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Government

Was Petraeus Borked?

Was Petraeus Borked? by Peter Maass, ProPublica In 1987, when Judge Robert Bork was enmeshed in a partisan struggle over his Supreme Court nomination, a reporter for an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C., got a tip that the judge was a patron of a local video store. Michael Dolan went to Potomac Video, in the […]

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Government

Progressive Direction, or Will Plutocracy Rule?

The substantial victories in last weeks election should have both parties evaluating their political capital to see which direction has been paved for our democracy. Karl Rove lost 41 of 50 races he supported, or a batting average of .182, which is not even bush league – it’s a very poor performance, and should have […]

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City

The Power of Organization – Kenmore Neighborhood Association

Most of the time, monied interests manage to get their way without little opposition from Joe Q. Public, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Instead of recreating the scenario and giving you snippets of the November City Council meeting, we think the entire letter read by Stephen Kendall from the Kenmore Neighborhood […]

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Government

Plutocrats: It’s All About Them

There is no question that America has become deeply divided. Some people point to the world of politics as the culprit behind this division occurring with our nation, but our leaders have been talking about the “invisible powers” that control our country from as far back as Thomas Jefferson when he said, “I hope we […]

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Government

Banksters say, “Trust Us, It Won’t Happen Again.”

It’s really hard to grasp the size and scope of the global financial crisis we faced just four years ago. Some have estimated the impact as high as $11 trillion. Pension funds were wiped out. Home values devastated. The taxpayer bailout to the financial industry was $700 billion. During three presidential debates, how many questions […]

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Government

Another Way Student Loans Are Like Mortgages

Another Way Student Loans Are Like Mortgages: Subpar Servicing by Marian Wang, ProPublica The parallels between the mortgage market and the student loan industry have been frequently noted. Both involve big borrowing and have a history of lax underwriting by lenders. But the two are also strikingly similar in another way: When it comes to […]

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Government

Mourdock claims, “Pregnancy from rape is what God intended”

The Republican Tea Party candidate for Indiana Senate, who earlier this year defeated long time Republican Senator Richard Lugar in the primary, shared a statement in tonight’s debate which will most certainly top the social media buzz. It might even eclipse Missouri’s nominee Rep. Todd Akin’s comment from this past August when he said “legitimate […]

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Government

Government Modernization – Vote YES/NO

On the general election ballot for citizens of Delaware County, we will be asked the following question: “SHALL DELAWARE COUNTY, INDIANA AND CITY OF MUNCIE, INDIANA, REORGANIZE AS A SINGLE POLITICAL SUBDIVISION?” Are you prepared to answer that question, honestly? We’re guessing that 95% of voters have not read the recommendations made by the bi-partisan […]

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Culture

Let’s Be Honest About Entitlements

(Photo by Melody Stader)  Written by Ty Morton, local Muncie resident. I frequently hear the word “entitlement” thrown around, especially lately, and its repetition has given me an insight.First of all, most people use the word incorrectly. The only actual entitlement programs provided by the government are Social Security and Medicare, and they are aptly […]

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Government

Investigative Journalism Missing in Muncie

We live during interesting times…everyone wants transparency yet investigative journalism is dying because the money isn’t there to support it. Maybe the money isn’t there because investigative journalism is missing. In Muncie, Indiana we have government activists who insist on good government, and they they take matters into their own hands. However, they only hold […]