Monthly Archives: August 2016

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ALEC’s War on Clean Government

I walked into my sixth American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference just in time to hear the queen of ALEC, state Senator Leah Vukmir, tell one of two familiar Wisconsin myths. It wasn’t the one Governor Walker likes to repeat, where newly elected Tea Party politicians faced down thousands of school teachers, firefighters and high school kids (aka…

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The Obscure Jim Crow Tactic Keeping Latinos Out Of Politics

Voting rights advocates are celebrating after a series of court rulings struck down discriminatory voter ID laws that make it harder for minorities to cast a ballot. But they’re not declaring victory just yet. Now, civil rights groups are turning their attention to districts where majority white legislatures are using an even more insidious way…

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Politics Still Prevalent In The Pulpit, Survey Shows

Churchgoing Americans say their preachers often speak out on hot social and political issues and occasionally back or oppose particular candidates in defiance of U.S. law prohibiting such endorsements. The findings from a new survey by the Pew Research Center suggest that the 1954 “Johnson Amendment” regulating political activity by churches and other charitable organizations…

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Donald Trump Pitches Tax Breaks, Moratorium on New Regulations

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump aimed to put his campaign back on track Monday with an economic-policy speech that unveiled few new policy proposals but cast himself as the only candidate who could deliver change. Mr. Trump hammered sharp contrasts with Democratic nomineeHillary Clinton’s policies, which he said amounted to more wealth redistribution and government…

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Obama in tough spot with Russia

Pressure is growing on the White House to respond to Russia’s apparent hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), placing President Obama in a delicate political position. Evidence has mounted that the Russian government was behind the theft of tens of thousands of damaging internal emails from the DNC, leading prominent lawmakers from both sides…

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Clinton Admits She “May Have Short-Circuited” in Characterizing Emails

Hillary Clinton admitted Friday that she may have “short-circuited” when claiming in a recent television interview that the director of the FBI had stated that her public comments about her private email server were “truthful.” Speaking at a conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Washington, DC,…

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Justice Breyer Brings Back Courtesy—at a Cost

Stephen Breyer is the most dazzling and puzzling member of the current Supreme Court. Unquestionably brilliant, he once proudly proclaimed himself the “bringer of chaos”—meaning that, as a self-described judicial pragmatist, he did not and would never follow a “judicial philosophy” like “originalism,” preferring instead to balance legal principles and institutional interests in each individual…

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Tax whistleblower duo get $17.8 million award

The U.S. Tax Court awarded $17.8 million to a pair of whistleblowers in a decision that significantly expands the scope of what can be claimed in such cases. The ruling for the first time allowed the whistleblowers to get a portion of criminal fines and civil forfeitures in addition to part of the taxes the…

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5 Ways Hackers Could Influence The Election

When Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said he hoped the Russian government had found Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails, he wasn’t just taking a swipe at his opponent. He highlighted a very real and present danger to our democracy. While social media users were atwitter about whether or not The Donald had committed treason—for…

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