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Former Mayor of New Orleans Is
Charged in Sweeping Corruption Case

New York Times, by Campbell Robertson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/19/2013 5:40:46 AM

NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of this city who fulminated against the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina but became for many a symbol of the shortcomings of government himself, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday on 21 counts including conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. The indictment detailed a wide-ranging scheme of kickbacks and pay-for-play of a kind not entirely unfamiliar in Louisiana history. Contractors and vendors looking for work with the city would provide the mayor with vacations, big checks and even free granite for his family business.

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More information on the charges. It´s bad.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 1/19/2013 5:42:58 AM     (No. 9125842)

The NYT doesn´t mention what political party he belongs to? My my my.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: osprey21, 1/19/2013 5:47:49 AM     (No. 9125845)

Do they serve chocolate milk in prison?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: HerbVA, 1/19/2013 6:55:03 AM     (No. 9125872)

It´s all Bush´s fault.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: right-turn, 1/19/2013 7:02:28 AM     (No. 9125883)

Is Nagin a democrat? Someone please tell Campbell Robertson. He doesn´t seem to know.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 1/19/2013 7:12:03 AM     (No. 9125899)

Mayor Kagin´s charactor was on full display during Katrina. Should this be a surprise?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 1/19/2013 7:13:07 AM     (No. 9125900)

As I recall, this is the Mayor who allowed dozens of schoolbuses to languish in parking lots instead of using them to evacuate Katrina victims, no?

So another Democrat official of another Democrat State is found to be corrupt. Another Democrat Mayor of a large city is found to be corrupt. We are stunned.

When the left discovers that their Democrat President is corrupt, they too will be stunned, while we on the Right will still be wondering what took them so long.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fritzilou, 1/19/2013 7:14:49 AM     (No. 9125904)

Mayor Nagin, Democrat of New Orleans surely will blame Bush, exactly the way he did in the aftermath of Katrina.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 1/19/2013 7:22:01 AM     (No. 9125911)

I won´t register with the NYT so I don´t know if it was mentioned that Ray Ray was a cable TV exec before he became mayor.

For those of y´all who appreciate political humor, see the latest comments on Nagin at nolevee.com .

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Reply 9 - Posted by: suncitypro, 1/19/2013 7:45:14 AM     (No. 9125927)

What goes around comes around Ray Ray. And your time has come around.
This couldn´t happen to a more deserving sleeze politico.
I hope one of the charges was negligent homocide for the numbers you let die as the transportation to save them lanquished in a parking lot.
Enjoy the buffet.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Gorzabozo, 1/19/2013 7:50:35 AM     (No. 9125934)

Re #6: Louisiana is not a Dem state, New Orleans is a Dem city. LA has 7 congressional seats; six are Republican, one is Democrat. The Dem seat is obtained by means of a specially drawn, racially determined district to make the Feds happy. The ´special´ district is ....the New Orleans metro area. LA has one Repub US Senator and one Dem US Senator. The Governor of LA is a Republican (Bobby Jindal) and the Lt. Governor is also a Republican. Source: Wikipedia.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: f64, 1/19/2013 7:53:27 AM     (No. 9125936)

#1 - Corrupt Democrat is redundant.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dadofboys, 1/19/2013 8:15:11 AM     (No. 9125961)

Typical African-american mayor of a failed big city. think D.C., Detroit, Philadelphia, Memphis......... They run their cities like some kind of African kleptocracy

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Reply 13 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 1/19/2013 8:15:13 AM     (No. 9125962)

"Hiz Honoa" Da forma Mayor of ´Chocolate City´ takes a political hit in his BVD´s. Apparently, Da NYT has dropped the reportage of Political Party Affiliations. Particularly, where Democ´RATS are concerned. They´re saving ink.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/19/2013 8:19:00 AM     (No. 9125967)

