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Harry Reid (Dumbass-Nevada) Accused Of Major Ethics Violation

Harry Reid Just Got Accused Of A Huge Ethics Violation – Western Journalism

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Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., illegally used Senate resources for his campaign, according to a conservative watchdog group.

The report by the group states that Reid illegally met with his caucus in order to promote his re-election campaign, which would be a violation of Senate ethics rules.

The complaint was filed by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative watchdog group founded by former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker.

According to Whitaker:

“The only reported topic [of the meeting] was to announce, ‘I’m running,’” Whitaker wrote in the complaint. “Even Politico admitted the meeting – attended by more than fifty Senate staffers – was ‘unusual.’”

Whitaker alleges that the meeting could even violate federal law.

The meeting took place in the Capitol building’s Mansfield Room.

A story in Politico alleges that Reid kicked off the meeting by saying that he planned on running for reelection next year.

The complaint states that Reid “reportedly announced his reelection campaign from the confines of an official Senate meeting room located mere steps from the Senate floor.”

The complaint further reads:

“Federal law prohibits the use of official funds for any use other than that for which they were appropriated,” the complaint says. “The Congress has not appropriated money for the day-to-day operation of the Senate for campaign use.”

According to Senate ethics rules, senators cannot use official resources “to assist campaign organization.” Also, Senate rules prohibit “campaign activity in federal buildings.”

Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, stated when asked to respond to the complaint: “do you mean a story taking it seriously?”

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IRS Ethics Lawyer Faces Disbarment For Lying, Embezzlement

IRS Ethics Lawyer Accused Of Embezzlement, Might Lose Law License – Big Government

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A lawyer that works in the IRS ethics office faces charges that she lied to a court-appointed board looking into whether she embezzled several thousand dollars of her client’s money in a case she worked as a personal injury attorney before joining the IRS.

IRS ethics lawyer Takisha McGee is accused of diverting several thousand dollars she was supposed to pay to healthcare providers for a client in a case she took several years ago.

McGee is listed as a Section Manager of the Legal Analysis Branch on the IRS website.

Despite these public proceedings, the IRS refuses to comment on the case and continues to have McGee give lectures on ethics.

But theft isn’t all she stands accused of. McGee is also accused of lying to the D.C. Court of Appeals’ board of professional responsibility empanelled to review her case.

Additionally, she is accused of essentially intimidating her former client into writing a letter asking the board to dismiss the charges against her.

McGee’s client sent a letter to the board in 2011 saying that she was dropping any case against her one-time lawyer and urged the board to do the same. But the client later testified that McGee threatened to begin subpoenaing the client’s family members if the case continued.

“In its 43-page report, the board detailed the personal injury case, which resulted in an $8,900 insurance settlement,” The Washington Times reported this month. “But after receiving the settlement check, she failed to pay about $3,000 combined to two medical providers whom she was supposed to reimburse for treatment given to her client, according to records.”

Thus far the missing funds have not been located.

The board said it found “clear and convincing” evidence that McGee lied to them and that there was no reason to recommend any lesser punishment than a full disbarring.

“In addition to intentionally misappropriating third-party funds, respondent also violated a number of other ethics rules and gave false testimony during the hearing,” the board wrote in its ruling.

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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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Judge Disses Dems’ ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Health Defense – Politico

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday said he will allow some of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law to proceed – and criticized Democrats for making an “Alice in Wonderland” argument to defend the law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson allowed two major counts to proceed: the states’ challenge to the controversial requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance and a required expansion of the Medicaid program.

In his ruling, Vinson criticized Democrats for seeking to have it both ways when it comes to defending the mandate to buy insurance. During the legislative debate, Republicans chastised the proposal as a new tax on the middle class. Obama defended the payment as a penalty and not a tax, but the Justice Department has argued that legally, it’s a tax.

“Congress should not be permitted to secure and cast politically difficult votes on controversial legislation by deliberately calling something one thing, after which the defenders of that legislation take an “Alice-in-Wonderland” tack and argue in court that Congress really meant something else entirely, thereby circumventing the safeguard that exists to keep their broad power in check,” he wrote.

Vinson ruled that it’s a penalty, not a tax, and must be defended under the Commerce Clause and not Congress’s taxing authority.

A Dec. 16 trial date is planned in the lawsuit, brought by 20 state attorneys general and governors. Many legal experts expect it to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Just last week, a Michigan judge struck down a similar challenge to the reform law, arguing that Congress was well within its constitutional authority when it crafted the law. There are several lawsuits against the health law that are working their way through the court system, but the attorney general suit is the highest-profile challenge.

