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house. Instead of succumbing to those demands, she
went to the FBI and U.S. Attorney Patrick J.
Fitzgerald in late 2003 and agreed to secretly
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A community group in Chicago is raising concern about the recent murders of two men on Chicago's South Side.
Donald Young, Choir director of the Trinity United Church of Christ and Larry Bland, murdered.
|Both men were shot and both cases remain unsolved. ... A new community group called Critical Caucus wants police and the media to focus on the recent murders of two South Side men. Donald Young, 47, and Larry Bland, 24, were shot inside their homes. Police say so far they are not linking the two murders together. ... Donald Young was the popular teacher and choir director who was shot several times at his South Side home Sunday. Larry Bland was a security guard shot to death inside his Englewood home more than a month ago. ... "We're calling on the police department to let this community know what is going on. Are we under attack? Is this a serial killer?" said Marc Loveless, Critical Caucus. ... Critical Caucus is concerned the police did not issue a community alert. ... "They would not put out a community alert unless there was some type of evidence that lead us to believe there might be a serial incident. And in this case, we are investigating these two incidents separately," said Dana Starks, interim Chicago Police Dept. superintendent. ... Bland was killed in his basement apartment. Hi s brother says he was shot after he walked into a burglary in progress. ... "He worked seven days a week. He was a good guy. He wasn't all outside bothering everybody or nothing, just work, come home like a normal guy," said Len Bland. ... He said he is concerned his brother may have also been the victim of a hate crime. Bland was openly gay. Police say they're following up on all leads and possible motives in the Bland case. ... "We look at an alternative lifestyle and the possibility of a hate crime, but that's in the context of our overall investigation," said Starks. ... Police continue to follow up on several leads in the Donald Young case as well. Young's funeral is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Trinity United Church of Christ. ... Next Monday, Critical Caucus plans on holding a stop the violence march. The group is affiliated with the Gay, African-American Coalition for Justice and Respect.|
|Federal judge tosses out lawsuit against book sellers by Larry Sinclair debunker, April 1-3, 2011 -- WMR|
|U.S. District Court Judge for the
District of Columbia Richard J. Leon on March 31 dismissed a lawsuit
brought against the sellers of Larry Sinclair's book, "Barack Obama &
Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder?." The suit against
Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble B&N], and Amazon.com was brought by
Dan Parisi, who claimed Sinclair's book, sold by the three vendors, was
libelous against Parisi. Parisi was represented in his unsuccessful
lawsuit against the three book sellers by the Washington political
powerhouse firm Patton & Boggs. Leon has yet to rule on the lawsuit
brought by Parisi against Larry Sinclair. Parisi and three of his firms,
Whitehouse.com Inc., Whitehouse Network LLC, and White House
Communications Inc., sued Sinclair and the book sellers on five counts:
libel per se/libel; false light invasion/misappropriation of privacy;
business disparagement; tortuous interference with economic advantage;
and civil conspiracy.
The court provided the following background to the case in its decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the book sellers: "In January 2008, Larry Sinclair, also a defendant in this case, made public certain allegations regarding the use of drugs with and sexual activity between himself and then-presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. Parisi, the owner and operator of the website Whitehouse.com, challenged Sinclair to take a polygraph regarding his allegations. Sinclair ultimately accepted this challenge and polygraph examinations were administered by Edward Gelb in February 2008. In June 2009, Sinclair wrote and published a book about his allegations and subsequent interactions with Parisi and Gelb entitled "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder?" ("the Sinclair book"). Jeffrey Rense, also a defendant in this case, wrote the forward to the book. Plaintiffs contend that the Sinclair book, as well as the forward, contain defamatory statements regarding Parisi and the website, and further, that these statements caused the website Whitehouse. com to shut down in 2008.Indeed, Parisi had hoped to sell that site to a mainstream political/news entity during the 2008 presidential election year, but now alleges that he was unable to do so in light of Sinclair's defamation. Thus, he and his fellow plaintiffs claim damages of $30,000,000."
Although Judge Leon has yet to rule in the suit against Sinclair, the following in his decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the book vendors may provide a clue as to the court's leanings: ". . . plaintiffs' claims that because Sinclair, his publisher, and the author of the forward to his book, Rense, were not "reputable" does nothing to advance their claim that B&N entertained serious doubts as to the veracity of Sinclair's book. Not only was B&N under no legal obligation to make itself aware of those parties' reputations, but furthermore, as discussed above, actual malice is a subjective standard that must be shown in the mind of the defendant."
Sinclair has been subjected, since his revelations about his past gay sexual trysts with then-Illinois state Senator Obama, to a concerted campaign of media attacks; false arrest at the National Press Club in Washington in 2008 by District of Columbia police acting on the behest of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden; and surveillance by the US Secret Service.
