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What Do Americans Hate More: Their Internet Providers or Their Government?

2:28 PM ET No big surprise here: According to a recent American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey, Americans aren't happy with their government. On a scale of 100, citizen satisfaction with government services is at 64.4, down for the third consecutive year. Compared with the private sector, this rating is very low. "Only Internet ...

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YouTube's GloZell Asks Obama About the Castros, Who Put the 'D— in Dictatorship'

January 23, 2015 Faced with sagging viewership of the State of the Union on television, the White House pushed hard this week to ignite some Internet virality around the president and his policies. Thursday, President Obama spoke with three YouTube "celebrities" who have a combined following of 13.8 million as a part of ...

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Eric Holder Keeps Chipping Away at ‘The War on Drugs’

January 19, 2015 Attorney General Eric Holder effectively gutted a national policy Friday called equitable sharing—a policy that for decades has allowed law enforcement to seize billions of dollars from criminal activities. Under the policy—often called civil forfeiture—law enforcement has been able to channel drug money, stolen vehicles, and even real estate, back ...

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Texas Politician Makes Good on 'Right to Cupcake' Pledge

January 14, 2015 On Monday, Sid Miller, Texas's newly elected agriculture commissioner, said the following: "I'm announcing that I am giving full amnesty to the cupcakes in Texas," he said to cheers, standing beside a table of treats, according to FOX 26 Houston. "I'm also granting full pardon to pies and cookies and ...

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FBI Arrests Ohio Man for Plot to Attack U.S. Capitol

January 14, 2015 The Justice Department announced Wednesday a Cincinnati-area man has been arrested in connection to a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials. "Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, OH, was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States ...

Free Speech, Meet the Quadcopter

January 13, 2015 CNN announced Monday it has come to an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration: The news network will be allowed to test drone systems for news-gathering. "Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various ...

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How Much Money Is NYC Losing in Its Policing Slowdown?

January 8, 2015 New York has become a city virtually without parking tickets. Since the assassination-style deaths of New York Police Department officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, officers in the city have all but stopped issuing tickets for small offenses, such as jumping subway turnstiles and parking when street-cleaning rules are in ...

A Brief History of Militarized Lasers

December 12, 2014 Welcome to the future: The United States Navy's laser cannons are now fully operational. On Monday, the military unveiled the all-too-boringly named "Laser Weapon System" (LaWS), a 30-kilowatt weapon perched aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Like a hair dryer, LaWS can be operated on a number of ...

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Obama Takes Over The Colbert Report

December 9, 2014 This was President Obama at his most self deprecating. Monday night, Obama was the guest on a special edition of The Colbert Report filmed at George Washington University. But he didn't just come for a sit-down interview. At the beginning of the broadcast, the president interrupted Colbert before "The Word"—a ...

83,000 American Veterans Are Still Missing in Action

November 11, 2014 Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifices of the men and women who have put themselves in harm's way for this country. But it is also a time to remember and acknowledge that the government's various programs often stumble and fail in the handling of ...