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Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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Obama Thinks Both Sochi and Working Around Congress Are Risks Worth Taking

January 31, 2014 President Obama, according to an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, would tell friends to go to Sochi. He's interested in the marijuana "experiments" in Colorado and Washington. And he wants you to know that he doesn't want to have to act outside of Congress, but Congress needs to get it ...

Homeland Security Blocked Information for Senators That It Already Gave to the Public

January 30, 2014 Staffers for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, reviewing drone flight data they'd finally received from the Border Patrol, noticed something weird. Some of the information that the agency withheld in what it provided to Coburn's Homeland Security committee was not redacted when it was given to the activist organization Electronic Frontier ...

CIA: Maybe Dennis Rodman Works For Us, Maybe He Doesn't

January 23, 2014 If you were curious whether or not America's primary international intelligence organization asked a rather unstable former athlete to conduct a surveillance mission inside one of the most dangerous countries on Earth, we have bad news for you: It is slightly possible that they did. Slightly. In response to a ...

NSA on Text Messages: 'A Goldmine to Exploit'

January 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you were curious: Yes, the National Security Agency is collecting and filtering text messages to the tune of 194 million a day. It's a collection of data that one agency slide, obtained by The Guardian from leaker Edward Snowden, called "a goldmine to exploit." The Guardian details the NSA's ...

The Upside of NSA Reform Is Far Too Small for Obama to Ignore the Downside

January 16, 2014 The politics of fighting terrorism are heavily and incontrovertibly stacked against loosening surveillance systems, which is precisely why President Obama, in his speech from the Justice Department on Friday, is likely to insist that Congress share the blame. The New York Times' Peter Baker is not the first to note ...

How Hillary Clinton Created the First Endless Presidential Campaign

January 6, 2014 Technically, Hillary Clinton isn't sure if she's running for president. Practically, a massive ecosystem of Democratic consultants and campaign hands have already swung into campaign mode for her, as a new report from Politico makes clear. Clinton's immediately recognizable name and super PAC infrastructure allows the money to keep flowing ...

Congress' 2014 Could Be Even Worse Than Its 2013

January 2, 2014 When Congress returns from its (hopefully relaxing!) Christmas/holiday break next week, both Senate Democrats and House Republicans expect to begin work on their policy priorities. Differing policy priorities, of course. Voters are skeptical that the federal government can get much of anything done, a new Associated Press poll reports — ...

Americans See Big Government as a Threat in Record Numbers

December 18, 2013 A new poll from Gallup indicates that 72 percent of Americans — including, for the first time under a Democratic president, a majority of Democrats — see the government as the biggest threat to the future of the country. The split, including the change since President Obama took office, is ...

Judge Says NSA's 'Almost-Orwellian' Data Collection Likely Violates Constitution

December 16, 2013 For the first time, a public court has determined that the National Security Agency's collection of metadata on Americans' phone calls probably violates the Constitution and should be stopped. That's the short version of a ruling on the NSA's bulk collection of phone records released by the D.C. District Court ...

Here's What NSA Wanted Its Employees to Talk About at Thanksgiving

December 3, 2013 It wasn't only Obamacare supporters that wanted people to talk to their families about political issues over Thanksgiving. The National Security Agency did, too, even going so far as to offer its employees some tips on how to defend the beleaguered secret agency. The document obtained by FireDogLake's Kevin Gosztola ...