Monthly Archives: July 2011

Debt ceiling negotiations, July 31, 2011, 2:45 PM, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Avoid default

Debt ceiling negotiations update, July 31, 2011, 2:45 PM, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Avoid default

From the Wall Street Journal July 31, 2011.

“With the risk of a government default less than three days away, congressional leaders on Sunday said they were getting closer to a deal that raises the government’s borrowing limit, resolving the federal debt crisis.

“I can pretty confidently say this debt-ceiling increase will avoid default,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said on CNN.

Live Blog: The Debt Battle
The White House and congressional leaders are scrambling to agree on a deal before Aug. 2 to raise the U.S. federal borrowing limit. Follow developments in Washington and reaction globally here.
.Sen. Charles Schumer, a top Democrat from New York, also speaking on CNN, said there was no “final agreement” but that default was “far less of a possibility now than it was even a day ago.” He added, “If there’s a word right here that would sum up the mood, it’s ‘relief.’ ”

Sens. McConnell and Schumer spoke before the Senate voted not to consider a debt plan by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit by $2.2 trillion. The vote was 50-49, with 60 votes need to advance the bill.

But by the time of the vote, the result was anti-climactic; the real action is unfolding far from the Senate floor, as leaders of both parties try to hammer out the final details of a deal by day’s end to raise the debt ceiling from the current $14.29 trillion. That would be accompanied by deficit cuts of about $3 trillion.

Washington leaders face a Tuesday deadline by which the nation’s $14.29 trillion borrowing limit needs to be increased so the government can meet its financial obligations.

The framework emerging over the weekend likely would allow an immediate increase to the debt ceiling, lasting through the end of 2011, accompanied by government spending reductions of roughly $1 trillion over 10 years.

To get through 2012, Congress would form a special committee made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to negotiate up to $2 trillion in additional cuts as part of a package containing a further debt-ceiling increase.

A House Republican leadership aide cautioned that a deal wasn’t yet in hand. “Discussions are moving in the right direction, but serious issues remain. And no agreement will be final until members have a chance to weigh in,” the aide said

The targets for savings appeared to remain subject to negotiation. Earlier proposals by legislative leaders were aiming for a total of between $2 trillion and $3 trillion total in savings over the next decade. Mr. McConnell on Sunday said he sees a $3 trillion deal.

The two-stage deal would include a deficit-cutting mechanism that would kick in should the special committee fail to act. Several people familiar with the talks said a key element could be a new process for sequestering—or holding back—federal spending if lawmakers can’t agree on further deficit reduction.”

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903520204576480123949521268.html

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Tentative budget deal reached, ABC news reports, Debt ceiling increase, Guarantee an equal amount of deficit reduction

Tentative budget deal reached, ABC news reports, Debt ceiling increase, Guarantee an equal amount of deficit reduction

From ABC News July 30, 2011.

“Democratic and Republican Congressional sources involved in the negotiations tell ABC News that a tentative agreement has been reached on the framework of a deal that would give the President a debt ceiling increase of up to $2.4 trillion and guarantee an equal amount of deficit reduction over the next 10 years.

The details are still being worked out, and a senior White House aide tells ABC News, “talks continue but there is no deal to report.”

Congressional leaders plan to brief their members on the framework tomorrow.  The reaction from both parties’ rank-and-file will determine whether this tentative deal becomes a final deal.

Here, according to Democratic and Republican sources, are the key elements:

•A debt ceiling increase of up to $2.1 to $2.4 trillion (depending on the size of the spending cuts agreed to in the final deal).
•They have now agreed to spending cuts of roughly $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
•The formation of a special Congressional committee to recommend further deficit reduction of up to $1.6 trillion (whatever it takes to add up to the total of the debt ceiling increase).  This deficit reduction could take the form of spending cuts, tax increases or both.
•The special committee must make recommendations by late November (before Congress’ Thanksgiving recess).
•If Congress does not approve those cuts by December 23, automatic across-the-board cuts go into effect, including cuts to Defense and Medicare. This “trigger” is designed to force action on the deficit reduction committee’s recommendations by making the alternative painful to both Democrats and Republicans.
•A vote, in both the House and Senate, on a balanced budget amendment.
Democrats won’t like the fact that Medicare could be exposed to automatic cuts, but the size of the Medicare cuts is limited and they are designed to be taken from Medicare providers, not beneficiaries.”

