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Update: Of 5 Petitions with Massive Support, 3 Still Ignored by Barack Obama

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.” – Katelyn Sabochik, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, September 22 2011

This is the important promise made by “We The People”, the official online petition website of Obama administration. From [...]

What did $1.5 Billion in Lottery Investments Get You? What Could it Have Got You?

Thank you, Noreen Gillespie and Paul Wiseman. Finally, a newspaper article veers from the celebration of a lottery jackpot you didn’t receive to ask where that money might have gone instead:

So what exactly would happen if the country spent that $1.5 billion on something other than a distant dream?

For starters, it could cure [...]

Americans Elect Mischaracterizes Bernie Sanders on Priorities and on Same-Sex Marriage

Americans Elect doesn’t call it a ratings system or a “National Match” anymore, but the information that constituted its ratings for hundreds of possible presidential candidates is still there. That rating information is still being used to characterize presidential candidates as the initial vote to pick its presidential nominee creeps ever closer, now just 124 [...]

Americans Elect CTO Joshua Levine: No Time to Post Information, We’re going on the Colbert Report

Update, August 11 2011: Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine has used Americans Elect’s terms of service through getsatisfaction.com to require that we remove all quotations from this article that criticize Americans Elect. Although we believe that under fair use provisions of copyright law we have the right to publish excerpts for purposes of [...]

As Schools Close, Catholic Organizations Spend Wildly to Stop Equal Rights

As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest [...]

A Show of Priorities on Government Spying: 14 Days Quick to General Clapper, 500 Days Slow to Oversight

If you want to figure where out a person’s priorities lie, don’t watch what they say. Watch what they do.

Just two weeks ago today, Obama administration Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair was let go. After just 14 days, Obama announced his nominee to replace Admiral Blair: yet another member of the military spy [...]

Archdiocese of St. Louis Fires 25 to Balance Budget, Sends Extra Money to Stop Equality in Maine

This year the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri announced that its financial straits were so dire that it would be forced to fire 25 of its employees.

Also this year, the Archdiocese of St. Louis sent a $10,000.00 check to a Ballot Question Committee in Maine, to be spent convincing Mainers that [...]

Philly Catholic Church Says It Can’t Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period [...]

Philly Catholic Church Says It Can't Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period [...]

In Public: Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Pleads Poverty. In Private: Arizona Church Funnels Money to Anti-Gay Campaign in Maine

Arizona’s Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has put on a public face of economic hardship this year:

A poor economy is now affecting the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix eliminated 17 positions, which has resulted in 11 layoffs along with two other positions being cut to part-time.

Among those let go were the [...]

Repeal the Military Commissions Act? No, but the Congress Can Rename A Road for Tim Russert

The following are the major components of the Military Commissions Act, passed into law in the fall of 2006:

It revokes habeas corpus, thereby giving the president power to imprison people without trial for as long as the president likes It gives George W. Bush and other top officials legal amnesty for war crimes he [...]