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Friday April 24th, 2015
Slap-on-the-Wrist Sentence for Petraeus Reveals 'Leak Prosecution Double Standard' posted 04/24/2015, 3:27 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The light sentence a federal court gave Gen. David Petraeus on Thursday is indicative of the hypocrisy in the two-tiered justice system that aims to aggressively punish whistleblowers, rights groups have charged.

The former CIA head pleaded guilty at a federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina for leaking highly classified information, inclu
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Thursday April 23rd, 2015

Apologetic Petraeus Gets Probation For Leaking Secrets To His Mistress posted 04/23/2015, 4:29 PM (USA Today)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — David Petraeus, the retired four-star general leader who once commanded military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to leaking classified information to his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell, and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $100,000.

The sentence did not include any prison time, but the fine was $60,000 higher than the tentative terms reached in a plea deal two months ago.

U.S. Mag
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Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

Obama's Lawyers: Let's Extend the 9/11 Wars Forever posted 04/22/2015, 2:26 PM (The Daily Beast)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
When the president says a war is done, you’d think his attorneys would fall in line. Think again.

President Obama has said the United States’ combat mission in Afghanistan is over, and that the 13-year-long war there has come to an end. Top lawyers in his administration have a different message: Not so fast
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Tuesday April 21st, 2015

Federal Judge Finds No Injury From Redflex Bribery posted 04/21/2015, 1:26 PM (TheNewspaper)
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Motorists in Chicago, Illinois cannot cite the federal bribery charges against top Redflex officials as a way to get out of paying a red light camera ticket. US District Court Judge Amy J. St. Eve came to that tentative conclusion earlier this month after Matthew G. Falkner challenged the automated ticket he received in the mail based on a photograph of his Infiniti taken on January 19, 2013. Falkner argued that paying the fine would reward the illegal activities of Redflex.... (more)

Friday April 17th, 2015

Rand Paul Was Against The Drug War Before He Was For It posted 04/17/2015, 12:05 PM (The Anti-Media)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul has confused his grass-roots supporters after flip-flopping on his stance regarding the War on Drugs, leaving activists unsure of where he truly stands on the issue.

The Senator was speaking to a group of conservative evangelical pastors in 2013 when, according to the Washington Post, he “assured the group that he disagrees with libertarians who s
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MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry Owes $70,000 in Delinquent Taxes posted 04/17/2015, 12:03 PM (The Wrap)
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MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry had a particularly tough tax day — the anchor and her husband owe $70,000 in delinquent taxes, according to a report in the Winston Salem-Journal.... (more)

Thursday April 16th, 2015

'Bloggers' Compared to ISIS During Congressional Hearing posted 04/16/2015, 11:01 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Bloggers, conspiracy theorists and people who challenge establishment narratives on the Internet were all likened to ISIS terrorists during a chilling Congressional hearing which took place yesterday.

The hearing, hosted by the House Foreign Relations Committee, was titled “Confronting Russia's Weaponization of Information,” and accused Russian state broadcaster RT of weaponizing “conspiracy theories” to spread propaganda.

One of the speakers giving testimony was f
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Dotcom Speeding Offense Could Lead to Deportation "In Weeks" posted 04/16/2015, 10:59 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Even as Kim Dotcom spends millions fighting extradition to the U.S., a relatively minor issue could see him kicked out of New Zealand in a matter of weeks. When applying for residency in 2010, Dotcom failed to declare a dangerous driving speeding conviction, a matter that could now escalate into deportation from the country.... (more)

Wednesday April 15th, 2015

Paper: Clinton Iowa Stop Staged; Campaign Drove 'Ordinary' Voters For Photo-Op posted 04/15/2015, 8:13 PM (The Daily Mail)
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Hillary Clinton's astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.

Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton.

Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.

Price then drove them to
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This is comedy gold.

Georgia Educators Get Prison Terms for Roles in 'Data-Driven' Cheating Scandal posted 04/15/2015, 9:27 AM (Common Dreams)
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Offering a stark example of what one expert calls "an inevitable consequence of the overuse and misuse of standardized exams," an Atlanta judge handed down tough sentences on Tuesday to 10 educators involved in a massive test cheating scandal that shook the district in 2009.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Three former top administrators were given maximum 20-year sentences Tuesd... (more)

Chris Christie: 'I Will Crack Down And Not Permit' Legal Marijuana As President posted 04/15/2015, 9:27 AM (Huffington Post)
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If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) becomes president of the United States, he said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Tuesday, he will "crack down" on those states that have ended prohibitions on marijuana.

