A Pattern

President Obama proposing his 2014 budget / AP

So, to recap, here are the big stories over the last couple of weeks: Per the New York Times, the Department of Justice handed out billions of dollars in settlements to Democratic client groups after Democratic political appointees pressured career attorneys to drop their objections; Per the Associated Press, the IRS targeted conservative organizations for …

Mayors for Illegal Activities

Another member of Bloomberg anti-gun group gets arrested
Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin leaves federal court / AP

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) member and Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin was arrested yesterday for allegedly accepting bribes from an undercover FBI agent, as part of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe that netted six New York state politicians.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Palestinian

Palestinian Authority president stealing millions in aid, Middle East experts say

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has allegedly deposited nearly $13 million in U.S. taxpayer aid into a secret bank account, and routinely uses his political connections to profit from the stagnant peace process, according to testimony presented to Congress Tuesday by several Middle East experts.

Berkley may face Ethics Investigation

The House Ethics Committee will decide Monday whether to launch a full investigation into alleged ethics violations by Rep. Shelley Berkley (D., Nev.), who is accused of advocating for a matter in which she had a personal financial interest.

Obama’s Haney Day Fund

Obama Super PAC mega-donor has record of indictments, court-ordered fines

Tennessee real estate mogul Franklin Haney’s $1 million donation to President Obama’s re-election Super PAC may draw increased scrutiny to Obama’s fundraising efforts, considering Haney’s well-documented record of scandals, fines, and indictments.