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Stuff Gets in the Way
Washington Post, by Michelle Singletary

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Posted By:FlyRight, 2/21/2013 6:28:58 AM

Why would a couple risk so much — respect and even their freedom — for furs, furniture and a fedora? This was the question that came to my mind when I read the federal charges against Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the former congressman from Illinois. He’s charged with conspiracy, making false statements and mail and wire fraud. In all, he’s accused of misusing about $750,000 in private campaign funds. Jackson’s wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, who resigned her seat on the Chicago City Council, reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 2/21/2013 6:35:45 AM     (No. 9188280)

Presumed privilege.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: toodles3956, 2/21/2013 6:38:06 AM     (No. 9188285)

He´s black, he´s entitled.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/21/2013 6:54:15 AM     (No. 9188311)

I´m not able to access the article. Did someone pull it?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: vwlarry, 2/21/2013 6:55:56 AM     (No. 9188314)

Ghetto mentality. Simple as that.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tc1969, 2/21/2013 7:00:15 AM     (No. 9188320)

Is this a surprise to anyone? He is/was about as sharp as a marble, with the intellect and conscience of a fruit fly.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: HerbVA, 2/21/2013 7:05:06 AM     (No. 9188325)

How is the welfare queen in the White House different?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: susieq1, 2/21/2013 7:07:24 AM     (No. 9188329)

link does not work please correct

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JAN, 2/21/2013 7:10:10 AM     (No. 9188334)

What they misappropriated was chump change compared to the rest of the slimy creatures in O´s circle of friends.

Why, just look at Corzine. Over one billion dollars gone......poof! He´s guilty as sin, free as a bird.

Why would the Jackson´s think they would be singled out for punishment.

Like Blago, there is a lot more going on here.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cartcart, 2/21/2013 7:22:05 AM     (No. 9188355)

He is a disgrace to the family name. His father is a preacher and shake-down grifter that sired a child out of wedlock and Junior is an under-achiever in this circle. I am beginning to think there is a dishonesty flaw in the entire family.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bevan, 2/21/2013 7:23:56 AM     (No. 9188358)

Its the culture, stupid!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/21/2013 7:24:44 AM     (No. 9188361)

There is an easy answer. He watched his daddy get away with all kinds of thievery, without penalty, including personal expenditures from foundation money, paying off an employee that the rev knocked up, and junior thought he could do the same.
But trying to buy the senate seat got his people caught up on the telephone taps on Blago (which were shut off quickly when the kenyan klown´s operatives showed up) and federal attorneys had no choice but to investigate the congressman.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/21/2013 7:43:35 AM     (No. 9188395)

Link does not work - but the question in the header is worth examining.

The writer´s moral confusion is apparent in the question itself, which, instead of dealing with right and wrong or even obedience to law and order, proceeds directly to a risk-benefit analysis. Not "Why did they do something that was wrong, i.e. misappropriate campaign funds for personal use," but "why did they not give more consideration to the consequences if they were caught?"

The latter question might be asked of anyone who commits a criminal act. The answer, in most if not all cases, is self-evident: the criminal does not expect to be caught. Precautions of various kinds are inevitably taken to escape apprehension.

In the case of a Federally and politically and journalistically protected personage like Junior Jackson, of course, an additional consideration undoubtedly applied. Jackson and his wife surely figured that even if their illegal use of funds was noticed, no really severe consequences would befall them because of who they were.

Thus it is no mystery why they thought they could get away with it. It is a mark of the columnist´s naivete that such a question would arise. The more important question is, why were their ethical and moral values such that they would engage in such behavior in the first place - even if they could be quite certain they would not be caught or suffer consequences if they were?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 2/21/2013 7:48:43 AM     (No. 9188401)

"Revenge"!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 2/21/2013 7:59:47 AM     (No. 9188430)

If you are going to pretend to be wealthy, it is important to know that a platinum Rolex is easily identified by those "who know" as an expensive piece of jewelry. I am fascinated by the gold-plated Rolex. It truly is a case of gilding the lily.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 2/21/2013 8:01:27 AM     (No. 9188432)

A liberal owning a fur coat? Does PETA know?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: artman1746, 2/21/2013 8:02:02 AM     (No. 9188436)

Because he watched his daddy do it since he was a little tyke!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Srhea, 2/21/2013 8:02:40 AM     (No. 9188438)

The Post ends their article asking why we should not have compassion for the Jackson´s. Don´t we have the same faults and problems as the Jackson´s in our spending? they ask. As if to condone their actions.
The Post still trying to cover for their ilk.
We have problems with credit cards and mortgage and car payments. But we don´t break the law doing it.
So Ms. Singletary, don´t try to bring the rest of us down to their level. Just report the facts and forgive us the moral story. That is why we go to church.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Felixcat, 2/21/2013 8:06:01 AM     (No. 9188445)

FTA: Why would a couple risk so much — respect and even their freedom — for furs, furniture and a fedora?

