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DISCLOSE ACT Vote – No!

DEAD IN THE SENATE! Yep, it appears that’s exactly what has happened to the Socialist Democrats DISCLOSE ACT.  Harry Reid will not get the monstrous anti-Free Speech bill passed before they go on summer break.

Latest updates>>> Snowe-No, Brown-No, Collins-No and even Feinstein-No!

Sen. Collins (R-ME)

The phrase most hated by Lefties in the Age of Obama is: Dead in the Senate. And it appears that the flagrantly anti-free Speech DISCLOSE Act may suffer a similar fate. From The Hill . Despite a hard-fought victory in the House, supporters of the Democratic Campaign Finance bill are now confronting a more dispiriting reality: the dwindling chances the Legislation will affect the fall Elections. Advocates of the Disclose Act have long pointed to July 4 as a deadline for enacting the law so…

On a conference call with reporters today, Sen. Chuck Schumer said he’s “working very hard on getting a Republican” to support his version of the campaign-finance reform bill known as the Disclose Act.  He added that “there are a number of possibilities.”

But with the measure slated for a Senate vote tomorrow, he can cross Sen. Susan Collins of Maine off his list of potential supporters.   Collins said through a spokesman this afternoon that she will not support the bill in its current form.

“The bill would provide a clear and unfair advantage to unions, while either shutting other organizations out of the election process or subjecting them to onerous reporting requirements that would not apply to unions,” Collins’ press secretary Kevin Kelley told ABC News.

“Senator Collins also believes that it is ironic that a bill aimed at curtailing special interests in the election process provides so many carve outs and exemptions that favor some grassroots organizations over others. This too is simply unfair.”

The Citizen’s United case held that Congress had violated corporations’ First Amendment free speech rights with the campaign finance laws. The Democrats, not content with allowing Americans to advocate against them, want to muzzle their political opponents with the DISCLOSE Act.

The bill has come under fire recently for carve-outs. In response to pressure from the NRA, House Democrats made an amendment last week to exempt organizations that have over 1 million members, have been in existence for at least a decade, and receive less than 15 percent of their funding from corporations.

House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a statement, “This bill would muzzle small businesses but protect labor unions…This is a backroom deal to shred our Constitution for raw, ugly, partisan gain.”

The Chamber of Commerce, which has been avidly opposing the legislation, said the “Democratic majority in the House has jammed through a piece of legislation that clearly violates the Constitution, as well as basic principles of fairness and equity.”

The carve-out exemption for the NRA will apply to the NRA. But by design, few, if any, corporations will be able to meet the requirements. The description of the carve-out, longstanding groups with lots of members who don’t take corporate money, is the very definition of a union. So the unions can spend their war chests for Democrats but corporations cannot spend for Republicans. More pointedly, Ford’s UAW unions can spend cash on their candidates, but Ford cannot.

The fact that we have actual American members of congress who revile free speech as much as the Democrats is alarming. There is no problem with any American, union, or corporation spending whatever they want on elections. It is a free country, unless you happen to be something other than a Democrat.

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The Blagojevich Trial Updates

The Governor Takes The Stand  To Defend Himself On Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Blagojevich trial: Prosecutors come at Robert Blagojevich with a curve ball

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 4:57 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

After Robert Blagojevich came off with a fairly pristine image in his direct questioning — military service, volunteerism, a business built from the ground up — prosecutor Chris Niewoehner came at Robert with a curve ball — two allegations that haven’t been discussed.

Niewoehner is trying to show Robert wasn’t serious when he told jurors earlier today that he never mixed fund-raising with state action or traded action to benefit his brother.

The prosecutor did that by referring to two conversations: a Nov. 5, 2008 recording where Robert Blagojevich suggested to his brother that he ask Obama to quash his federal investigation; and to another discussion in December 2008 that Robert hit up former state Rep. Kurt Granberg for money at the same time he was up for a post to head the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Blagojevich trial: Government cross-examines Robert Blagojevich

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 4:15 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner opens his cross-examination of Robert Blagojegich by asking the veteran whether he thought it would be fair if, while in the military, he quashed an investigation in exchange for getting a job.

The question clearly throws Robert Blagojevich, who asks the prosecutor to repeat it several times.

Niewoehner then turns to a Nov. 5, 2008 transcript.

“If you can get Obama to get (U.S. Attorney Patrick) Fitzgerald to close the case on you, it provides you total clarity,” Robert says on that tape. He is heard urging his brother to “horse-trade” with Barack Obama to get the feds to stop investigating him.

