The US government declassified a secret court opinion that revealed communications of tens of thousands of Americans was illegally gathered, beyond previous disclosures. Lawmakers promise new hearings.
- Some Democrats think a government shutdown would work for them too, insofar as they believe it'd help them in the 2014 elections.
- Lawyers for Bradley Manning believe he could be paroled after seven years in prison; he was sentenced to 35 but the military offers parole and time off for good behavior.
- The Treasury's inspector general found in an audit that the IRS Is not keeping track of its software licenses and even using unlicensed software, which is, erm, illegal.
- A 76-year-old nursing home patient in Missouri died after being subdued by cops by being tasered.
- A Baltimore cop was convicted of perjury and fraud related to an attempt to collect workers compensation after shooting himself but claiming someone else shot it. While he is awaiting sentencing, he's still employed by the Baltimore police department, whose internal affairs investigation isn't over.
- There could be up to 50,000 feral dogs living on the streets of Detroit.
- New York and California top a list of states people are taking their money and running away from.
- The French foreign minister wants the West to respond with "force" if the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government is confirmed.
I was one of the 153 signers and am a veteran of the Twitter wars. But even I was taken aback by the swift, virulent response.
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But buried beneath the bilious response to the Harper's joint statement is a worthwhile argument about freedom of association.
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The city has passed a new payroll tax on large employers that is expected to raise over $200 million a year.