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ThinkProgress » Exclusive: Issa Secured Nearly $1 Million In Earmarks Potentially Benefiting Real Estate That He Owns

    ThinkProgress has discovered more troubling evidence that Issa may have blended his work as a lawmaker with his own business empire. After founding a successful car alarm company, Issa invested his fortune in a sprawling network of real estate companies with holdings throughout his district. One of Issa’s most valuable properties, a medical … Continue reading

ThinkProgress » Mike Huckabee Wants Every American To Be ‘Forced At Gun Point’ To Learn From Radical Historian

A former Texas GOP official, David Barton is a “Christian historical revisionist” who contends that “the United States of America is a Christian nation” and the separation of church and state is a “liberal myth.” He is also one of the most radical Tenthers in the country who believes the federal highway system is unconstitutional. … Continue reading

India adds 181 million people in a decade – The Washington Post

    “We are now over 17 percent of the world population, and India is 2.4 percent of the world’s surface area,” said C. Chandramauli, India’s census commissioner. “We have added the population of Brazil to India’s numbers this time.” The total population grew from 1.02 billion people in 2001 to 1.21 billion this year, … Continue reading

Did vandalism or wind claim an IRS sign downtown? – The Washington Post

    Did vandalism or wind claim an IRS sign downtown? – The Washington Post.   The sign outside of IRS Headquarters has been snapped in half. They are blaming the wind. (And by “wind,” do they mean “sledgehammer-wielding vandal?” It is almost tax day…)

CIA agents in Libya aid airstrikes and meet rebels

    Washington:� The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi’s forces, according to American officials. While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of … Continue reading

Robert Reich (The Truth About the Economy that Nobody In Washington Or On Wall Street Will Admit: We’re Heading Back Toward a Double Dip)

Why aren’t Americans being told the truth about the economy? We’re heading in the direction of a double dip – but you’d never know it if you listened to the upbeat messages coming out of Wall Street and Washington. Consumers are 70 percent of the American economy, and consumer confidence is plummeting. It’s weaker today … Continue reading

California water: Governor expected to declare drought over – latimes.com

    Gov. Jerry Brown is about to make official what a winter of downpours and rising reservoir levels have already made obvious: California’s drought is over. Brown is expected to lift the state’s 3-year-old drought declaration Wednesday, when the next snow survey is conducted. In a statement released Monday, the governor’s office said it … Continue reading

Where the Bank Bailout Went Wrong – NYTimes.com

    The act’s emphasis on preserving homeownership was particularly vital to passage. Congress was told that TARP would be used to purchase up to $700 billion of mortgages, and, to obtain the necessary votes, Treasury promised that it would modify those mortgages to assist struggling homeowners. Indeed, the act expressly directs the department to … Continue reading

Foreclosure Aid Fell Short, and Is Fading – NYTimes.com

    “The banking industry fought us tooth and nail, and we ended up with a program that is failing homeowners,” said Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California. “The administration doesn’t give us real enforcement or answers; we just get the old yokey-doke.” Yet the need remains great. There were 225,000 foreclosure filings in … Continue reading

State and Municipal Debt: The Coming Crisis? Part II | Testimony

1) The financial crisis facing state and local governments is primarily a problem created in Washington. Had it not been for the failed monetary and regulatory policies carried through by the Federal Reserve Board and other regulatory agencies, few state and local governments would be facing serious financial problems today; 2) The shortfalls facing many … Continue reading