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NSA Leaks and the Pentagon Papers: The Difference Between Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg

June 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Edward Snowden has so raised the hackles of members of Congress and political commentators, it's worth taking a minute to try to understand why. It can't just be his leaks -- no similar reaction greeted revelations by Thomas Drake and William Binney, two recent NSA whistle-blowers who also sought to...

Proof the IRS Didn't Target Just Conservatives

June 5, 2013 Close to a third of the advocacy groups named by the Internal Revenue Service as recipients of special scrutiny during tax-exempt application reviews were liberal or neutral in political outlook, a leading nonpartisan tax newsletterreported after conducting an independent analysis of data released by the agency. All told, around 470...

This Is Why People Hate the Government

May 16, 2013 The Treasury Inspector General report on the IRS mishandling of conservative advocacy group applications for tax exempt status between March 2010 and February 2012 was released Tuesday, and it is a doozy. The report, conveniently titled "Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review" -- in case you...

Joe Biden, White House Id

April 25, 2013 If Barack Obama has a bit too much restraint about his persona for the commentariat, Joe Biden is the White House's exuberant and impassioned id. From "This is a big fucking deal!" to remarks that fall in Onion territory, the tactile, voluble vice president has stepped forward at key moments...

When America Was Female

March 6, 2013 The photos of the historic suffragette March on Washington on March 3, 1913, that were all over the place over the weekend were a reminder of how far America has come in the last century, and of how much American women have been at the forefront of pushing the international...

Susan Rice learns what it's really like to be Hillary

December 14, 2012 U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for nomination to be secretary of state. "If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly," she said in a letter formally taking herself out of consideration. And with that...

Susan Rice's Senate opponents voted for resolution on Benghazi protests

December 5, 2012 Is voting for something in the Senate a less significant statement of beliefs than saying the same thing on a Sunday talk show? That's the standard the troika of GOP senators leading the charge against U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is using today. Their comments come in...

What will Hurricane Sandy do to early voting?

October 29, 2012 Snow, wind and rain could keep voters in the path of Hurricane Sandy from early- or in-person absentee voting, delay mail delivery of absentee ballots, and cut into early-voting days by forcing states battered by the storm to halt early balloting. Here's what we know about what's happening so far:...

Did Biden hang State out to dry at the debate?

October 12, 2012 Everyone loves Hillary Clinton these days. She's got an approval rating way higher than that of Joe Biden or of President Obama, who can barely muster 50 percent on a good day. But what if the most politically significant foreign-policy failure of Obama's presidency is actually due to a failure...

Low Crimes and Misdemeanors

March 24, 1998 The possibility of high crimes and misdemeanors has received lots of attention of late, given the investigations of President Clinton, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and others. But what about misconduct at lower levels of government? The annual report to Congress by the...

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