It's that time of year again. No, not carving pumpkins, watching college football, or biting nails over the Presidential election. This month is when the government releases the two most widely cited annual reports about crime.
If President Obama is reelected, and I hope he is, maybe he should take a close look at those his administration appoints to serve the public objectively and without conflict or unseemly allegiances. And maybe it's time to hold financial institutions accountable for their greed and questionable practices.
If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure or who has been foreclosed upon, it may look like nothing has been done to help you.The good news is that many steps have been taken to bring help to people who need it. The bad news? They don't matter unless we take advantage of them!
Now, next month, many of us may have cause to celebrate a major milestone again if America's first African-American president prevails and is the first president of color to be re-elected. Yet we must not forget the unfinished business of racial justice in America.
The watchdog agency that polices the Homeland Security Department for waste, fraud and abuse may have given the wrong impression on the extent of crimes committed by immigration officers, border agents and other employees in a recent summary report of its accomplishments.
What's the difference between BP paying $5.4 billion to repair the epic mess it created along the Gulf Coast and the $21 billion check it should write? Two words: "grossly negligent."
Why is the Attorney General, along with others in the Administration, arguing against indicting Wall Street bankers?
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It's not clear what national security interest is served at this point by continuing to hide what U.S. officials did to people detained after the September 11 attacks, other than to avoid U.S. embarrassment.
In the latest sign of trouble for the Homeland Security Department's inspector general, the watchdog agency removed five oversight reports from its website last week pending an internal review of a possible conflict of interest involving the wife of the office's top official.
Congress and the FCC need to confront the looming monopoly environment most consumers now face for broadband service. If they don't reverse course and start dealing with the reality they've created, even the best conditions will be meaningless.
A drawn-out redistricting process has resulted in nearly all of the state's House and Senate seats being up for grabs, and challengers have come out in force to make a play for those open seats.
Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.
If Verizon is allowed to close down the Public Switched Telephone Networks, stop building FiOS and takes over the wireless spectrum from the cable companies -- not to mention owning the 'gas -- the harms we have laid out will be the reality.
The problems are not Britain's alone. It appears that we may be migrating toward the worst of both worlds.
If you use a cell phone, a wired connection or cable service including broadband, or internet, this impacts you -- from the price of services you pay for, or the choices you have, to even the speed and controls over these services from your providers.