DOJ’s Cool With Political Espionage; D.C.’s ‘Living Wage’ Hypocrisy; Obamacare Company Under Investigation; Hermit Kingdom Busted Snooping Weapons Through Panama Canal – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-16-2013

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

  • The Treasury Department has admitted for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Last week, the Washington, D.C., City Council approved a measure that would require Walmart and other large retailers doing business in the District to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 per hour. But… uh oh. Hypocrisy alert. District government pays less than $12.50 per hour. Source: NBC Washington…
  • The British government has launched an investigation of Serco Group, parent company of the firm recently awarded $1.2 billion to manage key elements of the rollout of Obamacare. Source: The Washington Post…
  • Panama on Monday stopped a North Korean vessel that President Ricardo Martinelli said had sailed from Cuba and tried to illegally sneak suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal. Source: France24…

 

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Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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