from her until Obama came calling and he had a "Honey, we need to talk" conversation.  However that scenario seems a little farfetched to me.

Here We Go Again.  Let's see... a Democratic representative gets free housing from a pollster who enjoys some very lucrative contracts from both that representative and a very influential group said representative heads up?  Why, I'd never even suggest some kind of a quid pro quo arrangement.  All through his campaign, Obama and his surrogates touted his great judgment and his commitment to change and transparency.  Yet more and more of his nominees keep getting exposed for their ethical lapses ... .

'The Most Sweeping Ethics Reform in History'?  Barack Obama promised during his campaign to "clean up both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue" with "the most sweeping ethics reform in history."  He declared that his administration would "have the toughest ethics laws of any administration in history."  But shouldn't that moral commitment extend to all of those he appoints, too?  Recently, many people were nominated by Obama for high-ranking positions in his administration.  Six of them were involved in tax evasion or other shady deals.

Above the Law.  These are the times that tax men's souls.  Unless, that is, you're an Obama administration appointee and opt out — or try to.

Democrats self-destructing over ethics.  The Obama administration and the new Congress are quickly handing over to Republicans the same "culture of corruption" issue that Democrats used so effectively against the GOP before coming to power.

Democrats hit ethics pothole early in Obama administration.  The Obama administration and the new Congress are rapidly giving Republicans the same "culture of corruption" issue that Democrats used so effectively against the GOP before coming to power.  Democrats' ethical issues are popping up at a dizzying pace, after less than two months of party control of both the White House and Congress.  Freshman Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill. is only the latest embarrassment.

The People Who Can Make or Break Obama.  [#5] Roland Burris: ... The Illinois GOP is calling for him to resign and the Democratic Senate is nervously eying the contradictory transcripts.  The dilemma for the Senate and the White House is once again how to deal with the ooze of corruption from Illinois.  Will they put a halt to the budding storyline — which includes figures such as Rep. Charlie Rangel, Sen. Chris Dodd, and Reps. James Moran and Jack Murtha?  It is getting hard to deny that the Democratic Party is rife with corruption.

More personnel trouble for Obama?  It looks like 3 times will not be a charm when it comes to getting someone — anyone — honest enough and subservient enough to run the Department of Commerce for President Obama.  First, it was Bill Richardson who somehow slipped under the radar of Obama's super sharp vetters, having problems with cronies back in New Mexico.  Then it was Judd Gregg who withdrew his name after Obama blindsided him by politicizing the census.  Now it's Gary Locke — former Governor of Washington and now lobbyist for a firm that does a lot of business in China — who may have to be thrown under the bus.  Why?  The old Clinton-Gore connection to the Buddhists.  And a close association with former Clinton era fundraiser and convicted felon John Huang who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Locke.

Barack Obama surrounding himself with spivs and chancers.  So for those impressed more by words and racial symbols than performance, the most unqualified president since before even John F. Kennedy remains above the kind of vicious media criticism routinely heaped on Bush.  But how loudly would the people who cheer Obama have screamed if Bush had, for instance, surrounded himself with this extraordinarily long list of spivs and chiselers?

Rep. Grace Napolitano Pays Herself $200,000 In Interest On 1998 Loan.  The Democrats campaigned to take over the reins of the majority in Congress by promising to "drain the swamp" of a "culture of corruption" by the Republican Party.  Examples of Democratic corruption or self-dealing go largely unnoticed.  For two weeks now, the national media has ignored a Los Angeles Times report that Rep. Grace Napolitano has paid herself more than $150,000 in interest on $150,000 she loaned herself in her initial 1998 House campaign.

U.S. charges Obama fund-raiser in $290 million fraud.  Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in loan proceeds, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday [9/21/2009].

Another Obama pick owes back taxes, but it's OK because, now caught, he'll pay up.  Word today that yet another Barack Obama appointee has a little problem with taxes — a $10,000 problem.  Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas who would be the White House chief trade representative if confirmed, didn't pay taxes on some speaking fees he donated to his alma mater and he tried to write off the full $17,000 costs of his Dallas Mavericks season tickets.  Not sure if we have room here to list every other would-be Obama appointee who turns out to have some tax problems.

The Editor says...
Season tickets (or lifetime tickets) to the Mavericks games can't possibly be worth $17,000.  And I would think that any former Dallas mayor could get in to see the Mavericks at no charge, but I guess not.

Another Obama Nominee, Another Tax Problem.  It appears you have to be a tax cheat to get an appointment in this administration.  The latest case of tax delinquency is Ron Kirk, Obama's pick for U.S. trade representative.  It seems Mr. Kirk, a former Dallas mayor, owes some $10,000 in back taxes for speaking fees he received which he failed to report as income.  And oh yeah, for those season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks!

President Obama suffers a trust deficit.  For sheer chutzpah, it would be hard to top the scene on Capitol Hill yesterday.  As Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner vowed to go after wealthy Americans who shield money in tax havens, the man wielding the chairman's gavel in the House Ways and Means hearing was Democrat Charlie Rangel.  Perfect together.  Geithner and Rangel are two peas in a pod when it comes to dodging their own taxes, and neither is embarrassed about demanding others pay up.

Geithner Touts Tackling Tax Evaders After Failing to Pay His Own Taxes.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that the Obama administration, which has been riddled with tax problems, is mounting plans to go after tax evaders.

Cabinet picks throw wrench into message.  In the short time Obama has been in office, his administration has faced a number of questions about statements made by Cabinet officials that seemed to contradict his policies or put the White House in an awkward position.  One of the more recent examples happened last week when Attorney General Eric Holder said that the president would seek to reinstate the assault-weapons ban, an assertion that surely sent chills up the spines of Blue Dog Democrats and checks pouring in to the National Rifle Association.

Conflict-of-interest issues grow for urban czar Adolfo Carrion.  President Obama's new urban czar, Adolfo Carrión, admitted Tuesday he has not paid an architect who designed a renovation of his Bronx home two years ago.  That presents conflict-of-interest issues because at the time the architect was a key player in a Bronx development that needed approval from Carrión, then the Bronx borough president.  In a statement to the Daily News, Carrión admitted he hadn't paid architect Hugo Subotovsky to design a porch and balcony for his City Island home.

What's Obama smiling about?  The Obama presidency is becoming a reverse fairy tale:  The prince is turning into a frog. ... What about integrity in government?  Judging by his gutter-ball series of appointments and attempted appointments, I am beginning to think that either his vetting process was actually looking for crooks or the president is moving in the wrong circles.  Obama put a tax-cheat in the U.S. Treasury, tried to put an even bigger tax-cheat in Health, and only reluctantly dropped an accused influence peddler as commerce secretary.

Exclusive:  Democratic donors rewarded with W.H. perks.  During his first nine months in office, President Obama has quietly rewarded scores of top Democratic donors with VIP access to the White House, private briefings with administration advisers and invitations to important speeches and town-hall meetings.

Conflict of Interest for Obama's Weatherization Czar.  [A small window company called Serious Materials] got some high profile endorsements from President Obama and Vice President Biden, which is suspicious because the company's vice president for policy is married to the overseer of President Obama's weatherization program, Cathy Zoi.  Amazingly, Serious Materials was the only "green" window company to receive some recent tax credits from the federal government.

'Poster Child' for Obama hypocrisy on green jobs?  Robin Roy is a senior executive of Serious Materials, a California-based windows maker that was virtually unknown within its industry until last year when President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden began praising it as, in the latter's words, the "poster child of green industry." ... Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi, Roy's wife, just happens to be the Obama appointee in charge of the government's crash weatherization program.

Big Government's Cronies.  Of all the window companies in America, maybe it's a coincidence that the one which gets presidential and vice presidential attention and a special tax credit is one whose company executives give thousands of dollars to the Obama campaign and where the policy officer spends nights at home with the Energy Department's weatherization boss.  Or maybe not.  There may be nothing illegal about this. ... But it sure looks funny to me, and it's odd that the liberal media have so much interest in this one company.

The Weatherization Boondoggle:  Leave it to the left to turn something as sensible as insulating your house into a big-government organized-labor boondoggle. ... President Obama's proposed $6 billion program known as HOMESTAR, a.k.a. Cash for Caulkers, is only one of many energy efficiency initiatives taking place on federal, state and municipal levels.

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Cash for caulkers invites for-profit politics.  The Obama administration appointee who would run a proposed subsidy program dubbed "Cash for Caulkers" has intimate ties to a company that has lobbied for the bill and would profit from it.  Al Gore acolyte Cathy Zoi, the Energy Department official in charge of energy efficiency, has testified in favor of the caulkers bill, which the House passed last week.  She would administer it if it became law and is married to an executive at a window company that has pushed for this legislation.

Obama Donor Gets Sweetheart Real Estate Deal in Chicago.  With much-publicized ties between President Barack Obama, the SEIU labor union and the ACORN volunteer organization, it would be a safe assumption that someone with a business relationship with not just one, but both of those groups would have an inside track on doing business with an Obama associate.

Obama amnesia:  Fishy campaign donations in '08.  President Barack Obama made a number of accusations at his State of the Union speech on Wednesday.  Chief among them was his attack on the Supreme Court, who sat a stone's throw away from him in the House chamber, for their decision to roll back a number of campaign finance laws last week.

Historian Martin J. Sklar Makes the Case for Eric Holder's Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  This raises two important political and constitutional questions:  Is the decision to try [9/11 terrorists] as criminals rather than as prisoners of war legal, and are those who made this decision to be held accountable?  If it is not legal, and if it was indeed Eric Holder's decision, is this an impeachable offense?

Academic malpractice.  In the recent annals of senatorial vote-buying, there have been the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase.  Now make way for the Bismarck Earmark. ... From a policy standpoint, the entire bill is a bad idea because it takes away consumer choice.  By the standards of ethical government, the legislative sausage-making undertaken by Mr. Conrad and Mr. Harkin smells particularly rancid.

Obama's bundlers occupy dozens of key positions.  [Scroll down]  An analysis by the American Foreign Service Association, for example, found that Obama has stuffed the diplomatic corps with more political appointees (i.e., cronies) than any president in the past 40 years.  Only a year into the administration, close of half of the president's biggest donors already have federal jobs.

DOT Spokesperson's ACORN-y Background 'Very Telling'.  So in Barack Obama's America, what happens to a person who ... In October 2008, registered to vote in the Buckeye State, even though she was not a resident, and apparently obtained an early-voting ballot?  [And] Along with a dozen others, avoided a threatened felony prosecution that month by signing "a form letter asking the Franklin County elections board to pull their names from the rolls."  Why, you get hired by Uncle Sam at what is probably a six-figure salary to be a Transportation Department spokesperson.  Isn't that obvious?

$150M Anthrax Vaccine Contract Goes to Firm With Close Dem Party Ties.  The Obama administration has steered up to $150 million in federal funding for the development and production of an anthrax vaccine to a bio-defense firm with strong Democratic Party ties, Fox News has learned.

