Al Sharpton’s Secret Work As FBI Informant

APRIL 7–When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.

That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted with a recording device.

The high-profile Obama supporter was also on the dais atop the U.S. Capitol steps last year when the president was sworn in for a second term. He was seated in front of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two rows behind Beyonce and Jay Z, and about 20 feet from Eric Holder, the country’s top law enforcement officer. As head of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Holder leads an agency that once reported that Obama’s inauguration guest also had La Cosa Nostra contacts beyond Gotham, and engaged in “conversations with LCN members from other parts of the United States.”

The former mob snitch has become a regular in the White House, where he has met with the 44th president in the East Room, the Roosevelt Room, and the Oval Office. He has also attended Obama Christmas parties, speeches, policy announcements, and even watched a Super Bowl with the First Family (an evening the man has called “one of the highlights of my life”). During these gatherings, he has mingled with cabinet members, top Obama aides, military leaders, business executives, and members of Congress. His former confederates were a decidedly dicier lot: ex-convicts, extortionists, heroin traffickers, and mob henchmen. The man’s surreptitious recordings, FBI records show, aided his government handlers in the successful targeting of powerful Mafia figures with nicknames like Benny Eggs, Chin, Fritzy, Corky, and Baldy Dom.

Read More at http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/investigation/al-sharpton-764312?page=0,0

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Obama Rewrites FOIA – Doesn’t Tell America – Sets Sights on Internet Free Speech

Last week several important battles were fought in Obama’s war on free speech.

The Obama White House routinely bars news media from meetings with foreign leaders and other events, then releases its own photos of those events. But the remnants of what once was a free press in America are meekly fighting back. The Associated Press reported last week, “The presidents of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have urged their members to stop using White House handout photos and video, saying they amount to propaganda.”
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/03/obamas-war-freedom-speech-rewriting-foia-precursor-internet-totalitarianism/#OzgCwrmThi5Zxssx.99

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The White House is aggressively monitoring and reviewing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures, causing significant delays in some cases, a study by the watchdog group Cause of Action found.

FOIA documents obtained by Cause of Action show White House reviews delayed responses to investigative journalists, watchdog groups, and even congressional investigations.

One White House review delayed response to a FOIA request by a Los Angeles Timesreporter by at least two years.

The study, based on records obtained from four federal agencies, found at least 18 FOIA requests were sent to the White House for review between 2012 and 2013.

Cause of Action is still waiting for responses from 16 other agencies. Some of those requests have been pending for more than 200 days.

As previously reported by the Washington Free Beacon, transparency advocates and journalists worry increased review of FOIA requests is politicizing the process and slowing it down.

“The dangers of White House equities reach beyond simple document review,” Cause of Action executive director Dan Epstein said in a statement to the Free Beacon. “This unbridled power from the executive interferes with free press and transparency and is, in reality, another form of political targeting to protect the reputation of the administration.”

Read more at The Free Beacon

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BREAKING: Obama Issues Executive Order That May Affect Russian Ammo/Weapons Availability

If you follow the news at all (if you read this site I’m nearly positive you do), you’re aware of the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s activities there.

Today, in relation to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, President Obama issued an executive order which was made to sanction Russia economically.

Of particular interest to those of us in the shooting industry and community is the following part of the executive order (emphasis mine):

Read more at http://gunssavelives.net/news/breaking-obama-issues-executive-order-that-may-affect-russian-ammoweapons-availability/

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White House pastry chef resigns: ‘I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs’

White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food.

Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions.

Yosses began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey and agave. But Yosses was never fully committed to the new policy.

“I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” Yosses said, noting that his departure from the White House is a “bittersweet decision.”

Michelle Obama said in a statement that she is “incredibly sad to see Bill Yosses go.”

“I am also so grateful to him for his outstanding work, not just as the White House pastry chef, producing the most delectable creations for everything from birthday celebrations to state visits, but also as a key partner helping us get the White House kitchen garden off the ground and building a healthier future for our next generation. I wish Bill and his husband, Charlie, all the best in their future endeavors,” Michelle Obama said.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/18/white-house-pastry-chef-resigns-i-dont-want-to-demonize-cream-butter-sugar-and-eggs/#ixzz2wMv9DsCF

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Obama Sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2014) – President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine in the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War.

The Treasury Department also is imposing sanctions on four Ukrainians — including former President Viktor Yanukovych, a former top Ukrainian presidential adviser and two Crimea-based separatist leaders — under existing authority under a previous Obama order. Senior administration officials also said they are working to identify what they called “Russian government cronies” to target the assets of those supporting the Crimea unrest, including individuals working in the arms industry.

Obama was to make a statement Monday from the White House.

The administration officials said Putin wasn’t sanctioned despite his support of the Crimean referendum because the U.S. doesn’t usually begin with heads of state. But the officials, speaking to reporters on a conference call on the condition they not be quoted by name, say those sanctioned are very close to Putin and that the sanctions are “designed to hit close to home.”