WMR has learned from a source who attended Harvard along with Obama and who is familiar with the Obama family and their top aides that Michelle Obama, the First Lady, is the major nexus for ensuring that anyone with knowledge of Obama's past and current personal activities is dealt with and dealt with severely. "Michelle will treat those with knowledge that may threaten her husband like any Chicago gangster would," conveyed the source.
In addition, WMR has learned from longtime African-American activists that Obama was, in fact, placed in south Chicago in the mid-1980s to spy for the CIA and FBI on the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, and the El Rukn gang. All three groups were suspected by the CIA and FBI of maintaining close ties to Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, who was, at the time, the Reagan administration's "public enemy number one." "It is why Obama channels Ronald Reagan these days," said one black activist, " and why he Obama] finds it important to attack and remove Qaddafi from power." "Obama did no 'community organizing' in Chicago," said one African-American community leader from Chicago. The leader also said that Obama challenged U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), a former member of the Black Panther Party and member of the Chicago City Council when Obama arrived in the city in 1985, for his House seat in 2002 in order to remove from Congress someone who "has the past good" on Obama and his phony resumé. Obama's loss to Rush in 2002 represents Obama's only political defeat. Many Chicago African-Americans and Muslims said that while Obama was keen to receive their endorsements and funding in his political campaigns, his actions as President, continuing and, in some cases, starting wars against four Muslim nations: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya (also an African nation), represents a betrayal.
WMR has also received confirmation about Joe Biden's sexual orientation that we first heard about in 2006 from a White House source from Wilmington, Delaware. A former congressional staffer, who also has close ties to Howard University in Washington and top Obama administration officials, revealed that a major reason why Obama selected Biden as his vice presidential running mate was to neutralize any chance that Obama's own past homosexuality might become a political wedge that could be used by the vice president against the president while in office. The former congressional staffer revealed that Biden, for many years, has carried out homosexual trysts with African-American faculty and students at Howard and that this was known to Obama when he selected Biden as his running mate.
It was Biden who pressured his son, Delaware's Attorney General, to have Sinclair arrested after his June 2008 press conference in Washington at which Sinclair revealed his own past gay sexual encounters with Obama. Biden, who was on the extreme short list for Vice President, ensured that the claims about Obama's past were buried and Sinclair immediately discredited in order that Biden's road to the number two spot was ensured. Establishing himself as a "team player," Biden's selection by Obama was a cinch, said our source.
|Purple Hotel and Levine parties (Chicago Sun Times) & Sun Times,|
|Levine tells of drug-fueled parties -- some at Lincolnwood landmark back|
REZKO TRIAL | Levine tells of drug-fueled parties --
some at Lincolnwood landmark
April 1, 2008 BY NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters Daylong, drug-fueled parties at the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood and sometimes in Springfield. Snorting crystal meth and "Special K." Stuart Levine, the star witness at businessman and political fund-raiser Tony Rezko's corruption trial, told jurors Monday the drugs would make him "euphoric" and lower his inhibitions as he partied all night with five other men.
"I would stay out all night," said Levine, testifying that he hid his behavior "in order to deceive my family."
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Stuart Levine (inset) testified that he took part in daylong, drug-fueled parties at the Purple Hotel (shown in 2006) in Lincolnwood. (Sun-Times Library/AP) RELATED STORIES Blog: Eye on Rezko More on the Tony Rezko trial REZKO TRIAL HIGHLIGHTS Star witness Stuart Levine admitted to frequent drug parties and described a meeting at which he said he and Tony Rezko agreed on a split of illicit kickbacks. Today: Levine is expected to talk about a shakedown scheme involving powerful political insiders.
It was the second time Levine's drug use came up in his testimony. But Monday he gave jurors a more extensive look at drug abuse he said cost him $1 million over four years and offered a peek into what Rezko's lawyers have labeled Levine's "secret life." They've said they plan to use Levine's drug use to attack his credibility.
Levine said at times he'd take leftover drugs from parties to his offices at the Hancock Building and in his Deerfield office and snort "a couple of lines."
"I'd prepare them in lines a ˝-inch long and very, very narrow," Levine testified, adding that he paid for all the drugs at the parties, spending about $1,000 each time.
He said he took the drugs at his Highland Park home only "on very rare occasions." Why? "I didn't wish to be caught," he said. "We had a housekeeper, children and my wife all coming in and out of the house."
His admissions about drug use came on the same day Levine described an April 2004 meeting with Rezko in which he said the two men divvied up millions of dollars in kickbacks for state business. Levine testified he reserved a private room on the fourth floor of the exclusive Standard Club downtown. Levine said he asked the waiter not to interrupt and drew up in his notes how he'd split a series of fees paid by firms seeking to do state business.
