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I found this interesting. See what you think.

Here is a breakdown of what we (yes, we – the people) pay the current Whitehouse staff.

$40,000-$70,000

  • Researchers, assistants and analysts ($40,000 or so)
  • Scheduler ($58,000)
  • Speechwriter ($60,000) –Note: might explain why Obama’s speeches are so crappy

$70,000-$100,000

  • Director of White House Operations ($85,000)
  • Special Assistant / Personal Aide to the President ($95,000)
  • Head calligrapher ($96,000) –Note: What does a head calligrapher do, and why is this position paid more than a speecwhriter, or the Director?

$100,000-$130,000

$130,000-$160,000

$160,000+

  • Senior Policy Advisor ($165,000)
  • Assistant to the President and Press Secretary ($172,000)
  • Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady ($172,000)

I was OK with most of these, except for the last one. Why does Michelle get someone paid $172,000? Is it because she only gets “one” staff member? According to other sources (listed below), her staff is actually in the $1.5 million range.

These stats were found at http://www.americanbreakingpoint.com/money/how-much-white-house-staffers-get-paid.html?cc=eletter&ct=ABP20120703A&cs=cgmo&sid=IQ7116&en=23520

The original data comes from http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2012

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    • Steven
    • December 21, 2013
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    Which President Is The Worse In The History Of The United States?

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      • Admin
      • December 21, 2013
      Reply

      In HISTORY, here, folks, we’re NOT talking just in YOUR LIFETIMES!

      As for HISTORY… SO FAR… it would be Warren G. Harding. To quote Wikipedia:

      Administrative scandals

      Upon winning the election, Harding appointed many of his old allies to prominent political positions. Known as the “Ohio Gang” (a term used by Charles Mee, Jr., in his book of the same name), some of the appointees used their new powers to rob the government. It is unclear how much, if anything, Harding himself knew about his friends’ illicit activities.

      The most infamous scandal of the time was the Teapot Dome affair, which shook the nation for years after Harding’s death. The scandal involved Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, who was convicted of accepting bribes and illegal no-interest personal loans in exchange for the leasing of public oil fields to business associates. (Absent the bribes and personal loans, the leases themselves were quite legal.) In 1931, Fall became the first member of a Presidential Cabinet to be sent to prison.

      Thomas W. Miller, head of the Office of Alien Property, was convicted of accepting bribes. Jess Smith, personal aide to the Attorney General, destroyed papers and then committed suicide. Charles R. Forbes, Director of the Veterans Bureau, skimmed profits, earned large amounts of kickbacks, and directed underground alcohol and drug distribution. He was convicted of fraud and bribery and drew a two-year sentence. Charles Cramer, an aide to Charles Forbes, committed suicide.

      No evidence to date suggests that Harding personally profited from these crimes, but he was apparently unable to stop them. “I have no trouble with my enemies,” Harding told journalist William Allen White late in his presidency, “but my damn friends, they’re the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!”

      Republican from before she was born… and PROUD of it.

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    • That one person
    • December 26, 2013
    Reply

    Was President Harding One Of The Worst Presidents? I need help writing and elaborating more on this question.

    describe the various scandals that impacted harding administration. how did ohio gang get involved and was he the worst president of us history?

    ok from what i at least know is that the ohio gang were basically his friends and he gave them oil fields which made them rich. but did that or one of the reasons he put the people in the depression? i just need to elaborate more on this please help! thank you

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      • Admin
      • December 26, 2013
      Reply

      The clouds of political scandal encircled and endangered the Warren G. Harding administration in 1923. Had he not died in San Francisco, on August 2, 1923, our 29th president may have faced impeachment, as he headed into his re-election campaign.
      The president surrounded himself with many distinguished men, such as Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, and Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, but he also brought to Washington a thoroughly unsavory lot of grafters: Interior Secretary Albert Fall sold for personal gain the nation’s oil reserves at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome. Thomas Miller, the alien property custodian, was convicted of accepting bribes. Jess Smith, bagman for the operation and personal aide to Attorney General Daugherty, destroyed his papers and committed suicide shortly after Harding demanded his resignation. Another suicide victim, Charles Cramer, was an aide to Charles Forbes, the corrupt director of the Veteran’s bureau who skimmed the proceeds from the sale of war surplus goods, earned fat kickbacks for purchasing government supplies at exorbitant prices, and diverted alcohol and drugs from Veterans Hospitals to bootleggers and narcotics dealers. Convicted of fraud, conspiracy and bribery, Forbes drew a 2 year prison sentence. There is no evidence to indicate Harding personally profited from such crimes, but, at the time, he said: “It is not my political enemies who worry me, it is my friends who keep me up at night.” At the time of his death, Harding realized that his days in the Oval Office were numbered.
      Much like Gerald Ford had to contend with, in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the Nixon resignation, it was up to Calvin Coolidge, the purtianical, no-nonsense New Englander to restore confidence in the White House.

      With the country prosperous, the nation at peace, and the integrity of the executive branch restored in the wake of the Harding scandals,
      Calvin Coolidge was able to distance himself from the corrupt hooligans of the preceding administration, and won a convincing a landslide election for a full term of his own in 1924.

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    • Jeb77
    • December 28, 2013
    Reply

    What Does Hillary Rodham Clinton Stand For? We have an idea of what McCain, Obama, and Ron Paul represent. But what is Hillary’s MO? What does she believe in that she’s willing to stand up and fight for with a passion? I think that this is one of the biggest concerns people have with her.
    Hillary wants a “better America.” That’s nice. But what does that mean? What exactlly is this grand vision of hers?

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      • Admin
      • December 28, 2013
      Reply

      Power…Boost her Ego…Revenge…A FAT CHECK!!!!! Paid for by yours truly!!!

      The first major Clinton scandal involved the White House travel office and came to be popularly known as “Travelgate.” In May 1993, seven long-time employees in the office were abruptly fired and replaced with friends of the Clintons from Arkansas. The FBI then investigated the fired employees, leading to allegations the investigation was being conducted under pressure from the White House solely to justify the firings.

      Next, in July, a personal tragedy for the Clintons occurred as Vince Foster, Deputy White House Counsel, and life-long friend of the President, was found shot dead in a park just outside Washington from an apparent suicide.

      Huge controversy erupted five months later when it was revealed that federal investigators had been denied access to Foster’s White House office, but that Clinton aides had entered the office within hours of Foster’s death. Speculation arose in the media that documents related to the Whitewater Development Corporation might have been removed. A month before his death, Foster had filed three years of delinquent Whitewater corporate tax returns.

      The Whitewater controversy would eventually spark a federal investigation of President Clinton and the First Lady, that through a strange and remarkable series of political maneuverings and personal failings, would ultimately lead to the first-ever impeachment of an elected President.

      Whitewater began back in 1978 when Bill and Hillary Clinton along with two Arkansas acquaintances, James B. and Susan McDougal, borrowed $203,000 to purchase 220 acres of riverfront land in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, then formed the Whitewater Development Corporation with the intention of building vacation homes.

      In 1982, James McDougal purchased a small savings and loan in Little Rock and named it the Madison Guaranty. By the mid-1980s, Madison Guaranty had aroused the attention of federal regulators who questioned its lending practices and financial stability. For example, in 1985, a fund-raising event was held at Madison Guaranty to help eliminate $50,000 of Governor Bill Clinton’s campaign debt. Federal investigators later alleged that some of the funds had been improperly withdrawn from depositors’ funds.

      A major link between the Clintons and Madison Guaranty had been forged after McDougal hired the Rose Law Firm, where Hillary Clinton was a partner, to help the ailing institution. But by 1989, following a number of failed loans, Madison Guaranty collapsed and was shut down by the federal government which then spent $60 million bailing it out. In 1992, the Federal Resolution Trust Corporation, during its investigation into the causes of its failure, named both Bill and Hillary Clinton as “potential beneficiaries” of alleged illegal activities at Madison Guaranty. A referral was then sent to the U.S. Justice Department.

      Following Vince Foster’s death in 1993, political pressure mounted in Washington for an independent investigation into Whitewater-Madison. The Clinton administration then turned over documents to the Justice Department including the files found in Foster’s office. In January 1994, in order to stave off ever-mounting criticism from his political foes, President Clinton reluctantly asked Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint a special counsel. Reno chose former U.S. Attorney Robert B. Fiske of New York, a moderate Republican.

      Two months later, further controversy arose with the sudden resignation of Associate Attorney General Webster L. Hubbell, after allegations were raised concerning his conduct while he was a member of the Rose Law Firm. Following his resignation, friends of President Clinton arranged about $700,000 in income for Hubbell just as he was coming under scrutiny by Whitewater investigators. The President’s close friend, Vernon Jordan, an influential Washington lawyer, was among those aiding Hubbell.

      By the summer of 1994, the House and Senate Banking committees both began hearings concerning Whitewater and eventually called 29 Clinton administration officials to testify.

      In August, Robert Fiske’s tenure as special Whitewater counsel came to an abrupt end amid charges from conservatives that he simply was not aggressive enough in investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton. On August 5, 1994, following the renewal of the independent counsel law, the three-judge panel responsible for appointing independent counsels replaced Fiske with staunch Republican Kenneth W. Starr, a former Justice Department official in the Reagan administration, and federal appeals court judge and solicitor general in the Bush administration.

