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Clintons. Scandals. Put those two words in Google. What do you get? How many hits? 1 Million, Ten Thousand. (1,010,000) In 0.25 seconds. One site lists even an alphabet, the A to Z of the Clinton Scandals. Does America need more scandals? Can America afford this? I think NOT. America, let's ZAP the Clintons. You know, the way you would ZAP a bad TV program... YES, We Can. ZAP. Change. Hope. We Can. Si, Se Puede! Hillary Clinton's George Bush Connection In the Clintons' pursuit of power, there is no such thing as a strange bedfellow. One recently exposed inamorata was Norman Hsu, the mysterious businessman from Hong Kong who brought in $850,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign before being unmasked as a fugitive. Her campaign dismissed Hsu as someone who'd slipped through the cracks of an otherwise unimpeachable system for vetting donors, and perhaps he was. The same cannot be said for the notorious financier Alan Quasha, whose involvement with Clinton is at least as substantial--and still under wraps. Political junkies will recall Quasha as the controversial figure who bailed out George W. Bush's failing oil company in 1986, folding Bush into his company, Harken Energy, thus setting him on the path to a lucrative and high-profile position as an owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, and the presidency. The persistently unprofitable Harken--many of whose board members, connected to powerful foreign interests and the intelligence community, nevertheless profited enormously--faced intense scrutiny in the early 1990s and again during Bush's first term. Now Quasha is back--on the other side of the aisle. Operating below the radar, he entered Hillary Clinton's circle even before she declared her candidacy by quietly arranging for the hire of Clinton confidant and longtime Democratic Party money man Terry McAuliffe at one of his companies. During the interregnum between McAuliffe's chairmanship of the Democratic Party and the time he officially joined Clinton's campaign, Quasha's firm set McAuliffe up with a salary and opened a Washington office for him. Just a few years earlier, McAuliffe had publicly criticized Bush for his financial dealings with Harken, disparaging the company's Enron-like accounting. Yet in 2005 McAuliffe accepted this cushy perch with Quasha's newly acquired investment firm, Carret Asset Management, and even brought along former Clinton White House business liaison Peter O'Keefe, who had been his senior aide at the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe remained with the company until he became national chair of Hillary's presidential bid, and O'Keefe never left. McAuliffe's connection to Quasha has, until now, never been noted. Another strong link between Quasha and Clinton is Quasha's business partner, Hassan Nemazee, a top Hillary fundraiser who was trotted out to defend her during the Hsu episode--in which the clothing manufacturer was unmasked as a swindler who seemingly funneled illegal contributions through "donors" of modest means. In June, by liquidating a blind trust, the Clintons sought to distance themselves from any financial entanglements that might embarrass the campaign. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson argued that the couple had gone "above and beyond" what was legally required "in order to avoid even the hint of a conflict of interest." But throughout their political careers, Bill and Hillary Clinton have repeatedly associated with people whose objectives seemed a million miles from "a place called Hope." Among these Alan Quasha and his menagerie--including Saudi frontmen, a foreign dictator, figures with intelligence ties and a maze of companies and offshore funds--stand out. "That Hillary Clinton's campaign is involved with this particular cast of characters should give people pause," says John Moscow, a former Manhattan prosecutor. In the late 1980s and early '90s he led the investigation of the corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) global financial empire--a bank whose prominent shareholders included members of the Harken board. "Too many of the same names from earlier troubling circumstances suggests a lack of control over who she is dealing with," says Moscow, "or a policy of dealing with anyone who can pay."