Levine had many of the firms lined up to get hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of investments from state boards, including one on which Levine sat. Levine said he wanted to cut Rezko in on finder's fees from these firms because "I wanted to further ingratiate myself."
The 62-year-old Highland Park businessman has pleaded guilty to corruption and fraud involving state boards. Rezko, 52, of Wilmette, is accused of scheming with Levine to split kickbacks tied to those boards.
By the end of the meeting at the Standard Club, Rezko agreed to $3.9 million as his cut in a series of illicit kickbacks, Levine testified. Prosecutors showed a receipt from that night and played tapes showing Levine made arrangements to meet with Rezko.
"I told Mr. Rezko that there was an opportunity for a lot of money to be made," Levine said. "I wanted Mr. Rezko to understand the magnitude of what could be done with these companies."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner asked how Rezko reacted.
"He asked me what needed to be done in order to accomplish them," Levine said.
"Did Mr. Rezko ask you if it would be legal for him to receive those fees?" Niewoehner asked.
"No, sir," said Levine.
More highlights from Levine’s testimony Monday Star witness Stuart Levine also testified Monday that:
• He worked with political power broker William Cellini to convince Tony Rezko and Christopher Kelly, another adviser to and fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich, that three major state pension funds shouldn’t be consolidated into one, as Blagojevich budget chief John Filan had proposed. At first, Blagojevich seemed to back Filan, Levine said Cellini told him. But ultimately the pension boards weren’t consolidated.
In exchange for their killing the consolidation plan, Levine said he agreed to work with Rezko and Kelly to help direct state business for investment firms that the two of them would choose.
“What is your understanding of why Mr. Rezko and Mr. Kelly would recommend investment firms?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner asked Levine.
“In order to reward campaign contributors” to Blagojevich, Levine replied.
• He held sway over state Teachers’ Retirement System board decisions because he controlled the agency’s executive director, Jon Bauman. Levine, who headed the TRS board’s personnel committee, said he let Bauman write his own job-performance reviews, which enabled Bauman to get bigger raises and other perks.
But Levine said he grew frustrated with Bauman in 2004, when Bauman didn’t act quickly on investment moves Levine was pushing.
“Jon has a couple of personality traits that are problematic: arrogance and stupidity,” Levine said in a secretly recorded call in April 2004.
In an interview Monday, Howard Feldman, an attorney for Bauman, defended his client, who remains TRS’ executive director.
“The board met and considered the evaluation of Mr. Bauman’s performance,” Feldman said. “They renewed his contract. And, in fact, not a single dollar was lost or an inappropriate investment made.”
• When he relayed to Rezko concerns he had about a new ethics ordinance that Blagojevich had pushed through the General Assembly in 2003, “Mr. Rezko told me nobody of any consequence was going to pay attention to the ethics ordinance. It was there just for show.”
Blagojevich, who isn’t facing any criminal charges, has said he “is not following” the Rezko trial, and “it would be inappropriate for me to comment on a trial I'm not a party in.”
|Troy King, Alabama Attorney General, gay, homophobe, hypocrite top|
|WMR July 2008 "Alabama's Republican Attorney General Troy King, a major persecutor and prosecutor of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman, has been kicked out of his Montgomery home after his wife, Paige King, discovered Alabama's top law enforcement official was engaged in a homosexual tryst with an assistant in the couple's own bed. King was a top official in John McCain's presidential campaign in Alabama and was mentioned as a strong GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2010." more search terms: virulent anti-homosexual, homophobe, anti-gay letters to the Crimson White, University of Alabama Gay and Lesbian Alliance, affront, ban on sex toys in Alabama, vibrator, jailed, see also gay affair, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Secretary of State Geoffrey S. Connor, denials, all related to triple homicide in Florida, Ralph Gonzalez, David Abrami, Robert Drake, at Gonzalez' home in Hickory Cove subdivision, Orlando, and office of Strategum Group, offices in Atlanta, Nevada .... Gonzalez was a political consultant to Troy King. Gonzalez head of the Georgia Republican Party, close to Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, see also Jack Abramoff, see also Rep. Tom Feeney, vote rigging investigations, Chinese missile espionage, NASA, Exxon Mobil, Yang Enterprises. Gonzalez was political consultant to Troy King's campaign, and ally to Gov. Bob Riley, and involved in Siegelman prosecution, all tied to casinos on Indian reservations, Poarch Creek, United Keetowah Band of Cherokees, run by Russian-Israeli mob, credit card verification systems, contactless 'touch and pay' electronic payment systems. all signed off on by Riley, Fuller, Jeb Bush George W. .... Gonzalez consulting in Nevada, Nevada GOP Assembly candidates Michael Smith, Steve Grierson, Valerie Weber, and Jon Ozark and state senate candidate Barbara Cegavske." ... see WMR for connecting details.|
|Obama accuser Larry Sinclair monitored by uniformed security at informal National Press Club discussion group Aug 4, 2010 source:WayneMadsenReport|
|August 6-8, 2010 -- Obama accuser Larry Sinclair
monitored by uniformed security at informal
National Press Club
On August 4, author and former Florida congressional candidate Larry Sinclair was invited to discuss his allegations against President Barack Obama before a discussion group of members of the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Sinclair, who wrote a book titled, "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder," is being sued for $30 million, along with his book distributor, and book sellers Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com by one-time proprietor of the website Whitehouse.com, Dan Parisi who claims allegations in Sinclair's book are defamatory.
