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Dustin Volz Dustin Volz is a staff correspondent for National Journal covering tech policy. His work has previously appeared in The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Arizona Republic. Dustin is a graduate of Arizona State University and a publisher of Downtown Devil, a hyper-local news site serving the downtown Phoenix community. Before arriving at National Journal, Dustin spent nine months teaching English at a high school in Indonesia through a Fulbright scholarship.
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Time Is Running Out on the CIA Torture Report

9:57 AM ET Backroom negotiations over the release of a long-delayed Senate report on the George W. Bush administration's use of so-called "enhanced interrogation" practices are again hitting a wall. Senators involved with the report and their staffs have insisted that an executive summary of their findings will be released publicly before Republicans ...

Ted Cruz: Republicans Shouldn't Fear a Government Shutdown Over Immigration

9:43 AM ET Sen. Ted Cruz is threatening to reprise his role as a catalyst to a government shutdown, arguing on Sunday that Congress should use spending bills to block President Obama's recent executive action on immigration. Cruz rebutted suggestions that holding government funding hostage in order to prevent Obama's plan halting the ...

CIA’s Official Book Reviewer Unimpressed with Tomes on Snowden

November 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA has posted three short reviews of books dealing with fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on its website, including an unflattering write-up of journalist Glenn Greenwald's recent best seller. While none of the reviews are positive, the agency takes particular issue with Greenwald's book,No Place to Hide, which documents his ...

Did Rand Paul’s NSA Vote Fight Government Spying or Protect It?

November 20, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul's "no" vote effectively doomed Democrats' attempt to curb a domestic surveillance program Tuesday, but the Kentucky Republican says he made the move in defense of liberty. Paul's onetime allies in the fight against government spying, however, say the senator got it wrong. Following the vote, Paul's office ...

The CIA Reviewed Books About Snowden and Is Not Impressed

November 20, 2014 The CIA has posted three short reviews of books dealing with fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on its website, including an unflattering write-up of journalist Glenn Greenwald's recent best seller. While none of the reviews are positive, the agency takes particular issue with Greenwald's book,No Place to Hide, which documents his ...

Ted Cruz’s Plan for Internet Freedom? A Permanent Internet Tax Ban

November 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Ted Cruz is lobbying hard to prevent government regulation of the Internet, but one measure the Texas Republican supports is expected to create a sizeable budget hole for his state. Cruz, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, spent ample time last week promoting a permanent extension to an expiring ...

Parsing Rand Paul’s ‘No’ Vote on NSA Reform

November 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Rand Paul's "no" vote effectively doomed Democrats' attempt to curb a domestic surveillance program Tuesday, but the Kentucky Republican says he made the move in defense of liberty. Paul's onetime allies in the fight against government spying, however, say the senator got it wrong. Following the vote, Paul's office ...

Senate Vote to Rein in NSA Spying Falls Short

November 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Republicans blocked legislation Tuesday that would limit the government's sweeping domestic spying powers, dealing a massive blow to the post-Snowden efforts to reform the U.S. surveillance state. At a final vote of 58 to 42, nearly every Democrat and four Republicans voted for the bill, the USA Freedom Act, ...

NSA Reform Stalls, Rand Paul Votes No

November 19, 2014 Senate Republicans blocked legislation Tuesday that would limit the government's sweeping domestic spying powers, dealing a massive blow to the post-Snowden efforts to reform the U.S. surveillance state. At a final vote of 58 to 42, nearly every Democrat and four Republicans voted for the bill, the USA Freedom Act, ...

White House Backs NSA Reform Bill

November 18, 2014 The Obama administration on Monday endorsed a Senate proposal to rein in the government's most controversial domestic spying program—a move coming just a day before the Senate is slated to start debating the measure. In a statement from the White House, the administration said it "strongly supports" the USA Freedom ...