The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) – the secretive court whose purpose is to hear one-sided requests from Federal law enforcement to conduct undisclosed spy operations against Americans and foreigners – ordered the government Friday to make a case for why its cloak-and-dagger operations shouldn’t be declassified. Giving the government until Oct. 4 to pick and […]
An off-the-cuff remark made by Senator John McCain during an interview has gotten the warmongering neocon an invitation to write an opinion piece for Russian newspaper Pravda. CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed McCain, asking him about Syria and mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times. “Let’s talk about Putin,” Tapper […]
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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