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US presidential candidate John McCain now leads slightly in the polls

US presidential candidate John McCain now leads slightly in the polls

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United States presidential candidate John McCain now retains a lead over Barack Obama in several polls conducted in the past few days. Both Zogby International and Rasmussen Reports have McCain with a slight, but not statistically significant lead. The most recent Gallup tracking poll has McCain with a statistical lead of 5.0 percent. The Day to Day Politics Poll Average also has a slight, but not statistically significantly lead of 0.4% for McCain.

Obama had a 6.0 percent lead in the Day to Day Politics Poll Average after the Democratic National Convention, but now is trailing after the Republican National Convention and the announcement of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate. This is the first time McCain has led Obama in the poll average since the two candidates emerged as their party’s presumptive nominees after the primaries.

After McCain chose Palin, the current Governor of Alaska, as his vice presidential candidate and the Republican National Convention, a Gallup poll had shown that the percentage of Republicans who are enthusiastic about voting has increased by 18%. The Democrats enthusiasm has only increased by 10% since the addition of Joe Biden to the nomination ticket and after the Democratic National Convention.

The Day to Day Politics Poll Average for the past week used the Gallup Tracking poll, the Rasmussen Tracking poll, the CNN poll, USA Today/Gallup, Hotline/FD, the CBS News and the Zogby poll.



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Records reveal US Senator John Sununu had ties to convicted lobbyist

Records reveal US Senator John Sununu had ties to convicted lobbyist

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On October 24, 2001, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and four Alexander Strategies Group associates donated $1,000 each to the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund. This political action committee in turn donated $3,000 to Republican Representative John Sununu’s primary campaign in New Hampshire on the same day, through the political action committee Team Sununu. The Greenberg Traurig lobbying company, which also employed Abramoff, gave $1000 to Team Sununu on December 16, 2002 for purposes of ‘debt retirement.’

According to a report by the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Jack Abramoff commonly told Native American tribal clients to divert their funds through the Alexander Strategies Group. Earlier that October, Jack Abramoff had met with the legislative director of the Saginaw Chippewa tribe in Michigan. Representative John Sununu, now a sitting senator from New Hampshire, had served on the Appropriations Committee that helped draft the Department of Interior funding bill. In the section on Native American water claims, land claims, and miscellaneous payments, over $6,000,000 in funding was given to Michigan fishing in the Great Lakes.

The event occurred a day before the presentation of a Department of Interior funding bill to President George W. Bush for signing, and a week after the conference report settling differences between the House and the Senate. Abramoff wrote to fellow lobbyist Michael Scanlon on October 4, 2001 via e-mail, “I had dinner tonight with Chris Petras of Sag Chip. He was salivating at the $4-5 million program I described to him (is that enough? Probably not).”

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Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in federal prison earlier this month. He had admitted to conspiring to defraud four Native American tribes that either operated or were interested in operating casinos. The other three donors to the fund linked to Sununu were all members of the Alexander Strategy Group, including its founder, former Tom DeLay chief of staff Ed Buckham. Donor Jim Ellis had led the group Preston Gates & Ellis, which also employed Jack Abramoff. A fourth contributor was J. Thomas Smith, Jr., who had served as the Alexander Strategy Group’s lawyer.

The Alexander Strategy Group was shut down in January due to ties with Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay. The Rely On Your Beliefs Fund, owned by former Rep. Roy Blunt, has already donated to charity $8,500 equivalent to the amount personally contributed by Jack Abramoff in 2006. In November 2004, Gannett News Service had reported that Abromoff directed the Tigua tribe to contribute to the Rely On Your Beliefs Fund. In January 2006, John Sununu donated to charity $3000 he had received from the Saginaw Chipewa from the Daniel Webster PAC.

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50,000 people refuse evacuation after flooding in India caused by river changing course

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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The Kosi River changed course one week ago to a path which it has not taken for over 100 years. While 900,000 people were evacuated by rescue workers, new data has revealed that 50,000 people, from the town of Saharsa, have refused to leave their homes.

