Mr. Fair And Balanced Hume, done in by Joe the Plumber, Ahahahahahaha
U.S. News reports that Hume "got outshone by another conservative darling -- Joe the Plumber" at the MRC's gala.
Save A Soldier. Impeach A President.
Source: NY Times
While the American International Group comes under fire from Congress over executive bonuses, it is quietly fighting the federal government for the return of $306 million in tax payments, some related to deals that were conducted through offshore tax havens.
A.I.G. sued the government last month in a bid to force it to return the payments, which stemmed in large part from its use of aggressive tax deals, some involving entities controlled by the company’s financial products unit in the Cayman Islands, Ireland, the Dutch Antilles and other offshore havens.
A.I.G. is effectively suing its majority owner, the government, which has an 80 percent stake and has poured nearly $200 billion into the insurer in a bid to avert its collapse and avoid troubling the global financial markets. The company is in effect asking for even more money, in the form of tax refunds. The suit also suggests that A.I.G. is spending taxpayer money to pursue its case, something it is legally entitled to do. Its initial claim was denied by the Internal Revenue Service last year. LinkHere
The Axis of Corporate Evil
By: Reuters 19 Mar 2009 02:01 PM ET
NEW YORK - More than 20 investment deals made by New York state's pension fund were "tainted" by a kickback scheme, and five of the investments involved The Carlyle Group, a giant private equity fund, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.
Cuomo charged the kickbacks were paid to Henry Morris, the chief fund-raiser for former state comptroller Alan Hevesi and the pension fund's chief investment officer. Both men are accused of having received fees from companies seeking to invest the pension fund money as part of a 123 count-indictment. LinkHere
Uhhhhh Hell they've been listening to Rush the voice of the GOP
The Associated Press reports that House GOP leadership has decided to oppose the bill:
Media Matters notes that conservative commentators are out of step with the Republican party on the whole affair. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity are defending the AIG executives while GOP leaders in Congress denounce them. As Greg Sargent noted:
House Passes Bill Taxing AIG Bonuses, Republicans Switch Votes In Droves
(In all, 243 Democrats and 85 Republicans voted "yes" on the bill. It was opposed by six Democrats and 87 Republicans.)
FOX "Asks" If Obama Administration Is Bigger Scammer Than Madoff
On last night's This Is The Address Of The White House, David Shuster took up the issue of the kooky, ratcheted up rhetoric that has come along with the financial crisis. Barack Obama is worse than Bernie Madoff! Glenn Beck is going to be sent to live in a FEMA Camp, where no one will have compassion for him and his YouTubes! Shuster asks the question: "Isn't there a danger when the rhetoric goes off the charts?" Uhm, yes! There's the danger of MASSIVE RATINGS for Glenn Beck, as a nation of looky loos tunes in to get their minds blown.
In a message to her e-mail today titled “useful idiot watch,” right-wing talker Laura Ingraham sends a “Memo to Meghan McCain,” claiming that her “plus-sized” attack was just “one satirical line” that the left is now using “to malign outspoken conservatives.” Ingraham claims that “indignation” over her “off-the-cuff remark” is “manufactured and totally phony“:
Laura Ingraham attacks Meghan McCain's weight, calls her "plus-sized"
"just another Valley Girl gone awry."
The White House has benefited from no shortage of partisan enemies to attack. On Monday, Dick Cheney played the punching bag role, with spokesman Robert Gibbs calling the former vice president the latest member of the "Republican cabal" to be "trotted out" by the Republican Party.
"I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal," said Gibbs.
"I think not taking economic advice from Dick Cheney may be the best possible outcome of yesterday's interview."
Cheney's Excuse For Economic Failures: 'Stuff Happens'