Americans are hanging on to their money as they feel the squeeze from higher payroll taxes. Who'd've thunk? After inflation, consumer spending was up by a whopping 0.1 percent and is expected to pull back this quarter.
- Maintaining its stellar reputation for transparency, the U.S. government is refusing to publish transcripts of proceedings in the Bradley Manning court martial. Since Manning can release his own statements and journalists are taking notes, the reticence seems … petty.
- What information does the Secret Service have on the Aaron Swartz case? They ain't telling! Taking a break from picking up hookers, the protectors of the president and chasers after counterfeiters denied a FOIA request for relevant documents on the grounds they'd interfere with its "enforcement proceedings."
- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared Detroit to be in a state of financial emergency. Wait … Yup, that's a new story. Huh.
- Even in Texas, unloading 41 shots at a fleeing, unarmed suspect is considered a display of excessive enthusiasm. Officer Patrick Tuter was fired after the lethal incident, and faces a lawsuit, though no criminal charges so far.
- California voters apparently have second thoughts about that whole Prop. 8 thing. Now, 61 percent of them favor legalizing gay marriage.
- Eight South African police officers have been arrested after video footage surfaced of them handcuffing a man to the back of their van and dragging him down the street. He later died.
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