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  • It Looks like Obama is Still Using “Signature Strikes” Aimed at Unnamed People After All

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    President Barack Obama indicated two years ago that his administration would no longer employ “signature” drone strikes. A signature strike is one in which subjects are targeted based on patterns of behavior rather than intelligence about who they are. But the January attack in which two hostages, including one American, were killed shows the CIA has continued to employ the tactic.   read more
  • Chinese Scientists Cause Alarm after Announcing Editing of Human Genes

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Those opposing the editing of human genes say the changes can be passed to later generations and have an unpredictable effect on those populations. There is also concern about dangerous or unethical applications of the technique. Even the Chinese admitted that the gene modification did not go as well as they would have liked. They changed the genetic material of 86 embryos, of which 71 survived. But upon testing those that did survive, the scientists found only 28 were successfully spliced.   read more
  • Native American Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler/Netflix Movie in Protest of Insulting Script

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Their complaints include naming Native American women “Wears No Bra” and making the film’s Apache characters resemble Comanche. “One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s Breath," said Loren Anthony, one of the Navajo actors who walked out. "One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?’” Another complaint was black actors wearing makeup were portraying Native Americans.   read more
  • Switzerland Wins Happiest Country Ranking; U.S. 15th of 158

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    The World Happiness Report for 2015 ranks nations using a variety of factors, such as income, life expectancy, and personal freedoms. Based on the criteria, Switzerland came out with the highest score (7.587). Right behind it were Iceland (7.561), Denmark (7.527), Norway (7.522) and Canada (7.427). The U.S. came in 15th on the list—right behind Mexico—out of 158 ranked. “The people who design our institutions and govern our lives need to pay attention,” said report co-author John Helliwell.   read more
  • U.S. Ambassador to Yemen: Who Is Matthew Tueller?

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Since taking over in Yemen, Tueller was been the object of a murder attempt by Al-Qaeda, with two bombs planted outside the home of the Yemeni president, whom Tueller was visiting. The bombs failed to go off. Tueller and other embassy personnel left the country when the embassy was ordered abandoned because of the fighting in Yemen. Tueller supervised the destruction of sensitive property, including weapons used by Marines guarding the diplomatic compound, before leaving the country.   read more

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  • Why Did it Take So Long for DEA Chief Leonhart to be Forced to Resign?

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    The DEA’s top official, Michele Leonhart, resigned this week, presumably after it came out that many of her agents partied with prostitutes hired by drug cartels. But there is really much more to the story. “She’s been at the agency for 35 years, and her tenure since taking over in 2007 has been marked by a series of abuses, failures and missteps,” wrote David Graham at The Atlantic. "It's not that the outrage in this case is misplaced—it's that it's a day late and a trillion dollars short.”   read more
  • 9 Members of Idaho Legislature Block International Child Support Treaty

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    An international agreement to make it easier to enforce child support orders throughout the world is in danger of not being ratified in the U.S. because of nine conservative lawmakers in Idaho. Republican Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll led the opposition to the measure, testifying that it would subject Idaho to Sharia law. Nuxoll previously has boycotted a Hindu prayer in the Idaho senate, saying that Hindus worship false gods, and compared a proposed state health insurance exchange to the Holocaust.   read more
  • Bipartisan Senate Bill would Increase Regulation of Cosmetics Industry for First Time in 77 Years

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    The problem goes back to the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which led to the FDA being given only minor instruction for regulating the millions of cosmetics sold each year. The new Senate bill would change that. The proposal would require companies to report “serious” adverse health effects from consumers, such as reactions to products that result in death, disfigurement or hospitalization, within 15 business days. Non-serious events would have to be detailed in an annual report.   read more

Unusual News

  • Majority of Railroad-Related Deaths are Caused by…Trespassing

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    In 2014, the death toll from such incidents was 526 plus 213 suicides. Another 419 were injured as a result of trespassing. “As a culture and as a country, we simply have not yet accepted that trains and railroad operations are dangerous,” said FRA's Sarah Feinberg. The death toll is much higher than those caused by derailments and collisions last year. “They should not be used as a shortcut on the way home from school or the grocery store. They are dangerous places,” said NTSB's Sumwalt.   read more
  • 2 Chimpanzees Gain Right to Challenge their Imprisonment at University in New York

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    NhRP hailed the decision by Justice Barbara Jaffe of New York State Supreme Court, who accepted the argument that primates deserve legal standing similar to those of humans. “This is a big step forward to getting what we are ultimately seeking: the right to bodily liberty for chimpanzees and other cognitively complex animals,” said NhRP executive director Natalie Prosin. “We got our foot in the door. And no matter what happens, that door can never be completely shut again.”   read more
  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist had already Given up Journalism because he Couldn’t Make a Living

