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US Intelligence Community Accessing Many Records

US secretly mining data from web giants: report (via AFP) US intelligence agencies are accessing the servers of nine Internet giants as part of a secret data mining program likely to fuel fresh debate about government surveillance, it was reported Thursday. The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI had […]

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Indiana Awards HP $220 Million Medicaid Contract

Indiana Awards HP $220 Million Medicaid Contract (via MarketWired) SOURCE: HP June 05, 2013 07:45 ET HP to Implement interChange Medicaid System to Provide Indiana Flexibility to Tackle Healthcare Evolution PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 5, 2013) – HP Enterprise Services today announced that the Indiana Department of Administration, on behalf of the state’s Family…

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Federal Preemption Laws Allow Guns at Public Pools

Now, You Can’t Ban Guns at the Public Pool by Lois Beckett, ProPublica If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years, Charleston has been an island of modest gun restrictions in […]

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Tea Party Should Be Focus of IRS Reviews

Op-ed: Milton Hinton: Tea party groups have reason to sweat IRS reviews (via Cranford Chronicle) It seems that some people are very upset that the Internal Revenue Service admitted to “targeting” conservative groups applying for nonprofit status, especially if they had the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their application. The Greenwich Tea Party Patriots […]

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Pipeline Permit in Northwest Indiana Approved

(photo courtesy of www.savethedunes.org) A permit application submitted by Enbridge Energy for expansion of the company’s crude oil pipeline through Northwest Indiana has been approved, marking the next step toward completion of Enbridge’s pipeline plans. The Section 401 Water Quality certification issued to Enbridge by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) sets conditions the […]

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Federal Reserve Experimenting With US Economy

(Illustration by Victor Juhasz) Federal Reserve Couldn’t Wait for Washington to Reach a Consensus Last year I listened to two very intelligent people being interviewed on Bill Moyers program. One of the guests was Yves Smith, a brilliant economist with an incredibly keen financial mind. She writes for her own blog called Naked Capitalism. It […]

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Six Facts Lost in IRS Scandal

Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal by Kim Barker and Justin Elliott, ProPublica In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture — and big donors — have fallen through the cracks. Consider this our Top […]

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Global Capital and the Nation State

Global Capital and the Nation State (via www.laprogressive.com) As global capital becomes ever more powerful, giant corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom — eliciting subsidies and tax breaks from countries concerned about their nation’s “competitiveness” — while sheltering their profits in the lowest-tax jurisdictions they can…

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Gannett Editor Applauds American Socialism

(Photo courtesy of www.sharari.com) Gannett Editor Applauds American Socialism Last week, Muncie Voice shared an article on our Facebook page called, Everyday Socialism, American-Style, Is Happening Now, which was an excerpt from Guy Alperovitz’s new book called, What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk About the American Revolution, and almost right in line with the […]

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IRS Nonprofit Division: Dysfunction Rules

(photo courtesy of NY Times) How the IRS’s Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional by Kim Barker and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former […]