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Spare us the character assassinations

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Closed For Business

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The message that the Medicare Strike Force wants to send to fraudsters everywhere is that they can expect to have their “open for business” sign flipped to “going out of business.” An article reported on Local10.com states that a former home health care company is now defunct after being a front for a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme. The story states that the owner and operator of a Miami-based home health care agency paid kickbacks to patient recruiters for delivering qualified Medicare patients to the home health and physical therapy business. (As you can imagine, most of the services billed for were not medically necessary and in many cases, not provided.) Over nearly five years, the owner submitted approximately $6.5 million in bogus claims. (Unfortunately, Medicare paid out more than $6.1 million.) The 64-year-old home health care company owner pleaded guilty on two counts. She will serve 75 months in prison and three years supervised release for her criminal acts

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Europe embraces its collapse with carbon reduction requirement

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Facing bleak economy, VA millenials want government to do more — and get out of the way

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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The much-mentioned, so-called millennial generation in Virginia is facing an uphill economic climb. The average student loan debt of 18- to 35-year-olds polled by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy is $33,500. Four out of five say they believe the economic challenges they face are greater than the ones their parents did at the same age, according to poll data released Thursday. Of those polled, 31 percent listed jobs and the economy as their top priority, followed by education (12 percent) and health care or health-care reform (9 percent)

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Bureaucrats behaving badly: Alabama VA officials slammed in annual ‘Wastebook’

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By Johnny Kampis | Watchdog.org CULLMAN, Ala. — The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System was cited not once, not twice, but three times in a retiring conservative U.S. senator’s annual study on government waste and abuse. The fifth edition of Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Wastebook” notes such peculiarities as $387,000 spent toward Swedish massages for rabbits, $171,000 to study how monkeys gamble (we hear they love the dice) and $10,000 to literally watch grass grow.

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New technologies help clean up coal piles from PA communities

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OVERSHADOWED: The town of Nanty Glo is in part dwarfed by the abandoned coal-waste piles, which are now being burned in power plants. This is also the site where coyotes now come for imagined rabbits. By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org PITTSBURGH — Coal-waste dumps are a serious, well-known problem for communities intimate with King Coal, yet the money to address these problems is often lacking. The free market has created an innovative solution, however, and one facility in Pennsylvania has reclaimed millions of tons of coal waste from the edges of two communities. Carol Trammel lives in the small former coal camp of Revloc

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Tobacco commission’s millions go up in smoke

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WHEN TOBACCO WAS TOPS: Tobacco farmers inspect the crop in this 1953 photo taken in Halifax County. By Kaitlyn Speer | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — More than $5.2 million in “tobacco” grants to Virginia communities have disappeared, leaving some of the state’s most depressed areas deeper in the red. From July 2007 until October 2014, 22 localities defaulted on Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grants or owe the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission money, said Ned Stephenson, the commission’s deputy director. Fifteen of those localities owe a total of $5.2 million, according to documents obtained by Watchdog.org through a Freedom of Information Act request

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Government agency fights $23,000 city tax bill

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By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau ST. PAUL, Minn. — Dozens of property and business owners seethed when the city of St. Paul handed out $2.3 million in assessments for street improvements on the Green Line light rail construction project. Still, it came as a surprise this week when someone not only complained but stepped up, refusing to pay a $23,000 assessment for streetscape and lighting improvements — at least for now

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Workers stuck paying plush AFL-CIO union salaries

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By Jason Hart | Watchdog.org AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., used money taken from workers to pay union officers and employees an average of $89,328 during fiscal 2014. Including every individual for whom AFL-CIO reported a gross salary to the U.S. Department of Labor — from president Richard Trumka on down — the union coalition spent over $35 million on compensation for three officers and 391 employees. In 26 states and the District of Columbia, private-sector workers can be forced to pay AFL-CIO affiliates as a condition of employment. Public-sector workers can be forced to pay union fees in D.C

