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Dem Legislators Raise Filing Fees to Stop Ballot Initiatives

Democrats in the California State Assembly passed a bill this week that would increase the filing fees for ballot initiatives (or referenda) from $200 to $8,000, thus excluding most ordinary citizens from filing a petition and leaving the field open for unions and corporations, according to Capital Public Radio.

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Blue State Blues: FIFA Stands for ‘F— Israel, F— America’

For decades, our global betters have been urging Americans to take more of an interest in soccer. And we have–though not the interest the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) had in mind. This week, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that 14 FIFA officials had been indicted for corruption. In somewhat related news, FIFA is to vote this weekend on suspending Israel from international soccer because of security-related travel restrictions on some Palestinian players.

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OPEC Concedes Defeat In Anti-Shale Oil War with U.S.

OPEC’s attempt to over-produce crude oil for export to crush prices and bankrupt the American shale-fracking oil boom has failed, according to a draft OPEC long-term strategy report seen by Reuters ahead of the cartel’s policy meeting in Vienna on June 1st.

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Miles of SoCal Beach Closed Due to Mysterious Globs of Oil

Strange black blobs of tar-like goo surged on onto southern California’s Manhattan Beach by the thousands, closing down the two-mile area Wednesday while the U.S. Coast Guard and National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the source and substance.

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Mass Layoffs at SD-UT

San Diego Union-Tribune employees are suffering 178 layoffs this week resulting from May’s announced sale of the newspaper from Doug Manchester to multi-news outlet owner of the Los Angeles Times, Tribune Publishing.

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