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The U.S. Was Just Downgraded from a 'Full' to 'Flawed Democracy'

While U.S. citizens could once claim to be part of the 9% of people in the world governed by a “full democracy,” they are now part of the near 45% …

Participation

Ex-cop: NYPD gun license division was a bribery machine

They might as well have a had a hotline: 1-800-GIFTS4GUNS.<p>A former city cop spilled his guts Tuesday, telling Manhattan jurors about years worth of …

Corruption

FAQ

What does the ‘frequency’ refer to?<p>Most geodesic domes you see are variations of 'icosahedrons'. All the sonostar domes are derived from …

Woodworking

There’s “unusual surveillance activity” around D.C. and senators want answers

In a story straight out of <i>Spy vs Spy</i>, unusual cellular activity has been detected around Capitol Hill, and now four U.S. Senators want some answers.<p><b>A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Homeland Security asking for details about the cellular activity</b>. The surveillance activity is akin to …

Surveillance

Cash crunch may hit Delhi-NCR soon, no supply to banks for 6 days

1 / 1<p>Banks say that the RBI is supplying more currency notes in Rs 100 and Rs 200 denomination while curtailing supply of Rs 500 notes.<p>Delhi-NCR …

India

A.G. Schneiderman Launches Inquiry Into Cryptocurrency “Exchanges”

<i>News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman</i>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br>April 17, 2018Attorney General’s Press Office / …

Cryptocurrency

A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash

A public university president in Oregon gives new meaning to the idea of a pensioner.<p>Joseph Robertson, an eye surgeon who retired as head of the Oregon Health & Science University last fall, receives the state’s largest government pension.<p>It is $76,111.<p>Per month.<p>That is considerably more than the …

Retirement

From Skripal To Syria: The Empire's "New Realities" Are Reaching The End Of The Road

“<b>That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.</b><p>And while you’re studying that …

Nerve Agents

White House blasts Senate Dems' 'historic obstruction' on nominees

The White House on Tuesday slammed Senate Democrats for what it claimed to be “historic obstruction” to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCarter urges …

Donald Trump

A crummy drop-down menu appeared to kill dozens of mothers in Texas | Ars Technica

This doesn’t mean maternal mortality in Texas or the US is OK. It’s still horrific.<p>In the US, the rate of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth …

Pregnancy

John Boehner Joins Legal Marijuana Firm; Weed No Longer Cool

In sad news for everyone who still thought smoking weed was cool, ex-Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, a …

Cannabis

'Warranty Void If Removed'? As It Turns Out, Feds Say Those Warnings Are Illegal

<b>Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET Thursday</b><p>Oh, you've seen them before: those little stickers or tags making clear that if you want your warranty on a product to remain valid, you'd better leave one or more of its parts untouched. The idea, of course, is that consumers are barred from using third-party parts …

Small Business

Government to Crack Down on Homeschooling over ‘Extremism’ Fears

The government is set to crack down on homeschooling amidst concerns that some out-of-school education settings are failing to promote its liberal …

United Kingdom

Gabriel: The four-letter word guiding Trump's budget (debt)

Washington, D.C., reacted to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget with horror.<p>EPA funding would be cut by 31 percent. Agriculture and labor were …

Lindsey Graham

Federal Budget Deficit Projected to Soar to Over $1 Trillion in 2020

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s annual budget deficit is set to widen significantly in the next few years, and is expected to top $1 trillion in 2020 despite healthy economic growth, according to new projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Monday.<p>The national …

Economics

Daniel Shaver shooting: Ex-Arizona police officer acquitted of murder

Last year's fatal shooting of a Texas man by Arizona police was caught on body-camera video and showed him sobbing with his hands up, begging for his life in his final moments.<p>Jurors who watched the full video showing Daniel Shaver's death agreed Thursday to acquit former Mesa officer Philip …

In reaction to Trump, millions of Americans are joining protests and getting political

Tens of millions of Americans have joined protests and rallies in the past two years, their activism often driven by admiration or outrage toward President Trump, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll showing a new activism that could affect November elections.<p>One in five …

Rights & Freedoms

Is Amazon Bad for the Postal Service? Or Its Savior?

SEATTLE — Five times in the last week, President Trump has pointed his Twitter arrows at Amazon over what he insists is a bad deal for the United States Postal Service.<p>Mr. Trump wrote on Tuesday that the agreement, which sets what Amazon pays the Postal Service for many orders, costs American …

Profit

California Lawmakers Aim to Crack Down on Police Shootings, Open Police Conduct Records

The authorities are still investigating the circumstances that drove two Sacramento officers to shoot Stephon Clark, 22, in his own backyard while …

Law Enforcement

APNewsBreak: US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC

For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.<p>The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by …

Surveillance

Secret use of census info helped send Japanese Americans to internment camps in WWII

The Census Bureau plans to ask people if they are U.S. citizens in the 2020 count of the nation’s population, igniting fears that the information could be used to target those in the country illegally.<p>The decision has become a lightning rod for controversy. More than a dozen states and at least six …

James Earl Ray

SCOTUS Rules on Police Shooting...and Sotomayor's Scathing Dissent

Sotomayor does not agree with her colleagues.

Police Shootings
Spanish Language

Wild Wild Country: The Jaw-Dropping Story of the Cult Next Door

A new six-part Netflix documentary is a stunning dive into a utopian religious community in Oregon that descended into darkness.<p>To describe <i>Wild Wild Country</i> as jaw-dropping is to understate the number of times my mouth gaped while watching the series, a six-part Netflix documentary about a …

Monaco Grand Prix

Think You're Smart About Politics? You Might Be Libertarian

A study of voters' tendencies toward emotional or analytical decisions confirms some stereotypes.<p>You might think being “analytical” is a good thing. We associate “analysis” with people who are smart, well-informed and relatively dispassionate in their assessments.<p>You might think that politics is an …

Critical Thinking

An $800 billion disconnect between the Fed and Treasury is ballooning in the bond market: Wells Fargo

Just as the Federal Reserve pares back its bond holdings, the U.S. government is bringing more to market. That could have a major impact on bond …

Homicide Rates Among Persons Aged 10–24 Years — United States, 1981–2010

Persons using assistive technology might not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please send e-mail to: mmwrq@cdc.gov. …

Crime

Announcing Our U.S. Commercial Firearms Policy

Microsoft Decides to Search Your Data in 'Offensive Language' Ban

Starting May 1, Microsoft will begin enforcing a ban on “offensive language.” To do so, they have determined that they have the right to mine private …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Two Gardena police officers charged with illegally selling more than 100 guns

Two Gardena police officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of using their position to acquire firearms and illegally selling more than 100 of the weapons to others, including a convicted felon.<p>Det. Carlos Miguel Fernandez, 42, Officer Edward Yasushiro Arao, 47, face a …

Corruption