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Is the American criminal justice system out of control?

JusticeConservatives and liberals have finally found an issue where they agree: The over criminalization of the American justice system.

Both sides say the system is out of control, going after too many people for too may trivial matters.

It's a blatant example of a government out of control and too consumed with chasing people for minor crimes.

Even the law-and-order fanatics from the Reagan administration say the abuses must be curbed.

The issue has created strange bedfellows who normally line up against each other and both sides say the fight is worth the coalition it has created.
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Health care ‘reform’ leaves 12 million uninsured

Health care protestsFor consumers, the health care bills taking final shape in Congress don't rate close to a perfect 10.

The Democratic measures would leave 12 million or more eligible Americans uninsured. Many middle-class families who'd now be required to buy coverage would still find the premiums a stretch, even with government aid. A new federal fund to provide temporary coverage for people with health problems would quickly run out of cash.

For now, these bread-and-butter concerns take a back seat to more pressing issues for Democratic lawmakers trying to deliver on President Barack Obama's signature issue.


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An angry public takes aim at Federal Reserve

Federal ReserveSuddenly the Federal Reserve is everybody's punching bag.

Strip the Fed of its bank regulation powers, some in Congress are demanding. Get probing audits of its behind-the-scenes operations, others say.

The chairman of the Federal Reserve Board is always fair game for criticism and second-guessing, usually over interest rate actions. But this year the criticism is much broader as Congress responds to widespread public anger that the Fed bailed out Wall Street but not ordinary Americans, and with unemployment in double digits.

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The economy goes down and suicides go up

Suicides in the United States may be increasing during the worst recession since the Great Depression.

But the recession may or may not be the reason more people are taking their lives.

Like so much about the economy, the numbers aren't clear.

For a nation that thrives on statistics, the "official" stats for suicides in this nation aren't up to date and lag about a year behind.

So The Wall Street did its own number of crunching and found the rate for for those who take their own lives is up about 2.6 percent -- give a percentage point or two.

Reports The Journal:


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Feds will drop some charges in Blackwater shooting

Blackwater USAThe Justice Department intends to drop manslaughter and weapons charges against one of the Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, prosecutors said in court documents Friday.

The shooting in busy Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. It touched off a string of investigations that ultimately led the State Department to cancel the company's lucrative contract to guard diplomats in Iraq.

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Citibank to customers: More debt means less interest

For Citibank credit card holders, there is one way to escape the bank's rate hikes currently under way: Meet a monthly spending requirement. Those who meet the spending minimum — in some cases $750 a month — will be able to get a rebate on their total interest charges for that month. The rebate could cover some or all of the interest rate hike. Customers also need to make payments on time to qualify for the rebate. Without giving specifics, Citi said the monthly spending requirements and interest rate hikes will vary depending on the cardholder's credit history.
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Military looking for ways to predict PTSD

Two days before shipping off to war, Marine Pfc. Jesse Sheets sat inside a trailer in the Mojave Desert, his gaze fixed on a computer that flashed a rhythmic pulse of contrasting images. Smiling kids embracing a soldier. A dog sniffing blood oozing from a corpse. Movie star Cameron Diaz posing sideways in a midriff top. Troops cowering for safety during an ambush. A doctor tracked his stress levels and counted the number of times he blinked. Electrode wires dangled from his left eye and right pinky finger. Sheets is part of a military experiment to try to predict who's most at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Understanding underlying triggers might help reduce the burden of those who return psychologically wounded — if they can get early help.
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