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Oprah Gail Winfrey, better known to her adoring fans as just Oprah. Internationally known as the queen of daytime television (sorry Ellen DeGeneres your time will come).
For 25 years the Oprah Winfrey Show, or better known as the O, has been the show that has been penciled into almost every woman’s schedule at 4 o’clock eastern time has created a fan base that words can try to depict but cannot describe how many are dedicated to this show.
From humble beginnings in the Deep South to being one of the most powerful women in the world, her claim to fame is nothing short of amazing. Since this is the final season of Oprah we’ve decided to take a look back on not only Oprah’s career but the diverse number of fans and how much power the “Oprah Effect” has had on politicians, movie stars, ordinary people with a story to tell and everything in between.
Just when I thought I had heard it all, another conservative white guy tops the last idiot that says something goofy! I don’t know if I’m appalled,angry, surprised or what. It’s simply amazing to me. The Republican party’s tent keeps shrinking with each gaffe and insensitive remark. It’s absolutely amazing! The GOP tent has turned into a circus! They don't seem to think that Republicans and Latinos go together.
It appears that Michael Steele has served his purpose. Where he goes from here is anybody's guess. It's doubtful he will be asked to join the talk show circuit or any significant speech making opportunities. He is persona non grata, a man without a country.
The ax has fallen on the fate of Gen. Stanley McChrystal; His insubordination has cost him his job. This is not the first time a general has been called on the carpet by the president. History is full of examples where presidents and generals have clashed.
Here are some of the tragic realities she describes. Seventy percent of black males from 18 to 25 are more likely to go to prison than attend college. Drug use between whites and blacks are almost even. However, blacks are 40% and in some cases up to 90% of those incarcerated for similar offenses.
Reporting from Washington — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele said Sunday that he would provide records from his 2006 U.S. Senate campaign to the FBI in an effort to speed an apparent investigation into allegations of improper campaign spending.
Steele confirmed that his sister was recently contacted by FBI agents looking into allegations that his campaign paid a company she owned more than $37,000 in 2007 for campaign work that was never performed. The allegations were made by Steele’s former campaign finance chairman in an attempt to gain a more lenient prison sentence after he was convicted of fraud in an unrelated case.
In his first public comments on the issue, Steele said the transfer of records to the FBI was voluntary.
“I’m not going to wait for them to come to me. I’m going to take it to them and give them everything that they think they need. And if that’s not enough, we’ll give them more,” Steele told ABC’s “This Week” in an interview scheduled before the allegations became public.
Steele repeated denials issued by his spokesman in response to news reports after an article on the campaign manager’s allegations appeared in the Washington Post.
“It’s all false,” Steele said. “We’re being very proactive about this because I’m sick and tired of this ‘gotcha’ business that the Washington Post and others in the media attempt to engage in.”
Steele expressed frustration that the allegations had surfaced barely a week after his election as the first African American chairman of the Republican National Committee. In that position, he is responsible for raising and spending hundreds of millions of dollars.
“I want to clear up my good name. This is not the way I intend to run the RNC, with this over my head. We’re going to dispense with it immediately,” he said.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore has refused to say whether Steele or his sister, Monica Turner of Potomac, Md., are under investigation. However, a spokeswoman has confirmed that a document outlining the allegations against Steele was unintentionally provided to a Post reporter.
Alan B. Fabian, who had been finance chairman of Steele’s Senate campaign in Maryland, made the allegations in March in an effort to get a reduced sentence for his part in a $40-million fraud scheme.
Steele said Fabian’s inability to cut a deal with prosecutors showed there was “no credibility” to the allegations. But Fabian’s defense lawyer, in the sentencing document, maintained that Fabian got no credit for cooperating with the prosecution “presumably because its investigation is ongoing.”
Steele said that the $37,000 paid to a company owned by his sister was “a legitimate reimbursement of expenses.” The payment, for “catering and Web services,” was made in December 2007, more than 11 months after his sister folded the company.
“At the time when the checks were written back to her to reimburse her, she just said, ‘Go ahead and write the checks to the company,’ because the company had, you know, done the services that were provided,” said Steele, an attorney who practiced corporate law during the 1990s. “There are many companies out there that dissolve and still receive payment for services that are rendered, and so forth.”
Among the questions about the incident is why an investigation into Steele’s finances appears to have become more active about the same time that his political career was getting a huge boost with his election to head the RNC.
The former lieutenant governor of Maryland said federal agents recently contacted his sister “for purposes of closing out this matter. . . . The FBI is now in the position of winding this thing” up.
Steele contended that “if there were any funny business” involved with his 2006 Senate campaign, it would have been caught by other federal agencies before now. He said he has not been contacted personally by the FBI.
Jefferson says he would have emotionally imploded if he'd thought too much about the pressures of representing all blacks and dealing with the racism he encountered when he returned home to a segregated America after the war.
I have been a republican for 20 years. I took up the call for smaller, less obtrusive government, got a good education and pulled myself up out of poverty by bootstraps. And now, burning rubber out of the GOP and voting for Barak Obama! The last eight years of George W. Bush has sent our country into a tailspin.