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Submission + - FBI investigation of Hillary's emails is 'criminal probe' (nypost.com)

RoccamOccam writes: The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured email account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The New York Post on Wednesday.

The feds are investigating to what extent Clinton relied on her home server and other private devices to send and store classified documents, according to a federal source with knowledge of the inquiry.

“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.

Submission + - Taxpayers Have Now Spent $3.5 Million to Find Out Why Lesbians Are Obese (freebeacon.com)

RoccamOccam writes: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has now spent over $3.5 million to determine why the majority of lesbians are obese.

The project, now entering its fifth year, received another grant worth $658,485 this summer. The total funding for the research is now $3,531,925. Funding has more than doubled since the study was first revealed in 2013.

The study is examining why three-quarters of lesbians are obese, but gay men are not. It has survived sequester cuts, and continues to produce results such as the discovery that gay men have a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men.

Submission + - IRS Deleted Hundreds of Back-up Tapes Containing Thousands of Lerner Emails

RoccamOccam writes: According to new information from the House Oversight Committee, the IRS deleted hundreds of backup tapes containing thousands of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative-targeting scandal. The tapes were destroyed nine months after a congressional subpoena was issued to the agency demanding they be preserved and turned over.

Submission + - Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago

RoccamOccam writes: The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators as to whether she had used private email to conduct official business as Secretary of State, more than two years ago. Clinton declined to respond to that question.

Submission + - Ex-CBS reporter claims Government agency bugged her computer (nypost.com)

RoccamOccam writes: A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed. “This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

Submission + - VA Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Global Warming FOIA Case

RoccamOccam writes: Unpublished data and records collected by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, rejecting a request for former U-Va. professor Michael Mann's (of Hockey Stick fame) unpublished data.

Lawyers for U-Va. turned over about 1,000 documents , but withheld another 12,000 papers and e-mails, saying that work 'of a propriety nature' was exempt under the state’s FOIA law.

About the ruling, David Schnare, attorney for the plaintiff, said '[the Court] accepted U-Va.’s unsubstantiated fears that release of the e-mails would significantly chill intellectual debate and on that basis allowed U-Va. to continue to operate under a veil of secrecy that the citizens may not penetrate.'

Submission + - Rand Paul files suit against Obama over NSA's collection of metadata

RoccamOccam writes: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) is filing a class action lawsuit against President Obama and other members of his administration over the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata, a practice he believes violates the Fourth Amendment. In a YouTube video released Tuesday, Paul compared the government surveillance to the warrantless searches practiced by the British military prior to American independence.

Submission + - Congressman Defends Right to Privacy with New Legislation (townhall.com)

RoccamOccam writes: Should the government be able to read your emails without a warrant? Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) tackled that question today at the Heritage Foundation’s first annual Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, DC.

'Privacy and transparency are the core of a republic. Today, that is reversed [...] “Mass spying did not protect us from the Boston bombing, the Times Square bombing, etc.'

Salmon is determined to stop the government’s secret snooping by leading the House version of the Electronics Communications Privacy Amendments Act, legislation that specifically targets a 1986 law declaring government had a right to search one’s emails without a warrant. Salmon’s legislation has been able to attract bipartisan support.

Submission + - Hunters Use Drones to Track Prey; PETA Uses Drones to Track Hunters (townhall.com)

RoccamOccam writes: The latest gadget in hunting equipment could make the stalking prey a little less challenging. Drone usage is already infiltrating farming, real estate marketing, sports photography, wildlife research and highway monitoring. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also began selling the "Air Angel" drone to monitor hunters. So while hunters survey animals, PETA will be surveying the hunters.

Submission + - Britain's Costliest Mistake? (theregister.co.uk) 2

RoccamOccam writes: Five years after UK passage of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the chief proponent of the act, Nick Stern, has responded to "A Review of the Stern Review". The "Stern Review" was a massive economic assessment that helped convince Parliament that climate mitigation measures would be worth the cost.

The result was quite possibly the most expensive legislation ever passed by Parliament. However, it appears that Stern’s analysis may have been deeply flawed.

Submission + - Security hole found in Obamacare website (cnn.com)

RoccamOccam writes: The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to access users' accounts.

Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset a user's Healthcare.gov password without their knowledge and potentially hijack the account.

The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people's accounts was frighteningly simple.

Submission + - Treasury says debt stuck at $16,699,396,000,000.00 - for 70 straight days!

RoccamOccam writes: As reported by CNSNews.com, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for July 26, which the U.S. Treasury released this afternoon, the U.S. federal debt has been stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000.00 for 70 straight days.

That is approximately $25 million below the legal limit of $16,699,421,095,673.60 that Congress has imposed on the debt.

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