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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Silky Pony is First Name Uncovered in 'Millionaire Madam' Investigation
A call girl working for alleged "Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.

Edwards is the first big name to surface in connection to Gristina's alleged prostitution scheme run out of an Upper East Side apartment.

Edwards' lawyer declined to comment on when reached Wednesday. On Thursday morning, his attorneys issued a statement to Politico and other news outlets saying their client "categorically" denied the allegation. Later Thursday morning, DNAinfo was contacted by Edwards attorney Abbe Lowell demanding a retraction.

According to "On The Inside" sources, Edwards allegedly hooked up with one of Gristina's high-end hookers in 2007 when the dashing pol from North Carolina brought his then high-flying presidential campaign to the Big Apple.
Posted by: Beavis || 03/22/2012 12:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Culture Wars
Supreme Court backs landowners, limits power of EPA
The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that landowners can sue to challenge a federal government compliance order under the clean water law, a decision that sides with corporate groups and puts new limits on a key Environmental Protection Agency power.

The justices unanimously rejected the government's position that individuals or companies must first fail to comply with an EPA order and face potentially costly enforcement action before a court can review the case.

The opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia was a victory for an Idaho couple who challenged a 2007 EPA order that required them to restore a wetland they had filled with dirt and rock as they began to build a new vacation home near Priest Lake. They were also told to stop construction on the home.

The couple, Chantell and Michael Sackett, denied their property had ever contained a wetland and complained they were being forced to comply with an order without a court hearing.

Their appeal drew support from the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Association of Home Builders and General Electric Co, a company that had made a similar challenge to the EPA compliance orders.

The Supreme Court's ruling comes at a time when the EPA has faced fierce criticism from many Republicans in Congress who say it has issued the most ambitious clean air regulations in decades and has become heavy-handed in enforcement actions.

Scalia concluded the Sacketts may bring a civil lawsuit under the Administrative Procedures Act to challenge the EPA's order.

He said that since the EPA's decision was final and the couple faced potential large fines, they had no other adequate remedy but to bring a civil lawsuit.

Reading his decision from the bench, Scalia said that the Clean Water Act does not prevent judicial review of such orders.

Under the law, violations of the Clean Water Act can result in fines of up to $37,500 per day, plus as much as an additional $37,500 per day for violating the EPA compliance order.

The EPA issues nearly 3,000 compliance orders a year that require accused violators of environmental laws to stop alleged harmful actions and repair any damage that was caused.

The justices overturned a U.S. appeals court ruling that a compliance order was not subject to judicial review until later when the EPA has brought an enforcement action and seeks to have a judge rule in its favor.
Good call guys. Start rolling back the executive tyranny!
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/22/2012 11:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good news, but it took five years to get to this.

Has the couple built the house, or have they expired of old age?
Posted by: Bobby on the road || 03/22/2012 12:03 Comments || Top||

#2  This is Mrs. Bobby's laptop. She complains it is very sensitive! It seems so!
Posted by: Bobby on the road || 03/22/2012 12:05 Comments || Top||

#3  ...and the EPA will drive you into bankruptcy as you defend your rights
Posted by: kelly || 03/22/2012 12:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Fixed, Bobby.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/22/2012 13:42 Comments || Top||

#5  And this week SCOTUS should find Obamacare un-Constitutional.
Posted by: newc || 03/22/2012 14:01 Comments || Top||

#6  newc, the hearing on Obamacare is next week. The ruling won't come out until June or so.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/22/2012 17:01 Comments || Top||

#7  The ruling won't come out until June or so.

And the demonization of SCOTUS by 'Bammer and his pals will begin shortly.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/22/2012 17:19 Comments || Top||

#8  I have heard attempting any landscaping in Minnesota, especially rural, has been rediculous for this reason.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/22/2012 19:03 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison Almost Goes Full Blutarsky
Posted by: Beavis || 03/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Germans?
Quiet, he's rolling...
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/22/2012 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Because when the Going gets Tough ??????????????
[Uh, uh] Oh yeah, the Tough get going!

