Jester’s Court — March 14, 2010

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  • Once again transparency is taking a hit. The Obama administration is not providing all the documents it should on healthcare reform meetings.
  • A Republican member of Congress introduced a bill that would allow individuals to apply to be exempt from the new U.S. healthcare law.
  • Republicans introduced legislation in the House and Senate to make English the official language of the U.S.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has been sued for storing images from the full body scanners.
  • A judge ordered Twitter to hand over the data of three users in contact with the activist site WikiLeaks, rejecting arguments the move would violate their rights to privacy and free speech.
  • In a case against a New York website owner, the Department of Homeland Security is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime.
  • Chevron announced that it had lodged an appeal of an order by an Ecuadoran court requiring it to pay $9.5 billion dollars for environmental damage in the Amazon.
  • A poll has found two Republican State Senators in Wisconsin vulnerable to the growing recall attempts. The two are Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper.
  • Germany had a smelly problem when a power failure knocked out the German Reichstag’s high-tech toilet system.
  • Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has developed a Southern accent as he considers a run for President.
  • Syria is sending arms and ammunition to Libya so that Gaddafi’s military offensive against the rebels is not stalled.
  • Rory Reid, son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a failed gubernatorial candidate, has to explain to the state of Nevada why he had 90 bank accounts for his campaign all registered to the same address.
  • It is not just Saudi Arabia sending troops into Bahrain. The United Arab Emirates also sent some, and Kuwaiti soldiers are on the way.
  • A British judge tackled a sex offender to the floor to prevent him from fleeing the court where he was on trial.
  • The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill that will place underage “sexters” into an educational program instead of criminal prosecution.

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