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- Morpheus lander: VTOL test package video
- New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth
- Interview with man who discovered lost Challenger photos
- Astronaut's Near-Drowning Could Have Been Avoided
- The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia—"The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA's finest hour."
- Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image
- Mysterious 'flying saucer' slides found in documents leaked by Edward Snowden
- How Nuclear Bombs Could Save Earth from Killer Asteroids
- NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts on One-Way Missions to Deep Space
- How Many People Does It Take to Colonize Another Star System?—"A multigenerational journey between stars would require a lot more passengers than scientists previously thought."
- An Intergalactic Travel Bureau in Midtown—"'Can I interest you in a space vacation?' asked a smiling travel agent wearing a jaunty hat…"
- 'Biggest observed meteorite impact' hits Moon
- 'It came back to life': China’s Jade Rabbit snaps out of silence but mechanical kinks remain
- If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel
- Ten Years on Mars for NASA Rovers Spirit and Opportunity!
- NASAs Mars Curiosity rover has taken the first picture of Earth and our Moon from the surface of the red planet
- NASAs Mars orbiter sees signs of seasonal water flow on Mars surface
- NASA photo captures strange bright light coming out of Mars
- India's Mars mission crosses half the distance—A trip to Mars doesn't have to break the bank [NYT].
- Nasa says 'doughnut rock' on Mars is 'like nothing we've ever seen before'
- "Astrobiologist" sues NASA, says Mars rock a "mushroom-like fungus"
- Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving 'Doughnut' Riddle
- Bolivia gives legal rights to the Earth
- China Finds Nearly 2,000 Firms in Breach of Anti-pollution Rules
- Guinea to strip Beny Steinmetz company of mining concessions—"Decision marks turning point in two-year battle between billionaire and Guinea's first democratically-elected government."
- Scientists say Australia's Tony Abbott is engineering an 'environmental train wreck'
- Poachers Attack Beloved Elders of California, Its Redwoods—"Thieves who target burls, protrusions on trees that are valued for their intricately patterned wood, are driven by a sluggish economy and costly methamphetamine habits, officials said." NYT
- Shark fin trade from Hong Kong to China drops almost 90 per cent in one year—"WWF-Hong Kong says sales to mainland down 90pc because of pressure from green groups and possibly campaign against extravagance."
- Belgium Crushes its Elephant Ivory As Europe Takes Harder Look at Wildlife Trafficking
- New York-based Wedding Photographer Turns Her Lens from White Dresses to Wildlife Trafficking
- NC commission appeals ruling giving it authority to halt coal ash pollution—What the fuck is this shit?
- Obama rejects call by 11 Democrats to move on Keystone pipeline—"But President Obama still faces a tough political choice: Reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline and risk tipping the Senate to Republicans, or support it and alienate elements of his party's base."
- California drought gives boost to anti-fracking movement
- Oil Vote Deadline Looms for Ecuador's Yasuní National Park
- EU 'unhappy' climate change is off G20 agenda—"Europe is unhappy with Australia's decision to drop climate change from the G20 agenda and is lobbying the Abbott government to reconsider."
- Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans
- IPCC report says climate change is bad news for crops
- FSU Students to Charles Koch: Stop Polluting Academic Integrity—"Evidence of Florida State University's economics department denying climate science amid criticism of Charles Koch's threats to FSU academic integrity."
- New study: 72 Percent of Fox News Climate Segments Are Misleading—"The report finds that MSNBC was the most accurate cable network in 2013, and CNN could be a lot more accurate if it would stop hosting "debates" about climate science."
- 'SNL' Mocks 'Fox And Friends' And Its Climate Change Coverage
- Are Google and Facebook Just Pretending They Want Limits on NSA Surveillance?—"The front groups they’ve set up to oppose the 'Fourth Amendment Protection Act' suggest the answer is 'yes.'"
- Facebook received 28,147 government requests for data impacting 38,256 accounts in the second half of 2013
- CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks—"Senate committee found CIA interrogations and detentions to be 'brutal' and urges administration to release report as quickly as possible."
- NSA denies report it exploited Heartbleed for years
- Why Massive Auto Recalls Are Becoming the Norm
New story: I was a College Weresinewa 14 by F_R_Eaky
War on Terror
- Feinstein asks White House to edit torture report
- CIA's 'Harsh Interrogations' Exceeded Legal Authority: Report NYT
- Revealed: Senate report contains new details on CIA black sites
- Chairman Satisfied With Military on Benghazi—"The GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he is satisfied with how the military responded to the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya." Republicans desperately need this to attack Hillary with.
- TSA bars mute stroke victim from flight, forces 8-hour bus ride
- TSA defies audit, quietly expands behavior screening activity
- Your Local Police Forces Next Vehicle: Tanks. Actual Tanks—"But now there will be more tanks than ever coming to law enforcement. Congress set aside $436 million on tanks last year, only to be told that the military doesn't need or want them. They were built anyway because their primary contractor, General Dynamics, spent $11 million lobbying Congress the year beforehand"
- Another intense floor flight between Sens. Vitter and Sanders over veterans' clinics—"'If you think it's too expensive, then don't send them off to war,' Sanders said in his verbal joust with Vitter. 'Taking care of veterans is a cost of the war. They (veterans) paid for it.'" Gotta love Sanders.
- VA stonewalling hurts veterans
- Recording shows that Army punished soldiers who asked for help—"Civilian advocates who work with wounded soldiers when they are being discharged are targeted by the Army."
- VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays
- Commemorating Suicides, Vets Plant 1,892 Flags on National Mall
- How Can Government Battle a 'Suicide Epidemic' Among Veterans?
- Vietnam Vet Mistaken As Homeless, Kicked Out Of Walgreens
- A rising number of children are dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land—"Because Afghanistan is not a signatory to the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, U.S. officials say they are not legally obligated to clear any of the unexploded ordnance." WaPo
- 7 Million Afghans Just Dealt a Blow to the Taliban
- Afghan probe begins in attack on AP journalists
Israel and Palestine
- Kerry focuses blame on Israel for collapse of talks—"Secretary of state highlights both sides’ 'unhelpful moves' but indicates crisis began with failure to release prisoners."
