Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

lawmakers call for Burris perjury prob

Sen. Roland Burris admitted Saturday that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother asked him for a campaign contribution before the governor appointed Burris to the Senate.

The disclosure is at odds with Burris’ testimony in January when an Illinois House impeachment committee specifically asked if he had ever spoken to Robert Blagojevich or other aides to the now-deposed governor about the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

State Rep. Jim Durkin, the impeachment committee’s ranking Republican, told The Associated Press that he and House Republican Leader Tom Cross would seek an outside investigation into whether Burris perjured himself. Continue reading

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Obama power grab involving the Census Bureau

VLOGZ TV| February 12, 2009

Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire makes a press statement following his decision to withdraw his nomination as commerce secretary.

Source: washingtonpost.com

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Obama’s commerce secretary, a major blow to an administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet problems behind it.

In his written statement, Gregg cited recent developments regarding the economic stimulus package and the decision to have the next census director report directly to senior White House officials as evidence that he and President Obama were too different ideologically for the pairing to work. “This was simply a bridge too far for me,” Gregg said of his decision.

President Obama dictatorial temperament

  • Title 13 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 1, Subchapter I, § 2, entitled “Bureau of the Census,” states: “The Bureau is continued as an agency within, and under the jurisdiction of, the Department of Commerce.”

Not under the jurisdiction of Obama and Rahm Emanuel, but the Department of Commerce. The Director of the Census by law must be within the Department of Commerce and under the direction of the Senate approved Secretary of Commerce who then reports to the president.

A change must be made in the law before the White House can constitutionally alter that arrangement. Admittedly, with a Democrat majority in both Houses, Obama will have things his way. But at the very least, appearing to issue orders not authorized by law (as the Constitution requires) smacks of a hasty if not dictatorial temperament.

According to the Chicago Daily Observer, the Secretary of Commerce will not report directly to Obama, but his designee — feared by Republicans to be Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Last week, Mary Ann Akers of the Washington Post cited a senior Republican Senate aide, who declared that letting the census “be run out of Rahm’s office is like putting PETA in charge of issuing hunting permits.”

GOP: List waste in stimulus bill

(CNN)– House Republican leaders put out a list of what they call wasteful provisions in the Senate version of the nearly $900 billion stimulus bill that is being debated:

The Senate is currently the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill.

The Senate is currently the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus bill.

• A $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.

• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.

• $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.

• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).

• $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

• $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters. Continue reading

White House plan to create ‘bad bank’ would increase federal influence

The Federal Reserve has cut rates to zero and flooded the financial system with money. Congress has spent $350 billion — and committed another $350 billion — to shore up the battered banking industry. Banks have already booked roughly half a trillion in losses, and analysts say they could be looking at a half a trillion more.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28880095/

In his confirmation hearing last week, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said the White House is working on a new bank rescue plan. He was short on details, but the massive scope of the problem has prompted talk that the administration may be planning to “nationalize” a large portion of the banking industry.

In its most extreme form, nationalization would mean that the government buys (or takes) all the shares of stock and takes over operations of the company, keeping the profits. Such state ownership is typically a form of socialism; major oil producing countries, for example, have set up state-owned companies to produce and sell oil, using the proceeds to pay for government services.

Why is the government so involved?

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Nation’s chief intelligence officer resigns

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Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell has resigned effective immediately.

Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell has resigned effective immediately.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell has resigned effective immediately, DNI spokesman Ross Feinstein said Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, the No. 3 official in the DNI’s office, will serve as acting director until a new one is confirmed, Feinstein said.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama nominated retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be chief of intelligence.

Blair’s confirmation hearing was held last week, and the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to recommend approval as early as Wednesday, sending the nomination to the full Senate for a final vote.

Citigroup sure knows how to spend American tax dollars

Citigroup Inc (C.N), which has received $45 billion of capital from the U.S. government, is going through with plans to buy a $50 million jet

Earlier this month, a provision requiring the recipients of TARP funds to give up their corporate jets was stripped from the legislation.

“Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet — only this time, it’s the taxpayers who are getting screwed,” the article states.”Even though the bank’s stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas and it’s burning through a $45 billion taxpayer-funded rescue, the airhead execs pushed through the purchase of a new Dassault Falcon 7X, according to a source familiar with the deal.<>

So what does Obama say about this:

  • President Barack Obama does not believe “that’s the best use of money” after receiving taxpayer assistance. But its cool …Let US know when you need more tazpayer assistance right.

Sen. Carl Levin said on Monday that he wants the U.S. Treasury Department to halt Citigroup Inc.’s reported plans to buy a $50 million corporate jet. Senator called the deal absurd and wants the Obama administration to block it. Yeah like thats really going to happen.

  • ok Citigroup whats the final word on this story

Citigroup said in a statement that refusing delivery now would result in millions of dollars of penalties. The bank also said it is selling existing aircraft, the proceeds of which will more than pay for the new plane. So were gonna go ahead and keep them. …suckers

Obama Sides With Bush in Spy Case

The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstrok&#8230;.

In a filing in San Francisco federal court, President Barack Obama adopted the same position as his predecessor. With just hours left in office, President George W. Bush late Monday asked U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to stay enforcement of an important Jan. 5 ruling admitting key evidence into the case.

Thursday’s filing by the Obama administration marked the first time it officially lodged a court document in the lawsuit asking the courts to rule on the constitutionality of the Bush administration’s warrantless-eavesdropping program. The former president approved the wiretaps in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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