Get off the sidelines and even the playing field in D.C.

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Audio, Federal Government, Media, National, Power Abuse, Video, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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When Alexis de Tocqueville walked the newly formed United States, he found a country brimming with hope and a new government of the people, by the people and for the people.

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‘Free’ stimulus broadband project costs MN taxpayers millions

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Federal Government, Minnesota, News, Stimulus, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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“Get connected, stay connected, live connected.”

That marketing tagline sums up how Lake County officials manage to keep one of the most expensive federal stimulus broadband projects in the country alive.

The costs of the Lake Connections fiber optic network project in the vast northern Minnesota wilderness continue to increase, and local taxpayers are now footing part of the ever-growing bill.

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Interns parody ‘All About That Bass,’ Congress rewards NASA with $360-million budget boost

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, Finances, Government Waste, Mississippi, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Congress handed NASA a $360-million raise in the recently passed federal budget bill, and it’s a good thing too.
Because NASA is clearly doing some really important work with its nearly $18-billion annual budget.
Last week, just as Congress was finalizing the details of the so-called “Cromnibus” bill, a $1-trillion spending plan to […]

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Wyden: No more ‘back doors’ in Americans’ computers, phones

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Government Regulation, Issues, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon wants to ban the practice of requiring tech companies to integrate back doors into their devices, allowing the federal government to snoop on Americans.
In a bill introduced Thursday, titled the Secure Data Act, Wyden, a Democrat, lays out the case for scrapping government requirements for […]

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Here’s what $18 trillion in national debt looks like

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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America’s national debt topped $18 trillion last Friday, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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Court ruling challenges Obama immigration action

By   /  December 2, 2014  /  Federal Government, Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

TAPPING TALENT: A U.S. court has ruled that U.S. tech workers can challenge President Obama’s order extending the legal status of foreign employees here.

In a ruling that could short-circuit one of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, a federal court has allowed U.S. tech workers to challenge extensions of foreign laborers’ status here.

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