How long, as the song says, has this been going on? In this three-part series about electronic surveillance, we learn the answer is "pretty damn long." PRISM is, in fact, only the most developed stage in the art which began with Project SHAMROCK after World War II. Like Prism, communication companies like Western Union and others, to deliver millions of private messages. Representatives from the intelligence agencies and the Attorney General himself assured these nervous companies they would be protected from legal action. All without the knowledge of their customers. Most shockingly SHAMROCK went on for 30 years until the Nixon/Ford administration. To learn more, follow the link to Nomadic Politics.
President Obama's signature healthcare law will increase the number of self-employed Americans by making it easier for them to obtain health coverage, according to new research . The Urban Institute predicted that the number of self-employed U.
Excerpt from column by Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post
...The Heritage Foundation is in a tailspin. To Politico and then to me, Heritage’s vice president of of communications, Mike Gonzales, denied that he or Heritage has hired acrisis management firm. If not, Heritage should. More details about the unsavory work of one of its anti-immigration report authors are coming to light. Chris Moody reports: “Heritage Foundation analyst Jason Richwine, the co-author of a study claiming the immigration reform bill pending in the Senate would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion, wrote two articles in 2010 for a website founded by Richard Spencer, a self-described ‘nationalist’ who writes frequently about race and against “the abstract notion of human equality.”
Another report suggests that “Richwine is not the only scholar conservative immigration opponents in the current debate have relied on and who’ve published eyebrow-raising views in the past. The Heritage Richwine snafu will bring fresh scrutiny to other scholars, immigration advocates said.”
Former vice president of research Burton Pines is also denouncing Heritage’s work. He is quoted as saying; “It’s a new Heritage and it’s one that’s not standing by the principles of Ronald Reagan. I’m puzzled why they came out with this study and I’m more puzzled why they seem to be against immigration.”
In a word, it’s a mess. Only four months on the job, former senator Jim DeMint, who came to Heritage with no scholarly credentials, is caught in a firestorm of Heritage’s own making. A backlash that tarnishes the report and anti-immigrant forces more generally may undermine opponents of the Gang of Eight. But to the extent it raises questions about whether Heritage is still a respected think tank (and not a political oppo center), DeMint will find himself under the gun. A conservative scholar at another think tank emailed me, “I just don’t understand why [former president Ed] Feulner among others did not see this disaster coming.” More conservatives will be asking the same thing, I imagine. [Read full article]
With news of record corporate profits and increased bonuses for those at the top of the financial heap — and on-going income stagnation, job loss, and rising poverty for those in the middle and bottom of the ladder—it’s maddening for progressives...
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) called a new federal law cracking down on the illegal sale of weapons to criminals “a solution in search of a problem.” His colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee appear to agree, as all but one Republican voted...
Charles Lang's insight:
At least one group of gun enthusiasts doesn’t share the Senate Republican view of gun trafficking: the people who sell them.