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Los Angeles Unified School District Drops $30M on iPads for Kids

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved plans to spend $30 million to buy iPads for students. The teachers union is unhappy with the decision because they think the money would be best spent on rehiring furloughed union members. Jun 19, 2013 10:35 AM PT

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to fight the scourge of plastic bags at grocery stores. The new plastic bag ban will prohibit stores that sell perishable foods from handing out plastic grocery bags. Paper bags will bear a surcharge of ten cents, and customers are encouraged to use recyclable bags. Jun 19, 2013 10:26 AM PT

Sessions: Immigration Bill 'Biggest Setback for Poor ... in Decades'

On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said that the immigration reform bill currently making its way through Congress is “the biggest setback for poor and middle-class Americans of any legislation Congress has considered in decades.” Jun 18, 2013 4:00 PM PT

Christie: Late in the 'Dating Game' for Obama's Charm Offensive

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) launched into President Obama’s latest “charm offensive,” stating that it is now Obama’s fifth year as president. “It’s a little bit late in the dating game to start to get to know somebody,” said the governor, recently spotted playing games on the Atlantic City boardwalk with Obama. Jun 18, 2013 11:22 AM PT

US Announces Negotiations with Taliban

The United States and the Taliban announced on Tuesday that formal talks will begin on coming to an agreement to rule Afghanistan. Tuesday also marked the formal transition to Afghan leadership in terms of military force from the NATO coalition. The Taliban has opened a political office in Doha, Qatar, which should provide them a home base from which to conduct negotiations. Obama celebrated the opening of the office. Jun 18, 2013 11:00 AM PT

Poll: Dems Like Christie More than Republicans Do

A Gallup poll released Tuesday revealed that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is actually more popular among Democrats than Republicans. He scores a favorable/unfavorable rating of 53 percent to 25 percent among Republicans; he scores a 57 percent to 17 percent split among Democrats. Jun 18, 2013 10:50 AM PT

IRS: 'Tea Party' Was Shorthand for Political

Internal Revenue Service director of rulings and agreements Holly Paz explained that the IRS simply used “tea party” as shorthand for politically-involved groups in profiling non-profit applicants. She said that when tax agents in Cincinnati referred to tea party groups as requiring special scrutiny, they simply meant all groups with a political activity level. Jun 17, 2013 2:17 PM PT

Clinton: Israel Must Make Peace or Disappear

In a speech that will no doubt incentivize Palestinians to continue their campaign of terror and warfare against Israel, former President Bill Clinton told Israel that it would have to make peace with the Palestinians if it wanted to remain Jewish and democratic. He said that thanks to demographic changes, Israel will have to separate from the Palestinian population in order to maintain its majority. Jun 17, 2013 2:05 PM PT

Massive San Antonio NSA Data Center Raises Eyebrows

Even as reports break about the size and scope of the National Security Agency’s vast data storage center in Utah, new details are emerging about a second massive NSA center in San Antonio, Texas. According to the Houston Chronicle, “Satellite and aerial imagery show that massive air conditioning units and backup generators have been added to the facility, which is now ringed by barbed-wire fencing. City permits and property tax records show that the complex has been dramatically expanded.” According to sources, the plant will supposedly translate intercepted communications from the NSA; the communications are then forwarded to Maryland for processing. Jun 17, 2013 11:11 AM PT

NSA Leaker: Being Called Traitor by Cheney 'Highest Honor You Can Give an American'

On Monday, National Security Agency surveillance leaker Edward Snowden blasted former Vice President Dick Cheney while claiming that the government’s blanket surveillance has achieved little in terms of stopping terrorism. “It's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney,” Snowden wrote. Jun 17, 2013 10:38 AM PT

Rubio Hasn't Appeared Publicly with Gang of Eight in Two Months

While Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is leading the Republican fight for immigration reform, he is gradually pulling away from the so-called Gang of Eight, the bipartisan group behind the current draft of the immigration bill. Critics of the bill have pointed out that it is soft on border security and immediately legalizes millions of illegal aliens, including some with criminal backgrounds. Jun 17, 2013 10:33 AM PT

NSA Leaker: Feds Subverting Democracy

NSA leaker Edward Snowden blasted Congress’ willingness to sign off on massive federal surveillance of American citizens in an online interview with The Guardian (UK) on Monday. He said “there was no single moment” that made him want to leak news of the surveillance to the press. Jun 17, 2013 10:28 AM PT

NSA Leaker: I Am Not a Chinese Spy

On Monday, NSA leaker Edward Snowden told The Guardian (UK) that he was not a spy for the Chinese government. “Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing?” Snowden wrote on The Guardian’s website. “I could now be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.” The Chinese government has also denied that Snowden works for them, saying that such speculation is “completely groundless.” Jun 17, 2013 10:05 AM PT

Fed Chair Bernanke to Princeton Grads: Meritocracy Doesn't 'Pass Ethical Muster'

Speaking at the Princeton University graduation in June, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spelled out his political philosophy: from each according to his luck, to each according to his need. He explained that meritocracies were inherently unfair, and that those who were the luckiest needed to give back to society to make the concept of meritocracy work ethically. Jun 16, 2013 9:50 AM PT

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