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Hooray For Charlie! U.S. House Decides To Honor One Of Its Most Corrupt Members

House Leaders To Honor Rangel Nine Months After Censure – The Hill

It may be one of the more awkward honorary ceremonies in recent memory.

On Thursday, House leaders will pay tribute to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), less than a year after the House formally censured the former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will speak at a ceremony to unveil Rangel’s official portrait as chairman of the storied committee, which the longtime New York Democrat led from 2007 until March 2010, when party leaders pressured him to give up the post amid a growing ethics scandal.

In December, the House voted overwhelmingly, 333-79, to censure Rangel over rules violations that stemmed from unpaid taxes on a villa he owned in the Dominican Republic, undisclosed financial assets and the improper use of his office for fundraising.

The portrait itself was the subject of controversy. Just nine months into his term as chairman, Rangel asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to use campaign funds to pay for the portrait, which his lawyer said would cost more than $64,000.

When pressed about the pricey picture, Rangel joked to reporters at the time that he would have preferred a mural.

The FEC confirmed that Rangel could bill the expense to his campaign, which records show he did in 2008, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

The ceremony on Thursday will be a particular honor for Rangel, a decorated combat veteran who was the first African American to lead the Ways and Means Committee. “As I walk around the Capitol,” he said in 2007, “the only black folks I see are slaves holding the goddamn horses.”

Rangel told The Hill on Wednesday that he was looking forward to the ceremony, which will be followed by a private reception.

“I don’t think I have to share how pleased I am that we’re moving forward. What happened last year is last year,” Rangel said.

In addition to Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D), and the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), will speak at the event. The current Ways and Means chairman, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), will moderate.

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Daily Benefactor News – Obama’s Ex-Car Czar Sued By Cuomo, Settles With SEC – More Articles


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Obama’s Ex-Car Czar Sued By Cuomo, Settles With SEC – ABC News

Former Obama administration auto industry czar Steven Rattner was sued by New York’s attorney general on Thursday for allegedly paying kickbacks to win investments from the state’s $130 billion pension fund.

Rattner separately settled a related U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil lawsuit, agreeing to pay $6.2 million and accept a two-year ban from working with an investment adviser or broker-dealer.

The former investment banker led the federal government’s auto task force that oversaw the restructuring and bankruptcy of General Motors Co.

The lawsuit was filed by Andrew Cuomo, the New York attorney general and governor-elect, on the same day that GM began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Only hours before the suit was filed, Rattner had been on CNBC television talking about the revamped GM’s stock market debut.

The allegations date back to when Rattner worked at Quadrangle, the private equity firm he co-founded. Relations between the firm and Rattner have become strained, however.

Court papers showed on Thursday that he is pursuing arbitration proceedings to recover money he believes Quadrangle owes him. He also accuses his former employer of trying to “shift responsibility for its penalty” to him.

In a letter to investors obtained by Reuters, Quadrangle said it was vigorously defending itself against Rattner’s claims, and that Rattner’s conduct “continues his pattern of failing to take responsibility for his actions”.

Cuomo filed two lawsuits seeking to recover at least $26 million from Rattner and permanently bar him from the securities industry in the state.

Cuomo and the SEC alleged that Rattner entered quid pro quo arrangements with the New York State Common Retirement Fund to win $150 million in business for Quadrangle in 2005 and 2006.

The attorney general’s allegations include fraud charges under the Martin Act, a powerful state law used to combat securities fraud.

“Steve Rattner was willing to do whatever it took to get his hands on pension fund money,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Through these lawsuits, we will recover his ill-gotten gains and hold Rattner accountable.”

Rattner, 58, said he would fight Cuomo’s lawsuits, which he called “politically motivated,” and clear his name.

“This episode is the first time during 35 years in business that anyone has questioned my ethics or integrity,” Rattner said in a statement. “I will not be bullied simply because the Attorney General’s office prefers political considerations instead of a reasoned assessment of the facts.”

Rattner is the most prominent outside executive to face charges in the “pay to play” corruption probe involving the now $132.4 billion Common Retirement Fund.

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Florida Airport To Opt Out Of TSA Screening – The Examiner

Amid concerns over radiation from scanners, civil lawsuits over pat-downs, and general ineptitude on the part of TSA airport personnel, one Florida airport has thrown in the towel.

Orlando Sanford International Airport has announced that it will opt out of the TSA’s screening program. How, you may wonder, can an airport get away with this? Suffice it to say the law is on their side.

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House Ethics Panel Backs Censure Of Rangel – Washington Post

Despite an impassioned, tearful apology and a plea for leniency, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday became the first House member in nearly three decades to be recommended for censure.

The House ethics committee voted 9 to 1 in favor of censuring Rangel, who was found guilty this week of 11 violations of House rules, including improperly using his office to raise money and failing to pay taxes.

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2,000 Fetuses Found At Thai Buddhist Temple – Associated Press

Thai police investigating a strong smell emanating from a Buddhist temple have found more than 2,000 fetuses hidden in the complex’s morgue that appear to have come from illegal abortion clinics.

