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By Susan Duclos
Sharyl Attkisson was a CBS reporter, an Emmy award winner, that exposed the Obama administration lies on Fast and Furious' operation, ObamaCare, and the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, until she quit, after story after story was rejected by CBS News due to White House harassment and threats over her relentless pursuit of justice, and to hold the White House responsible for their conduct.
In the video below, Attkisson exposes the corruption of the mainstream media and the part the White House and politics in said corruption and calls it a "chilling effect" from the Obama administration on journalists.
The MSM is completely controlled by Washington, they are nothing more than puppets and any journalist with integrity that stands for what journalism used to stand for, meaning holding our politicians accountable and informing the general public of the truth, is forced out and/or gagged.
ATTKISSON: I didn’t run into that same kind of sentiment [at CBS] as I did in the Obama administration when I covered the Bush administration very aggressively, on its secrecy and lack of Freedom of Information responses, and its poor management of the Food and Drug Administration and the national laboratories, the Halliburton-Iraq questions of fraud. I mean, there was one thing after another. The bait-and-switch of TARP, the bank bailout program. All of those stories under Bush were met with a good reception. There were different managers as well, but no one accused me of being a mouthpiece for the liberals at that time.
Cross posted at Before It's News
95.7% of Crimeans Give The Finger To The White House Tyrant Paul Craig Roberts Update: The latest figures released are: 83.1% voter turnout, 96.77% vote to join the Russian Federation. In an unprecedented turnout unmatched by any Western election, Crimeans…
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- Removal of all Russian military forces from Ukraine's Crimean peninsula other than those operating in accordance with its 1997 agreement regarding its Black Sea Fleet stationed there.
- Deployment of independent monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Crimea and other areas of Ukraine.
- Suspension by NATO allies and European Union member states of military cooperation with Russia, including sales of military equipment.
- Boycott of the G8 summit in Sochi, Russia, by the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Britain and Japan.
The American government – like the Japanese and Canadian governments – are covering up the extent of the Fukushima crisis. Someone launched a White House petition saying: Tell the truth to the American people about radiation emitted by Fukushima Dai-Chi … Continue reading →
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said Friday he was not planning a constitutional challenge that would allow him to run for president in 2016.
"Appreciate all the comments, but no plans to lobby to change the constitution," Schwarzenegger tweeted Friday afternoon.
The Austrian-born actor-turned-politician was responding to a New York Post report that he might launch a legal challenge to the section of the Constitution barring foreign-born citizens from becoming commander in chief.
Schwarzenegger became a US citizen in 1983.
A two-thirds majority in the House and Senate must approve any amendment to the Constitution, but the Post reported Schwarzenegger might attempt another route.
“Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules,” a source told the Post.
The report notes in a 2010 appearance on “The Tonight Show,” host Jay Leno asked him if he’d run if the law was changed.
“Without any doubt,” Schwarzenegger said.
In 2003, he replaced former Gov. Gray Davis in a recall election, and served as governor of California until 2011.
He resigned from his seat that year, and has largely been absent from politics ever since. His ex-wife Maria Shriver divorced him after revelations surfaced about his extramarital affair. Shriver’s uncle was the late President John F. Kennedy.
For now, the actor is working on a new film with Sylvester Stallone called “Escape Plan.” The Hill
The Republican congressional leadership capitulated completely to White House demands for full funding of the federal budget at fiscal 2013 levels and a suspension of the debt limit through February 7.
In the October 16 votes, the House of Representatives voted 285-144, with 144 Republicans voting nay, and the Senate voted 81-18, with 18 Republicans voting nay. President Obama signed the bill into law shortly after midnight after the evening votes.
“We fought the good fight,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a press conference after the House Republican leadership capitulated. “We just didn’t win.” Boehner and his leadership team, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Ohio), shown in blue tie, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voted in favor of the bill that failed to make any cuts to federal spending and gave a blank check to the White House to rack up new debt.
The New York Times accurately summarized the bill in “The Republican Surrender,” a house editorial: "The health care reform law will not be defunded or delayed. No taxes will be cut, and the deal calls for no new cuts to federal spending or limits to social welfare programs.”
The bill funds federal government appropriations at fiscal 2013 levels through January 15, confirms that many federal employees have just finished a two-week paid vacation and suspends the national debt limit until February 7 in a provision of the bill called the Default Prevention Act of 2013. It would also require — in a sop thrown to Republicans — that President Obama verify that those qualifying for subsidies under ObamaCare are indeed qualified to receive those subsidies. The White House panned the provision as symbolic only, and stressed that it would in no way interfere with the funding or implementation of ObamaCare.
The bill also includes a variety of pork barrel projects, including a $174,000 gratuity to the widow of the recently deceased Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey (who was one of the wealthiest members of Congress, with an estimated personal wealth of more than $50 million) and more than $2.1 billion in new money for work on a dam on the Ohio River, which borders Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's state of Kentucky. (McConnell voted for the capitulation and is running for reelection next year.)
