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    Who's surprised.... a Dem. Senator likes to have sex parties with young whores.

    I'll bet some Repubs like the same.

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    They were going over sex scandals yesterday on the news.

    It's 50/50 that he gets re-elected anyway, even though he was breaking Congressional finance reporting rules doing it.
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    He was reelected in November. If he steps down, Chris Christie will have to appoint someone. Menendez could face 30 years in the pokey.
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    Just another good hearted senator. His replacement will probably be no better.

    I feel bad for the girls that have to sleep with these pasty faced old men. ugh.

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    If the mainstream media, including both the New York Times and CNN, have seemed more eager than usual to entertain corruption accusations against a powerful Democrat, that may be because new details are emerging that are tough to ignore. The Times, which called upon Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to be relieved of his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, now points to a possible link to anti-cocaine efforts.

    In an article appearing in Monday’s edition, Times reporters Eric Lipton and William K. Rashbaum highlight Menendez’s apparent public intervention in July 2012 on behalf of a friend, Dr. Salomon Mengen, who had taken over a contract to provide port security in the Dominican Republic http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/us...agewanted=all&. As documented Feb. 6 by Breitbart News’ Michael Patrick Leahy, Menendez pressed the State Department to protect Mengen’s contract rights.

    The Times does not mention the allegations of prostitution that accompanied the story as first broken by Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle (then with the Daily Caller). Nor does the Times mention the corrupt circumstances in which the port security deal first emerged in 2002, extensively documented by Leahy. It does, however, point to a new concern: that the new port security in the Dominican Republic was meant to screen for cocaine.

    As Lipton and Rashbaum note,

    the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract [bought by Melgen] involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United States from the Dominican Republic.

    The drug issue may exacerbate concerns over Menendez's conflict of interest.

    The Times story describes how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security donated an X-ray scanner to the Dominican Republic in 2006 in order to help screen shipping containers for cocaine. The equipment was successful in its first week of use, and there was interested in a second scanner. However, Dr. Melgen opposed a new donation, and Menendez’s staff reportedly attempted to prevent one from taking place.

    Viewed in the most charitable light, Menendez might have been genuinely concerned that the government of the Dominican Republic could not be trusted to screen for drugs on its own, and that a private contractor could do a better job. And Dr. Melgen might have simply been worried that further donations of equipment would undercut his ability to earn legitimate returns on his investment by providing the equipment himself.

    A less charitable approach would raise questions as to whether Dr. Melgen could provide the same level of security as the government of a sovereign state, and why he wanted to ensure that he, and not Dominican Republic officials, would control the equipment. Likewise, a less charitable view of Menendez’s conduct might be that he intended to assist a donor and friend even at the risk of compromising anti-smuggling efforts.

    This past weekend, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) offered a less-than-rousing defense of Menendez on NBC’s Meet the Press, referring to an ongoing investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee and declining to comment further beyond noting the New Jersey Senator’s denials. Yet new questions continue to emerge, and the story has escaped far beyond the “right-wing blogs” upon which Menendez once attempted to deflect scrutiny.
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    New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez wooed married woman: source


    Sen. Robert Menendez wooed a married newspaper publisher, taking the attractive brunette on a romantic getaway to the Caribbean, a tipster alleges.

    The New Jersey Dem and Cecilia Reynolds jetted to Puerto Rico, where they stayed at the isolated beach retreat of the island’s then-governor, Anibal Acevedo Vila.

    In a photo provided by the anonymous informant, Reynolds is sitting naked on a beach and suggestively smiling at the camera. In another set of pictures, they take turns posing against the same sunset backdrop.

    The happy couple, dressed in shorts, also appeared to tour a national park and pose for a photo at a waterfall, Menendez wrapping his arm around Reynolds’ waist.

    A document with copies of the photos along with details of the alleged tryst were provided to media organizations and the National Legal and Policy Center, a Virginia-based ethics watchdog group.

    Reynolds, 50, the mother of two adult children, refused to talk to a reporter Friday as she left her Freehold, NJ, home and approached the Porsche Cayenne SUV in her driveway. She hurried back inside the house and would not come to the door.

