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Caught with Prostitute, Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal, David Nieland, claimed hotel records showed a member of the White House advance team signed a prostitute into his room the same night. Show More Summary

Kuwaiti Prisoner Cleared by Periodic Review Board is Released from Guantanamo in Spite of Republican Fear Mongering

Kuwaiti prisoner Fawzi Al Odah was released from Guantanamo Bay prison and transferred to Kuwait. Odah was cleared for release by a periodic review board in July and is the first prisoner cleared by the board to be released.

NSA Director Profited Off AT&T Spying

Yet even more fallout from former NSA Director Keith Alexander's financial disclosures. Alexander's investments have already become a matter of controversy when it seemed as though he was trading on inside information related to opaque commodity markets heavily influenced by Russia and China.

Huge Election for Marijuana Legalization with Three Major Victories at Ballot Box

This year was the best election season for marijuana legalization so far. Even though 2014 was a low turnout midterm election that favored Republicans, marijuana legalization won in every major jurisdiction where it was on the ballo...

While Democrats Did Terribly, Progressive Policies Did Very Well at the Ballot Box

Last night was very bad for Democrats on the ballot. Not only did they lose control of the Senate, but House Republicans now have their largest majority in decades. It was not though a bad election for progressive policies. Most of the progressive ballot initiatives on the ballot won.

A Nationalized Election With a Clear Swing to the GOP

Last night was very bad for Democrats and a very good one for Republicans. At this point Republicans have picked up seven seats in the Senate and it looks like they will pick up another two when everything is over. With most of the votes counted, the Republican candidate holds a narrow lead in Alaska. Show More Summary

Alaska Becomes Fourth State to Vote for Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization is coming to Alaska. On Tuesday the voters of Alaska narrowly approved Measure 2. With 96.8 percent of precincts reporting the measure is at 52.1 percent yes to 47.9 percent no.

Republicans Dominate 2014 Elections

In a clean sweep the Republican Party took over the Senate, increased its majority in the House, and prevailed in tight governor races last night in the 2014 elections. The prospects were never great for the Democrats who were competing...Show More Summary

The Roundup

- Plans to vote on Catalanian independence were suspended by Spain's Constitutional Court - Using a messaging system? Worried about your privacy? Journalist Julia Angwin writes on secure messaging systems to use. - An elderly man in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is at risk of going to jail for feeding homeless folks; USA! USA! USA!

And so they turned out to vote en masse for those who support that idea…

Because who is more likely to support a minimum wage hike than the Republican Party?

Late, Late Night FDL: Let Me In Your Heart Again

Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again Queen shares unreleased track to help fight AIDS...

Late Night: Residents of D.C. Vote Overwhelmingly for Marijuana Legalization

The people living in our nation's capital want marijuana to be legal. The residents of the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly for Initiative 71, to legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Election Night Live Blog

7:35 pm – It looks like it will be close for Amendment 2, medical marijuana, in Florida. With some 1.4 million votes counted so far it is at 57.7% yes, but under Florida law amendments on the ballot need 60% to be approved. 7:30 pm – Polls are now closed in North Carolina, West Virginia, [...]

Guam Voters Back Medical Marijuana

This will make Guam the first American territory with medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal under the law in roughly half the states but still illegal under federal law.

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

House Republican Tom Cotton looks set to defeat Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. If this happens, it is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power.

JPMorgan Facing New Investigation, Citigroup and HSBC Set Aside Funds for Legal Problems

JP Morgan, Citigroup, HSBC setting aside millions for legal fees for ongoing investigations.

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

A key part of America's strategy in Iraq is the creation of an "inclusive" government in Baghdad, one that will pull together the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. This has been a persistent American myth since the 2003 invasion, one that is impossible realize and thus a single point of failure for Obama's war.

Are the 2014 Elections a Referendum On Barack Obama?

Let the recriminations begin. With election day forecasts favoring Republicans the blame game has already kicked into gear with President Obama being singled out for scrutiny. DC politics blog Politico is running a piece titled A midterm referendum on Barack Obama. The sentiment seems to have some subscribers. But are the 2014 elections really a [...]

A Reminder that We Do a Terrible Job of Managing Our Democracy

Among the numerous deficiencies our democracy has is the fact that the people who vote don’t actually represent the country as a whole. Pew Research shows just how big this divide is. Adults who likely won’t be voting this year tend to be much younger, poorer, ethnically diverse, and more liberal than the people who [...]

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