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2 UK Politicians Caught in Lobbying Sting Deny Wrongdoing Two former senior British government ministers denied wrongdoing Monday after they were caught in a hidden-camera sting appearing to offer access to politicians and diplomats in return for cash. Prime Minister David Cameron said the allegations against Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind were "very serious matters" that should be investigated by Parliamentary authorities. Straw, foreign secretary under Labour Prime Minister Tony Bl...

Explosive New Snowden Doc: NSA/GCHQ Stole Vital Cell Phone Encryption Keys Explosive new reporting by The Intercept published Thursday, based on documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals how the U.S. spy agency and their British counterpart, the GCHQ, worked together in order to hack into the computer systems of the world's largest manufacturer of cell phone SIM cards -- giving government spies access to highly-guarded encryption codes and unparalleled abilities to monitor the g...

Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America The safety net helped keep Camille Saunders from falling, but not Charles Constance. The difference? Ms. Saunders has a job, and Mr. Constance does not. And therein lies a tale of a profound shift in government support for low-income Americans at a time when stagnating wages and unstable schedules have kept many workers living near or below the poverty line. Assistance to needy Americans has grown at a gallop since the m...

Jeff J. Brown: Behind the Great Western Firewall Is the Ugly Truth Censorship is very common in the West. The results are the same, only the methods are different than elsewhere. In the West, it's all about denying false flags. 13 

Spoils of war and spheres of influence Yet another Corporate motive for the annexation of Ukraine. By capturing control of Ukraine's agricultural productivity, multinational corporations create one more choke point on independant food production. The article also contains more information of US Government complicity in the takeover plot. 6 
Alistair Lamb: *An Overview of the Syrian Crisis A young American visits Syria, learns some stuff. Overview of the crisis in Syria and the major players involved, as I understand it. 2 

B Blake: Senator Chuck Grassley on the Boston Marathon bombing trial fallout: "Agencies are gearing up to do battle" Senator Chuck Grassley on talks about the ongoing lack of transparency in the Boston Marathon bombing case and says with the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now current, Law Enforcement agencies are gearing up to do battle and shift potential blame for the April 2013 attacks. 1 

The Powell Memo: The U-turn that Stole the American Dream The Powell warned that anti-business attitudes and government regulation threatened to "fatally weaken or destroy" the American free enterprise system, declaring that business must arm itself politically, battle organized labor and consumer activists. In one decade the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doubles its membership and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (small business) grows from 300 to 600,000 members and ... 1 

How the Fiscal Cliff has been Exacerbated by Fast-Track-Enabled Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) Days before the 2002 vote on Fast Track Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), predicted that its passage would: Be the most important tax cut of the next decade, Create millions of jobs, Boost the financial markets, Secure democratic governments throughout the Western Hemisphere, Reduce the pressures of mass immigration, Be greatest economic stimulus we can ask for, Give the president a powerfu...

B Blake: Government lawyer appointed for Boston Marathon Bombing trial faced allegations of serious professional misconduct Prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing case have added a new specialist lawyer to their team - yet Steven Mellin was accused of serious professional misconduct in a previous death penatly case.
Rick Lanahan: *The Conservative Era (The Era where the people and the earth lost their rights) The Conservative Era (The Era where the people and the earth lost their rights) 2 
Eric Zuesse: Leading German Journalist Admits CIA 'Bribed' Him and Other Leaders of the Western 'Press' Leading journalist says that almost all of the 'news' media are bought and paid for, not for the public, but against them -- totally corrupt. 3 

Barry Sussman: Federal Prosecutors Continue to Defy Holder Article discusses how federal prosecutors are resisting call for sentencing reform by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. 1 

How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels "Several Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed a caravan of villagers that night, apparently under the belief that they were guerilla fighters with the separatist Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). The group was returning from northern Iraq and their mules were loaded down with fuel canisters and other cargo. They turned out to be smugglers, not PKK fighters. Some 34 people died in the attack. "An American Predator drone flying ove...

