KEATING ECONOMICS: John McCain & The Making of a Financial Crisis

Published in: on October 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Maverick, my ass

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Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 8:18 am  Comments (1)  

Assist immediately please

Dear Madame/Sir:

Compliments of the day. I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion USD. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gramm, lobbyist for UBS, who (God willing) will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a former U.S. congressional leader and the architect of the PALIN / McCain Financial Doctrine, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. As such, you can be assured that this transaction is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully in the Name of God,

Minister of Treasury Paulson

Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 8:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Derangement

Published in: on June 2, 2008 at 11:19 am  Leave a Comment  

U.S. Attorney Became Target After Rebuffing Justice Dept.

By Amy Goldstein and Carrie Johnson

The night before the government secured a guilty plea from the manufacturer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, a senior Justice Department official called the U.S. attorney handling the case and, at the behest of an executive for the drugmaker, urged him to slow down, the prosecutor told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.

Published in: on August 1, 2007 at 8:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Leahy issues subpoena for Rove

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday issued a subpoena for top White House adviser Karl Rove to compel him to testify about the firing of several U.S. attorneys.

By Klaus Marre

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  

‘Totally anathema to a democratic society’

The subject on Bill Moyers Journal last night was Impeachment…the impeachment of Bush AND Cheney, that is, with historical reference to Clinton. Conservative Bruce Fein (who wrote one of the impeachment articles on Clinton) and liberal John Nichols (of The Nation mag) discussed. (PBS.org has the full transcript.). BTW, Dem House Speaker Pelosi will not be pleased with what was said about her position of impeachment being “off the table.” ~Larry

Published in: on July 14, 2007 at 9:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Not all would put a heroic sheen on Thompson’s Watergate role

The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight – asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system — he telephoned Nixon’s lawyer.

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 7:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Bush justice is a national disgrace

As a longtime attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I can honestly say that I have never been as ashamed of the department and government that I serve as I am at this time.
By John S. Koppel

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  

The Bushites Have Outsourced Our Government to Their Pals

By Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

The sprawling $43 billion homeland security department is known for being in charge of America’s color-coded terrorist-threat alarm system, a sham that obscures HSD’s real mission: to serve as a giant federal cookie jar for corporate America.

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 8:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Justice official is said to have favored GOP Loyalists

Bradley Schlozman is slated to testify Tuesday in the U.S. attorneys investigation.

“He viewed me as the enemy. He viewed most career attorneys as the enemy,” said Joseph D. Rich, a former chief of the department’s voting-rights section.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Grand Jury Indicts Louisiana Rep. Jefferson in Bribery Investigation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to push this week for Jefferson to be stripped of his seat on the Small Business Committee, according to a leadership aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced.

He should resign immediately.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 8:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Suit Sheds Light on Clintons’ Ties to a Benefactor

The company, infoUSA, one of the nation’s largest brokers of information on consumers, paid $146,866 to ferry the Clintons, Mr. Gupta and others to Acapulco and back, court records show. During the next four years, infoUSA paid Mr. Clinton more than $2 million for consulting services, and spent almost $900,000 to fly him around the world for his presidential foundation work and to fly Mrs. Clinton to campaign events.

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Six Questions for Marcus Stern on Duke Cunningham

You have a man who achieved hero status during the Vietnam War and yet later in his life he’s exposed as being completely besotted with greed

Published in: on May 22, 2007 at 8:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Résumé of Doom

May 20, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By MAUREEN DOWD

Paul Wolfowitz may be out of a job soon, but think of what an amazing résumé he’ll be shopping around:

Work Experience

President of World Bank: 2005-2007

Responsibilities: Reining in European lefties, raining tax-free money on Arab girlfriend, and giving anti-corruption efforts a bad name.

Achievements: Paralyzed the international lending apparatus to the point where small countries had to max out thei (more…)

Published in: on May 19, 2007 at 9:49 pm  Comments (1)  

All Hail the King

Under Bush, loyalty has reigned supreme. But as his presidency unravels, his obligation to his faithful servants — from Gonzales to Wolfowitz — has become perilously relative.

By Sidney Blumenthal (more…)

Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 11:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Wolfowitz Resigns From World Bank

…a special investigative committee of the bank concluded that he had violated his contract by breaking ethical and governing rules in arranging the generous pay and promotion package for Shaha Ali Riza, his companion, in 2005.

Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 9:55 pm  Comments (1)  

French judge searches lawyer’s office in probe into Sarkozy smear

PARIS: Judges investigating a smear scandal that targeted president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy searched the office of one of his lawyers Friday but were blocked by staff when they tried to enter offices of a leading satirical weekly, judicial officials said

[Merci RC]

Published in: on May 15, 2007 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Karl Rove Directed DOJ Voter Suppression Project

Karl Rove orchestrated a large-scale effort to suppress voter turnout among potentially Democratic constituencies

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tenet Healthcare Hands Jeb Bush a Big Windfall

Jeb Bush will get over $450,000 in the next year from Tenet for being a board member — about three times what the average director makes at major U.S. corporations.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coulter Voter Fraud News

AP says: Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been cleared of allegations that she falsified her Palm Beach County voter’s registration and voted illegally — this, after a high-level FBI agent made unsolicited phone calls to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to vouch for Coulter.

Bradblog: FBI Agent who interceded in Ann Coulter Voter Fraud case alleged to be her former boyfriend

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bushies Behaving Badly

An illustrated guide to GOP scandals.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

The fired-attorneys case: a truly appalling possibility

Through the controversy over the eight U.S. Attorneys who were fired, I’ve been personally most interested in a potential ninth name on the list, since the ramifications involve the Congressman from Redlands, California, my home town. Details on this at the end of this post. But there is a new development involving the original eight attorneys that potentially dwarfs in outright evil anything said, suggested, or suspected in the whole saga up till now. Indeed, the implications would be so appalling, if true, that for now I find it hard actually to believe the worst.

James Fallows

Published in: on May 12, 2007 at 11:10 pm  Comments (1)  

Corps asked to explain pump contract

Did a Rigged Bid Lead to New Orleans’ Destruction?

In a letter dated April 13, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., called on the Corps to look into how the politically connected company got the post-Hurricane Katrina contract. MWI employed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, President Bush’s brother, to market its pumps during the 1980s, and top MWI officials have been major contributors to the Republican Party.

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 4:17 pm  Comments (3)  

Ex-CIA analyst: Forged ‘yellowcake’ memo ‘leads right back to’ Cheney

A former CIA analyst claims that falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced back to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson Show, Ray McGovern who served in the CIA for twenty-seven years, said, “the [forged] memo leads right back to the doorstep of the Vice President of the United States

Published in: on May 1, 2007 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Putting the Gone in Gonzales?

How Not to Answer Questions about (in)Justice in America

Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Woman Wrongly Convicted and a U.S. Attorney Who Kept His Job

Opponents of Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin spent $4 million on ads last year trying to link the Democratic incumbent to a state employee who was sent to jail on corruption charges. The effort failed, and Mr. Doyle was re-elected — and now the state employee has been found to have been wrongly convicted. The entire affair is raising serious questions about why a United States attorney put an innocent woman in jail.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 11:23 pm  Comments (1)  

Judges for Sale

From the archives:
December 12, 2006
Talking Points
By DOROTHY SAMUELS

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Special interests have long targeted candidates for executive offices, like president and governor, and legislative offices, like Congress and state legislatures. It was just a matter of time before well-heeled business and other interests would expand their influence-peddling efforts, and begin pouring large amounts of money into previously sleepy judicial campaigns. (more…)

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 1:10 am  Leave a Comment  

More potential 2004 election illegalities rock Ohio’s Hocking County as Cleveland braces for a legal firestorm

As the third of four members of the Cuyahoga (Cleveland) County Board of Elections resigns under pressure from Ohio’s new Secretary of State, additional potential illegalities in Hocking County have resurfaced with new weight against a GOP executive director already under serious fire.

by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

Published in: on April 1, 2007 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Partner Of Giuliani May Face Charges

Kerik Counts Said To Include Deception During Cabinet Bid

Published in: on March 31, 2007 at 10:49 am  Leave a Comment  

The Marriage of Corruption & Hypocrisy In Democratic Washington

Why bother to be consistent, when you can just buy off the new majority?  By David Sirota

Published in: on March 31, 2007 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Deputy of Interior Dept. Pleads Guilty

J. Steven Griles pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and lying about his ties to Jack Abramoff.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 12:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

RJ Eskow: The Times Misleads On Prosecutorgate “News” And Presents Facts As Opinion

Is New York Times reporter David Stout incapable of performing basic research, or is he parroting Administration talking points in today’s article on Prosecutorgate? That’s not a rhetorical question. His article distorts the context for Congressional requests for testimony. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the the Times simple factual assertions are being presented as editorial opinion.

Published in: on March 21, 2007 at 1:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Leahy Says He’ll Subpoena Rove, Discusses Potential Crimes Involved In Attorney Purge

Wednesday on CNN’s Situation Room, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) blew off White House signals that Karl Rove and other senior Bush officials may resist testifying before Congress on the U.S. Attorney purge.