- Israel Says It Is 'Deeply Disappointed' by Kerry's Remarks on Peace Talks NYT
- Netanyahu Orders Israeli Ministers To Stop Meeting Palestinian Counterparts
- Palestinians can join Geneva Conventions on rules of war, Switzerland says
- Congressmen Say James Clapper Should Be Arrested for Lying About NSA Spying
- NSA reforms: Obama's playing a Fourth Amendment shell game—"President Obama has proposed a new authority that could force private corporations to act as government spies, circumventing constitutional privacy safeguards in the process."
- Merkel denied access to own NSA file
- German NSA Panel's Chairman Quits in Spat Over Snowden—"The chairman of a new German parliamentary panel probing mass surveillance by the NSA abruptly quit on Wednesday, rejecting opposition demands that the body question fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden."
- Stop Comparing the NSA to 1984 (and Start Comparing It to Philip K. Dick)—"Writers overwhelmingly use Orwell's novel to describe the surveillance state—which makes it easy to forget who's really oppressed today."
Surveillance and Privacy
- The Feds Cut a Deal With In-Flight Wi-Fi Providers, and Privacy Groups Are Worried
- Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser—What are your alternatives?
- BuzzFeed Quizzes: What Data Set Do You Belong To?
Media and Censorship
- Russia takes Voice of America radio off air
- Al-Jazeera trial: Defendants denounce 'joke' hearing
- Turkey's prime minister wants Twitter ban reinstated
- China: Television newscaster replaced on air for lashing out at corrupt officials+
- Internet freedom in Myanmar: A curse or an opportunity?—"With Myanmar's recently acquired internet freedom, questions arise about hate speech and incitement to violence online."
- Aspiring TV producer mistakenly killed by deputies in West Hollywood
- Lawsuit: Police academy instructors punished after whistleblowing
- Ex-Markham deputy police chief raped a prisoner, gets 5 years in prison
- Cop arrested for bumping man with car, then threatening him with gun
- Cop Pulls Gun On Fifth Graders Building Tree Fort—"Police forced a group of fifth graders to the ground at gunpoint this week as they attempted to build a tree fort in their own neighborhood."
- D.A. drops charge against woman who accused officer of excessive force
- Pakistan: Nine-month-old boy accused of planning murder—"A nine-month-old boy has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs, it appears."
- Justice: Albuquerque police use 'excessive force'
- Feds slam use of deadly force by Albuquerque police
- US inquiry may order Albuquerque police oversight
- Mississippi Woman Faces Execution For Crime Her Son Admitted To
- US man cleared of Brooklyn killing after 25 years in jail—"Jonathan Fleming, 51, walks free after new evidence placed him in Florida on night of 1989 murder in New York."
- Woman, 74, freed after 32 years in prison for murder she didn't commit
- World's longest-serving death inmate freed over evidence doubts—"The Shizuoka District Court suspended the death sentence and ordered a retrial for 78-year-old Iwao Hakamada, who had been convicted in a 1966 murder."
- Dallas police dash camera video shows incident that led to man's $1.1M settlement with city
- Attorneys skeptical of Oklahoma dash-cam bill—"Some attorneys who specialize in obtaining arrest videos from police are concerned that a bill to make Highway Patrol dash-cam videos open to the public could actually have the opposite effect and limit the public's ability to see the videos."
- Arizona Police Investigating Video of Officer Attacking Woman
- LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show—"An inspection by LAPD investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas."
- Fundraising effort surpasses $100,000 for man assaulted by angry crowd in Detroit
- Detroit Nurse Hailed A Hero; Stepping In To Stop The Attack On Driver Beaten By Mob
- Detroit police arrest 2 more suspects in beating of driver who hit boy
- Detroit police not ruling out hate crime in mob attack on Steven Utash, white motorist who struck boy with pickup
- Toyota admits deceiving consumers; $1.2-billion penalty is record—"Carmaker says it misled consumers and regulators about two defects that caused sudden-acceleration incidents. 'Toyota put sales over safety, and profit over principle,' FBI says."
- On Heels Of GM, Toyota Recalls More Than 6 Million Vehicles
- Ford to recall about 434,000 vehicles
- Is your car infested with spiders? Mazda has a software update for that
- GM knew of faulty ignition switch, court documents show—"Engineers say automaker believed drivers would be able to control car if ignition failed."
- G.M. Secrecy on Crashes Adds to Families' Pain—"Relatives of people killed in accidents involving recalled General Motors cars find it hard to get information partly because of how G.M. defines victims, and the technology of 'black boxes.'" NYT
- Angry families want GM prosecuted for defects
- Two Reasons The GM Recall Is Unlike Any Recall We've Ever Seen—First, regulators twice failed to do their jobs. And second, GM attempts to escape liability by changing their company name.
- GM's Barra: 'I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced' WaPo
- The Ignition Switch General Motors Didn't Want to Replace Costs 57-Cents
- An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a G.M. Flaw NYT
- Man gets 14 years for 'lasing' helicopter—Harsh sentence due to his unceasing pattern of bad behavior.
- LAX baggage-heist case may be one of airport's largest
- Airlines Got Fewer Complaints But Bungled More Bags
- SaharaTV Releases Video of Passengers Aboard New York Bound Arik Air Plane… Without Airconditioning!
- Flipside: Spontaneous protest on plane halts deportation—"In an expression of spontaneous protest against the deportation of a young Iranian man, passengers aboard a flight from Östersund refused to fasten their seat belts, which, by law, prevented the pilots from taking off."
New story: Growth by Derek Williams (hypno)
Workers and Wage Slaves
- Senate extends unemployment insurance. Why such a tough sell in the House?
- Getting Walmart Workers Off Food Stamps Would Cost Customers Barely Anything
- Reich: Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour
- SeaTac, Wash., fast becoming epicenter of 'livable wage' debate
- Work-life balance: what changes could help improve yours?—"New labour laws in France protect workers from responding to emails after 6pm, and a trial in Sweden is reducing work hours to just 30 hours a week. Do these initiatives sound like a good idea to you? Or what changes could help improve your work-life balance?"
