Inside the Lavish Life That Put Bob McDonnell and His Wife In Court
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are currently standing trial on federal corruption charges in what is already shaping up to be the juiciest political legal drama of the summer -- maybe even the year. The couple stands accused of accepting over $165,000 in lavish gifts and loans from a friend of the family. And just a few days into the trial, it turns out the friend, Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, was much more than that. Attorneys for McDonnell say the couple couldnâ€™t have conspired to use his office for personal gain because they suffered â€œa broken downâ€? marriage and were â€œbarely on speaking terms.â€?
Boehner v. Obama: House Approves Resolution to Sue President
In a partisan vote that marks a new escalation in the Republican confrontation with President Obama, the House of Representatives approved a resolution to authorize Speaker John Boehner to initiate litigation against the president. Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic Caucus in opposition to the...
U.S. Has Sold Ammunition to Israel Since Start of Gaza Conflict
In the last week the U.S. has provided Israel with mortars and ammunition for grenade launchers requested as part of a foreign military arms sale.Â Â The weapons came from a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition stored by the U.S. military in Israel for that countryâ€™s...
Satanists Use Hobby Lobby Decision to Play Devil's Advocate
The Supreme Court ruling allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of providing contraceptives to their employees on the basis of their religious beliefs, and now The Satanic Temple plans to cite the verdict as justification for the protection of their own beliefs.
Why Political E-Mails Are Getting Even Weirder
Like car salesmen itchy to make quota, political campaigns ooze with desperation as the first of each new month approaches. The Federal Election Commission counts donations monthly in an election year like this one, and candidates get eager to post impressive numbers before the deadline as signs of momentum and strength. So they soak their backers in pleadings, proddings, urgings, come-ons and sometimes even threats all via email -- a source of campaign fundraising thatâ€™s exploded over the last decade.
2014's Weirdest And Wackiest Campaign Ads So Far
As one campaign ad ironically admits, nobody likes political ads. But we think youâ€™ll get a kick out of these. From castrated hogs to talking dogs, the ads may lack gravitas -- but they seem designed to attract attention.