Advertisements in local newspapers have been used to encourage the people who are still remaining in the area to leave soon. People are encouraged to go to one of many camps, which are funded by the government, to seek refuge from the continued flooding.

People have also started to return to their homes, due to the fact that they have seen the water level drop by over half of a metre in some areas. This is despite statements by officials emphasizing that people may need to stay in the camps for up to six months.

Approximately 1.2 million people are estimated to have had their homes flooded by the disaster. 42 people have been confirmed dead, although The Australian has reported that the actual death toll is likely to be much higher.

The incident started when gushing waters quickly overflowed the channel boundaries on both sides at a rate of about 200 meters per day, flooding vast tracts in Supaul, Araria, Saharsa, Madhepura, Purnia, Katihar, parts of Khagaria and northern parts of Bhagalpur, as well as adjoining regions of Nepal. About 2.7 million people are affected by this flood disaster of massive dimensions, with about 900,000 people in the affected areas having moved to 285 relief camps and 249 health centers. An estimated 100,000 are still trapped in various villages without food or drinking water since several days ago when the crisis began.

During the last 250 years, the Kosi has moved its path up to 150km westward on multiple occasions, leaving behind a series of paleochannels. The river is a tributary of the Ganges, with catchment areas in the Nepal Himalayas, one of the fastest rising mountain chains, flowing through a 150-kilometer wide and 180-kilometer long alluvial fan. Fast silting of the channels by the tons of annuvium brought down by the river makes it drift off so often that it is often cited as one of the text book examples of a dynamic river system to geologists.

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  • “50,000 refuse evacuation in Indian floods”. The Australian, September 9, 2008
  • “Indian flood victims to spend 6 months in camps”. Associated Press, September 9, 2008
  • “Koshi Floods – Maps and Resources”. Google, September 07, 2008
  • “PHOTOS: River Changes Course; Deadly Floods Hit S. Asia”. National Geographic News, September 07, 2008
  • “Why rivers decide to run away”. The Times of India, September 07, 2008
  • “India needs major aid after flood”. RTE News, September 04, 2008
  • “Govt appeals for families to evacuate from floods”. Reuters India, September 04, 2008
  • “India, Nepal clash over flood defences”. ABC, September 04, 2008
  • “Calming Kosi”. Hindustan Times, September 04, 2008
  • “Half of Bihar under water”. IBNlive, September 01, 2008


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50,000 people refuse evacuation after flooding in India cause by river changing course

Filed under: Asia,Disasters and accidents,India,Nepal,Weather — admin @ 5:00 am

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

India
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The effect of the flooding Image:  Manoj nav .

The effect of the flooding
Image: Manoj nav .

The Kosi River changed course one week ago to a path which it has not taken for over one hundred years. At that time 900,000 people were evacuated by rescue workers, although new data has revealed that 50,000 people have refused to leave there homes. These people were from the town of Saharsa.

Advertisements in local newspapers have been used as one of the methods in encouraging the people who have not yet left to leave soon. People are encouraged to go to one of the camps, which are funded by the government, to seek refuge from the continued flooding.

People have also started to return to their homes, due to the fact that they have seen the water level drop by over half a metre in some areas. This is despite statements by officials saying that people may need to stay in the camps for up to six months.

Approximately 1.2 million people are estimated to have had their homes flooded by the disaster. 42 people have been confirmed death, although The Australian has reported that the actual death toll is likely to be much higher.

The incident started when gushing waters quickly overflew the channel boundaries on both sides at a rate of about 200 meters each day and flooded vast tracts in Supaul, Araria, Saharsa, Madhepura, Purnia, Katihar, parts of Khagaria and northern parts of Bhagalpur, as well as adjoining regions of Nepal. About 2.7 million people are affected by this flood disaster of massive dimensions, with about 900,000 people in the effected areas moved to 285 relief camps and 249 health centers and estimated 100,000 are still trapped in various villages without food or drinking water for the past several days.

