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Obama Calls NSA Scandal A "Modest Encroachment On Privacy"

Obama Calls NSA Scandal A "Modest Encroachment On Privacy"

I never thought I’d say this, but these days President Obama is sounding a lot like Dick Cheney. Because right before calling the NSA’s enormous, data-mining program a “modest encroachment” on the privacy of American citizens he basically acknowledges that Bush was right about this stuff. The President was skeptical of these sort of programs

In North Dakota, 68% Of Phone Lines Are Cell Phones

I knew the trend toward cell phones, and away from land lines, has been taking place for years now. But I had no idea that things had become this lopsided in North Dakota. According to numbers from the Public Service Commission, over 68% of phone lines in North Dakota are cell phones: The PSC says

Fomer ND Gov: Marketplace Fairness Act Is First Step To Federal Sales Tax

North Dakota occupies a unique position in the debate over the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to apply their sales and use taxes to online retailers. It was the Quill vs. North Dakota, a Supreme Court case litigated by then-Tax Commissioner Heidi Heitkamp and Attorney General Nick Spaeth, which set the current

Democrat Blames Oklahoma Tornado On Republicans

See, if Republicans would just buy into the political alarmism about global warming, tragedies like the one in Oklahoma wouldn’t happen: While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his

North Dakota Media Plays Follow The Leader On Cramer Scandal

It’s fascinating to watch the Democrats’ well-oiled media strategy at work. A couple of weeks ago Rep. Kevin Cramer delivered the commencement address to the University of Mary. Despite the speech being live streamed on the internet, and archived there as well, nothing about it (other than the fact that Cramer had delivered it) was

Feds Demand Plans For 3D Printed Gun Be Pulled From The Internet

They can make the demand, but can they really hope to control the information? I mean, the federal government also wants people to stop pirating Game of Thrones online too, but they haven’t been able to put much of a dent in peer-to-peer sharing. On Thursday, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from

Hoeven, Heitkamp Vote To Make Internet Shopping More Expensive

The US Senate just passed the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act on a 69-27 vote. Both of North Dakota’s Senators, John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, voted for the bill which allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers even if they have no physical presence in the state in question and thus use none of

Rep. Cramer Calls For FCC To Uphold Decency Standards

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer sent the letter below to the FCC today opposing a move by the agency to relax decency standards. This comes in the wake of the FCC giving Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz a pass on his emotional and profane speech in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. “We

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Taxing Online Sales Would Boost North Dakota Sales Tax Revenues By Less Than 1%

Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently used her first speech on the floor of the US Senate to call for a massive expansion of state taxing authority that would cost online shoppers billions upon billions in new taxes every year by allowing states to collect sales taxes from online retailers with no physical presence within their borders.

Heidi Heitkamp Is Working Hard To Make Your Online Shopping Experience More Expensive

Here in North Dakota shoppers buying from Amazon.com must pay the state sales tax, but they don’t necessarily have to pay that tax if shopping at other online retailers. The reason is because Amazon has a physical presence in the state; part of their national operation is based in Grand Forks. States charging sales tax

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