Obama, the Chicago Boys, and their 30 Billion Dollar Slush Fund:  [Scroll down slowly]  We saw how stimulus money flowed disproportionally to Democratic districts (twice as much as GOP districts).  But we won't see how this 30 billion dollar slush fund is spent.  Will it flow to window companies run headed by the husband of the White House official in charge of weatherization, as was stimulus money?  Will the money flow to companies headed by Democratic owners, as was a lucrative no-bid contract for work on Afghanistan?

Identifying the Gitmo Nine:  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. seems to have a bizarre urge to stick his finger in the eyes of congressmen.  On subject after subject, he has refused to give substantive answers to basic, straightforward congressional inquiries.  In the latest instance, Mr. Holder's obstinacy could put national security at risk.

Q:  How Much Does It Cost to be a Federal Judge in Rhode Island?  A:  About $700,000.  Ed Whelan flags a report that trial lawyer John J. McConnell, who was nominated by the president to a district judgeship in Rhode Island, donated nearly $700,000 in the past 20 years to various Democrats.

Holding Holder in contempt:  The Senate Judiciary Committee has cause to consider finding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress.  During his confirmation process last year, Mr. Holder withheld a tremendously important legal brief from the committee.  Combined with a series of other occasions on which the attorney general has stonewalled congressional queries, this new revelation reflects so badly on Mr. Holder's ethics that it puts in doubt his fitness for office.

The Big Wind-Power Cover-Up:  Spain exposed the boondoggle of wind power in 2009, discrediting an idea touted by the Obama administration.  In response, U.S. officials banded with trade lobbyists to hide the facts.

Breaking the Obama Code:  The Green Money Machine.  [Scroll down]  As a few dozen dot com billionaires gathered in a Palo Alto living room one evening in early 2007, then-Senator Obama rallied potential new donors over the speakerphone.  After the call, the host John Roos, a prominent lawyer, emphasized what most of his guests already knew.  The clean-energy revolution was gaining momentum.  The election in 2008 would be the critical moment.  The ethics-based green revolution could be passed into law and Obama was their guy.  Roos raised much money and opened many doors for Obama that evening.  In May 2009, despite initial criticism from Japan, Roos was given the plum appointment of U.S. Ambassador.

ObamaCare Signing:  Ex-con at the Scene of the Crime.  Convicted felon Robert Creamer, who wrote the blueprint for the Democrats' health care reform campaign, attended official health care signing celebrations in Washington, D.C. yesterday.  He was joined by numerous activists and "community organizers" who have had their sights set on nationalizing health care and have finally achieved it.  Creamer's spouse, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, was one of the bill's most vociferous proponents.

Possible Supreme Court pick had ties with Goldman Sachs.  A top prospect for the Supreme Court was a paid member of an advisory panel for the embattled investment firm Goldman Sachs, federal financial disclosures show.  Solicitor General Elena Kagan was a member of the Research Advisory Council of the Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute, according to the financial disclosures she filed when President Obama appointed her last year to her current post.

Obama energy official has ties to firms that stand to benefit.  A top Obama administration official who's helping lead a campaign for energy conservation has a major financial interest in two companies that are poised to benefit from the government's spending.  Cathy Zoi, the assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy, owns between $250,000 and $500,000 worth of stock in Landis+Gyr, a Swiss-based manufacturer of special electric meters that are used to create an efficient "smart" grid of electricity use.

The $10 Trillion Climate Fraud.  While senators froth over Goldman Sachs and derivatives, a climate trading scheme being run out of the Chicago Climate Exchange would make Bernie Madoff blush.  Its trail leads to the White House. ... The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) advertises itself as "North America's only cap-and-trade system for all six greenhouse gases, with global affiliates and projects worldwide."  Barack Obama served on the board of the Joyce Foundation from 1994 to 2002 when the CCX startup grants were issued.  As president, pushing cap-and-trade is one of his highest priorities.  Now isn't that special?

Obama's Owned — You Can Bank On It.  [Scroll down]  How about just punishing the guilty?  The Democrats can't do that because the list of Wall Street's biggest offenders may turn out to be eerily similar to the list of Obama's biggest campaign contributors.  Employees from Goldman Sachs gave more to the Obama campaign than any other organization except the University of California — with Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase quickly following in sixth and seventh place.

Shoring Up Chicago's Community Bank.  Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee want to find out if anyone in the Obama White House attempted to influence the financial bailout of a well-known Chicago-based "community bank," which faced FDIC closure last week, and which, going back to the Clinton Administration, has had close ties to ACORN and the leftist community-organizing world of Chicago.

Tony Rezko, Barack Obama, the FBI Mole, and the Somnolent Chicago MSM.  The Chicago media covers Illinois political corruption like crime reporters.  They show up at the scene, gather for the perp walk, snap a photo, and cover the trial.  In short, they wait for the story to happen and then accept official explanations with minimum scrutiny.  Consequently, when the Machine gets caught, it's generally not the media that breaks the story.  And it's been that way in Chicago for a very long time.

Were Obama's own mortgage documents signed by a 'robo-signer'?  A consumer advocacy Web site has obtained some mortgage paperwork for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's home in Chicago.  The documents, which show that the couple's mortgage of $210,000 was fully paid on May 10, 2005, are signed by a Chase Home Finance vice president Marshe Craine.  The interesting thing about the documents is that Craine's signature on court documents related to other people's homes looks radically different from the version on the Obamas' paperwork.  In other, unrelated cases, attorneys for homeowners have accused loan processing companies of allowing employees to forge other people's signatures.

Did someone mention Tony Rezko?

The Shady ShoreBank Bailout.  "No more bailouts, no more greed, how many profits do you need?"  That's been a signature chant of community organizers and Big Labor thugs who have stormed bank offices and financial executives' private homes decrying corporate welfare over the past several months.  But now that the federal government and a coalition of big banking interests are poised to bail out a crony Chicago bank with longtime ties to the Obama administration, Saul Alinsky's avenging angels are nowhere to be found.

No penalty for misuse of federal credit cards.  An investigation that found thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases of clothing, gold coins, flat-screen televisions, gym memberships and college tuition payments by employees of the Federal Protective Services using government purchase cards has resulted in no disciplinary action.

Too Green To Fail?  Sometimes banks are too small to fail, such as when they are in the president's hometown, deal with the president's friends and serve the president's agenda.  Or should we perhaps say too connected to fail?

Rumors abound as to exactly how Mrs. Obama obtains her wardrobe.  Rumors abound as to exactly how the first family obtains all the pomp and frills associated with Mrs. Obama's wardrobe.  Do the Obamas pay for it all themselves or are the first lady's outfits given to her gratis?  As with most things, it appears the answer lies somewhere in the middle.  Ikram Goldman, owner of the Chicago boutique Ikram, manages the majority of the first lady's sartorial needs.  Any designer wishing to dress Mrs. Obama must first go through Goldman, who remains exceedingly tight-lipped as to her dealings with the first lady.

AIG Hired To Regulate AIG.  Sometimes, the revolving door spins a little too quickly.  James Cole, Obama's recent nominee for Deputy Attorney General, has worked as an independent consultant at AIG for the past five years — the company at the center of Department of Justice investigations as recently as two months ago.  His firm was paid $20 million to assist with AIG's legal compliances in that investigation.

Revealed:  The Obama Donor List.  In 2008 the liberal media provided the cover needed for Obama to get elected, but two years later, questions remain about his relationship with ACORN and it has been clear that Obama has lied repeatedly to the American people. Its time to get Obama and ACORN on the record about what really happened with the donor lists in 2007 and 2008.

Bam booster 'mega-fraud'.  A Manhattan businessman who once hosted a $1,000-a-ticket fund-raiser for President Obama was busted in a $21 million bank fraud yesterday [7/23/2010].  Courtney Dupree, 41, was snared by the president's new Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

Retired general: Congress should give Obama ultimatum.  Retired U.S. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, a noted military leader who now is a presence on the Internet with his Stand Up For America and Veterans Defenders websites, earlier told WND he would like Obama to resign.  Vallely, who served in Vietnam and retired in 1991 from the U.S. Army as deputy commanding general for the Pacific, said, "We now must call for the immediate resignation of Barry Soetoro (aka President Barack Hussein Obama) ... based on incompetence, deceit, fraud, corruption, dishonesty and violation of the U.S. oath of office and the Constitution."

Obama rewarded party donors with 'key jobs in government and millions of dollars in contracts'.  President Obama faced fresh controversy today [6/16/2011] after it emerged that he rewarded rich supporters who donated cash to his election campaign with influential jobs in government.  Obama had previously promised during his presidential run in 2007 to cut out wealthy donors who buy their way into key posts.  But a a [sic] report has found that 200 donors were rewarded with key posts in the White House and lucrative federal contracts.

Blago Goes Down.  "This time the verdict was unequivocal," reports the Chicago Tribune, "with the jury of 11 women and one man finding Blagojevich guilty [6/27/2011] on 17 criminal counts he faced, including charges of wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery and conspiracy."  One of those guilty verdicts came on the infamous charge of attempting to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat.

Justice Has Never Been High on Eric Holder's Docket.  Obama considered ACORN to be an arm of his campaign.  That's why his campaign paid ACORN affiliate Citizens Services Inc. to do partisan political work.  The Obama campaign disguised its $832,598 payment to Citizens Services Inc., falsely describing it in campaign finance filings as "polling, advance work and staging major events."  In reality, CSI performed get-out-the-vote services.  After the subterfuge was uncovered, the Obama campaign claimed it had simply goofed up and filed an amended report with the Federal Election Commission.  Whoops.  This could be a violation of election laws but Attorney General Holder couldn't care less.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2016 by Andrew K. Dart


The Joe Sestak Section

Note:  The newest material is at the bottom of this subsection.

Interference!  In an editorial today [3/4/2010], the Washington Times is calling for an investigation by the Justice Department into two potentially serious violations of federal law by officials in the Obama White House, including Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina.

Jobs for political dropouts.  [Scroll down]  The story broke Feb. 18 when Rep. Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrat, told a local cable news show that somebody in the administration offered him a high-ranking job if he would decline to challenge party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter in his state's Democratic primary this year. ... This was the second such story in the past half-year.

Two Members of Congress Say...
If Administration Offered Sestak Job to Drop Senate Race It Could Be a Crime.  Two members of Congress said this week that someone in the White House may have committed a crime if they offered Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) an administration job in exchange for him not running in Pennsylvania's Democratic senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter, an allegation that Sestak said was true.

Sestak's little bribe problem.  Joe Sestak, Democrat nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania has got some 'splainin' to do, and he is dodging the question.  Sestak revealed some time ago that he was offered an inducement (rumored to be appointment as Secretary of the Navy) to stay out of the Senate race against Arlen Specter, something which is a serious crime.