Sinclair believes the suit, using the services of the $600/hour law firm of Patton & Boggs, is being orchestrated with the backing of the Obama White House.
At an informal journalistic study group panel at the National Press Club held on August 4, a uniformed security guard was present during the three-hour dinner meeting with Sinclair. The action was, according to some long-serving members of the organization, unprecedented. At the conclusion of the meeting, the security guard and press club staff insisted Sinclair had to be escorted by security from the premises of the press club. Furthermore, an attempt by this editor to take a photograph of Sinclair in the public lobby for WMR was denied based on the orders of the National Press Club president, Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News, and Bill McCarren, the general manager.
In early 2008, Sinclair appeared in a Youtube video describing two 1999 sexual encounters with then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama. On June 18, 2008, Sinclair reiterated his allegations at a National Press Club news conference. After the press conference, one in which Sinclair was ill-served by amateurish public relations advisers, he was arrested by Washington Metropolitan Police on a warrant issued by the office of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of then-senator Joseph Biden. Biden, at the time, was on Obama's short list of vice presidential running mates. Obama announced that Biden was his running mate on August 23, 2008. Just a few weeks before Sinclair's news conference at the press club, Obama had clinched enough delegates to wrest the Democratic nomination from his chief rival, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.
After his imprisonment in Washington and transfer to Delaware, the Delaware Attorney General's office decided to decline prosecution of Sinclair over past money order forgery charges in Wilmington due to lack of evidence. Sinclair has alleged the National Press Club was fully aware of Washington police plans to arrest him after his news conference but not before they secured $8000 for the rental of the press club venue.
Contrary to information available at the time of his arrest, Sinclair had already spoken to reporters for the Chicago Tribune and New York Post on the allegations of past gay sex and drug use on the part of Obama, however, both papers declined to follow up on the story. WMR has learned that Obama's chief political adviser, David Axelrod, who once worked for the Chicago Tribune, personally interceded with his old paper to back off the allegations by Sinclair and others and ensured the story was killed.
Sinclair also revealed that he had a number of discussions with representatives of the Clinton campaign beginning in January 2008 and continuing up to the time of his press conference in Washington. WMR has also learned that Axelrod allegedly told members of the Clinton campaign during the height of the Democratic primary battle, "We know Sinclair and we will destroy him and hang him on Hillary Clinton."
WMR, at the time of Sinclair's news conference, felt there was not any substantial evidence to consider the veracity of Sinclair's claims. However, as a result of the trial of ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and the pogrom launched by the Obama White House against senior current and former members of the Congressional Black Caucus, WMR has been informed by reputable sources that there is merit to Sinclair's allegations and some of his allegations were verified during a recent WMR investigation conducted in Chicago.
WMR has asked the president of the National Press Club a series of on-the-record questions about why a uniformed security guard was present at the dinner session with Sinclair and whether the National Press Club had any communications, oral, written, or electronic, with White House staff, including Axelrod, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs, or Patton & Boggs, prior and subsequent to Sinclair's meeting with the journalists on August 4.
In answer to the questions about contact between the National Press Club on one hand and either the White House or Patton & Boggs on the other, Bjerga, in an email to WMR, stated there was no contact. As far as the security guard present during the dinner session, Bjerga responded, "We have hired security guards in the past in an abundance of caution when the National Press Club has reason to believe a disturbance may be possible because of an individual's presence in the facility. Given that Mr. Sinclair was arrested the last time he was at the National Press Club, it was not unreasonable to request monitoring in this situation. Should a similar situation present itself in the future, the same practice would be followed."
Larry Sinclair under the National Press Club logo and sign outside the club after being escorted by a security guard from the premises. Press club responds that they were expecting a "disturbance" -- but from where? The White House is two blocks away from the above location.
