Republicans have been pushing for approval on the Keystone Pipeline project, which would require American citizens to give up hundreds of miles of private property Eminent domain allows the government to forcibly buy private land if it is needed for public use, which is why “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart is baffled that Republicans, like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, are in favor allowing TransCanada to proceed with its Keystone Pipeline Project. “TransCanada can't just lay pipe anywhere it wants to. It's not Bill Cosby,” Stewart joked.
Two men imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free on Friday after being exonerated in a 1975 murder because the key witness against them ? a then-13-year-old boy ? recanted his testimony.
Earlier a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge dismissed the cases against Ricky Jackson, 57, and Wiley Bridgeman, 60. The witness recanted last year and said Cleveland police detectives coerced him into testifying that the men, along with Bridgeman's brother, killed businessman Harry Franks on May 19, 1975.
Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of “impervious surface” they have on their property.
Though the O’Malley administration calls it a “fee,” it is commonly called the “rain tax” throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month.
The Internal Revenue Service, while stonewalling about its abuse of conservative political organizations, is hit with new charges that it willfully steals money from innocent small businesses.
Administrative law, which is supposed to control the temptations for abuse of power inherent in any bureaucracy, creates blank lettres de cachet for Federal agencies, and EPA, FDA, SEC, etc. have become tools of special interests or self-referential mobius strips rather than expert administrators.
Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014.