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British Firms to Be Taxed for Hiring Foreign Workers

In the U.K., firms which rely on cheap workers from abroad face being hit with a new tax under plans to encourage bosses to hire young Brits. Home Secretary Theresa May is to consult on a new visa levy which would be used to fund apprenticeships for young people from Britain and the rest of the EU. Show More Summary

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted

Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI and evading taxes as he sought to pay off the subject to "cover up past misconduct." The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after he agreed to pay an unnamed subject $3.5 million.

Scher: Fox Hosts Might Be Tough in GOP Debates

Bill Scher, Politico: The Republican National Committee triumphantly seized control of the debates last year, saying it would not allow a repeat of 2012, when "the liberal media interrogated our candidates on issues that were often not a priority to most Americans.... Show More Summary

Clinton to unveil platform in June campaign kickoff rally

The June 13 event — at a location still being kept quiet — aims to detail Clinton's vision for the country in a higher-profile manner than the roundtables she's held in early voting states since announcing her candidacy for the Democratic...Show More Summary

Indictment: Hastert agreed to pay $3.5M to hide 'prior misconduct' against unnamed person

CHICAGO (AP) — Indictment: Hastert agreed to pay $3.5M to hide 'prior misconduct' against unnamed person.

Thursday Open Thread: Aspen Bound

I'm off to NORML's annual Aspen legal conference. My talk this year: "Getting High With Someone Who Dies: Defending Drug Users Charged With Complicity and Enhanced Penalties in Drug Overdose Cases." Here's the entire agenda, it's a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Hillary Clinton is Finally Showing Her Hand on Climate Change

Hillary Clinton has done little more than promise to take climate change seriously in her presidential campaign, communicated mostly through assurances from her adviser, John Podesta, that “she will move forward wit

Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable." Wisconsin is among 15 coal-reliant states...Show More Summary

Ex-US Speaker Hastert indicted on bank-related charges

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday, accusing the 73-year-old Illinois Republican of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to...Show More Summary

Latest on Dennis Hastert: Comment sought on indictment

The Associated Press has left messages seeking comment from former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert about federal bank-related charges against him. A statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says the 73-year-old Illinois...Show More Summary

Federal prosecutors indict ex-US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert on bank-related charges

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors indict ex-US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert on bank-related charges.

Big business likes renewable energy. North Carolina? Not so much.

5 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Apple, Facebook, Google warn #NCGA not to change #RenewableEnergy requirements #ncpol #ncgov #bluenc #consnc #REPS — Rob Schofield (@Rob_Schofield) May 28, 2015

Free Traders to Food Consumers: Get Lost

If you thought you’d eaten your last forkful of mystery meat when you escaped from your high school cafeteria, think again. On May 18, the WTO ruled that the U.S. law requiring meat packages to label country of origin was illegal, discriminating against meat companies from Canada and Mexico. Show More Summary

"Obama Republican": Right-Wing Media Denounce Rand Paul For Criticizing Republicans On ISIS

Right-wing media figures are criticizing 2016 hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for his comments blaming the rise of ISIS on Republican foreign policy positions, lashing out at Paul as an "Obama Republican" and accusing him of "rewriting...Show More Summary

Media Give Carly Fiorina A Free-Pass On Opposition To Equal Pay Legislation

Mainstream media outlets are misrepresenting Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's stance on pay equality, reporting on her claim that she supports equal pay without noting her opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Show More Summary

BBC's Katty Kay Laughs Off Guest's Denial On Climate Change And Texas Floods

From an interview with former Bush Administration FEMA director Joe Allbaugh on the May 27 edition of BBC News' World News America: Related: Climate Change May Have Souped Up Record-Breaking Texas Deluge Previously: How To Interview A Climate Change Denier: Marco Rubio Edition Heckuva Job, Cavuto: Fox Turns To Ex-FEMA Dir. Show More Summary

Someone Thought A Rap Song About Ted Cruz Was A Good Idea

Congratulations, Ted Cruz! Whether you want it or not, you now have an inspiring Rap Anthem to help you become not-President, even if you’re more into country music because that’s where the polling is the genre that helped America most after 9/11. Show More Summary

Surprise! GOP Plan To ‘Fix’ Obamacare Will Just Make It Worse

Here’s a fun fact you already knew, but now there is math to back it up. That Republican Senate bill to salvage Obamacare tax subsidies (while still gutting other parts of Obamacare), just in case the Supreme Court overturns them and...Show More Summary

Assange: NSA Has Secret Authority to Spy Unabated

"What Edward Snowden revealed about the secret interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act was that the National Security Agency was using it to bulk-collect the calling records, every day, of essentially every American in the United States -- the majority of the big telecommunications companies. Show More Summary

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