Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Greg Abbott's Cover Up of Texas Enterprise Fund Fraud Cost Taxpayers $222 Million

Greg Abbott's Cover Up of Texas Enterprise Fund Fraud Cost Taxpayers $222 Million

Greg Abbott’s shady relationship with the Texas Enterprise fund is catching up with him. Since an audit revealed the Texas Enterprise Fund improperly distributed $222 million to companies, reports surfaced that at least some of the recipients contributed a total of $1.4 million to Greg Abbott’s campaign. Even pay to play is bigger in Texas!

In 2003, Rick Perry created the Texas Enterprise Fund and stacked it with Republican cronies. The fund’s purpose was to subsidize job creation.
  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Double Standard: Tim Tebow Was Celebrated For Action That Got Black Muslim Flagged | Politicus Sports

Double Standard: Tim Tebow Was Celebrated For Action That Got Black Muslim Flagged | Politicus Sport

During Monday night’s beatdown of the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Husain Abdullah was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for praying in the end zone after a touchdown. Abdullah slid into the end zone after picking off Tom Brady and returning it for the score. At the end of his slide, Abdullah bowed in prayer. As Abdullah would later state, he wanted to make sure to prostrate before God after scoring the touchdown. Abduallh is a devout Muslim who took a year off from the NFL to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
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Trust Iran? It Just Hanged a Man Who Doubted ‘Jonah and the Whale’ - The Daily Beast

Trust Iran? It Just Hanged a Man Who Doubted ‘Jonah and the Whale’ - The Daily Beast

Iranian President Rouhani speaks reasonably about nuclear negotiations and stabilizing the Middle East, but at home the “hanging judges” are still at work.
When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani answered questions from media leaders at the United Nations General Assembly about the Iranian nuclear program and ISIS last week, there were only occasional brief references to the human rights situation back in Iran. When there were inquiries about three U.S. citizens being held there—a former Marine, Amir Hekmati; Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian; and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini—President Rouhani said the arrests should not be blown out of proportion and the judicial process must run its course.
  

Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges

Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges

HARTFORD >> State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.
  

Kochs sent hundreds of thousands of fake voter registration mailings in North Carolina

Kochs sent hundreds of thousands of fake voter registration mailings in North Carolina

When the North Carolina arm of the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity group tried to register a cat to vote it was amusing. But with more of the story unfolding now, it's downright infuriating.
  

Koch group faces investigation in N.C. over bogus voting info | MSNBC

Koch group faces investigation in N.C. over bogus voting info | MSNBC

Joshua Lawson, a spokesman for the state board of elections, said his office opened the probe Monday after receiving a formal sworn complaint from the state Democratic Party about the mailers, which were sent recently by Americans for Prosperity (AFP). Lawson said state law requires the board to open an investigation if it receives a sworn complaint.

In the complaint, Casey Mann, the state Democratic Party’s executive director, accused AFP of an “attempt to utilize misleading, incorrect, and confusing voter registration mailers as a means of discouraging or intimidating voters in the 2014 general election.”
  

Secret Service Director Says GOP Sequestration Left Them Down 550 Employees

Secret Service Director Says GOP Sequestration Left Them Down 550 Employees

The sequestration cuts are a result of the House never sitting down with the Senate to reconcile the budget. It was allegedly put into place in order to keep folks from walking away from the negotiation table, but meanwhile, Republicans were championing sequestration as the solution long before it was implemented, and while denying credit in mainstream press, taking a bow for it on Fox News.

Paul Ryan bragged on Fox News in August of 2011 of the sequestration cuts, “We actually got discretionary caps in law. I’ve been fighting for these spending caps ever since the day I came to Congress. We couldn’t even get these kinds of spending caps in the Bush administration.”
  

“Last Week Tonight” Does Real Journalism, No Matter What John Oliver Says - The Daily Beast

“Last Week Tonight” Does Real Journalism, No Matter What John Oliver Says - The Daily Beast

The HBO host insists he’s not committing random acts of journalism. He’s wrong—and that’s exactly what sets his show apart from “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.”
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Lamborn starts losing allies over military controversy | MSNBC

Lamborn starts losing allies over military controversy | MSNBC

To be sure, these aren’t sweeping condemnations, but let’s not overlook the context: with 35 days to go before Election Day, Coffman is in the middle of one of the nation’s most competitive U.S. House races, while Gardner is running in one of the nation’s most competitive U.S. Senate races. They’re both Republicans, but neither one of these congressmen are prepared to offer even a halfhearted defense for Lamborn’s controversial remarks.
  

Where Does $2 Trillion in Subsidies for the Wealthiest Hide in Plain Sight? Capital Gains Tax Breaks. | Next New Deal

Where Does $2 Trillion in Subsidies for the Wealthiest Hide in Plain Sight? Capital Gains Tax Breaks. | Next New Deal

Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, Chief Economist at the Roosevelt Institute, takes a hard look at subsidies for investment income in a new white paper on tax reform. Stiglitz advocates taxing capital gains and dividends at the same rates as ordinary income. Under current law, the federal government will deliver an estimated $1.34 trillion in subsidies to investors over the next 10 years in the form of reduced tax rates for capital gains and dividends. Sixty-eight percent of that money will go to the top 1 percent. Stiglitz argues that there is “no justification for taxing those who work hard to earn a living at a higher rate than those who derive their income from speculation.”
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