When asked by Hewitt if he would enforce federal drug laws in those states that have legalized and regulated cannabis, Christie responded unequivocally.

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"Enormous addiction problem" sounds like Christie's relationship to doughnuts.

Former Security Director For Lottery Charged With Tampering Equipment Before Secretly Buying $14.3 Million Winning Ticket posted 04/15/2015, 9:27 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
If someone hasn't already sold the movie rights to the story of Eddie Raymond Tipton, expect it to happen soon. Tipton, an Iowa-based former "security director" for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), is accused of trying to pull off the perfect plot to allow himself to win the lottery. It didn't work, but not for the lac... (more)
The wonders of state run lotteries. Illegal for plebs to do it because "morality," legal for the state to do it because "tax money for skools."

DEA Sex Party Allegations Date Back To 2001 posted 04/15/2015, 9:24 AM (Associated Press)
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The chairman of the House Oversight Committee called Tuesday for the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration to step down amid allegations that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes while stationed overseas. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah said DEA chief Michele Leonhart has allowed problems at the agency to fester for more than a decade.

"It's time for her to go," Chaffetz told The Associated Press. "I don't have confidence in her, nor does the majority of t
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Tuesday April 14th, 2015

Hillary Clinton Surprises With Early Attack On CEO Pay posted 04/14/2015, 10:55 AM (Reuters)
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Hillary Clinton, under pressure from the left wing of her Democratic Party to aggressively campaign against income inequality, voiced concern about the hefty paychecks of some corporate executives in an email to supporters.

Striking a populist note, Clinton, who announced on Sunday she was running for president in 2016, said American families were still facing financial hardship at a time "when the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes."

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Class warfare and identity politics is surprising?

Monday April 13th, 2015

To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last posted 04/13/2015, 9:41 AM (
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Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

Meet the most bud-unfriendly states. ( it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and i
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Tuesday April 7th, 2015

CIA Officials Knew Rendition Victim Was 'The Wrong Guy,' Kiriakou Reveals posted 04/07/2015, 5:14 AM (Common Dreams)
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CIA insiders objected to the arrest, rendition, and torture of Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar, but high-ranking officials ignored concerns that they were punishing an innocent man, according to former spy and whistleblower John Kiriakou in an interview with the Canadian Press.

After serving two years behind bars, Kiriakou--the only government
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Saturday April 4th, 2015

U.S. Justice Department Says It Will Ignore Federal Law and Prosecute People for Medical Marijuana Despite Congressional Spending Ban posted 04/04/2015, 5:47 AM (Drug Policy Alliance)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) told the Los Angeles Times that a bi-partisan amendment passed by Congress last year prohibiting DOJ from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws doesn't prevent it from prosecuting people for medical marijuana or seizing their property. The statement comes as the agency continues to target people who are complying with their state medical marijuana law. This insubordination is occurring despite the fact that members of... (more)

Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton Says 'House of Cards' 99 Percent Accurate posted 04/02/2015, 8:26 PM (The Hill)
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Spacey, who counts former President Clinton among his pals, tells Gotham magazine, while doing his best Clinton impression, “Kevin, 99 percent of what you do on that show is real.”

Continuing with his impersonation of the 42nd president, Spacey says, as Clinton, that there’s one aspect of the show that’s pure fiction. “The 1 percent you get wrong is you could never get
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I enjoyed the first episode, but the show portrays politicians in far too positive a light. - Chris

Wednesday April 1st, 2015

City Official Calls Vietnam Vet Domestic 'Enemy' for Supporting Medical Marijuana posted 04/01/2015, 9:01 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A Maricopa County attorney called a Vietnam veteran a domestic “enemy” last week during a public debate over marijuana legalization in Arizona.

The video, featured by online news site The Free Thought Project, shows local resident and war veteran Don Ream questioning Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery over his derogatory use of t
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Virginia Towns Using Federally-Funded License Plate Readers To Collect Local Taxes posted 04/01/2015, 9:01 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Two things remain certain in life: death... and law enforcement agencies using license plate readers obtained with Homeland Security grants for purposes not even remotely related to securing the homeland.