Sestak to comply with political job-offer probe.  U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak pledged Monday to "absolutely" comply with investigators if his claims of a politically motivated White House job offer become the focus of a federal probe.

Republicans, Dems press White House on job offer.  Republicans and Democrats pressured the White House on Tuesday [5/25/2010] to disclose whether it offered a federal job to Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak if he would drop his Senate primary challenge against Democratic incumbent Arlen Specter.

Durbin:  Sestak needs to explain job offer.  Majority Whip Dick Durbin says Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) should come clean about exactly what he was offered to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary.  "At some point, I think Congressman Sestak needs to make it clear what happened," Durbin said.

Justice Department declines to appoint independent counsel for Sestak case.  The Department of Justice doesn't need any outside help investigating the White House — at least that's what DOJ says.  In a letter to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich attempts to tip-toe around the congressman's request for an independent counsel to investigate a bribery claim made by Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak.

Top Obama adviser says 'no evidence' that Sestak's bribe charge is true.  Senior adviser to the president David Axelrod said Monday evening that there is "no evidence" that White House officials tried to keep a Democratic congressman from entering the Pennsylvania Senate race by offering him a high-ranking government job.

Did Sestak Get WH Job Offer?  Media Seem Not to Care.  In February, Congressman Joe Sestak, D-Pa., alleged that the White House had offered him a "high-ranking" job in exchange for him refraining from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in that state's primaries.  Since Sestak defeated Specter on Tuesday [5/18/2010], a number of media outlets have profiled him.  The White House denies that it ever made such an offer, which means either the Obama administration or Sestak is lying.

Sestak confirms WH job offer to get out of Senate race.  Rep. Joe Sestak, winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, is refusing to provide more information on what job he was offered by a White House official to drop of that race, although he confirmed again that the incident occurred.  The White House was backing incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the primary. Sestak acknowledged in an interview in February that he was offered a position by an unnamed White House official — a potential violation of federal law — but has not offered any specifics on conversation.

Gibbs on Sestak:  'Nothing inappropriate'.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday [5/23/2010] that Republicans are "continuing to dredge up" allegations that Rep. Joe Sestak (D) was offered a job to stay out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary.  Sestak reiterated on "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he was offered an administration post, but Gibbs said he was "not going to get further into what the conversations were" with the congressman.

Scarborough Rips Press for Coverage of Alleged Sestak-Obama Deal.  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has had a few missteps and stumbles over the years, perhaps tarnishing his conservative credentials in some people's view, but he still raises some great points every now and then.

Why Sestak's allegations matter.  Some people wonder why Sestak's allegations matter.  After all, isn't this what all presidents do, cut deals with taxpayer-funded jobs in order to defuse intra-party rivalries?  The answer is, maybe they do, but it's still illegal.  Such deals are not usually discussed in public, but this one has been and now its potential illegality matters.

Obama White House probe of Obama White House finds no impropriety.  Obviously, nothing to see over here, folks.  Move along now.  Joe Sestak, the newly-elected Democratic Senate nominee from Pennsylvania, repeated his assertion Sunday that somebody he did not identify from the Obama White House offered him an administration job he did not detail, possibly in return for him dropping out of his undesirable primary challenge of Arlen "I Was a Republican Before I Realized I Was a Democrat" Specter.  Obviously, Sestak didn't accept the offer.

The Real Question For Joe Sestak.  If Sestak was really offered a job to drop out of the race, a crime occurred.  If he is not being forthcoming about who offered him the job, what job he was offered, and the conditions surrounding the offer, Joe Sestak is covering up a crime.

Something Rotten in the State?  All seven Senate Republicans on the judiciary committee have written Attorney General Eric Holder calling for an independent counsel to investigate the alleged bribe.  They cite 18 U.S. Code Section 600, which forbids the offer of any government job "as consideration, favor or reward for any political activity" or "in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office."  If Sestak was offered a high government post to get out of the Pennsylvania race, it would appear an open-and-shut case that a felony was committed by someone high in the White House.

Obama Omerta.  Sestak's star has faded quickly.  Following a couple of days of post-election glow, the Philadelphia-area congressman has become mired in a scandal.  Sestak continues to be tight-lipped about what exactly the White House whispered last summer, when, according to him, a senior Obama aide dangled a top administrative post — some Chicago-style bait — in exchange for dropping his challenge to Specter.  Though Sestak didn't bite, the episode continues to haunt him.

Sestak-Gate:  Did Obama Commit an Impeachable Offense?  Rep. Joe Sestak, the winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, says quite openly and repeatedly that he was offered a job by the White House if he would drop out of the race against Sen. Arlen Specter.  Having secured Specter's conversion to the Democratic Party, thus giving the party a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the Obama administration obviously sought to keep its word to Specter that it would do its utmost to deliver the Democratic nomination to him.  According to Sestak, that included a job offer.

Look Who's Behind the White House/Sestak Stonewall.  After three months of zipped lips and feigned ignorance, the Obama White House is finally taking real heat over Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak's consistent claims that the administration offered him a job to drop his Senate bid.  Now it's time to redirect the spotlight where it belongs:  on the top counsel behind the Washington stonewall, Bob "The Silencer" Bauer.

The Transparent Trap:  If there's nothing to hide, why all the secrecy?  This is what happens when you claim to be the most transparent administration in history.  Reporters are going to pester you all day, testing that claim.  Which is probably why the president has cut back on his official press conferences.

Lack of sunlight over Mr. Sestak's claims.  It would be awfully ham-handed if, as Mr. Sestak claims, an administration official presented the situation as an explicit quid pro quo:  Don't challenge Mr. Specter and the Navy (or another job) is yours.  Would it be illegal?  Mr. Specter said so, but ethics laws do not seem designed for this circumstance.  Ordinarily, bribery takes place in the opposite direction:  Government officials aren't usually the ones offering something of value.

Holder Asked to Appoint Special Prosecutor to Look Into Alleged Sestak Job Offer.  In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, all seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee "urge the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Congressman Joe Sestak's claim that a White House official offered him a job to induce him to exit the Pennsylvania Senate primary race against Senator Arlen Specter."

A Lie or a Felony?  [There are one of two things going on here:]  Either Joe Sestak is a liar and he's not telling the truth about this, or somebody inside the White House committed a felony.  [Federal law] 18 USC 211 says that a government official cannot receive anything of value in return for a promise of government employment.  That is to say, you can't offer somebody a government job in return for receiving anything that could be considered a benefit.

The Editor says...
A liar would not rise to the rank of Admiral in the US Navy.

Obama's Watergate.  The White House is facing a major scandal — one that threatens to bring down President Obama.  It could be his Watergate.  Rep. Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrat, is the man at the center of the growing political storm.  He reconfirmed this week his allegation that a senior White House official offered him a high-ranking job in exchange for withdrawing from the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.  It is widely believed the position was that of secretary of the Navy.

Illegalities Or Politics As Usual?  [Scroll down]  I believe the offer made to Sestak is an example of Chicago style politics at its best or worst, depending on your point of view.  If Sestak can be believed, and there's no reason he shouldn't, the Obama administration may be in big trouble.  Someone within the President's sphere believes Washington, D.C. — with all its faults — is an extension of Illinois.  If this is true, it is an infestation of the greatest magnitude.

Circuit Breaker.  In The Promise, a sympathetic account of the Obama administration's first year, Jonathan Alter reports that the president attempted to entice troubled White House Counsel Greg Craig to gracefully exit the White House by offering him an appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  According to Alter, "the White House was anxious that the offer not leak, for fear it would look as if Obama were offering judgeships as consolation prizes."  Deservedly so.

Original Sestak Admission At Odds With White House Spin.  Larry Kane, known as the "dean of Philadelphia television news anchors," has been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 40 years.  During a February 18th interview he asked Congressman Joe Sestak to clarify a rumor he had been hearing for months.  "Were you ever offered a job to get out of this race?" Kane was referring to the Democratic Senate primary against Arlen Specter.  "Yes," Sestak answered.  "Was it Navy Secretary?"  "No comment," said Sestak.  According to Kane, Sestak talked about staying in the race but added that he "was called many times" to pull out.

GOP asks FBI to investigate 'collusion,' possible obstruction of justice.  All the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have joined Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking GOP member of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, in writing a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller over the Joe Sestak affair.  The lawmakers urge Mueller to investigate "collusion" and possible obstruction of justice involving the White House, former President Bill Clinton, and Sestak's brother, who was consulted during the drafting of the new White House report.

Something Stinks At the White House.  When it comes to the continuing Sestak scandal, the White House is up to their eyeballs in a cover-up.  Major Garrett, Fox News' chief White House correspondent flat-out asked the president to come clean at his press conference yesterday [5/27/2010].

GOP:  White House can't investigate itself in Sestak matter.  I've just gotten an internal Republican analysis of the White House Sestak statement.  There's no doubt the GOP is highly skeptical of the Obama administration's story that former President Bill Clinton was enlisted for the purpose of offering an unpaid advisory position — nothing more — to Sestak in return for Sestak's agreement not to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

The Sestak Smell Test.  In short, it appears that there is no "advisory position" in existence that Sestak would 1) be qualified for and 2) consider preferable to a Senate run and 3) allow him to retain his House seat. Which brings us to the word "job."  Sestak uses it himself, not "position" or "role" or "advisory capacity" or anything else.

Can a president make it legal?  [Scroll down]  Aside from the obvious legal issues that offering someone what amounts to a bribe in an effort to manipulate an election could present, there is a broader and symbolic issue at heart.  After winning the South Carolina Democratic primary, then-candidate Barack Obama proclaimed:  "We're looking to fundamentally change the status quo in Washington."

Sestak Case Puts Rahm Emanuel's Backroom Politics Back in Spotlight.  The White House official behind the controversial offer to Rep. Joe Sestak is no stranger to hard-nosed political horse trading.  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who enlisted the help of his former boss Bill Clinton to approach a congressman about sitting out a Senate primary race, has been involved in several political controversies during his 20-year-plus career in Washington.

Sestak Message Ran Through Clinton.  The White House said Friday [5/28/2010] that it tapped former President Bill Clinton last year to try to nudge Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate primary contest.

Clinton's Role in Sestak Controversy Stirs Questions.  Like an aging sports star who can't stay away from the game, Bill Clinton's direct role in the firestorm over President Obama's job offer to a lawmaker for a political favor has raised questions about whether the former president was used and abused by a cynical administration or whether he took advantage of the White House to burnish his legacy.

Is the Impeachment of Barack Obama Moving Forward?  So did Barack Hussein Obama commit a felony by offering Congressman Joe Sestak a "high ranking" Cabinet position to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate race against Sen. Arlen Specter?  Let's be clear.  The commission of an actual felony is not actually required in order to impeach a sitting president, but if Sestak's allegation is true, and if Barack Hussein Obama's fingerprints are all over this offer, that's a felony, and drawing up Articles of Impeachment against Barack Obama becomes a necessity.

