The Supreme Court has dashed Robert Menendez’ last hope to prevent the first trial of a sitting US Senator for corruption since Ted Stevens in 2008 (which was posthumously vacated). The top court refused to take the appeal of a Third District appellate ruling that refused to overturn Menendez’ April 2015 indictment on the basis of constitutional privilege under the Speech or Debate Clause. That leaves the door open to a trial in the fall, just as the three-term incumbent ramps up an expected re-election campaign in the midterms: The Supreme Court has rejected Sen. Bob Menendez’s attempt to throw out
´Not many members get a seven figure help´ - BALONEY! I think many constituent donors expect and receive financial assistance from their representatives and 7-figure financial benefits are probably on par for the quid pro quo.
Well, it´s a start at least. What about the many other corruption trails - starting with Obie, Bite Me, Lurch, valjar, riceroni, Holdie, Reidie, Miss Uneven eyelids, Chuckie, and last but, not least Billary.
Tell President Trump to ask Congress to end the federal income tax so that you and I can reach our full potential for wealth. This weekend, President Trump tweeted that a: “Big TAX REFORM AND TAX REDUCTION will be announced [on] Wednesday.” This is great news. However, as we go through the process of improving the tax code, we must encourage our politicians to do two things: 1.) Eliminate the unconstitutional federal income tax. 2.) Reduce hidden taxes that politicians eternally use to offset tax “cuts”—namely increases in federal spending. America turns 241 years old in July. We’re still a “baby” nation in contrast
A full recitation of the differences between Barack Obama and Donald Trump would fill a book. Since this is a blog, not a book, I won´t assay that gargantuan task. But I wanted to say a word about two of the things that have repeatedly struck me about the differences between the two men. I am going to leave to one side what might be the largest difference: that Obama was above all a man of lofty-sounding rhetoric, at once pragmatic in tone and utopian in aspiration, while Trump is a man of demotic and sometimes involuted rhetoric but decisive, almost impatient
Las Vegas has long been known as "Sin City," and it will soon be home to one of the worst fiscal sins of all time: On Oct. 14, 2016, the Nevada state legislature approved the largest taxpayer subsidy in American sports history. As long as the NFL allowed the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas, taxpayers would fork over $750 million to help fund a new $1.9 billion stadium adjacent to the Vegas strip. On March 27, 2017, NFL owners did just that, approving the move by a vote of 31-1. The Raiders´ move ends an 18-month process that saw NFL
Hasn’t Bill Clinton been fellated thoroughly enough? Nina Burleigh spoke for a certain variety of 1990s-style feminist when she famously said that “American women should be lining up” — on their knees — in order to express their gratitude to Bill Clinton for “keeping theocracy off our backs.”(Snip)But, as the poet said, there ain’t no cure for love, and Democrats just can’t quit the Big Creep. So they’ve turned to the Little Creep. Chelsea Clinton, most recently lionized on the cover of Vanity Fair, is a 37-year-old multi-millionaire who has never uttered an interesting word about any subject at any
A gunman opens fire in Paris, killing one police officer and wounding two. Islamic State quickly claims responsibility, naming the gunman as “a soldier of the caliphate.” The savage attack is the latest of many in Paris, understandably sparking widespread fears of terrorism. But some Parisians desperately seek convenient explanations that will let them avoid the necessary conflict. “Is it because we’ve joined forces and joined a coalition in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State?” one businessman asked on Paris television. Ah, a perfectly French reaction. If only the country had been nicer to Islamic State, it wouldn’t have this
The Northwestern Memorial Hospital´s trauma bay was packed, and trauma surgeon Mamta Swaroop desperately needed a private room with a door. She couldn´t find one. So she resorted to a room enclosed only by a curtain and brought in the mother of a young man who´d been rushed in earlier. Patients chatted from the curtain´s other side. Swaroop knew this wasn´t the ideal way to deliver the news, but in a hospital trying to weather the flood of gunshot victims being wheeled in, there weren´t other options. Delicately, with the heaviness of someone who´s had dozens of these conversations, Swaroop told the
This week, New York Post columnist Maureen Callahan asks the question which I hear many liberals whispering, but rarely saying too loudly: Why can’t the Clintons just go away? That probably sounds rather mean on the face of it. Okay… let’s be honest here. It is pretty mean. But it’s also a question which the Democratic Party should finally get around to addressing if most of them have made it through the five stages of grieving between November and now. The problem is that they’re going to have a hard time breaking up with their long time dance partners when
When we study racial inequality, we tend to consider factors that affect people while they are awake. Differential access to safe neighborhoods with good schools, decent jobs and unbalanced treatment by police and the courts surely have much to do with the stubborn disparities in wealth and well-being among blacks and whites, in particular. Yet it may be just as important to consider what happens when we’re asleep. Race shapes our sleep, a relationship that has surprising roots deep in our national past. African Americans suffer from a “sleep gap”: Fewer black people are able to sleep for the recommended
The Obamas have been taking a much-deserved break from politics since moving out of the White House. But next week, it´s back to reality. President Barack Obama will be in Chicago on Monday to discuss community organization and civic engagement. As we all know, the Obamas have impeccable taste in food, so it wouldn´t be surprising to see the former president surveying the Chicago dining scene when he returns stateside. Will he visit the renowned Alinea? Or return to an old Obama favorite, Spiaggia? Last September, my husband and I had a chance run-in with Barack and Michelle, who were in New York City for their last visit as
A review of Donald Trump´s business career would lead one to say that he has always over-promised and under-delivered. Whether his long list of bankruptcies in the ever-profitable casino business, the failures of his "university,´ steak, vodka or clothing lines, there has been a history of putting himself first, while ignoring the needs of his constituents. We may be seeing that play out in his approach to government, as well. As in business, Trump has a constituency of one … himself … just ask his stock and bond investors, his suppliers, contractors, laborers, or even his customers. Unlike Trump, they rarely,
American Airlines suspended a flight attendant after an altercation on Friday in which the attendant took a stroller from a woman traveling with two young children and then argued with other passengers. The episode was captured, in part, on video. The encounter, at San Francisco International Airport, occurred while the woman was boarding a Texas-bound flight. The attendant, whose name was not released by the airline, grabbed the stroller from the woman, who was carrying 15-month-old twins, a passenger who was nearby said.
Outraged Muslims are reportedly planning a May 1 demonstration at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company is under fire after several Muslim security guards demanded time and space to pray five times a day, while on the job. The guards contend in a lawsuit filed this week that the subcontractor who employs them does not appropriately accommodate their faith and retaliates against those who speak out. The Service Employees International Union and the guards allege that Amazon grants high-earning tech workers conference rooms to pray in, but they do not provide the same accommodation for contracted security officers
WASHINGTON — The day before he upended the 2016 election, James B. Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, summoned agents and lawyers to his conference room. They had been debating all day, and it was time for a decision. Mr. Comey’s plan was to tell Congress that the F.B.I. had received new evidence and was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton, the presidential front-runner. The move would violate the policies of an agency that does not reveal its investigations or do anything that may influence an election. But Mr. Comey had declared the case closed, and he believed
Fox News may have sent former CEO Roger Ailes packing in July of last year, but that has not slowed down the female employees at the network who have come forward alleging that they were sexually harassed by the disgraced executive. Another woman´s name was added to that list on Sunday, when CNN host Alisyn Camerota decided to break her silence and speak out, claiming that she too was one of Ailes´ victims. ´Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me,´ Camerota announced during an appearance in ´Reliable Sources.´ Camerota, 50, worked at Fox News for 16 years before moving over