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Arizona did not fail (they got a D+), but eight other states did ...
More than a year in the making, iWatch News has released the State Integrity Investigation (http://www.stateintegrity.org/), in collaboration with Global Integrity and Public Radio International.

We compiled 330 data points for each state on government accountability and transparency — for a total of 16,500 indicators — and then assigned each state a letter grade. No state received an A.

Read our story below, by iWatch Reporter Caitlin Ginley, to see how your state fared.
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For election coverage that is, at times, a bit too lighthearted for the iWatch website, I submit this:
Are you on Tumblr? iWatch News is collaborating with +OpenSecrets.org: Tracking Money in Politics on a Tumblr covering Election 2012. Find it at http://source2012.tumblr.com.

There, you'll find charts, graphs, quotes from readers, funny pictures and generally all sorts of quick hit election coverage. See the archive here: http://bit.ly/wDB2Ug
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This is surprisingly educational.
Here's some lunchtime humor for you from last night's +Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Fallon, Brian Williams and The Roots have a little something to tell you about super PACs ... slow jam-style.
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Ouch.

Not a good day to be Google+. But Pinterest is also notable — in a manner of months, weeks really, it's already at Tumblr status.

The WSJ (go figure, not on Google+ I don't think) story to go with the graphic <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204653604577249341403742390.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond>
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Yuck.
"In the weeks following the surgery, his scar turned bright red, hot to the touch, and oozed thick fluid that looked 'like butter squeezed from a bag.' "

ICYMI, Joe Eaton's stomach-wrenching story of dirty surgical instruments is already iWatch News' most-read story of 2012.
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TIL one of Ron Paul's super PACs, Revolution, is led by a man who:

- Believes 9/11 was an inside job
- Thinks the U.S. gov't is currently forming concentration camps for its citizens
- Leads another group that warns against gov't plans to implant microchips in all Americans AND was responsible for the 'birther' billboards asking "Where's the real birth certificate?"
- Was heavily medicated for 10 years because his parents thought he was mentally ill

Doesn't that last point just seem a little redundant?

Anyway, Revolution was the only super PAC that failed to meet their Jan. 31 disclosure deadline, due to a bank problem. Which probably is not related to the PACs leader, but still, there you are. An +msnbc.com story on Gary Franchi.
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Today, in News-You-Already-Knew-Made-More-Spiffy-By-Infrographics, I pulled a particularly telling chunk of this Flowtown graphic <http://www.flowtown.com/blog/whos-using-google> on Google + users from early December.

Since then, I can only guess the 17% of active users has dropped even further. Which, by my math and followers, means roughly 8.33333 people will read this post. This one. Right here.

You go, you lucky eight...
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My college education included, not one, but three allegedly 'illegal' internships. Two were positive experiences that I would've repeated, one absolutely was not, and in hindsight, I may have had grounds to sue...

But my current employer has a 'no one works for free' policy, as a result, we only take on interns during the summer (I was one). Sure, we could get students working here for free all year long, but after glancing at some of these viewpoints in the NYT debate, I'm glad we don't.

(Our deadline for summer internships is just under two weeks away! I'd love to answer any questions on the experience: http://www.iwatchnews.org/about/our-organization/work-here)
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The rights to fish 87% of jack mackerel off of the coast of Chile belong to just eight wealthy businessmen.

Largely thanks to these men, it took less than ten years to eviscerate the species. One fisherman predicts that within a year or two, there won't be any fish left in Chile's waters.

See the entire third installment of 'Looting the Seas' here: http://www.iwatchnews.org/environment/natural-resources/looting-seas/looting-seas-iii
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Personally, I haven't seen a movie in at least six months. But I also don't even remember what that movie might have been.

I don't mean that because I didn't see any movies, not a single one was good, but I don't think I was alone. 2011 was not the greatest year to be a movie.

(I'm going to start using Google+, I swear)
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