Oversight

Western Governors: We’ve Taken Meaningful Steps to Protect the Sage Grouse

In a new report, the Western Governors’ Association says state and local action to protect habitats should be adequate to avoid having the bird designated an endangered species.

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Possible Update to Copyright Rules Eases Barriers to Security Research

A bill to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act would make it easier for researchers to expose security vulnerabilities without running afoul of the law.

Play of the Day: Chris Christie, Marijuana and Gambling

The Daily Show suggests the New Jersey governor may not be completely ideologically consistent.

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced the measure.

Bipartisan Team Launches Effort to Better Assess Whether Programs Work

Bill would establish commission to recommend data for judging programs.

Lawmakers are getting closer to a deal on human-trafficking, the first domino in a row that would allow the Senate to take up the Lynch nomination later in the week.

Senators See Progress on Lynch Nomination

The House turns to cybersecurity—while President Obama meets a foreign dignitary and the New England Patriots.

Play of the Day: Trolls, Raccoons and Trial Lawyers

The patent troll problem is truly out of control.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said big fights are needed to counter the Obama administration's overreach.

Republicans Planning 'Big Fights' on Agency Funding to Rein in Bureaucrats

White House says it hopes to hold GOP to its word that shutdown will be avoided.

American Consumers are Spending More on Organic Foods, and so is Their Government

Mandatory spending on organics under the 2002 farm bill totaled $20 million, but by 2014, that number had risen to $167.5 million.

An artist's depiction of Landsat 8, which launched in 2013.

A New Satellite for One of the Great Space Programs

Landsat 9 will launch in 2023, and promises the continuity of a critical, long-running database for imagery of the Earth's surface.

Capitol Police haul away the gyrocopter a U.S. Postal Service worker was able to land on the Capitol lawn earlier this week.

After Gyrocopter Stunt, Lawmakers Want Answers

"This cannot happen again," key members warn.

Play of the Day: The Gyrocopter Man and Other American Journeys

How effective was the gyrocopter's flight onto the Capitol grounds?

Nextgov

Agencies Botch IT Savings Estimates by $3.8 Billion

Drastic revisions by the departments of Defense and Homeland Security accounted for most of the savings discrepancy.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has been fighting for paid parental leave for 15 years.

A Potential Breakthrough for Paid Parental Leave for Feds

Bipartisan pair of House members high-five each other to make their support for work-life balance measures official.

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