Thomas R. Eddlem
Prominent celebrities and leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed a major nationalization of local police forces with an August 25 letter to President Obama, calling for creation of a federal police “czar” and greater federal controls over law enforcement in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting and protests.
The Federal Reserve Bank will keep suppressing interest rates to near-zero rates for more than a year, according to Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes released August 20, despite talk about an “eventual normalization of the stance and conduct of monetary policy.”
Support for the Common Core national educational standards has plummeted in the past year among Americans who are familiar with the standards, according to two polls released this week.
Smart-gun inventor Bill Gentry of Kodiak Industries told Attorney General Eric Holder in a 2013 closed meeting that his patented trigger-lock device is meant to save lives, not restrict freedom, and that he would "burn it down" if it is mandated by gun control laws.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed a secret NSA program called “MonsterMind” in an interview with Wired magazine's James Bamford August 12. The program is an automated prediction and response to possible cyber attacks against the United States, analyzing patterns of data flow into and out of the country, and automatically counter-attacking against the “wrong” type of patterns.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supposedly engages in political advocacy to help businesses prosper, but it would be more accurate to say that it helps “some” businesses.
The part-time Helmetta, New Jersey policeman who said he didn't have to follow the Constitution if Obama doesn't obey it — as revealed in a viral Internet video — has resigned, according to a report in a central New Jersey newspaper.
A new source of information for investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald has revealed that the federal government's spy agencies are now tracking more than one million people and have partnered with state governments to scoop up driver's license pictures for their databases.
U.S. House of Representatives Liberty Caucus Chairman Justin Amash survived a strong primary challenge from establishment forces, but those same forces picked off Rep. Kerry Bentivolio and prevailed in an open primary to replace retiring House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers.
An internal CIA Inspector General review concluded the CIA did indeed spy on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, delete information on their computers, and knowingly refer false information to the U.S. Justice Department for prosecution of Senate staffers.