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Don’t act like that: TSA defends screening program amid lawsuits, won’t release documents

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By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
The Transportation Security Administration is defending its controversial “behavior detection program” against a torrent of criticism by civil libertarians and a fresh lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The Behavior Detection and Analysis (BDA) program is designed to detect individuals who exhibit anomalous behaviors indicating they fear discovery and may pose […]

'GET THE FULL FACTS': Cause of Action president Dan Epstein wants a criminal investigation into activities involving the federal EB-5 visa program.

Criminal investigation sought in McAuliffe-Mayorkas dealings

Virginia  |  4:00 am

A government accountability group says “unanswered questions” warrant a criminal investigation into actions by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and others involved in the EB-5 visa program.

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‘Catch Me If You Can’ con man blames lack of ethics for rampant fraud

Education  |  4:00 am

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org
Student loan fraud is rapidly on the rise. Since 2009, about $187 million in student loans and aid have been stolen, according to a U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General report.
But why is this type of fraud exploding?
Frank Abagnale is a former con man who posed as an airline […]

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Senators try again for tax-credit scholarships for students in need

Education  |  4:00 am

By Moriah Costa | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — All hope is not lost for students from low-income families hoping to receive tax-credit scholarships to attend private schools.
The Educational Opportunities Act was reintroduced byU.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, last week and would provide individual and corporate tax credits for scholarships for students […]

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Hey Wisconsin, looking for a big tax cut next year? Don’t count on it

Wisconsin  |  4:00 am

While the Republican majority talks about “holding the line” on taxes, Wisconsin taxpayers in the next two years probably won’t see the kinds of cuts they saw during Gov. Scott Walker’s first term.


Illinois city official pushes minimum wage increase, but not right-to-work

Illinois  |  4:00 am

By Benjamin Yount
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield Alderman Sam Cahnman is the latest to pitch a plan that would have the city raise its minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour. He’s less sure about listening to local voters who may want to see Springfield, or Sangamon County, become a right-to-work zone.
“My job as an alderman is […]

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Policy experts: Politicians hold on to control of liquor industry for profit, power

Virginia  |  4:00 am

The bloody arrest of University of Virginia junior Martese Johnson by alcohol enforcement agents has some asking the age-old question in Virginia — why does the state control the liquor industry at all?

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Former governor to Martinez: Sign civil-asset forfeiture law

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is calling on current Governor Susana Martinez to sign legislation to ban civil asset forfeiture. “This is tyranny,” Johnson said Thursday of the practice of seizing assets from people suspected but not convicted of crimes.

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State senator won’t back down, apologize for saying he’d shoot a cop

Nebraska  |  March 26, 2015

Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers defiantly stood on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature Thursday and rejected many of his colleagues’ calls for him to apologize – or even resign – for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists and suggesting he’d shoot a cop if he weren’t nonviolent and had a gun.

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Vermont repeats annual overspending ritual with House-OK’d budget

Vermont  |  7:12 am

The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted for a budget plan that praises sustainable spending but violates it yet another year.

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Fargo culinary students get taste of USDA nutrition guidelines

North Dakota  |  10:20 am

A newspaper story about a group of culinary students has limited the types of food they can prepare.




Jon Stewart obliterates ‘slimy’ Democrats over Gruber

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Remy goes hard at Obamacare, #Grubergate and Lena Dunham

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As #Grubergate continues to unfold, Reason.com’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.


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