During the last 250 years, the Kosi has moved its path up to 150km westward on multiple occasions, leaving behind a series of paleochannels, the river being a tributary of the Ganges, with catchment areas in the Nepal Himalayas including Mt Everest, one of the fastest rising mountain chains, flows through a 150 kilometer wide and 180 kilometer long alluvial fan. Fast silting of the channels by the tons of annuvium brought down by the river makes it drift off so often, that the case is one of the text book examples of a dynamic river system to geologists.

Sources

  • “50,000 refuse evacuation in Indian floods”. The Australian, September 9, 2008
  • “Indian flood victims to spend 6 months in camps”. Associated Press, September 9, 2008
  • “Koshi Floods – Maps and Resources”. Google, September 07, 2008
  • “PHOTOS: River Changes Course; Deadly Floods Hit S. Asia”. National Geographic News, September 07, 2008
  • “Why rivers decide to run away”. The Times of India, September 07, 2008
  • “India needs major aid after flood”. RTE News, September 04, 2008
  • “Govt appeals for families to evacuate from floods”. Reuters India, September 04, 2008
  • “India, Nepal clash over flood defences”. ABC, September 04, 2008
  • “Calming Kosi”. Hindustan Times, September 04, 2008
  • “Half of Bihar under water”. IBNlive, September 01, 2008
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Records reveal US Senator John Sununu had ties to Jack Abramoff

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On October 24, 2001, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and four Alexander Strategies Group associates donated $1,000 each to the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund. This political action committee in turn donated $3,000 to Representative John Sununu’s primary campaign in New Hampshire on the same day, through the political action committee Team Sununu. The Greenberg Traurig lobbying company, which also employed Abramoff, gave $1000 to Team Sununu on December 16, 2002 for purposes of ‘debt retirement.’

According to a report by the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Jack Abramoff commonly told Native American tribal clients to divert their funds through the Alexander Strategies Group. Earlier that October, Jack Abramoff had met with the legislative director of the Saginaw Chippewa tribe in Michigan. Representative John Sununu, now a sitting senator from New Hampshire, had served on the Appropriations Committee that helped draft the Department of Interior funding bill. In the section on Native American water claims, land claims, and miscellaneous payments, over $6,000,000 in funding was given to Michigan fishing in the Great Lakes.

The event occurred a day before the presentation of a Department of Interior funding bill to President George W. Bush for signing, and a week after the conference report settling differences between the House and the Senate. Abramoff wrote to fellow lobbyist Michael Scanlon on October 4 via e-mail, “I had dinner tonight with Chris Petras of Sag Chip. He was salivating at the $4-5 million program I described to him (is that enough? Probably not).”

Jack Abramoff in 2006 Image: Voice of America.

Jack Abramoff in 2006
Image: Voice of America.

Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in federal prison earlier this month. He had admitted to conspiring to defraud four Native American tribes that either operated or were interested in operating casinos. The other three donors to the fund linked to Sununu were all members of the Alexander Strategy Group, including its founder, former Tom DeLay chief of staff Ed Buckham. Donor Jim Ellis had led the group Preston Gates & Ellis, which also employed Jack Abramoff. A fourth contributor was J. Thomas Smith, Jr., who had served as the Alexander Strategy Group’s lawyer.

The Alexander Strategy Group was shut down in January due to ties with Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay. The Rely On Your Beliefs Fund, owned by former Rep. Roy Blunt, has already donated to charity $8,500 equivalent to the amount personally contributed by Jack Abramoff in 2006. In November 2004, Gannett News Service had reported that Abromoff directed the Tigua tribe to contribute to the Rely On Your Beliefs Fund.