Obviously Mr and Mrs Jackson Jr. never asked themselves this while they were ripping off their campaign contributors probably becuase they didn´t see it as thievery.

And I´m tired of the whine from the MSM about these events being a tragedy. This was no tragedy that they had no control over - they did it to themselves. Screw ´em.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: freightdog, 2/21/2013 8:08:51 AM     (No. 9188451)

Most likely an imperious, entitled mindset prevailed.
Quite likely, Jessie Jr has never had a real job in his whole life.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 2/21/2013 8:16:59 AM     (No. 9188462)

The man has lived 50 years being told "you´re owed" by his agitator father and other "community organizers." What else do you expect?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: NYBruin, 2/21/2013 8:18:53 AM     (No. 9188465)

Where in the world would you even BUY a fur cape??

Never mind WHY. . .

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Kanzan, 2/21/2013 8:29:20 AM     (No. 9188477)

The money Corzine stole (keeping a nice % for himself) went to paying for early Obama campaign ads. To this day, not a dime has been repaid. And Corzine is living the good life. This is the signal event that convinced me that the country is likely done for.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: civilservant, 2/21/2013 8:33:02 AM     (No. 9188484)

´S not stuff, yo.
It be BLING.
Whitey don´ unnerstan, it be an urban thang.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: AltaD, 2/21/2013 8:43:27 AM     (No. 9188505)

JJ Jr. and Sandi lived like most of the other black people in their district, it´s all for show. My in-laws lived in a very poor and mostly African American suburb in the 2nd Congressional District. The houses in their town were tiny, cheap and rundown but the cars the driveways were big, flashy and expensive. On Sundays we´d see their neighbors coming home from church and based on the way they dressed you´d think they lived on the Gold Coast and not the one of the poorest southern suburbs. Living within your means appeared to be a foreign concept in that town.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: avidyananda, 2/21/2013 8:47:34 AM     (No. 9188510)

"...judged by the content of his character"? Still want to hold to that idea Jackson (senior and junior) admirers?

Anyway, content of character is the answer to the question posed at the top of the article.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 2/21/2013 8:52:44 AM     (No. 9188520)

Great responses all, and excellent analysis by the esteemed #12.

But I can summarize #12 in three words:
No moral center.

Perhaps just ´no morals´ would suffice. Despite his heritage, or quite likely BECAUSE of it, he may truly not know right from wrong.

I´m beginning to wonder if all liberals hear ´right´ and don´t connect it to its opposite of ´wrong´ or something morally desired and achieved, but rather equate it to ´entitlement´ or perhaps even ´evil Republicans´.... ??? Could they be that far gone?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Arby, 2/21/2013 8:54:23 AM     (No. 9188525)

With his father successfully extorting money from companies for years, he didn´t think that the laws applied to their family.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: jglas, 2/21/2013 9:02:48 AM     (No. 9188544)

Absence of ethics and morals.and the presence of faux ethics like current day blacks are owed something because of the slavery their ancestors endured.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: olcap, 2/21/2013 9:04:12 AM     (No. 9188550)

A mixture of unadulterated greed, contempt for the laws of this country, and a feeling of superiority (being above the laws that others must obey.)

The same symptoms that WAY too many crumbs in Washington are "victims" of.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Judith, 2/21/2013 9:05:15 AM     (No. 9188552)

Because democrat politicians consider everyone else´s money, theirs?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: shurnuff, 2/21/2013 9:29:49 AM     (No. 9188599)

I´d be willing to bet it´s NOT all about "stuff." There´s probably a tidy sum stashed away somewhere so they can live comfortably for the rest of their lives after getting out of this little scuff-up.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 2/21/2013 9:33:50 AM     (No. 9188603)

I learned a long time ago that common sense, brains & class have nothing to do with what kind of "bling" you
wear. I knew a highly successful lawyer who bought his watches at Walmart, because he was always losing them. I know another woman who with her husband own a very successful business. She shops at thrift stores for clothes & household items - but they pay cash for cars & bought a huge house & land with CASH. She says they do not like to make payments to credit card or mortgage companies. I suspect that JJ Jr. doesn´t think about anything but instant gratification - a sign of a small mind.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 2/21/2013 10:02:26 AM     (No. 9188673)

No mention that he´s a democrat. Crap piece designed to minimize the crimes committed and blame "stuff" for his demise.

