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Shady Deal Showered Top Blue Dog With Cash

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Shady Deal Showered Top Blue Dog With Cash
Rep. Mike Ross has been one of the leading opponents of health care reform in Congress. Guess who coincidentally sold property to a pharmacy chain for hundreds of thousands more than it was worth? Ka-ching!  —PS ProPublica: “You can buy half the town for $420,000,” said Adam Guthrie, chairman of the county Board of Equalization and the only licensed real estate appraiser in Prescott. But the $420,000 was just the beginning of what Ross and his pharmacist wife, Holly, made from the sale of Holly’s Health Mart. The owner of USA Drug, Stephen L. LaFrance Sr., also paid the Rosses $500,000 to $1 million for the pharmacy’s assets and paid Holly Ross another $100,001 to $250,000 for signing a non-compete agreement. Those numbers, which Ross listed on the financial disclosure reports he files as a member of Congress, bring the total value of the transaction to between $1 million and $1.67 million. And that’s not counting the $2,300 campaign contribution Ross received from LaFrance two weeks after the sale closed. Read more Click here to see Rep. Ross’ response (beneath the photograph on the ProPublica page). READ THE WHOLE ITEM

Rep. Mike Ross has been one of the leading opponents of health care reform in Congress. Guess who coincidentally sold property to a pharmacy chain for hundreds of thousands more than it was worth? Ka-ching!? PS

ProPublica:

“You can buy half the town for $420,000,” said Adam Guthrie, chairman of the county Board of Equalization and the only licensed real estate appraiser in Prescott.

But the $420,000 was just the beginning of what Ross and his pharmacist wife, Holly, made from the sale of Holly’s Health Mart. The owner of USA Drug, Stephen L. LaFrance Sr., also paid the Rosses $500,000 to $1 million for the pharmacy’s assets and paid Holly Ross another $100,001 to $250,000 for signing a non-compete agreement. Those numbers, which Ross listed on the financial disclosure reports he files as a member of Congress, bring the total value of the transaction to between $1 million and $1.67 million.

And that’s not counting the $2,300 campaign contribution Ross received from LaFrance two weeks after the sale closed.

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Click here to see Rep. Ross’ response (beneath the photograph on the ProPublica page).

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Forget Religion, Settlers See a Bargain
Roughly 2.4 percent of the Israeli population has managed to hijack the peace process by moving into settlements in Palestinian territory. So what drives these people? It may have less to do with religion and more to do with the low cost of living on occupied land. Consider Shelly Allon, an art therapist who found a steal beyond the 1967 borders.  —PS Christian Science Monitor: She and her husband, Jeff, an artist, had lived together in Israel for many years before returning to the US to live in Philadelphia for 11 years. They returned to Jerusalem a year ago and discovered that an affordable home there to house them and most of their eight children – the youngest is 7 and the oldest, 22, is a student at the University of Pennsylvania – proved impossible. So they took the leap, buying a five-bedroom, multistory house for $210,000 – a quarter of the cost of an equivalent apartment in Jerusalem. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

Roughly 2.4 percent of the Israeli population has managed to hijack the peace process by moving into settlements in Palestinian territory. So what drives these people? It may have less to do with religion and more to do with the low cost of living on occupied land.

Consider Shelly Allon, an art therapist who found a steal beyond the 1967 borders.? —PS

Christian Science Monitor:

She and her husband, Jeff, an artist, had lived together in Israel for many years before returning to the US to live in Philadelphia for 11 years. They returned to Jerusalem a year ago and discovered that an affordable home there to house them and most of their eight children – the youngest is 7 and the oldest, 22, is a student at the University of Pennsylvania – proved impossible.

So they took the leap, buying a five-bedroom, multistory house for $210,000 – a quarter of the cost of an equivalent apartment in Jerusalem.

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Cameron Sinclair: Following Palin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Cameron Sinclair: Following Palin
I’m not really great writing about politics but found myself in an odd situation of keynoting the same event as Sarah Palin in Hong Kong….

Michelle Pilecki: G-20 Diary: Exercising or Exorcising Rights?
The G-20 summit meeting is a mere 36 hours, but the legislative and court battles over free speech and protest issues have been going on for months, intensifying in the past week as more people come into town.

Census Bureau Uses Spanish-Language Soap Opera to Reach Hispanics
Ms. Beltrán, a character in the popular Spanish-language soap opera “Más Sabe el Diablo,” “The Devil Knows Best,” represents only one element of the government’s…

Carl J. Schramm: Join the Entrepreneurs’ Movement That Launches Today: A “Cause” for our Economy
While Americans understand that entrepreneurs are critical to economic growth, our national dialogue doesn’t include comprehensive discussion of policies that promote private sector, job-creating reform.


Fox News’ left-wing conspiracy chart fetish

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Fox News’ left-wing conspiracy chart fetish

Glenn Beck unveiled yet another liberal conspiracy chart during the September 21 edition of his Fox News program, purporting to connect George Soros, the Tides Foundation, Health Care for America Now, the Apollo Alliance, ACORN, and SEIU. In light of Beck’s growing obsession with conspiracy charts, Media Matters for America has rounded up highlights of Fox News’ liberal conspiracy charts.

