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U.S. News, March 17, 2009:
“They should voluntarily return them. If they don’t, we plan to tax virtually all of it,” New York Sen. Chuck Schumer declared on the Senate floor. “To those of you getting these bonuses: be forewarned, you will not be getting to keep them.”
Newsweek, April 25, 2005:
Maurice (Hank) Greenberg, the ousted chief of American International Group, doesn’t seem to have many people rushing to defend him these days. Last week New York’s attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, attacked the former CEO on national television, saying “the evidence is overwhelming” that a series of transactions completed by the company under Greenberg’s watch constituted “fraud,” and that Greenberg could face criminal charges. But he has at least one friend in high places. NEWSWEEK has learned that after Spitzer’s outburst, Greenberg called another New York politician, Sen. Charles Schumer, and asked for a “supportive public statement.” Schumer’s spokesman confirmed that the two men talked: “The senator expressed some sympathy for his personal situation. Greenberg asked him to make a public statement of support, which he has not done, and has no plans to do.” Another person who knows of the talk says Schumer told Greenberg he agreed Spitzer’s words were excessive.
New York Post, February 17, 2004:
Sen. Charles Schumer has compiled a powerhouse list of more than 200 fat-cat supporters for his re-election, including some of President Bush”s top fund-raisers, The Post has learned. The list – which the Democrat’s campaign will make public today – includes a dozen of Bush’s top contributors, the so-called “Rangers” and “Pioneers” who have pledged to raise up to $200,000 for the president’s bid for re-election…Other Bush “Pioneers” and “Rangers” – those raising $200,000 or more – include Bears Stearns Chairman James Cayne; AIG Chairman Hank Greenberg; Johnson Company’s Robert Wood Johnson IV; Kohlberg, Kravis’ Henry Kravis; Credit Suisse First Boston CEO John Mack; Merrill Lynch chairman Stan O’Neal; and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson.
Daily News, July 23, 1998:
In 1989, Schumer along with D’Amato helped push legislation to get insurers, led by American International Group, off the hook for policies they wrote to directors and officers of banks and thrifts that went belly up in the 1980s. Over the past six years, AIG has contributed more than $ 40,000 to Schummer campaigns and $ 14,000 to D’Amato.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”