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Oklahoma State takes New Mexico State to court over an old cowboy logo

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SMILE WHEN I TAKE YOU TO COURT: Oklahoma State University has enlisted a Tulsa law firm to file suit against New Mexico State over the use of its cowboy logo. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog Call it “Logo-gate.” Or heavy-handedness. Or simply another example of how overly litigious our society has become. But the fuss over the mascots at Oklahoma State University and New Mexico State University seems to have catalyzed on a pennant selling for $26.98 at the NMSU bookstore. Earlier this week, a Tulsa law firm representing the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State filed a lawsuit in U.S.

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UNC scandal holds lessons for UT investigation

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THE LEADERS: University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, left, and Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster. By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org The University of North Carolina has uncovered a massive academic scandal stretching back two decades and involving more than 3,000 students, half of them athletes in the school’s premier sports programs. However, UNC didn’t uncover the scandal the first time it looked. The new report, which has generated nationwide headlines and led to the discipline or firing of nine employees, is the 11th that’s been conducted into a “shadow curriculum” at the African and Afro-American Studies department, which allowed students to inflate their grades — or maintain eligibility — by taking phony classes that never met and required almost no work.

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FL Supreme Court says warrantless cell phone spying a no-go

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Thanks to the Florida Supreme Court and a drug dealer, Sunshine State police can no longer track unsuspecting citizens through their cell phones without a warrant. UNCONSTITUTIONAL: The Florida Supreme Court has ruled warrantless cell phone monitoring by law enforcement agents violates Fourth Amendment privacy rights. That’s welcome news to those concerned about local law enforcement’s use of advanced surveillance technology, sometimes supplied by military contractors, to monitor cell phone locations and incoming and outgoing phone numbers. Public records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show the practice has been widespread and mostly under the radar

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Corry Bliss, the Kim Kardashian of the GOP

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Fairfax County School Board Approves Slightly Later Start Time for High Schools

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Parents of students in Fairfax County Public schools have pushed for later high school start times for well over a decade.  High schools in Fairfax begin very early, 7:30 am, which runs counter to adolescents’ biological clock. From an email message sent yesterday to FCPS parents, In August, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a […]

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Nick Freitas Will Not Run Against Emmet Hanger for State Senate

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Culpepper county Republican Chairman Nick Freitas announced on Thursday evening that he will not challenge Senator Emmet Hanger next year for the Republican party nomination in Virginia’s conservative 24th Senate District. Freitas is throwing his support behind former Augusta County Republican Chairman Dan Moxley.  Moxley resigned as Chairman in September 2013. Also in this race is conservative Marshall […]

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U.S. taxpayers fund anti-Israel bias at UCLA

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By Eliana Rudee The extraordinary anti-Israel bias in a federally funded program at UCLA isn’t just shocking. It may violate federal regulations. Last month, an education watchdog group reported that the Center for Near East Studies (CNES) produced 28 events focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict from 2010-2013. Twenty-six of those 28 events, “or 93 percent, exhibited bias against Israel.” That’s a violation of an agreement the university made with American taxpayers when it accepted funds from the Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

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You Can’t Judge a Man Until You’ve Walked a Mile in His eBowling Shoes

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Pass the Buck Friday

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Major cheating at UNC: NO Class

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How to keep progressives agitated

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Appeals court denies request to rehear John Doe civil rights case

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Part 140 of 140 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. – A federal appeals court has denied a petition from Wisconsin conservatives targeted in a politically charged investigation asking the full court to rehear their case against John Doe prosecutors. In its decision, filed Thursday, the 7th Circuit U.S.