When Sinclair was arrested at the Press Club in June 2008, it was not as the result of a disturbance during his news conference but was pursuant to a "flight from justice" warrant issued by the US District Attorney for the District of Columbia based on a request from Delaware Attorney General Biden, whose father was already on Obama's short list for the vice presidential nomination. The Delaware charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. There was no reason to believe that a "disturbance," as described by Bjerga, was imminent on August 4 on the part of any of the dinner attendees, including the speaker. However, it was clear that the constant surveillance of the dinner attendees by club staff was an attempt at intimidation.
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|Amazon The biggest untold story of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election... Finally, the no-holds-barred, 100% true story of Barack Obama's use and sale of cocaine; his homosexual affairs and the December 23, 2007 murder of Barack Obama's former lover and choir director of Obama's Chicago church of 20 years, Donald Young, just days before the 2008 Iowa Caucus. This searing candid story begins with Barack Obama meeting Larry Sinclair in November, 1999, and subsequently procuring and selling cocaine, and then engaging in consensual, homosexual sex with Sinclair on November 6th and again on November 7, 1999. You'll read in riveting detail how Sinclair, in 2007, repeatedly contacted and requested that the Obama campaign simply come clean about their candidate's 1999 drug use and sales. You learn how the Obama campaign, David Axelrod and Barack Obama used Donald Young (the homosexual lover of Barack Obama) to contact and seek out information from Sinclair about who he had told of Obama's crimes and actions. You'll read how the Obama campaign used internet porn king Dan Parisi and Ph.D. fraud Edward I. Gelb to conduct a rigged polygraph exam in an attempt to make the Sinclair story go away. The Obama team and the controlled media - specifically MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, the New York Times, CNN, Politico's Ben Smith, The DailyKos, The Huffington Post and others - attacked the National Press Club for making its facilities available to Larry Sinclair for a news conference to present his evidence and allegations to the world media. You'll read how Vice President Joe Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, issued an arrest warrant on completely false, fabricated charges to attempt to discredit Mr. Sinclair's National Press Club news conference. This is a staggeringly true story of how the sitting U.S.President with the help of the Mainstream Media, the Chicago Police Department, the FBI, the Delaware Attorney General and others got away with murder and more....|
|GOP Sex Scandal/Coverup/Outed Velvet Mafia LIST House Reps Mark Foley R - No introduction needed! Jim Kolbe R – Took Pages on camping trips while still in the closet. Don Sherwood R – “The Choker”, is accused by admitted mistress of attempted strangulation. Jerry Weller R –Accused of having sex with underage female page, Dennis Hastert R – Witnesses say he knew of Foley but did nothing/covered up, Tom Reynolds R - Witnesses say he knew of Foley but did nothing/covered up. Chief of Staff Fordham resigned over helping Foley. John Boehner R - Admits he knew of Foley but did nothing/covered up, Sue Kelly R – Was on Page Board when Republican gay staffers warned pages about Foley. Recently took money from Foley’s PROM Committee., Heather Wilson R – Used her brand-new government position in NM bureau to deep-six file on her husband’s inappropriate behavior with a minor. Also served on Page Board 2001, Duke Cunningham R – Played in Brent Wilkes-funded Poker games at the Watergate Hotel where he was not only allowed to always win by reverse shills (thus laundering large amounts of undeclared cash), prostitutes would strip as various hands were won, and at the end of the game all retired with their choice. Porter Goss R – Also played in the Brent Wilkes-funded Poker-Prostitute games at the Watergate Hotel. There's a list going around. Those disseminating it call it "The List." It's a roster of top-level Republican congressional aides who are gay. On CBS News on Tuesday, correspondent Gloria Borger reported that there's anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a "network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice." The implication is that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed. The List--drawn up by gay politicos--is a partial accounting of who on Capitol Hill might be in that network. ... ... What's interesting about The List--which includes nine chiefs of staffs, two press secretaries, and two directors of communications--is that (if it's acucurate) it shows that some of the religious right's favorite representatives and senators have gay staffers helping them advance their political careers and agendas. ... ... Let's be clear about one thing: the Mark Foley scandal is not about homosexuality. Some family value conservatives are suggesting it is. But anytime a gay Republican is outed by events, a dicey issue is raised: what about those GOPers who are gay and who serve a party that is anti-gay? Are they hypocrites, opportunists, or just confused individuals? Is it possible to support a party because you adhere to most of its tenets--even if that party refuses to recognize you as a full citizen? The men on The List might want to think hard about these questions--as they probably already have--for if I have a copy of The List, there's a good chance it will be appearing soon on a website near everyone. Here also is THE LIST from Mike Rogers’ Blogactive site, at least those who are the closeted gay Republicans who push an anti-gay agenda for show. US Representatives Rep. Ed Schrock (VA) Rep. David Drier (CA) Rep. James McCrery (LA) Rep. Mark Foley (FL) US Senators Sen Larry Craig (ID) According to Mike Rogers’, there is proof Craig often had sex with men in Union Station yet pushes an anti-gay agenda. http://www.blogactive.com/2006/10/senator-larry-craig-w... Senior GOP Staff Jay Timmons, NRSC Dan Gurley, RNC Jay Banning, RNC Senior Senate Staffers Robert Traynham, Santorum Jonathan Tolman, Inhofe Kirk Fordham, Martinez Dirk Smith, Lott John Reid, Allen Paul Unger, Allen Linus Catignani, Bill Frist. Senior House Staffers Scott Palmer, Hastert Jim Conzelman, Oxley Lee Cohen, Hart Robert O'Conner, King Pete Meachum, Brown-Waite, Bush Staff Israel Hernandez Jeff Berkowitz, Former Clerk of the House Jeff Trandahl|
