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Unqualified Donor to Take Key South American Ambassadorship

Argentina-US relations have been frostier in recent years due to litigation filed by a vulture fund investor. But despite the heightened sensitivity, Washington is set to send to Buenos Aires an ambassador who admitted last year to barely speaking Spanish. Late Monday, the nomination of Noah Mamet to the position passed a cloture vote. The Senate is expected to approve of his nomination Tuesday. A political consultant, Mamet’s main qualification is that he bundled over $500,000 in donations for President Obama’s re-election campaign. In his… Keep Reading

Feds Failed to Stop Nuclear Weapons Official’s Ten Year Meltdown

An office of inspector general (OIG) report that’s being withheld from the public alleged that a commander of a force that transports the nation’s nuclear arsenal engaged in misconduct over the span of a decade, and that the individual’s superiors failed to stop it. The Department of Energy OIG found seven examples of “problematic behavior” by the National Nuclear Security Administration official. The most recent example took place last year. According to the report, a squad commander for the Office of Secure Transportation (OST) engaged… Keep Reading

President Obama’s Body Cams: Videos Won’t, Haven’t Stopped Police Abuses

The White House on Monday came out with reform proposals to placate anger fueling nationwide demonstrations sparked by a grand jury’s decision to let killer cop Darren Wilson off the hook. Among the initiatives touted by the administration was $263 million in funding for training and federal aid toward community policing. The sum includes $75 million for 50,000 body cameras. It would need to be approved by Congress. But while cameras are often touted by reformers, they might not be enough to save those who… Keep Reading

President Ready to Play Shutdown Chicken Over Immigration

Without a new spending resolution, the government will shut down after December 11th. Republicans in Congress are considering using a new spending bill to defund the president’s recent executive actions on immigration. But in Monday’s press briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest made it clear that the president is willing to go to the ledge and over it to protect his immigration reforms. Keep Reading

White House Responds to Ferguson, Stops Short of Disarming Military Equipment

Reacting to the nationwide unrest resulting from events in Ferguson, Mo., the Obama administration on Monday announced measures aimed at fostering trust between communities and their police departments. The President will ask Congress for $263 million to pay for expanded police and training and to provide as many as 50,000 body-worn cameras to local units. The White House is also readying an executive order to add increased oversight to the several federal programs that transfer surplus military equipment to local police authorities, but the administration… Keep Reading

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