By Lauren Murphy WASHINGTON (VR) – A group of over 38 journalism and open government groups have sent a letter to President Obama to call attention to what they say is an increasingly disturbing level of censorship and lack of transparency from the White House and federal agencies.
By Lauren Murphy WASHINGTON (VR) – One of the largest teachers’ unions in the United States has announced it will start giving $30,000 grants to some of its members to critique and rewrite Common Core Standards. The American Federation of Teachers is announcing the move at their annual convention that kicked off today in Los Angeles. In the past, the AFT hasn’t completely bashed the standards but the union has grown increasingly critical, experts say this could be a major blow to the standard’s supporters.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— The strongest public relations campaign to encourage government whistleblowers to-date launched Friday in Washington.
By Kate Zickel WASHINGTON (VR) — House Speaker John Boehner is pushing forward with his pending lawsuit against US President Barack Obama over delays in the new health care law. While Boehner did not specify which aspects of the ACA his proposed congressional lawsuit would challenge, the speaker said Thursday that the suit will focus mainly on the administration’s decision to delay the requirement that certain employers provide health coverage to their employees. Reviews of Boehner’s decision to sue the President are mixed.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) - A street in New York City has been renamed after the famous writer Sergei Dovlatov, marking the first time in history that the city has honored a Russian author in such a way.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— A new study from the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) has pinned down the extraordinary potential benefits to the heavily populated eastern seaboard of the US from offshore wind energy installations. While Europe already has 70 major offshore wind energy facilities in operation, supporting about 58,000 good jobs, the sector is still in its infancy in the US. But a number of areas offshore have been permitted for wind energy exploitation, and from those areas alone the NWF estimates that the US could power over 5 million homes.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 opened the door for floods of corporate money to distort political elections in favor of corporations. And two subsequent decisions freed up wealthy individuals to do the same. But grassroots resistance to these decisions has been strong, and on Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to send a proposed 28th Congressional Amendment that would overturn those decisions to a vote before the full Senate.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – President Barack Obama is defending his decision not to tour the immigrant processing and detainment facilities in Texas, after Governor Rick Perry accused him of not caring about undocumented children.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR)- “I had security clearances, always had security clearances, my clearances were never suspended, never taken away, nothing ever happened to those, and to suspect me of these kinds of activities makes no sense,” Faisal Gill, a former George W. Bush Presidential Appointee said, expressing surprise at being on a list of Americans the NSA was closely monitoring.
By Kate Zickel WASHINGTON (VR) – Alix Catherine Tichleman, 26, has been charged in the death of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes. Authorities believe Tichleman administered a lethal dose of heroin to Hayes on board his yacht in California before fleeing the scene.
By Kate Zickel WASHINGTON (VR) – The House side of the US Capitol building was shut down briefly Thursday morning after what officials initially described as an “industrial spill” of asbestos, delaying House sessions by about an hour.
By Ric Young WASHINTON (VR) - In the latest batch of Edward Snowden released classified documents, journalist Glenn Greenwald reports that the emails of 5 Americans were secretly monitored by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
By Lauren Murphy WASHINGTON (VR) – The debate over immigration reform is heating up as the United Nations is calling for immigrants into the US and Mexico to be granted refugee status because they are fleeing armed conflicts. Meanwhile, in the US, there is a growing number of conservative voices using the crisis as a platform to express their disapproval of President Barack Obama and even threaten impeachment.
By Staff SEATTLE (VR) – Two grams for $40. That’s all residents of Seattle, WA can expect today as nearly one thousand people lined up outside Cannabis City for the grand opening of Seattle’s first recreational marijuana dispensary.
By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON (VR) – Recent reports have grumbled over the fact that Hillary Clinton and her family has been able to raise over $2 billion in the last 20 years from companies, speeches, and powerful networks of influence on Wall Street.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – The name Isis has been covered extensively in the news recently, but the company whose brand is Isis isn’t happy about it. These days when most people hear "Isis" they think of ISIS- the Sunni militants wreaking havoc in Iraq. Isis, on the other hand, is the name of an app supported by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless to serve as a virtual wallet.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR) – “N*igg*r In the White House”! It’s a shocking headline. But, that’s what New York weekly “Voice of the West Village” used as a title in its Op-Ed section in its latest edition. That decision is causing a firestorm of controversy over when or if it’s proper to use THAT word to make a point.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) - Doctors in New York can now prescribe medical marijuana to select patients after State governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law on Monday.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR)-A suburban Virginia girl is targeted, groomed and forced into prostitution at the age of 14. The story of how Holly Smith became the victim of a sex trafficker in 1992, is the basis of her new book, Walking Prey: How America's Youth Are Vulnerable To Sex Slavery.