Read more:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/07/white-house-republicans-strike-tenative-deal-to-raise-debt-ceiling-.html

Senator Reid debt ceiling vote, Cspan live coverage, July 30, 2011

Senator Reid debt ceiling vote, Cspan live coverage, July 30, 2011

***  UPDATE  ***

House rejects Reid Bill. Democrats joined Republicans to vote it down.

The vote on the Senate version of a debt ceiling bill is about to occur. Watch this live on Cspan.

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/

From the Chicago Tribune July 30, 2011.

“Tense mood as lawmakers struggle for debt deal”

“A bitter mood prevailed on Capitol Hill as lawmakers struggled on Saturday to find a compromise measure to lift the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit three days before a deadline to avert a ruinous default.

A day after the Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bill to cut the deficit and raise the cap on government borrowing, the debt saga shifted to the Democratic-led Senate.

Democrats there pushed ahead with their own plan and sought to attract bipartisan support by adding some elements of a plan offered by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

But 43 Senate Republicans signed a letter rejecting the plan, a sign the measure does not have the support it needs to advance in Congress.

“What will they vote for? Do they have any ideas? Let me know,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor.

Back-channel talks held the best hope for a compromise. Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling, the government would be barred from further borrowing after Tuesday, according to the Treasury, and could quickly run out of money to pay all its bills.

The world has watched with growing alarm as political gridlock in Washington has brought the world’s largest economy close to an unprecedented default, threatening to plunge financial markets and economies around the globe into turmoil.

McConnell called on Reid to move up a vote that had been set for 1 a.m. EDT on Sunday so the two sides could begin talks with the White House.

“We can’t do it by ourselves, it has to have the only person in America who can sign something into law,” McConnell said.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-usa-debttre7646s6-20110705,0,7498607.story

House passes Republican deficit plan, July 29 2011, Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

House passes Republican deficit plan, July 29 2011, Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

From the Chicago Tribune July 29, 2011.

“The House of Representatives approved a Republican deficit plan on Friday that has no chance of becoming law but could pave the way for a last-ditch bid for bipartisan compromise to avert a crippling national default.

With time running short ahead of a Tuesday deadline to raise the debt ceiling, the Republican-controlled House pushed the deficit-cutting plan through by a vote of 218-to-210 after the party’s leaders reworked the bill to appease anti-tax conservatives in their ranks.

The legislation, denounced earlier by President Barack Obama who had admonished lawmakers to stop wasting time and find a way “out of this mess,” was doomed to defeat in the Democratic-led Senate where all of Obama’s Democrats have vowed to vote against it later on Friday.

But the House vote broke weeks of political inertia and opened the door to talks on a compromise that could pass Congress before Tuesday. That is the deadline to lift the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt limit or else render the world’s largest economy unable to pay all of its bills.

Delays and procedural hurdles will now make it all but impossible for Congress to strike a deal and send it to Obama’s desk until the 11th hour, injecting a dangerous level of uncertainty into already rattled global financial markets. A late deal also raises the prospect of the United States losing its top-notch AAA credit rating.

Both sides have been at impasse for weeks with lawmakers locked in a blame game that has brought the country to the brink of an unprecedented default, which could plunge America back into recession and trigger economic turmoil globally.

World leaders have been stunned by the dysfunction in Washington. World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Friday said the United States was playing with fire.

America’s largest foreign creditor, China, has repeatedly urged Washington to protect its dollar investments and its state-run news agency on Friday said the United States had been “kidnapped” by “dangerously irresponsible” politics.”

