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by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 6:50 PM EDT

“DC Madam Talks with ABC News”
April 9, 2007 4:42 PM
Justin Hood Reports

Abc_brianmadamme3_070409_nr Alleged “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey has given an exclusive interview to ABC News.

ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross recently interviewed Palfrey, who for over a decade operated what she terms an “erotic fantasy service” in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, for an upcoming report on “20/20.”

Last October, federal prosecutors charged Palfrey with racketeering offenses in connection with the business, which she contends was a legal operation. From 1993 to August 2006, Palfrey ran a high-end escort service in the nation’s capital, charging a flat fee for 90-minute “dates” with women between the ages of 23 and 55 whom she termed independent contractors.

ABCs The Blotter!


This could be the Biggest Reverse Sting Operation Ever! 🙂

Don’t do the Crime if you can’t do the Time

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Abramoff: The House That Jack Built

by S-Q @ 3:41 PM MDT


Since Jack Abramoff’s name came up on a previous thread, I thought I should publish this again.

Abramoff: The House That Jack Built

Jack Abramoff *

SunCruz


Sen. Conrad Burns +
Rep. Tom DeLay +
Rep. Bob Ney *
Adam Kidan *
Neil Volz

Tigua Casino

Sen. John Cornyn
Rep. Bob Ney * +
Rep. Don Young
Ralph Reed
Michael Scanlon *
Neil Volz

Mariana Islands

Sen. Conrad Burns +
Rep. Tom DeLay +
Rep. John Doolittle
Rep. Don Young
President Bush +

Saginaw Funding

Sen. Conrad Burns +
Sen. Byron Dorgan +
Rep. J.D. Hayworth +

Choctaws

Grover Norquist
Ralph Reed

Capital Athletic Foundation

Julie Doolittle *

Coushatta Campaign

Rep. Roy Blunt +
Rep. Eric Cantor +
Sen. Thad Cochran +
Rep. Tom DeLay +
Rep. John Doolittle
Sen. John Ensign
Sen. Charles Grassley
Rep. J. Dennis Hastert +
Rep. Ernie Istook +
Sen. Trent Lott
Sen. Harry Reid
Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. David Vitter +
Rep. Roger Wicker
Grover Norquist

Cronyism

Sen. Conrad Burns +
Rep. Tom DeLay +
Rep. John Doolittle
Rep. Bob Ney * +
Grover Norquist
Tony Rudy
Neil Volz
J. Steven Griles
Susan Ralston

Favors

Rep. Bob Ney * +
Rep. Richard Pombo +
Rep. David Vitter +
Rep. Don Young
Doug Bandow
Italia Federici
Timothy Flanigan
J. Steven Griles
Gale A. Norton
Susan Ralston

Trips

Rep. Tom DeLay +
Rep. John Doolittle
Rep. Tom Feeney +
Rep. Bob Ney *
Ed Buckham
Susan Hirschmann
Ralph Reed
David Safavian

Mashpee


Rep. Richard Pombo +

Gifts

Rep. Tom DeLay +
Rep. John Doolittle
Sen. Tom Harkin +
Rep. J.D. Hayworth +
Rep. Bob Ney * +
Rep. Don Young

* Denotes individuals who have been subponaed, indicted, or found guilty in the Abramoff investigation.


+ Denotes individuals who have returned donations from Abramoff, his clients, or his partners.

Methodology: Members of Congress were included if they received over $10,000 from Abramoff, his clients or his partners and have allegedly done favors for Abramoff, his clients or his partners. Members who were acting on behalf of a constituent in their state were excluded, even if those constituents were Abramoff clients. Certain members who received less than $10,000 in Abramoff were included because of extensive allegations of favors done for Abramoff.

More…

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by global Evildoer Fighter @ 5:15 PM EDT

Halliburton winds up Iran work

US oil services giant Halliburton said Monday it had wrapped up its work commitments in Iran and was no longer conducting any projects in the Islamic republic.

Halliburton announced in January of 2005 that it was shutting-down its Iran operations, but would honor existing “contractual commitments” until they were fulfilled.

“Halliburton announced today that all of its contractual commitments in Iran have been completed and the company is no longer working in Iran,” the firm said in a brief statement.

The company, headed by Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000 before he became vice president, added that its “prior business” in Iran was “clearly permissible under applicable laws and regulations.”

Halliburton, which could not be reached for further comment, was involved in at least one contract to drill for gas in Iran in 2005 although the contract was subsequently cancelled by Iran’s government.