The U.S. announcement came shortly after the European Union announced travel bans and asset freezes on 21 people they have linked to the unrest in Crimea. Obama administration officials say there is some overlap between the U.S. and European list, which wasn’t immediately made public.

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House GOP: Obama administration abandoning ‘individual mandate,’ should surrender to repeal

House Republicans said Thursday that the Obama administration has left a giant loophole in its own individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain health care coverage, saying a vaguely worded “hardship” exception announced last week will let millions of Americans duck the law.

The administration brushed aside the criticism, saying there has always been a hardship exemption for people who can show they cannot afford health care plans.

But Republicans said the provision, one of a number of exemptions listed on the application Americans must fill out to be insulated from the mandate’s penalties, could end up wrecking the economics underlying the Affordable Care Act.

“The president’s always claimed that getting rid of the individual mandate is tantamount to gutting Obamacare, yet the White House quietly added a new hardship exemption — for essentially everyone — and it seems that they’re hoping that no one will notice,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. “This is a huge public policy decision that could affect millions of Americans.”

Republicans said it was particularly stunning that the administration created such a broad exemption at a time when President Obama has vowed to veto a House bill that would cancel the individual mandate altogether. That bill is due for a vote Friday.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/13/house-gop-obama-administration-abandoning-individu/#ixzz2vuW0hRc4
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Video: RT Anchor Quits On Air

An American anchor working for state-owned television station Russia Today quit on air on Wednesday. Liz Wahl, in the network’s D.C. bureau, announced she could no longer be “part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning.”

“It actually makes me feel sick that I worked there,” Wahl told The Daily Beast exclusively.

She had been planning this move for some time. “When I came on board from the beginning I knew what I was getting into, but I think I was more cautious and tried to stay as objective as I could,” she said, explaining that she was repeatedly censured by her superiors.

The Kremlin’s influence over RT is subtle, Wahl said, but management manipulates its employees, punishing those who stray from the narrative. “In order to succeed there you don’t question,” Wahl explained.

RT has had some doozies recently, like “Self-defense force ranks swell in anticipation of Crimea showdown with radicals” and “Tea, sandwiches, music, photos with self-defense forces mark peaceful Sunday in Simferopol.”

On Tuesday, RT anchor Abby Martin denounced Putin’s invasion of Crimea. “I can’t say enough how strongly I am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation’s affairs. What Russia did is wrong.” Soon after, Martin’s bosses said they would sent her to Crimea, which she declined.

“I just think it’s absurd that we’re just a few blocks away from the White House and this is all able to go along,” Wahl said

Read more at The Daily Beast

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Trey Gowdy blasts Susan Rice – I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive thru and John McCain is a great master of the Obvious

Go Rep Gowdy……. Thank you for standing up for the American People.  Please let me know what you think.  Andrew

You Tube Notes

Published on Feb 25, 2014

Trey Gowdy on Greta Monday night blasted Susan Rice for her lack of regret over lying about the Benghazi attack in which 4 Americans die/ Gowdy called her “stunningly arrogant” and said she was continuing to peddle a “false narrative.”

Rice blamed the misstatement on faulty intelligence. But Gowdy wasn’t buying it. “There is no evidence to support that false narrative of a video,” he began. “Not a scintilla of evidence. All of the evidence pointed exactly to what she claimed it wasn’t: a preplanned, coordinated attack.”

“So she was fabulously wrong when she said it the first time,” he declared, “and stunningly arrogant in her refusal to express any regret for lying to our fellow citizens.”

Given Rice’s insistence, Susteren asked the congressman what could be done to hold her and the administration accountable.

“I would love the chance to ask follow-up questions of Susan Rice, because David Gregory apparently did not avail himself of that opportunity,” he said, referencing Sunday’s interview. “Greta, I just listened to the the clip. I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive-thru than he asked her.”

“There’s no regret about lying to your fellow citizens?” Gowdy continued. “No regret about the fact that in 18 months, not a single solitary person has been brought to justice? No regret for misleading the families and the loved ones of those four murdered Americans? I can certainly help her if she is struggling to come up with an area of regret.”

Susteren also asked the congressman why, given the absurd nature of the White House’s video story, Rice and the administration still tried to cover up the attack.

Gowdy noted that “we were in the midst of a [presidential] campaign,” with President Obama touting the effective defeat of al-Qaida. “Al-Qaida was not on the run,” he said, “they were at the front door of our facility in Benghazi, getting ready to kill our ambassador and burn it down.”

“So she can either tell the truth, or she can blame it on a video for which there is no evidence whatsoever,” he continued. “And she opted to protect her career and parrot the talking points that were provided to her by the White House.”

And John McCain on Meet The Press doing a wonderful job of being a master of the obvious

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