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-usa-debttre7646s6-20110705,0,7498607.story

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee requests Rupert Murdoch House committee hearings, Obama protected by Murdoch and Fox

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee requests Rupert Murdoch House committee hearings, Obama protected by Murdoch and Fox

“The (American) press, which is mostly controlled by vested
interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.”… Albert Einstein

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

From The Blaze July 28, 2011.

“The third Muslim radicalization meeting of the House Homeland Security Committee kicked off Wednesday, and while the focus was supposed to be on the Al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab group in Somalia, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D- Texas) abruptly changed the subject — first to Rupert Murdoch, then to “right wing ideologues.”

Rep. Jackson Lee submitted for the record a letter requesting the House committee hold hearings on Rupert Murdoch’s alleged hacking into the phones of 9/11 victims.

Then she moved to her primary target, stating ”I would like to have a hearing on right wing extremists, ideologues who advocate violence…and the terrorizing of certain groups:””

Read more:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/rep-jackson-lee-calls-for-terror-hearing-on-rupert-murdoch-right-wing-extremists/

I am in favor of investigating Rupert Murdoch, Fox and any other mainstream media that have been lying to the American public to protect Obama.

From Citizen Wells July 2, 2011.

“From Accuracy in Media December 7, 2005

“Accuracy in Media (AIM) is urging a full inquiry into a report that a Saudi billionaire caused the Fox News Channel (FNC) to dramatically alter its coverage of the Muslim riots in France after he called the network to complain. The Saudi billionaire, Al-waleed bin Talal, is a friend of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch and controls an influential number of voting shares in the company.

“This report underscores the danger of giving foreign interests a significant financial stake in U.S. media companies,” declared Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media.”

“From Accuracy in Media December 16, 2008”

“Auto company executives may have flown to Washington, D.C. on private jets, as Bill O’Reilly and others noted, but Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has a major stake in Citigroup and also invests in the Fox News parent company, News Corporation, reportedly lives in a $100-million 317-room Riyadh palace. A nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, Alwaleed has been called the “Warren Buffett of the Gulf” and runs the Kingdom Holding Company.”

“From NPR September 1, 2010.

“The proposed construction of an Islamic center and mosque close to ground zero in New York City has inspired intense scrutiny from news outlets this month — and few have outstripped the Fox News Channel in their interest.

That’s especially true on Fox’s opinion-driven shows in the morning and evening hours. Familiar figures including Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham have repeatedly asked where the money for the center will come from.

Yet the parent company of Fox News shares a financial backer with the imam who is at the center of the firestorm. The second-largest holder of voting stock in News Corp. is Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a nephew of the Saudi king. And through his philanthropies, Waleed has given generously to initiatives pursued by the imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf.”

“From Citizen Wells February 6, 2011.

“Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck continue to insult concerned Americans who question Obama’s eligibility. They refer to them as birthers and right wing nuts. However, even Lou Dobbs while still at CNN asked why Obama doesn’t present a legitimate birth certificate.””

“A disturbing trend has developed at Fox. Bill O’Reilly misled the American people for several years by stating that he had done research and that Obama was born in Hawaii. We recently got confirmation that he relied on the birth announcements. Now Jana Winter misrepresents what the Adobe software expert has said.

Did Fox make a deal with the devil?”

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From Citizen Wells July 16, 2011.

“The scandal is expanding rather than fading because it is clear that Murdoch employees engaged in numerous dirty tricks to obtain information.

The FBI has opened a preliminary review into News Corp., trying to determine if employees hacked into the phones of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Agents are trying to figure out if they should progress to a full investigation and if U.S. law gives them jurisdiction to bring charges.”

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ATF Manager shared Fast and Furious with White House, Can Obama throw Holder under bus?, Bill Newell and Kevin O’Reilly

ATF Manager shared Fast and Furious with White House, Can Obama throw Holder under bus?, Bill Newell and Kevin O’Reilly

“Who will Obama throw under the bus next?”…Citizen Wells et al

From CBS News July 26, 2011.

