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Top Ten At Ten 4/9/2014

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten

Far Right Party Assaults Left In Ukrainian Parliament Building

As if trying to prove the point of the speaker, far right members of Ukraine's interim parliament attacked a member of parliament who accused them of acting like thugs. Petro Symonenko a Communist member of parliament spoke to far right parties "You are today doing everything to intimidate people. You arrest people, start fighting people who have a different point of view."

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, in Latest ‘Letter from Loretto,’ Describes Work in Prison Chapel

Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is currently in the middle of serving a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written another "Letter from Loretto." And, in this letter, he shares what it has been like to work in the prison's chapel.

RNC Chair Wants to Eliminate Donation Limits

The recent Supreme court decision on McCutcheon v. FEC maybe only one small step towards completely eliminating almost all federal campaign finance law if the Republican party has their way. On the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Republican National Committee Reince Priebus said he opposes any caps on donations to political parties.

Retiring SEC Attorney Says Agency Fails To Hold Powerful Accountable

A longtime trial attorney for the SEC had some brutal parting shots for the agency. Given as remarks at a goodbye party the attorney, James Kidney, condemned the SEC for letting the larger Wall Street firms get away with crimes. Essentially claiming that the SEC never went after the powerful.

The Roundup

- A report from an investigator in the State Department found that more than $1 billion given to security contractor Blackwater could not be properly tracked - Here is a helpful timeline from the folks at ProPublica on the history of the CIA torture report starting from Jan. Show More Summary

Late, Late Night FDL: I Wish

Stevie Wonder - I Wish Great news in today's Guardian... Stevie Wonder to headline London's Calling Festival

Late Night: She Sells Sanctuary

This weekend I saw The Cult in San Diego. A band I'd written about here, Prayers, was opening for them so I bought a ticket and drove down. I'd never seen The Cult in their heyday, and I thought it was pretty cool that a friend of the lead singer Ian Astbury had shown him one of Prayers' video, and Astbury tracked them down to open three dates. Show More Summary

The Torture Report America Won’t Be Allowed to See

Last week a reporter with DW, an English-language German publication, contacted me with some questions for an article she was writing about the Senate’s CIA torture report. Here’s the full text of what we discussed.

White Prison Guard in PA Rapes Inmate & Gets Probation

A white Pennsylvania correctional officer & sexually violent predator, Edward Davis, was sentenced today in Luzerne County Court to 5 years probation and 15 years on the Sex Offender registry. He faces no fine or victim restitution payments...Show More Summary

Albuquerque Police Violence Update

Albuquerque made international news as the result of a police lapel-cam video gone viral, of officers killing a homeless mentally-ill man on March 16. James Boyd, or Abba, as he preferred, was the 37th person shot and the 22nd killed by police in Albuquerque since 2010. Show More Summary

SC Lawmaker Accuses College Of ‘Recruiting’ Students To Be Gay

The controversy over South Carolina colleges, gay issues, and the ire of state legislators at colleges for even talking about gays issues show no sign of slowing down.

USAID’s Response to AP’s Story on ‘Cuban Twitter’: What Isn’t Denied & What’s Striking About It

It is “important that the good work” of the US Agency for International Development “not be falsely characterized,” the agency wrote in a blog post responding to the Associated Press’ story on “Cuban Twitter.” The response outlined eight “inaccuracies” and eight “facts” to show key flaws in the story.

Eric Holder Says He’s “Satisfied” With DoJ’s Lack of Action on Marijuana Rescheduling

During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today Rep. Steve Cohen (D) directly pointed out to Attorney General Eric Holder that the power to reschedule any drug, including marijuana, rests with his office. When explicitly asked why he hasn’t even at least request the medical evaluation that would begin the rescheduling process Holder responded, “I’m [...]

Reihan Salam Still Believes In Neocon Imperialism

The failure of aggressive war in Iraq to make America safer by removing weapons of mass destruction (because they weren't there) and the hundreds of thousands of dead men, women, and children as a result of that war has not put Salam off his quest to maintain Pax Americana.

The Problem With Gridlock is You Can’t Threaten More Gridlock, John Boehner

A party in Congress can work with the President and gain some leverage, or they can completely cut the White House off and be left with no power over executive action whatsoever. The GOP has chosen the later and the Obama administration seems to have finally accepted this is not just some passing fever that will break.

Top Ten At Ten 4/8/2014

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits — For Its Own Profit

Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Show More Summary

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