President Barack Obama’s announced changes to the National Security Agency Friday were dismissed by many privacy advocates, tech companies and politicians as do-nothing measures to preserve the surveillance state status quo. Instead of the strong renouncement of the National Security Agency’s intrusive spy tactics critics had hoped for, the President delivered a handful flaccid half […]
An appeals court has tossed out a lower court’s finding that would have denied bloggers the same 1st Amendment protections afforded to mainstream journalists. That’s an enormous victory for citizen journalism, as well as for the essential right of every American to freely and plainly speak (and write) his mind. In taking up an appeal […]
In November, we told you about the New Mexico man who was suing two municipalities and one hospital for participating in a thorough – and we do mean thorough – body cavity search without probable cause, without a legal warrant, and without finding any drugs on him – or in him. Now that man can […]
by Kara Brandeisky ProPublica, Jan. 17, 2014, 7 a.m. Today President Obama plans to announce some reportedly limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs. Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims […]
Oh là là! An exposé published last Friday alleged French President François Hollande has been having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet for two years. The news was too much for the French first lady, Hollande’s partner of several years, Valérie Trierweiler. Reportedly, she took one pill too many and has been hospitalized ever since. […]
Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies […]
A Florida man was traveling South with his family on the way home from a wedding in New Jersey when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police began tailing his Ford Expedition. After about 10 minutes, the police pulled him over and told him they knew he owned a gun. They demanded he produce it for them on the spot.
During an appearance on radio shock-jock Howard Stern’s show this week, movie producer Harvey Weinstein said that he’s teaming up with actress Meryl Streep to produce a feature film that will make gun enthusiasts, namely members of the National Rifle Association, “wish they weren’t alive.”
Federal agencies paid out $688 billion of taxpayer money in improper payments between 2002 and 2012. And even though the agencies have known all along that the payments were being made in error, their own accounting indicates that $100 billion in improper payments is still on the books.
President Barack Obama’s urgent focus on closing the wealth gap in America is barely on anyone’s radar. Simply put, almost no one views income inequality as a problem — especially compared with the overall economy, unemployment, healthcare and, of course, government itself.