“TF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House”

“At a lengthy hearing on ATF’s controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O’Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O’Reilly is unclear and wasn’t fully explored at the hearing.
It’s the first time anyone has publicly stated that a White House official had any familiarity with ATF’s operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to gain intelligence. It’s unknown as to whether O’Reilly shared information with anybody else at the White House.
Congressional investigators obtained an email from Newell to O’Reilly in September of last year in which Newell began with the words: “you didn’t get this from me.”
“What does that mean,” one member of Congress asked Newell, ” ‘you didn’t get this from me?’ ”

“Obviously he was a friend of mine,” Newell replied, “and I shouldn’t have been sending that to him.”
Newell told Congress that O’Reilly had asked him for information.”

Read more:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20083772-10391695.html

Attorney General Eric Holder committed perjury recently when he lied to Congress about when he knew about project Fast and Furious. There have been rumors about Holder being forced out. Can Obama throw Holder under the bus now?

Obama Larry Sinclair Donald Young, Washington DC gathering, Presidents Park White House Sidewalk, Who murdered Donald Young?

Obama Larry Sinclair Donald Young, Washington DC gathering, Presidents Park White House Sidewalk, Who murdered Donald Young?

“Why have so many forces expended so much time and money to attempt to silence Larry Sinclair?”…Citizen Wells

Quite a few people tied to Obama in Chicago and Illinois have been murdered or died under questionable circumstances. Donald Young was the choirmaster at TUCC, Barack Obama’s church and Obama knew Young.

From Larry Sinclair July 28, 2011.

“Larry’s Washington DC Gathering Guidelines (Join Us)”

We want to encourage as many of you as possible to join Larry and others in Presidents Park White House Sidewalk. While we want to encourage others to join in this First Amendment activity of  seeking Justice for Donald Young,  Larry wants to set out a few rules.

We will be on National Park Service property and we expect any and everyone who participates in this event to comply with NPS Rules at all times.

We will be on the White House Sidewalk and will at all times conduct ourselves in a polite and respectful manner. If at any time you are confronted by any counter protester you are asked to remain respectful and polite regardless of what any counter protestor might say or do.

The White House Sidewalk in Presidents Park also falls within the jurisdiction of the Uniformed Division of the United States Secret Service. If you are asked by anyone to leave the area, be polite and respectful and kindly inform them that you are participating in a First Amendment activity for which a Permit was obtained and that you are there legally.

In the event of any violations of the NPS Rules; anyone fails to conduct themselves in a peaceful, polite & respectful manner; or anyone creates any disruption of any other lawful activity you will be asked to leave.

We want people to understand that the purpose of these events are to ask for Barack & Michele Obama to answer questions about their relationship(s) with the murdered Donald Young and to seek Justice for Donald Young.

Participants are asked to carry hand made/hand held signs asking “Justice For Donald Young?” “Mr. Obama What Was The Secret Worth Donald Dying For?” In addition it would be great if participants would wear a simple white t-shirt with the image of Donald Young on the front & back

(you can make these with iron on transfers for less than $10.00) with the words “Justice for Donald Young” and “Mr. Obama What Was The Secret Worth Donald Dying For?” on the back.

Please contact Larry at larry@larrysinclair.org with any questions about next weeks White House gathering.”

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http://www.larrysinclair.org/

Obama past surfaces again, Health Facilities Planning Board rigging, Pam Davis listening device

Obama past surfaces again, Health Facilities Planning Board rigging, Pam Davis listening device

“Why was Obama in constant contact with Tony Rezko in 2004 when Rezko was conspiring with William Cellini to use TRS, Teacher Retirement Fund, assets for political gain and personal enrichment?”…Citizen Wells

“Why did the Illinois Senate Health & Human Services Committee, with Obama as chairman, create and push Bill 1332, “Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act,” early in 2003, which reduced the number of members on the Board from 15 to 9, just prior to rigging by Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

Obama’s past corruption ties have surfaced again. This will continue to happen.

