Richard Feeley

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Xapo Raises $20 Million To Bury Your Bitcoin Underground

With the implosion of Mt.Gox and the rising popularity of cryptocurrency, it makes sense that someone would want to build an FDIC for BTC. Xapo thinks it may have figured out how.<p>The company, founded by Wences Casares, raised $20 million from Benchmark Capital and Fortress Investment Group LLC, …

World’s Scariest Bridges

From sky-high suspension bridges to dilapidated rope bridges, these crossings aren’t for the meek.<p>Rotting wooden planks, held aloft by rusty bits of …

Atlanta Cheating Scandal: Why Don't More Kids Cheat?

<i>This opinion was republished with permission from TNTP Blog, a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality.</i><p>By Tim Daly<p>Cheating happens. Athletes do it. Taxpayers do it. Now in Atlanta, investigators are alleging that educators may have done it too.<p>It’s been a few …

Guantanamo Hunger Strike: Military Reinforcements To Help Prevent Detainees From Starving Themselves

About 40 sailors arrived at the Guantanamo Bay over the weekend to help deal with a hunger strike involving 100 of the 166 detainees being held on the remote naval base.<p>"We will not allow a detainee to starve themselves to death and we will continue to treat each person humanely," Lt. Col. Samuel …

Latin America

Holder warns against Boston bombing backlash

Attorney General Eric Holder declared Monday that the Justice Department is on the lookout for acts of violence or discrimination that signal a backlash to the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this month in which three people were killed and scores wounded.<p>"Our investigation into this matter …

Pushback of the day, Fox News edition

Glenn Beck, ex-Fox News host turned media entrepreneur, said Friday that he left the conservative cable channel in order to save his soul: “If you stay in it too long, you become Norma Desmond,” Beck said in an interview at New York University. “I remember feeling, ‘If you do not leave now, you …

Well, La-Tee-Da: Congress Fixes Furloughs in Time to Fly Home for Weekend, Lets Everyone Else’s Pain from the Sequester Fester

In an inspiring burst of action, congressional committees grilled the heads of federal agencies in charge of Head Start, Meals on Wheels, housing …

Sheldon Whitehouse

Morning Maddow: April 29

Sen. Joe Manchin says he will reintroduce gun background-checks legislation.<p>Black voter turnout surpasses white turnout for the first time.<p>Another …

Sequestration reclaims the national spotlight

FAA furloughs caused by the sequester were resolved late last week, after Congress leapt to action to stop flight delays nationwide, but that didn’t …

King, Ellison spar over profiling

On “Meet the Press” yesterday, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) repeated his call for law enforcement officials to profile Muslim Americans as possible …

Repeal the sequester, already!

How long is Washington going to let austerity strangle our increasingly meager economic recovery?<p>Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. Most had forecast growth of at least 3 percent (on an annualized basis) in the first quarter. But we learned this morning (in the Commerce …

The NRA thanks Ayotte for doing its bidding ... because she sure wasn't listening to the voters

Lawmakers take a hit after their opposition to common sense gun laws

Ted Cruz: GOP Senators Yelled At Us 'At The Top Of Their Lungs' Over Gun Control Filibuster Threat

Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) continued to relish his position as a tea party favorite last week, going out of his way to claim that the actions he's taken to bolster his conservative credentials have made him unpopular with some Republican colleagues.<p>Making a surprise appearance at the …

Republicans

Abe Foxman Rationalizes Blanket Spying On American Muslims

To celebrate 100 years of the Anti-Defamation League, its leader gives an interview rationalizing bigotry against Muslims, writes Ali Gharib.<p>The …

Money Buys Happiness and You Can Never Have Too Much, New Research Says

Richer countries are happier than poor countries. And richer families within richer countries are happier, too.<p>Reuters<p>Americans have a peculiar conviction that the one thing money can't give us is satisfaction. <i>You can't buy happiness</i>, we've all been told. "Mo Money Mo Problems", Biggie concurred. …

US pay growth is pathetic and expected to stay that way

American paychecks continue to look skimpy, according to the latest report on incomes and spending, which the US Commerce Department just shoved out the door.<p>The headline figure<p><b>Incomes rose 0.2% in March.</b> That’s slightly better than forecast, according to Bloomberg. And it’s fair to say incomes are …

Great Recession

State Spending on Preschool Hits 10-Year Low

It looks like the Obama Administration's new early education plan -- which would be funded by a hike in the cigarette tax -- is even more sorely needed than advocates thought.<p>Jason Reed/Reuters<p>Even as President Obama launches a massive push to expand preschool opportunities for young children, …

Domestic Violence Survivors Who Call the Cops Risk Eviction in Some Places