Posts by Chris Moody, Yahoo News
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News4 days ago
A former Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to “concealing payments” from Paul’s campaign in exchange for his support, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
In December 2011, state senator Kent Sorenson, then the Iowa chairman for Bachmann’s campaign, made a surprise announcement that he had switched his endorsement to Paul. At the time, Sorenson said he made the decision based on his support for Paul’s policies, but this week he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars from the Paul campaign as part of the deal. According to a DOJ release, “from October to December 2011, he met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $73,000.”
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News17 days ago
BROOKLYN, Iowa – Enclosed in a small pen overlooking serene Holiday Lake, four hens live quiet and seemingly happy lives, unaware that they’re being used as pawns in what has become one of the strangest episodes in a fierce competition for the United States Senate.
The chickens are the property of Pauline Hampton, an Air Force veteran who lives and works from her small home atop a sloping grassy hill overlooking the lake in a quiet vacation community surrounded by Iowa farmland. Hampton is a licensed therapist, and she purchased the birds last year to use in her work in “animal-assisted therapy” for children recovering from abuse, autism or social disorders. The bond her young patients form with the chickens helps them open up in ways that traditional adult-to-child therapy strategies don’t provide, she said.
Top Kentucky coal advocate bends over backward to defend McConnell family’s connection to anti-coal groupChris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News18 days ago
The trade group representing the Kentucky coal industry is defending Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ’s wife’s work on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, despite its role in funding one of the most aggressive anti-coal initiatives in the country.
Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett on Wednesday sent a letter to eight Kentucky state lawmakers pushing back against their call for McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, to step down from her position on the board of directors at Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Yahoo News revealed last week that Chao joined the board in 2012 despite the organization’s decision a year earlier to spend $50 million over four years to fund the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, an initiative that targets coal energy production. The coal industry is a major contributor to the economy in Kentucky, and McConnell has made defending it a central role in his political career.
Rand Paul tells audience he would use executive orders only to rescind past orders if elected presidentChris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News19 days ago
If elected president, Rand Paul would only issue executive orders to overturn dictates from his predecessors, the Kentucky senator told an audience in Louisville on Tuesday, according to a local news report.
After a wide-ranging speech to the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, an audience member asked Paul if he would issue executive orders as president.
“Only to undo executive orders,” Paul responded, according to Phillip M. Bailey, a reporter for the Louisville-based WFPL News. “There’s thousands of them that can be undone. And I would use executive orders to undo executive orders that have encroached on our jurisprudence, our ability to defend ourselves, the right to a trial, all of those I would undo through executive order.”
Democrats urge Kentucky Coal Association to demand McConnell’s wife resign from group funding ‘war on coal’Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News19 days ago
Eight Kentucky state lawmakers sent a letter to the president of the state’s coal industry trade association demanding that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ’s wife break ties with Bloomberg Philanthropies after a Yahoo News report detailed her association with the group, which is spending $50 million on an ongoing campaign to kill the coal industry.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News23 days ago
For months, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has accused his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, of engaging in a “war on coal,” casting her as an outright enemy of one of the state’s most vital industries.
But while McConnell presents himself as a defender of Kentucky coal mining, a member of his own family who serves as a key campaign surrogate is taking a role in an organization that funds one of the most aggressive anti-coal campaigns in the country.
McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, sits on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has plunged $50 million into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, an advocacy effort with the expressed goal of killing the coal industry.
During a floor speech on Wednesday night, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee voiced her opposition to theHouse Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama and said that Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush when he was in office.
“A historical fact that President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists,” Jackson Lee said. “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.”
It's an odd thing for Jackson Lee to say, because it was just six years ago that she helped lead a movement to impeach Bush by co-sponsoring a bill accusing him of high crimes and misdemeanors.
In March, Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign posted a strange video on its YouTube channel showing the senior lawmaker taking on random tasks and poses. The video, silent except for a jaunty soundtrack, contained a series of unrelated shots: a smile with his wife, a handshake on the campaign trail, a rousing speech at a factory.
The video, it turns out, was created to provide free B-roll to friendly supporters to use for their own pro-McConnell ads — which isn’t a bad idea, because campaigns are legally barred from coordinating with outside groups. The footage also became the source for scores of hilarious parody videos, which the Internet quickly dubbed “McConnelling.”
BOZEMAN, MT — A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.
The New York Times revealed Wednesday that Walsh had plagiarized major portions of a research paper he wrote while he earning degree, a charge Walsh initially responded to by saying that he was suffering from PTSD at the time. But in an interview with Yahoo News here Friday, Walsh said that PTSD “in no way” contributed to him breaking the Army War College’s honor code.
“I met with VA doctors, came back, went to the VA hospital here for a process period,” Walsh said when pressed on whether he had been formally diagnosed with PTSD. “When I came back, I had private insurance, I went to my personal physician in Helena, Montana and talked about what I was dealing with. He prescribed medication for me. …He said there were symptoms of PTSD.”
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was nearing 2 a.m., the AC had been shut off and the air in the century-old downtown office of Brigade Media, a tech startup that hosted a hackathon in conjunction with a libertarian tech conference here, was starting to feel heavy. A small group of unwashed, sleep-deprived coders toiled quietly over their computers while a young man in a corner was passed out on a beanbag chair with a laptop balancing on his chest.
The hackathon — an event in which teams compete to build new apps and programs within a short period of time — was part of the first inaugural Reboot conference where hundreds of conservative hackers, coders, designers, tech entrepreneurs and conservative political activists joined some of the nation’s top Republicans to strategize and — ideally — emerge with The Next Great App. As an incentive, the conference organizers offered $10,000 in prize money to be awarded to the best ideas.