Clinton 'whiff of scandal' returns.  Bill Clinton's picture is again a fixture on cable news.  Republicans are sternly demanding a special prosecutor.  And legal commentators are bickering over the finer points of federal criminal statutes on bribery and graft.  It feels like 1997 — but it's 2010.  And Barack Obama can't be happy.

Sestak was ineligible for job Clinton offered.  In a little-noticed passage Friday [5/28/2010], the New York Times reported that Rep. Joe Sestak was not eligible for a place on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, the job he was reportedly offered by former President Bill Clinton.  And indeed a look at the Board's website reveals this restriction.

Clinton Cutout.  The White House's official explanation for Sestak-gate is one for the books:  We employed Bill Clinton as courier to present an offer of no value.  Since when does Special Delivery bring empty packages?

Rahm to Bill to Joe.  At his Thursday [5/27/2010] press conference, President Obama said that "I can assure the public that nothing improper took place" in the curious case of Joe Sestak and the Pennsylvania Senate primary — but he declined to say what, exactly, took place.  After yesterday's pre-Memorial Day weekend news dump, now we know.  Sort of.  Maybe.  In a way.

White House whitewash:  The White House had initially denied the charge, but since Sestak's February admission both the administration and the representative had clammed up, giving themselves ample time to get their story straight. ... President Obama, when grilled at a press conference earlier this week, declined to tell the story himself.  Instead, he burbled the same sort of strange blather as his erstwhile press secretary, Robert Gibbs, namely, "I can assure the public that nothing improper took place."  If he could assure us that much, why couldn't Mr. Obama simply tell the press and the people the truth?

Crime Isn't the only issue.  Like so many careless things this President and his team have done politically, it seems the slop-job on cleaning up after the Sestak mess is getting messier than the oil spill in the gulf, and for good reasons.  The story Joe Sestak told for ten weeks on the campaign trail, is very different from, the most recent report released by the White House on Friday.  Pulling Bill Clinton in, one of the most well documented liars in elective political history, to be the fall guy is an easy way out.  But not an explanation that seems all that credible.

Obama dodges, but Sestak questions won't go away.  [Scroll down]  The matter at hand is a conversation that took place between Sestak and the White House.  To determine whether any wrongdoing occurred, we have to learn both sides of the conversation.  If the White House releases its side of the story, then we'll have to hear from Sestak, who has so far refused to provide any details.  Only then can investigators evaluate both versions of events.

Issa:  Explanation of Sestak Deal Is Bad Cover-Up of Crime.  Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said the explanation for the Sestak affair — that former President Bill Clinton offered the Democratic congressman an unpaid position on an advisory board if he would drop his challenge against party-switching Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter — is not plausible because as a sitting congressman Sestak couldn't have served on a presidential commission.

Sestak cover story starts to unravel.  Crafting a cover story that is consistent with awkward facts is hard.  Did the best and the brightest miss this?  Sestak was not eligible to serve on the Intelligence Advisory Board.

White House can't get its Sestak story straight.  Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter?  Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face.  Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House.

Can GOP stir up public to dig into Sestak affair?  To many Republicans, the White House's story on the Joe Sestak matter just doesn't add up.  Why would chief of staff Rahm Emanuel enlist former President Bill Clinton — outside of Barack Obama, the biggest gun in the Democratic world — to offer an obscure, unpaid position to Rep. Sestak in exchange for Sestak agreeing not to challenge White House favorite Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary?  Why send the Big Dog to offer such a little treat?  And why believe Sestak, a former Navy admiral, would give up his dream of being a senator in any event?

Rahm Emanuel Throws Obama Under the Bus.  Admitting to a misdemeanor in writing doesn't exactly help Obama, so what exactly is going on here?  Usually the political playbook for this type of thing is either lying your tail off or nailing the scandal to a fall guy — both proven strategies in Washington.  Lying would have been much easier:  "We never made Sestak a job offer, the guy is nuts, etc..."  Turn it into a he-said-she-said situation and no worries.  Sestak loses the election and Obama stays in power.

Robert Gibbs raises the Sestak stonewall.  The White House's self-exonerating report on the Joe Sestak affair has given spokesman Robert Gibbs a new way not to answer questions.  Now, when asked about the offer of a federal position to Sestak in return for Sestak's agreement not to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, Gibbs simply refers reporters to the White House report.  When reporters respond that the questions are not answered by the report, Gibbs freely acknowledges that — and then refers them to the report again.  And so on.

Robert Gibbs refuses to provide details of job offer.  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs indicated Tuesday [6/1/2010] that Rep. Joe Sestak was not offered a spot on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board but refused to say what was dangled in front of the Democrat in an attempt to remove him from a Senate primary.

The President and "Hush" Offers.  The White House's so-called report was a joke as well.  A full-scale investigation conducted and relayed on two pages?  Just because the White House's top lawyer plants his imprimatur on a hastily-crafted talking points memo doesn't absolve the administration from its questionable behavior.  Mr. Clinton's involvement alone tells anyone with a pulse the White House was trying to move Mr. Sestak off a very nice perch.

Jimmy Carter + Rod Blagojevich = Barack Obama.  [Scroll down]  Obama and his comrades face the drip, drip, drip of scandal as revelations about bribing candidates with government jobs if they will drop out of a political race in favor of Obama's pick make news.  Exactly as fallen former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is charged with doing.  Obama aides will testify at that trial, and the nation will see that Barack Obama has a long history of engaging in the sleaziest of Chicago-style political deal-making.

Romanoff, Sestak and RICO.  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his deputy, Jim Messina, both seem to have violated at least the spirit of the law in dangling potential jobs before would-be candidates, apparently to entice them out of contested Senate races.  If allegations by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich prove true, it would mean the White House engaged in similar behavior in President Obama's political home state — raising the specter of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Rahm Emanuel Pays Property Taxes After Inquiry.  White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was three months behind on his property tax payments until [WBBM] brought it to his attention.

Sestak a no-go for any job.  So what was the deal?  The White House admitted Thursday [6/3/2010] that it offered Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff a job at the U.S. Agency for International Development, but it has never said specifically what it offered Rep. Joe Sestak to keep him from challenging Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary.

The Summer of Corruption Plot Thickens.  In Chicago politics, there's an old term for the publicly subsidized pay-offs and positions meted out to the corruptocrats' friends and special interests:  boodle.  In the age of Obama, Hope and Change is all about the boodle.  So it was with the stimulus.  And the massive national service expansion.  And the health care bill.  And the financial reform bill.  And the blossoming job-trading scandals engulfing the White House.

Obama Fails the Test of Office.  Bill Clinton, that great, close friend of Obama, offered Sestak not a job, but a seat on some kind of intelligence council unknown to even the most experienced Washington media hands.  A useless position, without even a salary, and one which, it turns out, Sestak wasn't even eligible for.  This as the payoff for backing out of a viable senate campaign in one of the key mid-Atlantic states.  That's what Mister I-did-not-have-sex-with-that-woman wants us to believe.  This is obviously a story cooked up to curtail further inquiries while legally covering everyone involved.

Issa Seeks Independent Probe of White House Job Offers.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has filed a referral to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to investigate job offers reportedly made by the White House to Democratic Senate candidates to keep them out of electoral primary races against other Democrats.

Alleged Facts in White House Memo Appear to Document Lawbreaking.  Three top House Republicans sent a letter to the White House counsel Wednesday [6/2/2010] saying they believe that a memorandum the counsel released Friday purporting to explain the administration's actions in offering to appoint Rep. Joe Sestak (D.-Pa.) to a federal position in exchange for Sestak declining to make a Democratic primary run against Sen. Arlen Specter (D.-Pa.) presents a set of facts that appear to violate the law.

Clinton Denies Asking Sestak To Drop Out.  Just when you thought it was safe to accept a White House Job offer, the Joe Sestak Job scandal has reared its ugly head once again. Silent through the mess, former President Bill Clinton has finally spoken and denied the White House explanation that he met with Joe Sestak to offer him an administration job to drop out of the Democratic Primary against soon to be former Senator Specter.

Clinton Denies He Tried to Lure Sestak Out of Race Against Specter.  Former President Bill Clinton this week denied any role in trying to lure Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Senate primary against establishment-backed Sen. Arlen Specter, an assertion that undermines a White House explanation of a controversy that left egg on the face of President Obama.  Clinton made the denials three times as he responded Tuesday [8/10/2010] to a reporter asking him why he is campaigning for Sestak, who defeated Specter in the May primary, if he tried to get him to drop out of the race.

Clinton Denies White House Version of Jobsgate Scandal.  Former President Bill Clinton, campaigning this week for Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak, has been caught on video contradicting the Obama White House official statement on the Jobsgate scandal.  Not once.  Not twice.  But three times.

Is Bill Clinton lying?  Or Sestak?  Either former President Bill Clinton is lying, or Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak is.  Both can't be right.

Steele seeks Sestak probe.  The chairman of the Republican National Committee is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate claims that the White House tried to offer Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) a job in exchange for dropping out of his state's Senate primary last spring.

Speaking of Felonies: The White House and the Sestak 'Bribe'.  While Democrats continue to accuse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being a felon until proven otherwise, it's useful to remember an apparent felony that was allegedly committed by Barack Obama's White House in 2009:  the attempted bribe of Democrat Joe Sestak.  Sestak claimed the Obama administration offered him a job if he would stay out of the primary in Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate seat then held by Arlen Specter.


A similar case?  Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff:

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.

What if Sestak Wasn't the Only One?  It should be noted there are differences between the Romanoff and Sestak cases.  One:  [Andrew] Romanoff, it seems, was not directly offered a position.  Two:  Romanoff was not yet officially a candidate when the administration was not offering him a position.

Denver Post Goes Silent on Senate Candidate Job Offer Scandal.  A Democrat candidate running against a Senate incumbent is offered a job by the White House as an incentive to drop out of the primary race.  Sounds like the Joe Sestak scandal in which he alleged that someone in the White House offered him a job in order to drop out of the race against the incumbent senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter.  Right?  Well, yes.  However, this also perfectly describes another similar scandal in which it is alleged that the White House offered a job to Andrew Romanoff in order to drop out of the primary race for the senate from Colorado against incumbent Michael Bennet.  And the amazing thing about this scandal is that the newspaper that broke it has since remained completely silent on any further reporting.

Denver Post Finally Gets Around to Mentioning Romanoff Job Offer Allegation Again.  After 8 months of being in a silent lockdown mode on the subject of whether the White House offered the Democrat Senate candidate from Colorado, Andrew Romanoff (photo), a job if he would remove himself from the primary race, the Denver Post has finally gotten around to reporting on it again following their initial September story.

