- : Madoff spreads blame to banks in jail interview - Michael Moore - This Just In
Bernard Madoff has sought to spread blame for his $65bn Ponzi scheme to banks, regulators and some of his oldest business associates in a rambling jailhouse interview with the Financial Times.
The disgraced US financier offered little evidence for his claims and admitted he had lied to investors and relatives for at least 16 years before he confessed in 2008 and was sentenced to 150 years.
However, Madoff, 72, maintained that banks including JPMorgan Chase, primary banker for his firm, Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities, possessed sufficient account information to detect suspicious activity. He levelled similar accusations against regulators.
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- : Excerpt from 'Less Drama in White House After Staff Changes' - Michael Moore - This Just In
Similarly, the White House mostly has sought to stay out of the fray in Madison, Wis., and other state capitals where Republican governors are battling public employee unions and Democratic lawmakers over collective bargaining rights. When West Wing officials discovered that the Democratic National Committee had mobilized Mr. Obama’s national network to support the protests, they angrily reined in the staff at the party headquarters.
Administration officials said they saw such events beyond Washington as distractions from the optimistic “win the future” message Mr. Obama introduced with his State of the Union address, exhorting the country to increase spending for some programs even as it cuts others so that America can “out-innovate and out-educate” its global rivals.
- : Wisconsin demonstrators party like it's 1968 - Michael Moore - This Just In
MADISON, Wisconsin — The issues were serious but the mood was cheery on Sunday among demonstrators in Wisconsin protesting an effort by the Republican governor to reduce the bargaining power of public employee unions.
Draped in a Wisconsin state flag, Pagel distributed pizzas paid for by a supporter in Minnesota and delivered to the Capitol where some 1,500 people were camped inside on Sunday.
A local pizza parlor called Ian's posted a sign listing where it was getting donations for pizzas to be delivered to the demonstrators -- 40 of the 50 U.S. states, Korea, Finland, Denmark, Australia, Turkey, Canada, the Netherlands, China, Australia, China, England, Egypt and elsewhere.
- : Thousands of Wisconsin union workers protest budget plan - Michael Moore - This Just In
(Reuters) - More than 10,000 union public employees and supporters packed the Capitol Square and the inside of the statehouse on Tuesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan to strip many bargaining rights from state and local government workers.
Republicans legislators hope to get the bill, announced by the new Republican governor last Friday, to Walker's desk by the end of the week. The office of the Republican legislative leaders say they have the votes for passage.
Republicans took over majority control of the Wisconsin legislature and won the governorship in the 2010 election.
- : WikiLeaks Backers Will Fight U.S. Demand for Assange Twitter Account Data - Michael Moore - This Just In
Three WikiLeaks backers will seek to block the U.S. from reviewing their Twitter account data at a hearing today in federal court in Virginia, arguing that the government’s demands violate their constitutional rights.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan in Alexandria will hear a challenge to her order requiring Twitter to give the investigators data on subscribers “associated with WikiLeaks,” including its leader, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier charged with leaking classified information, according to court records.
The hearing is the first public skirmish in the government’s criminal investigation of Assange and others who may have helped leak diplomatic cables and classified military documents through the WikiLeaks website.