(CHICAGO)-- Jesse Jackson Junior pleaded guilty in a plea deal connected to a federal investigation in which the former congressman is accused of misusing campaign funds, sources tell ABC7. Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements, according to sources close to the investigation. Federal prosecutors are recommending a 5 year maximum sentence. Jackson signed the deal on February 1, 2013, in Washington, D.C. sources tell ABC7. According to reports, Jackson will repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars he spent on items including a luxury watch
President Barack Obama’s newly-named nominee to run the Department of the Interior, REI CEO Sally Jewell, sought and received a waiver from Obamacare requirements for her outdoor clothing and equipment company in 2011. The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering dug up the revelation Thursday, noting that Obama welcomed Jewell to the White House in 2009 to jointly argue for the passage of Obamacare. Obama held REI up as a model company.And then REI, which has to be fit since they’re a fitness company,” Obama joked during the White House meeting on May 12, 2009, “has been doing work that
Critics of voter ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. For instance, Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election.
While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama´s lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC´s Good Morning America completely ignored the story. In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts. Friday´s CBS This Morning provided the most coverage, with a full report by correspondent Nancy Cordes, who explained: "Panetta revealed that he briefed the President at the start of the attack, but the two men did not speak again that night....Republicans say it´s a sign that Headline resplit by staff.
Just a week after J.J. Watt had one of the cutest proposals ever (to a 6-year-old fan), there’s yet another story about why the Texans star defensive lineman is beloved by fans. A Texans fan made a wedding cake, using Watt. Watt was so touched, he tracked down the bride and met her. Tweet: Bryan Eoff-@bdeoff @jjwatt Here´s the groom´s cake from my friend @stephanievpoe and her husband Nathan´s recent wedding. #bullsonparade pic.twitter.com/0CroZR3a
British singer Shirley Bassey is to perform at this month´s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday. "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show," the producers said in a joint statement. "Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast."
New Orleans -- An electrical device that had been installed expressly to prevent a power outage caused the Super Bowl blackout, the stadium´s power company said Friday as it took the blame for the outage that brought the game to a halt for more than a half-hour. Officials of Entergy New Orleans, a subsidiary of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp., said the device, called a relay, had been installed in switching gear to protect the Superdome from a cable failure between the company´s incoming power line and lines that run into the stadium.
HOUSTON- A hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents, and the Secret Service is investigating. The Smoking Gun website said the hacker, who went by the online moniker "Guccifer," gained access to emails, photos, private telephone numbers and addresses of Bush family members and friends. The website displayed photos it said came from the hacker, including one that purported to show the elder Bush during his recent stay in a Houston hospital, where the 88-year-old spent almost two months being treated for complications from a bronchial infection.
While Vice President Biden and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were dealing with Syrian rebels and other conflicts, some at the recent Munich Security Conference were focused on a topic with much greater implications for global security: cyberthreats. Unfortunately, those conversations revealed how strikingly little has been done to create international norms of behavior in cyberspace and the means to punish those who would deviate from them. At the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai last year, global regulations concerning cyberspace were also discussed, but
This week Russian president Vladimir Putin brought Boyz II Men to Moscow to "hopefully [give] Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine´s Day," according to the Moscow Times. That is, Putin brought the music group to town to encourage love-making, and, he hopes, baby-making to offset Russia´s demographic disaster. But, according to statistics in a new book by Jonathan V. Last, it might have been a wiser move for Putin bring in a pro-life group instead. The book is titled What to Expect When No One’s Expecting.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Weeks after New York enacted the nation´s toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre. Democrats who control the state Legislature revealed 10 proposals that they said would make California the most restrictive state for possessing firearms. They were joined at a Capitol news conference by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with several police chiefs.
With the fourth anniversary of the Obama administration’s auto bailout approaching, the Detroit comeback narrative has settled into accepted history. Just last week, Chrysler, once the wobbliest of the Big Three, announced a ninefold increase in profits since 2011. (Snip) Detroit was back! Unless, of course, by “Detroit” you meant the actual city rather than the auto industry, in which case, well, the picture becomes a bit more complicated. Battered for decades by the same problems — a steady loss of people and jobs, a soaring murder rate, a wholesale erosion of its tax base — the city now faces the
It’s been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, but now NBC News confirms that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal within the past several days. Jackson’s case is being handled by the US Attorney’s office in Washington DC. [Snip] Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate – as to jail time – would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet assigned.
MIAMI - A Florida judge has approved the adoption of a 22-month-old baby girl that will list three people as parents on her birth certificate -- a married lesbian couple and a gay man. The decision ends a two-year paternity fight between the couple and a friend of the women who donated his sperm to father the child but later sought a larger role in the girl´s life. The ruling means the child´s birth certificate will include a biological father and both women as parents in an unusual arrangement approved recently by a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge. Headline split by staff.