      Thus began the four-year-long Starr investigation of the Clintons. Through an extraordinary set of circumstances, Starr’s investigation would eventually veer away from Whitewater and delve deeply into the personal conduct of President Clinton, ultimately leading to his impeachment for events totally unrelated to Whitewater.

      Amid all of the media attention paid to the Starr investigation and the House and Senate Whitewater hearings, allegations by a young woman from Arkansas went nearly unnoticed at first. In February 1994, Paula C. Jones appeared at a Washington gathering of conservative activists and alleged that, in 1991, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton had committed sexual harassment by dropping his trousers in a Little Rock hotel room and asking her to perform a sex act. Jones, who was an Arkansas state clerical worker at the time of the alleged incident, claimed Clinton’s state police bodyguard had summoned her to the hotel room.

      The White House responded aggressively to Jones’s charges and attempted to undermine her credibility through repeated denials on behalf of the President along with off-handed remarks from Clinton loyalists deriding her as “trailer park trash,” all of which served to infuriate Ms. Jones. On May 6, 1994, she filed a civil lawsuit against the President in federal district court in Arkansas, seeking $700,000 in damages along with a personal apology from Clinton.

      The President’s lawyers now engaged in a series of legal maneuvers seeking to put off the case until after Clinton concluded his term of office. However, the attempt failed when a federal appeals court ruled the lawsuit could proceed while Clinton was still in office. That ruling was unanimously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court which stated that the case was “highly unlikely to occupy any substantial amount” of the President’s time. Thus, for the first time in U.S. history, a sitting President was subjected to a civil lawsuit for actions that occurred before he became President.

      The Jones case served to focus media attention on various old allegations of marital infidelity concerning Bill Clinton. Incredibly, it was at this time, in the midst of the Jones controversy, that President Clinton began an illicit sexual affair with a 22-year-old White House intern named Monica Lewinsky.

      Lewinsky had arrived at the White House in July of 1995 from Beverly Hills, California, to work as an unpaid intern in the office of Clinton’s Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta. By November, she accepted a low level paid job in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

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    • Scorch_22
    • January 8, 2014
    Reply

    How Many Politicians Can You Name That Have Been Involved In Scandals Related To Money Or Sex? I’m independent so don’t spare anybody…. I want to see how large this list can get… Time to parade the corruption of our political system.