Here's how Newport News, Virginia's police department obtained its automatic license plate
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Monday March 30th, 2015

Two Former Feds Charged With Stealing Bitcoin During Silk Road Probe posted 03/30/2015, 6:30 PM (CNN Wire)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road.

Two federal agents who led the probe allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents.

The two now-former agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service are c
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The U.S. Government Cares Not a Whit for Its Soldiers posted 03/30/2015, 6:52 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
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Speaking about the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl, note what conservative warmonger Lindsey Graham had to say:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, meanwhile, lambasted the “unevenness” of Obama’s swap of five Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl. “I wouldn’t have done this trade for a Medal of Honor winner,” he told CNN. “No military member should expect their country to turn over five Taliban ... (more)

Friday March 27th, 2015

"I'm Not Stupid" Monsanto Lobbyist Refuses To Drink Weedkiller After Proclaiming "It Won't Hurt You" posted 03/27/2015, 5:29 PM (Zero Hedge)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
"Do as I say, not as I do," appears to be the message from a controversial lobbyist who claimed that the chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer was safe for humans refused to drink his own words when a French television journalist offered him a glass... "I'm not stupid," he proclaims... you be the judge...

In a preview of an upcoming documentary on French TV, Dr. Patrick Moore tells a Canal+ interviewer that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, was not i
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How The US Government Legally Stole Millions From Kim Dotcom posted 03/27/2015, 5:28 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
About a month ago we covered the basics of the lawsuit by which the US government was seeking to keep pretty much all of Kim Dotcom's assets, despite the fact that Dotcom himself hasn't been tried -- and, in fact, it hasn't even been determined if he can be extradited to the United States (a country he's never visited). This week, that case took anothe... (more)

Congressional Rep. John Carter Discovers Encryption; Worries It May One Day Be Used On Computers To Protect Your Data posted 03/27/2015, 5:28 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Here's a suggestion: if you're a Congressional Representative whose job it is to regulate all sorts of important things, and you state in a hearing "I don't know anything about this stuff" before spouting off on your crazy opinions about how something must be done... maybe, just maybe educate yourself before confirming to the world that you're ignorant of the very thing you're regulating. We famously saw this during the SOPA debate, where Representatives seemed proud of their own i... (more)

Thursday March 26th, 2015

Bill Nye: 'We Need Carbon Tax To Redistribute Wealth...Need Gov't To Run Things...Everyone Else Should Shut Up' posted 03/26/2015, 4:23 PM (Activist Post)
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Bill Nye The Science Guy gave a speech showing him to be the latest cheerleader for authoritarians.

The final moments of the 'climate change' awareness speech to promote his new book were captured on the video below. There's no description in the video of where the event took place, but it seems to be from the National Science Teachers Conference earlier this month.

Some of the featured quotes he said to roaring cheers, "we need carbon tax to redistribute
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Senator Wants To Know Why The US Marshals Asset Forfeiture Division Is Blowing Money On $10,000 Tables posted 03/26/2015, 4:23 PM (Techdirt)
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Asset forfeiture -- both at state and national levels -- is receiving some intense scrutiny, thanks to unflattering coverage in major news outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post. Attorney General Eric Holder made some minor cuts to the DOJ's partici... (more)

Report: DEA Agents Allegedly Hosted Cartel-Funded 'Sex Parties' With Prostitutes posted 03/26/2015, 4:23 PM (Huffington Post)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administration agents stationed abroad attended "sex parties" that were allegedly funded with money from drug cartels, according to a Justice Department report released Thursday.

The report, from the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General, discloses that seven DEA agents had admitted to attending parties with prostitutes, and that they had been suspended for between two a
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U.S. Government Wins Dozens of Millions From Kim Dotcom posted 03/26/2015, 4:23 PM (TorrentFreak)
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The U.S. Government has won its civil forfeiture case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom. As a result, the U.S. now owns Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property worth dozens of millions of dollars. Megaupload's founder describes the ruling as unjust and says his team will file an appeal at a higher court.... (more)

House Dem: Global Warming Could Force Women to Trade Sex for Food posted 03/26/2015, 4:22 PM (TheBlaze)
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A senior House Democrat has once again issued an apocalyptic warning that climate change will hit women harder than men, and that it could drive millions of poor women to engage in “transactional sex” in order to provide food and water for their families.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) proposed a resolution on Wednesday that said as the climate changes, it will cause food and water scarcity around the world. That will create pressures on poor women in particular, since they are often
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Tuesday March 24th, 2015

When It Comes To E-Cigs, Big Tobacco Is Concerned For Your Health posted 03/24/2015, 3:56 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The health warning on a MarkTen electronic cigarette package is 116 words long.

