Most Diverse Congress in History

Congress has now sworn in a record number of women and minority members. Any presence of actual diversity of socio-economic status or opinion remains lacking.

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How the “Dairy Cliff” Will Cream Consumers

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323530404578207621700492206.html

If the price of milk zooms up shortly after Jan. 1, the increase will come courtesy of a venal and feckless U.S. Congress.

No grocery store would hire a clerk who insisted on adding up a customer’s purchases with an ancient abacus. Yet a similarly archaic standard is about to be inflicted on the nation’s taxpayers and consumers.

Current farm programs—which consist of massive subsides, price supports and various marketing restrictions—were enacted in 2008 and expire on Dec. 31. That should be cause for rejoicing, except that the system is rigged against consumers and taxpayers.

Secret and Lies of the Bailout

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout-20130104

It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you’d think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we’ve been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right?

Wrong.

CIA Being Sued Over Domestic Spying Collaboration with NYPD

http://rt.com/usa/news/cia-suit-spying-nypd-322/

The CIA is being sued for withholding information about its cooperation on domestic spying as part of the New York Police Department’s counter-terrorism surveillance program.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit at the end of December seeking the release of a report by the CIA’s inspector general that examined the legality of spying on American soil.

CIA spy activity at home made headlines in 2011 when a series of investigative reports by the Associated Press exposed the CIA’s role in the NYPD’s Intelligence Unit, which kept tabs on New York’s Muslim community despite a lack of evidence of any crimes.

US Deploying Troops to 35 African Countries

http://rt.com/usa/news/us-deploying-troops-order-749/

The United States Army will be deploying troops to nearly three-dozen African nations in the coming year.
Soldiers based out of Fort Riley, Kansas’ 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division will begin training in March 2013 in order to prepare for a project that will send troops to as many as 35 African nations, the Associated Press reports.

Citing a growing threat from extremist groups, including those with ties to al-Qaeda, the Department of Defense is hoping to install American soldiers overseas in order to prepare local troops there for any future crises as tensions escalate.