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Lawmakers Urge EPA To Assist Polluted Fracking Communities April 14, 2014
Members of Congress urge the EPA to take another look at reports of groundwater pollution allegedly caused by fracking and to help those affected by the pollution.
Civil Rights Group Seeks End To Warrantless Cellphone Searches
Cellphones didn’t exist when the Fourth Amendment was laid out, so the Rutherford Institute urges the Supreme Court to protect these devices from warrantless search and seizure.
“Fig Leaf” Law Chips Away at Public Campaign Financing
A law to boost government support for pediatric cancer research while eliminating funding for political party conventions looks good -- but critics say that’s about it.
US Bill Blocking Iran’s Ambassador Infringes On UN Sovereignty
A new bill that would block those on the U.S. State Department’s Known Terrorists List from entering the U.S. could infringe on international law by impeding the U.N.’s work.
US Media Repeats Iraq WMD Folly With Syria By Ignoring Seymour Hersh Sarin Reports
The New York Times, The Washington Post and the New Yorker all declined to publish the second installment of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s reports on Syria which alleges Turkey as behind the sarin gas attacks last August.
Iraqi Mother Sues Bush White House Over Iraq War
An Iraqi mother files a lawsuit against the George W. Bush administration, reflecting growing tensions over Iraq War record.
Media, Public Fail To Notice Obama’s Continued Push For Military State
Vague language allows the U.S. government and military to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens, but the media isn’t reporting on it -- even though it affects them -- and the public isn’t bothered.
McCutcheon Decision Gives Ultra-rich Unfettered Access To Political Candidates
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court essentially overturns decades of precedent to effectively eliminate limits on individual contributions to federal election campaigns.
Ex-Gang Member, Author Rejects “Austerity Approach” In Bid For Calif. Governor
Forty years ago, Luis Rodriguez was running with gangs, spending time in jail and using heroin, but now he’s running as a third-party candidate in the California gubernatorial elections.
Why Women Fight For Marijuana Legalization
With motherly devotion and fierce feminine spirit, women are fighting for their place in the male-dominated world of the marijuana legalization movement.
The ‘Chinese Amazon’ Takes On The American Market
The Alibaba Group has announced plans for an IPO in the U.S., but is the Chinese e-commerce giant ready to compete with Amazon.com and eBay on their home turf?
Activists Want End To Life Imprisonment For Children In US March 31, 2014
The U.S. is the only country to sentence minors to life in prison without parole. Human rights groups say this is a violation of human rights guidelines the U.S. should be abiding.
Drilling, Mining Industry Warming To Increased Transparency
The U.S. has joined a global initiative to strengthen transparency in the extractives sector -- a move that even the industry is on board with.
Edward Snowden And The Right To Travel
Supporters are pushing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to revalidate Snowden’s right to travel, but the NSA whistleblower is probably going to stay stuck in Russia for some time.
Will Police Presence At TSA Checkpoints Curb Constitutional Violations?
The TSA wants armed officers beside its agents in U.S. airports, raising concerns over potential Fourth Amendment violations and whether armed officers would do more harm than good.
Ralph Nader Is Building An Army To Battle Corporate Greed
Five-time presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader builds a citizen movement to serve as a corporate watchdog and get shareholders to better distribute wealth.
New Report May Reveal Over $1 Trillion In Corporate Welfare
A refusal to confront corporate welfare shows the grip crony capitalism has on Washington and state capitols.
Whistleblowers: Snowden’s A Hero; Intelligence Community’s Out Of Line
Bold statements go a long way for whistleblowers calling Edward Snowden a hero and bringing attention to the fact that the U.S. intelligence community has simply gone too far.
Medical Marijuana Advocates Push Back Against Gov’s Proposal
Gov. Dayton opted to halt medical marijuana legalization by proposing additional research. Parents of children with epilepsy aren’t taking his decision lightly.
Leaked Report: Corn Ethanol Hurts The Environment
A leaked U.N. report reveals that contrary to popular belief, crops-derived biofuels are actually doing more harm than good.
Foreclosure Manual Dredges Up Issues With Mortgage Fraud
A Wells Fargo foreclosure manual surfaced, reflecting the nation’s murky history with mortgage fraud -- an issue that has become a low priority for the FBI and DOJ.
Feds Called Out For Blocking Pro-Marijuana Research
The federal government is being taken to task on claims that it chooses to approve research into marijuana’s harms but not its potential benefits.