2016: More water battles, but California sees hope – or just whiskey

By   /  December 31, 2015  /  California  /  No Comments

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Part 4 of 4 in the series California’s Manmade Drought   By Steven Greenhut | Watchdog.org SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the Civil War came to a close, Mark Twain re-invigorated his writing career in a tiny house near the gold-mining enclave of Angels Camp in the heart of California’s gold-rush country. There he wrote the […]

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 16

By   /  December 29, 2015  /  Technology  /  No Comments

HANDS OFF: A new piece of legislation before Kansas lawmakers is intended to keep state and local government entities from using NSA-like spying techniques on law-abiding citizens, but opponents of the measure say it's too broad and could have a laundry list of unintended consequences.

Part 10 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 By Josh Peterson Public safety officials have seized on the public’s fears of terrorism to resume their push for more power in the digital realm to go after criminals and terrorists.   Yet while the law enforcement and intelligence communities’ have waged a war on […]

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Kemper green-energy plant at risk as key contract deadline passes

By   /  June 12, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Mississippi  /  No Comments

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The Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant is in jeopardy as documents show that two oil-drilling companies are no longer contractually bound to purchase the plant’s CO2.

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Inside one more sketchy Sharpton-family nonprofit

By   /  May 29, 2015  /  National, New York  /  No Comments

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

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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Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer

By   /  May 27, 2015  /  National, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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    By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to Watchdog.org Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year […]

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Can Philadelphia’s ‘Johnny Doc’ put his brother on state Supreme Court?

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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As Ken Rocks ran for the executive board of Philadelphia’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 last fall, one of its powerful bosses, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, mailed a letter to the thousands of electricians in the union attacking the candidate.

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