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Radio Show Recap: August 7th

Posted Thursday, August 7th 2014 @ 6pm
Jailed Marine Tahmooressi back in Mexican Court
In a Mexican prison for over 120 days, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi entered a federal court in Tijuana and faced four border officials who were involved in his March 31 arrest on weapons charges.

Four witnesses -- two Mexican soldiers and two Mexican border agents involved in Tahmooressi's arrest -- testified on Monday.

Jill Tahmooressi, mother of the jailed marine, joined Sean on Thursday's program to discuss her son's case. Jill told Sean that her son left Monday's court appearance disappointed because the judge did not release him nor did he set a timetable for his release. Jill fears Andrew may wind up in prison well into winter, but does not have the heart to break the news to her son.

Jill believes President Obama should be aware of Andrew’s plight, given that he’s Andrew’s Commander in Chief. “Please at least let me know, President Obama, that you’ve had a word with President Nieto. That alone would give me some sense that he knows about his Sergeant...I would at least expect a word saying that we’re in discussion,” said Jill Tahmooressi...(continue reading)
Government Excels at Spending our Tax Dollars
Our federal government is really good at spending your tax dollars, but it is not so great at keeping track of how your tax dollars are spent. There's a website called USASpending.gov that exists in order to provide more transparency in federal spending.

The problem is that only 2-7% of spending data is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to a GAO report. This means that in 2012 alone, this website was unable to account for at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs.

This includes billions – with a “B” – from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Interior, and the White House. The website also literally has no idea where money for 22% of federally awarded contracts has gone.

So much for the most transparent administration in history.

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