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The introductory text of the bill asserts that it is designed to improve police accountability, however the actual language of the bill contains no provisions that would force police departments to investigate complaints or dictate any type of process that would improve accountability at all. In essence, it only gives police officers more rights and communities fewer rights in how they can police their own police.

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Politico

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moves in a rarefied world of high society and high-level politics — and nothing underscores that fact quite like her plans for the August recess.

Pelosi will spend next weekend quietly tending to top party donors and political allies at a series of private events in Northern California.

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Washington Post

The Senate ethics committee has interviewed a former Countrywide Financial executive who testified under oath that  Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and  Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) were aware that they were accessing a special program to give below-market-rate mortgages to the powerful and famous when he arranged their loans, according to the executive's attorneys.

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Reuters

If the Iranian government won't end its nuclear program, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will push legislation that "would force companies in the energy sector to choose between doing business with Iran, or doing business with the United States," said Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat. 

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Washington Post

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's staff contacted federal regulators last fall to ask about the bailout application of an ailing Hawaii bank that he had helped to establish and where he has invested the bulk of his personal wealth.   The bank, Central Pacific Financial, was an unlikely candidate for a program designed by the Treasury Department to bolster healthy banks. The firm's losses were depleting its capital reserves. Its primary regulator, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., already had decided that it didn't meet the criteria for receiving a favorable recommendation and had forwarded the applica

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American Free Media

It comes down to this: Each "representative" that voted to pass Cap and Trade has violated their Congressional Oath of Office to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office." How on earth can you--in good faith--fulfill the duties of the office by voting to pass 1500 pages of legislation YOU HAVEN'T READ?! ...Video:.

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Intellifence Report.ing.com

Among the top 20 recipients of PAC funds from green groups were Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.), who pulled in $9,519 in the 2008 election cycle, and Rep. Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla.) with $14,200. They did not join the other eight this time around, but there will be more

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LA Times (h/t Butler Shaffer)

[well, duh!] Kouri with the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, assembled traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others are common to psychopathic serial killers.

But they are also common to American politicians.

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Edwin Sumcad

     Error-prone Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s innocence [oops! I bungled … “innocence” is the misspelled word of ignorance – or is it spelled innuendo?] -- on the latest CIA waterboarding report, jet log  and “Signing Statement” are wet and damp.

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Reuters

A $100 billion bill to fund U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is rapidly accumulating extra items such as money for military aircraft the Pentagon doesn't want and possibly a scheme to jump-start sagging auto sales.

The cars and planes are not directly linked to the U.S. war effort. But they are typical of Congress' penchant for loading bills with unrelated spending in hopes the funds will sail through on the strength of the main legislation.

 

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News.Yahoo.com

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., steered millions of dollars in defense work to a campaign donor and the Pentagon went along with it, even though two convicted drug dealers had been deeply involved with the company. Records filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh starting in 2005 raise questions about whether the government ever checked into the background of William Kuchera of Windber, Pa., a Murtha constituent who has been doing government work for over 20 years.....

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The Heritage Foundation

The misnamed State Secret Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 984) is dangerous, in terms of both its effect on national security and the violence it would do to the constitutional separation of powers. Congress should be aware of the following key points:....

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