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Spreading blog friendship

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Top reporter failed to disclose ties to Dem AG candidate

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Adam Laxalt, left, shakes hands with Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller before their debate last week in Las Vegas. By Ciara Matthews | Watchdog.org Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston has used his television show and blog to slam Republican attorney general candidate Adam Laxalt. It’s possible the heat in Ralston’s anti-Laxalt reporting is generated by Ralston’s undisclosed personal and professional relationship with former Gov. Bob Miller, father of Laxalt’s opponent, Democrat Ross Miller. In his autobiography, “Son of a Gambling Man,” the former governor thanked Ralston for his writing assistance: Importantly, I also thank my friend Jon Ralston… I am so honored that Jon agreed to help me in this endeavor.

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Questions rise over Democratic groups’ campaign finances in state senate races

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STRATEGY SHAKEDOWN: Democratic-supporting 527s and independent expenditure committees may be in violation of Colorado campaign finance law. By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com The famed Colorado Blueprint may have hit campaign finance snag. Close inspection of a set of Democratic-supporting 527 groups — tax-exempt organizations created primarily to influence the selection of candidates to all levels of public office — and independent expenditure committees raises a number of questions about both the mechanics and the politics of the Colorado Democracy Alliance’s decade-old strategy. The organizations in question first came to Watchdog Wire’s attention when they produced an ad critical of state Senate candidate Tim Neville for his stand on federal budget issues.  The ad itself was produced by the Citizens’ Alliance For Accountable Leadership and was featured on the You Tube channel of Colorado Voters’ Voice.

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Shouldn’t the terminally ill have the ‘right to try’ to save their lives?

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By Matthew Hayes Last Friday, Michigan approved Right to Try legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Colorado, Missouri, and Louisiana all passed similar measures this year, with Arizonans voting on the issue in November. What is Right to Try and why is it gaining steam? Spearheaded by the Goldwater Institute, an Arizona-based public policy organization, Right to Try legislation allows terminally ill patients access to drugs, biotics and implants that have completed basic FDA safety testing but are still awaiting further approval.

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People’s climate march: The face of true belief

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By William Briggs Ready for a surprise? I liked everybody I met at the People’s Climate March in New York City. I mean it. I liked them so much I hated what I had to write about them. I liked the group that wore real cabbages for headpieces, including cabbage horns

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Ohio Supreme Court suspends judge

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JUDGE CONVICTED: Judge Tracie Hunter was suspended without pay by the Ohio Supreme Court for her conviction of unlawful interest in a public contract. Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com Embattled Judge Tracie Hunter was suspended without pay from her position Tuesday, by the Ohio State Supreme Court after her conviction on Oct. 14 on charges of unlawful interest in a public contract. She had been suspended with pay in January, when her she was indicted. While the jury returned a decision on the unlawful interest charge, it was hung on eight other felony counts, including “two counts of forgery, two counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of theft in office, one count of misusing a credit card and an additional count of having unlawful interest in a public contract’, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier

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Raising minimum wage means employee hours worked could be cut

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By Ernie Goss The current popular rant among many non-economists is that opposition to raising the minimum wage is equivalent to opposition to worker rights. Those who are more intellectually curious will find there is no theoretical basis for this conclusion and empirical studies have come down on both sides of the argument — i.e. increasing the minimum wage is beneficial to workers, or boosting the minimum wage is harmful to workers. Total wages in a state are the product of the number of hours worked and the hourly wage rate. Raising the minimum wage may diminish the number of hours worked to the point that total state wages shrink instead of expanding.

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More evidence red light cameras are about the money, not public safety

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CHERRY PICKING CRASH DATA?: A study on red light cameras suggests the crash data is incomplete because it only includes two types of crashes. By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com If red light cameras are really making the public safer from renegade motorists, why are the crash numbers being fudged? In New Jersey, a study by the group Stop Robo Cops — they’re against red light cameras, not the fictional RoboCop character — suggests the crash data is incomplete because it only includes two types of crashes. The Department of Transportation is collecting crash data from municipalities to determine whether New Jersey’s temporary red light camera program should become permanent.

