Jun 1, 2015, 12:43 pm EDT
Martin O’Malley has announced that he is joining the list of 2016 presidential candidates.
Martin O’Malley’s decision to go against the other 2016 presidential candidates will put him up against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. O’Malley fully supported Clinton in 2008, but says that the country needs new leadership now to face the different challenges present today, reports ABC News.
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Jun 1, 2015, 12:20 pm EDT
Parts of the Patriot Act expired on Sunday.
The Patriot Act has been a controversial subject as it lets government agencies spy on U.S. citizens. However, the Senate allowed three provisions of the act to expire. The expiration of these provisions will reduce the spying of the government on U.S. citizens, reports USA Today.
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May 29, 2015, 5:26 pm EDT
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday for withdrawing funds in small increments to “conceal his prior misconduct.”
Here are seven things to know about the indictment:
Hastert allegedly had a deal with an anonymous person where he paid $3.5 million in order to settle his prior misconduct against this person.
The nature of his misconduct has not been revealed but it is known that it involves activities from years earlier.
Hastert was charged by a federal grand jury for withdrawing $1.7 million in cash from several banks over four years.
He planned the withdrawals in a strategic manner to avoid triggering federal reporting rules.
A Yorkville, Ill. resident received the payments for Hastert. The two have known each other for most of that person’s life.
He made 15 withdrawals of $50,000 in cash from 2010 to 2012 from accounts at several banks. He paid this person every six weeks.
Hastert is facing two felony counts, which could carry a 5-year prison term and a $250,000 fine.
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May 28, 2015, 2:39 pm EDT
A military lab located in Utah accidentally sent live anthrax to 10 different areas.
The live anthrax was shipped to labs located in nine states and one military lab in South Korea. The nine states that had the virus shipped to them were Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia, reports U.S. News & World Report.
The exact locations of all the labs that received live anthrax haven’t been revealed. At least one lab in the U.S. confirmed that it got a live version of the virus and so did the lab located in South Korea. 22 people at the base in South Korea were treated as a precaution, U.S. News & World Report notes. Read
May 28, 2015, 2:39 pm EDT
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking to add high-speed Internet access as an option for households that participate in the Lifeline program.
Lifeline has helped low-income households in the US have phone access since 1985. Subscribers get a $9.25 monthly subsidy on one phone line per household.
The FCC is now looking to offer broadband Internet as part of the $1.7 billion federal program. The subsidy would be the same but recipients would have to choose if they want to apply it to Internet or a phone line. Read