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Border Fence Controversy

The hot immigration/homeland security topic of the moment is the idea of building a 2,000-mile steel fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. According to a story published in USA Today the idea was once considered radical but lately has gained support and momentum. The lawmaker behind the proposal is California Republican…

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Both Political Parties Benefit From Abramoff

Ed Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters finally understands why Democrats stopped referencing Jack Abramoff and started using the more generic charge of “culture of corruption” against Republicans. Just today it was reported that both Republicans and Democrats benefited greatly by supporting Abramoff’s lobbying goal of preventing a rival Indian

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False Sense of Airport Security

If you thought waiting in long lines to have airport security check everything from your shoes to your baby stroller was frustrating, read on. Those extensive and sometimes invasive security screenings can’t protect you if objects that occupy 50% of the plane’s belly are potentially lethal. A new federal report…

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Judicial Misconduct Could Free Murderer

The improper, not to mention unethical, conduct of a New York State Supreme Court Justice could help set free the twice convicted felon whose trial he presided over. An ABC Television News affiliate in New York reports that Justice Jaime Rios was having a torrid affair with a Queens assistant…

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This Could Have Been Our Homeland Security Secretary

When New York tough guy Bernard Kerik suddenly withdrew his nomination for Homeland Security secretary back in December, he gave a suspicious reason; possible tax problems with his family’s nanny. President George W. Bush had nominated the high school dropout and former head of New York City’s police to the…

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George Ryan Trial, Part 4

Today was interesting in only one respect. The testimony and cross was laborious and boring, but fireworks resulted from a request by the defense to admit into evidence the fact that Ryan was not paying for his defense out of his pocket. Rather, his representation was provided pro bono from…

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Discipline United Nations Style

Not long ago we reported the scandalous findings of the independent investigation into the corrupt United Nations oil-for-food program. It was so badly managed that more than half of the 4,500 companies doing business with Iraq paid Saddam Hussein illegal surcharges and kickbacks and the U.N. did nothing to stop…

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Felon Voting Rights

What do Florida, California and Iowa have in common? All three states have recently been involved in the controversy relating to laws that ban felons from voting. Let’s start with Florida, one of three states (along with Kentucky and Virginia) that doesn’t automatically restore a felon’s voting right upon prison…

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Justice Department Violations

When the man (Karl Warner) that President George W. Bush had named United States Attorney for southern West Virginia abruptly left office a few months ago, the Justice Department had no comment. Now the results of a legislative audit help explain the sudden resignation. It turns out that Warner offered…

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The $90,000 Portable Classroom

The latest no-bid contract awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, involves 450 portable classrooms in Mississippi at a whopping $90,000 each (New York Times). The politically-connected Alaskan company that got the very profitable contract is called Akima and the cost to…

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Army Colonel Indicted

A recently retired Army colonel, who played a key role in the war on terror, has been indicted in an ongoing bribery scandal involving contracts at the United States Special Operations Command (SOCom), which is based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida. The indictment accuses the retired colonel,…

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George Ryan Trial, Part 3

I should apologize that I have not written anything after attending several Ryan trial sessions. Unfortunately, after the testimony of Scott Fawell, Ryan’s campaign manager, there was nothing of interest to report. After one such session I talked to another faithful observer of the proceedings. “Was it me,” I asked,…

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Extortion in New Mexico

Last month we reported how New Mexico’s state treasurer, Robert Vigil, was still collecting his annual salary of $85,000 even though he stepped down after being charged with federal extortion. Not surprisingly, Vigil denies the charges. But the government’s case against him has gained momentum now that former New Mexico…

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Detroit Absentee Ballots

Last week, a judge removed Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie from her duty of overseeing the city’s mayoral election (Detroit Free Press article). Currie was not controlling election workers who were violating election laws by taking advantage of elderly citizens voting by absentee ballots. An investigation by Detroit News raises…

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Who’s Enforcing the Gambling Laws?

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has a well-documented cozy relationship with various casinos and an LA Times article illustrates just how tight he is with the world’s largest poker club. The problem is that the department Baca was elected to run is responsible for enforcing gambling laws, which of…

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Ohio Election

It will be interesting to see what happens with the four proposed constitutional amendments, sponsored by liberal groups, on today’s ballot in Ohio. Even the mainstream media has reported that angry John Kerry supporters (Associated Press article) across the country donated money in an effort to overhaul elections in the…

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Judgeships For Sale In New York?

The Brooklyn New York District Attorney is investigating whether several judges paid their way to the bench (New York Daily News). The man who apparently has evidence, Clarence Norman, is the former head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party and he refuses to cooperate. A notorious Brooklyn political powerhouse and former…

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Investigation Website Regarding Henry Cisneros Quietly Surfaces

Amidst the media frenzy surrounding Special Counsel Fitzgerald and the indictment of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, another investigation’s website has quietly opened: the website for Independent Counsel Barrett, the man in charge of investigating former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros. In 1994 the Department of Justice

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The Power of Drug Money

Pharmaceutical firms nationwide have secretly dished out hundreds of thousands of dollars to political leaders and civil rights groups that have endorsed the industry’s controversial initiative in the November 8 California election (LA Times article). The measure, called Proposition 78, would establish a discount prescription drug program for certain

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A Re-Hash of Hillary’s Role in Whitewater

The following is an excerpt of Jeffrey Rubin’s review of Peter Schweizer’s recent book, Do As I Say (Not As I Do): But nothing the Clintons could have done illegally in Whitewater could be half as appalling as what they did legally. Whitewater, as you may recall, was a real…


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