Grassley Pursues Possible Links Between Veterans Administration and Short Sellers

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has written to the heads of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking information on allegations that a senior VA official named Charmain Bogue may have disclosed inside information useful to Wall Street short sellers.

Senator Charles Grassley

Ms. Bogue is married to Barrett Bogue who works for an outside group called Veterans Educational Success (VES), a critic of for-profit colleges. On March 9, the VA issued a press release announcing its intent “to suspend enrollment of new GI Bill students” in certain for-profit schools.

VES beat the VA to the punch on the news, which tanked the stocks of several for-profit education companies. VES issued a press release earlier in the day praising the VA decision before it was actually announced. The VA ultimately backed off its threat to bar certain schools, but the question persists of just … Read More ➡

How Hunter Biden’s Interests ‘Overlapped’ With Banned Ukrainian Oligarch

This story by Fred Lucas appears today in The Daily Signal:

The Ukrainian oligarch whom the Biden administration banned from the United States this month previously had overlapping financial interests with President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, according to government documents and earlier news reports. 

Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian billionaire known for hardball actions against competing companies, is a former government official in Ukraine and also used to be an owner of one of that nation’s largest financial institutions, PrivatBank.  

Last year, under the Trump administration, as the Justice Department investigated Kolomoisky’s U.S. assets, the FBI raided Optima Management Group, a U.S. real estate company that Kolomoisky has a stake in.

The Biden administration has cranked matters up, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken announcing March 6 that the U.S. would freeze Kolomoisky’s U.S. assets and ban him from reentering the country. 

In a separate probe, the U.S. … Read More ➡

AG Merrick Garland Must Support Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bomber

The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday that it decided to hear whether Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found guilty of the terrorist attack in 2013 that killed three people and injured approximately 280 others, is entitled to a new death penalty phase trial because of pretrial publicity and other concerns as ordered by a lower court of appeals.

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) called upon Attorney General Merrick Garland to reject those baseless arguments and to support former Attorney General Bill Barr’s position opposing a “new and more onerous penalty trial where [Tsarnaev’s] victims would relive their trauma.” See above interview with NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar on One America News Network.

During his confirmation hearing last month, Garland was praised by his supporters for his prosecution of Timothy McVeigh who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, and who received the … Read More ➡

Teacher Unions Continue to Thwart School Re-Openings, Demand Money

In the ongoing effort to isolate people from the COVID-19 virus, students arguably have suffered the greatest consequences. Teacher unions have had much to do with this situation. Across the nation, especially in and around cities, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have been aggressively resisting back-to-work orders. To the extent that schools are reopening, taxpayers are paying a premium. Tucked away in the new $1.9 trillion “stimulus” bill passed by Congress on March 10 and signed the next day by President Biden, the third such legislation in a little under a year, is more than $125 billion for reopening K-12 schools and colleges to full capacity. In light of a recent sharp drop in new cases, not to mention the relative immunity among youth, these subsidies more than anything else seem to be reciprocation for union political donations.  

COVID-19, or coronavirus, originated in mainland … Read More ➡

NASDAQ ‘Diversity’ Rule Delayed as Gensler SEC Confirmation Advances

Gensler took part in confirmation hearing without leaving his house.

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was postponing final approval of Nasdaq’s controversial Board “Diversity” rule for at least three more weeks, which coincides with the Senate Banking Committee’s approval yesterday of Biden’s SEC Chairman pick, Gary Gensler, who was described by the Washington Post as a “progressive darling.” 

Senator Patrick Toomey questioned whether Gensler “will also push the legal bounds of the SEC’s authority, in particular in an attempt to advance a liberal social agenda.” His nomination will go to the full Senate soon for final approval.

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) condemned the SEC and Nasdaq for proposing the rule last December that would require all Nasdaq listed companies to have at least two self-identified “Diverse” persons, including self-identified women, Black, Latinix (a woke term for “Latino” that most Latinos don’t use), … Read More ➡

Merrick Garland’s Double Standard on Political Violence

2/23/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed on One America News Network by Richard Pollock on Merrick Garland’s nomination to be Attorney General. Garland dismissed a misconduct complaint against a magistrate judge who improperly dismissed an indictment against a co-conspirator and fugitive Elizabeth Ann Duke for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.… Read More ➡

Merrick Garland & Capitol Bomber

2/22/21- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, is interviewed on America’s Voice about the Merrick Garland’s nomination to be Attorney General.

Garland dismissed a misconduct complaint against a magistrate judge who improperly dismissed an indictment against a co-conspirator and fugitive Elizabeth Ann Duke for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.

At today’s Senate confirmation hearings, Garland called the the Capitol riot “the most heinous attack on democratic processes I’ve ever seen,” and said investigating it would be his “first priority.”… Read More ➡

Merrick Garland Must Address His Role in Dropping Charges Against Capitol Bomber

Merrick Garland

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) called upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland at his confirmation hearing this Monday about his role in dismissing a misconduct complaint against a magistrate judge who improperly dismissed an indictment against a co-conspirator and fugitive Elizabeth Ann Duke for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings.

On November 7, 1983, radical left-wing members of the Resistance Conspiracy, affiliated with the May 19 Communist Coalition and Weather Underground, bombed the Senate Chambers of the Capitol Building.  Between 1983-1985 they had bombed three military facilities in the area, including the Navy Yard and Fort McNair. 

One of the convicted conspirators, Susan Rosenberg, had her sentence commuted by President Clinton.  Rosenberg took her skills to work for Black Lives Matter.  Her co-conspirator, Elizabeth Ann Duke, jumped bail and has been a fugitive ever since … Read More ➡

Impeachment Double Standards

Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, comments on the hypocrisy of Democrats seeking the impeachment of President Trump as articulated by his counsel Michael Van Der Veen. The February 17 interview was on One America News Network.… Read More ➡

Biden Moves to Protect Pro-China Confucius Institutes on Campus

Concern over new President Joe Biden’s cozy relationship and family ties to China has only grown in the early weeks of his administration, with nominees for critical foreign policy positions characterized as soft on the communist nation.

And then there’s his move to erase requirements for transparency about Chinese influence on America’s students in K-12 and college institutions. Last week Biden’s Department of Homeland Security rescinded a proposed rule, initiated at the end of December by the Trump administration, to require U.S. schools to disclose their ties to China-funded or –controlled organizations on their campuses.

Sino influence on our nation’s young people gained a foothold with the establishment of Confucius Institutes at many U.S. universities, as well as Confucius Classrooms for pre-college learners. The programs, funded by the Chinese government, are promoted as vehicles to teach about the nation’s culture and language, but are used as propaganda to … Read More ➡