You did a helluva job, Wolfie
Five years after the greed and recklessness of Wall Street criminals crashed our economy, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is finally making some arrests. But it’s not Wall Street bankers sitting in jail. Nope, it’s struggling homeowners and foreclosure victims who went to DC to demand the end of Too Big to Jail.
Yesterday, 500 people surrounded the Department of Justice headquarters. 27 got arrested - 17 last night and 10 more this morning at 6 AM - and are refusing to leave until the Obama Administration agrees to get the DOJ to start launching criminal investigations into the actions that led to the Great Recession. We need your support to make this happen!
Please call the White House and tell them you support the homeowners and foreclosure fighters they’ve arrested at the Department of Justice and also want to see Wall Street criminals held accountable.
Here’s the contact info and a short script.
The White House Comment Line: (202) 456-1111
Hi, my name is _______________ and I’m calling in support of the 27 people you had arrested at the DOJ yesterday and this morning. You’ve arrested the wrong people. You should be arresting the Wall Street bankers who caused the Great Recession, not jailing struggling homeowners and foreclosure fighters just trying keep their homes from being stolen. Please end your policy of Too Big to Jail and start making Wall Street pay us back.
After you complete the call, tell us how it went by clicking here and leaving a comment.
Citizen Koch,” a documentary about money in politics focused on the Wisconsin uprising, was shunned by PBS for fear of offending billionaire industrialist David Koch, who has given $23 million to public television, according to Jane Mayer of the New Yorker. The dispute highlights the increasing role of private money in “public” television and raises even further concerns about the Kochs potentially purchasing eight major daily newspapers. — PBS Killed Wisconsin Uprising Documentary “Citizen Koch” To Appease Koch Brothers | PR Watch
Kaitlyn Hunt was a bright and popular student set to graduate from Sebastian River High School in Florida. However, because she fell in love, she was expelled from school. Worse, she also faces a two-year sentence of house arrest, mandatory sex offender counseling and may have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
What happened is that the parents of Kate’s 15-year old girlfriend did not approve of their same-sex relationship. So, they waited until Kate turned 18, and then had police take her away in handcuffs. The State’s Attorney in this red Florida county then pressed charges against Kate for “lewd and lascivious battery” of a minor.
Now, Kate faces a criminal conviction that could jeopardize her ability to go to college and get a job for the rest of her life.
Please sign this petition demanding that Indian River County State’s Attorneys Bruce Colton and Brian Workman stop their prosecution of Kaitlyn Hunt for being in a same-sex relationship.
New York City FC is committed to seeking a new permanent stadium in New York. Until that time, the new team is arranging to play in an interim home beginning in its inaugural MLS season in 2015. Over the past year, MLS began discussions with the City of New York and other stakeholders about the possibility of constructing a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (FMCP) in Queens. The Club’s new management will continue these discussions with local government officials, community residents and businesses, soccer leagues, and MLS. The Club will continue to review other potential sites as well.
“New York City FC will have a permanent home in the City in the great traditions of New York sports and world soccer — a home that must be a sports, commercial and civic success,” Soriano said. “But in considering any stadium site, we will listen first. This is what we have always done in Manchester and what we will do in New York. Only in this way, can the Club truly represent the City whose name it will carry.”
CAP doesn’t publicly disclose the members of its Business Alliance, but I obtained multiple internal lists from 2011 showing that dozens of major corporations had joined. The lists were prepared by Chris Belisle, who at the time served as the alliance’s senior manager after having been recruited from his prior position as manager of corporate relations at the US Chamber of Commerce. According to these lists, CAP’s donors included Comcast, Walmart, General Motors, Pacific Gas and Electric, General Electric, Boeing and Lockheed. Though it doesn’t appear on the lists, the University of Phoenix was also a donor.
Incidentally, Scott Lilly, a Hill veteran who joined CAP in 2004 as a senior fellow covering national security, simultaneously served as a registered lobbyist for Lockheed between 2005 and 2011. Rudy deLeon, CAP’s senior vice president for national security and international policy, was a Boeing executive and directed the company’s lobbying operations between 2001 and 2006, before joining the think tank the following year.
Of the CAP donors mentioned in this story, I contacted Lockheed, which refused to confirm or deny its membership in the Business Alliance, and First Solar and Boeing, both of which confirmed that they had been members but wouldn’t say how much they gave or when. “Our work with think tanks is not political, but is more educational in nature,” Tim Neale of Boeing told me. “We want to learn from and share ideas with scholars across the political spectrum, and we like to get a wide range of viewpoints and ideas rather than focus solely on a particular political bent. — The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks | The Nation
A White House e-mail, implicating the State Department, and boom goes the scandal-mite.
You see, with this e-mail, Jay Carney’s a liar, and these folks are in this scandal up to their ball-ghazis. End of story, except the actual story.
JAKE TAPPER (5/14/2013): We obtained an actual copy of the Ben Rhodes e-mail, and he doesn’t mention the State Department, he doesn’t mention talking points.
MAJOR GARRETT (5/16/2013): There is no evidence, Scott, the White House orchestrated these changes.
CHRIS WALLACE (5/16/2013): There is no indication in any of these e-mails of any partisan deleting, scrubbing of the facts.
Shut up, Chris! You’re on Fox News, for God’s sake! (wild audience cheering and applause) I mean, what part of “fair and balanced” do you understand?
Anyway, so what? Jonathan Karl didn’t need the original e-mail. He has a simple explanation.
JONATHAN KARL (5/14/2013): This is how I reported the contents of that e-mail, quoting verbatim a source who reviewed the original documents and shared detailed notes.
Yes, Karl never saw the e-mail, so when he quoted from it, those quotes were in “quotes”. I mean, that’s what you call “journalism”. (audience cheering and applause)
Now I was surprised that this past Sunday, Jon Karl wasn’t on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, or at the very least, Walking Back Your Statements with the Stars.
Study: Nearly half of all death certificates are wrong -
Death certificates are important public health documents. They help epidemiologists understand leading causes of deaths and how they are changing. They power big studies of what killed us in the past—and what kills us now. And, according to a new Center for Disease Control study, about half of them may be wrong. Columbia University’s Barbara A. Wexelman lead a survey of 521 resident physicians in New York City. About one- third of those doctors completed more than 11 death certificates in the past year, making them pretty familiar with how the system works. “Only one-third of the respondents,” Wexelman and her team found, “believed the current system accurately documents correct cause of death.” Nearly half—48.6 percent— of respondents reported having identified a cause of death that did not actually represent what the person died from. A small number, 2.9 percent, had ever gone back and updated a death certificate after learning new information about the patient’s circumstance.
I suppose that they’re talking about something more substantial than my Grandmother’s place of birth being listed as Ireland instead of Scotland as it is on my dad’s death certificate.