Law and Order/Legislation
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Armenian vor Armen Kazarian nabbed on Medicare fraud charges

Many Americans 65 and older depend upon Medicare for their health insurance coverage. Thus, when a criminal like Armen Kazarian preys upon the weak and vulnerable with a Medicare scam, the scale of outrage is tremendous. According to the New York Post, Armenian gangster vor (equivalent to a Mafia godfather) Armen Kazarian was recently arrested
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Rod Blagojevich gets only a single guilty verdict

The trial of disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich has just concluded. After two weeks of deliberation, the grand jury returned only a single guilty verdict. Blagojevich was only convicted of one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sentencing will soon follow, and he could face up to five years in
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California Approves Energy Standards for Televisions

Plasma power restrictions in place Always a trailblazer for green policies, California today approved a policy that will put in place efficiency regulations for televisions. These regulations have become necessary thanks to liquid-crystal display and plasma high-definition TVs, which use more than three times as much power as their old-fashioned counterparts. Energy standards have been
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New York Mets sued by Bernie Madoff trustee Irving Picard

The New York Mets have been used to coming in second when it comes to the race for New York City baseball fans’ hearts. However, when it comes to profiting from Ponzi schemes, ESPN reports that the New York Mets – as well as team owner Fred Wilpon and family – have been finishing first.
A toddler who appears to be going over dad's business paperwork.  This brings to mind the new documentary entitled "Babies," which has some critics questioning whether the production violated child labor laws.

Babies movie may violate child labor laws, critics say

“Babies,” a new movie documentary by Thomas Balmes, follows the lives of four babies from different parts of the world. There is no dialogue but music accompanying scenes of the children in their natural environments. “Babies” reviews have generally admitted that while the 80-minute Focus Features film is cute, it may be too simplistic. Showing
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New health care bill summary | Health Care Reform basics Part 1

Yesterday evening in congress, the health care reform bill, HR 4872, passed the house of representatives on a 219-212 vote. An incredibly sweeping change, the new health care bill has many pros and cons. With more than 2,000 pages in HR 4872, the basics of the new health care reform bill are extensive. In short,
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange freed on bail as appeal fails

The controversial head of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is out on bail. A recent court hearing granted him the right to post bail and get out of jail, but an appeal was immediately filed against bail on behalf of the Swedish government. The appeal was denied, and Assange is out. Julian Assange allowed to post bail
Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano (Photo: thehobokenjournal.blogspot.com)

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano and Rabbis Arrested

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A mayor and some rabbis walk into a bar. They launder lots of money on an international scale while they’re there, so they are arrested. That’s exactly what happened to Peter Cammarano and the rabbis arrested in a huge money laundering scheme that the New York Daily
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Mississippi votes for two and a half more years of payday loans

Payday lending in Mississippi has been extended for two and a half years thanks to House Bill 455, reports The Clarion-Ledger. In a compromise with opponents, the new law  lowers the maximum allowable APR to 572 percent, but that still doesn’t sit well with religious and consumer advocates who railed against the bill. Payday lending

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down malpractice cap

Got a doctor problem, Chicagolanders? The cap is off! “I was last in my class Barely passed at the institute Now I’m trying to avoid, yah I’m trying to avoid A malpractice suit” “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Like a Surgeon” Medical malpractice has made many medical professionals gun shy over the years. Even though Wikipedia claims

SNL TSA skit | More and more opting out of feeling up

The debate over the security procedures of the Transportation Security Administration is reaching fever pitch. The SNL TSA skit Saturday night brought even more attention to the issue, as well as some humor. The humor of the SNL TSA skit is hitting a little too close to home for some travelers, though. SNL TSA skit
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Missouri House Bill 132 stifles free market competition

In her campaign speeches, Missouri Rep. Mary Still claims that she supports a free market economy. However, as Payday Pundit points out, Rep. Still’s stance on Missouri House Bill 132 – yet another state piece of legislation that would place an industry-killing cap on payday loans – is inconsistent with free market competition. Rep. Still
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Spokane bomb interrupts Martin Luther King Day parade

A Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash. was interrupted as authorities found a suspicious backpack that was found to contain a bomb. Before the parade began, city employees for Spokane discovered a backpack which had wiring, and the police were alerted. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing the matter. Spokane police defuse
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CVS Pharmacy fined $75 million for being key meth lab supplier

CVS Pharmacy Inc., the nation’s largest drug store chain, was fined $75 million dollars by the federal government for failing to control its sales of cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine. Prosecutors said that CVS became the largest supplier of meth lab ingredients in Southern California. CVS was accused of violating the
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Texas legislature passing new payday lending regulation

In the Texas legislature, three new bills intended to limit payday lending are under consideration. One, House Bill 2592, has passed easily. Another is expected to come up for vote today and pass, and a third may or may not make it to the House floor. Agreed upon legislation Two of the three pieces of
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Obama calls for $600 million border security fund

As controversy over the new Arizona immigration law SB 1070 rages on, the call for immigration reform and added border security is boiling over and can no longer be pushed to the back burner. The Los Angeles Times reports that President Obama has asked Congress for a $600 million emergency fund with which the U.S.
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Post office shooting in Henning, Tennessee

In Henning, Tenn., there has been a post office shooting. The post office shooting reportedly killed two employees, but details are still trickling in. The U.S. Postal Service has not confirmed anything other than that there was an incident. Henning post office shooting As reported by WMCTV, there was a post office shooting about 9