Vinson dismissed three of the states’ challenges, including complaints that the law interferes with state sovereignty as to whether employers must offer insurance; that the law coerces states into setting up insurance exchanges; that the individual mandate violates the states’ due process rights.

The states argued in September that the law violates the Constitution by requiring an expansion of the Medicaid program that’s funded in part by the states and for penalizing people for not purchasing health insurance.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican who lost the state’s gubernatorial primary this summer, filed the suit minutes after President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law in March.

The Obama administration argued that the states and the National Federation of Independent Business, the small business lobby that joined the suit, don’t have standing to bring the lawsuit. They said that only individual taxpayers do.

The White House downplayed the ruling Thursday.

“Having failed in the legislative arena, opponents of reform are now turning to the courts in an attempt to overturn the work of the democratically elected branches of government,” Stephanie Cutter, an assistant to the president for special projects, wrote on the White House blog. “This is nothing new. We saw this with the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act – constitutional challenges were brought to all three of these monumental pieces of legislation, and all of those challenges failed. So too will the challenge to health reform.”

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First Lady Breaks Law By Campaigning In Polling Place – Drudge Report

First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law – when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place.

The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote. After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key. She let voters take some photos.

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Baby Snatched For Dad’s Politics Back With Parents – WorldNetDaily

A tiny baby girl snatched from her parents’ custody a week ago when her father was accused of being an “Oath Keeper” was returned to her parents on Thursday.

According to WorldNetDaily sources close to the case, the accusations against the father, Johnathon Irish, whose fiancée, Stephanie Taylor, is the mother of Cheyenne, have been dropped.

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Soldier Says He Was Ordered To Delete Fort Hood Videos – Kansas City Star

A soldier who recorded the terror of last year’s deadly shooting rampage in Fort Hood using his cell phone was ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday.

Pfc. Lance Aviles told an Article 32 hearing that his noncommissioned officer ordered him to destroy the two videos on Nov. 5, the same day that a gunman unleashed a volley of bullets at the Texas Army post.

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Breakthrough For World’s Longest Rail Tunnel – Financial Times

The world’s longest tunnel made a decisive breakthrough on Friday when a boring machine crushed the remaining short distance between the north and south ends of the easterly shaft of the Gotthard rail tunnel under the Swiss Alps.

At 57km, the tunnel eclipses other links, such as the Channel tunnel between Britain and France, opened two years ago.

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GM Recalls 300,000 Impalas Over Seat Belt Problem – NewsMeat

General Motors said Friday it was recalling more than 300,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans because the seat belts may fail to restrain people in the front seats during a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website that the front-seat belt webbing may not be secured properly to a lap belt anchor on the side of the seat near the doors.

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Obamacare Mandates Result In 47 Percent Hikes In Insurance Costs In Connecticut – Washington Examiner

The state’s largest insurer has been approved to raise health premium rates by 41 percent to 47 percent for some of its policies sold to individual buyers, in the largest price hikes yet seen in Connecticut since the adoption of national health care reform.

For all of its individual market plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has received approval to raise rates by at least 19 percent.

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China Shuts Down 1,600 Illegal Coal Mines – ABC News

China has shut down more than 1,600 small, illegal coal mines this year as part of an effort to improve safety standards in a mining industry that is the most dangerous in the world.

The state-backed People’s Daily newspaper reported Thursday that 1,611 small mines across China with outdated facilities were closed this year, citing the National Energy Bureau.

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Military Ballots May Not Count In Illinois – WLS

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the state of Illinois missed the deadline for mailing absentee ballots to members of the military and other overseas American voters.

Cris Cray, Director of Legislation at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says not all of Illinois’ 110 jurisdictions were compliant with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act.

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Authorities Uncover $163 Million Medicare Scam – New American

U.S. authorities have announced the biggest fraudulent enterprise in Medicare history. A group of Armenian gangsters set up “phantom” healthcare clinics, as well as a variety of other measures, with the intent to cheat Medicare out of $163 million.

Thus far, 73 associates have been indicted, 53 have been arrested, and seven suspects remain on the run.

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Jobless Claims, Inflation, Trade Deficit Each Surge Higher – CNBC

Unemployment claims rose last week, hardening the view the central bank will pump more money into the economy, and keeping pressure on Democrats poised to lose congressional seats in November.

At the same time, record0-high imports from China helped push the U.S. trade deficit wider in August, while rising food and energy prices pushed inflation at the wholesale level up.

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Riot Police, Protesters Clash At Acropolis – Yahoo News

Riot police clashed with protesting Culture Ministry workers barricading the ancient Acropolis on Thursday, using tear gas to clear the entrance to Greece’s most famous landmark.

