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Justice Department to Ban Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Profiling by Federal Law Enforcement

Attorney General Eric Holder may have announced his resignation, but that doesn’t mean he’s mailing in his final days on the job. On the contrary, the Department of Justice is now preparing a major policy change that will forbid federal law enforcement from profiling based on religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The new guidelines will not contain an exemption for terrorism despite pressure from national security officials and others in the Obama administration for one.   read more

Phone Routing Firm Recruits Ex-Homeland Chief to Sound Alarm on U.S. Security in Bid to Hold Onto Federal Contract

Every day, hundreds of millions of phone calls and texts are routed throughout North America by an obscure federal office operated by a private telecommunications company. This operation has gone largely unnoticed but a potential change in contractor has set off a debate in Washington. Michael Chertoff, a former Secretary of Homeland Security, has been brought in as a hired gun by Neustar to lobby for it to keep the job as “air traffic controller for the nation’s phone system.”   read more

Hollywood Companies Win FAA Approval for First Commercial Use of Drones in U.S.

Six companies have won permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones in the filming of movies in the United States. It’s the first time drones have been approved for use outside wilderness areas in Alaska.The Motion Picture Association of American led the lobbying effort.   read more

Most Americans Clueless about Gap between CEO Pay and Employee Pay

People around the world were surveyed on what they thought the gap between worker and CEO pay was, and what they thought the gap should be. Americans responded in 2012 that they thought bosses made 30 times what the average worker made, and that the ratio should ideally be 7 to 1. The actual ratio of CEO to worker pay was 354 to 1. Those of other nationalities had similar gaps between their ideal ratio and the ratio they thought existed.   read more

Judge Says FDA Took “Prohibited Actions” against Whistleblowers, but Dismisses Email Spying Lawsuit against the Agency

Judge Reggie B. Walton dismissed the complaint by FDA scientists who claimed the agency violated their constitutional rights by reading their emails questioning the safety of medical equipment. Walton decided the case couldn't proceed because the plaintiffs didn't first follow administrative remedies. But Walton conceded that "the plaintiffs have alleged no shortage of facts establishing that the defendants took...[prohibited] actions" against the whistleblowers.   read more

Republican Governors Association Inadvertently Reveals Names of Secret Corporate Donors

It is no secret that big business has long been an ally of the Republican Party. A computer mistake by the Republican Governors Association made it possible for a watchdog group to access its records and expose a corporate list of big-time donors. “This is a classic example of how corporations are trying to use secret money, hidden from the American people, to buy influence, and how the governors association is selling it,” said Democracy 21's Fred Wertheimer.   read more

Obama has Bombed 7 Muslim Countries…and 0 Christian Ones

Since Barack Obama—winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize—has become president, the U.S. military has bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and now Syria, all predominately Muslim countries.   read more

Obama Administration Claims Khorasan Group is more dangerous than ISIS, Bombs Them in Syria

The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said recently that Khorasan represented a more direct threat than IS. Clapper for the first time named the group’s leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli, a Kuwaiti who, as a young man, worked closely with Osama bin Laden during the plotting of the 9/11 attacks.   read more

U.S. Nuclear Spending Hits Record Level

Former members of Congress and aides to the president have been left wondering what happened to the arms-reduction version of Obama who took over the Oval Office. Former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, whose positions favoring nuclear disarmament reportedly meant something to Obama at one time, told the newspaper that the president’s new position is “hard to explain.”   read more

Congress Takes 5 Weeks Off, Works for 8 Days and Takes another 8 Weeks Off

Lawmakers took five weeks off from Washington during their summer break. They came back this month to work…for eight days. Now, they’re jetting off again to their districts, where they’ll spend nearly the next eight weeks not doing any legislative work. Congress is scheduled to return on November 12. Its members will have just a few more lame-duck weeks to avoid setting a record for enacting the least number of laws of any Congress since such statistics began being kept in 1973.   read more

Two Children a Week Killed in U.S. by Accidental Shootings

The majority of accidental shooting deaths of children are performed by other children. In 73% of the cases, the shooter was age 14 or under. The shooters and victims are also overwhelmingly men and boys: 82% of shooters and 77% of victims were male. The deaths also usually occurred in familiar surroundings. Sixty-one percent were in the victim’s home, with 10% in a relative’s home, 10% in a friend’s home and 3% in a relative’s car.   read more

