Archive for January, 2009

Obama’s half brother arrested marijuana possession

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) — George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said Saturday.

George Obama was arrested in Kenya on a charge for possession of marijuana, according to police.

George Obama was arrested in Kenya on a charge for possession of marijuana, according to police.

Inspector Augustine Mutembei, the officer in charge, said Obama was arrested on charges of possession of cannabis, known in Kenya as Bhang, and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Mutembei said.

He is being held at Huruma police post in the capital of Nairobi.

CNN Correspondent David McKenzie talked with George Obama at the jail where he is being held. Speaking from behind bars, Obama denied the allegations.

“They took me from my home,” he said, “I don’t know why they are charging me.”

George Obama and the president barely know each other, though they have met before. George Obama was one Continue reading

Investigation: CIA chief accused of rape

CIA station chief accused of rape

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Reports say the officer was recalled to the US after the accusations

The CIA’s station chief in Algeria is under investigation after two separate allegations of rape, US media report.

Two Algerian women came forward last September saying they had been sexually assaulted by the man while at his home in Algiers, ABC News says.

The man, identified in court documents as Andrew Warren, was recalled in October while the US Justice Department investigated, officials said.

Mr Warren, 41, had been stationed in Algiers since 2007.

Both alleged victims have provided sworn statements to prosecutors ahead of a possible criminal case, ABC News reported.

Separate claims

One of the women said she had been drinking at a party at the officer’s house in September 2007 when she became suddenly ill and passed out.

The United States takes very seriously any accusations of misconduct involving any US personnel abroad
US state department spokesman

She woke up later thinking she had had intercourse, but unable to remember for sure, court documents say.

The second woman approached embassy staff claiming the man had sexually assaulted her at his home last February.

Court documents said investigators found drugs associated with date-rape in the officer’s Algiers home, ABC News reported.

A state department spokesman said: “The United States takes very seriously any accusations of misconduct involving any US personnel abroad.”

A CIA station chief runs the agency’s operations in foreign countries while managing relationships with the host nation’s security services.

You won’t believe what’s in that stimulus bill.

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart. The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation was sold as an economic “stimulus,” but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm’s point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.

[Review & Outlook] AP

There’s $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years; $2 billion for child-care subsidies; $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global-warming research and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects. There’s even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons. Continue reading

BART Shooting Incident update

SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) — The Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department will soon relegate its internal affairs investigation into the fatal New Year’s Day shooting of an unarmed man to an independent, outside agency, BART spokesman Linton Johnson told CNN Thursday.

The internal affairs investigation differs from the criminal investigation being conducted by the office of Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff.

The shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle has sparked a public outrage aimed at the transit agency. Mehserle, 27, was charged with murder January 13, six days after resigning from the BART police force. He pleaded not guilty three days later.

This is the KTVU report on the Bart Police shooting that occurred on 1/1/09.

Illinois Senate removes impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich

The so called kangaroo courtor  Illinois Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to remove impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.

Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges in December. Federal authorities allege, among other things, that he was trying to sell or trade the Senate seat that became vacant after Barack Obama was elected president. After the governor’s arrest, the state House voted overwhelmingly to impeach him.

A second vote, to prevent him from holding future state office, also passed unanimously.

Earlier, the two-term Democratic governor — who avoided the first three days of his trial, opting instead for a national media blitz — gave a closing argument to the Senate. He said he had done nothing wrong.

(VIDEO) Gov. Palin talks politics and dinner with the President

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she will attend an exclusive club dinner in Washington this weekend because it could offer her an audience with President Obama.

In an impromptu, eight-minute meeting with reporters Wednesday outside the governor’s mansion, the former Republican vice presidential candidate also detailed reasons why she’s started her own political action committee and laughed off suggestions that she’s in line for an $11 million book deal.

“How often will I get an opportunity to have dinner with the president? I will take up that offer to do so,” Palin said.

President Obama signed his first bill into law

Obama Signs Equal-Pay Legislation Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed his first bill into law on Thursday, approving equal-pay legislation that he said would “send a clear message that making our economy work means making sure it works for everybody.”

It is named for Lilly Ledbetter, who after years as a manager at Goodyear Tire & Rubber discovered she was being paid less than her male counterparts.

“It is fitting that with the very first bill I sign — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — we are upholding one of this nation’s first principles: that we are all created equal and each deserve a chance to pursue our own version of happiness,” the president said.(1)

Court rules Gov. Schwarzenegger to implement furloughs

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger scored a victory Thursday over state Controller John Chiang when a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled the governor has authority to implement furloughs and that Chiang must adjust pay accordingly.

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The Democratic controller said last week in a legal filing that he sided with state worker unions and would refuse to implement the governor’s furloughs without a court order.

Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette wrote Thursday that the court would in fact provide that order with its ruling. Chiang’s office was unavailable initially Thursday, but if he abides by his statement, he’ll carry out the furloughs.