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Eric Holder All In With Race Card: ‘What AG Has Ever Had To Deal With That Kind Of Treatment?’

During a speech at Al Sharpton’s 2014 National Action Network (NAN) Convention Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder went off script to vilify House lawmakers who recently brought up the still-pending contempt case against him. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) suggested that “contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general” during a Judiciary hearing on […]

Federal Judge Forces Missouri Town To Stop Ticketing Drivers Who Flash Their Lights To Warn Of Speed Traps

Last summer, we told you about a Missouri man who, with the help of the ACLU, was fighting against one municipality’s effort to prosecute motorists who flash their headlights to alert other drivers to the presence of speed traps. Last week, Michael Elli – and everyone else who drives through the town of Ellisville, Mo. […]

FAQ: Privacy Activist’s Guide To Why The Surveillance State’s Fusion Centers Matter

This handy FAQ was compiled by Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Nadia Kayyali and originally published on the foundation’s website on April 7. While NSA surveillance has been front and center in the news recently, fusion centers are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny. Fusion centers are a local arm of the […]

ProPublica: Medicaid Programs Drowning In Backlog

ProPublica: Medicaid Programs Drowning In Backlog

This article, written by Charles Ornstein, was originally published by ProPublica on April 9. Last week, Federal health officials celebrated two milestones related to the Affordable Care Act. The first, which got considerable attention, was that more than 7 million people selected private health plans in State and Federal health insurance exchanges. The second, which […]

Wednesday Morning News Links April 9, 2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning.

Federal VA Administrators Kick State Inspectors Out Of Florida Hospital

Federal VA Administrators Kick State Inspectors Out Of Florida Hospital

State inspectors sent by the Governor to review records and conditions at a Florida Veterans Affairs hospital last week were kicked out of the facility after only an hour, with administrators telling them their next contact with the hospital would come through Washington, D.C.

More Democrats Who Took Koch Money (And Were Grateful For It)

More Democrats Who Took Koch Money (And Were Grateful For It)

It almost seems as though every Democrat who has fallen in line behind Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to denigrate the political activity of the Koch brothers has, at some point, benefited from Koch campaign money — including Reid himself.

Attorney General To Lawmaker Who Mentioned Contempt: ‘You Don’t Want To Go There, Buddy’

Attorney General To Lawmaker Who Mentioned Contempt: ‘You Don’t Want To Go There, Buddy’

Attorney General Eric Holder is known for viewing himself as untouchable. And his response to Representative Louie Gohmert’s (R-Texas) line of questioning during a House Judiciary Hearing Tuesday did little to assuage the reputation the AG has earned for himself.

Study: Americans Most Ignorant Of Where Ukraine Is Located Are Also Most Willing To Send U.S. Troops There

A recent poll concerning the ongoing trouble in Ukraine found that only roughly one in six Americans know where the country is geographically located— many believe it is located somewhere in Europe or Asia and some misplaced the nation by 1,800 miles. What’s more disturbing than the respondents’ lacking geography skills, however, is that those […]

Retiring Employee Describes SEC As Nothing More Than ‘A Tollbooth On The Bankster Turnpike’

Retiring Employee Describes SEC As Nothing More Than ‘A Tollbooth On The Bankster Turnpike’

It takes an imminent retirement from the corps of U.S. banking referees to elicit candor like that brought forth from 66 year-old James Kidney, who’s departing his counsel job from the Securities and Exchange Commission. On March 27, Kidney gave a farewell speech at his retirement party in which he warned that the SEC’s regulatory reach […]

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