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    The 15-year veteran reporter gave up the newspaper business last August because he couldn’t afford the low pay. He left the Daily Breeze, the Southern California newspaper that once employed him and that generally pays its reporters in the mid-$40,000 range. But this week, Kuznia found out he and others at the Daily Breeze had received a Pulitzer for a six-month, 50-story investigation into possible corruption at a local school district.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Super-Wealthy Pour Money into Election Campaigns through Single-Donor Super PACS

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    The situation, ushered in by the 2010 Citizens United ruling, could lead to “anointing an aristocracy that’s getting a stronger and stronger grip on democracy,” said Miles Rapoport. One of the biggest progressive donors in 2014 was Tom Steyer, whose Nextgen Climate Action was the largest super PAC, raising almost $78 million, 85% from Steyer himself. On the right, packaging mogul Richard Uihlein funded three super PACs, for which he was the only donor, or gave more than 85% of its contributions.   read more
  • Encouraging Arabs and other Muslims to Kill each other is Good for U.S. Weapons Industry

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Saudi Arabia’s attacks on Yemeni rebels were made possible by F-15 fighter jets purchased from Boeing, while the UAE air force has hit ISIS in Syria using F-16s made by Lockheed Martin. The UAE also wants General Atomics’ Predator drones “to run spying missions in their neighborhood.” More weapons deals are expected as the Saudis and Emirates, plus Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt seek to “buy thousands of American-made missiles, bombs and other weapons."   read more
  • Putting Immigrants in Prison is Profitable…if You’re the Corporations CCA and GEO

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Detaining tens of thousands of immigrants each day in the U.S. has been good for two private prison operators: Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group. The two companies are responsible for imprisoning the majority of the 34,000 immigrants who must be locked up daily, per a federal quota established by Congress five years ago. CCA and GEO operate eight of the 10 largest immigrant detention centers and 72% of the privately contracted federal immigrant detention beds.   read more

Controversies

  • Amnesty International Accuses Obama of Sweeping Torture Crimes under the Carpet

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    “The Obama administration is attempting to sweep the report – and the crimes committed in the program – under the carpet,” Amnesty International says. It's “engaging in a de facto amnesty,” akin to what the George W. Bush administration, which authorized the abuse, did with respect to torture and enforced disappearance. In fact, in his first year in office, Obama informed the CIA that its employees and contractors were safe from being prosecuted. Attorney General Holder gave similar assurances.   read more
  • Is this the Worst of the FBI Fake Hair Analysis Injustice Cases?

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Perrot was convicted of breaking into a 78-year-old woman’s home and raping her in 1985. No physical evidence tying him to the crime scene was found by police. The victim even said Perrot didn’t look anything like her attacker. But a single strand of hair was found on the woman’s bed. FBI agent Wayne Oakes testified that he could tell that strand of hair belonged to Perrot. But now, after Perrot spent nearly 30 years in prison, it turns out that Oakes testified wrongly about that hair analysis.   read more
  • Senate Food Workers Walk off the Job

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Senate workers are urging the president to sign an order to lead businesses to pay their workers $15 an hour. One of the Senate cafeteria staff, Bertrand Olotara, said he makes $12 an hour, which is not enough for him and his daughter to live on. He said he lives “in poverty” and “had to take a second job at a grocery store to make ends meet. Even though I work seven days a week...I can’t manage to pay the rent, buy school supplies for my kids or even put food on the table."   read more

U.S. and the World

  • Is U.S. Ignoring Obama’s Promise to Avoid Civilians Killings by Drones?

    Monday, April 20, 2015
    President Barack Obama claims that “Before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured—the highest standard we can set." But a report written by the Open Society Justice Initiative, after it examined nine drone strikes in Yemen, shows the opposite. In those attacks, 26 civilians, including five children, were killed and 13 more wounded.   read more
  • At Sentencing, 4 U.S. Mercenaries who Killed 14 in Iraq Claim they did Nothing Wrong

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    “In killing and maiming unarmed civilians, these defendants acted unreasonably and without justification,” said the U.S. attorney's office. “The sheer amount of unnecessary human loss and suffering attributable to the defendants’ criminal conduct...is staggering.” Judge Lamberth said their actions "can just not be condoned by a court." Said defendant Slatten to the judge: "The verdict is wrong. You know I am innocent."   read more
  • In Change of Tactic, Obama Administration Arrests Suspected Terrorist rather than Killing him with a Drone

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    It was Attorney General Holder who urged the White House to try a different strategy. While the Pentagon and the CIA had urged that Farekh be killed, Holder “was skeptical of the intelligence dossier on Mr. Farekh, questioning whether he posed an imminent threat to the United States and whether he was as significant a player in Al Qaeda as the Pentagon and the C.I.A. described," said the Times. And so the Texas-born Farekh was arrested last year in Pakistan and will stand trial in Brooklyn.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan: Who Is David Hale?