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Secret gopher map reveals Washington agency’s power

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By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com A secret 2013 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife map that was accidentally placed in Thurston County Planning‘s public files has been obtained by Watchdog Wire. The map purports to show locations of the newly federally protected pocket gopher. The WDFW map is from an aerial photo of rural land near the southwest Thurston County community of Rochester.  Property boundaries are marked with yellow lines.  Land outside the yellow lines are county right-of-ways. 

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Meet the Newest Polluter Front Group: The Coalition to Lower Energy Costs

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Report: No district attorney will investigate District Attorney John Chisholm

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Part 139 of 139 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — Of the 48 Wisconsin district attorneys asked to investigate allegations that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm abused his power in launching a secret investigation into conservatives, not one is available to take on the job, according to a new report by Dodge County District Attorney Kurt F. Klomberg.

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Meet Marlins man

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County loses money over apparent laid-back financial management approach

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Taxpayers paid more than $26,000 to three former Meigs County finance directors, who, evidently, had a laid-back approach to financial management, according to a state comptroller’s audit released Thursday. The two former finance directors — one an interim director — received $26,604.17 in unauthorized pay, according to state Comptroller Justin Wilson’s audit. The interim director received the bulk of that money, $24,550, in addition to her regular salary. MEIGS COUNTY: County finance directors in Meigs County received more money than they should have, according to an audit.

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The Tom Wolf income tax plan: Making the rich pay their ‘fair share’

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Part 2 of 2 in the series PA governor's race Part two in a series exploring the issue of taxes in the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.  Read part one here. By Eric Boehm | PA Independent Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he wants to make taxes in Pennsylvania more fair. Some of the state’s wealthier residents might question his definition of the word. A MAN WITH A PLAN: Tom Wolf, left, the Democratic candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, says the state’s richest residents should pay a higher share of the state’s education costs

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The Ingredient "Good Diet" Prescriptions Ignore: Time

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Rush Limbaugh discusses voting issues in Cook County

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Rush Limbaugh referred to a story from Illinois Watchdog on Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan having issues at the voting polls. Be sure to read the entire story from Illinois Watchdog here. http://watchdog.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2014/10/rush-limbaugh.mp3

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More on the O’Reilly/Stewart Brouhaha: The Right-Wing Urge to Kick Down

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Entire Arlington General Assembly Delegation Strongly Supports Columbia Pike Streetcar

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Lincoln arena ekes out first-year profit, with infusion of help

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By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog LINCOLN, Neb. – Lincoln’s new Pinnacle Bank Arena finished its first year in the black – just barely and with the help of half-million-dollar infusion of cash from its umbrella agency. IN THE BLACK: Lincoln’s new Pinnacle Bank Arena struggled mightily to end its first year in the black, by cutting staff, changing operations and getting a shot of cash from its umbrella agency. Mayor Chris Beutler announced the $186 million arena eked out a $32,714 profit its first year – during which it attracted big name entertainers including Jay Z, Cher, Elton John, Paul McCartney and the Eagles. The mayor called the first year a “tremendous success,” but there was considerable angst behind the scenes to ensure the arena ended up in the black to avoid any property tax subsidy from the city

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The Savage Nation radio show mentions Illinois Watchdog story

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An Illinois Watchdog story discussing issues at the voting polls was mentioned on the Savage Nation radio show. Be sure to read the entire story from Illinois Watchdog here. http://watchdog.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2014/10/IL-watchdog.mp3

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Loudoun’s Broken Development Model

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PA lawmakers grant NRA, other groups standing to sue over local gun laws

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Municipal leaders across Pennsylvania are fretting over legislation that would give the National Rifle Association the power to sue over local gun regulations that reach beyond state law, but the NRA believes it’s their own fault should they end up on the losing side of an expensive court battle. “Maybe they shouldn’t be passing ordinances that they know full well are out of compliance with state law,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said. “That’s the underlying issue here: These local governments are defying state law, and there’s no mechanism to hold them accountable.” There could be soon if Gov. Tom Corbett signs House Bill 80, which has already passed in both the state Senate and House. LITIGATION COMING?: New legislation passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly would give the NRA standing to sue local governments over their gun laws, The governor supports the legislation that gives standing to membership groups, such as the NRA, to sue over local gun laws