Niewoehner: “That’s what you wanted to have happen?”
Robert: “As a brother, of course I did.”
Niewoehner asks if he wanted that in exchange for Rod appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate. Robert forcefully says no.
Niewoehner: “Barack Obama was just going to do that for nothing?”

The prosecutor then runs down a list of not-so-hypothetical hypothetical situations.

Niewoehner: “You know it’d be wrong for your brother to ask for cash for his family in exchange for some political action?”
Robert: “Yes.”
Niewoehner: “You know it’d be wrong for your brother to take some governmental action in exchange for somebody else taking millions of dollars and putting it into some organization your brother controls?”
Robert: “If he directly agreed to that? Yes, that would be improper.”
Niewoehner: “Whether it’s a campaign contribution or cash, that doesn’t matter, does it?”
Robert: “Not in my mind.”

Niewoehner asks if Robert would think it was wrong if someone walked into a room with Rod Blagojevich, dropped a bag of $100,000 in cash and asked to be named senator.

“He’d tell the guy to pick up the money and walk out with it,” Robert Blagojevich testifies.

Sitting at his defense table, Rod Blagojevich looked touched, gently smiling and nodding his head.

Judge James Zagel has adjourned court for the day. Cross-examination will resume at 9:30 tomorrow — with Rod Blagojevich expected to take the stand later in the day.

Robert Blagojevich: I was distracted, annoyed while discussing Senate seat on key government tape

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 3:31 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Robert Blagojevich was distracted, annoyed, and just trying to enjoy a cup of coffee in a noisy Starbucks with his wife, who was recuperating from foot surgery, when federal investigators caught him on tape discussing the Senate seat appointment with his brother, Robert has testified.

The Dec. 4, 2008 tape — in which Rod asks Robert to set up a meeting with fund-raiser Raghu Nayak about a potentially lucrative Jesse Jackson Jr. appointment — is key to the government’s case against Robert, who is charged with this scheme in the indictment.

But Robert testifies he was only half-paying attention and thoroughly annoyed since the two had talked numerous times that day and had also attended a fund-raiser.

“I was put out,” Robert Blagojevich says of his brother’s phone call. In the courtroom, Robert smiles. Rod is looking over at his brother, smiling too.

“I thought he was being rude. He knew I was with Julie,” Robert says.

Attorney Michael Ettinger tries to point out that Robert sounded distracted on the tape.

“I’m meeting with him Monday,” Rod says of Jesse Jackson Jr.
Robert: “Nice.”
Rod is heard saying he has invited Jackson to an upcoming poverty conference.
Robert: “Nice.”
Rod: “I’m trying to get a story run in the Sun-Times about how close we are.”
Robert: “Nice, nice, nice.”

Ettinger asks why Robert keeps saying “nice.”

“I was trying to be polite and move the conversation along,” Robert says.

Robert Blagojevich on Rod, Senate seat: “He was all over the place”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 3:16 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Jurors are seeing a visual representation of how all-over-the-map Rod Blagojevich was in deciding who to appoint to Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Defense attorney Michael Ettinger puts up a chart of various Senate seat candidates Rod Blagojevich was considering on Nov. 22, 2008.

There are six mug shots on the screen. A photo of Oprah Winfrey is at the center, along with the mayor’s brother, Bill Daley, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, doctor and Obama pal Eric Whitaker, and others.

Then there are more charts. They show days of the week from Nov. 26 to Dec. 4, 2008 — each with two to three different mug shots of candidates Blago was considering for the seat.

By Dec. 4, Jesse Jackson Jr. is back in contention.

“He was all over the place,” Robert Blagojevich said.

Robert Blagojevich: We were offered $6M — not $1.5M — to appoint Jesse Jackson Jr.

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 3:00 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Robert Blagojevich just testified that Raghu Nayak, the man who authorities said was an emissary to Jesse Jackson Jr., said he would raise $1 million for Blagojevich by the end of 2008.

Nayak then told Robert Blagojevich that $5 million more would be raised for the then-governor once Jackson was appointed senator, according to Robert’s testimony.

These figures differ from what the government has previously said. In the past, they’ve charged the Blagojevich brothers believed that $1.5 million was on the line for a Jackson appointment.

The Chicago Sun-Times first disclosed the dollar amount discrepancies last year.

On another, barely audible tape, Robert Blagojevich is heard talking to Babu Patel, an Indian fund-raiser, about the Senate appointment. It’s a new call, one that hasn’t been played previously for jurors.