    Thursday, April 09, 2015
    From 2008 to 2009, Hale was a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. After Obama took office, Hale was named deputy to Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell and took over as acting envoy in June 2011 when Mitchell stepped down. Hale in 2013 was named ambassador to Lebanon and took over in Beirut on August 1 just as internal fighting in neighboring Syria was going on and the United States considered using military action in the country.   read more
  • U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo: Who Is Greg Delawie?

    Sunday, April 05, 2015
    In July 2012 Delawie returned to Washington as deputy assistant secretary for European security, technology and implementation verification in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, where he still serves as he awaits Senate confirmation to the Kosovo post. There he’s responsible for the Offices of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs; Verification, Planning, and Outreach; and the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center.   read more
  • Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: Who Is Thomas Brandon?

    Saturday, April 04, 2015
    Brandon joined ATF in 1989 in the Detroit field division and continued to spend much of his career in Detroit. Brandon was brought before a House committee hearing in February 2014 to testify about botched storefront sting operations performed by ATF. He admitted that putting a gun-buying shop to serve as bait for drug and gun traffickers across the street from a middle school in Portland, Oregon, was “a mistake.”   read more

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  • National Cemetery Administration

    Located within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) maintains military cemeteries across the United States for the burial of veterans and their family members. The cemetery system dates back to the Civil W...   more

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  • Central African Republic

    The Central African Republic is located at the geographic center of the African continent and has long been colonized or economically dominated by France. Unrest and violence have characterized the country’s government for the past several deca...   more

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  • Kovacic, William

    William E. Kovacic has served as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission since March 30, 2008 until March 2009. Kovacic received a BA from Princeton University in 1974. He spent one year on the majority staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust a...   more

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  • Academy Awards 2015—Best Foreign Language Film

    When I tell people that, over a two-month period, I watched films from 83 different countries, the most common reaction is…a blank stare. Most people don’t even ask me what my favorites were. But I have to say that I had a wonderful time. Not only...   more
  • It Looks like Obama is Still Using “Signature Strikes” Aimed at Unnamed People After All

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    President Barack Obama indicated two years ago that his administration would no longer employ “signature” drone strikes. A signature strike is one in which subjects are targeted based on patterns of behavior rather than intelligence about who they are. But the January attack in which two hostages, including one American, were killed shows the CIA has continued to employ the tactic.   read more
  • Chinese Scientists Cause Alarm after Announcing Editing of Human Genes

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Those opposing the editing of human genes say the changes can be passed to later generations and have an unpredictable effect on those populations. There is also concern about dangerous or unethical applications of the technique. Even the Chinese admitted that the gene modification did not go as well as they would have liked. They changed the genetic material of 86 embryos, of which 71 survived. But upon testing those that did survive, the scientists found only 28 were successfully spliced.   read more
  • Native American Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler/Netflix Movie in Protest of Insulting Script

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Their complaints include naming Native American women “Wears No Bra” and making the film’s Apache characters resemble Comanche. “One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s Breath," said Loren Anthony, one of the Navajo actors who walked out. "One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?’” Another complaint was black actors wearing makeup were portraying Native Americans.   read more
  • Switzerland Wins Happiest Country Ranking; U.S. 15th of 158

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    The World Happiness Report for 2015 ranks nations using a variety of factors, such as income, life expectancy, and personal freedoms. Based on the criteria, Switzerland came out with the highest score (7.587). Right behind it were Iceland (7.561), Denmark (7.527), Norway (7.522) and Canada (7.427). The U.S. came in 15th on the list—right behind Mexico—out of 158 ranked. “The people who design our institutions and govern our lives need to pay attention,” said report co-author John Helliwell.   read more
  • U.S. Ambassador to Yemen: Who Is Matthew Tueller?

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    Since taking over in Yemen, Tueller was been the object of a murder attempt by Al-Qaeda, with two bombs planted outside the home of the Yemeni president, whom Tueller was visiting. The bombs failed to go off. Tueller and other embassy personnel left the country when the embassy was ordered abandoned because of the fighting in Yemen. Tueller supervised the destruction of sensitive property, including weapons used by Marines guarding the diplomatic compound, before leaving the country.   read more

Top Stories

  • Why Did it Take So Long for DEA Chief Leonhart to be Forced to Resign?