That's much longer than the warnings on traditional cigarette packs in the United States. Nicotine, the e-cigarette warning says, is "addictive and habit-forming, and it is very toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, or if swallowed." It is not intended for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, or people ... who take medicine for depression or asthma. "Nicotine can increase your heart rate
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Monday March 23rd, 2015

FEMA to Deny Funds to Warming Deniers posted 03/23/2015, 1:11 PM (
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.

This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn't warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, in a political bind. Their position may block their states' access to hund
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Friday March 20th, 2015

Just before Resigning, U.S. Attorney Blames Computer Glitch for withholding Information from Defense Lawyers in Thousands of Cases posted 03/20/2015, 2:00 PM (AllGov)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The United States Attorney for the District of Columbia has announced he is stepping down, a decision that reportedly is not connected with the discovery that evidence in possibly thousands of D.C. criminal cases was withheld by police from defense lawyers.

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. revealed his plans to resign only hours after he informed defense attorneys in a letter that a “glitch” in the D.C. police computer system inadvertently left certain information out of police
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Wednesday March 18th, 2015

US Sets New Record For Denying, Censoring Government Files posted 03/18/2015, 10:42 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially
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Obama to ‘Young People’: Pot Shouldn’t be a Priority posted 03/18/2015, 10:42 AM (McClatchy)
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Young people should be focused on climate change and jobs -- not the legalization of marijuana, President Barack Obama says.

In an interview posted Monday, Obama sounds a little exasperated when VICE founder Shane Smith told him that the No. 1 question viewers had for the president was whether or not he’d back legalization and that it would mean “the biggest party” of his tenure if he did so. (It was the last question of the interview, however.)

“First of all, it s
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Tuesday March 17th, 2015

White House Celebrates National Freedom Of Information Day By Making Office Of The Administration Completely UnFOIA-able posted 03/17/2015, 11:33 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
March 16th is National Freedom of Information Day (and the beginning of Sunshine Week). The Most Transparent Administration™ celebrated it in the style to which is has become accustomed.
The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of... (more)

Saturday March 14th, 2015

FAA Backpedals After Sending Letter Ordering Man to Remove Drone Footage From YouTube posted 03/14/2015, 6:40 PM (PINAC)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
After an aviation safety inspector in the FAA’s Tampa office sent a legal notice to a man regarding his “use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone) for commercial purposes” earlier this week for posting drone footage to YouTube , the FAA made a statement to Vice’s Jason Koebler that it would investigate itself.... (more)

Friday March 13th, 2015

Lindsey Graham: As President I Would Deploy The Military Against Congress posted 03/13/2015, 8:51 AM (Vox)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Republican senator and presidential maybe-hopeful Lindsey Graham stopped by the "politics and pies" forum in Concord, New Hampshire, today, where he announced that if he is elected president in 2016, his first act will be to deploy the military in Washington to force Congress to reverse cuts to the defense and intelligence budgets.

Yes, you heard that right.
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Thursday March 12th, 2015

Americans Say Number One Problem In The Country Is Government posted 03/12/2015, 4:51 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Government is the “most important” problem facing the country, according to the majority of Americans.

The declaration was made by 18 percent of respondents in a Gallup survey. Americans were asked “what do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?”