#6 and #9: New Orleans city government has been a cesspool of Democrat graft and corruption for my lifetime. Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu and the current NO Mayor, her brother Mitch Landrieu, are the children of the extremely effective political-machine operator and mayor, Moon Landrieu. Democrats, all. Ironically, Louisianans hoped that the election of Ray Nagin, a businessman, would break the machine cycle, but he simply increased and enlarged it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Adam, 1/19/2013 8:27:45 AM     (No. 9125985)

There never was a mayor of any city I can think of who was a bad a mayor as Nagin was in his first term. yet NO reelected him! part of me says, NO, you deserve what you get.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: BirdsNest, 1/19/2013 8:40:03 AM     (No. 9126007)

This is not in the least bit surprising.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jloophole, 1/19/2013 8:42:07 AM     (No. 9126011)

I don´t know #16...Detroit might take issue with that, what with the excessively useless and corrupt Kwame Kilpatrick. At least a tie.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/19/2013 8:49:37 AM     (No. 9126024)

Is there a chocolate city, county, state, or country anywhere in the world that is well run or simply even non-corrupt? I realize that even asking such a question will brand me as a "flavorist", but I genuinely am curious. I´m not a "vanilla power" nut.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: coldborezero, 1/19/2013 8:50:04 AM     (No. 9126025)

Nagin should really enjoy prison; it is pretty damn "chocolate" on the inside.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: birddog, 1/19/2013 8:50:27 AM     (No. 9126026)

Above and beyond the "school-bus" fiasco..what struck ME as most telling at the time was the fact that he pulled the disaster team OUT of the newly completed multi million dollar Disaster Response Center and moved to the Presidential Suite of a High Rise Hotel...where the floor to ceiling windows promptly blew out as the Hurricane hit, shutting down all communication and control(not to mention the elevators).

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/19/2013 9:08:59 AM     (No. 9126076)

Yes, #11, but at the time of Katrina the governor was also a dim. In advance of the storm Bush told her to evacuate the city and call out the LA national guard and she blew him off.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: joe btfsplk, 1/19/2013 9:10:51 AM     (No. 9126083)

Ray-Ray thought Obama and Holder would cover for him. Obama and Holder just cover for each other. Pretty funny, huh, Ray-Ray?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: rustycfc, 1/19/2013 9:11:43 AM     (No. 9126086)

now you know why it is called the big easy.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Catherine, 1/19/2013 9:17:07 AM     (No. 9126104)

# 16 - My aunt lost her house during Katrina. Had water up to the ceiling. She said they re-elected Nagin simply because of who was running against him - Mary Landrieu´s brother. They already had a disgusting Landrieu in Washington, they didn´t want one in New Orleans.

I guess maybe one of the issues will be ´phantom´ police officers. Drawing pay checks in the name of non-existent people. As for Kathleen Blanco, governor at the time, she refused two offers of help from Bush before the hurricane hit. She didn´t want the feds to take over. See how well that worked!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bifgroovey, 1/19/2013 9:20:56 AM     (No. 9126118)

This is how Communism works. The elite ruling class is always entitled to more than the "workers".

The Democrat party is just being good little Marxists their public school education camp taught them to be.

Now - where are the Obamas (peace be upon him) going on vacation next?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: owl, 1/19/2013 9:45:03 AM     (No. 9126191)

I´ll eat my shoe if he´s prosecuted . Cold Cash Jefferson is still skating far as I know . Nothing to see here .

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/19/2013 9:53:50 AM     (No. 9126207)

Well the New York Times managed to tell us that the nickname of the New Orleans radio talk show host is Spud, but forgot to tell us that Ray Nagin is a liberal Democrat!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/19/2013 10:01:30 AM     (No. 9126225)

Obvious from Day One. Just look at the guy.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/19/2013 10:01:51 AM     (No. 9126226)

The Slimes didn´t mention Nagin is a Rat because when there is this much corruption involved with a politician, they´re aware everyone KNOWS it´s a Rat in question. 99% of them are sleaze.

In any case, this is probably just a racist plot to get a successful black man. Jessuh and Crazy Al should start howling pretty soon.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/19/2013 10:54:47 AM     (No. 9126340)

Whenever a black democrat gets indicted, you know he´s pieced somebody off...