    “My husband and I were separated for a period of time in the past,” she said in a statement released Friday night. “Any and all allegations being peddled by a former disgruntled business partner are false and malicious.”

    Her husband, Matt Reynolds, earlier told a reporter the couple was indeed married in 2007 when the affair allegedly happened. He said he would “neither confirm nor deny” her relationship with Menendez.

    The senator’s office released a statement six minutes after Reynolds, saying, “These are the same kind of questionably timed smear tactics that we’ve seen before, and we’re not going to dignify them with a comment.”

    Menendez, 59, who was named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this year and has been a leading proponent of immigration reform, has been embroiled in scandal for the past few months. His relationship with a wealthy Florida donor, from whom he accepted free flights on a private plane, is under scrutiny. (don't forget underage prostitutes)

    It’s unclear how he and Reynolds traveled to Puerto Rico for the alleged rendezvous.

    The trip came at a time when the senator was trying to thwart the appointment of Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez as the US attorney for Puerto Rico. He placed a “senatorial hold,” or block, on the appointment, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

    Rodriguez-Velez was the interim US attorney, and her office had turned its sights on Menendez’s pal, the former Puerto Rico governor, investigating him for alleged campaign-finance violations and other wrongdoing. She was later confirmed despite the senator’s interference, and Acevedo Vila was indicted in 2008 on 19 criminal counts. He was found not guilty.

    “Menendez apparently sees no ethics problem with taking his married girlfriend to the Puerto Rican governor’s beach house while the governor was under federal investigation, and published reports describe Menendez as putting a senatorial hold on the nomination of the US attorney who was to oversee the investigation,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. “Is there any wonder the public has such a low opinion of elected officials?”

    When Menendez ran for re-election in November 2006, his campaign placed a full-page ad in Nosotros, the free Spanish-language newspaper Reynolds started in 2002.

    Menendez, whose parents were Cuban, has been prominently featured on its pages. He posed in a group photo, along with Reynolds, that appeared on the front page after a May 2011 visit to an immigrant center Reynolds helped set up in Freehold.

    Menendez even provided a testimonial for the paper, calling it “one of the most substantive newspapers in either English or Spanish that I have read.”

    Reynolds, who would not disclose the name of the ex-partner she believes is tipping media to the alleged affair, donated $2,500 to Menendez’s campaign in 2011.


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    My husband and I were separated for a period of time in the past,” she said in a statement released Friday night. “Any and all allegations being peddled by a former disgruntled business partner are false and malicious.”


    That's basically an admission right?

    I have always found it amusing when married people who commit adultery will always use the line "We were separated" or "Going through a separation". Uh, you're STILL married until you're divorced and NOT married right? There is a nonchalant attitude about it like "Yeah, we've been married for 30 years but there was one week in there where we were separated, so it was all good"!!!

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    right to me, separated means a MARRIED couple living apart while trying to work things out and legally separated means trying to work the divorce out

    but I never understand how people can think it means the same thing as "taking a break" while you are dating. There's a whole different level of commitment there.

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    REPORT: FBI INVESTIGATES ROBERT MENENDEZ FOR ALLEGEDLY AIDING ECUADORIAN FUGITIVES FOR KICKBACK

    The Department of Justice is launching an investigation to determine whether New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez helped a duo of fugitive Ecuadorian bankers remain in the United States in exchange for campaign funds, according to a special report by NBC News.

    William and Roberto Isaias are accused of embezzling $100 million dollars and fleeing to the United States after their bank collapsed, and became the focal point for many far-left politicians looking to gain electoral advances on a wealth redistribution platform. Both brothers were sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison in Ecuador, and their affiliates to similar terms in prison. Interpol has issued a warrant for the brothers, though they are untouchable so long as the United States does not hand them over.

    Upon being caught embezzling funds, the brothers fled to South Florida, where they have lived since the 1990s. Multiple officials told NBC News that among the reasons the United States has yet to extradite the Isaiases is that they had at least one powerful United States official on their side: Senator Menendez.

