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Denver FBI Chief Says Obama Phone Call Was Huge Morale Boost

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — President Obama is getting some plus points  for going out of his way to congratulate FBI agents in New York and Denver involved in the latest terrorism case linked to suspect Najibullah Zazi.

Early last week, he visted the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in N.Y. to congratulate them on their work.  Two days later, he called the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Denver to do the same.

ABC’s Jake Tapper and Clayton Sandell report that Obama spoke by phone to Jim Davis, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI and about 30 of his agents on the terrorism task force.

Davis, according to ABC News, said the call from the President was a huge morale boost for agents.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’m not aware of any time the president has ever called the special agent in charge of a field office to communicate his thanks for an investigative effort,” Davis told ABC.

Minn. Female Assist. Police Chief Could Become First Openly Gay U.S. Marshal

Sharon Lubinski has been looked upon as a pioneer in law enforcement, a field filled with people that have not always been receptive to alternative life styles.

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By PATRICK CONDON
Associated Press Writer
MINNEAPOLIS — As a little-known Minneapolis police sergeant, Sharon Lubinski made headlines when she declared she was a lesbian on the front pages of the city’s largest newspaper – a bold move that other gay officers say inspired them to come out, too.

More than a decade later, Lubinski could become the first openly gay U.S. marshal after President Barack Obama nominated the 57-year-old assistant police chief to one of the country’s top law enforcement jobs last week.

Though some gay rights activists have criticized the nomination as nothing more than a symbolic gesture from a president they say has lagged behind on key gay issues, others note the move is a step in the right direction toward ending a culture of discrimination.

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E-mails to WH Contained Assassination Threats, Racial Slurs

obama-official-photoBy Caitlin Osborne
ticklethewire.com

President Obama continues to be the target of racially motivated hate.

The lastest reminder comes, compliments of Huntsville, Ala. resident Charles Thurman II, 54, who was sentenced last week to four months in jail for reporting false threats to the president.

Turns out, according to his plea agreement, Thurman sent threatening e-mails about the president under the fictitious names  “Wayne Noke” and “Tim Walker” to the White House and FBI earlier this year.

One email said that a process server named  “Jerry Partridge vowed to kill n—- president Barack Obama sometime in 2009. Jerry has numerous guns and will kill the President.”

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President Obama to Visit N.Y. To Pat FBI on Back in Latest Terrorism Case

obama-and-bidenBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — It certainly can’t hurt morale.

President Barack Obama is headed to the Big Apple Tuesday to give a big pat on the back to the FBI for its work on the latest terrorism case involving suspect Najibullah Zazi, who is accused of plotting to kill Americans here at home, Newsday is reporting.

The paper reports that the FBI is still probing three other people suspected of buying chemicals for homemade bombs.

Secret Service Says Kid Posted Obama Assassination Poll on Facebook

facebook1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The person who posted a poll on the ever-popular Facebook social network last week asking whether President Obama should be assassinated is a kid.

Bloomberg news reports that the Secret Service determined that the juvenile doesn’t pose a threat.

The news service, attributing the information to Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, said agents interviewed the youth and the parents, but declined to reveal names.

“We’re characterizing it as a mistake,” Donovan told Bloomberg. “We don’t have the luxury of discounting threats. We need to run every single referral out, and that’s what we do.”

Secret Service Investigating Obama Assassination Poll on Facebook

facebook1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Facebook may be the home of some pretty trivial and silly chatter, but not all that surfaces on the social network is seen as a joking matter.

The Secret Service said Sunday that it was probing an online survey on Facebook that asked whether President Obama should be assassinated, the Associated Press reports.

The site, which was posted Saturday, was quickly taken down after Facebook officials were notified, AP reported. The Secret Service said it was taking the matter seriously.

Feds Probing Possible Presidential Election Violation Involving a Pa. Local Union Official

This certainly can’t be the only potential presidential  election violation that has gone unnoticed up until now. But will the feds uncover more?

By Timothy J. Burger
Bloomberg
John McCain/gov photo

John McCain/gov photo

Federal investigators are probing whether a local union president at a Pennsylvania U.S. Energy Department laboratory improperly helped President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign on government time by using government facilities, union lawyers said.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is probing whether Ronald Demicheli improperly taped a video criticizing 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain in an office at the National Energy Technology Laboratory near Pittsburgh, said Ward Morrow, a lawyer for the American Federation of Government Employees.

Demicheli is president of the union’s Local 1916, which represents employees at the Energy Department lab and nearby research facilities of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

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Major Dem Fundraiser Accused of More Major Fraud

It’s never good when a major fundraiser for your party is accused of corruption, particularly when it’s a big one like this.

Hillary Clinton/state dept. photo

Hillary Clinton/state dept. photo

By Grant McCool
Reuters
NEW YORK- A fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who was charged last week with defrauding Citigroup Inc (C.N) also defrauded other banks, U.S. prosecutors said.

The allegations against fund-raiser Hassan Nemazee — arrested last week on a bank fraud charge and released on $25 million bail — were not formal charges but were in a letter dated Tuesday from prosecutors to a Manhattan federal court magistrate judge handling the case.

Nemazee, 59, head of a private equity firm, was accused on Aug. 25 of one count of bank fraud for seeking a fraudulent $74 million loan from Citigroup’s banking unit. He said after his arrest that he had repaid the loan.

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Woman Goes on Runway and Fires Gun (Courthouse News Service)