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The ABC Might Axe Australia's Last Prime Time Science Show Due To Budget Cuts

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is has to make some tough decisions in light of the Government’s decision to cut its funding in the Federal Budget. Today it’s being reported that Australia’s last remaining primetime science show, Catalyst has a date with the broadcasting executioner. Sad face. More »      

FCC has no business regulating the name of a football team

16 minutes agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The Federal Communications Commission has been petitioned by an activist lawyer to effectively regulate the word “redskins” off the air. While this page has argued that the Washington Redskins football team should adopt a new name — the current one is racist — it would...

Tax Defund

38 minutes agoOdd : Snopes

Will the payment of federal tax refunds for 2014 be delayed until October 2015?

Public Health Groups Ask Congress For More FSMA Funding

On Wednesday, the first day of the new federal fiscal year, 16 public health organizations wrote to the heads of the House and Senate Appropriations committees urging Congress to add $50 million to the Food and Drug Administration’s budget so the agency can fully implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “FDA estimates that it needs... Continue Reading

Federal Judge Smacks CalPERS on Sanctity of Pensions; CalPERS Liens Null and Void

Exceptionally good news from California today: A federal judge ruled CALpers claim of "Sanctity of Pensions" is invalid. Today's ruling went even further than the bankrupt city of Stockton originally sought in court.For details, please...Show More Summary

Minnesota candidates complain about big money, but still rake it in

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., a 2012 news conference to announce new legislation “to blunt the worst effects” of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Show More Summary

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Confirmed for a Queensland, Australia Shoot

Federal Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Queensland Minister for the Arts Ian Walker today revealed that The Walt Disney Studios has decided to film Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in Queensland, Australia.

Intellectual property roundup

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Our mangled patent system,” Cato podcast with Eli Dourado of the Mercatus Center Critique of federal circuit [Dourado at Cato Unbound] Since SCOTUS’s June decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, many courts have struck down software patentsShow More Summary

Campus sex crime reports rise as federal scrutiny grows

2 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The number of sex crimes reported at some California colleges rose in 2013 from the previous year, according to figures released Wednesday by the schools.

Guest Post: When Income Tax Cuts Masquerade As Estate Tax Repeal

It's time for guest posts! Today, Josh Hoxie of the Director of the Project on Taxation and Opportunity at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) discusses the federal estate tax and its relationship to income tax.

Ebola: Don't be scared. Be careful.

Federal officials announced Tuesday that a passenger who flew from Liberia to Dallas last month had become the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. On Wednesday came word that health officials are monitoring several more...Show More Summary

No Need to Worry About Ebola: Obama and Your Friendly Federal Government Are On The Case!

Obama, September 16, 2014: First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to […]

With ISIS Threatening the US, Justice Department to Implement Restrictions on Religion Profiling

What could go wrong: The Justice Department is set to announce broad restrictions on racial and religious profiling in federal investigations, including those involving matters of national security. The expected

In Ruling on California Town’s Bankruptcy, Judge Challenges Sanctity of Pensions

The decision by a federal bankruptcy judge dealt a blow to Calpers, California’s giant state-led pension system, which has been leading efforts to preserve defined-benefit pensions nationwide.

Reche Caldwell faces prison time after guilty plea on drug charge

Former NFL receiver Reche Caldwell could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug conspiracy. Caldwell admitted to a scheme to distribute the drug “Molly,” prosecutors say. According to the Tampa Tribune, Caldwell admits that he signed for and accepted a parcel from China containing 1.5 kilograms…

Appeals Court Rejects Claims by American Indian Payday Lenders

A federal appeals court rejected arguments by two American Indian tribes that New York State’s top financial regulator lacked the jurisdiction to crack down on their online lending businesses.

Eric Holder Tells Prosecutors to Stop Coercing Guilty Pleas With One Especially Terrifying Form of Sentence Enhancement

7 hours agoNews : Reason

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) notes further evidence of Attorney General Eric Holder's efforts to make the criminal justice system less senselessly punitive: Last Friday he issued a memo instructing federal prosecutors that...Show More Summary

Wilderness photographers caught up in U.S. Forest Service permit proposal

A proposed directive from the U.S. Forest Service that aims to protect federal wilderness from commercial exploitation may end up restraining photographers as well. Under the proposed restrictions, any individual or entity poised to reap commercial gain from photographing or filming federal lands in the U.S. will need a permit. Read more

Web of Mexican Cartel Connected Drug Rings Busted Across US

HOUSTON, Texas -- Twenty-two defendants are facing federal charges for allegedly having a role in a massive web of drug rings extended from Mexico all throughout the United States. The interconnected drug rings apparently dealt in the supply and distribution of hard narcotics, specifically cocaine and heroin, in numerous U.S. Show More Summary

Arkansas Ads: Pryor Spotlights Domestic Violence Law

With recent football scandals turning attention to the issue of domestic violence, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor Wednesday released a new campaign ad criticizing his GOP opponent for voting against legislation to renew federal programs to aid victims of domestic violence.

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