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      Alexander Hamilton-Maria Reynolds affair (1797)
      Petticoat Affair or Eaton Affair
      President James Buchanan (D) and Senator William Rufus King (D-NC) were the subject of scandalous gossip (alleging a homosexual affair) in Washington, DC for many years
      President Warren Harding (R) -Carrie Phillips-Nan Britton mistresses and pay-offs
      Walter Jenkins (D) top aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson – caught in a gay liaison with a Hungarian man in a YMCA bathroom (1964)
      Neil Goldschmidt (D-OR) former Oregon governor – affair with underage female, 1970s
      Wilbur Mills (D-AR) – Fanne Foxe scandal (1974)
      Wayne Hays (D-OH) – Elizabeth Ray scandal (1976)
      John Young (D-TX) – a former female staffer said that she received a pay raise after giving in to Young’s sexual advances (1976)
      Allan Howe (D-UT) – arrested for soliciting two police officers posing as prostitutes (1976)
      Fred Richmond (D-NY) – charged with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy (1978)
      Robert Bauman (R-MD) – charged with attempting to solicit sex from a 16-year-old male prostitute (1980)
      Jon Hinson (R-MS) charged with attempted oral sodomy of a male Library of Congress employee (1981)
      Thomas Evans (R-DE) – Paula Parkinson (1981)
      John G. Schmitz (R-CA) – extramarital affair resulting in offspring (1982)
      Gerry Studds (D-MA) and Dan Crane (R-IL) are censured July 20, 1983 in Congressional Page sex scandal (1983)
      Gary Hart (D-CO) – Donna Rice scandal (1987)
      Ernie Konnyu (R-CA) – sexual harassment complaints by two female staffers (1987)
      Brock Adams (D-WA) eight women accused Adams of committing various acts of sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual harassment to rape (1988)
      Jim Bates (D-CA) made sexual advances toward female staffers (1988)
      Gus Savage (D-IL) accused of trying to force himself on a female Peace Corps worker in Zaire (1989)
      Barney Frank (D-MA) reprimanded by the House when Steve Gobie, a male escort whom Frank met after hiring him through a personal advertisement, claimed to have conducted an escort service from Frank’s apartment when he was not at home (1989)
      Donald “Buz” Lukens (R-OH) – accused of having sexual relations with a 16 year-old girl (1989) and was accused of fondling a woman in an elevator (1990)
      Arlan Stangeland (R-MN) accused of mading long-distance phone calls using a House credit card to a female lobbyist (1990)
      Chuck Robb (D-VA) – Tai Collins affair (1991)
      Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill sexual harassment scandal at time of Supreme Court nomination hearings (1991)
      Bob Packwood (R-OR) – sexual harassment scandal (1995)
      Mel Reynolds (D-IL) – indicted for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse for a relationship with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer (1994), and was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography (1995)
      Bob Livingston (R-LA) – extramarital affair (1998)
      Henry Hyde (R-IL) – “youthful indiscretion” (1998)
      Bob Barr (R-GA) – sexual hypocrisy alleged by Larry Flynt (1998)
      President Bill Clinton (D-AR) – Monica Lewinsky scandal (1998)
      Ken Calvert (R-CA) – arrested for soliciting a prostitute; had oral sex in a car with her (1993)
      Newt Gingrich (R-GA) – affair with congressional staffer 1993-1999
      Gary Condit (D-CA) – affair with intern Chandra Levy (2001)
      Paul Patton (D-KY) Kentucky Governor – affair; became public after former mistress alleged retaliation against her business (2002)
      Steven C. LaTourette (R-OH) – affair with staffer (2003)
      Bob Wise (D-WV) West Virginia Governor – affair with state employee (2003)
      The Washingtonienne scandal (2004)
      Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) California Governor – admitted groping women early in career
      Jack Ryan (R) Illinois U.S. Senate candidate – sex scandal with ex-wife (2004)
      Ed Schrock (R-VA) – alleged to have ran a personal column for men wanting to meet other men (2004)
      Don Sherwood (R-PA) – Extramarital affair with accusations of abuse (2004)
      Jim McGreevey (D-NJ) New Jersey Governor – ; closeted homosexual extramarital affair (2004)
      Kevin Shelley (D-CA) California Secretary of State – a number of former staffers and other associates accused Shelley of abusive behavior, including sexually explicit gestures and remarks (2004)
      Jim West (R) Mayor of Spokane, WA – faced charges of child molestation and misuse of his office for sexual favors with young men (2005)
      Roosevelt Dobbins (D-AR) – pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment for fondling a teenager (2005)
      Jeff Gannon (AKA Jim Guckert) was a fake White House correspondent who also turned out to be a special kind of “military escort”, with records showing he visited the White House about 200 times and was also a gay prostitute. (2005)
      Mark Foley (R-FL) – accusations of sending sexually explicit instant messages to an underage congressional page (2006)
      D.C. Madam Scandal; Prostitution ring centering around Deborah Jeane Palfrey (2007)
      David Vitter (R-LA) and Randall Tobias were linked in the Palfrey affair (2007)
      Gavin Newsom (D-CA) San Francisco Mayor – accused of extramarital affair with wife of campaign manager and former deputy chief-of-staff Alex Tourk (2007)
      Bob Allen (R-FL) – busted for solicitation of a police officer in public men’s room, claimed he did it out of a racist panic (2007)
      Antonio Villaraigosa (D-CA) Los Angeles Mayor – extramarital affair (2004), affair with Spanish-language television reporter Mirthala Salinas (2007)
      Glenn Murphy Jr. (R) – 33 year-old president of the Young Republican National Federation, under investigation for sexual assault of a sleeping 22 year-old man (2007)
      Richard Curtis (R-WA) – blackmailed and outed by a male prostitute after he didn’t reveal his gay lifestyle (2007)
      Larry Craig (R-ID) – pled guilty to disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men’s room in June, after having been arrested on a charge of lewd conduct (2007)
      John Burton (D-CA) former California Senate Pro Tempore – accused of sexual harassment by a female employee at his charity organization (2008)
      Kwame Kilpatrick (D-MI) Detroit Mayor – extramarital affair with his Chief-of-Staff, Christine Beatty. Racy text messages between them uncovered by the press contradicted their sworn denials of an affair. Also alleged to have stayed at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC with a woman named Carmen Slowsky, who was not his wife (2008)
      Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) New York Governor – went through a prostitution service called Emperors Club VIP where he allegedly met with a prostitute in a Washington, DC hotel. He was linked to the prostitution ring by a wiretap of his cell phone (2008)

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    • 8D
    • January 8, 2014
    Reply

    The Fires Of Adversity Will Either Expose Or Strengthen Obama, Agree? WIth the massive pressure coming form the Media and many Americans, what Obama is facing should not be seen as a hindrance to his quest, but instead it should be viewed as an opportunity to become a better president and a better person.

    Only cowards fear adversity, and only fools seek it.

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      By your definition you are calling Obama a fool and here is why…

      His choices for cabinet members…morally/ethically corrupt/bankrupt.

