FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Suarez, Kill Decision (Novel)

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Daniel Suarez’s book Kill Decision takes on the topic of drones, especially autonomous drones that can make their own decision to kill, with no human in the loop.

 

Oversight Committee Finds White House May Have Directly Exacerbated Exchange Problems

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 1:24 pm

According to the House Oversight Committee the “White House” may have played an important role in exacerbating the problems with the Healthcare.gov rollout.

Late Night: Raisins, Five Cents

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 8:00 pm

Today we were treated to the revolting spectacle of the serial liars of the NSA mouthing rote justifications of their illegal behavior, naturally accompanied by equally rote denunciations of their critics, before a faux-credulous US Senate.  It reminded me of nothing more than a Far Side cartoon from the 80′s, wherein a rabbit wears a sandwich board reading: Raisins, Five Cents.

Elizabeth Warren Demands Mortgage Settlement Documents From Regulators

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 10:28 am

Elizabeth Warren is not wasting any time trying to get answers from Wall Street’s regulators. Warren asked for documents relating to the recent mortgage settlement.

A Very Good Question That Deserves an Answer

By: Saturday October 13, 2012 9:00 am

Religiously speaking, the answers given at the VP debate by Paul Ryan and Joe Biden to the question of how their personal faith relates to their work as politicians were striking. The difference between the two candidates — and the parties and platforms they stand for — could not have been starker. Ryan spoke with absolute certainty that he/his party/his church are absolutely correct when it comes to banning abortion, while Biden expressed both his own personal beliefs alongside respect for those who hold other views and the concomitant right to act on their religious views.

But while abortion was the specific example Martha Raddatz used to frame her question, it is hardly the only one. The editors of the Jesuit magazine “America” pose another very good question themselves, that deserves an answer from both Obama and Romney. If no one brings it up at the town hall-style debate next week, I’d love to see Bob Schieffer ask it at the foreign policy debate that follows.

Penn State President Graham Spanier in His Own Words

By: Monday July 16, 2012 3:30 pm

Since last November, when the Jerry Sandusky saga propelled Penn State into the headlines, I’ve wondered about Penn State’s former president, Graham Spanier. After reading the Freeh Report in its nauseating detail, I did more than wonder — I started digging for Spanier’s own words on what it means to be a university president.

What I found does not make for a pretty picture.

US House Plans to Sue Administration Over Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious Case

By: Monday July 2, 2012 8:40 am

House Speaker John Boehner indicated on Sunday that he would take the Administration to court over documents requested in the Oversight Committee investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal.

Shareholders Challenging the Private Prison Industry

By: Saturday May 26, 2012 4:00 pm

In an interesting bit of grassroots advocacy, a few shareholders of the country’s two largest private prison companies have worked to bring more accountability to the industry, which is exempt from public records laws in nearly every jurisdiction despite the fact that it performs inherently governmental functions.

The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, FL, had its annual shareholders’ meeting in Palm Beach a few weeks back. Some demonstrators protested outside, but the true challenge for the company would come from inside that very meeting.

Museum President Sat on “Risk Committee” at JPMorgan Chase

By: Friday May 25, 2012 3:30 pm

It turns out that JPMorgan Chase had a risk oversight committee on its board of directors. There were individual risk managers at the various offices as well, but this board was designed to provide oversight for the entire operation. Or, if you prefer, it was designed to pretend to show that JPMorgan Chase cared about risk oversight. That’s clear from who they put on the board.

Union of Concerned Scientists Report: Nuclear “Near Misses” Symptom of Failing Regulatory Regime

By: Friday March 2, 2012 3:18 pm

In its second annual report on the safety of nuclear power facilities (PDF) in the United States, the Union of Concerned Scientists have documented 15 troubling lapses–what they call “near misses”–at 13 of the nation’s atomic plants. The study details specific problems that still want for repairs, but much more disturbing, it also outlines systemic flaws in America’s nuclear regulation and oversight regime.

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