Posted: August 1, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Think Tank, U.S. News | Tags: Coburn, Joel Gehrke, John Hart, National Review, National Review Online, Oklahoma, Tom Coburn
For NRO, Joel Gehrke writes:
A former aide to retiring Senator Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) will serve as editor-in-chief of a new media outlet devoted to “discovering real-life success stories” — a reporting venture broadly analogous to the conservative policymaking currently in vogue among congressional Republicans.
John Hart, Coburn’s former communications director, will be editor-in-chief of the new site, Opportunity Lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 20, 2014 Filed under: Economics, Guns and Gadgets, U.S. News | Tags: Corvette, Daily Caller, Museum, National Corvette Museum, Oklahoma, Sinkhole, Tom Coburn, USA TODAY
The Daily Caller‘s Caroline May writes: “The Museum paid more than $200k out of pocket as it was a matching grant,” she explained in an email. “With these simulators we offer free teen driving courses, international driving courses, older driver courses through the NCM Drivers’ Safety Academy.”
Frassinelli added that the simulators offer the capability for people to practice things that cannot be road tested, like dealing with a blow out tire and wheel drop off, as well as different weather conditions.
Last week the National Corvette Museum made headlines when a sinkhole formed under the facility and swallowed eight of the cars in the museum…
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Posted: December 23, 2013 Filed under: Economics, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: DEBT, Democratic Party (United States), Republican, Republican Party (United States), Tom Coburn, United States debt ceiling, Washington, White House
Eliana Johnson writes: GOP senator Tom Coburn hinted on Sunday that Republicans will give in to Democratic demands in the upcoming negotiations on the debt ceiling because the two parties have come to see eye-to-eye on the issue. “The reason we’re in trouble on deficits and debt is not because we didn’t agree but because we did. We agreed to spend $740 billion we didn’t have last year,” he said. “The story coming out of Washington is we don’t get along. We get along just fine with the status quo of the government being ineffective and inefficient.”
The October agreement to end the government shutdown raised the debt ceiling until February 7. The White House has said that it will not negotiate over the debt limit, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is calling on lawmakers to raise it in advance of the February deadline.
Coburn also suggested that the issue has become a losing one politically for Republicans. ”The American people don’t believe we have a debt ceiling because we always increase it,” he said.
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Posted: November 25, 2013 Filed under: Politics, Think Tank, U.S. News | Tags: AARP, Gary Snyder, Government Accountability Office, Nonprofit organization, Progressive Policy Institute, Tom Coburn, Washington Post
Nonprofit groups often seek restitution, not prosecution, when money goes missing
[See also: Millions Missing, Little Explanation]
Joe Stephens and Mary Pat Flaherty report: Three years ago, the Progressive Policy Institute realized that a senior manager had quietly used unauthorized checks, credit-card charges and cash withdrawals to drain about $100,000 from the Democratic think tank’s accounts, pushing the nonprofit group to the edge of insolvency, interviews and documents show.
Officials at the institute didn’t call police and didn’t alert donors, said Lindsay Mark Lewis, now executive director of the Washington-based organization. Instead, they took what charity governance specialists call a distressingly common approach for a nonprofit group: They agreed to forgo legal action in exchange for restitution.
“We had an agreement that as long as the payments were made, that we would not pursue anything else,” Lewis said.
The institute declined to publicly identify the manager. Elizabeth Kennedy, who was executive director in 2010, left about the time of the discovery, and the institute’s financial records state that she has since “repaid” tens of thousands of dollars to the institute. She declined to discuss the institute’s loss and, asked whether she had embezzled the money, said, “No comment.”
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