But the monument remained closed for the rest of the day as guards there launched a strike in solidarity with the evicted protesters. Protest organizers said they would gather again at the Acropolis early Friday.

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Republicans Plan January Takedowns Of Obama’s Czars – Daily Caller

Republicans will have President Barack Obama’s czars and his use of regulatory powers to circumvent congressional inaction in GOP crosshairs if the party takes control in January.

Obama has named more than 30 czars without Senate confirmation and congressional oversight, and together they hold power over everything from the environment and bank bailouts to the auto industry.

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French Students Up Protests Over Retirement Reform – Associated Press

French students blockaded more high schools and universities Thursday, as the third straight day of nationwide strikes over the government’s retirement reforms snarled train travel and sent a renewed challenge to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

France’s BFM TV showed groups of students toppling trash cans in southeast France and erecting barricades in the middle of a Paris avenue.

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Jerry Brown Flashback: ‘We Need More Welfare And Fewer Jobs’ – Fox News

For a guy known to hold some pretty strange views, this might be the most bizarre perspective on welfare policy I have ever seen. Here is Jerry Brown from his Pacifica Radio show in 1995:

“The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs. Jobs for every American is doomed to failure.”

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Ethics Complaint To Be Filed On Harry Reid – Red White Blue News

The 527 Harry Reid Votes will file an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada as early as this Friday.

The complaint alleges that Reid violated “the Senate rules of conduct by accepting certain contributions from the top executives of a federal government contractor,” according to a draft of the letter to be sent to the Select Committee on Ethics.

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Teen Crashes Into License Center After Passing Driving Test – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A teenager who just passed his driving test crashed into a state driver license center in western Pennsylvania.

The accident happened Wednesday afternoon as the teen was trying to leave the parking lot of a driver license center in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville. Officials said at least three people were injured, but their injuries were not considered serious.

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Oregon Company Rents Landscape Goats To Weed Lot – CBS News

About 50 goats were hired for an unusual job in Oregon, but one they obviously were born to do: lawn mowing. The animals were brought in to clear weeds from a two-acre lot in southeast Portland, drawing hundreds of onlookers.

The idea came from Brett Milligan, whose Portland landscape company was hired to tend the lot. Milligan liked the idea of avoiding gas-powered mowers.

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Man Builds 70MPH Mobility Scooter – Orange News

A Lincolsnire plumber has built the fastest mobility scooter in the world – which whizzes along at an incredible 69mph. Colin Furze, 31, spent nearly three months converting the machine which has a 125cc motorbike engine under the seat, five gears and twin exhausts.

The petrol-powered super scooter can almost reach the national speed limit and keep up with cars on the motorway.

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Prostitutes Jailed For Calling Police On John Who Refused To Pay – Weekly Vice

Megan C. Taylor, 20, and Donna Toure, 34, two Cincinnati area prostitutes were jailed Monday after a customer refused to pay one of the women, and she reported him to the police.

According to Cincinnati police, officers were called to a Camp Washington hotel on a report that hostages were being held at gunpoint, and they needed help fast. When officers arrived, they found no hostages.

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European Unions Stage Day Of Action Over Spending Cuts – CNN

Unions planned a day of demonstrations across Europe on Wednesday to express anger at austerity measures being adopted around the continent and to demand plans for more jobs and growth.

The day of action was being organized by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), which includes trade unions from 36 European countries and says it has a total of 60 million members.

“Cutting in a recession is crazy, and we must fight it,” said John Monks, ETUC’s general secretary. He said he expected 100,000 people to turn out for a demonstration Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium.

Rallies were also planned in Portugal, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Serbia, Romania, Poland, Ireland and France. The protests coincide with a general strike in Spain, which analysts said could have a huge impact if unions disrupt commuter trains and subways used by millions of Spaniards.

Unions and officials have discussed minimum services for rail transport, but massive traffic jams are expected as people try to get to work. They had already disrupted rail transport in the country’s capital Wednesday morning. And CNN affiliate CNN+ reported that a protester was hit by a bus and injured in Barcelona.

Spain’s labor minister told reporters that, overall, the day had gotten off to a peaceful start throughout the country. But he noted that the government would do what was necessary to ensure the rights of all citizens.

“We understand that the union pickets have a purpose of informing people, and they can exercise this right. We don’t have anything against that,” Labor Minister Celestino Corbacho Chaves said. “But we think that another right is just as important, that any citizen who wants to go to work can do so in a normal fashion.”

Corbacho declined to give a figure for the strike turnout. Unions were claiming initial success.

“This is the worst economic crisis in the post-war history of Western Europe,” Monks said earlier this week. “We call for a rethink and a change – in Spain and in Europe – on September 29. We are mobilizing; they will have to listen to us.”