      His personal life/public life…two faced and poor role model for youth of America by advocating a beer summit at the White House, thus teaching impressionable children that our differences can be solved with a long neck drink.

      He still admits, with a laugh to sneaking a smoke every now and then.

      His lack of keeping his word on campaign promises. He won the election on a 5th grade presidential campaign by promising a pop machine in every classroom and pop corn parties everyday after school. He also got the “in crowd” to sway the uneducated voters to do what they did because it was cool. If you can’t draw the correlation between Hollywood and this reference then you are a fool as well.

      He is a flip flopping policy maker who expects policies but never voted on one while he was there. He flipped and flopped on a single payer system. First he wanted it and then he didn’t.

      He blindly apologizes for the greatness of America every time he leaves the USA. Downplaying the roll that America takes with human rights and diplomatic aide around the world.

      This is all done by himself to himself despite the fact that the left leaning liberal media follows behind him with a candy coated paint brush and a trowel full of spackle filling in the gaps that he leaves and smoothing out and covering the chinks in his own armor so that we the American people only see a rosy picture which is by far nowhere near the truth.

      If this isn’t seeking adversity I don’t what is.

      Oh and on a side note…The Nobel Prize should forever have an asterisk at the end of it to denote the fact that one mustn’t actually earn it in deed so much as he/she can earn it in good intentions.

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    • Jeb77
    • January 21, 2014
    Reply

    What Does Hillary Rodham Clinton Stand For? We have an idea of what McCain, Obama, and Ron Paul represent. But what is Hillary’s MO? What does she believe in that she’s willing to stand up and fight for with a passion? I think that this is one of the biggest concerns people have with her.
    Hillary wants a “better America.” That’s nice. But what does that mean? What exactlly is this grand vision of hers?

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      Power…Boost her Ego…Revenge…A FAT CHECK!!!!! Paid for by yours truly!!!

      The first major Clinton scandal involved the White House travel office and came to be popularly known as “Travelgate.” In May 1993, seven long-time employees in the office were abruptly fired and replaced with friends of the Clintons from Arkansas. The FBI then investigated the fired employees, leading to allegations the investigation was being conducted under pressure from the White House solely to justify the firings.

      Next, in July, a personal tragedy for the Clintons occurred as Vince Foster, Deputy White House Counsel, and life-long friend of the President, was found shot dead in a park just outside Washington from an apparent suicide.

      Huge controversy erupted five months later when it was revealed that federal investigators had been denied access to Foster’s White House office, but that Clinton aides had entered the office within hours of Foster’s death. Speculation arose in the media that documents related to the Whitewater Development Corporation might have been removed. A month before his death, Foster had filed three years of delinquent Whitewater corporate tax returns.

      The Whitewater controversy would eventually spark a federal investigation of President Clinton and the First Lady, that through a strange and remarkable series of political maneuverings and personal failings, would ultimately lead to the first-ever impeachment of an elected President.

      Whitewater began back in 1978 when Bill and Hillary Clinton along with two Arkansas acquaintances, James B. and Susan McDougal, borrowed $203,000 to purchase 220 acres of riverfront land in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, then formed the Whitewater Development Corporation with the intention of building vacation homes.

      In 1982, James McDougal purchased a small savings and loan in Little Rock and named it the Madison Guaranty. By the mid-1980s, Madison Guaranty had aroused the attention of federal regulators who questioned its lending practices and financial stability. For example, in 1985, a fund-raising event was held at Madison Guaranty to help eliminate $50,000 of Governor Bill Clinton’s campaign debt. Federal investigators later alleged that some of the funds had been improperly withdrawn from depositors’ funds.

      A major link between the Clintons and Madison Guaranty had been forged after McDougal hired the Rose Law Firm, where Hillary Clinton was a partner, to help the ailing institution. But by 1989, following a number of failed loans, Madison Guaranty collapsed and was shut down by the federal government which then spent $60 million bailing it out. In 1992, the Federal Resolution Trust Corporation, during its investigation into the causes of its failure, named both Bill and Hillary Clinton as “potential beneficiaries” of alleged illegal activities at Madison Guaranty. A referral was then sent to the U.S. Justice Department.

      Following Vince Foster’s death in 1993, political pressure mounted in Washington for an independent investigation into Whitewater-Madison. The Clinton administration then turned over documents to the Justice Department including the files found in Foster’s office. In January 1994, in order to stave off ever-mounting criticism from his political foes, President Clinton reluctantly asked Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint a special counsel. Reno chose former U.S. Attorney Robert B. Fiske of New York, a moderate Republican.