- How America is rigged for the rich—"Eric Liu says Paul Ryan gets it very wrong: The U.S.'s problem is not a culture of poverty, it is a culture of wealth destroying the value linking work to reward."
- Alabama Passes 4 Bills Restricting Welfare
- Why Is Georgia About to Pass a Law That Will Make It Easier to Send Poor People to Prison?—"After extensive lobbying, the private probation industry is poised to wield ever more power over Georgia's debtors."
- Drum: Nobody Cares What You Think Unless You're Rich
- Du Pont heir didn't go to court-ordered clinic—Send him to prison where he belongs.
- Obama blasts 'least productive Congress in modern history'
- Fed-Up Eric Holder Rips Congress: 'Unprecedented, Unwarranted, Ugly and Divisive'
- Sen. Charles Grassley plans new whistleblower-protection caucus WaPo
- Why people are not engaged in politics and policymaking – and how to fix it—"We asked former home secretary David Blunkett and other experts how to involve #peopleinpolitics. Here's what they said."
- CapitolBells.com—Leveraging social media to track bills
- How politics makes us stupid
- Busy Day For House GOP: Blocks Bills On Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, LGBT Rights, Mine Safety
- Darrell Issa Tries Tactic In IRS Probe Last Used In McCarthyism—More circus acts [WaPo] to come.
- Dems seek end to Benghazi probe; GOP presses ahead
- Poll: More than half of N.J. voters say Christie's 'Bridgegate' report was 'whitewash'
- Judge: Key BridgeGate Figures Don't Have To Give Documents To Lawmakers
- Huckabee: Men Hunt Together, Women Go To The Restroom Together—Misogynistic and homophobic Salon.
Civil Rights and Racism
- Many doubt 1964 Civil Rights Act could pass today
- GOP Senate Candidate: Obama Is Dodging Impeachment Because He Isn't White
- Study: When whites are told they're becoming a minority, they become more conservative
- Jimmy Carter: Southern White Men Turn To The GOP Because Of 'Race'
- The Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act. What Happened Next in These 8 States Will Not Shock You.
- We Should Be in a Rage—"When will we demand the country we deserve? If we don't like the path we're on, we can alter it." NYT
- How to reverse a supreme court attack on democracy: fight for voting rights—"John Roberts' wrecking ball got you mad as hell? Don't take his court's electoral destruction for granted anymore."
- Clinton: Voting limits derail civil rights—"President Bill Clinton ripped the Supreme Court's conservative justices and Republicans pushing voter identification laws on Wednesday, accusing them of undermining civil rights." He also urges adding photos to Social Security cards for voter identification WaPo
- Why voting rights is the Democrats' most important project in 2014 WaPo
- Could absentee ballot controversy lead to Ohio voting probe?—"Going after the personal finances of public officials for trying to promote voter participation is unprecedented."
- Voter laws: Imposter anxiety
- Senate sends governor bill banning United Nations election monitors from Tennessee—What a waste of time.
- Wisconsin Had Best-Run Elections in U.S., So Republicans Fixed 'Em
- Report: Florida Voting Wait Times In 2012 Were Worst In the Nation
- New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line
- In the Exciting New World of Campaign Financing, Deceptive Fundraising Websites Are A-OK
Campaign Finance Deform
- Thought money could buy an American election? You ain't seen nothin' yet—"The supreme court's relaxing of donation rules just made US elections even more undemocratic and corruptible."
- Dionne: Supreme oligarchy—"Combine McCutcheon with the decision in the Citizens United case and you can see that the court is systematically transferring more power to a tiny, privileged sliver of our people." WaPo
- The war against American citizens—"The Supreme Court’s ‘McCutcheon’ decision exemplifies the struggles against average Americans." WaPo
- RNC Chair Complains That The Supreme Court Hasn’t Done Enough To Let Rich Donors Give The GOP Money
- Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge Chicago contract
Banks and Wall Street
- Why Obama's Regulators Let Wall Street Bankers Off Easy—"Remember when the economy collapsed because some people were criminally negligent and nobody went to prison?"
- SEC Goldman Lawyer Says Agency Too Timid on Wall Street Misdeeds—"Kidney said his superiors were more focused on getting high-paying jobs after their government service than on bringing difficult cases. The agency's penalties, Kidney said, have become 'at most a tollbooth on the bankster turnpike.'"
- Wall Street's wily front group: Inside story of a rental scheme's secret facelift—"How profit-hungry Wall Street landlords are secretly trying to turn themselves into a modest, lovable trade group." Salon
- Banker Who Helped Crash Housing Market Helped Crafting Mortgage Reform
- Fannie, Freddie shareholders lobby against U.S. housing reform bill
- Bank of America to pay nearly $800 million for deceptive credit card practices WaPo
- Trial of Occupy activist struggles to find jurors impartial to protest movement—"Series of potential jurors voice opposition to protest movement in trial of Cecily McMillan, who faces seven years in prison for assault on police officer."
- Office Of Outgoing JPMorgan Asia CEO Raided By Hong Kong's Commission Against Corruption
- J.P. Morgan Backs Off Russian Payment Halt
- JPMorgan fails to end lawsuit over London Whale losses
- U.S. stock markets are rigged, says author Michael Lewis
- Yes, the stock market is rigged
- The FBI Is Investigating High-Frequency Traders
- In Defense of "Flash Boys"—Felix Salmon: "[T]he big problem with high-frequency trading isn't that small investors get ripped off, it's that the system is so complex that literally no one really understands how it works or what kind of danger it poses."
- Katsuyama vs. O'Brien - who won the fight?
- The Wolf Hunters of Wall Street NYT
- Obamacare: It's Working!—"Once left for dead, the president's signature legislation is hitting its goals. And it's changing the political calculus for November."
- Obamacare Might Be Covering Way More People Than Previously Thought—Good news for those who weren't denied.
