Posts in category "Politics"

Are you okay with the CIA following you on Twitter and Facebook?

Are you okay with the CIA following you on Twitter and Facebook?
“In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day.” The Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Center scours Twitter, Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms, and nearly anything people can freely contribute to according to a report from the Associated... Read more »

Mark Kirk, The Sideline Senator

Mark Kirk, The Sideline Senator
In the wake of America’s credit rating downgrade by Standard and Poor’s, Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk now says Congress should have down more to cut the nation’s debt outlook. The debt deal reached by the White House and Congress last weekend would cut spending by $2.5 trillion dollars over the next ten years. That... Read more »

Optics and Policy with Mike Huckabee

Optics and Policy with Mike Huckabee
In the wake of the downgrade of America’s credit rating by Standard and Poor’s, former presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is out with a solution to America’s fiscal mess: hire Donald Trump! No, Huckabee does not want to start a movement to draft the birther-businessman to run for the presidency. Instead, Huckabee wants... Read more »
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Wall Street Journal Editorial Gets Phone Hacking Scandal Almost All Wrong

Wall Street Journal Editorial Gets Phone Hacking Scandal Almost All Wrong
Politico called The Wall Street Journal’s editorial defending its reputation against its sister newspapers phone hacking of celebrities, politicians, and murder victims “remarkable.” Politico described the editorial as remarkable because the Journal portrays News Corporation as the victim of “liberal politicians and media competition in the U.K. and the U.S.” The editorial by the Journal is... Read more »

Want to stop an investigation? Just short the investigators

Want to stop an investigation? Just short the investigators
The latest report from the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General is out and it’s not pretty. One would hope for reports that detail the ethical nature of city employees and compliance with policy and procedure. Maybe that’s utopian and unrealistic. However, what is realistic is continuing division between the mayoral administration and the IG’s office.... Read more »

Thur teachin' r kids!

Thur teachin' r kids!
Extraneous government websites exist. President Obama, along with his chief information officer, wants to get rid of them. Obama has pretty clear reasons for wanting to get rid of some of the extraneous websites. First, they are unnecessary, and second, they cost money to host, operate, and maintain. A prominent example of a government funded... Read more »
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Tax lies and the big business liars who tell them

In January, in the waning days of the 96th General Assembly, Democratic legislators in Illinois passed a massive tax increase: from 3% to 5% for the personal income tax and from 4.8% to 7% for corporate income taxes. Predictably, those against any and all tax hikes cried “businesses will leave Illinois” and screamed about how... Read more »

STARTing Silly Season in Treaty Ratification

It appears as if the United States Senate is falling into silly season over ratification or rejection of the START nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Of course, that’s assuming the Senate wasn’t already in silly season over other issues. Now, Republicans are against the treaty not because it “straitjackets the United States missile defense capabilities,”... Read more »

Will the GOP back a straight up or down DADT repeal?

The New York Times is reporting that House Democrats will push a standalone bill to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but will GOP moderates back such a bill? House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pennsylvania) could bring a bill to the floor as early as tomorrow. If and when... Read more »
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Political Kibbles & Bits

The Mayoral Race Chicago Tribune: Emanuel records scrutinized in residency challenge Sun-Times: Emanuel claimed part-year residency in ’09 Chicago News Cooperative: Emanuel Eyed Mayoral Run Back in 2008 Sun-Times: Q&A with the Rev. James Meeks The National Scene NYT: Jobless Aides Comb the Democratic Market Politico: Look who’s a judicial activist now NYT: The Fed? Ron Paul’s Not... Read more »