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Treasury Secretary Asks Congress To Stop Tax-Avoiding Business Maneuver

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Calling for “a new sense of economic patriotism,” a top Barack Obama Administration official urged Congress to take immediate action to stop U.S. companies from reorganizing as foreign firms to avoid paying taxes. The maneuver, known as tax inversion, serves “to hollow out the U.S. corporate income tax base,” Treasury Secretary Jacob […]

Bowe Bergdahl Retains Yale Military Law Expert As His Attorney

MCALLEN, Texas (MCT) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, freed after years of captivity in Afghanistan and returned to active duty this week, has retained an attorney — a military law expert from Yale. Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, told the Los Angeles Times that he has been representing Bergdahl for about […]

Guantanamo Judge’s Secret Order On Secret Motion Is So Secret Defense Lawyers Can’t See It

(MCT) — In the latest installment of the Guantanamo war court’s most mysterious legal filings — two motions so secret that the public can’t know their titles — an Army judge has issued a classified order to prosecutors that even the defense lawyers can’t see. The Pentagon disclosed the existence of Army Col. James L. […]

California Governor Allows Advisory Ballot Measure On Citizens United Decision

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) — An advisory measure asking Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution and overturn the Citizens United court decision will go on the November ballot in California without Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on the enabling legislation, Brown announced Wednesday. The court decision lifting campaign contribution limits for corporations was “wrongly decided and grossly […]

Federal Judge Rules California Death Penalty Is UnConstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO (MCT) — A Federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago. Carney said the […]

Congressmen Seek Probe Of Motorola’s Radio Contracts

Congressmen Seek Probe Of Motorola’s Radio Contracts

Three Congressmen on Tuesday asked the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog to investigate allegations that Motorola’s contracting tactics have led State and local governments to squander millions of dollars on the company’s pricey two-way emergency radio systems.

Mexico Names Czar To Handle Issue Of Central American Migrants

TAPACHULA, Mexico (MCT) — With pressure mounting from the U.S. government, Mexico on Tuesday appointed a czar to take charge of largely unimpeded migration from Central America, which sees tens of thousands of people each year enter southern Mexico and cross the country en route to the United States. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, […]

VA Overpaid $230 Million In Disability Claims, Official Tells Congress

(MCT) — The Department of Veterans Affairs disability system has improperly paid former service members at least $230 million over the past few years, according to the VA’s Office of the Inspector General. The overpayments stem largely from the department’s attempts to clear a massive backlog of claims for disability compensation. In trying to speed […]

2 Texas Lawmakers Offer Bipartisan Bill To Combat Border Crisis

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In an unlikely partnership, two Texas lawmakers — one Democrat, one Republican — are proposing a bipartisan bill that would empower the U.S. to speed up immigration hearings in hopes of stemming the crisis of unaccompanied children at the border. The proposal from Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the […]

Biden Making Pitch To Liberals

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Vice President Joe Biden will appear this week for the first time before the largest gathering of progressive activists in the country, a critical constituency for any Democrat with Presidential ambitions. Biden’s debut at the annual Netroots Nation comes as the Vice President has made a number of moves that could better […]

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