    Menendez, a Democrat, was already under investigation for his relationship to a prominent campaign donor in Florida. He has previously come under fire for advocating for business deals for Salomon Melgen, a Dominican doctor and ally of the Senator. Dr. Melgen was also the other subject of an investigation into whether Sen. Menendez had solicited the services of underaged prostitutes while visiting Dr. Melgen's home in the Dominican Republic.

    This second investigation into Sen. Menendez involves the senator's advocacy to help the Isaias brothers remain in the United States. Menendez is said to have made several phone calls and sent letters to high-ranking Homeland Security officials calling for the agencies to speed up the immigration process for the brothers. The Department of Justice, according to NBC, wants to know whether Menendez was compensated in some capacity for his advocacy. Records confirm that, if not the brothers directly (as they are not U.S. citizens), members of their family donated $10,000 to Menendez’s 2012 Senate campaign and more than $100,000 to the Democratic Party in 2012.

    A spokesperson for Sen. Menendez told NBC that the brothers had been "politically persecuted in Ecuador" and advocated for them for that reason and that they were among the "literally hundreds" of others for whom Sen. Menendez advocates. This, she insisted, was another case of "anonymous sources making outlandish allegations," possibly alluding to the prostitution scandal that erupted last year. The spokesperson also said that the senator's office had not heard from investigators yet, though multiple sources refute that claim in the NBC News report. Officially, the U.S. Attorney's office also refused to "[n]either confirm nor deny" the investigation, as is their policy.


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    REPORT: FBI INVESTIGATES ROBERT MENENDEZ FOR ALLEGEDLY AIDING ECUADORIAN FUGITIVES FOR KICKBACK

    The Department of Justice is launching an investigation to determine whether New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez helped a duo of fugitive Ecuadorian bankers remain in the United States in exchange for campaign funds, according to a special report by NBC News.

    William and Roberto Isaias are accused of embezzling $100 million dollars and fleeing to the United States after their bank collapsed, and became the focal point for many far-left politicians looking to gain electoral advances on a wealth redistribution platform. Both brothers were sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison in Ecuador, and their affiliates to similar terms in prison. Interpol has issued a warrant for the brothers, though they are untouchable so long as the United States does not hand them over.

    Upon being caught embezzling funds, the brothers fled to South Florida, where they have lived since the 1990s. Multiple officials told NBC News that among the reasons the United States has yet to extradite the Isaiases is that they had at least one powerful United States official on their side: Senator Menendez.

    Menendez, a Democrat, was already under investigation for his relationship to a prominent campaign donor in Florida. He has previously come under fire for advocating for business deals for Salomon Melgen, a Dominican doctor and ally of the Senator. Dr. Melgen was also the other subject of an investigation into whether Sen. Menendez had solicited the services of underaged prostitutes while visiting Dr. Melgen's home in the Dominican Republic.

    This second investigation into Sen. Menendez involves the senator's advocacy to help the Isaias brothers remain in the United States. Menendez is said to have made several phone calls and sent letters to high-ranking Homeland Security officials calling for the agencies to speed up the immigration process for the brothers. The Department of Justice, according to NBC, wants to know whether Menendez was compensated in some capacity for his advocacy. Records confirm that, if not the brothers directly (as they are not U.S. citizens), members of their family donated $10,000 to Menendez’s 2012 Senate campaign and more than $100,000 to the Democratic Party in 2012.

    A spokesperson for Sen. Menendez told NBC that the brothers had been "politically persecuted in Ecuador" and advocated for them for that reason and that they were among the "literally hundreds" of others for whom Sen. Menendez advocates. This, she insisted, was another case of "anonymous sources making outlandish allegations," possibly alluding to the prostitution scandal that erupted last year. The spokesperson also said that the senator's office had not heard from investigators yet, though multiple sources refute that claim in the NBC News report. Officially, the U.S. Attorney's office also refused to "[n]either confirm nor deny" the investigation, as is their policy.


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    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/investigat...241721381.html
    Yeah and for some reason closing an exit on a bridge makes bigger news.

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    A scandal-scarred multimillionaire Democratic Party donor was paid more by Medicare than any other doctor in the nation in 2012, according to new data released by the Obama administration.

