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"The Justice Department formally closed its investigation of Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, declining to bring criminal charges for the killing of Michael Brown. In a report released Wednesday, prosecutors said that 'Wilson's actions do not constitute prosecutable violations' of federal civil rights law. ... The Justice Department also issued a 100-page report that it said found systemic racial discrimination by the Ferguson police and court system against African-Americans." (03/04/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 5, 2015, 1:40 am
"The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails -- on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state -- traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives. It also would distinguish Clinton's secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than some politicians, including Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, who were caught conducting official business using free email services operated by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc." (03/04/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 4, 2015, 5:32 pm
"Former Iraqi War general David Petraeus is pleading guilty to mishandling classified information, apparently avoiding an embarrassing trial that would have included his affair with Paula Broadwell, according to documents filed in Charlotte on Tuesday. ... According to a bill of information filed by U.S. Attorney Ann Tompkins, Petraeus will plead guilty to breaking the law -- one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison." [editor's note: Ms. Tompkins, Chelsea Manning on line two ... where's HER plea deal? - TLK] (03/03/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 4, 2015, 12:30 pm
"Edward Snowden is ready to go home to the United States. 'Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial,' his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said at a news conference Tuesday, as quoted by Russian state media outlet TASS." [editor's note: VERY bad idea. US government "guarantees" aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Surely he knows that! - TLK] (03/03/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 4, 2015, 12:28 pm
"Gunshots struck a building at the National Security Agency campus on Tuesday, a U.S. Park Police spokeswoman said. The Park Police said no injuries were reported, and police had no information about who might have fired at the building in Fort Meade, Md. A National Security Agency spokeswoman declined to comment immediately on the incident." (03/03/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 4, 2015, 12:26 pm

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"In two previous Torch entries on Professor John McAdams's fight to keep his tenure at Marquette University, I've focused on Marquette's abuses of McAdams's due process rights and the subversions of basic free speech principles it has used first to justify his suspension, and then to justify its aim of revoking his tenure. In this third and final entry McAdams's case, my focus is on perhaps the most outrageous and dangerous argument Marquette has made to defend its position." (03/03/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 5, 2015, 2:11 am
"It seems on every commercial break, we see handsome and charismatic Rob Lowe pushing DirecTV, while introducing us to another Rob Lowe who has cable: paranoid Rob Lowe, super creepy Rob Lowe, a meathead version, a paranoid one, and so on. Now, it's as if Mitt Romney is running the same gag. The handsome and wealthy Romney looks like the same guy who ran for president twice before, but now he's muddle-headed Mitt Romney: 'Under President Obama, the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse, and there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.' I say to him, 'Don't be that Mitt Romney!'" (03/04/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 5, 2015, 1:40 am
"In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Research Fellow and Managing Editor of Environment and Climate News H. Sterling Burnett sits down with Environmental writer, activist and Heartland Policy Advisor Ron Arnold. Arnold and Burnett discuss Arnold's environmental work." [Flash video] (03/03/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 5, 2015, 1:10 am
"What do taxicab cartels and traditional education groups have in common? This is a question I contemplated on a car ride from my hotel to the Association for Education Finance and Policy's annual conference in Washington, D.C., last week. Instead of taking the Metro, I decided to use Uber. Joe Miller has written a bunch on Show-Me Daily about Uber and Saint Louis' and Kansas City's taxicab commissions' fight against the ridesharing service. On my short ride, I realized that many education groups are a lot like the taxicab cartels -- they have attempted to place incredible barriers to entering the profession/industry." (03/03/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 5, 2015, 12:39 am
"This week we lost one of our most familiar and welcome figures of popular culture, Leonard Nimoy, who, for just short of fifty years had been bringing a unique character, the Vulcan half-alien Mr. Spock, to us. At 83, he died of COPD, although he stopped smoking thirty years ago. For the past few days, and for weeks to come, I imagine, people who unconsciously imagined that he would never die, have been reflecting in a state of shock and grief just what the significance of this man was. The love, peace, and kiss-a-tree crowd will want to claim him as their own, and, to an extent, it's true. Spock dutifully reflected his creator Gene Roddenberry's phony, empty, cliched liberal values. But Mr. Spock and Leonard Nimoy went far beyond that." (03/01/15)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: March 5, 2015, 12:09 am

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