1. Russia Threatens to Drop The Dollar and Crash The U.S. Economy if Sanctions Are Imposed – Obama Signs Sanctions Anyway : On Tuesday Reuters reported that a Kremlin aid Sergei Glazyev had announced that if the U.S. were to impose sanctions on Russia Moscow may drop the dollar as a reserve currency and refuse to pay off any loans to U.S. banks.
2. How Police Became a Standing Army : Over the last 40 years, police have moved steadily towards increasing levels of force and militarization with little regard for the situation. Journalist Radley Balko has been documenting this phenomenon for nearly a decade, and in Rise of the Warrior Cop he explains how America has been transformed into a country where police conduct something on the order of 50,000 SWAT raids a year.
3. Mass. Man Charged With Wiretapping For Filming Police In Public : “A man in Fall River, Mass. has been charged with unlawful wiretapping for recording a police officer shouting profanities in public.”
4. Surprise: Under Obamacare, states can seize assets to recoup Medicaid expenses : “Obamacare is just full of surprises, as more Americans are beginning to realize now that the law has been fully implemented.”
5. Simple sticks contain potential answer to cleaner drinking water : “A lack of clean drinking water is a major problem in many parts of the world. A scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks he may have come up with a low-cost solution: sticks.”
6. TN guns-in-parks proposal clears 1st House panel : “A proposal to strip local government control over whether to allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed at parks, playgrounds and sports fields has cleared its first legislative hurdle in the House.”
7. Bill would repeal Hall Tax, make TN income tax free : There’s a new push to repeal a little-known tax in Tennessee. And if it happens, it could make the state completely income tax free. Every year, about 118,000 Tennesseans pay what’s called the Hall Tax on income earned from investments.
8. Police brutality getting out of control 2014