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Hawaii investigator says state agency is shirking duties

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COMPLAINTS: Aquilino “Aku” Idao,Idao, who has worked in law enforcement for 25 years, said is charged with pursuing criminal cases against companies and their owners who violate state law. By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org HONOLULU —  Some Hawaii companies are taking advantage of visitors and elderly residents, but state officials are thwarting attempts to investigate, a supervisor with the state Department of Commerce says. Aquilino “Aku” Idao, of the department’s Consumer Affairs’ office, has filed a complaint with two state Senate committee chairman. Idao, who has worked in law enforcement for 25 years, said he is charged with pursuing criminal cases against companies and their owners who violate state law. His supervisors have prevented him from pursuing criminal action no matter how egregious, he says

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Privacy advocates blast New York financial regulators over Bitcoin licensing scheme

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Privacy advocates ripped into financial regulators Tuesday, saying potential regulations for digital currencies could harm free speech. BITCOIN: New York financial regulators have a plan that would bring Bitcoin transactions under state surveillance. In September, New York Department of Financial Services proposed companies wishing to do business with digital currencies like Bitcoin first obtain a license, or BitLicense, which would require applicants to submit personal information like fingerprints and head-shot photographs to the state.

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October 23, 1864: The Battle of Westport

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Ready for Hillary? ‘Grassroots group’ spending millions building Clinton ’16 base

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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org MADISON, Wis. — Even as the Badger State’s general election campaign season heads into the final stretch, a liberal Super PAC wants Wisconsin voters to start thinking about 2016. And the $10 million question said political action committee is asking is: Are you Ready for Hillary? ReadyforHillary.com is committed, as its name would suggest, to urging (more like begging) Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016.

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Climate sinners: Billionaire Steyer and O’Malley flee green confab in gas-guzzler

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STEYERMOBILE: Green pals Tom Steyer and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley left the Superdome in this gas-guzzling SUV. By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org NEW ORLEANS — Forgive them, Al Gore, for they have sinned. Just minutes after extolling the virtues of green living to thousands gathered in the Superdome in New Orleans, climate change pals Tom Steyer, a hedge fund billionaire, and Maryland Gov.

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Fracking Brings Employment And Economic Revival

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Sue Long, one of the leading advocates for Property Rights and Freedom in Virginia sent me this article that appeared in Town Hall a while back. I think it is a great read and recommend you read it. But anti-energy activists promote falsehoods about this vital, safe job-creating technology They inhabit a callous parallel universe and wage war on cheap energy, jobs and the poor By Paul Driessen Signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport and the gorgeous northern Pennsylvania countryside around it. Friendly, happy people greeted us.

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Voter guide’s Q and A lists ‘no response’ from GOP Senate hopeful Ben Sasse

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Repeatedly accused of ducking debates and some key issues, accusations he denies, Republican Senate hopeful Ben Sasse is now facing criticism for turning his back on an election institution—the League of Women Voters. League of Women Voters 2014 Voters’ Guide Page through the League’s non-partisan voters’ guide for the 2014 General Election, which gives candidates a chance to tell voters where they stand on a variety of hot topics such as immigration, and one of the few no-shows is Sasse. According to Peggy Adair, President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, Sasse “did not respond” to the League’s “invitation.” In addition, Adair says Sasse’s candidate profile and answers to issues were a no-show in the League’s spring voter guide. Adair says during the GOP’s rough and tumble Senate primary, Sasse’s campaign missed the publication deadline.

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Voter guide’s Q and A lists ‘no response’ from GOP Senate hopeful Ben Sasse