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CIA collaboration with New York Police Department was never legally approved

The top lawyer at the CIA never approved sending one of its officers to help the New York Police Department create a domestic spying program, raising the possibility that the agency may have violated a ban on domestic spying. Last August, the Associated Press reported that the CIA had violated…

Official in botched ‘Fast and Furious’ gun program refuses to testify

WASHINGTON — A US Justice Department employee considered a key figure in a botched US program to track guns into Mexico has refused to testify to Congress, claiming a constitutional right. Patrick Cunningham, head of the criminal division of the Arizona state Attorney General’s office, said he would invoke his…

Dashcam catches cop beating 66-year-old man suffering from dementia

Technicians in Florida have recovered dashcam video of a Melbourne police officer beating a 66-year-old man who suffers from dementia even though the officer deliberately tried to disable the recording. An attorney for beating victim Albert Flowers told Florida Today that his client was prepared to sue the city of…

Small business coalition calls for overthrow of Citizens United

A recent survey of small business owners, carried out by the American Sustainable Business Council, found that most of those polled believe the influx of private money into public elections is a bad thing, and that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United must be overturned. The poll (PDF) revealed that 66…

Cain sings, quotes Pokémon to rally Colbert supporters

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain joined forces on Friday at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina. During the “Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-Olina Primary Rally,” Colbert urged attendees to support him by casting their vote for Cain in Saturday’s Republican primary.…

Obama admin.to enforce universal birth control access

The Obama administration announced Friday it would stand by a policy that requires virtually all private insurance policies to cover family planning, including female contraceptives, essentially guaranteeing near universal access to birth control once all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act are implemented. Friday’s decision comes after the White…

Rosa Parks sign defaced with ‘KKK’ graffiti

Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime after a sign honoring a civil rights hero was defaced in St. Louis. The Missouri Department of Transportation removed the sign marking “Rosa Parks Highway” because it had been spray-painted with the letters “KKK,” which is an abbreviation for the Ku Klux Klan…

U.S. home sales rise for third month

Sales of previously owned homes in the United States surged five percent in December from November, industry data showed Friday, in a report that pointed to recovery in the housing market. Sales of so-called “existing” homes rose to an annual rate of 4.61 million from a downwardly revised 4.39 million in…

Supreme Court rejects judge-drawn Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates andDemocrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections. In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps…

Analysis: Holder, top DOJ lawyers were partners with big banks

(Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows. The firm,…

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