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Koch Brothers group relaunches ads to defeat Insure Tennessee

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

Koch Brothers group relaunches ads to defeat Insure Tennessee | 30 March 2015 | The Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity relaunched a second round of radio ads Monday aimed at defeating Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to use federal dollars to help working people buy into employer-sponsored health plans and expand Medicaid eligibility to poor Tennesseans. The state chapter of the organization backed by billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch issued a news release about the ad buy to "defeat the Obamacare expansion plan." The Tennessee Justice Center, which supports the Republican governor's plan, used the announcement of the radio ads as a rallying point to get people to call their legislators and push for passage.

NC vaccine bill dead

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

NC vaccine bill dead | 1 April 2015 | Senate sponsors of a controversial proposal to remove the religious exemption from immunization requirements say they're dropping the [insane] bill. Senate Bill 346, sponsored by Sens. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg, Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, and Terry Van Duyn, D-Buncombe, would have required all children entering school in North Carolina to have had all vaccines on the schedule recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The only exemption granted would have been for medical reasons with a doctor's approval.

Masked Gunmen Storm University in East Kenya, Take Hostages

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

Masked Gunmen Storm University in East Kenya, Take Hostages | 2 April 2015 | Suspected Islamist militants [US contractors?] stormed a university campus in eastern Kenya, taking students and teachers hostage, police said. An unknown number of heavily-armed assailants raided student accommodation at Garissa University College on Thursday morning, police Commander Charles Kinyua said by phone. The college is located in Garissa town about 228 miles (367 kilometers) east of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Book of songs used by U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, sexually mutilating women, and pedophilia

April 2, 2015 by legitgov

Book of songs used by U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, sexually mutilating women, and pedophilia | 1 April 2015 | A book of songs used by the U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, pedophilia and homosexuality. The unofficial 2012 paperback book was revealed by a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by four sexual-assault victims who want to stop the practice of sexual assault allegations within the military being handled by commanding officers. Former Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Smith, who said she was sexually assaulted by a fellow airman in Iraq, brought forward the songbook and she had filed an administrative complaint over the book in 2012. The complaint alleges some of the most disturbing content is found in the songbooks of the 55th, 77th, and 79th fighter squadrons of the Air Force, reports ABC News.

Arkansas governor calls for changes to controversial 'religious freedom' bill

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Arkansas governor calls for changes to controversial 'religious freedom' bill | 1 April 2015 | The governor of Arkansas says he wants the state's legislature to recall a "religious freedom" bill sent to his desk on Tuesday following a national uproar over the legislation, the second time this week a US governor has faced a backlash to laws that opponents say permit discrimination against gay people. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also known as HB1228, was passed by the Arkansas house of representatives on Tuesday despite intense criticism of a similar bill in Indiana that was signed into law on Monday. Protests formed at both states' capitals, and the Arkansas law drew criticism from organizations as diverse as Walmart and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges | 1 April 2015 | Senator Robert Menendez ('D') was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, setting the stage for a bitter court fight and putting his political future in doubt. Mr. Menendez was charged with eight counts of bribery, which carry up to 15 years in prison on each charge. He was also charged with conspiracy, fraud, and making false statements on government documents, the Justice Department said.

Gov. Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Gov. Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world' [See: Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought 20 March 2015.] | 1 April 2015 | Gov. Jerry Brown ('D'), standing on a patch of brown grass in the Sierra Nevada that is usually covered with several feet of snow at this time of year, on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history. "It's a different world," he said. "We have to act differently." Brown was on hand Wednesday as state officials took stock of historically abysmal levels of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada amid the state's grinding drought. Brown ordered the California Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%.

Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Nestle Continues Stealing World's Water During Drought --Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually. Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names. | 20 March 2015 | The city of Sacramento is in the fourth year of a record drought – yet the Nestlé Corporation continues to bottle city water to sell back to the public at a big profit, local activists charge. The Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento is the target of a major press conference on Tuesday, March 17, by a water coalition that claims the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during the drought. The coalition, the crunchnestle alliance, says that City Hall has made this use of the water supply possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway," according to a press advisory.

