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How George W. Bush Profited From Eminent Domain (By Taking Properties From Hundreds of Private Owners)

Steve Stanek, a research fellow at The Heartland Institute, emails to point out that when he was managing editor of Heartland's Budget & Tax News, he oversaw a piece that was run on eminent domain and the taking of property for sports stadiums. Below, from the piece, Kelo Could Ban Takings for Stadiums, is the part applicable to Bush. Note well: The article mentions properties were taken by eminent domain from hundreds of private owners
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Cliven Bundy Is On His Way To Oregon And He’s Not Going Alone

Over the weekend, friends and family of Robert ‘Lavoy’ Finicum laid his body to rest. Finicum, who was one of those protesting against the federal takeover of land in western states in Burns, Oregon, was shot and killed by authorities. Witnesses to the shooting recount that Finicum was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot on January 26.
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Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget

U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday in a final White House budget that met immediate Republican resistance for its cost and reliance on tax hikes to fund domestic priorities. Obama, a Democrat who leaves office next January, sought to outline his fiscal and political vision for the country with proposed investments in infrastructure, cyber security, education, and job growth.
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‘Paz Colombia’: the Latest US Attempt to Control Colombia?

​The U.S. has announced funding for a new Plan Colombia as the country moves towards a resolution to its civil war. What is its real purpose? Colombia’s peace process has entered its final phase. Agreements have been reached on land reform, political participation, and the rights of victims. The discussions are now focused on ending the conflict and implementation and verification of the accords. The deadline for a final agreement is March 23, and it might be met.
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A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for January 2016

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form. The Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $11,696,571,000 on 147 individual contracts during January 2016. This amount does not include 15 Foreign Military Sales contracts worth $916,846,600 or 3 contracts involving partial FMS allotment worth $425,423,345.
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Police Brutality Protester Kills Himself In Front of Ohio Statehouse

The anti-police brutality activist was well known for his activism, protesting against police violence and killings – particularly of those unarmed victims in the state of Ohio. McCarrel, 23, shot himself in what was was a deliberate location, chosen apparently to make a final statement, even as he tragically took his own life in front of the Columbus building Monday evening. Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Columbus Dispatch, that no one witnessed the shooting and that McCarrel was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Bayer and US Govt Knowingly Gave HIV to Thousands of Children

What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the other way, but was complicit in this exchange? Everyone has heard of Bayer aspirin, it is a household name. Bayer AG also manufactures numerous other products, from pesticides to medicine for hemophiliacs called Factor 8.
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Government Employees Spent Almost $1 Million in Taxpayer Money at Casinos

Furthermore, nine hundred transactions, totaling $96,576, were made at “adult entertainment establishments.” As of May, 2015, only 41 percent of such actions went punished, with possible punishments including a “letter of reprimand.”
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Thousands of protesters tear-gassed by Turkish police in Kurdish city

Turkish police have fired tear gas at thousands of people protesting in the city of Diyarbakir. Citizens of the Kurdish-majority city had been demonstrating against the continuation of a crackdown on Kurdish activists by Turkish police. As a sign of protest, shops and schools were closed in the city, which is in southeastern Turkey. A representative of the Democratic Societies Congress said that the demonstration would last for three days before residents decide whether to continue the protests or bring them to a halt, RIA reports. A few thousand protesters gathered in the city center to take part in a rally. However, they were met by police vehicles wit
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Saudi Arabia’s “religious police” arrest doll mascot for breaching Sharia Law

A doll mascot has been arrested by Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice for not wearing Islamic dress and disobeying Sharia Law. The female doll figure, dressed in a floor length blue and white costume and a hair band, was promoting the opening of a sweet shop in the capital Riyadh. Inside the costume however, was a man who was reportedly making inappropriate gestures to his male mascot companion, according to Global Voices.
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National Security Agency Merging Offensive, Defensive Hacking Operations

The U.S. National Security Agency on Monday outlined a reorganization that will consolidate its spying and domestic cyber-security operations, despite recommendations by a presidential panel that the agency focus solely on espionage.
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Arizona considering bill to ban 'free speech zones' on college campuses

College students in Arizona may soon be free to express their opinions anywhere on campus without prior permission if the State Legislature passes a bill banning free speech zones. HB 2615, introduced Monday by State Rep. Anthony Kern, would prohibit all community colleges and universities in the state from designating any area of campus as a free speech zone, and would further require that any such zones that already exist “shall be converted to a monument or memorial.”
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Ruling: Cops Recording Your Every Move For 10 Weeks Doesn’t Violate The Constitution

