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Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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Customs and Border Protection Wants to Arm Drones

July 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation from the Homeland Security Department's Customs and Border Protection indicate that the agency is close to finalizing payload standards for its drone aircraft. Among the things the CBP might want to use in its unmanned aircraft: "non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize" targets. In ...

The Troubling Data Behind America's Growing Wildfires

July 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's hard to process yesterday's deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona. The tragedy is so stark an outlier that most states haven't seen that many deaths of firefighters due to wildfire in their combined histories. But there is one worrisome trend: fires are getting bigger and often deadlier. The National ...

IG Letter Undermines Claim IRS Also Targeted Progressive Groups

June 27, 2013 A letter sent from the Treasury inspector general to Rep. Sandy Levin of Michigan will undermine the argument that progressive organizations were subject to the same undue scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service as Tea Party groups. And that's too bad, because the IRS scandal, such as it is, has ...

Snowden Went to Booz Allen to Steal Files

June 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Edward Snowden took a job at the intelligence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton specifically to steal American intelligence information, according to a report today in the South China Morning Post quoting the NSA leaker's last major interview before his current international manhunt. But instead of settling the question of where Snowden ...

Supreme Court's Recess Appointments Case Could Upend White House History

June 24, 2013 The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case that, at its heart, is a question of semantics: When is a Senate recess actually a Senate recess? Stemming from a January 2012 Obama appointment of three officials to the National Labor Relations Board, the case of NLRB v. Noel ...

The NSA Guidelines for Spying on You Are Looser Than You've Been Told

June 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On July 28, 2009, 189 days after Barack Obama became president, Attorney General Eric Holder (himself only six months into office) presented the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) with a list of ways in which the NSA and FBI would try and assure that the data it collected under ...

The Numbers on More Border Patrol Agents Just Don't Add Up

June 20, 2013 The Senate debate over immigration reform, as in the House, increasingly hinges on a desire from Republicans to "tighten" border security, by which they mean the border with Mexico. To that end, a new version of the Senate proposal that's advancing today would nearly double the number of border patrol ...

Oversight Panel Leaders Fight Over Release of IRS Transcripts

June 19, 2013 This is where we are with the Internal Revenue Service scandal: bogged in a subset of a subset of a subset of a war between Democrats and Republicans. The Democrats fired a shot Tuesday, releasing a transcript of an interview in an attempt to get the Republicans to release other ...

The White House May Have Done Just About All It Can on Gun Violence

June 19, 2013 Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech Tuesday celebrating the administration's push for new restrictions on gun ownership. Which could be seen as a little like an athlete stopping mid-race to say that he already considered himself a winner. While in sixth place. To be fair, the administration has done ...

After an Easy Hearing, the NSA and FBI Are Ready for a Drink

June 18, 2013 If you were wondering how the National Security Agency and FBI felt about the very friendly hearing the House Intelligence Committee invited them to Tuesday, a hot mic has your answer. "Tell your boss," NSA Director Keith Alexander told the FBI deputy director, "I owe him another friggin' beer." Ben ...