Writer is a typical WaPo/democrat con artist. We see right through you, honey.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: MattO, 2/21/2013 10:19:46 AM     (No. 9188713)

Agree 100% with poster #34. I sure her piece on poor Bernie Madoff will be forthcoming (when a certain eternal location freezes over)

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Reply 35 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/21/2013 10:22:20 AM     (No. 9188717)

#2 - (D) as well

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Reply 36 - Posted by: msjena, 2/21/2013 10:23:40 AM     (No. 9188723)

Why should anyone feel sorry for them? JJJ lived a life of privilege. He attended the same private school in DC that algore attended--St. Albans. JJSr had plenty of money from his shakedowns and Operation Push donations. Maybe he taught Jr. how to skim a little for himself. The only time JJJ has been in the ghetto is when he has been trolling for votes. Why did they do it? Because they could.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Butch59, 2/21/2013 11:03:34 AM     (No. 9188809)

I just wonder if a $43,000 watch tells more accurate time that a $9.95 Timex? All watches in today´s world are battery driven electronic, so I ask my question.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: legalart, 2/21/2013 11:25:44 AM     (No. 9188857)

"Why" is a bit of dumb question - it´s called greed. So simple. So much a part of human nature. So great a drive in the lives of politicians.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: GrandLarsenE, 2/21/2013 11:38:57 AM     (No. 9188886)

Judging from the list of things he bought, it looks like he wanted to dress like a pimp.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: larryp, 2/21/2013 11:55:46 AM     (No. 9188921)

He or they will get a pardon or a commutation from the Obamster.Count on it.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Aegedius, 2/21/2013 12:01:23 PM     (No. 9188935)

Why? Because anyone stupid enough to contribute to JJJ deserves to be ripped off.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Caveman, 2/21/2013 2:08:35 PM     (No. 9189239)

Agree with #43.

If the named sum total was $700,000.00, you can bet you last dollar it was at least 10 times that amount. Maybe he can run a big bank when he get his sentence reduced at the next hearing.
You know, steal $2 Billion, pay $10,000.00 fine.


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Reply 43 - Posted by: Echohawk, 2/21/2013 3:12:57 PM     (No. 9189390)

"We´re going to take the only thing Chicago cares about--its money."
Tom Hanks as Mike Sullivan in "The Road to Perdition."
This was Three J´s mistake. Those campaign donations were supposed to be spent on bribes--to voters, to judges, to union goons, to aldermans, to election committees. He was supposed to buy bumper stickers and yard signs from union print shops. He was supposed to spread the wealth around.
Instead, he bought bling and Michael Jackson memorabilia.
The Chicago machine could not look away--not this time.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: jorgecito, 2/21/2013 4:07:21 PM     (No. 9189490)

The writer is confused about her objective with this piece. She pretends "not to make excuses" for this criminal couple -- then, she proceeds to insinuate excuses.

And what a weird little sermonette Ms Singletary delivers at the end of this embarrassing piece:
"Before you pass judgment on the Jacksons, think about the mess you might have made of your finances..."

Dear Ms. Singletary, many of us in America have not made a "mess" of our finances. We live within our means --while we pay through the nose for legions of liars and chiselers, and their enablers ... like you.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: jond, 2/21/2013 4:39:53 PM     (No. 9189523)

Willie Brown has a fedora.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: LadyVet, 2/21/2013 5:06:16 PM     (No. 9189561)

If 3J only made off with $750,000, he is a virtual paragon of virtue compared to his old man, John Corzine, Billy Jeff and his bride Hildabeast, and the current residents of The White House.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: sw penn, 2/21/2013 5:34:17 PM     (No. 9189605)

What happens
when your church
teaches social justice
instead of
social service?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: JustCause, 2/21/2013 8:20:16 PM     (No. 9189828)

They believe their own propaganda when whites write on their faces that they are Unfair (or whatever).

How stupid do you have to be to allow someone to write on your face, and then allow them to film it.

Those people are using carbon credits that could be put to better use. Like AlGore´s jet.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Italiano, 2/21/2013 8:40:31 PM     (No. 9189845)

None dare call them Reparations, in this and in many other contexts. Follow the money. Entitlement, retribution, however you want to define it. Obama´s America.

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American Thinker, by Sally Zelikovsky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/4/2014 6:48:31 AM     Post Reply
Imagine going to work one day only to be, in effect, fired -- not because of anything you did or didn’t do at your job, but because of something you did in your personal life. Something religious. Or maybe, something political.(snip)That’s exactly what happened to Brendan Eich, a highly-respected tech guru in Silicon Valley and co-founder of Mozilla Corporation, after he was appointed CEO in late March. In less than a week, he was forced out of this position for no reason other than that he had a made a $1000 contribution to the Prop 8 initiative in 2008. His