Most Women with Private Health Insurance no Longer have to Pay for Contraception

A new study produced by the Guttmacher Institute says the rate of women receiving contraception through their private health insurance at no cost to them jumped from 15% in 2012 to 67% by the spring of this year. The Affordable Care Act included a provision that required companies to include contraception coverage in their health plans.   read more

Health Insurers Do End Run around Requirement to Cover Pre-Existing Conditions

Internally, insurers are classifying both brand name and generic drugs as “non-preferred,” which results in all drugs for these patients costing more money through higher co-pays. This effectively drives patients away from a plan because it is too expensive, but the insurer gets away with legally claiming it does not discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions.   read more

GM Ignition Switch Confirmed Death Toll Rises to 19

After the NHTSA’s chief operating officer, Deputy Administrator David Friedman, tried to pin the blame for the deaths and on the failure of the agency to find their cause on GM, McCaskill added: “You want to obfuscate responsibility, rather than take responsibility.” The NHTSA administrator who refused to open an investigation into the ignition switch problem in 2007 was Nicole Nason, a George W. Bush appointee .   read more

In House of Representatives, Republicans Remain the White Man Party

In the U.S. House of Representatives, nearly 90% of the GOP caucus is made up of white men. Not exactly representative of the U.S. population, which is less than a third Caucasian and male. For anyone wondering, more than half (53%) of the House Democratic caucus are not white men.   read more

Majority of Federal Appeals Court Judges Appointed by Democratic Presidents for First Time in more than 10 Years

Five years ago, Republican-appointed judges dominated the federal appeals courts, with 99 seats compared to 65 held by those selected during Democratic administrations. Now, those numbers have flipped. Judges nominated by Democrats total 95, thanks in significant part to Obama’s selections since taking office in 2009. Republican-appointed circuit judges total 77, according to the Brookings Institution. The last time Democratic appointees were in the majority was in 2000.   read more
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Justice Department to Ban Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Profiling by Federal Law Enforcement

Attorney General Eric Holder may have announced his resignation, but that doesn’t mean he’s mailing in his final days on the job. On the contrary, the Department of Justice is now preparing a major policy change that will forbid federal law enforcement from profiling based on religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The new guidelines will not contain an exemption for terrorism despite pressure from national security officials and others in the Obama administration for one.   read more

Phone Routing Firm Recruits Ex-Homeland Chief to Sound Alarm on U.S. Security in Bid to Hold Onto Federal Contract

Every day, hundreds of millions of phone calls and texts are routed throughout North America by an obscure federal office operated by a private telecommunications company. This operation has gone largely unnoticed but a potential change in contractor has set off a debate in Washington. Michael Chertoff, a former Secretary of Homeland Security, has been brought in as a hired gun by Neustar to lobby for it to keep the job as “air traffic controller for the nation’s phone system.”   read more

Hollywood Companies Win FAA Approval for First Commercial Use of Drones in U.S.

Six companies have won permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones in the filming of movies in the United States. It’s the first time drones have been approved for use outside wilderness areas in Alaska.The Motion Picture Association of American led the lobbying effort.   read more

Most Americans Clueless about Gap between CEO Pay and Employee Pay

People around the world were surveyed on what they thought the gap between worker and CEO pay was, and what they thought the gap should be. Americans responded in 2012 that they thought bosses made 30 times what the average worker made, and that the ratio should ideally be 7 to 1. The actual ratio of CEO to worker pay was 354 to 1. Those of other nationalities had similar gaps between their ideal ratio and the ratio they thought existed.   read more

Judge Says FDA Took “Prohibited Actions” against Whistleblowers, but Dismisses Email Spying Lawsuit against the Agency

Judge Reggie B. Walton dismissed the complaint by FDA scientists who claimed the agency violated their constitutional rights by reading their emails questioning the safety of medical equipment. Walton decided the case couldn't proceed because the plaintiffs didn't first follow administrative remedies. But Walton conceded that "the plaintiffs have alleged no shortage of facts establishing that the defendants took...[prohibited] actions" against the whistleblowers.   read more