Obama Executive Order: US Expands Response to Cyber Attacks

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Obama Executive Order: US Expands Response to Cyber Attacks | 1 April 2015 | President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order expanding his administration's ability to respond to malicious cyberattacks by allowing financial penalties to be inflicted on foreign actors who engage in destructive hacking campaigns. Wednesday's order will broaden the government's authority to permit the levying of sanctions against those directly responsible for hacking activities--and officials will not need to acquire a discrete order to respond to each attack. The order also allows for sanctions against actors even if the cyberattack is not successful. Those hit with sanctions would be barred from entering the United States. [See: Barack Obama 'ordered Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran' 1 June 2012. Hopefully, other nations are busy little bees drawing up plans to deal with USociopaths' cyber attacks on *them,* such as Stuxnet, etc.]

Nuclear deal with Iran 'reached on all key aspects' - Lavrov

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Nuclear deal with Iran 'reached on all key aspects' - Lavrov | 1 April 2015 | Iran and six major world powers have managed to reach a preliminary agreement on 'all the key aspects' of a deal over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, Russia's FM has announced, adding that the sides have begun drafting the text. Experts from Iran and P5+1 have started drafting a preliminary deal and the document could be expected either within the next few hours or later on Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov hopes. However, clearing the "technical details" of a final deal may take until June, he added.

Arkansas lawmakers approve religious liberty bill despite firestorm over Indiana law

April 1, 2015 by legitgov

Arkansas lawmakers approve religious liberty bill despite firestorm over Indiana law | 31 March 2015 | Amid intense criticism of Indiana's religious liberties law, which has prompted lawmakers in that state to vow to fix the legislation, another state charged ahead with a similar measure. Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday passed their own religious freedom bill, putting the state on the verge of formally adopting a law that could lead to another firestorm. On Tuesday afternoon, after some debate in the state House of Representatives, lawmakers signed off on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law now heads to the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who has said he intends to sign it into law.

Justice Department appeals federal judge's hold on Obama's immigration action

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

Justice Department appeals federal judge's hold on Obama's immigration action | 31 March 2015 | The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action. The 69-page brief was filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ahead of arguments scheduled for next month. Lawyers for the federal government are challenging a preliminary injunction issued in February by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas. That decision placed on hold an executive action that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Connecticut's Democratic governor bans taxpayer-funded travel to Indiana over 'religious freedom' law

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

Connecticut's Democratic governor bans taxpayer-funded travel to Indiana over 'religious freedom' law --Connecticut will be the first state to bar travel to Indiana since its governor signed the controversial religious freedom law last Thursday | 30 March 2015 | Connecticut's Democratic governor says he will ban state-funded travel to Indiana over a controversial religious freedom law. 'I found it disturbing, disgraceful and outright discriminatory,' the state's chief executive, Dannel Malloy, said during a news conference on an unrelated issue...Connecticut will become the first state to bar travel to Indiana since its governor signed the religious freedom law last Thursday. Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California, have sent out similar orders, however.

Bush, Rubio and Cruz back controversial Indiana law

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

Bush, Rubio and Cruz back controversial Indiana law | 30 March 2015 | Republican presidential hopefuls are lining up behind a controversial Indiana law that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers by invoking religious freedom. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did "the right thing" -- despite calls from some businesses to boycott the state over the law. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who last week officially jumped in the race, issued a statement late Monday saying he backed Pence "for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition."

'Reuters lied': MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony

March 31, 2015 by legitgov

'Reuters lied': MH17 witness says reporter falsified testimony | 30 March 2015 | A Lugansk Region resident, whom Reuters cites as saying he saw evidence of a surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory on the day MH17 was downed, told RT the news agency gave a false report of his interview. As a part of a March report on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy Reuters talked to Pyotr Fedotov, a 58-year-old resident of the village Chervonniy Zhovten in the Lugansk Region of eastern Ukraine.

Previously unpublished interview with Allen Ginsberg and Michael Rectenwald

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Previously unpublished interview with Allen Ginsberg and Michael Rectenwald | 2 March 2015 | (Dangerous Minds) In 1977, Michael Rectenwald was a disenchanted pre-med student with a secret passion for poetry--Allen Ginsberg and his influences in particular. After a couple of years of covertly consuming, studying and writing poems, he found his interest in medical school had entirely evaporated, so he left school and dove further into writing, eventually sending a letter and some of his poems to Ginsberg himself. Not only did Ginsberg write back, he invited Rectenwald to apprentice him at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado... See also: Tragic note from the final days of William Burroughs Jr. | 30 March 2015 | (Dangerous Minds) William Seward Burroughs III—better known as Billy Burroughs or William Burroughs Jr.--had one of the more tragically doomed lives in literature...At one point late in Billy's life, Michael Rectenwald--(poet, fiction writer and academic [and Chair/Founder of legitgov.org], who was at the time an apprentice to Allen Ginsberg at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado)--was placed in a sort of care-taking position for Billy--no easy task for a college student. Nonetheless, Rectenwald saw Billy's devastating final days, and was the recipient of the heart-wrenching note below, left before Billy fled to Florida.

