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  • President Trump Apologizes for Coronavirus Deaths

    Monday, May 11, 2020
    In a series of tweets, Trump said, “I’m sorry I didn’t act sooner and I’m sorry that I’ve pushed to open up the country before the pandemic is under control. As you know, I’ve added my name to the stimulus checks that Americans have received. Now I’ve asked to add my name to the death certificates of all Americans who die of the coronavirus from now on.”   read more
  • In Heavily Censored Ruling, Judge Rejects Challenge to Warrantless FBI Searches of Americans’ Emails

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Hogan’s ruling is notable because some lawmakers want to require government agencies to get a warrant before searching the raw repository of emails for an American’s name or email address. Bipartisan majorities in the House have twice passed such a proposal in the last two years. The ruling was also the first time that the intelligence court has reviewed the surveillance program with contributions from an outside “friend of the court,” rather than hearing arguments from the government alone.   read more
  • Denver School District to Arm its Guards with Military-Style Rifles

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    District security director Richard Payne said he decided to spend more than $12,000 on the Bushmaster brand rifles for the district's eight armed officers. Payne said he made the decision to buy assault rifles himself and the school board has not discussed it. The superintendent approved the purchase after lengthy discussion. The move raised new questions about how far school officials should go in arming employees.   read more
  • Drug Overdoses Cited as Top Reason for Decline in White Americans’ Life Expectancy

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    “The increase in death in this segment of the population was great enough to affect life expectancy at birth for the whole group,” said Elizabeth Arias, the statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics who analyzed the data, referring to whites from their mid-20s to their mid-50s. “That is very unusual." Arias said drug overdoses, liver disease and suicide were the main drivers of the trends among whites in recent years, a pattern also found by other researchers.   read more
  • Late Political Party Registrants in New York Found 19th Century Law Stood in Their Way

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Thousands of New Yorkers discovered they couldn’t vote in the primaries Tuesday. The reason: Under a New York law dating to the late 1800s, independent voters would have had to register last October in order to cast a vote in the primary. Some Bernie Sanders supporters suggested such rules were a way for party leaders to hamstring insurgents like the Vermont senator. But in fact the rules were originally intended as a strike against the manipulations of party bosses and political machines.   read more
  • FBI Explains to Wary Lawmakers Its Ongoing Need for Independent Hackers

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    The FBI's Amy Hess defended the agency's hiring of a third party to break into a gunman's iPhone, telling some skeptical lawmakers Tuesday that it needed to join with partners in the rarefied world of for-profit hackers as technology companies increasingly resist their demands for consumer information. There is a growing discomfort by some in Congress and in the tech industry with the use of “gray hat” hackers, who may push the boundaries of the law.   read more
  • European Nations Move to Corporate Transparency While U.S. Clings to Veil of Secrecy

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    The biggest European economies announced a plan to share information about owners of shell companies. But there is one major player that is coming up short, and that is the U.S., which in 2015 ranked third in a financial secrecy index. U.S. failure to respond to the worldwide clamor for financial accountability looks hypocritical from afar, considering the U.S.’s aggressive extraterritorial pursuit of foreign companies that breaks its laws and its demands that foreign banks provide information   read more
  • Pentagon Misled Congress to Avoid Civilian Oversight of Sex Assault Cases

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Nothing in the records supports the Pentagon's casting of top military brass as hard-nosed crime fighters who insisted on taking the cases to trial after civilian law enforcement said no. No evidence showed any case was prosecuted at a commander's insistence. "Someone at the Pentagon should be held accountable," said retired USAF prosecutor Col. Don Christensen. "...Every senator — especially those who repeated the claim or based their vote on the claim — should be outraged."   read more
  • Saudi-9/11 Controversy Heats Up on Presidential Campaign Trail while Obama Meets with Saudi Sheikhs