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/22/2012 2:05 Comments || Top||

#3  The Black Congressional Caucus keeps bringing Teh Genius. Hank "Guam tips over". Shelia "Apollo landing on Mars", .......
Posted by: Frank G || 03/22/2012 8:17 Comments || Top||

#4  A native of Detroit. Any further questions?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2012 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  That's another district full of idiots I shall not visit. It's like Las Vegas. I will never go to Las Vegas again because of Harry ried. Stupid, stupid people.
Posted by: newc || 03/22/2012 9:57 Comments || Top||

#6  The reason we like you as a guest is because you're an honest man. What is that all about. If this guy were ever truly vetted that would be disproved. Bill is just a shill for ratings; He is disingenuous at best and and dangerously untruthful at worst.
Posted by: blackjack || 03/22/2012 11:38 Comments || Top||

#7  I thought he was pandering to Ellison so he'd listen to the next phrase - 'learn from history'.
Posted by: Bobby on the road || 03/22/2012 11:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Where you go on vacation newc is your own business. But in 2010 the Republicans ran a total moron in Sharron Angle. The Tea Party pushed her through without knowing enough about her until it was too late. My proof? Look at her political clout now. She has absolutely zero respect anymore.

Nevada 2010 Repubs had shitty candidates for senator, and they picked the worst one of the lot.

Before the election Republican businessmen came out in support of Harry Reid because Sharron Angle was so stupid. I personally voted "none of the above", then I joined the repub party to help prevent a further sharron angle disaster again.

But if you are going to blame anyone for Harry Reid, blame those tea partiers in nor cal for voting en masse in the primary for a moron.
Posted by: Penguin || 03/22/2012 12:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Well I meant Northern Nevada not nor cal.
Posted by: Penguin || 03/22/2012 12:44 Comments || Top||

#10  The reason we like you as a guest is because you're an honest man. What is that all about.

Ellison needs to be exposed. The way I read it, Bill is making sure he comes back to the show to give him yet another opportunity to expose himself even further until enough people get the idea. If he insulted the guy outright, he wouldn't come back, and he would't continue to discredit himself. And Bill's line could be read two ways. I prefer to read it as "We laugh at you because you don't know when you're being an idiot." And by saying it, Bill feels the guy doesn't have the brains to know when he's being insulted.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2012 13:41 Comments || Top||

#11  "Before the election Republican businessmen came out in support of Harry Reid because Sharron Angle was so stupid. I personally voted "none of the above", then I joined the repub party to help prevent a further sharron angle disaster again." - Penguin

So you voted for a known slime ball anti-American over someone you felt was not intelligent. You're part of problem when you hold decent republican citizens to the medias standard of intelligence. She was smeared, as was Palin, as was Cain, as is any Republican who runs for any contested office. And you fall for it everytime because the media caters to your ego.
Get a clue next time and tell your friends. Pick a damn side and work for it. Moral superiority and your thoughts of "THE HIGH GROUND" have continuously resulted in socialists picking up more seats and more power.
How's that sit with you?
Posted by: Rob06 || 03/22/2012 13:43 Comments || Top||

#12  BTW, Angle is still better than Reid. And Nevadans voted him back in. Where does that leave Nevadans? The guy is still out to screw this country over. Better a blathering incompetent than a diamond member of the fifth column club.
Posted by: gorb || 03/22/2012 13:43 Comments || Top||

#13  As I remember, didn't Bluto become a senator?
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/22/2012 15:22 Comments || Top||

#14  Hi, My Name Is Moby, and I was a lifelong Republican until those dumbass tea partiers nominated That Stupid Witch Sharon Angle...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/22/2012 18:06 Comments || Top||

-Election 2012
Romney sets sights on Obama after Illinois win
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] White House hopeful Mitt Romney
...whose real first name is actually, no kidding, Willard, was governor of Massachussetts and is currently the front-runner for president on the Publican ticket. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney's foot is in an ideological bucket because of Romneycare, a state-level experiment that should have been a warning against Obamacare if anyone had been paying attention. Romney's charisma is best defined as soporific, which is probably why he is leading the Publican field...
set his sights squarely on President Barack Obama
This is a teachable moment...
after racking up another victory in the plodding Republican nominating race.
...after Santorum so considerately self-destructed...
Romney's decisive win in Illinois Tuesday likely won't help him win Obama's home state in the November 6 election, but it has brought him closer to clinching the Republican nod.