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/19/2013 11:01:16 AM     (No. 9126356)

Hope springs eternal.......After over seven long years, still waiting for that momentous day one of those yellow buses left in the Orleans Parish School System´s parking lot is cranked up and transports His Honor Da Mayor north on a one-way trip, up Interstate 49/State Highway 165, to The United States Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Robert jones, 1/19/2013 11:05:09 AM     (No. 9126366)

The rap the MSM gave Bush was unfair and totally undeserving. Mayor Nagin and gov Blanco were criminally negligent.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Italiano, 1/19/2013 11:08:44 AM     (No. 9126376)

School Bus-ted.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/19/2013 11:32:59 AM     (No. 9126439)

Not only did the article omit Nagin´s party affiliation, it also failed to mention that he is a black American. (I know the photo cleared that up). And there is one un-arguable fact concerning a fairly large segment of black America. And that is that once a black person gets elected to office, it´s ok for them to participate in all sorts of scams, kickbacks, fraud, and any scheme they can in order to enrich themselves and their family and friends. Because in their minds, the white man has been doing it all along. So now it´s there turn.

And no, I´m not racist in any way. Just stating the facts that many try to hide and/or ignore.

My Ray Ray receive his just rewards.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Arby, 1/19/2013 11:33:26 AM     (No. 9126440)

Shocking! Shocking!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: ncgrammie4, 1/19/2013 11:38:26 AM     (No. 9126447)

And don´t forget Nagin kept Bush waiting while he took a long hot shower on AF 1. His constituents were housed in slum like conditions at the Superdome and Convention Center, but he had to primp for the photos. This man reach his level of incompetence way before Katrina.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: little guy, 1/19/2013 11:50:48 AM     (No. 9126473)

This guy won in 2002 with huge support & probably could have done anything. Instead, he squandered the mandate. I was once on the Board of a group that held its annual convention in New Orleans in 2003. Mayor Nagin was the luncheon speaker and we had a table set for our Board and a spot for him to sit & eat before speaking. He showed up with a posse of 7 and expected us to feed all of them! He also wanted them at his table. We did some quick chair movements and he ended up with 3 at our table and the rest nearby. They ate & drank like they were going to the gallows. Out of a dozen of so conventions I helped run, the only public official to ever pull a stunt like that was Mr. Nagin. I knew he was a crook from then on!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: mozey, 1/19/2013 12:36:53 PM     (No. 9126564)

Am still wondering how federal charges finally came about, what with the present admin. in D.C.
LA Gov. Bobby Jindal is a conservative republican, but maybe he has some wonderful avenues into the feds.
Louisiana is a republican state, with N.O. a self contained pit of corruption within a fine State. There is so much evil in N.O. that people in Baton Rouge or Lafayette or Shreveport or Monroe or Alexandra do not want N.O. politicians in their cities. The mayor of Baton Rouge said on t.v. at the time of Katrina that Baton Rouge did not want those N.O. people in his city. I saw and heard him say that. The Oprah also met with same B.R. mayor on t.v. out on the streets of Baton Rouge later that day. She finally went away quietly.
Another thought is that Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be in cahoots with Gov. Jindal. Lots of N.O. crooks fled to Houston after Katrina. And also G.W.Bush lives in Texas, and maybe he still knows some in-roads with feds. Ah, so much intrigue and fun ahead!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: lagniappe, 1/19/2013 1:59:45 PM     (No. 9126673)

I think Nagin had a nervous break down during Katrina and never recovered. He was originally elected after being promoted as a professional business man and seen as a bridge between the black and white communities. He was an upgrade from his predecessor, Mark Morial. Pre-Katrina, only a black could be elected mayor. Hopefully that´s in the past. I´m not a fan of the Landrieu family, but Mayor Landrieu has done well for New Orleans.
I cringe when I hear Rush and others bring up school busses - pre-Katrina it would of taken armed national guard troops going door to door dragging people out of their homes and forcing them on busses. Hurricanes were never that big of a deal and neither was Katrina except for the levee failure & then it was too late. Born and raised in N.O., I never evacuated and only evacuated for Katrina because of my elderly mother.