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    With New York bracing for a primary Tuesday, both Democratic candidates came out in favor of Schumer's bill, though Bernie Sanders hit the issue harder and sooner than Hillary Clinton. While both backed the legislation, the Vermont senator went farther in calling for more sunlight to shine on the Saudi section of the 9/11 commission's report. "The families of those lost on that terrible day have the right to review any evidence that connects the hijackers to foreign supporters..." he said.   read more
  • New York Undercover Officers Entrap Addicts in Drug Stings, Ignore Dealers

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    This police tactic raises troubling questions about the fairness and effectiveness of how the NYPD uses undercover officers. They neither arrested nor pursued the dealers who sold the drugs to the addicts. Instead, they waited for the addict to return with the drugs before swooping in. Jurors have questioned why police and prosecutors so aggressively pursue troubled addicts. The tactic would seem at odds with public positions of some of the city’s top politicians and law enforcement figures.   read more
  • More Adults, Not Minors, Smoking Pot in Colorado since Legalization

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    While use of the drug did not increase significantly among children, it did jump among adults. Relying on data from the national drug use survey, Colorado reported that nearly a third of Coloradans 18 to 25 in 2014 had used pot in the last 30 days, a rise of about 5 percent from the year before recreational pot was legalized. The survey showed a similar spike in adults over 26. Past 30-day marijuana use went from 7.6 percent in 2012 to 12.4 percent in 2014.   read more
  • Big Banks Fail to Give Regulators Plans to Manage Next Collapse

    Monday, April 18, 2016
    Regulators have given five of the biggest U.S. banks failing grades for the strategies they would deploy if they tumbled into bankruptcy. The big banks have been working on their plans for four years. The regulators already put them on notice in mid-2014 that they had to correct serious deficiencies. But for now, the regulators' thumbs-down represents merely a ripple for the banking industry, which faces no government sanctions as a result.   read more
  • Health Care Law Brought Historic Increases in Coverage to Minorities, Immigrants and the Poor

    Monday, April 18, 2016
    So many low-income people gained coverage that it halted the decades-long expansion of the gap between the haves and the have-nots in the American health insurance system. Hispanics accounted for nearly a third of the increase--the single largest share of any racial or ethnic group. Low-wage workers, who did not have enough clout in the labor market to demand insurance, saw sharp increases. Coverage rates jumped for cooks, dishwashers, waiters, hairdressers and cashiers.   read more
  • Obama Administration Backs Lockheed Sale of F-35 Fighter Jets in Violation of Contract with Partner Nations

    Monday, April 18, 2016
    Lockheed has dragged out the F-35 program from eight or 10 years to. . . .forever. Nevertheless, it has full US backing to sell pre-production prototypes to US allies who can be pressured to buy. The US Partners who trusted the US should be especially upset considering they have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to F-35 development only to now see the best deals going to buyers who arrived 15 years after they thought they had an agreement.   read more
  • Big Corporations Face Off with Republican State Lawmakers over Discriminatory LGBT Bills

    Monday, April 18, 2016
    The NFL, Apple and other behemoths have cajoled Republicans into rejecting or softening bills in recent years that supporters say protect people who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds. The pushback retreads ground from a 2014 Arizona clash. That state's legislature approved a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gays and lesbians. American Airlines and Apple joined with business groups to oppose the measure.   read more
  • Thousands of Independent-Minded California Voters Mistakenly Registered with Conservative Party Due to Name Confusion

    Monday, April 18, 2016
    Tens of thousands of people didn't realize they had enrolled in a political party that opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage. The mistake could prevent people from casting votes in the June 7 presidential primary, considered California's most competitive in recent years. The AIP's roots date to 1967 when George Wallace, a segregationist, launched his second run for the White House. Wallace, who had run as a Democrat in 1964, helped create the party and ran on its ticket.   read more
  • 5,000 College Applicants Told They’ve Been Accepted! …Not.

    Monday, April 18, 2016
    University at Buffalo spokesman John DellaContrada says the mistaken email was sent Wednesday to students whose applications hadn't been fully reviewed. He says the university sent a second email about three to four hours later notifying the students of the gaffe and apologizing for it. The university posted a statement on its website saying the "miscommunication occurred when an incorrect email list was generated from an applicant database."   read more
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