Why won’t the Justice Department let Christopher Coates testify on New Black Panther Party case?

J. Christian Adams, a former Department of Justice official, has gained a lot of media attention as a whistle-blower in the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) voter intimidation case. His testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has raised a great deal of concern and questions about the current racial mandates at the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

While Adams’ statements about the racial directives within the division have caused public distress, they have not given rise to action as his testimony, though partially corroborated, is in some regards hearsay. Christopher Coates is perhaps the one man who could provide substantive answers to back up Adams’ claims.

Coates was the chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department who led the team of attorneys that brought the initial case of voter intimidation against the NBPP. In May 2009, Coates was allegedly ordered to dismiss the charges against the NBPP.

On January 5, 2010, the Department reassigned Coates to the U.S. attorney’s office in Charleston, South Carolina. Some have speculated that the reassignment was in retaliation for his prosecution of voting rights violations against black defendants, specifically the NBPP and a case in Noxubee County, Mississippi (U.S. v. Ike Brown, a case in which a black political boss in Mississippi, Ike Brown, was accused of voter suppression).

A DOJ spokesman, Xochitl Hinojosa, told The Daily Caller in a brief e-mail that “Christopher Coates requested the transfer to South Carolina.” But despite DOJ’s position, some still question whether Coates’ reassignment was voluntary and why the DOJ won’t allow him to speak about the NBPP case.

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Obama embarks on ‘Magical History Tour’

Dust off the tour bus, shove the Styrofoam Ionic columns into the luggage compartment, and test the reverb, Barack is taking to the road on a “summer of recovery” excursion, more aptly called the “Magical History Tour.” Instead of spending time in Washington DC executing presidential duties, Obama has decided it’s time to remedy a flagging reputation.

If anyone can foist fantasy on the naïve, Barack Obama sure can. The goal: bamboozle America into believing irresponsible handling of the economy was a much-needed “strong step to bring it back from the brink.”

One stop will be in Michigan where employment is 14%. Barry will insist the unemployed believe the bailout added jobs. Obama will then motor from Motor City into the Garden State to tout the value of a failed $787 billion stimulus package, as fiscally responsible Governor Christie rescues New Jersey from the brink of Obama-style economic destruction.

Mr. Obama’s trips follow an increasingly grim pattern of poll findings, which show deep-rooted skepticism among the U.S. public about the effects of the stimulus and [Obama’s] approach to the economy in general [according to a Pew poll] only 35 % of Democratic voters believe the stimulus helped keep unemployment from getting worse.

Obama may be forced to swing by Will.i.am’s place and pick up the “Yes We Can” crew because it appears core Democrat voters who wept with joy 18 months ago are part of a “widening enthusiasm gap” between motivated voters in the opposition party. Republicans recognized smoke and mirrors before the election, but now Independents are falling away in droves. Making matters worse, sane Democrats removed the rose-colored Barry glasses and are presently thrashing about in a summer of Obama discontent.

Teleprompter theatrics aside, even doltish Democrats realize the stimulus has done nothing to rescue America from a burgeoning employment crisis.

One challenge before Barry is convincing Americans his priorities are not “skewed toward companies and the wealthy.” This particular exhortation would be better left unsaid until after the President’s $30,000.00 per person birthday extravaganza.

On the precipice of losing Democrat control of the House and Senate, Obama may be the only person unaware that swagger and speechifying will do little “between now and November to change the facts on the ground, which continue to be dominated by near double-digit rate of unemployment.”

As America plummets deeper into a black hole of socialist policies, Obama will likely drag George W. out in effigy and continue to censure the ex-president who’s been back in Crawford, Texas for two years. Barry will present the choice “America faces…between going back to the policies that led us into the mess [or] moving forward” with liberal policies, which plunged the nation into total despair.

Lacking substance, Obama will fill his empty suit by sullying the opposing party. The brilliant game plan: stress Republican opposition to extending unemployment benefits to those who are out of work solely because of Barry’s wretched economic policies.

On the “summer recovery” tour it is likely Obama will continue to demonize prolonging Bush tax cuts for those in a position to create jobs for those who are unemployed because of a failed socialistic agenda.

After increasing the national debt by $2 trillion, Obama is determined to hoodwink America by appealing to disaffected voters with the idea that tax cuts for wealthy Americans “are the same policies that led us into this recession.”

Obama’s “Magical History Tour” should be a fascinating summertime spectacle whose November results will indicate if the bedazzled electorate fooled once by Barry the Bamboozler will be fooled twice.

