Archive for ‘September, 2008’

‘TrooperGate’ Documents Show Palin’s Role in Ex-Relative’s Workers Comp Claims

‘TrooperGate’ Documents Show Palin’s Role in Ex-Relative’s Workers Comp Claims

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – collaborating with her husband Todd and several senior aides – conducted what amounted to a rogue investigation into suspicions that her ex-brother-in-law was faking a job-related injury as a state trooper, according to state documents, law enforcement officials and former aides to Palin. The investigation was conducted using the resources […]

New Witness Said to Implicate Palin

New Witness Said to Implicate Palin

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a denial by Murlene Wilkes’s sister, Carol Lindsey, regarding the substance of her sister’s testimony before independent counsel Steve Branchflower, and updates testimony by former Harbor Adjustment Service claims adjuster Johanna Grasso. A key witness in the “Troopergate” investigation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has backed […]

Army Private Subjected to Anti-Semitic Attacks Brutally Beaten By Soldiers

Army Private Subjected to Anti-Semitic Attacks Brutally Beaten By Soldiers

A U.S. Army soldier was brutally beaten by other soldiers in his platoon earlier this month following two incidents in which a drill sergeants allegedly used anti-Semitic slurs to address the soldier. Pvt. Michael Handman, 20, who has just completed his fifth week of basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, was recently released from a […]

Palin Implicated By Witness in ‘Troopergate’ Probe

Palin Implicated By Witness in ‘Troopergate’ Probe

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a denial by Murlene Wilkes’s sister, Carol Lindsey, regarding the substance of her sister’s testimony before independent counsel Steve Branchflower, and updates testimony by former Harbor Adjustment Service claims adjuster Johanna Grasso. An Alaska woman who owns a company that processes workers’ compensation claims in the […]

Gonzales to Face Continued Scrutiny in Criminal Probe

Gonzales to Face Continued Scrutiny in Criminal Probe

A special prosecutor appointed Monday to further probe the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys will hopefully find enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and aides who had served with him at the agency, said David Iglesias, the former New Mexico U.S. Attorney whose dismissal in December 2006 was singled […]

Bush’s Concerns Over Voter Fraud Led to Iglesias’s Firing

Bush’s Concerns Over Voter Fraud Led to Iglesias’s Firing

President George W. Bush, Karl Rove, the former White House political adviser, both appear to have helped orchestrate the firing of former New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias after receiving numerous complaints from Republican activists that Iglesias did not prosecute individuals for voter fraud before the 2006 midterm elections, according to a report on the […]

Iglesias Hopes Special Counsel Will Find Criminal Violations in Attorney Firings

Iglesias Hopes Special Counsel Will Find Criminal Violations in Attorney Firings

A special prosecutor appointed Monday to further probe the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys will hopefully find enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and aides who had served with him at the agency, said David Iglesias, the former New Mexico U.S. Attorney whose dismissal in December 2006 was singled […]

McCain Spins Public on Iraq Troop Surge

McCain Spins Public on Iraq Troop Surge

Over the past several months, John McCain and his backers have touted his early endorsement of the Iraq War “surge” as evidence of his political courage, but it could be equally viewed as an act of political desperation, to forestall total calamity in Iraq and to avert disaster for broader neoconservative objectives in the Middle […]

Palin’s History of Ethical Lapses Revealed

Palin’s History of Ethical Lapses Revealed

When John McCain trotted out Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, his campaign and much of the U.S. news media depicted the Alaska governor as an ethics “reformer” whose meteoric political rise came from her confronting corruption within her own state Republican Party. But a closer look at Palin’s short political career reveals […]

Finally, A Good News Story, Sort Of

Finally, A Good News Story, Sort Of

A woman who was denied asylum in the U.S. despite her fears that she would suffer additional female genital mutilation if she was deported to her native Mali has been given a second chance. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey — whose intervention was sought in a national campaign by women’s and human rights groups — has […]

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