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Illegal Food Stamp Trafficking Up 30 Percent Since 2006

Illegal Food Stamp Trafficking Up 30 Percent Since 2006

A recent USDA report found a 30 percent increase in the proportion of food stamp recipients who illegally sell their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program credits back to stores, which fraudulently redeem the credits by paying the SNAP recipients the credits’ cash value.

Amash Vows Renewed Fight Against NSA; Chicago Jesus Is No Profit At Home; Abusing Material Witnesses; Obama’s Job Approval Has The Summertime Blues; Cruz’s Dual Citizenship— Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 8-19-2013

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Ted Cruz Releases Birth Certificate In Anticipation Of 2016 Presidential Run

In a move that’s hard not to associate with his potential ambitions to seek the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News, which published a story with an image of the document on Sunday.   The birth certificate affirms Cruz was born in Canada to an […]

Amash Vows Renewed Effort To Stop The NSA

Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) vowed over the weekend to revive a legislative attempt to block the National Security Agency from collecting American phone and Internet data en masse following the narrow defeat of a similar effort last month. “I’m hopeful that we’ll have another opportunity,” Amash said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It might […]

ProPublica Explains A Powerful Legal Tool, and Its Potential for Abuse

This story, written by Joaquin Sapien for ProPublica, was updated by the publication to include a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case of a Queens woman who says she was illegally held as a material witness in 2008. The 20-year-old document labeled the Hotel Custody log […]

No Prophet Is Welcome In His Own Land: Hometown Paper Torches Chicago Jesus; Obamacare

You know public will to embrace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is in freefall when President Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper pens an editorial calling for the “monstrosity” to be dismantled. In a Sunday editorial headlined “How President Obama is flouting Obamacare,” The Chicago Tribune took a wrecking ball to the President’s ham-handed finessing of […]

McCain Fashionably Late To The Foreign Policy Party; Dreaming Of Assange’s Drone Death; A Million-Muslim PR Play; Liberals Need No Facts On Voter ID; Greenwald Defiant As Governments Intimidate – Monday Morning News Roundup 8-19-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Working-Class America Less Stable As Labor Jobs Market Shrinks

Working-Class America Less Stable As Labor Jobs Market Shrinks

If you’re among the Americans who bypassed college in favor of a traditional manufacturing or other skilled labor job, you’re part of a shrinking post-World War II middle-class workforce that continues to face decimation and destabilization as a once-healthy jobs market gives way to the low-wage service sector.

Obamacare Contains Forced Inspection Provision

Obamacare Contains Forced Inspection Provision

A provision in Obamacare provides millions of dollars in annual funding for State inspectors to conduct forced visits on homes with what the government deems is “high-risk” behaviors. And get this: Inspectors conducting a risk assessment are to take note of firearms in the home.

Rand Paul’s ‘No Aid To Egypt’ Stance Vindicated As Congress Galvanizes Against Obama’s Coup Denial

Rand Paul’s ‘No Aid To Egypt’ Stance Vindicated As Congress Galvanizes Against Obama’s Coup Denial

As the growing conflict between Egypt’s army and tenacious supporters of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood continues to plunge Egypt into chaos, the official American response has called international ridicule upon President Barack Obama.

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