All he’s missing is a tin can to kick down the street. Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was photographed looking dressed down as he shuffled his feet on the sidewalks of East Hampton, L.I., on Sunday. The 65-year-old millionaire had his hands in his jeans pockets and wore a Colorado Rockies baseball cap during his visit to the tony town. He’s kept a rather low profile since his $40 billion brokerage firm, MF Global, went bust in October 2011. Corzine took the job as CEO after losing a re-election bid for governor in 2009.
He looks a good bit like Bernie Madoff in that photo, the difference being that Corzine seems to have friends in higher places. No need to look glum! Flip through that $1.2 billion and laugh; maybe grease a palm or two.
Actually, in that photo, Corzine looks like he`s heading out to Starbucks for a $15/cup of double foam, frappe` style, extra cream candy maldonado coffee with chocolate swirls and extra whipped cream.....
NEWARK — Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan are waiting to find out tonight which of them will become New Jersey´s newest U.S. senator. The Star-Ledger´s political team will provide updates from Booker and Lonegan´s election night headquarters below. 9:07 p.m. A CONSERVATIVE CROWD -The man in the tricorne hat is here. So is the teenager who has Lonegan T-shirts stored up from previous events, and the history teacher who leads his local tea party chapter. Wherever Steve Lonegan goes, a core group of staunch supporters follows. Some go way back, from Lonegan´s days as Bogota mayor. Some of them
WASHINGTON — House Republicans greeted House Speaker John Boehner with a standing ovation and a cascade of compliments when he opened a meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon — even as he laid the groundwork for final approval of a fiscal deal that most of his GOP members vehemently opposed. “He fought valiantly,” said Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla. There’s no question that Boehner went to the mat in a fight first picked by conservatives in his conference. But the West Chester Republican emerged from the brawl looking pretty roughed up. He embraced a hard-line strategy — one
WASHINGTON- Don´t feel too reassured: The congressional leaders who managed to strike a deal Wednesday apparently avoided a disastrous default but still live in the District of Dysfunction. The compromise outlined by Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell at midday doesn´t resolve the issues that prompted a 16-day government shutdown and threatened the first-ever national default. It simply pushes the deadlines over them into the next few months. That said, some of those involved in this cliffhanger episode over the past month emerge strengthened and others weakened as they move to more battles over managing the government´s finances and
The Obamacare exchange website does more than merely register you for an insurance program. According to a report from the MacIver Institute, once you complete the process, you are then immediately asked to register to vote – a propagandistic strategy designed to make government beneficiaries into lifetime Democratic voters. Linking voter registration with benefitting from government services has long been an agenda item for Democrats, who were the sponsors behind the so-called Motor Voter Act, designed to allow people to register to vote when registering for a driver’s license – a process that poses serious voter fraud risks
While the Senate was scrambling to hammer out its budget deal, President Obama was tending to other business on Wednesday -- meeting with the recently crowned Miss America. Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to have won the coveted beauty pageant, met with the president Wednesday when she visited the White House. "Had the pleasure of having a conversation with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office today!" Davuluri tweeted after meeting Obama. Sixty-four-year-old record-breaking endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was also spotted entering the West Wing on Wednesday. According to a tweet from White House AP reporter Josh Lederman,
NEW YORK-Who rules the streets? Some are beginning to wonder after a rash of incidents in the city organized by flash mobs. You can find all types of vehicles making their way around Manhattan. Last weekend, more than a thousand skate boarders cruised city streets in the annual Broadway Bomb. Hundreds of bikers could be seen in the road rage video that went viral a few weeks ago. Security expert Jonathan Gilliam told Fox 5 it is creating a safety hazard. Police say they´ve taken action to stop the rush of bikers and boarders that show up once the call
Democrats love to complain about the economic damage caused by both the 2011 and 2013 debt limit fights. But a quick look at recent history shows they only have themselves to blame. To understand why, turn back the clocks to December 2010, when Democrats still controlled the House and Senate Republicans were busy caving to Obama on everything from the New START nuclear agreement with Russia to ending the military´s "Don´t Ask, Don´t Tell" policy. Some on the left, including Brian Beutler who was then with Talking Points Memo, worried that the new Republican majority in the House would demand
The White House welcomed a Senate deal Wednesday to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, saying the pact would “remove the threat of economic brinkmanship” if approved. White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama fully supported the Senate proposal, expected to receive a vote later Wednesday. It is unclear how the House will move forward on the legislation. Carney said Obama “applauds” lawmakers for “working together to forge this compromise.” He added that the president “encourages Congress to act swiftly” to pass the deal. Asked if the White House was confident that the GOP-controlled House
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has allowed an employee to go ahead with the publication of his book about the agency´s failed “Fast and Furious” gun-walking campaign. According to The Associated Press, John Dodson would be able to publish the book with a few parts redacted. Dodson initially alerted congressional investigators to the campaign, which started in 2009. The report said it is unclear if Dodson would be able to receive compensation from the book, given the governmentwide ban on receiving pay for writing related to an employee´s official duties. That decision will be left up
It was the perfect end to a bizarre day of World Cup qualifying: the United States saved Mexico. The longtime rivals rarely do anything to help the other out, but on Tuesday there was no mistaking what took place. Mexico, which has struggled throughout the Concacaf qualifying tournament, was just minutes away from losing to Costa Rica, 2-1, and failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982. El Tri’s only hope was that the United States, which was losing to Panama at the time, would somehow rally for at least a tie. The United States
TRENTON, N.J.- New Jersey´s U.S. Senate race went to the voters Wednesday as both candidates characterized the race as a referendum on the partisan gridlock paralyzing Washington. Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan each cast a ballot early in the morning in the special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. The election is the first since the partial federal government shutdown began more than two weeks ago. "Whatever the outcome of this election, the nation will be watching New Jersey as a referendum on what´s going on in Washington, D.C.," Booker said
Wally Bell had been a member part of an officiating crew for the Major League Baseball playoffs last week. And there was a space for the veteran umpire as the crew for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series lined up Tuesday afternoon. But this time he wasn´t there. Bell died Monday at age 48 of an apparent heart attack in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. He was honored with a moment of silence before Tuesday´s Red Sox-Tigers game as the umpires lined up shoulder to shoulder, leaving a gap between the fifth and sixth members of the crew
A New York Times investigative article based on two dozen interviews with industry insiders and confidential Obama Administration documents reveals that the catastrophic $500 million Obamacare rollout "has deeply embarrassed the White House" and has the technology companies involved "publicly distancing themselves" from the Obamacare fiasco. "These are not glitches. The extent of the problems is pretty enormous," an insurance executive who participated in Obamacare conference calls told the Times. "At the end of our calls, people say, ´It´s awful, just awful.´" The Times says those closest to the three-and-a-half year-long building of Obamacare, like embattled Health and Human Services
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday admitted defeat in the fiscal debate that resulted in the government shutdown and pushed the nation toward a default, saying it was a "good fight." (Snip) But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us," he added. "In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts."
On CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday, Robert Redford said congressional criticism of President Barack Obama is racially motivated. “Don’t get me started on that,” the left-leaning actor said when asked about political gridlock in Washington, D.C. “What I wanted to see [in Obama´s second term] is turning out to be a bit of a dream that never came true. I don’t envy [Obama´s] position. I think he is a good man. I think he is an intelligent man, a compassionate man who can’t function in that environment. That environment — it is so decrepit. It is so paralyzed. And the worst
The American Indian leader spearheading the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins is not a legitimate member of the tribe he leads, according to a New York State Assemblywoman, but rather an Obama crony who is raking in casino money and paying back only small stipends to his tribe members. Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who is also the CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises, is not recognized in his position by the Grand Council of Chiefs governing the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Halbritter is not a legitimate member of the Oneida tribe, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney told The Daily
The US was scrambling to avert a potentially disastrous breach of its debt ceiling on Wednesday morning, after Republican attempts to table a deal collapsed in disarray overnight, leaving the prospects for a last-minute deal on a knife-edge. America´s divided political system now has just 24 hours to find a compromise to the budget stand-off between the White House and hardline Republicans, with the deadline to extend America´s borrowing limit falling due on Thursday. In a sign of plunging confidence in Washington on Wall Street, Fitch, a leading credit ratings agency announced that the US was now on a "negative watch"
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he hopes the House “will get some adult supervision from the Senate” to achieve a debt ceiling deal. (Snip)King said he would vote for that deal, and blames Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for this fiscal mess. “Ted Cruz has been a total fraud from the start,” King said. “It never could have succeeded. I can’t imagine going into battle knowing you can’t win and continue telling your people you are winning. It’s Never Never Land, parallel universes, whatever you want to call it.” Congress, King added, will be back in the same boat in three to four
It was bad enough when those teabagging Republican terrorists killed the First Lady’s Twitter account. Now they’ve taken her lovely garden hostage! Reuters: In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Herbs have gone to seed. And the sweet potatoes – a favorite of President Barack Obama – have become worm food. It’s another impact of the government shutdown, one that only the fox and the many squirrels that live on the White House grounds could love… “Due to the shutdown, garden maintenance has been reduced considerably and only being watered as needed,” a White House official confirmed, speaking
The widow of an 80-year-old man who was shot dead by police during a drug raid on their home is suing for $50 million. On the night of June 27th, Los Angeles County deputies raided the home of Eugene Mallory and Tonya Pate. Authorities claim they had probable cause to search the premises because they could smell chemicals used to make methamphetamine while standing outside the house. Police suspected Mallory of being involved in an illegal meth ring. Mallory was asleep in bed
"Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is required?" A record 60% of Americans now yearn for a third major party, according to Gallup. Independents, unsurprisingly, are most likely to favor a third party, but a majority of self-described Republicans say yes, too. But what do they mean by that "yes"? Obviously, they mean many different things. Some yearn for a third party representing the Michael Bloomberg center: fiscally conservative and socially liberal like the New York City mayor. But here´s
The Left loves to think of itself as compassionate, and — indeed — many of my more liberal friends are among the most caring people that I know. So why does the Left cling so tightly to timetables and systems that not only risk rendering legal compliance with Obamacare mandates impossible but also place many families at real risk? Today, during our daily ACLJ radio show, Jay Sekulow Live, we asked listeners to call and tell us about their experiences with the exchanges. Of course we heard stories of repeated failures and frustrations, but also truly distressing stories of families dropped
President Obama has embraced “Obamacare” as the de facto name of his signature health care initiative. But the commander-in-chief believes that if the law ends up being a wild success, the moniker will disappear. “My suspicion is what is going to happen is when it’s working and everybody is really happy with it, Republicans are going to stop calling it ‘Obamacare,’” the president said Tuesday in an interview with New York´s WABC TV station. Key parts of the law — formally known as the Affordable Care Act — went into effect at the beginning of the month, but the roll-out has been marked
Psst. Anic-Pay! Bloomberg‘s Megan McArdle (who has been on an incredible roll lately**) takes issue with the idea that the Obama administration needn’t panic about Obamacare, as long as it can get its glitch-plagued health care exchanges up and running by the end of the year. Wrong, she suggests. It’s time to panic. Now. Why? Because the exchanges are the way to sign up young, healthy people and prevent the fabled “death spiral,” in which only older, sicker people sign up for insurance, causing rates to rise and healthier people to drop out, causing rates to rise even more, etc.