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[19 Sep 2018 | No Comment | ]

The scope of an already massive Russia-linked money laundering case swelled Wednesday when Denmark’s largest bank said more than $230 billion in transactions flowed through its tiny Estonian branch, a larger amount than previously reported.

Danske Bank Chief Executive Thomas Borgen resigned as the bank published results of a yearlong investigation into how its operation in the Baltic former Soviet Republic turned into a hub for illicit flows out of Russia and other ex-Soviet states into the West. The report said a “large portion” of the transactions are suspected to be …

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[18 Sep 2018 | No Comment | ]

Pam Pursell, president of the Du Quoin Education Association of Illinois, told teachers in an email that if they want out, “You MUST write a personal letter of why you do not want to belong to our union.” She added that there “is NOT a form to fill out online,” and if the opt-out letter wasn’t received within a week, “you will become a [union] member.”

State politicians are abetting this blatant political resistance to the Supreme Court. In anticipation of Janus, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Workplace Democracy Enhancement …

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[13 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]

Ms. Miller, a former New York Times reporter, writes that Mr. Fitzgerald induced her to give what she now realizes was false testimony. By withholding critical information and manipulating her memory as he prepared her to testify, Ms. Miller relates, Mr. Fitzgerald “steered” her “in the wrong direction.”

Ms. Miller’s inaccurate testimony helped Mr. Fitzgerald persuade a Washington, D.C., jury in 2007 to find Mr. Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, guilty of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and perjury.
Read more in the Wall Street Journal

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[3 Jan 2017 | One Comment | ]

President Obama plans a farewell speech next week in Chicago, and perhaps he’ll notice that while he’s been in Washington his hometown has become the nation’s murder capital and largest gang war zone. Worth reflecting on is the city’s upswell in violence last year that followed political protests against law enforcement and a pullback in policing.

The Chicago Police Department reported 762 homicides in 2016, the most in two decades and more than in the cities of New York and Los Angeles combined. The 57% increase was the biggest spike in …

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[16 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

A cabal of state tax and local collectors is lobbying the Senate to hold the Internet Tax Freedom Act hostage. Their plan is to tie an extension of the longstanding ban on email taxes to their controversial plan to give states and municipalities new powers to collect sales taxes on transactions far outside their borders. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat, is mulling whether to lead the hostage-taking for these taxing interests.
 

Since this sales-tax scheme has been going nowhere in the House, the Durbin gang could end up …

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[19 Nov 2013 | One Comment | ]

Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.

Copies of two subpoenas we’ve seen demand “all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications” both internally and between the subpoena target and some 29 conservative groups, including Wisconsin and national nonprofits, political vendors and party committees.
One subpoena also demands “all records of income …

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[8 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]

Some union officials, however, would be unhappy to see her become the nominee. One union, Unite Here, has targeted Ms. Pritzker and her family’s Hyatt hotel chain, enlisting the Obama Labor Department in an 18-month investigation of alleged worker-safety violations. The federal probe ended with a finding of no major violations.

Last July, a group of labor leaders, including Obama ally and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, joined Unite Here at a news conference in Washington, where Unite Here called for a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels.
Several union officials said Thursday they …

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[17 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

Offended by President Obama’s decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization? It gets worse: In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more.

Under ObamaCare, a single committee—the United States Preventative Services Task Force—is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans.
Read more at WSJ

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[24 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

Now, suddenly, we have headlines about the president’s “war on the Catholic Church.” Mostly they stem from a Health and Human Services mandate that forces every employer to provide employees with health coverage that not only covers birth control and sterilization, but makes them free. Predictably, the move has drawn fire from the Catholic bishops.

Less predictable—and far more interesting—has been the heat from the Catholic left, including many who have in the past given the president vital cover. In a post for the left-leaning National Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winter …

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[22 Sep 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

From the president’s hometown comes an example of what he is actually supporting. The Chicago Tribune reports that an investigation it conducted with WGN-TV found “23 retired union officials from Chicago stand to collect about $56 million from two ailing city pension funds.”

That’s an average of $2.4 million each, and some will rake in even more. Dennis Gannon, a former president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, stands to collect some $5 million. In line for $4 million apiece are Liberato “Al” Naimoli, president of the Cement Workers Union Local …