    Dr. Salomon Melgen, a South Florida ophthalmologist at the center of the scandal implicating Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements that year, the data show.

    “Data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, 59, who moved to Florida from the Dominican Republic in the late 1970s, received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012 alone,” the New York Times’ Frances Robles wrote. “The doctor billed mostly for Lucentis, a medication used to treat macular degeneration made by a company that pays generous rebates to its doctors.”Melgen’s relationship with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)--particularly the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)--is a central part of the scandal stemming from Sen. Menendez’s allegedly improper activities on Melgen’s behalf. Menendez reportedly met with senior HHS and CMS officials, including the CMS director Jonathan Blum, to intervene on Melgen’s behalf in a billing dispute between Melgen and HHS.

    According to the Washington Post, Melgen broke vials of medication that fights macular degeneration into 3-4 doses, then charged Medicare anywhere $6,000 to $8,000 per vial—charging for Medicare for each dosage rather than by vial—when they are actually are supposed to be billed at about $2,000 per vial. Melgen has not denied doing so, but has defended the practice arguing it is within the bounds of the law.Melgen’s billing practices sparked an HHS Inspector General investigation, and one former HHS investigator told the Washington Post that Melgen “thought he was untouchable” during an interview during which he kept referencing Sen. Menendez as “a character reference.”


    Melgen’s attorney Kirk Ogrosky released a statement Tuesday evening saying the high Medicare billing statistics for his client are not an indication of wrongdoing. “At all times, Dr. Melgen billed in conformity with Medicare rules,” Ogrosky said. “While the amounts in the CMS data release appear large, the vast majority reflect the cost of drugs. The facts are that doctors receive 6 percent above what they pay for drugs, the amount billed by physicians is set by law, and drug companies set the price of drugs, not doctors.”

    Nonetheless, in its Wednesday story, the Times noted that this latest disclosure from HHS that he was the most-paid doctor from Medicare is “the latest in a series headline-grabbing disclosures that have dogged the doctor since January of last year.”“The millionaire surgeon, who lives in a 5,000-square-foot home in North Palm Beach and travels by private jet, is better known as the generous campaign contributor whose close relationship with Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, has been scrutinized by federal prosecutors,” the Times wrote.

    The Melgen records, the Times wrote, show “Melgen gave 37,000 units of Lucentis, also known as Ranbizumab, to 645 different patients. Overall, he had 894 patients who underwent 92,000 procedures.”Melgen’s private jet is a central plank in this scandal. Menendez originally denied wrongdoing with regard to the flights, but two years later—in early 2013—decided to, under public scrutiny, reimburse Melgen for 2010 flights aboard his plane to the Dominican Republic.

    That $58,500 reimbursement, according to the National Journal, cost Menendez 87 percent of his entire personal wealth to pay back. Menendez has only admitted to taking three flights aboard Melgen’s plane, but flight path data—and an eyewitness account from a local New Jersey resident who saw Menendez with Melgen in a diner near Teterboro airport—suggest Menendez took a fourth flight to the Dominican Republic aboard Melgen’s plane around Easter-time 2012.Menendez’s friend and Melgen’s cousin Vinicio Castillo Seman, a Dominican lawyer and politician, also confirmed Menendez was in the Dominican Republic at that time. “We spend every Easter together in Casa de Campo [the posh resort Melgen parties at],” he said in February 2013, according to a local news outlet.

    Menendez has refused to publicly release travel records, and declined to answer questions from Breitbart News at an Amtrak station in Newark in March 2013.


    These details only account for part of the wide-reaching Menendez influence-peddling scandal, and another major focus of the scandal is how Menendez—according to the New York Times—used a congressional hearing to further Melgen’s business interests in the Dominican Republic. Menendez pressured the State Department during a 2012 hearing of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee he chaired to “send a message” to the Dominican government for not supporting the finalization of a business deal that would have given Melgen control over a major port’s security contract making him millions of dollars.