From Citizen Wells JUly 15, 2011.

“Obama and the US Justice Department must believe that they have done a masterful job of protecting Obama while aggressively prosecuting his corruption buddies. But the ghosts of Christmast past keep appearing.

Tony Rezko and Stuart Levine are awaiting sentencing. Rod Blagojevich will certainly appeal his convictions. William Cellini is awaiting trial in October 2011. And Daniel Frawley mentioned Rezko and Obama and $ 1.5 million dollars as well as Rezko’s old partner Daniel Mahru in a deposition December 1, 2010.”

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I was pleased and amazed to see a reference to the Health Facilities Planning Board and Pam Davis in a Chicago Tribune article dated July 26, 2011.

“As the 18 jurors stood in a cramped freight elevator and left
theChicago federal building for the first time as a group, the woman
whom they later chose to be their leader said the sobering importance
of their task could be read on each face.

“There was a lot of stunned silence,” said Connie Wilson, a retired
Naperville church choral director who served as forewoman in the
recent retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “There was a
lot of nerves, shocked expressions and even some tears.”

Wilson offered another glimpse Monday into the inner workings of the
federal jury that last month convicted Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts
of fraud, corruption and attempted extortion.”

“Two members in the audience played an early but crucial role in the
FBI investigation that uncovered widespread corruption in
Blagojevich’s administration.

Pam Davis, CEO of Edward Hospital in Naperville, and William Kottmann,
CEO of Edward Medical Group, both secretly wore a listening device for
the FBI for eight months in 2003 after raising extortion complaints in
their bid to build a $218 million hospital inPlainfield.

Davis said they were told that If they hired builder Jacob Kiferbaum’s
firm, , the then-Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board would
support their plans. Later, Kiferbaum and health board member Stuart
Levine and Tony Rezko, a top Blagojevich fundraiser, either pleaded
guilty or were convicted on federal charges.

Listening to Wilson speak, Davis said she felt vindicated.

“There was fallout,” Davis said. “But I felt this man (Blagojevich)
was corrupt and his corruption was widespread. It was worth the effort
that he was finally convicted.””

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From Citizen Wells March 14, 2011.

“Jan. – Aug. 2003:  Obama was Chairman of the IL Senate Health and Human Service Committee.
Feb. 20, 2003: Senate Bill 1332 “Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act” filed. Reduced members of IL Health Planning and Facilities Board from 15 to 9.

(Rezko Trial March 13, 2008; 3:09 p.m.)

“Almanaseer was appointed to the planning board in 2003 on Rezko’s recommendation. Prosecutors contend he became part of a five-member voting bloc on the board that followed Rezko’s wishes. Almanaseer said board Chairman Thomas Beck tried to steer his voting.

“He said, ‘If you just don’t know which way to vote, vote the way Mr. Levine votes because that’s the way Tony would want the vote to go,” Almanaseer recalled, referring to Stuart Levine.”

Spring 2003 – Nov 2003: (Rezko trial March 11, 2008; 10:58 a.m.)

“Jennifer Thomas, a former aide to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s patronage chief Joe Cini, continued on the stand Tuesday morning and gave a few more insights into those regular Monday morning meetings she and Cini held in 2003 with Antoin “Tony” Rezko at his office.”

“Thomas said Rezko floated the names of several people to sit on the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which the government claims Rezko corrupted with the help of board member Stuart Levine. And Thomas said Rezko at one point made it clear that he wanted to see Levine reappointed to the panel, which was being overhauled by the governor in 2003.”
May 21, 2003: Senate Bill 1332 passed by House and Senate.
June 27, 2003: Blagojevich made this the effective date of Senate Bill 1332.
June 2003: (Rezko trial March 10, 2008; 4:16 p.m.)

