Tuesday September 2, 2014

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

David Gregory got $4 million to keep his mouth shut

Fired “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory was paid $4 million to leave NBC and signed a contract not to speak out against the network, sources said. Gregory, 43, who moderated the show for six years, was unceremoniously dumped from the political program on Thursday after dismal ratings.  More…

Power Wheelchairs: The Medicare scam that just kept rolling

Since 1999, Medicare has spent $8.2 billion to procure power wheelchairs and “scooters” for 2.7 million people. Today, the government cannot even guess at how much of that money was paid out to scammers. The scam illuminated a critical failure point in the federal bureaucracy: Medicare’s weak defenses against fraud. The government knew about it in 1998. But it wasn’t until 15 years later that officials finally did enough to significantly curb the practice.  More…

Texas governor Rick Perry indicted on abuse of power charges

A defiant Rick Perry went on the offensive Saturday, a day after being indicted on accusations of abusing his power with a controversial veto, denouncing the charges as “outrageous” political theatrics and predicting he will prevail over “those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes.”  More…

Flashback: Travis County District Attorney Jailed

On the day Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving while intoxicated, video released from the night she was arrested shows jailers having to restrain her for resisting their commands to cooperate.  More…

Ferguson police say Michael Brown was a robbery suspect

Police said that Michael Brown was identified on video as the main suspect in a convenience store robbery that occurred Saturday morning minutes before he was stopped and killed by a Ferguson police officer. Brown’s family was sharply critical of the decision to release the robbery footage, saying in a statement that they were “beyond outraged” at the decision to show their son savagely beating the convenience store clerk.  More…

Obama’s achievement — outgolfing Tiger Woods

As Barack Obama approaches his 200th round of golf since his election as president, here’s a fact to put into perspective: Since January 2009, Tiger Woods has played 269 rounds of golf. And Tiger, beleaguered by injury, is almost certainly done for the year. So that means the president will pass Tiger sometime next spring.  More…

Patent office filters out worst work from home abuses

Prompted by multiple whistleblower complaints, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began an internal investigation two years ago of their employees that are allowed to work from home. What the inquiry uncovered was alarming. Of the 8,300 patent examiners, about half of whom work from home full time, repeatedly lied about the hours they were putting in, and many were receiving bonuses for work they didn’t do.  More…

Sacramento to Require English Speaking Taxi Drivers

Taxi drivers required to pass an English test to renew their permits in Sacramento say they’re being set up for failure. Part of a newly passed ordinance that recently went into effect requires drivers to know a certain level of English. The city says the requirement came from passenger complaints.  More…

Supt. on snack rules: ‘Asinine’ we don’t have enough teachers and now have to hire ‘food police’

Outrage is growing against Michelle Obama’s crusade to restrict school bake sales and fundraisers. “We don’t have enough teachers in our classrooms and now we are expected to hire some type of food police to monitor whether we are having bake sales or not. That is just asinine,” John Barge, Georgia state school superintendent says. “The effect has been kids don’t eat in the cafeteria anymore, and that’s nationwide.”  More…

James Brady’s death ruled homicide by medical examiner

The death on Monday of James S. Brady, the press secretary for President Ronald Reagan who was wounded in an assassination attempt in 1981, has been ruled a homicide by gunshot by the Virginia medical examiner’s office. There was no immediate word on whether the shooter, John W. Hinckley, who has been treated at St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital, could face new criminal charges.  More…

Postal worker caught on tape throwing mail into a Cincinnati dumpster could face charges

A United States Postal Service (USPS) worker tossed mail into a dumpster in Cincinnati, Ohio Wednesday, rather than delivering the letters, paychecks and notices to their rightful owners. The female worker was caught on tape disposing of the mail, and she could soon face federal charges.  More…

Robert Redford Sues New York State Over $1.6 Million Tax Bill

Robert Redford is suing New York state related to the sale of Sundance Channel. The actor-director sued the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany County Supreme Court on July 30 claiming that he’s being overtaxed on money his company made when it sold off a stake in the channel in 2005.  More…