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$17,400,000,000,000 and rising

On January 15 the US House passed its 2014 spending bill, H.R. 3547, which allocates no less than $1.1 trillion in spending for January through October of this year. The bill was introduced on the evening of Monday, January 13, effectively leaving House members merely 24 hours to read and investigate all 1,582 pages. What does the spending include? Let’s take a look, and then see how your representatives voted, and why.

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Free market dynamics are creating non-GMO solutions

February 2014 signals a huge turn of events for non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) advocates. General Mills, owner of such brands as Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, and Häagen-Dazs, announced in January that one of its most popular brands, Cheerios, would no longer contain any genetically modified ingredients.

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$50M PA Court System software nightmare

This month, Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) went live with new software meant to streamline the workers’ compensation court system. According to an exclusive anonymous source for the Independent Gazette, this software has had the reverse effect, becoming the primary bottleneck of the courts.

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Assessing votes of area congressmen on the Amash-Conyers amendment

On July 24 the House of Representatives had a showdown concerning limiting the powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect and store—en masse—the private communications of all Americans. Representatives Justin Amash (R–MI) and John Conyers (D–MI) introduced an amendment to H.R. 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which would defund all programs and activities specifically targeting Americans who were not the subjects of an ongoing terrorism investigation.

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