“Ziegelmueller asked Hayden about a 2003 e-mail exchange with Lichtenstein, then the governor’s top lawyer, in which Wilhelm made recommendations for the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.
The name of Barack Obama, the Democratic front-runner for the presidential nomination, also appears in the e-mail as a member of a strategic team reviewing hospital board matters with the governor’s staff when he was a state senator. The hospital board was scheduled to be revamped in the summer of 2003.
Obama was then chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.”
June 30, 2003: Obama gets the following donations.

$5000 Ali Ata was appointed as Director at IFA
$6000 Alison Davis gets appointment on Investment Board
$15,000 Dr. Michael Malek gets appointment on Hospital Facility Board
$5000  Abdelhamid Chaib’s wife gets appointment on Employee Security Board
$10,000 Elie Maloof – Rezko used him as one of several strawmen to donate funds to certain politicians.
$1000  Phil Cacciatore (one of Auchi’s Riverside Park Investors) gets seat on Board
$1000  Velma Butler (one of Auchi’s Riverside Park Investors) was recommended for Board
$1000  Martello Pollack (Vegas Crystal Comm) received Iraqi Construction contracts
$1000 Jack Carriglio gets appointed to Board
$500  Anthony Abboud gets appointed to Board
$3000 Michael Winter, who helped Rezko in funneling kickbacks through investment firm
$1000 Talat Othman gets appointed to Board
$1000 David Gustman, $1000 from Gustman’s wife after he is appointed Board Chairman
Late 2003: Earliest documented awareness by FBI and Patrick Fitzgerald of corruption in Blagojevich admin. Pamela Meyer Davis agreed to secretly record conversations involving state health planning board with an FBI wire.”

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Blagojevich motion for retrial, July 26, 2011, Judicial bias by Judge James Zagel, Wiretaps should be played

Blagojevich motion for retrial, July 26, 2011, Judicial bias by Judge James Zagel, Wiretaps should be played

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren

From the Chicago Tribune July 26, 2011.

“Blagojevich asks for new trial, cites judicial bias”

“Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, convicted last month of wire fraud, bribery, attempted extortion and conspiracy in his second federal public corruption trial, filed a motion late Monday for another retrial, citing numerous instances of alleged judicial bias and error that helped the prosecution “strip away the effective aspects of the defense case.”

“Virtually every error in this trial stemmed from the fact that this Court deprived Blagojevich of the presumption of innocence and exhibited bias against the defense,” the motion asserted. “The Court formed a closed mind to the evidence and made findings of fact.”

The motion said that “the government did not only benefit from the first trial, it used every opportunity to strip away the effective aspects of the defense case. … The Court rubber-stamped the government’s requests.”

The litany of criticisms in the 158-page document touched on everything from jury selection to Blagojevich’s attorneys’ long-held argument that more of the secretly-recorded phone calls that were at the heart of the government case should be played.

The motion also noted that U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled against Blagojevich at nearly every turn.

His attorneys also zeroed in on Blagojevich’s decision to testify at the second trial — arguing that while Zagel had assured Blagojevich’s defense team that taking the stand would allow Blagojevich the chance to explain his behavior, his rulings during the testimony prevented that.

Blagojevich did not testify during his first trial last year in which a jury convicted him of one of 24 counts against him — that he lied to the FBI. The jury deadlocked on the rest of the charges, leading to the second trial and his sweeping conviction last month on an additional 17 counts.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-blagojevich-asks-for-new-trial-cites-judicial-error-20110726,0,350836.story

Obama natural born citizen?, Obama born in Kenya?, Howard Coble and Congress must investigate, Obama birth certificate fraudulent

Obama natural born citizen?, Obama born in Kenya?, Howard Coble and Congress must investigate, Obama birth certificate fraudulent

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells and millions of concerned Americans

Why did multiple news sources before and during 2008 state that Obama was born in Kenya?…Citizen Wells

Beginning in 2007, proceeding into 2008 and to this day, Barack Obama has been asked to present a legitimate certified copy of his birth certificate and he has not done so. The image placed on WhiteHouse.gov has been proven to be fraudulent. Where was Obama born? We do not know.