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled it is not unconstitutional for law enforcement to set up a camera on a public utility pole and record a suspect’s moves for 10 weeks straight. Such warrantless recording is permitted, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit said, because people have “no reasonable expectation of privacy in video footage recorded by a camera that was located on top of a public utility pole and that captured the same views enjoyed by passersby on public roads.”
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7 Famous Brands That Use Child Slaves To Make Your Chocolate

Children younger than 15 – some as young as 5 – work from 6 am till evening in West Africa at cocoa farms connected to Nestlé, Hershey, Mars, Kraft, ADM Cocoa, Godiva, and Fowler’s Chocolate to produce your favorite chocolates including Reese’s, Kit Kat, M&M’s, MilkyWay and Butterfinger. In September 2015, three class action lawsuits brought in California accused Nestlé, Hershey, and Mars of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses by cocoa suppliers in West Africa while falsely portraying themselves as socially and ethically responsible. Nestlé, Cargill and ADM are currently facing a separate lawsuit brought by three Malian former child slaves in 2005 that accuses the companies of aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa market.
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Saudi Arabia Prepares To Send Special Forces To Syria; Will Fight As Part Of "US-Led Coalition"

As we reported yesterday, in one of the most surprising developments involving the Syrian proxy war, Saudi Arabia and U.S. presence on the ground, the latest twist is that both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are now mulling a full-scale invasion while Russia and the Syrian government continue their progress in wiping out the US and Saudi-funded rebellion. To be sure, there was confusion when CNN Arabia reported first that the Saudis may send as much as 150,000 troops into Saudi Arabia, by way of Turkey, something which Anadolu news promptly denied.
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How to Hack the Power Grid Through Home Air Conditioners

THERE ARE many ways we know of to cause a blackout. You could hack industrial equipment to spin a generator out of control. You could hijack operator machines and remotely open breakers. Or you could launch a sniper assault on substations and shoot out transformers. Now researchers have found another way to take down the power grid: by remotely manipulating home and office air conditioners to create a surge.
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Erdogan threatened to ‘open doors to Greece and Bulgaria’ and flood EU with migrants – report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “put refugees on buses” and flood Europe with migrants if EU leaders did not offer him enough cash to help curb the influx of asylum seekers, a leaked record of a high-level meeting claims. "We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses,” Erdogan was quoted as telling European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk after being told that the EU was offering Turkey €3 billion over two years.
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Report: Gov’t Granted $750 Million Obamacare Funds to Hundreds of Thousands of Illegal Immigrants

The government’s Obamacare program gave up $750 million in taxpayer subsidies to illegal immigrants and individuals without verified immigration status, says a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reportobtained by Fox News. “The Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence,” by July 2015, according to Fox News.
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Forced Vaccination for all Hospital Workers Passes Indiana Senate Unanimously

We contacted you a couple of weeks ago to ask for your help to oppose a bad bill, SB 162, which implements vaccine mandates for all hospital employees having patient contact starting in 2017. SB 162 is authored by Sen. Patricia Miller and Sen. James Arnold. House Sponsors are Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer and Rep. Charlie Brown. There have been some very concerning developments with this bill requiring your immediate communication with your legislators. SB 162 unfortunately passed the full senate on 2/2/16 completely unopposed with a vote of 50 yes and 0 no. The bill was amended to become a much worse bill. While the introduced version of the bill prohibited a hospital from ultimately requiring an employee to receive a vaccine if the “employee refuses to permit the immunization after being fully informed of the health risks” (introduced version p. 2 lines 26-40), the final version sent to the House was significantly adversely altered to force vaccination as a condition of employment and to grant liability protection for hospitals firing employees.
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University-funded Sex Week features chance to win free vasectomy

Last year’s controversial Sex Week at the University of Utah (UU) is back, and this year the university and Planned Parenthood-funded event will include training to be a Planned Parenthood Ambassador and a chance to win a year’s supply of contraceptives. Students for Choice, a student group supported by Planned Parenthood, organized the second annual Sex Week, with funding also provided by the College of Social Work, Office of Equity and Diversity, Associated Students of UU.
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