“Money is not going to be a factor here,” Robert is heard saying. He says he wants to “make that clear.”

Robert Blagojevich: Thought idea of “accelerated fund-raising” to appoint Jesse Jackson Jr. was “outrageous”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 2:45 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Over the break, Rod Blagojevich chats with his nephew, Alex. The two smile at times and the ex-governor even puts his arm around his nephew at one point.

It’s a rare display of emotion between the two families. The brothers, Rod and Robert, don’t lunch together and have not been seen talking to one another in court this entire trial.

Back on the stand, Robert Blagojevich recounts an Oct. 28, 2008, meeting with Indian community leader Rajinder Bedi in which there was discussion of “accelerated fund-raising” if Rod would appoint Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

Robert met Bedi at a Ravenswood Starbucks to prepare for a Friends of Blagojevich campaign steering committee meeting, he testifies.

While there, Robert said, Bedi told him another Indian community leader, Raghu Nayak, would line up $1 million in fund-raising if Blago would appoint Jesse Jr.

Robert said he was “surprised” by the comment.

“I told him it was strongly unlikely, that Rod would never appoint him because he didn’t trust him,” Robert said. Then he steered the conversation back toward the steering committee, he said.

After the meeting, he testified, he told Rod what Bedi had said.

“He just totally dismissed it,” Robert said. “We thought it was just a joke. It was outrageous.”

Robert Blagojevich: Sorry for the swearing — and for the coughing fit

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 2:24 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

In a second tape played by Robert Blagojevich’s attorneys, Robert and Rod are heard discussing Senate seat possibilities. It’s an extended version of a tape the prosecution played earlier in the trial.

Robert, discussing the Senate appointment on the tape, says to make sure it’s “tit for tat.”

“You give something, you don’t give anything away,” Robert tells Rod.

The two discuss a number of different Senate possibilities. Robert tells his brother he’s down on the Madigans: “I wouldn’t deal with the devil like that.” He’s down on Jesse Jackson Jr., too: “He’s a f—ing articulate incompetent.”

Robert then said he’d go with Gery Chico, that appointing Chico would be a real service to the state.

“If you want an opinion, that’s my opinion,” Robert says of Chico. “He’s (got) f—ing true-blue qualities. He’s got accomplishments.”

But Rod Blagojevich disagrees. He said he’s leaning toward his deputy governor, Louanner Peters.

After the tape is played, Robert looks up at the courtroom, puts his hands in the air and with a touch of anger to his Southern drawl, says, “if anyone was offended by the vulgarity, I apologize. I didn’t expect anyone to hear me.”

Attorney Michael Ettinger asks Robert about his statement to Rod on the tape that “the only advice I can give you about (the appointment) is brotherly advice.”

“I’m not a paid adviser, I’m not a paid attorney,” Robert explains from the stand. “I’m his brother, and I’m just talking to him off the cuff.”

On the “tit for tat” comment, Robert says he was only commenting on a political give-and-take with Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

“We had just attended a fund-raiser where he had gone at length talking about this deal he wanted to negotiate with the Madigans,” Robert said. “The only thing I was advising him was if he did a deal, a political deal like that, then he should make sure he got some political benefit from doing it.”

Robert then gets hit by a coughing fit taking a sip of water.

“Wrong pipe,” he chokes out. He appears embarrassed and apologetic and asks the judge for five minutes. He repeatedly looked at his lawyer, coughing and holding up his hand, as if to say, “Sorry, can’t do anything about it.”

The judge agrees and calls a short recess.

Blagojevich trial: Defense plays its first tapes — Robert Blagojevich, Bill Quinlan on fund-raising

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 1:57 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

The defense has introduced its first tape — a brief, maybe 20-second recording of Robert Blagojevich talking with his brother’s general counsel, Bill Quinlan.

The tape got off to a rocky start. Someone pressed play on the wrong tape, leading defense attorney Michael Ettinger to yell, “Stop! Stop! stop!”

With the tape up and running, Robert is heard discussing the importance of keeping fund-raising and policy separate.

“One thing I’ve learned is you don’t let the campaign guy do government,” Quinlan tells Robert. “You just don’t.” Robert agrees.

Earlier, Ettinger asked Robert if he earned a salary while working for Friends of Blagojevich for four months in fall 2008. Robert said he did.

“And what did you do with 65 to 70 percent” of that salary, Ettinger asked?
“Gave it to charity,” Robert said, earning an objection. The judge sustained.

