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Obama Whistleblower Program Requires Whistleblowers to Register to be Protected

Are whistleblowers—whose anonymity is often their best protection against retribution—made safer by being forced to register as whistleblowers with the U.S. government? The Obama administration is demanding they step forward and sign up under the FBI's Insider Threat program. Senator Charles Grassley criticized the effort, saying it is an idea that “should be pretty alarming to all Americans. Sometimes confidentiality is the best protection a whistleblower has.”   read more

Bureau of Land Management Gives in to Armed Protestors Supporting Rancher who Stopped Paying Fees to Graze Cattle on Federal Land

Rancher Cliven Bundy has refused since 1993 to pay the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so his cattle could graze on public lands in Gold Butte, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. His refusal continued even after losing two court battles in 1998 and 2013, as Bundy kept running his herd on the lands managed by BLM without paying the fees required of all ranchers.   read more

Still Secret Report Accuses CIA of Fighting White House, Congress and its own Inspector General to Hide Torture Details

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) misled the George W. Bush Administration and Congress about its use of so-called harsh interrogation techniques, or torture, according to the findings of a still-secret report that have been leaked. The report, which was prepared by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, shows that the CIA mischaracterized the efficacy of the interrogation techniques they used and it impeded White House and Congressional oversight of the interrogation program.   read more

Treasury Dept. Intercepts Tax Refunds to Collect Debts of Dead Parents

Thanks to a one-line provision slipped into the 2008 Farm Bill, a 10-year statute of limitations was removed from old debts to the government. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is taking advantage of that, garnishing tax refunds, including from children of people whom the SSA claims were overpaid benefits in the distant past. Social Security officials say that if children benefitted even indirectly from an overpayment, they’re liable for the debt.   read more

Obama Administration Criticizes EU Plan to Avoid NSA Data Surveillance as a Violation of Trade Agreement

The United States has accused some of its leading European allies of endangering free trade agreements if they pursue the development of protected data networks to avoid American electronic spying operations. Government and corporate officials in Europe began discussing whether their nations should shield themselves from future NSA spying by keeping emails and other electronic information from passing through American-based networks.   read more

IRS Officials Illegally Campaigned for Obama While Working

The illegal activities ranged from employees encouraging callers to vote for Obama to in-person conversations in which Republicans were disparaged. One IRS staffer allegedly encouraged taxpayers to reelect Obama by “repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of [the president's] last name.” Workers at an IRS center in Dallas brought pro-Obama items to work, which violated workplace rules. More serious violations of this sort had occurred under President George W. Bush.   read more

10 Times as Many Americans with Severe Mental Illness are in Prison or Jail than in State Mental Hospitals

Correctional facilities housed 356,268 inmates with severe mental illness as of 2012. Psychiatric hospitals, on the other hand, housed only 35,000 patients. Mentally ill Americans were routinely thrown together with prisoners until the mid-19th century, when reformer Dorothea Dix began a movement to create state hospitals for the mentally ill. The number of institutionalized mentally ill peaked at about 560,000 in the mid-1960s, but had dropped to 130,000 in 1980.   read more

Obama’s Deregulation of Weapons Exports Could Help Iran, China and other Dictatorships

Obama’s plan has resulted in thousands of military items being taken off the State Department’s export-control list. Tehran is trying to obtain U.S. military parts for use in F-5 fighter jets and China wants radiation-hardened U.S. microchips for missiles. They might now simply be able to legally purchase them under the Obama initiative. The purpose is to allow U.S. arms firms to compete with foreign weapons merchants. Yet the U.S. already controls 80% of world arms sales.   read more

With an 8% Graduation Rate, are the University of Connecticut Basketball Players Really Students?

Of the 64 teams that qualified for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament, UConn had the worst graduation rate. The NCAA reported last fall that only 8% of the UConn men’s team completed their programs and received their degrees within a six-year window. If Connecticut’s poor academic record had you rooting for Kentucky in the NCAA final, keep in mind that since 2006, Kentucky has fielded 13 different players who spent only one year at the school.   read more

As Congressional Republicans Block Raising Minimum Wage, States Take Over

Currently, the federally mandated minimum wage, set in 2009, is $7.25 an hour. The federal minimum wage was first created in 1938. If the level that existed in 1968 was merely adjusted for inflation, it would be higher today than the amount President Obama has proposed: $10.10 an hour.   read more

Americans Overwhelmingly Prefer Treatment to Prosecution for Illegal Drug Users; Alcohol Viewed as more Harmful than Marijuana

Sixty-seven percent of respondents to a national survey by the Pew Research Center said the government should focus less on prosecuting people who use illegal drugs (such as cocaine and heroin) and focus more on getting them into treatment. When asked which is more harmful to a person’s health, 69% chose alcohol, while only 15% selected marijuana. In terms of impact on society, 63% said alcohol had a more detrimental effect. Only 23% said marijuana had a more negative effect.   read more

Who are the Winners in the Super-Rich Supreme Court Ruling?

