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ACLU Sues To Overturn Arkansas Voter ID Law

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 1:00pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

Senate Leaders Quarrel Over E-Filing Bill That Could Save Taxpayers $500,000 Annually

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:54pm

By Michael Beckel, Center for Public Integrity

Millions of Americans e-filed their income taxes Tuesday, but when senators submitted required reports about their campaign fundraising and expenses, most ignored computers in favor of paper.

According to a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission records, just 21 lawmakers voluntarily e-filed copies of their first-quarter reports to meet Tuesday's filing deadline.

Edward Snowden Email Firm Loses Appeal On Contempt Charge

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:51pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled unanimously against Dallas-based Lavabit Inc. and its owner, Ladar Levinson. Appeals court Judge Steve Agee wrote that Levinson was sanctioned for refusing to help federal authorities track the email of a target of a criminal investigation. The opinion did not name the target.

Here's Proof Illegal Immigration Doesn't Cause More Murders, In One Chart

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:47pm

It's become routine for immigration hardliners like U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to blame illegal immigration for an imaginary spike in violent crime. Other conservative politicians, like California state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) or Texas state Sen.

Goodbye to the Tea Party? Not So Fast

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:33pm

To those who say that the Republican establishment is successfully quashing the tea party insurgency within its ranks in 2014, I have three words: Meet Glenn Grothman.

Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:31pm

by Megan McCloskey

With Congressional pressure and media scrutiny intensifying, the defense secretary came out with a bold plan to fix the Pentagon's struggling mission to recover remains of missing service members: reorganize the effort into a new agency.

Economist Thomas Piketty Explains Why Income Inequality Is Just Getting Started

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:18pm

Life's two certainties may be death and taxes, but French economist Thomas Piketty seems to have found a third: the rich will keep getting richer.

The rapidly rising wealth and income gap seen in the United States and around the world in recent decades is no fluke, but the natural state of affairs, according to Piketty's best-selling new book, "Capital in the 21st Century." Weighing in at nearly 700 pages, the book crunches 300 years' worth of income and wealth data to come to its unnerving conclusion.

Governor Martinez: Burn and Destroy Everything To Win

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:10pm

Today Mother Jones released an in depth, behind-the-scenes article on Governor Martinez.

Click here to read the Mother Jones Article

Joe Biden Posts The Most Fashionable First Instagram Ever

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:05pm

Joe Biden never fails to amaze us. Whether he's flashing those pearly whites or bringing that wit and sass to a vice presidential debate, the vice president has easily become one of our favorite members of government.

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