- GOP Grapples With The Unsettling Fear That Obamacare May Succeed
- Conservative Health Experts Wonder How To Coexist With Obamacare
- Gov. Rick Scott stands by two misleading campaign ads on Obamacare
- Many Obamacare Critics, Including Koch Brothers, Accepted Its Subsidies
- WSJ Editors To Conservatives: Stop Acting Crazy Over Obamacare
- The Right Searches for Obamacare Replacement, Finds Obamacare
- Forget Obamacare: Vermont wants to bring single payer to America
- This Generation of Med Students Wants a Truly Just Healthcare System for All
- Obamacare's Next Task: Break Our Dependence On The Emergency Room
- The perils of Florida's refusal to expand Medicaid—"Charlene Dill is one of an estimated 2,000 people who expected to face dire health issues due to lack of access to care."
- Maine's GOP Governor Vetoes Medicaid Expansion For Third Time
- Virginia's Medicaid expansion fight: More proof that the Commonwealth is broken
- Court Rejects Louisiana's Bid To Stop Anti-Jindal Pro-Obamacare Billboard
- Boehner Concedes on Sneaky GOP Voice Vote Expanding Obamacare: "It Was a Good Thing"
Bill of Health
- $1,000-a-day miracle drug shocks U.S. health care system
- Top Medicare Doctor Paid $21 Million in 2012, Data Shows
- Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report
- On Indiegogo, a miracle health device crowdfunds $730k. One problem: it might be total bullshit
- Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life
- More measles outbreaks in Calif. as debate continues over vaccines
- Chili's cancels fundraiser with National Autism Association—They were planning on donating 10% of their profits to anti-vaccine truthers this month.
- Vaccinations fall, measles rise in Oregon
- Measles In Calgary: Unvaccinated Students Should Stay Home
- Australia: Court grants father right to vaccinate his children
- JHallComics: Vaccine
- Blast from the Past: Penn & Teller's Bullshit - Vaccinations
- My Heart Bleeds for OpenSSL
- Schneier on Heartbleed—"'Catastrophic' is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11."
- The Real Threat From The Heartbleed Security Flaw Is The NSA
- How Companies Are Reacting to the Heartbleed Security Bug
- How to protect yourself from the 'Heartbleed' bug
New story: The Favor 5 by xythan_shadow
- Supreme Court declines free speech, gay marriage case—"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple."
- Ohio will have to recognize gay marriages, judge says
- Michigan lesbian who gave post-wedding TV interview is attacked
- Legal fight over dead gay man's estate: his mom, 75, vs. his husband
- Lesbians' baby baptized by Catholic Church in Argentina
- Alabama House approves call to put same-sex marriage ban in U.S. Constitution
- Oregon GOP governor candidate links gay marriage and murder, suggests return to mid-century lawbooks
- Welby: backing gay marriage could be 'catastrophic' for Christians
- "Anti-Christian religious bigotry" is apparently what conservatives are now calling LGBTQ rights—"NOM president Brian Brown is seeing a rise in 'anti-Christian' bigotry, which is just a rise in LGBTQ rights." Uh, take that log out of your eyes. Salon
- Head of Anglican church: We must discriminate against gays lest someone think we're gay and bash us
- Brendan Eich resigns as Mozilla Corporation CEO—Can't see how someone who advocates discrimination could have stayed in a company that "believes both in equality and freedom of speech." How would he have treated employees in same-sex marriages?
- After Eich resigns, conservatives slam Mozilla—and call for boycott—Turnabout is fair play?
- No, Andrew Sullivan, Calling Out Bigotry is Not 'Intolerance'
- OkCupid's CEO Donated to an Anti-Gay Campaign Once, Too—What's the diff?
- Just a Reminder: The Campaign for Prop 8 Was Unprecedentedly Cruel
- Obama Administration Opens Medicare To Same-Sex Married Couples
- Same-Sex Spouses Can Amend Past Tax Returns for a Bigger Refund
- Same-sex retirement benefits retroactive to June 2013, IRS rules
- Fox News Hails Doctor Who Said Gay Rights Lead to Child Molestation—"Meet the right's new anti-Obamacare hero."
- LGBT housing non-discrimination bill killed by Louisiana lawmakers
- Mississippi Passes Watered-Down Version Of Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill
- Russian Court Declares Ban on LGBT Rights Protests Illegal
- Gay conversion therapy should have no place in NHS, says health minister
- Beware the Gay Mafia—"Why are conservatives afraid of LGBTQ activists?"
- Nun Reportedly Tells Catholic School Kids That Masturbation Makes Guys Gay
- Mississippi's Sex-Ed Classes Teach Kids That Homosexuality Is Illegal, Even Though It Isn't
- South Carolina Senator Convinces University To Cancel Play, Says It Was 'Recruiting' Lesbians
- Transgender substitute teacher upsets Lumberton ISD parents
- Parent Requests Gay Book Pulled from Fauquier High School's Library
- 'Gay of Thrones' Is Also Back, With a Vengeance
- Gay male seeks straight guy—"A new study sheds light on the allure of same-sex encounters with heterosexual men." Salon
- Match.Com Will No Longer Make Bi Users Pay For Two Separate Profiles
- How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion—"Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That's the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use."
- How evangelicals won a culture war and lost a generation
- Congressman Who Campaigned on "Faith, Family, and Hard Work" Caught Kissing Staffer on Tape—Hypocrite.
- Megachurch pastor resigns, citing 'moral failing'
- New Policy in Italy: Catholic Bishops Are Not Obligated to Report Child Sexual Abuse
- Judge slams church over paedophile priest secrets—"A priest who allegedly witnessed predatory pedophile Gerald Ridsdale raping a young girl 40 years ago has been slammed by a judge, but the clergyman’s identity has been withheld from the public."
- Saudi Arabia Doubles Down on Atheism; New Laws Declares It Equivalent to Terrorism
- 'Islamic takeover plot' in Birmingham schools investigated
- France's Le Pen: ban non-pork meals in schools—"Leader of France's far-Right party says schools should not pander to Jewish and Muslim children by offering non-Pork alternatives for lunch."
- Book critical of Scientology, banned from America for 27 years, now goes on sale in US
- Who's Behind Newsweek?—"Pastor David Jang hopes that media companies will 'rain down blessings' on his Christian sect."
- Two Christian SC Senators Block Third Grader's State Fossil Proposal Because Jesus —One of them wants to give God credit.