Ettinger hen turns to another question: whether Robert was privy to conversations with Rod and his advisers about how to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

Ettinger: “Did you ever talk to any of his advisers — Knapp, Yang, Scofield, Greenlee, so on — about the Senate seat and what your brother was going to do?”
Robert: “No, I don’t recall those.”
Ettinger: “Did you have any input into (who he was going to pick)?”
Robert: “No.”

Blagojevich trial: Judge James Zagel refuses defense motion to toss out case

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 1:36 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Returning from a lunch break, Judge James Zagel denied a motion for acquittal filed by the defense.

Defense attorney Lauren Kaeseberg argued the counts against the ex-governor have gone unproven. “At best, what the evidence shows is an attempt to attempt,” she said.

Zagel responded that there has been sufficient evidence, particularly when taking into account not just the words on the transcripts, but the tone of voice of people speaking on the tapes.

The judge also responded to another defense theme — that Blagojevich was working under the constant eye of lawyer-advisers while committing his alleged crimes. While this might be true, Zagel noted, it could just be proof that the lawyers themselves were in on the conspiracy.

The motion for acquittal argued that the government has failed to present enough evidence against the defendants and the trial should be thrown out. It’s a fairly standard motion in trials — but one that no one expected to make much headway here.

Court is now in a short recess, waiting for the jurors to be brought in. Robert Blagojevich will be back on the stand when we resume.

Blagojevich lawyer: “Highly unlikely” that Valerie Jarrett will take the standBy

Natasha Korecki

on July 19, 2010 12:48 PM

Rod Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Jr. said today it was “highly unlikely” that the defense would call White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to the stand but she remains under subpoena and the defense hasn’t completely closed the door on her.

Adam said he fully expects to call White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who has been under subpoena.

Rod Blagojevich, meanwhile, is expected to take the stand Tuesday.

Robert Blagojevich: I asked Children’s Memorial CEO for a fund-raiser because he was a supporter

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 12:14 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Robert Blagojevich testifies that he did call Children’s Memorial CEO Patrick Magoon to ask him to hold a fund-raiser in October 2008, but maintains it had nothing to do with his brother’s actions to increasing Medicaid reimbursements for the hospital.

Attorney Michael Ettinger starts by rehashing an Oct. 9, 2008, voice mail that Robert left for former Blago fund-raiser John Wyma. On that tape, Robert is heard asking Wyma his plans for soliciting a contribution from Magoon.

“I know that you’re going to be following up with Children’s Memorial … just wanted to know what the next steps are and kind of what we’re trying to accomplish there,” Ettinger reads Robert’s words from the transcript.

Robert says he felt it was his duty to follow up with Wyma about the request, but said there was nothing underhanded about it. Ettinger then asks Robert about a later conversation he had directly with Magoon.

Ettinger: Were you told to seek the contribution in exchange for government action? Robert says no.
Ettinger: “Would you have done that?”
Robert: “Absolutely not.”

Robert is emphatic with these responses. As the questions are asked, Robert leans back in his witness chair, shakes his head, and then leans into the microphone with emphasis: “No.”

Robert says when he spoke to Magoon about holding a fund-raiser for his brother, the hospital CEO did not seem put off by the request.

Robert: “He said, ‘Well, I typically don’t do this, let me check with the board.’ … He seemed in no way reluctant … no way pushed back against me.”
Ettinger: “Did he ever tell you not to call him back?”
Robert: “Not one time.”

Ettinger: “Did you ever tell him, ‘My brother’s been good by you, have a fundraiser?”
Robert: “No.”
Ettinger: “Why were you asking him for a fund-raiser?”
Robert: “He was a previous contributor.”

Magoon, who testified for the government last week, said he has made contributions to Rod Blagojevich in the past, generally $500 or $1,000 per year.

Judge James Zagel has called a lunch break. Court will resume at 1:15 p.m. for attorneys — jurors are off until 1:45.

Robert Blagojevich: I attended meeting with road-building exec, but didn’t talk about fund-raising

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 12:08 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Robert Blagojevich said he was briefly present at a September 2008 meeting with road-building executive Gerry Krozel. But he said he did not hear any talk about trying to get a contribution from him in exchange for the governor’s OK of an Illinois Tollway project.

“What I remember from that discussion was talking to him about his ill wife,” Robert testifies. “I had been working in my fund-raising role for 40-something days, it was very new to me.”

Ettinger: “Were you there for any requests from Lon Monk to Gerry Krozel to raise money?”
Robert: “I have no recollection of that, no.”
Ettinger: “Were you there for the whole meeting?”
Robert: “Typically, meeting like that, I’m in and out.”

