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Here's How Newly-Released Benghazi Emails Could Actually Embarrass the White House

April 30, 2014 In the immediate aftermath of the 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House quickly jumped from questions about the cause of the attack to blaming the incendiary YouTube video promoted by Florida pastor Terry Jones. Last May, a set of emails was leaked by opponents of...

The FBI Allegedly Used the No-Fly List to Coerce Muslims to be Informants

April 23, 2014 Four Muslim men are accusing the FBI of using the "no fly" list as an threat in order to coerce them into cooperating with terror investigations. It's easy to see how it would be an effective threat: the highly secret no-fly list essentially creates a form of house arrest from...

Rand Paul (Sort of) Clarifies His Position on Iran

April 16, 2014 Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul wrote a column for The Washington Post on Wednesday in which he clarified a position that has come under fire: He opposes allowing Iran to get nuclear weapons and he opposes statements meant to demonstrate to America's opposition to its getting nuclear weapons. Perhaps the word...

The Fight Over the Bundy Cows Will End as Civics 101, Not Fort Sumter II

April 16, 2014 The showdown between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management has now moved into a new phase, marked not by the armed showdown long-desired by anti-government activists, but by the government slowly bringing the grinding weight of its legal powers to bear on the admitted lawbreaker. Few...

An SEC Attorney Says the Agency Is Too 'Tentative,' and the Data Agree

April 9, 2014 During his farewell speech to coworkers at the Securities and Exchange Commission, trial attorney James Kidney criticized the agency for its failure to target high-level violations. The most recent data on financial institution fraud charges indicates that its hardly the only government agency that's timid about going after bad actors....

Senate Report: Torture Didn't Help Capture Osama bin Laden

March 31, 2014 For those who want to defend the CIA's torture program, the link between the interrogation programs and the capture of bin Laden has been both a frequent argument and a crown jewel. But there is no link — at least, not according to congressional aides and experts familiar with the...

Obamacare Has Two Weeks to Enroll One Million People

March 18, 2014 The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that enrollments in Obamacare marketplaces have hit five million. Meaning that with two weeks until a key deadline, the administration is still a million enrollees short of its most recent goal. Or, put another way: about 48.73 people need to...

The Supreme Court Could Limit Obama's Executive Action Where It Matters Most: Climate Change

February 25, 2014 Perhaps the unluckiest people in American politics are those battling climate change. On Monday, they will join allies at the Supreme Court to fight for an aspect of the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions precisely at the moment that the national political debate has become focused on President...

The Paper Industry is Lobbying Against Paperless Government

February 17, 2014 The surprisingly powerful paper industry has geared up to fight the inevitable and unavoidable government transition from sending out paper checks and notices to doing so electronically. It has a very "vinyl record company lobbies against MP3s" feel to it, but the thing is? It has a point. The Washington...

Rand Paul Sues the NSA in the Most Elaborate Email Collection Scheme in History

February 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will on Wednesday announce a class action suit against the NSA for unconstitutionally (by some estimations) scooping up Americans' telephone call data. Want to join in? Head over to his PAC's website and enter the required fields: email address and ZIP code. There's no doubt that...

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