U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Over 200,000 American Troops in Iraq

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Over 200,000 American Troops in Iraq [200,000 troops? That's not a 'mistake.' That's a biowarfare experiment.] | 27 March 2015 | During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today...During January and February 1991, when the U.S. bombed Iraq's weapons plants and storage sites, poisonous plumes floated across the desert to thousands of U.S. troops based on the Saudi border. Sirens wailed daily, but officers in charge announced that the chemical-detection alarms were faulty. They were not. A Czech chemical-weapons detection unit found "trace concentrations of sarin, a nerve-paralyzing substance" drifting into Saudi Arabia. French, British and U.S. intelligence units found similar evidence.

One dead and two injured in shootout outside NSA HQ after guard stopped two men who tried to crash through gate in stolen SUV

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

One dead and two injured in shootout outside NSA headquarters after guard stopped two men who tried to crash through gate in stolen SUV --National Security Agency police guard shot Kevin Fleming, 20, and his friend, who tried to ram through secure entrance on Fort Meade Monday | 31 March 2015 | The two cross-dressing men who were shot outside the National Security Agency's headquarters on Monday had stolen the SUV they were driving from a hotel they had been partying at, it is claimed. Kevin Fleming, 20, and his friend were allegedly picked up in Baltimore, Maryland, by another man on Sunday night and driven to a hotel in Howard County, where they were said to have 'partied'. But the following morning, the unidentified driver woke up alone and discovered both the men and his Ford Escape SUV had gone, sources told ABC. He reported his vehicle stolen to county police.

One shot dead, one seriously wounded at Fort Meade after trying to ram NSA gate

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

One shot dead, one seriously wounded at Fort Meade after trying to ram NSA gate | 30 March 2015 | Two people tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. An NSA police officer shot one of the people dead and seriously injured the second. A law enforcement official had previously reported that both of the people involved were men. Aerial shots show two vehicles at an intersection that appear to be damaged.

Mail on Sunday readers donate 30,000 pounds to fly tortured bear rescued from Peru circus to new home in U.S. sanctuary

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Paddington's saviours: Mail on Sunday readers donate astonishing £30,000 to fly tortured bear rescued from Peru circus to new home in U.S. sanctuary --Her teeth were broken and claws removed so she couldn't defend herself --She will be flown to a sanctuary in Colorado to live out her life in peace [A reward needs to be offered to the hero who *blows away* this bear's torturers.] | 29 March 2015 | The real-life Paddington bear who suffered such appalling treatment in a circus that she lost her claws, teeth and fur is closer to finding a new home, thanks to the generosity of Mail on Sunday readers. After the plight of Cholita was highlighted by this newspaper last week, readers donated an extraordinary £30,000 to Animal Defenders International, which found the bear in a terrible condition during a raid in Peru earlier this month. The elderly bear lost most of the thick black hair that covered her body as the result of the stress she endured at the circus, where she was kept in a 5ft by 5ft box, and her teeth were broken and her claws removed to prevent her from defending herself. [Cholita's appeal page is here.]

Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two' after Germanwings crash

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Australia imposes cockpit 'rule of two' after Germanwings crash | 29 March 2015 | The Australian government imposed a requirement on Monday that its airlines have two crew members in the cockpit at all times as a safety precaution following the Germanwings crash that killed 150 passengers and crew last week. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the mandatory "rule of two", which means a flight attendant must stand in whenever the pilot or co-pilot leaves the cockpit, would be effective immediately. The rule will apply to all domestic and international flights by Australian operators carrying 50 or more passengers.