White House reporters need to ask about Romanoff job offer, too.  Byron notes that the GOP, not to mention the public at large, have good reasons to be highly skeptical of the White House's version of events surrounding the Sestak job offer.  In particular, little attention has been paid to allegations that the White House made a very similar offer to Andrew Romanoff to get out of the Colorado senate primary where he is challenging incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet.

Big donor holds job White House dangled.  A high-end donor to President Barack Obama holds one of the jobs White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina dangled in front of Andrew Romanoff to dissuade him from running the Democratic Colorado Senate primary.

Romanoff Cracks:  Secret White House Jobsgate E-Mail Revealed.  In a revelation that will send shock waves through the American political landscape, the Denver Post last night [6/2/2010] revealed that Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff has now reluctantly admitted he discussed "three possible jobs with the deputy chief of staff of the Obama administration — all contingent upon a decision by Romanoff not to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet."

Andrew Romanoff:  W.H. offered three jobs.  The White House acknowledged Thursday that it made overtures to Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff about a possible administration job as it was trying to steer him away from a primary challenge against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.  The statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs came the day after Romanoff revealed that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina offered to consider Romanoff for three posts as an alternative to his Senate campaign.

Another 'job offer'.  After first stonewalling, the White House yester day confirmed that it tried to lure Andrew Romanoff out of the Colorado Senate primary with an administration job, to help its preferred candidate, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.  Sound familiar?  The Denver Post ran a story on the rumored job offer last September — but White House spokesman Adam Abrams said then, "Romanoff was never offered a position within the administration."

Misdemeanors... or Crimes?  On this matter of offering federal jobs to potential candidates to induce them not to run against Senate Democratic incumbents, this White House is drifting dangerously close to the falls.  Colorado's Andrew Romanoff has now confirmed that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina trolled three federal jobs in front of him, if he would desist and not run against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.  And Romanoff has produced an e-mail where Messina presents the three-job menu, one of which might be his, if he passed up the Senate run.

Who's afraid of Barack Obama?  Nobody.  [Scroll down]  While his momentary turn as foulmouthed intimidator (I can't recall a time when another President had to be bleeped during a televised interview) may reveal he knows the value of bravado, there is much evidence to show he hasn't quite mastered the power of fear and intimidation to actually get what he wants.  Obama may be walking loudly, but he is carrying a very small stick.  Proof?  Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff.

Obama's Treachery:  [Scroll down]  In a quote attributed to Robert Gibbs, Obama's mouthpiece, "The White House has a legitimate interest in avoiding messy Democratic Party primaries. ... Presidents, as leaders of their parties, have long had an interest in ensuring that supporters didn't run against each other in contested elections."  Oh really?  Should presidents bribe rivals to get them out of the way?

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Other questionable associates and endorsements

When Pfleger flogged Hillary.  I had forgotten about Father "Mike Pfleger," as President Obama called him at CNN's "gun violence" forum last week.  Obama and Pfleger are old Chicago buddies.  I was unaware of Pfleger's interest in snuffing out Second Amendment rights.  "It wasn't that many years ago," John Boch writes, "that the man of the cloth called on the owner of Chuck's Guns, John Riggio, to be 'snuffed out' — using the lingo of his parishioners.  Pfleger had used the same thinly veiled call for violence against Illinois legislators who voted against gun control."  Boch posts photos of Pfleger protected by three armed guards.

The Chicago Treason Network.  Maurice Strong is the Canadian billionaire at the center of the United Nations' plan for "sustainable development."  One of the lead proponents of Agenda 21, this would-be environmental totalitarian made much of his fortune due to a special deal with the Canadian government.  In reality, Strong is an oil tycoon who is using his connections to governments, George Soros, and the United Nations to advance an international regulatory regime that would practically end human freedom as we know it.

David Axelrod busted on lie about his father's Communist Party membership.  David Axelrod was a hugely consequential figure in the rise of Barack Obama, and he has been caught in a big lie. [...] So David Axelrod can be acknowledged as one of the major forces helping Obama attain his position as POTUS.  Now, why would his family background matter?  After all, the sins of the father should not be the responsibility of the son, should they?  The problem is that Axelrod has been lying about it.  He was, in fact a "red diaper baby," raised by a Communist to achieve the goals of the Party.

Busted: We Have Axelrod's Father's Communist Party Membership.  Gotnews.com has exclusively discovered David Axelrod's father's Communist Party membership.  David Axelrod's book, "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics," details his very close relationship with his father, Joseph.  He repeatedly told Charlie Rose that his father believed in the American dream.

The Walker-Stupid, Obama-Genius Myth.  [Scroll down]  The friend's name was Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, and the introduction had taken place about twenty years prior.  [Percy] Sutton described al-Mansour as "the principal adviser to one of the world's richest men."  The billionaire in question was Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.  According to Sutton, al-Mansour had asked him to "please write a letter in support of [Obama]... a young man that has applied to Harvard."  Sutton had friends at Harvard and gladly did so.  Three months before the election it should have mattered that a respected black political figure had publicly announced that an outspoken anti-Semite like al-Mansour, backed by a Saudi billionaire, had been guiding Obama's career perhaps for the last twenty years, but the story died a quick and unnatural death.

Jay Z's American Fascism.  Who would have believed that a performing genre (it is a stretch to call it "music") dominated by convicted and confessed criminals, brutally misogynistic, preaching and practicing violence, would come to dominate American popular culture?  Jay Z, who brags of dealing drugs and shooting an older brother in his youth, and pleaded guilty to stabbing a record producer, could "help shape attitudes in a real (sic) positive way," according to President Obama.  Jay Z texts regularly with the president and is a regular White House visitor after opening Obama campaign rallies.

Communing with hatemongers from the pulpit.  President Obama sure is serpent-bit when it comes to going to church.  First, it was his longtime Chicago preacher who dragged the young presidential aspirant into hot water with all his fiery old sermons about the U.S. of KKK and chickens coming home to roost.  Now, his most regular preacher, we find out, hangs out with white supremacists. [...] Those of us who prefer our church and state to be strictly separate are accustomed to cringing at cloying politicians who wallow in church teachings to round up voters during political seasons.  The only thing more detestable are preachers who play politician and sermonize about partisan politics.

A Tale of Two Rabbis.  Meet Lynn Gottleib.  She calls herself a rabbi, and she's at the top of President Obama's "Rabbis for Obama" group — another cynical attempt by the Obama campaign to pretend that they have support from the religious Jewish community.  Only one problem:  Gottlieb is an anti-Israel radical who bears nothing but hatred for traditional Judaism.  She's supped with Iran's genocidal president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and worked with Jewish Voice for Peace, a front group for Israel-haters.  She has urged that America boycott, divest, and sanction Israel.

Rep. King questions how terrorist group member attended White House meeting.  House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) has asked the Obama administration to explain why a member of a known terrorist group was allowed to enter the United States last week and participate in high-level meetings at the White House and State Department.

The job destroyers.  Iran's chief mad mullah, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, loves the [Occupy Wall Street] protests, the government of China applauds them, and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez is positively gung-ho.  Naturally, the American Nazi Party favors the lusty attacks on the "Judeo-capitalist banksters" while the Socialist Party USA and the Communist Party USA are happy passengers on the anti-Wall Street bandwagon.  Oh, and Barack Obama hearts the movement, too.  Because you should judge a man by his allies, our president might want to reconsider the villainous company he is keeping.

Happy Dependence Day from Your Community Organizer Friends!  What's that?  July 4 is called Independence Day, you say?  Not to the radical mob-o-crats of ACORN, La Raza, SEIU, and the legions of other socialist groups that are swinging a wrecking ball at the foundations of this great republic.  America is under siege as extremists determined to pulverize the U.S. Constitution deliberately bankrupt the nation, destroy the electoral system, and drive the economy into the ground.

What on Earth Was Leon Panetta Doing Palling Around With a Spy-Linked Communist?  President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense had a previously undisclosed friendship with Communist Party USA figure Hugh DeLacy, according to a new report.  The nominee, Leon Panetta, is currently director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Obama's CIA Director Linked to Spies Through Communist Party Figure.  New research from writers and researchers Trevor Loudon and Cliff Kincaid shows that Leon Panetta, the CIA director being considered on Thursday [6/9/2011] for the position of Secretary of Defense, had a previously undisclosed personal and friendly relationship with Hugh DeLacy, a prominent member of the Communist Party USA.  DeLacy visited such countries as China and Nicaragua and was himself a personal contact of identified Soviet spies Solomon Adler and Frank Coe and accused spy John Stewart Service.  Panetta spoke at DeLacy's memorial service, directed a series of letters to him personally as "Dear Hugh," and placed a tribute to him in the Congressional Record.

Panettagate: A Real Scandal Involving National Security.  Trevor Loudon and I have dug into the background of CIA director and Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta.  It's too bad that we didn't have this material assembled before now, but better late than never.  The evidence shows that Panetta had a close and personal relationship with a member of the Communist Party by the name of Hugh DeLacy, whose record included meeting with communist espionage agents.  By any objective standard of journalism, this should be big news.  But the question now is whether the media, liberal and conservative, will take time off from Weinergate to pay attention and examine the evidence.

Commies on parade.  Blogging at Ringo's Pictures, the blogger Ringo provides scores of remarkable photographs detailing the events at the annual May Day parade held in downtown Los Angeles on May 1, 2011.  The images are frightening and illustrate the latitude we have allowed serious hate-groups and espousers of virulent anti-Americanism to move about freely and publicly call for the overthrow of the American political system.  Right smack in the middle of the reds we find a passel of disheveled, seriously overweight thugs from Barack Obama's favorite labor union, the SEIU.

Stupidity at the Top.  [Scroll down]  David Brock, in his 1996 biography, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, called her "Alinsky's daughter."  So now we know why Hillary's first move as First Lady was to organize an effort to enact a National Healthcare bill, which socialist Nancy Pelosi and Obama were to use later as their model.  If David Brock called Hillary "Alinsky's daughter," Obama could be called "Alinsky's son."  In fact, Alinsky's real son, in a letter to the Boston Globe, praised Obama for stirring up the masses at the Democratic National Convention in the Alinsky style.  He said, "Obama learned his lesson well.  I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully."  Is it not interesting that the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination were both students of Saul Alinsky?  And is it not interesting that a majority of Americans, in their ignorance, voted for one of them to become America's supreme leader?

You Must Be A Racist If You Don't Love Obama, Right?  Percy Sutton, one of the most respected civil rights activists and former Manhattan borough president who was also Malcolm X's attorney, gave an interview on the NY1 cable station in 2008 about his opinion of Barack Obama. ... The interview took place during the 2008 campaign and was promptly squashed by the Obama campaign. ... To understand why this was done one would have to understand who Dr. Al-Mansour is.  He is a Black Muslim and Black Nationalist whose speeches are very similar to Rev. Wright in its anti-Americanism, anti-Semitic and anti-white rhetoric.

