On Friday, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who is openly gay, introduced a bill to keep Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from legislating in response to a bill introduced by King related to gay marriage. King on Wednesday introduced the “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015,” a bill aimed at keeping federal judges from weighing in on gay marriage.
Critics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the secretive, Obama administration-created agency that oversees the U.S. Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point, won a small but key victory this week. On Wednesday, the House passed the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act. The bill with the long name would require the director of the CFPB to create a Small Business Advisory Council within the shadowy agency and codify the previously established Credit Union Advisory Council and the Community Bank Advisory Council.
Thursday, more than 100 demonstrators, some of them armed, reportedly surrounded the Bureau of Land Management’s Medford, Oregon district office. Supporters of the Sugar Pine mine tell the Mail Tribune that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials lied when they said mine owners George Backes and Rick Barclay needed to file a plan with the agency for what they called previously unknown mining activity. The agency told Backes and Barclay that they had to file a plan or remove their equipment.
Reports now say that 22 of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation.
Wages and share of income for the bottom 90 percent of American wage-earners declined over the past 40 years, as the foreign-born population increased dramatically, data requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee shows.
Whistleblowers and government investigators say privately run Medicare plans have overcharged the federal government for years, and at least a half-dozen lawsuits alleging abuses have been filed since 2010. The lawsuits name insurers all over the country whose plans enroll millions of seniors, and lawyers say even more cases should surface.
A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn has been charged by UK prosecutors with two counts of inciting terrorism in Australia. The boy has been accused of inciting another person to carry out an attack at an Anzac Day event with the aim of killing or seriously injuring people.
A report says that charities with ties to Hillary Clinton will re-file at least five tax returns after errors in how donations from foreign governments were disclosed. Reuters said that errors on form 990s include under-reporting or over-reporting by millions of dollars the amounts donated by foreign governments, as well as not disclosing the donations as separate from total revenue. Reuters also reported that officials may audit other returns filed by the Clinton Foundation as far back as 15 years ago in the event of more errors being found.
It’s one thing for politicians to use their position to get rich, themself, but what is they used that position to do favors for her patrons? That starts to sound like something that can cross the line between unseemly and potentially illegal. But what if those favors compromised national security? That’s the incendiary claim made against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a forthcoming book and laid out in today’s NYT.
Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia to remove forces from eastern Ukraine and press Ukrainian separatists into observing a cease-fire. The State Department says Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke Wednesday by phone.