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CA: Feds Delay Grant Approval for Bay Area Rail Electrification

Federal Transit Administration has put the brakes on a $647 million grant to help pay for electrification of a commuter train system on the San Francisco Peninsula that was considered a key part of extending California's planned high-speed rail line to th

DHS Has New Aggressive Guidelines For Detaining And Deporting Illegal Immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been busy as of late, reinforcing the country’s existing immigration laws. That includes new guidelines that allow federal authorities to more aggressively detain and

New Protest Idiocy Lows: "Resisting" By Not Paying Federal Taxes

Submitted by Duane via Fre Market Shooter blog, If you thought the last round of protest idiocy was counterproductive, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Just when you think they’ve hit rock bottom, the liberal protests hit new lows. The Guardian...Show More Summary

There Is A Cost To Fed Policy?

There is a cost to Fed Policy! The Federal Reserve has pursued the unprecedented monetary policy of lowering rates to zero and increasing their portfolio from 500 billion to over 4 trillion. These are policies aiming to achieve maximum employment and low inflation. Show More Summary

The US dollar is climbing

The dollar is climbing. The US dollar index is up by 0.6% at 101.53 as of 8:16 a.m. ET. Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker said on Friday in an interview with Market News International, "I would not take March off the table at this point. Show More Summary

Morning Digest: Don't wait around until 2018—there are tons of elections on the ballot this year

51 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Leading Off ? 2017: Regularly scheduled federal elections only take place in even-numbered years, but roughly three-fourths of American cities elect local offices in odd-numbered years. Daily Kos Elections has compiled a 2017 election...Show More Summary

Federal authorities investigate bomb threats targeting Jewish centers

Federal authorities were investigating a wave of bomb threats at 10 Jewish community centers across the country on Monday, the FBI said. In a statement, the bureau said it was helping investigate the threats as possible civil rights violations. Show More Summary

News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

For so many people, the end of an era Jamie Fox, veteran of 4 gubernatorial administrations, and fierce Democrat, died of heart failure Monday. He was 62. Fox was ensnared in the federal government’s investigation of Port Authority scandals. The former Port...Read more

With this Congress, the Endangered Species Act itself might be endangered

Elections have consequences, as the saying goes, and here’s another one arising from conservative Republicans taking complete control of the federal government: The Endangered Species Act, which played a significant role in saving the bald eagle and the California condor from extinction, is now...

It’s easy for the government to read your old emails. Why won’t the Senate fix that?

For more than 30 years, a little-known loophole in federal law has allowed the government to read Americans’ emails without a warrant, as long as the messages are more than … Click to Continue »

Global stocks mixed after Wall Street's long weekend

3 hours agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Tuesday as investors looked ahead to minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting and Wall Street prepared to reopen after a three-day weekend.

World Tour update after Kish Island 3-Star

4 hours agoSports / Volleyball : FIVB

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 21, 2017 - Russia claimed two podium spots on Kish Island as the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) held the second event on the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour last week.

Trump May Get Most Federal Judicial Appointments Since 1950s, Including 55 Stolen from Obama

Click here for reuse options! The Supreme Court seat wasn't the only seat that was hijacked by Senate Republicans. Right now, the only force in American government that’s stopping Donald Trump’s excesses is the federal judiciary, asShow More Summary

Trump's FCC Chair Praises Amazon Prime, Possibly Violating Same Ethics Rules As Kellyanne Conway

In what appears to be a violation of the federal ethics rule that prohibits a government employee from using "his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product," Ajit Pai, the controversial new chair of the...Show More Summary

Village Roadshow Is Blocking 40 More Torrent Sites In Australia (And Pirates Won't Care)

In December 2016, the Federal Court ordered Australian ISPs to block five torrent sites, including Pirate Bay, in a copyright case brought on by Village Roadshow. The ruling allowed the local film distributor to seek to add more websites to the block list. Village Roadshow is doing just that. More »      

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. At issue is … Click to Continue »

Thousands of protesters across US say ‘Not My President’

Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day. The events on the federal holiday didn’t draw nearly as many people as the million-plus who thronged the streets following the Republican president’s inauguration a month earlier, but the message was similar. […]

CDOT’s $1.17 Billion I-70 Project Draws Ire, Raises Health and Equity Concerns

The New York Times takes a look at CDOT’s $1.17 billion I-70 widening project and its impact on surrounding neighborhoods, reporting that “Colorado is one of many states continuing to grapple with the legacy of the 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act, which laid the map for thousands of miles of interstates. Show More Summary

Western Sydney face red card for sex banner

13 hours agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Sydney (AFP) – Football Federation Australia has demanded an explanation from Western Sydney Wanderers over an “offensive” banner unfurled at the weekend’s fierce derby showing a rival coach engaging in a sex act. The FFA issued a show-cause...Show More Summary

Former GOP Congressional Staffer Follows Revolving Door, Now Latest Keystone XL Lobbyist

TransCanada has wasted no time since President Donald Trump signed a January 24 executive order calling for U.S. federal agencies to permit construction of the Keystone XL  pipeline.  The Calgary-based company has already re-applied for a presidential permit through the U.S. Show More Summary

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