      Two months later, further controversy arose with the sudden resignation of Associate Attorney General Webster L. Hubbell, after allegations were raised concerning his conduct while he was a member of the Rose Law Firm. Following his resignation, friends of President Clinton arranged about $700,000 in income for Hubbell just as he was coming under scrutiny by Whitewater investigators. The President’s close friend, Vernon Jordan, an influential Washington lawyer, was among those aiding Hubbell.

      By the summer of 1994, the House and Senate Banking committees both began hearings concerning Whitewater and eventually called 29 Clinton administration officials to testify.

      In August, Robert Fiske’s tenure as special Whitewater counsel came to an abrupt end amid charges from conservatives that he simply was not aggressive enough in investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton. On August 5, 1994, following the renewal of the independent counsel law, the three-judge panel responsible for appointing independent counsels replaced Fiske with staunch Republican Kenneth W. Starr, a former Justice Department official in the Reagan administration, and federal appeals court judge and solicitor general in the Bush administration.

      Thus began the four-year-long Starr investigation of the Clintons. Through an extraordinary set of circumstances, Starr’s investigation would eventually veer away from Whitewater and delve deeply into the personal conduct of President Clinton, ultimately leading to his impeachment for events totally unrelated to Whitewater.

      Amid all of the media attention paid to the Starr investigation and the House and Senate Whitewater hearings, allegations by a young woman from Arkansas went nearly unnoticed at first. In February 1994, Paula C. Jones appeared at a Washington gathering of conservative activists and alleged that, in 1991, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton had committed sexual harassment by dropping his trousers in a Little Rock hotel room and asking her to perform a sex act. Jones, who was an Arkansas state clerical worker at the time of the alleged incident, claimed Clinton’s state police bodyguard had summoned her to the hotel room.

      The White House responded aggressively to Jones’s charges and attempted to undermine her credibility through repeated denials on behalf of the President along with off-handed remarks from Clinton loyalists deriding her as “trailer park trash,” all of which served to infuriate Ms. Jones. On May 6, 1994, she filed a civil lawsuit against the President in federal district court in Arkansas, seeking $700,000 in damages along with a personal apology from Clinton.

      The President’s lawyers now engaged in a series of legal maneuvers seeking to put off the case until after Clinton concluded his term of office. However, the attempt failed when a federal appeals court ruled the lawsuit could proceed while Clinton was still in office. That ruling was unanimously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court which stated that the case was “highly unlikely to occupy any substantial amount” of the President’s time. Thus, for the first time in U.S. history, a sitting President was subjected to a civil lawsuit for actions that occurred before he became President.

      The Jones case served to focus media attention on various old allegations of marital infidelity concerning Bill Clinton. Incredibly, it was at this time, in the midst of the Jones controversy, that President Clinton began an illicit sexual affair with a 22-year-old White House intern named Monica Lewinsky.

      Lewinsky had arrived at the White House in July of 1995 from Beverly Hills, California, to work as an unpaid intern in the office of Clinton’s Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta. By November, she accepted a low level paid job in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

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    • Stef
    • February 2, 2014
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    How Did Corruption During The Harding Administration Get So Widespread? ALSO:

    What was the various scandals and what were the effects they had on the administration?

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      The clouds of political scandal encircled and endangered the Warren G. Harding administration in 1923. Had he not died in San Francisco, on August 2, 1923, our 29th president may have faced impeachment, as he headed into his re-election campaign.
      The president surrounded himself with many distinguished men, such as Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, and Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, but he also brought to Washington a thoroughly unsavory lot of grafters: Interior Secretary Albert Fall sold for personal gain the nation’s oil reserves at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome. Thomas Miller, the alien property custodian, was convicted of accepting bribes. Jess Smith, bagman for the operation and personal aide to Attorney General Daugherty, destroyed his papers and committed suicide shortly after Harding demanded his resignation. Another suicide victim, Charles Cramer, was an aide to Charles Forbes, the corrupt director of the Veteran’s bureau who skimmed the proceeds from the sale of war surplus goods, earned fat kickbacks for purchasing government supplies at exorbitant prices, and diverted alcohol and drugs from Veterans Hospitals to bootleggers and narcotics dealers. Convicted of fraud, conspiracy and bribery, Forbes drew a 2 year prison sentence. There is no evidence to indicate Harding personally profited from such crimes, but, at the time, he said: “It is not my political enemies who worry me, it is my friends who keep me up at night.” At the time of his death, Harding realized that his days in the Oval Office were numbered.
      Much like Gerald Ford had to contend with, in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the Nixon resignation, it was up to Calvin Coolidge, the purtianical, no-nonsense New Englander to restore confidence in the White House.

      With the country prosperous, the nation at peace, and the integrity of the executive branch restored in the wake of the Harding scandals,
      Calvin Coolidge was able to distance himself from the corrupt hooligans of the preceding administration, and won a convincing a landslide election for a full term of his own in 1924.

