Ex-Im Bank scores poorly on transparency for taxpayer-subsidized loans

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

Source: Government Accountability Office

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — The Export-Import Bank puts billions of taxpayer dollars at risk to subsidize purchases by overseas companies, and it doesn’t do a good job of making those transactions transparent, either.
The Government Accountability Office whacked the Ex-Im bank in a report released last week for shoddy record-keeping and oversight of three [...]

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Pot industry flexes political muscle and politicians accept money banks won’t

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  Colorado, Congress, Elections, Federal Government, National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
It’s probably unusual for political contributors to thank a candidate for taking their money, but that’s what Mike Elliott, executive director for the Marijuana Industry Group, did at a pot-industry fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter last month.
“We really appreciate the fact we can come here and show you how much [...]

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In June, U.S. House could have defunded Defense Department program that militarizes police

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
The nightly clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., have prompted a national conversation about the militarization of small town cops.
Much of that militarization — at least in terms of equipment, if not tactics — is the direct result of the 1033 Program, which allows the Defense Department to transfer military surplus [...]

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ObamaCare pushes children with critical needs to the edge

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Federal Government, News, North Carolina, Obamacare, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

IT'S PERSONAL: Families like the Currans that have critical needs have been feeling the brunt of higher deductibles, higher out-of-pocket expenses, higher co-pays and higher premiums.

Families like the Currans that have critical needs are feeling the brunt of higher deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays and premiums from ObamaCare.

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America has a ‘militarization moment’

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  California, Federal Government, Idaho, Local Government, Military, Missouri, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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The display of tactics and weaponry in Ferguson, Mo., has elevated the debate over militarization of local law enforcement.

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After two months, an uneasy coexistence at NM immigration facility continues

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Federal Government, Immigration, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

TWO MONTHS ON: The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia. N.M. has been renovated to house up to 700 women and children who entered the U.S. illegally.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia has been turned into an immigration facility for up to 700 women and children. After two months, here’s a progress report.

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