Billionaires and multi-millionaires across the U.S. will have more opportunities to spend large sums of money on federal elections, thanks to the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling to throw out established limits on campaign contributions. Dissenting, Justice Breyer said the ruling “undermines, perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Watchdog groups are now expecting a big increase in wealthy donor spending on congressional candidates in this year’s midterm election.   read more

Intelligence Director Clapper Finally Admits NSA Searched Americans’ Emails and Calls without Warrants

Clapper’s admission goes against President Barack Obama’s assurance last year that his administration was not prying into people’s communications. “When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program’s about,” Obama said in June. “As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls. They are not looking at people’s names, and they’re not looking at content.”   read more

Search for Missing Malaysian Jet Brings Attention to Trash in the Ocean

Each time objects spotted in the search for Flight 370 turn out to be trash, it shows how mankind has treated the ocean as a dumping ground. There are up to 10,000 shipping containers that fall off ships each year, With them go their contents, be it computers, toys, clothing, appliances and more. The 2011 Japan tsunami swept 10 million tons of debris—including homes, cars and trees—into the Pacific. “The ocean is like a toilet bowl that swirls but doesn’t flush,” said Charles Moore.   read more

Electricity from Wind Energy Cheaper to Produce than Nuclear, Coal or Solar

Researchers in New York and California have concluded that wind-derived electrical power costs an average of 8.7 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). That’s cheaper than nuclear power (10.8 cents) and coal (12.3 cents), as well as two alternative energy sources: solar (14.4 cents) and biomass (11.1 cents). Only natural gas is cheaper than wind, averaging 6.6 cents per kWh.   read more

Obama Renews Authority for Bulk Collection of Phone Records While Saying He Opposes It

The president says he wants Congress to adopt new legislation that would terminate the bulk collection of phone records and would institute other means for data to be collected. But if he really wanted this outcome, he could simply ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to not renew the NSA’s authority to carry out this work. That authority was due to expire March 28. But Obama didn’t go this route.   read more
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Obama Whistleblower Program Requires Whistleblowers to Register to be Protected

Are whistleblowers—whose anonymity is often their best protection against retribution—made safer by being forced to register as whistleblowers with the U.S. government? The Obama administration is demanding they step forward and sign up under the FBI's Insider Threat program. Senator Charles Grassley criticized the effort, saying it is an idea that “should be pretty alarming to all Americans. Sometimes confidentiality is the best protection a whistleblower has.”   read more

Bureau of Land Management Gives in to Armed Protestors Supporting Rancher who Stopped Paying Fees to Graze Cattle on Federal Land

Rancher Cliven Bundy has refused since 1993 to pay the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so his cattle could graze on public lands in Gold Butte, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. His refusal continued even after losing two court battles in 1998 and 2013, as Bundy kept running his herd on the lands managed by BLM without paying the fees required of all ranchers.   read more

Still Secret Report Accuses CIA of Fighting White House, Congress and its own Inspector General to Hide Torture Details

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) misled the George W. Bush Administration and Congress about its use of so-called harsh interrogation techniques, or torture, according to the findings of a still-secret report that have been leaked. The report, which was prepared by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, shows that the CIA mischaracterized the efficacy of the interrogation techniques they used and it impeded White House and Congressional oversight of the interrogation program.   read more

Treasury Dept. Intercepts Tax Refunds to Collect Debts of Dead Parents

Thanks to a one-line provision slipped into the 2008 Farm Bill, a 10-year statute of limitations was removed from old debts to the government. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is taking advantage of that, garnishing tax refunds, including from children of people whom the SSA claims were overpaid benefits in the distant past. Social Security officials say that if children benefitted even indirectly from an overpayment, they’re liable for the debt.   read more

Obama Administration Criticizes EU Plan to Avoid NSA Data Surveillance as a Violation of Trade Agreement

The United States has accused some of its leading European allies of endangering free trade agreements if they pursue the development of protected data networks to avoid American electronic spying operations. Government and corporate officials in Europe began discussing whether their nations should shield themselves from future NSA spying by keeping emails and other electronic information from passing through American-based networks.   read more