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), elected with Tea Party support in 2012, was among the majority of House Republicans opposing the bill, noting that the law “will increase our nation's debt limit by hundreds of billions of dollars while simultaneously refusing to make a single cut or reform to address our nation's spending problem.” He noted in a Facebook post, "The only sustainable way to avoid a debt crisis is to balance the federal budget." Massie was among the House Republicans who voted against the bill.
Only in America are the ones who want to balance the budget and make raising the national debt limit unnecessary labeled terrorists, and those who want to raise the national credit card limit to infinity deemed “reasonable.”
The debate over the budget and debt limit was symptomatic of the sickness that is infecting both American politicians and mainstream media:
• On the budget, the debate was largely about what was not in the spending bills (specifically, funding for ObamaCare), rather than what was in them.
• In the budget debate, the dysfunction in the system has now become the only function. It was once a sign of the failure of the appropriations process that an omnibus “continuing resolution” was needed to fund several of the regular 12 annual appropriations bills. President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) insisted that the budget be funded in a single bill, rather than through 12 different appropriations bills, as the rules of both houses of Congress require.
• Most of the budget is on autopilot; Congress does not vote to spend most of the budget any more. As a result, the vast majority of entitlements such as most of ObamaCare are automatically funded annually without a vote from Congress.
• The media and most politicians trumpeted only one option as a metaphysical necessity throughout the debate: They must raise the debt ceiling. Only a few Tea Party-supported congressmen ever discussed the alternative — balancing the budget — which would have made raising the debt ceiling unnecessary.
• The deadline over the debt limit extension seemed phony. Consider that the government shutdown, which stopped funding of 16-18 percent of the federal government during the first two weeks of October, matches almost exactly the projected deficit level for the same fiscal year. Why, if government spending was cut at the same level of the deficit, would the U.S. continue to accumulate debt? Why didn't the spending reductions, even if temporary, move the deadline needle at all?
Photo of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: AP Images
Further investigation into the IRS scandal involving draconian scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status reveals that there was significant collusion between the IRS and various government entities, including the FEC and the White House. Documents show that two IRS officials made over 100 visits to the White House during the period in which the tax agency was targeting conservative organizations.
IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram reportedly made 165 visits to the White House to meet with an Obama official who was exchanging confidential taxpayer information with the IRS. Ingram headed the IRS office that oversaw tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012.
Likewise, IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman visited the White House 157 times — more than any of the most trusted members of the president’s cabinet, including Kathleen Sebellius and Janet Napolitano. As noted by the Daily Caller, “By contrast, Shulman’s predecessor Mark Everson only visited the White House once during four years of service in the George W. Bush administration.”
The period of Shulman’s extensive access to the White House coincides with the time that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups.
Documents show that Ingram was never present during Shulman's meetings, and Shulman was never present during Ingram's appearances, but both IRS officials played significant roles in the scandal that has been the subject of investigation for several months. It involves the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS openly targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization status between 2010 and 2012. Those groups faced additional audits and scrutiny by the agency. The audits cost the organizations tens of thousands of dollars and thousands of employee hours, and ultimately delayed the groups from receiving tax-exempt status.
Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George has been conducting an investigation into the IRS being used as a tool to target groups over the course of two election cycles, and has determined that the tax agency was using inappropriate criteria to identify tax-exempt applications for review by a team of specialists, including applications from organizations with “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or “9/12” in their name.
E-mails obtained by National Review indicate that the IRS was not the only organization involved in the systematic and deliberate targeting of conservative groups.
According to National Review, IRS official Lois Lerner exchanged e-mails with an attorney at the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel on two separate occasions wherein she influenced the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization.
The correspondence suggests the discrimination against conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American Future Fund, before recommending that the commission prosecute it for violations of campaign-finance law.
Lerner had been employed by the FEC from 1986 to 1995, and had developed a reputation for aggressively investigating conservative groups while there.
But the scandal reaches even further into the Obama administration — into the White House staff.
The Daily Caller reports, “Of Ingram’s 165 White House meetings with White House staff, a staggering 155 of them were hosted by deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew, according to a June Watchdog.Org analysis of White House visitor records.”
Ingram exchanged confidential information with Lambrew as well as White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz, according to a 2012 e-mail obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Meanwhile, the White House has taken to removing visitor logs recording details of these meetings, citing the government shutdown as the reason for their removal.
Stasi in the White House Paul Craig Roberts, June 21, 2013 On June 19, 2013, US President Obama, hoping to raise himself above the developing National Security Agency (NSA) spy scandals, sought to associate himself with two iconic speeches made at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy pledged: “Ich…