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Patrick Richardson

Patrick Richardson has been a journalist for almost 15 years and an inveterate geek all his life. He blogs regularly at www.otherwheregazette.com, which aims to be like another SF magazine, just not so serious.

‘Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Speaks (PJM Exclusive)

Friday, June 24th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Just a day after Rep. Issa warned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to not touch the whistleblowers, they present termination papers to Agent Cefalu -- a 30-year veteran of the ATF. (PJM will be posting Cefalu's termination papers shortly.)

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Gunwalker: Issa Defends ATF Whistleblowers from Retaliation

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Rep. Darrell Issa sends a letter to the ATF forewarning against reprisals towards the four Gunrunner whistleblowers, who have expressed fear of such from this agency with a reputation for it.

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Maxine Waters’ Ethics Trial Stalls. Again.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Waters threatens to sue the House Ethics Committee for mishandling her case.

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Obama Admin’s Comments on ‘Gunrunner’ Scandal Strain Credulity

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

As whistleblowers continue to blow up the idea that this was a well organized operation with good oversight, even the White House is perpetuating the myth that the Justice Department is cooperating with the investigation.

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The Hidden Cost of Ethanol Subsidies

Friday, June 10th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

By mandating 40% of our corn crop be dedicated to ethanol, we've created domestic shortages that may turn the U.S. into a net importer of corn and destroy our dominance in one more area of the world economy.

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On the Scene for Obama’s Speech in Joplin

Sunday, May 29th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

I'm far from a fan of this president, and this speech did not by any stretch win me to his side. But one cannot help but be inspired by what Obama said at Sunday's memorial service.

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(UPDATED) On the Scene in Joplin

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

For the most part Joplinites have responded the way Midwesterners always do: they dug themselves out of the rubble, brushed themselves off, got their sense of humor in place, and went looking for someone in worse shape than they were to help. (With photos.)

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From Social Security to Food Benefits, It’s Welfare Gone Wild

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

New revelations suggest just how badly the broken system busts budgets.

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Indictment in Border Agent Murder Turns up the Heat on Holder

Monday, May 9th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

The attorney general must answer two simple questions truthfully — what did you know, and when did you know it? (Also read "Holder holds on to closing Gitmo" at the Tatler.)

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Issa Calls Holder to Account

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

How bad does Project Gunrunner get?

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Issa Demands Justice Dept. Answer Project Gunrunner Subpoenas

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Said Issa: "If you made a decision this felony stupid you shouldn't be making decisions any longer on behalf of the American people."

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Obama’s Pen: The Most Powerful Branch of Government?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

This week's leaked executive order draft is far from the first time this administration has looked to ignore congressional or legal defeat (i.e., the rule of law).

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Freedom of Information? Fifteen Months Waiting for Four Blank Pages

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Last year, PJM made a FOIA request regarding who flew to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Why did it go all the way to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and why was everything redacted?

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Obama’s ‘Openness’ a Transparent Lie

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

The media and Congress finally discover the truth.

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Arne Duncan’s Brave New World: Dept. of Education Wants Your Kid’s Blood Type?

Saturday, March 12th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Among other creepy things. Duncan's DoE appears to be doling out federal funds intending to push aside state and local school boards, establish federal curricula, and gather all sorts of personal data. (Birth marks? Really?)

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Citizen Watchdogs to Aid Rep. Issa in Oversight Investigations

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Every project undertaken by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will involve citizens and activists having their say.

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Is Science Fiction Getting More Conservative?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Two legends and two newcomers weigh in.

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We’re Keeping Tabs Now: The GOP Lame Duck Scorecard

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 - by Patrick Richardson

Nothing washes over anymore — we'll be watching every congressman's vote and holding them accountable. First: a lame duck wrap-up.

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ObamaFood: Fattening Government to Fight Obesity

Thursday, December 30th, 2010 - by Patrick Richardson

Don't regulate, educate.

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Now that Omnipork Is Dead, What Happens Next?

Saturday, December 18th, 2010 - by Patrick Richardson


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Towns Drops Bid to Remain in Committee Leadership Spot

Friday, December 17th, 2010 - by Patrick Richardson

Cummings to take on Issa.

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Net Neutrality: Treating the Internet Like a Utility (Updated)

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 - by Patrick Richardson

The FCC's proposed power grab could end up sticking you with a usage-based internet bill, costing many of us high-volume users our employment.

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Complaint Filed with FEC Alleging Rangel Campaign Cash Irregularities

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 - by Patrick Richardson

The New York congressman is being charged with illegally using money from his National Leadership PAC to fund his defense against ethics charges.

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Food Safety Measure Would Give Small Farmers Indigestion

Friday, November 26th, 2010 - by Patrick Richardson

The "Food Safety Modernization Act" would not appreciably improve the safety of the food supply in the U.S., but it would create an army of regulators with TSA-like authority over agriculture.

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Kucinich Push for Committee Spot Foiled by Race Issues in His Own Office?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 - by Patrick Richardson

A staffer who complained of race problems was placed on paid leave in May. The staffer is still getting a paycheck, and has not worked since then.

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