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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Robert Menendez
A wealthy Florida doctor whose offices were raided by the FBI and who allowed a U.S. senator to use his private jet is again under scrutiny for receiving more money from the taxpayer-funded Medicare program than any other doctor.
Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.
A Florida eye doctor whose office was raided by federal authorities last year, prompting scrutiny of his close ties to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, billed Medicare more than $20 million in 2012 alone, newly released records show.
Republicans said they would have allowed a resolution to pass if Democrats had accepted additional language that recognized Chavez supported strict enforcement of immigration laws in order to help protect American workers' wages.
Government officials must speed the way home rebuilding aid is getting to thousands of New Jersey victims of Superstorm Sandy, which can be done in part by revamping a burdensome application process, a senator from the storm-battered state said Wednesday.
Confusing bureaucracy, a lack of clear guidelines, contradictory information and scant money for rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy were just some of the issues that New Jersey homeowners raised during a meeting with Sen. Robert Menendez on Monday.
Police in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday defended their handling of an unsolved slaying of a New Jersey native who was fatally stabbed more than three weeks ago during an apparent burglary.
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez's political campaign paid a law firm $250,000 in December for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties to a major donor, according to disclosure forms filed Friday. The Democrat has also set up a legal trust to raise money as the investigations continue.
Legislation for federal funding to help protect student athletes from concussions got the National Football League's backing Monday in the shadow of the stadium where the Super Bowl will be played this weekend.
Is Santa Claus an American citizen? That question came up during a hearing Wednesday at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, as Sen. Robert Menendez quizzed Bruce Heyman on his nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized the outlines of a U.S.-led international plan to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons program, saying it sounded as if Iran would be trading a nominal drawdown in enriched uranium in exchange for significant concessions on sanctions.
Two senators warned Iraq on Thursday that it could face a sharp cut in aid if it continues to fail to protect unarmed Iranian dissidents after a deadly attack on a refugee camp north of Baghdad last month.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations this week demanded that Iraq's prime minister rescue seven Iranian hostages held near Baghdad and protect more than 3,000 other dissidents from attacks.
Key senators struck a deal Tuesday night on a resolution granting President Obama the authority to conduct military strikes in Syria as long as they happen within 90 days and are limited to enforcing the administration's "red line" prohibiting chemical weapons use.
Senate lawmakers sent a clear message Wednesday that they have no plans to cut taxpayer assistance for Egypt in the wake of the military coup against the elected government of President Mohammed Morsi.
Menendez has acknowledged at least three areas where his official work appeared to serve the interests of Melgen, though he has steadfastly denied wrongdoing.
And Menendez acknowledged his office twice contacted Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, each time urging them to change what he called an unfair payment policy that had cost his friend Melgen $8.9 million.