Army tells soldiers to get security systems and not meet with anyone they've met online after ISIS leaks 100 military members' info

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Army tells soldiers to get security systems and not meet with anyone they've met online after ISIS leaks 100 military members' names, photos and addresses | 29 March 2015 | The US Army has sent a list of social media guidelines to military families after the names, photos and addresses of soldiers fighting ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] were leaked by the terrorist group. A list posted online by a group called the 'Islamic State Hacking Division' earlier this month gave personal information for 100 US military members and called upon its lone wolf 'brothers residing in America' to kill them. Much of the information published was believed to be publicly available online, and the Army has warned its personnel that 'social media will continue to be leveraged as a tool by those who wish to threaten and/or target members or the military.'

Protesters urge end to Saudi invasion of Yemen

March 30, 2015 by legitgov

Protesters urge end to Saudi invasion of Yemen | 29 March 2015 | Protesters have once again amassed in Yemen's capital of Sana'a in condemnation of the Saudi invasion of their country. The demonstrators chanted anti-Saudi slogans and slammed other Arab countries that have been cooperating with Saudi Arabia in its aggression against Yemen. The protesters carried banners reading "Stop the war on Yemen." Some held posters showing children who have fallen victim to the Saudi bombardments.

Police: 2nd Body Found at Site of East Village Explosion

March 29, 2015 by legitgov

Police: 2nd Body Found at Site of East Village Explosion | 29 March 2015 | Two bodies have been found in the rubble of last week's East Village building explosion, police said. The two bodies were discovered about two hours apart from each other Sunday afternoon. Two men went missing Thursday when a blast and fire leveled three apartment buildings on Second Avenue at East Seventh Street.

Bird flu kills 22,000 Minnesota turkeys and infects tens of thousands more

March 29, 2015 by legitgov

Bird flu kills 22,000 Minnesota turkeys and infects tens of thousands more | 28 March 2015 | An outbreak of a bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry deepened Saturday when state and federal officials confirmed a third Minnesota turkey farm has been infected, this time in one of the state's top poultry-producing counties. The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said a commercial flock of 39,000 turkeys in Stearns County of central Minnesota has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza, which also killed tens of thousands of turkeys at two other farms in Pope and Lac qui Parle counties of western Minnesota.

Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture - paper

March 28, 2015 by legitgov

Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture - paper | 28 March 2015 | The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday. The Bild newspaper published an interview with a woman who said she had had a relationship in 2014 with Andreas Lubitz, the man French prosecutors believe locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus on Tuesday and steered it into the French Alps, killing all on board. "When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence...he said: 'One day I'll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it'," said the woman, a flight attendant the paper gave the pseudonym of Maria W.

Montreal police disperse hundreds of protesters with tear gas, stun grenades

March 28, 2015 by legitgov

Montreal police disperse hundreds of protesters with tear gas, stun grenades | 28 March 2015 | Riot police in Montreal used tear gas and flash-bangs to disperse hundreds of students rallying in the city's downtown in protest against the Quebec government's anti-austerity measures. Following dispersal, barricades have been put up at Montreal's Carré Phillips and protesters are regrouping, according to various reports on the ground...Earlier on Friday, about 100 activists stormed into the Université du Québec à Montréal wearing masks and protesting against the potential expulsion of nine students for their involvement in 2012 protests.

Indiana: Bill Signed Allowing Denial of Service to Gays

March 28, 2015 by legitgov

Indiana: Bill Signed Allowing Denial of Service to Gays | 26 March 2015 | Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. The measure would prohibit state and local laws that "substantially burden" the ability of people -- including businesses and associations -- to follow their religious beliefs. Mr. Pence, a Republican, said the bill ensures "religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law."

Germanwings co-pilot 'hid illness,' medical leave note from employers - prosecutors

March 28, 2015 by legitgov

Germanwings co-pilot 'hid illness,' medical leave note from employers - prosecutors | 27 March 2015 | Police have found a torn sick leave note for the date of the crashed Germanwings flight in the home of Andreas Lubitz, suspected of voluntarily bringing the plane down, Dusseldorf prosecutors say. Prosecutors believe Lubitz could have been concealing his illness from the company. "Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors," said the Prosecutors' Office in Dusseldorf, Reuters reports.

TSA's Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

March 28, 2015 by legitgov

TSA's Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists | 27 March 2015 | ...Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points. These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs its officers to look out for -- and score -- in airport travelers, according to a confidential TSA document obtained exclusively by The Intercept. The checklist is part of TSA's controversial program to identify potential terrorists based on behaviors that it thinks indicate stress or deception -- known as the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. The program employs specially trained officers, known as Behavior Detection Officers, to watch and interact with passengers going through screening.

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