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Philadelphia DA Drops Case Against Parents Whose House Was Seized Over A $40 Drug Sale By Their Son

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The belated public outing of abusive asset forfeiture laws and programs is finally having some effect. Last week, news arrived that the IRS was dismissing its case against a restaurant owner -- something that was triggered by three years of sub-$10,000 deposits rather than any evidence of criminal involvement or activity. Show More Summary

'Underinvesting in the Public Good'

Daniel Little: Underinvesting in the public good, Understanding Society: There are quite a few investments in social programs that would have spectacular return on investment, but that in fact remain unfunded or underfunded. I am thinking here of things like...

The IRS Scandal, Day 593

Daily Caller: BOMBSHELL REPORT: IRS Targeted ‘Icky’ Conservative Groups: Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report. The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House...

Welcome to the Party Pal

Two mayoral Johnny-come-latelys : Two prominent challengers of Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city needs to put the brakes on a troubled red-light camera program, arguing that the mayor misled the public about its safety benefits at motorists’ expense.But while the two candidates — Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Ald. Show More Summary

IRS SCANDAL UPDATE: Bombshell Report: IRS Targeted “Icky” Conservative Groups. Top IRS official…

IRS SCANDAL UPDATE: Bombshell Report: IRS Targeted “Icky” Conservative Groups. Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report. The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House Oversight and Government Reform […]

Saying good bye to the single payer dream

Any public health financing program has a couple of major moving parts that must be resolved in order for the program to work. a) Who gets covered and how is eligibility determined? b) Who provides the services and how/how much are they paid. c)  How does the money for A and B get raised? The [Read more...]

Ralston Reports cancellation end part of a trend: Less politics on Nevada TV

On Dec. 12, the studio lights turned off for the last time at Ralston Reports, the hard-hitting public affairs program on KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. Hosted by the veteran political pundit Jon Ralston, who’d been on the air for 14 years and had also written for both Vegas papers before starting his own website, the program had a reputation for...

And just where do all these Macroeconomists think they're going to work?

Here is a summary of the fields of the PhD job market candidates at the 'top' econ programs this year. Since most environmental economists are really public economists trained in applied and theoretical micro and econometrics, I'm going to go ahead and group Micro Theory (26), Econometrics (14), Public (12),...

Shonda Rhimes is an 'angry black woman': Are you still mad?

Many pop-culture stories from 2014 were fodder for public outcry. As the year comes to a close, Zap2it takes a look back at some of the biggest uproars and asks: U Still Mad?In 2014, ABC gave Shonda Rhimes an entire night of programming, making her the first woman ever to executive produce an entire primetime lineup. Show More Summary

The year of yes

I conducted a programming study 10 years ago that showed the gatekeepers of public radio were, on average, 45-year-old white males. This generation of architects — whose passion and commitment have given us a strong institution that is now in the midst of change — is beginning a 5- to 7-year peel-off — another aspect...

'Face the Nation With Bob Schieffer' Finishes First in Viewers and Adults 25-54 Sunday, December 14th

FACE THE NATION was first in viewers and tied for first in adults 25-54 among the Sunday morning public affairs programs.

Washington governor unveils carbon cap-and-trade plan

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday laid out a plan for a carbon cap-and-trade program aimed at fighting global warming and raising $1 billion a year for state schools and public transportation initiatives, but he will first need the support of a divided state legislature. Show More Summary

WABE to launch expanded news coverage, cut classical programming starting on January 12

Starting next month, Atlantans will be able to listen to news coverage throughout each weekday on not just one, but two local public radio stations. They will also have fewer hours of classical music readily available to them.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The giving quants or "algorithmic philanthropy"

I spent the weekend preparing for, and then taping, a segment on digital activism for Philanthropy Talk. That's the public radio "car talk" program for philosophical questions. The segment will air in January.So it's no wonder that I have thought experiments on my mind. Show More Summary

GA: Pooler Officials Want Answers Following Rumor That County Intends to Extend CAT Service to City

A new attempt to expand the services of Chatham Area Transit is ruffling the feathers of community leaders in areas of western Chatham County that don't currently participate in the public transportation program.

LAPD to Get a Body Camera for Every Cop

Los Angeles has announced the country's biggest police body camera program so far, with plans to buy 7,000 cameras to record every officer's interaction with the public. The roll-out will begin with 800 body cameras funded by $1.5 million in private donations and Mayor Eric Garcetti says his...

On Torture, Dick Cheney Isn't the Problem. We Are.

Rich Lowry is a satisfied man: After a week of condemnations of the CIA interrogation program, and talk everywhere of how it violated our values and weakened our standing in the world, the verdict of public opinion is in: People support it....In the case of Cheney v. Show More Summary

Beach Water Testing Programs Saved Again

Funding for the EPA BEACH Grants program was saved by Congress for the third year in a row, with the passage of the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill this week. State and local beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs remain in business for at least another year. Show More Summary

Bill Cosby’s Wife Camille Breaks Silence On Rape Claims + Daughter Evin Roasts Spelman’s Decision to Suspend Cosby Program…

Bill Cosby‘s wife Camille has finally broken her silence about the recent sexual assault allegations against her husband and his daughter Evin has also publicly defended her dad. In a statement released by CBS News, Camille writes that...Show More Summary

How to install Windows 10 on the Mac without spending a dime

In the summer of 2014, Apple offered enrollees in its AppleSeed program a chance to try out the public beta of OS X Yosemite long before its actual release. Now, you can do the same thing for Microsoft's forthcoming release of Windows 10. Show More Summary

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