America’s D+ Infrastructure

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 4:15 pm

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a report card based on the A-F grading system, for America’s infrastructure. Infrastructure involves more than the 65,000 US bridges in need of repair, or the potholes that ate Indianapolis. America earned a D+ average across sixteen categories according to eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation.

American Held Incommunicado in Yemen for 39 Days, Legal Team Still Doesn’t Know Why

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 3:16 pm

During most of the month of March, the legal team for a United States citizen, who faces murder charges and is awaiting trial in Yemen, disappeared. They had no idea where he was being imprisoned.

However, a spokesperson for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC, denies that he was ever “disappeared.”

An Excerpt From Barrett Brown’s Keep Rootin’ For Putin: Charles Krauthammer Chapter

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:10 pm

The following is an excerpt from Barrett Brown’s forthcoming book “Keep Rootin’ for Putin: Establishment Pundits and the Twilight of American Competence.” The book will be available on the official Free Barrett Brown website soon.

The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:08 pm

If progressives want to make the case for government programs they need to prove they are good stewards of the purse. Cheering needlessly complicated and wasteful systems is not the way to do that.

When it Comes to Torture and Assassinations, Life Imitates Art

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:05 pm

Look at what we know the government is doing, imagine what it’s probably doing, and you’ll have the workings for a good thriller. And if you want that thriller to be as realistic as possible, then whatever you imagine, imagine it’s even worse. The government will rarely disappoint you.

New Jerseyans Overwhelmingly Say Pot is Safer than Tobacco or Alcohol, But Split on Legalization

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:00 pm

The state of New Jersey is almost evenly divided on whether to legalize marijuana for personal use. According to a new Monmouth University poll, 48 percent of adults in the state think marijuana should be legalized for personal use while 47 percent oppose this change.

Top Ten At Ten 4/9/2014

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:51 am

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten

Far Right Party Assaults Left In Ukrainian Parliament Building

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:04 am

As if trying to prove the point of the speaker, far right members of Ukraine’s interim parliament attacked a member of parliament who accused them of acting like thugs. Petro Symonenko a Communist member of parliament spoke to far right parties “You are today doing everything to intimidate people. You arrest people, start fighting people who have a different point of view.”

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, in Latest ‘Letter from Loretto,’ Describes Work in Prison Chapel

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 8:57 am

Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is currently in the middle of serving a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, has written another “Letter from Loretto.” And, in this letter, he shares what it has been like to work in the prison’s chapel.

RNC Chair Wants to Eliminate Donation Limits

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 8:06 am

The recent Supreme court decision on McCutcheon v. FEC maybe only one small step towards completely eliminating almost all federal campaign finance law if the Republican party has their way. On the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Republican National Committee Reince Priebus said he opposes any caps on donations to political parties.

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