As heavy, wet snow started to blanket much of the Northeast on Friday morning, people rushed to stores to stock up on supplies, drivers lined up at gas stations to fill their tanks and local authorities from New York City to Maine started working to battle what forecasters said could be the biggest blizzard for some cities in a century. (Snip) On Long Island, the power company, which has received heavy criticism for its response to Hurricane Sandy, promised customers that it was prepared. The city of Boston, where snow started to fall around 9:30 a.m. and forecasts called for more than two feet of snow
This is what an historic snowstorm looks like from space. A NASA satellite captured the bestial blizzard today from above, covering most of eastern North America from the southeast just atop Florida all the way up to Canada´s eastern Arctic and back inland past the Great Lakes. Beneath that massive blizzard are hurricane-force winds and enough moisture to bury the entire region, possibly under up to 36 inches of snow in hardest-hit areas. Millions of Americans live in its path, much of it the same battered last fall by Hurricane Sandy. Residents have stocked up on food and water.
Exotic dancers have the right to collect unemployment insurance as employees and not independent contractors, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled. According to Yahoo.com the ruling said the strippers are employees because they had to follow a number of house rules and also that the employers must contribute to the state’s unemployment insurance fund. The decision stemmed from a 2005 case in which a dancer at a club in Topeka filed an unemployment claim. According to Yahoo’s report, the dancers earn money through tips while the club maintains it is offering “rental space” for the women to
President Obama‘s drone program has elicited controversy, to say the least, but he does have some support among those who aren’t typically his biggest fans. On Friday’s Fox & Friends, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters spoke to co-host Gretchen Carlson about how the program is Obama’s one “sensible” policy. “It’s the only policy Obama has that works,” Peters said. The administration’s policy to kill not capture terrorists is a “wise” one, he added, because capturing them just sticks us with another “unfunded liability.” The bottom line:
Currently there´s a murder spree unfolding in and around the city of Los Angeles. The suspect, Chris Dorner, is a fired Los Angeles police officer who reportedly left a manifesto behind. In it, he expresses his admiration for many members of the elite media, including some of CNN´s highest profile anchors: Soledad O´Brien, Piers Morgan, Anderson Cooper & Wolf Blitzer. Here´s a CNN article attempting to link Sarah Palin to the Gabby Giffords shooting in Tucson: As of Saturday, Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords´ name appeared on a website titled "take back the 20" as part of a list
For the last three days, CNN has been on a partisan rampage to embarrass, humiliate, and politically damage Republican Governor Chris Christie over the issue of his weight. The entire network has been behind a push led by Jim Acosta, and the fig leaf of news -- among other things -- has been America´s obesity problem. But that´s a lie. We know this because CNN has thus far refused to touch Hillary´s lifelong struggle with her weight, which is now bordering on obesity. If CNN is legitimately worried over portly role models having a negative effect on
The stimulus-funded Washington, D.C. park taken over by Occupy protesters in late 2011 and early 2012 is finally starting to get back on its feet thanks to a taxpayer-funded re-sodding job by the National Park Service. “Occupy D.C.’s nearly five-month presence in McPherson Square left the park a brown, sodden mess not long after it received a $400,000 renovation paid for by the 2009 federal stimulus act,” according to dcist.com. The National Park Service began re-sodding McPherson Square at taxpayer expense in April
Legislation intended to give Kansas prosecutors a new tool for curbing criminal gang activity has cleared the state Senate on a vote of 37-0. The vote Thursday sent the measure to the House. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has described the proposal as an anti-racketeering law that would let prosecutors go after gangs for alleged patterns of criminal activity as well as single criminal acts. The bill defines racketeering as an activity to collect unlawful debts, such as loans or gambling losses. It also includes activities to gain control of property or illegal businesses such as human trafficking and
A House subcommittee endorsed further consideration of a potentially explosive bill Thursday declaring unenforceable in Kansas any federal law or regulation deemed in conflict with a citizen´s constitutional right to bear arms. Under the package examined by a five-member panel working to consolidate one-half dozen gun bills into two or three measures, the Legislature would block agents of the state from enforcing any U.S. government mandate on firearms, ammunition and accessories manufactured commercially or privately in Kansas and remaining in the state. If a federal agent moved
Nowadays, our nation´s capital is in such ill-repute that if George Washington were around, he might sue to have his name taken off it. But never fear: restoring Washington´s good name is just a few trillion dollars away! So Chris Matthews assures us in an MSNBC "Lean Forward" promo that is currently airing. After ticking off a number of big-government programs initated under past presidents, Matthews continues: "we got to get back to that, and then Washington will have a good name again." View the promo after the jump. If Matthews is right, then
According the developing accounts, NJ Sen. Bob Menendez has a special relationship with mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen. In addition to campaign contributions, Dr. Melgen allegedly flew Sen. Menendez to the Dominican Republic on his private plane and may have provided the Senator with prostitutes. That soap opera, though, obscures a more troubling connection. According to a report in the Washington Post, Sen. Menendez intervened at least twice on behalf of Melgen in a billing dispute he had with Medicare. Since at least 2009, Dr. Melgen, a Florida eye surgeon