- This GOP House Candidate Is Running for Office So His Daughter Won't Have to Learn About Evolution
- PBS vs. Creationists: A Fight Over Our Fishy Ancestors—"A PBS series aims to show how humans evolved from creatures of the deep. But creationists have denounced it as an attempt to 'package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science.'"
- Lawrence Krauss: I Have No Idea How I Ended Up in That Stupid Geocentrism Documentary
- "Star Trek" actress denounces creationist movie she narrated—"Kate Mulgrew distances herself from geocentrism documentary, and creator's ultra-conservative, anti-Semitic views." Oh Janeway. Salon
Abortion and Birth Control
- The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion
- Court Keeps New Arizona Abortion Rules On Hold
- Why Antonin Scalia's 'Abortifacient' Confusion is Dangerous—Ignorantly believes contraception induces abortion.
- Murder charges dismissed against Mississippi woman on trial for giving birth to a stillborn—"The murder charge against Rennie Gibbs has been dismissed, but the state plans to re-present the case." Salon
- Wait, Did An Oklahoma Hospital Try to Ban Birth Control Prescriptions For An Entire Town?
- Is '16 And Pregnant' An Effective Form Of Birth Control?—"A study released Monday suggests that the MTV show 16 and Pregnant has contributed to a decline in the nation's teen birthrate. The researchers looked at teen births, Nielsen ratings, Google searches and tweets, and attribute one-third of the decline to the TV show."
- Sengalese girl, 10, raped, now pregnant, denied abortion—"Authorities have ruled she must carry to term. Senegal gives a 10-year sentence to a woman guilty of having an abortion."
- Philippines Supreme Court declares reproductive health law constitutional—"The Court however strikes down some provisions."
- Dear Harvard: You Win—Anonymous victim laments university's lack of action, but it looks like the school now is responding to the allegation.
- 3 get death sentence in India gang rapes
- This Guy Is Using 'Good Looks' as a Rape Defense—"This guy is using 'good looks' as a rape defense."
- Afghan girl married at six to cover her father's debt
- Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage—"Children under nine years old could be legally married and wives forced to comply with sexual demands under newly tabled legislation described by critics as a setback for women's rights."
- Islamophobia in action? 'Honor Diaries' screening shut down by CAIR
- The Pink Gang in India: Victims No More—In other news, the Gulabi Gang gets shut down by Komen for choosing pink. (Not really... but stranger things have happened.)
- Staffer Who Was Caught Kissing Vance McAllister Resigns, While Congressman Keeps His Job—He wanted an FBI probe into the video leak [Politco].
- Conservative Pundit Wonders Why Women Voters 'Are So Easily Fooled And Manipulated'
- 'Dirty Old Man' Judge Wants To Tell Women Lawyers What To Wear
- Princeton Mom Is Everything That's Wrong With Everything
- Thousands protest in support of breastfeeding 'tramp'
- Hillary Clinton: For women, 'Double standard is alive and well'
- Republican Slams Dems' Equal Pay Push As 'Condescending' To Women
- Senate Republicans Block Bill on Equal Pay—"A Democratic-sponsored bill meant to close the pay gap between men and women failed in the Senate, framing an election-year fight over whose policies are friendlier to female voters." NYT
- Republicans kiss votes from women goodbye WaPo
- Mikulski Tears Into Stereotype That Women Are 'Too Emotional'
- Obama Actions Test Workplace Ideas—"Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other." Check out GlassDoor.
- The Problem With Your Problem With Pink
- Girl and boy toys: Childhood preferences for gendered toys are not innate
- I will let my son play with Barbies
New story: Making Up a Foursome by Rob Bass
War on Terror
- Blast from the Past: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war—"Secret document details American plan to bug phones and emails of key Security Council members." And Britain too.
- Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War So Halliburton Would Profit
- Judge blasts FBI over Saudi family investigation
- Anti-terror surveillance law used in Iowa grain spy probe—"Investigators used a law designed to eavesdrop on foreign spies and terrorists when they probed Chinese seed company officials suspected of stealing trademark hybrid corn from Iowa."
- Government breaches at all-time high, press blunder under-reports by millions—"This is one of those articles that spoils your faith in mankind. Not only are government security incidents fully into holy-cow territory, the press is reporting numbers three magnitudes too low because someone misread a chart and everyone else copied that report."
CIA Torture Report
- Senate votes to release parts, not whole, of torture report—"Select aspects of the lengthy Senate report on CIA torture will be made public. The whole thing should be released." Salon
- Declassify: The Importance of Releasing the CIA Torture Report—"Unless a Senate committee votes to release the 6,300-page document, the Bush Administration's illegal, ineffective interrogation policies are bound to return."
- Leak the CIA report: it's the only way to know the whole truth about torture—"Unless, of course, you think spies redacting 6,300 pages of their own sins is transparency. Look how much leaks told us this week."
- State Department Official Freaks Out That Declassifying CIA Torture Report Might Make The World Angry
- Michael Hayden Says Dianne Feinstein Too 'Emotional' To Be Objective On Intelligence Report
- U.S. senator gets so angry at Cheney's torture defense that he offers to waterboard him
- Pelosi: Former VP Dick Cheney 'set the tone' for the CIA's use of torture
- Liz Cheney, Juan Williams Clash Over CIA Torture Report
- Tony Blair 'knew all about CIA secret kidnap programme'—"Former British PM was 'fully briefed' on CIA's interrogation programme after Sept 11 attacks."
- Jon Stewart Rips Cheney, Rumsfeld For Taking America 'Back To The Torture'
- It's Time the CIA Gets Some Serious Oversight
- Using the 'Top Secret' Stamp to Hide Lies and War Crimes—"By letting the CIA vet the torture report, the White House and Congress are giving Americans a new reason to have contempt for an illegitimate classification system."
- Suit challenging drone strikes that killed Americans, 16-year-old boy is tossed—"Judge says drone killings are US military and president's prerogative."
- Artists install massive poster of child's face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators
- Triathlete injured by "hacked" camera drone—"Operator claims someone 'channel hopped'control away." Who can say with 100% certainty armed military drones can't be hacked as well?
- US Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' to Stir Unrest
- #CancelCastro: Why Is U.S. Policy Toward Cuba So Absurd?
