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VIDEO: "There are clearly enough questions [about Gingrich] for the IRS to begin an investigation."


Newton Leroy Gingrich is in a heap-o'-trouble politically and he knows it, and now he could have some legal issues, too.

His response? Blame the media, demand apologies, brush it off with an "I'm not concerned about that."

All those aides who resigned en masse from his campaign knew better than to stick around, and we've known all along that his real aim was to make a few extra bucks, probably to pay off his $500,000 Tiffany bill. Who could blame him for needing a pricey cruise to escape from what he must have known was coming his way? Oh, that's right, we could.


GOP Presidential contender Newt Gingrich attacked the "elite media" Wednesday for running "hit pieces" against him, even as tax and ethics experts were telling ABC News that the recent reports on a charity Gingrich founded have spawned serious questions about the former House Speaker's business and charity empire.

"I think he's in a world of trouble from a tax standpoint," said Marcus S. Owens, who ran the IRS Exempt Organizations Division for ten years, and who now works in private practice in Washington. "There are clearly enough questions there for the IRS to begin an investigation."

Let the investigation begin.


Newt Gingrich Charity Paid Cash To Gingrich For-Profit Business


Newton Leroy Blingrich, give it up. You will not be the nominee, you're in it for the media exposure and money, and you're a hypocritical, dishonest, despicable s.o.b. By the way, how was that cruise? And is Callista doing a good job helping you run the campaign?  If I were you, I'd give her a lot of TLC before you leave her for someone else. After all, she's your biggest fan.

ABC has the goods:

A non-profit charity founded by Newt Gingrich to promote freedom, faith and free enterprise also served as another avenue to promote Gingrich's political views, and came dangerously close, some experts say, to crossing a bright line that is supposed to separate tax-exempt charitable work from both the political process and such profit-making enterprises as books and DVDs.

The charity, Renewing American Leadership, not only featured Gingrich on its website and in fundraising letters, it also paid $220,000 over two years to one of Gingrich's for-profit companies, Gingrich Communications. It purchased cases of Gingrich's books and bought up copies of DVDs produced by another of the former House speaker's entities, Gingrich Productions.

Of course, anyone running for the highest office in the land would be very concerned about so much as the appearance of anything inappropriate and do his level best to explain it when an ABC reporter asked:

"I'm not concerned about that. The American people aren't concerned about that. Try covering the speech," Gingrich said as he left a campaign event. When the reporter tried to follow up, Gingrich got in his waiting car and slammed the door.

If that doesn't reassure voters, nothing will. I'm pretty sure all those aides who resigned en masse from his campaign are extra crispy glad they're outta there.

Looks like he took an Evading the Press 101 course from Sharron Angle and Sarah Palin.

And let's not forget Newtie's history:

In the late 1990s Gingrich became the first sitting House Speaker to be censured and fined by the House Ethics Committee after being accused of drawing money from a tax-exempt organization to help finance his political activities. The IRS later cleared him on the charges, but not before the House ordered him to pay a $300,000 fine.

Much more here.


Obama gives $1.4 million Nobel prize to 10 charities: The List


By GottaLaff

President Obama kept a promise. He said he'd donate his Nobel Prize money to charities, and he did exactly that.

You know what that makes him, don't you?

That's right.

A socialist.

Here is the breakdown of who got what:

- $250,000 to Fisher House, a national nonprofit organization providing accommodation for families of patients receiving medical care at military and Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.

- $200,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, which was set up in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake to help survivors.

- $125,000 to College Summit, a national nonprofit organization to increase college enrollment rates.

- $125,000 to the Posse Foundation, which awards scholarships to promising public high school students.

- $125,000 to the United Negro College Fund.

- $125,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

_ $125,000 to the American Indian College Fund.

- $125,000 to the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation.

- $100,000 to AfriCare, which promotes health, food security and access to water primarily in Africa.

- $100,000 to the Central Asia Institute, which education and literacy, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Spreading the wealth. What kind of evil person does that? Impeach now!


Video- Political rivals become gridiron warriors


LOL Tony Weiner.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Partisan politics was shelved for a few hours Tuesday night as Democratic and Republican congressmen teamed up with former NFL players in a gridiron battle against the U.S. Capitol Police.

The fourth annual 'Longest Yard' flag-football game raised more than $75,000 for the Capitol Police Foundation and the Washington Literary Council, but former Washington Redskins quarterback turned Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, said the high spirited game might help to bridge the differences between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

"It's putting some comraderie back in … the U.S. House," Shuler told CNN. "I know if we can work together on the football field we can certainly work together when it comes to our policies."

Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter of California, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Jeff Flake of Arizona as well as Democratic Re. Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Illinois joined Shuler on the bipartisan congressional roster. GOP Rep. Bill Shuster coached the squad.

Several former NFL players were on and off the field including, Washington Redskin Ken Harvey, former Philadelphia Eagle John Booty, and former Detroit Lion Ed Lee.