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Foreign Aid: It’s (General) Electric

 
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Foreign Aid: It’s (General) Electric

Last week, I blogged about President Obama’s decision to increase “security cooperation” and make “significant new investments in African peacekeeping” following the U.S.-African leaders summit.  President Obama also announced that the federal government would be spending an “additional” three million dollars on the “Electrify Africa” program.  This program provides taxpayer-backed loans to electricity projects in […]


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No CIA, Captain America is the good guy

Last week, I blogged about The Intercept’s exposé of the extent of the surveillance state. One of the surveillance programs exposed in the story is a CIA program to “…secretly access databases maintained by foreign countries and extract data to add to the watch lists.” The name of this program? Hydra. If that name sounds familiar, it […]


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Thomas Massie: Air Strikes Require Congressional Authorization

Following President Obama’s decision to resume bombing in Iraq, Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY-4) reiterated his call for President Obama to obey the Constitution and seek approval from Congress before launching new military actions in Iraq in these comments to Kentucky media: U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky 4th Congressional District) argues that President Obama should have […]


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RNC just says YES to crony capitalism

Just heard from a source at the summer meeting of the Republican National Committee (RNC) that the RNC voted down a resolution in favor of shutting down the Export-Import Bank by a vote of  67-63.  While the vote was closer than it would have been as recently as four years ago, it is sad to […]


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Stretch before jogging? You might be a terrorist

As part of its National Security Initiative (NIS) the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies are working with state and local governments as well as private security firms to collect “Suspicious Activity Reports” to be included in the federal government’s counter-terrorism database. “Suspicious Activity” is defined as “behavior […]


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