Ettinger: “Other than that one meeting, did you ever see Gerry Krozel again?”
Robert: “No.”
Ettinger: “Did you ever talk to Gerry Krozel again?”
Robert: “No.”

Ettinger: “Did Gerry Krozel ever contribute a nickel?”
Robert: “Not to my knowledge, no.”

Robert says he had Krozel marked down on his fund-raising lists with a likely contribution of “zero.”

“It was just so vague as to whether there was any potential there or not,” Robert says.

Robert Blagojevich: Never took part in fund-raising talks with John Johnston, Gerry Krozel, Blair Hull

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 11:33 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Friends of Blagojevich was not faring well when Robert Blagojevich came to Chicago to help with the governor’s fund-raising in summer 2008, Robert testifies. Of a $2.5 million goal, the campaign had only reached the $700,000 mark.

The campaign got turned down often for contributions. “We got more ‘no’s than ‘yes’es,” Robert said.

Robert’s attorney, Michael Ettinger, asks Robert if he was ever present for a political meeting at the Thompson Center or the governor’s mansion in Springfield between Aug. 1, 2008 — when he came to work for FOB — and Dec. 9, 2008 — the day of the arrests.

“No,” Robert says. “I think (Rod) made it a deliberate point to keep it separate from that.”

Ettinger asks if anyone ever asked Robert for his advice about politics.
“Nnnno,” Robert said, smiling.
Ettinger: “As of Aug. 1, 2008, did you know very much about Illinois politics?”
Robert: “No.”
Ettinger: “Did you ever think of running for office anywhere?”
Robert: “No,” he said, snapping his head forward.

Ettinger ticks down the list of people who the ex-governor allegedly shook down for cash.

Ettinger: “Did you ever have a conversation about fund-raising with (racetrack owner) John Johnston?”
Robert: “No.”
Ettinger: “(Road-building executive) Gerry Krozel?”
Robert: “No.”
Ettinger: “(Chicago businessman) Blair Hull?”
Robert: “No.”

Ettinger asks who typically would have these conversations, if not Robert. That was Lon Monk, Robert says, adding that he would just call Monk to check in.

“You’re basically a score-keeper,” Ettinger said.
“I’m a score-keeper, yes,” Robert said.

Robert Blagojevich: I was told never to link fund-raising and government action “and I never did”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 11:06 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Robert Blagojevich testifies that he returned to Chicago in the summer of 2008 to help out again with his brother’s fund-raising.

Before getting started on Aug. 1, 2008, he said he met with Rod’s general counsel, Bill Quinlan, to go over the rules of fund-raising. That meeting took place at the Friends of Blagojevich office.

Robert said the “bottom line,” he was told, was to never condition a donation on governmental action, like a contract or vote.

“I was told never to tie the two and I never did,” Robert Blagojevich said.

Robert Blagojevich: I thought helping Rod was “the right thing to do

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 10:37 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Robert Blagojevich testifies that he decided to start a real estate business after watching a late-night infomercial on a college hunting trip with his son.

It makes for a funny moment in the courtroom as Robert admits to getting suckered into paying $300 for a book/CD set about how to begin a business.

“He got me for the $300,” Robert says to laughter.

Robert was working as CEO of a Tampa bank at the time, but decided to start buying apartment complexes for a career change. He now runs business out of Nashville, he said.

Rod is watching his brother without expression, his left elbow leaning on the defense table.

The testimony moves on to Robert’s participation in his brother’s campaign. Robert testifies that he came to Chicago in the summer of 2006 at Rod’s request, and was in town through November, on and off, to help with his campaign.

“I thought it would be the right thing to do as his brother to come up and help him,” Robert said.

During that time, Robert canvassed neighborhoods, put up signs, did robo-calling and fund-raised for Friends of Blagojevich, he said.

Ettinger asks who was running the campaign at that point; Robert says it was Lon Monk.
Ettinger asks how he had met Monk.

It must have been at Rod’s wedding — “whenever that was,” Robert says sharply.

At that, Rod leans back in his chair and smiles, pointing index fingers of both hands toward his brother.

Robert Blagojevich attorney: Robert an upstanding veteran, businessman

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 10:20 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Robert Blagojevich, dressed in a dark suit and red and blue tie, took the stand a little while ago. At beginning of his testimony, he was asked if he had any siblings. “I have one brother. Rod,” he said.

The words rang loudly in the courtroom, where his brother sat just feet away at the defense table, looking right at Robert with a slight smile on his face.

