Florida Congressman Alan Grayson Loses $18M in Investment Scheme

Dec 10, 2013, 1:12 pm EDT

Florida Republican Alan Grayson was taken for about $18 million in an investment scheme concocted by William Dean Chapman.

The congressman was one of over 100 victims who were fooled by Chapman’s trade stock scheme, according to The Washington Times. The con man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking control of his clients’ stocks and selling them without paying them back. Chapman used the money to build a life of luxury for himself including a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a $3 million house.

New York-native Alan Grayson is a defender of Democratic Party principles and partisan attacker of Republican views. Read 

4 Things to Know About the ‘Hour of Code’ Campaign

Dec 10, 2013, 11:56 am EDT

Technology giants are participating in this year’s Computer Science Education Week, promoting an “Hour of Code” to help young people learn the basics of computer programing.

Run by the Computing in the Core advocacy group and Code.org, more than 29,000 events in 160 countries are planned for this week, eWeek notes.

Here are four things to know about the “Hour of Code” campaign: Read 

Will a Satanic Statue Be Erected Outside Okla. State Capitol?

Dec 10, 2013, 10:51 am EDT

A move by Republican lawmakers to erect a monument to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma’s Capitol, may have opened the door to something they certainly didn’t expect.

In 2009, the GOP-controlled state legislature approved the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol’s north steps. Now a Satanic group says it wants to place its own monument — to Satan, naturally — at the Capitol as well, the Associated Press notes.

State lawmakers say the proposal must be approved by the Oklahoma Capital Preservation Committee where it would face considerable scrutiny. Read 

Time Running Out on 2013 Congress Session

Dec 9, 2013, 7:58 pm EDT
Time Running Out on 2013 Congress Session

Few people would say 2013 was a good year for Congress. Between the government shutdown in October, the sequestration cuts being implemented in March, and its general refusal to enact serious legislation on a number of important issues facing the U.S., Congress took a beating in the public eye.

In polls, Congress’ popularity plunged to a record low of 9%, less than Americans approval ratings for things like zombies, jury duty, and dog poop. Clearly, Congress has much work to do to revamp its image.

There isn’t much time left for that to happen in 2013, however. Congress’ last day in session this year will be Friday, and there are plenty of issues on the table that need resolved, or else we will see a repeat of the turmoil that’s dogged American politics for much of this year. Read 

Congress to Extend Plastic Gun Ban

Dec 9, 2013, 11:10 am EDT
Congress to Extend Plastic Gun Ban

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on Monday to extend a decade-old ban on plastic firearms. Source: Flickr

The move will prohibit the production of guns that can pass through metal detectors and screening equipment without raising an alert for another ten years. Under current law, gun makers can produce plastic guns as long as they feature a metal component that can be detected by screening machines. Some gun control advocates complain that the part can be too easily removed, the Associated Press notes.

However, any effort to impose additional restrictions on plastic firearms will face opposition from the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), which has signaled that it won’t oppose the extension — so long as the law remains as already written. The ban’s renewal comes as 3D printer technology from manufacturers like Stratasys (SYSS), 3D Systems (DDD) and Voxeljet (VJET) is moving toward becoming mainstream. Read 

Wis. Governor Scott Walker Fires Aide Over Offensive Tweets

Dec 4, 2013, 2:32 pm EDT
Wis. Governor Scott Walker Fires Aide Over Offensive Tweets

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker fired a campaign aide for posting offensive comments about Hispanics on Twitter.

USA Today reports that Walker’s deputy finance manager Taylor Palmisano got the boot after some of her offensive tweets saw the light of day. In 2011, she posted comments such as “illegal mex cleaning the library” and “nobody speaks English.” The tweets were removed but not before they made their way to the rest of the Internet. Read 

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