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Inside the hidden world of thefts, scams and phantom purchases at the nation’s nonprofits

(WaPo) – For 14 years, the American Legacy Foundation has managed hundreds of millions of dollars drawn from a government settlement with big tobacco companies…

Feds Told GM To Drop Pontiac Or No Bailout, Ex-GM Exec Says

(Jalopnik) – When General Motors shut down Pontiac, it left a lot of enthusiasts wondering why.

A Drone Warrior’s Torment: Ex-Air Force Pilot Brandon Bryant on His Trauma from Remote Killing

(Democracy Now) – … through the eyes of one of the first U.S. drone operators to speak out.

Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters

(Rolling Stone) – …mass surveillance technology is being sold to police departments as a way to monitor dissent.

#StopWatchingUS rally against surveillance: Live Updates

(RT) – Hundreds are marching on the National Mall in Washington, DC to protest covert NSA surveillance operations

Woman Forced To Strip And Serve Jail Time For Overdue Ticket

(CBS Local) – A North Texas woman was handcuffed, stripped down and booked into jail – all because of an overdue traffic ticket.

Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible

(RT) – “Is Facebook really working with the police to create a kill switch to stop activists from using the website to mobilize support for ...

Welfare Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

(CNS News) – Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers..

Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

(Daily Caller) – …journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home…

51% Favor Delaying Individual Mandate, 34% Oppose

(Rasmussen) – Just over half of U.S. voters still want to delay the requirement that everyone must have health insurance…

Health insurance cancellation notices soar above Obamacare enrollment rates

(Daily Caller) – The number of cancellation notices greatly exceed the number of Obamacare enrollees.

Survey marks 2nd year of crime increases

(AP) – The government says the rate of violent crime in America went up 15 percent last year and the property crime rate rose 12 ...

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

(Guardian) – Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official

Half of nation’s foreclosed homes still occupied

(CNN Money) – Foreclosure sounds like the end of the line, but actual eviction can take months or years…

Pensions ask retirees to pay back thousands

(CNN Money) – Some pension plans have overpaid retirees for years — now they’re demanding their money back.

Many middle-class Americans plan to work until they die

(CNN Money) – A growing percentage of middle-class Americans say they have saved so little for retirement…

49% of Americans Get Gov’t Benefits

(CNS News) – In the fourth quarter of 2011, 49.2 percent of Americans received benefits from one or more government programs…

ObamaCare spending to top contractors tops $1 billion (Video)

(Hill) – A surge in government spending in the six months before the ObamaCare exchanges went live pushed federal spending…

Inspector General: Gov’t Partner Paid $500 Per Gallon of Gas in Afghanistan

(Weekly Standard) – … recalls the 1980s stories of $640 toilet seats and $500 hammers.

Poll: 78% Didn’t Miss Government During Shutdown

(CNS News) – ..according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released today….

Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare

(Weekly Standard) – According to health policy expert Bob Laszewski, roughly 16 million Americans will lose their current plans >>Continue (CBS) – HealthCare.gov pricing feature ...

TSA Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly

(NY Times) – The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport…

Colorado hemp offers hope for struggling farmers

(LA Times) – In Colorado, the first commercial crop of hemp in 56 years is harvested, and demand is high.

Detroit’s ‘underground economy’ can support major business development, says mayoral candidate

(mlive) – “There’s a strong underground economy or folks who are hairdressers, barbers, mechanics, people who are landscapers, plumbers, electricians…”

Rights groups challenge U.S. on drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen

(CNN) – “International opinion is against drone strikes, not just here in Pakistan, but in the world,” Chaudhry said.

Another Journalist Joins the Obama Administration

(Daily Beast) – Former Washington Post writer Laura Blumenfeld on Monday became the latest in a long list of journalists who have joined…

90,609,000: Americans Not in Labor Force Climbs to Another Record

(CNS News) – …according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

49 states have seen an increase in the number of families living in poverty

(AP) – 45 states have seen household median incomes fall in the last year.

Trust in Government Nears Record Low, But Most Federal Agencies Are Viewed Favorably

(Pew) – Just 19% say that they trust the government in Washington to do what is right just about always or most of the time…

In 23 Advanced Economies: U.S. Adults Rank 21st in Math Skills

(CNS News – …initial results of an international survey of adult skills in literacy and mathematics.

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