Republican Governors Association Inadvertently Reveals Names of Secret Corporate Donors

It is no secret that big business has long been an ally of the Republican Party. A computer mistake by the Republican Governors Association made it possible for a watchdog group to access its records and expose a corporate list of big-time donors. “This is a classic example of how corporations are trying to use secret money, hidden from the American people, to buy influence, and how the governors association is selling it,” said Democracy 21's Fred Wertheimer.   read more

Obama has Bombed 7 Muslim Countries…and 0 Christian Ones

Since Barack Obama—winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize—has become president, the U.S. military has bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and now Syria, all predominately Muslim countries.   read more

Obama Administration Claims Khorasan Group is more dangerous than ISIS, Bombs Them in Syria

The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said recently that Khorasan represented a more direct threat than IS. Clapper for the first time named the group’s leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli, a Kuwaiti who, as a young man, worked closely with Osama bin Laden during the plotting of the 9/11 attacks.   read more

U.S. Nuclear Spending Hits Record Level

Former members of Congress and aides to the president have been left wondering what happened to the arms-reduction version of Obama who took over the Oval Office. Former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, whose positions favoring nuclear disarmament reportedly meant something to Obama at one time, told the newspaper that the president’s new position is “hard to explain.”   read more

Congress Takes 5 Weeks Off, Works for 8 Days and Takes another 8 Weeks Off

Lawmakers took five weeks off from Washington during their summer break. They came back this month to work…for eight days. Now, they’re jetting off again to their districts, where they’ll spend nearly the next eight weeks not doing any legislative work. Congress is scheduled to return on November 12. Its members will have just a few more lame-duck weeks to avoid setting a record for enacting the least number of laws of any Congress since such statistics began being kept in 1973.   read more

Two Children a Week Killed in U.S. by Accidental Shootings

The majority of accidental shooting deaths of children are performed by other children. In 73% of the cases, the shooter was age 14 or under. The shooters and victims are also overwhelmingly men and boys: 82% of shooters and 77% of victims were male. The deaths also usually occurred in familiar surroundings. Sixty-one percent were in the victim’s home, with 10% in a relative’s home, 10% in a friend’s home and 3% in a relative’s car.   read more

Most Women with Private Health Insurance no Longer have to Pay for Contraception

A new study produced by the Guttmacher Institute says the rate of women receiving contraception through their private health insurance at no cost to them jumped from 15% in 2012 to 67% by the spring of this year. The Affordable Care Act included a provision that required companies to include contraception coverage in their health plans.   read more

Health Insurers Do End Run around Requirement to Cover Pre-Existing Conditions

Internally, insurers are classifying both brand name and generic drugs as “non-preferred,” which results in all drugs for these patients costing more money through higher co-pays. This effectively drives patients away from a plan because it is too expensive, but the insurer gets away with legally claiming it does not discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions.   read more

GM Ignition Switch Confirmed Death Toll Rises to 19

After the NHTSA’s chief operating officer, Deputy Administrator David Friedman, tried to pin the blame for the deaths and on the failure of the agency to find their cause on GM, McCaskill added: “You want to obfuscate responsibility, rather than take responsibility.” The NHTSA administrator who refused to open an investigation into the ignition switch problem in 2007 was Nicole Nason, a George W. Bush appointee .   read more

In House of Representatives, Republicans Remain the White Man Party

In the U.S. House of Representatives, nearly 90% of the GOP caucus is made up of white men. Not exactly representative of the U.S. population, which is less than a third Caucasian and male. For anyone wondering, more than half (53%) of the House Democratic caucus are not white men.   read more

Majority of Federal Appeals Court Judges Appointed by Democratic Presidents for First Time in more than 10 Years

Five years ago, Republican-appointed judges dominated the federal appeals courts, with 99 seats compared to 65 held by those selected during Democratic administrations. Now, those numbers have flipped. Judges nominated by Democrats total 95, thanks in significant part to Obama’s selections since taking office in 2009. Republican-appointed circuit judges total 77, according to the Brookings Institution. The last time Democratic appointees were in the majority was in 2000.   read more
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