24 Mar 2008
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Clintons. Scandals. Put those two words in Google. What do you get? How many hits? 1 Million, Ten Thousand. (1,010,000) In 0.25 seconds. One site lists even an alphabet, the A to Z of the Clinton Scandals. Does America need more scandals? Can America afford this? I think NOT. America, let's ZAP the Clintons. You know, the way you would ZAP a bad TV program... YES, We Can. ZAP. Change. Hope. We Can. Si, Se Puede! Hillary Clinton's George Bush Connection In the Clintons' pursuit of power, there is no such thing as a strange bedfellow. One recently exposed inamorata was Norman Hsu, the mysterious businessman from Hong Kong who brought in $850,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign before being unmasked as a fugitive. Her campaign dismissed Hsu as someone who'd slipped through the cracks of an otherwise unimpeachable system for vetting donors, and perhaps he was. The same cannot be said for the notorious financier Alan Quasha, whose involvement with Clinton is at least as substantial--and still under wraps. Political junkies will recall Quasha as the controversial figure who bailed out George W. Bush's failing oil company in 1986, folding Bush into his company, Harken Energy, thus setting him on the path to a lucrative and high-profile position as an owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, and the presidency. The persistently unprofitable Harken--many of whose board members, connected to powerful foreign interests and the intelligence community, nevertheless profited enormously--faced intense scrutiny in the early 1990s and again during Bush's first term. Now Quasha is back--on the other side of the aisle. Operating below the radar, he entered Hillary Clinton's circle even before she declared her candidacy by quietly arranging for the hire of Clinton confidant and longtime Democratic Party money man Terry McAuliffe at one of his companies. During the interregnum between McAuliffe's chairmanship of the Democratic Party and the time he officially joined Clinton's campaign, Quasha's firm set McAuliffe up with a salary and opened a Washington office for him. Just a few years earlier, McAuliffe had publicly criticized Bush for his financial dealings with Harken, disparaging the company's Enron-like accounting. Yet in 2005 McAuliffe accepted this cushy perch with Quasha's newly acquired investment firm, Carret Asset Management, and even brought along former Clinton White House business liaison Peter O'Keefe, who had been his senior aide at the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe remained with the company until he became national chair of Hillary's presidential bid, and O'Keefe never left. McAuliffe's connection to Quasha has, until now, never been noted. Another strong link between Quasha and Clinton is Quasha's business partner, Hassan Nemazee, a top Hillary fundraiser who was trotted out to defend her during the Hsu episode--in which the clothing manufacturer was unmasked as a swindler who seemingly funneled illegal contributions through "donors" of modest means. In June, by liquidating a blind trust, the Clintons sought to distance themselves from any financial entanglements that might embarrass the campaign. Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson argued that the couple had gone "above and beyond" what was legally required "in order to avoid even the hint of a conflict of interest." But throughout their political careers, Bill and Hillary Clinton have repeatedly associated with people whose objectives seemed a million miles from "a place called Hope." Among these Alan Quasha and his menagerie--including Saudi frontmen, a foreign dictator, figures with intelligence ties and a maze of companies and offshore funds--stand out. "That Hillary Clinton's campaign is involved with this particular cast of characters should give people pause," says John Moscow, a former Manhattan prosecutor. In the late 1980s and early '90s he led the investigation of the corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) global financial empire--a bank whose prominent shareholders included members of the Harken board. "Too many of the same names from earlier troubling circumstances suggests a lack of control over who she is dealing with," says Moscow, "or a policy of dealing with anyone who can pay."
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Hello it's Thursday, the 10 of January 2008. I'm Rebecca Field with a UPI entertainment update. More than 7 million people tuned in to watch Jamie Lynn Spears on the finale of her show, "Zoey 101." Viewers had their eyes glued to Nickelodeon last Friday for the final hourlong program. It was apparently the most watched episode in the show's history. This comes just weeks after 16 year old Spears announced she was pregnant. The fourth season of "Zoey 101" has already been filmed and will go on as planned in February. Hollywood is mourning the loss of the man known as their honorary mayor. Johnny Grant was found dead last night at his home in southern California. It appears he passed away from natural causes. He was 84. Grant was once a radio personality and TV producer, but he's best known for chairing the committee that chose stars for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Vince Vaughn says he and ex Jennifer Anniston are still buddies. The actor tells Parade magazine they still talk and have a great friendship. He also emphasized his appreciation for Anniston as a person. The pair broke up more than a year ago after a year and a half of dating. Vaughn says in relationships it's very important for him to appreciate the small stuff and laugh a lot. Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hit the town last night for the premiere of "Mad Money." Cruise was at the event to support his wife...who stars in the film. The couple appeared playful and affectionate as they made it down the red carpet. Also starring in the movie are Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton. It's about three Federal Reserve employees plotting to steal a large amount of money. "Mad Money" is scheduled for a U.S. release next Friday. "Charlie Wilson's War" has made it's way to the U.K. The film's star Tom Hanks was in London last night for the European premiere of the drama. The director Mike Nichols attended the event as well. "Charlie Wilson's War" also stars Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's about a Texas Congressman's work assisting Afghani rebels. It premiered in the U.S. last month. That's all for now. For more on those stories and all of the day's news go to upi.com. Thanks for watching.
25 Jul 2009
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Congressman Luis Gutierrez at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Hearing Pt.1. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
26 Apr 2008
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Congressman Spencer Bachus at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 2 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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Congressman Barney Frank at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 3 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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Congressman Jeb Hensarling at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 4 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 5 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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Congressman Geoff Davis at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 6 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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Ms. Louise L. Roseman at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 7 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
29 Apr 2008
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Ms. Valerie Abend at UIGEA Hearing (04/02/08) at House of Judiciary Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 8 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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Congressman Spencer Bachus Q&A at House of Financial Services Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 10 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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Congressman Barney Frank Q&A at House of Financial Services Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 11 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
1 May 2008
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Congressman W. Lacy Clay at House of Financial Services Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 13 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 May 2008
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Congressman Kenny Marchant Q&A at House of Financial Services Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 12 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
29 Apr 2008
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Congressman Barney Frank Q&A 2 at House of Financial Services Committee Hearing on UIGEA on 04/02/08. Part 14 of the hearing. For more details go to http://tinyurl.com/2rd9qz
3 Apr 2008
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