Super-Sized Inequality: Fast Food CEO Millionaire Pay Outpaces Workers 1000:1 April 24, 2014
Fast-food industry wage disparity largest in the economy and expected to rise even further.
Suit Charges FBI Used No-Fly List As Retribution Against Muslim Men
Muslim-Americans say FBI used list to coerce them into informing on their communities.
Family Wins Fracking Suit In Legal Blow To Industry
Attorney: "I’m really proud of the family that went through what they went through and said, ‘I’m not going to take it anymore.'"
FCC To Propose Pay-For-Priority Policy, Killing Net Neutrality
LOS ANGELES — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech. That’s according to a senior FCC official familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. FCC Chairman
Costa Rica Demanding US Explain ‘Cuban Twitter’ Actions
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The Costa Rican government says it’s still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret “Cuban Twitter” network from inside the Central American nation’s borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries’ diplomatic relations. In an interview with The Associated Press, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo said efforts to affect other countries should not be carried out from
Housing First: A Different Approach To End Homelessness
The key to effectively reducing homelessness may be just that: a key.
Gun-Friendly Georgia Gets Even Gun-Friendlier
Ahead of this year’s elections, Georgia’s governor signs a bill expanding the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law and loosening concealed carry restrictions.
“Enhanced Interrogation” Architect Muzzled By Nondisclosure Agreement
Legal loopholes mean that whistleblowers and would-be whistleblowers aren’t protected by laws created specifically to protect those who speak out on government malpractice and injustice.
Average U.S. Citizens Have “Little Or No” Influence On Government Policy
Is the U.S. the democracy it claims to be? A study finds that monied interests and big business call most of the shots in U.S. public policy and the average citizen has very little say.
KKK Forms Neighborhood Watch To Complement Police In Pennsylvania Town
To draw attention to the KKK’s efforts, members have passed out fliers to promote the new endeavor. For instance, one flier assures Fairview Township residents that they can sleep soundly knowing that the KKK is wide awake.
Analysis: America’s Middle Class Falters As Nation’s Richest Rise
Report shows low and middle income earners falling behind comparable countries.
Judge Orders Disclosure Of CIA Torture At “Black Sites” April 23, 2014
Defense for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri argues harsh interrogation measures have 'tainted' case against Guantanamo detainee.
California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the nation’s most populous and most ethnically diverse state as an unrelated U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholds voters’ rights to decide
Analysis: Weak US Hand In Ukraine Confrontation
Nearly a quarter century after the Cold War ended, the crisis in Ukraine symbolizes the weak foreign policy hand the United States often finds itself playing despite its status as the only global superpower.
Feds’ Searches Of Private Planes Don’t Fly With Pilots, Lawmakers
Amid an uptick in searches of private aircraft, lawmakers and an association of aircraft owners and pilots see an overreach on the part of Customs and Border Protection.
An About-face On Secrecy From Bush White House?
Plans for the release of George W. Bush’s presidential papers show a streamlined process and tightened control over what is released.
Supreme Court Case Threatens Online Video, Cloud Computing Rules
In a case addressing alleged copyright infringement on the part of “cord-cutters,” a Supreme Court decision could send ripples throughout the entire cloud computing industry.
Court Won’t Hear Fla. Employee Drug Testing Rule
Since 2011, Rick Scott has been trying to mandate random drug tests for some 85,000 state workers, but the Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal.
Navajo Advocates Make Push For Junk Food Tax
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country’s largest reservation, is to use the tax system to push people to ditch junk food. Navajo President Ben Shelly earlier this year vetoed measures to enact a 2 percent sales tax on tax
Teen Stowaway Shows Holes In Vast Airport Security
KAHULUI, Hawaii — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane — and the boy — landed in Hawaii. Although the 15-year-old apparently wanted nothing more than to run away, his success in slipping past layers of security early Sunday morning made it clear that a determined person can still get into a supposedly
US Weighs Curbing Deportations
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported,
High Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences,