This week, Reuters and NBC released a series of reports about underground on-line networks that enable adoptive parents to relinquish custody of their children to strangers. The practice is known as 're-homing' and the transaction is made possible due to a loophole.
According to Reuters, "children can be sent to new families quickly through a basic 'power of attorney' document--a notarized statement declaring the child to be in the care of another adult." But the rampant abuse and neglect uncovered in "re-homing" raises questions about its legality. read more
1. This time-lapse video of the construction of the new World Trade Center is a must-see.
2. Go ahead, start playing with your food. The Sydney International Food Festival mixed nutrition and patriotism.
3. Round of applause for reporting, now we finally know what the fox says.
Wednesday night on All In with Chris Hayes: on the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and after over a decade of Middle Eastern wars, America is considering military involvement in another Middle Eastern country. read more
As the American economy dragged itself out of recession, the country's wealthiest 1% absorbed nearly all the benefits, according to a recently updated paper from UC Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez. read more
Twelve years after the worst terrorist attack in American history, President Obama yet again extended his predecessor's Declaration of National Emergency for another year. The declaration, which was originally put into place on September 14, 2001, was renewed on Tuesday.
"The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues," wrote President Obama. "For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2013, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat." read more