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Poll suggests minimum wage could be key in upcoming elections

A new poll suggests that the minimum wage could play a significant role in six upcoming competitive races—and it doesn’t look good for Republicans.

Government Grinch proposes new rules on Christmas lights

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It’s not even Halloween, but the federal Grinch has already appeared, armed with new regulations, to un-deck the halls of America. On Tuesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released twenty-five pages of new rules governing “seasonal and decorative lighting projects”– basically everything from strings of lights to glowing Santa Clauses. The Hill reports that the […]

The FBI takes it back: They do spy on Americans without a warrant

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Remember when the FBI said they didn’t spy on Americans without a court order, just a few days ago? They were just kidding about that.

Afroman releases new version of ‘Because I Got High’ promoting legal weed

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Afroman is back. But now he’s not just singing about Colt 45s and smoking that tumbleweed, he’s here to tell you about about the positive impact of marijuana. Afroman’s “Because I Got High” was released 13 years ago, but his new version “Positive Remix” just dropped Wednesday. The new version sees Afroman making better choices as a result […]

UN Report: Mass surveillance violates international law, ‘corrosive’ to privacy

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A United Nations report concluded that mass surveillance of the internet is “corrosive” to privacy and violates international law.

A startup’s plan to fix immigration form backlog

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A startup in Silicon Valley hopes to streamline the cumbersome immigration form backlog with a program that would be the TurboTax of immigration forms.

Study: Small business owners are losing faith in the economy

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Small businesses were less optimistic about their economic prospects in September than in August, according to the optimism index measured by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Why Government Websites Cost More and Perform Worse Than Private Sector Sites

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REASON — Was the failure of the federal government’s $2.1 billion Obamacare enrollment website an isolated fluke or part of a broader pattern of overpriced government failure when it comes to consumer-facing technology? Recent events show a pattern. The other failures aren’t as costly or as high-profile as Healthcare.gov. But they’re worth paying attention to nonetheless. […]

Privacy advice from Snowden: Programs to use and programs to avoid

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Edward Snowden gave a remote interview to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, during which he offered his tips for securing information on your phone and on the internet. He particularly cautioned against Dropbox, Facebook, and Google, calling them “dangerous services.”

#Transparency: Government orders tests of Healthcare.gov be kept secret

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Healthcare.gov is gearing up for another round of tests—but you won’t get to know how it fares.

More Americans still think Obamacare caused them more harm than good

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More Americans still believe Obamacare has harmed them rather than helped them, the latest Gallup survey finds.

Chris Christie: Stop ‘pre-judging’ drug addicts

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is continuing his push to “destigmatize” drug addiction, and released a new video sympathetically telling the stories of former drug addicts from all walks of life and income levels.

New poll finds less young people turning to the military for jobs

Soldiers line up along the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher as the ship departs Naval Station Norfolk for deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Mitscher will be conducting maritime security operations and Ballistic Missile Defense as well as continue to strengthen coalition partnerships.  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, The' N. Pham)

Although most Americans continue to think military service is good for young people, less now know someone who has joined the military to find a job, according to the latest survey from Rasmussen Reports.

Federal agencies spent taxpayer money on artwork, booze and pianos during ‘use it or lose it’ season


The federal government’s fiscal year ended Tuesday, meaning that a whole bunch of strange purchases were made by the federal government to use all of their annual budget. Real Clear Markets has a list of some of the more bizarre agency choices: – The IRS spent $2,410,000 on “toner products” in a single purchase. – […]

Economists agree: Don’t restrict Uber and Lyft

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Economists are confirming what anyone who has ever taken a taxi already knows: Uber and Lyft are good for consumers.


Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

FILE - This Feb. 11, 2014 file photo shows some of the 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, at the Ivanpah Solar ElectirIc Generating System in Primm, Nev. New estimates for the Ivanpah solar plant, an innovative year-old $2.2 billion solar project with Google as a major investor, say thousands of birds are dying yearly, roasted by the concentrated sun rays from the more than 300,000 mirrors. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

VANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and […]

Government officials are no longer talking about terrorism, study shows

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What have you heard about terrorism lately? According to a recent study of speeches and public statements from the last two administrations, the answer is probably, not much. The American Presidency Project analyzed the speeches of government officials from the last two administrations–everyone from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to their secretaries of […]

Funny or Die brings Obama’s State of the Union line about ‘Mad Men’ to life

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In Funny or Die’s latest crack at political activism, the comedy site makes a line from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address a reality. “Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. […]

Democrat congresswoman channels Bloomberg, proposes nationwide soda tax to combat obesity

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America’s soda drinking may soon lose its fizz. To combat the country’s high rates of obesity and overweight, Rep. Rosa Delauro (D-Conn.) proposed a national soda tax on Wednesday that would make the consumption of sugary beverages more expensive. The Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, or the SWEET Act for short, would institute a one cent […]

Ear wax eating congressman: ‘We don’t have a border security problem’

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Congressman Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) doesn’t think the United States has a border security issue despite the fact that over 57,000 children have already crossed the southern border into the country illegally this year.