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Walker edges toward indictment

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2012

John Nichols, Madison CapTimes:

It is no secret that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would like very much to have his name added to the long shortlist of 2016 Republican presidential contenders. But the nation’s most militant anti-labor politician has suddenly been thrust into the center of a scandal that is likely to dim his national prospects, and that could yet cost him his state post.

At the sentencing hearing for a top Walker aide convicted of felony misconduct in office, the chief prosecutor revealed that when Walker was seeking the governorship in 2010, he was part of an ongoing scheme to use county employees and resources to aid his campaign.

Wisconsin media exploded late Monday with reports from inside the courtroom, where Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation.

“Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf said the group that met regularly included people from Walker’s campaign such as campaign manager Keith Gilkes and spokeswoman Jill Bader along with county employees such as chief of staff Tom Nardelli, spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin, administration director Cindy Archer and Rindfleisch, according to email correspondence obtained by investigators.”

It is very clear that as county executive, Scott Walker was directing his subordinates to use county resources and time to get him elected government. A more clearcut example of abuse of power could not be imagined. Every politician on earth knows that you can only campaign on your own time and with your own money.

I do not understand why Wisconsin Republicans are not catching the odor rising up from that rotting heap of corruption, Scott Walker. The voters just gave the Republicans absolute power again. Next on the docket: a judicial election that well could determine whether justice is actually done in the Walkergate probe.

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Murdoch lieutenants hit with new charges

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2012

Vikram Dodd, The Guardian:

Prosecutors have announced new criminal charges against the former News International editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, this time over alleged illegal payments to public officials.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced on Tuesday that four former News International employees, and a defence official alleged to have been paid £100,000 for information, should stand trial.

Also charged are …the Sun’s former chief reporter John Kay, and the Ministry of Defence official Bettina Jordan Barber, who is alleged to have been paid £100,000 over a seven-year period.

Coulson also faces trial in Scotland over claims he committed perjury in a libel trial, which he denies.

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Requiem for a tech giant

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2012

Dominic Rushe, The Guardian:

Hewlett-Packard has revealed that it has taken an $8.8bn (£5.5bn) charge after “serious accounting improprieties” were discovered at Autonomy, the British tech firm it acquired in 2011 for more than $10bn.

The Silicon Valley giant called on the US and British authorities to investigate what it called “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy” that occurred prior to HP’s acquisition.

How the mighty are fallen. Hard to believe that a company that brought us the engineering revolution of the 60s/70s, the workstation revolution of the 70s/80s, the scientific instruments, the printers… so many good things.

Wrecked by two prominent Republicans, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, plus Leo Apotheker (who probably gets the lion’s share of the blame for Autonomy).

Whitman can try to blame Autonomy for faking the books, and probably they did. But $8.8 B is a lot of failed due diligence.

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New Internet Meme Alert: Moar Droanz

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2012

Emptywheel has it. Moar Droanz. (Via Jay Ackroyd, Atrios)

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