By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — America’s EB-5 visa-investor program has opened a gateway for Iranian operatives to infiltrate the country, a government memo says.
Citing a report by the Homeland Security Investigations division, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said EB-5 is vulnerable to the “export of sensitive technology and economic espionage,” as well as “investment fraud” [...]
By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE – It was the handshake that shook up the world, and may well usher in a new era of expanded gambling in South Florida.
Human-rights activists were shocked that President Barack Obama reached out Tuesday to Cuba’s President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa.
A day before and [...]
As questions about his military obligations piled up, J.J. Murphy sensed that his interview to become the manager of an affluent Pennsylvania township was headed in the wrong direction.
By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 86 percent of Americans support greater accountability in public schools.
Specifically, they support the ability to fire poorly performing teachers, according to a survey by the Center for Education Reform.
“That’s huge. There’s no other issue that 86 percent of the public can agree on,” [...]
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
The National Security Agency isn’t the only government entity reading your email.
Under a federal law passed way back in 1986 — long before most Americans had a home computer and well before the Internet as we know it today existed — agencies like the IRS, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration can gain access [...]
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
With an important deadline coming up at the end of the month, it’s still unclear whether 50,000 children enrolled in Pennsylvania’s CHIP program will be able to keep their current health insurance.
Gov. Tom Corbett outlined what he called “a Pennsylvania-specific solution” to the impasse between the state and the federal [...]
New sign-up figures for ObamaCare were released Wednesday and it looks like more Ohioans will go onto Medicaid than purchase their own insurance, even with subsidies.
By: Jon Street
BURLINGTON, Vt. — It’s against state law to try to regulate guns in the Green Mountain State, but city officials here are looking at what may be a loophole.
Burlington wants to be able to confiscate and secure weapons for up to five days following a domestic dispute, and enact other restrictions.
City Councilman Norm Blais told [...]
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Two developers who donated $6 million worth of empty land to Lebanon, hoping taxpayers will subsidize a convention center there, have a financial interest in developing the adjoining property, the city’s mayor said.
If city officials vote in favor of funding construction of the proposed $40 million Cumberland Center [...]
As thousands of frustrated Minnesotans were notified about glitches and errors in their applications on the state insurance exchange, April Todd-Malmlov took a two-week break.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn can pretty much forget about getting any more money from the state’s public employee unions.
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. – The lampoons keep coming.
The problematic rollout of Obamacare has provided plenty of low-hanging fruit to late-night talk show hosts, and Jimmy Kimmel was the latest to take advantage during his opening monologue Tuesday evening.
And to top it off, he also took a few jabs at Congress’s productivity [...]
By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
The hits keep coming for President Barack Obama.
Night after night, late-night comedians continue to take shots at the president’s aloof nature and the failures of his signature achievement, Obamacare.
Last night, funnyman Jon Stewart opened his show knocking the president for not knowing that America has been spying on numerous world leaders for [...]
The Obama administration insists the troubled healthcare.gov website is working better, but a 60-year-old lawyer from Los Lunas says his application for individual coverage has been stuck in limbo for more than two months.
The real question for Philly schools is not the amount being spent, but how it is being spent.
Sam Pick can brush his own teeth, thank you. The former mayor says the City Council should focus on relevant issues and stop opining on national affairs.
The Discovery Channel may never have featured print journalism on its hit series “Dirty Jobs,” but according to data compiled by CareerCast.com, newspaper reporters have the “worst” job in America, beating out garbage collectors, meter readers, dock workers, and even dishwashers.
Part 79 of 81 in the series Obamacare
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — The winner of an Obamacare video contest put on by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is either completely oblivious or participating in the most obvious misdirection campaign we’ve ever seen.
Entitled “Forget About the Price Tag,” the video [...]
By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG – Plenty of people took issue with a new transportation funding package that will fix the state’s roads and bridges but lead to Pennsylvania motorists paying increased fees and likely higher prices at the pump.
Moody’s, though, thinks it’s pretty good news.
While Pennsylvania’s credit rating and outlook didn’t change when [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Questionable financial practices by the Sunflower State’s top information technology agency could result in the federal government clawing back more than $1 million, according to a recent audit.
FROM AROUND THE WEB
By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
Christmas came a little early Tuesday for some South Carolina Department of Commerce employees.
The five-member state Budget and Control Board, chaired by Gov. Nikki Haley, unanimously approved – without any debate – a Commerce proposal to extend a pilot program dubbed the “Sales Incentive Pay Plan” for three years starting [...]
By Len Lazarick | Maryland Reporter
Salary hikes for Maryland’s next governor, members of the General Assembly and other statewide officials elected next year are set to be decided next week by two compensation commissions specially appointed for this task.
None of these officials have had pay hikes since 2006, and the Legislature rejected recommendations from these [...]
By Katy Grimes | Cal Watchdog
New questions have arisen about the subject of several stories I wrote last spring about the construction debacles on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge repairs. In May, I covered a report of the concerns of engineer Yun Chung.
The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck with 6.9 magnitude and shook up much of Northern California, killing 63 people. Of [...]
By Michael Farren | for Michigan Capitol Confidential
The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 ended the federal government’s financial support of many passenger rail routes. The federal subsidy for the operational costs for the Wolverine passenger rail service running from Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago, for example, has ended.
The Michigan Legislature, however, included an extra $19.3 million [...]
By Michael Bastasch | The Daily Caller.
The Congressional Budget Office says that a carbon tax would raise the most revenue out of the 35 different options suggested by the budget forecasting office.
The CBO estimates that a $25 per ton tax on carbon dioxide emissions would raise government revenues by $1.06 trillion over the next decade, while lowering [...]
By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project
You may have heard that the Log Cabin Democrat (the local paper in Conway) subjected me to their journalistic fury not long ago for daring to question the city’s purchase of a $130,000 Christmas tree. I don’t wish to incur any more of their wrath, but after writing my stories and receiving feedback [...]
By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
A Michigan union invoked the provision of the state constitution that bans slavery in their argument against right-to-work, court documents show.
Teamsters Local No. 214 stated Friday that right-to-work was “a violation of the prohibitions against involuntary servitude” because members of the union had to work against their will on [...]
By Glen Morgan | Freedom Foundation
In a memorable scene from Animal House, Dean Wormer threatens to put the Delta Fraternity on “double secret probation.” In the movie, Delta Fraternity had been guilty of committing much mischief and many pranks on campus.
Snohomish County has been on double secret probation by the Washington State Department of Transportation since 2008 for problems with their [...]
By Adam O’Neal | Cal Watchdog
It isn’t just the federal Affordable Care Act website, healthcare.gov, that has suffered unacceptable “glitches” that President Obama has decried. So has our state’s implementation, Covered California, whose problems include low Latino enrollment.
One of the most disconcerting, and persistent, worries about each website is security. The federal website, which has become more usable since its [...]