South Carolina’s Tim Scott: A black congressional candidate who thinks the Tea Party — not CBC — might be his kind of caucus

Tim Scott will likely change the fact that there are no African-American Republicans in Congress, but don’t automatically count on him to join the Congressional Black Caucus when he does.

“I’ve thought about it,” the South Carolina congressional candidate said Monday during an interview on Capitol Hill with The Daily Caller. “But I haven’t come to a solid decision. I’m probably leaning against it.”

Yet there’s another caucus the staunchly conservative state representative from Charleston finds “intriguing and interesting.” That would be the Tea Party Caucus, founded last week for House members who believe in the ideals of the conservative movement by Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.

“I’d love to see all the tenets of the caucus, but on the surface it’s certainly something that I wouldn’t say no to at this point,” Scott said.

Scott’s congressional run has been historical — and promises to make even more history when he faces a perennial losing Democratic candidate in his heavily-Republican district in November. In the primary, he defeated big names like Paul Thurmond, the son of the former Sen. Strom Thurmond, and Carroll Campbell, the son of another former well-known politician in the state.

If he wins the general election, he’ll be the first black Republican since J.C. Watts of Oklahoma retired in 2003 to serve in the House. He’d be the first black GOPer elected in the South in more than a hundred years.

But that narrative, he said, is much more appealing to news editors in Washington D.C. than to the voters in the Palmetto State’s first congressional district. “I think all news media sees it as an opportunity to create a headline. For us, it’s not really that interesting,” he said while beginning to smile. “I’ve been black for a long time.”

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Paul Ryan says he’s trying to provide leadership for “decentralized” GOP

Rep. Paul Ryan, the fast-talking, number-crunching Republican from Wisconsin, caused a stir last week when he called out his own party for not offering Americans a substantive alternative to Democrats in this fall’s elections.

“They’re talking to their pollsters and their pollsters are saying, ‘Stay away from this. We’re going to win an election,’” Ryan said, speaking at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution.

Ryan, in the second of back-to-back high profile speeches touting his “Road Map” plan that proposes to make long-term entitlement spending solvent, lumped Republicans in with Democrats as having failed to talk seriously about the nation’s debt and deficit problem.

“Unfortunately, you know, when I jumped in the pool and encouraged other people to jump in the pool, we haven’t had many other folks swimming around. And that’s from both sides of the aisle, I would say,” Ryan said.

House Republican leadership aides downplayed the remarks.

Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who figures to become House Speaker if the GOP regains control, said Boehner “has said that Rep. Ryan’s ‘Roadmap’ is a strong, long-term plan for conservative reform, and he thanked Rep. Ryan for offering it.”

In an interview with The Daily Caller, Ryan said he was not trying to embarrass his party or his party’s leadership, but acknowledged that in speaking twice last week – at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and then at Brookings – he was trying to fill a leadership vacuum within the GOP.

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Majority of Small Business Sector Facing Higher Taxes Under Obama Plan

* The Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats have said that they want to raise taxes in the top two income tax rates in January 2011. Under their plan, the 33 percent rate will rise to 36 percent, and the 35 percent rate will rise to 39.6 percent automatically in January. These rates affect families and small business owners earning at least $200,000 per year

* Unlike corporations, small businesses usually don’t pay their own taxes. Rather, business profits flow through to the business owner. The business owner pays taxes on her small business by adding the profits to her income tax form. Therefore, personal income taxes are the same thing as small business taxes.

* According to the IRS, most small business profits pay taxes in households making more than $200,000 per year. The IRS keeps track of two types of small business income: sole proprietors, and “pass-through” entities like partnerships and S-corporations.

* All small businesses. There were 30 million tax returns reporting small business income in 2008. On net (profits reduced by losses), these owners reported business profits of $981 billion. A large chunk of this net profit–$488 billion—faced taxation in households making more than $200,000 per year. A majority of small business profits will face a tax rate hike under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid plan.

* Sole proprietors. There were 22 million tax returns reporting sole proprietor income in 2008. On net (profits reduced by losses), these owners reported business profits of $264 billion. A large chunk of this net profit–$90 billion—faced taxation in households making more than $200,000 per year. 34 percent of sole proprietor profits will face a tax rate hike under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid tax hike plan.

* S-corporations and partnerships. There were 8 million partners and S-corporation shareholders in 2008. On net (profits reduced by losses), these owners reported business profits of $717 billion. A majority of this profit–$398 billion—faced taxation in households making more than $200,000 per year. 55 percent of S-corporation and partnership profits will face a tax rate hike under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid tax hike plan.