Six places you probably didn’t know are getting your tax dollars

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Open Records, SNAP, Taxes, Transparency, U.S. Senate, Vermont  /  No Comments

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By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. — We’re living in a “very ugly moment in American history.”
Just ask Vermont’s U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who continues to use “massive income inequality” to rail against cuts to food stamps.
“It is astounding to me, from a moral perspective, that folks in the Republican Party stay up nights [...]

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Congressman says he wants NSA reforms, but gets most cash from intel contractors

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Accountability, Congress, Federal Government, National, News, U.S. House, U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm |

One of the two representatives pushing a new bill to supposedly rein-in America’s overzealous electronic spooks has received more campaign contributions from intelligence contractors than any other member of Congress.

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Lipstick on a pig: 5 reasons to gut Farm Bill

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Agriculture, Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud, News, SNAP, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

AT THE TROUGH: The sale of Smithfield Foods will take the publicly traded Virginia company private.

The ultimate in pork-barrel politics, the Farm Bill is ripe for final approval this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the measure is a done deal after it cleared the GOP-controlled House.

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Inspector’s audit: ‘Clean’ bill or whitewash at Homeland Security?

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Delaware, Federal Government, homeland security, Immigration, News, Oklahoma, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

MIXED REVIEWS: The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security found problems in the sprawling agency. Then again, the acting IG is under investigation himself.

By Kenric Ward |
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security and some Capitol Hill Democrats are working to find good news in a devastating internal audit of the government’s largest agency.
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., called a new Inspector General audit “a milestone for the Department of Homeland Security and represents [...]

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Dem senator opposed Obamacare quick-fix when it was a GOP idea

By   /  November 14, 2013  /  Colorado, National, Obamacare, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

OBAMACARE IS GOOD: Sen. Mark Udall, far left,  meets with health care providers in Colorado.

By Tori Richards |
A Colorado Democrat who introduced a U.S. senate bill Wednesday to prevent insurance policy cancellations under Obamacare voted against a 2010 resolution that would have done just that.
But now, trying to upstage President Obama, Sen. Mark Udall is declaring victory – saying the president’s call Thursday for insurance companies to stop [...]

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