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2. Ellen Degeneres
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4. Ryan Murphy Writer/Director/Producer, 46
5. Rachel Maddow TV Host/Political Commentator, 39
6. Anderson Cooper Journalist/News Anchor/Talk-Show Host, 44
7. Rich Ross Former Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, 49
8. Barry Diller Chairman, IAC, 70
9. Shepard Smith News Anchor, 48
10. Andy Cohen TV Personality/Impresario, 44
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11. Neil Patrick Harris Actor, 38
12. Tammy Baldwin U.S. Representative, Wisconsin, 50
David Cicilline U.S. Representative, Rhode Island, 50
Jared Polis U.S. Representative, Colorado, 36
13. Scott Rudin Film and Theater Producer, 53
14. Marc Jacobs Fashion Designer, 49
15. Harvey Levin TV Producer/TMZ Founder, 61
16. Matt Drudge Blogger, 45
17. Chris Hughes Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The New Republic, 28
18. Anthony Romero Executive Director, ACLU, 46
19. David Geffen Media Mogul, 69
20. Chad Griffin Incoming President, HRC, 38
21. Barney Frank U.S. Representative, Masschusetts, 72
22. Jann Wenner
Publishing Magnate, 66
23. Tim Gill Software Pioneer/Philanthropist, 58
24. Christine Quinn New York City Council Speaker, 45
25. Suze Orman Financial adviser/Talk-show host, 60
26. Tom Ford Fashion Designer/Film Director, 50 27. Ken Melhman Businessman, 45
28. Andrew Sullivan Journalist/Blogger, 48
29. Annise Parker Mayor of Houston
30. Bryan Lourd & Kevin Huvane Managing Partners, CAA, 52 & 53
31. Martha Nelson Editorial Director, Time Inc., 59
32. Chuck Wolfe CEO, The Victory Fund, 50
33. Mary Kay Henry International President, SEIU, 53
34. Joe Solmonese Political Consultant, 47
35. Jeremy Bernard White House Social Secretary, 50
36. Nick Denton CEO, Gawker Media, 45
37. Alan Ball Screenwriter/Producer/Director, 54
38. Richard Berke Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times, 53
39. Perez Hilton Blogger/TV personality, 34
40. Jess Cagle Managing Editor, Entertainment Weekly, 46
Ariel Foxman Managing Editor, InStyle, 38
Adam Moss Editor-in-chief, New York, 54
41. Jenna Lyons President and Executive Creative Director, J. Crew, 44
42. Adam Rose CoPresident, Rose Associates, Inc., 52
43. Greg Berlanti TV Producer/Writer, 39
44. Bryan Singer
45. Megan Smith Google Executive
46. Simon Halls & Stephen Huvane Founders, Slate PR, 48, 51
47. Jane Lynch Actress
48. Dan Savage Editor/Activist/TV Personality, 47
49. Robert Hanson CEO, American Eagle Outfitters, 49
50. Evan Wolfson Founder and President, Freedom to Marry, 55
51. Andre Banks Cofounder, Executive Director, AllOut.org
52. Bryce Bennett Montana State Representative
53. Widney Brown Senior Director, Amnesty International
54. Chai Feldblum Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner
55. Bruce Harris New Jersey Supreme Court Nominee
56. Victoria Kolakowski California Superior Court Judge
57. Steven Kolb Executive director, CFDA
58. Don Lemon CNN News Anchor
59. Mark Leno California State Senator
60. Jonathan Murray Cofounder/Chairman, Bunim/Murray Productions
61. Beth Robinson Vermont State Supreme Court Justice
62. Hilary Rosen CNN Contributor, Democratic Strategist
63. Brad Sears Executive Director, The Williams Institute
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|Wikipedia The Budget Control Act of 2011|
|The Budget Control
Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112-25, S. 365) is a federal
statute in the United States that was signed into
law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The
Act brought conclusion to the 2011 United States
debt-ceiling crisis, which had threatened to lead
the United States into sovereign default on or about
August 3, 2011. The law involves the introduction of
several complex mechanisms, such as creation of the
Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit
Reduction (sometimes called the "super
committee") 1] and options for a balanced budget
amendment. Contents hide] 1 Provisions 2
Legislative history 2.1 House vote 2.2 Senate vote 3
Contingent votes 4 Projected and known impacts 5 See
also 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links
Debt limit: The debt limit was increased by $400 billion immediately. The President could request a further increase of $500 billion, which is subject to a congressional motion of disapproval which the President may veto, in which case a two-thirds majority in Congress would be needed to override the veto. This has been called the 'McConnell mechanism' after the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who first suggested it as part of another scheme. The President could request a final increase of $1.2–1.5 trillion, subject to the same disapproval procedure. The exact amount depends on the amount of cuts in the "super committee" plan if it passes Congress, and whether a Balanced budget amendment has been passed. Deficit reduction: Spending was reduced more than the increase in the debt limit. No tax increases or other forms of increases in revenue above current law were included in the bill. The bill directly specified $917 billion of cuts over 10 years in exchange the initial debt limit increase of $900 billion. 