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Tuesday May 19th, 2015
Sharpton's Daughter Suing NYC For $5 Mil Over 'Sprained Ankle,' Outed As Not-So-Hurt posted 05/19/2015, 2:45 PM (WND)
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Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter, Dominique Sharpton – who’s suing the city of New York for $5 million for a sprained-ankle claim – may not be as injured as purported.

She’s been outed by Instagram and social media photographs with a seemingly healthy ankle, climbing a mountain in Bali, Indonesia. The photographs come as her suit alleges “she still suffers” from massive ankle pain from a twisting she received from a street crack in Soho a year ago, the New York Post reported.
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Monday May 18th, 2015

Australian Territory Orders More Speed Cameras Despite Accident Increase posted 05/18/2015, 2:21 PM (TheNewspaper)
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Serious accidents increased where speed cameras were used in the Australian Capital Territory according to a report released Thursday by ACT officials who cited the finding as a reason to install more cameras. The much delayed evaluation examined accident records at 121 locations, half with and half without automated ticketing machines, from 1994 to 2012.... (more)

Friday May 15th, 2015

Kim Dotcom: Julian Assange Has New Info Forthcoming About Hillary Clinton posted 05/15/2015, 1:40 PM (Bloomberg)
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Student Challenges Jeb Bush on Iraq Claims by Declaring: 'Your Brother Created Isis' posted 05/15/2015, 1:39 PM (The Independent)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Jeb Bush was left grasping for a response when a student challenged him during a meeting by declaring: “Your brother created Isis”.

Mr Bush, the former governor of Florida and sibling of George W. Bush, was wrapping up a town-hall style discussion when Ivy Ziedrich, a 19-year-old student at the University of Nevada, commanded his attention by asking him to take a student question.
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Forfeiture Funds Used to Oppose Marijuana Legalization posted 05/15/2015, 1:39 PM (Phoenix New Times)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A law-enforcement task force in Yavapai County cut a $50,000 check from RICO funds to a substance-abuse group dedicated to fighting marijuana legalization in Arizona, New Times has learned.... (more)

Thursday May 14th, 2015

'Fake' Reform: Little to Celebrate as USA Freedom Act Passes House posted 05/14/2015, 2:26 PM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Though the overwhelming and bipartisan passage of the USA Freedom Act in the House of Representatives on Wednesday portends the end of the NSA's mass collection of Americans' private telephone records, civil liberties groups found little else to celebrate as the ultimate passage of the bill, which now heads to the Senate, would re-authorize a number of worrisome programs by extending the life o... (more)

Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Shock Poll: Americans Hate Jeb Bush More Than Hillary posted 05/13/2015, 11:25 AM (Infowars)
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Sixty percent (60%) of Americans would not consider Jeb Bush for president, compared to 51% who said the same about Hillary Clinton, according to national poll of mostly conservative voters.

The George Washington University Battleground Poll of 1,000 registered voters, of which only 16% identified with the Tea Party, also found that 48% of voters have an unfavorable vi
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Tuesday May 12th, 2015

Anti-Gun Lawmaker Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Girlfriend’s Car with Shotgun posted 05/12/2015, 10:09 AM (Infowars)
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Democratic Sen. Virgil K. Smith is currently being questioned by Detroit police after allegedly firing multiple rounds into his girlfriend’s vehicle during a domestic dispute Sunday.... (more)

Monday May 11th, 2015

Russell Brand Trademarks 'r3VOLution' Logo Made Famous by Ron Paul Campaign posted 05/11/2015, 10:06 AM (InformationLiberation)
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Hot on the heels of selling his audience out by endorsing milk toast leftist Ed Miliband in the UK elections, it now has come out Russell Brand has trademarked the "rƎVOLution" logo with the word love reversed, a logo recently popularized by Ron Paul's presidential campaign.
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NFL Teams Paid To Thank Troops at Games posted 05/11/2015, 10:03 AM (
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Those salutes to American servicemen and women we all watch on the Jumbotron during halftime of NFL games? Turns out they are paid promotions costing taxpayers millions of dollars.... (more)

Saturday May 9th, 2015

After Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Puerto Rico Bans Smoking It posted 05/09/2015, 8:18 PM (The Anti-Media)
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Politicians in Puerto Rico have decided that although they will allow medical marijuana to become legal, they will still be imposing legal penalties on people who are caught smoking the plant, even if they have a prescription.

While it is true that ingesting cannabis orally is far more healthy than smoking it, people should have the free choice to decide what they want to do with their own body, whether they have a prescription or not.

"Smoking marijuana is not bein
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Attorney: Spy Chief Had 'Forgotten' About NSA Program When He Misled Congress posted 05/09/2015, 8:18 PM (The Hill)
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Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper wasn’t lying when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans, according to his top lawyer.

He just forgot.

“This was not an untruth or a falsehood. This was just a mistake on his part,” Robert Litt, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said during a panel discussion hosted by the Advisory Committee on Tr
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DOJ Tells Judges They Don't Get A Say In Whether Information Is Classified posted 05/09/2015, 8:18 PM (Boing Boing)
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DOJ lawyer Catherine Dorsey: "We don't think there is a First Amendment right to classified documents" -- she was seeking to suppress evidence of force-feeding torture in Gitmo.