Robert’s attorney, Michael Ettinger, asked with a smile whether there was a stipulation to identity.

“It’s stipulated,” said Judge James Zagel, also smiling.

We’re going through Robert’s history — and resume — quite closely. With at least one veteran on the jury, Ettinger is paying special attention to Robert’s expansive military history.

Ettinger asks Robert about his political affiliation — Republican, all his life — and experience with fund-raising. He never did any, he said, until he started volunteering for the Red Cross.

Robert looks serious as he answers questions, doesn’t smile much, if at all. He’s giving the answers straight.

Ettinger is trying to draw contrasts with the brothers, showing that Robert Blagojevich earned a scholarship, served his country, was active in the Red Cross and was a self-made businessman. He didn’t need Rod Blagojevich — or the schemes he’s accused of taking part in, the defense is trying to show the jury.

First defense witness Julie Blagojevich: Robert and I weren’t close to Rod and Patti

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 10:06 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki

When Rod Blagojevich walked into the courthouse this morning, he took off his belt for security. He held it while looking at the media from afar, pretending to hit someone with it: “if I’m bad,” he said.

Upstairs in the courtroom, Julie Blagojevich, the wife of brother Robert Blagojevich, has just wrapped up her brief testimony as the defense’s first witness.

Before taking the stand, Julie sat in the front row of the courtroom. Her son, Alex, sat next to her with a comforting arm around his mom.

In her testimony, Julie said her family and Rod and Patti were not close; they saw each other once a year and talked a few times a year. Rod asked Robert over the July 4, 2008 holiday if he’d help with his campaign.

Julie said she went out to dinner with Rod and Patti and asked about the swirling federal investigation.

“My impression … To the best of their ability, to their knowledge, the federal investigation was behind them,” she said.

Julie told Robert he could do it, but told him not to take a salary because of possible headlines.

“Did you need the money?” defense attorney Cheryl Schroeder asked.
“No,” Julie said. “I felt like Rod did not know Rob. It was a chance for them to grow closer, perhaps.”

Julie also set up the scene for Dec. 4, 2008 conversation — one where her husband is accused of conspiring on the phone with his brother about appointing someone to Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

Julie said they were at Starbucks. It was one of three times she had been out all winter because of foot surgery. She said the coffee shop was crowded, busy and noisy at the time.

The defense didn’t get into the call with Julie. Robert Blagojevich is now on the stand answering biographical questions — particularly about his schooling and his military history, all information that portrays him as an upstanding citizen.

Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here are the trapes

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 19, 2010 5:57 PM

Here are the audio tapes and transcripts for recordings played in court today, Monday, July 19.

11-11 Rob and Quinlan.docx

11-12 Rob and Rod 826pm.docx

12-4 Rob and Rod 819.docx

12-06 Rob and Rod 1239pm.docx

FOB_Mic2_11_11.7-18-20[1]-final.docx

11-11-08 Quinlan-Rob.wma

11-11-08 Rob and Patel.wma

12-4-08 Rob and Rod 819.wma

12-06-08 Rob and Rod.wma

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Obama Finally Sending the 1,200 Nation Guard Troops He Promised To Arizona Weeks Ago

President Obama promised Governor Jan Brewer 1,200 National Guard Troops back in May.  This was in response to the outcry by Jan Brewer along with Senator Jon Kyl and Senator John McCain.   They actually asked for more in the range of 6,000 troops to assist the Department of  Homeland Security personnel already on the border.

Obama has shown the governor and senators of Arizona along with their citizens and the rest of the country how much he cares about the increasingly deadly violence along the border.

Alan Bersin, Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection said, “The guard has been a tried and tested support to law enforcement … and I’m confident they will prove it again in this instance.”

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Craig McKinley said the Guard at the border will be working on ‘criminal and intelligence analysis – did you get that?  I’ll say it a little louder, “THE GUARD AT THE BORDER WILL BE WORKING ON CRIMINAL AND INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS.  That’s not what they need to do.  We just had a Hama-type car bombing in Ciudad Juarez, NM over the weekend!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME??  The Guard needs to patrol the border!

A Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols the Nogales, Arizona border back in April 2010

We need to IMPEACH OBAMA.  He is deliberately making things worse and that is not what the president of these United States of America should be doing, period!

posted by rightthingtodo  on July 19, 2010

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Citizen News Reports Obama Is Guilty Of Chicago Pay To Play Corruption

Citizen Wells reports

Citizen News Reports July 6, 2010, Obama is guilty of Chicago pay to play corruption

Citizen News Reports July 6, 2010, Obama is guilty

Do your friends, family and associates know this?

