To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Control Your Appetite! No More Calorie Counting!
Date: Wed Nov 13 01:52:05 MST 2013
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May 10, 2012: Thomas Perez, now the Labor secretary nominee, speaks in Phoenix.APLabor secretary nominee Thomas Perez was confronted Thursday with tough questions about an alleged "secret deal" he cut with leaders from St. Paul, Minn., during his tenure as a top attorney at the Justice Department.During Perez' confirmation hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., accused the nominee of "manipulating" the system to get the result he wanted - and potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars in the process.According to a Republican report released earlier this week, Perez helped persuade St. Paul to drop a contentious lawsuit in exchange for the Justice Department staying out of whistleblower cases brought against the city. Perez' "quid pro quo" potentially cost taxpayers as much as $200 million, the report said."That seems to me to be an extraordinary amount of wheeling and dealing outside the normal responsibilities of the assistant attorney general for civil rights," said Alexander, who is the top Republican on the Senate panel screening Perez' nomination."It seems you have a duty to the government to collect the money, a duty to protect the whistleblower who's kind of left hanging in the wind."Both cases involved the city of St. Paul. The 67-page report states that the Justice Department's decision to opt out of the whistleblower cases potentially cost taxpayers as much as $200 million -- the amount the government could have won ha esite via acell phone at 9:04 p.m. Thursday Boston time.Meanwhile, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who in the past has distanced Chechnya from Chechens linked to terrorism, underlined that the Chechen people cannot be blamed for the tragic bombing. "The roots of this evil should (be) looked for in the U.S." he wrote on his Instagram account , pointing out that the Tsarnaev brothers had lived in the U.S. for many years and "their worldview was formed there."Chechnya, Dagestan and the other North Caucasus republics have been a breeding ground for terror groups since the first Chechen war, and local militants have staged many attacks in Russia.Russian President Vladimir Putindid not immediately respond to the latest developments. But heoffered to help the U.S. investigate the Boston bombings shortly after they occurred, and on Thursday, he called the attacks, disgusting.Click for more from The Moscow Times.The Associated Press contributed to this report.