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  • Perino whitewashes Bush drilling regulation failures

    ››› ››› DIANNA PARKER & JOCELYN FONG

    Responding to Democrats who have cited the Bush administration while discussing problems currently facing the U.S., including the Gulf oil spill, Dana Perino stated on Fox News, "They know that that is not true," and challenged them to "name one regulatory piece that was repealed during the Bush administration that led to this or that." However, the federal offshore drilling regulator under the Bush administration relaxed regulatory standards and was plagued by ethics scandals.

  • Cavuto hosts NY Post's Crudele to advance Census hiring falsehoods

    ››› ››› ERIC SCHROECK

    On Your World, Neil Cavuto and the New York Post's John Crudele repeatedly falsely suggested that the Census Bureau is hiring, firing, and rehiring workers to artificially boost national employment figures, despite the fact that they acknowledged not having evidence that this is true. In doing so, Cavuto and Crudele distorted both Census' hiring practices and how the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) gathers jobs figures.

  • Requirement that a candidate drop out of race to take a federal job is imposed by law, not Obama

    Blog ››› ››› ADAM SHAH

    Now that right-wing media are running with the false allegation that the White House committed a crime by discussing job possibilities with Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, it's time to highlight one very important point. The White House did not condition the possibility that Romanoff drop out of the race if he were to take an administration job. That condition is actually imposed by federal law.

    As Richard Painter -- who served as chief ethics lawyer for the president during the Bush administration -- has said about the Romanoff story: "Once again the story is that the job offers were 'conditioned' upon a candidate dropping out of the Senate race. As I have pointed out in the Sestak matter, this 'condition' is already imposed by the Hatch Act on full time Executive Branch employees."

    From Painter's June 3 post on the Legal Ethics Forum blog:

    Once again the story is that the job offers were "conditioned" upon a candidate dropping out of the Senate race. As I have pointed out in the Sestak matter, this "condition" is already imposed by the Hatch Act on full time Executive Branch employees. A person who accepts such an Administration job cannot run for office in a partisan election, whether the White House wants him to or not. The White House can offer a part time advisory board position instead, in which case the Hatch Act provisions might not apply and the person could also run for office, but such an advisory board position is hardly an inducement to give up a decent chance of becoming a Senator.

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    The strategy is clear. White House political advisors see two qualified Democrats going at each other in a Senate primary, one an incumbent and the other not. The second candidate is approached about the possibility of a job in the Administration, or if he has already approached the Administration about a job his application is taken seriously. If a full time Administration job is accepted the candidate who accepts it will have to drop out of the race because of the Hatch Act. The White House will get what the Democratic party leadership wants by operation of law.

    I don't like this, and voters in the effected states certainly shouldn't like it. Once a candidate has declared an intention to run for federal office, the White House should back off and let the voters decide. Then the White House can give the loser a job if it is warranted. There are plenty of other people to fill Administration posts in the meantime.

    Not liking it and saying it is illegal are two different things. Once again, for reasons already mentioned I don't see illegality unless of course someone lies about it. If Congress wants to make this practice illegal, perhaps Congress should enact a law saying that no person who has filed papers to run in a federal election may be contacted by anyone in the Executive Branch about possible employment until the election is over.

  • Beck pushes false claims about Sunstein, OIRA

    ››› ››› TOM ALLISON

    Glenn Beck falsely accused Cass Sunstein, head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, of "saying that every website needs to include links to an opposing view" and falsely asserted that Sunstein wants to "tax speech, stop speech" and "[d]iscredit speech, even speech that ends up being true." Beck also falsely suggested that Sunstein's position in OIRA represents a "new role" created by President Obama.

  • Nothing Hoft says about GLSEN is ever true

    Blog ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    I honestly thought we were done with this garbage. And yet, Jim Hoft returns today to the same lies he was so fond of trumpeting a few months back about about Education Department official Kevin Jennings and the organization he formerly ran, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), along with a brand-new falsehood.

    Under the headline, "Figures. Highland Park School Official Won't Send Students to Arizona But She'll Send Them to Secret GLSEN Gay Sex Classes," Hoft writes:

    Suzan Hebson, assistant superintendent of Highland Park, Ill., School District 113, won't allow teen girls to travel to Arizona but she'll send them to secret GLSEN gay sex classes and make them sign a statement promising not to tell others. The teen sex classes promoted by Hebson are part of Obama's Safe Schools Czar's teen sex indoctrination.

    I'm sure you will be shocked to learn that the Highland Park school in question, Deerfield High School does not send its students to "secret GLSEN gay sex classes." As the articles Hoft links to point out, the school features a number of panels for freshman students intended to help them adjust to high school; the classes are mandatory, but parents can keep their kids out of any specific panel they wish.

    In one of those panel sessions, according to a March 8, 2007, Chicago Tribune report, "students who belong to a club called the Straight and Gay Alliance talk about personal experiences, such as what it feels like to be bullied or to be a straight friend of a gay classmate." The Tribune goes on to report:

    "The whole point of the presentation is to help students understand how they--maybe even flippantly, intending to communicate with others--can be perceived or misperceived by others," Hebson said.

    Erin Kaplan, 17, a senior, who describes himself as the only transgender student at Deerfield, said he believes that the climate at school has improved since the panel discussions began five years ago. He said the student alliance began the practice "after a really big wave of homophobic comments, targets for being gay."

    Kaplan, a panelist for the last three years, tells students that he was born a boy--his parents gave him the name "Evan"--but that he has always felt like he should have been a girl. He wears feminine clothing at times but has a man's narrow hips and husky voice.

    The panel this year consists of seven students. Four students identify themselves as gay, bisexual or transgender, and three are heterosexual, he said.

    "What is important is that we learn to respect each other as peers," Kaplan said. "That's really the heart of what we talk about."

    Question: What type of human being does one have to be to turn something like this into a rant against "teen sex indoctrination"?