POWER COUPLE: Activist and television personality Al Sharpton, Jr., right, and his daughter Dominique Sharpton, 2013.

Inside one more sketchy Sharpton-family nonprofit

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New records reviewed by National Review show Sharpton’s daughter and her boyfriend, Marcus Bright, together run a shadowy nonprofit that shares corporate donors, board members, and office space with Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and they won’t answer any questions about it.

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Rep. Cook’s ‘ethics’ bill imperils Texas journalists

Texas  |  May 29, 2015

Is Mike Wallace a criminal?

All the bad guys the late “60 Minutes” newsman embarrassed over the years might say there ought to be a law against his signature ambush interviews, but Texas may well be the first state to try to actually pass one.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow rolls on

South Carolina  |  May 29, 2015

Is Ohio Gov. John Kasich running a Republican presidential campaign, or an Obamacare promotional tour?

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Vermont parents may suddenly get religion with vaccination bill signed

Vermont  |  May 29, 2015

With forced vaccination set to become law in 2016, Vermont parents are faced with drastic decisions — including feigning religious preference — as they look to make medical decisions for their children.

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Real estate in D.C. remains a challenge for charter schools

Education  |  May 29, 2015

In this city, it’s not uncommon for charter school teachers to gather students in warehouses, or basements, or to combine small spaces for an art room, gymnasium and cafeteria.

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Chief Ed Flynn: Nothing to see here, ‘a thing broke’

Wisconsin  |  May 29, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MILWAUKEE – At times flippant, at other times forgetful, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn took the hot seat Thursday before the city’s Public Safety Committee to answer questions about January’s catastrophic crash of the system his department uses to record interviews of criminal suspects.

YES, NO, MAYBE: The city of Sunrise, Fla., and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement may have violated the state's open government laws for failing to sufficiently respond to the ACLU's public records requests.

State governments taking the ‘sting’ out of surveillance

Washington  |  May 29, 2015

As Congress continues to debate the future of the National Security Agency’s telephone metadata collection program, Washington State has banned the warrant-less use of similar technology that allows law enforcement to track cell phones.

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Bond-rating firm could hit Mississippi Power with downgrade over Kemper Project

Energy and Environment  |  May 28, 2015

Mississippi Power and its parent firm, the Southern Company, could be facing a downgrade from one of the big three bond-rating firms.

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Lawmakers express surprise and frustration at North Dakota Game & Fish payments to nonprofits

Energy and Environment  |  May 28, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. -Taxpayers are helping to fund the activities of two nonprofits that have pressed for the state to spend more tax money on conservation effort.

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Christie’s YouTube moment backfires in court

New Jersey  |  May 28, 2015

A New Jersey judge is giving Gov. Chris Christie one more chance to explain why his office should not disclose nearly $1 million in American Express bills his state police protectors have charged to taxpayers.

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Milwaukee committee seeks answers to MPD tech system meltdown

Wisconsin  |  May 28, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MILWAUKEE – Common Council members say they hope to finally get some answers about the January catastrophic failure of the Milwaukee Police Department’s video system used for recording criminal suspect interviews.

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West Rankin Utility Authority wins key battle in fight to build new treatment plant

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The West Rankin Utility Authority won a key battle Tuesday in its fight to build a new wastewater treatment plant and leave Jackson’s aging facility.