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07/25/2016 - 13:45

Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller reports that the emails and other Democratic National Committee (DNC) documents made public by Wikileaks show evidence that the DNC sought to reward big political donors with appointments to federal boards and commissions. From the article:

The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

“The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party,” Boehm told The Daily Caller.

“That is unethical, if not illegal.”

 

07/20/2016 - 14:12

Alana Goodman in the Washington Free Beacon today reports that Bill Clinton gave some thirty speeches for fees totaling $7 million, but that the actual identities of the sponsors is a “mystery.” The speaking fees were apparently routed through speakers bureaus and other entities, which the Clintons reported on Hillary’s disclosure forms as the source, obscuring the actual payer of the fees. From the article:

Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group, said the way the Clintons have handled these paid speaking engagements “suggests secrecy and non-transparency.”

07/18/2016 - 15:26

In the wake of the murder of three police officers in Baton Rouge, we are today asking Eric Schmidt of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter to end their personal and corporate support for Black Lives Matter (BLM). The letters read in part:

Billionaires don’t have to worry about their personal security, but working people and the poor do.

Your support for Black Lives Matter is helping to fray the social fabric in cities all over the country, cities in which you do not live. The American people — both liberal and conservative — are increasingly concerned about corporate executives who put their own interests above those of our country.

07/11/2016 - 22:56

The sniper-style murders of five Dallas police officers last Thursday night should provoke universal outrage.  Yet many observers are justifying them.  While not defending the killings, they are assuming moral equivalence between the massacre and earlier deaths of criminal suspects in police custody.  They claim the murderer, a black ex-Army reservist, Micah X. Johnson, killed by police during a standoff, was a “lone wolf,” not one of the peaceful protestors.  This is nonsense.  The tactics differ; the goals are the same.  Dallas Police Chief David Brown, also black, admits Johnson was driven by a hatred of whites.  And that's what drives Black Lives Matter, the social network behind protests in Dallas and other cities.

07/11/2016 - 07:46

Frito Lay Electric TruckA British investment company has thrown in the towel on an electric delivery truck manufacturer that it once wholly owned, saw fail, then spun off in the United States at the height of President Obama’s green energy stimulus subsidy mania.

07/05/2016 - 15:26

FBI Director James Comey today announced that he would recommend that Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for conducting State Department business on a private email system.

He started by referencing the possibility of a “violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way…”

Comey then provided an extremely generous interpretation of Hillary’s actions but one that still clearly placed her in violation of the law:

06/23/2016 - 15:53

Come July 1 is D-Day.  On that date, Puerto Rico is set to default on nearly $2 billion in bonds, about $800 million of which is of the general obligation type.  In response, Congress is wrapping up legislation that would allow the island to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy on $18 billion of over $70 billion in outstanding debt.  On June 9, the House passed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, by 297-127.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also vows action.  A seven-member board will exercise oversight.  Supporters say the bill is a mere restructuring, not a bailout.  Don’t believe them.  Not only is it a bailout, it is a bailout unavailable to all 50 states.  Bondholders will pay.  To its credit, the Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last Monday, June 13, that a Puerto Rican law inspiring the House bill violated the U.S. bankruptcy code.

06/20/2016 - 11:44

What is the point of prohibiting members of Congress from accepting personal gifts worth more than $50 if the the House Ethics Committee simply waives the rule?

Freshman Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) has disclosed that she accepted substantial gifts from two donors to her political campaigns. Her office claims that the Ethics Committee waived the rule. The first was from a billionaire hedge fund operator named Lee Ainslie in the form of a private jet flight from New York to Boston. It was purported to be worth $3,300. A commercial flight would have cost about $300. According to the New York Post, which first reported the story, Ainslie and his wife have donated more than $80,000 to Rice’s various political campaigns.

06/16/2016 - 12:28

Last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a summit with “leading conservatives” at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif. offices, in which he sought to ease concerns about a liberal bias in the social media company’s “trending” features.

Whether that problem has been fixed or not, it appears that Facebook is currently engaging in “viewpoint discrimination” in another way, namely in its service which allows users to “boost” a story, for which Facebook receives a fee.

06/15/2016 - 18:33

It wasn’t as if Norman Seabrook needed the money.  But in accepting it, he jeopardized the retirement of union members.  Last Wednesday, June 8, Seabrook, president of New York City’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA), was arrested by FBI agents and charged with honest services fraud for receiving $60,000 in cash from an executive of a troubled Manhattan hedge fund, Platinum Partners, in exchange for steering $20 million in union pension money to the fund.  Platinum Partners CEO Murray Huberfeld was similarly charged.  Seabrook is out on $250,000 bond, but given his ouster by the COBA board, he doesn’t have much to do.  U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (in photo) termed this “a straightforward and explicit bribery scheme.”  The actions are part of a wider probe into NYPD corruption.

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