5] This is the first installment ("tranche") of cuts. $21 billion of this will be applied in the FY2012 budget. Additionally, the agreement established the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, sometimes called the "super committee", to produce deficit reduction legislation by November 23, 2011, that would be immune from amendments or filibuster (similar to the Base Realignment and Closure). The goal of the legislation was to cut at least $1.5 trillion over the coming 10 years and be passed by December 23, 2011. Projected revenue from the committee's legislation could not exceed the revenue budgeting baseline produced by current law. (Current law has the Bush tax cuts expiring at the end of 2012.) The committee would have 12 members, 6 from each party. 5] The agreement also specified an incentive for Congress to act. If Congress failed to produce a deficit reduction bill with at least $1.2 trillion in cuts, then Congress could grant a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling but this would trigger across-the-board cuts ("sequestrations" note 1]). These cuts would apply to mandatory and discretionary spending in the years 2013 to 2021 and be in an amount equal to the difference between $1.2 trillion and the amount of deficit reduction enacted from the joint committee. There would be some exemptions: reductions would apply to Medicare providers, but not to Social Security, Medicaid, civil and military employee pay, or veterans. 4] 5] Medicare benefits would be limited to a 2% reduction. As originally envisioned, these caps would equally affect security and non-security programs. Security programs would include the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Nuclear Security Administration, some management functions of the intelligence community and international affairs from the U.S. State Department. 8] However, because the Joint Select Committee did not report any legislation to Congress, the act reset these caps to defense (essentially the DOD) and non-defense categories. 9] Balanced Budget Amendment: Congress was required to vote on a balanced budget amendment between October 1, 2011, and the end of 2011, but is not required to pass it and send it to the states in order for the debt limit increases to occur. (This is unlike the previously proposed Cut, Cap and Balance Act, which was not enacted, which would have required Congress to actually pass such an amendment). 4] Other provisions: Pell Grant funding was increased, but other financial aid was cut. Graduate and professional students were no longer eligible for interest subsidized loans. Repayment incentives will also be done away with after July 1, 2012. edit]Legislative history
Vice President Biden shook hands and congratulated President Obama immediately after a call between the president and Speaker Boehner in which they reached a deal for the Budget Control Act, July 31, 2011.
House vote by congressional district. Democratic yea Democratic nay Republican yea Republican nay Absent or no representative seated The bill was the final chance in a series of proposals to resolve the 2011 United States debt-ceiling crisis, which featured bitter divisions between the parties and also pronounced splits within them. Earlier ideas included the Obama-Boehner $4 trillion "Grand Bargain", 12] the House Republican Cut, Cap and Balance Act, and the McConnell-Reid "Plan B" fallback. All eventually failed to gain enough general political or specific Congressional support to move into law, as the midnight August 2, 2011, deadline for an unprecedented U.S. sovereign default drew nearer and nearer. 13] On the evening of July 31, 2011, Obama announced that the leaders of both parties in both chambers had reached an agreement that would reduce the deficit and avoid default. 6] The same day, Speaker of the House John Boehner's office outlined the agreement for House Republicans. One key element in the deal being reached and the logjam being broken earlier that afternoon was U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's ability to negotiate with his 25-year Senate colleague, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.Biden had spent the most time bargaining with Congress on the debt question of anyone in the administration, and McConnell had viewed him as the one most trustworthy. 15] 16] "Passed with amendment by recorded vote" Vote by party Yea Nay NV Total Democrats 95 95 3 193 Republicans 174 66 0 240 Total 269 161 3 433 edit]House vote The agreement, entitled the Budget Control Act, passed the House on August 1, 2011 by a vote of 269–161; 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted for it, while 66 Republicans and 95 Democrats voted against it. 13] One moment of extra drama came when Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made her first appearance back on the floor of Congress following the near-fatal assassination attempt upon her in the 2011 Tucson shooting; she voted in favor of the bill. 13] Giffords received prolonged, loud applause from her colleagues and said in a statement, "I had to be here for this vote." 13] "Agreed in the House amendment to the bill by Yea-Nay Vote" 19] Vote by party Yea Nay NV Total Democrats 45 6 0 51 Republicans 28 19 0 47 Independents 1 1 0 2 Total 74 26 0 100 edit]Senate vote The Senate passed the agreement on August 2, 2011 by a vote of 74–26; six Democrats and 19 Republicans voted against it. Obama signed the bill shortly after it was passed by the Senate. 13] In doing so, the president said, "Is this the deal I would have preferred? No. But this compromise does make a serious down payment on the deficit reduction we need, and gives each party a strong incentive to get a balanced plan done before the end of the year."
