Jul 25, 2013, 10:36 am EST
An amendment that would have limited the National Security Agency’s power to collect the electronic records of American citizens failed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 217-205, Reuters reports.
The amendment, which Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) proposed adding to the defense appropriations bill, received both bipartisan support and opposition. 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voted for the amendment, while 83 Democrats and 134 Republicans voted against it.
Cosponsoring the amendment were Amash’s Republican colleagues Thomas Massey (Ky.) and Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) and Democrats John Conyers (Mich.) and Jared Polis (Colo.). Read
Jul 24, 2013, 11:38 am EST
President Barack Obama is set to speak about expanding the middle class this week.
President Obama will give three speeches over a two day period, with the first one set to take place at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on Wednesday. After this the President will speak at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. On Thursday the president will give his third speech at the Jacksonville Port Authority in Florida.
President Obama gave his first speech as a U.S. Senator at Knox College. Read
Jul 24, 2013, 10:00 am EST
Anthony Weiner, who is running for mayor of New York City, was caught yet again in a sexting scandal on Tuesday.
The new scandal came to light after gossip website The Dirty, revealed sext messages, and a image of Weiner’s crotch that it said the mayor hopeful exchanged with an unidentified woman. Weiner confirmed that the sext messages and crotch shot were sent by him, but he claims that, “this is entirely behind me.” Weiner claims that the sext messages in this recent scandal are from last summer, reports The Washington Post.
Different from Weiner’s last sexting scandal is the involvement of his wife, Huma Abedin. Read
Jul 23, 2013, 8:20 pm EST
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized today for bringing “embarrassment” to the state and said he had repaid loans given to him and his family by a CEO and political supporter.
McDonnell paid back over $120,000 given to him, his wife, and his sister. The loan to his wife was a personal loan, while two loans to McDonnell and his sister went to a business they owned.
The money came from Star Scientific (NASDAQ:STSI) CEO Jonnie Williams, who has been linked to other gifts to McDonnell and his family that critics have said were ethical breaches. Williams picked up the $15,000 catering tab for one of McDonnell’s daughter’s weddings, financed a $15,000 shopping trip for McDonnell’s wife at Bergdorf Goodman, and paid for a $6,500 Rolex watch that McDonnell received from his wife. Read
Jul 23, 2013, 3:49 pm EST
The sight of postal carriers strolling up walkways to put mail in home mailboxes could become a thing of the past.
Faced with escalating deficits, the U.S. Postal Service is considering ditching direct-to-home mail delivery in new developments. Instead, mail would be distributed to a cluster of mailboxes located at the center of new neighborhoods. Residents would have to come and get their mail from the boxes on their own, CNN notes.
Each year, the postal service spends $30 billion in doorstep deliveries. Cluster box deliveries would slash that bill significantly. The postal service has been promoting cluster boxes to commercial clients in office parks and shopping malls. Read
Jul 22, 2013, 12:04 pm EST
Federal regulators say that Florida’s second largest city lied to investors in order to obtain better financing agreements.
The city of Miami and its former budget director have been slapped with securities fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The government claims that financial reports issued in 2007 and 2008 contained false information designed to conceal its growing budget deficit, the Wall Street Journal notes.
Michael Boudreaux, Miami’s budget director at the time, “masterminded” the illicit transfer of money between two city funds in order to artificially boost the city’s apparent financial condition and deceive investors, according to government allegations. Read