Seven percent more people said Government was the biggest problem than the second placed problem of the economy. Unemployment was third placed, with illegal immigration and healthcare joint four
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CFR: Support Al Qaeda to Defeat ISIS posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington DC think tank with large influence over U.S. foreign policy, is once again calling on the Obama administration to support Al Qaeda terrorists under the guise of defeating the Islamic State. In an article entitled, Accepting Al Qaeda: The Enemy of the United States’ Enemy, Foreign Affairs writer Barak Mendelsohn argues that the United State... (more)

Tuesday March 10th, 2015

"Sorry, Our Bad," ATF Says Publishing Error was Behind Ammo Ban Fear posted 03/10/2015, 8:06 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Washington, D.C. -- Last month the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) published a new framework, and regulation guide, for selecting which ammunition is "primarily intended for sporting purposes" and thus able to be exempted from the federal ban on armor-piercing ammunition.... (more)

California Court of Appeal Blocks Red Light Camera Lawsuit posted 03/10/2015, 6:36 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
California motorists may not sue cities for violating their constitutional rights with red light cameras, according to a ruling last week by the state Court of Appeal. A three-judge panel threw out a class action lawsuit claiming that the photo ticketing system undermined the confrontation, due process and equal protection clauses of the US Constitution.... (more)

Clinton Foundation Pushes "Wage Gap" Myth While Paying Female Execs 37% Less Than Men posted 03/10/2015, 6:36 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
While the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation is promoting the myth of the “wage gap” in the United States, the Clinton’s own foundation pays its senior male executives 37 per cent more than their female counterparts.... (more)

Monday March 9th, 2015

Lindsey Graham Reveals He's Never Sent An Email posted 03/09/2015, 7:31 AM (Fox News)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is considering a 2016 White House run but apparently won’t have to worry about his bid getting sidetracked with an email controversy like Hillary Clinton’s has.

Graham, a Republican, acknowledged Sunday that he has never sent an email, either on his congressional or a private account.

“I don't email,” Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “You can have every email I have ever sent. I've never sent one.”
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Saturday March 7th, 2015

Ferguson Judge Behind Aggressive Fines Policy Owes $170,000 In Unpaid Taxes posted 03/07/2015, 5:18 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The judge in Ferguson, Missouri, who is accused of fixing traffic tickets for himself and colleagues while inflicting a punishing regime of fines and fees on the city’s residents, also owes more than $170,000 in unpaid taxes.

Ronald J Brockmeyer, whose court allegedly jailed impoverished defendants unable to pay fines of a few hundred dollars, has a string of outstanding debts to the US government dating back to 2007, according to tax filings obtained by the Guardian from authorit
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The State Just Got in the Drug Dealing Business, First Ever Govt-Owned Pot Shop to Open Saturday posted 03/07/2015, 5:16 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
North Bonneville, WA — If ever there was a litmus test for the inconsistencies within the state, it can be seen now in Washington state.

This Saturday, in a small Washington town, the government will become drug dealers when the city of North Bonneville opens the doors to the first ever government owned pot shop.
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Thursday March 5th, 2015

Netflix CFO 'Pleased' With FCC Title II Ruling, Although Its Preference Would Have Been No Broadband Regulation posted 03/05/2015, 9:09 PM (Variety)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Netflix CFO David Wells, in comments at an industry conference, said the company would have preferred that broadband Internet service not be regulated by the U.S. government as a telecommunications utility — but that after some Internet service providers required payment to deliver video traffic, he was happy with the FCC’s recent “Open Internet” ruling.... (more)

Body-Camera Maker Has Financial Ties To Police Chiefs posted 03/05/2015, 7:29 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

A review of records and interviews by The Associated Press show Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who speak at promotional conferences. It is also hiring recently retired chiefs as consu
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Wednesday March 4th, 2015

Separate And Unequal: Gen. Petraeus Facing Mild Wrist Slap For Leaking Eight Books Full Of Classified Info To His Mistress posted 03/04/2015, 8:39 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The administration still wants to punish whistleblowers and leakers, but only if it can do it with logic borrowed from Animal Farm. When it comes to prosecution, some leakers are more equal than others.

John Kiriakou -- who exposed a single CIA operative's name while exposing its waterboarding tac
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Mayor Bans Questioning After Being Called A Jerk posted 03/04/2015, 8:34 PM (
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
The heated exchange between a proud mayor with a football career and an elderly resident who wanted to question town policies sorely needed a referee that bitter December night.... (more)

Friday February 27th, 2015

'No You're Not!' Former NSA Chief Heckled for Calling Himself a ‘Libertarian’ at CPAC posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (Mediaite)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
During remarks at today’s 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, former NSA chief Gen. Michael Hayden had the audacity to claim he is a “libertarian,” prompting boos and jeers from the audience.... (more)

Thursday February 26th, 2015

Study After Study Shows The DHS Has An Intense Morale Problem That Can Apparently Only Be Solved By Study After Study posted 02/26/2015, 1:06 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Guess which national agency's feelings hurt the most?
The 2014 Best Places To Work in the Federal Government Survey, published by Stier’s group, ranked DHS dead last among large agencies.