CEO of Firefox maker Mozilla steps down
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USA Today, by Brett Molina    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/3/2014 4:06:40 PM     Post Reply
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich will step down following uproar over his apparent opposition to gay marriage. In a statement released Thursday, Mozilla -- which makes the Firefox Web browser -- apologized for not reacting more quickly to the controversy surrounding Eich, who made a 2008 donation supporting California´s plan on gay marriage, The Guardian reports. "We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it´s because we haven´t stayed true to ourselves," said Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a statement. Last week, Eich attempted to dispel fears on whether he would support equality as the head

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered
in North Carolina’s 2012 Election

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/2/2014 7:17:55 PM     Post Reply
The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud. 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election. 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election. 155,692 voters

Ex-CIA boss Morell gives unorthodox
reasons for omitting key Benghazi details

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Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 10:03:11 PM     Post Reply
In his opening statement during highly anticipated testimony Wednesday on Benghazi, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell claimed to be an intelligence professional who was willing to lay out the facts -- no matter how damaging. "I take very seriously the allegations about how the CIA in general and about how I in particular handled the analysis and the talking points," Morell told the House Intelligence Committee, in his first public testimony on the Benghazi attacks. "The ethical code under which intelligence officers carry out their responsibilities calls for total objectivity." But Morell´s own testimony would appear to undercut that

Sources on ground during
Benghazi attack slam ex-CIA
boss Morell’s testimony

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Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/2/2014 9:19:40 PM     Post Reply
Sources on the ground in Benghazi during the 2012 terror attack are pushing back hard on former CIA acting director Mike Morell´s testimony on Capitol Hill, where he defended his role in shaping the administration´s narrative and claimed politics were not involved. As part of Morell´s testimony on Wednesday, the former acting and deputy CIA director acknowledged that he overruled the guidance of the top CIA officer in Libya at the time. That official told Morell the attack was not an "escalation of protests," but Morell said he had to weigh that against analysts who concluded the opposite. He ultimately went

North Carolina drivers to
be charged by the mile?

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WTVD-TV [Raleigh-Durham, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/3/2014 6:40:07 AM     Post Reply
Big changes could be just down the road for North Carolina drivers. A proposal is in the works that would change the state tax system to charge drivers by the mile, instead of at the gas pump.The proposal would be to charge a half cent per mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue. A driver who travelled 15,000 miles in a year would pay about $75. "Basically you pay per the mile. It´s treating transportation as a utility, much like your water and sewer," said Larry Goode, with the Institute of Transportation Research and
Source corrected by Staff

David Letterman makes big announcement
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CBS News, by Lauren Moraski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/3/2014 5:00:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s the end of an era: David Letterman announced Thursday that he´s retiring from CBS´ "Late Show" sometime next year. He made that announcement during the taping of his program this afternoon. The late-night talk show host, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, made his debut on the "Late Show" on Aug. 30, 1993. Letterman got his television start in 1978 on the CBS variety series "Mary," starring Mary Tyler Moore. Months later, he paid his first visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- marking the first of 22 appearances. He also guest-hosted "Tonight" numerous times.

Dem Rep.: ‘Members of Congress
Are Underpaid,’ Can’t Afford
to ‘Live Decently’

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 7:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Do you think members of Congress are overpaid or underpaid? Most likely you’d go with the former, but Democratic congressman Jim Moran argues it’s actually the latter. In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Moran says, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.” The House recently took up a bill to freeze members’ paychecks, placing another halt on the annual cost-of-living pay increases they would normally get and keeping annual salary at $174,000. Moran believes that this is the wrong way to go, not necessarily talking about himself in particular, but saying there

The GOP faithful should
give Jeb Bush a hearing

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Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
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The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. A candidacy by Florida’s former governor would be desirable. But if Republicans want to avoid intra-party carnage, they should be very careful about doing what The Post recently reported: “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft

Sarah Palin Continues to Discredit Herself
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Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/2/2014 2:45:34 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin continues to act in ways that confirm some of the more negative things said about her. For example, she’s taken to Facebook to attack the most recent budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.(Snip)Whatever differences Ms. Palin may have with the Ryan plan–and perhaps she’ll take the time to offer an actual critique of if rather than a Facebook entry with lots of upper case words–it’s hardly a joke. But what might elicit a roll of the eyes is comparing Ms. Palin’s views now versus what they were nearly four years ago. Consider this: On December

Harry Reid on Koch Brothers:
‘Shadow Billionaires’ Spending
to ‘Rig Our Political System’

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Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 6:02:21 PM     Post Reply
At a press conference to push legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized industrialists David and Charles Koch, calling them “shadow billionaires” who use their wealth to “rig our political system.” Reid’s sharp comments come on a day when the Wall Street Journal published a commentary written by Charles Koch, in which he described the brothers’ decision to get involved in politics to preserve the individual freedom and free markets that he said are the pillars of the American republic. “These two men are a pair of shadow billionaires spending


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