She was speaking on behalf of the "most transparent administration in history (TM)."
The judges at the D.C. Court of Appeals appeared skeptical. Chief Judge Merrick Garland characterized the government's position as tantamount to claiming the court "has absolutely no authority" to uns... (more)

Thursday May 7th, 2015

CNN Anchor Says Constitution Doesn't Protect Hate Speech, Try Reading It. Okay, Let's Do That. posted 05/07/2015, 7:42 AM (Reason)
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Chris Cuomo is co-host of CNN’s morning show. He’s also a former law and justice correspondent for ABC News. He has a law degree from Fordham University and is a licensed attorney. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is his brother.

In other words, this is somebody you’d expect would know what he’s talking about on the subject of basic constitutional facts.
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Wednesday May 6th, 2015

The Fraud of War: U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts. posted 05/06/2015, 6:33 AM (Slate)
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U.S. Army Specialist Stephanie Charboneau sat at the center of a complex trucking network in Forward Operating Base Fenty near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border that distributed daily tens of thousands of gallons of what troops called “liquid gold”: the refined petroleum that fueled the international coalition’s vehicles, planes, and generators.... (more)

Tuesday May 5th, 2015

D.A.R.E. Gets Duped By Anti-Pot Satire posted 05/05/2015, 5:51 AM (Washington Post)
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"Marijuana candies, sold on the street as 'Uncle Tweety's Chewy Flipper' and 'Gummy Satans' are taking the country by storm." That's the breathless opening sentence of a news story posted on the website of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the infamous anti-drug organization that sends police into schools to teach kids about the dangers of drug use.

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British Comedian, Activist Russell Brand Backs Labour Party posted 05/05/2015, 5:49 AM (Associated Press)
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LONDON (AP) -- British comedian-turned-political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday's general election - now he wants them to vote for Labour.

[...]Brand said in his YouTube endorsement that Miliband wouldn't change things overnight but would listen to peoples' complaints. He also tweeted the video to his more than 9 million Twitter followers.
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Wow, what a revolutionary! - Chris

Friday May 1st, 2015

Clinton Charities Raked in Millions of Taxpayer Dollars posted 05/01/2015, 9:16 AM (Washington Free Beacon)
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The Clinton Foundation and its major health charity have raked in more than $7 million from the U.S. government in recent years, according to an analysis of public records conducted by the Washington Free Beacon.... (more)

Thursday April 30th, 2015

Homeland Security Chief Admits He Doesn't Understand 4th Amendment posted 04/30/2015, 10:20 PM (Infowars)
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During a hearing Homeland Security head Jeh Johnson admitted Wednesday that he doesn’t know or understand the laws covered by the Fourth Amendment.

Johnson was appearing at a Senate gathering on the government's surveillance capabilities and authority, specifically regarding obtaining records from telephone companies without a warrant.

When Kentucky Senator Rand Paul began grilling Johnson, asking him whether those practices are lawful under the Fourth Amendment, wh
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Wednesday April 29th, 2015

The Exposure Of CIA Torture Is Finally Costing Someone A Job: Former Senate Staffer Alissa Starzak posted 04/29/2015, 7:08 PM (Techdirt)
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Oh, good. As if there was ever any doubt that the exposure of CIA torture was never going to result in anyone involved being held responsible, the current push to knock a former Senate staffer off her career path further confirms the government's preference for shooting messengers.
Alissa Starzak, a former Democratic majority staffer on the Senate Intelligence Commi... (more)

Obama: Police Must Hold Officers Accountable For Wrongdoing posted 04/29/2015, 7:03 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said the Baltimore riots show that police departments need to hold officers accountable for wrongdoing "instead of just the closing-ranks approach that all too often we see."

In an interview broadcast Wednesday morning on "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," Obama said his heart goes out of the Baltimore officers who were injured by rioters. He said there's no excuse for that kind of violence and Baltimore police showed "appropriate restraint.
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Tuesday April 28th, 2015

Judge Responds To Ross Ulbricht's Request For A New Trial: Ha Ha Ha Ha, No. posted 04/28/2015, 5:38 PM (Techdirt)
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This is not a huge surprise, but the judge who oversaw Ross Ulbricht's trial for being the guy behind the original Silk Road wasted very little time in flat out rejecting his request for a new trial. To say that Judge Katherine Forrest is skeptical of his arguments would be an understatement. First, the st... (more)

After Falsely Accusing an Innocent Man, Lena Dunham Is Celebrated as a Rape Role Model posted 04/28/2015, 5:38 PM (Breitbart)
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Lena Dunham isn’t the only victim of her sexual assault, and yet despite the fact that her unconscionable behavior resulted in an innocent family man being accused of her rape, the “Girls” creator is still being celebrated and honored as a sexual assault role model at events like this weekend’s Variety’s Power of Women New York Luncheon, and throughout the mainstream media.... (more)

Monday April 27th, 2015

Obama Secretly Loosened Standards for Drone Killings in Pakistan posted 04/27/2015, 5:43 PM (Common Dreams)
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While publicly vaunting drone strike reforms allegedly aimed at minimizing civilian deaths, President Barack Obama secretly loosened the standards for covert attacks in Pakistan, likely paving the way for the killing and wounding of an unknown number of non-combatants, the Wall Street Journal revealed Sunday.

The news follows last week's revelation that CIA drone strikes in Janu
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Sunday April 26th, 2015

Hawaii Moves to Raise Smoking Age to 21 posted 04/26/2015, 2:32 AM (Associated Press)
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HONOLULU (AP) -- A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.

The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes.

"It's definitely groundbreaking legislation," said Jessica Yamauchi, executive director of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, which pushed for the bill. "It's amazing to be the first s
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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)
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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, including identities of covert officers, war
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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)
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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)
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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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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 (
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
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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