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Obama Administration Seized Phone Records From The US House

According to Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), we’re missing the boat on the Justice Department phone record grab scandal. Yeah, it’s bad that the Associated Press was targeted, but it’s also worth remembering that the phones targeted were in the US House and are often used by members of Congress. Here’s Nunes, speaking on the Hugh

Holder: Searching Reporter Phone Calls Is So Routine I Can't Remember How Many Times It Has Happened

So what he’s saying is the recently-divulged search of phone calls placed by AP reporters wasn’t the only instance. In fact, what he seems to be saying is that this sort of thing is so routine he can’t remember how many times it has happened. As his Justice Department faces bipartisan outrage for searching phone

Are We All Tea Partiers Now?

From the moment the movement started in 2009, the left has looked askance at the tea party movement. We were astroturfing dupes doing what the Republican party told us at best and extremist, racist, anti-government fanatics bent on violence at worst. Our skepticism of the government is the stuff of paranoid delusion, we’re told. But

Federal, State Officials Won't Say How Much Of $10.4 Million In Taxpayer Loans Earth Harvest Mills Still Owes

Yesterday I posted a response to a FOIA request from USDA Rural Development Director Jasper Schneider’s office which confirmed two outstanding loans guaranteed by the federal taxpayers totaling $8.4 million made to Earth Harvest Mills, which is facing insolvency charges from North Dakota’s Public Service Commission. I’ve been working on confirming what balance remains on

The Problem With Health Care In America In A Nutshell

This passage from an Associated Press article about wildly disparate prices charged by hospitals for the same treatments and procedures sums up in a nutshell the entire problem with health care in America: There are vast disparities nationally. The average charges for joint replacement range from about $5,300 at an Ada, Okla., hospital to $223,000

Hacked AP Twitter Account Claims White House Bombed, Stock Market Takes A Big Dip

Earlier today the official account for the Associated Press gave everyone on Twitter a moment of distress with a post claiming that the White House had been bombed and President Obama was injured. The account has been suspended, with the AP saying it was hacked: The @ap Twitter account has been suspended after it was

Controversial Flood Diversion Wouldn't Help Fargo With This Year's Flood Forecast

Folks in Fargo are worried about flooding this year, and for good reason. According to the Associated Press, the National Weather Service predicts the “most likely scenario” for the Red River peaking this spring “between 39 and 41 feet at Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., in late April or early May, with a maximum possibility

Associated Press: Republicans Pushing Voter ID Laws Because Obama, Democrats Won In 2012

This is an actual passage from an actual, and supposedly objective, Associated Press article: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed legislation into law that will require voters to carry photo identification with them to the polls, starting next year in Virginia. Virginia joins four other states that have strict photo ID requirements

Only The Government Could Lose Money Selling Booze To Football Fans

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department: The University of Minnesota lost almost $16,000 last year on alcohol sales at home football games, despite selling more than $900,000 worth of beer and wine. The school released the figures to the Associated Press after a records request, which showed it incurred significant expenses from

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