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    • Mr. Knowledgeable VI
    • February 18, 2014
    Reply

    What Will Be The Most Important Issue To You When Voting For A Candidate For President In 2008? What will be the most important issue for you when voting for President of the United States of America in 2008? Would you say your childrens education is important? Democracy in Iraq? or Improving the American Economy?
    Before I choose a Best Answer, I would like to say that I have enjoyed reading all of your answers about “What will be the most important issue to you when voting for a candidate for President in 2008?” I enjoyed reading what you felt was important for the 2008 Presidental Election.

    Also, this is the most answers I have ever received for a question and the participants who answered showed me that the 2008 Election will be very important when electing the next President of the United States of America.

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      • Admin
      • February 18, 2014
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      The most important issue for me really isn’t an issue at all, it’s the character of the person running. If any of these people have a good head on their shoulders (not just smarts, but an actual connection with citizens etc) then they will be more likely to make decisions that coincide with majority rule. Overall, I’d like to see more of a direct democracy instead of the indirect democracy that we’ve been living by. Kind of difficult with the growing population.

      Personally, I’d like to see more aide for college students which would encourage the upcoming generations to strive for better jobs, lifestyles, etc. I’d also like to see there be an actual separation between church and state. Morals should definitely be a factor in making decisions nation-wide, but religion should not, it’s too diverse.

      I’m not sure where I stand with the illegal immigrants anymore… parts of me say they need to leave because they’re taking our jobs, but then again, who else is going to take those jobs? Then I remember again the amount of people in poverty. I would love to see some sort of new program that would help these people out a little bit more than they are now (Appalachian area for example). I’m against abortion unless the mother is in danger of dying, and that would be the only exception.

      One more thing… Tax cuts. Everyone is complaining that this isn’t happening and they’d like to see it happen. I feel this is a very personal thing about not wanting to give anymore money to the gov’t. I also believe that the gov’t needs money to get the things we went them to get done, finished. We have to wade out the taxes – what goes up, must come down.

      Across the board, I’m all over the place. I think it’s the same with the whole US… impossible to say whether I’m going to vote democratic or republican. Issues just need to be solved.

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    • Maria T
    • February 24, 2014
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    Did Washington Have Any Kids (the First President)?

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      • Admin
      • February 24, 2014
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      Born in Williamsburg, Virginia on June 2, 1731 between midnight and 1, Martha (“Patsy”) Dandridge was the eldest daughter of Virginia planter John Dandridge (1700-1756) and Frances Jones (1710-1785) [1] [2]. At the age of 18, she married Daniel Parke Custis, a rich bachelor two decades her senior. She had four children by Custis. A son and a daughter, Daniel (1751-1754) and Frances (1753-1757), died in childhood, but two older children, John (Jacky) Parke Custis (1754-1781) and Martha (“Patsy”) Parke Custis (1756-1773) survived to young adulthood. Custis’ death in 1757 left Martha a rich widow, with independent control over a dower inheritance for her lifetime and trustee control over the inheritance of her minor children.

      Martha D. Custis married Colonel George Washington on January 6, 1759. Shortly after the marriage, he left the colonial arm of the British military due to the British policy denying colonials command opportunities with the regular British army. They lived a prosperous and apparently happy life at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Martha and George Washington had no children together, but they raised Martha’s two surviving children. John Parke Custis served as an aide to Washington during the siege of Yorktown in 1781. During this service, Jack died, probably of typhus. After his death, the Washingtons raised two of his children, Martha’s youngest grandchildren, Eleanor Parke Custis (March 31, 1779 – July 15, 1852), and George Washington Parke Custis (April 30, 1781 – October 10, 1857). They also provided personal and financial support to nieces, nephews and other family members in both the Dandridge and Washington families.

      Robert E. Lee Married into the Custis family years later.

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    • Wondering
    • March 1, 2014
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    Can The US President Be Charged With A Crime Whilst In Office? This is a 2 part question.
    1) can he charged of a personal crime eg: if he physically attacked a person, beat up an aide etc.
    2) can he be charged with a political ‘crime’ eg: signing a bill that was later deemed to be contrary to Human rights laws. Would he then be held personally responsible?

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      First he can be impeached. Ask Bill Clinton.

      No as the bill would also have the support of at least on of the houses, prior to his signature.

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    • Stefan
    • March 4, 2014
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    Movie About Prison Lockdown After A Riot? I can’t remember the name of this movie. It is about innocent people visiting inmates. The prison then goes on riot and they lock down the prison with two female civilians inside. I believe a WWE wrestler is one of the main characters.

