The charges against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) were announced in early March. Today, a grand jury has indicted both Menendez and his friend who allegedly benefited from the senator’s corruption, Dr. Salomon Melgen.

Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ

Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ

The indictment charged the New Jersey Democrat with 14 counts, including bribery and conspiracy, over his ties to Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy doctor and the politician’s longtime friend.

Melgen also was charged in the case.

The indictment from a grand jury in New Jersey was the latest development in a federal investigation that came into public view when federal authorities raided Melgen’s medical offices two years ago. The investigation focused on whether the senator had improperly advocated on Melgen’s behalf, including by intervening in a Medicare billing dispute.

Of course, the Justice Department also announced today that former IRS official Lois Lerner will NOT be facing any charges, because in contrast to the House Committee who held her in contempt due to her “statement” before pleading the Fifth during congressional testimony, the DOJ says that no, she didn’t waive her Constitutional rights.

Which led to this pointed contrast:

Menendez’s corruption is certainly worthy of indictment, and whatever consequences coming to him, if proved. But it is sick to watch Lois Lerner walk away with little personal consequences for her actions when there was ample cause and evidence to turn the full weight of the law on her actions.

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The uproar and backlash over religious freedom bills around the United States continues. Yesterday the Arkansas legislature passed its own version of the Religious Freedom bill, HB 1228. It has similarities and differences to the federal legislation passed in 1993 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Reporters Campbell Robertson and Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times write:

Both states’ laws allow for larger corporations, if they are substantially owned by members with strong religious convictions, to claim that a ruling or mandate violates their religious faith, something reserved for individuals or family businesses in other versions of the law. Both allow religious parties to go to court to head off a “likely” state action that they fear will impinge on their beliefs, even if it has not yet happened.

The Arkansas act contains another difference in wording, several legal experts said, that could make it harder for the government to override a claim of religious exemption. The state, according to the Arkansas bill, must show that a law or requirement that someone is challenging is “essential” to the furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, a word that is absent from the federal law and those in other states, including Indiana.

Arkansa Governor Asa Hutchinson as recently as last week, had declared that he would sign the bill into law as long as it is in similar form to what had already passed in 20 other states. However, this morning at a news conference, the Governor changed his mind.

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According to Politico’s Nick Gass, Governor Hutchinson has asked the Arkansas State Legislature to make some changes to the legislation before he again considers signing it into law.

“I ask that changes be made to the legislation, and I’ve asked of the leaders in the General Assembly to recall the bill so that it can be amended,” the Republican governor said, so it more precisely mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
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“In the alternative,” he said, “it can simply have some language changes so that those accommodations and changes can be made.”
Hutchinson’s son signed the petition against the law.
“My son, Seth, signed the petition asking me, Dad, the governor, to veto this bill,” he said, remarking that it shows the generational divide on the issue.

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After quite a bit of negative feedback, Governor Pence of Indiana wants to clarify the religious freedom law. AP reports

Pence defended the Indiana law as a vehicle to protect religious liberty but said he has been meeting with lawmakers “around the clock” to address concerns that it would allow businesses to deny services to gay customers.

Which makes sense being that this is the issue being forwarded.

The governor said he does not believe “for a minute” that lawmakers intended “to create a license to discriminate.”

No it was protecting people who want to exercise their faith and live their beliefs.

“It certainly wasn’t my intent,” said Pence, who signed the law last week.

Exactly.  It was after all the same law one William Jefferson Clinton signed in 1995.

But, he said, he “can appreciate that that’s become the perception, not just here in Indiana but all across the country. We need to confront that.”

The Indiana law prohibits any laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

So the governor is hearing the complaints and acting on them and this is a good thing, right? Clarifying the law will hopefully allow the law to do what it should do and not be a talking point.  Except that the media is fanning the flames and with the help of the useless idiots in Hollywood creating problems for the income of Indiana families.

The drama is frankly absurd and detracts attention from actual issues. Like Iran’s nuclear talks

The U.S. and its negotiating partners want to crimp Iranian efforts to improve the performance of centrifuges that enrich uranium because advancing the technology could let Iran produce material that could be used to arm a nuclear weapon much more quickly than at present.

You think this MIGHT be more important than Ellen whining about Indiana? Iran after all executes lesbians by having men throw rocks at them.

To the social justice warriors, this is for you:

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Hillary Clinton still has an email problem. Seems the woman who thinks she can’t possibly run two email accounts on one cell phone, and that the Secret Service can somehow guard her servers from hackers, also thinks that wiping a server “clean” does just that. Well, according to experts, at least some portions of the emails may be recoverable, albeit time-consuming and expensive. From Politico:

Clinton 2Half a dozen computer forensics experts interviewed by POLITICO said remnants of Clinton’s emails likely still exist on the server…

The experts interviewed by POLITICO said the amount of information that can be retrieved depends on the type of server Clinton used, its control settings and the rigor and expertise of the people who pressed the delete key.

“Obviously Clinton has someone with technical capability to run a mail server for her. Whether that person is actively capable of interfering with an investigation, I don’t know. That’s another technological step up,” said Hal Pomeranz, founder of Deer Run Associates, a computer forensics investigation firm.

[Mark] Rasch, the cyber-crimes prosecutor now in private practice, compared deleting an email in standard email systems, such as Microsoft’s Outlook or Google’s Gmail, to placing a computer desktop item in the recycle bin.

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Hillary Aide Huma Abedin’s Employment Status Questioned By Senate

March 30, 2015

Huma Abedin has been Hillary Clinton’s top aide and assistant for years. But now, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is now digging into why Abedin was allowed to retain special government employee status while also working for a consulting firm. This is an ongoing effort by Grassley to get some […]

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No, the Indiana Religious Freedom Act Does Not Discriminate Against Gays

March 29, 2015

On Thursday, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and from the reaction of the media and various celebrities you would’ve thought that anti-gay Jim Crow laws had just been enacted in the Hoosier state. On Saturday an estimated 3000 people protested in Indianapolis against the RFRA, waving rainbow flags […]

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Democrat Vanessa Summers Calls GOP Lawmaker’s 18 Month Old A Racist

March 28, 2015

Unfortunately, you read that headline correctly. Indiana state representative Vanessa Summers, a Democrat, actually got on the state House floor during a debate over the religious freedom bill, where she informed her GOP colleague Jud McMillin that his son is “scared” of her because she is black. McMillin’s son is 18 months old. Not years, […]

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Rand Paul Courts Evangelicals With “Moral Crisis” Comment On Gay Marriage

March 28, 2015

Well folks, it became official with Ted Cruz’s  official announcement of his long rumored Presidential  aspirations at Liberty University earlier this week-2016’s Presidential Open Season is upon us. Usually, the Politi-Geek in me just eats this stuff up but with the split in the GOP having opened up wide enough to swallow any hopes we had […]

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CNN: Bergdahl Planned to Walk to Nearest Base to Report Wrongdoing

March 27, 2015

While the world has been wondering, speculating, and awaiting any news about why the Germanwings co-pilot crashed his jet into the French Alps, CNN today cited unnamed senior Defense officials who know why Bowe Bergdahl deserted his Afghanistan post in July of 2009. He wanted to walk to the nearest military outpost to report wrongdoing, as he […]

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Lena Dunham Compares Jewish Men to Dogs

March 27, 2015

The darling of the Hollywood left has struck again. The liberal media is infatuated with Lena Dunham, despite the fact that she is unattractive, overweight, crass, untalented, and in general, one of the most despicable people in show business today. In addition to admitting to molesting her sister and lying about being raped, Dunham has […]

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