Clifford Johnson: Ninth Circuit Leaves Door Open To Suit Against GAO Re Coins Act In affirming dismissal of a suit alleging Treasury misrepresentation impairing the right to petition for new issues of United States currency versus Federal Reserve currency, the Ninth Circuit left open the door to a suit against the GAO re its Coins Act benefit estimates. The Coins Act proposes to replace all $1 Federal Reserve notes with $1 United States coins. 3 

Anthony Kalamar: Will Consumers Sue California over Uninsured Pseudo-Taxis? For the last year or so, one of the tech world's most entertaining sideshows has been the hearings held by the California Public Utilities Commission over how to regulate taxi-like "ridesharing" or "transportation network carrier" companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. 2 

Government Cover-up of the Cannibalization of the U.S. Economy in the Making This article discusses a proposal "that factoryless goods producers (FGPs) be classified" as manufacturers, which will dramatically alter the way government keeps statistics on domestic industries. If adopted, starting in 2017 this will enable future U.S. administrations to cover up the cannibalization of our economy. This cannibalization has been going on for at least 4 decades as a result of the unresponsiveness of U.S. adm... 1 
B Blake: Fifth man due in court over links to Boston Marathon bombings A fifth man has been arrested and indicted in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings and is due in court later on May 30.

Ward Jordan: NBA Commissioner's Zero-Tolerance Leadership: A Management Model for the Federal Workforce Civil rights group supporting federal employees facing race discrimination issues a statement applauding the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Commissioner, Adam Silver for taking a zero-tolerance stand in the wake of Donald Sterling's (La Clipper's owner) racially offensive comments. 1 
Lionel Reynolds: Polish Foreign Minister claims US troops to be deployed in Poland - USA to 'Re-Pivot' to Europe. US Ground forces to be deployed to Poland? How far is the USA prepared to go? 2 

Eric Zuesse: Retiring Obama Administration Prosecutor Says the SEC Is Corrupt; Prior Reports Indicate Administration's Corruption The testimony and investigations show Obama to be astoundingly corrupt. 85 

David Whitfield: No Justice for Keaton Otis yet... US DoJ v City of Portland Update of US DoJ vs City of Portland on excessive use of force by Portland Police Bureau and how the DoJ avoided investigating the police killing of Keaton Otis, stopped and shot 23 times for wearing a hoodie. Keaton Otis had no police record, no contraband in his car, which belonged to his mother. No drugs or alcohol. A gun was found an hour later and police claimed he'd shot a cop... but no evidence has ever been presented. 1 

Fannie, Freddie exit bill at last In the beginning, many people were able to purchase a home who, otherwise, might not have been able to do so or who would have had to wait longer to accumulate a higher down payment. On the other hand, the FHA-induced easy credit began to push up the price of houses for the middle class, and that quickly offset any real advantage of the subsidy. The voters, however, were not perceptive enough to understand this canceling effec...

Fire sale of US Treasuries is a warning of acute stress across the world Somebody is a selling a fistful of US Treasuries. It could be Russia, or China, Turkey, South Africa, or Indonesia, or all frantically selling bonds at the same time for different reasons. We don’t yet know. All we know is that the US Federal Reserve’s custody holdings on behalf of foreign central banks plunged by $106bn in the week ending March 12, the biggest one-week drop on record.

(Release): At hearing with Federal Reserve Nominees, to End Too Big To Fail Policies At today's hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, urged Dr. Stanley Fischer, Jerome Powell, and Lael Brainard, nominees for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, to pursue fiscal policies that support Main Street by ending "Too Big To Fail" policies that hold hardworking Americans ...

Fed Nominee Fischer Says Expansionary Monetary Policy Needed The Monetary Control Act of 1980 has made it possible for the Creature to monetize virtually any debt instrument, including IOUs from foreign governments. The apparent purpose of this legislation is to make it possible to bail out those governments that are having trouble paying the interest on their loans from American banks. When the Fed creates fiat American dollars to give foreign governments in exchange for their worthles...

Don't challenge J.P. Morgan's settlement with the government A nonprofit called Better Markets announced last Monday that it is suing the Justice Department for settling its case against J.P. Morgan in secret. The DoJ accepted the equivalent of five months of profit from the United States’ largest bank for negligence thath contributed to the 2008 mortgage crisis. “The Wall Street bailouts were bad enough, but now taxpayers are being forced to accept a secretive backroom deal that...

Bernake hangs out with governors and works on Ukraine loan package More gifts of U.S. taxpayers' money as Quantitative Easing to Ukraine, which will never be repaid, just so that banks can earn money, which doesn't exist, on these loans. The dollar used as monopoly paper. Legalized counterfeiting by the Fed made legal by Congress and ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court even though the Constitution states it is unconstitutional. Please spare me the platitudes and the deceit. There ar...
What you need to know about the Federal reserve New Cast Members Stanley Fischer: The former governor of the Bank of Israel is a giant in the world of central banking, as Wonkblog has repeatedly pointed out here and here. As a professor at MIT, he mentored an all-star cast of students that includes former Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and former chief White House economist Greg Mankiw. He battled the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s as th... 2 

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