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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shaneen Allen was arrested in October after admitting to a (New Jersey) state trooper during a traffic stop that she was in possession of a gun. Allen, a resident of Pennsylvania, had a legal permit to possess and carry the gun in that state. She says she had simply made a mistake, a plausible explanation given that she volunteered the incriminating information to the cop who pulled her over.

Until now, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain had been pursuing a felony charge against Allen that would come with a mandatory minimum of three-and-a-half years in prison


Friday, September 19, 2014

The U.S. is not returning combat troops to Iraq, President Barack Obama insisted again Wednesday, despite the suggestion by his top general that option is something the Pentagon could consider. Speaking at U.S. Central Command in Florida, Obama said again that U.S. troops "do not and will not have a combat mission" in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He said, "After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries' futures. And that's the only solution that will succeed over the long term."


Friday, September 12, 2014

Introduced earlier this week by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), the ‘Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014′ (S.2219), along with its companion bill in the House, H.R. 3878, would task the National Telecommunications and Information Administration with filing reports on Internet, radio and television content that seeks "to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of crimes of hate".


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Obama plans to outline what he calls a "steady, relentless effort" to defeat Islamic State terrorists "wherever they exist" in a primetime address to the nation on Wednesday.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Lower Participation = Lower Unemployment Rate. As high as the unemployment numbers are, they still overstate the economy's performance. Since the recession began, the labor force participation rate -- the proportion of adults either working or trying to find work -- has fallen by 3.2 percentage points. The government counts only people actively looking for jobs as unemployed. The drop in labor force participation accounts for almost the entire net drop in the unemployment rate over the past five years.


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