The Raw Story Reports - The Republican consultant accused of involvement in alleged vote-rigging in Ohio in 2004 was warned that his plane might be sabotaged before his death in a crash Friday night, according to a Cleveland CBS affiliate.

45-year-old Republican operative Michael Connell was killed when his single-passenger plane crashed Friday into a home in a suburb of Akron, Ohio (PREVIOUS REPORT).

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions - both historically and now in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect January 1, 2009.

Rich Miller's ongoing coverage can be found HERE.

Congressman Ron Paul declined to participate in the recent bailout hearing for the big three automakers. In this Fox News phone interview, Neil Cavuto claims that when it comes to these type of finance driven hearings, Congressman Paul "walks the walk". Why didn't Ron Paul show up to Thursday's hearing?

This is one of my fave songs from the Daytrotter sessions by Pepi Ginsberg, called The Waterline. mp3 We can adjust the look and feel of this audio player somewhat too.
District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra argues that special treatment is being given to the high-profile defendants by the judge and asks for his recusal.

There is a federal lawsuit against former Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. It claims the President elect is not a natural born citizen of the United States, and therefore is ineligible to run for, or be the president under the U.S. Constitution. A University of Toledo law graduate is responsible for filing this lawsuit. FOX Toledo's Kristi Leigh reports. (October 2008)

Millions of Americans have voted for Barack Obama to "fix" our economy and are breathlessly awaiting his inauguration so that he can implement his plans to "get America back to work." Are those voters ever in for a surprise.

  In a November 22 radio address, Obama stated that "we are facing an economic crisis of historical proportions" (true enough) and that "we must do more to put our people back to work and get our economy moving again."

 How does our new president-to-be intend to achieve this result? Obama declared that "I have already directed my economic team to come up with an Economic Recovery Plan that will mean 2.5 million more jobs by January of 2011," and that "we'll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms, solar panels, fuel-efficient cars, and alternative energy technologies ... "

 This, I submit, is the worst kind of economic claptrap, and is easily demonstrable as such.

Today thousands of citizens created awareness about the myths and dangers of the Federal Reserve central banking cartel by organizing rallies at over 35 federal reserve offices/banks nationwide.
Congressman Ron Paul, who introduced HR 2755 aka Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act in 2007, spoke at the Houston rally today.

Today, Nov 22, also happens to be the anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.
No doubt this was not lost on the organizers of today's End the Fed rallies. 
A few months before he was killed, JFK signed executive order 11110 as an attempt to eliminate the Federal Reserve.
There is coverage of today's End the Fed rallies from call ins around the nation through midnight tonight at

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul's speech in Houston today covered sound money alternating with central banking as America's monetary system throughout history. He also shared details of his questioning of Ben Bernanke upon the Fed Chair's retrun from his meeting with the European central banks. Dr. Paul states that Bernanke operates within the parameters of the law, but not the constitution, when he refuses to confirm or deny plans to participate in a global federal reserve system.

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