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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 […]

Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained At Texas Airport

MCALLEN, Texas (MCT) — Prominent journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas on Tuesday. Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, tweeted that he was going to go through security carrying a pocket version of the U.S. Constitution and his Philippine passport as his only form of identification. After that, […]

Yellen Gives No Hint Of Lowering Interest Rates Soon

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen told Senators Tuesday that the economy still has not fully recovered the recession and did not indicate that central bank policymakers would soon begin to raise rock-bottom interest rates. “Although the economy continues to improve, the recovery is not yet complete,” Yellen told the Senate Banking […]

Millions In Federal Emergency Communications Funding Lost, Diverted

Millions In Federal Emergency Communications Funding Lost, Diverted

Four years ago, Commerce Department officials were touting their pilot grant program as a way to vault emergency responders into the age of high-speed broadband. But now, the program is in turmoil — and tens of millions of Federal grant dollars have been lost or diverted to other purposes.

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