- The Fall of Internet Freedom: Meet the Company That Secretly Built 'Cuban Twitter'
- Secret 'Cuban Twitter' program poses challenge for bloggers and exiles—"Finding that program funded by USAid could be damaging to groups working to increase access to technology, say analysts."
- The "Cuban Twitter" Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket
- Snowden Speaks: A Vanity Fair Exclusive—"The most significant leaker in recent history spoke with Vanity Fair for an exclusive, comprehensive story about his life."
- Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers—'Whistleblower tells Council of Europe NSA deliberately snooped on groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International."
- Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald address US campaigners via video—"Whistleblower and journalist warn human rights activists of dangers of NSA collection of metadata." Such as there being "no legal means currently exist to challenge such activities or to see penalties for such abuses."
- Snowden to Receive Truth-Telling Prize—"Edward J. Snowden and the journalist Laura Poitras, who helped him disclose the documents on government surveillance, will receive a Ridenhour prize." NYT
- DOJ Apologizes For Misleading FISC Concerning Evidence; Hints Strongly That It Used Opportunity To Destroy Evidence
- If President Obama wanted the NSA to quit storing phone metadata, he'd act now—"Obama's pen, not Congress, could stop NSA bulk telephone metadata collection immediately."
- Supreme Court passes on NSA bulk phone surveillance case—"Case will head to appeals court first, but will likely end up with the Supremes."
- NSA logs reveal flood of post-Snowden FOIA requests | Al Jazeera America
- Merkel ally says U.S. assurances on NSA spying 'insufficient'
- How Much Is NSA Spying Costing In Lost Productivity?
Surveillance and Privacy
- Assange: US Annexed Whole World Through Surveillance
- As gov't discusses expanding digital searches, ACLU sounds caution—"Proposed changes not 'minor'—'it is a major reorganization of judicial power.'"
- Big Brother's Facebook: UK, US intelligence 'infiltrating' social media
- Mohamed Mohamud deserves new trial due to 'unconstitutional' surveillance, lawyers argue
- EU court rules against requirement to keep data of telecom users
- Yahoo fixes Flickr invitation bug that leaked real names and email addresses—"Privacy flaw on photo sharing website initially dismissed as ‘working as designed’ and not making sensitive data available."
- FireChat's anonymous, off-grid messaging app arrives on Android
- Google Chrome bug: To Listen Without Consent – Abusing the HTML5 Speech
- Critical crypto bug in OpenSSL opens two-thirds of the Web to eavesdropping—"Exploits allow attackers to obtain private keys used to decrypt sensitive data."
- Big Data Is A Civil Rights Issue
- The inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz—"More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT's handling of the hacking case persist." Despite all their claims of neutrality, "e-mails illustrate how MIT energetically assisted authorities in capturing him and gathering evidence — even prodding JSTOR to get answers for prosecutors more quickly — before a subpoena had been issued." In related news, one artist is printing 250,000 pages of pirated JSTOR documents, in Tribute to Aaron Swartz
- Former Yahoo employee alleges he was harassed, threatened and lost job because of online interactions—"Ross Dmochowski, a 42-year-old tech professional, was unprepared when his online chats resulted in a bomb threat under his name that brought FBI agents to his Livermore home -- and contributed to his getting fired in September from his $120,000-a-year job at Yahoo."
- Barrett Brown Signs Plea Deal in Case Involving Stratfor Hack—"Barrett Brown, whose case became a cause célèbre after he was charged with crimes related to the Stratfor hack, has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, according to court filings." Complete with a gag-order... sigh.
- Australia: Border Protection forces Facebook content removal through Twitter
- Google Appeals Turkey YouTube Blackout WSJ
- Philippines: Inching Toward Censorship
- Net Censors Arrested In China For Taking Bribes To Delete Unflattering Posts As Well As The 'Harmful' Ones
- US plan to end ICANN oversight could lead to 'Net censorship, lawmakers say
- NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent
- The Blade, pair of journalists who were held file FBI complaints
- Legal Schnauzer blogger freed from jail after 5 months; had been held on contempt charge
CNN and MH370
- CNN's Missing Plane Coverage Turns Up Garbage—In more ways than one.
- CNN, what do you even do anymore?—"Jon Stewart mocks CNN for its continued non-news coverage of Flight MH370." Salon
- Larry King Calls CNN's MH370 Coverage "Abysmal" While Ripping Networks' Use Of "Breaking News"—Bread and circuses.
- CNN 'Breaking News' 31 Days After MH370 Vanished: 'Families Frustrated by Media Coverage'
- Fox News Host Defends CNN's Plane Coverage: It's Not Just For The Ratings
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- The Selfie and Serendipity's Extinction
- Social Media and the Perils of Looking for 'Likes'
- Virtual Reality is going to change the world
- What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong
- Google Earth Finds Woman Trapped On Deserted Island For 7 Years
- After borking high-profile crowdfunding campaigns, PayPal updates policies—"Mailpile, Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm, and Dreamfall Chapters all had funds frozen."
Cable and Broadband
- FCC sides with local cable commissions against Comcast—"The Federal Communications Commission has upheld a ruling ordering Comcast to stop charging its customers for cable equipment under the guise of service fees."
- New Revelations on Google Fiber Spells More Bad News for AT&T and Verizon
- One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard—"Creating an ISP? You'll need millions of dollars, patience, and lots of lawyers."
- Netflix's Net-Neutrality Plea Gets Rejected by the FCC—"But the agency might still regulate negotiations between websites and Internet providers."
- Net neutrality law adopted by European Parliament—It was a hard-fought and won battle.
- Q&A with policy advisor for the ACLU on net neutrality
- The Netherlands paves the way for carrier-free SIM cards
- MEPs vote to scrap mobile roaming fees in Europe
- Watch 30 Years of Mobile Phones Come Together as a Digital Orchestra
- Sony Blocks Creative Commons Movie With Bogus DMCA Takedown—"It's pretty hard to enrage free software advocates, the Creative Commons movement, and anti-overreaching copyright and anti-censorship camps with a single move, so 'congratulations' to Sony for managing that today. Thanks to a bogus DMCA takedown, the Blender Institute's open movie 'Sintel' is now blocked on YouTube."/
- How Dropbox Knows When You're Sharing Copyrighted Stuff (Without Actually Looking At Your Stuff)
- New judge blasts Prenda's "attorney speak," finds lawyers in contempt—"Judge to John Steele: 'The community is worried about guys like you.'"