“Frankly, I don’t care whether [White House Counsel Fred Fielding] says he’s going to allow people or not. We’ll subpoena the people we want,” Leahy said. “If they want to defy the subpoena, then you get into a stonewall situation I suspect they don’t want to have.” Asked whether he’ll subpoena Rove, Leahy answered, “Yes. He can appear voluntarily if he wants. If he doesn’t, I will subpoena him.”

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 7:30 am  Comments (1)  

Halliburton Will Move HQ to Dubai

Halliburton Will Shift Headquarters From Houston to Mideast Financial Powerhouse of Dubai

Published in: on March 14, 2007 at 12:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jury found Libby guilty on 4 of 5 counts

The Fall Guy: Libby Guilty!

Published in: on March 6, 2007 at 4:45 pm  Comments (1)  

GOP Lawmakers Tried to Influence Federal Investigation

Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico pressured the U.S. attorney in their state to speed up indictments in a federal corruption investigation that involved at least one former Democratic state senator, according to two people familiar with the contacts.

The alleged involvement of the two Republican lawmakers raises questions about possible violations of House of Representatives and Senate ethics rules and could taint the criminal investigation into the award of an $82 million courthouse contract.

Published in: on March 3, 2007 at 1:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Walter Reed Official Had Own Charity

Hospital Investigates Former Aid Chief

By Dana Priest and Anne Hull

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Affidavit: McVeigh had high-level [FBI] help

According to Oklahoma bombing conspirator, ranking officials were involved in the attack

Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols says a high-ranking FBI official “apparently” was directing Timothy McVeigh in the plot to blow up a government building and might have changed the original target of the attack, according to a new affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Utah.

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

The Project

President Bush wanted the ‘right’ people in charge of the reconstruction of Iraq. Unfortunately for the country, that meant loyalty to the president rather than expertise – including a 24-year-old estate agent put in charge of the stock exchange, writes Rajiv Chandrasekaran in the second exclusive extract from his new book

Published in: on February 20, 2007 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Justice Official Bought Vacation Home With Oil Lobbyist

A senior Justice Department official who recently resigned her post bought a nearly $1 million vacation home with a lobbyist for ConocoPhillips months before approving consent decrees that would give the oil company more time to pay millions of dollars in fines and meet pollution-cleanup rules at some of its refineries.Sue Ellen Wooldridge, former assistant attorney general in charge of environment and natural resources, bought a $980,000 home on Kiawah Island, S.C., last March with ConocoPhillips lobbyist Don R. Duncan. A third owner of the house is J. Steven Griles, a former deputy interior secretary, who has been informed he is a target in the federal investigation of Jack Abramoff’s lobbying activities.

Published in: on February 15, 2007 at 3:33 am  Leave a Comment  

How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq.

And watched it vanish

Special flights brought in tonnes of banknotes which disappeared into the war zone

What? Don’t tax dollars grow on trees in America?

Published in: on February 8, 2007 at 1:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ever Feel Like You’ve Been Cheated?

The Government’s $8 Billion a Month Con Job

Ted Rall

Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 2:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Ney to Serve 2.5 Years in Abramoff Bribery Scandal

Good

Did you hear how he would start the day at 730 a.m. with Bud Light? What will he start with in the slammer? Hm.

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Surging and Purging

January 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By PAUL KRUGMAN

There’s something happening here, and what it is seems completely clear: the Bush administration is trying to protect itself by purging independent-minded prosecutors.
(more…)

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 12:15 am  Comments (2)  

Scooter Libby’s Time-Travel Trial

By Robert Parry (A Special Report)
January 17, 2007

The trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is being billed by the Big Media as a case study of a favorite Washington cliché – “it’s not the crime but the coverup” – a smugly delivered line suggesting that Libby committed no real offense beyond trimming a few facts when questioned by overzealous investigators.

Published in: on January 18, 2007 at 12:22 am  Leave a Comment  

A Failed Revolution

December 29, 2006

By PAUL KRUGMAN

After first attempting to deny the scale of last month’s defeat, the apologists have settled on a story line that sounds just like Marxist explanations for the failure of the Soviet Union. What happened, you see, was that the noble ideals of the Republican revolution of 1994 were undermined by Washington’s corrupting ways. And the recent defeat was a good thing, because it will force a return to the true conservative path.
(more…)

Published in: on December 29, 2006 at 12:03 am  Comments (2)  

Interior, Pentagon Faulted In Audits

Effort to Speed Defense Contracts Wasted Millions

Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 11:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Refocusing the Impeachment Movement on Administration Officials Below the President and Vice-President:

Why Not Have A Realistic Debate, with Charges that Could Actually Result in Convictions?
By JOHN W. DEAN

Published in: on December 17, 2006 at 1:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Stockman under investigation for fraud

Reagan Budget Director Under Investigation

Auto Official May Testify

Published in: on December 13, 2006 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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