Category Archive: Government

Will the government stop using the poor as a piggy bank?

Kyle DeWitt was sentenced to three days in jail after he couldn’t afford to pay a fine for catching a fish out of season in Michigan. Nicole Bolden spent a day in a Missouri jail after failing to appear in court for traffic violations she couldn’t pay, either. Now public officials are finally beginning to reconsider the policies that have essentially punished ordinary Americans like DeWitt and Bolden for being poor.

via Will the government stop using the poor as a piggy bank? | MSNBC.

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Senator Says Her Male Colleagues Called Her ‘Porky’ And ‘Chubby’

Decades after Anita Hill proved Congress doesn’t understand sexual harassment…Congress may not understand sexual harassment.

New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) reports in her upcoming memoir that her male colleagues have made comments about her body and weight in the Capitol gym, on the campaign trail, and even on the House floor.

The choice remarks included:

“Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!”

“Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.”

And the delightful backhanded compliment: “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat.”

via Senator Says Her Male Colleagues Called Her ‘Porky’ And ‘Chubby’ | ThinkProgress.

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Jon Stewart Runs Andrew Cuomo Through The Ringer Over Anti-Corruption Panel

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the full treatment on Thursday night’s “Daily Show,” and not the kind reserved for a beloved celeb or a guest pushing a new book.

Host Jon Stewart tore into Cuomo for creating an anti-corruption panel and then allegedly interfering with its work when the panel began to look at those close to him.

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Steven Rattner: We Have to Step In and Save Detroit

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But while Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has capably overseen Detroit’s march to Chapter 9, neither the state nor the federal government has evinced any inclination to provide meaningful financial assistance.

That’s a mistake. No one likes bailouts or the prospect of rewarding Detroit’s historic fiscal mismanagement. But apart from voting in elections, the 700,000 remaining residents of the Motor City are no more responsible for Detroit’s problems than were the victims of Hurricane Sandy for theirs, and eventually Congress decided to help them.

America is just as much about aiding those less fortunate as it is about personal responsibility. Government does this in so many ways; why shouldn’t it help Detroit rebuild itself?

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NY State Senator Arrested in Alleged Plot to Rig NYC Mayor's Race

New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested Tuesday in an alleged plot to rig the New York City mayor’s race, federal authorities said.

Four other political figures also were charged in what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called “an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany itself.”

via NY state sen. arrested in alleged mayor race plot – Yahoo! News.

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The Senate Passes a Budget for the First Time in 4 Years

America is headed for ruin and the U.S. Congress refuses to do it’s job. And when they finally act it’s the bare minimum. You have a renegade government that does not care a damn about you or what you think. Oh, by the way, the elections held every 2 to 4 years. They are worthless. The game is rigged. You have 2 corporate parties that pretend to give you choice. Incumbents are essentially in for life. Wake up, America:

After an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., the Senate on Saturday adopted its first budget in four years, a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red a decade from now.

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Fed Regulations Are Making Banks Riskier

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Americans are becoming increasingly aware of how risky financial products, such as mortgage-backed securities, played a major role in the recent financial crisis. Few Americans, however, are aware that federal banking regulations encouraged banks to hold more mortgage-backed securities. In fact, the Federal Reserve is now in the process of strengthening these regulations, which will create more bank risk and the potential for more bank bailouts, with average Americans ultimately bearing the costs.

The Fed’s faulty rules are part of an initiative known as risk-based capital regulation. After the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, the United Sates joined an international banking agreement known as the Basel Accords. The Fed previously evaluated risk based on the bank’s capital ratio, a measure of leverage calculated as the value of the bank’s equity divided by the value of its assets. This changed with the adoption of the Basel Accords in 1991.

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Robert Gibbs Told Not To Acknowledge Drone Program Exists As White House Press Secretary

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that he was told not to “acknowledge” or “discuss” the secret drone program when becoming the government’s top spokesman.

Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “Up,” played a video clip of Gibbs and current press secretary Jay Carney dodging questions about drones in the White House briefing room before asking if the Obama administration has been sufficiently forthcoming about the controversial targeted killing program. Gibbs, who recently became an MSNBC contributor, recalled the instructions he was given upon taking the job.

“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary,” Gibbs said, “one of the things, one of the first things they told me was, ‘You’re not even to acknowledge the drone program. You’re not even to discuss that it exists.’”

via Robert Gibbs Told Not To Acknowledge Drone Program Exists As White House Press Secretary.

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Ban on U.S. Women In Combat Roles Lifted

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is lifting the military ban on women in combat, allowing them to officially serve on the front lines for the first time in the history of U.S. armed forces.

The policy change, to be announced Thursday at the Pentagon, “will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement this decision, which was made by the Secretary of Defense upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” a senior Defense Department official said Wednesday in a statement to The Huffington Post.

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, lauded the change. “After a decade of critical military service in hostile environments, women have demonstrated a wide range of capabilities in combat operations and we welcome this review,” McKeon said in a statement Wednesday.

via Leon Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat.

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