- Why Veronica Mars embraced UltraViolet and angered fans—Industry-touted DRM hurting customers, again.
- Google's 'Glass' trademark held back by US patent office
- US Supreme Court says human DNA cannot be patented—"Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, the US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously."
- Abstract Ideas Don't Deserve Patents—"The government has too often given patent protection to inventions that do not represent real scientific advances." NYT
- Supreme Court hears argument on a patent worthy of King Tut—"Is the patent behind a global banking lawsuit just 'a man with an abacus?'"
- Supreme Court skeptical of computer-based patents
- Apple, Pfizer, others form 'go slow' U.S. patent lobby group—"[The Partnership for American Innovation] would oppose efforts to make software or biotechnology unpatentable."
- Newegg and friends crush a patent troll
- Podcasts Vs. Patent Trolls: How You Can Help
- Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power The Future—"Facebook has a perception problem—consumers just don't trust it."
- Study: 30 percent of U.S. adults get their news from the Facebook feed
- Facebook's new face recognition knows you from the side
- Jerk.com scammed money to remove Facebook-scraped profiles, says FTC—"Take info, post it publicly, ask for money to remove it, do nothing, profit."
- Facebook Friends Help Diagnose A 3-Year-Old With Eye Disease
- Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So
- Windows 7 outgains Windows 8 and 8.1 in market share again, but Windows XP still above 27%—Buncha stragglers.
- Microsoft's Windows 8 is Less Popular than Discontinued Windows XP—"Windows 8 is still proving to be unpopular, even after its 8.1 update."
- Microsoft Will Soon Bring Back The Start Menu In Windows 8.1
- Fixing Windows 8
- Windows XP End of Life Breeding FUD, Legit Concerns
- Mathematics of trust: How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY
- UK government buys last-minute lifeline with £5.5m Windows XP support deal
- Dutch government pays millions to extend Microsoft XP support
- Windows XP support will be available after April 8—just not for you
- The #1 New Paid App In The Play Store Costs $4, Has Over 10,000 Downloads, A 4.7-Star Rating... And It's A Total Scam
- The Fallacy Of Android-First
- Here's Why Developers Keep Favoring Apple Over Android
- Microsoft to start blocking annoying adware by default
- Ad blockers get ad-group exec's blood boiling (Q&A)—"The Interactive Advertising Bureau doesn't like how tens of millions of people use ad-blocking software. IAB's general counsel has a counterattack: block the blockers."
- Research Finds Value Exchange Ads Benefit Gamers, Developers And Marketers
- For Kids, Gaming Is Healthier Than Television
- Titanfall's Anticheat Is Now Being Enforced
- How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day
- The Guilt of the Video-Game Millionaires—"For many young, successful game makers, who created their work out of a passion for play, riches come with profound cost."
- Candy Crush Firm Slumps In Market Debut
- Tinder Exploited By Bots Promoting "Castle Clash" Game Downloads
- The "2048" game is why we can't have nice things—"The latest viral game breakout exposes the horrible economics of online gaming." Salon
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Workers and Wage Slaves
- Loss Of Unemployment Benefits Has Now Cost Almost $5 Billion As Congress Dithers
- Robert Reich: Blame big money for our dysfunctional economy—"Former secretary of labor weighs in on our latest underwhelming jobs report and the implications of 'McCutcheon.'" Salon
- Nearly 90% of fast-food workers allege wage theft, survey finds
- McDonald's ex-managers sound off to Salon: Non-existent breaks and illegal overtime—"Former managers says the giant chain's employees were illegally denied their pay - and the corporation's to blame." Salon
- Walmart Realizes It's Losing Billions Of Dollars By Denying Workers More Hours
- Walmart living wage: If the company paid its employees more, how much would prices go up?
- Politicians violated VW workers' rights—"[Tenn. Gov.] Haslam, according to the documents, essentially offered Volkswagen $300 million in taxpayer dollars for plant expansion — but only if the plant remained union-free."
- The First Person to Talk to Millennials Like Human Beings Will Run the World—"A new study says Millennials will put an end to the two-party system in America. Will the people currently in power learn to talk to them like people before it all happens?"
- Millennials Mired in Wealth Gap as Older Americans Gain: Economy
- 260,000 graduates in minimum wage jobs
- This GOP House Candidate Proposed Eliminating the Weekend
- UPS Fires 250 Employees For Staging A 90-Minute Protest To Defend Co-Worker
- Woman allegedly fired for checking her email during maternity leave Salon
- Four More Shipbreaking Workers Die in Bangladesh
- Labour markets: A mighty contest—"Job destruction by robots could outweigh creation."
- Wider U.S. trade deficit to weigh on first-quarter GDP
- Pro-Democrat group says 9 of the 10 poorest states are Republican—Politifact says: Mostly true.
- If homeless people had a safe place to live, taxpayers could save millions—"By providing housing to its homeless, Charlotte, N.C., saved $1.8 million, research at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte found."
- TV Networks Denied Obama Airtime To Tout Obamacare Enrollment
- Facing Obamacare deadline, more young people signed up in March WaPo
- Medicaid boosted by 3 million, bringing 'Obamacare' sign-ups to 10 million—"The numbers may boost Democrats' assertion that 'Obamacare' is working."
- Paul Ryan: We Can Totally Still Repeal Obamacare
- Paul Ryan's honesty problem: How he just exposed GOP's true Obamacare intentions—"Golden boy inadvertently admits GOP doesn't agree insurers should be prohibited from discriminating against the ill." Salon
- Paul Ryan: Popular parts of Obamacare too costly to keep, alternatives needed—It's called single-payer. WaPo
- GOP Candidate Touts Fake Phone Call From Obama In New Ad—Sad.
- The next GOP scheme to manufacture Obamacare "horror stories" WaPo
- Sen. Sanders: Democracy vs. Oligarchy—"The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans."
