The Failed Pretext For War: Seymour Hersh, Eliot Higgins, MIT Rocket Scientists On Sarin Gas Attack April 15, 2014
MintPress News interviews a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, MIT professors and rocket scientists, and a blogger on who perpetrated a sarin gas attack that almost dragged the U.S. into Syria’s civil war.
Lawmakers Urge EPA To Assist Polluted Fracking Communities
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.
Louisiana Moves To Make The Bible Its State Book
A move to name the Bible as the state book of Louisiana fans the flames of debate on the separation of church and state.
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.
“Panda Diplomacy” And Trade Deals As Chinese President Visits Europe
From discussing major trade deals to visiting pandas recently loaned to Belgium, Chinese President Xi Jinping gets busy building ties with Europe.
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 April 2, 2014
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.
Obama In Brussels: A Charm Offensive Amid High Security
Obama’s visit brought unheard-of security measures to Brussels, inconveniencing and irritating many, but he’ll still likely be remembered as charming.
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.
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.
Lawmakers Unveil Bipartisan Effort To Boost Border Patrol Accountability
Amid a slew of fatal and potentially unnecessary shootings of unarmed civilians near the U.S.-Mexico border, lawmakers have introduced a bill to make Border Patrol more accountable.
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.
Rights Group Asks Court To Reopen Abu Ghraib Torture Case
Hoping to bring justice to those horrifically abused at Abu Ghraib, the Center for Constitutional Rights wants a U.S. appeals court to reopen a case on torture at the U.S.-run prison in Iraq.
California Regulators Consider “Big Brother” Hazards Of Driverless Cars
Cars that drive themselves could be pulling out of sci-fi fantasies and Tinseltown dreams and into driveways and roads sooner than we think, sending privacy advocates into overdrive.
IMF Loan To Ukraine Sparks Battle For Reform With US Congress
The U.S. is stalling on the approval of IMF reforms that could have huge implications for Ukraine, adding tension to the ongoing East vs. West battle over Kiev.