During an initial investigation Tuesday, police discovered piles of plastic bags containing more than 300 fetuses. Police Lt. Col. Kanathud Musiganont said workers pulled more from the temple’s morgue Friday.

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Elderly Woman Describes Sexual Assault By TSA In St. Louis: “I Was Shaking And Crying… I likened It To Being Raped” – Gateway Pundit

A Chicago woman with two artificial knees set off the metal detectors at Lambert St. Louis Airport this week. TSA agents then took her aside and groped her. The woman said they touched her “private parts.”

She told KMOV reporters, “I felt like I had been raped.” “I was shaking and crying when I left that room… (She told agents) I would prefer to use the body scanner and I was told they were not available.”

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At Least 27 Missing After New Zealand Mine Explosion – Yahoo News

Desperate efforts to reach at least 27 coal miners missing after an explosion tore through an underground mine in New Zealand stalled Friday as fears of another blast frustrated rescue attempts.

The explosion at the coal mine on the South Island’s west coast appeared to have crippled the mine’s ventilation system but locals said they were were drawing hope from the rescue of 33 miners in Chile last month.

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House Republicans Adopt Earmark Ban For 112th Congress – RTT News

House Republicans unanimously decided Wednesday to join their Senate colleagues in adopting a ban on earmarks set to begin in January. The move extends a ban the House GOP initiated earlier this year.

The earmark ban was offered by Rep.-elect Sean Duffy, R-Wis., who won the election for the seat of retiring Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wis., who has been chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

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Mexican Troops Kill 11 In Clash With Drug Gang – NewsMeat

Mexican troops clashed in the northern state of Tamaulipas with gunmen believed to belong to the “Los Zetas” drug cartel, killing 11 of them, the Defense Ministry said.

The gunfight occurred Wednesday night when a patrol responded to reports of armed men in Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, the ministry said in a statement. It said the gunmen fired on the patrol, triggering the firefight.

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Euro Under Siege As Now Portugal Hits Panic Button – Montreal Gazette

The euro is facing an unprecedented crisis after another country indicated on Monday night that it was at a “high risk” of requiring an international bail-out.

Portugal became the latest European nation to admit it was on the brink of seeking help from Brussels after Ireland confirmed it had begun preliminary talks over its debt problems.

Greece also disclosed that its economic problems are even worse than previously thought.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, raised the spectre of the euro collapsing as she warned: “If the euro fails, then Europe fails.”

European finance ministers will meet in Brussels on Tuesday to begin discussions over a new European stability plan that is expected to result in billions of pounds being offered to Ireland, Portugal and possibly even Spain.

David Cameron said he was thankful that Britain had not joined the euro, but indicated his displeasure that taxpayers in this country face a pounds 7?billion liability in any bail-out package.

The veteran Conservative MP Peter Tapsell warned that the “potential knock-on effect” of the Irish crisis “could pose as great a threat to the world economy as did Lehman Brothers, AIG and Goldman Sachs in September 2008”.

Ireland has resisted growing international pressure to accept EU financial assistance amid concerns that this would lead to a surrender of political and economic sovereignty.

However, the German government is expected to signal that Ireland may have to accept a pounds 77?billion bail-out, along with a loss of economic and political independence, as the price of preserving the euro.

Mrs Merkel said that the single currency was “the glue that holds Europe together”.

Her words came as fellow eurozone members Portugal and Spain rounded on Ireland. They fear that international concerns over the euro will lead to so-called market contagion spreading to them.

Fernando Teixeira dos Santos, the Portuguese finance minister, said: “There is a risk of contagion. The risk is high because we are not facing only a national problem. It is the problems of Greece, Portugal and Ireland. This has to do with the eurozone and the stability of the eurozone, and that is why contagion in this framework is more likely.”

Mr Teixeira dos Santos added: “I would not want to lecture the Irish government on that. I want to believe they will decide to do what is most appropriate together for Ireland and the euro. I want to believe they have the vision to take the right decision.”

He later sought to clarify his comments, insisting that Portugal was not preparing to seek assistance.

Greece had earlier added to the growing uncertainty when it said it would breach the conditions for the bail-out it was granted by the EU earlier in the year. The Greek government said its debt problem was far worse than previous dire forecasts.

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California Supreme Court Upholds In-State Tuition For Illegals – Reuters

The California Supreme Court upheld a state law on Monday allowing illegal immigrants who attend high school in California for three years and graduate to pay lower in-state tuition rates at state colleges.

The ruling reverses a lower-court decision siding with opponents of the law who said it unfairly favors illegal aliens over U.S. citizens who live outside California and are charged much higher tuition rates.

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Ethics Panel Accepts Case Against Rangel – Financial Times

Charles Rangel, the New York Democratic congressman accused of violating ethics rules, looked likely to face a guilty verdict after a House panel accepted a prosecutor’s case against him on Monday.

The panel retired to deliberate on Mr Rangel’s fate, but analysts said the fact that it had accepted all the evidence presented by the ethics committee’s lawyers meant a guilty finding looked very likely.

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Open-Borders Group ‘One America Votes’ Operated Illegal Political Committee – Michelle Malkin

Before the midterm election, the open-borders group (funded by Soros, SEIU, and the usual progressive suspects) sent out illegal alien canvassers to drum up Democrat votes in Washington state.

The story isn’t over. My friend and Washington state blogger/watchdog Stefan Sharkansky scoured campaign finance records and found that OAV apparently failed to file as a registered political committee.

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Doctors Brace For Possible 23% Cut In Medicare Payments – USA Today

Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients’ health: She’ll stop taking new Medicare cases if the U.S. Congress allows looming cuts in doctors’ pay to go through.

The potential cuts have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress fails to act by Dec. 1.

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Scores Killed, Injured In Building Collapse In New Delhi – VOA

At least 64 people were killed, and nearly 80 injured, as a five-story building collapsed in New Delhi, India. Relatives crowded around the building as workers raced to rescue those trapped in its debris.

The building caved in Monday night. But rescue efforts were slow because ambulances and heavy equipment needed to clear the rubble could not easily navigate the narrow alleys in the congested neighborhood.

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N.J. Lawmakers Pushing To Stop Airport Security Scans – APP

State lawmakers on Monday sharply criticized new fullbody scanning devices and pat-downs now in place at airports as they introduced resolutions urging federal officials to reverse the changes.

The opposition is part of a growing chorus of criticism that the tactics, which the TSA says can help prevent terrorist attacks that use nonmetallic explosives, are intrusive and potentially dangerous.

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8 More Arrested In Prince George’s County – Washington Post

Nine people, including three Prince George’s County cops, were arrested Monday on charges involving drugs, guns, and black-market alcohol and cigarettes as authorities ratcheted up a corruption probe.

The nine suspects were arrested three days after County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife were led from their home in handcuffs, accused of evidence-tampering in a probe of sweetheart land deals.

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Burglar Caught After Sending Penis Photos To Contacts On Phones He Stole – Stuff

A serial burglar was in a “drug-induced stupor” when he photographed his penis with mobile phones he stole and sent the images to the owners’ contacts, a court has been told.

Shane Anthony Willis, 33, has been jailed for a minimum four-and-a-half years for a string of burglaries in inner Melbourne and regional Victoria between January and April this year.

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Man Burns Down Own Home Because His Wife Didn’t Clean – WTSP

Bay County Sheriff’s deputies report that a fire that broke out Wednesday night in Callaway Heights was set by one of the residents who was mad that his wife hadn’t cleaned up.

Deputies allege that Rachel Dorch claims her husband, Michael Dorch, became irate that she hadn’t cleaned the house, and threw a match onto the couple’s bed, saying “There’s your house,” before leaving the premises.

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Heart Attack Cafe Offers Free Food To Fat People – Herald Sun

A restaurant in the US has been criticized for offering free food to customers weighing over 159kg. The Heart Attack Grill in Arizona has launched a new offer where anyone who weighs over 159kg can dine for free at the famous eatery.

The restaurant employs waitresses dressed as nurses, with food such as the Quadruple Bypass Burger and Flatline Fries on the menu.

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Man Forced To Eat His Own Beard – Orange News

A man has told how two ‘friends’ cut off his beard and forced him to eat it in a fight over a lawnmower. Harvey Westmoreland told police that James Hill and Troy Holt had invited him and his brother to their house.

“They called and wanted me to come around there and when I got there, I realized they were already drunk,” he said. Holt apparently offered to buy Westmoreland’s lawnmower for $250.

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Rangel the Reprehensible Race Pimp!!

Another tragedy, another opportunity for Charles Rangel to play the Race Card! Michelle Malkin explains

In New York City, a police officer who happened to be black was accidentally shot and killed by another police officer who happened to be white. It was an awful, deadly mistake. But for Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel, it was a golden opportunity to play the race card — and at a memorial event for the dead cop, no less.

Shame.

Via the NYPost:

There’s nothing like a tragic police shooting to bring a tasteless guffaw out of Rep. Charlie Rangel.

Speaking yesterday at a rally in honor of slain cop Omar Edwards — gunned down by a fellow cop in a case of mistaken identity — the embattled congressman outrageously quipped that President Obama, in town for a date with First Lady Michelle, should watch his back walking around the Big Apple because he is black.

“Make certain he doesn’t run around East Harlem unidentified,” the controversial lawmaker snarked.

“If [he] did not have the Secret Service . . . around him, [city cops] wouldn’t know if he was president of the United States.”

The remark brought raucous cheers and laughter from the crowd of around 100.

Police union officials were quick to blast Rangel’s remarks.

“If Congressman Rangel said . . . ‘and waving a gun’ he might be correct,” the union official said.

But Rangel wasn’t the only official riffing on the fact that Edwards, who is black, was shot by a white officer.

“First we couldn’t ‘drive while black,’ now we can’t ‘police while black,’ ” said Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron.

Truly despicable! But we should not stop or disgust at the race baiters. We ought to offer scorn for the pinheads that cheer such garbage! Yes, the race pimps profit off the bitterness they pedal, but if no one bought it, well……