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Rangel cuts deal, Pelosi Swap overflows

July 29, 2010 politisite 0

Rep. Charlie Rangel has reportedly reached a deal on ethics charges that will avoid a public trial that could have hurt his party ahead of the fall elections. WCBS TV in New York reported that Harlem friends of Rangel said a deal had been struck, and details of the deal could be unveiled when the ethics panel meets as scheduled at 1 p.m. The network reported Rangel will admit to […]

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Watch Rep. Rangel Hearings – C-SPAN Streaming Video

July 29, 2010 politisite 0

Rep. Rangel Awaits Charges following Public Meeting The nature of the allegations against Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) will be publicly revealed when the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct holds a preliminary public hearing today. Read More » The Adjudicatory Subcommittee panel, divided equally between Republicans and Democrats, will weigh the evidence and agree on the facts of the case in advance of a full committee trial to […]

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WikiLeaks Memos Say Ex-ISI Chief Plotted Karzai Assassination

July 29, 2010 politisite 0

According to this news item from Afghanistan’s Outlook Afghanistan, the documents reveal that among other things, in 2008, retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, the former chief of Pakistan’s ISI, “plotted to kill President Karzai” with al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives, and that “an ISI officer, Colonel Muhammad Yousaf, directed Taliban leader Maulvi Ezatullah to supervise the assassination.” The article is packaged with an Al-Jazeera interview with Gul, in which he denies each and every charge against him.

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President Barack Obama on 'The View' (Live-Blog)

July 29, 2010 politisite 0

President Barack Obama taped an appearance on “The View” yesterday, and the show is airing today. “The View,” believe it or not, has been increasingly focused on booking politicians (you can read Journal reporter Amy Chozick’s story about the subject here). It’s part of the show’s strategy to hook viewers in the runup to the 2010 midterm elections. So why did Obama decide to go on the daytime chatfest? “I […]

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President Barack Obama on 'The View' (Live-Blog)

July 29, 2010 politisite 0

President Barack Obama taped an appearance on “The View” yesterday, and the show is airing today. “The View,” believe it or not, has been increasingly focused on booking politicians (you can read Journal reporter Amy Chozick’s story about the subject here). It’s part of the show’s strategy to hook viewers in the runup to the 2010 midterm elections. So why did Obama decide to go on the daytime chatfest? “I […]

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Obama publicly Denounced Release of Lockerbie Bomber But Letter Reveals he signed off on Release (Video)

July 26, 2010 politisite 0

However CNS News reported today that the Obama Administration preferred the release of Meghahi on compassionate grounds.
The Obama administration on Monday released the text of the LeBaron letter. It says Megrahi’s release on compassionate grounds would be “far preferable” than his return to Libya under a prisoner transfer agreement, but also sets two important conditions to this – he would have to remain in Scotland under supervision, and Scotland would have to release “the results of independent and comprehensive medical exams clearly establishing that Megrahi’s life expectancy is less than three months.” The full text of the letter is here.
The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.
Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as “half-hearted” and a sign it would be accepted.
The US has tried to keep the letter secret, refusing to give permission to the Scottish authorities to publish it on the grounds it would prevent future “frank and open communications” with other governments.
In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and justice officials, Mr LeBaron wrote that the US wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.