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Laws Broken with Bergdahl Prisoner Swap, GAO Says
The Government Accountabilty Office, a nonpartisan government watchdog agency, said that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.
Holder Arrives As Protests Continue in Ferguson
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson to lead the investigation into the shooting. It was revealed that Darren Wilson, the police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun. Meanwhile, Community elders and the clergy were credited with helping to bring "a different dynamic" to protests in this St. Louis suburb, police said as fewer arrests took place.
Riots Continue to Break Out, Governor Orders Curfew, Feds Take Over Investigation
Over the weekend in cities throughout the United States, demonstrators marched in solidarity with Missouri protesters over the killing of Michael Brown, a unarmed black teenager, who was shot by a police officer. Despite a curfew imposed by the Missouri governor, one person was critically injured after being shot, and seven others arrested as clashes continued to break out over the weekend in Ferguson, Missouri. A private autopsy revealed the teen was shot six times, including two in the head, as the Justice Department ordered a second autopsy into the teenager's death as the FBI took over the investigation.
Militarization of Police Stuns America (Video)
As photos of heavily armed police officers in full combat gear squared off against protesters in the small suburban town of Ferguson, Missouri, America got a sobering wake up call of the militarization of its local police forces. Since 2006, U.S. police departments have acquired 93,763 machine guns, 432 mine-resistant trucks, over 500 aircraft and hundreds of thousands of ammunition magazines, all provided by the U.S. military with the help of Congress.
Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia Takes Effect on Aug. 20 Unless Supreme Court Intervenes
A federal appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to be performed in Virginia as soon as next week, denying a request to stay its ruling striking down the state’s ban on the unions.
Despite Record Tax Revenues, Gov't Runs $460B Deficit
Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $2,469,178,000,000 for the first 10 months of fiscal year this July, but the federal government still ran a $460,450,000,000 deficit during that time.
Obama Administration's Release of Illegal Immigrants Unlawful, Audit Finds
The Obama administration violated the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants last February, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that blamed the problem on poor planning and bad leadership from Washington.
60 Percent of Americans Don't Trust Gov't with their 'personal info'
Nearly 60 percent of Americans don't trust the federal government to handle their personal information, however the results differed greatly depending on your political views, according to a Harris Poll.
Government Can Need Not Turn Over Records in Light of National Security
The U.S. government need not turn over a secret surveillance court's orders or the names of phone companies helping it collect call records, because it might reveal methods needed to protect national security, a federal judge decided on Monday.
'Harbinger' Author Warns of Judgment as 'Tree of Hope' Uprooted
The author of the "Harbinger," Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, warned the replacement of the fallen sycamore tree at Ground Zero, the "Tree of Hope" has finally been uprooted after it withered away and died. He told WND, "The ancient sign of nearing national judgment has been manifested. The erez tree has fallen. The seventh harbinger now speaks of impending judgment. The Tree of Hope, the symbol of America's resurgence ... is dead."
Fed: 40% of American Households Show Signs of Financial Stress
Four out of 10 American households were straining financially five years after the Great Recession -- many struggling with tight credit, education debt and retirement issues, the L.A. Times reported.
Protest Over Police Shooting Led to Riots in Missouri
Protests followed a police shooting on Saturday of Michael Brown, 18, led to riots, looting and vandalism of stores in Missouri.
Obama Set to Take Execution Action During Congressional Recess
With Congress on August recess after failing to agree on a plan to help fix the country's pressing immigration problems, President Obama is poised to take matters in his own hands with executive actions.
Satanists' Plan to Stage 'Black Mass' in Oklahoma City
Satan worshippers are planning to stage a"black mass" next month in Oklahoma City, prompting outrage from the leader of the city's 120,000 Catholics, who also condemns municipal officials for allowing the event to be held in a public venue.
Hawaii Braces for Twin Storms
Hawaii residents stocked up on essentials Tuesday and prepared for nature's onslaught as a double-barreled threat of hurricane and tropical storm takes aim at the islands.
CDC Raised Alert to Highest Level Amid Ebola Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised their emergency response to the Ebola outbreak to level 1.
Gay Marriage Bans Tested in Four States
The U.S. Court of Appeals will hear six lawsuits seeking to strike down marriage amendments in four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The states have passed amendments approved by its voters that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Millions of Uninsured Americans Exempt from ObamaCare Penalities
A new congressional report has estimated that more than 25 million Americans without health insurance will not be made to pay a penalty in 2016 due to an exploding number of ObamaCare exemptions.
Bank of America Offers U.S. Biggest Settlement in History
The largest single federal settlement in history, more than $16 billion, took place yesterday when Bank of America agreed to settle with the Federal government over toxic mortgage securities.
Obama to Sign $16.3 Billion Veterans Spending Bill
President Barack Obama will travel to a military facility outside Washington on Thursday to sign a $16.3 billion plan to ease health care delays at Veterans Affairs facilities as he seeks to restore confidence in an agency tarnished by the problem.
U.S. Senate Blocks House Border Security Bills
In a matter of minutes, Senate Democrats on Tuesday adjourned for the summer, blocking a pair of House bills that would have provided nearly $700 million to deal with the surge of immigrants on the southern border and blocked President Obama from expanding an anti-deportation program.
Government Provided Over $2 Trillion in Benefits to Americans
The federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 from government programs.
Red Tide Invades U.S. Coastal Waters
A 'red tide' bloom nearly 80 miles long and 50 miles wide in the Gulf of Mexico led to a large-scale fish kill, according to a report released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Abortion Restrictions
A federal judge is temporarily blocking the enforcement of a law restricting abortion doctors in Alabama.
Federal Contractors Vow to Fight Obama Executive Order
Business interests are vowing to fight President Obama's executive order imposing new restrictions on companies who want to do business with the federal government.
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