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    The DEA’s top official, Michele Leonhart, resigned this week, presumably after it came out that many of her agents partied with prostitutes hired by drug cartels. But there is really much more to the story. “She’s been at the agency for 35 years, and her tenure since taking over in 2007 has been marked by a series of abuses, failures and missteps,” wrote David Graham at The Atlantic. "It's not that the outrage in this case is misplaced—it's that it's a day late and a trillion dollars short.”   read more
  • 9 Members of Idaho Legislature Block International Child Support Treaty

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    An international agreement to make it easier to enforce child support orders throughout the world is in danger of not being ratified in the U.S. because of nine conservative lawmakers in Idaho. Republican Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll led the opposition to the measure, testifying that it would subject Idaho to Sharia law. Nuxoll previously has boycotted a Hindu prayer in the Idaho senate, saying that Hindus worship false gods, and compared a proposed state health insurance exchange to the Holocaust.   read more
  • Bipartisan Senate Bill would Increase Regulation of Cosmetics Industry for First Time in 77 Years

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    The problem goes back to the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which led to the FDA being given only minor instruction for regulating the millions of cosmetics sold each year. The new Senate bill would change that. The proposal would require companies to report “serious” adverse health effects from consumers, such as reactions to products that result in death, disfigurement or hospitalization, within 15 business days. Non-serious events would have to be detailed in an annual report.   read more

Unusual News

  • Majority of Railroad-Related Deaths are Caused by…Trespassing

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    In 2014, the death toll from such incidents was 526 plus 213 suicides. Another 419 were injured as a result of trespassing. “As a culture and as a country, we simply have not yet accepted that trains and railroad operations are dangerous,” said FRA's Sarah Feinberg. The death toll is much higher than those caused by derailments and collisions last year. “They should not be used as a shortcut on the way home from school or the grocery store. They are dangerous places,” said NTSB's Sumwalt.   read more
  • 2 Chimpanzees Gain Right to Challenge their Imprisonment at University in New York

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    NhRP hailed the decision by Justice Barbara Jaffe of New York State Supreme Court, who accepted the argument that primates deserve legal standing similar to those of humans. “This is a big step forward to getting what we are ultimately seeking: the right to bodily liberty for chimpanzees and other cognitively complex animals,” said NhRP executive director Natalie Prosin. “We got our foot in the door. And no matter what happens, that door can never be completely shut again.”   read more
  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist had already Given up Journalism because he Couldn’t Make a Living

    Thursday, April 23, 2015
    The 15-year veteran reporter gave up the newspaper business last August because he couldn’t afford the low pay. He left the Daily Breeze, the Southern California newspaper that once employed him and that generally pays its reporters in the mid-$40,000 range. But this week, Kuznia found out he and others at the Daily Breeze had received a Pulitzer for a six-month, 50-story investigation into possible corruption at a local school district.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Super-Wealthy Pour Money into Election Campaigns through Single-Donor Super PACS

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    The situation, ushered in by the 2010 Citizens United ruling, could lead to “anointing an aristocracy that’s getting a stronger and stronger grip on democracy,” said Miles Rapoport. One of the biggest progressive donors in 2014 was Tom Steyer, whose Nextgen Climate Action was the largest super PAC, raising almost $78 million, 85% from Steyer himself. On the right, packaging mogul Richard Uihlein funded three super PACs, for which he was the only donor, or gave more than 85% of its contributions.   read more
  • Encouraging Arabs and other Muslims to Kill each other is Good for U.S. Weapons Industry

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Saudi Arabia’s attacks on Yemeni rebels were made possible by F-15 fighter jets purchased from Boeing, while the UAE air force has hit ISIS in Syria using F-16s made by Lockheed Martin. The UAE also wants General Atomics’ Predator drones “to run spying missions in their neighborhood.” More weapons deals are expected as the Saudis and Emirates, plus Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt seek to “buy thousands of American-made missiles, bombs and other weapons."   read more
  • Putting Immigrants in Prison is Profitable…if You’re the Corporations CCA and GEO

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Detaining tens of thousands of immigrants each day in the U.S. has been good for two private prison operators: Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group. The two companies are responsible for imprisoning the majority of the 34,000 immigrants who must be locked up daily, per a federal quota established by Congress five years ago. CCA and GEO operate eight of the 10 largest immigrant detention centers and 72% of the privately contracted federal immigrant detention beds.   read more

Controversies

  • Amnesty International Accuses Obama of Sweeping Torture Crimes under the Carpet

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    “The Obama administration is attempting to sweep the report – and the crimes committed in the program – under the carpet,” Amnesty International says. It's “engaging in a de facto amnesty,” akin to what the George W. Bush administration, which authorized the abuse, did with respect to torture and enforced disappearance. In fact, in his first year in office, Obama informed the CIA that its employees and contractors were safe from being prosecuted. Attorney General Holder gave similar assurances.   read more
  • Is this the Worst of the FBI Fake Hair Analysis Injustice Cases?