Barack Obama: Radical-In-Chief?  Have you ever heard of a group called UNO of Chicago?  No, not the deep dish pizza chain; the Left-wing community organizing outfit.  How about the Midwest Academy?  Does the name James Cone ring a bell?  If you're like most Americans — including many who consider themselves fairly well informed about President Obama's background and associations — you're probably drawing a blank on all three questions.

Obama's Other Anti-Semitic Guru.  The disclosure, during the 2008 presidential campaign, that Barack Obama had for two decades sat contentedly (perhaps with his cerebral hearing aid turned off) listening to the tirades of his pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright against "them Jews" caused him some brief embarrassment but no harm at the polls, certainly not among Jewish voters.  No attention whatever was paid to the possible link between Obama's moral tone-deafness in the presence of clergyman Wright and his intense admiration of another, more unctuous, political clergyman with even less charity toward Jews than Wright:  namely, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Obama Campaigned Before Socialist Group in 1996.  Newsletters published by the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America show President Barack Obama actively participated in a 1996 rally co-sponsored by the group and held at The University of Chicago during his first campaign for the Illinois state Senate.  The president's defenders, including Obama himself, have sought to deflect questions about his socialist connections and dismiss them as partisan hyperbole or as guilt by association — regarding his connections with William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Frank Marshall Davis.  But an article in the March-April 2000 edition of the Chicago DSA's newsletter, The New Ground, detailing its recommendations for the March 2000 Democratic primaries suggests the group considered Obama one of its own.

It is us.  This president's overtly destructive, clear-and-present-danger agenda is surpassed in transparency only by his ultra-leftist public voting record and overall lifetime conduct of consorting with the enemy as a child and student of Marxism, socialist and racist community organizer, congregant of the blatant America-hating black-theology- and social-justice-spewing Rev. Jeremiah Wright and close personal friend of convicted communist terrorists like Bill Ayers, and by his unflinching appointment of an array of communist czars, including Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, Anita Dunne, et al.

Obama's Desperate Push for Socialized Health Care.  I have written this post to explain why President Obama is so desperate to pass health care legislation, seemingly regardless of the cost to the Democratic Party.  The reality is that President Obama owes his success and his hold on power more to three Marxist groups than he does to the Democrats.  The three organizations, Communist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and Democratic Socialists of America, all worked with Barack Obama for years and helped get him elected.  Now they want payback.

Barack Obama and the Committees of Correspondence:  The process of forming Committees of Correspondence (CoC) began in late 1991 when approximately one third of the Communist Party USA membership split from the party to form a new organization.  The former communists joined with former Maoists, Trotsyites, socialists and anarchists to launch CoC at Berkeley, California in 1992 and to convene the official founding conference in Chicago in 1994.  In 2000, Committees of Correspondence became Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

Barack Obama and Democratic Socialists of America:  Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the US.  It is one of two official U.S. affiliates of the Socialist International.  It was formed in 1982 from a merger of the Michael Harrington led Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the smaller New American Movement.  DSA works inside the Democratic Party and has cross membership with the Communist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Socialist Party USA and the Green Party USA.

Rep. Paul Broun not sure if Obama is a citizen.  [Scroll down]  The Georgia congressman spent much of the rest of the interview attacking Obama as a "socialist."  "I know he is," a socialist, Broun said.  "You look at his own writings.  He said when he was in college he leaned to Marxist tendencies and is linked to Marxist professors.  He joined Marxists clubs.  And look at who he's put in his administration, they're devout socialists."  "America has to stand up and decide if we want to be a socialist nation or if we're going to be a free nation," he said.

The Perils of Professors.  A large chunk of [Obama's] adult life has been spent attending, teaching in, and living in close proximity to elite universities.  The intellectual bent (e.g., disdainful of American exceptionalism, ignorant of the workings of free-market capitalism, infatuated with the public sector) and the posture (e.g., remote, condescending) of liberal academics are evident in Obama's persona and governing style.  And his saturation in Left-leaning elite schools certainly explain much of what ails him.

Obama's Comrades Push Socialized Medicine.  The push to socialize U.S. health care came not from the "people," but from a small clique of Marxists, led by a man with close personal ties to President Barack Obama.  This group's goal is fully socialized, government run "single payer" health care — as long promoted through Congressman John Conyers' National Health Insurance Act, or HR 676.  The leader of this Marxist clique is Quentin Young — a retired Chicago physician, a life-long Marxist activist and long time friend and political ally of Barack Obama.

Obama's Comrades Push Socialized Medicine.  The leader of this Marxist clique is Quentin Young — a retired Chicago physician, a life-long Marxist activist and long time friend and political ally of Barack Obama.  Young has known and worked with Obama for years in Chicago and has reportedly directly influenced Obama's views on socialized medicine.  According to radical journalist John Nichols writing in The Progressive, "Obama...learned about single-payer health care from his old friend and neighbor Dr. Quentin Young, the longtime coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program."

Obama's Afghan Pickle.  An out-of-the-closet communist, [Carl] Davidson first met Barack Obama in 1996, when the aspiring state senator actively sought the endorsement of Davidson's New Party.  Davidson and like-minded Marxists had created the party specifically to elect fellow travelers and useful idiots to political office.  Obama apparently fit the bill.  He secured the endorsement, and party volunteers proceeded to assist him in his successful campaign.

Obama's Other Controversial Church.  While John McCain was being tortured as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu — at which the elementary-age Obama would later attend Sunday school after returning from Indonesia in 1970 or 71 — was sheltering deserters and AWOLs recruited by 'flirty fishing' coeds from a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) group known as "The Resistance". ... The story of his ties to the church began to emerge only after he attended [his grandmother's] memorial service. ... The connection to Vietnam deserters has not been included in any of the Obama-related coverage.

Obama's other church:  'We've always been activist'.  The Hawaii church where President Obama attended Sunday school as a boy has "always" been involved in political activism, the church's pastor told WND in an interview.  "The Sunday school has always been and to this day still is involved in political activism," said Rev. Mike Young, pastor of First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.  "We are involved in community organizing, helping churches in foreign countries, social justice issues, like making sure inmates get dinner," said Young, speaking from Hawaii.

Gay-Porn Kingpin Linked to O.  One of the "bundlers" who has raised $50,000 to $100,000 for the Barack Obama presidential campaign is Terrence Bean, who once controlled the biggest producer of gay porn in America.  Bean, the first gay on Sen. Obama's National Finance Committee, is the sole trustee of the Charles M. Holmes Foundation….

Obama's associations may haunt bid.  [Emil Jones Jr.], the president of the Illinois Senate, amounts to Mr. Obama's political godfather and was an important part of his longshot victory for U.S. Senate in 2004.  He helped the little-known politician meet the right people, and he picked Mr. Obama to handle high-profile legislation during the two years leading up to the election.  Mr. Jones is known for steering state money to a few favored institutions, including some that employ his relatives.  Several of his relatives have gotten state jobs, and his wife's government salary jumped 60 percent after he became Senate president.  He has played an important role in blocking ethics legislation in Illinois.

Greg Craig:  Obama's Next Thorn.  He defended John Hinkley, Jr. after the latter's attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.  He defended former Bolivian Defense Minister Carlos Sanchez-Berzain, a human rights violator accused of 67 deaths.  He was a "personal attorney" for Kofi Annan in the UN Oil for Food scandal and he provided "special counsel" to Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. … And he's a senior foreign policy advisor to presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama Flunks Another Test.  Why is it that Obama surrounds himself with people who carry so much baggage? … One of the most important jobs of any president is to make appointments — and Obama's record so far doesn't inspire confidence.

Obama VP Committee Member Helped Enable 2000 Elian Gonzalez Seizure.  Now that Jim Johnson has quit Barack Obama's vice-presidential candidate selection team, maybe somebody, anybody, in the media, instead of making "He's havng a bad day" excuses, might focus on the questionable judgment of Barack Obama in having Eric Holder serve on that team.  Besides his already-known role in facilitating the Clinton pardons, including that of fugitive billionaire financier March Rich, there's the matter of former Clinton Administration Deputy Attorney General Holder's involvement in the Elian Gonzalez case in 2000.

Alice In Obamaland.  In June 1986, while editor of the Black Press Review, [Alice Palmer] wrote an article for the Communist Party USA's newspaper, the People's Daily World, now the People's Weekly World.  It detailed her experience attending the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and how impressed she was by the Soviet system. … Obama and Palmer both oppose school choice and vouchers and successful programs like the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships.  They prefer the central planning of education as dictated by the teachers unions and the commissars at the National Education Association.

Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?  Finally, Barack Obama saw the light and broke with Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.  It took him 20 years to realize that its leaders, its in-house publications, and even its guest preachers were anti-American.  If elected president, he will not have so long a grace period to make his decisions.

Princess Obama Derangement Syndrome.  First, it is quite clear that any questioning at all of Obama's background is entirely off-limits.  Next, the posters fail totally to grasp that the real point isn't what faith he professed or was brought up in as a child — it is the fact that he has not told the truth about his early background. … The sole reason for the questions about Obama is the many discrepancies in the accounts of his early life — including his own accounts — plus his many questionable associations.

Obama's Bundler, Osama's Enabler.  Should a major party candidate for president, who has pledged his support for our troops, reject the money and support of an anti-American extremist who thinks Osama bin Laden had a "valid" argument on 9/11 and says she is currently acting "to undermine the war effort"?  Barack Obama should be forced to make that decision about the ample funds he has received from Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans.

With friends like these, Obama doesn't need enemies.  Do we want someone in the White House that the bad guys of the world fear or do we want someone there that the Hamas', Castro's, and Chavez's of the world openly support?  A rhetorical question for those that haven't yet bothered to peer beyond the handsome, the smooth, and wholly inadequate would-be president Barack Obama.

Another Obama Supporter Slips Under the Bus.  Yesterday [6/25/2008], we asked the question "Who is Martin Klonsky?"  It turns out Mr. Klonsky was another one of those radical acquaintences of Barack Obama who are only a "distraction" from the real issues of the campaign; like trying to find someone who wasn't a Weather Underground/radical racist/bigot/crook from Obama's past.

Communist Party Backs Obama.  Barack Obama's patriotic tour has run into a snag.  More evidence of communist backing for the candidate has surfaced.  The latest to emerge publicly in Obama's camp is Joelle Fishman, the chairman of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) Political Action Commission.  In a column titled, "Big political shifts are underway," Fishman says that Obama could lead "a landslide defeat of the Republican ultra-right" this November and that he is "ready to listen" to the "left and progressive voters" backing him.  Fishman makes it clear that the CPUSA is part of this coalition.

