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03 Nov 2011 14:09


Politics: Mark Block won’t answer on campaign finance allegations

  • We’ve retained independent counsel to look at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story and report back to us… Amy, why don’t we talk about the campaign going forward?
  • Herman Cain’s chief-of-staff, Mark Block • Refusing to give a detailed answer on the much less examined scandal afflicting the Cain campaign right now. As we mentioned earlier, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that early in Herman Cain’s presidential run, his campaign accepted about $40,000 worth of illegal donations from a charity, Prosperity USA, which was run by Mark Block himself. This is, so far as we’ve seen, the first instance of Block or any representative of the Cain campaign being asked directly about this, and it doesn’t seem like he was very keen on the question. source

14 Jun 2011 15:57


World: Suspicious North Korean ship turned back by U.S. Navy

  • U.S. interrupts suspected missile parts shipment: A North Korean ship suspected to have had an illegal shipment of missile parts aboard was turned back by the U.S. Navy nearly two weeks ago. They requested to inspect the ship, but the North Koreans refused and ended up returning home amidst considerable diplomatic pressure. A U.N. resolution passed last year permits member nations to conduct such inspections of North Korean cargo, as a means to enforce a ban on them trading nuclear and/or missile technology. In this case, the ship was bound for Burma (Myanmar). source

30 Mar 2011 18:05


U.S.: Ohio House passes anti-union bill, abortion next big fight

  • labor war The Republican-led Ohio House approved their much publicized anti-public union bill, adding payments for health care and pensions, and restricting collective bargaining for 360,000 or so people. The bill will now head to the Senate.
  • culture war The Ohio “heartbeat” bill heads to the House. It would make abortion illegal if a fetal heartbeat is detected (normally about six weeks into pregnancy). The doctor would be guilty of a felony and could be sentenced to a year in prison. source

07 Jul 2010 09:50


World: Nicolas Sarcozy + L’Oreal + illegal donations = A powdery mess

How many world leaders could conceivably find themselves in a ethics scandal with a cosmetics heiress? Just one. Our boy Nick Sarcozy. source

17 May 2010 21:50


U.S.: Arizona asks illegal immigrants for ID. Trenton, NJ gives them IDs

If illegal immigrants can make it all the way from Mexico to Trenton, N.J. and back to Arizona, there’s a good chance this ID won’t do anything for them. source

16 May 2010 21:24


Tech: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales smeared by Fox News over child porn on site

  • Fox News is off their rocker. They don’t even bother to contact me before publishing nonsense.
  • Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales • Regarding an article on Fox News’s Web site suggesting that he had lost administrative privileges on his own site after he tried to delete a number of controversial images from the site that could be seen as child pornography. The Fox News article was a follow-up to an earlier piece about a letter now-departed co-founder Larry Sanger sent to the FBI regarding the site’s depictions of child porn, and unfortunately for the site, that one is true (and is a source of great debate amongst editors). source

03 May 2010 17:06


Tech: Could Apple face antitrust issues over the Flash thing?

  • MAYBE the feds are on the case source

16 Apr 2010 11:01


03 Apr 2010 10:19


Biz: The intern subculture is growing – for purposes of free labor

  • 83% of graduating seniors held internships in 2008, up from 9 percent in 1992
  • 25% of those internships (or more) were reportedly unpaid; some states are cracking down source

01 Apr 2010 11:03


U.S.: No, really? Judge says NSA’s warrantless wiretapping is illegal

  • The president, just like any other citizen of the United States, is bound by the law. Obeying Congressional legislation shouldn’t be optional with the president of the U.S.
  • Defense lawyer Jon Eisenberg • Regarding the warrantless wiretapping case, which was decided yesterday. Eisenberg claims the decision, based on a Bush-era policy that the Obama administration has been very careful to scale back, is an “implicit repudiation of the Bush-Cheney theory of executive power.” Gawker put the whole thing best: “Shocker: Illegal Government Spying Is Illegal.source