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Perrot was convicted of breaking into a 78-year-old woman’s home and raping her in 1985. No physical evidence tying him to the crime scene was found by police. The victim even said Perrot didn’t look anything like her attacker. But a single strand of hair was found on the woman’s bed. FBI agent Wayne Oakes testified that he could tell that strand of hair belonged to Perrot. But now, after Perrot spent nearly 30 years in prison, it turns out that Oakes testified wrongly about that hair analysis.   read more
  • Senate Food Workers Walk off the Job

    Friday, April 24, 2015
    Senate workers are urging the president to sign an order to lead businesses to pay their workers $15 an hour. One of the Senate cafeteria staff, Bertrand Olotara, said he makes $12 an hour, which is not enough for him and his daughter to live on. He said he lives “in poverty” and “had to take a second job at a grocery store to make ends meet. Even though I work seven days a week...I can’t manage to pay the rent, buy school supplies for my kids or even put food on the table."   read more

U.S. and the World

  • Is U.S. Ignoring Obama’s Promise to Avoid Civilians Killings by Drones?

    Monday, April 20, 2015
    President Barack Obama claims that “Before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured—the highest standard we can set." But a report written by the Open Society Justice Initiative, after it examined nine drone strikes in Yemen, shows the opposite. In those attacks, 26 civilians, including five children, were killed and 13 more wounded.   read more
  • At Sentencing, 4 U.S. Mercenaries who Killed 14 in Iraq Claim they did Nothing Wrong

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    “In killing and maiming unarmed civilians, these defendants acted unreasonably and without justification,” said the U.S. attorney's office. “The sheer amount of unnecessary human loss and suffering attributable to the defendants’ criminal conduct...is staggering.” Judge Lamberth said their actions "can just not be condoned by a court." Said defendant Slatten to the judge: "The verdict is wrong. You know I am innocent."   read more
  • In Change of Tactic, Obama Administration Arrests Suspected Terrorist rather than Killing him with a Drone

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    It was Attorney General Holder who urged the White House to try a different strategy. While the Pentagon and the CIA had urged that Farekh be killed, Holder “was skeptical of the intelligence dossier on Mr. Farekh, questioning whether he posed an imminent threat to the United States and whether he was as significant a player in Al Qaeda as the Pentagon and the C.I.A. described," said the Times. And so the Texas-born Farekh was arrested last year in Pakistan and will stand trial in Brooklyn.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan: Who Is David Hale?

    Thursday, April 09, 2015
    From 2008 to 2009, Hale was a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. After Obama took office, Hale was named deputy to Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell and took over as acting envoy in June 2011 when Mitchell stepped down. Hale in 2013 was named ambassador to Lebanon and took over in Beirut on August 1 just as internal fighting in neighboring Syria was going on and the United States considered using military action in the country.   read more
  • U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo: Who Is Greg Delawie?

    Sunday, April 05, 2015
    In July 2012 Delawie returned to Washington as deputy assistant secretary for European security, technology and implementation verification in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, where he still serves as he awaits Senate confirmation to the Kosovo post. There he’s responsible for the Offices of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs; Verification, Planning, and Outreach; and the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center.   read more
  • Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: Who Is Thomas Brandon?

    Saturday, April 04, 2015
    Brandon joined ATF in 1989 in the Detroit field division and continued to spend much of his career in Detroit. Brandon was brought before a House committee hearing in February 2014 to testify about botched storefront sting operations performed by ATF. He admitted that putting a gun-buying shop to serve as bait for drug and gun traffickers across the street from a middle school in Portland, Oregon, was “a mistake.”   read more

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  • National Park Service

    Located in the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for overseeing, maintaining and preserving the National Park System—which comprises 391 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state (except Dela...   more

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  • McConnell, John (Mike)

    A native of Greenville, South Carolina, John Michael McConnell served as the second director of national intelligence beginning on February 13, 2007. He holds a holds a bachelor’s in economics from Furman University in Greenville and a master’s...   more

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  • Academy Awards 2015—Best Foreign Language Film

    When I tell people that, over a two-month period, I watched films from 83 different countries, the most common reaction is…a blank stare. Most people don’t even ask me what my favorites were. But I have to say that I had a wonderful time. Not only...   more

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