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BP to get record US criminal fine over Deepwater disaster (four BP staff will be arrested)

Source: BBC

BP to get record US criminal fine over Deepwater disaster

BP is set to receive a record fine of between $3bn and $5bn (£1.9bn-£3.2bn) to settle criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the BBC has learnt.

It will be the biggest criminal penalty in US history, BBC business editor Robert Peston says.

The settlement with the Department of Justice involves BP pleading guilty to criminal charges.

It is thought that up to four BP staff will be arrested, Robert Peston says.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20336898

“not very bright.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice is “not qualified” to become secretary of state and he called her claim that the deadly attack on the diplomatic facility in Benghazi was a spontaneous demonstration “not very bright.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83824.html#ixzz2CG2us5fr

State Legislators in Rhode Island and Maine Are Announcing Marijuana Legalization Bills Tomorrow

Source: Reason

State Legislators in Rhode Island and Maine Are Announcing Marijuana Legalization Bills Tomorrow
Mike Riggs|Nov. 14, 2012 11:20 am

State legislators in Rhode Island and Maine will announce bills tomorrow to legalize recreational marijuana, a spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project announced today.

Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello and Maine Rep. Diane Russell will hold a conference call tomorrow with the Marijuana Policy Project to announce the legislation.

MPP says that "similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states — Vermont and Massachusetts." A ballot iniative legalizing medical marijuana passed in Massachusetts last week with more than 60 percent of the vote. Maine voters voted to expand the state's 1999 medical marijuana law in 2009 to include dispensaries. The Rhode Island legislature decriminalized marijuana earlier this year, and has had medical marijuana since 2006 (a stupid error on my part, since I blogged the Rhode Island legislature's decrim vote).

Read more: http://reason.com/blog/2012/11/14/state-legislators-in-rhode-island-and-ma

EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration

Source: Think Progress

EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration
By Josh Israel on Nov 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

When Karl Rove’s Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) formed in 2010, it established its official address in Warrenton, VA, and registered with the Internal Revenue Service a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization.” It apparently did not, however, register as a charitable organization with the Commonwealth of Virginia, as appears was legally required.

According to state code, non-profit groups that intend to solicit contributions must first register with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. Groups must pay an annual fee ($325 for groups raising over $1 million annually), provide basic information about their operations, and must sign statements affirming that no funds “have been or will knowingly be used, directly or indirectly, to benefit or provide support, in cash or in kind, to terrorists, terrorist organizations, terrorist activities, or the family members of any terrorist.”

The Virginia law explicitly exempts political campaign committees that are “required by state or federal law to file a report or statement of contributions and expenditures.” Crossroads GPS has consistently kept its contributors secret as it has raised and spent tens of millions of dollars against Democratic candidates.

While the group’s federal tax filings and registration with the District of Columbia indicate that it is a Virginia corporation — and Crossroads GPS did apparently register with the state’s corporation commission — the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs confirmed to ThinkProgress that no entity named Crossroads GPS or Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies has ever registered to solicit contributions in Virginia. Additionally, no entity with the tax identification number listed on Crossroads GPS’s tax filings has ever registered with the agency.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/14/1188771/exclusive-karl-roves-crossroads-gps-never-filed-legally-required-registration/

Senator Graham DARES to talk about someone being 'disconnected from reality'?!

Senator Graham DARES to talk about someone being 'disconnected from reality'?!

This was the fellow, remember, who toured that Baghdad market
with McCain and bragged about how secure it was, when you go shopping
with a whole phalanx of heavily armed troops - and shut down and ignored
the vendors trying to tell them how dangerous it still was and how they
feared for their lives. Insurgents hit that market after they left, to
leave the message, 'secure? really?' How many people died over Graham
and McCain's little publicity stunt there? I'm sure it was more than
four people!


"There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods today ... General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed Humvee. You want to -- I think you ought to catch up."

Here are Sens. McCain and Graham enjoying a nice stroll through a Baghdad market.


Nancy Pelosi Attacks Luke Russert For Asking If The Democratic Leadership Is Too Old

Nancy Pelosi Attacks Luke Russert For Asking If The Democratic Leadership Is Too Old


Nina Turner, Ohio State Senator, Wears GOP Acronym T-Shirt: 'Get Out Of My Panties'

Jo Ingles
Democratic State Senator Nina Turner wears a t-shirt that has a new acronym for the GOP at news conference pic.twitter.com/kGtxlWwD


Turner, who introduced a protest bill earlier this year that would restrict men's ability to get a Viagra prescription, said her Republican colleagues need to "get a grip."

"If they continue their pursuit to condemn women, we will not stand for it," she said.

The Ohio state Legislature may also reconsider during its lame duck session the so-called "heartbeat bill," which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, with no exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother.

Turner confirmed in an interview on Tuesday that she is considering running for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014. "I'm considering all of my options, including that one," she said.


Fox 19 anchor suspended for calling Maddow ‘an angry young man’

A Fox 19 news anchor returned to work on Tuesday after being suspended for calling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an “angry young man.”

Tricia Macke received a two-day suspension for the comment she made in October, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Macke’s Facebook comments were noticed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Last week, the group called on the Cincinnati Fox affiliate to “take swift action to condemn Macke’s remarks,” saying her comment was “completely unacceptable for someone in the business of journalism.”


“I apologize to Ms. Maddow and any others who may have been offended by my comments, as they do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights, and they certainly do not represent the opinions or position of my employer WXIX-TV,” she said in a statement.



Yeah okay, teabaggers, let us know how that secdeeing from the Union is working out for you.

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