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766 Belated Days Later, the Obama Administration Responds: No Pardon for Edward Snowden

On Tuesday, July 28 2015 — two years, one month and six days after it reached the threshold triggering a required response — the presidential administration of Barack Obama has finally responded to a petition calling for the pardon of surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden, you may recall, released information that has documented the federal […]

Donald Trump’s Aide: Yes, You Can Legally Rape Your Spouse. Reality: Complicated

Michael Cohen, aide to presidential candidate Donald Trump, explaining that Donald Trump could not have possibly raped Ivana Trump in 1993 because they were married:

“You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you […]

Did the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Break the U.S. Military?

In 2010, as the presidential administration of Barack Obama began laying the groundwork for a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the prohibition on gay men and lesbians in the U.S. military, American conservatives predicted dire consequences. The conservative periodical Human Events issued a typical prediction:

Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for […]

Says the Reagan Constitutional Conservative Legislator

Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe has a problem with Barack Obama negotiating a weapons deal with Iran.

Bob Thorpe’s hero is Ronald Reagan.

Insert history.

What’s the Ethical Responsibility of Academics to Society?

The journal Science has published a valuable summary of a scandal in the American Psychological Association that threatens to undo the organization’s reputation.  While  the presidential administration of George W. Bush pursued a policy of torturing people it had detained without conviction, a trial, or even charges, rank-and-file members of the APA began voicing concern at indications […]

Empty Shelves in American Groceries

   Empty shelves are emerging this week in American groceries. Where food used to be sold, now there is nothing, as far as I can see.

29 Members of Congress: Freedom for Paris, but Not for America

This month, the number of members of Congress supporting a constitutional amendment to ban the burning of American flags as an act of political protest rises to 29. The following are sponsors or cosponsors of the bill, H.J. Res. 9:

Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2] Rep. Ashford, Brad [D-NE-2] Rep. […]

Fact Check: Did Sean Hyman use the Bible to Predict Best Buy Stocks Sinking to $11 a Share?

Today I received a spam e-mail message linking to the conservative website “NewsMax,” on which the following claim was made:

What the Bible Says About Money (Shocking)

Most people know Sean Hyman from his regular appearances on Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg Television, but what they don’t know is that Sean is a former pastor, […]

Gotta Be Tailgating?

You breed dogs to sell in Ontario; you drive like a freak in Cato. Your chattel incessantly hump legs; I watched you incessantly hump bumpers. You make those who purchase your dogs promise not to spay or neuter right away; your need for speed right now endangers lives on the highway.

“Gotta Be Goldens,” you’re […]

Wage and Hour Complaint Backlog at US DOL still higher than under Bush, but Improving

Quick Guess: under what kind of presidential administration is a backlog of official employee complaints about wage and hour violations allowed to build up at the Department of Labor? A Republican presidential administration or a Democratic presidential administration?

If you guessed “Republican,” think again.

The staffers of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. […]