Reports indicate that even as the Internal Revenue Service was placing undue scrutiny on the tax-exempt status of conservative groups, top government officials were advising black preachers on how to engage in political activity without endangering their tax exempt status leading up to the 2012 Presidential election. According to The Daily Caller, Attorney General Eric Holder […]
This post, written by Lois Beckett, was originally published by ProPublica on March 7, 2013. It was updated with new information on Sept. 13. We’re continuing to learn new details about how the American government is collecting bulk records of citizens’ communications — from demanding that a telephone company hand over the daily records of […]
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the Senate floor Thursday to whine about how “anarchists” have taken over Congress. The Senator was addressing Congress’ lack of progress on a number of bills, including an energy-efficiency bill and Obamacare-related legislation, when he blamed “anarchist” Tea Party Republicans for legislative holdups.
Leaders at several major tech companies, including handlers of social media and Internet services, criticized the U.S. government this week for its ironfisted treatment of companies that repeatedly have requested permission to publicly reveal the scale of the National Security Agency’s court-sanctioned surveillance measures.
A Washington businessman, the focus of a corruption probe, spent at least $500,000 on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential bid, The Washington Post reported. Jeffrey E. Thompson financed an independent, urban get-out-the-vote effort on behalf of Clinton in Texas and at least three other States during the 2008 Democratic primaries.
According to a recent report from the Census Bureau, being poor means you’re less likely to have a computer, dishwasher or deep freeze. But it also means you’re about as likely as the snob hill crowd to have a cellphone, air conditioning, television and some kind of DVR device.
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On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed media shield legislation that is intended to protect journalists from having to cooperate in government investigations — but lawmakers made sure to limit who can be defined as a journalist in America. Lawmakers used language in the bill, which passed the committee on a 13-5 vote, to draw […]
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been formally rebuked by Arizona Republicans in the State’s 26th Legislative District for helping to green-light several of President Barack Obama’s controversial nominations for key leadership roles at Federal agencies. The District 26 Republicans approved the wholly symbolic resolution on Tuesday by a 24-13 vote, accusing him of capitulating to […]