The following was posted on the blog this morning by megan.

“I thought it might be interesting to look at Obama’s timeline in setting up the Health Facilities Planning Board and how he benefitted from it (well, before money was traced back to him anyway and allegedly donated to charity.)

Personally, I think we should demand that any politician that donates corrupt funds should be required to note what charity those funds were given to, so it can be verified and the organization can be checked to ensure it’s a valid charity with a clean record.

January – August 2003 – Obama was Chairman of the Senate HHS Board…just long enough to get the corrupt board in place for Rezko/Blagojevich.

He pushed Senate Bill 1332 “Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act” – which reduced Board members from 15 members to only 9 members…this is what made it possible for Rezko to have control over the board’s voting.

The bill was filed February 20, reviewed February 27th and Obama sent word that the bill should be passed by March 13th. On May 21, 2003, House and Senate passed the bill. The only Senator with “Yes” vote mentioned during the Rezko trial was Obama. Another change that Obama made in the bill was to remove the power to appoint board members from the board itself and give it to the Governor (Blagojevich).

Blagojevich then made the effective date of the bill – JUNE 27, 2003 after already having lined up the corrupt board members to fill it. Maybe it’s just an odd coincidence that Obama got TONS of donations from recently appointed board members on JUNE 30, 2003…only 3 (THREE) days after Blagojevich made this corrupt board “legal”?

On June 30, 2003…

Obama gets $5000 after Ali Ata was appointed as Director at IFA

Obama gets $6000 after Alison Davis gets appointment on Investment Board

Obama gets $15,000 after Dr. Michael Malek gets appointment on Hospital Facility Board

Obama gets $5000 after Abdelhamid Chaib’s wife gets appointment on Employee Security Board

Obama gets $10,000 from Elie Maloof – Rezko used him as one of several strawmen to donate funds to certain politicians.

Obama gets $1000 after Phil Cacciatore (one of Auchi’s Riverside Park Investors) gets seat on Board

Obama gets $1000 after Velma Butler (one of Auchi’s Riverside Park Investors) was recommended for Board

Obama gets $1000 after Martello Pollack (Vegas Crystal Comm) received Iraqi Construction contracts

Obama gets $1000 after Jack Carriglio gets appointed to Board

Obama gets $500 (with an additional $1250 the following year) after Anthony Abboud gets appointed to Board

Obama gets $3000 from Michael Winter, who helped Rezko in funneling kickbacks through investment firm

Obama gets $1000 after Talat Othman gets appointed to Board

Obama gets $1000 from both David Gustman and another $1000 from Gustman’s wife after he is appointed Board Chairman

But no….I’m sure it’s ALL JUST A COINCIDENCE, right??

Also…had to laugh when Wright was complaining again about rich white folk – how much is that mansion he’s living in again??”

posted by rightthingtodo on July 7, 2010

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Obama To Argue For Immigration Overhaul In Speech – ‘Here We Go Again!’

FOX News reported

Published July 01, 2010

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hopes to rally new momentum behind the push for an immigration overhaul by explaining why he thinks a comprehensive approach is the only way to fix what he and others say is a system badly in need of repair.

Obama was laying out his rationale in a speech Thursday, his first as president on the issue.

Obama wasn’t expected to announce any new proposals or policy changes. But feeling pressure from a range of supporters, he was aiming to jump-start the effort he had promised to make a priority in his first year and which advocates had hoped would be completed by now.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, okay, okay!  That’s enough!  We have had enough of this strong-arm, down your throat, street thuggery from Barack Obama! We remember what happened with Health care and we are not going down that ‘rabbit hole’ again!

Does Obama think that we are crazy?  He has not laid any preparations for a comprehensive immigration bill – the country does not want amnesty.  Does he care?  Heck no! He has no conscience and he is willing to do whatever he has to do to ram this down our throats as he did with Obamacare.

This time, Republicans, we have the 41 votes to prevent this from happening – so get ready and fight him. Frankly, I don’t believe the votes are in the Senate to pull this off;  But he will try.

What about securing the borders, President Obama? -We have citizens in Arizona who are exposed to the Mexican drug cartels and Obama has ignored the pleas of Senators McCain and Kyl as well as Governor Brewer. This is outrageous and we will not take it.

He knows what’s going to happen in November and he is going to push this on the American public anyway he can!

We still have oil gushing into the gulf!  People are suffering there.

He cares nothing about tearing this country right down the middle over the issue of amnesty.  ‘The ends justify the means!

