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Were 'Real Housewives' Stars Targeted For Prosecution Because Of Their Celebrity?

By Kelly Phillips Erb, Contributor

A target. That’s how the attorney for “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Teresa Giudice and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice characterized the couple after their indictment on bankruptcy fraud and other charges (Giuseppe faces additional charges for failing to file tax returns). Attorney Henry Klingeman says that the pair is being prosecuted because she’s a celebrity. …read more

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Obama Administration Kills “Change”

By Don Irvine

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The Sunlight Foundation, which tracks government transparency, noted in its blog on Thursday that the Change.gov website that was set up by the Obama transition team in 2008 was shut down sometime last month.

Even though the transition effectively ended when Obama took office in January 2009, the Change.gov website continued to list “the materials and agenda” laid out by the administration, according to Sunlight. But no longer.

Sunlight speculates that the reason for the disappearance of the website may have to do with the promises the administration made to protect whistleblowers, which may now be more of a liability, as it has struggled to keep its promises of transparency.

The Foundation managed to dig up what used to be on the website, thanks to Internet Archives.

Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.

No hope, no change—just a bunch of empty promises.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission. 

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Former soccer official Jack Warner makes political comeback, winning Trinidad parliament seat

Former international soccer official Jack Warner has made a political comeback in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago a few months after a regional sports group’s ethics panel accused him of enriching himself through fraud. …read more

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MIT report says it didn't seek federal charges against Aaron Swartz

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology never sought a federal prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the programming prodigy who was charged with stealing millions of academic papers from an online archive at MIT, according to a report by the institute.

Swartz committed suicide in January while facing federal charges including computer intrusion, wire fraud and data theft, which could have led to a sentence of 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The case has led to protests against what critics called an overly aggressive prosecution and calls by lawmakers to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder later said the government never intended for Swartz to serve more than a few months in prison.

The report, which was requested by MIT President Rafael Reif in January, was issued on Tuesday, the institute said in a press release. It cleared MIT of any wrongdoing but raised questions about whether the institute should have been more actively involved. The report was prepared after conversations with about 50 people, including faculty, students, alumni, staff, police officers and lawyers, and Swartz’s family and friends.

MIT remained neutral on Swartz’s case from the time of his arrest in January 2011 until his death in January 2013, never making public statements about the merits of the case or whether it should proceed, the report found. The institute didn’t request that federal agents get involved in the investigation or federal charges be brought against him. The institute didn’t try to influence the prosecutor’s decisions on the case, other than saying the government shouldn’t assume that MIT wanted Swartz to go to jail, it said.

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Huma Abedin: The Latest “Good Wife”

By Judy B. Lloyd

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We’ve seen it all before in real political life. Hilary Clinton stands by her man after he has engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Huma Mahmood Abedin, now the latest victim, stands by her sexting-addicted husband Anthony Weiner.

It’s like a season of CBS’s epic drama, The Good WifeThe show examines the twists and turns of a political wife who stood by her husband after torrid affairs and a corruption scandal landed him in jail. The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick, is left to pick up the pieces for her family. She re-enters the workforce as a junior associate with a prominent Chicago law firm. Four seasons later, she’s granted partnership in the firm.

The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick remains by her husband’s side. Last season, her law firm defended husband Peter Florrick and his campaign as they dealt with charges of voter fraud after he is elected Governor of Illinois. Alicia defends him along with the senior partners. Its’s ironic under the circumstances. It’s why we keep watching.

This early interview with Julianna Margulies, who plays Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, paints the picture of the modern day political spouse –

A reporter asked why political women don’t tend to get caught in sex scandals. “Women do not have the time,” Margulies answered. “Dear Lord! Between the kids and the job and the cleaning and the cooking, we just don’t have the time!”

Margulies admits that she, too, tended to look askance at the political wives who stood by their wayward men — until she took the role. “[The part] gave tremendous respect for them — so quick to judge until I stood in Alicia’s shoes,” Margulies said. “It’s not like these are silly little women waiting for their husbands to come home. A lot of them have two degrees and are incredibly accomplished.” Read more here.

Enter Huma Abedin, wife of the Weiner (a.k.a. “Carlos Danger”). She shows a striking resemblance to The Good Wife.

In the real life saga, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned due to a “sexting” scandal in 2012, appears to be rebuilding trust in his marital relationship after the birth of the couple’s first child. After the bitterness, blame, denial, lying and cheating, Weiner decides to run for Mayor of New York; his fully supportive wife at his side. She is once again betrayed; her husband once again caught again “sexting” under the alias “Carlos Danger”.

More people are watching the Weiner-Abedin union now with greater scrutiny. What most people don’t know is this: The saga gets even juicier.

The man who asked America to define what the meaning of the word “is” is regarding sexual relationships presided over the Weiner-Abedin wedding as officiant. Weiner (a Jew) marries Abedin (a Muslim). And Bill Clinton officiates.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

If the true life episode with Weiner and Abedin wasn’t an episode of The Good Wife before, it is most likely going to play a role now.

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Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice Free On $500K Bond

By The Huffington Post News Editors

NEWARK, N.J. — Two stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” were released on $500,000 bond each after making initial court appearances Tuesday on federal fraud charges.

Teresa Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, were ordered to surrender their passports and to confine their travels to New Jersey and New York. Joe Giudice could be deported to Italy if convicted because he is not a U.S. citizen.

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Real Housewife Faces 50 Years in Prison

By Evann Gastaldo

From reality TV table-flipper to the slammer? Teresa Giudice , one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey , was indicted along with husband Joe on tax evasion and fraud charges yesterday. The 39-count indictment included charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan… …read more

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'Real Housewives' Stars Indicted On Bankruptcy, Fraud And Tax Charges

By Kelly Phillips Erb, Contributor

Things are about to get even more real for two of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Teresa Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, of the Bravo reality TV show were indicted today on 39 counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. The charges, which were handed down by a federal grand jury also include separate charges for Giuseppe Giudice for failure to file federal income tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2008. …read more

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Citadel malware active on 20,000 PCs in Japan, says Trend Micro

Citadel malware is installed on over 20,000 PCs in Japan and actively sending financial information it harvests to servers abroad, according to security software vendor Trend Micro.

Tokyo-based Trend Micro said it monitored remote servers in the U.S. and Europe that collect data gathered by Japanese versions of the malware for six days last week. On some days there were nearly 230,000 connections made from 20,000 infected computers.

The malware has been designed specifically to target domestic users, collecting financial details corresponding to six Japanese financial institutions as well as popular services such as e-mail from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

“Damage from this tool for online banking fraud is still continuing today,” Trend Micro said in a Japanese security blog.

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Fast Cars And Speeding Tickets: How The Boss's Behavior In Private Life Predicts A Company's Wrongdoing

By Kathryn Dill, Forbes Staff

The make and model of a chief executive’s car—and how fast he or she chooses to drive it—may provide clues to whether he or she will commit fraud, according to a new study of how executives’ off-the-job behavior reflects and even affects corporate culture. …read more

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