Obama Should Come Clean On Ayers, Rezko And the Iraqi Billionaire.  [Scroll down]  But in April 2004 he [Nadhmi Auchi] did attend a dinner party in his honor at Rezko's Chicago home.  Mr. Obama also attended, and according to one guest, toasted Mr. Auchi.  Later that year, Mr. Auchi came under criminal investigation as part of a U.S. probe of the corrupt issuance of cell-phone licenses in Iraq.  In May 2004, the Pentagon's inspector general's office cited "significant and credible evidence" of involvement by Mr. Auchi's companies in the Oil for Food scandal, and in illicit smuggling of weapons to Saddam Hussein's regime.

Obama Unbinds.  The exposure of various relationships (Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko to name a few) has raised the question "Who is this guy, really?" to one of the most important in the campaign. … Yet, an audience of adoring followers has easily swallowed and digested campaign responses that not only do not answer the question but seem to deliberately obfuscate or distort the reality presented.

Obama the Harvard Lawyer.  Obama's HLS [Harvard Law School] professors included Charles Ogletree, a leading voice advocating taxpayer-funded slavery reparations.  Although Obama never publicly supported that position, Ogletree was among Obama's mentors at HLS and now sits on Obama's black advisory council, along with former Harvard professor of Afro-American Studies, Cornel West, according to the National Journal.  West also serves as honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Listen Up, John McCain?  Something else I don't comprehend is why presidential candidates, who always insist they're ready to govern on day one, don't make a point of telling us who will be in their cabinet on that fateful day. … I'd love to know what positions Jesse Jackson, Charles Schumer, Richard Durbin, Barney Frank, Barbara Boxer, George Soros and Charles Rangel, would hold in an Obama administration.

Sojourning Socialists.  Barack Obama has joined forces with a white socialist he calls a "good friend" — the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of "Sojourners."  He too believes in "liberation theology," sans the black nationalism.  In fact, Wallis is the white version of Jeremiah Wright, sans the black rage.

FBI raids Obama friend's home.  The FBI on Wednesday raided the county offices of a former Illinois state senator who is a poker-playing buddy of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.  According to Chicago authorities, the FBI visited the offices in Joliet, Ill., of Will County executive Larry Walsh, a longtime friend of Mr. Obama's, and his chief of staff Matt Ryan.  Mr. Walsh, who served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2005, was endorsed by Mr. Obama in his county executive election bid.

Obama's Advisors — A Source For Concern.  Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, is not a key member of the Senate committees on foreign relations, armed services or intelligence, has not initiated-led any significant legislation and has not devoted himself to national security issues.  He surged into the Senate and the presidential race from the Illinois local-political-social arena.  Obama relies on a battery of experienced advisors, who influence/shape his world view ... .

Don't tell me — ANOTHER radical in Obama's background?  As Chicago (and Illinois, for that matter) reels from a fiscal crisis resulting in a cutback of services and layoffs of thousands, Mayor Daley spends many millions on public relations and image building.  One of the beneficiaries is Marilyn Katz.  Where have I heard that name before?  She is a bundler for Barack Obama, a person with a radical past (head of security for the Students for a Democratic Society — SDS — from which Bill Ayers' militant Weathermen group splintered).

Another Communist in Obama's Orb.  Meet Michael Klonsky, Obama's "social justice" education expert. ... Klonsky is an unabashed communist whose current mission is to spread Marxist ideology in the American classroom.  Obama funded him to the tune of nearly $2 million.  Obama, moreover, gave Klonsky a broad platform to broadcast his ideas:  a "social justice" blog on the official Obama campaign website.

Radical in the White House.  [Scroll down]  When I first found programs from the Socialist Scholars Conferences Obama attended in New York in the 1980s, I saw a number of people who were later part of his political circle.  I was particularly struck by the name James Cone, who was Jeremiah Wright's theological mentor and the founder of black liberation theology.  There were other talks on black liberation theology at those conferences as well.  That meant Obama would very likely have known about Wright's theology even before he met Wright, and would have recognized its socialist content.  Following this trail, I discovered that many of Obama's organizing mentors and colleagues in Chicago were prominent socialists, with ties to the group that had sponsored those early socialist conferences.  The policy preferences, tactics, and strategies of these socialist organizers are recognizable in the administration's conduct today.  In fact, the Obama administration continues to coordinate its grassroots support through many of the same socialist organizers he worked with in previous years.

Raila Odinga

Obama's Kenya ghosts.  Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama's father were both from the Luo community, the second-largest tribe in Kenya, but their ties run much deeper.  Mr. Odinga told a stunned BBC Radio interviewer the reason why he and Mr. Obama were staying in near daily telephone contact was because they were cousins.  In a Jan. 8, 2008, interview, Mr. Odinga said Mr. Obama had called him twice the day before while campaigning in the New Hampshire primary before adding, "Barack Obama's father is my maternal uncle."

The Kenya Connection:  If Mr. Obama did not know about Mr. Odinga's electoral deal with the Kenyan Islamists when he offered his support, then he should have known.  If he did know, then he is guilty of lending the prestige of his office to America's enemies in the global war on terror.  We need to know exactly what Mr. Obama knew about Mr. Odinga, and precisely when he knew it.

'No plans' for Odinga-Obama meeting.  Senator Barack Obama is absent from the list of dignitaries with whom Prime Minister Raila Odinga is scheduled to confer during his current visit to Washington. … Mr Odinga has said he is a cousin of Mr Obama's, although the senator's representatives deny that the two men are related.

Obama raised $1 million for foreign thug's election.  Sen. Barack Obama, with a donation of nearly $1 million, and a son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi were among the biggest contributors to the presidential campaign of controversial Kenyan leader Raila Odinga, according to an internal document obtained by WND.  The memo was prepared by the head of Odinga's campaign finance accounting section, Shakeel Shabbir, as an official report delivered to the national treasurer for Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement party, or ODM.

Obama's violent pal in Africa.  Raila Odinga — a Marxist thug politician in Kenya — has been backed to the hilt by Obama.  [Jerome] Corsi and [Mark] Hyman have been publicizing — or trying to publicize — the connection far and wide.  Odinga ran for and lost the presidency of Kenya in late 2007.  His backers — egged on by the sore loser himself — took the approach of vote for our candidate or risk being hacked to death.

Kenyan PM backs Obama.  Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga, in a show of support for US presidential candidate Barack Obama, paid a surprise visit to Obama's relatives in the east African country, reports said on Monday [10/27/2008].  Odinga met with the 86-year-old Sarah Obama, the Democratic candidate's step-grandmother, and other members of his family in the tiny village of Kogelo in western Kenya, according to Kenya's The Standard newspaper.

Obama And Machete Politics:  Sen. Barack Obama campaigned on Marxist Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga's behalf in Kenya in 2006 and, with the help of the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, raised nearly $1 million for Odinga's campaign.  When Odinga lost his presidential election, he refused to accept the results and incited riots resulting in thousands being macheted to death or burned alive in their churches.

John L. McKnight

Obama's McKnight In Shining Armor.  Obama needed help getting into Harvard Law School.  He got it from a disciple of Saul Alinsky who shared the socialist agitator's belief in the radical change the young community organizer could embrace.

Guess who recommended Obama to enter Harvard.  In a revelation tying Barack Obama even closer to radical community organizing, WND has learned that a renowned disciple of the late socialist agitator Saul "The Red" Alinksy wrote a letter of recommendation for Obama when he applied to Harvard Law School.  Obama approached Northwestern University professor John L. McKnight — a loyal student of Alinsky's radical tactics — to pen the Harvard letter in the late 1980s.

Khalid al Mansour

Obama Had Close Ties to Top Saudi Adviser at Early Age.  New evidence has emerged that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was closely associated as early as age 25 to a key adviser to a Saudi billionaire who had mentored the founding members of the Black Panthers.

Are Khalid al Mansour and Obama Friends?  Civil rights activist Percy Sutton said he was solicited by a man named Dr. Khalid al Mansour to send a letter of reccomendation on behalf of Barack Obama to help him gain acceptance to Harvard many years ago.  But who is Khalid al Mansour and how did he know Barack Obama?

Another Radical Obama Association?  Old videos appear to show a radical Muslim named Khalid Al-Mansour helped Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gain acceptance into Harvard Law.  Civil rights activist Percy Sutton recalled being solicited by a man named Dr. Khalid A-Mansour to write a letter of recommendation to help Obama gain acceptance into Harvard Law in this undated television interview.

Barack Obama -- Magna Cum Saudi?  We know he's a Harvard graduate and was editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Less known is the story of how he got into the prestigious Ivy League university.  As Newsmax's Kenneth Timmerman reports, he was helped by a letter written by Percy Sutton, former Manhattan borough president and a credible candidate for mayor of New York in 1977.  In an interview earlier this year on New York's all-news cable channel NY1, the 88-year-old Sutton made some interesting revelations about his relationship with the young Obama.

Black Racists Recruited to Guide the Jihad.  Black Muslim lawyer Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour recently made news when it was revealed that he was a patron of Barack Obama and recommended him for admission to Harvard Law School in 1988.  Back in the 1960s, al-Mansour, whose "slave name" was then Don Warden, was deeply involved in Bay Area racial politics as founder of a group called the African American Association.  A close personal adviser to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, al-Mansour helped the pair establish the Black Panther Party….

Terrorists, Terrorism and Obama:  [Scroll down]  There is reason to believe that Obama's college years may have been funded by Royal Saudi money funneled through Saudi international fixer and Black Panther adviser Dr. Khalid Al Mansour, aka Donald Warden.  Former New York Borough President Percy Sutton states that he wrote a letter on behalf of Obama, recommending him for admission into Harvard Law School.  Sutton states that he did not know the young Obama at the time, but that he was asked to write that letter by dear friend Dr. Khalid Al Mansour, who stated he was engaged in raising funds for Obama's education.

Obama's Benefactor: Dr. Khalid al Mansour, I presume ....  Percy Sutton, NYC political icon in the African American community, tells a news reporter that Dr. Khalid al Mansour solicited favor and recommendation on behalf of Barack Hussein Obama in order to secure Barack's entry into Harvard.  Think about that.

Alexi Giannoulias

Is Alexi Giannoulias Obama's next "not the man I knew"?  Giannoulias also hosted a fund-raiser for Obama in Chicago in September, 2007, omitting it from his public schedule and keeping it closed to the press.  Could it be that Obama didn?t want the press asking questions about a New York Post article published that same morning entitled "Obama's Mob-Tie $idekick?"

Obama's banking buddy:  One of the speakers at the DNC on Monday night was Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, whose speaking slot raised a few eyebrows.  Not only is he very young and in a low level state office, his family's business, Chicago-based Broadway Bank, has ties to organized crime.  The ties between Giannoulis and Obama may be even more troubling that those between Obama and the likes of Jeremiah Wright because there seems to be so little upside for Obama in this relationship.