Obama publicly announced the debt ceiling deal on the evening of July 31, 2011; Congress began voting on it the next day. edit]Contingent votes
The vote of disapproval on the $500 billion request failed in the Senate by a vote of 45–52. So regardless of a House vote of disapproval the $500 billion increase in the debt ceiling will occur when the 50 days after the request to increase the ceiling expires. On November 18, 2011, the balanced budget amendment failed to advance in the House: 261–165, 21] 23 votes short of the needed 2/3 majority. On December 14, 2011, two proposed Balanced Budget Amendments failed in the Senate, 21–79 and 47–53. 23] On November 21, 2011, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced that it was not able to advance any legislation to the full Congress, issuing a statement that began with the following: "After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee’s deadline." 24] On January 18, 2012, the House passed a disapproval of the second debt limit increase by a vote of 239–176. The measure was expected to fail in the Senate. 25] edit]Projected and known impacts
Congressional passage of the bill gave President Obama the chance to sign the Budget Control Act into law, which he did on August 2, 2011. The act will not actually reduce the overall U.S. debt over the 10-year period it is specified for, only slow down the existing rate of growth of the debt. 12] That is partly because the cuts due to the act will not reduce federal spending in absolute terms, but rather reduce the year-to-year increases in spending from what had previously been anticipated. 2] Even with the slowdown, both federal spending and the debt are still projected to grow faster than the U.S. economy, due to the cost curve effects of health care, which the act does not address. 12] The debate on the bill was driven by the Republicans' insistence on spending cuts as their condition for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling. This raised concern because of the relationship between aggregate demand and unemployment; as Patrick Lunsford, Senior Editor of insideARM.com stated in a Forbes magazine blog, "when government spending is slashed, jobs are lost and consumer demand falls." 26] During the debate over the bill, economists across ideologies agreed that reducing spending during a recession would likely make unemployment worse. 27] In analyzing the specific bill that emerged, the Economic Policy Institute stated, "The spending cuts in 2012 and the failure to continue two key supports to the economy (the payroll tax holiday and emergency unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed) could lead to roughly 1.8 million fewer jobs in 2012, relative to current budget policy." 28] Most of the $900 billion in the first tranche of cuts occur in future years and so will not remove significant aggregate demand from the economy in the current and following year. 4] Only $25 billion in federal discretionary spending is required to be removed for 2012. 2] Regarding the across the board cuts, these could not take place until 2013 and so if triggered, a new Congress could vote to eliminate or deepen all or part of them. Some top Republicans were particularly concerned that any defense cuts could not go into effect until after 2013. 4] Passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 was not enough to avert, three days later, Standard & Poor's downgrading the nation's credit rating for the first time in the firm's history, from "AAA" (highest) to "AA+" (highest, with qualifications). 29] They said they were "pessimistic about the capacity of Congress and the administration to be able to leverage their agreement this week into a broader fiscal consolidation plan that stabilizes the government's debt dynamics anytime soon." 29] (The United States Department of the Treasury pointed out an error of $2 trillion in Standard & Poor's calculation of the ten-year deficit reduction under the Act, and commented, "The magnitude of this mistake – and the haste with which S&P changed its principal rationale for action when presented with this error – raise fundamental questions about the credibility and integrity of S&P’s ratings action." 30]) S&P has partially disputed this claim of error, arguing that it is not as substantial as the Department of the Treasury is asserting, stating, "In taking a longer term horizon of 10 years, the U.S. net general government debt level with the current assumptions would be $20.1 trillion (85% of 2021 GDP). With the original assumptions, the debt level was projected to be $22.1 trillion (93% of 2021 GDP)." They further state that they used a spending inflation rate of only 5 percent in their calculations which is actually lower than the 7 percent spending inflation rate the Budget Control Act of 2011 assumes. 31]