Archive for April, 2012

Apr
27
2012

Secret Service investigating another overseas trip

Expanding the prostitution investigation, the Secret Service acknowledged Thursday it is checking whether its employees hired strippers and prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit last year to El Salvador. via Fox News. Read more
Apr
26
2012

Michelle Obama’s Spain vacation cost taxpayers nearly $470G, watchdog group says

First lady Michelle Obama’s 2010 trip to Spain cost taxpayers nearly $470,000, according to a conservative watchdog group that obtained Secret Service records from the overseas excursion. via Fox News. Read more
Apr
26
2012

EPA official apologizes for call to ‘crucify’ oil companies, senator investigating

A top EPA official has apologized for comparing his agency’s enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion – as Republican Sen. James Inhofe launched an investigation and said the comments are part of a campaign of "threats" and "intimidation." via FoxNews. Read more
Apr
25
2012

Lost, then found? Official says missing MF Global money located

It took a while, but investigators say they’ve tracked down the $1.6 billion in customer funds that disappeared from MF Global following the firm’s collapse. Getting it back is another matter. via Fox News. Read more
Apr
25
2012

Rangers posted to guard fiddlehead ferns

Officials with the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site in New Hampshire said rangers have been posted to prevent foraging for fiddlehead ferns at the park. via UPI.com. Read more
Apr
25
2012

Marine who criticized President Obama on Facebook discharged

The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to discharge a sergeant for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook. The Corps said Wednesday that Sgt. Gary Stein will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service... Read more
Apr
25
2012

Bernanke says Fed still ready to act if it’s needed

Even as the economy shows signs of slowing and the unemployment rate remains stuck at painfully high levels, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spent much of a news conference Wednesday explaining why central bankers have decided – for now... Read more
Apr
25
2012

Payments to mistress ‘smelled wrong,’ former aide says

Andrew Young, John Edwards’ former campaign aide and close friend, testified Tuesday that using money from wealthy donors to help support Edwards’ mistress and cover up their affair "felt and smelled wrong." via U.S. News – Payments to mistress... Read more
Apr
24
2012

Social Security fund: Cash gone in 2033

Social Security fund will run out three years earlier than earlier projections due to boomer retirements, weak economy. If Social Security fund runs out, retirees will get 75 percent of promised benefits. via Social Security fund: Cash gone in... Read more
Apr
24
2012

Why would the White House consider Susan Sarandon a security risk?

Susan Sarandon, almost as well-known for her liberal activism as she is for making movies, is claiming that she was recently denied a security clearance to visit the White House, and that the government has tapped her phone. via... Read more
Apr
18
2012

Leon Panetta says he regrets cost of trips home

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday he regrets the cost to taxpayers for his weekend trips to his Carmel Valley home, but says it’s important "just to get your mind straight and your perspective straight." Panetta said he’d try... Read more
Apr
18
2012

Republicans seek to pin GSA spending scandal on White House

Republican lawmakers tried Tuesday to tie the spending scandal at the General Services Administration to the White House, pressing current and former agency officials to explain why they met with senior administration officials two weeks before disciplining most of... Read more
Apr
17
2012

Witness: Italian ex-PM Berlusconi hosted strippers dressed as nuns

A witness in the trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi testified that she saw strippers at his infamous "bunga bunga" parties performing while dressed as nuns, Italian media reported. Source: World News – Witness: Italian ex-PM Berlusconi... Read more
Apr
14
2012

Newt Gingrich rents donor list to raise cash

Desperate times in the Newt Gingrich camp have called for desperate measures. Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the former House speaker has resorted to renting his presidential campaign’s most valuable asset – its donor... Read more