- There's a Class War Going On and the Poor Are Getting Their Butts Kicked
- The Shocking Rise of Wealth Inequality: Is it Worse Than We Thought?
- You'll Never Guess What Just Happened to Paul Ryan's Promise to Tackle Poverty
- Ryan Unsuited to Lead 'Adult Conversation' About Poverty
- Paul Ryan's budget: Even more austerity
- Judge said du Pont heir 'will not fare well' in prison—"A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he 'will not fare well' in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show."
- The heir, the judge and the homeless mom: America's prison bias for the 1%
- Pro-Pot, Pro-Gay, Anti-NSA… and Running for Senate—"Meet Shenna Bellows, Maine's former ACLU chief who's looking to unseat Susan Collins with a mix of left and right issues that might appeal to millennials." This is how the Tea Party can be effectively countered.
- Tea Party Aims at Incumbents, but Falls Short—"The Tea Party has nudged Republicans to the right in Congress, but falls short when it comes to recruiting good challengers to take out incumbents." NYT
- Honey Maid ad features two father family, single father, military family and more in 'This is Wholesome' campaign
- 'Imperial Presidency' Becomes a Rallying Cry for Republicans—"While criticizing President Obama as weak, Republicans are also uniting behind a message of government overreach." NYT
- The Shame of American Politics: GOP Presidential Hopefuls now Trek to Las Vegas seeking Adelson Blessing
- Documents reveal secretive Hollywood group's shady donations to conservative politicians
- How the Right Hijacked Arizona—"Ultraconservatives have seized the state's Legislature—and the middle-of-the-road electorate has only its own apathy to blame."
- Once disgraced, Mark Sanford is unopposed—South Carolina, 'nuff said.
- The GOP's Amazing Doublespeak On Medicare And Social Security
- Senate Resolution To Honor Cesar Chavez Dies After Republican Tries To Add Border Security Language—"Senator Bob Menendez introduced a resolution to honor Cesar Chavez legacy but it was scuttled after Senator David Vitter tried to add language about border security and illegal labor."
- Christie is innocent, says Christie-ordered internal review
- 'Daily Show' Has A Field Day With Christie's Self-Exonerating Report
- Chris Christie update: New Jerseyans think guv's lying about Bridgegate—"Plus: A new report shows the ways that the Christie administration used public employees to secure endorsements." Salon
- Grand Jury Convened in Christie Bridge Scandal Probe
- Why Christie isn't out of the woods just yet
- $6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department
- Rick Scott Fundraiser Founded Drug Clinic Closed Due To Abuse Reports
- Charlie Crist: Rick Scott was 'stealing from sick people' as CEO
- The Trillions of Dollars U.S. Companies Are Hoarding Overseas—"And a tax repatriation holiday is no way to get them to bring it all back home."
- Senate report claims Caterpillar avoided $2.4bn in US taxes—"Carl Levin's subcommittee on investigations says the equipment-maker routed money through a Swiss subsidiary."
- Congress Should Keep Lights Off on Tax Package That Nets GE Billions in Tax Breaks
- An "Army of Lobbyists" Is Quietly Fighting for Budget-Busting Corporate Tax Breaks
- Congress once again moves to extend 'tax extenders'—"Analysis: The lucrative tax breaks take billions out of the budget, at great reward to lobbyists and lawmakers."
- NY's millionaires getting hefty tax breaks
- Here's The Exact Plan The Cheating GOP Is Using To Steal The 2014 Elections
- How Republicans Rationalize Voter Suppression—"The GOP's claims of defending 'voter integrity,' 'fairness,' and 'uniformity' are complete nonsense."
- Appeals Court Finds Florida's 2012 Voter Purge Broke The Law
- State elections officials seek tighter security—"State elections officials said Wednesday that they're investigating hundreds of cases of voters who appear to have voted in two states and several dozen who appear to have voted after their deaths."
- A Well-Informed Electorate Is a Prerequisite for Democracy—Not a coincidence that public education has been constantly attacked and degraded, and substituting information with Fox-News propaganda.
Campaign Finance Deform
- Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits On Campaign Contributions
- McCutcheon Decision Campaign Finance - The American Government Is Open For Corruption
- Critics attack Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion that the Internet will safeguard against campaign corruption
- The Supreme Court's Faulty Reasoning In McCutcheon v. FEC
- There Are No Gods on the Supreme Court—"The Supreme Court just made it easier to buy a vote in America today. So why are we still taking them so seriously?"
- Justice Roberts Hearts Billionaires—"The chief either doesn't believe, or doesn't care, that money corrupts politics."
- Justice Roberts Defends the Embattled Rich in McCutcheon
- Nancy Pelosi Slams Supreme Court's McCutcheon Ruling: 'Is This Supposed To Be A Money War?'
- I stood up to the supreme court. It just struck down democracy. What now?—"We should've seen the McCutcheon decision's blow coming. But we must still fight to get big money out of politics."
- Obama signs ban on public funding of presidential campaigns into law—"White House enacts Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, day after supreme court removed cap on campaign contributions."
- The Court's Decision on 'McCutcheon' Will Empower the Oligarchs, Say Reformers
- Thanks to the Supreme Court, the US Just Moved One Step Closer to Full Oligarchy
- With 'McCutcheon' Ruling, An Activist Court Opts for Full-On Plutocracy
- History Shows Capitalism Begets Plutocracy
- The Koch Brothers and the Danger of American Plutocracy
- Greediest family on earth: Proof Koch brothers have just one political principle—"The Koch brothers like to pretend they're high-minded free marketers. Here's proof it's a scam." Salon
- Koch brothers vs. a bus: Why two billionaires hate a transit project in Nashville—"A bus rapid transit project is imperiled because a couple of rich guys love meddling." Salon
- Chuck Schumer: If People Know Who The Koch Brothers Are, We're Doing Something Right
- Politifact: Harry Reid says Koch brothers are richest family in the world—Mostly true.
- Charles Koch blasts "collectivists" in Wall Street Journal op-ed—"The billionaire industrialist and GOP donor says he's being unfairly maligned by for believing in liberty." Salon
- To Strike at Kochs, Democrats Revive Tactic That Hurt Romney NYT
- How to Vote Against the Koch Brothers
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