It had won the contract even though a US law, dating to 1996, threatens sanctions on US and foreign groups that invest over 40 million dollars in Iran’s energy sector.

Halliburton might be pulling out of Iran, which has troubled political relations with the United States, but it is boosting its footprint elsewhere in the region.

Halliburton announced last month that it was relocating to the United Arab Emirates to capitalize on the Gulf region’s booming energy market.

Raw has it

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by S-Q @ 11:04 AM MDT

© 2007 Stephen Pitt

Washington Monthly

Michael Isikoff reports that Alberto Gonzales has wiped his schedule clean and brought the Justice Department to a “state of paralysis” in order to prepare for his April 17 testimony before Congress. Apparently it’s not going well:

At a recent “prep” for a prospective Sunday talk-show interview, Gonzales’s performance was so poor that top aides scrapped any live appearances. During the March 23 session in the A.G.’s conference room, Gonzales was grilled by a team of top aides and advisers — including former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie and former White House lawyer Tim Flanigan — about what he knew about the plan to fire seven U.S. attorneys last fall. But Gonzales kept contradicting himself and “getting his timeline confused,” said one participant who asked not to be identified talking about a private meeting. His advisers finally got “exasperated” with him, the source added. “He’s not ready,” Tasia Scolinos, Gonzales’s public-affairs chief, told the A.G.’s top aides after the session was over, said the source.

Everyone prepares for congressional testimony, but this is ridiculous. If Gonzales was planning to simply tell the truth, he wouldn’t “keep contradicting himself” in practice sessions and he wouldn’t need to bring his schedule to a standstill in order to figure out what he’s planning to say. He’d just review the appropriate documents to make sure he had his dates straight and then tell Congress what happened.

Obviously, though, that’s not quite what he’s planning to do, is it?

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by Geezer Power 3:28:00 PM PDT


Jane Stillwater’s Fourth Report:

Sunday, April 01, 2007

More news from Iraq: Me, the Light Brigade & John McCain

By Jane Stillwater

JANE STILLWATER’S REPORT FROM IRAQ

Iconoclast journalist Jane P. Stillwater is now embedded in Kuwait. She maneuvered past the road blocks of bureaucracy to arrive there and has filed her first report from the Middle East. Stillwater’s reports will be updated as they arrive on the Iconoclast site. Here, you can follow the stalwart and indomitable reporting of Stillwater to the Iconoclast and the world at large.

Stillwater is a grandmother from Berkeley, California who is dedicated to the truth and justice for all Americans. The Iconoclast is delighted to be able to enable this kind of coverage so that Americans can know.

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by S-Q @ 7:40 AM MDT


Think Progress

In a recent TV interview, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) criticized CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, saying he didn’t know what was going on in Iraq. As proof of progress, McCain claimed, “General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee.”

Sunday night in a 60 Minutes interview, McCain acknowledged that statement was a lie. He said “there is no unarmored humvees. Obviously, that’s the case.” He excused himself, saying, “I’m trying to make the point over and over and over again that we are making progress.”

McCain also previously claimed that there are neighborhoods that you can walk around freely, claiming his heavily-armed stroll through a Baghdad market was an example. Tonight, McCain said he can “understand why they would provide me with that security.”

“Of course I’m gonna misspeak,” McCain said. “I’ve done it on numerous occasions. And I probably will in the future. I regret that when I divert attention to something that I’ve said from my message. But that’s just life. And I’m happy, frankly, with the way I operate. Otherwise it’d be a lot less fun.”

Watch the entire video here.

But, this is the best 19 seconds of that video!!

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by S-Q @ 1:54 PM MDT

© 2007 Stephen Pitt

LA Times

Democrats say a private e-mail system was used in violation of federal rules. In addition, Democrats point to a handful of e-mails obtained through ongoing inquiries suggesting the system may have been used to conceal such activities as contacts with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted on bribery charges and is now in prison for fraud.

WASHINGTON — When Karl Rove and his top deputies arrived at the White House in 2001, the Republican National Committee provided them with laptop computers and other communication devices to be used alongside their government-issued equipment.

The back-channel e-mail and paging system, paid for and maintained by the RNC, was designed to avoid charges that had vexed the Clinton White House — that federal resources were being used inappropriately for political campaign purposes.

Now, that dual computer system is creating new embarrassment and legal headaches for the White House, the Republican Party and Rove’s once-vaunted White House operation.

Democrats say evidence suggests the RNC e-mail system was used for political and government policy matters in violation of federal record preservation and disclosure rules.

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