By the time  that the Tony Rezko trial took place in early to mid 2008, I began hearing rumors that Obama was born in Kenya. After several months evidence began appearing that confirmed that Obama was born in Kenya. Then we found out that some of that evidence had been altered or scrubbed.

The first Citizen Wells article questioning Obama’s birthplace was presented on June 10, 2008. That article has received 89,057 views.

“Obama has been asked repeatedly to present a copy of his birth
certificate. Obama has refused to supply a copy of his birth
certificate. Is Obama eligible to be president?

Was Obama born in Kenya? I have two powerful sources that indicate
that Obama was born on Kenya. One is a reporter working behind the
scenes. The other is from the following site. The headline is shown
below and states:

“Kenyan-born OBAMA makes history…wins presidential nomination.””

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The USA Africa Online article quoted above originally had this caption.

This was not the only reference to Obama being Kenyan that existed. From The Sunday Standard June 27, 2004.

Here is some more information on this story from the Post & Email October 14, 2009.

“2004 PIECE DISTRIBUTED WORLD-WIDE PUTS FOCUS ON TIMELINE OF CLAIMS
And 2008 AP Story Repeats the Claim!

UPDATE:   Federal Court requested to investigate AP Story

UPDATE Nov. 21, 2009: See our reply to the Snopes.com article rebutting this story.

by John Charlton

(Oct. 14, 2009) — What most people know is that the Associated Press (AP) is one of the largest, internationally recognized, syndicated news services.  What most people don’t know that is in 2004, the AP was a “birther” news organization.

How so?  Because in a syndicated report, published Sunday, June 27, 2004, by the Kenyan Standard Times, and which was, as of this report, available at

http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm

The AP reporter stated the following:

Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.

This report explains the context of the oft cited debate, between Obama and Keyes in the following Fall, in which Keyes faulted Obama for not being a “natural born citizen”, and in which Obama, by his quick retort, “So what? I am running for Illinois Senator, not the presidency”, self-admitted that he was not eligible for the office.  Seeing that an AP reporter is too professional to submit a story which was not based on confirmed sources (ostensibly the Obama campaign in this case), the inference seems inescapable: Obama himself was putting out in 2004, that he was born in Kenya.

The difficulty in finding this gem of a story is hampered by Google, which is running flak for Obama:  because if you search for “Kenyan-born US Senate” you wont find it, but if you search for the phrase without quotes you will find links which talk about it.”

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I received the following email from CDR Charles Kerchner at 2:17 AM ET
on October 16, 2009.

“Since you are all covering this newly released/discovered webpage for
the June 27, 2004 article in your news sites and blogs, and that the
Obots are immediately labeling it a fake, I thought I’d share with you
a video recorded by a volunteer research on July 9th, 2009 showing the
documentation of the existence of the article’s page being found on
the net early this year, but contents scrubbed … but then in early
July the volunteer researcher found two copies in TWO (2) Way Back
Time Machine process archives servers at two locations in the world.
The second system has not been revealed as of this time before, as of
yet that I know of, while the first one was found and revealed by
someone yesterday. This video evidence we had been saving is hereby
being shown to you for news release via an attached video piece done
by the researcher that shows that the June 27th, 2004 article found is
not fake and existed on the net for quite some time and copies of the
article were inventoried and were still in the Way Back Time Machine
at two separate sites in the world on 9 July 2009.”

To:

Congressman Howard Coble,

Members of Congress

Here is what we know:

Obama has not released a legitimate certified copy of his birth certificate.

Obama has employed private attorneys and US Justice Department attorneys at taxpayer expense for 3 years to avoid presenting a birth certificate and college records.

The image place on WhiteHouse.gov, purporting to be Obama’s birth certificate, is clearly fraudulent.

We do not know where Obama was born.

Based on the evidence, why should we believe that Obama was not born in Kenya.

I am demanding an immediate investigation by Congress. 

I believe that I speak for millions of concerned Americans.