From the September 21 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

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From the September 18 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

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From the August 25 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

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From the July 13 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

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From the July 6 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

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From the June 29 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

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From the March 9 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:

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From the April 23, 2007, edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:

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As Democrats Reclaimed Power, Nemazee Was Key Fundraiser

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:41 am by HL

As Democrats Reclaimed Power, Nemazee Was Key Fundraiser
Hassan Nemazee, the financier charged yesterday with running a $274 million Ponzi scheme, was a key fundraiser for John Kerry in 2004, for Senate Democrats in 2006, and for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008.

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Flashback: Alleged Fraudster Was Wheeled Out To Defend Hillary Camp After Discovery Of Different Fraudster
Faced with revelations about the criminal past of top fundraiser Norman Hsu, the Hillary primary campaign wheeled out none other than alleged fraudster Hassan Nemazee to talk to the press.


Junior Bush — The GOP’s Invisible Man

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Junior Bush — The GOP’s Invisible Man


Are You Sure That Slaves Didn’t Pick the Produce That Fills Your Fridge?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Are You Sure That Slaves Didn’t Pick the Produce That Fills Your Fridge?

If you think buying organic, locally-raised food from the farmers' market means that the workers who harvested your food were treated fairly, it’s not necessarily a given.

Rep. Mike Ross, Opponent of Public Option, Raises Eyebrows With Healthy Haul From Pharmacy Chain

One-fifth of his constituents have no health insurance, and more than half want a public option, but Blue Dog Mike Ross has held fast against it. Could a sweetheart deal be why?

Is Darwin Film "Creation" Too Controversial for American Audiences?

Only 39 percent of Americans believe in evolution. How long can we protect our mythologies?

Why President Obama Can’t Let Himself Be Blackmailed by His Generals

Obama's war zone commanders are trying to box in his options and have him send thousands more troops to Afghanistan. Here's why he shouldn't give in to the pressure.


Method in Madness

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Method in Madness
I’ve been wondering whether there’s any rationality at all to Republican strategy now. Sometimes the leadership, if that’s the right word, embrace the spasms of their farthest-gone crazies, as when Chuck Grassley endorses Glenn Beck, the militias tote guns to…


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Coming To Grips With Columbine
When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people in Columbine, Colorado, the American psyche received the sort of blunt trauma that psychologists love to learn from. Except: nobody was looking. The focus, instead, was on the parents that…


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Rep. Steve King: The ?best vote? I ever cast in Congress was opposing Katrina relief.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Rep. Steve King: The ?best vote? I ever cast in Congress was opposing Katrina relief.
In a new interview with The Hill, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) reveals his proudest moment as a lawmaker: THE HILL: What vote would you like to redo? KING: I don’t really go back and re-live that sort of thing. Some of the big votes that I’ve thought about, some of the jury’s still out. And […]

Rep. Steve King In a new interview with The Hill, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) reveals his proudest moment as a lawmaker:

THE HILL: What vote would you like to redo?

KING: I don’t really go back and re-live that sort of thing. Some of the big votes that I’ve thought about, some of the jury’s still out. And at this point, maybe I’d answer that question another way, probably the singular vote that stands out that went against the grain, and it turns out to be the best vote that I cast, was my “no” vote to the $51.5 billion to [Hurricane] Katrina. That probably was my best vote. But as far as doing something different again, I don’t know.

King was one of just 11 members of Congress to vote against the $52 billion aid package. (It passed unanimously in the Senate.) Media Matters Action Network’s Matt Finkelstein writes, “Katrina killed 1,464 in Louisiana alone and uprooted the lives of countless others all over the gulf region. Yet, King says this was his ‘best’ moment in Congress. Not fighting for ‘conservative principles’ like smaller government, lower taxes, or a strong national defense — no, he’s most proud of opposing relief for victims of a catastrophe.”


Daily Dose: Live Blogging the Senate Finance Markup

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Daily Dose: Live Blogging the Senate Finance Markup
4:49 p.m. | Markup Heats Up Things got a bit heated just now in the hearing room, generated from an unlikely source: the by-the-numbers, just-the-facts-ma’am director of the Congressional Budget Office, Doug Elmendorf. Asked by Olympia Snowe how many people the CBO was estimating would pay a pena…

Biden Says Tighter Regulation of Insurance Industry Is Critical to Health Reform
Vice President Biden added his voice Tuesday to the administration’s efforts to reform health care, telling a meeting of state insurance commissioners that tighter regulation of the industry is needed to protect consumers and slow the spiraling cost of medical coverage.

Visit by Top Burmese Official Signals Softening of U.S. Policy
For the first time in nine years, the United States allowed Burma’s foreign minister to come to Washington, a sign of softening U.S. policy toward the military junta that has run that Asian nation for nearly five decades.

Federal Ban on Flavored Cigarettes Takes Effect
Federal officials said Tuesday that they hope a new ban against cigarettes flavored to taste like sweet foods will cut down on the number of children and young adults who pick up the smoking habit.


Big Deficits in Baucus Health Care Plan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 23rd, 2009 4:30 am by HL

Big Deficits in Baucus Health Care Plan
Robert Robb, Arizona Republic

Congress Needs ‘Boss Obama’
Gloria Borger, CNN

A D.C. Whodunit: Who Leaked and Why?
Ben Smith, Politico