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Reply 40 - Posted by: FunOne, 1/19/2013 2:16:41 PM     (No. 9126710)

#16 and #18: Good nominations, but I respectfully suggest that Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry would have to take top honors here.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 1/19/2013 3:33:35 PM     (No. 9126832)

Joseph Goebbels media operatives like the good honest folks at the NYTimes don´t mention party affiliation for Democrats because they are hiding Democrat corruption and incompetence from search engines.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/19/2013 4:29:03 PM     (No. 9126893)

Democrat resumé enhancement. No problem.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: strike3, 1/19/2013 4:40:33 PM     (No. 9126908)

I am so shocked and depressed over this discovery that I just might have another glass of wine to numb my disappointment. I´m saving the champagne for the day they put Barry Hustler Obama in handcuffs.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: PTSARGENT, 1/19/2013 4:44:04 PM     (No. 9126916)

All these corrupt black mayors are racists who believe in reparations and redistribution of wealth which is a lot easier than creating it in the first place. One of these clowns finally made it to the White House.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: dp1950, 1/19/2013 5:27:51 PM     (No. 9126977)

It doesn´t surprise me one bit that Nagin and Kilpatrick hot-footed it to D-FW. Dallas city government has its share of black corruption. A few black city councilmen and city vendors are now residing in federal prison. John Wylie Price (long-time racist commissioner) is now under FBI indictment to spend a few decades there himself. If he is familiar he is the one who said that a white commissioner who referred to wasteful spending as it going into a "black hole" was racist for saying that. He and his "soldiers" were marching and obstructing a residential street in front of the white lib female former mayor when Boing officials came to look Dallas over when they were deciding to relocate their corporate office. They promptly high-tailed it to Chicago. Chicago for Pete´s sake! Nagin would fit in nicely in Dallas.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: bifgroovey, 1/19/2013 7:56:43 PM     (No. 9127153)

In prison, being the Mayor of "Chocolate City" has an entirely different meaning.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/19/2013 11:47:49 PM     (No. 9127354)

I draw the line at free granite.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: larryp, 1/20/2013 12:43:49 AM     (No. 9127402)

Like poster above said, Nagin has mental health issues, He will get off. He mightbet aking the hit for someoneelse, likethe unions do. Then after a couple of country-club prison years he get a fulltime pension.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: thelmalou, 1/20/2013 5:15:53 PM     (No. 9128658)

School Bus Ray??? Surely not!!! Say it ain´t so!!!


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$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department
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Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 4/4/2014 1:04:42 PM     Post Reply
The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years. The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors. The lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk,” the auditor said. “It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt

Muslims Object to Easter Eggs
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Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/4/2014 11:34:07 PM     Post Reply
Muslim moms and dads in Dearborn, Mich. are upset after students received flyers promoting an Easter Egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church. The parents say the egg hunt violates the U.S. Constitution. The Muslims told the Detroit Free-Press that they were concerned about the religious implications of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church’s “Eggstravaganza!” They were also troubled by images of a bunny rabbit. “It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni, told the newspaper. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed

CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide
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Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/5/2014 4:40:54 AM     Post Reply
A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA. CIA spokesman Christopher White confirmed the death and said the incident did not take place at CIA headquarters in McLean, Va. “We can confirm that there was an individual fatally injured at a facility where agency work is done,” White told the Washington Free Beacon. “He was rushed to a local area hospital where he subsequently died. Due to privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are not releasing

´The debate over repealing this law is over´: Obama
boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare
but study shows just 858,000 newly insured*

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Daily Mail (UK), by DAVID MARTOSKO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/5/2014 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

If You Think YOU Can’t Name A Hillary
Accomplishment, Wait Til You See HER Try

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Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/5/2014 5:15:26 AM     Post Reply
Following her speech at the “Women of the World Summit” in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton was asked this simple question by a moderator: “When you look at your time as Secretary of State, what are you most proud of? And what do you feel was unfinished, and maybe have another crack at one day?” Here are a few excerpts from her response: ”Look, I really see my role as Secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race. When you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.” “Some