IRS Officials Illegally Campaigned for Obama While Working

The illegal activities ranged from employees encouraging callers to vote for Obama to in-person conversations in which Republicans were disparaged. One IRS staffer allegedly encouraged taxpayers to reelect Obama by “repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of [the president's] last name.” Workers at an IRS center in Dallas brought pro-Obama items to work, which violated workplace rules. More serious violations of this sort had occurred under President George W. Bush.   read more

10 Times as Many Americans with Severe Mental Illness are in Prison or Jail than in State Mental Hospitals

Correctional facilities housed 356,268 inmates with severe mental illness as of 2012. Psychiatric hospitals, on the other hand, housed only 35,000 patients. Mentally ill Americans were routinely thrown together with prisoners until the mid-19th century, when reformer Dorothea Dix began a movement to create state hospitals for the mentally ill. The number of institutionalized mentally ill peaked at about 560,000 in the mid-1960s, but had dropped to 130,000 in 1980.   read more

Obama’s Deregulation of Weapons Exports Could Help Iran, China and other Dictatorships

Obama’s plan has resulted in thousands of military items being taken off the State Department’s export-control list. Tehran is trying to obtain U.S. military parts for use in F-5 fighter jets and China wants radiation-hardened U.S. microchips for missiles. They might now simply be able to legally purchase them under the Obama initiative. The purpose is to allow U.S. arms firms to compete with foreign weapons merchants. Yet the U.S. already controls 80% of world arms sales.   read more

With an 8% Graduation Rate, are the University of Connecticut Basketball Players Really Students?

Of the 64 teams that qualified for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament, UConn had the worst graduation rate. The NCAA reported last fall that only 8% of the UConn men’s team completed their programs and received their degrees within a six-year window. If Connecticut’s poor academic record had you rooting for Kentucky in the NCAA final, keep in mind that since 2006, Kentucky has fielded 13 different players who spent only one year at the school.   read more

As Congressional Republicans Block Raising Minimum Wage, States Take Over

Currently, the federally mandated minimum wage, set in 2009, is $7.25 an hour. The federal minimum wage was first created in 1938. If the level that existed in 1968 was merely adjusted for inflation, it would be higher today than the amount President Obama has proposed: $10.10 an hour.   read more

Americans Overwhelmingly Prefer Treatment to Prosecution for Illegal Drug Users; Alcohol Viewed as more Harmful than Marijuana

Sixty-seven percent of respondents to a national survey by the Pew Research Center said the government should focus less on prosecuting people who use illegal drugs (such as cocaine and heroin) and focus more on getting them into treatment. When asked which is more harmful to a person’s health, 69% chose alcohol, while only 15% selected marijuana. In terms of impact on society, 63% said alcohol had a more detrimental effect. Only 23% said marijuana had a more negative effect.   read more

Who are the Winners in the Super-Rich Supreme Court Ruling?

Billionaires and multi-millionaires across the U.S. will have more opportunities to spend large sums of money on federal elections, thanks to the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling to throw out established limits on campaign contributions. Dissenting, Justice Breyer said the ruling “undermines, perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Watchdog groups are now expecting a big increase in wealthy donor spending on congressional candidates in this year’s midterm election.   read more

Intelligence Director Clapper Finally Admits NSA Searched Americans’ Emails and Calls without Warrants

Clapper’s admission goes against President Barack Obama’s assurance last year that his administration was not prying into people’s communications. “When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program’s about,” Obama said in June. “As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls. They are not looking at people’s names, and they’re not looking at content.”   read more

Search for Missing Malaysian Jet Brings Attention to Trash in the Ocean

Each time objects spotted in the search for Flight 370 turn out to be trash, it shows how mankind has treated the ocean as a dumping ground. There are up to 10,000 shipping containers that fall off ships each year, With them go their contents, be it computers, toys, clothing, appliances and more. The 2011 Japan tsunami swept 10 million tons of debris—including homes, cars and trees—into the Pacific. “The ocean is like a toilet bowl that swirls but doesn’t flush,” said Charles Moore.   read more

Electricity from Wind Energy Cheaper to Produce than Nuclear, Coal or Solar

Researchers in New York and California have concluded that wind-derived electrical power costs an average of 8.7 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). That’s cheaper than nuclear power (10.8 cents) and coal (12.3 cents), as well as two alternative energy sources: solar (14.4 cents) and biomass (11.1 cents). Only natural gas is cheaper than wind, averaging 6.6 cents per kWh.   read more

Obama Renews Authority for Bulk Collection of Phone Records While Saying He Opposes It

The president says he wants Congress to adopt new legislation that would terminate the bulk collection of phone records and would institute other means for data to be collected. But if he really wanted this outcome, he could simply ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to not renew the NSA’s authority to carry out this work. That authority was due to expire March 28. But Obama didn’t go this route.   read more
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