Law and Order/Legislation
Harry Reid

Senate tax cut bill passes by wide margin

The Senate passed the tax bill by a very wide margin after compromises by both sides of the aisle. The bill will extend the Bush tax cuts and make some other key changes. The bill still must pass the House of Representatives to become law. Senate tax bill pass with flying colors A lot of
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FTC fines company $250,000 for sock puppet reviews

When shopping online, the reviews of a product often play an important role in decision-making. In a landmark case, the Federal Trade Commission has fined a company $250,000 for creating false online reviews. Legacy Learning Systems reportedly paid affiliates for false endorsements that resulted in $5 million in sales. FTC ruling on online reviews In
One bad apple

Trista Joy Lathern Gives Charity a Bad Name

Shame on you, Trista Joy Lathern People have all kinds of excuses for not donating to charity. Most of the people I know and I don’t hand out money to people asking for change on the streets because we all agree that unless we know what they’re going to use it for, we might be
A Paris “die-in” demonstration in which most of the participants are wearing while death masks.

Texas prosecutors stand mute over state of death penalty

The constitutionality of the death penalty is currently under review in Texas, the state where more than half of U.S. executions are committed, according to various sources. As the Houston Chronicle indicates, some Texas lawmakers aren’t too keen on the idea of the death penalty being labeled unconstitutional. Local Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos
Photo of the type of strap-down table used by prisons when administering lethal injections to death row inmates. Darryl Durr, a convicted kidnapper, rapist and murderer, was put to death via injection in spite of the fact that he complained that he was allergic to the anesthesia used.

Darryl Durr: Too allergic to die argument fails to stop execution

Darryl Durr, 46, was convicted of raping and murdering 16-year-old Angel Vincent in 1988. According to ABC News, the death row inmate’s counsel attempted to appeal his impending execution, claiming that his anesthesia allergy made him “too allergic to die.” However, Ohio District Court Judge Gregory Frost “ruled there wasn’t enough evidence given that the
wisconsin public employee unions protest

David Koch poser gets Wis. Gov. Scott Walker to reveal ploy

A pair of right wing billionaires known as the Koch brothers were major backers of Republican Scott Walker, the newly elected Wisconsin governor. Walker, who is trying to bust public employee unions in Wisconsin, was punked by a phone prankster posing as David Koch. In the conversation, Walker was tricked into revealing his strategy to
With this debit transaction cost $35 more than you think?

Should Government Limit Bank Overdraft Fees?

Over-the-top overdraft fees The Associated Press reports that some senior congressional Democrats want to draw up legislation that would limit how much banks can charge customers in overdraft fees. Personally, I have been slapped with $105 in overdraft charges before for transactions that equaled a lot less than that, so I certainly would feel better
Close-up of a man's hand signing a legal settlement.

Online payday loan company settles with W.Va. consumers

Payday cash loan portals provide a segment of the public with a useful short-term credit resource, but not everyone supports the terms of such online payday loan products. For online payday loan companies, lending to credit-impaired individuals involves a significant amount of risk that many would argue justify a certain fee level. However, the state
File photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a book signing.

Julian Assange police report leaked; legal team enraged

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be out on bail right now, but that doesn’t mean his legal team is happy. The Australian reports that Julian Assange’s police report has leaked to the British newspaper The Guardian. According to reports, not only was the report intended to be confidential, but the sexually graphic details leaked are

Lend America Accused of 20 Years of Mortgage Fraud

Ideal Mortgage Bankers no more If you were thinking about getting an FHA-backed loan through Lend America, it’s time to come up with a different plan. Lend America, operated by Ideal Mortgage Bankers, has shut down. Ideal Mortgage Bankers also originated mortgages under the moniker Lending Key, but Ideal Mortgage Bankers is officially out of
Protesters outside Bell, Calif., City Hall. The 2009 city administrator salary scandal marred the public trust.

E-mail evidence in Bell, California, salary scandal surfaces

City administrators abusing the public trust has been an unfortunate theme in Bell, Calif. The 2009 salary scandal that shook the city’s coffers has been under investigation for some time, and it is only now that some of the e-mails Bell administrators sent among themselves have become public. As the Los Angeles Times reports, there
One of Cottonwood Financial LTD's The Cash Store locations. A Wisconsin appeals court has said personal loans contracts cannot prevent customers from their right to file or join class action lawsuits.

Cash Store cannot bar class action suits, says Wisconsin court

A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled that the Cash Store cannot use language in its loan contracts that bars customers from the right to be able to file or join class action lawsuits, reports the Associated Press. Such verbiage has often been found in the fine print of contracts that Cottonwood Financial LTD (parent company
Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick latest news: He is off to prison

Disgraced former Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick has been found guilty of violating the terms of his probation. Part of his probation was that he was required to make restitution payments from earlier court cases, and he failed to make sufficient payments. He was sentenced to five years for violating his parole, and he must
Rosemary Port

Rosemary Port Files $15 Million Lawsuit Against Google

Rosemary Port says her privacy was violated Rosemary Port, the blogger behind “Skanks in NYC,” is suing the biggest company in the world. OK, so I don’t really know if Google is the biggest company in the world, but I am assuming it is. In any case, Google revealed Rosemary Port’s identity last week after

Bikini-Clad Morgan Haley Arrested For Carjacking, Assault

Hot time, summer in the city It takes enterprise to make it in the world today. With such a tight economy, whatever you can bring to the table that sets you apart from the competition is necessary. People are more hesitant than ever to fork over their money freely, and as it is there are
FBI agents engaged in a raid

Federal agents raid Medicare fraud operations

The Justice Department struck a major blow for Medicare fraud prevention Friday. In coordinated raids, Federal agents introduced no-nonsense health care reform to doctors, nurses, health care company owners and medical billers in five states. Authorities announced charges against 94 people in what is being called the largest coordinated series of federal health care fraud
A Caduceus symbol that represents the medical profession.

Obama administration overhauls health care conscience clause

In parts of the U.S., conscience clauses exist within health care laws that permit health care workers to decline performing procedures that violate their religious beliefs. Some critics claim that following such conscience laws leads some health care workers to violate the Hippocratic Oath that they must treat patients fairly and ethically. Now may of