    The scandal has sparked an FBI investigation, an HHS Inspector General investigation and federal grand jury investigation that each remain open and ongoing. The Senate Ethics Committee is probing Menendez as well, and the senator has paid a top Washington lawyer thousands of dollars according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) record. The FEC records show that Menendez has paid Brand Law Group, PC, $2,220 on July 18. The disclosure was not made until October, when FEC filings for the third quarter were due. The expenditure was paid for by his campaign committee, Menendez for Senate.Federal agents have twice raided the Melgen’s offices in South Florida, in January and in October 2013.

    Neither Menendez nor Melgen have suffered any official punishment for these actions, despite the ongoing investigations. Nonetheless, as now Secretary of State John Kerry left the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid rewarded Menendez with the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee as this scandal raged in the headlines. The New York Times’ editorial board called on Reid to remove Menendez from the chairmanship at least until the investigation concluded, something Reid refused to do.


    While Reid originally vocally defended Menendez by bashing conservative media who broke the stories about the scandal and FBI emails proving an investigation when asked about it by Breitbart News, he backed down as soon as federal agents raided Melgen’s offices in January 2013. “I have confidence he did nothing wrong,” Reid said after the raid. “But that’s what investigations are all about.”


    http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily...ights-20130205

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/bu...tiny.html?_r=2

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governm...or-By-Medicare
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    New Jersey Sen. Menendez to face federal corruption charges: report


    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2015


    The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, alleging that the congressman used his office to benefit the business of a donor and friend, reports said Friday.

    The senator has been under investigation since at least 2013 over allegations that he helped a donor, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, secure contracts with the government of the Dominican Republic and protected that same donor during a U.S. investigation of Medicare fraud.

    Mr. Menendez has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Reporters who called his Washington office Friday were told the senator’s spokespeople would return their calls later.


    “As we have said before, we believe all of [the] senator’s actions have been appropriate and lawful and the facts will ultimately confirm that,” Tricia Enright, a spokeswoman for Mr. Menendez, told CNN. “Any actions taken by Senator Menendez or his office have been to appropriately address public policy issues and not for any other reason.”

    The potential charges, first reported by CNN, would be the first time in 2015 the Justice Department has charged a sitting U.S. official. In December, Rep. Michael Grimm, New York Republican, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.

    A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment and told The Washington Times that the agency was not in a position to confirm nor deny the CNN report.



    The controversy has focused on the relationship between Mr. Menendez and Dr. Melgen. The senator came to his friend’s defense in 2013 following an FBI search of Dr. Melgen’s offices. A federal audit charged Dr. Melgen had overcharged the government for Medicare and Medicaid services, by some estimates for as much as $9 million.

    Mr. Menendez also is alleged to have advocated on Dr. Melgen’s behalf during contract negotiations with the Dominican Republic to provide equipment for that nation’s ports.

    In 2010, the senator flew to the Dominican Republic as Dr. Melgen’s guest. When knowledge of the flight became public, Mr. Menendez repaid nearly $58,000 for the trip, calling his failure to disclose it an oversight.

    A review of public campaign records show that Dr. Melgen and his family have donated at least $33,000 to Mr. Menendez’s campaigns since 2004.

    Phil Kerpen, president of conservative advocacy group American Commitment, called on the senator to resign.

    “Bob Menendez is entitled to his day in court, which he will have,” Mr. Kerpen said. “But he must resign now so that New Jersey can have a senator and America a ranking member who can represent constituents and the national interest free of an ongoing prosecution.”

    Mr. Menendez, a high-ranking Senate Democrat and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, still serves as the top Democrat on the committee, as well as serving on the Banking and Finance Committees. He was first elected to Congress in 1992 as a New Jersey representative and to the Senate in 2006.



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    "I wish Bon Jovi would've given me a call before he recorded all of his hits, because the lyrics would've been smarter, the melodies would've been much more smashing, and they would've sold a lot fewer records." -David Lee Roth

    "My beef is people thinking Bon Jovi is good cuz they sold lots of records to housewives." -tango

    "But being number one doesn’t really mean jack fuck all. We sold twice as many records as other records that year (1984) that landed in the Number One position." ~Eddie Van Halen

 

 

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