The clown’s been banned from the Missouri State Fair for life. All clowns who succeed him will have to first go through sensitivity training. The President of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association, which sponsors the State Fair rodeo, resigned under pressure (he’s still a school superintendent by day). Democratic State legislators are even urging an […]
For years, the Central Intelligence Agency denied that it kept a file on linguist, polemicist and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky related to his decades of brazen political activism. But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Foreign Policy, the agency included documents proving that it kept an eye on Chomsky throughout […]
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released the penalty schedule for people who choose to remain uninsured once Obamacare takes effect, revealing a punitive fee schedule that starts with a relatively low dollar amount in 2014 and increases dramatically by the third full year of implementation. If you’re a single adult who makes less than […]
This piece, written by Cora Currier of ProPublica, was originally published Aug. 12, 2013. There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks, an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa. As many as six civilian deaths have […]
If you’ve paid any attention to the national headlines at all over the past couple of months, you’re well-aware that your privacy is under attack in our technological society. Barring a complete embrace of a Luddite philosophy, you probably can’t hope to totally protect your privacy; but there are easy ways to avert snoops. The […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.
The California Legislature is pressing forward on a number of bills in both the Senate and the State Assembly that, taken together, would give the State the dubious distinction of having the most unConstitutional gun laws in the U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are two men most Americans don’t expect to see mentioned in the same sentence unless there is a rhetorical battle underway. But a recent Justice Department announcement could change that.
On Sunday, CBS moderator Bob Schieffer invited former NSA head retired Gen. Michael Hayden to appear on “Face the Nation” to discuss privacy and government spying. Schieffer’s choice should be both revealing and infuriating to any American who rejects the notion that government has the right to violate citizen privacy.
A Federal judge ruled the New York Police Department’s discriminatory implementation of the reviled “Stop and Frisk” policy unConstitutional Monday, rebuking mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly – both of whom had exponentially expanded upon the decades-old protocol that authorized police to stop and search people on the street without probable cause.