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      I doubt this is the same one you are thinking of but in Lockout (2012) starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, Pearce has to rescue civilians that are held in a prison in outer space after there is a mass riot. Two of the civilians are women, one is the President’s daughter (Grace) and the other is her personal aide.

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    • Eke
    • April 9, 2014
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    Who Is And What Is A D C?

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      A.D.C.(Aide-de-camp) means personal assistant or personal secretary to a very high ranking govt. official (president etc)

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    • Micky Dean
    • April 10, 2014
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    So What Do You Think About Your Tax Money Being Used For This? The President has a personal trainer, Reggie Love. It is understood from Obama press releases that
    Reggie Love has been included as a White House personal
    staff member. He earns $102,000 from the government annually
    as a “Personal Aide to the President”.

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      Perfect!

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    • Yak Rider
    • April 13, 2014
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    Why Does Obama’s Dog Fly On His Own Private Jet With An Aid To Keep Him Company? Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.; and the president’s personal aide Reggie Love, who chatted with Baldacci.

    http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/white-house-wanderers-tour-acadia_2010-07-16.html
    “Please. My god, you people just don’t stop, do you?”

    What you’re finding out is that it’s never as much fun when it’s the rabbit that has the gun.

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      I was appalled when I read the article (though not surprised), but I wanted to be fair to the Obamas in answering your question so I spent some time looking up how to properly transport a dog via airplane. A dog is allowed to fly under the seat of an airplane if it is small enough. A Portuguese Water Dog, at 35 to 50 pounds full grown, is far too big for this, so it must fly in the cargo area. This is assuming Air Force one follows the same rules as commercial airplanes. We all know how Obama feels about following rules, but I digress. Air Force One is not constructed like other planes, and its does not have a cargo pit. It is worth noting here that there are two Air Force One planes because I think it’s a fact most people don’t know, and most of the people on this forum love facts.

      Anyway, since Bo cannot ride in the cargo area, the only other option is for him to ride somewhere else on the plane. Air Force one has three levels with a combined total of about 4,000 square feet. Apparently, there just is not enough room for Bo and his luggage and other accessories.

      If you remember the days of PTL and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, and honestly who doesn’t, Tammy Faye’s dogs had air conditioned doghouses. Most people assumed this was because wealth and power went to their heads and they forgot the humble beginnings from which they came. This is not so!

      The real truth is that those among us who are called and anointed by God with special talents and abilities are also entitled to special privileges that the rest of us are not. These privileges extend to the anointed one’s family, friends and pets as well. The masses of people who contribute financially to these lavish lifestyles are expected to feel honored for the opportunity and look for ways to contribute more.

      You could also simply say that the rabbit has the gun, which I see you just did. Or, since we’re discussing Bo, you could say that the tail is wagging the dog.

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    • Mr. Knowledgeable VI
    • May 1, 2014
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    What Will Be The Most Important Issue To You When Voting For A Candidate For President In 2008? What will be the most important issue for you when voting for President of the United States of America in 2008? Would you say your childrens education is important? Democracy in Iraq? or Improving the American Economy?
    Before I choose a Best Answer, I would like to say that I have enjoyed reading all of your answers about “What will be the most important issue to you when voting for a candidate for President in 2008?” I enjoyed reading what you felt was important for the 2008 Presidental Election.

    Also, this is the most answers I have ever received for a question and the participants who answered showed me that the 2008 Election will be very important when electing the next President of the United States of America.

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      The most important issue for me really isn’t an issue at all, it’s the character of the person running. If any of these people have a good head on their shoulders (not just smarts, but an actual connection with citizens etc) then they will be more likely to make decisions that coincide with majority rule. Overall, I’d like to see more of a direct democracy instead of the indirect democracy that we’ve been living by. Kind of difficult with the growing population.

      Personally, I’d like to see more aide for college students which would encourage the upcoming generations to strive for better jobs, lifestyles, etc. I’d also like to see there be an actual separation between church and state. Morals should definitely be a factor in making decisions nation-wide, but religion should not, it’s too diverse.

      I’m not sure where I stand with the illegal immigrants anymore… parts of me say they need to leave because they’re taking our jobs, but then again, who else is going to take those jobs? Then I remember again the amount of people in poverty. I would love to see some sort of new program that would help these people out a little bit more than they are now (Appalachian area for example). I’m against abortion unless the mother is in danger of dying, and that would be the only exception.

      One more thing… Tax cuts. Everyone is complaining that this isn’t happening and they’d like to see it happen. I feel this is a very personal thing about not wanting to give anymore money to the gov’t. I also believe that the gov’t needs money to get the things we went them to get done, finished. We have to wade out the taxes – what goes up, must come down.

      Across the board, I’m all over the place. I think it’s the same with the whole US… impossible to say whether I’m going to vote democratic or republican. Issues just need to be solved.

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