Now, to all of you Obamaites, who voted for ‘hope and change’, are you having fun, yet?  This is ridiculous and we cannot take much more of this man.

This is a nightmare!

President Obama, do your job!

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New ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Could Give Obama Power To Shut Down Internet During Emergencies

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com

Friday, June 25, 2010

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Despite the Center for Democracy and Technology and 23 other privacy and technology organizations sending letters to Lieberman and other backers of the bill expressing concerns that the legislation could be used to stifle free speech, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed in the bill in advance of a vote on the Senate floor.

In response to widespread criticism of the bill, language was added that would force the government to seek congressional approval to extend emergency measures beyond 120 days. Still, this would hand Obama the authority to shut down the Internet on a whim without Congressional oversight or approval for a period of no less than four months.

(UGGGHHH!!! GOD STOP OBAMA!)

The Senators pushing the bill rejected the claim that the bill was a ‘kill switch’ for the Internet, not by denying that Obama would be given the authority to shut down the Internet as part of this legislation, but by arguing that he already had the power to do so.

They argued “That the President already had authority under the Communications Act to “cause the closing of any facility or station for wire communication” when there is a “state or threat of war”, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Fears that the legislation is aimed at bringing the Internet under the regulatory power of the U.S. government in an offensive against free speech were heightened further on Sunday, when Lieberman revealed that the plan was to mimic China’s policies of policing the web with censorship and coercion.

“Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too,” Lieberman told CNN’s Candy Crowley.

While media and public attention is overwhelmingly focused on the BP oil spill, the establishment is quietly preparing the framework that will allow Obama, or indeed any President who follows him, to bring down a technological iron curtain that will give the government a foot in the door on seizing complete control over the Internet.

As we have illustrated, fears surrounding cybersecurity have been hyped to mask the real agenda behind the bill, which is to strangle the runaway growth of alternative and independent media outlets which are exposing government atrocities, cover-ups and cronyism like never before.

Indeed, China uses similar rhetoric about the need to maintain “security” and combating cyber warfare by regulating the web, when in reality their entire program is focused around silencing anyone who criticizes the state.

The real agenda behind government control of the Internet has always been to strangle and suffocate independent media outlets who are now competing with and even displacing establishment press organs, with websites like the Drudge Report now attracting more traffic than many large newspapers combined. As part of this war against independent media, the FTC recently proposing a “Drudge Tax” that would force independent media organizations to pay fees that would be used to fund mainstream newspapers.

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“We Will Meet Him In Court and We Will Win!” Arizona Gov. Brewer Responds To Obama’s Decision To Challenge Arizona New Law

‘Bring It’!

Governor Jan Brewer is angry and rightly so, after hearing confirmation that the Obama Administration intends to sue Arizona over their new immigration law – and what makes it so bad is that she heard about it like the rest of us –  on television.

So here’s Hiliary casually announcing the impending lawsuit from the Obama Justice Department in an interview she did in Ecuador.   You will notice that she states very clearly that it is the job of the federal government to enforce immigration laws of the land

okay, then why isn’t her boss doing just that?  Remember, we are talking about a president who is the product of ‘Chicago swamp politics’.

Also, remember, we are talking about an administration whose Department of Homeland Security  is now headed by Janet Napolitano, who was the fomer governor of Arizona. Napolitano had been very persistent in seeking help from the federal government in the reimbursement of funds spent by Arizona for the incarceration of illegal immigrants in their jails and prisons.  Gov. Napolitano had even sent the Bush administration’s Justice Department a big blown-up check for the estimated $350 million spent by the state of Arizona for  the housing of the illegal aliens.

With all of this going on Gov. Brewer goes On The Record with Greta Van Susteren and discusses her disappointment in President Obama –

and later it got even worse;  a senior White House official confirmed the statement made by Secretary of State Clinton, to CBS News,

CBS News: It was unclear yesterday whether Clinton’s comments were simply a prediction or mistake or whether instead she was getting ahead of a planned announcement by the administration.

Now a senior administration official tells CBS News that the federal government will indeed formally challenge the law when Justice Department lawyers are finished building the case. The official said Justice is still working on building the case.

posted by rightthingtodo  June   , 2010

This proves that what we’re watching is clearly ‘Chicago swamp politics’ playing out.  It is being illustrated over and over again lately, that Obama is not like the typical corrupt politician that is familiar to us – he is the MASTER OF SMILE IN YOUR FACE, STAB  YOU IN THE BACK WORM!”

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