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African-Americans Targeted for Arrest by Grand Rapids Police Using “No Trespass Letters”

Police are able “to stop and search people immediately based on nothing more than a gut reaction to the way someone looks or acts," said Salon. “Grand Rapids police are riding roughshod over the Bill of Rights by using these letters as a blank check to arrest anyone they don’t believe ‘belongs’ in a neighborhood. Any one of us who pulls into a gas station in Grand Rapids to check a map or make a phone call could be arrested under the GRPD’s illegal policy," said the ACLU.   read more

Republican Senate’s First 100 Days: 59 Votes on Energy and Environment; No Laws Signed

As promised, Republicans used their new majority power in the U.S. Senate during the start of the year to focus on energy as well as environmental legislation. What do they have to show for it? Not a single law signed by President Barack Obama. By the end of its first 100 days, the Senate had voted 59 times on energy/environmental bills. Of the Senate’s votes, 44% were on Keystone, plus efforts to block action to reduce carbon pollution and proposals to sell America’s public lands.   read more

Good Luck being a Whistleblower at the VA

Dr. Christian Head testified about efforts to retaliate against him. “Isolate. Then defame. Moving me to a storage bin...they are sending a message. They are trying to suppress [whistleblowers’] willingness to try to make a better life for these veterans.” Head said the locks to his office were changed, that he was relocated to a “tiny, dirty...closet-sized office” and nearly kept away from one of his patients. Other VA whistleblowers have committed suicide due to the harassment they endured.   read more

U.S. Citizen Sentenced to Life in Prison for Opposing Egyptian Government

Soltan was working as a journalist translator covering the protests and was shot in the arm during a 2013 demonstration. For the past year, he has been on a hunger strike to protest his arrest and detention. Thousands of Egyptians are in prison for opposing the military-backed government, which has been accused of vast human rights abuses. The verdict comes in the wake of Obama releasing hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid for Egypt despite the lack of democratic reforms.   read more

Are Taxpayer Subsidies Allowing Big Business to Underpay Employees?

When corporations underpay their workers, the government must step in to keep low-income individuals from slipping even further into poverty. Meanwhile, these companies are raking in enormous profits as a result of keeping their labor costs down. “The low-wage business model practiced by many of the largest and most profitable employers in the country not only leaves many working families unable to afford the basics, but also imposes significant costs on the public," said Sarah Leberstein.   read more

Lawsuits Accuse Obama Administration of Abandoning Americans Stuck in Yemen

State Department officials say there are no plans to rescue Americans in Yemen. An official told McClatchy. “Sending in military assets, even for an evacuation operation, could put U.S. citizen lives at greater risk.” Other countries have rescued their citizens though. India, for instance, was able to move about 5,600 people, including almost a thousand from 41 other nations, out of Yemen. China, Russia and Ethiopia also evacuated their citizens.   read more

U.S. has Military Bases in at least 38 Countries and Sent Weapons to 94 Countries in Last 5 Years

The most recent Department of Defense report lists buildings in 38 foreign nations and territories. The U.S. has 179 bases in Germany and 109 installations in Japan. Even where the U.S. doesn’t send military personnel, the U.S. does send weapons. The United States is the world largest arms exporter. From 2010 to 2014, Americans sent weapons to at least 94 countries.   read more

Did you Hear about the Navy Bribery Scandal Involving a Dozen Admirals, “Yummy” Prostitutes and “Fat Leonard”?

One of the U.S. Navy’s biggest embarrassments continues to produce serious fallout for top military personnel. The scandal has unearthed stories of “yummy” prostitutes, Spanish suckling pigs, and spa treatments. Three admirals have been censured for accepting “lavish gifts from Leonard Francis, known as Fat Leonard for his corpulent profile and grandiose lifestyle,” wrote Katherine Peters. Navy Capt. Dusek admitted to passing along classified information in exchange for prostitutes and cash.   read more

Pentagon Reactivates Communications Site Inside Rocky Mountains

First built in the 1960s, Cheyenne Mountain was set up as a critical communications center deep inside Colorado's Rocky Mountains, where it was believed Air Force personnel could survive a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. The Air Force had since largely pulled out of Cheyenne Mountain, believing there was no longer a nuclear threat. Military officials haven't explained why they are now upgrading the complex, for which defense contractor Raytheon won a $700 million contract.   read more

Is Revolving Door between FDA and Supplements Industry Keeping Dangerous Dietary Aids on the Market?

