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Survey: Federal employees commemorate Memorial Day by watching porn

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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nothing says honoring our nation’s fallen service members like downloading some porn on Memorial Day.

Attorney General Ken Paxton will have to decide whether UT has to share records uncovered during the Kroll investigation.

UT’s back door still open, but can’t stay secret, AG rules

Texas  |  May 22, 2015

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
The University of Texas may not keep secret the records of its ongoing backdoor admissions program, according to a new ruling by Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.
Much of the public may be under the impression that UT closed that back door once the secret was exposed, costing President Bill Powers his […]

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FBI flip-flops on disclosing cell phone surveillance tech

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The FBI is trying to reassure everyone that they weren’t secretly spying on your cell phone, and certainly wasn’t telling local cops to keep it secret.

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Herring’s bill: $19,501 for Sweet Briar College FOI

Education  |  May 22, 2015

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office wants $19,501.50 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into his lawyers consulting with Sweet Briar College officials in the months leading up to the decision to close the women’s school.

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Will Wisconsin see the return of the ‘Liquor Wars’ through sneaky bill?

Wisconsin  |  11:59 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – The nation’s liquor makers are worried Republican leadership are about slip a Mickey to Wisconsin’s three-tier alcohol distribution system.

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Sports marketer refuses to cough up records for Texas A&M, risks losing deal

Texas  |  8:39 am

By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org
Secrecy goes before a fall in the world of open records.
When Learfield Sports signed a marketing deal in 2006 with Texas A&M, it included the provision that all information derived from the dealings between the two is “subject to the Texas Public Information Act.”
When a San Antonio newspaper came knocking at […]

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Dish TV CEO to taxpayers who gave him $3 billion subsidy: You’re the real winners

National  |  May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Embattled Dish CEO Charles Ergen admits he’s using small-business subsidies to build his global wireless capacity, but the billionaire says taxpayers will benefit anyhow.

LET'S TAKE YOUR DIPLOMA: Radical environmentalists solution to disagreeing with senator's views.

Environmentalists fail in bid to revoke GOP senator’s degree

Energy and Environment  |  May 21, 2015

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
A Washington state senator has survived a campaign by Western Washington University students who demanded their school revoke his master’s degree because he’s not radical enough on global warming.
Doug Ericksen, a Republican and chair of Washington’s Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, has blocked efforts to force businesses and residents to go green, […]

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Gifts to Gov. Christie are not ‘gifts,’ rules NJ attorney general

New Jersey  |  May 21, 2015

In New Jersey, a gift is not a gift – particularly if you’re the governor and your subordinates interpret ethics rules in your favor. The bottom line, strange but true: Chris Christie does not have to report favors — such as football trips paid by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — as gifts unless it can be shown he did something in exchange for them.

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At education summit, opponents protest charter schools in New Orleans

Education  |  May 21, 2015

Charter schools in New Orleans have enjoyed growing popular support over the years, but at least one group is hoping to quell the praise for reforms.

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Inventor fights for patents amidst push for reform

National  |  May 21, 2015

Bryan Pate is no stranger to Chinese intellectual property theft.

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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.