Posts by Amy Miller  (Page 30)
 

Flake’s #Egregious8 Bracket sizes up year’s worst pork

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 6:49pm 3/25/2015 at 6:49pm

All year, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) uses his “#PorkChop” series to highlight new and exciting ways that the federal government finds to send taxpayer dollars straight down the toilet.

Today, in honor of March Madness, Flake has opened up voting in his annual “Egregious 8” tournament, which pits wasteful government programs...

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Bergdahl charged with desertion, “misbehavior before the enemy”

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 5:15pm 3/25/2015 at 5:15pm

Last year, the United States released 5 high-profile al Qaeda commandos from the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities in exchange for the release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl was captured by militants after he allegedly deserted his base in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan. The exchange embroiled the Obama Administration in scandal—why did...

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New Mexico Legislature Tames Civil Forfeiture Laws

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8:30am 3/25/2015 at 8:30am

Civil forfeiture is a huge problem in America. How could it not be? Any policy written to allow law enforcement agencies to hold property responsible for a crime that may or may not have been committed by its owner is eventually doomed. Police have used civil forfeiture procedures to seize millions...

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Obama: We will maintain Afghanistan troop levels

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:48pm 3/24/2015 at 4:48pm

And down goes another campaign pledge!

Today President Obama held a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to announce that the United States will maintain its 9800 troop count in Afghanistan through the end of the year. The President had previously promised to reduce that troop count to...

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“Botched response?” House panel investigates Secret Service

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 3:12pm 3/24/2015 at 3:12pm

The Secret Service has problems—and today, director Joseph Clancy talked to Congress about his plans to turn things around.

The subject of today’s hearing centered around an incident that occurred earlier this month at the White House, where two likely-intoxicated Secret Service agents hit a security barrier after driving through an...

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Post-Net Neutrality update: Let the lawsuits begin!

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:30am 3/24/2015 at 10:30am

Yesterday, the first two lawsuits dealing with the new “Net Neutrality” rules were filed in federal court. The United States Telecom Association, a trade org representing the nation’s largest telecom companies, and Alamo Broadband, a small Texas-based broadband company, are both suing over...

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Texas “Cop Watcher” bill walked back, sponsor under fire

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Posted by    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:13pm 3/23/2015 at 9:13pm

Earlier this month I wrote a lengthy but necessary breakdown of Texas’ “Cop Watcher” bill. Sponsored by Dallas-area House representative Jason Villalba, HB 2918 as filed would have changed the way activists and citizen journalists are allowed to interact with police officers.

Almost immediately after the bill was filed, Villalba came...

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Anti-immigrant National Front loses first round in French elections

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Posted by    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:35pm 3/23/2015 at 7:35pm

The controversial National Front party lost ground to former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s center-right UMP party and their allies in the first round of the French elections on Sunday.

UMP took 32% of the vote, with Marine Le Pen’s National Front (FN) trailing at 26%. Current president Francis Hollande’s Socialists came in third...

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As UN talks, Iran makes moves in Yemen

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Posted by    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:00pm 3/23/2015 at 6:00pm

Yesterday the United Nations Security Council met in a rare Sunday meeting to discuss the devolving political and social situation in Yemen.

What does that mean? It means that United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar said a lot of words:

“Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the...

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Austin Lawyer Claims Credit for “White People Only” Sticker Vandalism

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Posted by    Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:30pm 3/22/2015 at 3:30pm

Remember Austin’s “White People Only” sticker controversy? Last week, shop owners came in to find that their businesses had been branded with stickers bearing the Austin city seal and proclaiming that the premises were “exclusively for white people.”

When the racially-charged stickers started popping up unsolicited on businesses all over the...

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Ted Cruz will run for president

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Posted by    Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 12:00pm 3/22/2015 at 12:00pm

The day is upon us.

This week, Ted Cruz will become the first presidential candidate to officially throw his hat in the ring. Senior advisors with direct knowledge of Cruz’s plans said that the junior senator from Texas will make his big announcement at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University this...

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UN will hold emergency meetings on Yemen

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Posted by    Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 8:00am 3/22/2015 at 8:00am

Today the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the devolving situation in Yemen. The council will meet in a closed session at 3 p.m. EDT.

Earlier this year the UN condemned the Houthi siege on Sana’a and the subsequent attack on the sitting government. Deposed President Abed Rabbo...

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ISIS forms kill list targeting US military members

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Posted by    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:36pm 3/21/2015 at 7:36pm

ISIS has posted the names, addresses, units, and headshots of 100 U.S. military personnel they claim have participated in airstrikes against the terror group’s activities in Iraq, Syria, and other areas in the Middle East.

In a message posted to the self-styled “Islamic State Hacking Division,” the terror group urges its...

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US pulls remaining security forces out of Yemen

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Posted by    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:45pm 3/21/2015 at 1:45pm

Things just keep getting worse for the US military in Yemen.

What was remaining of the US military presence in Yemen has been—or is in the process of—evacuating the region after attacks by both Shiite Houthi rebels and al-Qaeda forces caused a breakdown in security.

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New online tool makes regulation monitoring easy

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Posted by    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:30am 3/21/2015 at 10:30am

Since 2008, the federal government has finalized over 2500 regulations.

Those regulations required over 500 million hours of paperwork hours, and ring in to the tune of almost 734 billion dollars in total cost.

That’s a lot of agency-based lawmaking. How is the average American supposed to navigate all that? A...

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Texas Judge Grills Obama Attorneys on Immigration Overhaul

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Posted by    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:00am 3/21/2015 at 7:00am
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Back in February, a federal judge in Texas enjoined the Obama Administration from rolling out its immigration overhaul via executive action. In the injunction, the court said that the Administration could not claim prosecutorial discreti...

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Dear future husband: my cheeky femininity is “problematic”

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Posted by    Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5:49pm 3/20/2015 at 5:49pm

Right now, lurking in your radio, is something so…so hideous…so backward….that it threatens to destroy gender equality as we know it.

We’ve known for a long time that some feminists have a problem with women who choose to become housewives, and an even bigger problem with women who embrace their feminine...

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