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This exclusive report features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
  • Federal Elections Commissions documents: 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Paul Brinkmann “Abramoff sentenced to prison, restitution”. South Florida Business Journal, September 5, 2008
  • R. Jeffrey Smith “Former DeLay Aide Enriched By Nonprofit”. Washington Post, March 26, 2007
  • U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee “”Gimme Five” — Investigation of Tribal Lobbying Matters”. June 22, 2006
  • Associated Press “Blunt, DeLay Share Abramoff Connections”. CBSNews.com, January 11, 2006
  • Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and James V. Grimaldi “Lobby Giant Is Scandal Casualty”. Washington Post, January 10, 2006
  • Gary Scharrer and Sergio Bustos “Double-dealing cost Tiguas casino, $4.2 million”. TPJ.com, November 28, 2004
  • Gary Scharrer and Sergio Bustos “Double-dealing cost Tiguas casino, $4.2 million”. casinoman.net, November 28, 2004
  • U.S. House Committee on Appopriations “Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill”. Government Printing Office, June 19, 2001
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Records reveal US Senator John Sununu had ties to Jack Abramoff

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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John E Sununu in 2006 Image: United States Senate.

John E Sununu in 2006
Image: United States Senate.

On October 24, 2001, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and four Alexander Strategies Group associates donated $1,000 each to the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund. This political action committee in turn donated $3,000 to Representative John Sununu’s primary campaign in New Hampshire on the same day, through the political action committee Team Sununu. The Greenberg Traurig lobbying company, which also employed Abramoff, gave $1000 to Team Sununu on December 16, 2002 for purposes of ‘debt retirement.’

According to a report by the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Jack Abramoff commonly told Native American tribal clients to divert their funds through the Alexander Strategies Group. Earlier that October, Jack Abramoff had met with the legislative director of the Saginaw Chippewa tribe in Michigan. Representative John Sununu, now a sitting senator from New Hampshire, had served on the Appropriations Committee that helped draft the Department of Interior funding bill. In the section on Native American water claims, land claims, and miscellaneous payments, over $6,000,000 in funding was given to Michigan fishing in the Great Lakes.

The event occurred a day before the presentation of a Department of Interior funding bill to President George W. Bush for signing, and a week after the conference report settling differences between the House and the Senate. Abramoff wrote to fellow lobbyist Michael Scanlon on October 4 via e-mail, “I had dinner tonight with Chris Petras of Sag Chip. He was salivating at the $4-5 million program I described to him (is that enough? Probably not).”

Jack Abramoff in 2006 Image: Voice of America.

Jack Abramoff in 2006
Image: Voice of America.

Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in federal prison earlier this month. He had admitted to conspiring to defraud four Native American tribes that either operated or were interested in operating casinos. The other three donors to the fund linked to Sununu were all members of the Alexander Strategy Group, including its founder, former Tom DeLay chief of staff Ed Buckham. Donor Jim Ellis had led the group Preston Gates & Ellis, which also employed Jack Abramoff. A fourth contributor was J. Thomas Smith, Jr., who had served as the Alexander Strategy Group’s lawyer.

The Alexander Strategy Group was shut down in January due to ties with Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay. The Rely On Your Beliefs Fund, owned by former Rep. Roy Blunt, has already donated to charity $8,500 equivalent to the amount personally contributed by Jack Abramoff in 2006. In November 2004, Gannett News Service had reported that Abromoff directed the Tigua tribe to contribute to the Rely On Your Beliefs Fund.

Sources

Wikinews
This exclusive report features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
  • Federal Elections Commissions documents: 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Paul Brinkmann “Abramoff sentenced to prison, restitution”. South Florida Business Journal, September 5, 2008
  • R. Jeffrey Smith “Former DeLay Aide Enriched By Nonprofit”. Washington Post, March 26, 2007
  • U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee “”Gimme Five” — Investigation of Tribal Lobbying Matters”. June 22, 2006
  • Associated Press “Blunt, DeLay Share Abramoff Connections”. CBSNews.com, January 11, 2006
  • Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and James V. Grimaldi “Lobby Giant Is Scandal Casualty”. Washington Post, January 10, 2006
  • Gary Scharrer and Sergio Bustos “Double-dealing cost Tiguas casino, $4.2 million”. TPJ.com, November 28, 2004
  • Gary Scharrer and Sergio Bustos “Double-dealing cost Tiguas casino, $4.2 million”. casinoman.net, November 28, 2004
  • U.S. House Committee on Appopriations “Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill”. Government Printing Office, June 19, 2001
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