Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has written to the heads of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking information on allegations that a senior VA official named Charmain Bogue may have disclosed inside information useful to Wall Street short sellers.
Ms. Bogue is married to Barrett Bogue who works for an outside group called Veterans Educational Success (VES), a critic of for-profit colleges. On March 9, the VA issued a press release announcing its intent “to suspend enrollment of new GI Bill students” in certain for-profit schools.
VES beat the VA to the punch on the news, which tanked the stocks of several for-profit education companies. VES issued a press release earlier in the day praising the VA decision before it was actually announced. The VA ultimately backed off its threat to bar certain schools, but the question persists of just … Read More ➡
National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) today released to the media information on significant real estate transactions involving Black Lives Matter Founder Patrisse Cullors.
These properties span the country, three being in California, and one in Conyers, Georgia. Cullers has also been looking at real estate in an exclusive enclave in the Bahamas.
The information was obtained using publicly accessible sources, such as Lexis/Nexis, property assessment databases in Los Angeles, property databases in the Bahamas, and property databases in Gwinnett County, Georgia. We also requested all filings with permitting authorities in the locations as well as the Federal Aviation Administration.
NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty stated, “This voice of the underprivileged seems to be doing pretty well.”
“Whenever a figure in the nonprofit sector acquires significant assets in a short period of time, scrutiny is inevitable.”
“Black Lives Matter has raised tens of millions from individual citizens and corporate America. … Read More ➡
Not content to throw his weight around to transform the entire energy industry, Larry Fink has now turned his attention to altering the political system.
The CEO of top finance firm BlackRock, which reportedly controls more than $9 trillion in assets, has developed a reputation for progressive agenda pressure tactics against the companies they invest in – most recognizably on the issue of climate change, but also on social issues related to race and gender. Fink likes to write open letters to CEOs and board members in which he prods and threatens their corporations to do things like “divest” from fossil fuels (even if that is their core business) and report hypothetical “risks” from the effects of global warming. Those who fail to comply can find BlackRock potentially voting against renewal of their directorships, or worse.
But Fink is proving to be just another two-bit hypocrite … Read More ➡
This story by Fred Lucas appears today in The Daily Signal:
The Ukrainian oligarch whom the Biden administration banned from the United States this month previously had overlapping financial interests with President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, according to government documents and earlier news reports.
Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian billionaire known for hardball actions against competing companies, is a former government official in Ukraine and also used to be an owner of one of that nation’s largest financial institutions, PrivatBank.
Last year, under the Trump administration, as the Justice Department investigated Kolomoisky’s U.S. assets, the FBI raided Optima Management Group, a U.S. real estate company that Kolomoisky has a stake in.
The Biden administration has cranked matters up, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken announcing March 6 that the U.S. would freeze Kolomoisky’s U.S. assets and ban him from reentering the country.
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday that it decided to hear whether Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found guilty of the terrorist attack in 2013 that killed three people and injured approximately 280 others, is entitled to a new death penalty phase trial because of pretrial publicity and other concerns as ordered by a lower court of appeals.
The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) called upon Attorney General Merrick Garland to reject those baseless arguments and to support former Attorney General Bill Barr’s position opposing a “new and more onerous penalty trial where [Tsarnaev’s] victims would relive their trauma.” See above interview with NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar on One America News Network.
During his confirmation hearing last month, Garland was praised by his supporters for his prosecution of Timothy McVeigh who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, and who received the … Read More ➡
In the ongoing effort to isolate people from the COVID-19 virus, students arguably have suffered the greatest consequences. Teacher unions have had much to do with this situation. Across the nation, especially in and around cities, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have been aggressively resisting back-to-work orders. To the extent that schools are reopening, taxpayers are paying a premium. Tucked away in the new $1.9 trillion “stimulus” bill passed by Congress on March 10 and signed the next day by President Biden, the third such legislation in a little under a year, is more than $125 billion for reopening K-12 schools and colleges to full capacity. In light of a recent sharp drop in new cases, not to mention the relative immunity among youth, these subsidies more than anything else seem to be reciprocation for union political donations.
COVID-19, or coronavirus, originated in mainland … Read More ➡
Amazon is affordable, comprehensive, convenient, dependable, and even enjoyable – and extremely dangerous to free speech and the democratic process.
The efficiency that makes the online retailer such a compelling outlet to return to time and time again – for daily household needs, for impulse purchases, for big deals, for hosting your blog, and for watching favorite shows and movies – is now being turned against anything left-wing activists target.
Some are sufficiently alarmed at the Amazon threat that they are willing to leave their houses, find alternatives, spend more, alter lifestyles, and modify political principles and alliances to break the Amazon habit.
First, a few examples of Amazon censorship. The most recent is the refusal to any longer sell a book by conservative scholar Ryan Anderson titled When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, which argues that individuals who desire … Read More ➡
Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was postponing final approval of Nasdaq’s controversial Board “Diversity” rule for at least three more weeks, which coincides with the Senate Banking Committee’s approval yesterday of Biden’s SEC Chairman pick, Gary Gensler, who was described by the Washington Post as a “progressive darling.”
Senator Patrick Toomey questioned whether Gensler “will also push the legal bounds of the SEC’s authority, in particular in an attempt to advance a liberal social agenda.” His nomination will go to the full Senate soon for final approval.
The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) condemned the SEC and Nasdaq for proposing the rule last December that would require all Nasdaq listed companies to have at least two self-identified “Diverse” persons, including self-identified women, Black, Latinix (a woke term for “Latino” that most Latinos don’t use), … Read More ➡
An appeals court in China has upheld an earlier decision supporting a publisher’s psychology textbook, used by several Chinese universities, which characterized homosexuality as a “psychological disorder.”
Let’s see if the National Basketball Association will apply the same “moral” standards to China as it does to jurisdictions in America.
After all, the league joined a major corporate assault on North Carolina in 2016 after the passage of HB2 – perhaps the most well known state legislative bill number in American history – also identified as the “transgender bathroom law.” It prohibited local governments from enacting ordinances that forced private businesses to accommodate so-called “transgenders,” to allow them to use their sex-specific facilities based on their gender identity, rather than their biological gender. HB2 also required individuals to use public, government-owned facilities, based on whether they are biological males or females – in other words, according to actual science.… Read More ➡