The last two officials to run the FDA’s dietary supplement programs previously worked for the NPA, a trade group that has tried very hard to convince Congress not to create tougher standards for supplement makers. Daniel Fabricant was a senior NPA executive before joining the FDA. He has returned to the NPA as CEO. “To have former officials in the supplement industry become the chief regulators of that industry at the FDA is like the fox guarding the hen house,” said Michael Jacobson.   read more

IRS Employees Say they are Unfairly Blamed for Deteriorating Service Caused by 5 Straight Years of Budget Cuts

The funding cuts have been pushed by Congressional conservatives who don’t like the idea of the IRS. “We deliberately lowered the IRS’ funding to a level to make you think twice about what you are doing and why,” Rep. Ander Crenshaw told the agency. “You don’t have a single dime to spare on anything frivolous... The IRS should focus on its core mission of...processing returns [and] providing customer service.” Those functions Crenshaw described are exactly those hurt by budget cuts.   read more

Obama Approves Weapons for Egyptian Tyrant

Egypt has imprisoned journalists, prosecuted gays and lesbians, and carried out mass executions of protesters. Obama had imposed the arms freeze after Egypt’s military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government in 2013. Sisi helped lead the coup, and more than 40,000 people were arrested in its immediate aftermath. Obama’s concerns over the ongoing human rights situation were finally trumped by national security matters,   read more

Majority of Democratic Congressional Staffers Dealing with Abortion are Women; Majority of Republicans are Men

LegiStorm, a non-partisan watchdog group, analyzed the number of Senate and House of Representatives legislative assistants and other staffers who are assigned to the issue of abortion. On the Democratic side, 173 women and 60 men deal with abortion. But among Republicans the gender breakdown is the opposite: 139 women and 153 men.   read more

Obama’s NSA Refused to Release 4-Second Snippet of Secret Nixon Tape on Vietnam Talks

The 4-second recording contains information related to negotiations between the U.S. government and South Vietnam connected to the war. The NSA claims the brief recording, if released, “would reveal information that would impair U.S. cryptologic systems or activities.” Historians say the snippet probably refers to former President Johnson's threat to expose an illegal effort by the Nixon presidential campaign to sabotage the Paris peace negotiations on ending the war in Vietnam.   read more

Interior Dept. Ignores Own Advice and Embraces Bush-Era Oil Leases for Arctic Drilling

The agency’s environmental impact statement warned drilling could have serious negative effects on the region, with a 75% risk of a large oil spill in an area where it would be virtually impossible to clean up. And yet, Interior officials decided to allow the drilling to go ahead. “Our Arctic ocean is flat out the worst place on Earth to drill for oil,” said Niel Lawrence. “The world’s last pristine sea, it is both too fragile to survive a spill and too harsh and remote for effective cleanup.”   read more

Arizona Requires Doctors to Tell Patients Drug-Induced Abortion is Reversible…Despite Medical Evidence

The requirement was included in Senate Bill 1318, approved this week by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. “It has no data behind it, absolutely no science to show that this is an effective method," said Dr. Ilana Addis.“If ever there is an example of Legislative overreach, this would be it," said Dr. Eric Reuss. "There is absolutely no evidence-based data that the [medication abortion] process can be reversed. If passed, our state government will force physicians to impart hearsay to their patients.”   read more
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African-Americans Targeted for Arrest by Grand Rapids Police Using “No Trespass Letters”

Police are able “to stop and search people immediately based on nothing more than a gut reaction to the way someone looks or acts," said Salon. “Grand Rapids police are riding roughshod over the Bill of Rights by using these letters as a blank check to arrest anyone they don’t believe ‘belongs’ in a neighborhood. Any one of us who pulls into a gas station in Grand Rapids to check a map or make a phone call could be arrested under the GRPD’s illegal policy," said the ACLU.   read more

Republican Senate’s First 100 Days: 59 Votes on Energy and Environment; No Laws Signed

As promised, Republicans used their new majority power in the U.S. Senate during the start of the year to focus on energy as well as environmental legislation. What do they have to show for it? Not a single law signed by President Barack Obama. By the end of its first 100 days, the Senate had voted 59 times on energy/environmental bills. Of the Senate’s votes, 44% were on Keystone, plus efforts to block action to reduce carbon pollution and proposals to sell America’s public lands.   read more

Good Luck being a Whistleblower at the VA

Dr. Christian Head testified about efforts to retaliate against him. “Isolate. Then defame. Moving me to a storage bin...they are sending a message. They are trying to suppress [whistleblowers’] willingness to try to make a better life for these veterans.” Head said the locks to his office were changed, that he was relocated to a “tiny, dirty...closet-sized office” and nearly kept away from one of his patients. Other VA whistleblowers have committed suicide due to the harassment they endured.   read more

U.S. Citizen Sentenced to Life in Prison for Opposing Egyptian Government

Soltan was working as a journalist translator covering the protests and was shot in the arm during a 2013 demonstration. For the past year, he has been on a hunger strike to protest his arrest and detention. Thousands of Egyptians are in prison for opposing the military-backed government, which has been accused of vast human rights abuses. The verdict comes in the wake of Obama releasing hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid for Egypt despite the lack of democratic reforms.   read more

Are Taxpayer Subsidies Allowing Big Business to Underpay Employees?

