Saturday April 25, 2015

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Former IRS ethics office lawyer, disbarred for… ethics violations

A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client’s funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed “reckless disregard for the truth” in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter.  More…

Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal

A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in Fulton County jails Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years. In one of the nation’s largest cheating scandals of its kind, the 11 defendants were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their roles in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.  More…

Memories Pizza Doesn’t Know If They Will Re-Open

An Indiana woman whose family owns a small-town pizzeria says Indiana’s new religious objections law supports the restaurant’s right to deny service to any same-sex couples who might ask them to cater their wedding. The pizzeria received swift backlash following her comments. Speaking to The Blaze, Crystal O’Connor doesn’t know if her family will be able to open the pizza shop back up.  More…

Indiana pizza shop won’t serve gay weddings

An Indiana pizza shop may be the first to publicly say it will not serve gay weddings. “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor tells WBND-TV, adding, “We are a Christian establishment.”  More…

Harry Reid calls whistleblowers ‘a bunch of whiners’

An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.”  More…

Army finally charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the enlisted U.S. soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was later ransomed from an Islamist extremist network by the Obama administration for five Taliban leaders, was charged with desertion and ‘misbehavior before the enemy’ by the U.S. Army.  More…

IRS says thousands of federal workers and retirees owe $3.5 billion in back taxes

Federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year, a $200 million increase over the previous year, the IRS said Tuesday. Almost 305,000 federal workers and retirees owed back taxes as of Sept. 30.  More…

ISIS “hit list” targets American troops at their homes

The Pentagon said the group called "The Islamic State Hacking Division" claimed responsibility for posting the names, addresses and photos of nearly 100 U.S. Military members online, and that group is calling for their supporters to kill the Americans posted on that page.  More…

Starbucks ends ‘Race Together’ coffee cup campaign

The water got too hot for Starbucks’ ill-defined race crusade. The java giant is pulling the plug on its controversial “Race Together” campaign, according to a company memo from CEO Howard Schultz.  More…

Study: Ban on fast-food in South L.A. hasn’t cut obesity

Seven years ago, Los Angeles made national headlines with a novel attempt to reduce obesity by banning new fast-food restaurants. But a new study found the effort has not achieved its intended goal. The study found that from 2007 to 2012, the percentage of people in South L.A. who were obese or overweight increased from 63% to 75%, while the obesity rate in the rest of the county increased from 57% to 58%.  More…

Police departments hiring immigrants as officers

Law enforcement agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap. Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants.  More…

Judge: Sanctions possible in Obama immigration court case

A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.  More…