He used his victory speech to attack Obama's economic policies and cast the November 6 general election as a choice between "economic freedom" and "job-killing regulation."

"Over the past three years this administration has been engaged in an all-out assault on our freedom," Romney told supporters gathered in an affluent Chicago suburb.

"It's time to say these words. This word. Enough. We've had enough."

Underdog Rick Santorum
...candidate for president and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He was a lawyer before becoming the Representative for suburban Pittsburgh in 1991. He lost his Senate seat in 2006 to Bob Casey, a Democrat machine politician and political dynast. Santorum is a social conservative whose primary attraction is seemingly that he is neither Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich...
was unbowed by Romney's widening lead, telling supporters in his home state of Pennsylvania "we'll close this gap and on to victory!"

His campaign vowed earlier Tuesday to take the fight all the way to the Republican convention in August, but it's not clear if Santorum will be able to stop Romney from winning the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the deal before then.

The former Massachusetts governor already had a commanding delegate lead and Tuesday's resounding win in this midwestern state will provide Romney with momentum ahead of contests in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, DC on April 3.
Posted by: Fred || 03/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [638 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'll be surprised iff POTUS Bammer doesn't face a split GOP ticket in the fall.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/22/2012 1:45 Comments || Top||

#2  This statement should put him over the top:

"If you want the free stuff, vote for the other guy."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/22/2012 8:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't say "set sights on!" The left wing goes ballistic nuts. Whoops, can't say ballistic either.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/22/2012 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Romney's 12 phone calls/day for the week and a half before the Illinois election were way over the top. If he inflicts this torture on the whole nation in the general election it will be a few decades before the pubs win again.
Posted by: watermodem || 03/22/2012 19:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Santorum blew it today. It's over. He said maybe voting for Obama is better than Romney. See the headline at Drudge.

Santorum's done, stick a fork in him.
Posted by: crosspatch || 03/22/2012 22:07 Comments || Top||

#6  All I can say is that it's about phucquing time the damn Pubs figgered out Bambi is the real enemy and to knock off this friendly fire crap. i think we deserve to lose to the Waffler-in-Chief if this is the best the Right has. their campaign bus should be a short one.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/22/2012 22:17 Comments || Top||

#7  PALIN/BOLTON In 2012!!!

Romney, for starters; is just a little bit too breathless and excitable for me. I'm so sickened by everything electoral these days. Heaven Help Us...
Posted by: Gomez Trotsky8713 || 03/22/2012 23:32 Comments || Top||

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Thu 2012-03-22
  Gunman dead as French siege ends
Wed 2012-03-21
  French police in standoff with Jewish school killing suspect
Tue 2012-03-20
  Turkish Diplomat Says Two More Syrian Generals Defect
Mon 2012-03-19
  Heavy Shelling Kills 16 'Qaida' Fighters in Yemen
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   Karzai orders NATO out of all Afghan villages
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  Leon Panetta unhurt after suspected attack
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  Army airstrikes kill 20 al-Qaeda militants in south Yemen
Sun 2012-03-11
  Syrian Ground Forces Storm Rebel Stronghold of Idlib, 62 Killed in Violence
Sat 2012-03-10
  Air strikes in Yemen kill suspected al Qaeda militants
Fri 2012-03-09
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Thu 2012-03-08
  British and Italian hostages murdered by captors in special forces rescue bid in Nigeria
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