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Rampant Conflicts Of Interest Exposed In Oregon

Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now.

In Search Of A Pension Fix (When None Is Possible): What Happens?

As we pointed out long ago, there is no possible fix to the Dallas pension mess except massive haircuts to pension payouts. Given The pension board does not want to admit that, nor the mayor, nor the city council, it was inevitable talks would disintegrate into finger-pointing and lawsuits. That’s precisely what happened.

A Billion Dollars Of Federally Funded Paranoia

When it comes to mindless excess in the war on terror, it is difficult to compete with the 70+ fusion centers bankrolled by the Department of Homeland Security. Though the fusion centers are a dud on the anti-terrorist front, perhaps they are a big success in making Americans wary of speaking out against government abuses.

Army Grants Easement To Complete Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

The US Army Corps said in a court filing it has notified Congress that it has granted the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. The easement was needed for Energy Transfer Partners to complete work on the last portion located under Lake Oahe on the 1,172-mile long pipeline.

Deplorable? Obama Sent $27 Billion Taxpayer Money To Fund Sanctuary Cities In 2016

Across America, there are over 300 governmental jurisdictions claiming "sanctuary status." Of those governments, there are 106 cities, while the rest are states, counties or other units of government. Under Trump’s order, mayors defending their sanctuary city status are essentially imposing a defiance tax on local residents. On average, this tax amounts to $500 per man, woman and child.

Meet The Awan Brothers - The (Not-Russian) IT Staff Who Allegedly Hacked Congress' Computer Systems

In an ironic twist, it appears it may not have been 'The Russians' that hacked America's political system last year. As The Daily Caller reports, three brothers (Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan) who managed office IT for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computer networks without permission.

Payrolls Preview: Expect An Upside Surprise (Thanks To The Weather)

Despite ADP's blowout print this week, consensus January payrolls is 175k (somewhat below the 6- and 12-month averages), but Goldman Sachs expects a higher 200k print thanks to a combination of lower-than-usual year-end layoffs, favorable weather effects, and further improvement in labor market indicators.

What Google Trends Reveal About The State Of America's Torn Society

If you want to know what’s really on the minds of the American population since the Election, just look at Google search trends.  For example, did the Dow hitting 20,000 last week spark a lot of interest in the stock market or that venerable measure?  Not really – searches for “Stock market” and “Dow Jones” are the same now as last year at this time.  What DID force public attention on those terms was (you guessed it) the US Election

Two Wars Are About To Break Out Over Border Adjustment Tax

Two wars are set to break out over the Border Adjustment Tax: one is domestic and involves exporter vs importer alliances, and will soon shift into the Senate. The second war is one which would break out after the BAT is passed, and it would hammer America's biggest trading partners

Trump Makes Unannounced Trip To Honor Fallen SEAL

The White House press pool was caught off guard this afternoon, when President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed during a weekend raid on an al-Qaida base in Yemen, AP reports. Trump was to arrive Wednesday afternoon at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base.