Many DHS employees have said in the annu
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Wednesday February 25th, 2015

Feds Threaten D.C. Officials with Prison If they Go Through with Pot Legalization on Thursday posted 02/25/2015, 4:43 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Washington, D.C. -- In a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, two Republican congressmen Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the appropriations subcommittee that handles D.C.'s budget, ominously warned not to move forward with legalization in the District, claiming that to do so would be a violation of federal law.

D.C. officials and federal lawmakers have sparred over whether Ini
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Monday February 23rd, 2015

CBS Staffers Refute Bill O'Reilly's 'War Zone' Story posted 02/23/2015, 1:56 PM (CNN)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Bill O'Reilly's account of a 1982 riot in Argentina is being sharply contradicted by seven other journalists who were his colleagues and were also there at the time.

The people all challenge O'Reilly's depiction of Buenos Aires as a "war zone" and a "combat situation." They also doubt his description of a CBS cameraman being injured in the chaos.

"Nobody remembers this happening," said Manny Alvarez, who was a cameraman for CBS News in Buenos Aires.
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Thursday February 19th, 2015

8 Goofs in Jonathan Gruber's Health Care Reform Book posted 02/19/2015, 1:15 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
In one of life’s bitter ironies, I recently found a book by Jonathan Gruber in the bin of a bookstore’s going-out-of-business sale. It’s called Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works. Interestingly, the book is a comic, which made it a quick read. It’s just the sort of thing that omniscient academics write to persuade ordinary people that their big plans are worth pursui... (more)

'American Sniper': Chris Kyle's Widow at Center of Quiet Furor Over Profits posted 02/19/2015, 1:15 PM (The Hollywood Reporter)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
"...with more than $6 million banked from the American Sniper franchise (boosted by the sale of more than 2 million books) and millions more on the way as the Warner Bros. film nears $400 million worldwide, a quiet dispute festers over who is entitled to that windfall. At the center of the discord is Kyle’s widow, Taya, 40, who is alleged to have ignored her late husband’s wishes and withheld money from the bereaved families he publicly had promised to support."... (more)

Pentagon Actually Spent $41.6 Million on Viagra Last Year, Not $500K posted 02/19/2015, 1:12 PM (Five by Five)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Remember this recent story about the Pentagon’s Viagra budget of more than $500,000 last year? The Military Times threw some shade on it with its own reporting, which put the tally at $41.6 million, and $84.2 million on erectile dysfunction drugs overall.... (more)

Netanyahu Humiliated After He Tries To Play Down Wealth With Video Recorded In His Decrepit Home... Which Is Revealed To Be His Servants' Quarters posted 02/19/2015, 1:11 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been left red-faced after a video shot by a celebrity home designer depicting his modest lifestyle was revealed to be recorded in his servants' quarters.

The 15-minute film by Moshik Galamin showed Mr Netanyahu's wife Sara guiding the viewer around the couple's home, where run down parts of the property such as creaking doors and frayed carpets, are detailed.

But it has now emerged Galamin was not granted access to the c
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Monday February 16th, 2015

U.S. Drops to 49th Place in World Press Freedom Index... Worst in 9 Years posted 02/16/2015, 3:14 PM (AllGov)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
For a country known for its constitutional guarantee of a free press, the United States finds itself ranked behind 48 other nations when it comes to supporting the work of independent news media.

The latest World Press Freedom Index shows the U.S. ranked 49th in the world, according to Reporters without Borders, which created the index. It hasn’t been this low since 2006, when it dropped to 53rd. The U.S. ranking is usually between the twenties and forties on the index.
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Wednesday February 11th, 2015

Obama Seeks Broad Powers to Wage Geographically Limitless War On ISIS posted 02/11/2015, 7:41 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
President Barack Obama is seeking broad congressional authorization for the U.S.-led war on ISIS that would allow for further deployments of ground troops, years of intervention, and geographically limitless military operations, according to media reports on Tuesday.

The war has already been waged for six months without a congressional vote or meaningful debate. While Obama has previously claimed that such authorization is not required, he appeared to diverge from this lin
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