In Spain, unions are upset with the government’s labor reforms, which freeze pensions and cut the salaries of government workers. The government says the changes will ease Spain’s deficit and recession and make for a more competitive economy. Unions, however, say the reforms will lead to more temporary and low-paying jobs.

What led Spanish unions to call for a strike Wednesday was that the reforms make it easier for companies to lay off workers, especially higher-paid ones.

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Obama Refers To Illegal Aliens As ‘Us’ As He Renews Call For Amnesty – CNS

President Barack Obama referred to illegal aliens in the United States as “us” on Tuesday while renewing his call for giving them a “pathway to citizenship” – an amnesty – and castigating opponents of such an amnesty as demagogues.

Obama’s made the statement at what the White House billed as a “backyard discussion” at a private home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Massive Terrorist Plot Targeting Europe Foiled In Pakistan – Business Insider

U.S. drones firing on targets in Pakistan have just foiled a massive terrorist attack that would have struck at the heart of Europe, according to the UK Guardian newspaper.

The attacks were meant to occur in the UK, Germany, and France and, potentially, the U.S. Plans were similar to the attacks conducted in Mumbai in 2008, where armed terrorists fired on the public.

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GOP Staffer And Iraq War Vet Assaulted With Hot Coffee At Dem Rally – First Things

Once again, a conservative is assaulted by a violent liberal. This attack occurred at Gov. Strickland’s campaign event in Ohio. The Ohio Republican Party is asking for help in identifying the assailant who attacked a GOP staffer and Iraq War vet.

The staffer had hot coffee poured down his back by a Strickland supporter while trying to videotape the Governor’s remarks at a campaign event.

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Sunshine State Poll: Grayson In Trouble – Real Clear Politics

The latest Sunshine State/VSS poll shows controversial Democrat incumbent Alan Grayson trailing former state Senator Dan Webster by seven points, 43 percent to 36 percent.

A majority of respondents – 51 percent – disapprove of the job that Grayson is doing. Independents have an unfavorable view of him as well, by a 36/47 margin. RCP currently rates the race as Leans Republican.

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Controversial STD Drug Tied To 16 More Deaths – WorldNetDaily

The case report is terse about the 19-year-old woman who was given Gardasil, a vaccine intended to guard against a sexually transmitted disease, and reported, “Headache, nausea, dizziness, chilling, tiredness, shortness of breath, complained of chest pain, severe cramps.”

She died of “acute cardiac arrhythmia.” Said the report, “Attempts to resuscitate her resulted in a sternal fracture, but were unsuccessful.”

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Democrats Accused Of ‘Stalling’ In Ethics Trials – Yahoo News

All five Republicans on a congressional ethics committee called on the Democrat-led panel to “stop stalling” and hold public trials for two Democrats before the November 2 congressional elections.

The Republicans accused the committee’s chair, Democrat Zoe Lofgren, of having “repeatedly refused” to schedule the proceedings for Representatives Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters.

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FBI Investigating Former SEIU Leader Andy Stern – Washington Examiner

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in a probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents.

The two labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006.

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Man Calls British Emergency Line Over Cat In His Kitchen – Herald Sun

A panicked man called a police emergency line for help because there was a cat in his kitchen in just one of thousands of inappropriate calls. The call to Britain’s 999 line starts with the man, saying:

“There’s a cat in my kitchen I don’t know how to deal with him.” The bemused operator asks “You’ve got a what in your kitchen?”, and the man responds: “A cat, cat, cat.”

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Clown Close To Winning Seat In Brazil Parliament – London Telegraph

Detractors have filed a dozen lawsuits against Tiririca – whose real name is Francisco Everardo Oliveira.

While most attack him for ridiculing Brazil’s legislative institutions, the most serious suit seeks to invalidate his bid for a federal seat by claiming that he is, like 20 per cent of the population, illiterate. The commotion around Tiririca would be minor in other circumstances.

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Couple Arrested For Having Sex In Front Of Convenience Store – Weekly Vice

George William Pomfret Jr, 49, and Brenda Carole Prothero, 48, were arrested Sunday after they allegedly decided that a full-out sex romp in front of a ‘Good To Go’ convenience store was just what the doctor ordered.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called when a couple became engaged in sexual intercourse underneath a tree next to the store.

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Monkeys To Guard Athletes – The Sun

A crack team of monkeys have been deployed to provide security for athletes at the Commonwealth Games in India. Athletes have been plagued by packs of wild rhesus monkeys breaking into buildings and stealing from their rooms at the games.

Organisers have now hired a team of 40 large grey langur monkeys to chase off their smaller cousins in an effort to keep buildings safe.

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