Romney 2016: Coulter Says Mitt
Strongest on Immigration

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Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/4/2014 1:02:48 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week on Boston’s WRKO-AM’s The Howie Carr Show, conservative commentator Ann Coulter shocked some conservatives when she said she is making 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney her favorite for the 2016 Republican contest. Last month in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Romney himself ruled out the possibility of a 2016 run and said he was instead focused on who to get behind in that contest. Coulter, however, wishes otherwise. “Well, don´t tell him but I´m planning on giving Mitt Romney a little more time to rest -- flying out, kidnapping him and depriving him of sleep, food and

Beating of white driver by
angry mob after he accidentally
ran over young boy ruled NOT
a hate crime by Detroit police

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/4/2014 5:01:05 PM     Post Reply
A 54-year-old white man has been left barely clinging to life after he was brutally beaten by a group of black men when he got out of his car to check on a young black boy he accidentally hit. Steve Utash, from suburban Roseville, was beaten into a coma Wednesday by an angry mob in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood after David Harris, 10, ran in front of his truck on a busy street, but police insist the incident was not racially motivated. The gang also stole his wallet before leaving him for dead. Utash is in extremely critical

Back to Africa? For some African-
Americans, the answer is yes

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Christian Science Monitor, by Chris Stein    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/5/2014 12:58:38 PM     Post Reply
Accra, Ghana — Jimmy Thorne says that relocating to Ghana is one of the best moves he’s ever made. It doesn’t matter if he, an African-American, gets called “obroni,” the local word for white person, in the streets, or if some of his family can’t quite figure out what he’s doing in this West African nation so far from his roots in North Carolina. (Snip) Whether motivated by love, money, or the desire to rekindle a long-lost connection, black repatriation to Africa remains alive and well, even if it never quite became the high-volume, emotional return to African roots

Hillary Betrays Her Country
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Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
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Why does Hillary Clinton hate America? That is the question that should be on everyone’s mind as she embarks on a worldwide tour to plug her forthcoming memoir. Check out this THE POLITICO article [emphasis mine]: Hillary Clinton discussed her work at the State Department, called for young women not to take criticisms personally and rapped the media for treating powerful women with a double standard at the kickoff of “Women in the World” in New York City Thursday night. Clinton’s appearance on a panel with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, moderated by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, ran

Eric Holder defends using Justice
Department airplane for 27 personal trips

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Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/4/2014 9:34:34 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder disputed a Government Accountability Office report on his use of Justice Department airplanes for personal trips, saying it overstated the number of trips he took and failed to recognize that some trips were job-related. "My staff keeps telling me to take it easy, you know, well, this is one that gets me," Holder told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. "There was this notion that we´ve taken -- I think it was described as hundreds of personal trips. That was wrong. GAO counted flights, not round trips. And we looked at it

The artist formerly known as Cat
Stevens enters rock’s hall of fame

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Boston Globe (MA), by James Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/5/2014 6:30:06 PM     Post Reply
“Morning has broken, like the first morning.” Whatever your faith, if you’ve got any at all, that’s pretty much what it boils down to. The sun comes up, and we give it another shot.(snip) Stevens converted to Islam in the late 1970s, and he angered a lot of fans when he appeared to support the fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie with comments he made in 1989. But for a kid in thrall to the kinetic power of the spinning records in his father’s hi-fi console, Stevens seemed to be living proof that popular music (he had 11 Top 40 hits in

Romney’s return to public life stokes
speculation about potential 2016 run

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FOX News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 4/5/2014 3:55:13 PM     Post Reply
Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has sworn off running again for elected office, but Americans have certainly heard that one before. Speculation that Romney might run again has largely been stoked by the reunion he planned to host last month in Park City, Utah, for members of his 2012 campaign and debate team and a string of recent public appearances. He has appeared on TV news shows 12 times in the past six months. That’s essentially on pace with Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, who led all national politicians last year with 26 appearances over 12 months. Romney has


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