Bloomberg Plans To Spend $50 Million To Fight NRA

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 8:42 am

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to take on the National Rifle Association in his first post-office political contest. Bloomberg is pledging to spend $50 million to build a cross-country gun control activist organization. Bloomberg says he plans to use the same tactics he believes the NRA uses. “They say, ‘We don’t care. [...]

Russia Condemns Kiev’s Military Action In East Ukraine As ‘Anti-Constitutional’

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 6:09 am

The crisis in Ukraine is taking some interesting twists and turns. After the interim government in Kiev launched what it called “anti-terrorist” operations in East Ukraine to force out pro-Russian demonstrators, Russian President Vladimir Putin has labeled the moves “anti-constitutional acts” in a phone call with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. So while both sides [...]

The Roundup for April 15th, 2014

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 3:01 pm

Hey folks, it’s Tax Day today. Not a favorite day for some (and a great one for the rich who avoid taxes) International Politics Overall – Pew: Research was conducted throughout 40 countries on what is deemed “morally acceptable.” The issue mostly seen as morally unacceptable was infidelity – extramarital affairs, with 78 percent saying [...]

Study: US Is An Oligarchy Not Democracy

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:57 am

From the department of No Duh, a study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities supports the thesis that the United States of America is not a republic in substance but rather an oligarchy where the rich rule and the majority are irrelevant to policy decisions. Studying policy changes between 1981 and 2002 and comparing the different [...]

Top Ten At Ten 4/15/2014

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 8:58 am

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten. * Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations (Guardian) * Bundy Ranch ‘Militia’ Considered Using Women As Human Shield (TPM) * As Taxes Rise, Half in U.S. Say Middle-Income Pay Too Much (Gallup) * Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on [...]

Military Action Breaks Out In Eastern Ukraine

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 8:06 am

The situation in Ukraine has deteriorated further as the interim president in Kiev, Oleksandr Turchynov, has ordered an “anti-terrorist” operation against political opponents in Eastern Ukraine. The terrorism charge is targeted at groups in Eastern Ukraine that have seized public buildings claiming allegiance to the Russian Federation. Turchnynov had given pro-Russian protesters a Monday morning [...]

TurboTax Behind Campaign Against Free Tax Filing

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 5:57 am

As Americans around the country pay TurboTax to file their taxes many are likely unaware that the company underwrote a stealth campaign against a program that might allow tens of millions of Americans to file their taxes for free and in minutes. Intuit, the parent company of TurboTax, launched a campaign against return-free filing which [...]

The Roundup for April 14th, 2014

By: Monday April 14, 2014 5:27 pm

Hey folks, it’s the start of a new week. Hope it goes well for you. International Politics Overall – Russia demands the U.S. explain itself after reports came out that CIA director John Brennan visited Kiev over the weekend – In the Black Sea, a Russian jet ran “multiple, close-range passes” near a U.S. warship over [...]

SEC Was Colluding With Banks On CDO Prosecutions

By: Monday April 14, 2014 10:38 am

As evidence has continually trickled out about the numerous criminally fraudulent activities Wall Street firms engaged in that led to the housing crash, increasing amounts of attention has been focused on regulators that seem to have given banksters a pass. When it came to disciplining finance capital, as one former Wall Street lawyer turned Attorney [...]

Top Ten At Ten 4/14/2014

By: Monday April 14, 2014 9:01 am

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten. * Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say (NY Times) * Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone (The Hill) * Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method (WaPo) * Homeland Security app: ‘See something, send something’ (Columbus Dispatch) * USAID’s Cuba subversion [...]

Chris Christie Aides Attempted To Cover Up Bridgegate

By: Monday April 14, 2014 8:35 am

As yet another prosecutor, this time the Manhattan District Attorney, subpoenas records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey new questions are being raised about the conduct of Governor Chris Christie’s staff in response to the investigation of illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Despite a report written by Governor [...]