Daily Archives: August 5, 2011

S&P Downgrades U.S. Debt Rating

Source: http://www.marketwatch.com NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Standard & Poor’s cut its ratings outlook on the U.S. to negative from stable on Monday, lighting a fire under Washington’s deficit-reduction debate and sending stock markets sharply lower. The rating agency effectively gave Washington a two-year deadline to enact meaningful change, just days after House Budget Committee Chairman […]

The New Physics of Gridlock in a Polarized Capital: Ezra Klein

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com Here’s the general theory of legislative failure: Political polarization leads to congressional gridlock, and congressional gridlock leads to legislative inaction. If Congress can’t get its act together, then the worst that happens is nothing gets done. But that standard version of political physics is wrong, or at least incomplete. Political polarization does lead […]

USDA Connected Salmonella to Cargill Plant Two Weeks Ago 1

Source: Federal health officials say they knew more than two weeks ago that the source for the salmonella outbreak linked to ground turkey was most likely connected to the Cargill meat plant in Springdale, Ark., but they were unable to issue a recall because they simply did not have enough information. At a press conference […]

Pentagon Plan to Monitor Activists On Facebook and Twitter

Source: http://www.federaljack.com/?p=92977 The New York Times and the Washington Post have posted articles detailing a plan by the Pentagon to detect and track popular ideas on social networks. They are not interested in what people think about Lady Gaga or the latest cooking recipes. In 2005, it was reported that the Pentagon was adding anti-war […]

Cartoonist Targeted With Criminal Probe For Mocking Police

Source: http://www.kirotv.com One of the small videos can be seen by following the link above. KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter Posted: 4:46 pm PDT August 3, 2011Updated: 7:55 am PDT August 5, 2011 RENTON, Wash. — The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a […]

Jury reaches verdict in trial of 5 police officers charged in post-Katrina Danziger Bridge shootings w/ follow-up

Source: http://www.nola.com Verdicts in post-Katrina Danziger Bridge shooting case are imminent The jury in the high-stakes Danziger Bridge case has indicated to U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt that it has reached a verdict. Lawyers for both sides have been directed to return to the courtroom. Stay with NOLA.com for the verdicts as they are read. […]