Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday morning links

From the Hill via
Senate ethics panel takes new look at Countrywide loans
By Susan Crabtree
The Senate Ethics Committee is re-examining the participation of senators and staffers in a controversial VIP mortgage-lending program at Countrywide Financial Corp, according to a source familiar with the panel’s activities.
The Ethics Committee in recent days has begun to look into new information about Senate involvement in the Countrywide loan program, the source said.
In mid-July Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) agreed to assist the ethics panel after learning that senators or Senate staff received at least 30 Countrywide loans that offered sweetheart deals of special treatment.
Just a snippet, read the rest.

From CNSnews
Homosexual Activist Serves as Acting Head of HHS Agency for Children and Families
By Jane McGrath
Conservative groups are expressing concern that David Hansell, an openly homosexual man and former AIDS activist, is currently serving as the acting head – the assistant secretary – of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Hansell is the former director of legal services and deputy director for government and public affairs at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a homosexual activist group that has lobbied the federal government on HIV/AIDS.
“It is very troubling that someone with his background has such a high position in this particular agency,” Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council (FRC), told More here.

From the LA Times blog Top of the Ticket, via
George W. Bush makes surprise visit to U.S. troops
Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, made a surprise visit to U.S. troops this afternoon.

They showed up at the USO in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. There they mingled with the returning soldiers, thanked them, chatted and posed for photos as proof of the unexpected encounter for folks back home.
The USO just posted an assortment of the photos on its Facebook page, which quickly drew a growing list of appreciative comments. Read the article here.

From American Thinker Blog
Doing well by doing the bidding of the left
Thomas Lifson
American Thinker has long harbored suspicion about ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism outfit that distributes its work to newspaper gratis. The organization has found a hearty welcome in the precincts of the leftist mainstream of American jnournalism, even sharing a Pulitzer Prize with the New York Times in 2010.
ProPublica was funded by large donations from Herbert and Marion Sandler, close associates in philanthropy to George Soros and Peter Lewis, and other progressive moneybags. One of ProPublica's foci has been investigation of the downsides of domestic energy production, especially shale gas, with which America is abundantly endowed. The organization proclaims itself a "public interest" organization, and produces some non-political journalism as well as material that serves an agenda.
Go here to read the rest and see those six figure salaries.

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