Sam Graham-Felsen

Another Obama Marxist:  Barack Obama has a thing for Marxists.  He befriends them, listens to their counsel, and he even hires them to work in his campaign.  And they seem to feel the warmth. … Sam Graham-Felsen, hired to run Obama's blog, writes about Noam Chomsky in a Marxist publications that openly calls for revolution against the American government.  This is a Presidential candidate's choice to run the on-line portion of his campaign.  That speaks volumes of his character and worldview.

Another Unsavory Obama Associate, Official Blogger a Communist?  The list of Barack Obama associates that hold views that clash with mainstream America is getting longer every day and now we can add another notch in the "anti-American" column of Obama campaign workers and supporters.  This time we find that the Obama campaign's official blogger, Sam Graham-Felsen, has spent time in France participating in labor riots, has written for a socialist magazine, hung a communist flag in his home, and was a fan of Marx while at Harvard.

Rashid Khalidi

The Obama-Khalidi Connection:  [Rashid] Khalidi is a former professor at the University of Illinois and was a close friend of Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.  At a farewell dinner for Khalidi before he took the Columbia job, Obama's speech was filled with glowing praise for his friend, including references to the many meals they had shared.  He thanked Khalidi for opening his eyes about the problems of the Palestinians.  Khalidi himself has given vocal support to suicide bombers.

The Audacity of Tenure.  It turns out that the "change agent" running for president has yet another colorful associate the media seldom ask him about.  "You mentioned Rashid Khalidi, who's a professor at Columbia," Barack Obama said in Boca Raton this year.  "I do know him because I taught at the University of Chicago."  "And he is Palestinian."  Actually, "Between 2001 and 2002, when Obama was director of the board, the Woods Fund gave a total of $75,000 to the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), an anti-Israel outfit run by Mona Khalidi," Brad O'Leary reports in his new book, The Audacity of Deceit.

Debunking Obama's Ayers "Fact Sheet".  Let's examine Obama's claim that his connection to [William] Ayers and [Bernadine] Dohrn is "tenuous" and "phony." ... I suppose the goodbye party for prominent Israel basher and Arafat apologist Rashid Khalidi, attended by Obama, Ayers and Dohrn, is also unworthy of discussion.

Obama-Khalidi-Ayers and the MSM.  [Rashid] Khalidi is a Columbia professor and strong advocate for the Palestinians.  He is a man of the left, and he is close to Obama and Ayers.  Obama's friendship with Khalidi would be unsettling to many supporters of Israel — if it was well known, which it isn't.

Obama's Friendship with Khalidi:  Many politicians have distanced themselves from positions and associations of their youths.  But in Obama's case, he is distancing himself from positions staked out as recently as 2003. ... [Rashid] Khalidi is not distancing himself from his past.  Consistent with what you'd expect from someone who justified PLO attacks on civilians in Israel and Lebanon from 1976 to 1982, Khalidi routinely refers to Israel as a "racist" and "apartheid" state, and professes to believe in a "one-state" solution to the conflict.  Guess which country would have to disappear for that "one" state to come into existence?

The PLO's Professor:  Before delving into the details, it's worth entertaining the legitimate question of why Khalidi's background and writings should raise concerns about Obama himself. The L.A. Times story from April about their relationship answers this question quite clearly.  Not only did Obama know Khalidi, but the professor was his "friend and frequent dinner companion" who Obama was close enough to that he attended the 2003 going away party thrown when Khalidi was moving to New York.

Why Is the L.A. Times Burying the Obama/Khalidi Tape?  Given the extraordinary sudden turnabout in US policy toward Israel under the Obama Administration, I have become obsessed by the repressed 2003 videotape of Rashid Khalidi and Barack Obama.  That tape — or so we are told — is ensconced in a safe at the Los Angeles Times building.  In the current situation, its release by the paper is more important and newsworthy than ever.  The Khalidi tape could be of tremendous significance in revealing the provenance of Obama's views on the Middle East and the degree to which the public was misled on those views during the presidential campaign.

Louis Farrakhan

Reject and Denounce:  The list of objectionable figures — Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and Father Michael Pfleger — surrounding Barack Obama is growing.  But the one who is the most infamous garners the least attention:  Louis Farrakhan.

Why Islamists Cheer For Obama:  The Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gushed, "this young man [Obama] is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better."  He went on to say that Obama "could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall."  In another appearance, Farrakhan stated that he "represents hope that the United States will change for the better."

Obama's Farrakhan Problem:  Barack Obama has a Louis Farrakhan problem and not because of his endorsement from Farrakhan.  Instead, it is because of Obama's more-than-passing association with Farrakhan and those who are close to the Nation of Islam leader.  In spite of Farrakhan's long history as a racist, bigot and anti-Semite, Obama thought favorably enough of him to join Farrakhan's 1995 march on Washington, D.C.  Reportedly, Obama joined Reverends Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton in organizing the march.

Extreme Endorsements Could Sway Moderate Vote.  Obama has even garnered the praises of Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. "You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth.  And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn't care anything about.  That's a sign.  When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking," Farrakhan said.

Endorsements

Finding Friends On Far, Far Left.  If Obama is smarting because he didn't get an official Communist Party USA endorsement, maybe he will be mollified by the approval of an old communist to the south.  Fidel Castro in the spring wrote in the state newspaper Granma that Obama is "the most progressive candidate for the U.S. presidency."  That's an endorsement that anyone who doesn't have a socialist agenda should be ashamed of, especially given Castro's murder and intimidation of his foes and his repeated, egregious human rights violations of average Cuban citizens.  But from what we can tell, Obama has not rejected Castro's support.

Socialist chief endorses Obama.  The head of France's opposition Socialist Party strongly endorsed U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and said Sunday [8/31/2008] that an Obama victory would be "good news" for the United States and the world.  Francois Hollande said an Obama presidency would usher in a positive, new chapter in international relations.

Obama Will 'End 30 Years of Ultra-Right Rule,' Communist Paper Says.  The Communist Party USA's newspaper is defending Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama against potential defectors on the left, saying his candidacy represents a "broad multi-class, multicultural movement."  In a July editorial, "Eye on the Prize," the People's Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, admonished anyone on the left who might consider abandoning Obama.

Marxism's Rebirth?  America's Communist Party is giddy over current political events, saying its movement has reached a "turning point."  There's no mystery why.  Their candidate is the White House front-runner.

Saul Alinsky's son:  "Obama learned his lesson well".  In Artful Dodger style, Barack Obama, plays down his mentorship with Communist author Saul Alinsky.  But Alinsky's son, L. David Alinsky, credits Obama for "learning his lesson well" from the Communist guru.  Indeed, Alinsky Jr. who credits his late father for the success of last week's Democratic National Convention, may have done something that Obama's detractors couldn't:  blown the cover on the presidential hopeful's communist leanings.

Barack Obama and Alinsky's Rules for Psychopaths:  [Saul] Alinsky boasted about his close alliance with Frank Nitti, Al Capone's second in command in the Chicago Mob during the 1930s. ... Alinsky's close alliance with Frank Nitti tells us something crucially important today.  Alinsky was also a lifelong ally of the Stalin-controlled Communist Party, at a time when Stalin was known to have murdered tens of millions of people.  He was proud of building a bridge between organized crime and the power hungry Left.  That tacit alliance may continue today.

4 Weathermen terrorists declare support for Obama.  The names of four former top leaders of the Weathermen terrorist organization are listed as signatories on an online petition calling for an "independent grassroots effort" to help strengthen Sen. Barack Obama's campaign.  The petition was initiated by Progressives for Obama, an independent organization acting to ensure the Illinois senator's election.

More Celebrity Endorsements for Barack Obama: Kim Jong-Il and Fidel Castro.  It's nearly unanimous; terrorist groups and cruel dictators have made a clear choice in the US presidential election.

Obama offers change Kim Jong-Il can believe in.  North Korea prefers Democratic candidate Barack Obama over Republican John McCain, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan said.

Hamas Endorses Obama.  Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has received an endorsement he might well wish he hadn't — from the militant Palestinian group Hamas.  Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas' top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, delivered his endorsement in an interview with WorldNetDaily and WABC Radio in New York.

Hamas Adviser Ahmed Yousef Praises Barack Obama.

Hamas Hearts Obama.  Hamas praised Barack Obama.  Then Barack Obama's campaign said how flattered it was.  Then Obama had to toss an advisor once it became public that the guy was working with Hamas.

Fidel Castro Endorses Obama — Again.  On Nov. 5, 1982 a Dade County, Fla., grand jury indicted Rene Rodriguez Cruz for smuggling drugs into the U.S.  This murderer headed a Cuban agency that Jeremiah Wright "worked with for decades" by his own admission, and whose staff he regards as "friends."  These "friends," arranged the visit for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's and his 300 person entourage to Havana in 1984, which included Rev. Wright.  "Viva Fidel!" bellowed Reverend Jackson while concluding his speech at the University of Havana during that visit.  "Viva Che Guevara! ... Long Live our cry of Freedom!"

Al-Jazeera for Obama.  Colin Powell's predicted and expected endorsement of Barack Obama was transformed into big news by the pro-Obama media.  But Arab propaganda channel Al-Jazeera's intervention in the U.S. presidential contest is also extremely significant.  Al-Jazeera, a mouthpiece for enemies of the United States, aired a Moammar Gadhafi speech praising Obama and followed with a story depicting supporters of Sarah Palin as white racist Christians.  The channel is subsidized by the oil-rich Sunni Muslim plutocracy/dictatorship in Qatar.

Obama Getting Support From Gaza Strip.  Obama already has distanced himself from an earlier endorsement by a Hamas official.  Joanne Yaron, chairwoman for Democrats Abroad in Israel, said she though it was "lovely" that Palestinians in Gaza were campaigning for Obama.

At the U.N., Many Hope for an Obama Win.  There are no "Obama 2008" buttons, banners or T-shirts visible here at U.N. headquarters, but it might be difficult to find a sliver of territory in the United States more enthusiastic over the prospect of the Illinois senator winning the White House.

The U.N.'s Candidate.  The definition of socialism includes government ownership and control of the means of production, and the Obama administration is prepared to sign agreements and carry out policies that in effect will do just that.  The U.N. couldn't be happier.  An informal survey of U.N. officials by the Washington Post found overwhelming support for the former Illinois state senator.

The Old Mistaken Identity Play.  The White House last November released a guest list of 110 names and 481 visits as part of the President's Volunteer Disclosure Policy.  Names on the White House guest list included Malik Zulu Shabazz, William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Michael Moore, Robert Kelly (a.k.a. R Kelly) and ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis.  Even more intriguing is the fact that this is just a small portion of the multitude of guests who have trod into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Obama's inauguration; imagine the names they are NOT revealing.



"If you engage in an unethical practice, if you cover up a serious problem, you should be fired.  Period.  It shouldn't be that difficult."

Barack H. Obama,    
August 7, 2014      


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