When corporations underpay their workers, the government must step in to keep low-income individuals from slipping even further into poverty. Meanwhile, these companies are raking in enormous profits as a result of keeping their labor costs down. “The low-wage business model practiced by many of the largest and most profitable employers in the country not only leaves many working families unable to afford the basics, but also imposes significant costs on the public," said Sarah Leberstein.   read more

Lawsuits Accuse Obama Administration of Abandoning Americans Stuck in Yemen

State Department officials say there are no plans to rescue Americans in Yemen. An official told McClatchy. “Sending in military assets, even for an evacuation operation, could put U.S. citizen lives at greater risk.” Other countries have rescued their citizens though. India, for instance, was able to move about 5,600 people, including almost a thousand from 41 other nations, out of Yemen. China, Russia and Ethiopia also evacuated their citizens.   read more

U.S. has Military Bases in at least 38 Countries and Sent Weapons to 94 Countries in Last 5 Years

The most recent Department of Defense report lists buildings in 38 foreign nations and territories. The U.S. has 179 bases in Germany and 109 installations in Japan. Even where the U.S. doesn’t send military personnel, the U.S. does send weapons. The United States is the world largest arms exporter. From 2010 to 2014, Americans sent weapons to at least 94 countries.   read more

Did you Hear about the Navy Bribery Scandal Involving a Dozen Admirals, “Yummy” Prostitutes and “Fat Leonard”?

One of the U.S. Navy’s biggest embarrassments continues to produce serious fallout for top military personnel. The scandal has unearthed stories of “yummy” prostitutes, Spanish suckling pigs, and spa treatments. Three admirals have been censured for accepting “lavish gifts from Leonard Francis, known as Fat Leonard for his corpulent profile and grandiose lifestyle,” wrote Katherine Peters. Navy Capt. Dusek admitted to passing along classified information in exchange for prostitutes and cash.   read more

Pentagon Reactivates Communications Site Inside Rocky Mountains

First built in the 1960s, Cheyenne Mountain was set up as a critical communications center deep inside Colorado's Rocky Mountains, where it was believed Air Force personnel could survive a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. The Air Force had since largely pulled out of Cheyenne Mountain, believing there was no longer a nuclear threat. Military officials haven't explained why they are now upgrading the complex, for which defense contractor Raytheon won a $700 million contract.   read more

Is Revolving Door between FDA and Supplements Industry Keeping Dangerous Dietary Aids on the Market?

The last two officials to run the FDA’s dietary supplement programs previously worked for the NPA, a trade group that has tried very hard to convince Congress not to create tougher standards for supplement makers. Daniel Fabricant was a senior NPA executive before joining the FDA. He has returned to the NPA as CEO. “To have former officials in the supplement industry become the chief regulators of that industry at the FDA is like the fox guarding the hen house,” said Michael Jacobson.   read more

IRS Employees Say they are Unfairly Blamed for Deteriorating Service Caused by 5 Straight Years of Budget Cuts

The funding cuts have been pushed by Congressional conservatives who don’t like the idea of the IRS. “We deliberately lowered the IRS’ funding to a level to make you think twice about what you are doing and why,” Rep. Ander Crenshaw told the agency. “You don’t have a single dime to spare on anything frivolous... The IRS should focus on its core mission of...processing returns [and] providing customer service.” Those functions Crenshaw described are exactly those hurt by budget cuts.   read more

Obama Approves Weapons for Egyptian Tyrant

Egypt has imprisoned journalists, prosecuted gays and lesbians, and carried out mass executions of protesters. Obama had imposed the arms freeze after Egypt’s military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government in 2013. Sisi helped lead the coup, and more than 40,000 people were arrested in its immediate aftermath. Obama’s concerns over the ongoing human rights situation were finally trumped by national security matters,   read more

Majority of Democratic Congressional Staffers Dealing with Abortion are Women; Majority of Republicans are Men

LegiStorm, a non-partisan watchdog group, analyzed the number of Senate and House of Representatives legislative assistants and other staffers who are assigned to the issue of abortion. On the Democratic side, 173 women and 60 men deal with abortion. But among Republicans the gender breakdown is the opposite: 139 women and 153 men.   read more

Obama’s NSA Refused to Release 4-Second Snippet of Secret Nixon Tape on Vietnam Talks

The 4-second recording contains information related to negotiations between the U.S. government and South Vietnam connected to the war. The NSA claims the brief recording, if released, “would reveal information that would impair U.S. cryptologic systems or activities.” Historians say the snippet probably refers to former President Johnson's threat to expose an illegal effort by the Nixon presidential campaign to sabotage the Paris peace negotiations on ending the war in Vietnam.   read more

Interior Dept. Ignores Own Advice and Embraces Bush-Era Oil Leases for Arctic Drilling

The agency’s environmental impact statement warned drilling could have serious negative effects on the region, with a 75% risk of a large oil spill in an area where it would be virtually impossible to clean up. And yet, Interior officials decided to allow the drilling to go ahead. “Our Arctic ocean is flat out the worst place on Earth to drill for oil,” said Niel Lawrence. “The world’s last pristine sea, it is both too fragile to survive a spill and too harsh and remote for effective cleanup.”   read more

Arizona Requires Doctors to Tell Patients Drug-Induced Abortion is Reversible…Despite Medical Evidence

The requirement was included in Senate Bill 1318, approved this week by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. “It has no data behind it, absolutely no science to show that this is an effective method," said Dr. Ilana Addis.“If ever there is an example of Legislative overreach, this would be it," said Dr. Eric Reuss. "There is absolutely no evidence-based data that the [medication abortion] process can be reversed. If passed, our state government will force physicians to impart hearsay to their patients.”   read more
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